Mango Moon

Thu Jul 26 15:55 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 16.620S 174 48.206W
Run: 16.1nm (29.1km)
Weather: 15knts S, sunny with puffy clouds, bare 1015

At anchor off Nomuka'iki enjoying the snorkeling and island walks.

Mon Jul 23 8:06 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 30.12S 174 44.45W
Run: 51nm (92.3km)
Weather: 7knts E Slight seas few clouds 1015 baro

Just started our wandering through the Ha'apai. Anchored off Kelefesia Island last night. We saw more whales yesterday coming up from Tongatapu than in our past 10 yrs of sailing. Probably off to Nomuka tomorrow.

Mon Jul 16 8:04 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 07.505S 175 09.769W
Run: 140.1nm (253.6km)
Weather: cloudy with showers

Arrived Tongatapu on 12 July. Anchored off Big Mama's and bidding Sharron a sad farewell today, 16 July.

Thu Jul 12 8:57 2018 NZST
10knts ENE
GPS: 22 39.29S 176 35.74W
Run: 67.7nm (122.5km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 68.1nm
Weather: Sunny

We should sight land soon... Must be very flat. One motor out with bad clutch. Hope Customs can be flexable on our anchoring location. Full note to follow.

Wed Jul 11 9:06 2018 NZST
GPS: 23 25.74S 177 14.88W
Run: 106nm (191.9km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.8nm
Weather: 7knts ENE,slight seas baro 1016

Motoring overnight, lumpy 1m seas, very light and shifty winds.

Have made our easting and will turn to the rhumb line of 36T and wait for the easterlies. All fine on board

Tue Jul 10 7:51 2018 NZST
10knts NE
GPS: 23 37.23S 178 54.41WW
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
Weather: A few clouds brief showers baro 1017

Plan to leave this pm for Tongatapu. 2-3 days and about 280 miles. Light winds forecast probably some motoring.

Mon Jul 2 19:03 2018 NZST
15knts SE
GPS: 23 39.27S 178 54.08W
Run: 65.7nm (118.9km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146nm
Weather: Sunny

settled in N Minerva reef. All is well

Mon Jul 2 8:15 2018 NZST
15knts ESE
GPS: 24 32.54S 179 16.49W
Run: 203.9nm (369.1km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.9nm
Weather: Some clouds 1020baro

Seas calming will try for Minerva if possible before dark or lay off

Sun Jul 1 8:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 27 15.51S 179 26.80E
Run: 177.8nm (321.8km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176nm
Weather: 10knts ESE,lumpy 1.5 m seas, broken clouds, squalls

slowed down due to sea state and squalls.All well onboard.

Sat Jun 30 8:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 29 33.05S 178 07.232E
Run: 200.5nm (362.9km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 202.6nm
Weather: 10knts to 20knts ESE squals rain 1020 baro

Dodging rain, celebrating Sharrons birthday

Fri Jun 29 8:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 32 07.16S 176 32.965E
Run: 168.2nm (304.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.9nm
Weather: 15knts SSE, 1.5m seas, squalls and sun, baro 1010

All is well. Loved watching the full moon rising!

Thu Jun 28 8:21 2018 NZST
5knts motoring
GPS: 34 18.90S 175 17.58E
Run: 115.3nm (208.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.4nm
Weather: 10knts SSW Lumpy 1 m 1017 baro Mostly sunny

Chilly but no dramas,sweet as!

Wed Jun 27 11:26 2018 NZST
GPS: 35 52.079S 174 32.865E
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)

Here we go again...Minerva bound!

Sun Jun 17 9:26 2018 NZST
GPS: 35 48.237S 174 26.195E
Run: 38.3nm (69.3km)
Weather: sunny and calm

Returning to Town Basin Marina this AM, AWOB

Sat Jun 16 7:42 2018 NZST
GPS: 35 26.795S 174 57.520E
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.9nm
Weather: Mostly sunny, light winds, swell less than 1 meter.

Beautiful sunrise. Should be in Marsden Cove Marina by mid afternoon. AWOB

Fri Jun 15 5:18 2018 NZST
8knts WSW
GPS: 33 24.69S 176 32.42E
Run: 73.3nm (132.7km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 85.2nm
Weather: pufffy clouds

Gentle clear night with beautiful stars. We have had to turn back to NZ due to rudder linkage trouble. ETA 36-48 hours Marsden Cove Marina or Opua depending on situation at the time.

Kenn Batt, could you please advise about return weather. We plan to motor at 5 knts or sail the rhum line with very reduced sail plan.

Thu Jun 14 8:39 2018 NZST
13knts SSE
GPS: 34 07.06S 175 35.26E
Run: 134.7nm (243.8km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.3nm
Weather: sunny, pufffy clouds

Gentle clear night with beautiful stars and sunrise. All is well.

Tue Jun 12 15:21 2018 NZST
GPS: 35 50.226S 174 28.153E
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
Weather: 13knts W

In Marsden Cove Marina planning to depart for Tonga tomorrow. Please confirm receipt of this email by replying to this address.

Thu May 24 15:39 2018 NZST
GPS: 35 43.50S 174 19.66E
Run: 1196.6nm (2165.8km)
Weather: 5knts SW,partly cloudy

testing comms

Tue Sep 5 13:24 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 48.722s 178 31.157e
Run: 104.6nm (189.3km)

at anchor 178 31.157e

Wed Nov 16 20:04 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 46(363)S 177 22(962)E
Run: 123.4nm (223.4km)

Just returned to Denarau after more great sailing around here including Beqa on north to the northern tip of Yasawa Island. Staying here for the summer and basing out of Denarau/Musket Cove. Celebrating an American Thanksgiving with friends in Australia (visa run) and then back to Mango Moon to host more family for Christmas. Hugs to all of you back in NZ or making your way down right now.

Wed Sep 21 8:38 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 57.261S 179 01.936E
Run: 15.4nm (27.9km)

Beautiful day, calm wind and seas. Heading back to Denarau after a magnificent time with family in Savusavu, Rabi and Taveuni. No luck fishing but haven't given up yet-lines are out. More guests arriving soon so we will stay around Viti Levu et al for a month or so.

Sat Aug 27 17:43 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 10.623S 179 00.905E
Run: 53.6nm (97km)

Enjoying some magnificent weather in the Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu after cruising bits of Vanua Levu, the Ringgolds, Matagi and more.

Thu Jul 28 15:21 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 19.521S 178 13.052E
Run: 95.9nm (173.6km)

Sailing North to Vanua Levu tomorrow after a wonderful stay in the Yasawas and Mamanucas.

Mon Jun 13 9:21 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 14.795S 177 07.705E
Run: 320.6nm (580.3km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.5nm
Weather: 16knts SE swell less than 1m 50% cloud cover

Dawn gave way to a glimpse of Fiji. Yippee! Lots of rainbows.

Sat Jun 11 16:18 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 01S 174 15E
Run: 214nm (387.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.1nm

sailing under spinnaker at 9 knots on a course of 30-35 degrees.

Fri Jun 10 7:49 2016 NZST
GPS: 25 05.203s 174 41.490e
Run: 137.1nm (248.2km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 197nm
Weather: 22knts SSW 2.5m swell 25% cloud cover

Windy night gave way to a glorious morning!

Thu Jun 9 15:07 2016 NZST
GPS: 27 03.700s 174 28.831e
Run: 48.3nm (87.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.5nm
Weather: sunny skies 18knts SW barometer 1008

sailing again, linkage stabilized, autopilot patched.

Thu Jun 9 7:28 2016 NZST
GPS: 27 44.764s 174 19.289e
Run: 122.1nm (221km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125nm

Tough 24 hrs with repairs pending. Very high winds and rough seas caused damage to steering linkage arm and both autopilot rams. One autopilot repaired for now. We will try to jury rig the steering linkage today.

Later on GHRadio net. The weather will improve tomorrow so maybe a good idea to take a rest day. 27 42S and 174 20E at this time with 13W wind,

Wed Jun 8 8:30 2016 NZST
Weather: 100% cloud cover,winds 30 gusting to 35

punching through the low

Wed Jun 8 8:01 2016 NZST
GPS: 26 48S 176 00E
Run: 122.3nm (221.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.2nm
Weather: 35NE, 3-4m confused seas

Tue Jun 7 8:11 2016 NZST
GPS: 27 35S 177 47E
Run: 217.6nm (393.9km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.3nm
Weather: NE21

Mon Jun 6 8:30 2016 NZST
Weather: 100% cloud cover,winds 11 gusting to 35 with numerous squalls.

humbled by mother nature! lumpy seas,

limited by slamming on hulls and bridgedeck

Sun Jun 5 7:58 2016 NZST
GPS: 30 43.909S 177 45.615E
Run: 200.7nm (363.3km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 216nm
Weather: winds 25-30E, waves 2-3 meters, cloudy with squalls,

Lots of pounding from wave state. May make it a 170nm day by 10AM, Autopilot issues and a few leaks but all under control.
Looking forward to Ricks update at noon NZ time.

Sat Jun 4 9:40 2016 NZST
GPS: 33 23.090S 176 22.056E
Run: 21.3nm (38.6km)
Avg: 18.3knts
24hr: 440.1nm
Weather: 20kts TWD, 120 degrees, 1.5 meter seas

24 hrs out, 200 mile day,increasing winds and sea state

good spirits but would like the heat turned up.

Sat Jun 4 8:30 2016 NZST
GPS: 33 40S 176 13E
Run: 178.2nm (322.5km)
Weather: 18SE, swell 2m

Sun May 8 10:03 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 43.487s 174 19.634e

just testing our emailing

Sun May 8 8:08 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 43.486S 174 19.634E
Run: 32.7nm (59.2km)

Getting ready for our passage to Fiji-Yippee!

Wed Mar 23 10:58 2016 NZDT
GPS: 35 16.71137S 174 08.06499E

Sitting out the storm

Wed Mar 23 10:54 2016 NZDT
No position sent.

Wed Mar 23 10:53 2016 NZDT
GPS: 35 16.71137S 174 8.06499E
Run: 49.2nm (89.1km)

Thu Dec 4 8:26 2014 NZDT
GPS: 34 39.049S 173 43.486E

It is a glorious morning with NZ on the horizon. Thank you all for seeing us through the last 8 days. ETA Opua Marina 12PM NZ time-whahoo! So glad to be here.

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