JoliFou

JoliFou

Wed Oct 18 20:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 104.1nm (188.4km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.1nm
Weather: 20kt SE 2m swell from the SE 30% cloud cover.

Bonnie Anse light on the bow! Entered Havannah channel at 17:30 nc time. Was a rough day with big seas from the side playing havoc with the auto pilot.
Very pleased to be here, we are going to pull into Prony bay for a bit of a rest before continuing to Noumea.

Wed Oct 18 8:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 188.6nm (341.4km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.6nm
Weather: 25kt SE 2m swell from the SE 50% cloud cover.

Yesterday was pretty good sailing. Poled out jib for a while and reefed progressively as the wind built. Last night was frustrating as the building awkward sea state knocked us about throwing the auto pilot off course. Struggled to find the right sail plan balance to fix this and have lost time on our goal for the Havannah tide gate but still hoping to get there soon enough to get at least some tidal assistance or slack tide.
Bit of drama on the high seas in the early hours of this morning, thankfully not involving Jolifou. Lyn noticed a 180 meter cargo ship "Kea Trader" on AIS located at the Durand reef 20 miles from us. It's status on AIS was "aground"! We were later relieved to see a salvage vessel standing by and assisting as we weren't sure what we would have been able to do to help. I had a chat with the salvage vessel and he said they had been unsuccessful in their first attempt to refloat it and were waiting on the weather to improve to try again. Good luck to them, the conditions at the moment are pretty rough with a 25 knot SE and quite big seas.

Tue Oct 17 9:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 194.2nm (351.5km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.1nm
Weather: 15kt SE 1m swell from the SE 50% cloud cover.

Spent a bit of fuel motor sailing yesterday, trying to keep on a schedule that would get us to Havannah channel on an incoming tide as our info is it can be really rough with 4 knots outgoing tide against wind. Also obviously would like the tide assistance going our way through there and Woodin channel too. If we can keep good speeds we hope to get there by 4pm Wednesday. This could well be a bridge too far, but we will see what we can do in the increasing SE breeze over the next couple days.
We have also been trying to get some southing in, in anticipation of the building breeze to try to have an easier angle when it gets to the 25 knots forecast.
Had a bit of frustration trying to set the loose luff furling gennaker. After going to the effort of rigging it up we started hoisting but half way up the 2:1 halyard twisted around itself and got stuck, wouldn't move up or down. I had to go up the mast to get it down.
Breeze filled in later in the day and we've been sailing nicely on a broad reach ever since.
Caught a little Bonito at dusk, a very red bloody fish. We would have thrown it back but it was too far gone so we will have to see what it tastes like.

Mon Oct 16 8:18 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 174.8nm (316.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.5nm
Weather: 10kt ESE 1m swell from the SE 50% cloud cover.

Yesterday morning the wind did fill in again and we spent the day running quite square with poled out jib in 12 to 16 knots wind from about the east.
The sea state became quite boisterous but Jolifou was handling it quite comfortably. The exception was one time when the autopilot lost control in a broach which resulted in headsail backed and us in a hove to position, had to start the motor to get going again rather than dropping sails etc. After that we put a reef in.
Last night the wind went light and we motor sailed for 4 hours but we are now sailing again, reaching with full sails. We are both getting plenty of sleep in these benign conditions, really comfortable passage so far :)

Sun Oct 15 7:24 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 153.9nm (278.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.5nm
Weather: 10kt E 1m swell from the SE 30% cloud cover.

Pleasant sailing broad reaching and running in 15 knot ESE breeze. Sea conditions pretty good.
Took the scenic route through Benga lagoon. Full sails until late yesterday when put 1 reef in the main. This morning it's a bit lighter down to 10 knots and behind us so have just turned the motor on. Hopefully wind will increase a bit later.

Sat Oct 14 10:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 52.4nm (94.8km)
Weather: 15knts SE 1m swell from the S 40% cloud cover.

Leaving Suva on the way to New Caledonia.

Sun Oct 8 8:47 2017 NZDT
Run: 86.1nm (155.8km)
Weather: 15 knots east southeast, mostly sunny.

Kadavu island at the beautiful village of Nabouwalu. Yesterday Isaac kindly showed us the Split Rock dive site out at Alacrity Rocks. Stunning dive, beautiful visibility, pretty coral , variety of fish and so many amazing swim throughs.

Fantastic pics!!! Keep on having so much fun! 😍🌈❤️
Tue Oct 3 12:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 182.5nm (330.3km)
Weather: 15knts SE 1m swell from the S 40% cloud cover.

After a long time in the Musket cove area enjoying surfing, kiting, friends and regatta week we decided we would like to see another side of Fiji before we leave. We took a likely weather window to go around the south coast of Viti Levu and head for the southern Lau.
With flat calm to be followed by Southerly wind we hoped to get as far as Fulanga. As it turned out the wind went southeast and stronger earlier than expected and we changed plans and pulled into Matuku.
What a wonderful island this is, grand and lush with the most beautiful friendly and generous locals and no tourism at all. We have been gifted fruit and veg and fish and attended the beautiful Sunday church services with sumptuous lunch and afternoon tea.
The island is known for its surf breaks and I have tried surfing the past 3 mornings but so far the swell has been a bit small. Hoping for bigger swell tomorrow.
We've also been for a nice scuba dive, but hopefully will get to the better spot later.
Plan at the moment is to spend a few more days here then head for Kadavu on the weekend.

Hi guys - Kandavu is another great place to visit. Great to see you're still living the dream.
Wed Jul 5 9:49 2017 NZST
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)

We have left JoliFou at Port Denerau for a week whilst we have returned to Sydney for Dads memorial. Thanks soo much to Carolyn Port for persistently pestering and sweet talking the marina staff to get us a berth! Also thanks to Mere and Ali for being so helpful, getting us in a bit early to allow us time to complete formalities and get to the flight on time.

Bruce/Lyn - so sorry to read of your loss. Thinking of you both. Pete & Donna
Sat Jul 1 12:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 32.7nm (59.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.7nm
Weather: 3knts W 0m swell from the SE 5% cloud cover.

We have arrived at Lautoka, surprised to discover that we need to wait for the biosecurity guy as he is clearing boats at Vuda point marina. The marina web site says you can't clear there on a weekend? Oh well.
Came in past Cloud Break and between Tavarua and Namotu, stunningly beautiful. The waves were average and, as I feared, there were about 30 surfers in the water.
Hoping to reunion with our friends at Musket this afternoon/evening.

Allow about Fj $700 for week end clearance , been following you onYIT, great effort to straight line it from east coast Australia, Regards Doug Sandra, SV Freycinet II (Melbourne) , boat is berthed at Vuda ,we are back July12th, catch you down the track, our condolences on your Dads passing

Doug, thanks very much for this information and your kind comments. Your information was spot on although unfortunately we have only just managed to get online to see it :) will keep an eye out for you around Fiji.
Sat Jul 1 5:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 79nm (143km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.6nm
Weather: 15knts ESE 1.5m swell from the SE 10% cloud cover.

Bula Fiji! 4 miles from Navula pass. After a pretty rough night with little sleep the last couple hours have been a pleasure as the seas flattened and wind has moderated as we near the island.
As if not wanting to give herself up too easily, Fiji threw us rough seas and contrary current on final approach. Fortunately the strong wind blast reaching was also giving Jolifou plenty of speed through the water, surfing at 9 plus.
Very happy to finally be here after our longest trip to date, just under 11 days.

Fri Jun 30 18:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 68.3nm (123.6km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.3nm
Weather: 25knts SE 1.5m swell from the SE 10% cloud cover.

Land ahoy!! Just before sunset we spotted Kadavu island from about 50 miles away.
It's been a mixed bag today, the wind has been stronger than forecast, varying between 20 and 30 knots. Sailing with 3rd reef and staysail, at one point we dropped the main completely snd toddled along with just staysail. Initially it had more east in it than expected. It now has lifted a bit which is great. Seas have been rough but at the moment we are cashing in our hard-earned easting with the reward of a nicer angle on wind and waves.
Highlight of the day was a couple of pilot whales who played around us for a while this morning. Such beautiful creatures!

Fri Jun 30 9:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 189.4nm (342.8km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.2nm
Weather: 20knts SSE 1.5m swell from the SSE 20% cloud cover.

Dad is being cremated this morning at 8:30 AEST, we will think of him, shed some tears and send love to our grieving family.
Yesterday was a day of reaching with full sails in a varying SSE 15 knots wind, good sailing. Around sunset a big rain squall caught us a little on the back foot as we struggled to drop the main downwind. By sundowners everything was under control with 3rd reef and half furled genoa for the generally increasing wind and narrower wind angle.
The night was spent dodging a few squalls and adjusting jib size. Fortunately the wind angle was still quite good and we made good progress in the roughening seas.
This morning the wind is up to a solid 20 knots at 125 TWD, we have gone to the staysail and 3rd reef, very comfortable considering the rough seas. Hope it remains so as it's forecast to strengthen and move around more to the east.
Still on track for the reef pass early tomorrow morning.

Thu Jun 29 8:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 166.8nm (301.9km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.9nm
Weather: 15knts SSE 1.5m swell from the SSE 20% cloud cover.

What a wonderful 24 hours of sailing we've had! Sunny (starry) skies, quite settled seas and 12 to 15 knots SSE. Yesterday mid morning we packed the gennaker away and moused the halyard, not expecting to use it again as the wind should only back a bit from here on.
We sailed with full main and genoa for most of the day, decent speed and optimal course still making a little easting just in case.
Last night the wind backed a bit more than expected and we put in 2 reef and adjusted genoa size a bit over the night as the strength varied. This morning the wind angle has moved a little more aft making things more comfortable.
The game at the moment is to try to arrive at Navula pass at first light Saturday. Not worried about going through in the dark but it's always beautiful to arrive early morning and enjoy the beauty of the reef. Maybe we will come in past my favourite surf breaks "Cloud Break" and "Restaurants". I know this area well from numerous surfing holidays to Namotu. Lyn says it would be illegal to hop off for a quick wave but I think I might be MOB with a surfboard thrown to me for my rescue:) This plan will mean we need to maintain average speed of about 6.2 knots, probably have to put on the brakes a bit at some stage.

Wed Jun 28 8:27 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 160.9nm (291.2km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.3nm
Weather: 15knts SSE 1.5m swell from the SSE 30% cloud cover.

Well done ETNZ! Sounds like it was a really comprehensive victory, a credit to the strength of NZ sailing, but also technology, design and engineering. We're going to have to deal with some very proud Kiwi mates in Fiji, lucky you are such a humble bunch :) Yesterday was a mellow sail with gennaker and full main in a light SSW breeze. Constant bands of lighter and stronger between about 8 and 11 knots has us frequently doing the "up a bit", "down a bit" autopilot adjustment to keep powered and prevent the dreaded slop of the sails. At times we were headed on a good course for Tonga, but don't mind this too much as I think we have time to kill to avoid night arrival. Also the wind is forecast to progressively strengthen and back on approach to Fiji so easting in the bank is good.
Around sunset the wind became increasingly flaky so we reverted to motoring for the night. This morning the wind is up and backed a bit more so sailing nicely with gennaker and 2nd reef main.

Tue Jun 27 8:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 173.4nm (313.9km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.1nm
Weather: 10knts SSW 1.5m swell from the S 20% cloud cover.

Motor-sailed most of yesterday with full sails. Late in the day there was too little wind to fill the gennaker so we took all sails down and motored through the night. Fortunately the sea conditions are great with a long following swell. On the down side, we are getting negative current set at the moment about 0.5 knots.
This morning we have turned motor off and able to sail slowly with gennaker and full main. Hoping the wind strength improves soon as getting worried about fuel running out, forecast indicates that at least tomorrow it will pick up.
On comms front we are annoyed to realize that iridium texts sent to us don't seem to be getting through anymore, since a couple days ago. Outgoing seems fine. I have no idea why this should happen, my only guess at this stage is there is some obscure limit in our airtime contract that I'm unaware of. We have the unlimited data plan so it should not be a problem.

Mon Jun 26 9:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 213.6nm (386.6km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.8nm
Weather: 8knts SSW 1m swell from the SW 10% cloud cover.

Yesterday's SSW wind at about 8 knots was just too little and too much from behind to make any progress. We spent the whole day and last night motoring with just 3rd reef main strapped in the middle for stability.
Apart from that, it was a beautiful and restful time. Sunny skies, starry night and nothing to do but lie around, read a book and occasionally scan the horizon.
This morning the wind is still light but has at least moved to a more Southerly direction giving us a bit of angle. We have full gennaker and main and making a lot of east at slow speeds. On the plus side we seem to have found some favorable currents. We have decided that trying to keep the speed up and long use of the motor in order to arrive Friday and avoid weekend checkin rates is just not worth it. It's about Au$ 200 extra for the weekend checkin and it costs us about $150 a day in diesel to use the motor. If we go really slowly we might even manage to arrive on Monday. Policy from now on is to only motor when sailing is uncomfortable.

Sun Jun 25 8:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 179.6nm (325.1km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.8nm
Weather: 15knts S 2m swell from the SW 20% cloud cover.

Yesterday turned into a beautiful days sailing as the expected Westerly filled in and strengthened to about 17 knots. We deployed the loose luff gennaker for the first time in over a year and with all our biggest sails up were surging on a following swell and smooth seas. Sunny skies and blue ocean. Had to give up some easting at first but with gennaker poled to leeward and wind backing a little towards the NW we were on optimal course making a bit of East on Fiji rhumb line. Early evening increase in strength had us doing a deck-light drop of pole and gennaker furl as we changed to full genoa with little speed loss. Held this configuration probably averaging 7.5s through the night.
This morning we have just had rain squalls which have moved the wind to the South again and currently motor sailing as it sorts itself out.

Sat Jun 24 9:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 140.1nm (253.6km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191nm
Weather: 10knts SSW 2m swell from the S 20% cloud cover.

Late yesterday afternoon the wind lightened further and we motored all night with just 3rd reef for stability. Heading a little East of the rhumb line to allow for possible easterly trades later, but all predictwind models show favorable direction at this stage, albeit in the light side. I think we will be burning some diesel dollars to try to get there asap and try to make Friday checkin. Swell is coming round behind us further so sea state is good and comfortable, lending itself to catching up on plenty of sleep. Had our first proper hot meal last night, delicious lamb curry which Lyn pre-cooked in Newcastle. Life is good apart from the sadness of Dad.

Fri Jun 23 16:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 56.4nm (102.1km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.5nm
Weather: 12knts SSW 3m swell from the SE 50% cloud cover.

Tragic news this morning, my dad David passed away last night. With westerlies forecast we elected to continue to Fiji rather than turn back. We will fly home for memorial.
Almost as if out of respect the weather calmed and most of the day has been moderate reaching in settled seas. Now the wind has gone more west and swell increased for a messy sea state. We are motor sailing wanting to get there asap.

Fri Jun 23 8:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 72.2nm (130.7km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.4nm
Weather: 15knts S 2m swell from the SE 50% cloud cover.

Wind lightened through the night necessitating dropping the staysail and unfurling of full headsail, with 1 reef other main. Up and down in strength making for frequent course and sail adjustments.

Thu Jun 22 23:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 8.0knts
Run: 123.8nm (224.1km)
Avg: 9.2knts
24hr: 221.7nm
Weather: 20knts S 2m swell from the SSE 10% cloud cover.

Roaring along under a moonless starry sky. 2nd reef and staysail at about 110 TWA. Picked up some great favorable current east of Lord Howe which helped progress a lot too.
Life is good on the Jolifou as we are finding our sea legs and settling into passage rhythm.

Thu Jun 22 9:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 180.3nm (326.3km)
Avg: 1202knts
24hr: 28848nm
Weather: 25knts S 2m swell from the ESE 30% cloud cover.

position wrong on previous post. Uncomfortable tight reaching into easterly swell yesterday, down to staysail and 3rd reef. Was very rough late yesterday afternoon as the Southerly increased to about 30 knots and still getting swell from the east. We elected to turn downwind a bit onto the rhumb line and give up some easting for comfort and it was much better. Had a good night and I am feeling 100% now, Lyn still a bit seasick but not too bad.
This morning it is still blowing 25 from the south but quite good going on this new angle, hitting the odd 8 knot surf and probably averaging about 7.5 Weather routing should allow us to get more east easily on Friday and Saturday as the wind lightens and goes around to the West. Swell is also becoming more Southerly now which is helping.

Thu Jun 22 9:27 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Weather: 25knts S 2m swell from the ESE 30% cloud cover.

Uncomfortable tight reaching into easterly swell yesterday, down to staysail and 3rd reef. Was very rough late yesterday afternoon as the Southerly increased to about 30 knots and still getting swell from the east. We elected to turn downwind a bit onto the rhumb line and give up some easting for comfort and it was much better. Had a good night and I am feeling 100% now, Lyn still a bit seasick but not too bad.
This morning it is still blowing 25 from the south but quite good going on this new angle, hitting the odd 8 knot surf and probably averaging about 7.5 Weather routing should allow us to get more east easily on Friday and Saturday as the wind lightens and goes around to the West. Swell is also becoming more Southerly now which is helping.

Wed Jun 21 10:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 148.2nm (268.2km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.2nm
Weather: 20knts SSW 2m swell from the E 90% cloud cover.

Good wind moderate Ssw stronger this morning. Reaching at about 100 TWA. 2reefs in main, full headsail last night, changed this morning to staysail. Messy seas with east swell making it a bit rough. Both feeling a bit sick still finding our sea legs.

Tue Jun 20 8:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 55.7nm (100.8km)
Weather: 15knts SSW 2m swell from the E 20% cloud cover.

Testing position update. Planning on leaving today from Newcastle headed for Fiji. 0 mile day.

Sat May 6 11:40 2017 NZST

Pittwater boat work Saturday

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