Sun Nov 29 18:09 2015 NZDT
Run: 97.4nm (176.3km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 68.8nm
36 50.546S 174 45.101E
Weather: Beautiful spring day.

We've arrived!!! YAY! Found the Q wharf in Auckland with some difficulty at 1am. We then crashed for 5 hrs (bliss) and got woken by customs knocking on our hull at 7am. All done and dusted in 30 mins but they did take my baby clam shells. Oh well, was worth a try. We're now back at Pier21, berth A16. Just had a lovely day with Sara, Ham & Lily who came with avocado, strawberries, bacon. The bottle of bubbly that did the trip up and back was opened and we toasted family and friends. Thank you all for your comments and support. Thank you Karie-L, our strong little 65yr old ship.

Congratulations on completing your great adventure. Hope we will be able to learn lots more when we visit family in February.
Sat Nov 28 8:11 2015 NZDT
Run: 137.5nm (248.9km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.8nm
35 31.680S 175 22.948E
Weather: NNW 10 kt, .5 N swell, 100% cloud cover, baro 1020

Day 8. We're nearly there! Will see Great Barrier Is soon. Currently we're motoring waiting for the wind to build so we can sail. We've got all our wet weather gear on as its raining on and off. ETA into Auckland Saturday midnight at our present speed. Looking forward to being home. All well and rested onboard.

Hi Nikki and Doug! Have been loving the updates! Fantastic that you are nearly here!!!!!! Wish we were there to welcome you both! Have a well-deserved sleep and you will be waking to a warm and sunny day! Lots of love from us both! xoxoxo

Welcome home!!!! Can't wait for our first catch up coffee, see you soon!
Fri Nov 27 9:04 2015 NZDT
Run: 118.4nm (214.3km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.4nm
33 36.184S 175 59.649E
Weather: N8kt, 1.5m N swell, 50% cloud cover, baro 1022

Day 7. We've just seen a whale breach! Currently sailing downwind with the jib and mizzen. The morning drizzle is giving us a break. Last night got pretty uncomfortable with confused seas. We've still current against us. ETA will more likely be Sunday. REALLY looking forward to getting there. Dreaming of avocado and bacon (the free range variety) on Burgen toast and fresh berries. All well on board.


good stuff met service recons wind turning southerly midnight Saturday night sunday morning all the best H
Thu Nov 26 8:00 2015 NZDT
Run: 137.1nm (248.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.4nm
31 56.500S 176 29.403E
Weather: E5k, .5m NE swell, 90% cloud, baro 1025

Day 6. Currently we're motor sailing but have mostly been sailing. Our fuel consumption has been very low as the motor is just trickling along. The weather so far has been just unbelievably good. Sunnier enough for hot showers during the day. Apart from having to wake up, the night watches are a pleasure especially with the full moon.

Current ETA into Auckland is looking like Saturday. All well onboard.

Worth waiting for the good weather. Its just about to pack up here. Peridot backing in the water.Sparkling.xx

Wonderful. I think you have dun it!! I hope there is a welcoming party to greet you in Ak.xx
Wed Nov 25 7:53 2015 NZDT
Run: 122.2nm (221.2km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.6nm
30 04.728S 177 17.168E
Weather: NE8k, NE swell 2M, 10% cloud cover, baro 1023

Day 5. 380nm to go so YAY, over half way there. We have current against us between .5 - 1k which is frustrating as we're making good boat speed. Broad reaching still on port tack. We know that we're definitely headed in the right direction as the temperature is slowing dropping. All well onboard.

Wonderful. You are making good progress. Maybe Auckland in the weekend!!
Tue Nov 24 8:09 2015 NZDT
Run: 125.9nm (227.9km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.5nm
28 26.830S 178 03.902E
Weather: ENE5k, 5% cloud cover, 1m swell, baro 1022

Day 4. We're having to motor sail for bits when the wind is just too light and we drop to below 3k. Another sunny day so not complaining. All well onboard.

Mon Nov 23 9:10 2015 NZDT
Run: 131.8nm (238.6km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128.2nm
26 46.9855S 178 54.018E
Weather: ESE4k, 5% cloud cover, no swell, baro 1021

Day 3. We are feeling very lucky for such a good weather window. Thanks Predict Wind and Gulf Harbour Radio for the forecasts. It's still looking like favourable winds all the way. We've been motor sailing since 12pm. Night watch last night felt like more of a pleasure than a chore as it was so starry. Having a moon is pretty special as well. All well onboard.

Sun Nov 22 8:29 2015 NZDT
Run: 124.9nm (226.1km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.3nm
25 07.724S 179 57.324E
Weather: E8k, sunny, skies clear, swell 1m, baro 1021

Day 2. Yesterday the seas were pretty lively making for a hard ride but they've settled down today. As has the wind but as long as we've got enough to sail then we're happy. Time for chores. All well onboard.

Making good progress then. Not being sick I presume?
Sat Nov 21 9:50 2015 NZDT
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
23 37.573S 178 56.593W
Weather: S-SE 12k, sunny, 10% cloud, swell 1m, baro 1020

Day 1 passage N Minerva to Auckland. YAY we're off as are the other 4 boats. Currently beam reaching. Hoping that the forecast winds on the top of the H will continue. We're feeling very rested and pleased to be underway.

Yay - light breeze and mild here. Wish our boat was in the water.Happy sailing.x
Fri Nov 20 9:34 2015 NZDT
23 38.935S 178 53.541W
Weather: SE15k, 100% cloud cover, light rain has cleared, flat sea inside the lagoon, baro 1018

Minerva stopover. No more fish speared. Doug made a cray trap using the kingy remains as bait, placed it on the reef but no luck. Sitting quietly today itching to leave tomorrow. All well onboard.

Speared a kingi from the deck... i'm impressed, a bit jealous as well. Be nice to see you both on return. Have a good sail... suburbia awaits! If there is anything I can lend a hand with, let me know.
Thu Nov 19 10:24 2015 NZDT
23 38.935S 178 53.541W
Weather: N 3k, low tide so flat calm sea, 100% cloud cover, baro 1018

Minerva stopover. We were already to leave today but there's no wind until the evening, can't leave on a Fri so Sat is the new ETD. Gulf Harbour Radio this morning are predicting the best weather window for next week leaving on Sat. So time for some more relaxing, exploration and socialising. Our day has started with some excitement as Doug speared a big kingy from the deck of our boat! Amazing!! Then walking at low tide on the reef yesterday evening I found a HUGE and very old copper nail. I've decided it's off the Endeavour.... The ship's carpenter biffed an old piece of timber with the nail in it overboard about 150 yrs ago, the timber finally rotted away on top of the reef leaving the nail waiting for me. Yes really. All well onboard.

Minerva is full of excitement....incredible Doug spearing the kingi and you finding the copper nail. Love your updates.
Wed Nov 18 9:49 2015 NZDT
23 38.935S 178 53.541W
Weather: N 3k, some chop at H tide, partly cloudy, baro 1020

Minerva stopover Day 2. We're just savouring the last day(s) of being at anchor in tropical waters, enjoying the sun, pristine waters (no plastic rubbish in sight), seafood and company. The current Minerva Yacht Club got together last night. SVs Yara, Saraoni, Macleshia, Oceanna & Us. Oceanna were the hosts and shared the crays Greg found on the reef. YAY! Fresh, tender, sweet....complimented with Poisson Cru, vegan pizza and cake. At the moment it looks good for leaving tomorrow (Thurs) morning. All replete onboard.

Tue Nov 17 9:59 2015 NZDT
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
23 38.925S 178 53.551W
Weather: NE 5k, no swell inside reef, cloud clearing, baro 1021, temperatures a little cooler.

Minerva stopover. The entry yesterday was made easy with our chart plotter and good visibility. We're anchored in 12m over sand, on the SE corner with currently 4 other boats. We're getting used to our view of surrounding reef and no land! The surf can be heard constantly pounding on the outside of the reef. We've been told that Tongans have been over here and taken most of the crays. However a neighbour speared a big coral trout at the entrance and shared it around. We took the dinghy over to the reef just after low tide and water was streaming across it into the lagoon like a river. It's fun walking on it and then a snorkel back to the boat across 2m of sand and rocks with a little coral, tropical fish, heaps of clams and bigger fish over a bigger rocks in deeper water. Visibility is A1. Doug saw a reef shark under the boat. Our neighbour reported tiger sharks at the entrance. Waiting until the big H in the Tasman spreads N onto NZ. ETD maybe the weekend. All rest ed and well onboard.

Mon Nov 16 9:12 2015 NZDT
Run: 154.2nm (279.1km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.4nm
23 31.644S 178 46.676W
Weather: E12k, 1.5m swell, 20% cloud cover, baro 1020

Day 3. Only an hour away from Minerva! Feeling excited. Also weird to be dropping the anchor soon in the middle of the ocean with no sight of land. Feels like the right decision to go in and wait for more favourable weather to get to NZ. We've had some easy sailing in the last 48hrs. Good full sail reaching conditions. Another yacht behind us in the night but lost sight of them when they turned their nav lights off this morning. We thankfully just lost a really big fish on Mike's lure. Hopefully plenty to be got in Minerva. The bread has gone mouldy but all good with the crust cut off. I'll be able to bake some soon. All well onboard.

Well done ...nearly at Minerva Reef. Mike's lure is earning its keep by the sounds. Love the updates. xx

Sounds like a great start! so Minerva provides calm seas to wait in yeah? and are you seeing these comments? I remember on the way up, we didn't for some reason
Sun Nov 15 8:55 2015 NZDT
Run: 136.8nm (247.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.9nm
22 15.740S 176 46.958W
Weather: baro 1020, S-SE15k, Sky clear, seas lumpy 2m swell

Day 2. Making good progress to Minerva reef. Started our 3 hr watches with Doug 6-9pm, Nikki 9-12pm etc. A tight reach. With stronger weather during the night we got a bit wet. No seasickness yet. All well on board.

Sat Nov 14 9:07 2015 NZDT
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
21 07.851S 175 02.072W
Weather: Sunny, SE10kts, slight swell, baro 1018

We left Nuku'alofa at 7am. Coming out of Piha passage now. Just finished listening to Gulf Harbour radio. Thanks for the weather update. Heading to N Minerva reef. ETA Monday morning. Will decide whether to go in or not closer to this destination. Both very well onboard. Farewell Tonga. Malo apeito '️

Have great trip. Looking forward to catching up when you get back!
Tue Nov 3 18:24 2015 NZDT
Run: 51nm (92.3km)
21 07.529S 175 09.699W
Weather: overcast, light easterlies, baro 1012

We arrived in Nuku'alofa 4 nights ago and are staying anchored off Big Mama YC on Pangamotu Is, only 1nm from town. We got here just in time to enjoy the Halloween party and then watch the ABs. What a match! We've seen about 20 boats leave for NZ with about 10 left and a few new boats trickling in. My expectations of Nuku'alofa were low so I've been pleasantly surprised to find I quite like it. Good cafes, bigger markets and the ferry ride across the harbour make it pretty stress free.

Our plans are to leave on a good weather window in about 1-2 weeks time, or wait longer if we need to. There is "no hurry". In the meantime we will explore Tongatapu and get to one or two of the local islands.

Hi its peeing down here,a viscous south easterly,and very cold. This is Nov in Wgtn. Wouldnt mind some tropical weather. Not sure how much I can write to you-is it Ok to do more.??xxx
Thu Oct 29 16:25 2015 NZDT
Run: 16.1nm (29.1km)
20 30.129S 174 44.432W
Weather: blue skies, 8-10 NE, 1/2 m S swell, baro 1012

This is the longest period (2 weeks) of fine weather and light winds that we've had in the nearly 5 months we've spent in Tonga. This morning we had a lovely reach from Nomuka'iki to Kelefesia Is. This is the southern most island in the Ha'apais. Apart from the narrow entrance into this anchorage we are surrounded by surf breaking onto the reefs, some of it good enough to surf. The island is very pretty with high sandstone bluffs and sandy beaches. There's lots of live coral to enjoy and I particularly enjoyed watching 2 squid.

An early start tomorrow to cover the 45mm to Nuku'alofa while the winds are favourable.

Mon Oct 26 19:57 2015 NZDT
Run: 29.5nm (53.4km)
20 16.622S 174 48.266w
Weather: 30% cloud cover, a couple of showers, E, baro 1016

A pleasant sail south from Ha'afeva to Nomukaiki today. Another mahimahi on the lure. I've promised Doug that I won't cry next time watching one die.....Highlights of Ha'afeva were the best coral we've seen just off the boat plus a snorkel on the wreck. 10 other boats in the anchorage there so always fun socialising and visiting the village. The surprise so far at Nomukaiki is the new yacht club where the prison used to be. We missed the opening by a week. The Crown Prince, plus Unofa (the only qualified Tongan female skipper) plus 130 others attended. They will be building small sailing outriggers here, plus fales. Our plan is to be in Tongatapu to watch the rugby by the weekend.

Thu Oct 22 18:13 2015 NZDT
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
19 57.976S 174 29.615W
Weather: sunny, NE 15-29k, choppy seas, baro 1017

Since our last update the weather has settled.

Hoorah. After a quick trip back to Pangai to clear customs and re provision we went whale watching & swimming on Tues. it was a great day out with the Aussie operators on a wooden Tongan boat with a 40 hp motor. As it is late in the season we had one brief swim but some amazing breeches. We headed South and spent last night at 'Uiha Island visiting the 2 villages and school. Taro leaves for dinner. Today we headed further South, nervously skirting around the reefs and are anchored off a sandbar connecting the 2 islands Uonukuhihifo & Uonukuhahake. It feels like we have this place all to ourselves and then were very surprised to see 2 black cows walking the length of the sandbar with turquoise water in the foreground and an uninterrupted sky behind them. I wonder what they drink?

Wed Oct 14 19:47 2015 NZDT
Run: 14.8nm (26.8km)
19 51.029S 174 24.922W
Weather: 90% cloud cover, showers, 20-25 SSE, baro 1012

Our 3rd night at the southern anchorage off Uoleva Is. As it's one of the few more sheltered anchorages in the Ha'apais we'll be staying here for at least another week as the forecast is for even stronger winds. The highlight here would be the extremely long deeply sloping white sand beaches that surround the whole island. We are yet to explore underwater. There are no villages but 4 budget type resorts. We had a night in Pangai (small town) on Lifuka Is to clear customs and provision. There was one cafe....phew. Cyclone damage and the ongoing recovery was evident.

Enjoy exploring and hope the winds arent too fierce this week. Anymore tuna? You will be following the whales back to NZ soon.xx

Hi Mum n Doug! Must be cool seeing some new scenery after all that time around Vava'u. Gosh, how BORING. Xoxoxoxo. And like I said. Don't hurry home.
Sat Oct 10 13:38 2015 NZDT
Run: 69.2nm (125.3km)
19 40.328S 174 17.347W
Weather: Sunny, light SSE winds, baro 1014

Overnight passage from Vava'u was good practice for the trip home. Motor sailed to windward. Battery was not charging so auto-helm stopped working. Doug feared that the alternator had broken but once at anchor he found the fault so all good. We caught a tuna on the lure Mike gave us. YAY! Lower lying islands here, more untouched, water is cooler but great snorkelling.

Have seen whales.

Hi Nikki and Doug, you will be sad that the last few weeks in Tonga have come around. Gosh that time went quickly. Will enjoy following your trip around the islands and back to NZ. Lots of love Bobby. X
Fri Oct 9 9:14 2015 NZDT
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
18 42.040S 174 01.790W
Weather: Sunny, SE winds 10-15 knots, baro steady 1015

Our last day in Vava'u anchored at Port Maurelle. It's been 4 wonderful months exploring this beautiful area and enjoying our visits to Neiafu. Having visitors has been a highlight, seeing whales, snorkelling, exploring on land and making friends. We are sailing down to the Ha'apais tonight to enjoy a few weeks there before carrying on further South to Tongatapu where we will depart to NZ from in Nov.

Sat May 30 12:34 2015 NZST
0 kts
Run: 57.6nm (104.3km)
18 39.539s 173 58.918w
Weather: beautiful! Warm and humid.

Day 14. We made it! Arrived Nieafu at daybreak. Were lucky to clear customs and immigration as Saturday isn't a working day. We're all ecstatic!! Thank you to all our family and friends who have posted comments and messaged. This meant so much to us. As we don't have the web on passage we couldn't view them until Jodes copied and pasted some into an email. We look forward to seeing our wonky track. Have been to the market, the crew are doing laundry and showers onshore and Doug and I have just finished an initial clean up. Thank you Karie-L.

Hi Nikki, Interesting reading each step of your journey - hope you and Doug are enjoying the warm weather over there! Kind regards Katrina

Well done !!! Have been following your progress. Wet Autumn day here. Lui up on roof doing gutters which over flowed this morning. Kathy♡


Just discovered you on YIT . Congratulations from the other side of the world. Amazing achievement and amazing technology to allow us to track your achievement. Enjoy the luxuries of land for a while. What next? Duncan and Angela
Fri May 29 8:41 2015 NZST
4.5 kts
Run: 143.1nm (259km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.5nm
18 55.168s 174 49.091w
Weather: Overcast, rain, 1015 baro, 16 kts NE, lumpy seas

Day 13. So close but so far away! Very unpleasant night motor sailing into headwinds and seas. Decided so far this morning that we're going too hard and cutting it too finely continuing this way and risk not getting in before dark. Currently just sailing N up past Late Is (non anchorable), Meg at the helm, will still try to get in but are prepared to have another.....yes, another night out. Might be the sensible option. Otherwise all fit and well on board. OMG it's going to be AMAZING when we get there.

Neiafu 'Port of Refuge' has a nice ring to it! Nearly there! - what an achievement! So proud of you guys & your little ship! X

Well done, have loved following your progress. Definitely a long glass of bubbles to celebrate!!!! Xoxo

OMG, its going to be AMAZING! Its a bit like being pregnant and 2 weeks overdue, no?! body is feeling battered and bruised, craving some raw fish, camembert and a glass of bubbles....end is in sight, but when will it come!!!!! When the time comes, I hope customs doesn't prolong things further!

Love the analogy Jody, Maybe Karie-L is the exhausted mother and Captain Doug and his maiden crew are the unruly quadruplets trying to get out! Good luck guys, I’m sure you’ll make it before dark. You’ll deserve a long glass of something by the time you arrive! Ferg, xoxoxoxoox
Thu May 28 8:45 2015 NZST
5.8 kts
Run: 154.6nm (279.8km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.7nm
20 42.942s 175 54.855w
Weather: Overcast, showers, 25-30k E, lumpy 2 m swells

Day 12! Bashing uncomfortably to windward. Passed Tongatapu but can't see it as too low lying and we're a fairway out, plus cloud. Approx ETA Vava'au tomorrow. We have a hard 24 hrs ahead of us but we've unanimously that we can do it!! Best mileage last 24hrs = 155nm. Have completely run out of fresh food. Dreaming of salad, fresh fruit.... Lost a ginormous mahahi yesterday which was a relief. Would have caused injury bringing it in and turned the deck into a blood bath. Have had flying fish land on the boat at night and this morning welcomed by a tropical bird and gannet type birds. All well!

Fantastic you have almost made it!! must be great feeling of satisfaction!! all that work refurbishing KARIL. All good here, heading to Ohope beach with the Timbs for Qbday weekend. Ho[ing for some lovely EBOP weather yayyayay........... walk on the beach etc etc etc. You will be land lovers (on mooring) for the weekend!!! all our LOVE toyou all grant xoxoxoxo

Doing 5.8kn whilst bashing to windward sounds like pretty respectable progress to me. Keep the hammer down , almost there. Doing a great job guys.

Fantastic effort. Isn't YIT great. We are following your progress with envy!
Wed May 27 9:22 2015 NZST
4.5 kts
Run: 144.2nm (261km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.6nm
22 44.505s 176 56.122w
Weather: Partly cloudy, mod sea, fickle wind! with not enough SW in it, 1020baro

Day 11. Good mileage again in the last 24 Hrs but mostly spent motor sailing as the winds have been very light. Our crew are yearning for tropical beaches so are having to be very patient as we have another 3 days to go. We're trying to sleep less during the day so we can sleep at night. Pleasantly warm. Pretty much run out of fresh food so are having to be creative. So pleased we have a fridge. All well.

Sooooo close! Enjoy that tinned food and get those fishing lines out! You guys are amazing:-) Fergs comment covers everything your missing out on back here...seals and cold weather:-) in fact for a period there, the storm hitting nz was the biggest storm going on in the world at that point in time, according to weatherwatch. Another exciting statistic that reminds me of when the 12th largest drill in the world was used to build the Waterview tunnel last year:-) x

Hello sailors! Sounds like you might be suffering the onset of cabin fever - Don't worry, I have some sound advice, and remember, it is imperative that you don't focus to hard on the destination! I've taken the time to dream up some fun activities to pass the time: - I spy - Animal, mineral, vegetable - Homemade tattoos - Acting out scenes from films and TV - Charades - Blinking competitions - Meditation - Yoga - Counting to 1 million - Thinking up complex tax avoidance arrangements - Making sushi with fresh fish - Working on your tan - Learning the lyrics to rap music - Stare at the horizon for hours on end If you feel the creeping boredom which comes with a long voyage, just remember ... I am stuck in the library writing a 20 page research paper, the weather is awful outside and just realised I have forgotten my lunch. I would trade places with you in a second! Looking forward to the next update tomorrow morning at nine fifteen. Lots of love, Ferg xoxoxo
Tue May 26 9:16 2015 NZST
5.2 kts
Run: 145.8nm (263.9km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.3nm
24 38.955s 177 51.45w
Weather: Fine, 13kts S, slight seas, 1m swell

Day 10. Best mileage yet last 24hrs 135m. Lighter winds forecast so we will work harder at tweeking the sails. Constance (auto helm) has been great but is high maintenance on battery power. SO!! our skipper has sorted a very good backup wind steering sheet to tiller system that's working well. Running a little bit of motor now at low revs to charge batteries before the sun does its work with the solar panels. Another day closer to our destination YAY. Currently gull winging it. All well onboard.

great progress, nearly there, its good to see all your hard work and planning coming to fruition, best, H

Great to see you all back on track and enjoying some great sailing weather. What amazing experiences you are having. Love from us both. Xx Sonia

Ummmm Doug.. Nikki.. I look at your progress on the map! I think you need to turn right now otherwise you end up in Samoa or maybe 2-valoo. You got that..?

Wow guys so exciting!!! Barometer at 1010 that's so low must have been a ride!!!!!!!! So excited hear more about that in more detail. I imagine layers of clothes will be coming off as those warm trade winds start filling up the sails. All the best guys!!!!

Hey guys looks like you are making great progress. I have my money on you arriving early on saturday morning, I'll put $10 on you being on your mooring by 9:37 a.m. Let me know how close I get. I am sure you have no idea how bitterly cold it is back here, snow down south, I have never felt auckland so cold and wet. We can barely make it out of bed in the morning! Kate had a 'sick' day yesterday but back at work today. When I arrived home from uni she was curled up on the couch watching movies in her fur coat. I am enviously watching your progress. Have you caught any fish yet??? Hope things are comfy on board and you have had a chance to swim. Finny said that the storm you suffered was much worse than anything he's had with Russ and Laurie, must have been exciting. Yesterday there was a seal loose in Papakura, its been dominating the headlines at present. I think they managed to get it back to the beach but it turned up in a carwash somewhere in South Auckland so they are calling in the experts this morning, i'll keep you updated. It looks like I might have a berth on Brents dad's boat up to Vava'u in early July so I might be seeing Nikki and Doug much sooner than expected. Tentative plan is for Kate to fly up when we arrive and stay for a week on his boat. Fingers crossed, would be great to visit you guys for coffee! The reason that this message is so long is procrastination. Not enjoying this assignment at all. Anyway, wishing you all the best. Hope you are all happy and well fed. Lots of love, Ferg xoxoxoxo


Mon May 25 9:11 2015 NZST
Run: 99.7nm (180.5km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.3nm
26 44.987s 178 03.927w
Weather: Clear skies, SW 15k, seas moderate

Day 9. This is what a passage to Tonga is supposed to look like! Sailing at a good speed, in the right direction and with a good weather forecast. YAY! We're all settling down to a leisurely day after peaches, muesli and yoghurt for breakfast

Well, you folks have dodged the cold weather here! Winter has arrived with a vengance! Snow around home in Silverstream on the hills and close to sea level in Hawkes Bay! Warm fire helps! happy sailing

hooray looking good. be there soon hope you have some cold beer and fresh fish to look forward too.

Go Karie L! Between YIT & windyty been keeping us entertained back in AKL XX

Proud of you all and you're wonderful ship. Keep at it. Lots of love. Steve and cherie

Wahoo!!!! Sounds absolutely fantastic! We are jealous - it is freezing cold here with a good snowfall on Mount Taranaki! A big swell coming in also with intermittent heavy rain. I like the sound of the menu! Any fish yet? Lots of love to you all. xx


Sun May 24 16:22 2015 NZST
6.8 kt
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)
28 11.385s 178 10.455w
Weather: SW 20 k, confused sea, baro steadied, cloudy with occasional showers, warm

Day 8. Phew! Weather change as forecast early pm. Sailing again and in the right direction. Dinner time

Wow guys!!!!!! So exciting . You are making awesome time. Must have been very exciting hoving to!!! Thinking of you guys lots and enjoy the warm trade winds soon to come !

Phew all right. Hopefully fair weather sailing from now on.

Hi guys looks good to see you're back on track. Freezing here, exciting weather, very jealous! Look forward to seeing some photos from the last day or so, must have been thrilling. Off to dinner xoxoxo fair winds!
Sun May 24 6:38 2015 NZST
1.5 k drift
Run: 53.2nm (96.3km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 60.1nm
28 16.543s 178 22.539w
Weather: Severe gale, 45-50 knots, 6-7 m seas breaking, NNW. Partly cloudy. 1010 baro

Day 8. All well onboard, hove to since 8pm last night, reefed mizzen and tiller lashed. Riding to the seas well.

Glad Karie-L is looking after you well. Hope that's as exciting/tedious as it gets xxx

Been checking where you are on WeatherWatch. Good to hear night has passed well in your Karie L As in all things it will pass and we wish you an early respite from sitting it out in the general foulness. Loves and hugs xxxx
Sat May 23 9:24 2015 NZST
Run: 82.3nm (149km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 85.3nm
28 06.966s 179 13.835w
Weather: 30 plus NW, 2 M swell, 90% cloud cover, 1018 baro

Day 7. All good. Pleased to have wind even if it is on the nose and we're heading in a more easterly direction. Our strong little ship is handling it beautifully. Looking fwd to better weather after Sunday. Enjoyed porridge with Cherie's plums!

Good to see you are sailing again. The victuals sound pretty good Karie L will be in her element. Loves. Xx
Fri May 22 10:14 2015 NZST
Run: 138.7nm (251km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.3nm
28 54.992s 179 46.0303e
Weather: Sunny, NW 5knts, flat seas, 1021baro

Day 6 begins! All in very good spirits. After motoring for 80hrs we're finally sailing. Pleased how well fuel is lasting. Still have 3 days in reserve. MPS, main and mizzen. Nice surprise to see Meg had posted our menu for the day. Started with scrambled eggs. Anna is now French plaiting her hair. Got some music happening.

Great to hear you are sailing again. Sounds as if the crew are having a great holiday.

Whoop, whoop! Nice to get a rest from the motor aye:-) Looks like theres another yacht out to your port....can you see them...they're only a centimetre away! ;-)
Thu May 21 9:59 2015 NZST
Run: 231.5nm (419km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.1nm
30 35.651s 178 29.854e
Weather: clear skies with cirrus, flat sea, nil wind, 1024 baro

Day 5, been motoring 34 hrs, looking fwd forecast wind on Saturday, all well rested, clean clothes & domestics, porridge with bananas and honey for breakfast. Time for a little sunbathing yay

Bugger about the wind! However all batteries will be well charged. Swimming soon? Good going guys

great progress doug, 30 degrees the tropics are near woo hoo ! all the best, Hamish

Great to know you're doing well. All the best, Jose & Virginia Caps Tres

Great to hear you are into some calmer weather. Enjoy.xx


Tue May 19 11:19 2015 NZST
Run: 160.9nm (291.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.7nm
33 41.861s 177 00.489e
Weather: 50% cloud cover, 12knts S, sea 2M swell

heavy night last night but made great progress. 25nm averaging 6.2knts on one 4 hr watch, crew are top notch, all well

Hi guys, was really sad standing beside your empty berth after you had gone. Wishing I was on the boat with you! Mum just forwarded me your text Meggy, glad to hear you are learning a bit on your shifts. Also great to hear you are doing the shifts in teams, that will really take the pressure off hopefully. Great to hear that you had dolphins and that you haven't been seasick, makes me feel like a bit of a landlubber. Looking forward to the next update! Lots of love, Ferg

Wooo! Hope all is going well! Hope meg has sorted out a sextant to get you on the right track haha good luck! Very jealous!

Wonderful.Sounds as if you are making good progress.x

We are all thinking of you Nikki and family! We wish you well on your voyage. Cathy and I are watching you .... miss you and your positive energy ...go well

Good to hear you are enjoying proper ocean sailing - Brian is envious - I confess I am not Loves to you both xx Sonia


Mon May 18 7:29 2015 NZST
Run: 93nm (168.3km)
35 48.836s 175 49.697e
Weather: 15knts SW blue sky

1st day and night gone really well. No seasickness! Out of sight land.

Hope you had another good day yesterday and night. The winds look great for getting you up there to Tonga. xx

Very excited that you are on your way and no sea sickness - Yay!! The adventure has begun.Love and hugs,Fliss and Gunna.XXX

Hi Meg, Great to see that you are finally off . One very jealous David told me you have had a good first day and night and forecast looks good. He had a great day sailing himself yesterday it seems, not be be left out eh? It's excellent to be able to follow your progress. Safe sailing. Love Marian and Hugh xx

well done, great start hope you catch some fish! fair winds and best wishes, Hamish

Fantastic. Thanks for the update. Sounds like better weather than back at home.


Sun May 10 17:52 2015 NZST
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This Sunday 17th is it! Clearing customs at 9am. YAY

Much love to you both and safe travels - we will be watching your progress! Sonia and Brian xx

Have a safe and wonderful trip. I will update our map to follow your amazing voyage. We will be thinking of you all. Xx

My Darlinks. Have been thinking of you on the high seas. I hope this wet weather has passed you by and you are safe and exhilarated. Many bubbles of calm sent your way. Connie

Sorry Marguerite and I could not get to see you and the motley crew before you sailed. All the best and we are looking forward eagerly to the regular updates (when you can) . I know it will be a happy yacht with a great crew.
Wed Mar 25 20:39 2015 NZDT
36 50.567S 174 45.095E

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