Sat Oct 29 14:09 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 24S 158 17E
Run: 51nm (92.3km)
Avg: 8.9knts
24hr: 214.7nm
Weather: E / SE 16 knots. Clear skies - scattered cumulous - calm sea - BEAUTIFUL DAY

MIDDAY (LOCAL NC) POSITION - 29/10/2016. That booby that visited us left an aweful mess on the deck. It looked at us with those beautiful eyes - Why do we never learn!

Sat Oct 29 8:27 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 20S 159 05E
Run: 56.8nm (102.8km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.7nm
Weather: ENE 10 - 15 knots. 1015 hpa

6H00 POSITION DAY 3. Clearing up booby poo! What do these guys eat! cheers from Impi.

Sat Oct 29 1:57 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 12S 159 58E
Run: 57.6nm (104.3km)
Avg: 10knts
24hr: 240.4nm
Weather: Just sailed into some squally conditions - some rain to wash down the decks. Wind E / SE 20 - 25 knts squalls

MIDNIGHT POSITION DAY 2. All great on this end - Nice to be slowing the boat down a little (reefed 1) to avoid weekend entry. The booby is still with us and fast asleep - I guess he will spread those wings and fly off in the morning :) cheers from Impi.

Fri Oct 28 20:12 2016 NZDT
9.5 - 10
GPS: 23 06S 160 52E
Run: 59.8nm (108.2km)
Avg: 9.9knts
24hr: 237.2nm
Weather: SE 17 - 20 knots. Seas are calm - amazing day - 1014 hpa

18H00 POSITION DAY 2. All good on the mother ship - We just had a booby fly in to visit us and what a lovely fella - cheers from Impi.

Fri Oct 28 14:09 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 00S 161 48E
Run: 55.7nm (100.8km)
Avg: 10knts
24hr: 240.9nm
Weather: SW 17 - 18 knots. Seas are calm - beautiful sunshine - glorious day out here

NOON POSITION DAY 2. All good on the mother ship - Impi.

Fri Oct 28 8:36 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 53S 162 40E
Run: 62nm (112.2km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 236.2nm
Weather: SW 17 knots.

All good on Impi. Tried calling in on the net but heard.

Fri Oct 28 2:18 2016 NZDT
8 - 9
GPS: 22 47S 163 38E
Run: 178.8nm (323.6km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 236.1nm
Weather: SE 18 - Sea lumpy but fine.

Midnight position - all is good on board Impi

Thu Oct 27 8:07 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 22.18568S 166 23.90465E
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)

Departed for Bundaberg

Mon Oct 24 14:25 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 19S 166 24.2E
Run: 48.8nm (88.3km)

Waiting to leave for Bundaberg

Wed Sep 21 1:54 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 54S 166 50E
Run: 195.2nm (353.3km)
Weather: SW 08 knots.

Dropping in to say 'Hi' to all our family and friends - we are anchored off the reef in New Caledonia Southern Lagoon - an amazing part of our globe and well worth the visit to those yachts passing through here. Cheers guys - off to do some diving :)

Sun Aug 7 9:27 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 41.055S 164 56.833E
Run: 60.6nm (109.7km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.7nm

Hienghene anchorage here in New Caledonia looking beautiful

Sat Aug 6 21:48 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 27S 165 51E
Run: 41.1nm (74.4km)
Avg: 11.1knts
24hr: 266.6nm
Weather: SE 30 knots.

All well on board Impi. Wind double the forecast - Sea state is uncomfortable with breaking waves (also not forecast). We have packed away the main sail and reefed 2 on genoa. Want slower speed to negotiate the reef in the morning with some light.

Sat Aug 6 18:06 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 25S 166 29E
Run: 21.4nm (38.7km)
Weather: SE 18 knots.

Depart Loyalty Islands for overnight sail to HIENGHENE on east coast mainland New Caledonia. The Loyalty Islands are beautiful in clam weather ... I mean CALM weather and once the wind came through it was not long before we felt we had had enough. At this current time the politics with the local cheifs is also not great - they come across as being 'agro' on Ouvea ... and really .. we can do without that no matter being in a beautiful place.

Sat Jul 30 14:27 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 43S 166 24E
Run: 22.6nm (40.9km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.9nm
Weather: N 8 knots.

Loyalty Islands, Ouvea, Baie De Mouly. Beautiful long white sandy beaches, turquoise blue water with coral heads looking menacing but mostly because the water is that clear. So happy to be in the Loyalty Islands! Hoping the sun comes out to dazzle and amaze us as it casts a spotlight onto these beautiful colours that surround us everywhere ... cheers for now

Sat Jul 30 10:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 49S 166 44E
Run: 23.8nm (43.1km)
Weather: NE to E 12 knots.

Weather is overcast but breeze fine with the asymmetric sail flying steadily. We have left Lifu here in the Loyalty Islands for Ovea. The place is magical - hope everyone out there is having a great time ... Brent and Ana

Fri Jul 29 10:03 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 55.4710S 167 05.0110E
Run: 10.2nm (18.5km)

Pretty little village called Doueoulou - Loyalty Islands proving to be awesome.

Little to no wind today and the entire bay is 'glass'

Pressure is 1016

Overcast after a number of sunny days

Impi is happy, happy and happy :)

Wed Jul 27 10:23 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 47.48600S 167 09.18100E
Run: 104.3nm (188.8km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.3nm

Quick passage to Lifu here in The Loyalty Islands. Very light winds were predicted but we had up to 20 knots last night out of the east so well reefed in and still arrived way too early.

The first thing that struck us is the clarity of the water even at sunrise ... it reminds us of the Tuamotu Archipelago clarity.

So - all is well with Impi and we look forward to exploring these amazing islands ... cheers everyone ... Impi out !

Tue Jul 26 8:39 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 17.716S 167 01.014E
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161nm

After feeding our favorite abandoned island dog Moose on Ilot Casy we are now in Port de Goro wth good Internet. Later today we will leave for Lifou, Loyalty Islands.

Tue Jul 26 8:37 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 17.43632S 167 01.015E
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
Avg: 228.9knts
24hr: 5494.2nm

Tue Jul 26 8:34 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 21S 166 50E
Run: 26.2nm (47.4km)

After feeding our favorite dog Moose abandoned on Casy Island we are now Port de Goro with good Internet. Later today we will leave for Baie de Santal in Lifou, Loyalty Islands.

Mon Jul 18 14:39 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 16S 166 26E
Run: 52.7nm (95.4km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136nm
Weather: SE 8 knots.

Cleared in here at Port Moselle Marina, New Caledonia. Had a massive lunch before Bio Security arrive to take all food :) Thank you for all the weather info Davd and Patricia, and to our mates Mark and Sue who kept us updated with world news and funny stories - thanks man !!! For the record, I caught NO fish so am in need for a visit to the psychiatrist !

Mon Jul 18 5:21 2016 NZST
6 - 7
GPS: 22 57S 166 48E
Run: 63.9nm (115.7km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.4nm
Weather: SE 13 knots. Sea - moderate (some squalls passed overhead washing our decks in the rain.

All good on board Impi. We are here - cruising along the western shore of the outer reef of New Caledonia - we smell flowers, we smell salt in the air from the mist where ocean meets reef and best of all we smell the air of success! Well - let's not get ahead of ourselves here - my fishing skills have not improved in spite of my attempts to dress the lures up as sexy as possible! Actually it's no wonder at all there are no fish given the huge fishing fleets we sailed into en-route New Caledonia.

Ok friends - until later then Cheers for now Brent and Ana

Sun Jul 17 20:51 2016 NZST
GPS: 23 35S 167 32E
Run: 199.2nm (360.6km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.9nm
Weather: Light winds around 9 knots SE. Seas are calm - some swell spaced well apart. Clear skies all day with sunshine (hot) and tonight and awesome moon :)

All good on board Impi. For the record my fishing skills need some attention cos the fish are paying no attention! We are eating - oh man - I feel like a right 'fat little tick' - eating everything they may take from us on arrival in Noumea :) We tried the kite (asymmetric and Spin) today but conditions were just too light with the swell twitching the sail, so for the best part of the day and last night engaged engines - bummer! Otherwise 'all is cool in the pool' and we look forward to our arrival in New Caledonia tomorrow morning. Cheers from Brent and Ana

Sat Jul 16 19:24 2016 NZST
7 - 8
GPS: 25 30S 169 54E
Run: 98.6nm (178.5km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.1nm
Weather: Light winds around 9 - 10 knots S. Seas are calm and not much swell or wave.

Asymmetric sail saved our bacon today !! Winds may be light but this sail drives us along very comfortably. Ana donned her beautiful bikini in the sunshine and she says she feels the vibe of the islands again. Today is champagne day however we feel the spirit somewhat dampened by the horror act in France - so will not pop the cork today - so sorry for all our French friends out there :( We now hope the winds stay from the south for the rest of the night as when we see the SE it will be spinnaker time, and I am not fond of doing this in the dark of night :) Cheers everyone - Brent and Ana

Sat Jul 16 5:39 2016 NZST
5 - 6
GPS: 26 29S 171 03E
Run: 80.5nm (145.7km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.7nm
Weather: No wind to speak of - around 7 knots S, Sea is calm

All well on Impi. The stars look bright in the sky and its beautiful out here. Motor sailing until we find the next breeze.

Later at GHRadio net time Ana reported in with a very strong clear signal, all was good and their eta is Late on July 18th.

Fri Jul 15 17:33 2016 NZST
5 - 6
GPS: 27 16S 172 01E
Run: 84nm (152km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168nm
Weather: Light breeze 9 - 12 knts SSW, Very cloudy although we had some sunshine today. Seas are long rolling troughs sometimes impressive and covered with chop not so impressive as it makes things uncomfortable with the 'boom switch'.

All well on Impi. We need more wind please! Fishing lines are out but nothing yet :( The boom tends to bang from side to side as the swells slip underside - I call it the 'boom tantrum'. So we are trimming, tweaking and adjusting constantly to keep things moving along - but as our dear friends on SV Macushla always say 'EASY DOES IT'! Oh I really had to share this with y'all ... I wrote to my mates to explain the lumpy seas we encountered and suggested they should take pleasure not being out here ... that they should enjoy the comforts of their home on land for a while as we battle it out at sea.

Typical of the terrific folks they are - this was their reply: M is joining you in solidarity by replicating your conditions here, throwing off his slippers, having one less log on the fire and rocking vigorously in his chair, the soaking seawater has had to be replaced by a tastier cool libation, but he feels your pain! This sense of humour made our day !!!

Fri Jul 15 5:33 2016 NZST
4.5 - 5.5
GPS: 28 03S 173 04E
Run: 110.7nm (200.4km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.5nm
Weather: Light breeze 8 - 9 knts SSW, Odd gust bullets through now and again but short lived. Sea is moderate to calm - odd breaking crest rolls under the hulls

All is well on board Impi. Light winds and still reefed as we catch up with some rest. Perhaps we will shake out the reef lines later this am if the seas feel comfortable - hoping the wind keeps enough not to need engines. Cheers !!!

Thu Jul 14 14:09 2016 NZST
GPS: 29 13S 174 19E
Run: 71nm (128.5km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.2nm
Weather: 26kts WNW,1016 Baro, Strong flat cloud base with oblong blue patches that descend on us in rows like continental soldiers.

Switched to 4x4 mode and low range. All is fine on board Impi. The sea is full of potholes and gusts 30 knots here and there. We are sailing close to the wind so very bumpy (slamming).

We are double reefed on the main and third reef in the genoa - SLOW is what we want right now to be comfortable. So - champagne is still deeply stowed and we wonder if there will be an opportunity to crack it before reaching our destination ... which by the way ... could be anywhere in the world the way the weather is going :)

Thu Jul 14 4:48 2016 NZST
GPS: 30 14S 174 09e
Run: 87.7nm (158.7km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 195.8nm
Weather: 16kts NW,1017 Baro

All Good! Enjoyed mirror like conditions for most of the day - winds from N - NW saw us proceeding a little more to the east but all good with that. Horror of all horrors as we sailed into a huge fishing fleet at 30*50S 174*07E - oh man - why does Impi do this? Vessels constantly altering direction sometimes headed for us without any response to our VHF calls. It always seems to happen at night but thanks to AIS again. This pushed us due east for a long spell as we avoided the fleet. As we came back 'up' what would you know ... more fishing vessels - so the 'fish are a biting tonight'.

Found this rather frustrating as we try to reel in that elusive 30*S before the front arrives ... could they not pick a different fishing spot than one right on our route - LOL! So - we hope our pursuit of 'comfort' over 'speed and distance' serves us well, especially with the sea state predicted after the front - we think a gradual curve NW will make the journey a little longer but hopefully a little more comfortable (ha ha).

Not looking forward to the seas following the front but otherwise - All good on-board Impi

Wed Jul 13 18:03 2016 NZST
GPS: 31 29S 173 54e
Run: 106.1nm (192km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.7nm
Weather: 10kts NW,1020 Baro

Seas calm with large slow swells. Smooth part of the journey. Heading NNE to avoid front tomorrow. All OK.

Wed Jul 13 5:33 2016 NZST
GPS: 33 01S 173 59E
Run: 157.3nm (284.7km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 222.4nm
Weather: 12kts NE,1021 Baro

Seas calmer now than yesterday. Going N rather than NNW to avoid front coming through. All OK.

Tue Jul 12 12:34 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 17.30621S 174 8.29931E
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)

Checked out

Mon Jul 11 16:45 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 17.03507S 174 8.08559E
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)

Waiting to leave maybe 17/18 July for Noumea.

Fri Jul 8 10:42 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 16.78074S 174 7.86930E
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)

Still waiting for a gap to get to Noumea... Possibly Monday, looking at gribs later today. Able to take experienced sailor with us. 0211920057

Tue Jul 5 7:39 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 16.69035S 174 7.64528E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)

Waiting for a gap to get to Noumea....

Mon Jul 4 16:13 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 16.642S 174 7.707E
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Avg: 39.1knts
24hr: 939.1nm

Mon Jul 4 16:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 16.95310S 174 7.33629E
Run: 1.1nm (2km)

Waiting for a weather window for New Caledonia.

Fri Jul 1 7:51 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 16S 174 07E
Weather: 12kts SW,1008 Baro

Anchored in Pomare Bay

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