Local Talent

Fri Nov 1 9:30 2019 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.844s 174 7.301e
Run: 1013.1nm (1833.7km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.6nm

Oh yeah! Forgot to say we arrived in Opua, NZ Tuesday from New Cal after an 8 day passage of motor sailing! Cold here! Let’s repair some boat stuff!

Mon Oct 21 13:47 2019 NZDT
GPS: 22 16.916s 166 25.888e

Hope to be there late Monday.

Sat Sep 28 7:57 2019 NZST
GPS: 17 44.867s 168 18.638e
Run: 272.5nm (493.2km)

Departing Port Villa, Vanuatu, after nearly 5 months of sailing the islands. Heading to New Caladonia to await a window for New Zealand.

Wed Sep 4 8:37 2019 NZST
GPS: 13 52.353s 167 33.241e
Run: 178nm (322.2km)

Turning back south towards New Zealand. Left yesterday from Ureparapara, the most northern Vanuatu Island we visited. Most excellent village life. It looks better than an movie set! You do need settled weather to visit there.... Overnight here in Sola at Vanua Lava, and preparing to bash our way south to Gaua Island today. Gail wants to climb to the top of the volcano there! Hoping to arrive in Port Villa by the end of September and take an early window to NZ hopefully in October. Dean And Gail

Sun Jul 7 14:34 2019 NZST
GPS: 16 26.34s 167 47.04e
Run: 96.8nm (175.2km)

Been in Port Sandwich, Malakula Island, Vanuatu for a few days. We delayed departing today waiting for a rain front to arrive that never arrived. Gail is handcranking the sailrite sewing machine making a dress. I’m doing a few boat projects. Nice to be living full time in bathing suits. Though no swimming in this harbor due to the shark reputation. Heading north tomorrow...

Sat Jun 22 10:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 17 44.661s 168 18.826e
Run: 197.1nm (356.8km)

Hanging in Port Villa, Vanuatu. Gail says there has been great improvements to the town since her last visit in 2015. Now they have a nice waterfront walk fr part of the town. Great veggies and a French bakery. Continuing North to more islands on Monday or Tuesday.

Mon May 27 10:26 2019 NZST
GPS: 20 14.235s 169 46.728e
Run: 1055.4nm (1910.3km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.6nm
Weather: Sunny and 0 wind

Been hanging in Anetyium, Vanuatu about a week now... Maybe stay another week? We are the only boat. Heard the cruise ship arrives next weekend, so we might stay till then to witness the zoo on the village as the tourists descend on Mystery Island! Next up will be Resolution Harbor at Tanna. We have a letter of permission from customs, and the local police captain said because of the letter, we can stay awhile. Hope we can stretch it out for another week? Gail is teaching at the school. Nice snorkeling. Nice people. Beautiful harbor, so why leave?

Tue May 14 23:04 2019 NZST
GPS: 34 58.149s 174 20.378e

Departed NZ to Vanuatu today. Currently Gail is sleeping g and Dean s having nternet sailing in 10 kts wind off Cape Brett. A Smooth, moon filled night.

Mon May 6 18:47 2019 NZST
GPS: 35 43.463s 174 19.583e
Run: 30.6nm (55.4km)

Local Talent, with Gail and Dean, are hanging in Whangarei waiting for the next window to Vanuatu. Most projects are done? Well, maybe not? The electric heater is on until we cast off from the dock!

Tue Nov 28 17:20 2017 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.866s 174 7.326e
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
7 kts.
GPS: 31 22S 176 14E
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
6 kts.
GPS: 29 10S 177 20E
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
6 kts.
GPS: 27 00S 178 44E
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
5 kts. Motorsail
GPS: 25 09S 179 47W
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
0.0kts. South Minerva now!
GPS: 23 55S 179 07W
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
0.0kts. South Minerva now!
GPS: 23 55S 179 07W
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
0.0kts. Minerva now!
GPS: 23 39S 178 54W
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
0.0kts. Minerva now!
GPS: 23 39S 178 54W
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
0.0kts. Minerva now!
GPS: 23 39S 178 54W
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
0.0kts. Minerva now!
GPS: 23 37S 178 54W
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
5.0kts. Arriving Minerva now!
GPS: 23 31S 178 49W
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
5.5kts. 148 miles to go to Minerva
GPS: 22 06S 176 49W
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
GPS: 21 7.655s 175 12.655w
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
GPS: 21 7.834s 175 11.033w
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
GPS: 21 7.551s 175 9.670w
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
GPS: 21 7.547s 175 9.683w
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
GPS: 19 02S 174 07W
Run: 27.3nm (49.4km)
Weather: 20se

On passage from Vavauu to Hapaais

Tue Oct 10 15:56 2017 NZDT
GPS: 18 39.455s 173 59.135w
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
No speeding
GPS: 18 42S 173 55W
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
GPS: 19 21S 174 15W
Run: 31.5nm (57km)
Weather: 12SE

really nice sailing as they head north to Vavauu from Hapaais

Sat Jul 8 14:42 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 47.64985S 174 21.65543W
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
GPS: 20 30S 174 44E
Run: 666.5nm (1206.4km)

anchored at Hakafesia reef

Fri May 26 5:09 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 37S 175 00W
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
5-6kts. 160miles to go!
GPS: 23 47S 174 30W
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
5kts. 290 miles to go!
GPS: 26 06S 173 53W
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
6.5kts. 394 miles to go!
GPS: 26 55S 171 48W
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
GPS: 27 36S 169 21W
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
5kts motorsailing
GPS: 32 18S 169 59W
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
GPS: 33 16S 171 48W
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
GPS: 32 50S 174 42W
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
5kt motoring
GPS: 32 45S 177 15W
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
5kt motor
GPS: 33 34S 179 11W
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
5kt motor
GPS: 34 21.95S 178 49.80E
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
5kt motoring
GPS: 34 24.24S 178 47.10E
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
GPS: 35 43.21474S 174 19.04961E
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)

Departing NZ today for the Australs!

Tue May 2 4:13 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 43.449s 174 19.597e
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
GPS: 35 14.134S 174 10.040E
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?

Thu Apr 21 7:50 2016 NZST
GPS: 37 59.41780N 122 34.81935W
Run: 6485.2nm (11738.2km)
Weather: It's always sunny in California!

I made to San Francisco on YIT! Nothing goes to weather like a 747!!!

California for the season! Local Talent on the hard in Whangarei!

After a great January-April 2016 summer sail in NZ - Mercury Island, Great Barrier, Poor Knights, etc. I'm spending this 2016 season hanging in California. I will be back to the boat in Whangarei in January of 2017, for another season in the islands. EXCELLENT!


Local Talent at Norsand's for 2016
Wed Nov 4 9:43 2015 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.88467S 174 7.32494E
Weather: All weather is good on land!

It took a long time, just under 2 weeks in what should of been1200 miles and10 days... But hey! I had to avoid that storm blowin' around New Zealand's North Cape! So I diverted to Australia's Norfolk Island to sit it out for 24 hours. I had my 61st birthday solo in a flat, glassy, calm water in the middle of the Tasman Sea. Listened to a lot of music. Read some. Studied an enormous amount of weather charts about my situation. Didn't break anything. Forgot to dress up on Halloween like King Neptune? Cooked some good stuff. Motored maybe 4 - 24 hour days, sailed 8, anchored for 1. Had the wind peak at 39 knots. (Mostly 15-20 knots). Currently, I'm a few hours out from being greeted by the New Zealand customs. Now I'm looking forward reward to ordering food at a restaurant with cloth napkins. Overall, it was a good trip. But nothing sails to weather like a 747, so sometime in late November I'll head back to San Francisco for a couple of months, leaving the boat at the dock in Whangarei,

I miss this view already!
Wed Nov 4 9:43 2015 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.88458S 174 7.32507E
Run: 11.3nm (20.5km)

Tue Nov 3 10:30 2015 NZDT
GPS: 35 9.19968s 174 9.43404e
Run: 183.7nm (332.5km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170nm

The epic journey is over. Enjoy a belated birthday dinner.

Mon Nov 2 8:34 2015 NZDT
GPS: 32 37S 173 12E
Run: 397.9nm (720.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.7nm
Weather: 1024, 505cc, 7SE

too close for us to hear now. 155m to opua, eta tuesday afternoon after marathon ride from New Cal

Fri Oct 30 8:36 2015 NZDT
GPS: 29 00S 167 59E
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
Weather: 2m seas, S21, 1013

eta Monday or tues - good timing

Thu Oct 29 8:21 2015 NZDT
GPS: 28 56S 168 01E
Run: 129nm (233.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.6nm
Weather: 1010, 3-4m seas, 25 wind

anchoring at Norfolk for 24hrs

Wed Oct 28 8:38 2015 NZDT
GPS: 27 36S 169 30E
Run: 135.3nm (244.9km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135nm
Weather: 10SE, 1015

Tue Oct 27 8:35 2015 NZDT
GPS: 26 12S 171 02E
Run: 431.7nm (781.4km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.8nm
Weather: 8 dont know direction

near Norfolk and hoping for NZ late Wed

Sat Oct 24 9:02 2015 NZDT
GPS: 20 59S 174 47E
Run: 285.1nm (516km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.6nm
Weather: 10-12S

Wed Oct 21 19:11 2015 NZDT
GPS: 17 40S 177 23E
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)

Engineering Flowchart is working... Looks like I will be departing Fiji Thursday for Opua...

Tue Oct 20 23:27 2015 NZDT
Weather: It's dark outside! But they say the light is coming soon?

Hoping to depart Vuda Marina, Thursday? For Opua! (Just fixing a little transmission issue before departing!

Fri Aug 7 15:06 2015 NZST
GPS: 17 41.04S 177 23.02E
Run: 174nm (314.9km)

Moved via Suva and the South side, to Vuda Marina. Hovering at the Marina, getting used to fine Bar Food and drinks. Following a few small repairs, the Yasawa's are up next!

Sat Jul 18 8:38 2015 NZST
GPS: 16 56S 179 54E
Run: 74.5nm (134.8km)
Weather: The weather is always good in Paradise

Stuck at Paradise Resort! The weather window says we should depart, but it is to nice here with the hotel offerings for the Yachts! 4 Moorings and Happy Hour at the Bar! Recommended Highly!

4 moorings and Happy Hour at the Bar
Thu Jun 25 7:32 2015 NZST
GPS: 17 24S 179 05W
Run: 191.6nm (346.8km)
Weather: 15-20SE, 20%cc

hove to waiting for good light to enter Vanua Balava, N Lau, Fiji

Mon Jun 8 7:33 2015 NZST
GPS: 19 0S 178 32E
Run: 162.4nm (293.9km)
Weather: 100%cc, 5NE down from 15

anchored in Fulaga

Wed Jun 3 0:00 2015 NZST
No position sent.

Departing Savusavu for Fulaga! Savusavu has been a great place to eat, drink and restock! Will return here after a tour of the Lau group. Departing Wednesday for a direct motorsail straight to Fulaga while the wind is light. Sabine is on board and ready for swimming and hiking.

Thu May 21 7:35 2015 NZST
GPS: 16 46.670s 179 20.110e
Run: 175.1nm (316.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.5nm

all well and thanks to GHR for passage wx

Wed May 20 7:30 2015 NZST
GPS: 19 15S 179 55E
Run: 168.6nm (305.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.8nm
Weather: SE16, 1017, 50%cc

all well and arriving tomorrow morning

Tue May 19 7:31 2015 NZST
GPS: 21 33S 179 13W
Run: 147.3nm (266.6km)
Weather: S16

Sat May 16 7:35 2015 NZST
GPS: 23 39.721S 178 54.59W
Run: 117.8nm (213.2km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.7nm
Weather: 10NW 50%cc

achored besode Blue Note and they confirm there IS a flashing llight at N Minerva

Fri May 15 7:34 2015 NZST
GPS: 24 05S 179 17E
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.1nm
Weather: N5, 1018, 90%

10m form s Minerva and will be at N Minerva by dusk

Thu May 14 7:45 2015 NZST
GPS: 26 14S 179 52E
Run: 155nm (280.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.5nm
Weather: NNE8, 1017

170m to N Minerva

Wed May 13 7:40 2015 NZST
GPS: 28 20S 178 59E
Run: 185.1nm (335km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.7nm
Weather: 10S, 90%cc, water 74F

wind 20 at 4am, then 0, then went S

Tue May 12 7:36 2015 NZST
GPS: 30 44S 177 37E
Run: 150.6nm (272.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.4nm
Weather: NNW12 just backed,

Minerva eta Friday

Mon May 11 7:34 2015 NZST
GPS: 32 44S 176 36E
Run: 246.6nm (446.3km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.4nm
Weather: 1013, light winds

great radio signal

Sat May 9 8:23 2015 NZST
GPS: 35 50.224S 174 28.125E
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)

Departing Marsden Cove today heading to Minerva Reef, then Savusasu Fiji. Prepared for a few days of motoring at first, and then some wind. Hope to arrive Fiji around the 21st of May... We shall see!

Wed Apr 29 9:05 2015 NZST
GPS: 35 43.41S 174 19.56E
Run: 10.2nm (18.5km)

Now hoping to depart Whangarei for Fiji, Sunday, May 10? The delay means I actually might polish the fiberglass cockpit? But, I'm sure I can develop another excuse to delay that project yet again!

Sun Apr 26 9:29 2015 NZST
GPS: 35 49S 174 28E

Waiting in Whangarei for weather to sail to Fiji

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