Mon Jun 18 14:53 2018 NZST
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)

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)

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
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
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
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)

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)
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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