Matin d'Or

Matin d'Or

Thu Dec 14 18:03 2017 NZDT
No position sent.

We will have a new boat early January. She is MV Katherine, she's 5 years old and we're looking forward to a new direction.


I very much admire the hardtop addition that you made to MdO and would like to know if you still have any sketches or drawings that you may have made at the time of constructing the framework and top. I have Oceanmaster "Sundowner" and need to replace the ageing canvass top. Regards Michael
Sat Dec 9 7:49 2017 NZDT
No position sent.

MdO has now been sold, sad day but lots fantastic memories.

Final stages of buying the next boat, we are downsizing.


Mon Oct 23 15:08 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.8nm (25km)
36 37.261S 174 47.219E

Back at Gulf Harbour and MdO is for sale, $250k, waiting for someone else to live the dream.


Sat Oct 21 14:55 2017 NZDT
Run: 9.4nm (17km)
36 25.5S 174 50.3E

Anchored in Bon Accord Kawau. Awesome sail last evening. Great to be away again.


Sat Aug 5 21:49 2017 NZST
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)
36 24.7S 174 40.25E

At Robertson's Boatyard Warkworth for a refit.


Fri Feb 24 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 9887.7nm (17896.7km)
Avg: 356.8knts
24hr: 8562.7nm
36 37.261S 174 47.219E

Back at Gulf Harbour. Another motor from Issy Bay.


Wed Feb 22 20:17 2017 NZDT
Run: 9879nm (17881km)
Avg: 117.9knts
24hr: 2829.8nm

Anchored in Islington Bay. Had good fishing and lovely walks at Te Kouma.


Sun Feb 19 8:30 2017 NZDT
Run: 125.9nm (227.9km)
36 49.36s 175 26.04e

anchored in Te Kouma, heavy rain, hopefully will clear later today.

:position 36 49.36s 175 26.04e


Sat Feb 11 21:12 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
35 14.99s 174 17.8e

anchored in Whangamumu on our way south after a great week in the Bay of Islands.

:position 35 14.99s 174 17.8e


Mon Feb 6 20:15 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
35 14S 174 10E

Anchored at Lovely Roberton Island. Spent Waitangi Day at Waitangi, great occasion. Caught another fish.


Sun Feb 5 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 28.6nm (51.8km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 219.4nm
35 15S 174 17.8E

Anchored at Whangamumu. Lunch at Poor Knights Islands, snorkels and explored coast and caves. Motored, no wind.


Sat Feb 4 20:52 2017 NZDT
Run: 58.4nm (105.7km)
35 36.9S 174 32.08E

Anchored at Tutukaka. Caught very large kingfish. Saw sharks, lots of dolphins and pilot whales. Good sailing at times but lots of motoring as well.


Fri Feb 3 19:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
36 25.73S 174 49.11E

Anchored at Mansion House Bay, beautiful afternoon.


Mon Jan 9 22:02 2017 NZDT
Run: 26.8nm (48.5km)
36 37.26s 174 47.216e

Back at Gulf Harbour. Will head away again in a couple of weeks, hopefully summer will have arrived then.


Fri Jan 6 21:53 2017 NZDT
Run: 26.8nm (48.5km)
36 50s 175 11.47e

Anchored at North Harbour, Ponui Island. Great sail from Gulf Harbour, but cold. Will stay a few days.


Mon Nov 7 6:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 98.1nm (177.6km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.9nm
36 37.26s 174 47.216e

Home! Tied up at 1915hrs last night (Sunday), welcomed by Lynne, Grahame and Rik.


Arrived at Marsden Cove yesterday 0050hrs. Cleared Customs and left for Gulf Harbour at 0930hrs. Good sail, everything from no wind and sunny to 25kts, heavy rain and thunder.


It has been a fantastic time away.


Sailing home on Friday
Sailing home on Friday
Sunrise on Saturday
Sunrise on Saturday

Wow, as previous owners (1997-2005) we occasionally look up 'Matin d'Or' to see if we can find out how she's doing. It's great to see she's still giving pleasure out there on the ocean. You'll notice our email address still has Matindor within it. Wishing you Fair Winds and continued Happy Sailing! Roger and Pam
Sat Nov 5 17:11 2016 NZDT
Run: 279.7nm (506.3km)
Avg: 11.6knts
24hr: 279.2nm
35 14.00S 174 25.00E

Wind W 20kts , Seas 2m NW , 40% Cloud Cover , Co 159T Speed 7.0kts. Great sailing today , ETA Marsden Cove Marina 1159 Hrs today, Estimate Gulf Harbour late PM Sunday 6th Nov, Alls well on board MdO.


Relay via SV Freycinet II


Fri Nov 4 17:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 80.2nm (145.2km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 222.1nm
33 27s 170 01e
Weather: WSW 12-15, slight sea 3m SW swell, 20% cloud, 1010,

great day, good sailing, sunny, 77nm to North Cape. ETA 0500 Sunday at Marsden Cove. all's well.

Co 135T Speed 6.5kts :position 33 27s 170 01e


Fri Nov 4 8:29 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 125.9nm (227.9km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192nm
32 47S 171 09E
Weather: SW20, with passing squalls, 1011, 20%cc, confused seas 2m

270nm to Marsden Cove so sunday am eta


Thu Nov 3 16:45 2016 NZDT
Run: 47.3nm (85.6km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140.1nm
31 33s 169 34e
Weather: SSW 15, swell 2m confused, 50% cloud, 1012,

a wild night last night, but improved during the day. poor progress over last 24hrs but away again now.

Just laying Nth Cape 246nm,waiting for wind to go SW.

we're fine and excited about getting home soon. ETA Sunday. all's well.

Co 135T Speed 6kts :position 31 33s 169 34e


Thu Nov 3 8:38 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 36.7nm (66.4km)
31 13S 168 52E
Weather: se15, 2m seas, 1010,

beating home but wind will back in about 8hrs. 406 to Marsden Cove


Wed Nov 2 16:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 53.7nm (97.2km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.3nm
30 53s 168 23e
Weather: N 10-24kts 100% cloud, 1009, swell NW>3m, rain

Saw whales heading north. Lots of sail trimming, 320nm to North Cape, ETA Sunday. all's well.

Co 132T Speed 5kts :position 30 53s 168 23e


Wed Nov 2 8:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5msknts
Run: 91.5nm (165.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.3nm
30 19S 167 46E
Weather: SW10, 1010, NW 2m swell, 100%cc

eta late sat early sunday


Tue Nov 1 17:33 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 67.4nm (122km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.9nm
29 49s 166 21e
Weather: NW 10-20kts 95% cloud, 1010

Wind up and down all day, bit frustrating. all's well.

Co 126t Speed 6kts :position 29 49s 166 21e


Tue Nov 1 8:27 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 91.3nm (165.3km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.5nm
29 13S 165 28E
Weather: NNE18, 1011, choppy ne 1m swell, 100%cc

eta late Saturday at Marsden


Mon Oct 31 17:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 60.9nm (110.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.2nm
28 13s 164 29e
Weather: NE 6kts 80% cloud, 1011, sea slight

Pleasant day, motor sailing, better direction now. all's well.

Co 156t Speed 6kts :position 28 13s 164 29e


Mon Oct 31 8:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 110.4nm (199.8km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.3nm
27 21S 164 18E
Weather: E10, e swell 2m, 1015, 10%cc

all well but want a favourable wind change! picky picky


Sun Oct 30 17:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 28.6nm (51.8km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.4nm
25 54s 165 03e
Weather: SE 15-18kts 30% cloud, 1012, sea slight

Pleasant day after a squally night. Hopefully wind will go around tomorrow and we can head for NZ. all's well.

Co 210t Speed 7kts :position 25 54s 165 03e


Sun Oct 30 8:40 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 188.3nm (340.8km)
Avg: 12.1knts
24hr: 291.1nm
25 59S 165 30E
Weather: 1015, 85%cc, SE 10-20, 2m se swell

good signal from Pam


Sat Oct 29 17:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 74nm (133.9km)
23 19.3s 166 08.17e
Weather: SE 15kts 15% cloud, 1009, sea slight

Left Noumea this am, very pleasant sailing, all's well.

:position 23 19.3s 166 08.17e


Thu Oct 27 20:15 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
22 17.17s 166 25.86e
Weather: SE 20kts 80% cloud, 1009

Looking like a Saturday departure, all's well on board.

:position 22 17.17s 166 25.86e


Tue Oct 25 13:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
22 16.87S 166 25.89E

Back in Noumea for provisioning. Had hoped to leave on Thursday but not now, maybe over the weekend or Monday . A bit longer to enjoy pastries.


Walking off pastries
Thu Oct 20 18:45 2016 NZDT
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
22 12.66s 166 20.46e
Weather: SE 25kts 5% cloud, 1008

Anchored at Baie Maa. Good to leave Noumea with a new starter battery for the engine. Tried Ilot Maitre but very windy , had a great sail to Baie Maa, up to 10 kts. Will probably stay here for a few days.

:position 22 12.66s 166 20.46e


Sun Oct 16 18:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 31.3nm (56.7km)
22 16.86s 166 25.85e
Weather: SE 20-25kts 100% cloud, 1013

Anchored out off Port Moselle marina, very crowded despite many boats leaving this morning for Bundaberg. Will clear Customs etc tomorrow. :position 22 16.86s 166 25.85e


Secluded Bonne Anse
Crowded Noumea
Fri Oct 14 20:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
22 23.1s 166 54.43e

will stay anchored here at Bonne Anse until Sunday then head to Noumea. Very pleasant and relaxing.

:position 22 23.1s 166 54.43e


Fri Oct 14 8:32 2016 NZDT
Run: 95.5nm (172.9km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.2nm
22 22S 166 59E
Weather: 1009, 20%cc, light N wind, slight seas

Havannah pass and on their way to Baie de Prony


Thu Oct 13 18:03 2016 NZDT
Run: 78.4nm (141.9km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 200.6nm
21 04.52s 167 30.68e
Weather: SE 10kts 35% cloud, 1007, sea slight

Great sailing since 2100hrs last night with started sheets. Passing thru Loyalty Islands Lifou and Mare. ETA Havannah Pass tomorrow am. All's well on board.

Co 180mag S 6-7


Thu Oct 13 8:40 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 98.7nm (178.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.4nm
19 58S 167 46E
Weather: 1008, 90%cc, SE15

all well


Wed Oct 12 17:54 2016 NZDT
Run: 58.9nm (106.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.5nm
18 34.14s 168 04.6e
Weather: ESE 8kts 5% cloud, 1003, sea slight

left Port Vila at 0515 this am. Motorsailing all day otherwise very pleasant, sunny and hot. All's well on board.

Co 180mag S 5


Wed Oct 12 8:30 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
17 44.80553s 168 18.69654e

left P Vila this morning for New Caledonia


Tue Oct 11 18:17 2016 NZDT
17 44.88S 168 18.66E

All ready to leave first thing tomorrow Wednesday for New Caledonia . All good on board.


Mon Oct 10 23:17 2016 NZDT
17 44.88S 168 18.66E

Back at Port Vila. Maybe leave for New Caledonia on Wednesday .

Thunder and lightning this am and again this evening. 1003.


Mon Oct 10 23:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
17 44.882s 168 18.662e
Weather: 1003 lightning and thunder

Back at Port Vila, maybe leave for New Caledonia on Wednesday.


Thu Oct 6 18:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
17 33.1s 168 16.85e
Weather: SSE 15kts 100% cloud, very hazy, 1009, sea slight

Anchored in Esema Bay Havana Harbour, good sail from Port Vila. Destruction from cyclone Pam in 2015 still very evident, boats still wrecked ashore , 12 on Iririka island PV, a large super yacht here, huge trees all dead and buildings destroyed, such a fragile existence. But the market is wonderful, bananas, pawpaw, mangos, raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce etc. Internet is almost non existent.

:position 17 33.1s 168 16.85e


Mon Oct 3 21:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 76.1nm (137.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.3nm
17 44.2s 168 18.5e
Weather: SE 8kts 20% cloud 1007 sea slight

Anchored in Port Vila at 1930hrs. Very good trip. All's well on board.

:position 17 44.2s 168 18.5e


Mon Oct 3 7:30 2016 NZDT
Run: 90.5nm (163.8km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.3nm
17 53.3s 169 27.2e
Weather: SE 8kts 30% cloud 1009 sea slight Course 259 mag Speed 6.

Still motor sailing. Very pleasant. 70nm to go. ETA Port Vila 1800hrs today. All's well.

:position 17 53.3s 169 27.2e


Sun Oct 2 18:12 2016 NZDT
Run: 347.8nm (629.5km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.3nm
17 55.3s 170 49.7e
Weather: 12SE 30% cloud 1007 Course 259 mag Speed 6.

Glorious day. Motor sailing all day, strong adverse current.

ETA Port Vila 1800hrs tomorrow (Monday) All's well.

:position 17 55.3s 170 49.7e


Fri Sep 30 17:45 2016 NZDT
Run: 66.8nm (120.9km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.3nm
17 56.60S 176 07.1E
Weather: 10% cloud, 1010hp. SE 12-15kts

Cleared Navula Pass at 0715. Enroute to Port Vila, Vanuatu. Fantastic sailing, slight swell, warm and sunny, we're great. No internet until in Port Vila when can get SIM card on Monday or Tuesday.


Fri Sep 30 8:51 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 25.6nm (46.3km)
17 55S 177 08E
Weather: se8

left Vuda this morning bound for Port Vila


Tue Sep 27 21:12 2016 NZDT
Run: 16.3nm (29.5km)
17 38.48S 177 23.61E

At Saweni Bay, dentist tomorrow and plan to leave for Vanuatu on Friday, weather dependant of course.


Leaving Malololailai.
Sun Sep 25 17:42 2016 NZDT
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
17 46.264S 177 11.234E
Weather: 80% cloud, 1005mb.

Back at Musket Cove, still lots of boats here. Catching up on jobs.


Sat Sep 24 11:28 2016 NZST
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
17 44.28S 177 08.9E

Anchored at Likuliku with an exclusive resort ashore. Dinghied to Honeymoon Island which we had to ourselves. Lovely. Weather fantastic as long as you don't want to sail anywhere!


Likuliku Resort, over the water bures.
Likuliku Resort
Thu Sep 22 16:02 2016 NZST
17 46.217sS 177 11.3eE

Recovering after a great regatta week at Musket Cove. Will be around this area for the next few days.


Sunset at Musket Cove
Mon Sep 19 19:08 2016 NZST
17 46.217SS 177 11.3EE

Really fun time, last night our team won the quiz night.


Today we raced to the sandbank on MdO, great fun, heaps of short tacks to get thru the narrow passages in the reef and dodging other yachts. Weather continues to be awesome.


5 minutes to start of sandbank race.
Sun Sep 18 11:35 2016 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
17 46.217S 177 11.3E

All go at the regatta, about 80 boats, weather fabulous, having a great time.


Pirates
Pirate day at Beachcomber
Wed Sep 14 12:23 2016 NZST
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
17 46.38S 177 11.05E

Anchored at Musket Cove for regatta week. At last weathers come right, just perfect, let's hope it lasts!


Musket Cove
Tue Sep 13 19:18 2016 NZST
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
17 45.45s 177 23.21e

Anchored off Denerau, went to Nadi market today. Last night we were covered in ash and soot from nearby sugar cane fires. There are lots around here tonight, hope the wind doesn't change or another big cleaning job in the morning.


Sunset off Denerau
Sat Sep 10 15:59 2016 NZST
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
17 38.55298S 177 23.6E

Back at Saweni Bay having off loaded Sea Mercy's gear see photos, refused and provisioned. Will stay a couple of days.


Sea Mercy's gear being offloaded.
Generator being returned.
Wed Sep 7 20:14 2016 NZST
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)
17 40.8S 177 23.16E

At Vuda Point Marina for a few days, dentist and shopping tomorrow.


Tue Sep 6 16:12 2016 NZST
Run: 53.6nm (97km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.6nm
17 36.2S 177 24.99E

Nearly at Sawene Bay, long hot day motorsailing between the reefs for 60 miles. We're fine and enjoying ourselves.


Motorsailing along western side of Viti Levu.
Mon Sep 5 19:38 2016 NZST
Run: 52nm (94.1km)
17 19.4S 178 10.45E

Anchored at Volivoli Point, great sail across today. Said sad farewells to all at Makongai, it was a great experience and our efforts were much appreciated.


Our last night at Makongai
Volivoli Point
Thu Sep 1 15:19 2016 NZST
17 26.48S 178 57.13E

Opening of the school went well yesterday. Big celebrations, dancing, feast etc. Those that have been here for the last 3 months have done an awesome job, overcoming incredible obstacles and difficulties. Saw humpback whales on the return from the village yesterday off the beach and thru the anchorage. Having a quiet day today.


Ian at Makongai school opening.
Fri Aug 26 14:12 2016 NZST
17 26.48S 178 57.13E

School nearly ready for the offical opening next Wednesday. Two fine days in a row!


New Makongai school nearly ready for opening next week.

Looks like you've all done a great job well done! We had a really windy night Friday thought Yogis was going to blow away but fortunately no damage done. Hope the weather stays good, stay safe.

Have finally visited this web site and what an amazing job you are doing! Hope you are well xx
Sun Aug 21 13:14 2016 NZST
17 26.48S 178 57.13E

At last a fabulous sunny day after days of rain.


Remains of the community centre at Makongai
Remains of the 4 teachers houses at Makongai
Remains of the church at Makongai
Ovalau from Makongai
Thu Aug 18 9:32 2016 NZST
17 26.48S 178 57.13E

School progressing, painting, lining etc. 2 blocks to replace the 3 that were destroyed. One was completely blown away even the piles, one had a floor left and is being rebuilt from the floor and the 3rd a couple of walls which is beyond repair. Opening is 31st August so it's all go.


Old school block at Makongai beyond repair.
2nd school block at Makongai
New school block at makongai
Thu Aug 18 9:30 2016 NZST
No position sent.

School progressing, painting, lining etc. 2 blocks to replace the 3 that were destroyed. One was completely blown away even the piles, one had a floor left and is being rebuilt from the floor and the 3rd a couple of walls which is beyond repair. Opening is 31st August so it's all go.


Mon Aug 15 13:43 2016 NZST
17 26.48S 178 57.13E

Hot and sunny. Yesterday had the day off so did housework, washing , snorkelled and explored the old leper cemetery and a few remaking buildings. Unfortunately the clam farm where they hatched 7 different varieties of clams has been destroyed but there are plans to rebuild it. All go on school again today.


Makongai anchorage.
Makongai anchorage ashore looking to clam fam.
Fri Aug 12 9:52 2016 NZST
Run: 48.9nm (88.5km)
17 26.48S 178 57.13E

Anchored at lovely Makongi , sadly lots of cyclone damage. Good trip across the Koru Sea. Limited internet, phone and SSB.

SE 15 95% cloud 1012hap


Makongi after cyclone Winston.

, Good to see you are at Makongi, we are on our way , we are at the Airport "Sudima" Hotel , 0700 flight to Suva in the Morning, D&S

Hi, still no permit for bathrooms! if we couldn't win 7s delighted Fiji won gold. Just finished entire face treatment with Ufidex cream, thank goodness for E Arden 8 hour cream, as heaps of areas blistered and pain. so quiet day today, hope to finish books tomorrow, hope rains stopped. LOL T & R

Hi, still no permit for bathrooms! if we couldn't win 7s delighted Fiji won gold. Just finished entire face treatment with Ufidex cream, thank goodness for E Arden 8 hour cream, as heaps of areas blistered and pain. so quiet day today, hope to finish books tomorrow, hope rains stopped. LOL T & R
Wed Aug 10 15:01 2016 NZST
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
16 48.6S 179 17.2E

Anchored at Cousteaus ready for an early start tomorrow. Rain forecast to clear overnight. Wahoo for dinner thanks to Vern.


Cousteau Resort

great to see you both enjoying the warmth. Happy construction work on Makongai
Mon Aug 8 19:09 2016 NZST
16 46.7S 179 19.9E

Will be in Savusavu until the rain clears (need to be able to see the coral reefs with the sun shining), probably Wednesday afternoon. Very pleasant despite the rain.


Sat Aug 6 16:55 2016 NZST
16 46.7S 179 19.9E

Loaded 4 x40kg bags cement on the back, in the black rubbish bags, these big strong Fijians are amazing, they picked them up no sweat. We're taking the cement to Makongi next week.

Very hot today, loving our air con. Loking forward to the rugby tonight.


Bags of cement for Makongi
Mon Aug 1 15:30 2016 NZST
16 46.7S 179 19.9E

Enjoying tapas, pavlova and wine on Sunday afternoon.


Tapas, wine & pav.

looks great!
Sat Jul 30 17:42 2016 NZST
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
16 46.7S 179 19.9E

Enjoying Savusavu we've had nice hot sunny weather, but raining this afternoon. Things look OK after the cyclone now, less palm trees and the market has less produce as most fresh stuff is shipped in from Suva or from Labasa. Very few bananas or pawpaw.


Savusavu river side from MdD, steam from the hot water.
Savusavu
Savusavu from MdO, looking downstream.

Pleased you both arrived safely. Enjoy the wonderful island lifestyle! All good back here in GH (except the fact we all have the flu :(. Mark and Natalia

So pleased you've arrived safely...been following your progress. Miss you in the drg and gennerally...enjoy your holiday. All best Kerry & David
Wed Jul 27 18:13 2016 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
16 46.0S 179 20.0E

On a mooring in Savu Savu, awesome sailing in last 36 hrs , we did 300 miles in 36 Hrs. Topped 11 Kts surfing down waves. All good on MdO


(Report relayed via Freycinet II)


So glad you have arrived safe and sound . Enjoy your holiday and the sun, it's pouring down here but not too cold. Stay safe. X
Tue Jul 26 19:56 2016 NZST
Run: 94.1nm (170.3km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 186nm
16 46.0S 179 19.0E

Safely Anchored at Savu Savu at 1900 Hrs Local time , all well onboard.


Position relayed via Freycinet II


Yay! Glad you made it safe and sound! Everyone at my office has been asking of your progress too! Look forward to hearing all about your adventures! Stay safe, Andrea and Rita

So happy to hear you arrived safe to Fiji. Little Sam keeps asking if he can come around to visit you at your house, sometimes gets mad because he doesn't understand the complexity of the trip, and wants to see you soon, but we tell him you will send him a pic someday. He says, "Allan, Pamela, the car and the boat too'' hahah. He hasn't seen the car outside so maybe thinks it went on the trip too. He asked to come around with us this last weekend for the walk around and helped us to plant the camelia again as it keeps falling, but sure this time it will stand still thru the windy days. Sending you big hugs and lots of kisses and wishing you a very good rest of the trip. Please keep safe and enjoy the nice Fiji. Love u both.
Tue Jul 26 7:48 2016 NZST
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.8nm
18 00.5s 179 54.2e
Weather: 15SE 15% cloud 1012 Awesome sailing, last night we covered 101nm in the 12 hours from 1800hrs last night, especially fantastic once the moon came out. Course 328 mag Speed 7-8. ETA Savusauv 2100hrs today. All's well.

:position 18 00.5s 179 54.2e


All the best wishes, I wish I can do that as well one day sailing to Fiji:) Sean
Tue Jul 26 7:31 2016 NZST
Speed: 7-8knts
Run: 115.2nm (208.5km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 204.1nm
18 02S 179 55E
Weather: SE15, 10%cc, 1012

smelling the barn as 85nm to go to Savusavu Nice timing and a lovely last 12hrs sailing. 101miles


Mon Jul 25 17:59 2016 NZST
Run: 76.3nm (138.1km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.1nm
19 42.0S 179 56.0E

Course 353M, Speed 7 Kts , Wind SE 10 , ETA Savu Savu Midnight Tuesday 26th, All well onboard excited about landfall tomorrow.


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Mon Jul 25 8:24 2016 NZST
Run: 5.5nm (10km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.9nm
20 48.2s 179 55.1e
Weather: 10SE 20% clou 1013 Very pleasant, light winds, expected to increase a little, ETA Savusauv late Tuesday. All's well.

:position 20 48.2s 179 55.1e


Mon Jul 25 7:34 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 88.8nm (160.7km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.4nm
20 53S 179 55E
Weather: ne10, 1013, 20%CC

ETA late tomorrow Tuesday. Alan has fixed the engine problem so it is ticking along well.


Sun Jul 24 18:02 2016 NZST
Run: 48.4nm (87.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.4nm
22 10.0S 179 59.0E

Course 352M , Speed 5Kts , Motor sailing in ENE 5 kts, Baro 1012mb. All's well on MdO , ETA Savu Savu Tuesday 26th late pm


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Sun Jul 24 10:09 2016 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.3nm
22 52.0S 179 58.0E

Engine issues sorted, Glorious day, ETA Savu Savu mid week


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Sun Jul 24 8:28 2016 NZST
Run: 106.9nm (193.5km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.4nm
23 03.0S 179 58.0E

Good Sailing wind ENE 10, Course 351M, Speed 6Kts, Barometer 1015 Mb, Tracking direct to Savu Savu,


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Sat Jul 23 18:10 2016 NZST
Run: 76.1nm (137.7km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.9nm
24 35.0S 179 49.0W

Course 012M, Speed 6Kts. Barometer 1013 Mb, Wind NE 10, now tracking direct to Savu Savu to investigate engine Issues.


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Sat Jul 23 8:18 2016 NZST
Run: 125.6nm (227.3km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.3nm
25 41.0S 179 52.0W

Pleasant Sailing , 12Kt NE wind, Barometer 1017 Mb, Course 347M, Speed 6kts, ETA Nth Minerva , Noon Sunday 24th JUly


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Fri Jul 22 18:01 2016 NZST
Run: 36.1nm (65.3km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 96.5nm
27 30.0S 179 50.0W

Going well, Wind ENE 10 Kts, Barometer 1015 Hpa , Course 006M, speed 6kts , ETA Nth Minerva Reef Sunday 24th


Fri Jul 22 9:03 2016 NZST
Run: 83.7nm (151.5km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.5nm
27 57.0S 179 52.0E

Motoring , wind SE 6Kts, Bar 1018 Hpa., course 016 M, speed 6 Kts, all well on board, changed into shorts!


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Thu Jul 21 18:06 2016 NZST
Run: 58.4nm (105.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.5nm
29 07.0S 179 30E

Motor Sailing in SSW 5kts. Course 017 T speed 5kts , 352 Nm. to North Minerva, ETA Sunday 24th (AM) , All well on board.


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Thu Jul 21 8:51 2016 NZST
Run: 174.7nm (316.2km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178nm
29 51.0S 179 01.0E

All OK , over halfway to Minerva, good sailing

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Wed Jul 20 9:18 2016 NZST
Run: 150.6nm (272.6km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.5nm
31 43S 177 02E

Weather : WSW 20-25


Tue Jul 19 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 164.1nm (297km)
Avg: 17knts
24hr: 406.9nm
33 41S 175 55E

Hi All, MdO is doing well , currently at 33 41s m 175.55E (1200 hrs NZST), their on board email system is currently inoperative. I have received their position today via satphone message.


Mon Jul 18 14:19 2016 NZST
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
Avg: 30.2knts
24hr: 724.3nm
35 49.14813S 174 39.14944E

Mon Jul 18 14:16 2016 NZST
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
35 47.9S 174 39.3E

Left at 1200hrs, good to be finally away and heading to Fiji.

All's well. Reefed main with staysail.

Wind 25 SSW with gusty squalls. 1010.


Have a good trip and stay safe Snowing not far from here today Ron H

Great to hear you got away at last. Wishing you a very safe and happy passage. J

Great to see you under way! Should be a pretty good passage. Bon voyage from the Liberations.
Sat Jul 16 18:31 2016 NZST
Run: 11.4nm (20.6km)
35 50.24S 174 28.07E

At Marsden Cove Marina, hope to clear Customs and leave early this week. The weather windows change day to day.


Tue Jul 12 18:36 2016 NZST
Run: 4690.7nm (8490.2km)
Avg: 136181.6knts
24hr: 3268358.7nm
35 43.2S 174 19.5E

Back on MdO after a wonderful time with family on Gold Coast.

Maybe a weather window on Monday 18th.


Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast
Tue Jul 12 18:34 2016 NZST
Run: 4690.7nm (8490.2km)
Avg: 10.2knts
24hr: 243.8nm
31 4.30535N 172 51.53320W

Thu Jun 23 12:52 2016 NZST
35 43.2S 174 19.5E

Flying to the Gold Coast as no weather window for 2 weeks.


Sun Jun 19 15:11 2016 NZST
35 43.2S 174 19.5E

Walked to the waterfall today, no jobs! Still waiting.


Sat Jun 18 9:35 2016 NZST
35 43.2S 174 19.5E

Looks like another week of waiting in the Town Basin. We're fine.


Tue Jun 14 15:02 2016 NZST
35 43.2S 174 19.5E

Still waiting at Town Basin Whangarei. All ok


How are you guys. Are you still in Whangarei with Sandra & Doug. We are in Bali sitting out an out of season tropical downpour. Safe sailing and will check on here in a day or two. Cheers Anne n Alan
Sun Jun 12 11:18 2016 NZST
35 43.2S 174 19.5E

Departure delayed, another Tasman/Queensland low developing would be on our route (unpredictable). We're fine, still polishing!


Safety #1. All good back here in GH (other than a minor gas leak yesterday which nearly shut down the neighborhood!). Stay safe and warm. Mark and Natalia
Sat Jun 11 8:50 2016 NZST
35 43.24S 174 19.5E

Maybe a weather window early next week.


Thu Jun 9 10:55 2016 NZST
35 43.24S 174 19.5E

Not leaving today. Weather not cooperating. Getting lots of polishing done, Town Basin is a very convenient place to wait.


Sat Jun 4 9:47 2016 NZST
35 43.24S 174 19.5E

Thursday 9th June looks like a possibility for leaving. We're fine.


Tue May 31 10:50 2016 NZST
35 43.240S 174 19.5E

Not going on Thursday, weather not great now. Looks like end of next week. Lots to do here.


Mon May 30 11:08 2016 NZST
35 43.24S 174 19.5E
Weather: 50% cloud, 1010mb.

Looks like a weather window on Thursday.


hi Alan and Pam hope the weathers a go for Thursday and will keep a eye on your progress from the Harris family remark sa
Sun May 29 12:01 2016 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
35 43.24S 174 19.5E

Still no date to leave yet. We're fine and finding jobs to keep us busy.


We thought we would find you on the high seas but had been wondering about the weather. Congrats all round for the safe arrival of Laurel. We leave for UK on 20 June, gdau Alana five on 25th and various family gatherings to follow. Home on 28 August. Have had visit from cousin Lisa Vaughan, Ned and Helen's youngest and from Warren, Monty's son. Also discovered that Val Paterson manager of Placemakers here in Hamilton is the eldest daughter of cousin John Graham! I've been bothering her for a while now asking for free gifts for raffles etc for the Gardens not realising the connection! Best wishes for a break in the weather and happy sailing. Virginia and Ken
Thu May 26 8:31 2016 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
35 43.42S 174 19.5E

Will be in Town Basin until next week. Very convenient and pleasant place to wait.


Mon May 23 20:29 2016 NZST
Run: 56.3nm (101.9km)
35 43.47S 174 19.5E

Tied up at the Town Basin, Whangerai. Motor sailed all the way.

Will wait here for a decent weather window for Fiji.


Squall obscures Whangarei Heads
Sun May 22 18:23 2016 NZST
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
36 25.5S 174 50.30E
Weather: westerly 15-20, squally rain showers.

Anchored in Harris Bay, Kawau Island. Pleased to be away at last, heading to the Town Basin, Whangerai to wait for a decent weather window for Fiji. Pleasant sail today, few good squalls that blew the cobwebs away, eased off now.


Fri May 20 8:56 2016 NZST
36 37.18S 174 47.4E

Hoping to leave for Town Basin, Whangarei on Sunday or Monday. Will wait there for a weather window.


Sat May 14 19:15 2016 NZST
36 37.18s 174 47.4e

Still at Fairway Bay. Looks like a stormy week ahead, so we'll wait before heading to Fiji.


Fri May 6 13:26 2016 NZST
36 37.18s 174 47.4e

Still at Fairway Bay, Gulf Harbour. Maybe a weather window Saturday 14th May for Fiji.


Sun May 1 20:35 2016 NZST
36 37.18s 174 47.4e

Preparations still ongoing. Maybe a weather window around 10th May.


Sun Apr 10 14:45 2016 NZST
Run: 13.9nm (25.2km)
36 37.18s 174 47.4e

At Fairway Bay Gulf Harbour getting ready for Fiji and warmer places.


Fri Apr 1 15:58 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
36 25.37S 174 50.30E
Weather: overcast and drizzly rain, 1016mb.

Anchord in Bon Accord Kawau Island. Great to meet up with Mike, David & Patricia and some cruisers last night


We hope you are having a good time and enjoying the trip. Have lots of fun and wine too!! Big kiss from Sam :) he's been asking for you two all day today, I told him you were traveling in the boat and he said 'is raining, they will get wet' lol he's saying long sentences now. Hugs to you both
Sun Mar 27 23:04 2016 NZDT
Run: 13.8nm (25km)
36 25.49s 174 50.51e

Anchord in Bon Accord Kawau Island.


Thu Mar 24 15:35 2016 NZDT
Run: 67nm (121.3km)
36 37.26646S 174 47.51278E

now at Fairway Bay Gulf Harbour, heading to Coromandel for Easter


Tue Nov 19 10:34 2013 NZDT
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
35 43.558s 174 19.779e

on piles for a while in the town basin, very pleasant.


Thu Oct 24 0:00 2013 NZDT
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
35 43.427s 174 19.536e

motored up to the town basin. going under the new bridge was very straight forward, no waiting.


Wed Oct 23 0:00 2013 NZDT
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)
35 50.218s 174 28.116e

arrived at marsden cove marina at 1530hrs after a pleasant sail from whangamumu.


Tue Oct 22 0:00 2013 NZDT
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
35 15.079s 174 17.763e

anchored in pretty whangamumu, nice and quiet.


Sun Oct 20 0:00 2013 NZDT
35 18.848s 174 07.36e

tied up at opua q dock at 0330hrs after a really good trip from vuda point, fiji. spectacular nights with a full moon and a cloudless sky, just magic. good to be back in nz.


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