Irie II

Irie II

Fri Nov 2 10:45 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 24.3nm (44km)
24 45.66S 152 23.22E
Weather: 8.5 073T

Irie II lost the race to Bundy. She decided to stay out sailing and wait for the line of boats wanting a marina berth and the check-in procedure to go away. Plus gave me a little time to clean-up, take a shower, etc.


Thu Nov 1 8:03 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.4
knts
Run: 120.8nm (218.6km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.3nm
24 34.97S 152 43.26E
Weather: 12.0 066T

Well this is a first in a long time, I'm actually purposely sailing slow to be somewhere. A sailboat going slow - that's an oxymoron for you. Like my power boater Anthony always say - Sailing is the only mode of transportation invented by man that if you left in the morning by evening you can still see the place you left from. Even with the time change I gotta wait for the officials to get to work so I can call them on the radio and get permission to enter the harbor and then go thru the check-in procedure.

One of the best 8 day passage I've made. Only got a little rain, winds never over 25, mostly under 10. When I had to use the engine it was at low rpms. Hope the passage back to New Cal and Vanuatu is this easy.


Wed Oct 31 7:45 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 139nm (251.6km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140.2nm
24 45.66S 154 38.11E
Weather: 13.2 075T

90nm to north of Fraser Is. then another 50 to the marina in Bundeburg. So Arrival on Thursday morning, Nov. 1st Will have to remember to reset my clocks since I'm in a new time zone. So far so good, the only thing broke is that damn Cap Horn wind vane autopilot - AGAIN! It' outta here.


Tue Oct 30 7:57 2018 NZDT
Speed:
6.3
knts
Run: 109.5nm (198.2km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 109.7nm
24 30.14S 156 49.74E
Weather: 17.5 132T

What a difference a day make. what a difference a few hours make. After motoring and a little bit of sailing the winds went from 2kts to 20kts in an hour. Just like the gribs and the weather man said it would. That trough that had been predicted last week showed up on schedule. I had been going slower then normal hoping it would pass before I got close, but it's a big long one so I caught the edge, just a little rain before those winds hit. Me and little brother Sailing south of it hoping to avoid the heavy rains. So for so good. It should be pass before we get to the entrance in 300nm or a little over 2 dys at this speed.

AWOB - havent found any leaks yet.


Mon Oct 29 8:00 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.0
knts
Run: 142.7nm (258.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.8nm
23 48.92S 158 23.61E
Weather: 6.1 138T

Wind died about 0200, motor on. Nice calm seas, almost fun. Hoping for some wind so I can turn off that noise. 333nm to go.


glad to know all is well, thanks for sharing the adventure

glad to know all is well, thanks for sharing the adventure
Sun Oct 28 8:21 2018 NZDT
Speed:
3.4
knts
Run: 65nm (117.7km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64.9nm
23 37.91S 160 38.38E
Weather: 4.4 210T

AWOB. Been motoring since 2100 last night. still not a sign of any wind. Barometer rising up 2 in the last 4 hrs. 1010 now. Hope that mean wind come soon mon. But of course it's predicted to come from the direction I want to go. Not complaining.


Sat Oct 27 8:18 2018 NZDT
Speed:
3.6
knts
Run: 83.6nm (151.3km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 80.7nm
23 35.64S 161 39.94E
Weather: 5.9 291T

AWOB. After a hour of fixing/rigging that old POS whisker pole and getting it set I got to sail downwind for 3 of the last 24hrs. Then what little wind their was switch to the way I want to go. So motor for most of the day and all night long. With Sunrise came windrise, a whole 6kts. Of course it's from the direction I want to go, but Woopee, all sails out, doing almost 4kts. Gribs wx fcst say I only have 18hrs of this before it start backing to the south and then to the east. So maybe some tacking in my future. Hopefully no more burning dead dinosaurs.

Only 500nm to go. ETA 1st of Nov.


Fri Oct 26 7:27 2018 NZDT
Speed:
1.3
knts
Run: 111.7nm (202.2km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.8nm
23 30.07S 162 58.85E
Weather: 3.7 311T

I had planned on not using the engine unless necessary. The wind died and the boat layed beam to the swells, making for the most uncomfortable ride. So it was necessary to turn that noise on to keep the stern into those waves so I can have my morning cup of coffee. 586nm to Bundy and 3 days of this. Oh well maybe the seas will also die, then it will be dead calm. Not complaining, would rather have 3 knots of wind then 40.


Thu Oct 25 7:54 2018 NZDT
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 68.8nm (124.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 164.3nm
22 51.85S 164 35.83E
Weather: 14.5 094T

AWOB, Just like the gribs said "winds are diminishing", Tomorrow might not be any, so enjoying while I can.


Wed Oct 24 21:51 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.6
knts
Run: 56.2nm (101.7km)
22 27.95S 165 35.10E
Weather: 21.8 103T

Off to a good start, strong winds and high seas in the 2 meter range. Making good speed for the first day or two. After that forecast is for very light winds for a few days. After that ??????


Tue Oct 23 12:06 2018 NZDT
22 16.6S 166 26.4E
Weather: good

All checked out leaving in the morning for Bundy, Oz.


Tue Oct 9 23:36 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 79.2nm (143.4km)
22 16.63S 166 26.42E
Weather: 6.7 085T

Made it to Noumea, New Caldonia around 1500. Started the check-in process today and hope to finish in the morning. In a marina for the first time since leaving NZ 5 months ago. Feel strange, boats everywhere. Big city lights. Big ships. Back to city life again. Almost can't wait to leave and go visit the out islands and reefs next week. That's if I get the engine mounts adjusted/repaired soon. Not to mention all the other boat projects needed, but they can wait, gotta have fun first.


Sun Oct 7 20:03 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.9
knts
Run: 102.8nm (186.1km)
Avg: 13knts
24hr: 312.3nm
21 35.71S 167 25.96E
Weather: 8.5 119T

All Good. Trying to make the pass first thing in the morning. If can maintain speed.


Thanks for the updates Al and glad all going well - Say Hi to crew Nic.
Sun Oct 7 12:09 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.2
knts
Run: 118.3nm (214.1km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 104nm
20 08.65S 167 47.02E
Weather: 5.3 063T

Winds still light all day/night. Motor on just before sunset. Still on schedule, since have to hear that noisy engine might as well make some speed, so we might be there Monday morning instead.


Sat Oct 6 8:51 2018 NZDT
Speed:
2.2
knts
Run: 51.5nm (93.2km)
18 29.14S 168 13.83E
Weather:

going slow, light winds, but at least got a favorable current. Motor might be coming on soon.


Thu Oct 4 10:06 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0.1
knts
17 44.66S 168 18.73E
Weather:

Fcst now for very light winds. Checking out today. Will leave Fri/Sat. Next stop Noumea.


Thu Sep 20 9:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 171.2nm (309.9km)
17 44.67S 168 18.73E
Weather:

On the Mooring in Port Vila waiting on the perfect wx window to sail to Noumea New Caledonia. Hoping before the end of the month.


Have a great trip. Operated on today. Expect to be 2-3 weeks behind you. Take care. Eric
Sat Sep 1 10:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 45nm (81.5km)
15 31.50S 167 09.81E
Weather:

Luganville, Esprito Santo, Vanuatu


Tue Aug 28 9:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 43nm (77.8km)
16 06.36S 167 28.15E
Weather: 11.8 037T

Port Stanley, Malakula, Vanuatu.


Mon Aug 27 5:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 31.4nm (56.8km)
16 08.55S 168 06.93E
Weather: 4.4 038T

Leaving Ambrym


Sun Aug 12 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
16 35.66S 168 09.74E
Weather: 3.6 110T

New Island - Epi. Anchored Lamen Bay.


Hey Al Good to see you are still making miles. Seems a lot of folks had similar weather to Vanuatu this year, glad you made it and are enjoying the warm, keep on truckin. We are arm chair sailors now, doing the land yacht thing, same challenges, same systems, same urepairs and breakdowns, but different view, different fuel mileage and anchorages but we do have a dinghy. All good Al we will lurk from time to time probably in winter when we are freezing and you are looking for shade.
Fri Aug 10 0:18 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 155.6nm (281.6km)
16 43.64S 168 08.63E
Weather:

Moved to Epi Island, Vanuatu. Here for a few days with no internet. WooPee!


Fri Jul 27 8:03 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 58.1nm (105.2km)
18 49.30S 169 00.68E
Weather: 9.8 086T

New anchorage Dillon's Bay, Erromango, Vanuatu.


Sun Jul 15 8:27 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 145.4nm (263.2km)
19 31.56S 169 29.75E
Weather: 4.7 139T

Motorsailed from Port Vila to Port Resolution. Here to go look down the creator of an active volcano.


Tue Jul 3 8:14 2018 NZST
Run: 100.2nm (181.4km)
17 44.73S 168 18.74E
Weather: 8.2 106T

Hope nobody's worried, I've been sleeping for 2 days. Arrived in Port Vila, at local midnight Sunday. Although this wasn't the most comfortable trip it was the fastest. I average 6.2kts boat speed for a boat that will only do 7kts. Spent Monday doing check-in dance. Went back to the boat to take a nap and woke up 12 hrs. later. Almost caught up on sleep.


Sun Jul 1 8:45 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.1
knts
Run: 153.7nm (278.2km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.4nm
19 05.93S 168 51.50E
Weather: 24.4 121T

Survived another night. These high winds are kicking butt, but Irie II act like she's enjoying it. Should be arriving Port Vila just after sundown. Will be breaking one of my rules about entering at night because I don't want another night of this shit. Good news - only one layer of cloths. Temp finally high 70's.


Sat Jun 30 9:54 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 189.7nm (343.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.9nm
21 06.70S 169 51.87E
Weather: 21.8 118T

Big waves, kicking butt. Boat rolled yesterday evening with boom hitting water and me flying across the cabin. No damage. So change direction so they are not coming off the beam, instead now aft the beam on starboard quarter. Now headed to Port Villa to check in, ETA Monday morning. Port Resolution just don't look good to me in this type of weather. The good news - I may be able to shed these winter cloths soon.


Fri Jun 29 6:57 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.4
knts
Run: 266.4nm (482.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.6nm
23 48.79S 170 23.63E
Weather: 13.6 121T

awob, A first for me, I actually seen both ends of a rainbow up close. Must have been at least 20 meters from the boat. Didn't see the pot of gold - must have been 2 miles down. had a few rain squalls doing the night, but no high winds wwith them. Getting warmer but not enough for shorts and t-shirts - maybe tomorrow.

David and Patricia and Mike - thanks for what you all do. Us lurkers appreciate it.


Wed Jun 27 6:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.9
knts
Run: 188.9nm (341.9km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.3nm
26 53.68S 172 57.32E
Weather: 19.6 188T

switch to windvane autopilot since elec. was running hot.

350nm to go.


Tue Jun 26 6:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 162.4nm (293.9km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.4nm
29 32.19S 173 45.08E
Weather: 15.0 191T

D-shackle on traveler broke, replace with soft shackle. Ran into a couple of squalls doing the night. Winds over 30 but didn't last long.

640nm to go.


Mon Jun 25 6:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
4.9
knts
Run: 131.3nm (237.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.2nm
31 50.46S 174 17.03E
Weather: 16.9 275T

switch to windvane autopilot since elec. was running hot.

350nm to go.


Sun Jun 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.6
knts
Run: 139.6nm (252.7km)
33 43.44S 173 58.71E
Weather: 11.4 260T

switch to windvane autopilot since elec. was running hot.

350nm to go.


Thu Jun 21 20:09 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
35 43.418s 174 19.561e
Weather: 8knts w 0.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1013baro,

Well it may not be the perfect weather for a passage north, but it's good enough for me. Will be leaving NZ saturday morning for Tanna, Vanuatu. I should be able to make those 1000 miles in less then 10days.

Everything irie, Al


Thu Jun 14 5:00 2018 NZST
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)
35 43.419S 174 19.552E

test


Thu May 31 0:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)
35 50.658s 174 31.961e
Weather: 8knts w 0.0 METER seas, 00clouds, 1018baro,

At anchor in Urquharts Bay after sea trials, then back to the marina and wait on the next weather window to Vanauatu.

Everything Irie, Al


Thu May 24 9:21 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
35 43.420s 174 19.552e
Weather: 5knts ne 0.0 METER seas, 00clouds, 1009baro,

Working on the list of things to do before departure. Depature Date was Mon. 28th, but long range weather forecast don't look great, so may wait on the next wx window.

960nm to go. 0nm travel. Rumb line 960nm.

Everything Irie, except for the butterflies. Al


Hi Al, how the hell are you?? I'm still in Nelson, Have got Searcher up for sale as I have had enough of sailing solo everywhere. No takers and has been on the market for a year so not good. How are you my friend? take care... Paul.
Tue Nov 28 22:00 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 186.7nm (337.9km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.3nm
35 50.253s 174 28.070e
Weather: 5knts ne 0.0 METER seas, 50clouds, 1027baro,

After 9 days at sea, Irie II delivered poor little Al safely to Marsen Cove Marina, YESTERDAY, where Customs and Bio-security was waiting to help themselves to all the extra food stuffs that was stored just in case it took a month to get here. Only thing broke was that freeking windvane bolt, and since the boat was constanly taking big waves over the deck I have found new leaks down below.

Before departure all vessels are required to give an estimated time of arrival to NZ. I left on the 18th and said I would arrive at 1300 on the 27th Nov. Guess what time I arrived? Too bad there is not a prize for arriving at the exact same time I said I would.

0nm to go. 1207nm travel. Rumb line 1100nm.

Everything Irie, time to dry out. Al


Sun Nov 26 12:00 2017 NZDT
Speed:
7.0
knts
Run: 215.5nm (390.1km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.4nm
33 17.00s 175 32.0e
Weather: 15knts e 1.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1022baro,

Windvane broke another mounting bolt to the pulleys for the last time - meaning I'm tired of having to repair that POS, it's out of here when I get to NZ. Will be thinking of a replacement. So hook up the bungie cords to the wheel at let the boat drive itself, until the wind switch direction. So back to the elect. auto pilot for the rest of the trip.

175nm to go.

Everything Irie, wet and salty. Al


Nearly here Al, keep,everything irie on Irie!!
Sat Nov 25 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed:
70
knts
Run: 174.7nm (316.2km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.1nm
30 15.00s 176 23.0e
Weather: 20knts ene 1.0 METER seas, 50clouds, 1022baro,

Rain last night, but not enough to wash the salt off the deck. Elec. autopilot getting error messages. Switch to windvane and it's been hanging in there in this wind all night.

350nm to go.

Everything Irie and wet and salty. Al


Fri Nov 24 7:51 2017 NZDT
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 143.5nm (259.7km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.8nm
27 48.00s 177 05.5e
Weather: 23knts ese 2.0 METER seas, 33clouds, 1021baro,

Wind died down doing the night so full jib up. Then just before sunrise winds back to over 20kts. 497nm to go. From Fiji 698 Everything Irie and wet and salty. Al


Thu Nov 23 6:51 2017 NZDT
Speed:
3.5
knts
Run: 127.3nm (230.4km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.7nm
25 46.00s 177 33.5e
Weather: 25knts ese 3.0 METER seas, 75clouds, 1018baro,

Got the wind I was hoping for, plus 10kts more. Reef main, reef staysail, waiting for it to slack down some. Big waves too. 624nm to go. Everything Irie and wet. Time to put on follies before going outside again.

Al


Wed Nov 22 8:00 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 130.3nm (235.8km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.7nm
23 57.00s 177 53.5e
Weather: 12knts se 1.5 METER seas, 750clouds, 1014baro,

S/V Irie II still motor sailing for 4 days. Winds picking up. Maybe today is the day to sail. Just wish it was more to the east. A little north wouldn't hurt. Also look like I'm bucking a north flow current. 735nm to go. Everything Irie.

Al


Tue Nov 21 7:42 2017 NZDT
Speed:
6.0.
knts
Run: 153.2nm (277.3km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.2nm
22 05.02s 178 10.9e
Weather: 8knts se 1.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1012baro,

S/V Irie II has become a motor vessel, well at least for the last 3 days. Winds have not been over 12k since I left the pass. Mostly 5-8kts. Not a bad ride. Just not enough wind to make enough speed to beat the next low pressure system with really high winds to NZ, which is due around the 1st. Still have enough fuel to motor a few more days. Winds suppose to fill in tomorrow. 850nm to go. Everything Irie.

Al


Looks like you should be getting some wind soon. Good luck enjoy your trip.
Mon Nov 20 6:33 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.0.
knts
Run: 130.8nm (236.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135nm
19 54.7s 178 39.3e
Weather: 5knts se 1.5 METER seas, 75clouds, 1010baro,

Motoring toward the SE so when the wind do come from the SE I can sail toward NZ. Maybe this evening. Not a bad ride, rather motor then try my new 3rd reef in the main sail. Just hope I don't have to motor all the way, don't have that much fuel. 980nm to Marsen Cove. Should arrive in 9 days. Everything irie on Irie II.

Al


Sun Nov 19 7:18 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.0.
knts
Run: 71.1nm (128.7km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.9nm
18 40.8s 177 07.900e
Weather: 10knts s 0.5 METER seas, 10clouds, 1009baro,

Not a bad ride, just that wind indicator at the top of the mast is pointing the way I want to go. 1040nm to Marsen Cove. Should arrive in 9-10 days.

Al


Sat Nov 18 7:54 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
17 40.821s 177 23.190e
Weather: 5knts s 0.2 METER seas, 90clouds, 1009baro,

Checking out of Vuda Point Marina, Fiji, later today. Next stop Marsen Cove New Zealand. Only 1100nm. Should arrive in 9-10 days.

Al


Tue Nov 14 22:05 2017 NZDT
Run: 47.2nm (85.4km)
17 46.3528S 177 22.9584E
Weather: good

Hanging out with the big boys at Port Denarau Fiji waiting on a good weather window. Will be moving over to Vuda Point to check out, maybe this weekend. Next stop NZ. Click on the pic and zoom in to be able to see that little boat. As my friend Dave would say, "Same view - different ca$h flow."


Tue Oct 17 9:28 2017 NZDT
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)
17 05.884S 177 16.0397E
Weather: Calm and Warm

After 21 years we returned to Somosomo village, on the island of Naviti, Fiji to visit the first female village chief of Fiji and her grandson Oscar who was one of our captain/guides on the WBSC trip of 1996. Now at 92, Adi, is one of the oldest village chiefs. She's still very active and not a single grey hair.


Sun Oct 15 8:38 2017 NZDT
Run: 29.1nm (52.7km)
16 56.584S 177 21.979E
Weather: Good day for a hike to the highest peak.

Anchored at the world famous filming location of the movie "Blue Lagoon." Yasawas Fiji. Last time here was 21 years ago with the Water Babies Sailing Club. Been here about a week and will be moving on later today.


Mon Oct 9 19:24 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 34.4nm (62.3km)
17 16.890s 177 06.185e
Weather: 15knts ne 0.5 METER seas, 50clouds, 1012baro,

Anchored off Octopus Resort, Waya Island Fiji, Al

Heading north today.


Tue Sep 19 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 108.6nm (196.6km)
17 46.394s 177 11.104e
Weather: 5knts se 0.0 METER seas, 90clouds, 1016baro,

Arrived 5 days ago. at anchor Malolo Island, Fiji for Musket Cove Regatta.

Al


Sun Sep 10 17:09 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 25.2nm (45.6km)
19 02.88s 178 09.22e
Weather: 5knts e 0.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1017baro,

at anchor Namalata Bay, Kadavu Fiji. Will be leaving tomorrow for Vuda Point/Musket Cove.


Tue Sep 5 7:51 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
18 52.47s 178 29.58e
Weather: 15knts e 0.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1017baro,

at anchor Naqara, Ono Island, Al


Fri Sep 1 8:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
18 53.27s 178 27.80e
Weather: 5knts n 0.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1014baro,

Yesterday we arrived in the well protected anchorage off the villiage of Nabouwalu Village, Ono Island. Waiting on another weather system to pass.

Al


Thu Aug 31 22:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
18 53.27s 178 27.80e
Weather: 5knts n 0.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1014baro,

Yesterday we arrived in the well protected anchorage off the villiage of Nabouwalu Village, Ono Island. Waiting on another weather system to pass.

Al


Sun Aug 27 19:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 89.1nm (161.3km)
18 58.9s 178 24.1e
Weather: 5knts s 0.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1014baro,

Arrived in the well protected anchorage of Kavala Bay, Kadavu around noon Sunday. Now have internet and fake news but I'm still in paradise.

Al


Thu Aug 24 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 105.3nm (190.6km)
19 09.7s 179 45.1e
Weather: 12knts s 0.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1014baro, rain

Made it to Matuku yesterday after solo sailor worst fear. Autopilot failure. But was able to heave to in the lee of Kambara to fix loose wire. Al


Tue Aug 22 6:33 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
18 50.9s 178 40.3w
Weather: 15knts s 1.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1014baro,

in Namuka in the southern Lau Group. Leaving after noon for Matuku for a few days, then Kandavu, then the world famous Musket Cove Regatta. Al


Sat Aug 19 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 22.8nm (41.3km)
18 50.9s 178 40.3w
Weather: 6knts se 0.0 METER seas, 10clouds, 1014baro,

Arrived in Namuka in the southern Lau Group late yesterday afternoon. After the next weather system or cold front on Monday or Tue. will start the track to the west. First stop Totoya then Kandavu, then the world famous Musket Cove Regatta. Al


Fri Aug 4 17:00 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 128nm (231.7km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.8nm
19 09.2s 178 32.4w
Weather: 10knts s 1.0 METER seas, 10clouds, 1012baro,

Arrived in Fulanga in the southern Lau Group mid day as planned. What wasn't planned was leaving Susui mid day which meant motoring hard into no wind for the last 12 hrs to catch the tide and the other boats I've been hanging out with since leaving Savusavu. And I though the Bay of Islands was the most scenic place in Fiji, You should see this place.

Al


Thu Aug 3 6:24 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 12.3nm (22.3km)
17 20.5s 178 56.9w
Weather: 5knts se 1.0 METER seas, 10clouds, 1012baro,

Vanua Balavu. Susui Is. Leaving this morning for Fulanga in the southern Lau Group. 110nm South of here. Winds are less then what I was hoping for but not as high as they were yesterday. Oh well nothings perfect. And about the time I get close to Fulanga the winds will be from the south. All this equals a lot of motoring in the next 24 hrs. Hoping friends are still there when we get there.

Al


Happy to see that you are both really cruising again and not just "working on the boat" like last year. Smooth sailing.
Sun Jul 30 4:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.
knts
Run: 12.2nm (22.1km)
17 10.56s 179 01.03w
Weather: 15knts se 1.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1014baro,

Vanua Balavu. 1st 3 days anchored off Susui Is. Next 2 days in Bavatu Harbor. Now in the world famous Bay of Islands. It don't get much better then this.

Al


Mon Jul 24 13:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
2.
knts
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)
17 20.41s 178 56.95w
Weather: 5knts ese 1.0 METER seas, 100clouds, 1014baro,

Enjoying being away from it all in Vanua Mbalavu.

Al


Sat Jul 22 6:27 2017 NZST
Speed:
2.
knts
Run: 66.5nm (120.4km)
17 09.90s 179 07.39w
Weather: 10knts ese 1.0 METER seas, 50 clouds, 1014baro,

Took advantage on light winds to motor from Paradise Resort, Taveuni to Vanua Mbalavu.

Al


Tue Jul 18 9:57 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 41.3nm (74.8km)
16 56.09s 179 53.96E
Weather: 5knts s 0.0 METER seas, 100 clouds, 1016 baro,

On a Mooring, Paradise Resort, Taveuni Al


Wed Jul 12 4:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
16 48.60s 179 17.29E
Weather: 5knts E 0.0 METER seas, 100 clouds, 1013 baro,

I left Savusavu about this time last year for Vunda Point to go work on the engine/transmission. A year later I'm leaving to go to go cruising. Headed for Taveuni then the Lau Group and then Suva, etc. Engine temp. still not acting right. If you can't fix it, it ain't broken. I give up and will just have to live with the higher readings. Al


Sun Jun 25 7:39 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 82nm (148.4km)
16 46.70s 179 19.78E
Weather: 0knts nE 0.0 METER seas, 100 clouds, 1017 baro, rain

Made it to Savusavu on Thur, before the rain started this weekend. Engine temp. still not acting right, but not overheating. I give up and will just have to live with the higher readings. Got mailsail fitted. A few more things to fix and then off to see Fiji outter islands and get away from the big cities.


Great to see you on the move again. Excited to hear about your new adventures on the other islands. And pictures, of course!
Wed Jun 21 7:16 2017 NZST
Run: 54.9nm (99.4km)
17 18.998s 178 13.458e
Weather: Winds E 15knts, 80% clouds, 1015

Hope to leave Rakiraki anchorage today for Suvasuva. Tried 2 days ago, too ruff. The winds are less then 20kts this morning so maybe I and the other 3 boats can make it across Bligh Passage..


Wed Jun 14 8:15 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
17 35.54s 177 26.63E
Weather: 5knts nE 0.0 METER seas, 90 clouds, 1017 baro

Finally got engine issues under control. Time to go cruising, will be leaving Latouka VitiLevu Fiji today for Suvasuva, with several stops along the way, to join up with the rest of the bunch from NZ and get my main sail from Silhouette.


Tue May 16 7:57 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
17 40.848S 177 23.207E

Irie II back in the water at Vunda Point Marina. Time to finish engine alignment and put the sails back on and go somewhere.


Thu Dec 8 20:50 2016 NZDT
Run: 27.2nm (49.2km)
17 40.8520S 177 23.10225E

Irie II now in the PIT at Vuda Marina until cyclone season is over. Al will be back in the USA for a few weeks.


Sat Oct 22 19:06 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 27.2nm (49.2km)
17 27.5S 177 02.7E
Weather: 15knts s, 0.0 METER seas, 30% clouds, 1010 baro

Got bored waiting on Silhouette so went gunk holding in the MaManutha Island Group. To see my track go to blog and click on SPOT.


Wed Sep 28 11:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 14.8nm (26.8km)
17 40.9S 177 23.1E
Weather: 0knts E, 0.0 METER seas, 30% clouds, 1015 baro

Back in Vuda Point for some mail and provisioning and to visit Bob. And a little engine work - air in fuel system, and to trouble shoot watermaker, and to get scuba tanks inspected, and to . . .


Sun Sep 18 8:51 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 15nm (27.2km)
17 46.4S 177 10.9E
Weather: 5knts E, 0.0 METER seas, 30% clouds, 1015 baro

Arrived Musket Cove at 1500 on 17/09/16. Tranny repaired. I hope. Now to go see some of Fiji. Starting with the festivies at Musket Cove resort. It's been awhile since I've been to a party. Think I drank too much last night, but heck it's my birthday.


Happy Birthday Al. Go up and down Yasawas, sunny, ,dry topical. Enjoy

Glad to hear the tranny is fixed! What a way to spend a birthday!
Fri Jul 29 10:24 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 31.3nm (56.7km)
17 40.8S 177 23.2E
Weather: 10knts ESE 0.0 METER seas, 30% clouds, 1015 baro

Arrived Vuda Point Marina at 1500 on 28/07/16. Tranny getting worst, took about a minute to engage. all checked in, rested and now to find some parts to fix that darn tranny. Other then that - All Good.


Hey Capt. Glad to hear you are in Fiji. Nice place to be. When are you coming back to the USofA. The "Donald" Trump wants your vote! Love Ya!

I would sure like to hear the story of how you got into that tight marina with no tranny!

1st problem was getting thru the pass with a tranny that delay in going into fwd. Pass is wide and was able to make it thru motorsailing with one tack. Then several tacks to get north. Outide the marina waited until it went into gear, drop sails, to get in gear need lots of rpms. So once in the basin marina guys in dinghy push and pull me into slip. And the wind from the stern helped.

Looks like an interesting sail, especially knowing the tranny don't work!
Thu Jul 28 6:51 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 78.3nm (141.7km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 83nm
18 06.6S 177 14.3E
Weather: 15knts ESE 1.0 METER seas, 30% clouds, 1015 baro

0900eta to Navula Pass and then to Vuda Point Marina to fix that tranny, Other then that - All Good.


Wed Jul 27 8:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 126.2nm (228.4km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.4nm
18 22.36S 178 23.94E
Weather: 15knts SE 1.0 METER seas, 50% clouds, 1016 baro

Just south of Savu, heading for Vuda Point. Making good time but not good enough to make it before dark,Will heave to and wait.

Transmission still acting up, had to sail out of SavuSavu. Other then that - All Good.


Tue Jul 26 7:51 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
16 46.67s 179 19.94E
Weather: 5knts SE 0.0 METER seas, 90% clouds, 1014 baro

Leaving Savusavu Tuesday for Vuda Point. Transmission issues to be repaired there. Will sail all the way and save that slipping tranny until I need it. Other then that - All Good.


Wed Jul 6 7:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 61.9nm (112km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.3nm
16 46.67s 179 19.94E
Weather: 5knts nE 0.0 METER seas, 25% clouds, 1017 baro

Arrive Savusavu, just in time to pay the overtime fees. Yeah All Good.


Tue Jul 5 6:57 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 169.9nm (307.5km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.8nm
17 38.15s 179 36.08E
Weather: 18knts ESE 1.5 METER seas, 90% clouds, 1017 baro

55nm to go to get to people and internet and restaurants and bars and worst of all, taxes and fees. Oh well it was a good trip. All Good.


Mon Jul 4 6:39 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 152.4nm (275.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.7nm
20 04.57S 179 54.70E
Weather: 18knts ESE 2.0 METER seas, 90% clouds, 1018 baro

A couple rain showers last night with more rain clouds to the north of me. All Good.


Sun Jul 3 7:00 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 106.5nm (192.8km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.3nm
22 11.11S 179 23.83W
Weather: 15knts ESE 2.0 METER seas, 90% clouds, 1019 baro

After raising anchor a couple of whales came by and said bye. Right whales inside N. Minerva reef. On the way out fish ate my lures.


Sat Jul 2 6:15 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)
23 39.71S 178 55.11W
Weather: 10knts S, 0.1 METER seas, 100% clouds, 1018 baro

Moved to the south side yesterday after the rain stopped. Will be leaving for Suvasuva, Fiji before noon.


Fri Jul 1 7:03 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
23 37.174S 178 54.2215W
Weather: 5knts SW, 0.5 METER seas, 100% clouds, 1015 baro

Raining for the last 12 hrs. A little after midnight winds switched to the SSW, then picked up to 25-30kts. Winds slowly dropping for the last 2hrs. Thinking the cold front came a little earlier then the GRIBs forecasted.


Wed Jun 29 7:08 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
23 37.174S 178 54.2215W
Weather: 15knts NE, 0.1 METER seas, 100% clouds, 1019 baro

Moved to the Northside of N. Minerva since the wind went that way. Plan on leaving for Fiji after the cold front passes, Fri or Sat.


Mon Jun 27 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
23 37.841s 178 55.819w
Weather: 5knts NNE, 0.1 METER seas, 10% clouds, 1018 baro

waiting to leave for Fiji


Yippee! Wish I were going with you. Enjoy. BTW, is that you blowing the conch shell?
Sun Jun 26 7:56 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 24.7nm (44.7km)
23 37.841s 178 55.819w
Weather: 10knts NE, 0.1 METER seas, 75% clouds, 1019 baro

Arrive North Minerva Reef just before sunset yesterday. It's a lot calmer inside at high tide then S.M. Only boat here until this morning. Someone called me on the VHF at sunrise, then took a look at the AIS and she is also coming in. Oh well so much for paradise to myself. The other 3 boats I made the crossing with are still in S. Minerva with plans on coming here soon and then to Tonga. I'm the only one planning on going to Fiji from here unless the incoming yacht is headed that way.


Sat Jun 25 6:41 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
23 56.566S 179 07.271W
Weather: 12knts nE, 1.0 METER seas, 90% clouds, 1016 baro

Leaving for North Minerva Reef sometime this morning.


Tue Jun 21 7:11 2016 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 9.9nm (17.9km)
23 56.566S 179 07.271W
Weather: 20knts SE, 2.5 METER seas, 90% clouds, 1017 baro

At Anchor insaide South Minerva Reef. Caught a small Wahoo. Might be here for a week according to the weather report. Winds and waves still strong for the next few days and then switch from the north in a few days, and that's the direction I want to go. At least I can sleep for a few hours instead of minutes.


I like YIT, too. Very easy to use compared to others. Will look at Snoopy soon. Enjoy the sleep and fish.

South Minerva? Have you been there before? YIT seems to be working great, MarineTraffic AIS tracking, not so good!
Mon Jun 20 7:00 2016 NZST
Speed:
4.
knts
Run: 223nm (403.6km)
Avg: 9.4knts
24hr: 225.8nm
24 02.1S 179 14.52W
Weather: 20knts SE, 2.5 METER seas, 50% clouds, 1016 baro

Still Rock and rolling. Gremlins chewed the Reefing line to the second reef point just before dark. Was going to drop a sail about that time anyway, just not the main, to slow down to be able to make the passed thru South Minerva reef after sunrise. At 0700 I'm 7nm away. Will let the sun get a little higher to be able to see the reef better. And to listen to the weather report from Gulf Harbor to see how long I can stay. And try to catch a fish for breakfast.


Hi Al, good to see you are nearly at the "Crayfish farm", I'm still house sitting in Nelson for another month so am able to switch the heater on. Would like to be on the way somewhere but hey. take care mate. Paulo "Searcher".
Sun Jun 19 7:18 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 164.4nm (297.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.5nm
25 55S 177 52E
Weather: 18knts SE, 2.5 METER seas, 75% clouds, 1018 baro

Engine Start Battery dead. If it wasn't illegal I would throw it overboard to save weight. Burial at sea. Easy fix, just turn a switch to the house bank. Just can't run them down low or else no engine start. Seas getting bigger coming from the stern quater, really making for a rock and roll ride, but I'm not complaining, just enjoying being at sea. Now if it gets any worst . . .


Sat Jun 18 6:43 2016 NZST
Speed:
5
knts
Run: 159.5nm (288.7km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.7nm
28 10S 178 44E
Weather: 15knts sE, 1.5 METER seas, 50% clouds, 1018 baro

Good day yesterday, was able to take one layer of clothing off - foul weather gear, but keeping it close by, just in case it start raining again. Getting warmer, almost 60 deg. F. Might be able to take off the next layer today. Had been close by 2 other boats the first 2 days because we were motoring, now the winds are here they are gone, Them big sailboats can really move when the wind shows up, but they don't motor that fast.


Glad to see you are sailin again! Wish I could send you some of the warmth we are having around here!
Fri Jun 17 6:17 2016 NZST
Speed:
5
knts
Run: 154.4nm (279.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.5nm
30 12S 177 29E
Weather: 15knts E, 2 METER seas, 50% clouds, 1018 baro

Winds gusty to 20knts. Put a 2nd reef in the main with stay sail. Made things a litle comfortable. About half way to Minerva reef.


Thu Jun 16 6:45 2016 NZST
Speed:
6
knts
Run: 157.3nm (284.7km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.5nm
32 18.2S 176 36.1E
Weather: 15knts SSE, 1 METER seas, 50% clouds, 1019 baro

Been motoring since Marsen Cove, 36HOURS non stop. Winds pickup around midnight. All sails up, engine off.


Wed Jun 15 6:19 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.7
knts
Run: 115.8nm (209.6km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 87.8nm
34 21.84S 175 26.60E
Weather: 5knts SW, slight seas, 100% clouds, 1024 baro

Been motoring since Marsen Cove. at least another day of this cold, no wind rainy weather. at least the curent good.


Hi Al, go well mate. Sorry to have missed you as you said you were going to drop by. Hope the hooch helps keep you warm until you hit the tropics!! See you again perhaps on your return? The Two Steves.
Mon Jun 13 22:40 2016 NZST
Speed:
0knts (optional)
knts
35 50.23S 174 28.10E
Weather: 5knts S, slight seas, no clouds, 1031 baro

In Marsen's Cove, Checking out of NZ 14 June, heading for Fiji via Minerva Reef.


Sun Jun 5 23:06 2016 NZST
Speed:
0knts
knts
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
35 50.24S 174 28.10E

In Marsen's Cove, doing a few sea trials the past few days, Heading back to Town Basin in the morning for final preparations to depart next week for Fiji.


Sun Dec 20 21:16 2015 NZDT
Run: 1192.4nm (2158.2km)
35 43.4S 174 19.545E

docked at Town Basin, Whangarei


Hello there!! We are back in NY again, landed in April. Just checking out Ithaka and saw your name popping up! Hope all is well and happy new year!!

Happy New Year Ari Hows the baby? What you guys have? How's Mommy? can't remember her name right now. How's the boat? where's the boat, you said you landed hopefully by airplane and you can go sailing again soon. I'm in NZ again for what I hope to be some quick repairs and then I can go do some land touring this time around. Brother is here also. Send your email address to aldonatto@yahoo.com, I know I have it somewhere, think it's a sailmail?
Sat Nov 28 8:17 2015 NZDT
21 07.5126s 175 09.6931w
Weather: E23, 1010 steady

listened carefully to the wx approaching!


Thu Nov 26 8:30 2015 NZDT
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
21 07.5126s 175 09.6931w

still in Tongatapu


Wed Nov 25 8:46 2015 NZDT
Run: 187nm (338.5km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.5nm
21 07S 175 09W

anchored Panigai Motu


Mon Nov 23 8:16 2015 NZDT
Run: 375nm (678.8km)
18 39S 173 58W

on mooring


Mon Nov 9 21:55 2015 NZDT
Run: 81.3nm (147.2km)
14 15.68S 170 38.27W

at anchor


Tue Oct 20 9:13 2015 NZDT
No position sent.
Weather: rain, wind from SE @ 20kts

on mooring, leaving early afternoon


Tue Oct 20 9:13 2015 NZDT
13 50s 171 46w

In Marina


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