Ms Murphy

Ms Murphy

Tue Oct 2 21:59 2018 NZDT
Run: 152.4nm (275.8km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.3nm
35 18S 174 07E

Docked on Customs Pier at 9:30pm. Enjoying a rum and flat calm silence. Ahhhhh... To be followed shortly by Zzzzzzz.....

Welcome to NZ again. What's your plan's next week or so.
Mon Oct 1 19:21 2018 NZDT
5.5 kts
Run: 157.2nm (284.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.5nm
33 22S 172 50E
Weather: NW 10 knts; NE 1m swell; 75%cloud; 1024 on the bar

Had another good day up until 4pm when the wind shifted to the NW - dead astern and hard to sail - rolly. Now motorsailing. 135 miles to Opua. ETA tomorrow night.

Hi Gordon We will be on Navire, in the mooring field to the NW of the Opua ferry landing ramp on the Russel side. We'll listen for you on VHF 16. I hope you get in in time to clear customs. You may be interested in the mooring we are vacating. It's in English Bay, NW of Opua. You'd need a car, which maybe you still have. The mooring is available until Labour weekend, Oct 20. Any use to you? With luck we'll talk tomorrow. Cheers David
Sun Sep 30 19:24 2018 NZDT
5.5 kts
Run: 160.1nm (289.8km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.1nm
31 14S 171 54E
Weather: 10-12 ENE; 25% cloud; 1m E swell; 1024 on the bar

After a night of motorsailing, I had a splendid day's sail in light easterlies and a fairly calm sea. All's well.

I trust the engine mounts I brought over are performing well. Must be the professional workmanship when you fitted them.
Sat Sep 29 18:15 2018 NZST
Run: 172.1nm (311.5km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.8nm
28 59S 171 16E
Weather: SE 15; 50% trade wind clouds; 1024 on the bar; SW swell less than 2m and dying

Another lovely sailing day. Just about to head down the back of the high and head SE. All well.

Gordon. We are likely to be on navire when you arrive. Moored by the Opua ferry ramp on the far side. We'll keep a look out for you. All the best for the last few days. Cheers David
Fri Sep 28 18:21 2018 NZST
6.2 kts
Run: 75.3nm (136.3km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 166.9nm
26 38S 172 12E
Weather: SE15-18; 50% cloud; 2-3m swell from the south; 1021 on the bar

Another great day out on the briney. Apart from a slightly slower morning, we've been moving along nicely. All well.

Fri Sep 28 7:31 2018 NZST
Run: 86.2nm (156km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.5nm
25 38S 172 41E
Weather: SE10-12, SW2m swell,

all well

Thu Sep 27 18:18 2018 NZST
6 kts
Run: 80.4nm (145.5km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 178.9nm
24 29S 173 13E
Weather: SE15; SW 2m swell; 1018 on the bar; 100% light cloud

Great sailing day. SE 15 with waves that aren't breaking. 2m SW swell which is like driving over a hilly road. A hint of sun but not much.

Thu Sep 27 7:30 2018 NZST
Run: 92.2nm (166.9km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165nm
23 34S 174 00E
Weather: SE15-18

all well and a good signal

Wed Sep 26 18:06 2018 NZST
5.5 kts
Run: 158.3nm (286.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160nm
22 22S 174 38E
Weather: SE 10-12; 100% Cloud; Bar of 1015

Wind eased throughout the morning down to about 10-12 SE this afternoon. I am motorsailing to keep my speed up. Certainly more comfortable.

Pity that wind is so much on the nose. And, according to windy ty it will stay SE, very gradually backing to the E by monday. Chances are you will be motoring through the centre of an elongated high pressure system on your last day or two to reach Opua. Go well. Cheers David
Tue Sep 25 18:21 2018 NZST
Run: 79.4nm (143.7km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 181nm
20 20S 175 46E
Weather: SE20; 100% Cloud; 1013 on the bar

Day 2 has been gray and lumpy. Passed by another yacht last night and have Dawn Treader about 20nm to my NW running along at the same speed.

Hey Gordon, hope u have a good run home.Safe sailing...Post

Great stuff Cap'n murphy.. Look forward to stories and pics
Tue Sep 25 7:49 2018 NZST
Run: 87.3nm (158km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155nm
19 20S 176 22E
Weather: SE20, sw swell 1.5m 100%cc, 1012

all well and a good radio signal

That's great. Annette is looking forward to hearing from you.
Mon Sep 24 18:18 2018 NZST
Run: 42.6nm (77.1km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.8nm
18 11S 176 55E
Weather: SE 20

We're underway. Anchor up at 11:00 and through the reef pass by 14:00. Tight reaching into SE 20-ish. So, a bit lumpy. Pills working and feeling fine.

Mon Sep 24 6:15 2018 NZST
Run: 12.2nm (22.1km)
17 45.497S 177 23.156E

Clearing this morning for Opua. The weather looks good for the first half. Beyond that, it currently looks OK but could change. I hope to be in by 3 or 4 Oct.

Bon voyage - heres hoping you get fair winds and calm seas all the way home.

All the very best Gordon. Give us a call when you arrive in Opua. If, on arrival you want to escape Ms Murphy for a few days there's always a bed here. I wish you kind winds and seas and a fast passage. Cheers David
Sun Sep 9 14:06 2018 NZST
Run: 12.2nm (22.1km)
17 45.652S 177 12.007E

Having finally replaced the engine mounts and had the fuel injector pump repaired (broken spring and running on 3 cyls for months, I now think), I sailed over to Malolo for a few days. Good to have the donkey back in business.

Hey Gordon,Thort i would catchup after reading about the mechanical dramas aboard Ms Murphy.Good u r now goog to go.Me im onboard Acheringa ( the late Robs Spray ) at Riverside marina in Whangarei.Am crewing with new owner to Havelock down south.Been waiting 5 days for weather to get it rite.Now i know how u keep in touch .Take care ok( Post )😊

That is good news. Now you can relax. Hope you have some rum left to celebrate.
Wed Aug 29 9:39 2018 NZST
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
17 45.522S 177 23.110E

Anchored off Denarau with multiple engine issues. It looks like I'll be here for a while as I replace engine mounts and repair the fuel injection pump. At least it's not cold and raining.

Hi Gordon, Looks like you have things under control again, hope you don't have to big a problem fitting the new engine mounts. sounds like you are having fun in between the odd problems but i suppose that is boating. look after your self and keep well. Me and Trev will be out racing on Wiatamata sparkling again this Sunday. Keep safe Syd.

At least you warm up there. I bac in sunny bluff, not to bad has been worse. Good luck wiengine
Fri Aug 24 19:42 2018 NZST
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
17 38.529S 177 23.586E

We moved to Saweni Bay after a few days in Denarau sorting out the engine fuel problem. It turned out to be a stuck rack which was not letting fuel pass. Thanks go to Bryden & Andy at General Marine in Auckland and Charlie of South Seas in Denarau for helping me find and fix the problem. I still have the engine mounts to do, but at least I have power to use the anchor windlass. Now more hauling the second anchor up by hand. Now, hopefully, we'll be able to get out to do some snorkeling before Sioux heads back the chill of NZ.

Keep up the great posts. Hope the sails r proforming as I had hoped.
Thu Aug 16 16:54 2018 NZST
Run: 12.2nm (22.1km)
17 45.623S 177 11.968E

Sioux arrived yesterday for her holiday in the Mananucas and Yasawas. Ms Murphy's engine mounts had started to deteriorate and it was becoming unwise to do much motoring. So, I was planning a sailing voyage using the motor only to charge the batteries while using the anchor windlass. (Sioux brought me a new set of engine mounts that I will replace after she departs.) Yesterday afternoon, we sailed north from Denarau to Saweni Bay to make a few miles of northing. This morning after a leisurely morning, we set off north toward Waya Island. With no wind, I risked motoring a few miles to clear a couple of reefs. When I went to throttle back the engine, nothing happened. On she continued. I dashed down below to ensure the cable was attached. Sure was. A few jiggles and we got the motor off. Now, it won't start...

Following a process of elimination and a few calls to a diesel specialist, it looks like the fuel injector unit has a problem: no fuel is being pumped out. Bugger!! $$!! Luckily, a specialist from Auckland will be flying up next week to Denarau to visit some friends and has volunteered to have a quick diagnostic look. He also is said to know who in this region might be able to repair it. (Better than sending the unit to NZ and back.) So, in the meantime, we won't go as far and I will be forced to learn a bit more about how to sail...! Today, we sailed into the north side of Malolo LaiLai (Musket Cove) and will be here a few days, I think. It's still lovely and warm, and thanks to a 12v fridge, the beer is cold.

Hey Gordon. i met John today when i went out to the boat who said you were in Fiji. Kopai! We were in Musket cove a few years ago. It's a cool place to hang out for a bit and the diving was magic. i didn't have my boat though. Hope you get the engine sorted; it's a very useful implement.

Well I gue@ that answers my question. Sorry to hear about your engine. Lucky it's a yacht and not a power boat. There's an upside to almost every thing. Happy days, sample some beers for me👍
Fri Aug 10 14:12 2018 NZST
Run: 12nm (21.7km)
17 45.354S 177 23.081E

Anchored off Port Denarau. Will be here until next Thursday when Sioux arrives.

What's Sioux?
Wed Aug 8 15:15 2018 NZST
Run: 23.9nm (43.3km)
17 35.482S 177 26.614E

Gentle sail to Lautoka. Too late to continue further today - not that I know exactly where I'm headed...

I hope you do!
Tue Aug 7 18:12 2018 NZST
Run: 33.5nm (60.6km)
17 24.525S 177 45.055E

Sailed over the top on my way towards the west coast. Beautiful sail through the reef. Dropped anchor at 18:00 which is late according to the rules, but I was confident of my navigation in the inner channel.

Hi Gordon, seems like ya enjoying life. I off for a cruis myself. Driving down to sunny bluff for a fortnight of liesurely 16 hour days. Main engine due for 1000000 litre top overhaul. Have fun in the sun. Dave
Mon Aug 6 16:24 2018 NZST
Run: 85nm (153.9km)
17 27.179S 178 15.387E

Lovely sail to Viti Levu Bay after quick crossing from Makongai followed by a slow wander up the Viti Levu coast.

Tue Jul 31 16:27 2018 NZST

Left Savusavu at 03:45 and had a great sail down to Makongai arriving at 13:30. Will probably be here a few days.

Sat Jul 28 14:03 2018 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
16 46.66S 179 19.88E

Woke up this morning to a dusting of volcanic ash on the boat from the Ambae eruption in Vanuatu. That explained yesterday's haze. Will be departing next week for Makongai and then further westward.

Wed Jul 4 15:15 2018 NZST
Run: 29.8nm (53.9km)
16 48.581S 179 17.277E

Sailed over to the Cousteau Resort near Savusavu in beautiful SE20kts breeze. Savusavu tomorrow.

Wazzup G (allways wanted to say that) I got a bit tied up with other stuff so haven't checked in on you for a while. Good to see all is good
Tue Jul 3 15:42 2018 NZST
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
16 43.52S 179 43.79E

Moved to Fawn Harbour. Had to motor into 20kts from the East until I rounded Viani Bay. Then, when I should have been able to reach / run to the west, the wind died... So, more motoring.

Wed Jun 27 17:12 2018 NZST
Run: 18.5nm (33.5km)
16 40.5S 179 49.7E

After a stop at Somosomo for some restocking of the larder (not much as the shelves were pretty empty), I moved over to Buca Bay. Should be in the area through the weekend at which point I will head to Savusavu. Lost another lure today. Must be BIG fish around here!

Tue Jun 26 14:51 2018 NZST
Run: 41.8nm (75.7km)
16 56.046S 179 54.01E

Sailed over to Paradise Resort on Taveuni in SE 15-20. Lost a fishing lure on the way. Must have been huge!!

Sun Jun 24 10:13 2018 NZST
No position sent.

I had about half of Nainbuna Village aboard yesterday for a spot of fishing. (Well, it seemed that way as I ferried them to and fro.)

I offered a hand reel for the first fish caught. The winner was one that I would have caught..!

The fishing wasn't great, but laughs didn't stop - especially when Loti, the winner, tried to steer Ms Murphy against the plotter course back to the anchorage.

Hi bud, it good to see you are having a ball up there . what sort of fish are you catching in those waters?? i suppose the locals are thrilled to be able to get out on a boat now and then.keep having fun and i will catch up again soon. Syd.

Hey Gordon,just figured this site out.Im abit like NZ post...abit slow lol.Have read all the yakyak from you other followers and now up tp date.Great that youre having a fun time.Love your crew in fushing trip fotos.Take care my friend will catch up agin soon ok...Post
Fri Jun 22 17:57 2018 NZST
Run: 38.6nm (69.9km)
17 15.2S 179 21.8E

Motorsailed to Koro Island. Looks like a more prosperous island with a couple of resorts and some upmamarket houses. Still, no fish.

Tue Jun 19 16:36 2018 NZST
Run: 16.1nm (29.1km)
17 48.619S 179 23.676E

Moved to Nairai Island. Trolled a line but no fish. May be here a few days as the winds are supposed to be light until the weekend.

Tue Jun 19 9:09 2018 NZST
17 59.567S 179 14.495E
Weather: 10% cloud mostly over Viti Levu to the west. 1017 on the bar

Flat calm in the lee of Gau Island. Beautiful morning.

Sun Jun 17 15:06 2018 NZST
Run: 54.9nm (99.4km)
17 59.567S 179 14.495E
Weather: SE10

Arrived in Herald Bay on Gau Island at 11:30 this morning after a quiet night passage. Coming through coral passes will take some getting used to. The bottom looks so close! Too tired to go ashore today and present myself to the village chief. Will do that in the morning.

How did it go with the village chief? Enjoy the island Gau. FYI - we've lost your YIT map.

Hi Gordon, i see things are going better for you on your travels hope you enjoy your nights rest. and come out all guns blazing. enjoy your stay there and hope to here more of your adventures out there.

Good news Gordon. Rhoda asked the other day where you get your Wi-Fi from? I guess your data sharing from your phone. If you get time can you let us know please.
Sat Jun 16 16:48 2018 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
18 07S 178 25E

I've been in Suva for 10 days which is about a week longer than planned. But, then, I hadn't planned on being hit by a runaway ferry...

The extra week was worth it, however. The owners of the ship that hit me reimbursed me for replacement blades for my new propeller. (I can and will still use my old ones until I next haul out of the water. There will be some loss of performance but not much.) I also managed to get my lazy self in gear and do a few little jobs. Then, naturally, there was a wee bit of socialising with other yachties.

Tonight, I am leaving Suva on an overnight sail to the island of Gau. The distance is not far - only 50nm. However, if I left in daylight, I could not arrive in daylight which is imperative to see the pass through the reef. In Fiji, it is well known that you should only approach coral areas between 10am and 4pm when the light is best for seeing what lies below. So, I will leave at dusk and sail slowly through the night so I can have a safe entry in the morning.

Good to hear you're on top mate. Looking forward to reading more on your travels

Hi. Glad to here yr on the move again.y got off better than some of the others.
Fri Jun 8 17:39 2018 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
18 07.347S 178 25.491E

Renting a dive tank tomorrow to survey damage, but prop seems to be working in spite of the dents. Hope it will get me back home. Some stainless repairs to be made. Still plan to move on by mid next week.

I didn't use one in the end. Dove down. Paint missing off bottom of keel and rudder.

Hang in there G, don't think of it as a problem think of it as part of the adventure.

Shit. I wish I'd been more insistent about mooring in lami bay. What happened to you and others in the fleet happens nearly every southerly blow. The mud ooze is such poor holding. But that's hind site. You've been in Fiji two minutes, and already had to pull yourself off the coral and cope with the repairs. A hell of a way to start a tropical adventure. My heart goes out to you. I can't imagine what it would have been like being woken by a ferry crashing into you. I do hope the folding prop withstood the assault. Still, a good book chapter for you. Cheers David
Fri Jun 8 2:27 2018 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
18 07.140S 178 25.275E

Chaos in Suva. T-storm winds sent an anchored ferry drifting through the anchorage collecting several yachts including Ms Murphy. 2am and just kedged off the rock bottom. Motorless as chain around my new feathering prop. I think that's going to be expensive....  I'll figure out how to put the full story on the blog page in the next few days. 

Sorry to hear your news. Thinking of you, take care. Let me know if you need any help from this end.

That is not good news at all. Look forward to the full story when you can.

Holy cow! I had a premonition I should check your progress and this is the first entry I see. One must be philosophical at these times I suppose. Trying to think of philosophy that is appropriate for dealing with human apathy and ignorance.
Wed Jun 6 11:03 2018 NZST
Run: 52.2nm (94.5km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.4nm
18 07S 178 25E

Arrived in Suva at 09:30. It's HOT!! Waiting for Customs clearance and looking forward to going ashore.

Well Done Gordan, From Nev and Pam (Romana) Happy Sailing

Bet its a lot warmer there than here. 1 deg at 7am and expected 11 as a high! Aaarrgghhh.

Yeah Suva. Well done solo sailor. So happy you arrived safely.


Tue Jun 5 18:39 2018 NZST
Run: 112.2nm (203.1km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112nm
18 50S 178 10E
Weather: E5

Had to motor most of the day against headwinds. Now, almost none but right direction. 40 miles to go. Will sail slowly overnight to arrive at harbour entrance in the morning. Or, I'll motor some more....

Mon Jun 4 18:36 2018 NZST
Run: 147.5nm (267km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.9nm
20 22S 177 36E
Weather: ESE10-12

After motoring though the night, the winds picked up for a good sailing day. 150nm to go to Suva. Should arrive late tomorrow or Wednesday morning.

on ya Eyore

Well done old chap. Good to hear that you are ok and doing good knots now. catch up again soon. Syd

Wahoo. You're so close. Shorts and t shirt yet? Say hi to Suva for me.
Sun Jun 3 18:30 2018 NZST
Run: 142.8nm (258.5km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.8nm
22 30S 177 40E
Weather: SE3 gusting 4

I asked for a break from the wind on Friday. I got it. None. Motoring all day. Dried out the wet stuff and cleaned up a bit. All OK

Nearly there mate, keep it up, meanwhile back at the hood, rain with isolated fine spells and a dirty brown inlet, all good though. One more tour of one tree point and it is done

Hi there,heard you loud and clear tonight, you no get me,enjoy the warm weather I'm off to sunny bluff
Sat Jun 2 19:00 2018 NZST
Run: 62.5nm (113.1km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.2nm
24 34S 177 40E
Weather: NW15-20

Last night was bad. A low formed over me and winds increased from 15 to 40kts with gusts at 4am even higher. Scary stuff with huge seas. No damage apart from water finding its way onto my bunk from a couple places. Need a big wash and dry-out when I get to Suva.

wet bunk eh, sure it was from outside?? Doin well, nearly there

A wet bunk is the shits. Sounds like a tough night. I have to in weather like that, as you know. You're going well. Not far to go. Cheers david

Bloody murphy
Fri Jun 1 18:30 2018 NZST
Run: 116.4nm (210.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.1nm
25 27S 177 27E
Weather: NE25

Rough day of nor'easterlies. Slowed down under storm sails when front approached. Trying not to get pushed west. Bumpy, bruised but OK.

Looks like you are going along OK. I'm still watching. Have fun. Syd.

gidday mate, going well, nearly there champ, Dan
Thu May 31 19:03 2018 NZST
Run: 122.3nm (221.4km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.1nm
27 08S 177 30E
Weather: NE5-8

About halfway now. Wind died this afternoon. Motoring for a bit. All OK on board.

Wed May 30 19:57 2018 NZST
Run: 143.8nm (260.3km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.9nm
28 49S 176 53E
Weather: SE10-12

A day of light air sailing. Big rolling seas. Full moon now. Container ship passed this morning. All OK on board.

Tue May 29 20:27 2018 NZST
Run: 151.4nm (274km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.8nm
30 29S 175 27E
Weather: SE20

Good 24hrs sail to NE. Seas calming which is good. All OK but tired.

You're doing so well. Pleased you have moon to help guide you. It's stunning on the mountain. Hope you manage to get some sleep.
Mon May 28 20:21 2018 NZST
Run: 168.4nm (304.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.1nm
32 15S 173 56E
Weather: S20-25

Making good progress if a bit too far west. Now, on a better course. Still lumpy. Saw couple albatross.

Looks like you are going really good. Hope you are getting some sleep.

You're going really well, covering the miles, fast. It will start to get warmer any day now. Cheers David
Sun May 27 19:06 2018 NZST
Run: 45nm (81.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.6nm
34 40S 174 18E
Weather: sw25-30

First night out. A bit rough but skipping along. Feeling pretty good.

Sun May 27 12:30 2018 NZST
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
35 17.905S 174 06.634E

Cleared Customs and departed Opua at noon today. On my way to Fiji. Thanks to Sioux and Gary for a fantastic send-off!!

Mon May 14 17:39 2018 NZST
Run: 19.4nm (35.1km)
35 10.967S 174 04.393E

Arrived in the Bay of Islands today. Will be in the area until my departure for Fiji end May / early June.

We are on Manuhaea in Opua. 'F' pier. Off to Tonga probably same window as you. Have a good trip
Thu May 10 11:06 2018 NZST
Run: 18.9nm (34.2km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.4nm
35 21.149S 174 20.847E

Anchored in Whangaruru for next few days until northerly winds pass and I can sail up to Opua.

Thu May 10 7:06 2018 NZST
Run: 30.1nm (54.5km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.5nm
35 33.299S 174 34.372E
Weather: SW8

Calm morning off Tutukaka. Had to motor a couple hours. Probably more to come.

Thu May 10 0:03 2018 NZST
Run: 34.8nm (63km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.6nm
35 57.300S 174 47.096E
Weather: SW10

Beautiful night.

Wed May 9 17:48 2018 NZST
Run: 31.6nm (57.2km)
36 26.897S 174 54.847E
Weather: SW20

Great sail north. Feathering prop and new headsail giving an extra knot or more! 

Fri Apr 13 18:27 2018 NZST
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
36 54.30S 174 52.97E

Pactor test 2

Fri Apr 13 11:00 2018 NZST
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
36 54.30S 174 51.97E

testing the Pactor

Wed Apr 11 19:27 2018 NZST
36 54S 174 51E

testing the system - take 2

Wed Apr 11 19:24 2018 NZST
36 54S 174 51E

testing the system

Wed Apr 11 19:18 2018 NZST
Weather: SW25


Ms Murphy - University of Hard Knocks

After arriving into Suva Harbour on Wednesday 6 June, I anchored in the small yacht anchorage off the Royal Suva Yacht Club. After clearing in at around 4pm, I went ashore and enjoyed a cold beer at the yacht club bar and then returned to the boat for a very long sleep.

The next day, I paid the health department bill (F$163.50!!) and got my cruising permit (free) and my coastal permit (free). These were all at different places, but luckily, taxis were no more than F$4.00 for any trip I Read more...

took. I finished off the excursion at the market by getting some fresh fruit and veg which was all cheap and fresh. Then it was back to the boat to enjoy a good fresh meal. At about 7:30pm and halfway through dinner, the wind suddenly started increasing rapidly from the south due to a thunderstorm over Suva Harbour. I became concerned about the strength of the wind - estimated later to be in excess of 40kts - and started the engine in case I needed to move. After starting the engine and putting on foul weather gear, I came on deck to find that I was about to be hit by two vessels that were fouled together and dragging anchor.

The two vessels were the mv Princess Civa (an old rust-bucket 100ft ferry) and sv Second Wind (a 44ft fibreglass yacht from Seattle). The master of Second Wind yelled out to me that the Princess Civa was dragging her anchor and in the process had hit Second Wind and taken her along. When the two vessels hit Ms Murphy, Second Wind was pressed under the starboard quarter of the Princess Civa at a severe angle of heel and unable to free herself. The point of impact for Ms Murphy was directy on our bow and against Second Wind's starboard quarter. Ms Murphy was unable to slide past Second Wind and was dragged along with Princess Civa and Second Wind for approximately 3 minutes – seemed longer! - before Princess Civa slipped forward enough to let Second Wind and Ms Murphy pass behind her stern.

Once free of Princess Civa, it immediately became obvious that the anchors and chains of Second Wind and Ms Murphy had become entangled. Both of us attempted to lift and separate our anchors without success. During these attempts, both vessels were slowly dragging northward toward the shallows.
Very quickly, we were bearing down upon the Princess Civa which had run aground and was laying broadside to the wind with her bow pointing westward. Ms Murphy and Second Wind were slowly dragging down directly on top of Princess Civa. To avoid ending up lying on the windward side of Princess Civa and pounding against her, I attempted to motor into the wind at full throttle and drag Ms Murphy along with Second Wind into clear water. Progress was made until the anchor chain wrapped around the propeller on Ms Murphy and stopped the engine. At that point, Ms Murphy was adrift and being blown northwards toward the shallows.

I deployed my second anchor - a 45lb Manson Supreme with 10m of 8mm chain and 30m of 14mm nylon rode. Unfortunately, 20 of the 30m of line ended up in a tangled mess of a ball. Worse, I only just managed to get the rope tied to the boat before it was wrenched out of my hands. The second anchor slowed us down but could not prevent us from going aground. Eventually, Ms Murphy touched with Second Wind about 20m away.

This all happened in under 15 minutes. I was soaked and shaking. So, I made a cup of tea and changed clothes to warm up. I found that it took me a while to get moving again.

Over the course of the rest of the night, I set about trying to kedge Ms Murphy off into deeper water with my third anchor. This meant launching the dinghy and putting on the outboard in a heaving sea and getting 100m of line sorted out. It's no easy task on your own in a small dinghy. It took several trips with the second and third anchor before I could winch myself into slightly deeper water. But, it worked ever so slowly.

At about 5am, I decided that I was floating just enough to be able to motor off. So, I summoned the courage and dived down in the murky water and freed the chain from the propeller. I tested the engine and was relieved to see that I had forward thrust. So, I buoyed and dropped my primary anchor and charin and began to motor off into deeper water. I hadn't gone a full boat lenght when a fishing net became wrapped around the propeller. Wonderful!! Down I went yet again to try to remove it. It was a huge snarled mess that I was unable to remove safely in the dark. (Think knife, net, darkness, moving boat, lack of breath and you soon see cuts and worse.) So, I had my third hot shower in 8 hours and took a nap.

I was eventually pulled off by a powerboat at approximately 8am. Second Wind didn't get off until high tide at 3pm.

Ms Murphy suffered the following damage:
1) The bow roller chain retainer was destroyed during the contact with Second Wind.
2) The blades of the Kiwi Feathering propeller were severely damaged by the chain when attempting to avoid drifting down upon the Pricess Civa.
3) The rudder bushes were damaged when pounding on the coral after grounding.
4) All paint on the bottom of the keel and rudder was been ground away.

I learned a couple of things: I should have let my primary anchor go once I saw it was tangled up, but I don't recall the thought even crossing my mind. If I had done so, I would then have been free to re-anchor and suffered less damage. My second anchor was not ready for deployment and took me several crusial minutes to assemble. It is set to go now.

Apart from the usual bruises and minor abrasions, I am fine as are all the people on the other 4 boats that were hit by the Princess Civa. Ms Murphy will sail on, and we learned quite a bit from the University of Hard Knocks which will see us better prepared in the future.

that was bad luck mate, murphy at her finest.

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