Mana Wai

Mana Wai

Thu Aug 2 12:36 2018 NZST
Run: 115.4nm (208.9km)
22 16S 166 26E

. Made it. The last bit was horrible really and didn't have the energy to post. The accumulation of smaller tirednesses becomes an exhaustion management issue after 7 days, and I wasn't managing it as well as I hope to in the future. Weather was strong winds in our face and building to a gale there for a while, and difficult sea state. Things broke on the boat and had to be jury rigged?lucky I was on it :P. But then later when the wind eased we just sat in the ocean about 10 miles off the NewCal surrounding reef (Grand Recif) waiting till dawn, had a shower and some breakfast, and came in through the passes to Noumea where we now sit safely. Have caught up on sleep and investigated local brewery trends and have more research to do in that domain. Among many other things, NewCal has lots of rasta punks discussing the revolution in French and playing loud hardcore dub, which is pretty awesome. Mana Wai has found a home here in Noumea for the next month before we head off to Vanuatu (probably) or around New Cal, and then back to Australia. If you have been following this travelogue then thank you. It is great succour actually, when out in the huge and uncontrollable middle, to know that someone is watching and waiting for news. Thanks for that. Crew and hopefully you all well and hope to see you again. ~pj

Well done!!! Your first passage done. Wonderfull
Mon Jul 30 9:03 2018 NZST
Run: 225nm (407.3km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.5nm
23 43S 167 20E

6.30am and it?s about to rain. Doesn?t so much rain here as torrent. Like Kim Dotcom with a 1gb feed. There was no glorious downhill run as presaged in last Pollyanna post. Had a frustrating couple of days with the wind and waves against us...20km tacks up the Pacific Ocean to get some kind of ground and the boat leaned over on her ear, everything strained and doing 3 knots. But this evening the wind came around to the rear quarter, the sun came out and birds started singing (wish, haven?t seen a bird in days, oddly) and we cruised smoothly along at 7 knots all night making excellent ground. 95nm (200km) to go and we are practicing our French for ?large, cold, frothing beer please?. It has been a dry passage, as always. We will unfortunately arrive at Amadee lighthouse outside the entrance to the lagoon that surrounds New Caledonia at about 9:00pm. So will heave to outside and wait till tomorrow morning rather than attempt the passage through the reefs in the lagoon for the first time at night. Crew well, if a little weary after 7 days of 4 hours on, 4 hours off. Just want to get there now.

Very excited looking at how close you are on the map. Guess you're getting an insight into the cumulative exhaustion breast feeding mothers have. And you get a beer at the end! Well done so far and good idea to wait till the morning to sail into port wreathed in a big smile.
Sat Jul 28 8:36 2018 NZST
26 04S 169 49E

Great watching the lunar eclipse from the high seas this morning. It happened as dawn broke so the moon was low and huge and fraying slightly at the edges. Spectacular. Yesterday was all out squalls...spontaneously erupting knots of mayhem harboring wind demons that hurl challenges at you. From zero to 30 knots in about 10 seconds and everything on the boat goers ballistic, and then it is all back to a more ordinary ?very windy? in 5 minutes and back to zero in 30. Fun when you know how they work and have time to get the sails out of the way. They form in lines in the middle of intense high pressure cells apparently. We had them all across the horizon and were unable or disinclined to avoid 3. Then the doldrums again and we have been motoring all night, and will be till about lunchtime apparently. Power issues managed so far. Breaks down about once an hour and we reset and it works again. Hasn?t deteriorated, which was the worry. I am practicing my French for ?Its buggered, please fix?. Today we get to the trade winds and catch a ride all the way to where we want to be. It?s the last phase of our trip. Warm easterly wind at 12-15 knots rolling right around the planet in the tropical zone. Spinnaker is ready to go up and we are looking forward to a rollicking downwind romp to NewCal.

Marvellous eclipse here in Canberra too. Now to be under the same moon. Squalls sounds like pigrooting farm horses. Come out of nowhere. Some wild unruly bucking then back to a slouching amble. Watch for the nip as you take the bridle off coming into New Cal! So happy you’re safe and having fun. Still don’t know if you are receiving data or just sending. Let me know. Xxx

Was thinking of you viewing the red moon in all it's glory over the sea - you lucky duck!! Much more glam than out of the window at Coogee. Loving the technology of being able to see where you are and getting the updates. Merran xx
Sat Jul 28 8:36 2018 NZST
26 04S 169 49E

Great watching the lunar eclipse from the high seas this morning. It happened as dawn broke so the moon was low and huge and fraying slightly at the edges. Spectacular. Yesterday was all out squalls...spontaneously erupting knots of mayhem harboring wind demons that hurl challenges at you. From zero to 30 knots in about 10 seconds and everything on the boat goers ballistic, and then it is all back to a more ordinary ?very windy? in 5 minutes and back to zero in 30. Fun when you know how they work and have time to get the sails out of the way. They form in lines in the middle of intense high pressure cells apparently. We had them all across the horizon and were unable or disinclined to avoid 3. Then the doldrums again and we have been motoring all night, and will be till about lunchtime apparently. Power issues managed so far. Breaks down about once an hour and we reset and it works again. Hasn?t deteriorated, which was the worry. I am practicing my French for ?Its buggered, please fix?. Today we get to the trade winds and catch a ride all the way to where we want to be. It?s the last phase of our trip. Warm easterly wind at 12-15 knots rolling right around the planet in the tropical zone. Spinnaker is ready to go up and we are looking forward to a rollicking downwind romp to NewCal.

Sat Jul 28 8:33 2018 NZST
Run: 174.6nm (316km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.6nm
26 04S 169 49E

Great watching the lunar eclipse from the high seas this morning. It happened as dawn broke so the moon was low and huge and fraying slightly at the edges. Spectacular. Yesterday was all out squalls...spontaneously erupting knots of mayhem harboring wind demons that hurl challenges at you. From zero to 30 knots in about 10 seconds and everything on the boat goers ballistic, and then it is all back to a more ordinary ?very windy? in 5 minutes and back to zero in 30. Fun when you know how they work and have time to get the sails out of the way. They form in lines in the middle of intense high pressure cells apparently. We had them all across the horizon and were unable or disinclined to avoid 3. Then the doldrums again and we have been motoring all night, and will be till about lunchtime apparently. Power issues managed so far. Breaks down about once an hour and we reset and it works again. Hasn?t deteriorated, which was the worry. I am practicing my French for ?Its buggered, please fix?. Today we get to the trade winds and catch a ride all the way to where we want to be. It?s the last phase of our trip. Warm easterly wind at 12-15 knots rolling right around the planet in the tropical zone. Spinnaker is ready to go up and we are looking forward to a rollicking downwind romp to NewCal.

Fri Jul 27 4:21 2018 NZST
28 6S 171 30E

Onwards we go. We have sails, a compass, a chart and 4 iThings, all with gps. If all the instruments give up we will continue to plot our position and bearing to Noumea. New Cal. Is a big target. 24 hours of motoring and dead calm mirror surface in the middle of nothing. Very eerie. Not a cloud for a million miles and nothing to distinguish sky from water. Now wind has returned and we are a sailing vessel again. Much happier. Spare ribs and stir fry veg for dinner and a fresh loaf baked. Half-way showers today. Crew well.

You seem to be eating well! Just figured this web sight. Hope you can sort engine. We are all watching you Patrick.....

:) keep going!
Fri Jul 27 4:21 2018 NZST
Run: 117.1nm (212km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.6nm
28 6S 171 30E

Onwards we go. We have sails, a compass, a chart and 4 iThings, all with gps. If all the instruments give up we will continue to plot our position and bearing to Noumea. New Cal. Is a big target. 24 hours of motoring and dead calm mirror surface in the middle of nothing. Very eerie. Not a cloud for a million miles and nothing to distinguish sky from water. Now wind has returned and we are a sailing vessel again. Much happier. Spare ribs and stir fry veg for dinner and a fresh loaf baked. Half-way showers today. Crew well.

Thu Jul 26 6:30 2018 NZST
Run: 168.7nm (305.3km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.7nm
29 17S 172 53E

We?ve hit the doldrums, glassy sea from horizon all around to the horizon again, and we have a problem. Motor running BUT not necessarily charging the batteries. Regulator is ambivalent about allowing alternator charge through to batteries. Batteries get run down we will be left without radio, any communications or navigation, bobbing around alone in the impossible ocean with a rapidly reducing store of room temperature food. Our connection through sat.phone wouldn?t work for hours last night because inadequate power. Without being alarmist, flat batteries would be a genuine emergency. Currently charging OK and my convoluted workaround has got it going every time so far, although took an hour and 4 attempts last night. We also have solar and can harvest some power during the daytime at least, although not enough. Decision time - do we divert to Norfolk Island for repair, which is most of 2 days away and risk (certainty) of running into impending big weather in that direction, or do we continue and run to NewCal on most direct possible route? NewCal is twice as far...4 days. Crew meeting for decision in 2 hours at 0800 (ie when Mike is due to wake up).

hey mate..only just got an update from Andy via phone and the still present charging problem... not sure what you’ve done already to track it down but here are my 2 cents.. i would work back systematically from the batteries with your multimeter -with engine running you should get app 13.8V over the battery terminals if all would be ok . - check all relevant in line electrical connections for loose fittings ... the system working intermittently indicates that could be the problem - check your voltage output directly on the regulator - usually mounted on the alternator , if you have 13.8V there but nothing over the battery terminals than it is a broken / loose connection in the wiring somewhere between alternator and batteries.. - also double check your belt tension - it is unlikely that the regulator itself is faulty , they either work or not....again , intermittent charge to battery is likely to be a loose connection somewhere... Andy mentioned you got a generator on board, which could be your saving grace if you got fuel for it..( 2 stroke from the outboard ?? ) even if it is a 4 stroke gene - putting in 2 stroke petrol from the outboard will get it going , albeit with a bit of smoke /oil burning , but without damage to the generator depending on what on-board battery charger you have , you could hook that one up ( after you’ve taken it out of its current circuit) to the 240v or 12 V output of the Generator and charge the battery directly over its terminals hope that helps a bit to narrow it down and enables you to continue the passage best Andre Sent from my iPhone

Andre is going to email you on panda. I've tried to call you on Sat phone. Is that possible?
Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Wed Jul 25 4:30 2018 NZST
Run: 278.3nm (503.7km)
Avg: 14.2knts
24hr: 339.9nm
31 42S 173 17E

Easing is the theme. Fine weather, fair winds easing from the port rear-quarter and easing seas. Roast vege dinner, panoramic cumulus sunset and an albatross. Caught 3rd stripped tuna and politely sent it back. Crew well.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
35 13S 174 98E

After the inevitable delays and fueling up we are heading straight out of the Bay of Islands and to keeping on going. Passage plan says to hold one heading - pretty well dead north - for 566nm so that is what we?ll do.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
33 29S 173 58E

First night at sea and dawn is starting to insist itself into the eastern sky. It?s huge out here! Motor sailing for too long on light winds but going well downwind now in about 14 knots. Swell about 2.0 meters. Sun up, champagne sailing. Crew well.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
35 13S 174 98E

After the inevitable delays and fueling up we are heading straight out of the Bay of Islands and to keeping on going. Passage plan says to hold one heading - pretty well dead north - for 566nm so that is what we?ll do.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
33 29S 173 58E

First night at sea and dawn is starting to insist itself into the eastern sky. It?s huge out here! Motor sailing for too long on light winds but going well downwind now in about 14 knots. Swell about 2.0 meters. Sun up, champagne sailing. Crew well.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
35 13S 174 98E

After the inevitable delays and fueling up we are heading straight out of the Bay of Islands and to keeping on going. Passage plan says to hold one heading - pretty well dead north - for 566nm so that is what we?ll do.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
33 29S 173 58E

First night at sea and dawn is starting to insist itself into the eastern sky. It?s huge out here! Motor sailing for too long on light winds but going well downwind now in about 14 knots. Swell about 2.0 meters. Sun up, champagne sailing. Crew well.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
35 13S 174 98E

After the inevitable delays and fueling up we are heading straight out of the Bay of Islands and to keeping on going. Passage plan says to hold one heading - pretty well dead north - for 566nm so that is what we?ll do.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
33 29S 173 58E

First night at sea and dawn is starting to insist itself into the eastern sky. It?s huge out here! Motor sailing for too long on light winds but going well downwind now in about 14 knots. Swell about 2.0 meters. Sun up, champagne sailing. Crew well.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
35 13S 174 98E

After the inevitable delays and fueling up we are heading straight out of the Bay of Islands and to keeping on going. Passage plan says to hold one heading - pretty well dead north - for 566nm so that is what we?ll do.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
33 29S 173 58E

First night at sea and dawn is starting to insist itself into the eastern sky. It?s huge out here! Motor sailing for too long on light winds but going well downwind now in about 14 knots. Swell about 2.0 meters. Sun up, champagne sailing. Crew well.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
35 13S 174 98E

After the inevitable delays and fueling up we are heading straight out of the Bay of Islands and to keeping on going. Passage plan says to hold one heading - pretty well dead north - for 566nm so that is what we?ll do.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
33 29S 173 58E

First night at sea and dawn is starting to insist itself into the eastern sky. It?s huge out here! Motor sailing for too long on light winds but going well downwind now in about 14 knots. Swell about 2.0 meters. Sun up, champagne sailing. Crew well.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
35 13S 174 98E

After the inevitable delays and fueling up we are heading straight out of the Bay of Islands and to keeping on going. Passage plan says to hold one heading - pretty well dead north - for 566nm so that is what we?ll do.

Tue Jul 24 8:51 2018 NZST
33 29S 173 58E

First night at sea and dawn is starting to insist itself into the eastern sky. It?s huge out here! Motor sailing for too long on light winds but going well downwind now in about 14 knots. Swell about 2.0 meters. Sun up, champagne sailing. Crew well.

Hiya lads, Very fabulous to hear a report from out there. Sounds exciting. How are your stomachs holding up? I have come down to Canberra and Dad has emerged from surgery with a whopping bandage on his arm. Very good to be here doing the dorta thang but my other brain is on the ocean with you. PS for some reason your apostrophes are appearing as question marks. Makes the message more enigmatic though. I will do a thorough examination of Windy tonight. Fair winds and may the swell be soft and forgiving. xxA

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