Kindred Spirit

Kindred Spirit

Sat Sep 29 12:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Weather: wind 8-12 kts nne; 1/2 meter swell,inside Great Barrier Reef ; 3/10 cloud; baro 1021.5

Landfall at Seabreak Spit, Hervey Bay, Australia about 0400. We are sailing under double reefed working genoa only to slowly approach the coast, 35 miles away. Our fancy Yanmar original equipment v-belt has lost its abiliby to hold tension after only 200 hrs service and has to be replaced. Discovered during a routine engine rook check about 0500. We have been motoring for two days, so the engine has to cool a bit before it is safe to work on. We have as a result lost our favorable tide, important here for going up the river to the Bundaberg Marina, as the tidal range is about 2 meters at the moment and ebb tidal currents in the river can be strong enough that we do not want to try to go up river on the ebb. Next flood tide starts about 5:00 this afternoon. The marina is about 10 miles from the river entrance. So,we are taking our time. No worries. All is well on board. Thanks for checking on us!

It only took 5 days despite the fact you had a lot of motoring! Sorry about
Fri Sep 28 9:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2 under powerknts
Weather: wind 5-10 kts E true, 2-5 kts across the deck from aft; 1 meter swell E,and 2 meter long period S; 3/10 cloud, trade wind powder puffs; baro 1021.5

In the center of the high, most likely. May be under power to Australia. Will know more when the weather forecast comes as an email as I send this report. WE are just north of the Fraser Seamount. There, the sea floor rises from 13,000 feet to 1,200 feet in less than 6 miles. The sea is a bit agitated, even with little wind. We are more than 25 miles north of the sea mount and still likely are feeling its effect. Last 24 hrs we covered about 155 nm, for a total run of 619 nm in four days since leaving Noumea. WE have 180 nm to go. WE should have landfall in less than 24 hrs. All is well on board.

wish you good sailing into the marina. from the images on GE the marina looks fairly close to the mouth of the river.
Thu Sep 27 8:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2 motoringknts
Weather: wind 8 kts true e; 1-2 meter swell,sse; 1/10 cloud; baro 1020

Wind shifted east and dropped to less than 10 kts overnight. wind is basically dead aft, less than 3 kts apparent. All is well on board. 346 nm to go. 353 nm made good first three days.

Wed Sep 26 8:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 8.1knts
Weather: wind 18-20 kts SSE; 2-3 meter swell; 5/10 cloud; baro 1018

First two days' run 300 nm. 499 miles to go. After a quiet night, wind and swell are back up. All is well on board. Thanks for checking on us.

Tue Sep 25 6:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.1knts
Weather: wind 16-22 kts SSE; 2 meter swell; 7/10 cloud; baro 1018

left Noumea 0730 Monday local time. run first 22 hrs 141 nm. fast but bouncy with swell basically abeam. steaks for dinner last night,yea Gloria! All is well on board. Thanks for checking on us.

Glad off and sailing. Will be looking for daily reports. As you will not be seeing these comments till you reach Aust. I hope you had easy sailing.
Sat Jun 23 7:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 141.9nm (256.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139nm
22 31.17S 167 37.90E
Weather: wind 14 kts; easy sea, in lee of Isle of Pines; 3/10 cloud; baro 1020

Landfall at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, in pre dawn. Anchor expected down early this afternoon. Our last day and have been gorgeous, reminding us of why we love the sea and sailing. Weary, looking forward to a very long sleep. All is well on board. I have discovered I submitted our positions during this passage in an incorrect format, and that the positions submitted have not been included in our postings. Will try to correct when we have Internet. Apologies to you who have been checking up on us.

I'm always glad when you reach your destinations and drop anchor!
Fri Jun 22 7:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.4knts
Run: 148.4nm (268.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.9nm
23 52S 169 19E
Weather: wind 10-20 kts wsw/sw; 1 meter swell,long period; 3/10 cloud; baro 1019

Home stretch. About 140 nm from Isle of Pines. Expect sheltered waters tomorrow this time, and an anchorage or marina tomorrow night. All is well on board.

Thu Jun 21 6:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 125.2nm (226.6km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.3nm
25 30S 170 51E
Weather: wind 18-24 kts w; 2 meter swell, plus wind chop; 3/10 cld; baro 1016

Close hauled, lumpy ride on bumpy sea. One reef in main to keep ride tolerable. Actually heading in the general direction of New Cal, for the first time in five days. about 275 nm to go. All is well on board.

it might be beautiful in that part of the world but you certainly have to fight for it to experience it!

it migh
Wed Jun 20 7:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 47.7nm (86.3km)
27 09S 171 41E
Weather: wind 5-10 kts w; lumpy leftover seas, but settling ;?? cloud; baro 1015

Under way motorsailing at 0200. All is well on board, some damage and lost items from boarding seas while hove to. Sailing gear is fine, motor is fine. 375nm from Isle of Pines. Will shape course to 318mag as wind permits today.

Tue Jun 19 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.4knts
Run: 32.1nm (58.1km)
27 27S 170 59E
Weather: wind 30-35 kts wnw; large sea; 10/10 cloud; baro 1016

hove to as front passes over. All well.

Glad to track your travels and travails. Happy you know when to heave to. Best to you both.

glad to hear of your progress. I tried to locate you on the image map...but it appears that this may require some other equipment (or fees) to show up there. passage... ...keep up the notes.
Mon Jun 18 6:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 94.2nm (170.5km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.2nm
27 45S 170 35E
Weather: wind 16-20 kts nnw-n; nasty,lumpy,disorganized short period seas. can't see skys, too bouncy to go on deck. baro 1018

close hauled into nasty seas, getting bounced around. Wind in high teens, seas more than would be expected. Not large, but short period, confused. We have had these conditions off and on for the past two days. No seamounts shown nearby on charts,other than Kings Ridge, which is a ways behind us now. We plan to heave to later this morning to wait out the front forecast to pass this afternoon/evening. We are east of where we want to be, and so are getting westing the hard way. We expect it will make our final 380 nm into New Caledonia more pleasant. All is well on board.

Happy father's day. May the rest of your trip be smoother than raising 4 kids.
Sun Jun 17 5:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 145.9nm (264.1km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.7nm
27 53S 172 07E
Weather: wind 5-8 kts nw; no swell to speak of; 3/10 cloud; baro 1020

All is well on board. Continuing to motor. Expect to sail west starting tomorrow, and to sit out front due Tue hove to, just hanging out. May change with changing forecasts, that's the plan of the moment. Fuel adequate. Getting warmer, very nice. No rush.

Sat Jun 16 5:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5-5.9knts
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.3nm
29 50.41S 173 01.19E
Weather: wind 10 kts nnw; choppy seas, a little disorganized; 3/10 cloud; baro 1021

Lovely day yesterday with quiet seas. Sunrise yesterday was spectacular. Chop is recent, possibly due to local bottom topography. We look forward to it passing. Motoring. A sailing breeze is forecast for Monday, motorboat weather until then. It is a little less cold each day. It was actually warm and comfortable without a jacket yesterday, just cool overnight tonight, compared with downright cold the first night out. All is well on board.

Fri Jun 15 10:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.6-5.8knts
Run: 167.8nm (303.7km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.1nm
31 29S 173 58E
Weather: wind 8 kts nnw; 1 meter lazy swell, long period; no wind wave to speak of; 3/10 cloud; baro 1023

Under power. High cloud. Beautiful day. Usual first day on passage issues dealt with. Easy now. Getting less cold, will soon be warm. All is well on board.

Thu Jun 14 9:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5 motorsailing, stemming currestknts
Run: 115.4nm (208.9km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.9nm
33 54S 174 15E
Weather: wind 10 kts wsw/sw; 1 meter swell,long period; 3/10 cloud; baro 1021

Sailed all night, just turned motor on at 0915. Heading for New Cal. All is well on board.

Wed Jun 13 15:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
35 33S 174 34E
Weather: wind 5-10 kts wnw; 1 meter swell,long period; 3/10 cloud; baro 1014

left Marsden this morning. Mostly motor sailing. Heading for New Cal. All is well on board.

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