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.

Hi Dr.Coale, I am so Happy for You and to know that you are Safe in your retirement adventure! Thank you for sharing your You Tube experiences. We Miss You! Good Sailing to You Always! My Best, Charlene
Mon Jul 23 8:06 2018 NZST
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
10knts ENE
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
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
10knts NE
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
15knts SE
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
15knts ESE
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
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
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
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
5knts motoring
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
8knts WSW
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
13knts SSE
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
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
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
Tue Sep 5 13:24 2017 NZST
Run: 104.6nm (189.3km)
18 48.722s 178 31.157e

at anchor 178 31.157e

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

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.

Looking at buying a 50' cat to cruise the world. Part of my homework I came across sea wind and tracked you down. I'm a kiwi on waiheke island. What's your thoughts on seawind vs likes of outremer, balance. Cheers Simon.
Wed Sep 21 8:38 2016 NZST
Run: 15.4nm (27.9km)
16 57.261S 179 01.936E

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
Run: 53.6nm (97km)
17 10.623S 179 00.905E

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
Run: 95.9nm (173.6km)
17 19.521S 178 13.052E

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

We hope you are having a wonderful time in Fiji and have a great sail North. Take care and dive, dive dive! Cheers. Sandy & Rankin

On a mooring in Savusavu, having dinner with Whistler tonight. No diving but lots of snorkeling. Hugs to you both.
Mon Jun 13 9:21 2016 NZST
Run: 320.6nm (580.3km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.5nm
18 14.795S 177 07.705E
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
Run: 214nm (387.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.1nm
22 01S 174 15E

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

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

Windy night gave way to a glorious morning!

Hey Mangoes. Very sorry to hear you've taken such a pounding - sounds exactly like our trip to Tonga in 2013, so we really feel for you. Hope you're getting a break from it now, you're sorted on repairs and that the rest of the trip is smooth sailing. Sending Lemon lurve.
Thu Jun 9 15:07 2016 NZST
Run: 48.3nm (87.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.5nm
27 03.700s 174 28.831e
Weather: sunny skies 18knts SW barometer 1008

sailing again, linkage stabilized, autopilot patched.

Good to hear you're back on track. Hope the remainder of the passage is champagne sailing! We're hoping to get out of Opua tomorrow but who knows - the systems are changing all the time. Hope to catch you guys in fiji sometime this season! Fair winds, Di & Bruce

We are **so tickled** to see that you conquered your challenges - Yay Mangos. Hugs to you all, Steve and Dorothy
Thu Jun 9 7:28 2016 NZST
Run: 122.1nm (221km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125nm
27 44.764s 174 19.289e

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,

At least they ought to have turned up the heat by now! We heard a story last season in Fiji about a boat that lost its rudder on passage -- they used two 20l buckets dragged in the water behind the boat to "steer." These experiences will be great in the forthcoming book and movie! Mersoleil misses Mango. Love, Robbie & Bev

Do you have the light westerlies now? Steve & Dorothy
Wed Jun 8 8:30 2016 NZST
Weather: 100% cloud cover,winds 30 gusting to 35

punching through the low

We thought you bought the business class seats! First Class gets the Push Button Parachute anchor -so they are having canapés riding the big chute. We would like to fly First Class but are too lazy to figure out how to make it so easy that we can say to each other “Let’s push the parachute button for canapés”. Hugs from both of us to all the Mangos! -- Steve & Dorothy
Wed Jun 8 8:01 2016 NZST
Run: 122.3nm (221.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.2nm
26 48S 176 00E
Weather: 35NE, 3-4m confused seas

Tue Jun 7 8:11 2016 NZST
Run: 217.6nm (393.9km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.3nm
27 35S 177 47E
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
Run: 200.7nm (363.3km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 216nm
30 43.909S 177 45.615E
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
Run: 21.3nm (38.6km)
Avg: 18.3knts
24hr: 440.1nm
33 23.090S 176 22.056E
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
Run: 178.2nm (322.5km)
33 40S 176 13E
Weather: 18SE, swell 2m

BULA! We are thinking of you and hoping that you're having a great trip enroute to Fiji with favorable winds and comfortable conditions :-)! Hugs, the "Destinos"

Whistler has turned back with sail problems. Hope all is well with you. Look out for those bullets from OZ.
Sun May 8 10:03 2016 NZST
35 43.487s 174 19.634e

just testing our emailing

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

Getting ready for our passage to Fiji-Yippee!

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

Sitting out the storm

If you are headed north this year I would very much like the opportunity to do the passage with you on board Mango Moon. As you may recall crossed tacks in the BOI back in March but never managed to meet. Last year we circumnavigated Australia. Prior to that we have done 4 recent trips into the South Pacific since 2011 and have covered most of the island groups over that time. Looking forward to hearing back from you Bruce Idoine SV Margarita Auckland 021 289 5098

Hey y'all, Where are you two? We heard you're coming into Town Basin soon. We'll be there in a week or so. Right now, we heading to Kawau for the YIT dinner and cricket get together. Hopefully, we'll see you both soon. Take care and can't wait to hear about your adventures in Bay of Islands. Hugs!

Hey y'all, Where are you two? We heard you're coming into Town Basin soon. We'll be there in a week or so. Right now, we heading to Kawau for the YIT dinner and cricket get together. Hopefully, we'll see you both soon. Take care and can't wait to hear about your adventures in Bay of Islands. Hugs!

So glad to see you posting on YIT! Now we can follow you. Better yet, meet us in Darwin in July and we'll do Indonesia together. You can show us all your favorite spots. Sending love to the two Mangoes. Bev & Robbie
Wed Mar 23 10:54 2016 NZDT
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Wed Mar 23 10:53 2016 NZDT
Run: 49.2nm (89.1km)
35 16.71137S 174 8.06499E

Thu Dec 4 8:26 2014 NZDT
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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