Mango Moon

Mango Moon

Thu Jul 26 15:55 2018 NZST
Run: 16.1nm (29.1km)
20 16.620S 174 48.206W
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
Speed: anchoredknts
Run: 51nm (92.3km)
20 30.12S 174 44.45W
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.

Ah, Kelefesia! One of the prettiest anchorages in Tonga. Have fun. We took a dinghy tour all the way around the island and fished from the stern at anchor in the lagoon. Only caught some tiny little things, but it was fun to pretend we were busily engaged, dangling feet over the side, holding a fishing rod.
Mon Jul 16 8:04 2018 NZST
Run: 140.1nm (253.6km)
21 07.505S 175 09.769W
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
Speed: 10 eneknts
Run: 67.7nm (122.5km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 68.1nm
22 39.29S 176 35.74W
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
Speed: 5knts
Run: 106nm (191.9km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.8nm
23 25.74S 177 14.88W
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
Speed: 10 neknts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
23 37.23S 178 54.41WW
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.

So happy to hear that you were able to stop and enjoy Minerva Reef. Safe travels on this last leg to Tonga. Looking forward to hearing about your stay in Minerva and the passage. Big Hugs! JnM
Mon Jul 2 19:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 15 seknts
Run: 65.7nm (118.9km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146nm
23 39.27S 178 54.08W
Weather: Sunny

settled in N Minerva reef. All is well

Glad to hear you’re at Minerva. Enjoy! Progress continues. Mintaka is now wearing her bowsprit and bow pulpit, and all ports, deck prisms, and deadlights are in place. Most interior trim is back on (after a good deal of searching for a few errant bits), and I may even be able to clear out tools and goo from the saloon and start bringing cushions back inside!
Mon Jul 2 8:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 15 eseknts
Run: 203.9nm (369.1km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.9nm
24 32.54S 179 16.49W
Weather: Some clouds 1020baro

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

Sun Jul 1 8:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 177.8nm (321.8km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176nm
27 15.51S 179 26.80E
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
Speed: 7knts
Run: 200.5nm (362.9km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 202.6nm
29 33.05S 178 07.232E
Weather: 10knts to 20knts ESE squals rain 1020 baro

Dodging rain, celebrating Sharrons birthday

Franklin, for 40yrs I’ve been taking care of your boats! Cleck your gmail when in port. Safe journeys, Steve

Hi Lisa & Frank and crew, GG here, hoping your passage is sweet as and that you’re already feeling warmer. Fair winds, Ellen & Rand

Happy Birthday little Sis From us all on the other side

Hi Sharron, Happy Birthday from Mum and Dad, hope the sea becomes gentle with light winds. Love Mum and Dad.


Fri Jun 29 8:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 168.2nm (304.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.9nm
32 07.16S 176 32.965E
Weather: 15knts SSE, 1.5m seas, squalls and sun, baro 1010

All is well. Loved watching the full moon rising!

Happy Birthday Sharron! Celebrating at sea, awesome!
Thu Jun 28 8:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 5 motoringknts
Run: 115.3nm (208.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.4nm
34 18.90S 175 17.58E
Weather: 10knts SSW Lumpy 1 m 1017 baro Mostly sunny

Chilly but no dramas,sweet as!

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

Here we go again...Minerva bound!

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

Returning to Town Basin Marina this AM, AWOB

All the best with a quick repair and getting another window north to the is And. Margy and Monty
Sat Jun 16 7:42 2018 NZST
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.9nm
35 26.795S 174 57.520E
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
Speed: 8 wswknts
Run: 73.3nm (132.7km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 85.2nm
33 24.69S 176 32.42E
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.

Sharron can we have a progress update please? David

Hi Sharron, maybe you need David on board as a machanic to help with your problems. Cheers Mum and Dad.

Sorry to hear you've had to turn back. If you need a spot at the Town Basin Marina, let me know, I happen to know the marina manager. I've got good pull in the office......Love to you all!
Thu Jun 14 8:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 13 sseknts
Run: 134.7nm (243.8km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.3nm
34 07.06S 175 35.26E
Weather: sunny, pufffy clouds

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

Tue Jun 12 15:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
35 50.226S 174 28.153E
Weather: 13knts W

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

Good luck.

Good Luck Sharron
Thu May 24 15:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 1196.6nm (2165.8km)
35 43.50S 174 19.66E
Weather: 5knts SW,partly cloudy

testing comms

OK, comms work. Now tell more! We miss you, Mersoleil is in the Seychelles, and all is well here after an exciting week. See Mersoleil... Love, B&R

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