Irie II

Irie II

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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