Sun Mar 11 19:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 187.7nm (339.7km)
24 24.622S 152 23.249E
Weather: Last day into Bundaberg Port Bill had 30+knot winds and big seas off top of Fraser Island and into Bundaberg.

Sorry everyone. Bill arrived 0300 on Wed 28th February. I drove from Out Of The Bag at Maryborough arriving at Port Of Bundaberg about midday expecting formalities would be over only to find that Customs Officers had not arrived until 11a.m. I sat with Bill while Customs went on with their procedures. The sniffer dogs were on Moonlight and became a bit interested in a bag we have had for many years while travelling. The dogs were likely confused by all the smells associated with the grungy down at heel looking bag. Apart from that all was good onboard, although I am still sweeping up dog hairs from their time onboard. Wednesdays the Quarantine Officer does not work so at about 3pm Bill was escorted back down to Moonlight on the Quarantine Dock by the Customs Officers and I had to drive back an hour and three quarters to Maryborough. On Thursday 1st March I drove back up to Port Of Bundaberg arriving at 11a.m as the Quarantine Officer was just finishing up. Then it was the turn of Wayne whose job it is to prepare the paperwork to import Moonlight into Australia. Finally we were able to relax on Moonlight and catch up

Mon Feb 26 21:44 2018 NZDT
Run: 91.9nm (166.3km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.8nm
23 12.6S 155 03.0E
Weather: Wind 12 knot NE

at 1700 abeam of Cato Reef

COG 253 True

SOG 6.6 knots

Distance to Go 192 All Good Onboard

AT 1500 the Coast Watch plane, Border Force boys, over flew Moonlight and called Bill on the VHF Radio. Bill said it was good to see them. Shorty afterwards a big squall passed over leaving west winds behind.Probably good to speak to someone too after a solitary week at sea.

Mon Feb 26 10:17 2018 NZDT
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.6nm
22 41.4S 156 22.7E
Weather: Wind 8 k NE. Seas calm. Fine day.

Good sailing conditions overnight.

COG 240 True

SOG 4.8k

Been lots of work in light conditions main up, main down, main up, down up, to reduce flogging of main in light conditions and seas. No doubt Bill will be tired by all exercise.

Following with great interest. Don’t work too hard Bill. Look after that elbow! Cheers. Merv
Sun Feb 25 10:04 2018 NZDT
Run: 53.5nm (96.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.4nm
21 46.8S 158 06.0E
Weather: Wind 5k ESE, seas calm

COG 240 True

SOG 4.9 knots

Motoring since 0400

All Well onboard

Sun Feb 25 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 125.8nm (227.7km)
Avg: 33.5knts
24hr: 803nm
22 10.2S 157 22.7E
Weather: Wind 8 NE, seas less half a metre but short

Moonlight at 1800 Sunday 25th is now in Australian Waters.

COG 250 True

SOG 4k

Slow sail, short chop making sails flog. Annoying and hard to sleep

Distance to Go 311 nm

Sat Feb 24 20:14 2018 NZDT
Run: 146.8nm (265.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.5nm
21 16.7S 159 05.2E
Weather: Wind 8 knot ESE

Lovely day of sailing

COG 240 True

SOG 5 knot

22 nm to belona Reef

DTG 420 at 1800 24th Feb

Fri Feb 23 20:58 2018 NZDT
Run: 70.4nm (127.4km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.8nm
20 21.2S 161 07.9E
Weather: Wind 10kESE seas slight on 1.5 m swell

COG 258True

SOG 5k

Distance to Go DTG 548


All well onboard AWOB

Glad to see you’re chugging along ok, Bill. It’s beer o’clock here in Vila, but I think I’d rather be in good ship Moonlight. All the best mate. Cheers Pat

Mate good to see the progress not stressing those ol Salty sea bones too much. Today I am a GrandPop to beautiful baby girl called Chloe. Unsurprisingly she was 35cm long with jet black hair. Both Amanda and Daniel doing well. It’s ‘beer-o-clock’ here in Nai Harn so about to celebrate with champers and a few bottles wine and beers. Sorry you can’t be here. I’m driving to Brisbane March 2 and should be there for 6nights before heading back. Hurry up so we can have a beer together. Tony
Fri Feb 23 11:28 2018 NZDT
Run: 148.8nm (269.3km)
Avg: 13knts
24hr: 311.2nm
19 43.8S 161 59.3E
Weather: Wind 8 knots SE. Seas half a metre

COG 260

SOG 5.5k

Reaching speeds 7k overnight

Clear skies

Distance to go 607nm

Reaching comfortably


Fri Feb 23 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 353.9nm (640.6km)
Avg: 14.4knts
24hr: 344.6nm
20 50S 160 01E
Weather: wind 4 ESE big swell with short chop on top

Wind dropped at 0400 left shitty seas.

COG 260 True

SOG 4 knot

0700 24th Feb Distance to go 479 Motoring

Best speed overnight 7.1 knots

Every mono's dread zephyr wind, big swells with short chop on top

Wed Feb 21 23:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 49.4nm (89.4km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.7nm
18 31S 164 52E
Weather: wind 4k E seas calm at 1800 Australian Eastern Standard Time. Very hot day. Cooling shower went through at 1700.

COG 260 degrees True

SOG 4.5 k

Distance to Way Point off Bundaberg 790

Bil was motoring at the time of report, sails up and down all day again No wind at time.

All Well Onboard

Mate hope you are enjoying the trip home in such lovely sailing conditions. Wish I could be there listening to the moans about the lack of wind, the constant sail changes, the boredom of monohull sailing etc etc. really sorry I have to put up with Phuket’s brilliant warm weather, Cheap Thai food, Thai hospitality, and swimming in 28deg crystal clear water. I’m really envious mate. Just thought I’d let my good mate know what I have to put up with here while you enjoy yourself. As the Thais say “love you long time mate”
Wed Feb 21 11:34 2018 NZDT
Run: 117.3nm (212.3km)
Avg: 10.1knts
24hr: 243.1nm
18 21S 165 36E
Weather: half metre sea, short chop wind 5 knots NE

Course over the ground 266 degrees

Speed over ground 4k

Sailed overnight headsail only to stop main flopping flogging around

67nm to Petrie Reef

126nm to Grande Pass

Should clear New Caledonia reef area (over top of New Cal) late Thursday.

All good onboard

Wed Feb 21 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 171nm (309.5km)
Avg: 55.1knts
24hr: 1322nm
18 43.1S 163 51.2E
Weather: wind 5 knots NE. seas calm

0700 local time Bill reported

COG 259 True

SOG 4 knots

Motoring with gentle breeze starting to fill in

All Well onboard

Distance to Waypoint 731

Last night when he passed Petrie Reef there were big overfalls and a current against him 3knots, it was bit rough and spooky as it is New Moon so pitch dark difficult to see anything. Conditions settled when he had passed the reef.

Tue Feb 20 20:53 2018 NZDT
Run: 52.6nm (95.2km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.8nm
18 11S 166 24E
Weather: wind 2 knot E half metre swell motoring

Been motor sailing most of day, very hot. Tried ever sail combination to catch any wind assistance. Probably pleased sun has gone down.

Tue Feb 20 11:01 2018 NZDT
Run: 76.7nm (138.8km)
17 59.6S 167 10.5E
Weather: Seas smooth, wind calm after squalls around dawn, lovely rainbow

At 0600 Aus Eastern standard time, that means Qld time

COG 256

SOG been averaging 4 knots in light NE during night. Currently Westerly wind

Seas 1/2 metre smooth

Distance to Bundaberg 950m

Squalls light up to 12 knots

Wed Jan 10 20:06 2018 NZDT
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
17 44.714S 168 18.670E
Weather: Showers today, woke up to a lot of rain, no wind now, overcast - time 1800 local

We were towed on to a mooring this afternoon in shallow water off Irriki Resort where it is very calm and sheltered, as the engine will run, which we are grateful for for the charging of the batteries, but it will not go into gear. No it is not the gear box apparently according to Vijay the mechanic. He will dive on the prop tomorrow as he thinks it is a problem between the stainless prop and the bronze propellor corroded connections. He will be here at ten a.m. tomorrow so we’ll know more then. He says he will use a net in the event that he drops something. In the meantime Bill is having a lovely messy time servicing the winches -he’s onto the third one - but he’s pleased with how they run after he’s cleaned them up. He has two to go.

Mon Jan 1 20:13 2018 NZDT
Run: 34.6nm (62.6km)
Avg: 819.5knts
24hr: 19667.4nm
17 44.254S 168 18.585E

Anchored Port Vila at 1500 local time.


31 days, 4 hrs 3026nm (divide by 31 days....hmmm... slow!)

Probably had fireworks here last night, darn.

Lovely sail today.

Happy New Year Gene and Bill what a mission all the best and love you lots,happy long life to you.
Mon Jan 1 20:11 2018 NZDT
Run: 380.4nm (688.5km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99nm
17 42S 168 50E

Beaut sunrise first day of the year!

Sailing down wind poles out headsail Bill off watch probably suggest spinnaker when he comes up.

18nm to end of Efate then 20 up to Port Vila.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. We trust it will be a good one full of health, happiness, good times, family and friends!

Much love Bill & Gene

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