IMPI

IMPI

Sat Oct 29 14:09 2016 NZDT
Speed: 8knts
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
Speed: 8knts
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
Speed: 8knts
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
Speed: 9.5 - 10knts
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
Speed: 9knts
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
Speed: 8knts
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.

But heard what? Oh man, the suspense is killing me!? Haha, you can't even see what you wrote, so that will make no sense to you. Oh well, bye bye butterflies! Z&M on Libertalia

Oh dear - it seems we had some technical glitches with YIT on this crossing. We noticed they stopped posting our positions half way across and we sent the co-ords every 6 hours. But hey guys - we will miss you but are sure to hook up somewhere down the line. We are thinking to head back for New Cal next year ... we will see ... some opportunities seem to be presenting themselves to us :) We wonder how the sale of your boat is going? Our sail down to Oz was awesome - averaged over 200nm per day and had to slow things down a lot on the last day to make sure not to arrive on Sunday so our 4 day crossing could easily have been under 4 days - amazing wind and currents - awesome sail - our investment into the mainsail was a great decision. The oz customs and other officials were awesome - such an easy and relaxed clear in procedure. Well - we will catch up with your news on FB and so on - love and miss you guys ... Brent and Ana  

Hi IMPI, it's Dani from YIT here. We have just stumbled across this comment and looked into what the problem is. You have lost the leading square bracket from the command "[status]" on your updates hence they have not been processing. If you have any difficulties in future, feel free to email us for help on mike@yit.nz
Fri Oct 28 2:18 2016 NZDT
Speed: 8 - 9knts
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
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)

Departed for Bundaberg

Mon Oct 24 14:25 2016 NZDT
Run: 48.8nm (88.3km)

Waiting to leave for Bundaberg

Wed Sep 21 1:54 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
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 :)

bout time you checked in here :) Hi back. We should definitly go for a dive together before we all leave this place. Less than 6 weeks to go!! :( Off to Ouvea today! Cyu!

You guys are so funny :D - awesome spot down on the reef in the southern part of the lagoon. Sailing with a local couplke who are showing us some amazing spots but I must say it was quite a sobering experience when a huge Bull Shark cruised right past us whilst anchored, he circledd us a few times before shooting off to impress some other yachties ... LOL ! Hey Zane and Michelle - we so hope you are going to have an awesome time in The Loyalties - an amazing place :) Cheers guys          

You guys are so funny :D - awesome spot down on the reef in the southern part of the lagoon. Sailing with a local couplke who are showing us some amazing spots but I must say it was quite a sobering experience when a huge Bull Shark cruised right past us whilst anchored, he circledd us a few times before shooting off to impress some other yachties ... LOL ! Hey Zane and Michelle - we so hope you are going to have an awesome time in The Loyalties - an amazing place :) Cheers guys          
Sun Aug 7 9:27 2016 NZST
Run: 60.6nm (109.7km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.7nm

Hienghene anchorage here in New Caledonia looking beautiful

Hi from Savusavu! We have been using your Fiji SAS Planet and it has been a lifesaver. Thanks again for taking the time to share it with us. Hugs to you both.
Sat Aug 6 21:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 7knts
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
Speed: 8.0knts
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
Speed: 0knts
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
Speed: 8knts
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
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
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
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
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
Avg: 228.9knts
24hr: 5494.2nm

Tue Jul 26 8:34 2016 NZST
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
Speed: 0knts
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
Speed: 6 - 7knts
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
Speed: 7knts
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
Speed: 7 - 8knts
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
Speed: 5 - 6knts
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.

Hi Guys, Thinking of you guys out there this morning. Enjoy the more peaceful seas and get some Zzz's.. ☺ Zane and I are planning on leaving Whangarei later today and head for Opua. Hopefully we will be on our way toward you guys really soon. Take care. Michelle
Fri Jul 15 17:33 2016 NZST
Speed: 5 - 6knts
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
Speed: 4.5 - 5.5knts
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
Speed: 7.5knts
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
Speed: 7.5knts
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
Speed: 7.8knts
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
Speed: 8knts
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.

At the rate you're going, you'll be well clear of that front when it arrives. Nice work! It looks like fantastic sailing conditions from here on in. We'll be heading up next week. Cya!
Tue Jul 12 12:34 2016 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)

Checked out

Mon Jul 11 16:45 2016 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)

Waiting to leave maybe 17/18 July for Noumea.

Fri Jul 8 10:42 2016 NZST
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
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)

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

Mon Jul 4 16:13 2016 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Avg: 39.1knts
24hr: 939.1nm

Mon Jul 4 16:12 2016 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)

Waiting for a weather window for New Caledonia.

Fri Jul 1 7:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Weather: 12kts SW,1008 Baro

Anchored in Pomare Bay

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