Mahi

Mahi

Fri Jul 19 16:31 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!