Thu Nov 8 21:56 2018 NZDT
Run: 40.7nm (73.7km)
17 46S 177 23E
Weather: Calm

Left Nivadra at 0800 and headed for Denerau which was 25 miles away. Started with SE 10 and nice sailing but it soon died away, so a couple of hours motoring. Wind eventually came from NW so we ended up with a nice downwind sail. Otto drove beautifully, while we sat in the shade on the foredeck. Caught and released a tuna too (we did, not Otto as he is not that clever, as he is just a Raymarine autopilot) Arrived mid-afternoon, as Just Jane was leaving for NZ. See you in Nelson.

In the marina for a few days. Big clean up of the boat as the kids are coming to visit. That sounds all wrong -aren't they the ones we always nag to clean up their rooms?

Anyway all good here, and looking forward to a calm few days in the marina, after a very rocky rolly week.

Tue Nov 6 13:45 2018 NZDT
Run: 35.6nm (64.4km)
17 12.41S 177 11.4E
Weather: SE 10 fine and warm

After a few days at Vuda at the end of last week, we headed out to the Yasawas on Saturday. Came up past Waya and to a sheltered bay -to find that we had accidently discovered Manta Ray Pass! Bit of a rolly anchorage. Moved further up the west coast of Naviti Sunday and found Natuvalo Bay was much better. Last night in Vunayawa Bay as the wind gusted through. Much nicer day today as we sail down east side of Naviti and then on to Waya for a look at the west side.

Fish for dinner, and enjoying better day after 3 pretty shitty days trying to hide from SE 20-25 and a NW swell. Not the Yasawas at their best we suspect.

Mon Oct 29 16:46 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 46.1nm (83.4km)
17 22.364S 177 42.078E
Weather: Fine and warm. NW 5-8 knots

Had a nice slow headsail doodle west outside the reef system north of Viti Levu today. Will anchor out off Ba tonight. Has been a nice day hiding from the sun, under the boom tent as we sailed along. Better than hiding from the rain of the last month.

Fri Oct 26 15:37 2018 NZDT
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)
17 14.537S 178 23.173E
Weather: Cloudy light SE wind 4-6knots and flat sea

Onroute from Makogai to Nananu-i-Thake via the main Vatu-I-Ra Channel. Pretty slow day as the wind flunked out earlier. So lots of motor sailing. Saw 3 pilot whales earlier and 1 ship. No fish for tea yet.

All is well as we slowly potter our way west. Not raining today, so we take that as a big bonus. Shite it has been wet!

Tue Oct 16 10:37 2018 NZDT
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
16 44.43S 179 46.10W
Weather: SE 10-25 gusty at times with passing rain bands

We are anchored up in a bay on the northern shore of Nggamea Island after moving around here yesterday between rain showers, from Naiviivi Bay.

Great lightening show last evening from over Taveuni. Gusty winds and a lot of rain overnight. Will be a clothes washing morning in the flooded dinghy, between chapters of the books.

Wind has eased this morning as the rain cleared.

Still loving it here, but will still do a run back to Savusavu by end of the week. We feel another bus adventure coming on!

Sun Oct 14 15:45 2018 NZDT
Run: 23.5nm (42.5km)
16 40.27S 179 50.26W
Weather: E 5-10

Doodling across the top of Taveuni after a neat week at Kioa and Rabi. We think we are going to Nggamea for a few days....but who really knows. On Fiji time still

Tue Oct 9 11:29 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 39.7nm (71.9km)
16 54s 179 54e

Just left Paradise Resort on Taveuni after a nice 4 days. Highlight was another great bus adventure yesterday. We went up to Somosomo. Very rugged road and some great rally driving in the bus. Great fun!

Now we are feeling pretty alone as we are headed north (everyone else seems to be going south to head to NZ or other places)

Our plan as of today is to spend a few weeks up around Rabi and north of Taveuni before heading back towards Savusavu.

Pretty calm today, so may head for Nanggainggai Bay or thereabouts.

Mon Oct 1 12:10 2018 NZDT
Run: 7797.6nm (14113.7km)
Avg: 16.3knts
24hr: 391.3nm
16 46S 179 19E
Weather: SE 15 and rain showers


Arrived into Savusavu last Thursday morning after a pretty quick downwind sail across from Vava'u (just a tad over 2 and a half days). Caught a nice Mahimahi on the way. The last night was pretty wet and wild with biggish following seas that were fast breaking at times, so lots of nice fast surfing for the Unstoppables . We gained an appreciation of how shitty the Koro Sea must get when it really blows (we only had 25-30 knots)Then it rained, and has on and off since.

We are enjoying some marina time at the Copra Shed, while the wind and rain goes through. Really loving the buzz of Savusavu after 4 months in the quiet of Tonga. Going to do some land exploring too, and will go on a bus adventure tomorrow to Labasa. Once weather behaves we will head back to Taveuni area for a bit, before starting to head west towards the Nadi side of Fiji and the kids coming for a visit mid-November.

It is a great feeling knowing our passage home is NZ53 on 9th December and will only take 3 hours (and that we still have 2 more months of enjoying Fiji cruising left this season)

Tue Sep 11 12:55 2018 NZST
Run: 7343.1nm (13291km)
Avg: 13.9knts
24hr: 334.3nm
19 8012s 174 3532w
Weather: We are finally catching some rain in a rainy day

Anchored off Pangai in the Ha'apai. Will check out at Customs shortly then head up to Ha'ano for the night then leave for Vava'u about 0500 tomorrow. Have waited an extra day for a faster downwind trip.

What an amazing month we have had back down in the Ha'apai. The whales have been incredible! Been to lots of fantastic island anchorages. And have hardly seen any other boats! Were though pretty pleased to meet up with a super yacht at Ha'afeva as we were able to scrounge some fresh water from them! It has been very dry here with no real rain for months (until today) -vegetation on all the islands has been wilting.

Mon Aug 20 13:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 82.7nm (149.7km)
19 48s 174 21w

Outside Pangai. Back enjoying the Ha'apai again. There are whales everywhere, can't believe how many we are seeing. Can just watch them all day from the anchorages. Are going out on a whale watch/swim trip with Seachange on Tuesday too.

Loving being back down here, and have 2 of our friends from NZ onboard for two weeks. Lots of relaxing, swimming and generally doing not too much!

Sun Aug 12 17:55 2018 NZST
Run: 136.8nm (247.6km)
18 39.28s 173 59.00w

After about 6 weeks in Vava'u enjoying some great anchorages, meeting lots of new people and enjoying watching whales and turtles, we are finally heading back down to the Ha'apai -probably Tuesday now. Looking forward to spending some more time down there, having enjoyed it so much on the way up. Also have friends coming up from NZ for 2 weeks, so looking forward to showing them around a pretty amazing bit of the world. They will love the snorkelling!

Will be back up to Vava'u again early September for another stint, before we finally head over to Fiji.

Sun Jun 24 19:21 2018 NZST
Speed: anchored at ha'afevaknts
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Fantastic downwind sail up to Ha'afeva from Nomuka'Iki on Saturday. Saw whale and caught tuna (pleased it wasn't the other way around). On our own in the anchorage last night which was was nice. Joined by Rob and Jo on the cat Duble Trouble today. Had a wander across to the village this afternoon, then a nice snorkel.

Late afternoon, 3 boats arrived in. The fuckwit in a big American flagged thing chose a boatlength from us to anchor - out of the whole South Pacific he had to chose from! Surprise surprise we got to go and re-anchor. We are certainly meeting some interesting people on this trip. And we thought it was just the IHC crowd that were that special! Nice drinks and chat with Rob and Jo after all that excitement, and lots more good anchorage info from them for some other places we will want to visit.

Will spend tomorrow here, then off to Pangai on Tuesday. Still are planning to go up to Vava'u on Thursday to do the visa extension. Then will come back down to the Ha'apai.

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Thu Jun 21 7:00 2018 NZST
Speed: anchoredknts
Run: 50.1nm (90.7km)
20 30.17S 174 44.22W
Weather: NNE 10 moving towards north bar 1015

Left Atata at 0330 on Tuesday morning. Good sail halfway up to Kelefesia, then wind came forward. Bit of an upwind bash in 15-20 knots from there on. Bit low so had to do one 5 mile board back in from the west. Anchor down at 1430, so it took a few hours longer than we had anticipated. There were 2 other yachts here when we got in. They had not long arrived in too.

Sleep, then did an engine oil change in what will be our most idilic place ever, we suspect! Yesterday we had a couple of beach walks ashore and then a fantastic snorkel late in the afternoon. Esse was in Nomuka yesterday, so did not get to meet him. Got to briefly meet his less than talkative brother. 1 more IHC yacht arrived in yesterday, along with the ex fishing boat -Media, that had been in at Nuku'alofa the last few weeks. So 5 in the small anchorage last night.

With the wind backing round through west and into southerly quadrant today and overnight, we will unfortunately have to leave here today as it will be too exposed.

We will probably head up to Nomuka Iki - again hopeful that the IHC boats have finally moved on, to leave some room for others.

This will be a pretty fleeting scoot through the southern Ha'api this time around, as we need to get up to Vavau late next week. Will come back down once we extend our visitor visas.

Other than having headcolds and feeling pretty crappy (how does that happen in the nice warm tropics?) -all is fine and dandy on board.

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Mon Jun 18 14:53 2018 NZST
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
21 02.46S 175 15.43W

Cleared out in Nuku'alofa today for the Ha'api. Will go out to Atata and leave early tuesday morning. Hoping to go to Kelefesia first. The team on Lady Nada on the same programme, so migjt have some company for a bit.

Quite a few boats arrived here today, so the next lot are starting their adventures.

Just has a nice chat and cuppa on board Zeehan with Robert and Louise who have just cleared in after 15 day trip across from Southport.

We are stocked up with food and water-so time to head north.

Sat Jun 16 17:30 2018 NZST
Run: 12.2nm (22.1km)
21 07.394S 175 09.428W

Had a really nice Saturday morning in Nuku'alofa. Bread run first, then back in for a wander around the peoples market down by the port. Mid-morning we doodled out to Malinoa Island. Had our first real tropical snorkle with warm water, coral and lots of wee coloured fishes. Was really fantastic.

Tonight we are back in at Pangiamotu with the other 4 rebels in our unofficial "not the ICA" cruisers group. We are all pretty much doing the same thing -pottering around Tongatapu letting the ICA flock get well ahead so we can enjoy some quiet anchorages through the Haapi Group.

We ourselves will maybe head north on Monday or Tuesday, or a completly different day altogether!

In the meantime this is a pretty good bit of the world to be in.

Fri Jun 8 11:15 2018 NZST
Run: 534nm (966.5km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75.4nm
21 13.54S 175 18.65W
Weather: south easterly 15 after gusty early morning front went through and 26 degrees

We arrived in Nuku'alofa on Tuesday morning after slowing down for a daylight arrival. Had a pretty good trip up from Opua in just under 8 days. Pretty good for a 34 footer. Best stat was we did 1066 miles all on starboard tack until we finally had to tack on the last afternoon! The trip was only marred by 3 days of solid rain at the end. Not such fun as we were all absolutly soaked. Ellen won top speed with a 16.3 knots hooning down a wave on day 2.The ease of our trip was going east of the rhumline by about 130 miles out through the Kermadec Islands- based on our read of the grib files and staying in south to south easterlies most of the way. We reached for the first 4 days then had wind just forward of the beam. First day 170 miles then 171 miles day 2 gave us a great start. Max wind whole trip about 30 knots easterly on day 5 as boats on the rhumline were struggling with stronger northerlies.If only the solid rain hadn't come! We are now in therapy trying to forget just how crappy and miserable that was for us as we hand steer all the time. Rum breakfast on arrival was the first session.Have really enjoyed our first few days in Tonga -except for early hours this morning amongst the carnage off Big Mumas as the front went through. We have at least got our anchor gear back that we had to cut away as it got taken by a runaway from the ICA mob that was towing an 80 metre grapnel around our vicinity! Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Fri Jun 1 9:13 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 152.2nm (275.5km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.8nm
28 45S 177 15W
Weather: Unti 0330 wind was more from s of se and cycling every 4 min

Challenge is to see if we can beam reach all way to Tonga on our great circle route! And we got to see islands yesterday -McCauley then we passed Raoul just after dark. Still saw lots of it in the glorious full moon.

Thu May 31 7:38 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 522.6nm (945.9km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.9nm
30 17S 179 04W
Weather: SE7-11, matches EC and GFS models

good match of actual conditions to GFS and EC

Getting exciting now. Was good to see you appear near Kermadec Islands, lost your tracker for a while.No updates for about 12 hours. Good to see the little dot on the move again. Great that you have not been too far from Excel and Heatwave. Must have been tempting to stop on Raoul Island. Thinking of you all and hoping all is well. Love Liz xox
Mon May 28 11:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 71.6nm (129.6km)
35 13.44s 174 07.29e

Just heading out of BOI bound for Tonga. Planning to stay a bit east of rhumline-maybe!

What an amazing 12 months cruising the Northland coast we have had. Off to find some warmer weather now.

Best of luck! We will be waiting for updates!!! Nate & Fran

6:30am: On the tracker it looked like you tacked at night to catch wind . You went from 6.5 knots when I went to bed and I woke up to see you flying at 7. 8knots. Must be good wind, hopefully you’ll fly all the way to Tonga. Thinking of you all Love Liz

Hi Guys Hope the trip is going well. Watching you on your tracker.Looks like an average speed of 7 knots. Hope the swell not getting to big and that Ronnie is behaving himself. Eat lots of ginger cake! You are not missing much back home with heavy frosty mornings and fires on at night now. We had minus 1 this morning! Sail into the tropics in your tee shirts (jealous! ) Best wishes to you all. Love Liz
Thu Apr 26 14:08 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.00knts
Run: 104.4nm (189km)
34 32.47s 173 10.26e
Weather: 15kn from 85mag

Just south east of North Cape. Had awesome week around North Cape and across the top of NZ.

Now sailing back towards Bay of Islands

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