Local Talent

Local Talent

Tue Nov 28 17:20 2017 NZDT
Run: 298.8nm (540.8km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 87.5nm

We are sitting in Opua! Great to be back in NZ!

Sat Nov 25 7:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7 .knts
Run: 165.6nm (299.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 169.1nm
Weather: 18kt, SE, (gusts to 22kts) 100% cloud, Bar up 1023 , 2 meter swell,

S. Minerva to Opua. Flukey winds last night, on,off,on, but we are hallin'butt to the barn! Opua arrival late Sunday-early Monday! DAVID, what happened to the sunshine out here? Our tropical tan is fading! Enjoy your weekend! Dean and Gail

Fri Nov 24 7:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6 .knts
Run: 172.4nm (312km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171nm
Weather: 16kt, SE, (gusts to 23kts) 100% cloud, Bar up 1019 , 2 meter swell,

S. Minerva to Opua. Winds went down as predicted and backed so we can now steer direct to Opua. Heading to the barn! Aside from the overcast, a perfect sail. Looking to shake a reef out this morning. Patricia! Legacy wrote us yesterday and said Frank on Another Adventure was tied up next to them, still at the dock at Noumea! They appear to be drinking French wine and looking for a late departure! (Again!)

Thu Nov 23 7:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6 .knts
Run: 157.6nm (285.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.6nm
Weather: 23kt, SSE, (down from last night's 27kts) 10% cloud, Bar up 1017 , 2 meter swell,

S. Minerva to Opua. Breezy night! Ended up with only a double reeled main. This morning, wind backed a few degrees and slightly dropped. Fine Day ahead! PATRICIA... Have you heard from Frank on Another Adventure? Did he report departing New Caledonia? Still there?

Wed Nov 22 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5 . motorsailknts
Run: 95nm (172km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.6nm
Weather: 08kt, S, 50% cloud, Bar 1014 up , less 1 meter swell,

S. Minerva to Opua. Motored all night, looking for wind today! Maybe this afternoon?

Tue Nov 21 7:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0. south minerva now!knts
Weather: 04kt, SW, 100% cloud, Bar 1013 up , less than 1 meter swell,

South Minerva, departing late this afternoon for Opua. 4 boats here. Gray sharks are getting a bit aggressive, even though the snorkeling on the reef between the figure 8 shape of the atoll, is beyond excellent! Magical place South Minerva, (in flat weather!) Hoping the wind will kick in tonight!

Mon Nov 20 7:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0. south minerva now!knts
Run: 23nm (41.6km)
Weather: 06kt, W, 30% cloud (Haze), Bar 1011 , less than 1 meter swell,

South Minerva, The best snorkeling ever! Amazing big fish, corral, lobsters, colorful clams! (Yes, a few sharks in deeper water!). Anchorage is a bit of a washing machine at high tide. (Flopper stopper required!) Well worth the stop.
Thinking of departing tomorrow? DAVID! How does a MONDAY 27th arrival in Opua look? We will be listening. Dean and Gail

Fri Nov 17 7:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0. minerva now!knts
Weather: 20ktN, E, 100% cloud, , 1-2 meter swell,

Minerva. Gusts hit 34 last night! Just snapped the anchor snubber, which prompted us to move over to smoother waters on the North side of the reef! When is this rain stopping?

Thu Nov 16 8:09 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0. minerva now!knts
Weather: 20ktNE, 100% cloud, RAIN! , Bar 1014, 1-2 meter swell,

Yesterday wind peaked about 34kts, rain. Last night wind peaked 29. Still raining! Nice anchorage here in Minerva, but we could do with some Sunshine! Hoping to depart this weekend? What do you think DAVID?

Mon Nov 13 7:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0. minerva now!knts
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
Weather: 16ktN, E, 75% cloud, , Bar 1014 up, 1-2 meter swell,

Minerva, Snorkeled the pass. Got out of the dingy. Saw a 3 meter Tiger shark. Got back in the dingy! Hanging here enjoying the protection of the reef with 6 other boats, waiting for Lows to disappear around N.NZ. Dean and Gail.

Sat Nov 11 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0. minerva now!knts
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
Weather: 15-20ktN, 10% cloud, , Bar 1008 down, 1-2 meter swell,

DAVID, you were spot on for your weather last night for Minerva. Wind Peaked at 32kts with rain and lightning. 13 boats remain at Minerva, after 6 departed yesterday heading west for a day or two, then turning hard south to NZ under the guidance of Bob McDavit. Went to a weather meeting before, aboard "Sky Blue Eyes," to discuss, but they and others were focused to depart south? Did not look good to me with at least 2-3 days of head winds followed by a major Low on your tail before arriving in NZ? (Hope they arrive save before Friday the 17th) Also, Sending a good wish to Astarte today as they battle the big winds arriving in NZ. Dean and Gail.

Thu Nov 9 7:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.0. arriving minerva now!knts
Run: 160.7nm (290.9km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.4nm
Weather: 08ktSE, 10% cloud, , Bar 1015, 1-2 meter swell,

Fine day to be arriving today in N. Minerva. Looking forward to some diving. DAVID? We will ask again tomorrow (Since you are off Sat. and Sun.) Should we depart Minerva Sunday or Monday for Opua?!!! Would we get hit by High winds approaching Opua the weekend of the 17th, 18th? (Or sit in Minerva till the next High on 21st/22nd?). Many thanks! Looking forward to meeting you both this year! Dean and Gail.

Wed Nov 8 7:36 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.5. 148 miles to go to minervaknts
Run: 123.1nm (222.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.5nm
Weather: 20ktSE, 15% cloud, , Bar steady 1016, 1-2 meter swell,

Question? DAVID? When should we depart Minerva for Opua?!!! Gail and Dean departed yesterday from Tonga to Minerva. We will arrive Minerva tomorrow AM. (Thurs-9th).

Tue Nov 7 12:14 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
Weather: 12 knots E. Some sun and rain!

Departed Nukalofa Tonga at noon today. Heading to Minerva Reef. We should arrive Minerva on Thursday.
DAVID, our big question is how long (if at all?!) do we stay there? Seem to be something developing from the north side n about a week? We will be listening in the morning. Thanks!

Mon Nov 6 8:02 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
Weather: Lite clouds, 15kt from the East

Local Talent departing Nukalofa Tonga, tomorrow (Tuesday) for Minerva. We will hang in Minerva until DAVID recommends all clear for a departure from Minerva to Opua. (Which we assume will be about the 15th?). I know there must be at least 10 plus boats currently hovering in Minerva, I'm sure all will be interested about when to depart from there. Thanks!

Sat Nov 4 7:48 2017 NZDT
Weather: Sunny and 12 knots From the E

Saturday, Nukalofa, Tonga. About 8 of the 20 boats have departed. We are hanging hoping for better conditions for a stop in Minerva followed by a good ride to New Zealand. Awaiting David's long term forecast with anticipation! Dean and Gail.

Tue Oct 31 8:09 2017 NZDT
Run: 159.7nm (289.1km)
Weather: 15-20kts, cloudy, some rain

Hanging at Big Mama's, Nukalofa, Tonga with about 20 boats waiting for passage to Opua. Thinking of departing Saturday to Minerva for a few days, and wait for the high to continue onto Opua.

Tue Oct 17 8:34 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 27.3nm (49.4km)
Weather: 20se

On passage from Vavauu to Hapaais

Tue Oct 10 15:56 2017 NZDT
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)

Still hanging in Vava'u, Tonga... a month from now we will be well on our way to NZ!

Sat Sep 9 11:21 2017 NZST
Speed: no speedingknts
Run: 49.9nm (90.3km)
Weather: Well, cloudy with drizzle! But the sun will return!

Hanging in Tonga. Eating well and moving slow! Back to NZ in November!

Thu Jul 27 7:32 2017 NZST
Run: 31.5nm (57km)
Weather: 12SE

really nice sailing as they head north to Vavauu from Hapaais

Sat Jul 8 14:42 2017 NZST
Run: 709.2nm (1283.7km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.9nm
Weather: Major Rain!

We came to look for fresh vegetables, but its raging so much we are hiding on the boat. Gail is making Home made Pasta, and I'm doing nothing!

Tue Jun 27 8:03 2017 NZST
Run: 666.5nm (1206.4km)

anchored at Hakafesia reef

Looks like there was an oops with the longitude! That or they moved Kalifesia since we were there! ;-)
Fri May 26 5:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 5-6.knts
Run: 153.1nm (277.1km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.7nm
Weather: 16kt, 15% cloud, , Bar 1016 rising, 2 meter swell, short pants...(Finally!) water 82F

New Zealand to TONGA!!! Day 14. Friday, May 26 Tonga arrival today! EXCELLENT! No more reports until we sail elsewhere... Thanks! Dean and Gail

Thu May 25 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 5-6. 160miles to go!knts
Run: 164.7nm (298.1km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.1nm
Weather: 20ktE, 15% cloud, , Bar 1014, 3-4 meter swell, (well spaced)

New Zealand to TONGA!!! Day 13. Looking like (tomorrow)Friday, May 26 Tonga arrival! Sunny today. Wind and waves have dropped from yesterday's / last night's wild ride. The waves deployed the inflatable man overboard pole attached to the rail, and we lost it to the sea! This boat needs a clean up... Maybe we do too?

Wed May 24 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 5. 290 miles to go!knts
Run: 140.7nm (254.7km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.4nm
Weather: 20ktE, gusting 30, 100% Rain, , Bar 1016, 3-4 meter swell,

New Zealand to TONGA!!! Day 12. Still hoping for a Friday, May 26 arrival? Squally, raining, windy, shit conditions, but toasty dry inside of rolly Local Talent! Double reef main only. One time last night when it hit 35kts, I started the engine in reverse to slow the boat down because I didn't want to go outside and put a third reef in. It worked great! And the batteries got charged! Lots of water out here... both below and above. Gotta love sailing.

Tue May 23 6:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5. 394 miles to go!knts
Run: 157.8nm (285.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.8nm
Weather: 20ktSSE, 60% cloud, , Bar steady 1021, 3 meter swell,

New Zealand to TONGA!!! Day 11. We are hoping for a Friday, May 26 arrival at Big Mama's yacht club? (I think Tonga Is getting hit with 40kt. Winds today?) We are 3/4 days South, hoping for "no squash zone" before arrival. Lots of water out here...

Mon May 22 6:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 327nm (591.9km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.3nm
Weather: 25ktS, 60% cloud, , Bar up 1021, 3 meter swell,

New Zealand to TONGA!!! Day 10. We changed course yesterday away from the Austral's due to this Nasty Low that would collide with us if we continued to Raivavae Island -We will wait another year and enjoy Tonga+! We've headed north, and will turn due West soon to stay below the big low (that might hit Tonga Tuesday - prior to our arrival?) We are hoping for a Saturday May 27 arrival at Big Mama's YC. We took the long road to Tonga! Excellent!

Sat May 20 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 5 motorsailingknts
Run: 124.9nm (226.1km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.1nm
Weather: 9ktW, Clear-10% cloud, , Bar 1016, 1 meter swell,

New Zealand to the Austral's - Raivavae Island (Hoping!) - Starting of Day 8! Still, 1295 miles to Ravavie Island! Last night mostly motor sailing in relative peaceful seas. Still thinking about how to avoid a large possible low developing between us and Austral Islands next week? Seems like we will head west (backwards!) at some point to circle below that approaching spinning ugliness for a couple of days, then proceed again east to Raivavae. What's a few more days at sea? Otherwise, all good. Some Sunshine!

Fri May 19 6:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 170.6nm (308.8km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.1nm
Weather: 30-35kts N all night, now down to 20 W! clear-10% cloud, , Bar 1014, 3 meter swell,

New Zealand to the Austral's - Raivavae Island (Hoping!) - Starting of Day 7! Still, 1387 miles to Ravavie Island! Wind gusts hit 40 last night! We and boat are fine. (Uncomfortable, but not as bad as it might sound) Looking forward to sun today! Now thinking about how to avoid a large possible low developing between us and Austral Islands next week? Whoops!!!

Thu May 18 6:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 6-7knts
Run: 148.3nm (268.4km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.5nm
Weather: clear-10% cloud, 20-kts from N+gusts, Bar 1023-falling, 2 meter swell,

New Zealand to the Austral's - Raivavae Island - Starting of Day 6! Still, 1521 miles to Ravavie Island! Winds arrived last night as expected, 25ksNE. Winds clocked to the north overnight so we are able to maintain our due east heading, hoping to stay just above 33S where the higher winds of this low are lurking. Not any leaks, lots of creaks in this old Talent! All good.

Wed May 17 6:27 2017 NZST
Speed: 5 motoringknts
Run: 125.3nm (226.8km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.8nm
Weather: 100% cloud, 3kts from NE, Bar 1026, 1 meter swell, Beginnings of dawn...

New Zealand to the Austral's - Starting of Day 5! (Day 3 of motoring!) 450miles off the east coast of New Zealand. Still, 1750 miles to Ravavie Island! Hoping for winds tonight... but not too much! Brief squall last night resulted in a few hours of sailing in the wrong direction. Motor's back on. Having crossed the dateline, switching our brains to Tahiti time zone. Banana Bread! Food's great! (Hoping to hear Gulf Harbor Radio this morning? Couldn't hear yesterday. Are we that far away!)

Tue May 16 5:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 5 motorknts
Run: 126.6nm (229.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.9nm
Weather: slight cloud haze, 4 from SSW, Bar 1026

New Zealand to the Austral's - Day 4! (Tuesday, day 2 of motoring?) 340 miles off the east coast of New Zealand. 1750 miles to Ravavie Island! Hoping for wind tonight!

Mon May 15 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 5 motorknts
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
Weather: 30%cloud, 4 from SSW, Bar 1025

New Zealand to the Austral's! Currently looking at a Monday of motoring, 220 miles off of the east coast of New Zealand.

Mon May 15 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 5 motoringknts
Run: 268.6nm (486.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.1nm
Weather: 30%cloud, 4kt from SSW, bar 1025, nice moon

New Zealand to the Austral's! 225 miles off of New Zealand, started motoring in rolling calm seas last night after sunset. Monday looks like a motor day! All well...

Sat May 13 11:48 2017 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)

Departing NZ today for the Australs!

Tue May 2 4:13 2017 NZST
Run: 34.9nm (63.2km)

Waiting in Whangarei for a window East to the Austral's, then Tahiti...

Sun Mar 26 11:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 6479.6nm (11728.1km)

Currently lounging in the Bay of Islands. Thinking of departing NZ heading east for a three week voyage to the Astrals mid-April?

Is that Frank on Local Talent?? So glad u guys are still following your dreams!! Enjoy and happy winds. Love paula

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