Irie II

Irie II

Fri Nov 2 10:45 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
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: 4.4knts
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: 5.5knts
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: 6.3knts
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: 4.0knts
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: 3.4knts
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: 3.6knts
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: 1.3knts
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: 6.5knts
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: 5.6knts
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: 0.0knts
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: 4.9knts
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: 4.2knts
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: 2.2knts
Run: 51.5nm (93.2km)
18 29.14S 168 13.83E

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: 0.1knts
17 44.66S 168 18.73E

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

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

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: 0.1knts
Run: 45nm (81.5km)
15 31.50S 167 09.81E

Luganville, Esprito Santo, Vanuatu

Tue Aug 28 9:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
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: 0.0knts
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: 0.1knts
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: 0.1knts
Run: 155.6nm (281.6km)
16 43.64S 168 08.63E

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

Fri Jul 27 8:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
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: 0.1knts
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: 6.1knts
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: 6.5knts
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: 5.4knts
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: 6.9knts
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: 6.0knts
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: 4.9knts
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: 6.6knts
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: 0.0knts
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


Thu May 31 0:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
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: 0.0knts
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.

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