Sun Jan 26 11:00 2020 NZDT
GPS: 40 50.64S 173 50.10E
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)

Just returning to Nelson after ten wonderful, peaceful days at D'Urville Island.

Sun Dec 1 10:45 2019 NZDT
GPS: 41 15.644S 173 16.867E
Run: 164.6nm (297.9km)

We finally made it to Nelson after waiting and waiting for weather to get here. We had a nice, non-stop, 42 hour motor-boat ride go get here. Lyttelton and Christchurch were great and we were very sad to leave. That said, we do love Nelson too

We'll hang out here for a while before heading off to Australia in January or February.

Wed Oct 9 8:52 2019 NZDT
GPS: 43 36.298S 172 42.767E
Run: 4800.1nm (8688.2km)
Weather: Too cold to support human life (especially after just returning from Hawaii!)

We're back in Lyttelton and it's nice to be on Legacy again. We'll hang out here for a month or so, before moving north to Nelson. Hi Y'all.

Sat Jul 20 9:14 2019 NZST
GPS: 19 38.09N 155 59.40W
Run: 2502nm (4528.6km)
Avg: 20.2knts
24hr: 485.1nm

We made the 2400 mile passage from Los Angeles to Kona, Hawaii in just over 5 hours. Eat your hearts out Transpac boats (who are now arriving in Ohau). I love airplanes!

Mon Jul 15 5:27 2019 NZST
GPS: 33 50.666N 118 23.614W
Run: 2549.6nm (4614.8km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64nm

Perhaps you've heard about the massive food shortages in Los Angeles? Yep, our bad! We've eaten everything.

It's been a productive visit but there's nothing like two weeks in LA to make every the worst passage look good by comparison.

We'll fly back to Hawaii in a few days. Happy sigh.

Wed Jun 5 9:52 2019 NZST
GPS: 21 17.153N 157 50.364W
Run: 4858.4nm (8793.7km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.9nm
Weather: Oh so nice!

24 Hour Run: 4221nm Average Speed: 574 knots. Yep, that's right. No, not on Legacy, we flew - to Hawaii for a vacation from our cruising lives. It's been seven years and we felt like a rest. We'll stay here four months.

That was our easiest passage ever!

Wed Apr 17 18:12 2019 NZST
GPS: 43 36.290S 172 42.857E
Run: 189.9nm (343.7km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.6nm

We're back in the wonderful Lyttelton (The Ana) Marina after a really nice, 32 hour motorboat ride. We'll hang out here for bit while we try to figure out the meaning of life. Yeah, I know. 42.

Tue Apr 16 8:50 2019 NZST
GPS: 45 52.306S 170 31.663E
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)

Leaving today for Christchurch (Lyttelton) after another nice stay in Dunedin. We visited Milford and Doubtful Sounds by tour boat during a four day road trip. That was wonderful and made us glad we didn't do it on Legacy. From Lyttelton, who knows?

Thu Apr 4 10:01 2019 NZDT
GPS: 45 47.623S 170 39.182E
Run: 142.1nm (257.2km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 75.8nm

Back in Otago Harbour, waiting for high tide to move to the Otago Yacht Club. We'll spend some time here and see some more of the South Island by car.

Maybe, after going to Stewart Island, we should call this "the middle island?"

Tue Apr 2 13:01 2019 NZDT
GPS: 46 53.889S 168 08.371E
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
Weather: Wind SW 10

We're anchored in Halfmoon Bay, right outside the town of Oban. We'll spend the night here and if the weather forecast doesn't change, leave for Dunedin tomorrow morning (24 hour run).

There's not much room to anchor here as most of the bay is taken up with moorings, but we found a nice corner here in 40 feet of water.

Sun Mar 31 8:28 2019 NZDT
GPS: 46 54.643S 168 02.764E
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)

We're back at Whalers Base to sit out the bad weather that's due over the next couple of days. There's a monster low that Oz is sending us and forecasts call for gusts to 50.

Fri Mar 29 9:06 2019 NZDT
GPS: 46 58.296s 168 10.633e
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)

We went on a walk last night to see Kiwis on the beach and we were successful. Mostly. We did get chased off the beach, but not until after we saw some kiwis. It seems that no one is allowed in the Kiwi protection area between 6pm and 6am without some kind of special permit. The guide who kindly escorted us off the beach and back to the jetty ended up giving us quite a tour on the way back. Some would say that the way to do this is to scope out the trail and beach before 6pm, and then go back after the tour boat leaves at 10:30pm.

Wed Mar 27 9:58 2019 NZDT
GPS: 46 54.649S 168 02.804E
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
Weather: Wind W 20, Rain, Cold (10C)

We moved away from town to a better anchorage for the blow. It got bad where we were when the wind went further south than advertised. This is one of the most beautiful anchorages we've been in. Stunning! There are a lot of tiny Islands all around us. It's kind of a roaring forties Palau.

Tue Mar 26 7:39 2019 NZDT
GPS: 46 54.325S 168 07.130E
Run: 10.2nm (18.5km)
Weather: Rain, barometer 1001 and falling.

We made it to the big city! Well, I guess it has about the same population, not including tourists, as our dock back in Tauranga, but after a couple of weeks in the wilderness, it's a big city for us.

What did we do there? Got lunch of course, and shopped at the Four Square. It's a bit of a trek up and down a hill to get to Oban, especially carrying eight bottles of wine, but we needed the exercise.

Oban is a cute little town. We didn't get to explore much. We got a break in the rain and took off for home. Maybe tomorrow as it looks like rain and wind today.

By the way, there's plenty of room to anchor here. We were needlessly worried about that.

Sun Mar 24 7:57 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 02.854s 168 10.495e
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)

We took a tour in Legacy of Port Adventure yesterday and ended up in the Heron River for the night. Nice spot. We"re anchored in a small, deep hole (7 meters deep) and tied to a tree on shore. "Did you get more Paua?" you ask. Why, yes we did. This time, just wading ankle deep at the rocky end of a beach. "Haven't you had enough yet?" you ask. NO! For us, there's no such thing as enough, and there are plenty here.

Sat Mar 23 7:45 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 03.63s 168 10.21e
Run: 3252.6nm (5887.2km)
Avg: 141.4knts
24hr: 3394nm

We moved to a nice anchorage in Port Adventure that's called Abraham's Bosom or Redsand Cove depending on where we look. There's a mooring buoy in the middle of the most ideal anchorage area but there's still room around the edges. A tale of two abalone: Yesterday morning at low tide, while we were still in Lords River, we took the dinghy to a kelp bed. I took off my jacket and shirt, put on my mask, and was able to get two abalone by just hanging my head and arms over the front of the dinghy (Cyndi sitting on my legs as a counter balance). What a dinner! This place is paradise!

Fri Mar 22 8:45 2019 NZDT
Run: 3255.7nm (5892.8km)
Avg: 129.5knts
24hr: 3106.8nm

We were expecting some wind last night so we tucked into a spot the Mana Cruising Guide for Stewart Island calls "The Nook". We had some shallow water getting here but we anchored (and as usual, tied back to a line already here) in 17 feet of water (5 meters). It's another great spot. For future reference of those using YIT's incredible Destination Planner, I'll say that The Nook is a Stewart Island must-do.

The sun came out yesterday in it was warm! We sat around in tee-shirts and shorts... And bug spray, although they don't seem to like the sun. When it comes out, they disappear. It got to 77f in the cabin (25C). It was like being back in Fiji again! Well, I guess it wasn't quite that warm.

We might move on to Port Adventure today. The name certainly sounds intriguing.

Thu Mar 21 7:36 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 06.304s 168 07.759e
Run: 22nm (39.8km)

We moved from Port Pegasus to Lords River, about 12 miles east. What can I say... another day, another beautiful bay. A beautiful bay with a bonus: as we were coming in, we slowed down to talk to three guys on a little tinny. They asked if we'd been getting any fresh fish. "No, we're not doing very good in the fishing department" I said. "How'd you like a feed? When you get settled, I'll bring you some fish. We've got tons!" And an hour later, he dropped off a bag of trumpeter and two abalone (don't know how to spell paua?) Wow, what a dinner. People are so nice here!!! I love you New Zealand!

Wed Mar 20 8:27 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 10.377s 167 40.306e
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)

Yesterday started with heavy cloud cover and some fog that turned into a glorious, sunny afternoon. We took the dinghy across this little bay (twice) to find Smuggler's Cove. Our first pass was unsuccessful. After reviewing satellite images, we went on another search. First, we found a great cave. I thought that was it. Cyndi said it didn't match the pictures she'd seen. Then, around the corner, we saw the opening. Wow, what an amazing little keyhole bay (well, pond, really). Inside a narrow opening, there's a sand beach, all flanked by 15 meter tall vertical rock walls and covered by trees growing over the top.

Back at our bay, there were two big pinnipeds relaxing on the beach. (I say pinnipeds because our id skills are somewhat lacking. We think they were NZ sea lions. Once we have internet again, we can use the thousands of pictures we've taken of them to make a more exact id.) Another dropped by to swim around our boat for a few minutes. The background music was a beautiful chorus of bird song. Yep. Doesn't suck to be us right now!

Tue Mar 19 6:36 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 10.85s 167 39.85e
Run: 1.1nm (2km)

Another day, another beautiful bay, what we saw of it, that is. We mostly had an indoor, rain day in pretty constant drizzle. Our heater is getting a pretty good workout here, but it's keeping us toasty and warm.

Note on the bay: there's room to swing here. There is a buoy that can be used to pull your boat closer to shore, but with the way the sandflies have been the last couple of days, we decided not to use it. We're anchored in about 4 meters with what seems like good holding.

Mon Mar 18 7:18 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 11.758s 167 40.141e
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)

We're anchored off a tiny but beautiful white sand beach in about 4 meters of clear water. So far, of the five nights we've been here, all but one time we've had to stern-tie to a buoy, line or tree or stern anchor. The water is pretty deep and the bays we've been in are pretty small. Most of the time, there are lines with buoys on them that you can tie to. Here, we had to put out a stern anchor. Up until yesterday, we didn't think bugs were a problem. Yesterday, the sand flies appeared. We are each nursing a couple of itchy bites. This must be unusual here as someone even said something about it on Meri Leask's radio net (Bluff Fishermans Radio).

We're off to explore the north arm of Port Pegasus today. Happy travels, boat work and sailing everyone.

Sat Mar 16 8:24 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 12.371s 167 37.070e
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
Weather: Wind still. Barometer still 2021 steady.

We're still way down in Port Pegasus, about thirty miles south of Oban. We saw one yacht leaving the area as we entered the other day. They'd been here for five weeks (Night Music). There are a couple of people in tinnies camping about two miles north of here. And of course, the one fishing boat that threw a crawfish into our cockpit. Literally. He told me to stand back and made a perfect toss. I tried to call Meri Leask from Bluff Fishermans Radio but couldn't get through. We really are totally isolated.

Yesterday, right after we anchored where we are now, we threw some less-than-fresh blue cod to what we think was a fur seal. She was skeptical at first, and kept her distance. Then she smelled it and came in to investigate and chow down. After that, she was our best friend. She put on the most amazing acrobatic swimming display right next to our boat. It went on for an hour or so. We giggled, oooh'd and aaah'd the whole time. We got some video that we'll post when we can.

This place where we're anchored/tied up now is really beautiful. Then again, all the places we've been here are really beautiful. We're using the Mana Cruising Guide for Stewart Island but it's not great. It seems there are a lot of places here the author hasn't visited. It does give us a starting point so we still view it as essential. The Navionics charts aren't great for this area either. According to them, we crossed over an island yesterday. It wasn't even bumpy. I'm glad I made satellite charts and it's so handy to be able to display them on our chartplotter (Navico brands).

Fri Mar 15 8:36 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 14.606s 167 37.123e
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
Weather: Wind still. Barometer 2021 steady.

Wow. I'm tempted to leave it at that, but... We're anchored/stern tied in Disappointment Cove and it's not at all. It's beautiful. We took an arduous hike over the hill to the furthest south white sand beach in NZ. Beautiful. There were NZ sea lions (we think that's what they were) on the beach and they didn't seem to care too much about us. The hike was mostly a game of "which way do you think the trail goes?" and we're sore today. Later in the evening, we had a sea lion playing under Legacy. It's cold here and I play "the air is acid" every morning, trying to keep all my skin under blankets to escape the "acid" cold. Cyndi ran up to turn on the heater this morning. Much appreciated. It does warm up during the day. We had an hour of sitting in the cockpit in tee-shirts yesterday afternoon.

Tue Mar 12 16:45 2019 NZDT
GPS: 47 13.889s 167 33.471e
Run: 177.6nm (321.5km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.6nm
Weather: Can?t comment on the weather as it seems to change every few minutes, with the one consistency so far being COLD.

We made it: Port Pegasus on Stewart Island!!! We had a really nice downwind passage (if you don't count the brutal beat to get out of Otago Harbour and the two hours we spent beating the final 5 miles into Port Pegasus when the wind turned noserly!). At times the wind got to 33 knots, but with it behind us, it was still very pleasant.

I've heard from life-long cruisers that this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I guess that's not a first impression type thing. It's pretty but so are so many other places we've been. We'll see if this grows on us, and give it every opportunity to do so.

Sun Mar 10 9:08 2019 NZDT
GPS: 45 47.609S 170 39.168E
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)

After 28 days in Dunedin, we are finally on the move again. We left the marina on high tide and motored a little over half way out the 12 mile channel where we'll anchor for the night. Tomorrow, we're off to Stewart Island.

Cyndi said that she feels like a fan worm that attached itself to Dunedin and has now been set adrift. We really did get attached to the place. It's a wonderful place to stay for a while.

Mon Feb 11 13:08 2019 NZDT
GPS: 45 52.304S 170 31.610E
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)

We're all tied up at the Otago Yacht Club and have had our first excursion into Dunedin. It looks like we'll be very comfortable here for the next week or two - until we get a weather window to sail to Stewart Island.

Sun Feb 10 16:51 2019 NZDT
GPS: 45 52.82S 170 30.38E
Run: 193.7nm (350.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142nm

What a welcome we received on our entry into Dunedin Harbor (Otago Harbor). The crew of a dredge all gave us a great big wave while they honked their horn, albatross circled and seals swam by. The 12 mile ride up into the town basin was beautiful and at the dock, we were greeted by 10 local kids doing synchronized, wave-style back flips into the water. Barry, the manager from the Otago Yacht Club was here to show us our temporary spot for the night and help us tie up. We'll move into the club's basin tomorrow morning. We already love this place!

Sat Feb 9 8:06 2019 NZDT
GPS: 43 36.166S 172 48.364E
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
Weather: Wind 5 WSW, Seas 1 to 2 meters confused

After a really nice stay at the beautiful new marina in Lytelton, we're off, bound for Dunedin.

Fri Feb 1 10:21 2019 NZDT
GPS: 43 36.27S 172 42.91E
Run: 357.4nm (646.9km)

After 300 miles and change and two days and change, we're in Lyttelton, near Christchurch, way down here in the roaring forties! It's a brand new marina that doesn't even show up on Google Maps yet. We'll hang out here for a while and from there, who knows what we'll do???

Wed Jan 23 22:00 2019 NZDT
GPS: 39 29.015s 176 53.512e
Run: 83nm (150.2km)

We made it to Napier and had a wonderful greeting at the Napier Sailing Club. It made up for the last 6 miles, beating into 27 to 30 knots. It's so nice to be in. We'll stay here for a week or so before heading to the South Island.

Sun Jan 20 7:22 2019 NZDT
GPS: 38 40.21S 178 1.82E
Run: 316.6nm (573km)

We made it to Gisborne on our half-hearted quest to circumnavigate the South Island. We might leave as early as tomorrow, bound for Napier.

Thu Dec 27 23:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.901S 174 7.36E
Run: 59.4nm (107.5km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.2nm

We're in and tied up but I have to say, we're not happy to be back in New Zealand! We had the worst customs experience ever. This lady just seemed to have it in for us.

New Zealand, what's up? You seem determined to make it harder for cruisers to visit (and spend their money here) while Australia is opening the welcome wagon. I am regretting the decision to come back to NZ (a place we have always loved!).

And what a horrific passage. Yep, there were five nice days off motor sailing but the last three days were really terrible. As weather windows go, we choose poorly! (And to make all that effort to get here, only to be treated so incredibly bad by the customs official!)

Thu Dec 27 6:57 2018 NZDT
GPS: 34 28.606s 174 21.212e
Run: 110.1nm (199.3km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114.1nm
Weather: wind S 15, seas S 1m, cloud 20%, bar 1017

Sailing Sucks!!! I hate boats!!!

Wed Dec 26 7:48 2018 NZDT
GPS: 32 53.122s 174 27.379e
Run: 156.9nm (284km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.9nm
Weather: wind SW 18, seas 2 meters and confused, cloud 100%, bar 1013.

It wasn?t my best Christmas ever. Maybe worse than the time I got a turtle-keck sweater from my parents instead of the erector set I wanted! It seems to be getting better now with the wind dropping and the seas confused but calming a bit. We have 137 miles to go to the Bay of Islands area.

Tue Dec 25 7:57 2018 NZDT
GPS: 30 43.496s 173 38.120e
Run: 158.7nm (287.2km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.4nm
Weather: wind 23 WNW, seas 2m W, cloud 10%, bar 1012

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Well, our days of pleasant motor sailing are over. We had about eight ours of pleasant sailing yesterday, then the front crossed us. Wind went form 20 knots from the north to a 20 knot southerly within about 5 mintues. This made for interesting seas! Flying along now in very uncomfortable seas, heading for North Cape to try to get in the liegh of some of the wind and seas. It?s 220 miles ahead still. We hope to make Opua the morning of the 27th. We?ll see if that happens.

Mon Dec 24 6:48 2018 NZDT
GPS: 28 31.050s 174 21.680e
Run: 158nm (286km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.4nm
Weather: wind NNE 13, seas N 1m, cloud 100%, bar 1014.

Still motor sailing even though the wind is up a bit, but it?s right behind us. It?s clouded up and been raining quite a bit the last few hours. It?s a little rolly with the still small swell right behind us. We could probably gybe and sail but we have the fuel to motor sail and it?s nice to keep our speed up. We will be glad to have some quiet once we finally turn the engine off though.

Sun Dec 23 7:27 2018 NZDT
GPS: 26 21.777s 175 13.226e
Run: 577.8nm (1045.8km)
Avg: 24.9knts
24hr: 597.7nm
Weather: wind NNE 11, seas N 1.5m, cloud 20%, bar 1015

Another nice passage day motor sailing in light wind and calm seas. It?s getting a little rougher now as the north swell has built a bit. We?d probably be sailing if it wasn?t for the rolling around that dumps the air from the sails. I thought the sky was clouding up last night in advance of the front ahead but it?s cleared this morning. The full moon has been amazing ? as bright as I?ve ever seen it. We?re making great time. It looks like we might be in late on the 26th or early the 27th. Fingers crossed.

Sat Dec 22 8:15 2018 NZDT
GPS: 23 58.61s 175 55.405s
Run: 521.8nm (944.5km)
Avg: 21.6knts
24hr: 518.6nm
Weather: wind ENE 7, seas mixed 1m, cloud 5%, bar 1014

Still motor sailing in very nice conditions. Passed the Tropic of Capricorn so maybe it?ll be little cooler today (it was hot yesterday). We?re making very good time with almost a six knot average for the trip so far. Helped out by a nice current yesterday that turned a bit against us this morning. Oh well. We?re doing very well on fuel making over 11 nautical miles per gallon (sorry metric people!). We can?t motor all the way to Opua, but we won?t need to ? wind is coming, maybe tomorrow.

Fri Dec 21 8:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 36.645s 176 17.851e
Run: 149.9nm (271.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161nm
Weather: wind ESE 8, seas ESE 1m, cloud 20%, bar 1013

Still motor sailing in really pleasant conditions. The sky has cleared quite a bit, the sun is warm but not too hot (yet) and the seas pretty flat. Request: Lets just leave the conditions like this for the rest of the passage, but maybe with 15 knot winds so we can turn off the engine!

Thu Dec 20 9:45 2018 NZDT
GPS: 19 39.859s 177 19.157e
Run: 107.9nm (195.3km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.4nm
Weather: wind ESE 7, seas SE 1m, cloud 80%, bar 1015.

This was a really nice start to the passage. Last night we motor sailed in light winds and we?re still at it this morning. So far, we managed to miss the SPCZ that was descending down on Fiji, with only a few drops of rain and occasional lightning far off in the distance over Viti Levu.

Wed Dec 19 14:37 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 16.42S 178 04.15E
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)

Bula from Fiji, and "from" Fiji we shall try to go. We are leaving tonight around 5 PM local time, bound for Opua, New Zealand. Good bye Fiji. We love you!

Sat Dec 8 7:55 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 15.3339S 178 04.0388E
Run: 19.5nm (35.3km)

Well, we're back in Pacific Harbour. Back and forth we go: Suva, Pacific Harbour and not New Zealand 'cause we just don't see weather we like for the passage. Someday, I guess we'll get there (or maybe Oz!).

Mon Nov 26 17:34 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 8.647S 178 20.366E
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)

We're still waiting for a weather window that will satisfy the reluctant sailors on Legacy. Maybe Friday or Saturday of this week will shape up into something good.

In the mean time, it's HOT here and only getting hotter tomorrow so we did something crazy. Instead of sitting for two hours inside an air conditioned movie theater (has we have the past two days), we moved about 5 miles to a bay just west of Suva.

It's really nice here. For those of you who know Fawn Harbor, it's a lot like that. We're anchored inside the reef, just a little ways from a small island (we didn't want to get too close to the island as it might have blocked our precious breeze.

Not only did we get a little breeze - 17 knots SE for a while - but we also had a wonderful thundershower with torrential but short-lived rain. We'll hang out here tomorrow or maybe a couple of days before we go back to Lami.

Wed Nov 21 6:58 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 6.593S 178 23.840E
Run: 24.9nm (45.1km)

Lami Bay, Suva - again! We'll hang out here and get ready to head south when the weather cooperates. Same old story. You know the drill.

Mon Nov 19 16:38 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 23.161S 178 9.167E
Run: 10nm (18.1km)

We're back in Malumu (at Beqa) for about the tenth time. This is a beautiful bay. We'll head to Suva soon and start thinking about a passage south.

Sat Nov 17 7:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 22.333S 178 0.086E
Run: 9.1nm (16.5km)
Weather: Still, Sunny

We're back in at Yanuca and enjoying the first few days of sun in what seems like a long time. We're not complaining about the rain though - it's been keeping it nice and cool here.

We're looking for a weather window to get to NZ, but as usual, Legacy is tiger bait again. We feel like the last boat left in Fiji. I know that's not true, but we've been away from the "pack" this season - mostly off on our own. Now it seems like the "pack" is in NZ We'll get there eventually.

Mon Nov 5 9:34 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 15.331S 178 4.033E
Run: 10nm (18.1km)

We're just hanging out in Pacific Harbor (again) while the wind blows (again). We'll go back to Beqa (again) and then back here (again) until it's time for the slow pokes of Legacy to head to NZ (again).

Sun Oct 28 16:27 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 22.719S 177 59.172E
Run: 51.3nm (92.9km)

We did it! We just completed our circumnavigation! (Of Viti Levu!) We're anchored at Yanuca, which completed the 250 or so mile loop. I know: Small potatoes, but we had fun.

Sat Oct 27 14:04 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 3.187S 177 17.027E
Run: 21.6nm (39.1km)

At Robinson Crusoe for the night on the way back to Beqa and Pacific Harbor.

Thu Oct 25 13:28 2018 NZDT
GPS: 17 45.46S 177 23.43E
Run: 1.1nm (2km)

We made it out of Denarau Marina. Not very far out of Denarau, but we cut the cord, and after only 8 days!

During that time, we replaced our cap and intermediate shrouds and cleaned and waxed the hull. Not bad I think.

It was hard to make the break. Marina life is so easy, even with all the boat work. We especially like Denarau with all the great places to eat.

We're going to cruise around the west side for a few days and then head back to Beqa.

Thu Oct 18 15:55 2018 NZDT
GPS: 17 46.36S 177 22.98E
Run: 61nm (110.4km)

Boat work and restaurants in Denarau, oh boy! We'll be here for about a week.

Wed Oct 10 12:02 2018 NZDT
GPS: 17 18.699S 178 10.322E
Run: 3.3nm (6km)

Volivoli is a lovely, cruiser-friendly resort with great food and really nice people. We're going to hang out here and go diving with them later in the week.

Sun Oct 7 16:33 2018 NZDT
GPS: 17 19.468S 178 13.177E
Run: 65.1nm (117.8km)

We've been covering some ground the last few days on our way, eventually, to the west side. We are really having a great season.

Thu Sep 27 16:59 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 15.335S 178 4.035E
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)

We went to Lami and only stayed a few days. We were uncertain about the mooring buoy we were on and with the very heavy rain, the water turned to mud so that we couldn't make water. We decided to move back to Pacific Harbor. Here, we're tied up in a berth with a hose right at our bow. Fresh water and security, what more could we want? OK, the great restaurants nearby are a nice bonus!

Fri Sep 21 18:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 24.550S 178 5.364E
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)

We're back at Lawaki Resort's mooring for our last night at Beqa. Tomorrow we're heading back to Suva, then up the east side and over the top of Viti Levu.

We've had an amazing time at Beqa and especially at Lawaki. Highly recommended.

Fri Sep 7 17:26 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 15.335S 178 4.035E
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
Weather: Drizzle

We're tired up at a berth in Pacific Harbour in front on the Pearl Resort. Interesting. We'll update you as we learn more

Tue Sep 4 14:05 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 24.552S 178 5.372E
Run: 1.1nm (2km)

Wow, what an incredible little resort here! We might stay the rest of the season ;-)

Sun Sep 2 8:26 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 24.090S 178 6.225E
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)

Having a nice, relaxed time at Beqa. Two really peaceful anchorage so far. We hope to do some diving while here, just not with their famous sharks.

Thu Aug 30 11:10 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 23.172S 178 9.176E
Run: 37.7nm (68.2km)
Weather: Wind NE 15

We're in Beqa! After about a week in Suva to resupply boat and bodies, we left this morning on phase seven of our Fiji season - the Beqa area. So far, all I can say is beautiful!

Wed Aug 22 13:50 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 48.177S 178 31.391E
Run: 13.5nm (24.4km)
Weather: Wind S 18

Still having an amazing time in the Kadavu area. We posted a video of our manta adventure here: http://twoatsea.com/mantas-at-vurolevu-island/

Mon Aug 20 18:21 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 58.551S 178 25.638E
Run: 32.9nm (59.5km)

Back in Kavala for a wind shift tonight. We have had the most amazing time in the Kadavu area! This morning, we dove Alacrity Rocks. Yesterday we snorkeled with 5 mantas including one GIANT one. Sometimes, we really are living the dream!

Thu Aug 16 9:37 2018 NZST
GPS: 19 07.589S 177 57.002E
Run: 29.7nm (53.8km)

What a beautiful place this is! It's sad to leave after only a night but we're moving up Kadavu this morning.

Tue Aug 14 9:21 2018 NZST
GPS: 19 05.349S 178 24.162E
Run: 17.9nm (32.4km)
Weather: Wind 8 W, Seas 1m S, 2m W, cloud 98%

Continuing to explore Kadavu and having a great time doing it.

Sat Aug 11 16:18 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 50.874S 178 30.089E
Run: 51.5nm (93.2km)
Weather: Wind ENE 5

Anchored of Yabu. Beautiful. This should be the quiet anchorage I've been craving for a while now.

Fri Aug 3 17:10 2018 NZST
GPS: 18 6.601S 178 23.844E
Run: 41.4nm (74.9km)

We're in Suva! Food! Dentist! Yay! We recently found out that there's a Fat Burger here. That's a favorite of ours from Los Angeles. Here we come!

Wed Aug 1 17:24 2018 NZST
GPS: 17 40.863S 178 50.155E
Run: 114nm (206.3km)
Weather: Wind 12 SSE, Seas tiny, ended outside the reef

Tried to go to Wakaya and were chased out of the bay by resort staff. They said it's a protected bay and there is no anchoring. I don't believe them, but it isn't a very pretty bay anyway and we were happy to leave.

We're now anchored in the noise and fish smell at Levuka and it's actually nicer than Wakaya! Less rolly too! Tomorrow maybe Leluvia if the wind's not to strong.

Wed Jul 25 6:40 2018 NZST
GPS: 16 44.182S 179 44.953W
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)

We had dinner at the private island resort on Matagi last night. Very nice. We were going to head for Wailagilala today but it looks like the wind will be up too much over the next few days so we'll do who knows what instead. Wow, I love the freedom out here!

Sun Jul 22 16:32 2018 NZST
GPS: 16 40.956S 179 52.266W
Run: 23.1nm (41.8km)
Weather: Wind 16 E

Nice anchorage for the conditions. The swell is a little north of east so it's a little hard to find something out of the roll. The reef here blocks it nicely. We'll probably spend a few days here.

Thu Jul 19 10:42 2018 NZST
GPS: 16 56.097S 179 53.963E
Run: 18.7nm (33.8km)
Weather: Wind 6 SSE

Hanging out in paradise for a while (Paradise Taviuni Resort). It's wonderful here.

Tue Jul 17 16:59 2018 NZST
GPS: 16 44.091S 179 42.516E
Run: 25.3nm (45.8km)
Weather: Wind 1 SE

We got out of Savusavu yesterday bound for Eastern parts of Fiji. Spent last night at Cousteau and are in Fawn harbor tonight surrounded by turtles. Had a humpback next to legacy this morning. Life is good.

Fri Jul 6 8:52 2018 NZST
GPS: 16 46.635s 179 19.752e
Run: 161.6nm (292.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.1nm

We did it! We're in Savusavu at a mooring, waiting for a visit from the Fiji officials for clearance. It was our fastest passage yet with an average of just over six knots since leaving Tauranga. That's flying for our little boat! It would have been nice to arrive to bright sun and warm tropical breezes but it was not to be. Instead, we arrived in squalls with winds up to 35 knots and cold, pouring rain! We don't even have any alcohol aboard to ease the pain!

Thu Jul 5 7:02 2018 NZST
GPS: 19 03.034s 179 54.337e
Run: 174.5nm (315.8km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.5nm
Weather: wind SE 20, seas SSE 1.5 and ESE 1.5 meters, cloud 100% with some rain, bar 1016

Plugging away. Not exactly comfortable but far from bad. We expect to be in Savusavu tomorrow morning about 8 AM if all goes well.

Wed Jul 4 6:28 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 30.29s 179 27.68w
Run: 153.2nm (277.3km)
Weather: Wind SE 15, Seas SE 1 meter + NE 1 meter, cloud 50% clearing, bar 1017

We left Minerva Reef yesterday morning about 9 am and have had a pretty nice day at sea. When the winds clocked and dropped a bit, we had to roll the headsail and turn on the engine as the seas were too rolly to keep the sail filled. We've been motoring since about midnight. We're hoping the wind comes up a bit and we can sail today. With any luck, we'll be in Savusavu Friday morning. All's well on board Legacy.

Sun Jul 1 5:52 2018 NZST
GPS: 23 39.635s 178 54.220w
Weather: wind ESE 21 knots, barometer 1026

Spent a nice day here at Minerva with a short walk on the reef and some snorkeling, but alas, no lobster (cray fish). We're planning to head off to Fiji on Tuesday morning, weather permitting. I think there are about 10 boats here now and it sounds like at least a few are planning on a Tuesday departure.

Fri Jun 29 15:23 2018 NZST
GPS: 23 39.635s 178 54.220w
Run: 81.7nm (147.9km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.4nm
Weather: wind 10 ESE, seas - can't tell but < 1 meter this morning, cloud 60%, bar

1021 We're hook down at Minerva Reef. We arrived at first light this morning and anchored amongst about 10 other boats. Kozmo got here at the same time we did. We both made it from Tauranga in six and a half days. Not bad. It's beautiful here! The color of the water is spectacular.

Thu Jun 28 16:42 2018 NZST
GPS: 24 46.777s 179 19.204w
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.1nm

oops, meant SSE winds on my last post. I have Passage Brain!

Thu Jun 28 16:35 2018 NZST
GPS: 24 47.525s 179 19.481w
Run: 158.2nm (286.3km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.4nm
Weather: wind 15 SSW, seas SE 1 meter, cloud 30%, bar 1020

Getting close to Minerva where we'll stop for a day or two or six. Life is much nicer on Legacy today. Yesterday was rough, noisy and hard.

Wed Jun 27 15:10 2018 NZST
GPS: 26 55.875s 179 46.341e
Run: 156.7nm (283.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.9nm
Weather: wind SSW 23, seas SSW 2.5 meters, cloud 80%, bar 1019

Saw gusts to 40 knots just an hour ago but they didn't last long. It was behind us so not too bad. It's kind of a rough ride. We're hoping it's a lot better in the morning. We should be at Minerva sometime during Thursday night or in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Talked to Kozmo on the radio today. They were 30 miles due west of us at about 2 PM. They're hand steering but Pam sounded great.

Tue Jun 26 15:30 2018 NZST
GPS: 28 58.618s 178 40.035e
Run: 165.9nm (300.3km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165nm
Weather: wind SSW 17, seas SW 2, cloud 50%, bar 1019

At 2:17 PM NZST, Legacy crossed the Tropic of Electromotive Convection. This is the magical line where Cyndi and I simultaneously exclaim "It's hot in here" and turn on the cabin fans. This year the TEC was located at 29° 05.091 South.

All is well aboard (if a little warm).

Mon Jun 25 15:22 2018 NZST
GPS: 31 07.78s 177 26.44e
Run: 162nm (293.2km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.9nm

Ruff, ruff! Oh wait, that's "rough, rough" in human-speak. I guess I'm getting a little (more) punchy out here. The wind's up but we're grateful that it didn't go as far north as predicted (yet?). We've been making good progress towards Minerva and still have room to turn down wind a bit more if we need to.

Thanks to Bob McDavitt for the great weather advice!

Sun Jun 24 14:54 2018 NZST
GPS: 33 06.120s 175 56.644e
Run: 158.8nm (287.4km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.2nm
Weather: wind W 14, seas < 1 meter, cloud 50%, barometer 1020

Just turned off the engine after 48 hours of motoring. It's been a great ride so far. Heading due north now so we can fall off as the wind heads us later today and tomorrow.

Sat Jun 23 15:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 35 23.842s 175 48.530e
Run: 158.4nm (286.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.7nm
Weather: wind 8 WSW, seas

Nice first day of our passage, motor sailing in pretty light winds with diminishing seas. Cold though!!! We've been running our hydraunic diesel heater almost full time.

Kozmo is right behind us. Last we talked (9 this morning), they were doing well. So are we.

Fri Jun 22 14:10 2018 NZST
GPS: 37 40.18767S 176 10.63257E
Weather: wind 10 NNW, barometer 1018, cloud 3%

We're ready to get underway for Fiji, probably with a stop at Minerva Reef. It's been a great stay in NZ!

Sun Apr 1 6:42 2018 NZST
GPS: 37 40.227S 176 10.641E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)

About a month ago, we moved a few docks north. That's our big cruise for this cyclone season. We're enjoying "land life" in NZ with the purchase of a nice used car and a gym membership.

Eventually, we'll head to Fiji. That might not happen until mid June.

Thu Jan 11 17:35 2018 NZDT
GPS: 37 40.317S 176 10.720E
Run: 44nm (79.6km)

We're home! We're in a berth at Tauranga Bridge Marina for the cyclone season. We've been going, and going, and going, for so long! It'll be good to get a break. For the next five months, it's not a boat, it's an APARTMENT!

Tue Jan 9 20:58 2018 NZDT
GPS: 37 04.037S 175 55.527E
Run: 72.3nm (130.9km)

We had a long motor today - about 75 miles from Waiheke island to a little island just off Slipper Island. We'll head to Tauranga tomorrow! It's been a nice mini-cruise getting here.

Mon Jan 8 9:17 2018 NZDT
GPS: 36 26.681S 174 52.545E
Run: 81.3nm (147.2km)

A couple of hours ago, we left a great little anchorage on the back side on Kawau, bound for Waiheke, and wine!

Fri Jan 5 16:11 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 21.036S 174 20.624E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: Wind West 20

We rode out the blow just fine here in Whangaruru. We saw 44 knots last night but I suspect there we're gusts to 50 when the instruments weren't on. We'll head forget south on Sunday.

Wed Jan 3 16:09 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 21.035S 174 20.689E
Run: 12.8nm (23.2km)

We made it out of town only five days after arriving from New Caledonia. Not bad, especially considering our track record ;-)

We'll hold up here in whangaruru until the strong low passes and continue on to Tauranga when the seas settle.

Thu Dec 28 17:21 2017 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.847S 174 7.357E
Run: 52.5nm (95km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.8nm

We just got tied up to the Q dock. To tired to write more. Going to go get rumfortable now! (Not a typo,)

Thu Dec 28 8:09 2017 NZDT
GPS: 34 42.964s 173 33.000e
Run: 122.5nm (221.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.7nm
Weather: Wind WSW 10, Seas flat, Cloud 0%, Bar 1018

Wind went a little west of south and so we're able to easily motor-sail direct to Bay of Islands. What a nice break! Seas are blocked by NZ. Cyndi said something I found funny after we turned the corner at North Cape: "Well, I guess we're going to New Zealand!" We weren't sure it wouldn't be Oz until about that point.

It's been a very long trip!!! (Sorry about the excessive use of exclamation points!) Nine days right now and we still have about 12 to go before we're tied up at the Q dock. We went the long way around and we consistently had strong current against us - usually 1 to 2 knots. We estimate that we traveled an extra 250 miles due to adverse current.

More when we get tied up (hopefully that'll be in NZ!)

Wed Dec 27 10:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 34 17.509s 171 27.722e
Run: 151nm (273.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.2nm
Weather: wind S 20, Seas S 2m, Cloud 20%, bar 1017

Aaaargh! Uncomfortable! (So what's new?) At least we're getting close.

Tue Dec 26 10:21 2017 NZDT
GPS: 34 04.127s 168 50.113e
Run: 140.5nm (254.3km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.8nm
Weather: Wind SSW and backing at 12 knots, Seas S 1.5 meters, Cloud 20%, bar 1012

Back to sailing as the southerly fills in. We'll turn due east when we get to the latitude of Cape Reinga. The barn may not be in sight, but it's feeling closer.

Mon Dec 25 9:42 2017 NZDT
GPS: 32 53.266s 166 51.093e
Run: 49.8nm (90.1km)
Weather: Wind E 2, Seas flat, Cloud 20%, Bar 1015

Merry Christmas!!! All's well on Legacy on this beautiful Christmas morning. For more details, see www.twoatsea.com (It may take up to an hour for our update to appear there.)

Sun Dec 24 10:15 2017 NZDT
GPS: 32 12.717s 166 33.338e
Run: 185.2nm (335.2km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.5nm
Weather: Wind E 15, Seas S 2 meters, Cloud 100%, Bar 1014

Yea, we're beating. All this way to come, just to beat! I guess the good news is that the wind's not as strong as it would have been beating from Noumea, but it still sucks.

Have I ever mentioned that I hate sailing!?

Sat Dec 23 10:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 29 36.057s 165 51.332e
Run: 121.6nm (220.1km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.6nm
Weather: Wind ENE 13, Seas confused 1-2 meaters, 80% cloud cover, Bar 1013

Nice day again yesterday. Not so much this morning but I think it's just the squalls that are around. Nothing serious.

Fri Dec 22 10:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 28 29.799s 164 17.377e
Run: 111.5nm (201.8km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.4nm
Weather: Wind ESE 5, Seas very small but from every direction, Cloud 20%, Bar 1017

Wind died mosly but what there is makes it hard to motor (with no wind assistance) in the direction we'd really like to go. Still very nice out here, just not sure how we'll get there?

Thu Dec 21 11:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 26 53.755s 164 03.578e
Run: 146.4nm (265km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.7nm
Weather: Wind ESE 12, Seas SE < 1 meter, Cloud 20%, Bar 1017

Wow, this is what sailing should always be like! It reminds us of the days on passage between Hawaii and California that were so good, we'd fantasize about spending a month at sea just to sail around the Pacific high. I hope this lasts.

Wed Dec 20 13:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 25 09.854s 165 25.063e
Run: 208.8nm (377.9km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.6nm
Weather: Wind ESE 12, Seas E 1 meter, Cloud 10%, Bar 1015

New Zealand (we think). We're just going the long way. We're heading SSW to go around the back of a high that will hopefully be there when we are. Then we'll head towards NZ. At least that's the plan. It'll make a longer trip but we'd take 8 really nice days over a six day beat.

And it has been really nice. Yesterday was smooth and fast. Today is slower and very comfortable.

s 165 25.063e "Where the heck are those idiots going!?"

Tue Dec 19 8:25 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.22S 166 25.36E
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
Weather: ENE 11

Legacy is finally underway for NZ!!!

Sat Dec 16 20:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.14S 166 26.53E

Maybe there's weather on the horizon next week that'll get us to NZ? Fingers crossed!

Thu Dec 14 19:40 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.149S 166 26.511E
Run: 13.5nm (24.4km)

Just read the last six posts... Still waiting for weather to go south... Anywhere south!

Tue Dec 12 16:55 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 20.614S 166 14.450E
Run: 37nm (67km)

Still waiting for weather to go to NZ, or Oz, or???

Thu Dec 7 19:18 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 27.846S 166 48.319E
Run: 36.3nm (65.7km)
Weather: 12 SE

Just enjoying ourselves while we continue to wait for weather that'll get us to NZ.

Sat Dec 2 17:35 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 10.889S 166 19.615E
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)
Weather: Cloudy with gust to ESE 20, some rain

We're out cruising around a bit while we continue to wait for weather to get to NZ. We were all set to check out yesterday and leave Monday, but things changed again. Cyndi says she's suffering from "window whiplash."

Maybe in a week or so it'll really happen. Don't worry, we'll turn the lights off when we leave!

Fri Nov 24 9:28 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 16.645S 166 26.416E
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)

Last night: Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac ($5 a bottle here!) and a nice Chevre Premier De Moulis.

Just hanging out, waiting for passage weather that'll make the whiney little girls on Legacy happy.

Mon Nov 20 16:54 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.534S 166 19.091E
Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)
Weather: Windy SE 20

We're just out for a little change of scenery for a couple of days before going back to Noumea for the stronger wind late this week.

Still looking for a good weather window to go to NZ.

Thu Nov 9 14:16 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 18.651S 166 26.897E
Run: 33.4nm (60.5km)

Legacy is in Noumea at the dock while Cyndi and I are anchored in oceanside chairs at Le Meridien waiting for their amazing fish burgers!

Sat Nov 4 17:37 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 21.118S 166 58.156E
Run: 24.7nm (44.7km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.3nm

Anchor down in Port Boise! Didn't quite make it to Noumea yet, but we'll get there.

What a nice passage!

Sat Nov 4 10:03 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 3.509s 167 11.447e
Run: 148.3nm (268.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.2nm
Weather: wind S 8, Seas SE

About 18 miles from Havannah Passage. Nice ride thus far. We've had to slow down over the last six hours or so to try to make slack tide at Havannah.

Fri Nov 3 10:21 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 02.470s 167 58.433e
Run: 160nm (289.6km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.7nm
Weather: wind ESE 12, cloud 80%, seas SSE 1.5m, bar 1012

Very nice passage so far with light wind, motoring last night but a good sail yesterday.

Thu Nov 2 9:50 2017 NZDT
5.2 knots
GPS: 17 44.7S 168 17.1E
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
Weather: Wind E 6, cloud 30%

Leaving Port Vila bound for Noumea.

Tue Oct 31 8:40 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 44.659S 168 18.763E
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)

Back in Port Vila, waiting for weather to go to New Caledonia. Maybe Thursday? It's nice to be in town. All that wonderful dining! We had incredible steaks yesterday at Chill for less than $15, including a Tusker beer each.

(Some may get the idea that we cruise to eat. I guess that wouldn't be a totally inaccurate characterization.)

Fri Oct 27 13:28 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 41.535S 168 15.911E
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)

Pizza! Wood fired!

Thu Oct 26 15:36 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 36.260S 168 14.627E
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
Avg: 52.7knts
24hr: 1265.7nm
Weather: Wind 20 SSE (probably squalls)

We're anchored in our second stop on the Havannah Harbor dining tour - near the Wahoo Bar - that's tomorrow's lunch.

Thu Oct 26 15:34 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 34.297S 168 14.933E
Run: 6nm (10.9km)

Quick stop for lunch at The Havannah. Great lunch. Tough anchorage as it's really deep right next to shore. If the wind had turned SW, Legacy would have ended up in the dining room. Room service? ;-)

Wed Oct 25 18:43 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 32.265S 168 19.917E
Run: 5.1nm (9.2km)

Playing hide-n-seek from the wind. Backed through a bunch of degrees today. Made our last anchorage pretty bad. This is flat, calm and very nice. We're anchored in about 18 feet on sand.

Wed Oct 25 7:54 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 29.219S 168 23.263E
Run: 58.4nm (105.7km)

Anchored near Efate off Nguna and Pele islands. We took advantage of the change in weather to dart south.

Speaking of weather, I have never seen the weather models so wrong, so consistently for any other place we've been. We look at GFS, ECMWF, and the PredictWind wind versions of these and not only do they usually disagree and diverge, but none have really come very close to reality here. Could it be the lack of reporting stations in Vanuatu that causes this?

Still speaking of weather, what a great lightning show last night!

Mon Oct 23 14:16 2017 NZDT
GPS: 16 40.835S 168 7.568E
Run: 32.6nm (59km)

Anchored in Foreland Bay on Epi Island. We thought the smoke we were in on Embrym was from the volcano but it's just as bad here. Inversion layer?

Sun Oct 22 16:40 2017 NZDT
GPS: 16 15.127S 167 55.222E
Run: 27.4nm (49.6km)

Didn't plan to come here today but we also did not plan on 20 knots NNE!

Good news: the fly population is VERY healthy on Ambrym!

Sat Oct 21 17:13 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 57.202S 168 11.484E
Run: 28.4nm (51.4km)

Mon Oct 16 7:53 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 32.704S 168 8.904E
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)

Anchored in Loltong Bay on Pentecost Island. All I can say is this...

Dear Vanuatu,

I love you!


Sun Oct 15 8:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 22.587s 168 07.867e
Run: 28.9nm (52.3km)

Anchored at Asanvari. Wow! Another beautiful place. We spent the evening at the bar right next to a wondrous waterfall. They were out of beer but offered us a place to sit if we wanted to bring our own. Two other yacht crews were in our company - a French couple and another yank couple, and of course, Alex who built this amazing bar.

We'll head south to Pentecost tomorrow while the wind's still light. Today: Snorkeling.

Wed Oct 11 20:19 2017 NZDT
GPS: 14 57.825s 168 03.480e
Run: 70.4nm (127.4km)

Anchored off Maewo. Nasty southerly swell, some of which is making it into the bay.

Last night, we anchored near the eastern tip of Ambae. No volcanic action other than steam and clouds. Couldn't see any red glow at night. Maybe people will be able to come home soon?

Wed Oct 4 12:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 32.066S 167 11.039E
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)

Finally an opening at an Aore Island mooring this morning so we dashed over. We're now on one of Aore Adventure Sports moorings. Much calmer than over at Beachfront.

We'll hang out here a couple of days until we get weather to get to islands to the east.

Sun Oct 1 20:27 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 31.394S 167 09.790E
Run: 8nm (14.5km)

Made it to town today, anchored of Beachfront resort. Good pizza!!!

Sun Oct 1 10:37 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 26.601S 167 15.047E
Run: 22.4nm (40.5km)

We're anchored of Aese Island and it's very nice. We had some very good snorkeling yesterday on the little reef just outside us. The rock formations weren't interesting but there were a lot of fish and colorful hard coral.

It was a little hard to find a clear spot in between the bombies but we managed. We're a little short-scoped but it's calm.

We'll go into Luganville soon to resupply. We might do it from Surrunda or we might take Legacy back to Aore Island across from town. We'll see.

Wed Sep 27 8:31 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 08.832S 167 6.848E
Run: 93nm (168.3km)

We're back from the Gimme Islands... Give me some batteries, gimme some fish hooks, gimme some cookies, some sugar, flour, wine, cash! While we saw some very pretty stuff in the Banks Islands (their real name), the canoes swarmed is endlessly with requests and very few offers of anything in return. Somehow, they seem to have lost the concept of trade.

It's also a very windy place with more than a few rolly anchorages. All in all, it wasn't really worth it for us, but your milage may vary.

Sun Sep 24 8:42 2017 NZDT
GPS: 13 49.638s 167 22.933e
Run: 27.4nm (49.6km)

Anchored in Waterfall Bay on Vanua Lava Island. Wow! (Seems I say that a lot here! I guess I also use a lot of exclamation marks!) Yesterday we visited the twin waterfall just south of where we're anchored and a really, really high waterfall about 2.5 miles north of here. Wow! It's kind of windy this morning so I think we might be staying put for a few days. There's a little roll in this anchorage but not bad as it's really only open from a little more that the western quadrant.

Sat Sep 23 7:27 2017 NZST
GPS: 14 12.977s 167 27.777e
Run: 62.1nm (112.4km)

Anchored in Matanda Bay. Lovely. Not room for too many boats though and we're short-scoped to avoid bombies.

We're in 14 degree latitude land and can you believe it? We had to use a blanket last night.

Heading North to Vanua Lava this morning. We are having a GREAT time in Vanuatu. This is a magical place!!!

Tue Sep 19 7:36 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 2.149S 167 5.014E
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)

Anchored I'm beautiful Port Olry, waiting for weather to go the 50 miles or so to the Banks Islands. This is a really nice place to be "stuck" waiting for weather!

Sat Sep 16 7:30 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 08.788S 167 06.912E
Run: 25.7nm (46.5km)

We've been in Hog Harbor for five or six days and it's been wonderful. There's really good snorkeling, access to town and the great little Lonnoc Beach Bungalows Resort where we've had a few meals. (Yes Dean, hanging out at a resort again!)

We're off today for Port Olry. Wish us luck with this grueling 8 mile passage.

Wed Aug 30 7:30 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 29.684S 167 15.004E
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
Weather: Wind S 1 knot, HOT at 6:30 AM!

Another beautiful bay and a great anchorage!

Sun Aug 27 0:11 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 36.701S 167 10.576E
Run: 6.7nm (12.1km)
Weather: Wind 0 knots

After almost three weeks at a Aore Island Resort mooring, we finally got out cruising again, kind of. We've moved all the way around to the other side of Aore Island (10 miles) to a Ratua Island Resort mooring! Life is good.

Thu Aug 17 14:26 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 30.858S 167 11.022E
Run: 80.5nm (145.7km)

Sipping coffee across the channel from Legacy (at an Aore Island Resort mooring). We've been in Luganville, Santo Island for about a week and love it here. See what we've been up to at twoatsea.com.

Sat Aug 5 8:39 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 32.042s 167 46.168e
Run: 91.1nm (164.9km)

It's been a long time since we've updated our position on YIT, mostly because of poor internet but also because we've been having too much fun to spoil it by sitting at the computer. We are really loving Vanuatu - the people, the scenery, the water! All wonderful!

Sat Jul 8 6:52 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 44.721S 168 18.746E
Run: 87.4nm (158.2km)

We're in Port Vila and anxious to explore the city.

Tue Jul 4 20:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 49.328S 169 0.696E
Run: 58nm (105km)

We left Tanna today and are now at Erromango.

Tue Jun 27 17:43 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 31.53185S 169 29.74534E
Run: 52.6nm (95.2km)

After a WONDERFUL time in Anietyum, we changed our address today to Tanna where we hope to go to the volcano. I'm a little worried: I was never very good at dodgeball!

Fri Jun 23 16:15 2017 NZST
GPS: 20 14.337s 169 46.737e
Run: 246.5nm (446.2km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 82.8nm

Anchored at Aneityum, Vanuatu! We got in at 9:00 this morning and we were cleared in withing a couple of hours. It was a good passage (for those of us who don't mind using our engines!)

Tue Jun 20 16:50 2017 NZST
GPS: 22 23.45S 166 43.587E
Run: 19.9nm (36km)

We left Noumea, bound for Anietyum, Vanuatu with a stop somewhere along the way tonight before heading out the Havannah Pass tomorrow.

We're sad to be leaving New Caledonia but it feels good to be underway again.

Wed Jun 14 9:44 2017 NZST
GPS: 22 16.607S 166 26.389E
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)

We're still in Noumea rotting, ah, I mean resting! We've been on the go so much that it feel great to just hang out for a while.

That said, if the GRIBs can be believed, we might be leaving for Vanuatu on Monday or Tuesday.

Sun May 28 11:12 2017 NZST
GPS: 22 16.7s 166 26.25e
Run: 25.2nm (45.6km)

Legacy is all tied up in a berth at Port Moselle Marina. It's so good to be in! Let the drinking and dining begin!

Sat May 27 18:20 2017 NZST
GPS: 22 38.0s 166 20.95e
Run: 233.5nm (422.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.9nm
Weather: Wind SE 12, Seas SE 1 m, cloud 10%, bar 1018

Almost there! About 8 miles to the pass and then another 15 or so inside to lagoon to Noumea. Nice day today with good conditions. Anxious to be in!

Fri May 26 6:51 2017 NZST
GPS: 25 25.94s 164 16.62e
Run: 152.2nm (275.5km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.1nm
Weather: Wind S 12, Seas E 1, Cloud 10% bar 1016

Really bumpy yesterday so that the slight knocking around we're getting now is relatively pleasant. Swells still have a pretty short period, but they aren't very big. We have about 225 miles to go to New Caledonia. Still heading a bit east of Noumea so that as the wind backs, it won't be as far ahead of the beam as it would otherwise.

Did I mention that I really hate passages?! -Rich

Thu May 25 7:09 2017 NZST
GPS: 26 49.981s 162 23.039e
Run: 141.2nm (255.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.5nm
Weather: Wind SSW 20, Seas confused mostly E, bar 1014

Really pleasant sail yesterday and not too bad a ride tonight. All's well (except for losing a great big mahi yesterday!)

Wed May 24 7:52 2017 NZST
GPS: 28 4.334s 160 33.193e
Run: 99.3nm (179.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.2nm
Weather: Wind SSE 10, Seas almost all directions < 1m, cloud 15%, bar 1018

461 miles to go to New Cal, motor-sailing in pretty nice conditions. We could be sailing, but we want to keep our speed up. Seems we're always trying to beat something into port. This time, it's just winds forecast to get a little stronger and a little more on the nose.

Tue May 23 16:06 2017 NZST
GPS: 29 06.857s 159 25.570e
Run: 203.8nm (368.9km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 207.5nm
Weather: Wind S 6, Swell N 1m, cloud 70%, bar 1019

Left Middleton Reef this morning bound for Noumea. Motoring so far in very light wind.

Mon May 22 16:32 2017 NZST
GPS: 29 27.69s 156 04.13e
Run: 182.2nm (329.8km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.3nm
Weather: Wind NE 10, cloud 20%, bar 1021

Moved to another great anchorage spot at Middleton Reef, just because we wanted to explore a bit. Did some snorkeling until a bull shark (we think) decided it was time for us to leave the water (we are cowards, you know?).

We think we'll head on to New Caledonia tomorrow.

Sun May 21 8:27 2017 NZST
GPS: 29 26.488s 159 05.782e
Weather: Wind E 18, Cloud 15% (just around the edges), Bar 1022, can't see the

swells Still anchored at Middleton Reef. Pleasant!

Sat May 20 9:37 2017 NZST
GPS: 29 26.486s 159 05.779e
Run: 144nm (260.6km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.2nm
Weather: Wind E 17, Cloud 100%, Bar 1022

Legacy is anchored on the northwest corner of Middleton Reef, in about 30 feet of water. The anchorage is well protected by this MASSIVE reef. Even during squalls with 20 knots of wind, there's nothing more than a little wind chop on the water. There is a lot of room to anchor in this area in nice sand with few rocks or bombies.

Thu May 18 15:04 2017 NZST
GPS: 31 31.429S 159 02.996E

Leaving Lord Howe in a few minutes for Middleton Reef. We don't like the weather going to New Caledonia right now, so we'll try to hold up at the reef for a week or so. It'll be an adventure!

Sun May 14 18:18 2017 NZST
GPS: 31 31.43s 159 2.99e

Still moored at Lord Howe Island, waiting for weather to head to New Caledonia. Looks like maybe we'll get it Thursday (18 May). Not a bad place at all to wait, though we're a little nervous about the low passing our way.

For a bunch of pictures of Lord Howe Island, see twoatsea.com.

Fri May 5 16:50 2017 NZST
GPS: 31 31.44260S 159 3.0E

My last few posts didn't seem to make it to the pages of YIT. That's a shame as they were very entertaining and beautifully written. They were pretty much all about how bad our passage sucked.

Oh well, we're in now, at a mooring in the lagoon at the amazing Lord Howe Island. Stunningly beautiful!

Thu May 4 17:18 2017 NZST
GPS: 31 31.42s 159 02.99e
Run: 131.9nm (238.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.9nm

d: 04/05/17 15:00 AEST

Wed May 3 17:18 2017 NZST
GPS: 32 45.43s 157 19.86e
Run: 151.8nm (274.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.7nm
Weather: wind SSE 23, seas SSE 2m, cloud thin and about 70%, bar 1023

ECMWF, PWE, GFS and PWG: They might as well adorn the pages of Sports Illustrated wearing skimpy swimsuits because these models don't work for predicting weather! The wind for this entire passage has been significantly stronger than advertised. We've had 23 to 30 knots the entire time with the exception of a brief period last night. The swells have also been larger than advertised.

And don't get me started on current! Let's just get real and admit that humankind doesn't have the ability to predict ocean currents and those who say they can are nothing but this eras snake oil salesmen! We were supposed to have current with us now, but it's 2 knots against us.

All in all, this passage sucks!

Tue May 2 16:18 2017 NZST
GPS: 33 40.10s 154 56.56e
Run: 204.2nm (369.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176.2nm
Weather: wind NW 22, seas N 2m, cloud thin and about 100%, bar 1016

Rough! Fast! Rough! We'd sure trade some of our extra fast for a little smooth right now. Have I mentioned that I hate passages?! (Bound for Lord Howe Island - ETA Thursday before noon.)

Mon May 1 12:29 2017 NZST
GPS: 33 49.1S 151 23.6E
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)

Departed Sydney for Lord Howe, ETA Thursday noon or so.

We had a great time in Oz. Sad to be leaving.

Sat Apr 15 18:22 2017 NZST
GPS: 33 50.803S 151 12.416E
Run: 172.9nm (312.9km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114.7nm

We're in Sydney, four days and change after leaving Stanley, Tasmania. Now we need to get over this passage and get ready to head for New Cal. Our Aussie visas expire in early May.

Fri Apr 14 6:11 2017 NZST
GPS: 36 13.49S 150 15.62E
Run: 135.4nm (245.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146nm

Still underway, and where she stops, nobody knows! Maybe we'll go all the way to Sydney but the thought of doing for a night sure it's tempting. I'll ask the boss when she wakes up. Those decisions are above my pay grade!

Thu Apr 13 7:55 2017 NZST
GPS: 38 02.87S 149 21.67E
Run: 151.8nm (274.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.6nm

Good passage so far. We're about 40 mile from Gabo Island but will keep heading north as long as the weather cooperates. We're kind of hoping to get to Sydney. Two more nights at sea. I think we can do that!

Wed Apr 12 8:12 2017 NZST
GPS: 39 36.33S 147 22.40E
Run: 131.8nm (238.6km)

Underway, bound for Eden from Stanley (or somewhere on that big island to our north!).

Wed Apr 5 17:52 2017 NZST
GPS: 40 40.067S 145 18.129E
Run: 117.3nm (212.3km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 60.8nm

We're tied up in Stanley on the North coast of Tasmania. It's not where we set our to go. We we're heading for somewhere on the south coast of mainland Australia. Until half way into the 36 got boat ride, I'd never even heard of Stanley. Fortunately, Cyndi had. Our beautiful weather window slammed on us and now, here we sit.

Will probably be sitting here for up to a week. Oh well. Another town to explore!

Mon Apr 3 19:33 2017 NZST
GPS: 42 21.294S 145 32.765E
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)

Anchored Sunday night in Kelly Basin. Great walks through the ruins of an old town, as well as through this really pretty temperate rainforest.

Now we're back in Strahan (pronounced Strawn) getting ready to head up to the big island. We hope to make about a four day passage and end up somewhere around Eden as our visa time is running out and we've lingered too long in Tassie.

Sun Apr 2 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 42 34.234S 145 41.599E
Run: 34.1nm (61.7km)

We've had an amazing trip up the Gordon River, as far as Sir John Falls.

Mon Mar 27 18:44 2017 NZDT
GPS: 42 9.307S 145 19.904E
Run: 94.8nm (171.6km)

We're in Macquarie Harbour. Made it here before the big blow that hit today. PredictWind called for gusts to 51 knots. I'm not sure we've seen quite that here, but it was really blowing. We're in a great spot, and at a mooring another wonderful Tasmanian offered us. These are truly great people here!

Thu Mar 23 21:30 2017 NZDT
0 - anchored
GPS: 43 21.871s 146 12.684e
Run: 7.2nm (13km)

Moved pretty much as far as we can go in Bathurst Harbor after a stunning walk up the mountain next to last night's anchorage. This place is really beautiful. Sorry keep droning on about that, BUT IT IS!

Tue Mar 21 21:33 2017 NZDT
0 - anchored
GPS: 43 21.21s 146 4.1e
Run: 45.4nm (82.2km)

We've been in Port Davey for a couple of days. Today was very eventful but you'll have to wait for us to get internet to read it in our blog where we'll confess all our sins. The short story is that all's good aboard Legacy! Port Davey is amazing.

Thu Mar 16 23:35 2017 NZDT
GPS: 43 26.49497S 146 57.90232E
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)

Slow day... Only two anchorages. We had a nice time in Dover. Great wine tasting at Imre.

Wed Mar 15 19:04 2017 NZDT
GPS: 43 19.00457S 147 1.74092E
Run: 20.6nm (37.3km)

It was a four bay day today. Reasons: there were places we just wanted to get a look at, we wanted to make a little progress towards the bottom of the island (we're hoping to go around to Port Davey Saturday), and we wanted a good place to hide from tonight's front. All missions accomplished.

Tue Mar 14 10:13 2017 NZDT
GPS: 43 7.269S 147 20.322E
Run: 16.5nm (29.9km)

Got out of Hobart yesterday after three wonderful weeks. We're heading south (slowly) and then (hopefully) up Tasmania's West coast.

Sun Feb 26 9:34 2017 NZDT
GPS: 42 52.982S 147 19.991E

Legacy is tied up to Constitution Dock And we're exploring Hobart and getting some annoying boat chores ticked of the list. We're waiting for some parts from the US so we might be here another two weeks. No worries. We're loving Hobart and Con dock is a great place to be.

Sun Feb 19 19:53 2017 NZDT
GPS: 42 52.98266S 147 20.04335E
Run: 25.5nm (46.2km)

We made it to Hobart today. Look out pizza, here we come!

Fri Feb 17 12:24 2017 NZDT
GPS: 43 6.202S 147 44.348E
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)

We finally pried ourselves loose from Port Arthur for the 20 some mile trip to a bay outside of Nubeena (I don't name the bay here as it has about seven different names - all depending on what chart you view). Now we're only about 30 miles from Hobart, but we think we'll stay here for a few days.

Wed Feb 8 12:07 2017 NZDT
GPS: 43 8.12814S 147 51.60938E
Run: 33.2nm (60.1km)

We went much further than we'd planned to... all the way from Maria Island to Port Arthur. That even included a stop for a two hour walk in Pirate Bay (and two amazing lunches at Doo-licious - it was too good to only have one lunch!).

Now, we're anchored in a beautiful bay with no wind, despite the forecast 30 knots in the vicinity. Life in Tasmania is very good!

Mon Feb 6 23:18 2017 NZDT
GPS: 42 40.653S 148 3.592E
Run: 38.6nm (69.9km)

After a beautiful stop in Cole's Bay, we've spent a few days now anchored at Maria Island. We had an amazing wildlife adventure up in Darlington with sightings of wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, Cape Barren geese, and even a Tanzanian devil!

Fri Feb 3 9:42 2017 NZDT
GPS: 42 7.176S 148 4.702E
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)

We're anchored off Swansea and it's not only a nice anchorage, but a nice little town. None of our guidebooks mention this place! We picked up some fuel yesterday (in jugs), had a nice walk and a good lunch. Life is good on Legacy.

Tue Jan 31 10:47 2017 NZDT
GPS: 42 10.448S 148 18.506E
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)

Anchored in Wineglass Bay. Pretty spot.

Sun Jan 29 23:44 2017 NZDT
GPS: 42 16.04169S 148 17.16244E
Run: 65nm (117.7km)

We're hook down on the South tip of the Freycinet Peninsula. That's not where we thought we'd be tonight but in the great game of weather chess, the wind moved Queen to King's Rook 5 and Wineglass Bay was too rough to anchor. Oh well. It's not checkmate yet!

Mon Jan 23 10:24 2017 NZDT
GPS: 41 19.60623S 148 14.97266E
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)

We're in St. Helen's, tied up at the wharf. We made it with only one bump on the bottom at Pelican Point. We just kind of bounced off and kept going.

Sun Jan 22 22:10 2017 NZDT
GPS: 41 16.64557S 148 19.75789E
Run: 88.3nm (159.8km)

We made it. We're in Tasmania!

Tue Jan 17 13:04 2017 NZDT
GPS: 40 4.442S 147 45.919E
Run: 151.9nm (274.9km)

We mostly across the Bass Strait, anchored at Prime Seal Island just of Flinders Island. It was a nice motorboat ride last night.

Sun Jan 8 14:49 2017 NZDT
GPS: 37 52.97326S 147 58.91541E
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)

We're tired up at Lakes Entrance, waiting for weather to head south. It could be a week or more in coming. Who cares? It's nice here.

Thu Jan 5 17:57 2017 NZDT
GPS: 37 53.35754S 147 51.43840E
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)

We're in the tiny holiday town of Matung. Dinner tonight at the yacht club then off to explore more of Gippsland lakes.

Tue Jan 3 16:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 37 57.487S 147 46.661E
Run: 4nm (7.2km)

We just took a trip up a channel where our depth sounder read 3.5 feet at times. Neat trick since we draw 7 feet! Either it was a miracle or it was reading grass.

Sat Dec 31 12:05 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 54.87S 147 43.85E
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)

We're moored in Paynesville, hanging with our friends, the koalas. More here: http://www.twoatsea.com/koala-day/

Mon Dec 26 13:27 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 56.74122S 147 40.68509E
Run: 13.9nm (25.2km)

We're twelve miles further into the lakes today. This place is beautiful! We're on yet another free mooring with a little cove to ourselves. We may spend a while here.

Sun Dec 25 9:09 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 52.75147S 147 55.07242E
Run: 122.3nm (221.4km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75.6nm

We're in the lakes. Beautiful! Merry Christmas!

Fri Dec 23 18:19 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 4.453S 149 54.194E
Run: 45.8nm (82.9km)

Anchored in Eden, Australia on our way to Tasmania. If the weather stays as predicted, this'll just be a one-night stop.

Wed Dec 14 10:29 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 25.50463S 150 4.29332E
Run: 96.9nm (175.4km)

At a berth in Bermagui (I just love that name!). We'll be here for about a week doing small boat projects and investigating all the local restaurants. Then we'll keep heading south a small hop at a time - destination: Tasmania.

Tue Dec 6 19:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 35 8.082S 150 44.734E
Run: 77.1nm (139.6km)

We're in Jervis Bay. We just got out of Port Hacking before they were hit by a storm with 50 knot gusts. That storm is rumored to have blown trampolines (pleural) into power lines, according to the local news ;-)

It looks like there's a lot to explore here. What little we've seen so far is very pretty. We may be here for a week or so.

Sun Dec 4 21:04 2016 NZDT
GPS: 34 4.062S 151 8.577E
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)

On our way south a hop at a time. We had a GREAT time in Sydney!

Fri Nov 25 9:55 2016 NZDT
GPS: 33 50.74S 151 12.41E
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)

Does anyone know where I can buy a good, used piano crate? I'll need to be buried in one if I keep eating like this. The food is so good in Sydney!

We're at a mooring in Lavender Bay (Sail Corp "Marina"). More at www.twoatsea.com.

Fri Nov 18 20:21 2016 NZDT
GPS: 33 48.66808S 151 17.23375E

Started out for Broken Bay but we were having such a nice ride that we made it all the way to Sydney. We'll hang out here for a week or so and then continue south.

Fri Nov 18 20:21 2016 NZDT
GPS: 33 48.66808S 151 17.23375E
Run: 265.6nm (480.7km)

Started out for Broken Bay but we were having such a nice ride that we made it all the way to Sydney. We'll hang out here for a week or so and then continue south.

Fri Nov 4 10:48 2016 NZDT
GPS: 30 18.252s 153 8.603e
Run: 183.9nm (332.9km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.8nm

Normally, I'd say "Hook down, Coff's Harbor" but since we're on a courtesy mooring, waiting for clearance, I think we'll say "Looped Up!" Six days, two hours from Noumea to Coffs. Not to shabby for us. So good to be in!

Thu Nov 3 10:15 2016 NZDT
GPS: 28 38.48s 155 31.8e
Run: 138.2nm (250.1km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.5nm
Weather: wind ENE 4, seas small and confused, cloud thin and about 100%, bar 1020

What we always try to avoid on passages, beating, happened yesterday. We spent most of the day going into southerlies, to around 20 knots. That was enough to get me (Rich) seasick, despite it being our fourth day on this passage and even some help from Meclizine. Who knows, could have been bad eggs, I guess. Today is much nicer, motoring in light wind and confused but small seas. Should make Coffs tomorrow before noon, we hope. We gave up on Newcastle. There are southerly gales expected there Saturday noon and we wouldn't make it by then. No more beating!

Wed Nov 2 10:39 2016 NZDT
GPS: 27 34.24s 157 26.67e
Run: 156.9nm (284km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.6nm
Weather: wind W 22, seas big and confused, cloud 70%, bar 1011

Rough ride last night with gusts to 33 knots, squalls, and a brief period of HUGE seas. I felt like George Clooney trying to make the final turn in Perfect Storm! Enough of this. We're heading to Coffs! Should be in Friday morning.

Tue Nov 1 10:45 2016 NZDT
GPS: 26 14.95s 159 30.84e
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.6nm
Weather: wind NNW 9 (backing), seas NNW 0.5m, cloud 40%, bar 1015

It would have been a very fast day if the current hadn't robbed us of about 20 miles! Still, 135 miles isn't bad for us. Motor sailing most of the day.

Mon Oct 31 10:33 2016 NZDT
GPS: 25 03.10s 161 36.99e
Run: 165nm (298.7km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.7nm
Weather: wind E 12, seas SE 1.5m, cloud 50%, Bar 1018

Motor sailing, trying to keep the speed up to get into Newcastle before a front on Saturday night. It looks possible. Good day's run of 144 miles - lost 9 miles to adverse current just since midnight. That will hopefully turn around soon and be with us down the Australian coast.

Sun Oct 30 10:39 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 43.35s 163 47.60e
Run: 195.8nm (354.4km)
Weather: wind ESE 17, seas SE 2m, cloud 20%, bar 1019

Nice ride so far, and a fast ride for us with 155 miles in 24 hours. Still don't know if we're going to Brisbane or further south. It may be a couple of days before we decide.

Wed Oct 19 15:44 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 16.635S 166 26.421E
Run: 9.9nm (17.9km)

In town for a while, then???

Tue Oct 18 17:42 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 10.84073S 166 19.52882E
Run: 21.6nm (39.1km)

Working out way back to town.

Fri Oct 14 15:41 2016 NZDT
GPS: 21 59.81011S 166 3.15347E
Run: 5nm (9.1km)

Visited the wild horses today. BEAUTIFUL!!!

Fri Oct 14 9:45 2016 NZDT
GPS: 21 57.74853S 165 59.04701E
Run: 4.2nm (7.6km)

A nice place but not as special as some others. (How's that for diplomatic?)

Thu Oct 13 16:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 21 59.93786S 165 55.86847E
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)

Nice place for the morning and a walk around the island but afternoon winds are making it a little uncomfortable. If we go!

Tue Oct 11 10:56 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 4.65388S 166 7.37783E
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)

We're now back in Mexico... Baja California to be exact. At least that's what it looks like. Now if we could just find the street tacos!

Mon Oct 10 13:58 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 8.29415S 166 13.12582E
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)

Clear blue water, pretty beaches and five bars of 3G... What more could we want?

Sun Oct 9 14:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 9.97168S 166 18.67596E
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)

In search of the rumored dugongs that live here. So far, it's an unsubstantiated rumor.

Sat Oct 8 10:01 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 10.85617S 166 19.52365E
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)

In keeping with BAD boating practices (Bay A Day), we've moved again! This is another nice place with good protection.

Fri Oct 7 9:25 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 12.65873S 166 20.49112E
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)

Got out of town for a while. We think we'll spend a few weeks exploring north of Noumea, until the crowds start to thin out.

Thu Sep 29 15:38 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.158S 166 26.478E
Run: 24.3nm (44km)

Back on the big city! We'll restock, eat, rest, eat some more and then in a week or so, head back out to who-knows-where.

Sun Sep 25 11:45 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 21.55877S 166 48.80034E
Run: 47.7nm (86.3km)

Hiding from the westerlies. Gusts to 17 already this morning (but this bay could be a bit of a wind funnel).

Wed Sep 21 18:07 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 42.14074S 167 27.72260E
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)

Just chillin' at Ilot Brosse.

Mon Sep 19 15:29 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 39.46982S 167 26.46251E
Run: 43.5nm (78.7km)

Ilse de Pins (Idle of Pines) today. We've been here before but on arrival, we're still stuck by how beautiful it is. Bright Angel is anchored next to us. I mention this in case their YIT updating negligence continues ;-)

Thu Sep 15 14:44 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 21.39409S 166 50.54015E
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)

Moored in Prony at Ile Casy. It's beautiful here today and almost completely out of the wind.

Wed Sep 14 14:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 21.14601S 166 58.11406E
Run: 34.3nm (62.1km)

Made it further than we thought today, all the way in through the pass.

Tue Sep 13 15:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 21 56.423s 166 40.186e
Run: 23.4nm (42.4km)

On our way back to Noumea, or ???. Plans are fluid these days. By the way, this is one of the first bays we've been in with no cellular service.

Mon Sep 12 17:11 2016 NZST
GPS: 21 41.34408S 166 25.48657E
Run: 67.1nm (121.5km)

I love sailing, I love sailing, I love sailing... I'll keep saying that over and over until either I believe it or it kills me! Rough day. Could you tell?

Wed Sep 7 15:43 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 43.07772S 166 25.43760E
Run: 44.9nm (81.3km)

What a day! A whale sendoff early this morning. A one hour fight with a fish that we think a shark finally took. A very windy ride and now we're anchored of a very windy beach. Pretty though.

Tue Sep 6 17:54 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 55.39s 167 4.96e
Run: 15.7nm (28.4km)

Another day, another bay! Tomorrow, another island: Ouvea.

Mon Sep 5 13:14 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 42.46376S 167 9.62477E
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)

Just anchored in Doking Bay after a week in Wè. Just a little rolly here but not bad. The water is beautiful!

Mon Aug 29 12:21 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 55.09629S 167 16.70562E
Run: 101.4nm (183.5km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.1nm

We had a nice overnight passage and are now tied up in the Wè Marina on Lifou. Life is good!

Sun Aug 28 15:44 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 21.20282S 166 57.24991E
Run: 1nm (1.8km)

Leaving for Lifou in a couple of hours, probably. We'll see what the wind does.

Fri Aug 26 12:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 21.10913S 166 58.15314E
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)

We're in Port Boise and maybe going in to the resort for lunch is this squall passes by then. It's clouding up... The front's a coming!

Thu Aug 25 14:38 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 18.237S 166 50.666E
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)

This is our second day (and second bay) anchored up at the top of Baie du Prony. It's been a great place to hide from the wind, but little progress is being made towards our NC circumnavigation. Oh well, maybe next season!

Tue Aug 23 18:46 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 23.82229S 166 49.24418E
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)

Yep, another ten miles today. This is getting to be a kind of nice habit. We're anchored in a really nice little bay (Pilote). It's been a beautiful day here.

Mon Aug 22 10:47 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 20.59S 166 45.11E
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)

Well, we made it another ten miles today in our quest to circumnavigate New Cal! I did the math... 2 + 3 is 5, carry the 1, that's 51, times two for gravimetric factors, that's 102 days to make this trip, or 3.64 lunar months. I think we're going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

Sun Aug 21 19:33 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 17.86s 166 35.54e
Run: 10.5nm (19km)

After only six days in Noumea, we headed out. We didn't get very far. Noserlies came up at 17 to 20 knots and we tucked in to a marginal little anchorage for the night. We'll head out again tomorrow. Maybe we'll make it another 10 miles! While we really love Noumea, we're really loving being out, away from town. We're hoping to circumnavigate New Caledonia on this outing.

We'll see what the weather has to say about that plan!

Mon Aug 15 8:06 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 16.58s 166 25.76e
Run: 44.1nm (79.8km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64.5nm

We're in! We anchored in the harbor last night about midnight. Not a bad passage, all in all, and we made it in seven and a half days.

Sun Aug 14 15:42 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 53.14s 166 38.07e
Run: 145.4nm (263.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141nm
Weather: Wind WSW 8, seas

Headin' fo da barn! We're about 24 miles from turning in Passe Boulari. From there, it's about 15 miles to Noumea. We'll go in at night and anchor. Tomorrow morning, we'll check in. At least that's the plan.

Sat Aug 13 14:57 2016 NZST
GPS: 24 22.38s 168 15.47e
Run: 152.3nm (275.7km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.6nm
Weather: wind NNE 5, seas SE 1m, cloud 80%, bar 1017 down 1

We just had us a real gullywasher, by golly! And while it's pretty warm here, or at least comfortable, that rain was COLD! 145 miles to go. We don't know if we want to try to get in Sunday night or slow down and go in Monday morning. We'll see.

Fri Aug 12 15:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 25 45.00s 170 9.39e
Run: 142.9nm (258.6km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.1nm
Weather: wind E 3, seas SE 2, cloud 50%, bar 1021

Motoring along in about 3 or 4 knots of wind with pretty flat seas. A couple hours ago, a larger, long period swell from the SE replaced our SW swell. We're 277 miles out from entering Boulari Pass (north) to head the final 12 miles to Noumea. Boat and crew are doing well (though I really would like a milkshake!)

Thu Aug 11 15:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 27 11.16s 171 49.16e
Run: 134.7nm (243.8km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.6nm
Weather: wind SW 12, swell SSW 1.5m, cloud 60%, bar 1021

Wind is getting lighter as we head into the STR. We're expecting to motor for a couple of days. Mr. GPS says we have 401.2 miles to go to the pass.

Wed Aug 10 16:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 28 35.6s 173 20.7e
Run: 153.1nm (277.1km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.9nm
Weather: wind WSW 17, seas WSW 2m, cloud 30%, bar 1019

We're moving along nicely, if not in the exact direction we'd like to travel. We're keeping the wind on the beam and counting on it to back so we can head to Noumea.

Tue Aug 9 14:51 2016 NZST
GPS: 30 41.6s 174 09.5e
Run: 131.9nm (238.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.6nm
Weather: wind 12 WNW, seas about 1 meter, cloud 60%, bar 1016

This has been a pretty nice boat ride so far. We're motor sailing into light WNW winds and small swells from AAD (Almost All Directions). It's getting warmer!

Mon Aug 8 15:30 2016 NZST
GPS: 32 36.0s 174 14.2e
Run: 186.2nm (337km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 164.4nm
Weather: wind ssw 15, seas sw and se about 1m each, cloud 50%, bar 1014

Having a pretty nice sail today and making very good time. I think it's already warmer (or is that just what we want to believe?!).

Sun Aug 7 12:19 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 17.5s 174 6.5e
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)

Leaving Opua bound for Noumea (probably!). We'll miss you NZ.

Fri Jul 8 22:29 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 18.93S 174 7.27E
Run: 16.1nm (29.1km)

We're in Opua, waiting for weather to go to New Caledonia, or maybe Vanuatu, or maybe Minerva, Tonga or Fiji. At this point, we'll be happy to go where the wind blows, that is, if it ever quits blowing from the North.

Now we're looking at the 16th maybe. Who knows. We're in no hurry and we're willing to wait for a really good window. It has to happen someday, right?!

David and Patricia, thanks so much for your GHR internet radio! We've been listening every day. What a great service!

Sat Jun 18 6:47 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 13.398s 174 22.996e
Run: 164.3nm (297.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.4nm
Weather: Wind ssw 7, seas nnw 1m, cloud 10%, bar 1027 stdy

Not far from Opua (and pizza) now. We'll slow down a bit too try to make the non slack tide while pulling into a berth.

Fri Jun 17 6:03 2016 NZST
GPS: 36 49.16s 176 33.64e
Run: 121.7nm (220.3km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.3nm
Weather: Wind SSW 10, Seas

So far, a mostly pleasant power boat ride. Wow, who knew NZ was this long!

Thu Jun 16 7:58 2016 NZST
GPS: 37 36.21s 178 32.45e
Run: 78.8nm (142.6km)
Weather: Could 1%, wind W 7, seas N 1m, bar 1021

On our way from Gisborne to Opua - hopefully to find a better weather window there for the trip to New Caledonia.

Tue Jun 7 14:22 2016 NZST
GPS: 38 40.21s 178 1.81e
Run: 260.8nm (472km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.1nm

Arrived at a berth in Gisborne this morning and will wait for weather to continue moving north. We gave up on trying to get a weather window from Nelson to New Caledonia.

Sun Jun 5 12:19 2016 NZST
GPS: 41 28.45s 174 43.71e
Run: 76.5nm (138.5km)
Weather: cloud 10%, bar 1035, wind N 16, seas confused to 2 meters

We decided that we'd never get a weather window from Nelson to the tropics so we're working our way up the east side of North Island. This jump we'll probably only get as far as Napier, but who knows. We'll go as far as we can. Wow, gotta love the current in the Cook Strait - we've been making this speed for a couple of hours.

Mon May 9 17:13 2016 NZST
GPS: 41 15.63s 173 16.88e
Run: 22nm (39.8km)

We're in Nelson, doing boat work and getting ready for the trip north to New Caledonia then Vanuatu. Nelson is turning out to be a wonderful city with good facilities, great food, and like the rest of New Zealand - incredible people!

Mon Apr 25 10:15 2016 NZST
GPS: 41 0.1216s 173 2.0080e
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
Weather: Wind 10 S, 10% cloud

Heading for Kaiteriteri, probably out last stop before Nelson

Thu Apr 21 7:18 2016 NZST
GPS: 40 47.1062s 172 59.7699e
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)

Anchored right next to a seal rookerie. Magical!

Tue Apr 19 16:09 2016 NZST
GPS: 40 48.2373s 172 54.8052e
Run: 55.4nm (100.3km)

At anchor in Golden Bay at the Tata Island. We're not in the only protected spot as that's taken up with one anchored boat and several empty moorings (like so many bays here). We think we'll call this spot Sea Legs Bay!

Sun Apr 17 11:29 2016 NZST
GPS: 40 55.67s 173 57.69e
Run: 18.7nm (33.8km)

Sitting at anchor in Port Ligar, waiting for tomorrow's weather to go through French Pass and on to the Abel Tasman.

Sun Apr 10 9:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 41 11.8872s 173 58.1520e
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192nm

Heading into Kenepuru Sound, hopefully to have dinner at Portage Lodge.

Sun Apr 10 9:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 41 12.2885s 173 54.4974e
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)

Heading into Kenepuru Sound, hoping to have dinner tonight at Portage Lodge.

Thu Apr 7 10:46 2016 NZST
0 - anchored
GPS: 41 5.91s 173 47.05e
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)

Hunkered down in World's End, waiting for a blow to pass. Wow. Beautiful! Stop it New Zealand! Save some beauty for other places!

Tue Apr 5 15:59 2016 NZST
GPS: 40 59.24s 174 0.05e
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)

Let the fun in the Pelorus Sound begin! What a nice ride today with flat seas and light wind from behind us.

Tue Apr 5 7:47 2016 NZST
0 - anchored
GPS: 41 5.63s 174 14.17e
Run: 5.1nm (9.2km)

This morning, we're anchored in Ship Bay, about to leave the Queen Charlotte Sound and head into the Pelorus Sound. Sad to leave... Excited about what's next. Eventually, we'll get to Nelson and get ready for the passage north to New Caledonia in May.

Sat Apr 2 11:11 2016 NZDT
GPS: 41 7.62s 174 8.94e
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)

Anchored off the Punga Lodge in Endeavour Inlet in Queen Charlotte Sound. The sounds are BEAUTIFUL! We're having a great time here. (This is starting to sound a lot like a letter home from summer camp!) We're slowly making our way to Nelson, but at the rate we're going, it might take three more weeks!

Tue Mar 15 16:24 2016 NZDT
GPS: 41 17.30s 174 0.58e
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)

At a berth in Picton! What a beautiful place! (Come on New Zealand... save some pretty for other places!)

Mon Mar 14 14:24 2016 NZDT
0 - anchored
GPS: 41 15.77s 174 12.26e
Run: 5.5nm (10km)

Still cruising the Sounds. WOW! This place is amazing. We're anchored in yet another too-good-to-be-true bay with incredible views, flat water and perfect quiet. We have yet to share a bay with anyone. There are a few boats out running around, but mostly work boats. We're working our way to Picton, but no telling how long it'll take us to get there.

Sat Mar 12 21:37 2016 NZDT
0 - anchored
GPS: 41 12.65s 174 17.04e
Run: 26.5nm (48km)

Anchored in Jackson's Bay in the Marlborough Sounds after a harrowing trip across the Cook Straight in only about 7 knots of wind. That's right! Seven knots. The occasional 20 foot swell, rolling along and pumped up by the contrary seven knot current kept things a little too interesting for our tastes.

Tue Mar 8 16:17 2016 NZDT
GPS: 41 17.331s 174 47.044e
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)

Tucked in at Chaffers Marina, drinking wine and watching bad movies (San Andreas). Does life get any better?

Tue Mar 8 9:17 2016 NZDT
GPS: 41 15.7s 174 51.8e
Run: 162.8nm (294.7km)

Anchored off the south end of Somas Island in Wellington Harbor. Weather was looking bad for crossing the Cook Straight so we did our usual cowardly thing and ducked in to a safe harbor. Now that we're here, we think we'll stay a week or so.

Fri Feb 26 15:51 2016 NZDT
GPS: 39 29.02s 176 53.52e
Run: 133.5nm (241.6km)

We just arrived in Napier and are tied up at a guest dock at the Napier Sailing Club. We're more than half way on our trip from Tauranga to Marlborough Sounds on New Zealand's South Island. We motored all the way in very calm conditions. Those that know us know that's the way we like it (ah huh, ah huh).

Wed Feb 24 6:39 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 38.16s 176 10.47e
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)

Departing Tauranga for Napier. It'll be nice to have the boat moving again after almost two months in Tauranga, but we'll really miss this incredible place!

Sun Feb 7 7:42 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 40.26s 176 10.64e
Run: 189.9nm (343.7km)

Long time - no update. Sorry. We've been in the Tauranga Bridge Marina for about five weeks now. Currently, Legacy is on the hard getting her bottom done. We hope to be in the water and heading south in a week or so.

Thu Dec 10 7:04 2015 NZDT
GPS: 35 20.62s 174 021.56e
Run: 13.5nm (24.4km)
Weather: Wind Calm. Cloudy. Bar 1020

On the move again, this time, heading south along the east coast of NZ, eventually towards Wellington, and then Nelson.

Fri Nov 27 20:52 2015 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.9s 174 07.3e
Run: 36.9nm (66.8km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.6nm

Arrived and in a berth in Opua after a great passage. Thanks Bob McDavitt! Thanks weather gods. Thanks Legacy. Thanks Gulf Harbor.

Fri Nov 27 8:40 2015 NZDT
5 motoring
GPS: 34 46.9s 174 07.2e
Run: 163.5nm (295.9km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.7nm
Weather: Wind N 10, Seas N 0.5m, Cloud 80%, Bar 1020

22 miles from the entrance to Bay of Islands!!! Nice day yesterday, though motoring the while day. The current giveth and the current taketh away. We were gifted 74 miles by the current this trip. Today, it's taking a little of that back: 4 miles. Oh well. The current in our favor was wonderful while it lasted, and it lasted a long time. We hope to clear in today. Oh joy... restaurants!!!

Thu Nov 26 7:56 2015 NZDT
GPS: 32 25.5s 173 52.8e
Run: 159.6nm (288.9km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.1nm
Weather: Wind ENE 10, Seas W 1m, Cloud 10%, Bar 1023

Motor sailing with a great current behind us. It's pushed us 64 miles in the right direction so far, this passage. (Why is all the water from the South Pacific going to Antarctica? ;-) What a great passage! I know I shouldn't say that yet, but I've knocked on wood, so it's OK. We've run the engine very little. Even the light winds seem to push us along magically. If we forget the bad day at the beginning (and I pretty much have), this has an incredible ride. We're only 163 miles from the barn! ETA: Friday evening (probably after customs closes).

Wed Nov 25 8:44 2015 NZDT
GPS: 30 07.4s 173 39.5e
Run: 158.8nm (287.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.5nm
Weather: Wind NE 11, Seas NE 1m, Cloud 20%, Bar 1022

What a great passage so far! (If we forget about the bad bits at the beginning!) We're moving along nicely in light air. We should be at the Opua Q dock at 9PM or so Friday. I don't think we can clear customs until Saturday (gee, I hope they work weekends!)

Tue Nov 24 8:41 2015 NZDT
GPS: 27 50.0s 173 26.9e
Run: 167.3nm (302.8km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.4nm
Weather: Wind ENE 10, Seas SW 2m, Cloud 20%, Bar 1020

We haven't touched any of those rope/line thingys in two days. I like set-it-and-forget-it sailing!

Mon Nov 23 8:33 2015 NZDT
GPS: 25 27.82s 174 00.01e
Run: 178.4nm (322.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175nm
Weather: Wind E 10, Seas E 1m, Cloud 90%, Bar 1019

Yesterday was one of the nicest sailing days we've ever had. Legacy just moved along effortlessly in flat seas, light winds and a strong current pushing us. It doesn't get any better. Today, a small tragedy: we had to use a blanket!!! It's still pleasant, but a blanket? Really?!

Sun Nov 22 8:05 2015 NZDT
GPS: 22 59.62s 174 49.48e
Run: 145.2nm (262.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.1nm
Weather: Wind ESE 13, Seas SE 1m, Cloud 10%, Bar 1017

Finally, a nice ride. The last 36 hours were terrible. This is wonderful. The boat has a gentle movement and we are making good progress. The conditions started to get better last night about 3AM and have been steadily improving since. I guess we're out of the trough! Maybe we'll even put out a fishing line today.

Sat Nov 21 8:24 2015 NZDT
GPS: 20 54.52s 175 06.23e
Run: 144.9nm (262.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.4nm
Weather: Wind ESE 22, Seas SW 2m, Cloud 60%, Bar 1014

We're telling ourselves over and over that we do this for fun, but it's not helping. All's well, but we're not having fun! Looks like the winds we had last night (about 26 knots, starting south and then backing) are dying down a bit. We're waiting for the choppy seas to get the message.

Fri Nov 20 8:19 2015 NZDT
5.0 motor
GPS: 19 24.31s 176 39.66e
Run: 120.8nm (218.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142nm
Weather: Wind ESE 5, Seas SW 1m, Cloud 70%, Bar 1012

Beautiful morning. Motoring in pretty calm seas. Had a boobie passenger last night. Had a boobie mess this morning! Oh well.

Thu Nov 19 11:54 2015 NZDT
GPS: 17 46.2s 177 18.8e
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
Weather: Wind west 7, seas flat, cloud 20%, bar 1012

On our way south. Got out of Vuda at about 10:30 AM. We are so sad to leave. See you in 8 days or so, New Zealand. (Nero is hot on our heals, just 1.9 miles behind us.)

Wed Nov 18 15:19 2015 NZDT
GPS: 17 40.9s 177 23.2e
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)

Getting ready to head to NZ (Opua) tomorrow. We're sure going to miss Fiji! We're sure going to be glad to be back in NZ! Nice life!

Wed Jul 29 8:09 2015 NZST
GPS: 17 38.68s 177 23.53e
Run: 17.4nm (31.5km)
Weather: Wind calm, 5% cloud, 75% cane haze, barometer 1017

We're came here from Vuda Marina (Wonderful!!!) for a few days getaway. It's nice and quiet here.

Mon Jul 13 14:42 2015 NZST
GPS: 17 44.33s 177 8.81e
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
Weather: Wind SSW 12 - 15, 40% cloud, bar 1015

Anchored off Likuliku resort on the northwest corner of Mololo island after almost a week at the hit-and-miss Musket Cove. It was fun to get to meet the rudest woman in Fiji though! ;-)

Tue Jul 7 20:15 2015 NZST
GPS: 17 46.25s 177 11.34e
Run: 13.9nm (25.2km)
Weather: No Wind

It was hard to leave wonderful, beautiful Vuda Marina, but leave we did on an arduous ;-) 16 mile journey to Musket Cove, fighting 7 knot head winds for at least part of the way. We're on a mooring - peaceful, under a starry sky.

Fri Jun 26 9:50 2015 NZST
GPS: 17 41.19s 177 22.84e
Run: 109.9nm (198.9km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.1nm
Weather: Wind 20 ESE, cloud 90%, bar 1018

We are at the quarantine mooring off of Vuda Point Marina. Yay! We are alive and well... well, alive anyway! Not a bad passage compared to what it could have been, but I'm still not a happy camper. Search for the words "flu passage" on our website at www.twoatsea.com to see what I think of passages.

Thu Jun 25 9:12 2015 NZST
GPS: 18 58.43s 176 23.89e
Run: 162.2nm (293.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.4nm
Weather: Wind SE 20, Seas SSE 2m, Cloud 50%, Bar 1017

I guess we're lucky with the weather we got on this passage. The true wind, so far, has never been forward of the beam and I guess the seas could have been worse, but I'm sure glad it's almost over (with just 76 miles to go to the pass)! It's one of those hold-on-tight rides today.

Wed Jun 24 9:05 2015 NZST
GPS: 20 27.79s 174 28.33e
Run: 168.5nm (305km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.4nm
Weather: Wind S 16, Seas S 2m, Cloud 10%, Bar 1016

Not a bad day... better than expected with lighter wind than called for and a pretty comfortable ride. We're 217 miles out from the Navula pass. We still have some room to turn north when the trades come up.

Tue Jun 23 9:13 2015 NZST
GPS: 21 40.30s 172 12.19e
Run: 153.5nm (277.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.8nm
Weather: wind S 20, seas S 2m, cloud 50%, bar 1015

Not too bad... kinda like a pleasant visit to the dentist for a root canal. The wind went just a little west of south and that was nice. We'll make a slight left in another 60 miles or so and that will hopefully keep the wind at or behind the beam.

Mon Jun 22 8:28 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 28.91s 169 58.29e
Run: 146.6nm (265.3km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.2nm
Weather: wind SSW 20, seas S 2m, 95% cloud, bar 1016 stdy

Yesterday was great. Today, not so much (but not so bad either). Seas are pretty confused with left over swell from the east and building from the south. Wind is still on our beam. Gusts to about 25. All's well.

Sun Jun 21 9:12 2015 NZST
GPS: 23 07.75s 167 46.86e
Run: 103.8nm (187.9km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 111.8nm
Weather: wind S 11, seas E 1.5m, cloud 95%, bar 1016

This has been a nice start to a passage. Calm last night - motored. Not bad this morning - motor sailing still but we may furl the engine soon. Staying south so we can fall off when the trades come up near Fiji.

Sat Jun 20 10:55 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 16.6506s 166 26.3813e

Departing Noumea for Vuda Point Marina, Fiji in a couple of hours. Crazy? Yea, we know. Wish us luck. Will update here while underway.

Sun Jun 7 20:41 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 16.6506s 166 26.3813e
Run: 26.3nm (47.6km)

Guess I forgot to update YIT when we got back to Noumea - so busy with French wine, French cheese, French food! We're at Port Moselle, tied up to the dock. Squally and windy tonight.

Tue Jun 2 20:02 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 21.084s 166 50.611e
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)

Well, that didn't work out so well (Ilot Mato). We stayed about two hours and it looked like it could get very rough as the wind backed, so off we went, for our second anchorage of the day. Now, we're on a mooring ball at Ile Casy in Prony Bay. Much better. It's still here and very protected from the south.

Tue Jun 2 12:33 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 33.109s 166 47.874e
Run: 15.3nm (27.7km)
Weather: Wind WNW 12, Cloud 80% increasing, Bar 1017

Anchored at Ilot Mato after running from wind chop this morning as the wind backed. Another pretty place.

Sun May 31 20:27 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 46.413s 166 48.050e
Run: 41.5nm (75.1km)
Weather: Wind ESE 6, cloud 5%, Swell 1m SSE, 0 in the lagoon. Bar 1018

We are anchored at Ilot Kouare in the lagoon at New Caledonia. Wow! Beautiful! And what a nice trip down. The worst was when we turned south for the last two miles and had to beat into almost 6 knots of wind. The rest of the trip was 6 or 7 knots on the beam and a comfortable swell.

Wed May 27 18:53 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 39.469s 167 26.421e
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
Weather: Wind 18 ESE, Seas S 3m, E 1.5m, cloud 5%, Bar 1020

We're anchored in Kuto on Ile des Pins, New Caledonia. We'll post more after we've had a chance to explore a bit.

Tue May 26 9:38 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 32.025s 167 24.794e
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
Weather: Wind 18 SE, Could 30% clearing, Bar 1025!

We're anchored in 9 feet of water in Baie de Gadji. It's windy but flat calm in here. Sitting in the most beautiful, powder-blue water amongst three small islands for protection. (Hey, it's OK, we have a few inches under the keel at low tide!!! Haven't bounced on the bottom yet.)

Trades seem stronger than advertised, but there wasn't much swell for the short downwind trip yesterday. We posted some pictures here: www.twoatsea.com

Sat May 23 13:02 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 34.178s 167 31.168e
Run: 71.9nm (130.1km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 60.3nm
Weather: Wind 15 NW, seas

Hook down on Ile des Pins near L'Maridian Hotel. Wow!!! This is beautiful. We left Proney at 4 AM and arrived here before noon - a beautiful broad reach almost all the way. The wind's supposed to back. That's why we started on this side of the island. We'll post some pictures later: www.twoatsea.com. (Yea, we have internet!)

Fri May 22 8:24 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 16.62s 166 26.41e
Weather: Calm, clear, bar 1018 (in the marina)

Heading out to Ile des Pins today, via Prony Bay. We hope to stay out at the island and in the lagoon for two or three weeks. The fridge is packed and we're ready to go!

Fri May 15 14:32 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 16.62s 166 26.41e
Run: 26.4nm (47.8km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75.6nm

We're tied up to the dock in Noumea and already through our first bottle of champagne! It's so good to be in. And we beat the swell!

Fri May 15 6:09 2015 NZST
GPS: 22 30.83s 166 06.96e
Run: 147nm (266.1km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.7nm
Weather: Wind 5 SSW, Seas flat, cloud 80% (thin), Bar 1016

Well, the big swell must have stopped for a long black on the way up 'cause they ain't here yet! We're motoring in flat seas and are 10 miles from the entrance to the lagoon at Passe de Dumbea (Thanks Patricia and David for the recommendation!). We're not alone. There are 6 ships waiting for dawn to enter.

Thu May 14 5:56 2015 NZST
GPS: 24 09.27s 164 38.47e
Run: 520.4nm (941.9km)
Avg: 22.2knts
24hr: 531.8nm
Weather: Wind 9 N, Seas confused and small, Bar 1015

Choppy. Bouncy. Slow. We're motoring. Sailing. Motor-sailing. Nothing works. We're 137 miles out from the reef passage. At this rate, we'll be lucky to get there within our lifetimes! OK, seriously, still hoping for Friday morning.

Wed May 13 6:27 2015 NZST
GPS: 25 10.816s 156 25.888e
Run: 356.6nm (645.4km)
Avg: 14.5knts
24hr: 347nm
Weather: Wind light and variable, seas 0.5 meters, cloud 80%, bar 1017

What a nice motor boat ride we're having. We motored almost all of yesterday and looks like we'll motor the rest of the way. We'll keep going slow and try to get in Friday morning.

Tue May 12 5:47 2015 NZST
GPS: 26 28.9s 161 58.7e
Run: 160.5nm (290.5km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.5nm
Weather: Wind 12 WSW, Seas < 1m WSW, cloud 5%, bar 1015

Wow, nice sail. A little rolly, but nice - and fast! We flew for a while yesterday. But the current is taking its toll on this passage. We've lost 72 miles to current in the 700 miles we've covered. We have 340 to go to Noumea.

Mon May 11 7:19 2015 NZST
GPS: 28 04.444s 160 04.585e
Run: 115nm (208.2km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.4nm
Weather: wind 17 west, seas 2 meters south, bar 1013, 30% cloud

Surprise northerlies last night - no fun at all, but not too strong. Now, we're sailing along nicely in the 17 knot westerlies. Still 1.7 billion miles to go! (478 actually - I never exaggerate!)

Sun May 10 10:56 2015 NZST
GPS: 29 05.8s 158 34.9e
Run: 127.1nm (230.1km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.9nm
Weather: wind 6 wnw, seas 2.5m s, cloud 10%, bar 1016

Nice motoring conditions. Wind played with picking up but as soon as I set some more sail, it died again. Big, slow swell. In the last gribs I got, I don't see the westerlies that I thought might get us all the way to Fiji so for now, we'll keep heading to Noumea.

Sat May 9 10:07 2015 NZST
GPS: 30 13.440s 156 54.567e
Run: 149.2nm (270.1km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140.1nm
Weather: Wind 4 WNW, Seas

Motoring in light winds. No help from sails this morning. Pretty nice ride. 688 miles to Noumea, but looking at turning towards Fiji. Stay tuned.

Fri May 8 8:33 2015 NZST
GPS: 31 30.681s 154 53.439e
Run: 160.4nm (290.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.6nm
Weather: wind 20 knots ssw, seas 2m sw, 60% cloud, bar: 1017

Rough ride last night but OK. What the current taketh away, the current givveth back, it seems. We lost 42 miles to current our first day and gained 25 of that back last night with 3 and 4 knots with us. Yea!

Thu May 7 9:59 2015 NZST
GPS: 33 06.211s 152 53.552e
Run: 105.3nm (190.6km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 109.9nm
Weather: wind 20 knots wsw, seas 3 meters wsw, 40% cloud cover, bar: 1018 stdy

Nice motorsailing yesterday in light wind. Rough sail last night.

Wed May 6 10:59 2015 NZST
GPS: 33 49.5736s 151 17.0637e
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)

Departing Sydney for Noumea this morning. Warm air, warm water, here we come! We'll check in here daily (communications permitting) and report weather along the passage.

Sun May 3 13:22 2015 NZST
GPS: 33 49.0851s 151 13.3639e
Run: 424.6nm (768.5km)

Sittin' in Sydney, waiting for weather. We're looking at Wednesday (5 May) now for our passage to Noumea. Fingers are crossed. Boat is mostly ready.

Sat Jan 10 15:52 2015 NZDT
GPS: 27 58.34s 153 25.54e
Run: 90.7nm (164.2km)

After an overnighter, we're tied up at the Southport Yacht Club just across from Surfer's Paradise. It wasn't a long trip, but what it lacked in excruciatingly long hours, it made up for in rough, uncomfortable seas! I just love sailing ;-)

Surfer's Paradise in the distance as we approached
Surfer's Paradise in the distance as we approached
Sun Jan 4 11:55 2015 NZDT
GPS: 26 41.18s 153 7.82e
Run: 141.3nm (255.8km)

We're tucked in a berth in Mooloolaba (ma-loo-la-Baahr). Weather permitting (as always), we'll head south on Friday - Southport hopefully.

Happy New Year!! (the photo is from the show just a two minute walk from our berth).

Mon Dec 22 22:08 2014 NZDT
GPS: 24 45.26s 152 23.36e
Run: 74nm (133.9km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.5nm
Weather: 20knts ESE 1.5 meter swell from the SE 60% cloud cover, 1016 baro.

We're at anchor in the river in Bundaberg. We'll clear customs tomorrow. Rough day today. Don't want to think about it now. Want to drink and then sleep!

Mon Dec 22 7:59 2014 NZDT
GPS: 24 18.44s 153 27.53e
Run: 189nm (342.1km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.8nm
Weather: 15knts ESE 1.5 meter swell from the SE 30% cloud cover, 1014 baro.

We've had a strong current (two knots) pushing us north all night. See more on Passage Brain at www.twoatsea.com. We're 34 miles out from our turn north of Sandy Cape. Then it's about 50 miles to port. With luck, we'll make it in before dark today. Rough with sails doin' fill-n-dump all night in 6 second period swell. Major swells from E, SE, and ESE, all about 1.5 meters. OK, enough complaining. More after we get in.

Sun Dec 21 8:05 2014 NZDT
GPS: 24 25.37s 156 27.53e
Run: 181.9nm (329.2km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.1nm
Weather: 12knts ESE 1.5 meter swell from the ESE 10% cloud cover, 1015 baro.

The wind filled in yesterday morning and we're having a great sail - flying along. The wind's been mostly 15 to 20 and is down a bit now.

We did a 158.8 mile run in 24 hours. That's fast for us. (Any mistakes here are the result of Passage Brain Syndrome - PBS. I wrote about it here: www.twoatsea.com.)

Sat Dec 20 7:51 2014 NZDT
GPS: 24 23.75s 159 20.96e
Run: 139.4nm (252.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.9nm
Weather: 2knts E 0.2 meter swell from the E 50% cloud cover, 1012.5 baro.

Motoring in almost no wind and glassy seas. Sky is clearing a bit. We thought we might have some rain last night but it didn't happen. It's so nice out here. I love it like this. In about 20 miles, we'll turn to lay the top of Frasier Island. We have 387 miles to go. I can hear the dingoes howling!

Fri Dec 19 7:56 2014 NZDT
GPS: 23 45.16s 161 26.54e
Run: 166.8nm (301.9km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.7nm
Weather: 8knts E 1.0m swell from the E 20% cloud cover, 1013.5 baro.

Wind's dropping off as expected and the motor is running. Seas are getting pretty calm. Sky is mostly clear but we're expecting it to cloud up as we enter a trough/low/front? but no real wind expected. To avoid the strong counter current that Bob McDavitt warned us about, we're heading to 24 30S, 159E (Thank you Bob, not for the current but for the warning!!!). From there, we'll head mostly due west to Bundy (Thank you Tuuletar Mark for the Ozzy slang lesson!). Kangaroos (or is it Kangarai?), here we come.

Thu Dec 18 8:04 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 56.58s 163 55.16e
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 105nm
Weather: 10knts SE 1.0m swell from the SSE 20% cloud cover, 1013 baro.

We're having a really nice ride (knock, knock, knock - sound of knuckles meeting kwood ;-). We've motor sailed all but three hours of the last 24 and have made 145 miles. I might not hate sailing so much if all passages were like this one has been so far (wow, have I ever jinxed this!?).

Tue Dec 16 17:53 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.13s 166 26.38e
Run: 29.7nm (53.8km)
Weather: 12knts W 70% cloud cover.

We're in Noumea, leaving for Bundaberg tomorrow at first light. We're looking forward to what looks to be a mostly windless, calm passage. Oh no, have I gone and done it now?

Mon Dec 1 20:41 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 23.28s 166 53.46e
Run: 26.7nm (48.3km)
Weather: 18knts SE 80% cloud cover. image: We haven't seen much but so far, the landscape is different from anyplace we've ever been before, and very beautiful.

We're in New Caledonia! We're sitting here with our Q flag flying, sipping a nice white wine. Hopefully we'll get checked in tomorrow.

Mon Dec 1 8:12 2014 NZDT
GPS: 22 15.67s 167 17.165e
Run: 164.9nm (298.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.5nm
Weather: 17knts ESE 1.5m swell from the SE 30% cloud cover.

Wind's still been up around 17 knots and now, instead of trying to squeeze every last fraction of a knot out of Legacy, we've been trying to slow her down to make the flood tide at Havannah pass. We're now 13 miles from that pass and we need those miles to take three hours. That's my long way of saying, "It's 8 AM Fiji time (we haven't changed) and we're almost in!"

Sun Nov 30 7:23 2014 NZDT
GPS: 21 26.6s 169 42.1e
Run: 168.2nm (304.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159nm
Weather: 13knts E 1.5m swell from the SSE 80% cloud cover. image: Rhapsody of the Seas drops by for a visit. No, they didn't offer us a glass of bubbly and didn't respond to my Grey Poupon question.

Quiet out here with just us and a few thousand of our closest friends (I hope the picture of the cruise ship shows up on this post). We're motor-sailing to try to keep up the speed so that we can make Havannah Pass on the flood tide tomorrow. The wind has dropped but the seas are still pretty big with a major swell from both SSE and E. We're rolling but comfortable.

Sat Nov 29 6:00 2014 NZDT
GPS: 20 34.426s 172 08.216e
Run: 186.7nm (337.9km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190.3nm
Weather: 17knts ESE 1.5m swell from the SE 30% cloud cover.

Squally night last night with the wind up and down. We ended up motor sailing to make life simpler. This morning, the wind is more steady and the sky more clear. We have 302 miles to go to Havannah Pass. We're trying to make low tide on Monday at 10AM (boat time - which hasn't changed since Fiji). To do that, we'll have to average 5.81 knots. A little high for us but still doable.

Fri Nov 28 6:27 2014 NZDT
GPS: 18 46.400s 174 16.583e
Run: 166.8nm (301.9km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.3nm
Weather: 16knts ESE 1.5m swell from the SSE 50% cloud cover. Still some small squalls.

Seas are moderating and it's getting to be less uncomfortable. Making great speed. Burnin' up the miles and the Mecklezine. Can someone please remind me why we do this!?

Thu Nov 27 7:05 2014 NZDT
GPS: 18 45.500s 176 49.550e
Run: 113.8nm (206km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.3nm
Weather: 20knts ESE 2.0m swell from the S 50% cloud cover with small squalls.

Not the most comfortable passage so far, but not too bad either. We're making good speed.

Wed Nov 26 12:55 2014 NZDT
GPS: 18 07.3518s 178 25.5990e
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: 18knts SSE 30% cloud cover.

Departing Suva for Noumea, New Caledonia in a few minutes. ETA, Monday sometime.

Sun Nov 16 16:13 2014 NZDT
GPS: 18 07S 178 26E

Sitting in Suva, waiting for weather to head to Nelson NZ

Legacy - Still in Suva

We're still in Suva, but we have a plan. We are hoping to leave for New Caledonia on Wednesday. From there, Nelson or somewhere in Australia, who knows. -Rich

Legacy - Sitting in Suva

Cyndi and I are sitting in Suva, waiting for weather to sail to Nelson, NZ. You can find out more about what we're up to on our blog at www.twoatsea.com.

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