Mon May 20 8:33 2019 NZST
Run: 206nm (372.9km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 204.3nm
27 01.600S 178 08.181W

Making good progress, hope to be in to Nuku'alofa late Wednesday afternoon, 388 nm to go well over half way.

Sun May 19 8:21 2019 NZST
Run: 96.1nm (173.9km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.4nm
29 08.470S 179 28.890E

We spent all night motoring with less than ten knots of wind. Still motoring with the wind not forecast increase until this evening.

Sat May 18 19:12 2019 NZST
Run: 82.9nm (150km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.7nm
30 03.677S 178 16.924E

Another good day sailing, we ran the code zero for 7 hours. We currently have 8-12 knots of wind from the south east, not sure now long it will be before we start an engine.

The water temperature has increased by 2.5 degrees since leaving Opua.

Sat May 18 8:36 2019 NZST
Run: 107.7nm (194.9km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.6nm
30 55.700S 177 19.200E

A great 44 hours sailing until the wind dropped away and we started an engine just before 7 am this morning, waking me for my watch. We are now just over 300nm from Opua and 459 nm from South Minvera Reef.

It's great to read your updates & follow your progress on the map. You're sure doing well, keep it up & take care :)
Fri May 17 18:45 2019 NZST
Run: 80.4nm (145.5km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192nm
32 05.430S 176 06.12E

Moroccan chicken for dinner tonight served on rice with beans, yum yum. Great sailing today, making great progress.

Karl's quote of the day "We should survive" the power of positive thinking!

Heyyyy Glen so sorry we missed you guys! We got up to Opua yesterday evening for the Marina departure so. You had just left in the morning!! Glad to hear your on your way though. Sad we missed catching up properly it was busy at ICA dinner. Hope your having fun out there. Catch you soon 😃. Celia & Wal xxx
Fri May 17 8:42 2019 NZST
Run: 122.8nm (222.3km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.4nm
32 47.400S 175 00.050E

With the wind ranging between 15 and 30 knots, it made for an interesting night at sea, dodging the rain showers that show up on the radar. Rod just made the comment that all is good, we are afloat, that always helps when you are sailing! We are making good progress with 614nm to South Minerva Reef and 158nm from Opua. Currently we have about 20% cloud cover and 12-15 knots of wind from the south.

Thu May 16 17:18 2019 NZST
Run: 49.1nm (88.9km)
34 29.755S 174 24.385E

Glen and Rod departed Auckland on Monday afternoon at 5.30pm after waiting for the wind to drop, we sailed through the night and arrived in Opua at 1.15pm on Tuesday afternoon. Jillian left Auckland by car with Karl late morning on Wednesday.

We had a good night at the Opua cruising club with Graeme, Sue, Ben and Helen joining us for dinner.

This morning we cleared customs after having breakfast at the cafe and departed Opua for Minerva Reef about 10.30am.

We are having a great sail in 15-20 knots and are just over 50 miles from Opua.

The potatoes are in the oven, as we prepare for our first night at sea. Karl has just spotted a pod of large dolphins at first thinking they were whales.

Great to be at sea again.

Good to be underway. Have a great sail and enjoy life on the seas.

Great to hear you have finallygot away. Enjoy the sail. Conditions sound ideal presently. Go well Glen.

Love you Dad. Have fun! Have some nice peace and quiet 😂😂

Malakite - Second update

Motored for the first 40 hours, on very calm seas with less than 10 knots of wind. Heading east so we could make the most of the easterly wind when it arrived.Beautiful sunsets and an amazing full moon. Caught an albacore tuna which was enjoyed for dinner last night. We turned of the engine and started sailing at 2.30am this morning, the wind has been slowly building and we are currently sailing in 20-25 knots of wind, doing 7-8 knots boat speed in lumpy seas.

Hi Guys
Just to say that we`re thinking of you and getting most of the updates from Graeme & Sue.
It sounds like you`re having a ball. Enjoy the experience.
best wishes for a safe and happy, fun-filled experience.
Pieter & Sarah

Malakite - Opua departure

We departed Opua, Bay of Islands this morning with Glen, Ben and Ken on board. We are motoring at 6.2 knots, with no wind and glassy seas. Heading east so we can make the most of the wind and it's forecast direction as we get closer to Minerva reef. 749nm to South Minerva Reef. What a great day to depart.

Great to see you guys heading off into the big blue. My apologies for my lack of communication.
I wish you all a safe and magical passage :-)

Cheers for now


Malakite - Auckland to Opua

We, being Glen, Jillian and Ben left Orakei Marina on Thursday 23rd April at 1700hrs heading to Opua in the Bay of Islands. We motor sailed until around midnight and then were able to turn the engines of and enjoy the peace with only the wind in our sails. Ben kept watch until midnight then Glen took over. Glen heard unusual splashing sounds on his watch and shone the torch into the water and found a pod of dolphins playing alongside us. They didn’t care for the torch beam and soon left us. Read more...

The wind was picking up by now with 25 knots showing on the wind gauge. Glen saw 12 knots of speed while surfing of a wave. Both Glen and Malakite were enjoying their sail. Glen thinks it is the best 3-4 hours of sailing he has ever done. His smile was pretty big. Jillian, not so enthusiastic about the trip!!! We rounded Percy Island (the hole in the rock) about 0830hrs and headed to our berth in Opua Marina. We will be based here awaiting the departure to Tonga. The date to leave is 2nd May, but this of course if weather dependant.

Malakite at Opua Marina
Malakite at Opua Marina