Wed Mar 29 17:59 2017 NZDT
GPS: 28 52.72785S 153 34.06324E
Run: 39.1nm (70.8km)

Gentle day, put into Ballina to sit out some bad weather. The tail end of Cyclone Debbie that hit hard further north. As we were coming into the river, we were obediently leaving a port mark to our left when we gently touched bottom. A boat which was a short distance away then proceeded to move the mark!

Tue Mar 28 21:08 2017 NZDT
GPS: 29 24.68625S 153 20.95600E
Run: 63nm (114km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.1nm

Uncomfortable day motoring into wind and current. Glad to be stopped.

Mon Mar 27 23:16 2017 NZDT
GPS: 30 18.28399S 153 8.63852E
Run: 78.9nm (142.8km)

Light wind day, caught big tuna. Cyclone Debbie in North Queensland looks like it may be quite severe.

Sat Mar 25 2:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 31 25.6S 152 53.9E
Run: 16.5nm (29.9km)

Shorter motor today to Port Maquarie

Fri Mar 24 2:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 31 39.04235S 152 48.10668E
Run: 56.3nm (101.9km)
Avg: 11.6knts
24hr: 279.3nm

Light wind and a strong, 4 kt current against us, with a fair amount of rain. It was all made better by a pod of dolphins swimming with us just before Camden Haven.

Thu Mar 23 21:09 2017 NZDT
GPS: 32 25.95527S 152 31.95930E
Run: 68.7nm (124.3km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.1nm

Nice day sailing, 25kts broad reaching. Rainbows, flying fish, dolphins and black seagulls possibly shearwater...

Wed Mar 22 23:47 2017 NZDT
GPS: 33 5.13472S 151 38.53639E
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)

Not much wind today, but good motoring. Impressive thunderstorm this evening. Glad we are in a sheltered spot!

Fri Feb 10 17:15 2017 NZDT
GPS: 35 8.06929S 150 44.61476E
Run: 50.2nm (90.9km)

Arrived in beautiful Jervis Bay. Not much wind today, but a great day. Looking forward to spending a few days in the bay

Thu Feb 9 17:27 2017 NZDT
GPS: 34 25.253S 150 54.42E
Run: 44.1nm (79.8km)

Nice sailing today. Arrived into Wollongong, saw a penguin in the harbour and tied up alongside a friendly boat

Wed Jan 25 10:27 2017 NZDT
GPS: 33 50.8S 151 14.60E
Run: 17.2nm (31.1km)

Anchored near the Zoo, awesome view of Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge!

Thu Nov 24 22:14 2016 NZDT
GPS: 33 36.28S 151 19.00E
Run: 476.5nm (862.5km)
Avg: 12897.7knts
24hr: 309545.9nm

Thu Nov 24 22:12 2016 NZDT
GPS: 28 38.27337S 156 54.40430E
Run: 156.6nm (283.4km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.9nm

Made it to Pittwater hooray! through 40kt headwinds and big seas which shredded our bimini, and nearly claimed our liferaft. Looking forward to sleep.

Wed Nov 23 5:18 2016 NZDT
5.5 kts
GPS: 29 15.1s 154 24.9e

Left the Gold Coast, heading south. Nice to be at sea again, good sailing though upwind.

Tue Nov 22 5:30 2016 NZDT
5.5 kts
GPS: 29 15.1s 154 24.9e
Run: 110.8nm (200.5km)

Left the Gold Coast, heading south. Nice to be at sea again, good sailing though upwind.

Tue Nov 15 15:09 2016 NZDT
GPS: 27 54.42S 153 25.20355E
Run: 21.6nm (39.1km)

Got through the Jacobs Well shoals no problem. Bit colder today!

Mon Nov 14 12:33 2016 NZDT
GPS: 27 35.85S 153 22.27E
Run: 29.8nm (53.9km)

Moved to a more sheltered anchorage. Gradually heading south.

Sat Nov 12 15:28 2016 NZDT
GPS: 27 10.0S 153 22.2E
Run: 36.3nm (65.7km)

Nice sailboats from Scarborough marina. Saw another Dugong and a turtle.

Mon Nov 7 22:25 2016 NZDT
GPS: 26 41.226S 153 7.71678E
Run: 62.8nm (113.7km)

Just got to Mooloolaba. Eventful day today. Gearbox seized, and couldn't get into forward. Fixed that, then I made Aussie Pies for lunch, and set fire to the oven. Put it out with our dry powder extinguisher, which covered everything with white powder. Coming into the marina, discovered the boat wouldn't reverse, which made parking more difficult. Ready for a beer now!

Sun Nov 6 18:55 2016 NZDT
GPS: 25 47.0s 153 1.5e
Run: 25.8nm (46.7km)

Another good day, through the sandy straits and the shallow Sheridan Flats without any problems.

Sat Nov 5 19:58 2016 NZDT
GPS: 25 25.5s 152 54.7e
Run: 56.4nm (102.1km)
Weather: NW 20

Good day of sailing 20-25 kts of breeze, amazing wildlife including a Dugong, several rays, two turtles and many dolphins. What a place!

Tue Oct 25 16:12 2016 NZDT
GPS: 24 45.695s 152 23.245e
Run: 37.9nm (68.6km)

Made it to Bundaberg Port Marina, despite broken autopilot and nasty weather. Waiting for the quarantine man to come and check the boat for termites...

Sun Oct 23 12:48 2016 NZDT
GPS: 24 23.7s 152 50.2e
Run: 317.8nm (575.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.5nm
Weather: 30kts SW

Labouring upwind under motor into Hervey Bay. Grey weather with rain. We thought Australia was supposed to be sunny!?! Not too far to go, we are looking forward to stopping. Autopilot still not working.

Fri Oct 21 9:06 2016 NZDT
7 kts
GPS: 23 39.2s 157 48.3e
Run: 202.1nm (365.8km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.4nm

Autopilot not working all night, quite hard work. Has started working again now, fingers crossed it stays!

Thu Oct 20 4:18 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 27.4s 160 59.3e
Run: 159.9nm (289.4km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.8nm

Close reaching, 10kts of wind. Flat seas, nice sailing, making good progress.

Wed Oct 19 5:09 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 00.4s 163 27.5e
Run: 84.1nm (152.2km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.7nm

Light winds for a while, but we are in no hurry. Nice sailing.

Tue Oct 18 6:54 2016 NZDT
5.5 kts
GPS: 22 45.7s 164 45.1e
Run: 112.4nm (203.4km)
Weather: 20kts Easterly

Left New Caledonia, heading towards Australia. Good to be at sea again. Breezy start, 35kts. Settled down now.

Tue Oct 11 16:44 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 16.7s 166 26e
Run: 54.8nm (99.2km)

Arrived to Noumea, excited to be here! Off to find cold beer.

Mon Oct 10 5:29 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 15.9s 167 17.4e

Waiting for daylight to approach the island, and the pass through the reef.

Mon Oct 10 5:29 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 15.9s 167 17.4e
Run: 118.2nm (213.9km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 109.7nm

Waiting for daylight to approach the island, and the pass through the reef.

Sun Oct 9 3:37 2016 NZDT
GPS: 21 30.9s 168 56.8e
Run: 172.7nm (312.6km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.7nm

Wind decreasing, but still making progress. Need to time the approach to make the pass through the reef in daylight.

Sat Oct 8 2:36 2016 NZDT
GPS: 20 25.2s 171 21.1e
Run: 185.6nm (335.9km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.9nm

Good 24 hour spell wind 20-25 kts on the beam. Flying along, seas a bit rough.

Fri Oct 7 4:45 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 19.4s 173 57.5e
Run: 251.7nm (455.6km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.6nm

Light winds so far, but picked up a bit recently.

Wed Oct 5 9:28 2016 NZDT
GPS: 18 23.4s 177 44.3e
Run: 54.1nm (97.9km)

Winds 11kts, broad reaching. Good to be at sea again.

Wed Oct 5 9:28 2016 NZDT
GPS: 18 25.6s 175 55.7e
Run: 118.7nm (214.8km)

Winds 11kts, broad reaching. Good to be at sea again.

Thu Sep 29 18:33 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 40.9S 177 23.20E
Run: 33.6nm (60.8km)

Made it to he lovely Vuda point marina. Tomorrow we pick up the new autopilot hopefully....

Wed Sep 28 17:44 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 16.58S 177 6.25E
Run: 38.2nm (69.1km)

Anchored outside the cool looking Octopus resort. In the bar for cold beer and snacks.

Mon Sep 26 12:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 16 50.82s 177 28.07e
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)

Utterly beautiful anchorage near Sawa-i-iau Island Caves. Sweet little village, we gave our Kava to the head yesterday and today will do some exploring.

Fri Sep 23 16:51 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 57.05s 177 22.0e
Run: 42.5nm (76.9km)

Beautiful anchorage in the Yasawa islands, and we bumped into our friends Colin and Tansin on Burmese Breeze. They kindly invited us over for Spaghetti!

Thu Sep 22 16:58 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 22.79s 177 49.62e
Run: 51.5nm (93.2km)

Some beautiful sailing today, and another stunning anchorage.

Mon Sep 19 17:32 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 48(7)s 178 19(1)e
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
Weather: SE winds 15kts, seas 2m and rough

Anchored in a new bay, and had a look round the local village. After presenting kava to the chief, we were free to have a look around. We saw the school, and the church and were invited in for tea with a family. Tomorrow we will take the school copies of the BBC wildlife documentaries we have.

Fri Sep 16 13:53 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 48(1)s 178 17(3)e
Run: 66.4nm (120.2km)
Weather: 30 kts SE

We were heading to Vitu Levu, but too windy with gusts >35kts, so we detoured to Yandua. A very pleasant island that so far seems uninhabited. We are in a beautiful anchorage surrounded by coral, and had a turtle come and say hello.

Wed Sep 14 14:09 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 48.847s 179 17.191e
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)

Left Savusavu marina and dropped anchor outside of the fancy Cousteau resort.

Tue Sep 13 9:35 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.703s 179 19.983e

In Copra Shed Marina, Savusavu

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