JoliFou

JoliFou

Mon Aug 27 20:35 2018 NZST
Run: 177.1nm (320.6km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.5nm
17 19.429S 178 13.161E

Arrived Nananu-I- rau. This morning. Great passage, downwind and port gybe the whole way.

Sun Aug 26 9:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 83.7nm (151.5km)
18 06.420s 179 13.150w
Weather: 17 knots SE, 90% cloud cover

Left Fulanga yesterday and sailed to Lakeba where we spent last night. Lost 2 lures but didn?t land a fish :( It?s a sketchy anchorage at Lakeba with no swing room and exposed to the wind. Place looks a bit ugly also. Promising surf break on the pass but blown out by the wind. So we left this am, didn?t even go ashore or do sevu sevu.
We?re now on our way to Denerau to pick up friends by way of Nananu-I-Ra, hoping for a few days of good kiting there. Eta is tomorrow morning.

Mon Aug 13 19:51 2018 NZST
Run: 212.5nm (384.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.6nm
19 08.845s 178 33.878w

Arrived at Fulanga pass earlier today at 2pm. Pretty awesome sail considering it?s normally dead upwind in the trades. Reaching the whole way in 10 to 17 knots, bit more south in it for some time last night but still sailing nicely and had gennaker up in the broader angles yesterday afternoon and this afternoon.
Humpback whales yesterday. Final approach was magic as we saw pilot whales and sailed along the outside of the Fulanga reef in the flat water lee of the island.
Entering the pass was a bit hectic as we made just 2 knots over ground against the 5 knots of ebbing lagoon water. We have been told this place is the most beautiful island in Fiji. So far we have to agree.

Sun Aug 12 10:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 77.2nm (139.7km)
18 21.830s 178 17.720e
Weather: 12kt SSW 0.5m swell from the SW 70% cloud cover

On our way to Fulanga.

Wed Jun 27 6:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 80.6nm (145.9km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.2nm
17 54.503s 177 13.331e
Weather: 20kt SE 1.5m swell from the SE 70% cloud cover

Just entered Navula pass! Bula Bula Fiji. Looking forward to catching up with all of our cruising friends here.

Bula welcome back! Have been following your passage,well done. See you out at Musket.
Tue Jun 26 20:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 94.1nm (170.3km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.4nm
19 03.700s 177 24.000e
Weather: 20kt SE 1.5m swell from the SE 70% cloud cover

Very excited to see Cape Washington on Kadavu island mid afternoon. Just 70 miles to Navula passage now! Barring disasters we should be checking in at Lautoka early tomorrow morning.
It?s been a good day of sailing, broad reaching in building breeze and gradually cashing in our easting to improve the wind angle. So far the plan is working nicely.
Beautiful almost full moon sky this evening as we barrel along. The seas have been surprisingly small, bit lumpy but nothing the JF can?t handle easily.

Tue Jun 26 7:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 145nm (262.5km)
Avg: 13.2knts
24hr: 316.4nm
20 23.500s 177 05.650e
Weather: 18kt SE 1.5m swell from the SE 40% cloud cover

The wind increased from the SE earlier than expected and it?s been a touch boisterous as we continue to head east of direct course in anticipation of bigger winds and seas on final approach. 2nd reef main and half furled jib, good speeds.
This morning we passed superyacht Encore headed south, seems Ike a strange time of year for heading for NZ, most will be going the other way.
Less than 24 hours to go! ?

Mon Jun 25 20:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 75nm (135.8km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.4nm
22 19.300s 176 12.700e
Weather: 12kt SE 1m swell from the SE 10% cloud cover

The wind filled in after lunch and we have been sailing nicely In 10 to 12kt SE winds the whole afternoon. The plan is to keep making a bit of east so we are approx directly south of destination when the wind is forecast to build from the SE, hopefully giving us a nice comfy final approach.
Around sunset we saw our first vessel since leaving the Australian shipping lanes, a 24 meter fishing vessel (Solander 5) which is currently about 5 miles from us. Tried to call them on the VHF for a chat but no response. When they subsequently changed course and speed towards us and temporarily disappeared from the AIS display our minds had a bit of a moment, fearing they may be illegal fishing (or drugs) and trying to intercept us! Probably just on their way back to Suva.

Mon Jun 25 8:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 80.1nm (145km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.6nm
22 06.800s 175 03.630e
Weather: 4kt E 1m swell from the SE 5% cloud cover

We continued to motor through last night into a slightly bobbly sea caused by a 7 knot easterly with the odd small rain squall. We both had excellent sleep and are nice and well rested this morning.
The wind and sea is calmer again now, glorious weather. We are ahead of our schedule for Wednesday morning arrival so will start sailing slowly as soon as some wind develops. According to models that may happen around midday.

Sun Jun 24 21:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 84.9nm (153.7km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.2nm
22 51.580s 174 06.070e
Weather: 7kt NE 0.5m swell from the SE 30% cloud cover

We?ve been motoring all day, all sails down in little wind from variable direction. Always expected this based on the weather models and it?s a good time to relax and sleep as the motor provides white noise, sea is pretty flat and there is nothing that can go wrong sails and wind-wise.
We wrote down our lists of goals for the season, mostly action sports things like ?Get barreled more? and ?Kiting back roll?.
One of my goals is to work on my core strength and I was inspired to do my Hamish Wilcox core and stretch exercise session this afternoon. Cheers Hamish if you?re reading this.
Barring any mishaps if all goes to plan we should arrive at Navula passage early Wednesday morning. :)

Sun Jun 24 9:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 77.8nm (140.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.4nm
23 39.754s 173 05.313e
Weather: 4kt SE 0.5m swell from the SE 10% cloud cover

Sails start flopping, start engine. Splutter, splutter, oh dear it?s that dry exhaust sound again. Stop engine. Go through the now familiar priming procedure. Start engine, looks good, relax. Half an hour later, splutter splutter ?shoot?. Wake Lyn so she can steer whilst we bob about rather than stressing the autopilot.
Speedseal off, check impeller, looks good. Prime again, try again, watch as the water level in the strainer gradually reduces until air begins to get sucked into the pump. Try again a couple times, same result (what a fool does). Remove inlet pipe from strainer, water coming in but slowly, poke wire through seacock. Prime, try, same. BUT large oyster sucked into strainer, must have been the cause. Prime, try, better but still sucking air after a while. Re-locate strainer downward below sea level, fixed!! Sometimes I think that when things are going too well something bad is bound to happen sooner or later. Hopefully we have now paid that due and the motor will behave because we are looking at about a day and a half of little wind and mostly motoring. Time to catch up on some sleep.

Sat Jun 23 21:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 80.3nm (145.3km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.3nm
24 23.300s 172 08.850e
Weather: 8kt SE 1m swell from the SE 20% cloud cover

On this day we remember my Dad, David Savage. This time last year we were in mourning 4 days into our passage. Maybe Dad has pulled some strings for this passage to make it so good? He certainly would have appreciated the beautiful day we?ve had.
Through the day the wind has gradually backed as its strength has eased. We have managed to keep sailing quite well so far, aided greatly by a consistent wind direction at 90 degrees and a super calm sea. Progress has been slower but who cares when it?s this nice.
It was a stunning sunset and this evening is beautiful with a moonlit calm sea. No doubt the calm will need to be broken soon as we start the engine.

Sat Jun 23 8:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 62.8nm (113.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.2nm
25 05.850s 171 08.000e
Weather: 22kt SSW 1m swell from the S 20% cloud cover

A relaxing night two sail broad reaching in wind varying between about 10 to 13 knots. Small course adjustments to come up a bit in the lulls and down in the gust. The seas are nice and friendly but we have a little bit of contrary current. The weather is lovely, blue skies and Simpson clouds.
Headed a bit more east than desired as we lose too much speed any squarer to the wind. Plan at the moment is to be about due south of Lautoka when we are about 100 miles out, this us when some of the models predict possible strong SE winds and will be nice to have an easy angle.
All models indicate we will lose the wind later today and may have to motor for two days thereafter. Will try to keep sailing as long as possible today to save as much fuel dollars as we can.

Sat Jun 23 0:00 2018 NZST
Speed: ) most of the day we had full jib poled out with 2nd reef mainsail. we could easily have had full mai but the boat was well balanced and fast enough lie this, with little stress on the gear.knts
Run: 114.3nm (206.9km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.5nm
25 27.180s 170 12.520e
Weather: 15kt SSW 1.5m swell from the SW 20% cloud cover

Another day of perfect conditions but without rain squall Later in the day the wind had just a touch more south in it and we too the pole down, changing to the current situation of 2 sail reaching in 15 knots. Easy miles and very comfortable on the Jolifou.
I can?t help but think about our friends Dal and Dave who left at a similar time to us in Dal?s Santa Cruz 52 ?Cruz Control?. That boat was made for these conditions and they must be absolutely loving it at the moment. They don?t have satellite comms and we have tried to contact on an hf radio sched but no joy so far. Will be interesting to see how far ahead they arrive.

Fri Jun 22 9:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 74.6nm (135km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.3nm
26 35.300s 168 52.2e
Weather: 17kt SW 1.5m swell from the SSW 20% cloud cover

Last night continued to be excellent sailing conditions as we cruised along at a comfortable speed surging on the following seas. Occasional need to change the heading on the autopilot up and down a few degrees on the gusts and lulls. The squalls were less severe and with the easy seas the autopilot could handle them fine with a little manual fine tuning.
We both got good sleep and we are a very happy boat at the moment, thoroughly enjoying this middle of the trip time, when you?ve become comfortable with the boat, settled into a nice routine and the destination is still too far to bother with anticipation.
Weather has been generally fine apart from the odd brief rain squall, but it is still cold despite our more northerly position.

Thu Jun 21 22:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 93.3nm (168.9km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.3nm
27 05.800s 167 48.200e
Weather: 17kt SW 1.5m swell from the SSW 20% cloud cover

Today has been awesome sailing, downwind in 15 to 18 knots, poled out 1/4 furled jib and 2nd reef mainsail. Seas following and quite organized. The reason for the conservative sail plan is mostly the rain squalls, which have not been too heavy but probably gusting about 30 at most and with quite big windshifts. I?ve been hand steering through the 3 squalls of today to react quickly and ensure we stay at the right wind angle and no broaching and flappy sails.
Lyn had a good yoga session without me in the way and I put a wear cover on the top of the staysail halyard as it has been chafing at the sheave.
So far tonight there have been no squalls and it?s idyllic conditions at the moment. Long may it last.
Latest models are looking good for a nice remainder of the passage, albeit light wind motoring in store for the weekend. Not pushing as hard east now as we expect to be able and wanting to do that in the lighter winds ahead.

Thu Jun 21 10:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 89.3nm (161.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.2nm
27 38.300s 166 24.700e
Weather: 17kt SW 1.5m swell from the SSW 20% cloud cover

Last night was a difficult one with rain squalls messing us about. The kind of night where if you had plenty of fuel you would just take the sails down and motor. Speaking of which when we did start the motor in the calm after one squall, we again had the dry exhaust problem. Only fixed by bleeding at the water pump cover (speed seal makes this a lot easier), which requires removing the steps in a rolling boat. Was not conducive to sleep for the off watch, a bit of an emotional time for the captain too. I think it?s time that lowering the strainer gets to the top of THE LIST.
Again the second half of the night/early hours of morning was much better. On the plus side for the squalls we rode one out this morning after sunrise and were treated to the most amazing double rainbow which literally overtook us with its arch.
Lyn had a great watch enjoying watching shooting stars in a clear sky: ?I had this fantasy of lying on the foredeck and nature putting on a fireworks display of stars falling out of the sky?. Maybe we?ve been at sea too long already?

Wed Jun 20 22:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 90.9nm (164.5km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.6nm
27 52.300s 164 58.500e
Weather: 15kt SW 1.5m swell from the SSW 30% cloud cover

Today was a good day of sailing, especially this morning where we were broad reaching with full main and jib, calm seas and favorable current. Conditions were so good we even did a yoga session, albeit no balancing positions.
This afternoon and early evening the wind has swung to the SW and we are now sailing in about 18 knots with poled out half furled jib and 1st reef in the main. Quite comfortable but the current now seems against us and progress is slower. Had to deal with a couple of pesky rain squalls.
I had a very amusing text chat via iridium with Warwick of Fusio. It?s amazing that technology lets us do this from the middle of the ocean to him on an island in the Lau group. Looking forward to catching up with them soon.

Wed Jun 20 10:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 86.6nm (156.7km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 202.8nm
28 06.574s 163 30.639e
Weather: 15kt SSW 1m swell from the SSW 30% cloud cover

Last night the good wind continued, about 15 knots from the SSW. We sailed nicely all night, broad reaching with 2nd reef and full jib. More of the same this morning, long may it last! We are now trying to make as much easting as possible as insurance against possible future ESE winds. Looks like we will pass quite close to Norfolk Island.

Wed Jun 20 0:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 102.1nm (184.8km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.2nm
28 23.970s 162 07.580e
Weather: 15kt S 1m swell from the SW 10% cloud cover

Much of today has been spent motoring. We had a brief sail around 12 then the wind dropped and was square behind. Late afternoon the wind filled in quite nicely from the south and we?ve been sailing since then, dodging rain squalls early evening, not much in them, bit of a gust in front but then they bugger up the wind for a while.
Around 7 the rain squalls disappeared and since then we have been sailing really nicely in about 15 knots from the south, flat seas and favorable current.
The forecast is still looking good for the rest of the trip, holding thumbs it plays out.

Tue Jun 19 10:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 91.3nm (165.3km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.3nm
29 03.683s 160 37.266e
Weather: 10kt SW 1m swell from the SW 10% cloud cover

Last night was a mixed bag of little rain squalls, gusts and lulls, generally a bit lighter varying from about 10 to 25 knots.
During one of the lulls we decided to motor as battery needed charge anyway. That dreaded dry sound came out of the exhaust and spent a frustrating half an hour checking impeller, pouring water in the strainer etc. to prime the raw water pump. All good now and we ended up motoring a fair bit last night.
This morning the wind is light and from behind so we are motoring again. Nice and comfy tho.
Weather forecasts at the moment look like we will have lighter winds for the rest of the trip so the staysail has been packed in its deck bag and we will hoist the big sails when the wind fills in.

Mon Jun 18 23:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5?knts
Run: 98.8nm (178.8km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.2nm
29 45.750s 159 20.205e
Weather: 18kt W 1m swell from the W 40% cloud cover rain squalls

The wind and seas built again and we lost the favorable current as we got more north. The early evening was spent trying to dodge Elizabeth reef as a rain squall of about 40 knots shifted the wind direction by 30 degrees to the SW. Originally planning on passing to the south of the reef, we opted to change to the north. It was a stressful time as we feared we might get another squall from the west putting the reef in a Lee shore position. Wasn?t a problem in the end.
Now the rain squalls are again causing a bit of unrest as we are forced to frequently change sail size and course.

Mon Jun 18 10:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 118.1nm (213.8km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 210nm
30 23.357s 157 51.124e
Weather: 18kt W 0.5m swell from the W 10% cloud cover.

The first half of the night was hard with rain squalls (no lightning fortunately) necessitating frequent furling and unfurling of the jib as we were knocked about by the lumpy sea. I?ve never before experienced so much crashing about of stuff down below as despite our best efforts to secure, the violent rolling from side to side played havoc. This made sleep difficult.
Later on the squalls ended and the seas and wind became a bit more consistent and we both had some good sleep.
This morning there is a miraculous transformation with much smaller and regular waves, the wind is a touch lighter and we are getting wonderful assistance from the current as hoped. Full jib poled out, full staysail to leeward, still no mainsail. No more rocking, happy days :)

Sun Jun 17 21:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 101.9nm (184.4km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 205.5nm
31 17.032s 156 09.398e
Weather: 25kt WSW 2.5m swell from the W 30% cloud cover.

Has been a windy and wild day but good progress in the right direction with the 25 to 30 knot Westerlies. Sea state a bit confused as wind has switched from WNW to WSW. Jolifou going well with no main, staysail and poled out heavily reefed jib, but it is a rocky ride.
Still we are in good spirits, eating well and getting some sleep.
Have heard our friend Dal of Cruz Control trying to get us on the VHF, but he does not seem to hear our reply. He must be somewhere relatively neat but can?t see him.

Sun Jun 17 9:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 8.5knts
Run: 84.9nm (153.7km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 215.6nm
31 51.290s 154 33.667e
Weather: 25kt WNW 1.5m swell from the W 15% cloud cover.

Around 11:30 pm AEST last night the wind came back and has built to a solid 25 knots from the NNW. We?ve been sailing rapidly all night with staysail to leeward and poled out jib to windward (now half furled), mainsail down. Loving this configuration for strong downwind, if the jib backs the staysail keeps the speed for the autopilot to be able to turn the boat and recover.
We have been getting some current assistance in a northerly eddy of the east coast current and we have now hit a strong maybe 3 knots ESE flow of the main coastal current bending out. This is making it hard to follow our preferred routing of making some north to ensure we are over a low developing in a couple days. However with good speed through the water the current is giving us excellent SOG towards Lord Howe, seeing lots of 10s.
In the pitch black after the sliver of moon set there was a really special show of phosphorescent dolphins lighting up the water.

Sat Jun 16 23:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 94.4nm (170.9km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.4nm
32 21.500s 153 14.350e
Weather: 5kt W 0.5m swell from the W 15% cloud cover.

After a perfect day of sailing in strong WNW wind and small following seas the wind dropped at 5:30 and we are now motoring. Bit frustrating as the weather models never showed this and not great to be burning the fuel reserves so early in the trip.
On the plus side it was a great day, highlight was a pod of hundreds of dolphins paying us a visit.

Sat Jun 16 12:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
32 55.199s 151 45.675e
Weather: 20kt NW 0.5m swell from the W 0% cloud cover.

Just left Newcastle harbour. Perfect sailing at the moment as we reach along the Stockton coast in 20 knots NW, 3 reefs and half furled jib.

Sat Jun 16 9:46 2018 NZST
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Phone/SMS please SMS only unless emergency +881623485582
Email jolifou@myiridium.net - small text mails only, no attachments please.

Sat Jun 16 9:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
32 55.199s 151 45.675e
Weather: 15kt WNW 1.5m swell from the W 0% cloud cover.

Testing from the marina in Newcastle. We are planning on leaving at 9am today.

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