Iolea

Iolea

Fri Dec 8 18:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 42.7nm (77.3km)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)

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

Sun Jun 11 15:09 2017 NZST
Run: 341.4nm (617.9km)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

Batuna. Pretty village and good market on Thursdays.

Sat May 6 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Thu Apr 13 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 22.3nm (40.4km)

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 Hanzthe owner.

Tue Apr 11 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 1020.1nm (1846.4km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 92.4nm

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

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)

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)

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)

Bigij on Kwajalein. Nice getaway spot.

Wed Mar 8 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 46.4nm (84km)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Rongelap island and the potential township

Sun Feb 12 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 32.3nm (58.5km)

Rongerlap, fabulous snorkelling in the pass to our south

Fri Feb 10 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)

Eniwetak in south Rongerik, large turtle and pretty bommies

Fri Feb 3 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 392.3nm (710.1km)

Rongerik and into the wilderness. Wonderful!

Sun Dec 25 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)

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)

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

Fri Dec 2 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 118.2nm (213.9km)

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)

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)

Abiang Atoll, just north of Tarawa

Fri Oct 21 8:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 17.3nm (31.3km)
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
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
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
Speed: 5knts
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
Weather: Clear skies, slight SW

Luganville

Wed Oct 5 8:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
Weather: 1010, 10SE

Anchored at Ambae vanuatu

Sat Jul 30 7:18 2016 NZST
Run: 11.6nm (21km)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)

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
Speed: cog 325t, 8 ,knts
Run: 81.1nm (146.8km)
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
Speed: 0 ,knts
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
Speed: 0 ,knts
Run: 52.8nm (95.6km)
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
Speed: 0 ,knts
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
Speed: 0 , yes!knts
Run: 225.9nm (408.9km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.5nm
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
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 165.6nm (299.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.2nm
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

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

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

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

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

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

At Opua marina now leaving tomorrow, Sunday

Thu Jun 9 11:39 2016 NZST
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)

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
Speed: 0knts
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
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)

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

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
Speed: 5knts
Run: 137.4nm (248.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.6nm

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
Speed: 8knts
Run: 182nm (329.4km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.1nm

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 126.1nm (228.2km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.2nm
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
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 150.4nm (272.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.2nm
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
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 156.3nm (282.9km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.1nm
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
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 160.8nm (291km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.1nm
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
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 163.7nm (296.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.4nm
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
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 159.2nm (288.2km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.7nm
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
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.2nm
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
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 131.1nm (237.3km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.9nm
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
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
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
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
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
Speed: 5knts
Weather: 5knts SE, slight seas, no clouds, 1030 baro

testing SSB

Sun May 3 9:48 2015 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)

Yes, we are actually on the water!

Sun May 3 9:22 2015 NZST

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

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