Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Mon Dec 31 22:53 2018 NZDT
Run: 53.4nm (96.7km)
27 28.308s 153 1.990e

Arrived on Brisbane this afternoon after a couple of days at Moreton Island. Anchored not far from Story Bridge. New Years Eve fireworks. I have the best view in town. Wishing everyone a fantastic 2019.

Good on ya Margaret. Is John back from Scandi? I'm in Akl house sitting in Waterview again. Snorkeled at Leigh this week. Where were all the fish🤔 Nicky

Superb planning Marg! Fantastic way to enjoy the arrival of 2019. A friend’s daughter lives in Brisbane near the river, I let him know you were anchored there. He has reported back that his daughter has spotted you 😁

Happy 2019 Margaret. Great to see you arrive safely at Brisbane. Hope the fireworks were fabulous.
Sat Dec 29 14:12 2018 NZDT
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.4nm
26 42.454s 153 9.697e

Sailing from Mooloolaba to Bribie Island. Lovely sunny day. Easterly of 14kts.

Sat Dec 29 14:08 2018 NZDT
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
26 42.231s 153 9.569e

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Thu Dec 27 7:44 2018 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.3nm
26 35.053s 153 11.329e

Its been a long night. Will be anchored in Mooloolaba Harbour by 8am. Then sleep.

Thu Dec 27 7:42 2018 NZDT
Run: 22.7nm (41.1km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 98.2nm
26 34.953s 153 11.463e

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Thu Dec 27 2:09 2018 NZDT
Run: 22.9nm (41.4km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.7nm
26 15.364s 153 13.937e

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Wed Dec 26 19:26 2018 NZDT
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
25 55.987s 153 8.964e

We made it. Yeah. Through the notorious Wide Bay Bar without any problems. My imagination was worse than actual. Anchored in Double Island Point for a few rolly hours. Now on our way on an overnight passage to Mooloolaba.

Tue Dec 25 5:58 2018 NZDT
25 53.947s 153 1.809e

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Tue Dec 25 5:58 2018 NZDT
Run: 34.9nm (63.2km)
25 53.947s 153 1.809e

Anchored in Tin Can Bay inlet for Christmas. Motored through the shallow waters of Sandy Straits on the high tide. Good day till we came into Wide Bay Harbour where 25kt winds against tide produced a very rowdy sea. Came aground as we motored looking for a suitable spot to drop anchor. As we waited for the tide to refloat us we chatte to two locals and had a cider. Merry Christmas.

Sun Dec 23 11:29 2018 NZDT
Run: 58.3nm (105.5km)
25 23.617s 153 1.333e

Currently at anchor off Kingfisher Resort Fraser Island. 12 hour sail / motor sail. 10kts fron the north. Dropped just as the thunder and lightning took center stage. Spending a couple of days here before navigating the shallow waters to Tin Can Bay. Have a great festive time.

Mon Oct 29 12:49 2018 NZDT
Run: 1367.1nm (2474.5km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101nm
24 45.565s 152 24.549e

Finally made it to Australua after 16 days and 1650 nautical miles. Tired but safely Not sure if our daily YIT reports got through. Thought we might have missed Australia as we didn't sight land until we were 7Nm off the coast. .. Time to catch up on sleep.

Hi Margaret, Well done! Great to hear you made it safely to Oz. Epic adventures! What's next...?

Great to hear you have finally "hit" Aussie. Were wondering how you were going. Correct updates were not coming through. Happy sleeping.
Tue Oct 16 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 101.4nm (183.5km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.4nm
21 10.06S 173 33.53E
Weather: 30ktns E, 4metre SE swell

6knts 230M

Mon Oct 15 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 171.4nm (310.2km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.4nm
20 15.3S 174 47.2E

5 knts 230m

Sun Oct 14 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 173.2nm (313.5km)
Avg: 12.1knts
24hr: 289.3nm
19 06S 177 07E

6.5 knts 227m

Sat Oct 13 9:38 2018 NZDT
Run: 50.5nm (91.4km)
17 32.196s 179 10.763e
Weather: South easterly 5kts and a 1/2 metre swell from the south

Another lovely day. Didn't feel brave enough to sail between reefs and islands last night so hove-to till first light.

HI Margaret, We had Nicky over for dinner and we were chatting about you and your epic trip on Ironmaiden. Tony has just looked on YIT and discovered you are near Fiji and on your way to Bundaberg. Unfortunately we have not been keeping up with your great trip, but maybe when you get back and if you get as far as Wellington, you will be able to do a talk one evening in my new bookshop called "Another Chapter", I hope to be opened in about 3 weeks. I finished work and am having 4 months unpaid leave and then will see how it all pans out. Safe travels, living your dream. Love Lorna (Tony and Nicky) xx
Fri Oct 12 12:39 2018 NZDT
Run: 41.4nm (74.9km)
16 48.802s 179 17.200e

Goodbye Savusavu. Leaving Fiji on a fabulous day. 10kts East South East. On our way to Bundaberg Australia. Hope to get there by the end of the month.

Fri Sep 28 19:45 2018 NZST
Run: 39.3nm (71.1km)
16 56.052s 179 54.015e

Currently anchored at Paradise Resort Taveuni. Wet, wet, wet. 5 more days of this to go. Will head to Nadi as soon as this weather passes.

Tue Aug 28 17:18 2018 NZST
16 46.697s 179 19.714e

Arrived in Savusavu yesterday after a four day passage from Tonga. After a good nights sleep were ready to explore. This is my kind of paradise.

Hey are is the trip going so far...Lots of changes here at the marina and not all of them good...Hope you not planning on returning anytime soon lol...your paradise is alot better than this paradise..Looking forward to catching up soon...Take care, Wayne
Tue Aug 28 17:17 2018 NZST
16 46.692s 179 19.716e

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Tue Aug 28 17:12 2018 NZST
Run: 100.4nm (181.7km)
16 46.690s 179 19.717e

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Sun Aug 26 16:47 2018 NZST
Run: 174.2nm (315.3km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.8nm
17 36s 179 25w
Weather: 15kts southerly. 95% cloud cover all day with a SE swell

Lively day sailing into Fiji waters. Hope to clear into Savusavu tomorrow afternoon.

Sat Aug 25 12:52 2018 NZST
Run: 92.9nm (168.1km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.5nm
17 52.6s 176 47.2w
Weather: SE 15kts; SE swell of 1.5-2metres, 80% cloud cover with occasional showers

All is well on board. Caught a mahimahi on the line yesterday only for it to get away as we tried to haul on board. Too big for the freezer anyway.

Great catch, better luck next time! Tracking your progress, enjoy the journey. Xo
Fri Aug 24 15:07 2018 NZST
Run: 98.9nm (179km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.9nm
18 02s 175 23w

Light breeze has meant a very slow sail to Fiji. At one point we were sailing north to Zephyr Bank. Wind has come around from the East of 4kts - back on track.

Thu Aug 23 12:24 2018 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
18 40.366s 174 2.068w

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Thu Aug 23 12:16 2018 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
18 40.2s 174 01.85w

Leaving Neiafu after two months in Tonga and heading to Savusavu Fiji. New batteries I can now listen to Metallica on our four day passage. John may decide to jump ship. Will try to post our passage using the modem. Malo

Mon Aug 13 10:31 2018 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
18 40.641s 174 1.649w

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Any update on the batteries and their replacement? Have they arrived up their yet?
Sat Jul 14 16:03 2018 NZST
Run: 49.8nm (90.1km)
18 41.835s 173 59.925w

Currently anchored at #10 mooring (Ma'unga'ui) with two fellow yachts from Gulf Harbour. Anchored close to coral beach. Looking forward to snorkelling tomorrow.

Glad you made it to Tonga intact! Hope you have a fab time. You are Living the dream! 😊Sean
Tue Jul 3 10:18 2018 NZST
Run: 145.1nm (262.6km)
18 65.225s 173 98.371w

Sitting in Topicana Cafe in Neiafu Vava'u having a glass of homemade lemonade.

Hi Margaret and John. I have only just realised you can click on your boat for your commentary! It didn't even occur to me that you would have a washing machine on board or that your toilet would be French :) Looking at your destination on google has shown me the paradise you are in, plus you have been visited by a whale! Every day must be an adventure. Watching with interest. W x

I have just realised that wasn't you I was reading about but another yacht! oops.

Hey guys,...Hope you well....What is a good way to stay in touch with you? Where are you at the moment...Keen to follow your trips..Blessings.

Wow! What adventures you guys are having! Brings back so many memories. Have been following you and so happy for you guys. Well deserved lemonade! Love you, Tans and Nyana xo
Wed Jun 27 12:31 2018 NZST
0 kts
Run: 359.4nm (650.5km)
21 07.74s 175 09.57w

Arrived in Nuku'alofa on Monday and are now anchored outside Big Mammas, Pangaimotu. The trip threw everything at us - starting with amazing weather and sailing for the first week, then strong winds and gusts of 50kts in the direction we wanted to go for two days. Hove-to for the night and then spent the next few days zigzagging our way north. Engine battery then died and after hooking up the hydro-generator behind the boat managed to get the motor started a day out of Nuku'alofa. Everyone is well. Will spend next few days resting before heading north.

Brilliant work. Looked down from the plane in that huge ocean for a bobbing Iron Maiden but no luck. Like looking for a needle in a haystack!. Enjoy Tonga and maybe an engine makeover? :)

Such an adventure you have had ... well done all, enjoy your few days of R & R which are well deserved indeed xx

Well done Margaret....finally captain of your own ship. We are very very proud of you. Enjoy the rest.... Big hugs Carol and Brian
Thu Jun 21 12:00 2018 NZST
5 kts
Run: 23.1nm (41.8km)
25 57.1s 177 16.88w

NW 12 kts with 2.5 metre seas and a 3 metre swell. Spent the night hove-to as we rode out a storm with gusts of 50kts. All is well on board.

Glad to hear that you have arrived in Tonga, now it is time to relax and enjoy

Thanks Lizzie and Warren for the update .... good to know all is well aboard Iron Maiden after sitting out the storm. Marg and John we are enjoying following your journey 🏝🏖⛵️😀

Hi All Marg and John have contacted Margs Dad today. All is well. They are conserving battery power which is why they have not posted for a couple of days. They believe they are 2 days away from Tonga

HI...So glad you are here not been that flash either, been keeping you in my prayers that the weather settles., you are almost there so keep up the epic work...hi to all :)


Wed Jun 20 12:04 2018 NZST
Run: 89.1nm (161.3km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.9nm
26 16.9s 177 20.6w

Northerlies 20-30kts. 2-3 metre seas. Cloudy. All is well on board.

Tue Jun 19 12:00 2018 NZST
4 kts
Run: 104.8nm (189.7km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.8nm
27 04.3s 178 29.0w

NNW 5-12kts. Cloudy and 1 metre swell.

Hi Margaret, So pleased to see this and to now follow your journey. Tony and I are very impressed! Go well and go safely. Lorna xx

Looks like you guys are having a great trip. A bit of crap coming for you tomorrow then some good westerlies to get you there. Jealously Steve and Sang
Mon Jun 18 12:00 2018 NZST
Run: 126.7nm (229.3km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.7nm
28 15.1s 179 33.5w

NW winds of 8kts. Another fabulous day with clear skies and flat seas. All is well on board

Tracking nicely - past half way point? Got the gig so booking our flights! Caught any fish or still wading through the freezer?
Sun Jun 17 12:00 2018 NZST
Run: 156.8nm (283.8km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.3nm
29 46.5s 179 16.5e

WNW 12 kts. Clear skies, flat sea. Perfect weather. All well on board.

Looks like steady progress guys, you must be about half way.

Looking good guys - the night watches must be good. Caught any fish or seen any other action?


Sat Jun 16 14:02 2018 NZST
5.8 kts
Run: 97.4nm (176.3km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.4nm
31 23.4s 177 25.5e

Westerly 12 kts. Clear sky, flat sea. All well on board.

Looks like you've done pretty well the last 24 hours and getting close to the half way mark..........great stuff!
Fri Jun 15 16:04 2018 NZST
Run: 123.1nm (222.8km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.2nm
32 45.2s 176 60.4e

7kts westerly. Swell .5. All well on Board.

Some good navigators aboard with that nice straight line! :) Great progress guys - love you! Tans and Nyana - PS - Spent the day yesterday at Bel's Farrm - she loved it!

You guys are making epic progress, what is the boat you are close too, it looks very close..can you see it? Great you having a good trip :)

Good to see you are on your way. The weather looks fine. I'm well. Love from Dad x

Sent you a text a few minutes ago no 405894192. This is new for us did you receive it. Friday night, so time for a wine. Keep sailing.
Thu Jun 14 15:42 2018 NZST
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.3nm
34 23.876s 176 11.067e
Weather: 60% cloud cover, with 15kt south westerly. All well on Board

Glorious sailing day

Hi Margaret Really sorry missed your phone call would have loved to wish you Bon Voyage Have a great sail and will be watching you on here Can’t wait to have you in Mooloolaba xx

Looking great out there guys! the dream! We miss you already Aunty Margaret and looking forward to seeing you in Tonga - Love Tans and Nyana xo

So glad to see you go yesterday....very happy you have lovely weather and you are safe and wish i was joining you ;)

Phew - great to see you've moved! Looks like you're going well. Have you found the bananas?
Wed Jun 13 16:06 2018 NZST
4.5 Kts
Run: 22.5nm (40.7km)
36 22.216s 175 02.734e
Weather: Beautiful sunny day

Easterly ground swell 1 metre

Margaret, one of the couple who made this website works at my company. She said if you have any problems using YIT then let them know. They live in Mana marina and listen to short wave radio most other nights and may hear Iron Maiden on her voyage.
Fri Jun 8 11:28 2018 NZST
36 37.355s 174 47.316e

Moored at Gulf Harbour

Hi Margaret, all the very best to you guys. Lovely to see you on your way. Fair winds and following seas, D&K

Hi Margaret, good to hear you are finally "living the dream" Cheryl and I are busy preparing Ivy Ruby for our trip to Fiji and hope to sail by the end of this month, maybe the wind will take you to Fiji sometime this year , we will be there till November so let us know if you end up in Fiji and we can catch up, cheers, Errol


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