Thu Dec 13 17:21 2018 NZDT
Run: 97.1nm (175.8km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.6nm
19 43.896N 155 03.162w
Weather: Who cares now.

We made it, woo hoo! Whilst we budgeted 14 days, we nailed it in 13 days. Dropped the pick off Reeds Bay last night around 10pm local time. We didn't go into Radio Bay straight away, as it was very dark last night, no moon, we were super tired, the entrance to Radio Bay is extremely narrow and shallow and the bay itself is tight. We're so pleased to be hear now. Not the passage we envisaged though, which was a broad reach the whole way in gentle 15 knot breeze with 1.5m long interval swell (albeit some crap in the ITCZ), yet we were tight reaching the whole way in 20-35kts with 2-4m short interval confused seas. Suffice to say we were whacked by the time we got in; one beer each and we both crashed last night. Today we moved into Radio Bay, got cleared in, so all good. So now we pop the champagne cork for the belated dose of bubbly.

WELCOME TO HAWAII! So happy you guys are there safely. Enjoy!
Wed Dec 12 9:15 2018 NZDT
Run: 177.4nm (321.1km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.6nm
19 04.897N 153 43.897w
Weather: Winds are ENE15-20kts, heading is 300T at 6.5kts, 30% cloud cover, 3m ENE confused seas. Barometer reading is 1022.

Whilst it was another night of robust sailing, the seas and winds eased as we got to the same latitude as the bottom of the Big Island. We're steering a course of 300T doing 6.5kts in an ENE15-10kt breeze and a 3m ENE swell. Cloud cover is 30%, we're hoping our last line of squalls just passed us by. We have let out the second reef in the main, brought in our little staysail and let out most of our 130% genoa. We have 80nms to go. Our ETA is around 10-11pm tonight.

Tue Dec 11 9:33 2018 NZDT
Run: 378.9nm (685.8km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.1nm
17 40.340N 151 28.226w
Weather: Winds are ENE25-35kts, heading is 302T at 7kts, 50% cloud cover, 3-4m ENE short interval confused seas. Barometer reading is 1020.

Last 24hrs has been robust sailing in 25-35kts from the ENE with 3-4m ENE seas. We have 235nms to go, given we're averaging 7kts over ground this should get us into Hilo around 9-10pm tomorrow night (i.e. 36hrs time).

Enjoy these last days - and CONGRATULATIONS! WOW, what a trip this must be. Lots of love from Fran & Richard
Sun Dec 9 10:42 2018 NZDT
Run: 201.2nm (364.2km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 200.4nm
14 21.176N 146 55.806w
Weather: Winds are E10kts, heading is 310T at 6.5kts, 50% cloud cover, 1.5m ENE confused short interval swell. Barometer reading is 1016.

Last 24hrs has been lovely sailing again, we have 545nms to go which still means at best we may arrive late Tuesday at worst on Wednesday morning

Sat Dec 8 10:36 2018 NZDT
Run: 195.8nm (354.4km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 198.3nm
12 20.781N 144 45.724w
Weather: Winds are ENE20-25kts, Heading is 316T at 7.5kts, 30% cloud cover, 3m ENE confused short interval swell. Barometer reading is 1013.

Last 24hrs has been glorious sailing, albeit in a somewhat robust

Fri Dec 7 10:54 2018 NZDT
Run: 305.1nm (552.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157.2nm
10 25.216N 142 38.554w
Weather: Winds are ENE20-25kts, Heading is 310T at 7kts, 95% cloud cover, 3m ENE confused short interval swell. Barometer reading is 1011.

We had a memorable last 24hrs, not in a good sense. There are times when you need to be careful what you wish for, as we wanted some rain to wash the boat down. We also made the mistake of doing a load of washing at sea; you can always be sure of rain at sea when you are trying to dry your washing. Well once we got above 0830N we encountered a nasty squall that took 5 hours to exit, it had torrential rain and highly variable winds in every regard and terrible seas. When we exited we thought we had hit the 20NE trades early, but that only lasted an hour before we got hit by the next squall which was a an absolute thumper that joined up with the last squall to make a super squall. It has 0-30kt winds, even heavier and more persistent rain, thunder, lightening, horrible seas, it took around 8hrs to exit which was not until we got above 10N. The rain we experienced in that 24hrs was worse than what we saw in Shelter Bay Marina, Colon, Panama in November 2012; which was biblical having rained every day of the month with a dry day being a mere 2" of rain and a wet day a whopping 12" of rain. When we look back at the distance we traveled before we could exit the squall we estimate it to have been around 2-3 degrees in diameter (i.e. unavoidable). Suffice to say that we are somewhat sleep deprived and wet. That said, we had no leeks in the boat - woo hoo!

This horrible day will be a distant memory by the time you read this as I see you are nearly at Hilo, well done. Did have to laugh when you described Shelter Bay rains, remember we were worried we would all get webbed feet! That was a wet but fun time. Take care and Merry Christmas xx
Wed Dec 5 12:18 2018 NZDT
Run: 150nm (271.5km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144nm
06 10.000N 141 27.000w
Weather: Winds are SSE13-18kts, 80% cloud cover, 1m SW swell. Barometer reading is 1012.

Well we're still sailing rather than motoring; which is great. Gotta admit though that this is a weird passage. The typical winds you see on this passage are say 15 knots, the direction being ESE-SE when you are south of the equator and ENE-NE when you're above the equator. Indeed these were the general forecasts we had when we left. What we've experienced on average however is quite different, rather than ESE-SE winds south of the equator we got ENE winds, once we crossed the equator rather than get ENE-NE winds we got S-SE winds. GO figure hey! The strength, sea state and current have been typical though. Now that we are above 6N we can see the ITCZ. What is fascinating is that in 8 years of sailing, having crossed several convergence zones, we've never seen lows/cells/pulses (i.e. bad stuff) appear like a bomb blast then disappear or move with lightening speed off to the west. So our task today is to find the best entry point into the ITCZ; one where it is both least active and narrowest.

Tue Dec 4 11:19 2018 NZDT
Run: 178.6nm (323.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.7nm
04 01.352N 141 06.486w
Weather: Winds are SE12kts, 40% cloud cover, 1m ENE swell. Barometer reading is 1015.

Another 24hrs of nice sailing conditions. We're currently steering a course of 005T doing 6kts.

Mon Dec 3 7:36 2018 NZDT
Run: 172.8nm (312.8km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.7nm
01 26.365N 141 09.502w
Weather: Winds are ESE15, 25% cloud cover, 2m short interval confused swell. Barometer reading is 1014.

We had a glorious night of sailing, steering a course 000T doing 7kts in 15kts from the ESE with 2m short interval confused seas. Crossed the equator around 8pm offering Neptune a stiff shot of spirits, but abstaining ourselves from joining in on the shot. All is well aboard, although seriously looking forward to lower temperatures and less humidity.

Sun Dec 2 9:30 2018 NZDT
Run: 183.5nm (332.1km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.1nm
01 03.637s 141 08.550w
Weather: Winds are E15, 30% cloud cover, 2m short interval confused swell. Barometer reading is 1014.

We continue to make good progress maintaining speeds in the high 6s and low 7s. The wind has finally started to clock to the east, which is great, although we have entered the easterly counter current which is causing large variations in current direction and speed which is requiring constant course corrections. The sea state did improve for us for a while, but deteriorated again once we got above 0200S. Although our friends on Kokopelli who are up around 0330N are reporting back to us that they have very settled seas which are less than 1m.

Sat Dec 1 9:03 2018 NZDT
Run: 199.3nm (360.7km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190.6nm
03 42.754s 141 00.540w
Weather: Winds are ENE 10-15, 40% cloud cover, 1.5m short interval swell. Barometer reading is 1018.

We had another good night's sailing, although more robust than preferred. We keep seeing forecast winds of E-ESE but keep getting ENE-E instead making for a tight reach almost close hauled sailing; which is something we were hoping we saw the back of when sailing up to the Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas.

Fri Nov 30 7:57 2018 NZDT
Run: 162nm (293.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.4nm
06 35.242s 140 46.742w
Weather: We are steering a course of 340T with 7.5kts of boat speed in 20kt ENE-E wind, the sea state is a 1.5m short interval confused sea, cloud cover is around 20%. Baro reading is currently 1014.

We had a good night's sailing. Although the wind has been a steady ENE-East rather than the predicted East-ESE. A bit before dawn it also picked up to 20 knots and has stayed at that strength. The west setting current is strong, largely due to the impact of the swell I'd imagine, but at 2-3kts it is requiring a 20 degree course correction. The net effect of wind angle, strength, current and swell is forcing us to sail at a 60 degree wind angle; which is something we were hoping to avoid. Given this experience our plan to take every opportunity we can to sail dead north, even put a little bit of easting in until we get to at least 5 degrees north then we'll reassess the plan. Otherwise we risk close hauled sailing for the last 4-5 days into Hawaii in 20-25 knot winds.

Looking like you will have some nice reaching in Easterly for next week or so! Iolea will love that!!!
Thu Nov 29 5:45 2018 NZDT
Run: 639nm (1156.6km)
08 49.319s 140 03.883w
Weather: 5knots E, 50% cloud cover, no swell here inside the bay. 1014 Baro

Our 4-5mth stay in French Polynesia has been sensational, but our time is up and today we set sail for Hawaii. One thing we won't miss is the 3500nms of close hauled sailing to the east that we've done to get from Opua NZ to here in Anaho Bay on Nuka Hiva, Marquesas. If all goes to plan we should be reaching all the way to our intended port of entry, which is Hilo on the Big Island. Our expected passage time for the 2000nm run is around 14 days, which should get us there around the 12th December.

Tue Sep 25 5:48 2018 NZST
Run: 10.4nm (18.8km)
16 57.208s 144 34.870w
Weather: 10knots SE, 20% cloud cover, no swell well at least here inside the atoll. 1015 Baro

Spent that last two weeks exploring the Tahanea Atoll in French Polynesia's Tuamotus. Thoroughly enjoyed all it has to offer, which to our pleasant suprise included swimming with manta rays, and the solitude it brings. Late today though it is time to move on, we are going to sail up to North Fakarava overnight where we will pick some friends from Australia who will join us for two weeks.

Sun Sep 9 10:03 2018 NZST
Run: 329.1nm (595.7km)
16 50.915s 144 41.648w
Weather: no wind or swell inside the atoll with mere 10% cloud cover today, 1015 baro

We dropped the pick inside the Tahanae Atoll in the Tuamtuos this morning after a two day sail from Papeete. Can't believe how lucky we were to sail all the way on a 10-20 knot westerly given the east-based trades that prevail. Our only gripe was snotty seas for the first day which comprised a 2.5m SE swell that had a 10 sec interval with a 3m swell from the WNW with a mere 4 sec interval; which when combined made for some uncomfortable moments. But that all passed within 24hrs, and we did get to sail the whole way without the need for the mainsail. Our 130% genoa was more than enough for us to average 6.5 knots SOG despite the 0.5 knot adverse current. Suffice to say that it is all soooooo nice to be back in the pristine Tuamotus again. As we dropped anchor we were greeted by three good size black tipped sharks that are still circling the boat, several oversized needle fish and various schools of other reef fish. The visibility is of course stunning; we're anchored in 12m of water yet you could read a newspaper on the bottom if you were that way inclined.

Mon Aug 20 12:36 2018 NZST
Run: 105.4nm (190.8km)
17 34.962s 149 37.151w
Weather: no wind or swell inside the lagoon, the day started blue but cloud cover is building, 1013 baro

Been chilling in Papeete anchored off the northern corner of Marina Taine for the last week or so catching up on boat jobs. Plan is to finish of the jobs this week, reprovision, refuel and re-booze up for the Tuamotus and Marquesas. If all goes to plan we'll stage for the Tuamotus around Point Venus towards the weekend.

Sat Aug 4 11:48 2018 NZST
16 48.717s 150 59.803w
Weather: no wind or swell inside the lagoon but we do have 100% cloud cover now, 1017 baro

Had a big day of brewing aboard Iolea today. Bottled our first home brew of the season, a Bulldog American Pale Ale with extra hops. Also put a Muntons Dockland Porter in the fermenter. Should be ready to start drinking the APA in a 2-3wks, will be another 5wks before we can sample the Porter though. Suffice to say we will be self sufficient in the brewing stakes by the time we hit the Tuamotus.

Fri Aug 3 14:15 2018 NZST
Run: 33.3nm (60.3km)
16 48.717s 150 59.803w
Weather: no wind or swell here and no clouds, 1013 baro

We had a glorious sail from Raiatea across to Huahine yesterday. Spent that arvo reprovisioning in Fare then headed down to Baie D'Avea this morning. Will probably stay here for at least 5 days before looking for weather to sail to Papette.

Sat Jul 14 6:09 2018 NZST
Run: 58nm (105km)
16 46.052s 151 29.855w
Weather: Not a concern for us today, just in case David is interested though it is light & variable with 5% cloud cover and no swell with 1015 baro

Woo Hoo! we're safely on anchor in Raiatae. Its so good to be back up in French Polynesia and to have this passage behind us. All up we can't complain as most boats that do this passage tend to experience 1-3 gales of 50+ knots; whereas we did not experience a single gale despite leaving in one of the worst two months of the year for gales. It was also a quicker trip than expected, taking us a mere 16 days. Some of the stats of the passage are: Rhumb Line Distance - 2160nms Actual Distance - 2418nms Number Days - 16 Number of Gales - nil Average Boat Speed - 6.2 knots Maximum Boat Speed - 10.5 knots Max Sustained Wind - 25 knots Max Gust Strength - 30 knots Engine Hours - 95hrs Genset Hours - 25hrs Diesel Used - 314ltrs Water Used - 528ltrs Gear Failure - nil

Fri Jul 13 6:33 2018 NZST
Run: 164.5nm (297.7km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.9nm
17 28.000s 151 59.000w
Weather: 15-20kts E, course is 30T, 90% cloud cover, 2m short interval NE swells and 1016 Baro

We have 50nms to go. Wow what a night. We didn't expect to have such a rough night this close to Raiatae. We started off close hauled with a fairly steady easterly breeze in the high teens and <1m seas. In the early hours of the morning the wind snapped up to 30 knots in a couple of seconds and the swell tripled in size and shrunk in interval; it was game on! So not a pleasant night by any stretch of the imagination. After sailing close hauled for seven days we are also discovering all of our leaks. We thought we did a sensational job ensuring no leaks from any of our hatches and portholes, what we didn't factor in was leaks from the hand holds on deck and one of the non-opening windows; so we have quite a clean up to do when we arrive. Then this morning just before dawn we had a wave break over the top of our bimini. This was similar to the time Iolea decided to turn submarine on one passage down to NZ when it sailed straight through a huge wave resulting in blue water over the top of our boom. The only good news is that the worst of the weather is west of us, we appear to be sailing along its eastern edge. If the day was clear we might be able to see land by now, as our ETA is today around dusk. All is well aboard.

Thu Jul 12 7:27 2018 NZST
Run: 146.2nm (264.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161nm
19 29.000s 153 19.000w
Weather: 15kts E?, course is 30T, 30% cloud cover, 2m short interval NE swells and 1020 Baro

We have 195nms to go. Another challenging night; as we were close hauled in 15-25kts from the bloody ENE with crap seas. Sure could've done with wind from the ESE instead. That said, last night's squalls appear to have finished, the sun is shining this morning and the wind is slowing clocking back hopefully all the way to the ESE. Our ETA is around dusk tomorrow. All is well aboard.

Sorry to hear about the shitty conditions, but woohoo, youโ€™re nearly there. Where are you checking in? The Gambiers? Or elsewhere? Regardless, happy to hear all is well on board the good ship. XX
Wed Jul 11 9:39 2018 NZST
Run: 153.5nm (277.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.2nm
21 28.000s 154 06.000w
Weather: 15-20kts E-ESE, course is 28T, 30% cloud cover, 2m short interval swells and 1022 Baro

We have 320nms to go, and our autopilot is still working, woo hoo! These are challenging conditions though; as the wind direction is varing +/- 30 degrees and the strength is ranging between 5 & 30 knots. We have to set the sail configuration for the top end of that range; as it changes so frequently. This means we rarely have enough sail up so our progress is slower that it would otherwise be. With the benefit of hindsight we should've continued dead east for 1-2 more days before turning up; as that would've made these last 2-3 days more comfortable. That said, we should not complain as we have not experienced a single gale, the highest wind gusts we've recorded so far barely hit 30 knots, and we will arrive earlier than had we stayed south longer. So all up that is still pretty good for doing this passage at the worst time of the year. All is well aboard.

good to hear you are doing well. thanks for all the details in your post. as I have grown to like passages, I would suggest doing whatever you can to prolong yours.
Tue Jul 10 8:27 2018 NZST
Run: 164.2nm (297.2km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.1nm
23 09.000s 155 40.000w
Weather: 15-25kts ESE, course is 45T, 90% cloud cover, 2m SE swell and 1022s Baro

Just noticed we've been using the wrong date for the last few posts, oops. We have 450nms to go. Had a good night of close hauled sailing in robustish conditions again. All is well aboard.

Mon Jul 9 10:12 2018 NZST
Run: 182.5nm (330.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.1nm
24 40.000s 157 40.000w
Weather: 15-25kts SSE, course is 55T, 20% cloud cover, 2m SE swell and 1021s Baro

We have 590nms to go. Had a great night of sailing in robustish conditions. We had SSE winds ranging from 15 to 30 knots, mostly in the 17-22 knot range, which we sailed at an apparent wind angle of 60 & 90 degrees. This allowed us to sail with a single reef in the main combined with our running back supported stay sail. The great thing about this sail configuration is that it is so forgiving in terms of shifts in wind strength and direction. Iolea just coasts along beautifully at 6-7 kts with this set up. Our challenge now continues to be trading off getting sufficiently north to avoid some lighter winds which set in around our current latitude and continue our progress to the east; as the easterly trades are not far away. Apart from the normal challenges that all yachts face when trying to sail close hauled in 15-25 knots, Iolea has an additional challenge due to our long keel. We are starting to see a meaningful swell from the SE, which will become a material head wind to making progress to the east as it will reinforce the SW based current. For example, when we sailed from New Caledonia down to NZ last Nov we had a 2m swell pushing us west, this swell was enough to increase the 0.5-1.0 knot westerly current up to 2-3 knots. The course correction necessary to offset that drift was a whopping 35 degrees. Here's hoping we can sail the rest of this passage close hauled without having to tack our way into Raiatae. All is well aboard; oh and yes our autopilot is still working.

Sun Jul 8 8:36 2018 NZST
Run: 152.4nm (275.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.4nm
26 05.000s 160 08.000w
Weather: 10-15kts SSE, course is 70T, 100% cloud cover, 2-3m long interval SW swell and 1018s Baro

We have 740nms to go. Had a mixed night of sailing, as a temporary wind shift to the east came in, it all went light and variable, with us needing to turn on the iron sail for 8hrs to ensure we continued to make adequate progress to the east given the pending easterly trades which re-establish themselves on Tuesday. All is well aboard.

Sat Jul 7 8:36 2018 NZST
Run: 166.3nm (301km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160nm
26 50.000s 162 27.000w
Weather: 12-14 knots SSW, course is 75T, 100% cloud cover, 2m SW swell and 1018s Baro

We have 862nms to go. Had another good night of sailing. If the forecast hold our challenge is to get as far east and a little further north as we can as in 3-4 days time the easterly trades will have re-established themselves. Whilst this appears doable, there is no escape finishing the passage close hauled sailing, albeit in 15kt winds which should make that final leg bearable. All is well aboard.

Fri Jul 6 7:39 2018 NZST
Run: 156.4nm (283.1km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.1nm
27 13.000s 165 07.000w
Weather: 5-10 knots SW, course is 45T, 100% cloud cover, 2m short interval swell from many directions. 1014 Baro

We have 980nms to go. Had a good night of sailing until the wind died around 5am. As we've been sailing directly downwind we are wing-on-wing and do not have the benefit of both sails on the same side to stabilize Iolea. With the wind down to 5-10 knots, the seas still up and swells coming from 5-6 different directions plus the wake from any large commercial vessels within a 200nms radius we have an uncomfortable roll. Other than that all is well aboard.

Bugger about having to sail wing on wing, but let me tell you, the totally spectacular FP Islands will make it all oh-so worth while.
Thu Jul 5 7:36 2018 NZST
Run: 135.6nm (245.4km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.3nm
28 14.000s 167 24.000w
Weather: 25 knots SW, 30% cloud cover, 3m NE swell. 1013 Baro

A boisterous night of sailing in 25-30 knots with a 2-3m swell; which is always preferable to motoring. Nothing of note to report, all is well aboard.

Wed Jul 4 7:33 2018 NZST
Run: 152.8nm (276.6km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163nm
29 19.000s 169 16.000w
Weather: 10 knots SW, 100% cloud cover, 1.5m short interval swell. 1018 Baro

Had a mixed bag last night. The positive was how splendidly Iolea sailed in the 25-30 knots we got from the cold front that passed us last night. We had a double reefed main and our little staysail out supported by one of our running backs. Iolea glided along effortlessly at 7-8 knots in winds from her aft quarter with ease and was amazingly stable as the seas got more and more confused as the wind built and set in for the night. The negative was what happens after a front passes of course, as the winds died but the swell remained making it impossible to sail unless engine assisted, and even then we couldn't keep a heady up; and the annoying roll that cannot be avoided due to so many swells coming from so many directions. All that said, we are pleased that we weren't further south as that would've been a lot more boisterous. Whilst Kate & I are somewhat sleep deprived, all is well aboard.

Tue Jul 3 9:03 2018 NZST
Run: 143.2nm (259.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.5nm
30 26.000s 171 28.000w
Weather: 20-25knots NW, 70% cloud cover, 1m short interval NW swell. 1025 Baro

What a difference a day makes. We managed to unjam our mainsail without having to go up the mast and our autopilot is still working; woo hoo! Also had some glorious sailing over the last 24 hrs with a fairly full moon over night and clear skies, basically doing 6-7 knots in a tightish reach with 10-15 knots winds and very little swell. Throughout the morning the winds have built up to 20-25kts. The swell is somewhat confused as you'd expect with these winds, but it is only a 1m wind chop. We were on a heading of around 50T most of the night, but have since beared away on a course of around 70T as we don't want too much more north in at present, preferring to favour more easting which also happens to be a faster heading.

Mon Jul 2 10:57 2018 NZST
Run: 158.9nm (287.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.9nm
31 29.000s 173 33.000w
Weather: 5-10knots NW, 60% cloud cover, 1-3m swell. 1028 Baro

There has never been a truer word spoken than "if its going to happen it will happen out there"; which is a line from the film "Captain Ron". We discovered that there may be a structural flaw emerging inside our Whitlock electric auto-pilot drive unit; as there is a cracking sound coming from inside the unit, and we still have 1500nms to go to get to FP. That said it is still working for now at least. Whilst we do have a spare unit, our preference is not to replace it at sea whilst our current one is still working, rather we'll baby it by keeping weather helm to a minimum; and only resorting to replacing it if it really does fail before we get to FP. Our second drama is that our main sail has jammed coming out around the 3rd reefing point. We don't see a real need to go up the mast at sea to unjam it though as we expect to be running most of the way to FP; so the main in somewhat redundant anyway. So for now we're just leaving the small amount of a main out so we at least have some main sail working. If need be we know we can bring the main all the way back in without issue. Apart from being kept busy with these two issues, all is well aboard. We managed to sail around 6 hrs over the last 24hrs, and only recently turned the motor back off now that the centre of the high has passed us and we are starting to see a 5-10 knot NW breeze emerge; but this maybe premature as the wind is still fluky and may take a few more hours to truly settle back in. Oh the other item worth noting is at that we are changing our intended port of entry from Bora Bora to the next island on its eastern side; namely Raiatae, as this will allow us to catch up with friends we've not seen since the Galapagos Islands early in 2013.

Sun Jul 1 7:18 2018 NZST
Run: 190nm (343.9km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.9nm
31 51.000s 176 13.000w
Weather: 5-10knots SSW, 40% cloud cover, 1-3m SE swell. 1030 Baro

Motoring again in lazy 3 metre seas. Its very cold so might put on the diesel heater if the sun doesn't warm us up. Celery and potato soup has been helping. Gradually getting into the rhythm of shifts and a day motoring means showers for both of us. So all good. BTW we passed over the international dateline yesterday so its still Saturday here. A boat in the middle of the ocean is the perfect groundhog day.

Sat Jun 30 7:54 2018 NZST
Run: 161.2nm (291.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.2nm
33 32.000s 178 48.000w
Weather: 15knots SSE, 60% cloud cover, 1-3m SE swell. 1028 Baro

Managed to keep sailing all day yesterday, most of which was pleasant sailing despite being somewhat boisterous last night and close hauled all the time. Our aim is to shoot along in between the 32nd & 33rd latitudes, which is why we are close hauled in the SSE breeze that has prevailed most of the last 24hrs. Our understanding is that the centre of the high that is about to pass us is somewhere around 32-33 degrees, so if we stay there we'll avoid the easterly breezes above its centre, and avoid having to sail so far south; our only price to pay is probably motoring through that centre of that high for a day. If we are right though, we should be able to head back up and ride the westerly based breezes on top of the next low that follows this fast approaching high. Well that is our strategy for the next few days. We'll reassess as more weather forecasts become available.

Fri Jun 29 6:39 2018 NZST
Run: 153.6nm (278km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.2nm
33 13.000s 178 26.000e
Weather: 15knots from the West, 35% cloud cover, 1m short period westerly swell. 1023 Baro

Pleased to be sailing again, albeit wing-on-wing. General conditions haven't changed that much other than a little more wind, allowing us to turn off the motor for a change. We're currently doing 6 knots on a heading of 40T; and are close to our rhumb line for FP. All is well aboard.

Thu Jun 28 7:03 2018 NZST
Run: 132.3nm (239.5km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.5nm
34 21.000s 176 08.000e
Weather: 10knots SW, 90% cloud cover, 1m short period SE swell. 1025 Baro

Started this passage mostly motor sailing in light 5-7 knot winds and relatively calm yet still somewhat confused seas, only managed to sail for 5hrs so far; hoping for more wind today.

Wed Jun 27 8:27 2018 NZST
35 19.03S 174 07.203E
Weather: no wind and cold

Yes we are indeed casting off the dock lines this morning and setting sail to French Polynesia. Our intended port of entry is either Bora Bora or Raiatae; weather permitting. Expected passage time is around 18 days. First week is looking like calm seas and light winds; after that is the usual lucky dip.

Mon Jun 25 21:54 2018 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
35 19.03S 174 7.203E
Weather: Cold, no wind, Bar 1015

Final preparations for a Wednesday departure for French Polynesia.

So we never got to catch up, maybe next time! We are enjoying life in a house, especially after several days working on Balvenie in the cold and even hail today. Hope you got all work work done, it's a long way to French Poly, we will be watching your progress. Take care out there and sail safe xx
Thu Jun 21 10:06 2018 NZST
Run: 44.9nm (81.3km)
35 16.410s 174 07.615e
Weather: 25knots SE, 100% cloud cover, Raining, no swell. 1011 Baro

Anchored around the corner from Russell. This is a test post as we search for a suitable weather window to sail to Bora Bora (French Polynesia).

Fri Dec 8 18:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 42.7nm (77.3km)
35 50S 174 32E
Weather: No wind, clear skies, no swell in anchorage

Had a glorious sail down from Bay of Islands in a 10-15 knot ENE with a 1m swell from NE. As good as it ever gets in NZ. Will chill here a few days until we haul out at Norsand on the 12th.

Sun Nov 26 17:36 2017 NZDT
Run: 68.1nm (123.3km)
35 19S 174 07E
Weather: Overcast, light winds from the east

Settled in at Opua Marina after one of our best passages to NZ. We arrived yesterday evening. Discovered our drift has an error of around 1 knot so some of those currents we were seeing were not quite as strong as we first thought. Still, taking our error into account, the currents were in the 2-3 knot range going west at times. Good to be here!

Hi guys, sorry we didn't get a chance to come and see you. We are back in Opua about 30 Dec, hope you will still be around?. Cheers
Sat Nov 25 7:21 2017 NZDT
Run: 196.2nm (355.1km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.2nm
34 20.000s 174 02.000e
Weather: 10knots E, 100% cloud cover, 0.5m SE swell. 1024 Baro

The last 24hrs of sailing were as good as it ever gets, 10-15 knot easterly with virtually no swell, it was like sailing on a lake. Our ETA on the Q-Dock at Opua is 6pm this evening.

Fri Nov 24 7:06 2017 NZDT
Run: 170nm (307.7km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.4nm
31 30.000s 173 50.000e
Weather: 15knots E, 100% cloud cover, 1m SE swell. 1024 Baro.

A glorious night of sailing in a 15 knot easterly with relatively settled seas. The persistent 2-3 knot drift to the west this passage due to west setting current and sea state prompted us to calculate the average course offset we have needed to maintain to counter that drift. It turned out to be a whopping 30-35 degrees. That is well beyond our wildest expectations and that of all four models used by Predict Wind. Those four models all suggested we would be close hauled for around 30% of the trip, but that course offset required to counter the drift to the west has resulted in a passage that is 100% close hauled; despite all of the models? predictions for wind direction being pretty good! All is well aboard.

Thu Nov 23 7:42 2017 NZDT
Run: 161nm (291.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.4nm
29 03.000s 173 35.000e
Weather: 25knots ESE, 10% cloud cover, 2m SE swell. 1021 Baro.

A boisterous night of sailing in 25 knots of E-ESE winds with crappy seas and that damn persistent 2-3 knots of west setting current. All is well aboard.

Wed Nov 22 7:09 2017 NZDT
Run: 113nm (204.5km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.5nm
26 45.000s 174 00.000e
Weather: 12knots SE, 90% cloud cover, 2m SSE swell. 1016 Baro.

Spent the night motor sailing on a course of around 170T, very slow going, wind is in a horrible direction for getting to NZ, swell is no better, and of course there is that ever present west setting current which is anywhere from 1 up to 3 knots. Still all said it is not uncomfortable and all is well aboard.

Tue Nov 21 7:03 2017 NZDT
25 23.000s 173 00.000e
Weather: 12knots ESE, 100% cloud cover, 1.5m SE swell. 1014 Baro.

Got the date wrong of last post so reposting with today's date. Sea state has deteriorated, looks like rain coming, been motor sailing overnight, thinking about tacking south and sailing again soon..

Tue Nov 21 6:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 147.4nm (266.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.7nm
25 23.000s 173 00.000e
Weather: 12knots ESE, 100% cloud cover, 1.5m SE swell. 1014 Baro.

Sea state has deteriorated, looks like rain coming, been motor sailing overnight, thinking about tacking south and sailing again soon..

Mon Nov 20 6:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 119.7nm (216.7km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.5nm
24 02.000s 171 11.000e
Weather: 6knots SSW, 40% cloud cover, 1.5m SE swell.

Sea state has settled making for some lovely over night sailing, with winds generally ranging 8-12 knots, with no squalls. Not seen any traffic so far this voyage. All is well aboard. A cracked fresh water fitting did generate a bit of activity for a while though. Took us a while to realise this was the cause of the bilge pumps coming on so often; all up we lost around 300 litres of water into the bilge; whilst annoying we still have another 500 litres left and we were able to eventually track down and stop the leak so all good now.

Sun Nov 19 9:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 137.7nm (249.2km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 87.4nm
23 13.000s 169 31.000e
Weather: 10knots SSE, 50% cloud cover clear to south, 2.5m swell with evidence of the low's swell coming in.

Usual first day. tiring but fine. Took NC a little too close to its eastern shelf and ran into 4knot current and nasty sea but ok. Just would give it a wider berth next time.

Fri Nov 17 20:03 2017 NZDT
Run: 44.7nm (80.9km)
22 39.428s 167 26.436e
Weather: 17knots, SE, 50 cloud cover, 1.5m swell

Ready to head to NZ tomorrow morning at last.

Wed Nov 8 10:38 2017 NZDT
Run: 24.7nm (44.7km)
22 26S 166 47E
Weather: Clear skies, 1-5knots breeze. Heavy rain last night

Waiting for a weather window to head to NZ but doesn't look likely for another week so enjoying the sunshine and doing boat jobs.

Sun Sep 3 21:02 2017 NZST
Run: 335.6nm (607.4km)
22 17S 166 26E
Weather: Clear skies, wind has died down, cool

We arrived a week ago from Port Vila and are lapping up the wonderful food in restaurants and supermarkets. Noumea is like being in the eastern suburbs of Sydney but with a lovely French twist.

Fri Jun 23 8:50 2017 NZST
Run: 171.4nm (310.2km)
17 45.25962S 168 17.84412E

In Port Vila waiting for batteries to be delivered from NZ.

Sun Jun 11 15:09 2017 NZST
Run: 341.4nm (617.9km)
15 31.39951S 167 9.93908E

Arrived Luganville 9 June after a long motorsail into SE-S winds but otherwise easy trip. Good to be back in the big smoke.

Thu May 25 17:07 2017 NZST
Run: 344nm (622.6km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.6nm
10 45.61881S 165 49.40033E

Dnendo Island, Santa Cruz. Greeted by Moses who was fishing in his dugout and shown where the yachts anchor. Another picturesque bay and very quiet. I don't know how we will cope with civilisation when we get there. Even Honiara was pretty low key.

Mon May 22 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 67.2nm (121.6km)
9 49.35753S 160 51.31741E

Marau Sound, Guadalcanal Island. Beautiful area home to the two Joe's and two Gus's. The Joe's traded citrus, beans and stories for flour, soap, and clothes. The two Gus's run the Tavanipupu resort. We snorkelled off the resort and saw a devil scorpion fish that looked exactly like the dead coral around it, and the most amazing scarlet-orange anemone with two Spinecheek anemone fish.

Thu May 18 9:17 2017 NZST
Run: 138.7nm (251km)
9 25.60509S 159 57.28212E

Honiara. Arrived a couple of days ago and enjoying eating out and good internet. Honiara not as bad as its reputation. People friendly and helpful. Will head on east over the weekend probably.

Thu May 11 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
8 40.55109S 158 11.47863E

Mbilie. Saw our first Manta Ray on arrival. Milton greeted us and helped with anchoring. Nice layback area which is very beautiful. Lisa runs a dive operation on Tambapeava Island and is a mine of information.

Thu May 11 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 9.4nm (17km)
8 33.48379S 158 7.41283E

Batuna. Pretty village and good market on Thursdays.

Sat May 6 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
8 28.14878S 158 7.21122E

Matiu Island. good diving and snorkelling along the wall but keep an eye out for sharks. Seems to be a gathering area and they were quite active around 50 metres off the west of Matiu.

Thu May 4 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
8 28.23792S 158 3.42428E

Matimbako Island. Lots of bombies and took some unravelling to get the chain up but really nice snorkelling in the pass on the western side and along the wall on Karikana island. Spectacular Gorgan Fan garden off Kemu island.

Tue May 2 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
8 29.07072S 158 5.60009E

LuLu's island. Lulu is a delightful rastifarian local with lovely little carvings, produce, and lobster. He and is friends were all friendly but not pushy - just plain nice people.

Mon May 1 9:06 2017 NZST
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
8 25.69859S 157 56.69163E

Uepi Resort. Giant versions of reef fish we have seen elsewhere. We contacted the Resort beforehand and were able to have lunch yesterday, lobster wraps and apple cake, both excellent. Dive today.

Sat Apr 29 8:33 2017 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
8 34.61175S 157 52.84985E

Seghe, small village, large airstrip and Lagoon side bar run by a woman who has lived in Bathurst and Nambucca Heads

Wed Apr 26 15:43 2017 NZST
Run: 14.8nm (26.8km)
8 39.70343S 157 52.01042E

Matikuri Island. We had been looking forward to the locally run lodge here but unfortunately the owner died recently and it seems to be closed.

Tue Apr 25 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 25.2nm (45.6km)
8 29.57751S 157 43.97667E

Viru Harbour. For the first time met by women in acanoes wanting to trade f&v for school books and pencils. Nice change from carvers.

Mon Apr 24 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)
8 24.79816S 157 22.35635E

Egholo Bay. Met by Boise who arranged a show of carvings, eggs and f&v. Beautiful bay and lovely people as usual.

Sat Apr 22 21:29 2017 NZST
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
8 19.92484S 157 16.01174E

Munda. We celebrated Paul's 55th with Rod and Brenda on State of Mind Last night. Another picturesque anchorage with mountainous Rendova island as the backdrop.

Wed Apr 19 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 26.2nm (47.4km)
8 18.36048S 157 9.73280E

Lola. island and the easy company of Jo and Lisa at Zipolo Habu Resort. A tranquil setting with a regular evening show of reef sharks, and mullet stirring up schools of fish. Could have happily stayed there foer a week or two.

Mon Apr 17 17:59 2017 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
8 5.79276S 156 50.62624E

Gizo with 7 other yachts. The most they have seen this season.

Thu Apr 13 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 22.3nm (40.4km)
8 7.16104S 156 53.66401E

Fat boys resort and our second cooked meal off the boat. So nice to have someone else do it. We stopped in at Sanbis just north of here for pizza a couple of days later and had a long chat with Hanz the owner.

Tue Apr 11 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 1020.1nm (1846.4km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 92.4nm
8 14.27327S 157 11.83136E

Noro, Solomon Islands for check-in after squall- ridden but otherwise uneventful passage.

Fri Mar 31 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 400.8nm (725.4km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 80.2nm
5 19.80892N 163 1.34336E

Kosrae. A pleasant stop with easy bureaucracy. Tree House Hotel and its river side restaurant are great value.

Sun Mar 26 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 37.8nm (68.4km)
8 45.519N 167 44.093E

Just south of Ebeye is some excellent snorkelling. We wish we had found this earlier. We left for Kosrae the next day.

Sat Mar 18 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 34.3nm (62.1km)
9 6.79701N 167 18.81226E

Nell island pass. Fabulous drift snorkelling and walks across the islands and passes to the west. ( mum's birthday)

Fri Mar 10 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 9.1nm (16.5km)
8 54.19820N 167 46.15405E

Bigij on Kwajalein. Nice getaway spot.

Wed Mar 8 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 46.4nm (84km)
8 46.50921N 167 44.15977E

Ebeye island on Kwajalein Atoll. Much maligned but a pleasant surprise. Poor people but happy and basic foodstuffs available. Note: no ATM and bank will not change currency so bring what you need.

Sat Mar 4 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 196.8nm (356.2km)
9 23.57034N 167 28.26221E

Roi-Namur on Kwajalein Atoll is a US military base for tracking satellites etc. no entry beyond the dock without permission.

Mon Feb 27 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
11 32.04122N 165 33.78639E

Enyu on Bikini. Abandoned buildings and construction equipment. Nice reef off the airstrip

Thu Feb 23 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 82.2nm (148.8km)
11 37.33853N 165 32.84655E

Bikini island, Bikini Atoll. Nothing out of the ordinary but still a sense of a cloud overhead.

Tue Feb 21 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
11 12.98627N 166 41.28279E

Tufa island, Rongelap. Good staging spot for Bikini but a bit rolly in northerly winds.

Tue Feb 14 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
11 17.54841N 166 53.30252E

Eniaetok or Long Island which was formed by a rock hitting a bird in flight and breaking its left wing. Great anchorage with protection from northeast to east. Good beachcombing.

Mon Feb 13 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
11 10.04985N 166 54.08787E

Rongelap island and the potential township

Sun Feb 12 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 32.3nm (58.5km)
11 22.43120N 167 0.23163E

Rongerlap, fabulous snorkelling in the pass to our south

Fri Feb 10 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
11 18.16957N 167 28.48366E

Eniwetak in south Rongerik, large turtle and pretty bommies

Fri Feb 3 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 392.3nm (710.1km)
11 22.90578N 167 30.16251E

Rongerik and into the wilderness. Wonderful!

Sun Dec 25 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
7 7.65561N 171 18.61333E

Xmas at Enemanet and Eneko to the north. The Meiko moorings make life easy and the locations are lovely.

Tue Dec 13 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 410.7nm (743.4km)
7 6.45536N 171 22.13325E

Majuro. No more grass huts. Now it's cinder block and cars

Fri Dec 2 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 118.2nm (213.9km)
1 22.26086N 172 55.33894E

Back to Tarawa with a stand of bananas and a huge pumpkin to clear out for Majuro

Tue Nov 22 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 88.6nm (160.4km)
3 4.53956N 172 47.20734E

Butaritari, a layback garden of Eden and the most northern Atoll in this part of Kiribati.

Sun Nov 13 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 31.7nm (57.4km)
1 48.85975N 173 0.97801E

Abiang Atoll, just north of Tarawa

Fri Oct 21 8:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 17.3nm (31.3km)
01 22.000n 172 55.000e
Weather: wind 8 knots E, 30% Cloud cover, seas.0.0m, Bar 1010

Arrived in Tarawa. On anchor west of the wharf and next to some impressive wrecks and almost wrecks. Tarawa seems quite industrial from this vew point but water colour classic tropics blue-green.

Thu Oct 20 8:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 128.6nm (232.8km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.6nm
01 10.000n 172 46.000e
Weather: wind 8 knots NE, 30% Cloud cover, seas.0.3m, Bar 1010

15 miles to go to Tarawa. Expect to be on anchor by 10am this morning. Great trip but looking forward to some sleep. Neptune received gifts of a woven seaweed basket from NZ and mobile from Vanuatu. Response was a NNE but flat seas so we guess they were receiver well.

Wed Oct 19 8:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 153.4nm (277.7km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.3nm
00 39.000s 173 10.000e
Weather: wind 8 knots ENE, 30% Cloud cover, seas.0.3m, Bar 1009

heading 358T, at 4.0 knots. Another lovely days sailing. The water temperature has dropped from a steady 31.6 degrees over the past few days to 28.5 and so it feels a little chilly this morning. There is even dew on the deck! Just 123 miles to go so will slow ourselves down for an ETA of mid morning on20 Oct.

Tue Oct 18 8:35 2016 NZDT
02 52S 173 04E
Weather: clear skies, 10S, 1010

great copy on Kate just before 1900UTC. They have had great conditions so far and there is no troughing ahead.

Almost there!
Tue Oct 18 7:42 2016 NZDT
Run: 153.2nm (277.3km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.5nm
02 52.000s 173 04.000e

heading 000T, at 5.0 knots. Almost perfect day's sailing yesterday with blue skies, flat seas and light breeze. Visiting dolphins topped it off. Today looks like a slow one (or another slow one) but its island time.

Mon Oct 17 8:03 2016 NZDT
Run: 141.8nm (256.7km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.8nm
05 05.000s 173 06.000e
Weather: wind 10 knots ENE, 10% Cloud cover, seas.0.5m, Bar 1010

heading 358T, at 5.5 knots. The last squall left for the party in Vanuatu yesterday morning and since the afternoon we have been sailing on flat seas in light ENE-E winds. Very pleasant and time to catch up on sleep and do some washing.

Sun Oct 16 8:03 2016 NZDT
Run: 136.5nm (247.1km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.1nm
7 08.000s 173 11.000e
Weather: wind 7 knots ESE, 20% Cloud cover, seas.0.5m, Bar 1010

heading 006T, at 5 knots. Starting to get used to the squalls over the last 36hrs. They appear to form around the 175th longitude then head west. Problem is that there are so many, about one every 2-3minutes minute of latitude. At times you can dodge them but others it is not possible as they are too big so you just need to plough straight through them. At the time of writing this though we appear to be finally getting some relief from them with squall free skies so far.

Sat Oct 15 7:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 160.3nm (290.1km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168nm
9 00.000s 172 32.000e
Weather: wind 14 knots SE, 10% Cloud cover, seas 1.0m, Bar 1010

heading 37T, at 7 knots. Still trying to get a little bit more Easting in in preparation for NE winds. Encountered our first squalls of the passage around 9-10 degrees of latitude, both short lived with 35 knots of wind and rain.

Fri Oct 14 8:54 2016 NZDT
Run: 173.9nm (314.8km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163nm
10 43.000s 170 57.000e
Weather: wind 14 knots E, 5% Cloud cover, seas 1.0m, Bar 1011,

heading 43T, at 6 knots. Trying to get Easting in in preparation for NE winds. Not too uncomfortable for a close haul but looking forward to breaking away a bit.

Thu Oct 13 7:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 139.3nm (252.1km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 142.9nm
12 47.000s 169 29.000e
Weather: wind 09 knots ESE, 20% Cloud cover, seas 0.5m, Bar 1010,

Motored most of yesterday until wind came in in the evening. Now beautiful sail. Paul caught a 15kg Mahi Mahi so fridge full!.

Wed Oct 12 7:54 2016 NZDT
Run: 107.2nm (194km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.2nm
14 27.000s 168 19.000e
Weather: wind 00 knots, 10% Cloud cover, seas 0.8m, Bar 1009,

Started out yesterday with a lovely 10-15 SW but died overnight and now motoring on glassy sea.

Tue Oct 11 9:57 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
15 31.000s 167 09.000e
Weather: wind SSE 05 knots, 30% Cloud cover, Bar 1009,

Heading out for Tarawa in Kiribati this afternoon.

Mon Oct 10 8:28 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
15 31.292s 167 10.940e
Weather: Clear skies, slight SW


Wed Oct 5 8:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
15 31.000s 167 09.000e
Weather: wind ESE 05 knots, 50% Cloud cover, Bar 1013,

Still anchored at Luganville.Plan to head to Kiribati next week.

Thu Sep 29 8:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
15 31.292s 167 10.940e
Weather: nice wx

very hard to hear early in the net. Will try again shortly

Mon Sep 26 8:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
15 34.000s 167 12.000e
Weather: wind 0 knots, 0% Cloud cover but hazy, Bar 1011,

Anchored in Aisari Bay, Aore. Info re clearing out from Sola in the Banks. Customs officer away 8 Oct to 1 Nov. Another officer may be in Sola mid October. Not confirmed and will be additional VAT5000

Thu Sep 22 7:15 2016 NZST
Run: 33.7nm (61km)
15 31.000s 167 09.000e
Weather: wind E 05 knots, 10% Cloud cover, Bar 1013,

anchored at Luganville. provisioning to go north to Kiribati in a couple of weeks

Mon Sep 12 7:21 2016 NZST
15 02.000s 167 05.000e
Weather: wind ESE 05 knots, 30% Cloud cover, Bar 1014, swell flat here but sounds up outside

Still at Port Olry waiting for weather to move to Luganville.

Thu Sep 8 7:24 2016 NZST
Run: 105.5nm (191km)
15 02.000s 167 05.000e
Weather: wind SE 05 knots, 30% Cloud cover, Bar 1014, swell Flat!

Anchored in Port Olry after a fast sail down from Gaua in 20 knots from ESE.

Tue Sep 6 7:34 2016 NZST
Run: 28nm (50.7km)
13 31.5S 167 19.6E
Weather: 10%cc, N15-20, 1.5m swell

Anchored at Ureparpara but moving south today

Mon Sep 5 7:21 2016 NZST
Run: 23.1nm (41.8km)
13 52.000s 167 33.000e
Weather: wind E 05 knots, Cloud cover 100%, Bar 1015, E swell 0.5m in anchorage

Anchored off Sola, Vanua Lava.

Fri Sep 2 7:15 2016 NZST
14 12.000s 167 34.000e
Weather: wind ESE 15-20 knots, Cloud cover 60%, Bar 1012, sea lumpy

At Lasalave Bay, Gaua. Tucked in behind reefs and comfortable.

Happy Burthday Kate - hope it's a fun day and great year ahead. Love D,S,R&J XXXX
Tue Aug 30 7:39 2016 NZST
Run: 12.2nm (22.1km)
14 12S 167 34E
Weather: 1014, 20%cc, 10se

sounds like a great place to be., This is on the N end

Thu Aug 25 7:50 2016 NZST
Run: 81.5nm (147.5km)
14 18S 167 25E
Weather: NE winds

looks ok for the festival starting tomorrow. Less than a chance of drizzle tomorrow!

Tue Aug 2 7:36 2016 NZST
Run: 29.4nm (53.2km)
15 27S 167 41E
Weather: 1010, 10SE

Anchored at Ambae vanuatu

Sat Jul 30 7:18 2016 NZST
Run: 11.6nm (21km)
15 22.000s 168 07.000e
Weather: wind E 05 knots, Cloud cover 30%, Bar 1011, sea flat

At Asanvari Bay. Enjoyed a cave swim-through and dive around the bombie yesterday.

Thu Jul 28 7:52 2016 NZST
Run: 26.4nm (47.8km)
15 32S 168 08E
Weather: 90%cc, no wind, 1012

Still at the northern most anchorage in Pentecost. There is the annual sporting event going on at the next down anchorage on Aug 7-11. Sounds like a lot of fun as about 100 competitors will be gathering.

Fri Jul 22 7:39 2016 NZST
Run: 16.3nm (29.5km)
15 54.74S 168 11.25E
Weather: no wind, 50%cc, flat seas

great conditions to enjoy

Thu Jul 14 7:15 2016 NZST
Run: 33.1nm (59.9km)
Avg: 662knts
24hr: 15888nm
16 08.000s 168 06.000e
Weather: wind SE 5 knots with occasional gust from NE, Cloud cover 50%, Bar 1015, sea flat

Anchored off Ambrym Glassy sea.

Thu Jul 14 7:12 2016 NZST
Run: 33.1nm (59.9km)
16 36.700s 168 07.000e
Weather: wind SE 5 knots with occasional gust from NE, Cloud cover 50%, Bar 1015, sea flat

Anchored off Epi.

Tue Jul 12 9:07 2016 NZST
Run: 48.2nm (87.2km)
17 03S 168 19e
Weather: 10%cc, 1014

Anchored at Emae, which is south of Epi and NE of Havannah

Thu Jul 7 7:33 2016 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
17 44.80553s 168 18.69654e
Weather: no wind from N, 10%cc, 1013

P Vila is a lovely calm anchorage

Wed Jul 6 17:21 2016 NZST
Run: 65nm (117.7km)
17 44.662S 168 18.733E

Arrived yesterday afternoon and moored off Port Vila. Slept very well last night and had our first meal off Iolea since NZ (except for a cultural lunch in Aneityum). Will be here until Saturday when we start north to Ambrym.

Tue Jul 5 6:33 2016 NZST
cog 325T, 8 knts,
Run: 81.1nm (146.8km)
18 27.000s 168 58.000e
Weather: wind SE 20 knots, Cloud cover 10%, Bar 1015, sea 1.5m SE

On passage from Erromango to Port Vila. Looking forward to a flat anchorage for a change .

Sat Jul 2 7:21 2016 NZST
0 knts,
19 31.000s 169 29.000e
Weather: wind SE 5 knots, Cloud cover 70%, Bar 1015

At Port Resolution in Tanna. Leaving for Eromango this morning then on to Port Vila Monday or thereabouts. Visited the volcano last night, amazing to walk on its rim as it booms and belches .

Fri Jul 1 8:12 2016 NZST
0 knts,
Run: 52.8nm (95.6km)
19 31.000s 169 29.000e
Weather: wind SE 15 knots, Cloud cover 40%, Bar 1015

Arrived in Tanna yesterday afternoon with Maunie and Bright Angel. 10 boats in Port Resolution, 3 from Fiji. Will go to the volcano this evening

Wed Jun 29 7:30 2016 NZST
0 knts,
20 14.000s 169 46.000e
Weather: wind ENE 5-10 knots, seas 1.5 meters from S, Cloud cover 5%, Bar 1015

In Aneityum but looking to head to Tanna tomorrow morning

Sun Jun 19 13:06 2016 NZST
0 knts, Yes!
Run: 225.9nm (408.9km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.5nm
20 14.000s 169 46.000e
Weather: wind ES 20 knots, seas 2.5 meters from SE, Cloud cover 50%, Bar 1017

Arrived at 10 am this morning approximately 5 days and 23 hours after leaving NZ so a good fast trip, albeit uncomfortable. The boat is tidy, we are showered and fed, and the blocked head is working again. We will check in to Vanuatu tomorrow morning. Now we are just chilling and enjoying the warmth.

Great to hear you have made it safely. Have fun with Maunie and Fieldtrip as you celebrate getting to Vanuatu.

Doesn't sound pleasant to have a blocked head on passage, but happy to hear you've arrived safely!
Sat Jun 18 6:54 2016 NZST
7.2 knts
Run: 165.6nm (299.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.2nm
23 17.000s 171 02.000e
Weather: wind S 15-20 knots, seas 1.5 meters from SE, Cloud cover 10%, Bar 1018

Yesterday was a pleasant surprise. We had been expecting little wind but for most of the day it was around 20 knots from SSE. We have also managed to skirt all the squalls so far so hope that continues. Just 2 days to go.

Looks like you're almost there! The map makes it look like you could just swim ashore.
Fri Jun 17 7:08 2016 NZST
Run: 162nm (293.2km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.3nm
25 05.000s 172 46.000e

COG 359T, SOG 5.4 knots, Bar 1017, wind SSE10kn , cloud 50 per cent, seas 1-1.5m easier now but slow. At least no more waves in the cockpit.

Thu Jun 16 8:34 2016 NZST
Run: 199.3nm (360.7km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.2nm
27 17.000s 173 40.000e

COG 000T, SOG 6.5 knots, Bar 1018, wind ESE15kn , cloud 90 per cent, seas 2-2.5m still lumpy.

Wed Jun 15 7:33 2016 NZST
Run: 194.7nm (352.4km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194nm
30 10.000s 173 45.000e

COG 000T, SOG 7.0 knots, Bar 1019, wind ESE15kn , cloud 90 per cent, seas 2m lumpy. Looking forward to flat water again. We've got soft!

Tue Jun 14 7:28 2016 NZST
Run: 161nm (291.4km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.6nm
32 59.0s 173 49.0e

On our way to Aneityum. pos 32 59S ; 173 49E. COG 339, spd 7.0 knots,wind SSE 20knots, seas 2m, baro 1029. Rolly but fine on board.

Mon Jun 13 7:51 2016 NZST
35 18.0s 174 07.0e

Ok, definitely leaving this morning from Opua. Will check in with Peter at Northland radio and send in updates to YIT.

Sat Jun 11 9:45 2016 NZST
35 18.0s 174 07.0e

At Opua marina now leaving tomorrow, Sunday

Thu Jun 9 11:39 2016 NZST
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
35 18.0s 174 07.0e

At Opua marina looking to leave Saturday at this point

Yippee, at last a weather window! Hope all goes well with the last minute 'stuff' one has to do before passage making. That warm Vanuatuan water and cold beer are waiting.......... Safe sailing, and take good care of each other.

Thank you you warm-weather lubbers. Sounds like the surfing has been good. Hope to catch you in Vanuatu later in the season. We are next to Annie and Mathew who plan to head north on Saturday as well but to Vuda. Say hi to Ba and Jose for us.
Mon May 16 14:33 2016 NZST
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
35 12s 174 13e
Weather: 1knts Ne 0.5m swell from the ne 5% cloud cover.

Waiting in the Bay of Islands for a sailing window.

Fri Nov 20 13:16 2015 NZDT
Run: 58.4nm (105.7km)
35 18.000s 174 07.000e

On the dock at Opua. Many thanks to Trish and David for the weather updates on the way down. David's descriptions allow us to visualise the passage of weather which is great.

Thu Nov 19 11:40 2015 NZDT
Run: 192.2nm (347.9km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.7nm
34 28.000s 174 17.000e

COG 196T, SOG 5.0 knots motoring, Bar 1019, wind 5kn E, cloud 10 per cent, seas Flat. ETA Opua 6-8pm tonight, Yes!.

Wed Nov 18 7:40 2015 NZDT
Run: 137.4nm (248.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.6nm
31 42.000s 173 57.000e

COG 168T, SOG 5.0 knots, Bar 1013, wind 19kn SSW, cloud 100 per cent, seas 1.5-2m. Motorsailing on a bouncy ride.

Tue Nov 17 6:37 2015 NZDT
Run: 182nm (329.4km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.1nm
29 43.000s 173 48.000e

COG 178T, SOG 8.0 knots, Bar 1010, wind 20kn NNW, cloud 100 per cent, seas 1.0m. An eventful previous 24hrs. Our port side halyard used to lift tools up the mast snapped, thought ok no drama as the line had fallen on the deck. Furled in the heady to get ready to pole it out to go wing on wing. Unbeknown to us however there was still a lot of that snapped halyard up the mast. Once the sail was furled it whipped itself around the heady so it could not be unfurled. This resulted in Paul having to go up the mast at sea to free the line. Whilst this all went well we'd rather not have to go up the mast at sea again.

Neat trick! Enjoy the head winds. We look like sailing Sunday.
Mon Nov 16 6:46 2015 NZDT
Run: 117.5nm (212.7km)
Avg: 10.7knts
24hr: 256.8nm
27 05.000s 173 45.000e

COG 180T, Bar 1014, wind 15kn NNE, cloud 30 per cent, seas 1.0m..

Sun Nov 15 19:47 2015 NZDT
Run: 279.8nm (506.4km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.9nm
25 24.000s 173 29.000e

COG 182T, Bar 1014, wind 10kn ENE, cloud 5 per cent, seas 1.5 to 2.5m. time is 3pm Sunday.

Sat Nov 14 5:23 2015 NZDT
Run: 189.4nm (342.8km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.2nm
21 26.090s 174 22.174e

COG 193T, Bar 1011, wind 16 kn E-ESE, cloud 10 per cent, seas 0.5m. So far a wonderful sail on easy seas. Cross fingers for the rest of the passage.

Fri Nov 13 6:34 2015 NZDT
Run: 127.5nm (230.8km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.6nm
19 11.150s 176 02.437e

COG 224, Bar 1012, Great start to the passage with steady 18SE winds and 1-2m seas, 7-8 knots of boat speed, but sometimes strong current against us SOG 7.4 at present. 80% cloud. All well aboard.

Thu Nov 12 13:26 2015 NZDT
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
17 47.062s 177 18.344e

Motoring from Vuda Marina and heading to Opua. ETA Nov 20. Mostly overcast and 12 knots from SW at this time.

Mon Nov 9 10:22 2015 NZDT
Run: 20nm (36.2km)
17 46.341s 177 11.1146e

In Musket Cove and assessing a Wednesday departure for Opua. Beautiful weather up here at present. Light southeasterly and almost zero cloud cover.

Mon May 25 19:32 2015 NZST
Run: 46.2nm (83.6km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.3nm
17 36.975s 177 26.446e

Arrived Lautoka at midday and all checked-in and looking forward to a good night's sleep. Wonderful to be here. We love it already and we are still anchored off the main wharf!

Mon May 25 5:54 2015 NZST
Run: 126.1nm (228.2km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.2nm
18 12.087s 177 06.152e
Weather: 12knts SE .5m swell from the east 10% cloud cover.

Another day motoring but managed to get sail up at 3am this morning for a soft ride to Navula Pass. ETA Lautoka is 12pm local time.

Sun May 24 12:07 2015 NZST
Run: 150.4nm (272.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.2nm
19 56.601s 176 31.622e
Weather: 0knts .5m swell from the east 05% cloud cover.

Oops! We were wondering what those land masses were. Turned right 1am and started the engine. We are motoring in a mirror sea this morning.

Sat May 23 10:00 2015 NZST
Run: 156.3nm (282.9km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.1nm
22 04.649s 176 58.930e
Weather: 10knts NE 1m swell from the south 10% cloud cover.

Sailing since yesterday morning and following the wind around to N at present. Very pleasant and some helpful squalls along the way. Fridge working again and had a small bird drop in for a few hours R&R. All in all a good 24 hrs.

You're going to bloody miss Fiji and end up in Japan! Turn right.
Fri May 22 7:58 2015 NZST
Run: 160.8nm (291km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.1nm
24 20.024s 177 08.672e
Weather: 4.3knts SE 1m swell from the south 20% cloud cover.

Sailed overnight in se winds but back to motoring this morning. The fridge raw water pump has decided to play up so that's today's task.

Thu May 21 7:52 2015 NZST
Run: 163.7nm (296.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.4nm
26 38.8s 176 52.044e
Weather: 4knts light variable 1.5m swell from the se 20% cloud cover.

Motoring still. Hoping to come across stray squalls for some wind.

Wed May 20 7:04 2015 NZST
Run: 159.2nm (288.2km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.7nm
28 59.430s 176 28.854e
Weather: 4knts light variable 2.5m swell from the se 80% cloud cover.

Motorsailing most of the time so having showers, washing. No fish yet but getting warmer. No need for socks!

Tue May 19 7:52 2015 NZST
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.2nm
31 15.368s 176 00.273e
Weather: 85knts Ssw 2.5m swell from the se 80% cloud cover.

Running with just the main so still rolly - pole join coming apart so can't use. Wind died for a while last night and we motored for a few hours. Putting the fishing line out today.

Mon May 18 6:59 2015 NZST
Run: 131.1nm (237.3km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.9nm
33 33.634s 175 08.427e
Weather: 15knts Sse 2.5m swell from the se 20% cloud cover.

Rock n Roll with wind behind but making good time.

Sun May 17 12:47 2015 NZST
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
35 15.260s 174 06.353e
Weather: 20knts SW 0.5m swell from the N 70% cloud cover.

On our way to Fiji, YES!.

Good sailing people. Would like to see you in one piece in Fiji later this year. Cheers Jeff
Fri May 15 11:49 2015 NZST
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
35 18.898s 174 07.746e
Weather: 25knts NW 0.5m swell from the N 50% cloud cover.

Waiting in Opua for a weather window to Fiji. Hoping Sunday but looks uncertain.

Sun May 3 10:39 2015 NZST
35 16.36S 174 07.52E
Weather: 5knts SE, slight seas, no clouds, 1030 baro

testing SSB

Sun May 3 9:48 2015 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
35 16.36S 174 07.52E

Yes, we are actually on the water!

Sun May 3 9:22 2015 NZST
35 16s 174 08e

On anchor outside Russell in the Bay of Islands. Day clearing. Waiting for next weather window

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