Iron Maiden

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

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.

Sat Dec 29 14:12 2018 NZDT
GPS: 26 42.454s 153 9.697e
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.4nm

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

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

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

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

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
GPS: 25 53.947s 153 1.809e
Run: 34.9nm (63.2km)

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
GPS: 25 23.617s 153 1.333e
Run: 58.3nm (105.5km)

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
GPS: 24 45.565s 152 24.549e
Run: 1367.1nm (2474.5km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101nm

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.

Tue Oct 16 0:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 10.06S 173 33.53E
Run: 101.4nm (183.5km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.4nm
Weather: 30ktns E, 4metre SE swell

6knts 230M

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

5 knts 230m

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

6.5 knts 227m

Sat Oct 13 9:38 2018 NZDT
GPS: 17 32.196s 179 10.763e
Run: 50.5nm (91.4km)
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.

Fri Oct 12 12:39 2018 NZDT
GPS: 16 48.802s 179 17.200e
Run: 41.4nm (74.9km)

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
GPS: 16 56.052s 179 54.015e
Run: 39.3nm (71.1km)

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
GPS: 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.

Sun Aug 26 16:47 2018 NZST
GPS: 17 36s 179 25w
Run: 174.2nm (315.3km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.8nm
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
GPS: 17 52.6s 176 47.2w
Run: 92.9nm (168.1km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.5nm
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.

Fri Aug 24 15:07 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 02s 175 23w
Run: 98.9nm (179km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.9nm

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

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

Sat Jul 14 16:03 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 41.835s 173 59.925w
Run: 49.8nm (90.1km)

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.

Tue Jul 3 10:18 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 65.225s 173 98.371w
Run: 145.1nm (262.6km)

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

Wed Jun 27 12:31 2018 NZST
0 kts
GPS: 21 07.74s 175 09.57w
Run: 359.4nm (650.5km)

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.

Thu Jun 21 12:00 2018 NZST
5 kts
GPS: 25 57.1s 177 16.88w
Run: 23.1nm (41.8km)

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.

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

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

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

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

Mon Jun 18 12:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 28 15.1s 179 33.5w
Run: 126.7nm (229.3km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.7nm

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

Sun Jun 17 12:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 29 46.5s 179 16.5e
Run: 156.8nm (283.8km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.3nm

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

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

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

Fri Jun 15 16:04 2018 NZST
GPS: 32 45.2s 176 60.4e
Run: 123.1nm (222.8km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.2nm

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

Thu Jun 14 15:42 2018 NZST
GPS: 34 23.876s 176 11.067e
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.3nm
Weather: 60% cloud cover, with 15kt south westerly. All well on Board

Glorious sailing day

Wed Jun 13 16:06 2018 NZST
4.5 Kts
GPS: 36 22.216s 175 02.734e
Run: 22.5nm (40.7km)
Weather: Beautiful sunny day

Easterly ground swell 1 metre

Fri Jun 8 11:28 2018 NZST
GPS: 36 37.355s 174 47.316e

Moored at Gulf Harbour

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