Sun Mar 11 19:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 24 24.622S 152 23.249E
Run: 187.7nm (339.7km)
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
GPS: 23 12.6S 155 03.0E
Run: 91.9nm (166.3km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.8nm
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
GPS: 22 41.4S 156 22.7E
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.6nm
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.

Sun Feb 25 10:04 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 46.8S 158 06.0E
Run: 53.5nm (96.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.4nm
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
GPS: 22 10.2S 157 22.7E
Run: 125.8nm (227.7km)
Avg: 33.5knts
24hr: 803nm
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
GPS: 21 16.7S 159 05.2E
Run: 146.8nm (265.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.5nm
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
GPS: 20 21.2S 161 07.9E
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


All well onboard AWOB

Fri Feb 23 11:28 2018 NZDT
GPS: 19 43.8S 161 59.3E
Run: 148.8nm (269.3km)
Avg: 13knts
24hr: 311.2nm
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
GPS: 20 50S 160 01E
Run: 353.9nm (640.6km)
Avg: 14.4knts
24hr: 344.6nm
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
GPS: 18 31S 164 52E
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

Wed Feb 21 11:34 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 21S 165 36E
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
GPS: 18 43.1S 163 51.2E
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
GPS: 18 11S 166 24E
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
GPS: 17 59.6S 167 10.5E
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
GPS: 17 44.714S 168 18.670E
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
GPS: 17 44.254S 168 18.585E
Run: 34.6nm (62.6km)
Avg: 819.5knts
24hr: 19667.4nm

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.

Mon Jan 1 20:11 2018 NZDT
GPS: 17 42S 168 50E
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

Sat Dec 30 17:47 2017 NZDT
No position sent.

240nm from Port Vila

FYI hand steering only.

Thurs am early bracket holds new u beaut auto pilot attach very dodgy way, came loose...sigh... no indication til failed. Will be straight forward repair. Meantime exhausting job steering esp since lots rain and wind.


Fri Dec 29 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 14 39S 173 36.3E
Run: 141.8nm (256.7km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.8nm

End week 4 not too flash

Going nowhere 2days Xmas & Boxing Day

Total week 480nm worst day -4nm!

Wind arrived Wednesday pm in 18hrs did 216nm

Moonlite sails well in wind

Heading 220T ENE 8k

Squalls about lots lovely rain this am

Gonna stop Port Vila, Vanuatu then whooska says weather guru Mark, Aus

Thu Dec 28 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 13 25.23S 175 17.84E
Run: 415.9nm (752.8km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.7nm
Weather: Wind SE10k 5.5k seas 1m 80%cloud

Wind again end 27th day

Wind SE10k 5.5k seas 1m 80%cloud

Course 236T

Going to stop Port Vila Vanuatu

Sun Dec 24 22:14 2017 NZDT
No position sent.

Lovely night, gentle breeze


Moonlit water, stars, calm sea,

Listening to Xmas music on radio national NZ

Watching for Santa.

Love to all

Merry Christmas to Alana, Ahlia, Juliette, Margaret & Kevin, Simon & Kirsten, Cooper n Pippa.

Merry Christmas to Ben & Lucie, Renee, Emily, Eloise & Joseph, Marcelle & Max, Maija, Amelia & Aria. Claire & Rob, kids & grandkids.

Merry Christmas to all the lovely friends near and far, wish we were there to share the prawns n ice cold beer. See you soon.

Gene n Bill

Fri Dec 22 13:54 2017 NZDT
GPS: 9 36.5S 179 57W
Run: 119.3nm (215.9km)
Avg: 1278.2knts
24hr: 30677.1nm
Weather: NNW 18k 1.5m seas 75% cl

End week 3 21 days + 28 days from Panama

Ghastly week. 515nm but kept away from low.

Last few days squal lots wind, rain.

Sunny now, hatches open.

Lay 'a hull' last night n drifted 12nm probably more than sailed during the day.

Quite comfy.

Sailing nicely now.

3.2nm to date line.

COG 225 SOG 6.2k NNW 18k 1.5m seas

75% cloud

1750 to Bundy

Fri Dec 22 13:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 8 0S 179 19W
Run: 100.8nm (182.4km)
Weather: If you want to know where the rain is it's 8dS 179d19W

Diabolical night. Heaps of rain n wind.

Wed Dec 20 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 7 45S 177 52W
Run: 136.7nm (247.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.3nm
Weather: Pouring rain not a breath of wind

Pouring rain not a breath of wind.

Good overnight, no squall then 1 massive shower

Progress slow yesterday squalls n lulls all day.

50k in 1 but short duration

Mon Dec 18 21:22 2017 NZDT
GPS: 7 21.017S 175 54.8W
Run: 334.6nm (605.6km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 68.4nm
Weather: Consistent wind NNW, strength up and down, no squalls, 1 shower of rain

End 18th day out of Marq

2123 astern

Slow progress trying our patience but necessary as low below us affecting wind

Consistent wind NNW direction, strength up n down.

No squalls, 1 rain shower.


Plenty food water gas to cook but wish for landfall Aust.

Looking Nth cloud higher lighter thinner. Looking Sth cloud darker thicker esp on horizon.

Last night lots of stars, wonder if be the same tonight. Hope so.

Thu Dec 14 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 7 36.8S 171 02.3W
Run: 721.4nm (1305.7km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.5nm
Weather: 10% cloud, less than 1m seas

00 00 UTC 14/12

End of week 2

COG 273 SOG4k, slow!

10% cloud, less than 1m seas

Weeks distance 871nm

Due North of Tokelau by 100nm

Enjoy the school holidays!

Sun Dec 10 14:08 2017 NZDT
GPS: 8 59.2S 160 34.9W
Run: 287.2nm (519.8km)
Avg: 5619.1knts
24hr: 134859.1nm
Weather: NNE 8k

End of day 9 passing above Northen Cooks.

NNE8k managing 4.9-5k despite light breeze.

Hot sunny


Long way to go yet

Sun Dec 10 14:05 2017 NZDT
GPS: 9 31.79S 156 24.43W
Run: 448.3nm (811.4km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.7nm
Weather: 80% cl NE 15k

End week 1 out marq.

Week run 962nm

Thanks Sue n Brian 4 message

Congratulations Renee Hons 2018

Tue Dec 5 15:25 2017 NZDT
GPS: 9 41.4S 149 49.85W
Run: 479.3nm (867.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.2nm
Weather: Ene

Had to slow down, reduce sail. big following sea was uncomfortable. Better now tho.

Check Sth n West of us 25nm Karoraina Island.

Explains the birds.

4700m deep here

266T 6k ENE

1738 to go

Sat Dec 2 15:37 2017 NZDT
GPS: 9 10.66S 142 49.17W
Run: 186.6nm (337.7km)
Weather: 2m seas, 10% cloud

Underway 24hrs @ 11 11 utc 2pm local 1 dec.

266T 6k, E18 2m seas 10% cloud

distance to next way point off Samoa 2155

Daily run 156

Fri Nov 24 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 08 55.017S 140 5.901W
Run: 345.3nm (625km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.7nm

Anchor down!

27days 4hrs 50mins

Interesting scenery

Small village

Checking in and resting!

Wed Nov 22 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 8 00S 135 08W
Run: 158.3nm (286.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.3nm

Wed Nov 22 0:00 2017 NZDT
Weather: Wind eased overnight

299nm to go but wind eased overnight. Progress a tad slow but as it is only Wednesday morning we should make Friday eta.

Tue Nov 21 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 7 32.7S 132 52.101W
Run: 534.5nm (967.4km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.2nm
Weather: wind died at sunset veered NE before midnight. wind returned by breakfast

Last 4 days 166, 166, 161

wind died at sunset, veered NE before midnight gybed, last 24hr 136nm

Wind return breakfast.




Looking forward to getting to Nuku for wifi & emails, fresh fruit & veg and a still bed to sleep in!

Sat Nov 18 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 5 54.3S 125 15.5W
Run: 744.3nm (1347.2km)
Avg: 11.9knts
24hr: 285.4nm
Weather: 1.5-2m swell 10% cloud

End Week 3 total 1100nm av 157/day.

Pos at 1900 18.11.17 5d54.3S 125d15.5W

COG 255T SOG 8.6k E 22/22k 1.5-2m swell 10% cloud

900 to Nuku

Daily run 166

Sailing wind on wing

Reef hail & main


Bacon n egg blast chased eggs round pan

Difficult to sleep, good speed but rolling, noisy in follow sea.

Seas really testing

Some good 2.5m and why is it always has to be a rogue one closer to 3m! Just when think need to take another reef they soften off again.

Wed Nov 15 9:24 2017 NZDT
GPS: 03 19.5S 114 46.08W
Run: 348.3nm (630.4km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.7nm
Weather: wind SE 12-15, swelll 1m 10% cloud

1900 UTC 15th Nov,AWOB - All Well On Board

1547 to go

Dreaming of Steak!

Sun Nov 12 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 02 00.00S 109 54.06W
Run: 470.5nm (851.6km)
Avg: 15.5knts
24hr: 372.3nm
Weather: Wind SE 12k sun 10%cl

At the end of 15days COG 251 T SOG 7.3k Wind SE 12k

Past halfway 1850nm

AWOB All Well On Board

Not much sunscreen used this trip. It's cool out here.

Interesting fact : after 2 weeks OOTB 1860nm Moonlight 1800nm but on week 3 OOTB did 1500nm! Not sure Moonlight can match that!

Fri Nov 10 17:39 2017 NZDT
GPS: 00 19.5N 103 30.14W
Run: 140.6nm (254.5km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191nm
Weather: Long lazy swells, light SSE breeze, clouding over again.

Happy 17th bday Hazel. Happy 71st bday Bill.

Long lazy swells, light SSE breeze, spinnaker flying. Clouding over again...sigh.

2257 to go a end of 12th day

Fri Nov 10 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 00 20.9S 105 25.31W
Run: 237.4nm (429.7km)
Avg: 9.9knts
24hr: 237.4nm
Weather: Breeze died down

1900 UTC

Thanks for all the bday wishes. Bill got peppermint chocolate & red wine.

Thanks Mark for weather update we look forward to a good run next week. Hope we make sweet spot. LOL

Slow night, breeze died down, not much this morning either.

Back to doing 7k

Thu Nov 9 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 0 45N 102 10W
Run: 467.6nm (846.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.9nm
Weather: Bright stars , clouds gone, clear skies.

11th nite out finally clouds gone. You should see the stars, sky absolutely clear. Very bright stars shining path on sea. Stunning. Will Cross equator tomorrow!

Mon Nov 6 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 2 21.38N 95 35.55W
Run: 484.2nm (876.4km)
Avg: 13.5knts
24hr: 323nm
Weather: Wind SSE 15k, 1-1.5m seas 70% cloud, finally some sun.

1900 UTC 6th Nov 2017

COG 250 T


wind SSE 15k

1-1.5m seas

70% cloud, finally some sun.

AWOB (All Well On Board)

Day run 155. Current with us now for 2 days instead of against.

2745 nm nuku hiva

FYI crochet going well.

Sat Nov 4 12:01 2017 NZDT
GPS: 4 07N 88 48W
Run: 11nm (19.9km)
Weather: S20-22, 1.5m swell


Fri Nov 3 0:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 4 09.61N 88 38.80W
Run: 689.8nm (1248.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.3nm
Weather: Wind S 18k 1m seas 100% cl last 4 days

UTC 1900 3/11/17 4deg 09.61 N 88 D 38.89 W

COG 251 T SOG 5.6k

Wind S 18k 1m seas 100% cl last 4 days

3176nm Nuku Hiva

Sun Oct 29 11:18 2017 NZDT
GPS: 08 27.9N 079 35.09W
Run: 31.8nm (57.6km)
Weather: Wind 8k SE fading COG 187 T SOG 6k

All well onboard. 2137 UTC 1537 Saturday 28th Oct Panama time

Sun Oct 22 5:33 2017 NZDT
GPS: 8 55.312N 79 31.913W
Run: 38.6nm (69.9km)
Weather: 10 knots northerly, sunny and cloudy looks like another lot of thunder heads brewing up for a storm this afternoon, hot 30 degrees

Anchored behind the Protection of Amador Causeway. Moonlight had green fur on water line from Shelter Bay marina and many fish yesterday eating it all way. Boobies would dive down with a great splash right beside us after the fish. Big noise. Lots of fun. They dive quite deep. A few fishing pelicans too. I love the way they hit the water in a steep dive and bob up very quickly cos of their fat body. There is a new dingy dock now at Isla Perico for getting ashore. Huge improvement from last year when we tried to stay dry getting ashore after tieing the dingy to a rickety collection of floating polystyrene platforms, half sunken dinghies, and a few drums cobbled together. It was a miracle if you kept your balance and your feet dry. The anchorage area is called Las Brisas (breezes). There are a lot of local boats, yachts, fishing boats, big posh charter boats and work boats in the area. There is a bus service or you can take a taxi to the city via the Causeway.

Thu Oct 12 16:36 2017 NZDT
GPS: 9 20.37.6N 79 54.46.2W
Run: 27.7nm (50.1km)
Weather: Steamy night. There was a storm at sunset.

We are at The Flats. We are the only boat here at the moment. It is ten thirty p.m. Wednesday. The Measurer is coming tomorrow to measure and inspect Moonlight. We arrived in the dark. We have been here a few times before, twice with OOTB once to be measured and once to start the process of going through the Canal. Bill did two in Blue Dream as well. Therefore we were familiar with the lay of the land as it where, so coming in with many ships everywhere was not a problem.

Thu Oct 12 3:17 2017 NZDT
GPS: 9 36.38.7N 79 36.32.8W
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: Stinking hot, blue skies, tiny zephyrs of breeze.

Going to The Flats this afternoon, to be measured tomorrow.

Fri Sep 29 21:58 2017 NZDT
GPS: 9 36.48675N 79 36.33W

Moonlight is just behind the little island you can see. It is a small but very sheltered marina. You can see the marina complex and the dirt road to the little village of Cacique.

Fri Sep 29 21:44 2017 NZDT
GPS: 09 36.51N 79. 36.31W

Moonlight is sitting at Panamarina at Panama On the Caribbean side waiting for us to arrive, Transit the canal and sail her across the Pacific. Sue and Brian on Sea Rose are right near by, as are George and Rebecca on C-Level and Corrine and Gerwald on Bellatrix are expected any time soon.

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