Mahi

Mahi

Wed Jul 17 10:01 2019 NZST
19 0.397S 178 9.408E
Weather: Sunny and calmer today on SE side of island, great day for dive this side

Still remain anchored south end kandavu at Matana dive resort and village, great spot to anchor in 10m sand, Storm, who runs Matana has enjoyed cruisers over past days. Very basic resort he's trying to improve. Went on dive with him to other side for all day great adv, :). Great reef area outer reef! Village lunch, local transports, across island, random stuff along way. Got to see the location for a new dive resort in progress, meet those building it and their plans. He hopes to attract cruisers, great spot!


Mon Jul 15 9:59 2019 NZST
19 0.397S 178 9.408E
Weather: Sunny with a beach

Arrived Matana dive. There is a village next to this small dive place and will do sevusevu in village today. Storm, South African, and locals at dive place r nice..not many guests but catering to yacht is great. :). We can use beach and main area which is very small and simple but a beach! We will have dinner onshore, it's a very small place thus community meal set menu then likely manta dive tmrw. Today chartplotter fixing and fibreglass mounting and I've been doing cleaning and food prep needed. We'll be here a few days before moving on.


Sun Jul 14 10:24 2019 NZST
Run: 16.3nm (29.5km)
Avg: 31.5knts
24hr: 757.2nm
19 0.397S 178 9.408E
Weather: Sunny

Arrived into Kadavu to get supplies, very basic as haven't had many options due to remoteness along route. Did get diesel in can, finally a SIM card after weeks, juice, and fresh bread! Bonus! Simple things we can get are great! In town beers were $6/can!! No discount for buying many so Russ bought six. I think she saw how high she could sell them for. :/. Local Fiji beer in standard cans. At least he has beer as has been down to 2 he's saved for past weeks.


Arrived Matana dive resort to stay for a few days. :)


Sun Jul 14 9:53 2019 NZST
Run: 101nm (182.8km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.9nm
19 14.236S 178 12.418E
Weather: Rains arrived thru night, rolly but better than bashing

On our way to Kadavu! Yes we r close.... Lost our wind last night thus motoring. Probably good motoring some cuz our battery bank is getting old and not holding charge..we had hoped ok til back in NZ but have had to start battery watches and genset at nights which isn't ideal having battery power watch while at anchor. :). We r in touch with marina asking about batteries.... Hmmmmm.... Hoping good quality, reasonable....but unlikely, as probably shipped from NZ or Oz.


Sat Jul 13 9:51 2019 NZST
19 9.629S 179 45.122E
Weather: Sunny

Anchored in Matuku Island Lomata village. Went to village feast last night, was amazing and sooooo welcoming! Very humbling experience. :). Host family and entire village have welcomed us into many homes, provided fruit veg and us providing fishing items, ropes,... Went with son today to one of the mountain peaks...bush bashing climb up mountain holding onto roots and mud sliding under feet for a few hours...not for faint at heart..apparently they used to have some ropes and I can see why. Definitely some bush bash straight up mountain for some adventure exercise. :). Miri climbed easily and pulled us up when needed, along with his machete and being barefoot.... Are we soft?? we' re resting now. :). Plan to attend church in morn as they are amazing singers with lively services we hear, as well as out of respect for them welcoming us into their village for days. Then onto Kadavu.


Wed Jul 10 9:49 2019 NZST
Run: 145.1nm (262.6km)
19 9.629S 179 45.122E
Weather: Rainy at times...thus very green

Arrived at a small village on Matuku island, in the remote Moala Fiji islands. 49 people in this village. Performed sevusevu to be welcomed, got a host family and are invited to a Feast, which is a seldom occurrence thus timely. No beaches it's mangroves with beautiful high island green peaks. This is a good anchorage. We get winds in here from mountains with good mud holding. Was a bit of a challenge in late pm with clouds coming over to see reefs and safe anchor area, but villagers joined us on longboats to help guide us. Fantastic! :). Winds have kept us cool vs other areas thus great. :).


Sun Jul 7 11:49 2019 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
17 11.16S 178 59.997E
Weather: Sunny and dry!

We've been enjoying Lau Bay of Islands. No internet, no SIM cards to be found...they are out of them...no data thus satellite email and pics to come when have service...likely in a few more weeks as these areas are remote. Beautiful place to explore! :). We've had some..many..gathers on other yachts in these bays and now many are moving north and south to other islands. We're awaiting a critical part from another cruisers crew, thus thankful they are able to bring it with them. Quite a mission to get items without internet but satellite limited text and calls have been super valuable!


Now that we've all been away from Tonga for...a couple weeks...unsure....we are all running low on luxury supplies, fruit, and veg. Fortunately find a coconut time to time, and the village had book Chou! Yay! :). We are now having comical but useful trading! :). Let's see, we traded fish for fresh water and falafel for water and showers ( they don't have a water maker thus water is a luxury and a hot shower)! We still need to pay up on that as we all continue to further remote locations. We traded chips for instant oats...we ran out of chips! Who does tha? They were out of oats and onto rice pudding for breky! :). It's amazing when we all gather and the snack creativity each brings and I've borrowed some great ideas! :). Not to mention the trading of...please bring our part with you and we will host drinks and snacks happily! :)


Thu Jul 4 11:52 2019 NZST
Run: 135.6nm (245.4km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.1nm
17 11.116S 178 59.997E
Weather: Some rain but sunny too....it's a tropical island!

4th of July...cheeseburgers an Jimmy Buffet!

Hooked a fish on way into....near reefs then broke loose... Ahhhh! No fish yet?

Then Russ threw a lure at night...once...big commotion, big fish and it was all over... Took hook and snapped line in one quick hit! Must've dropped the lure on a sharks head....timely! :).

Pics to come when get SIM card. No SIM card luck in Fiji yet thus satellite email only and limited. In a couple more weeks, SIM card, fruit and veggies, juice! :).


Wed Jul 3 11:47 2019 NZST
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
17 20.365S 178 57.093W
Weather: Sunny

In Lau group, had a great feast at Susui village. There are approx 80 in their village and the entire community held a feast for us 25 boats thus 60+ cruisers. What a great day! Explored their hidden lagoon, provided school supplies to the kids, and everyone played frisbee, netball, chatted, Kava and got to enjoy getting to learn about and share our lives. :). Amazing people and welcoming! This was a huge privilege for us and a very rare event for them. They had 18 boats 2 years ago thus this was a long time them hearing of our arrival? How cool! Great we are able to contribute and enjoy different cultures ... I still think they may have the life balance right vs crazy hectic crowded lifestyle. :).


Sun Jun 30 17:08 2019 NZST
Run: 345.3nm (625km)
17 11.116S 178 59.997W
Weather: Windy

Arrived in Lau Group Fiji, outermost eastern islands. :). High winds thus we're anchored in an amazing place called bay of islands. Steep cliffs and heavy vegetation...amazing! :). Events to now...checkin to Fiji is always interesting on a yacht but even more crazy was the small freight ship who entered in middle of the night into tight anchorage in between the yachts....Russ woke up with large tanker crossing right on our bow, seemed to even get our anchor for a bit before passing....phew! Russ was set up with radios, horns in hand watching this unfold and hoping he didn't drag us further...!! No sleep that night after the 2 night passage. :/. Phew....all good! Next day customs asked us...how did that ship get thru you all at night??? Well....... :). Onto snorkelling and fun activities between fixing the yachts in exotic locations! Russ and I made an attempted recovery dive for someone else's small boat part dropped in 20+m with zero vis in soft silty sand.... :/ no success. They're now creatively making a bushing. :).


Mon Jun 24 18:57 2019 NZST
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
18 39.388S 173 58.9W
Weather: Sunny and warm

Hi all! It's still nice and warm here and loving that! Past few days have been a bit of Neiafu town exploring along with getting prepared for small passage to Fiji Lau Group tomorrow, approx. 300 miles, 2 days sail. Yay! I think they have fish too!! :)


Great small hut in pic called the Hideaway, which is Canadian owned and serves margaritas, fish and chips - great little spot and enjoyed the afternoon!


Then we were on to the Island Cruising departure dinner, some dancing and crazy antics. :)


Work wise... some progress, ..some not so much - Chartplotter received - yay!! Ahhhh...wrong cable: female vs male.... arghhh!! :/ Nothing is ever as simple as expected.. thus next plan to try to get a cable in the next month we hope. Tme to call on a favour for other crew flying in. :)


On the positive side, furling line for main boom furler - Check: done! Fuel - from dock done! LPG - done! Petrol - done! Dive tanks filled - done! Food - done! Successful day! :) and checked out!


Downwind passage time! We're sending sun your way! :)


Hey you guys hows it going?? Hope you got all those little boat issues sorted! WHERE are you now, we think your in Vana Balavu but cant see you on Tracker...... Guess your enjoying yourselves somewhere gorgeous xx

Hope you made it to your next destination. Looks like a bit of bad weather where you are at the moment.
Fri Jun 21 15:33 2019 NZST
Run: 4.1nm (7.4km)
18 41.819S 174 1.974W
Weather: Sunny and warm

Another amazing bay! Had a beach party, great fruit punch, and potluck. Even played a bit of afternoon Jimmy Buffet+ with many on the beach. As seen in pic...a few dinghys! Good thing we all know each other's as several lost items along the day. Mahi crew, us, had to send out a memo to recover a pot handle and sunnies! :). The handle was a microphone by Yacht Babe for much of the music time! :).


Amazing trip to Swallows cave in the pm. A large enough cave with offshoots inside and amazingly picturesque snorkel. Amazing balls of fish schooling!! :).


Now we're alone in this bay which at one time yesterday held 30+ yachts. Where did they all go?  We didn't sleep in that late.... They were only a mirage..... Great days continue!


Thu Jun 20 16:04 2019 NZST
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)
18 43.33112S 174 5.40014W

Coral gardens....amazing dive!

Fantastic David's feast highly recommended with local Tongan's feast. Nice people and great feast! Take a head torch...nighttime feast with no lights thus we all used head torches to hang a top. Great round fire gather and Uke music enjoyed! Thanks David and family! :)


Wed Jun 19 15:54 2019 NZST
18 42.475S 173 59.502W
Weather: Sunny

Great anchorage!


1st pic: we decided to walk to town about 1.5hrs away from prior Anchorage and left paycheck, our dinghy at a beach we could access at low tide. Well...on our return under the trees in water was our long walk back to rescue dinghy from the now nigher tide enclosed beach. :) it was worth the extra town time for pizza and drinks!


Now in amazing place with coral gardens dive spot located across a reef which stretches between islands. Yesterday low tide walk across dry area with surging water on rocks for jump in entry. :/ :) fortunately found an exit at next island with rock crawl out.... then reef walk back. Ok not my best guiding but was so amazing we dived there today. Awesome! Highly recommend and enter at high tide is easier! :)


Higher tide walk.... oops!

Great pics, keep em coming, so great to reminisce about where you are! Sounds like your both have so much fun! Good diving & snorkeling fantastic...... 🏊‍♀️
Sun Jun 16 8:17 2019 NZST
Run: 4.7nm (8.5km)
18 42.475S 173 59.502W
Weather: Sunny light winds

Hanging in Vava'u. Rain has cleared after a few days and sun is shining! :)


Does anyone think you can sail a tube...a yacht. .across in rough seas for days, weeks and stuff won't adjust and move around and maybe eventually need some attention? Well...your house doesn't quite get jostled so much...ours does. :) Yesterday happy hour, music, days awesome and cooking dinner .. then no water pressure nor water?? What? Uhhh...after searching ...hose clamp released on hot water cylinder... ok fixed! :) cleaned 100+liters from bildges. Dinner! :) nooooo....shower sink pump not draining ? Uhhh...after review...corroded wires. Salt water does get everywhere. Fixed and rewired electrical. Fixed! Let's just go read...don't touch anything. :) what? Power inverter overloaded? How? Uhhhh...determined hot tropical overheat. Sorted! :) everything and body needs a fan! Or 3! Ok....don't touch anything...let's go read! :) Sunday is rest day in Tonga, boat agreed! :) Another day in paradise!


Well your certainly learning all there is to know about your boat! Change all your clamps while your at it....we had similar issues of boat filling up with various liquid, once the back bunk filled with exploding home brew beer..... phew did that smell!! Have fun in the sun, I see your in a little bay Tapana we sat in for a while after we came thru ZigZag passage from Kenutu at the outter reef. Great snorkeling, wow we so would like to be back there again with you guys in convoy..... we’d definitely be racing!! So next stop is Lau group...... as some said last time - it’s like Vava’u on steroids! X🐠🏄‍♀️

Hey Celia! Wish you all were out this year with all of us! Great to know you're soon back to your yacht to continue your journey! :) We would have to submit for a lower handicap against Udder.... but would be meen! :) oh yea....we keep being reminded....it's not a race. 2 boats in same ocean = race even if cruise. Enjoy being back out soon! :)
Wed Jun 12 14:55 2019 NZST
Run: 165.9nm (300.3km)
18 38.4S 174 .01W
Weather: Clouds and rain clearing...sun is out! :)

We've been in Vava'u islands for a couple of days. Great to be snorkeling and exploring. Big rains yesterday so as you see we are now the laundry boat in the hood who you hide from your neighbors. Nope don't know then laundry boat homeless hoodlums. :) Did I mention how many fish I get to look at??? Daily...many times a day!


Glad you are having a great time. Wish we were there with you. They say cruising is just like going to exotic places to fix your boat and two boats heading in the same direction constitutes a race. Enjoy it all. Cheers Wal & Sealegs aka landlegs

Time to get back on water ...you landlegs... :) .this may be the longest land stretch for you in awhile. :) Fun and safe continued journey for you both soon!

Yes indeed - the Wallace is getting worried ...... C legs are now long landlegs!! Ha ha

Hi guys, just found your blog while enjoying G & T time in Vanuatu. Hope the job list is reducing. Great to be living the life. Enjoy. Cheers Keith & Pam

Enjoy Vauatu! Probably amazing as well. :) The job list is amazing how much comes up but we are learning every area of Mahi which is very useful. Amazing how many areas and systems we keep learning. Fixing in exotic places! All great though and enjoying! If we can have jobs while at anchor we'll take that anytime over while at sea...as you know. Take care and enjoy! :)
Sun Jun 9 0:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.0
knts
Run: 23.1nm (41.8km)
20 47.299s 175 08.278w
Weather: Give us more wind... Light winds and long westerly swells

Heading north on a perfect day for a genniker ride! Great welcome bash at Big Mama's for the fleet last night, now most of us up and north to Vava'u. Possibly return to Hapai's next week when weather better suits. Awesome weather! Great group of cruisers enjoying the sun and warmth. Had a tanker truck drive onto concrete dock slab couple days back for a day of yacht fueling....yes takes most of day as we are on Tonga time!.... They are on Tonga time.... :). Fixes along the way you ask.... Nahhhh... Everything worked great before we left! Well since then....now have become... Toilet engineers, water inlet experts, freezer compressor trouble shooters, spare items suppliers, chart plotter and radar techs, and did I mention Russ the sail trimmer even though .....it's not a race. Nobody really just cruises if a yacht is nearby. :)


Ha ha baptism by boat stuff..... good way to learn eh! Enjoy the hot sun, getting cold here now , we looking to get back to Udders in Gold Coast very soon.... ⛵️
Tue Jun 4 0:00 2019 NZST
Run: 47.9nm (86.7km)
21 07.291s 175 09.684w

Arrived in Tonga yesterday 1600NZST. Yay!! :). A few yachts were here. Time for a celebration drink! Then a great night sleep and still felt like we were on passage thru night even though calm. Getting land legs back! Awesome we and Mahi made our first ocean passage together!! Huge step from years in prep and planning for all of us. :)


Congratulations & happy celebrations, loved the pick of you guys that Nigel put up! Nice shirt Russ 🤠 x

Hi Joanne. :) phew..great to sleep in calm. Simple pleasures. Hope you are enjoying your loooong break.... you surely are on a break? :) well deserved
Mon Jun 3 0:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.5
knts
Run: 269.6nm (488km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.8nm
21 30.207s 175 46.969w
Weather: 15knts NE 1.5m swell

Landed 4 fish with no effort....ok....flying fish. :). Mess and smell on decks quickly during night. We could hear a SLAP on the clears...poor fish..at least clears stopped them or would've been shock kin when hits us in dark!! No moon this trip...only small sliver behind clouds. Like being at space mountain...completely dark moving rollercoaster and hold on! :)


Ha ha the flying fish storm...... we had a squid on board one day..... must have been dropped by a bird, also a Boobie took a ride for 2 days & a night in our spreaders - didn’t hav3 the heart to knock him off, so happily adjusted the sails & cleaned his poop just to have him aboard!! 😉. Can relate to pitch black n rocking.... ugh
Sat Jun 1 0:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.5
knts
Run: 568.4nm (1028.8km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.5nm
25 05.290s 176 87.530w
Weather: 15knts NE 2.5m swell

Day 5...past couple of days 20+ winds which was great but very confused seas made it bashing conditions to windward, unpleasant with very little sleep and many sail mods. Squalls. Great day today! Drying the boat and us out. :). Better weather = great hot breky! Mahi and crew are doing great!


Congratulations your nearly there - hot breaky will sort everything, yummm xx
Wed May 29 0:00 2019 NZST
30 28.005s 175 30.250e

3rd day in toward Tonga. Yay! 1st 24hrs left on top front of low thus expected not pleasant start to get north as quick as possible to be past most of next low pressure which will likely be nasty. Was unpleasant 3+ M swells confused seas and low 30s wind, saw 47 in squall, boat was very wet even us inside clears due to confused waves thru day and night. 4 boats headed back to Opua with various issues they couldn't resolve in these conditions. 2nd day eased....phew! :). Mahi did awesome and we are good. Day 2 to 3... easing seas, better food options, but need to motor to keep speed in these 4 knot winds. Animals thus far..... Already picked up a passenger....worm....yuck! Cereal in that container quickly abandoned ship! :) We were going to start an aquarium on board with all the sea water during 1st day but Russ told me.....no animal collections. :)


Oh no just reading all about your start ..... rough seas and stowaways........ bet you glad you had the clears on anyway.... good to hear you got through it with no issues! Xx
Sat May 25 20:51 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Weather: completely calm and clear skies

 Holding for a weather window to Tonga. Enjoying the great NZ weather and comforts in Bay of Islands while we....wait.   :)  Possible departure mid-week.   All great!   


Hey great to hear you guys having a reasonable Sail. We re watching you match race with Panthera tracking!! Take soon hope you enjoy Minerva if you stop! Xx

Mahi - Phew! High winds have passed...we hope! 29/05/2019

3rd day in toward Tonga. Yay! 1st 24hrs left on top front of low thus expected not pleasant start to get north as quick as possible to be past most of next low pressure which will likely be nasty. Was unpleasant 3+ M swells confused seas and low 30s wind, saw 47 in squall, boat was very wet even us inside clears due to confused waves thru day and night. 4 boats headed back to Opua with various issues they couldn't resolve in these conditions. 2nd day eased....phew! :). Mahi did awesome and we Read more...

are good. Day 2 to 3... easing seas, better food options, but need to motor to keep speed in these 4 knot winds. Animals thus far..... Already picked up a passenger....worm....yuck! Cereal in that container quickly abandoned ship! :) We were going to start an aquarium on board with all the sea water during 1st day but Russ told me.....no animal collections. :)

Mahi - Day 5 01/06/2019

Day 5...past couple of days 20+ winds which was great but very confused seas made it bashing conditions to windward, unpleasant with very little sleep and many sail mods. Squalls. Great day today! Drying the boat and us out. :). Better weather = great hot breky! Mahi and crew are doing great!