Fri May 17 18:00 2019 NZST
20 16.567S 174 48.268W

Friday 17th May Greetings from Nomuka and Nomuka Ika We are anchored at Nomuka Ika which is directly across from Nomuka , is about the size of Motuhuie and has the population of one - a friendly man called James.

This morning we went ashore at Nomuka Ika had a walk along the beach and went for a swim. Hannah had a snorkel and saw some beautiful coloured fish. We came back to the boat for lunch and had a few reef sharks swimming around seeing if there were any leftovers. This afternoon Tony, Hannah and Stella went ashore to Nomuka and had a walk along the two main roads (mud tracks) . One went to the lake and the other followed the waterfront. They met friendly locals especially the children. The villagers were excited .... Not due to the arrival of the intrepid explorers but because the supply ship had just arrived! They had a friendly group of dogs follow them around for the duration of their travels and there was lots of pigs, horses and cows running around. A lot of reefs which we had to negotiate our way around. Stella used the outboard motor on the dinghy for the first time today and was going pretty straight as they got closer in. We have another yacht "Essence" anchor just along from us tonight. Stella is in the kitchen making another meal out of the lovely tuna Tony caught yesterday. Then we've got another episode of Game of Thrones which hopefully Tony doesn't fall asleep during tonight! Made us all laugh when Stella kept asking him had he fallen asleep again! Night all Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Congrats on catching the tunas Tony and Hannah, especially the big one for eating. Swimming with beautiful coloured fish sounds good but I'm not so sure about swimming with sharks looking for lunch! Good to get a chance to stretch your legs walking after sailing for 9 hours. I didn't realise it was so far between islands, was it dark when you got there? It gets dark early here now but I don't know about up there. It's certainly a lot warmer. Should be fun chatting with the crew from Essence, finding out where they came from and swapping experiences. Great hearing how you're going on. Chris
Fri May 17 18:00 2019 NZST
Run: 64.3nm (116.4km)
20 16.565S 174 48.267W

Thursday 16th May At daybreak this morning we said goodbye to Nukualofa and 9 hours later arrived in Nomuka Ika in the Ha'apai group.

On the way Hannah decided to stop practicing and caught a smallish tuna which she decided to set free. Upon which Tony brought out his new rod and said "game's on". Within half an hour he had landed a yellow fin tuna large enough to feed us for a couple of days. Hannah helped Tony by strapping on his codpiece "tuna piece" (gimble belt) for his rod. This evening Tony and Hannah prepared a tuna delicacy with an amazing dipping sauce Stella threw together. It's interesting how different our languages are not only between countries but also between generations. We found out today when hearing the story that on Hannah's instructions when Tony asked where the hole in the wall was that Hannah sent him to the toilet (thinking that the hole in the wall was the urinal not the ATM!!) Stella would have thought the same thing and has declared she will never call an ATM a hole in the wall nor some of the other kiwi lingo we've been throwing her way. Looking forward to exploring the island tomorrow. Night from all of us. Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Wed May 15 8:54 2019 NZST
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
21 08.130S 175 11.115W

Wednesday 15th May Sorry we haven't blogged last few days. We cleared customs Monday which took half a day. Monday evening was our first day ashore. We went out for dinner at Waterfront Lodge and restaurant which we can highly recommend. The scallops were fantastic. The tuna steak cooked perfectly and we tried our first mahimahi (fish) which was delicious. Now we just have to try catching some ourselves! Have had a wander around the metropolis, visited some markets, sorted out data issues etc. We had pile of laundry due to the sea invasions. You have to remember getting laundry done is not like popping out to a laundromat in NZ! A big thank you to Liz (Tony's rellie) for helping arrange this and heaps of other things for us.

Tony went out for dinner last night with his family which was a real Tongan feast. Andrew, Sue, Hannah and Stella had homemade pizza and watched episode 2 in the last season of Game of Thrones (no spoilers please!) and The Expendables.

Feels like we've done lots but doesn't sound much when you put it down in writing. Things also take longer due to the heat. Walking is definitely done at a slower pace than in the cooler climates. Catch you all later. Sent from Iridium Mail &

So great to hear all your news! Please tell Tony to post some pics for his family in NZ now you have data. Enjoy the warm weather while we snuggle by the fire. Jackie.

Glad you got thru customs ok and been able to get your feet on land again. Sounds like you've been busy with chores but also enjoying the delights of Tonga as well. Good to hear how you're going on. Have fun exploring. Chris
Sun May 12 18:30 2019 NZST
21 07.554S 175 09.761W

Sunday 12th May We were in bed at 9pm last night and we had the unusual chance of having 8hours uninterrupted sleep.

It was an amazing experience this morning being able to have breakfast all together and not throwing the cereal all over each other and the boat! Sunday is a religious day in Tonga and their custom is no work on Sundays.

We left the above deck chores as matter of respect. We did do big clean up below and Andrew also fixed the auto pilot (from the the temporary fix he'd done whilst we were still enroute). Once we've cleared customs tomorrow we hope to have the chance to have a walk around town and find some internet connection so we can be in touch. Plus I won't mention the pile of laundry we have to do.

Good night from us all.

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Hello Sue & Andrew, Just following the blog..hope u guys r fine!!! Really don't know wht to say!! I am excited with your Journey!!! Sometimes I feel .I should hve joined you.. Love u guys!!! Geet

Turned wild, wet and windy here this afternoon, winter knocking on the door, but still relatively warm for the time of year with high of 21 and low of 16, tho can't compare with Tonga - have you been able to go swimming in the warm waters or is that not allowed until you go thru customs? Hope you're able to unwind and catch up on a good night's sleep again. Been enjoying the posts, keep it up. Chris

Good to see you made it all in one piece. Sue, the hardest is over, you’re now a veteran. Don’t be too surprised if the Tongan internet is only marginally faster than dial-up. A&L
Sat May 11 18:36 2019 NZST
Run: 51.8nm (93.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.4nm
21 07.554S 175 09.761W

Saturday 11th May We made it! We are anchored waiting customs clearance in Tonga which will be Monday. Please note we will not have full internet access until at least then.

We had another night / morning with high winds and big swells. El Capitan navigated well down the channel towards Nukualofa with help from Stella the bird, oh sorry marker, spotter. Everyone's struggling to make sense right now. Not sure if it's that we're bone tired or that it has something to do with the well earned welcome to Tonga drinks we are now enjoying! El Capitan in galley cooking up lobster surprise - the surprise - no lobster! So enough from us tonight - hopefully we will be more with it tomorrow. Good night all! Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Congratulations!!! Great job everyone! At least those winds were blowing you in the right direction, you made good time getting there. Glad to hear you're all safe and sound and now you can relax and have a well deserved rest and enjoy that lovely warm sunshine. Chris

We are so happy that mission one is done !!!! I am online with Carmen and the kids , they are checking where you are . So exited about the temperature of the water and lobster . It is quite cold in Auckland ....enjoy the sun and your relaxing days . All our love !!! Team manly Greg , Dani, Carmen , Salva , Pauli , Elo . Ps. From Pauli for sue " I love you , come back soon and enjoy you trip "

Great news you've arrive safe and well, I sure the rum tasted fantastic after such an exciting journey. Looking forward to see the photos. Darren.

Well done! Rough seas all way to port, sounds like Tonga gave you a nice welcome. Congrats, enjoy the well earned drinks and rest!

Awesome! Well done team! Glad you all arrived safely. Jackie and family.
Sat May 11 10:03 2019 NZST
Run: 114.7nm (207.6km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 68.9nm
21 47.783S 175 31.306W

Friday, 10th May During Tony and Stella's watch this morning they decided that 'Imagine' was a submarine burying 'Imagines bow in the oncoming waves! Cheers could be heard coming from Tony as the occasional wave went over the cockpit cabin. (3 metres above waterline) Screams were heard from the rest of the crew as the waves penetrated the air vents and hatches. We now have 3 wet beds anymore Tony and Stella will have to share theirs! During the night and early morning winds gusted up to 30 knots and sea/swell became very messy.

Excitement is growing in anticipation of reaching Tonga. Expected ETA approx 2am Saturday morning. Will cruise around until daybreak when we can go into the harbour and wait until Monday for customs clearance. Night from us all Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Thu May 9 18:06 2019 NZST
Run: 181.7nm (328.9km)
Avg: 11.2knts
24hr: 269.2nm
23 27.345S 175 29.236W

Thursday 9th May Uneventful night for the most part. Yesterday was cloudy and grey, but today we had beautiful sunny weather. As we get closer to Tonga, the water temperature continues to climb and is currently a balmy 29.6 C.

We took advantage today to do a bit of maintenance and Stella got out and washed the salt off the windows. Today and tomorrow we will be negotiating the coral shoals surrounding Tonga. Saw a few flying fish today but not much else. Still practicing fishing so Sue is in the galley tonight making Shepherd's Pie. Little Tony: your estimation of number of days left before reaching Tonga was correct.

Rockin' and Rollin' (literally) from the South Pacific. Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Hi guys !!! We enjoy your stories every night . I feel on board as well . 29.6 degrees !!! I can't imagine something like that . -all our love ... the Wardies

Wow! I can't begin to imagine that huge amount of coral that you had to detour around the other night. Thanks for the info - Google came up with some interesting but definitely non-nautical definitions when I typed in "bommy" before. Hope the coral around Tonga is not so huge! And more navigable. Amazing that you'll be in Tonga by Sunday, or maybe Monday - what a great run! Good luck with the fishing practice, fresh fish would be nice. Now if you could just get those flying fish to fly onto your deck. Think the boat's going too fast for the fish. Sounds like you've been enjoying some good meals anyway. And scones from Tony and shepherds pie from Sue today - yum! Chris
Thu May 9 1:54 2019 NZST
Run: 132.4nm (239.6km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.4nm
25 22.245S 177 27.962W

Wednesday 8th May Last night was uneventful. Practicing fishing is still contuing. Tony made some scones today with much acrobatic skill in the galley due to the heavy swell. Gourmet chef tonight is Hannah with a big pot of Dahl. Nothing much else to report today other than we are getting closer to Tonga.

For those inquiring from our post yesterday, a bombie is a tower of coral. Some of these in this area are created by volcanic vents.

Good night from the intrepid explorers! Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Looking at your map Little Tony is guessing Uncle Tony will be in Tonga in about 3 days. Is his estimate correct? Jackie.
Tue May 7 18:15 2019 NZST
Run: 84.7nm (153.3km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.2nm
26 56.197S 178 41.774W

Tuesday 7th of May Made a detour in the middle of the night around a large bommy. It went from 3000 meters deep up to only 18 meters. This was a rather annoying and long detour but we still managed to make 90 nm in the right direction. Shortly after navigating our way around this obstical the autopilot cut out... so a night of hand steering with no moon and many clouds, not an easy task. The sea finally subsided slightly just an hour or so ago to allow us to fix the problem. Good steering practice for us all though.

Sue ran into a bit of trouble first thing in the morning, getting entangled in the fire extinguisher and in fear of moving incase she filled the boat with dry powder. Luckily the captain was handy to free her from the evil clutches of the extinguisher. Tony untertained the crew with unique performance tittled "Doing the laundry" this satire was preformed with a straight face, a plunger and even an agitation mode. It did however lead to questions when he started stuffing his many pockets on his freshly washed cargo shorts with socks... foiled by high winds he was forced to display everything in the windows of the cockpit in hopes the sun would dry it.

A slither of the moon has appeared to shed a bit of light through our night.

Good night all Happy birthday Mauna - from Stella Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Hey mom, Giuliano here.. just figured out I can leave you messages. Made it to Indonesia. All good here. Glad you're still afloat! Hope it is a wonderful time, curious what the italian/Mexican was 😂

Thanks Stella!! I am loving looking where your boat is every night when I am settling down for bed. I can't wait to talk! Have big fun!

Thanks Stella!! I am loving looking where your boat is every night when I am settling down for bed. I can't wait to talk! Have big fun!

For us landlubbers, what is a bommy? Looks like you're making good distance despite everything. Those evil extinguishers! Good save captain (hee hee)
Mon May 6 18:06 2019 NZST
Run: 129.9nm (235.1km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.7nm
27 50.269S 179 37.875W

Monday 6th of May Winds overnight where extremely changeable, ranging from 9knots to 30. Not allowing much sleep for the crew. Nothing too stressful just got a bit thrown around. Today was a quiet day with steady winds and many naps. We have passed from the Eastern longitude to the Western. Not much more to report today. Hopeing for a calmer night and a good sleep.

Stella says hello her friends and family and looks forward to talking to them soon As do the rest of us Now about to eat steak! Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Sun May 5 17:18 2019 NZST
Run: 120.5nm (218.1km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.2nm
29 25.136S 179 12.733E

Sunday 5th May We are now 497nm from Auckland harbour. Another nice day today, clear skies and the water temperature is now 26.6°c.

After reefing down to number two last night the wind was mainly light, below 16 knots. After slightly higher winds late this afternoon we have reefed even further ... just in case... Hannah and Tony had their first practice with the fishing line today, it shall continue to be called practice untill a fish eventuates. Some of the crew hearing new creaks and groans from their body's they hadn't noticed before and of us sporting new bruises.

Everyone constantly appears drunk despite the lack of alcohol, and cooking is somewhat of a profanity laced spectical.

Andrews turn tonight, with apricot chicken.

In response to a comment, Tony didn't bring the bread maker it was already onboard.

Thanks for the comments, keep em coming, just don't forget your name so we know how it's to be taken.

Good night all Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Apricot chicken sounds awesome ! The temperature of the water is already above 25 , I am so jealous news form Auckland ... it was a sunny Sunday in WGP. I love to read your updates , it is a kind of routine after dinner while Elo plays around. When she hears your names ... she starts IMAGINE ... IMAGINE ... Lots of love From the chiwi team ... the Wardies
Sat May 4 17:15 2019 NZST
Run: 120.8nm (218.6km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.3nm
30 56.191S 178 13.145E

Saturday 4 May Once again at 8pm the winds got up and we had 3 squalls come through. Wind varied up to 35knots, leaving us in early hours of the morning with no wind. This left us about 20 nautical miles west of our course. Slight sea invasion in the front quarters quickly fixed with a tub of Vaseline. The remainder of the day was spent getting back on course, otherwise uneventful. Crew mainly slept today, shifts shared by everyone. Stella is in the galley cooking up something Mexican/Italian.

We've put an extra reef in the mainsail in the hopes of a better night's sleep tonight. Will let you know the results tomorrow.

Amore, el cinco amigos Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Vaseline?? How? Anyway you're going great guns, well done. Weather forecast showed nasty fronts to west and east but where you're sailing is in a great big High so hopefully the good run will continue - dolphins swimming round a boat are supposed to be lucky so hopefully those ones the other night gave some good luck to you. Enjoying the posts. Chris
Fri May 3 17:09 2019 NZST
Run: 193.2nm (349.7km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 94.9nm
32 28.600S 177 14.920E

Friday 3/5 This morning the sunrise brought a gentle swell, which gave us a gentle ride throughout the day. We lost our travelling friend Masquanada sometime in the night after he gave us a close pass and then took off into the distance. This morning we enjoyed listening to the amusing banter of two passing container ships over the radio and this afternoon Sue did a bit of washing and hung her britches on the back deck, fluttering in the afternoon breeze. Tony is currently in the galley preparing our evening feast, while we wait patiently enjoying the calm evening and watching the sun set. Throughout the night we will pass through our quarter way mark! Just a note, if leaving a message for us please leave do your name.

Goodnight from all of us and we will be back with more tomorrow Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Hi guys !!! We are thinking about you all day the time . We are cooking pasta tonight , last time that I made pasta was for you guys ! We miss you Greg , Dani and Elo!

Hi Andrew Sue Tony and crew. It's nice to read of your progress - enjoying your updates and your encounters. We should have had Tony practicing his culinary skills at work before he left.🤔 He is very good with his bread making skills- (did he pop one in his backpack-haha) Wishing you a safe and awesome journey John and Nene

Great news guys. Will follow your progress with interest. Hope Tony's cooking is not too awful! Cheers Mike Babich

Hello Sue, Just following the blog.. Have a gr8 day :)
Wed May 1 16:18 2019 NZST
Run: 138.4nm (250.5km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76nm
35 01.952S 175 53.224E

Yesterday we left Auckland with fine skies and light winds. By evening the winds got up and sea became choppy (a few crew were a bit seasick). During the night we had phosphorescent torpedoes turning circles around the boat (som3 dolphins decided to pay a visit.

Today we saw some whales feeding with some large sea birds. The wind and swell have died down during course of the morning, swells down to about 1.5m.

The crew are falling into a routine - sleep, eat, on watch.

The water temperature has raised from 19.4 degrees when we left to 21.8 currently.

Friends and family - don't panic if status doesn't update daily! Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

Good luck guys. I’ll fly over the top tonight (Fri 3rd) as I head off to Chicago. A

Great to hear all is going well, it's a cool morning here enjoy every day getting warmer.
Mon Apr 29 20:36 2019 NZST
36 52.779S 174 56.034E

did I mention how awesome and handsome my son is ?

Mon Apr 29 20:27 2019 NZST
36 52.779S 174 56.034E

last night in New zealand man overboard exercise complete successfully. Last provisioning complete.

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Mon Apr 29 20:24 2019 NZST
36 52.779S 174 56.034E

Our last night in New Zealand. Today we set up the storm jib (just incase we need it). We also practiced Man Overboard procedure. No the skipper wasnt thrown overboard. we used an old lifejacket and we successfully retrieved it on the first attempt.

Mon Apr 29 20:24 2019 NZST
36 52.779S 174 56.034E

last night in New zealand man overboard exercise complete successfully. Last provisioning complete.

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Mon Apr 29 20:09 2019 NZST
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
36 52.779S 174 56.034E


Mon Apr 29 14:15 2019 NZST
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
36 48.908S 174 57.439E

Sorry for the lack of communication we had a problem setting up satellite internet.

The crew are all here. We have none a practice man overboard. No the skipper wasnt thrown overboard. We used an old lifejacket. Today the girls have gone into town to get fresh fruit n veg for trip. Tomorrow we set off.

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Have a fantastic trip! Good luck for sailing away tomorrow and just enjoy the adventure. Chris

I'm excited for you all! Love being able to follow your progress on this site. Enjoy your travels and post a pic when Tony catches the 1st fish of the voyage. Jackie.
Fri Apr 26 20:21 2019 NZST
Run: 17.3nm (31.3km)
36 48.189S 174 58.550E

Moving to Auckland

Thu Apr 25 16:30 2019 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
36 37.110S 174 45.867E

Stocking up with food

Mon Apr 8 19:37 2019 NZST
36 37.363S 174 45.144E
Weather: Fine

On Anchor

Racing to finish the last jobs for the CAT1 inspection on the 12th April

Imagine - Imagine - 2603 Apr 2019

Yesterday we left Whangaparaoa and good friends. Tears were shed as Dani, Greg and Elo waved goodbye from the beach

Imagine - Imagine - 2503 Apr 2019

We have just finished stocking the boat with canned and dry food. On Friday we will stock up on fresh fruit and veg and meat.

Imagine - Imagine - 1604 Apr 2019

We have passed CAT1