Imagine

Imagine

Tue Jul 23 16:36 2019 NZST
Run: 168.6nm (305.2km)
14 35.582S 178 16.463W

Tuesday 23rd July We left Wallis yesterday morning with Sue at the helm guiding Imagine through the gap in the reef. I think all of us are sorry to leave Wallis and wish we'd had more time there. It was a beautiful day with light winds and little swell. As the day went on the winds increased to 20 knots by evening. As usual we reefed the sails for the night.

Today has been overcast but pleasant. Not much more to report.

Fiji here we come.

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Sun Jul 21 18:51 2019 NZST
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Sunday 21 July The day started out with Stella and Tony heading off to the motu next to the reef entrance, for a few hours snorkeling. Andrew flew the drone for a few more stunning shots of the outer islands of Wallis.

The afternoon was spent preparing for the trip to Fiji. With everything stowed away and the dinghy strapped to the deck we took photos of our last Wallis sunset. We set sail for Fiji in the morning. Depending on the wind it will take 3 to 5 days to reach SavuSavu Fiji.

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Fri Jul 19 19:24 2019 NZST
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Friday 17 July Not much to report today. We officially booked out of Wallis, although not leaving till Monday morning (before the offices open). We had lunch at a nice restaurant, frequented by locals. There are no public buses on Wallis so there is a lot of walking in the heat or hitching a ride with one of the friendly locals. Then we spent the afternoon under the sunshade on the foredeck pacing ourselves for some more snorkeling tomorrow.

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Sue exercising her thumb

Good luck for some good sailing winds on your journey to Fiji. Chris
Wed Jul 17 20:18 2019 NZST
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Wednesday 17 July Guess what? Another day in paradise. This morning all four of us headed off to snorkel the hole in the reef. One of the best places yet. The hole was over 15m deep so clear you could see three stingrays hiding in the sand below us. The hole was an oval shape. About 50m by 200m.

There is not much more to say about it just wow See the photos.

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Tue Jul 16 17:24 2019 NZST
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Tuesday 16th July Still at Wallis, waiting for enough wind to make it all the way to Fiji.

An exciting day today, we went shopping. Tony stayed aboard while Sue Stella and Andrew headed into town. Stella needed internet to finalise her in Tonga to swim with the whales. Andrew and Sue headed to the supermarket for supplies. Overcast but still hot, Sue decided to test out her thumb and within minutes Karl (a local) pulled over to give us a ride. We don't speak French and Karl doesn't speak English, but we were able to let him know we wanted to go to the supermarket. After a downpour while in the shops, Sue and Andrew headed back to the boat with shopping bags on hand. It was only a few 100 meters when a lady took pitty on us and offered a ride.

Back at the jetty you could see another downpour coming, so Sue and Andrew rushed the food back to Imagine. Andrew then returned ashore to wait for Stella who had found the only cafe with internet to shelter from the rain. Unfortunately we didn't make it back to Imagine without getting wet.

Tony had pre prepared dinner while we were away.

After lunch it was still overcast with a few showers, so it was read a book or siesta time. You can't go snorkeling in the rain, you will get wet (it doesn't look as pretty).

Tony's curried chicken smells good.

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Mon Jul 15 17:15 2019 NZST
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Image Monday 15 July Another lazy day. The wind had dropped by this morning, so we headed off to explore a motu on the outer part of the reef. Andrew sent up the drone and we found a hole in the reef a local had told Tony about. We will be back tomorrow with the dive and snorkel gear. On the way back we checked out another couple of motu's. We got back to the boat to find the harbour was getting crowded. Another boat had arrived. After lunch we went for another swim and spent the afternoon sitting on the fore deck under the sun shade and thought about you lot hard at work ? It must be time for a coconut and pineapple drink laced with vodka while we watch the sunset.

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Sun Jul 14 16:30 2019 NZST
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Sun Jul 14 14:36 2019 NZST
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Sunday 14th July Yesterday was Bastille Day celebrations in Wallis (Bastille Day is today).

We started the day snorkeling off one of the many Motus here. The edge of the reef went from .5m to 40m, which made for a great array of fish and coral. After lunch we moved the boat back into the harbour, so we could go ashore in the evening.

In the evening the waterfront area was crowded with locals (and four boat people). There was a couple of food stalls, a band and 3 groups of traditional dancers. All of which was being filmed by the local (one and only) Wallis TV station.

Unfortunately the night was interrupted by a sudden downpour, which left everyone sodden. At this point we realised that we had left all the hatches on the boat open (wet beds). Being soaking wet and a 10 to 15knt breeze we were cooling down fast. So we decided to head back to the boat.

Upon reaching our dinghy tied up to the wharf and seeing the choppy water, Tony decided not to go back to Imagine. So Andrew, Sue and Stella headed off into the dark, while Tony went back to watch the rest of the dancing.

The trio made it back to Imagine soaked in salt water, whilst Tony talked a local family into putting him up for the night.

This morning Andrew picked Tony up from the wharf and as the wind and waves are a bit high, we all have had a lazy day.

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Hope you got warm and dry pretty quickly once you got back on board. Good thing you've got other berths not directly under hatches. Forecast keeps showing temperatures around 30 there so you'd certainly want fresh air. I guess you'll wait for wind and rain to settle before setting off again. Chris
Fri Jul 12 18:21 2019 NZST
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Friday 12th July This morning we all went snorkeling in Aqua coloured water on the nearby reef. Some beautiful coral and fish were seen. This afternoon Tony and Stella went exploring the motu. Upon returning late afternoon we were approached by 2 French men on a jet ski. The one that could speak English explained he was making a short movie where the opening scene was a man falling off a yacht. As we appear to be the only yacht currently in Wallis he asked if he could shoot the scene on Imagine. We agreed and he went off to get his actor. Obviously he had trouble finding him as it's now too dark to film anything and they haven't returned. Maybe we will see them in the morning. Stay tuned! Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Thu Jul 11 21:03 2019 NZST
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Thu Jul 11 18:54 2019 NZST
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Thursday 11th July This morning we cleared with customs and the gendarmerie and we headed into town. We went to the island's only bank to get the exchange rate and for Stella to withdraw some money. Once again her card would not work, so she then spent the next 3 hours trying to get internet , to contact her bank. Sue Tony and Andrew looked around the shopping complex (hardware shop, super market, bank, dress shop and coffee shop). The wind had got up by the time we got back to the boat, so we moved south to a more sheltered spot behind another motu. A short dinghy ride to the beach and we were in the water for a swim while Tony headed off to explore the island. We got back to Imagine at 5pm just in time for drinks and nibbles while watching another sunset.

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Wed Jul 10 17:27 2019 NZST
Run: 133.8nm (242.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.9nm
13 16.829S 176 09.333W

Wednesday 10 July We made it with 40 minutes to spare before the tide was ripping through the gap in the reef. Again with Sue at the helm and Andrew up the mast, and Stella and Tony on lookout, we negotiated the reef with a side on swell and lots of eddy currents to the inner reef.

Sue is becoming a master at negotiating these reefs saying this reef was much easier than the last although actually being a narrower pass. She just now has to negotiate reefs without constantly repeating "shit shit shit"! Although we made the opening in time for the tide we did not make it in time for customs so will clear customs tomorrow and spend the night next to one of the motus (islands).

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Well done everyone! Don't blame you Sue, negotiating a narrow gap in the reef with a side on swell and the tide about to turn sounds pretty hairy to me. Good on ya. Chris

Love reading your adventures!! Good job at the helm Sue.... Safe sailing, cheers CindyG
Wed Jul 10 17:27 2019 NZST
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Tue Jul 9 17:06 2019 NZST
Run: 163.5nm (295.9km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137nm
13 43.984S 174 13.179W

Tuesday 9th July Overnight we encountered a few small squalls. The wind slowly went from 22knts down to 10knts. A pod of 5 dolphins swam along side for a while this morning. The sea has been very calm 1/2m swell. At about 10.30am a squall came through raising the wind speed to 18knts Then moved from behind us where it had been all night to directly in front of us and dropped to 6knts. So we have been motoring all day. We have to make it to Wallis by 11am tomorrow so we catch the tide and are able to get inside the reef. If we are too late we have to wait for high tide Thursday, as we can't get in in the dark. As there wasn't anything else to do Andrew thought he would have a go at practicing fishing. So it's baked beans on toast for tea tonight.

Tonight we have been treated to another spectacular sunset.

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Mon Jul 8 12:27 2019 NZST
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
13 45.998S 171 47.111W

Monday 8th July Last night Tony and Stella went to the opening ceremony of the Pacific Island Games. For 5Tala (about 3NZD) they got to sit with all the local people in the mud. It was a joyful upbeat extravaganza. The athletes were doing their cultural dances competing for bragging rights. NZ did an average haka to the crowd. After lots of dancing, singing and speeches the evening finished with a fireworks display that Andrew and Sue watched from the boat, After 7 days anchored in Apia Harbour not being able to swim we were all eager for the break in the weather.

This morning started with a trip to shore for a quick shower and Andrew went to Immigration, then Customs to clear out out of port.

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Fri Jul 5 19:51 2019 NZST
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Fri Jul 5 19:45 2019 NZST
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Friday, 5th July During our weather forced delay, this week we all did different things to enjoy being in Samoa.

Tony went by bus to the northwest of Upolo to an area called Manono-uta where he was picked up by Leota, his brother and grandson on their family catamaran and taken to their fale resort on the amazing island of Manono. Manono is a reef enclosed haven that takes approx 1.5 hours to walk around. Tony was shown generous hospitality. A highlight was joining in the family's short service before their meal with prayer, meditation and harmonious singing. On return he was so tired out, went to sleep about 9.30pm only to wake at 2am with a very uncomfortable left elbow. Tony had somehow picked up an infection that by 4am had caused the elbow to swell to about the size of an egg. Having to be fit for our upcoming Monday departure for Wallis, Andrew and Tony headed off to get to the hospital asap. After a 2.5km taxi ride and resting in the waiting room until 6.30am, Tony was seen by the doctor and given antibiotics, all up only costing 46 Tala. As you can't keep a good man down Tony and Stella headed off to shop more exploring of Apia, spending time at Robert Louis Stephenson's mansion, gardens and climbing up to the top of the hill to visit his grave. Apart from short visits to the city centre, Andrew and Sue have spent time on getting boat ready for our next lot of travels to Wallis and Fiji.

The marina in Apia is pretty full with everyone waiting for breaks in the weather. Although we are anchored out we paid a small sum to the marina so we could leave our dinghy there when going ashore and to utilise their shower and toilet facilities. A note for any boats visiting Apia if you anchor in the harbour you have to pay a fee to the Apia port authority. It has been great also meeting other yachties and their families particularly with so many boats in this week. The Seafood Gourmet restaurant across the road from the marina has had a lot of patronage this week and the adjoining ice cream shop has been so busy they have run out of some TipTop ice cream flavours until the next supply comes in about a month. No it's not just us but Apia has been busier this week with athletes etc arriving for the Pacific games that starts with the opening ceremony this Sunday. They have been rehearsing this week so we have been treated to some light displays and some interesting music! Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Nice to talk with other yachties, half the fun of travelling is the people you meet along the way. Hope Tony's arm is going ok. Hope all goes well when you set sail for Wallis. Chris
Mon Jul 1 18:24 2019 NZST
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We are still in Apia. Having a look at the weather before setting off, showed the swell was predicted to get higher than previously predicted. This would have made it an uncomfortable trip to Wallis, so Andrew decided to leave departing till the next weather window. A good decision after talking with other yachties just arrived who've had high winds and swells, some even sustained damage on their way here. The next weather window at this stage looks to be next Monday at the moment.

Time to do a bit more exploring of Upulo and to catch up on some work on the boat. The South Pacific games are being held here commencing 7th July so there is a lot of athletes arriving and a lot of work being done by the Samoans to welcome the athletes. Had torrential rain yesterday followed by a stunning sunset last night.

We are getting recognised in Apia - Stella by the samosa guys and Andrew by the homemade lemonade guy! Will keep you all posted.

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Sun Jun 30 15:06 2019 NZST
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Sun Jun 30 14:57 2019 NZST
Run: 48.3nm (87.4km)
13 49.613S 171 45.842W

lmage:markets Sunday 30th June Arrived back in Apia Friday afternoon. Dropped off some laundry to be done then some supermarket shopping. We went for a relaxing dinner at the seafood restaurant across the road from the marina (mostly frequented by locals). Had a great dinner, sat back and enjoyed the breeze. Stella tried the local delicacy Oka which is raw fish marinated in coconut cream and onions. Tony chowed down on a seafood chowder, Sue had seafood platter and Andrew had lobster mornay (a very late birthday present from Sue!!). There is an icecream shop next door which also happens to be part of the restaurant. They have a wide range of icecream and a good selection of cheesecakes but we were too full to have any dessert that night. Saturday we headed off to the markets early to try to beat the heat. We came across the bus station with the wonderful local buses. After the markets we headed back to the boat to get away from the heat. Tony stayed out for a bit longer to check out the stadium for the Pacific Games which start next week. That evening Sue and Andrew headed back to shore in the rain to check out the icecream shop whilst Tony and Stella stayed on board to watch a movie. Saturday evening the rain started and hasn't stopped since. During the night there was high winds, thunder and lightning. Today, Sunday is lazy day with everyone trying to catch up on photos, emails etc with a slight interruption when we looked out the window and found a big red tugboat almost coming to join us for morning tea! The red tugboat was anchored with a large barge next to us. The tugboat communicated with the boat anchored on our port side suggesting it moved as the barge had dragged an anchor. After a while the boat came back and advised they had to wait for captain and crew to get to the boat before they could move! We were watching as the barge came closer to that boat and Andrew decided we should probably look at moving and giving the tug and barge more room to manoeuvre. Two hours later we reanchored only a short time later to hear the tug advising it had to go out again as something had jammed their prop and only one of their engines were working. They have now reanchored and we are back to finish off today's blog.

Tomorrow we are looking at leaving Apia, weather dependent, for the Isle of Wallis which is about 3 days sail away. Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


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Nice photos! Especially the pig on the pedestrian crossing. Samoa looks lovely. It's great that you've had a good time there. Chris
Sat Jun 29 18:15 2019 NZST
Run: 48.5nm (87.8km)
13 26.641S 172 21.961W

Imabe:lava2 Savai'i, Samoa is the poor cousin to Upulo with a small port to receive the ferry from Upulo with several villages scattered around the outskirts of the island. The island has a range of tourist attractions so we hired a car for a day and set off to explore some of them. Samoa's information centre in Apia does a good job of promoting all the tourist attractions on both islands. Regrettably they don't all stack up to the hype. As we toured around the island like Upulo Samoan's are not big on signage and the signage that is there is not always correct. Despite that we managed to find the attractions were wanted to see. On Savai'i we started with the rainforest canopy walk. A steel spiral staircase took us up into the treetops to a suspension bridge which led to a large banyan tree which were climbed higher into the canopy for views through the trees. Health and safety would have a field day here with the tree viewing platform and the stairs up to it held to the tree with ratchet tiedowns as the bolts have rusted away.

Next was the Alofaaga blowholes. Lava shelf just above sea level with a few holes in the lava to allow waves from the sea to surge through and create the blowholes. Travelling on around the island we then stopped at the Afu Aau waterfalls for a refreshing swim in the cool fresh water. Too cool for wimps Andrew and Stella but Sue and Tony had a great swim. After a quick stop for lunch near the port we discovered pigs on the island were quite intelligent as we saw one holding up the traffic as he sauntered across the pedestrian crossing. Our last stop was the Saleaula lava fields. We got there about 4.45pm and they closed at 5pm but the lovely Samoan lady told us to go in and she waited until we came back before packing up and going home. Must say out of all the places we went to this family put some of the entrance fee money back into improving the attraction and upkeep. It was one of the tidiest and cleanest places we went to. Also the only one that took the time to explain how to get around and the history regarding this site. This site is where the village used to be before the volcanic eruptions between 1903 and 1907 when it covered the village in molten lava with no fatalities. We saw where the molten lava flowed through the church and onto the coast. We spent about 5days in Savai'i. We decided that the best anchorage for us was Matautu Bay so we based ourselves there and explored from there. This was also a great spot for swimming, snorkeling and most of us saw turtles at one time or another. Left Thursday afternoon to come back to Apia where we have to clear before leaving Samoa. Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


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Sun Jun 23 10:39 2019 NZST
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Hi Guys Pete and I have just been reading and looking at your photos. Very cool/hot especially as we have had a blah! weekend weather wise. Pete is leaving for Europe on Tuesday morning, early!! Obviously you are enjoying the lifestyle. Are the two girls with you? Cheers, Julie & Pete
Sun Jun 23 9:21 2019 NZST
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Friday 21st June Yes we are in Samoa. We arrived on Monday went through the arrival procedure and went to the information centre where we were treated to a cultural dance and food. We got all the brochures and spent the next day sorting what to do and see.

After looking around town and getting some internet data, we discovered that when catching a bus, if the bus is full you just go and sit on someone's knee or expect to be sat on. Andrew thought that was great, you find a beautiful samoan woman to sit on his lap. Not so good when a large samoan woman wants to sit on his lap.

We hired a car for a couple of days to get around Upolo Island (the main Samoan island).

Our first stop was Piula Cave Pool. Unfortunately an earthquake a few years ago collapsed the cave stopping anyone from swimming through. We then followed the coast road, meeting some of the locals and getting some fresh papaya straight from the tree, along with some fresh cucumbers. Because of the south Pacific games next month many of the villages have signs up along with coloured flags welcoming the team they hosting. We continued our drive to the eastern side to Lalomanu beach where we had lunch at a resort. Next on the itinerary was Sua Ocean Trench. A giant sink hole with a lava tube creating an underwater cave entrance. The climb down into the sink hole was via a giant ladder. We hadn't taken our masks so we didn't attempt swimming out to the ocean, so we just swam in the clear water (note the steps are very steep and if you enter this attraction and decide you can't do it and go back out within a few minutes, they still charge you the 20 Tala) Day two started with a short Bush walk to the Ma Tree followed by a look at the coastal walk (the heat of the day making it too hard to complete) 2km down the road was Togitogaiga Waterfalls. A great cool water stop. 15 minutes west we found the Ocean Club (between Sinalei and Coconut Beach resorts). This was a delightful stop where we had lunch (one of the best so far) and relaxed before heading back over the mountain to Apia.

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Mon Jun 17 20:36 2019 NZST
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Mon Jun 17 19:24 2019 NZST
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Tonga review NUKALOFA - Liked the town, Tony's family connection, Liz's place, The Waterfront -great.

NOMUKA IKA/MOMUKA- very pleasant islands, beautiful anchorage, great yacht club, complete with canon and flagpole. Very rough tracks passing for roads (Nomuka) HA'APIA GROUP - Anchored in Pangia (capital of Ha'apia), friendly locals, pigs and dogs roam the streets, great snorkelling, typical Pacific island look, and the free papaya whacked from trees. Great local bar, Mariner Bar.

VAVA'U - VHF radio 26 local info & weather, small boat marina to park your dinghy, beautiful clear water of Port Maurelle, weaving through the coral reefs to the outer islands, Swallows Cave, Lisa beach, other than Palungi who owned businesses, the locals in Neiafu didn't make you feel welcome.

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Mon Jun 17 19:21 2019 NZST
Run: 365nm (660.7km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.4nm
13 49.800S 171 45.804W

Friday 14th June The sun set on Tonga and we headed north disillusioned and down in the mouth with our last impressions of Tonga. As you know we have a fantastic time so far. Andrew had ordered a parcel containing boat parts, a gopro and storage for all these photos and video. The parcel arrived Vava'u within a week via FedEx. BUT we could not get the parcel until the boat papers and passport were copied and sent to Nukalofa to be stamped by the CEO. This took till Friday - 7 days. No, it was emailed not posted. So on Friday we were ready to pick up the parcel and leave for Niuas islands - north Tonga. We had heard quite a bit about these islands, more remote and not as touristy so appealed to us. We were told we could go there so Tony changed some more money to Tongan Pangai and we bought some exercise books and pencils to take for the kids. Then we were told we could only get the boat parts and pick up the rest when we sign out of all of Tonga. This meant sailing 2.5 days to the Niuas, look around there then sail 2.5 days back to pick up the parcel and sign out. Or leave the parcel and sign out of Tonga at the Niuas and carry on up to Samoa.

So we opted to miss the Niuas and sign out at VaVa'u. We were told to come back at 12 noon as the person that signed the exit clearance paper was at the airport and wouldn't be back till then. Back at 12. They were at lunch. Andrew trundled back and was informed that our Visa expired on Thursday. We were unaware of this because when booking in, in Nukualofa we were asked and said we would be in Tonga for 1.5 months and received an official receipt stating we paid for 1.5 months and exit date would be 12 July, but the passports were stamped for 1 month ( didn't see this - lesson learnt check all the documents).

So a trip to immigration and $250 later we returned to customs, and paid port fees.. We finally got signed out. Then we had to pay FedEx $61 for export fee and broker fee All up Tonga has cost over $600 to get in and out of and we missed the two northern islands. It's sad that this was last impression we have of our visit to Tonga.

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Shame Tongan officials spoiled things. Hope you have much better experience with Samoan officials. How long did it take to get to Samoa and what were the sailing conditions like? Looking forward to hearing your adventures in Samoa. Chris

Ah yes. Welcome to Tonga’s corruption. Probably a bit miffed you came back to collect the last half of the consignment having hoped you’d forget it. Cheers A&L.
Wed Jun 12 18:18 2019 NZST
Run: 2.8nm (5.1km)
18 39.503S 173 59.438W

We are back in Neiafu where Andrew has filled in the paperwork to receive a FedEx package from Auckland and now has to wait 2 to 3 days for the papers to be stamped so he can pick up the parcel.

The World Arc have arrived with a large flotilla of boats, so it's time to leave. After waiting for another good weather window we will be leaving over the weekend (if we get the package). We will be heading north to Niua islands the northern most Tongan islands. Before the end of the month we will be in Western Samoa and back with internet.

From Samoa we will head to Isles of Wallis and Fortuna before sailing south to Fiji. We then have from mid July to the beginning of August for Tony to explore Fiji before he has to head back to work (that dirty 4 letter word) Tony and Stella scored some beer at a good price from a yacht due to leave for Fiji that had over the limit of beer to take in there. Tony went for a walk up Mt Talau this afternoon which was quite steep and strenuous and slippery after last night's rain. We are all struggling with the humidity last night and today. Had a huge downpour last night but not much wind. Looking forward to doing some more sailing.

Bye for now.

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Sorry I haven't checked this sooner thanks for the text looks like you are all having a wonderful experience Pete and I have a week and 3 days and we will be of on our holiday hopefulloy ours will be as good as yours. Fair winds luv Pauline
Wed Jun 12 15:48 2019 NZST
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Tony doing what he does every day
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So cool to see you in your element Dad, awesome shots!
Sat Jun 8 20:33 2019 NZST
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Wow! That sunset is beautiful! You are all very lucky, soak up every minute Dad! xo
Sat Jun 8 19:09 2019 NZST
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
18 41.854S 173 59.886W

Saturday 8th June After sailing to the outer islands and Tony trawling for fish most of the day (practising) we ventured to the Eastern bays of Vava'u maneuvering our way through the coral reefs. Andrew climbed the mast for better view to guide us through whilst Sue took the helm. Tony and Stella also did lookout. Maneuvering through the reef we discovered the channel markers were no longer there and sand banks had appeared which didn't show on the charts. Vital to have lookouts in these areas. Spent two days looking around the islands in the Eastern bay area. Nice beaches but not great snorkeling and at one of them an over abundance of sea slugs (sea cucumbers) which Sue and Stella found most disgusting and it made it hard to walk to the beach. As the weather is predicted to get high winds from the east we decided to leave the eastern bays and seek shelter at Lisa beach.

As the ocean swell has increased we chose to take a different route from the eastern bays. Once again the channel markers were non existent and sand bars not charted. Everyone was holding their breath as the depth sounded counted down from 10 metres to below 1 metre under the boat. With the winds getting up it made it interesting moving between the bombies, passing one as close as 2 metres off the port side. Upon anchoring at Lisa beach Sue required a stiff drink! Tonight we were treated to an amazing sunset followed by as Tony put it "one of the best meals in this trip" - mini spring rolls and a fantastic fried rice dish from Stella that had us all going back for seconds! Night from us all Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Once again we are under the chandelier finishing our dinner ( fresh Ling from pakin save ) in the middle of the winter , thinking of you lots . We have called a few times to the satelital phone but nobody answer .... just to say hello and learn about your existing exploits in the shallow waters . Greg is taking the crumbs out of the tablecloth as usual ... you know OCD man ! I When can we call you guys ? I mean what time of the day ? Lots of love The Wardies

Fabulous photos! Guess everyone's nails are bit shorter now after the hairy manoeuvring, especially you on the helm Sue! Good to have nice place to shelter from the strong easterly winds. Had gale force sou'westers here last couple days, hope they're not going your way too. Chris
Sat Jun 8 9:45 2019 NZST
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Wed Jun 5 18:51 2019 NZST
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
18 41.310S 174 01.416W

Wednesday 5th June Yesterday morning Hannah and Tony went for a walk. Whilst they were away the guys on Essence approached us to see if we could take some Panadol to one of the locals -David - whose wife had a headache. When Andrew took them across he asked if there was anything else they needed and David asked if we had any fresh water. (They have to go to Neiafu to get fresh water). Andrew came back and filled up some water bottles for them and was given some coconuts, lemons and limes. We then went back to Neiafu as Hannah was due to catch her flight to Fiji today. We had a nice dinner at Mangoes in Neiafu the last night for our 5 crew team and caught up on some emails etc utilising the free internet they offer. Andrew dropped Hannah off at the wharf this morning along with some laundry that we would pick up later. Then we all went across to do some food shopping and to sort out boat things, phones etc. We got totally soaked going back to the boat. It was definitely a challenge getting a tray of fresh eggs in a soggy cardboard tray back to the boat! With the wind picking up our boat had dragged anchor a bit. Rather than end up on the rocks we decided to move. Laundry wasn't ready till 3.30pm so after lunch Andrew and Tony went back for it whilst Sue and Stella manouevered the boat until the lads came back. We then left for our current anchorage on Mala. Hamburgers for tea tonight with fresh buns and produce from the markets. Another new expression for Stella - when Sue hiccupped and said it sounded like she had "been on the turps". ! Night all Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Mon Jun 3 21:15 2019 NZST
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Anchored at Port Maurelle in 10m of water
Mon Jun 3 18:48 2019 NZST
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
18 43.312S 174 06.075W

Monday 3rd June Saturday we had a third day at Port Maurelle snorkelling around the reefs. Tony saw a large turtle and also got stung by a jellyfish! It is amazing how clear the water is in this bay. So many beautiful and interesting coral and fish. We are so lucky to be in such a beautiful area. In the afternoon we took the dinghy across to Swallows Cave which is absolutely stunning. The colours of the water in the cave were incredible. We had been advised to go around 3pm to get the best light and we did. Stella had her Go pro under the water and got some amazing footage. The inside of the cave was fascinating as well the rock formations, stalactites etc.

Yesterday morning we set off to find Mariners Cave another great snorkeling place but hard to find as the entrance is underwater even at low tide. Hannah and Tony swam off the back of Imagine over to the rocky shore but were not sure enough that it was the entrance to try diving down and up. However we did see some dolphins which were diving around the bow of the boat. We overnighted at Nuapapu Matamaka and snorkelled again. We had another bbq and enjoyed dinner out on the deck watching the beautiful sunset and enjoying watching the flying foxes.

We spent some more time snorkelling this morning where we saw some cool things including another sea snake but were met with a constant barrage of tiny jellyfish stings that could be compared to constant static shocks and some in places they should not have been! This afternoon we moved to Baka'eitu. When we arrived another boat was in the bay which turned out to be Essence (whom we've seen a few times on our travels so far). This evening Stu and Pamela from Essence (along with their friends Carolyn and Brent who have flown up to join them for a week) came over for drinks, nibbles and to share stories. After they went back to their boat we enjoyed a lovely beef peanut curry dish that Hannah made. Maybe another movie tonight that Tony can fall asleep in! Night all Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Sat Jun 1 19:00 2019 NZST
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Sue & Tony at the bar in Pangai
Tony chating up crew from another boat at The Hideaway
Sunset at VaVau
Snorkling at Port Maurelle
Imagine at Port Maurelle
Lion fish
fish & coral

Great to see the photos. Good to chat with other boaties. Saw Canadian flag? Winter hit with a bang so no bbq here but glad you got to enjoy one. Chris
Sat Jun 1 8:42 2019 NZST
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
18 42.042S 174 01.897W

Friday 31st May Hello from Port Maurelle, Vava'u We left Pangai day before yesterday about 4pm and sailed overnight to Vava'u arriving early hours yesterday morning. After another confusing check in we were free to look around the town. Stella was extremely disappointed as no pigs wandering the streets. Had dinner last night on a floating restaurant called The Hideaway where we met another few boaties and had mahimahi fish and chips. This morning we provisioned for a few days and then upped anchor and motored to the beautiful bay we are now in. We snorkelled in the most beautiful pristine of spots. Saw lots of different coloured and interesting fish including lion fish and other fish we don't know what they are with some gorgeous coral. Had a bottle of red wine and our firsr bbq since we left NZ as was the first time the wind was light enough.

Saw black flying foxes that we can still hear now in the trees. Looking forward to spending another night here and exploring the forest and coves around this bay. For those thinking of coming here a note that if you anchor here you need to pay 15 TOP (or if you use one of the mooring bouys it is 20 TOP)- this is for 3 nights but if you leave for the day and come back you pay again) Night from us all Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.

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Sounds amazing. Hannah did u end up buying a go pro u can use while diving?
Sat Jun 1 8:39 2019 NZST
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Thu May 30 13:21 2019 NZST
Run: 82.3nm (149km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 67nm
18 39.430S 173 59.478W

Thursday 30th Image Yesterday afternoon we left Pangai sailing through the night to VaVau.

The evening brought a clear star filled night with 1/2m swell and a 15 knot breeze. We arrived at dawn found an Anchorage. It took till after 1pm to find customs and get processed. We are just seeing what to do next.

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Wed May 29 7:51 2019 NZST
19 47.841S 174 21.282W

Tuesday,another lazy start to the day a routine we have fallen into while relaxing around Pangai. Wet set off from Pangai on a wee motor trip north of Lafuka to the next island up looking for a suitable bay to anchor in for a spot of snorkelling. The East wind was still up gusting over 20knots so made the task of threading our way between bombies tricky. After a good survey of the area we thought it more prudent to motor back to our earlier anchorage and use that position as the base for our snorkelling.

Andrew had a few chores to do so after he and Sue visited our neighbours Muse a 46ft cat he took Hannah Stella and Tony to shore with their snorkelling gear.

We walked north out of Pangai town for about 3kms the roadside bush that stoped views of the ocean opened to reveal a perfect horseshoe bay complete with a reef in patches we strolled down the beach toward the shade of some trees and a coconut palm lying on the, a ready made seat. We geared up and began exploring, what an amazing find... The reef was alive with comlpete corals and an amazing variety of fishes. The coral were coloured from blues to pinks to greens in all shapes and sizes, fish were vibrant blues to plain browns with many clouds between. Both Stella and Hannah took footage of this amazing walk off the road experience. I'm looking forward in a big way to more experiences like this. Stella managed to supposedly accidentally hit Tony over the head while harvesting Papaya with a very big and too heavy for her stick, maybe I should have been wielding the stick and not doing the Papya catching...

The busy day was topped off with a delicious meal cooked by Sue.

Adend, during our motor back little red did it's thing again and hooked a lively barracuda over a metre long, we decided to return it to the ocean along with its very sharp teeth.

All's well on the good ship Imagine.

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Tue May 28 19:03 2019 NZST
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
19 47.841S 174 21.282W

Tuesday,another lazy start to the day a routine we have fallen into while relaxing around Pangai. Wet set off from Pangai on a wee motor trip north of Lafuka to the next island up looking for a suitable bay to anchor in for a spot of snorkelling. The East wind was still up gusting over 20knots so made the task of threading our way between bombies tricky. After a good survey of the area we thought it more prudent to motor back to our earlier anchorage and use that position as the base for our snorkelling.

Andrew had a few chores to do so after he and Sue visited our neighbours Muse a 46ft cat he took Hannah Stella and Tony to shore with their snorkelling gear.

We walked north out of Pangai town for about 3kms the roadside bush that stoped views of the ocean opened to reveal a perfect horseshoe bay complete with a reef in patches we strolled down the beach toward the shade of some trees and a coconut palm lying on the, a ready made seat. We geared up and began exploring, what an amazing find... The reef was alive with comlpete corals and an amazing variety of fishes. The coral were coloured from blues to pinks to greens in all shapes and sizes, fish were vibrant blues to plain browns with many clouds between. Both Stella and Hannah took footage of this amazing walk off the road experience. I'm looking forward in a big way to more experiences like this. Stella managed to supposedly accidentally hit Tony over the head while harvesting Papaya with a very big and too heavy for her stick, maybe I should have been wielding the stick and not doing the Papya catching...

The busy day was topped off with a delicious meal cooked by Sue.

Adend, during our motor back little red did it's thing again and hooked a lively barracuda over a metre long, we decided to return it to the ocean along with its very sharp teeth.

All's well on the good ship Imagine.

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Tue May 28 17:00 2019 NZST
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Beach on Uoleva Island, Ha'apai group
Imagine at Pangai
Another beautifull beach

Loving the photos. Looks so beautiful. Definitely not beach weather here now, wet and wintry, and they're forecasting a nasty cold snap for the weekend - just think what you're missing as you splash around in that lovely warm water. Chris
Mon May 27 15:45 2019 NZST
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Leaving Auckland
High swell
Nice day
Sun May 26 10:48 2019 NZST
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
19 51.002S 174 24.953W

Sunday 26th May Yes we are still alive! Sorry for not blogging earlier. We were all amazed to see we haven't updated our blog since 21st May! We spent a few days in Pangai on Lifuka Island exploring the island and meeting locals and other travellers. Then headed over to Uoleva Island which has 4 resorts on it not that you can tell that immediately. It is not quite their high season yet. Whale watching season which is a big drawcard for tourism here starts June/July. Enjoyed snorkeling around the reef seeing different sorts of colourful fish. Saw some large royal blue starfish which were just an amazing colour. We are back to practising fishing. Two rods however did manage to catch the same bombie which was quite a feat in itself! Stella is currently amusing us immensely with her colourful language as she tries to sort her photos but seems to have somehow transferred some of them to a mysterious file on the computer that no one can seem to find! Have had some real tropical weather including beautiful sunshine, high winds and really heavy downpours. We are heading back to Pangai tomorrow. We'd like to look at Foa which is joined to Lifuka by a causeway and we hear has a fantastic reef area for snorkeling etc. Plus we have to 'checkout' from Pangai before heading off to the Vava'u group of islands which we are looking at doing about Thursday.

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Great to hear you weathered the high winds ok and everything's going well. Snorkeling there sounds beautiful - are you able to eat the pretty coloured fish or are they too small? Have fun with the fishing practice. Good luck! Chris

Sounds lovely and warm up there. We've had our first sub-zero mornings of the season and they're talking rain & snow to low levels later this week. Looking forward to the next blog.
Tue May 21 16:33 2019 NZST
Run: 44.1nm (79.8km)
19 47.861S 174 21.285W

Tuesday 21st May We spent two nights at Ha'ave. Went swimming, snorkeling and a walk around part of the island. Stella captured some singing from one of the churches on her phone. Weather has been changing. Yesterday we decided to come to Pangai as there has been some weather indications that we may get some higher winds. We are semi sheltered from the SE winds here. When we arrived yesterday there were 5 boats anchored. Later in the day they all left heading up to Va'Vau but according to the weather reports we've seen it indicates that winds are likely to be stronger up there. A couple of other yachts arrived today, one was Essence (Stu, Pamela and Steve from Tauranga) which we've caught up with a couple of times. The other was Julo who we met in Nukualofa a German couple who have sailed down from Europe through the Panama canal and spent some time touring around NZ before leaving for Tonga. We are all heading up to Va'Vau when we can. We are just keeping eye on the weather. Hannah and Tony went for a swim this morning and went under the boat to clean the forward facing sonar transducer from the barnacles and other sea life attached to it so hopefully we will now be able to see bombies in front of us although good sets of lookout eyes are a must. Stella still struggles with some of our expressions - the one yesterday was "just like a bought one". She also still doesn't know why we are looking for the "pigs" to hang the washing out! A quiet day, some chores this morning then a walk around Pangai this afternoon. Just relaxing before dinner then watching Game of Thrones. Good night from us all Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apricot chicken sounds awesome ! The temperature of the water is already above 25 , I am so jealous ...no 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.

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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

test


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