Moonlight

Moonlight

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

COG 258True
SOG 5k
Distance to Go DTG 548
Sailing
All well onboard AWOB

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: 205.8nm (372.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.7nm
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
AGOB

Wed Feb 21 23:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 49.4nm (89.4km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.7nm
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
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
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
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)
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)
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

Anchored Port Vila at 1500 local time.
Pooped!
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

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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