Sun Nov 26 6:21 2017 NZDT
Run: 45.9nm (83.1km)
27 57.07s 153 25.18e

Just leaving the Gold Coast Seaway and heading to Pittwater. Forecast for NE later this morning . V light S at the moment . 380nm to go , last passage for a while .

Thu Nov 16 14:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 179.7nm (325.3km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.3nm
27 19.58s 153 10e

Just arrived at the entrance to the Brisbane River after a great trip .

Tue Nov 14 19:52 2017 NZDT
Run: 150nm (271.5km)
Avg: 122.8knts
24hr: 2947.5nm
24 48.656s 152 25.988e
Weather: We should be getting SE 10-12k but we have an easterly of 10-12 .

We have left and hopefully this will put us in the correct place - just at sea near Port Bundaberg

Tue Nov 14 18:38 2017 NZDT
Run: 240.1nm (434.6km)
26 58.84972S 152 25.45898E
Weather: SE10k

Just about to leave Bundaberg Port Marina for Brisbane. We are travelling around Fraser Is and heading straight to Dockside Marina up the river in Brisbane . The sight seeing will have to wait until we come back . Great marina and surrounding areas . Great Go West Down Under Rally too !!!

Mon Oct 30 11:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 130.5nm (236.2km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 204.7nm
24 45s 155 23e

Feeling pretty excited right now - we are in Australia - we are getting closer Jess and James (and Maxie) xxx, just arrived at Bundaberg marina and awaiting customs. No food at all left for them to take !!! 796nm passage from Noumea in 6 days, ave 24 hr mileage of 133nm and ave speed of 5.5k. We had to slow the boat down several times so we did not arrive after 1830 on Sunday so we had a lovely comfortable trip which was timed to perfection to arrive just after marina opens at 0800. Lovely and warm and after customs clearance we will be off to find a cold beer or 3. Next stop Brisbane in about 2 weeks. Cheers J and B xx

Sun Oct 29 20:33 2017 NZDT
Run: 161nm (291.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.8nm
24 22s 153 21e

Currently 10 nm from northern end of Fraser Is. Beautiful light close hauled sail again today in a 5-8k NW. We were pushed south by the Eastern Australian Current so are now motorsailing with the main only in order to make the point. We will sail from tip of Fraser Is to the mouth of Burnett river where 1nm up the river we will berth in the Bundaberg Marina to await customs etc. No hurry as we have 11hrs to go 48nm, so we will just drift along quietly. Can't believe we are here after 4.5 years of planning. What a great trip so far and so much more to come !! Cheers J

Sat Oct 28 19:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 145.1nm (262.6km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.6nm
24 04s 155 53e

Motor sailing all day with main up in a 5k NW. Hot with clear skies.Similar forecast for tmw.ETA into Bundaberg still 0600 Mon 30/10. Tried to call Jess amd James today but discovered we only had 4 mins of data left out of 100 mins !!So no family calls until we get a SIM card on Tuesday. Unfortunately we received about 12 unwanted emails that used up our data. These should have only gone to our gmail account but our onsatmail account was also used :(:( Nothing I could do to stop them coming in- aaarrrgh ! Otherwise all well and looking forward to our arrival.

Fri Oct 27 19:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 155.9nm (282.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.2nm
23 39s 158 08e

Stunning sailing today in a N 15k, we had to reduce sail to slow down again ! Now in a 10k NW and only 10nm from Australian waters :)All well on board and we are still on target to reach Bundaberg overnight Sunday. Cheers J

Thu Oct 26 19:42 2017 NZDT
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151nm
23 14s 160 33e

Very hot day today with light winds. Motor sailing for a while then not even enough wind to fill the drifter. Had a glass of rose in the sun around 4pm on the foredeck - mid Coral sea drinkies !! All well on board and nearly half way :) Cheers J

Sounds heavenly - super jealous! Love to you both 😀
Wed Oct 25 19:45 2017 NZDT
Run: 152.3nm (275.7km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.6nm
22 51s 162 53e

Great day , 144nm in 24 hrs so averaging 6 knots in 10-15k SSE. Wind lightening now and seas getting calmer.Warm sunny day - no complaints. We only want to average 5.5 k so we arrive in Bundaberg Monday am to avoid customs clearance overtime fees so we are going slower than we normally would which is making the passage very comfortable.Cheers j

Sounds like a great trip so far - hope those pies last the distance!
Tue Oct 24 19:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 191.8nm (347.2km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.2nm
22 33s 165 15e

Left New Cal at 0645 this morning. Motored for 4 hrs then picked up the forecast S/SSE winds of around 10-12 k and have been sailing ever since averaging close to 6 knots. Beautiful weather and great sail. All well on board. Cheers J xx

Mon Oct 23 18:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 261.6nm (473.5km)
24 31.62809S 163 7.50000E
Weather: Warm and calm . 100% cloud cover .

Last night in New Caledonia . What a stunning place - we can't wait to return . We will be leaving tomorrow morning and the passage will likely take us 6 days . It won't be fast as the weather looks light at times 👍

Fri Sep 15 18:24 2017 NZST
Run: 104.2nm (188.6km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.3nm
22 16s 166 26e

Anchored in Noumea at 1640. Customs clearance early tomorrow so now enjoying a beer and a rose :) Best passage sailing so far !! Really looking forward to exploring Noumea tomorrow - it looks so civilised after all the cities and towns that we have visited recently. Looking forward to a quiet sleep tonight xx cheers J xx

Thu Sep 14 19:06 2017 NZST
Run: 54.3nm (98.3km)
20 52s 167 02e

Arrived at Lifou in the Loyalties at 0300. Spent day and left at 1630 for overnight passage to Noumea.Plan to arrive around 1700-1800 tomorrow. All well and wind direction in our favour :)

Wed Sep 13 19:24 2017 NZST
Run: 53.8nm (97.4km)
20 05S 167 06E

Beautiful sail all day and night in 10-18k SE/ESE. Going a bit fast actually. Will likely anchor in Lifou in the Loyalties for 24 hrs before making next passage to Noumea which is another 130nm.

Was wondering how you were going, sounds like a good passage :-)
Tue Sep 12 16:18 2017 NZST
Run: 171.5nm (310.4km)
19 32.34505S 166 30.52734E

Just filling up with diesel and then on our way to New Caledonia !! Vanuatu has been wonderful and we will be back to do the northern islands :)

Tue Aug 29 14:01 2017 NZST
Run: 85.6nm (154.9km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.8nm
17 44.296s 168 18.599e
Weather: E 10, fine , 33 deg .

Anchored in Port Vila at 0630 after a great sail . Customs , biosecurity all done . Now waiting for berth on sea wall :)

Mon Aug 28 17:01 2017 NZST
Run: 56.3nm (101.9km)
18 47.833s 168 59.201e

Left Dillon's Bay , Erromango at 1530 . Sailing in a nice 15k NE - the wind has died already 30 mins later . Hopefully we will pick it up again soon or we will be motoring all the way to Port Vila 😌⛵️ ETA will be around 9700 or later tomorrow 👍🏝

Fri Aug 25 7:46 2017 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
19 28.267s 169 28.252e
Weather: SE 5-8 , 1m SE swell , fine

Just left Port Resolution for Dillon Bay at Erramango . Will stay there until Sunday and leave in the pm for an over nighter to Port Vila

Tue Aug 22 8:03 2017 NZST
Run: 77.2nm (139.7km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.5nm
19 31s 169 29e

Safely anchored in Port Resolution, Vanuatu :) Arrived 0650hrs after lovely sail overnight in a 10-15 k SE. We heave to for an hour offshore as we arrived a bit early.Looking forward to a shower etc and customs clearance in an hour or 2. Yay !!! Cheers Julie and Bob xx

Mon Aug 21 17:03 2017 NZST
Run: 136.1nm (246.3km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.8nm
19 04s 170 34e

ETA into Port Resolution is 0700 -0900 tomorrow. CUrrently motor sailing in 15kn S winds with a 2 m swell.Wind should back further to SE soon then we should be able to sail all the way on a nice reach.Have been in no hurry as do not want to arrive at night as there is no moon and it is pitch black with no visibility !! All fine aboard and looking forward to experiencing Vanuatu. Happy birthday for tmw Jimi xxx will ring tmw xx

Sun Aug 20 17:21 2017 NZST
Run: 133.5nm (241.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.1nm
19 06s 172 39e

We have had a 10k W since 0730 (as predicted) so have laid off and heading SW until the wind backs to the south hopefully overnight. Then we can head straight in to Port Resolution.Swell is building which is coming from the low crossing well south of us. If it builds too much we may heave to until the wind changes.Currently doing 5.5kn. All well on board.

Sat Aug 19 17:48 2017 NZST
Run: 149.6nm (270.8km)
Avg: 10knts
24hr: 239.4nm
18 05s 174 23e

A day of motoring along in calm conditions. The sea is oily with a lazy ocean swell and the colour is the deepest blue. Hot and sunny, 30 deg in shade.If conditions are the same tomorrow we will stop for a mid ocean swim. Making good progress and all well on board.Cheers Julie

U r missing a great one. Half time. All blacks 40 v wallabies 6. A record half time score. 6 tries to nil

Waiting for All Blacks to start against Wallabies from Sydney any minute now If u have a mid ocean swim do you have to swim to shore touch the beach and return Or just a few laps around the boat Living the dream. - go for it
Sat Aug 19 2:48 2017 NZST
Run: 49.2nm (89.1km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 71.1nm
17 46s 176 38e

Left Vuda at 1000. Motored until outside main reef. Now motor sailing in light 5-8k SE. Beautiful sailing, sunny and hot. All going fine. Just lost site of land :)]

Fri Aug 18 10:11 2017 NZST
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
17 41.218s 177 22.539e
Weather: Sunny , SE 5k

Just cleared Vuda Point Beautiful day :)

Wed Aug 16 10:17 2017 NZST
Run: 84.8nm (153.5km)
17 46.761s 177 10.595e
Weather: S15-20, cloudy with some light rain

We are spending our last day at Musket Cove today getting Oasis sea ready.Our time in Fiji (3 months) has been simply amazing . It feels like home now so we are sad to leave but we will come back in 3-4 years.

We are clearing out from Vuda Point on Friday headed for Vanuatu. New adventures for us and really excited !!

2days ago - perfect weather . Now experiencing cloud , wind and much needed rain - just for today :)
2days ago - perfect weather . Now experiencing cloud , wind and much needed rain - just for today :)
Fri May 12 18:27 2017 NZST
Run: 118.9nm (215.2km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 111.9nm
18 07s 178 25e

After 1160nm and 8 days of sailing we are anchored in Port Suva. Customs/quaratine/biosecurity/immigration have done their thing but we are too stuffed to move so we will begin exploring tomorrow.Feels very surreal to be here after such a long time of planning but our dreams are coming true.It is very hot and thankfully our beer is very cold !! CHeers J and B

Bula. Now you said she was a slow boat. What a cracking passage you've had. We are proud of you here at Pier 21. Chris and Ron.

Cold ones well deserved, yeehaaaaa. What an amazing journey! If it was a typical Mitchell trip some wheels would have fallen off at some stage. Looking forward to hearing the stories. Chris

Well done. Did it easily. Suva today tomorrow the world. ... great effort enjoy living ur dreams

Pleased you've made it safely. Have been monitoring your process. Enjoy the tropics. Mike


Thu May 11 16:57 2017 NZST
Run: 58.7nm (106.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.7nm
19 47s 178 52e

All well on board . Last 100 nm to go !! Very much looking forward to a sleep in our bed and a shower ! Next report tomorrow we should have cleared customs and be sipping on a cold one . A great trip 1 cheers J and B

hi guys, soo good to hear you made it. now you can enjoy island time with a few cold ones as you relax back and take in the beautiful view, well done to you both your dream has come true.xx
Thu May 11 8:36 2017 NZST
Run: 166.6nm (301.5km)
Avg: 13.5knts
24hr: 323.8nm
20 38s 178 52e

140nm from Suva. New cyclone north of us TC Ella is not expected to affect us - just so know one worries !! We will stay sheltered in Suva for a few days tho as it passes to the west very near Viti Levu. Gosh a few good stories to tell - typical Mitchell trip !! Cheers j and b xxx

hi guys , Following your journey closely , Find my self doing weather checks in the pacific every 3 hrs and watching the 2nd cyclone, Glad youve turn left, You got close to tonga. Are you doing 3 hr shift or more ??, Wind off your back quarter now will make for easier sailing into suva, Hope you got some scones bob !! Keep safe Willy

Sounds like the trip is everything you want it to be One list thing on your bucket list safe journey enjoy your travels Is one of you manning the helm all night or do you leave that to the Maxi ?
Wed May 10 20:15 2017 NZST
Run: 251nm (454.3km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 223.5nm
21 44s 178 50s

no sure if update went through today at 1715. If not all is well , lovely sailing today. Suva by Friday am !! :))

You have changed direction a bit? Looks like going to Tonga! But what would I know D
Tue May 9 17:18 2017 NZST
Run: 162.7nm (294.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.7nm
24 23s 178 28e

All well. Still sailing in easterly winds 15-25 knots and 3 m seas.Definitely getting a bit sick of same old same old but progressing well towards landfall Friday am. The water feels warm as it crashes over us at times and can't wait to be swimming in it.Cheers J and B xxxx

Hi Julie & Bob. Not to long now with the 3m swells. The weather should be from the NE & improving by Thursday . You will enjoy the wine more when U arrive. Cheers Tommy

Hope you aren't been affected by Cyclone Donna. Keep staying safe. Really enjoying being up to date with your progress. Technology is a wonderful thing.

Swimming ahah Warm here today and calm D
Mon May 8 17:18 2017 NZST
Run: 92.9nm (168.1km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.3nm
26 43S 178 07E

Another good day , 20+kt easterly with 3m swells. Well over half way. Have changed destination to Suva and hope to arrive late Thursday or Friday. Weather forecast indicates more of the same until we arrive.Cheers J and B xx

Great progress-amazing how quickly you're getting there! Can't wait to see photos xx

Freddy would like to know if youve seen a Megalodon yet!!!!!??? (I hope not!). Cant wait to see photos of the trip and Suva xxx
Sun May 7 17:24 2017 NZST
Run: 256.3nm (463.9km)
Avg: 10.5knts
24hr: 252.1nm
27 57s 177 31e

all fine on board. Windy few hours today requiring 3 reefs in the main and going over 8 k. A few squally showers.Julie did not get to make her scones today.513nm done so nearly half way. Will likely reach Fiji Thursday .Cheers Julie and Bob.

Got scarred by cyclone but contacted Jessie.and James and they confirmed you not worried. Making progress alright!

What, no scones! That's not cricket. Awesome progress. You'll be in Fiji in no time. We hope you're getting some shut eye. Chris and Nicki

No scones, that's hardly fair, clearly the crew are misbehaving! Weather must be getting warmer?

Good to hear U R making good headway with a strengthening wind. Should have a good breeze on Wednesday night. Cheers Tommy & Pat

wahoo you guys are making great progress awesome news. Love following you Xx


Sat May 6 17:00 2017 NZST
Run: 39.8nm (72km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.9nm
31 37s 176 53e

Had a few gliches getting the format right for these updates. All going well 350nm into our journey. Good fast sailing with today in warm sun with a good easterly breeze.We even had showers !! Loving being at sea. Getting good updates re TC Donna and should be north of any trouble in a couple of days.Love to all especially Jess,Erik, James and Alan and of course Maxie xxx

We are loving tracking your progress, kids keep asking where you are now on the map :-) Stay safe, enjoy! xxx

Hey B&J, good to see the updates - it was showing you off Kawau for days! Everyone at Pier 21 asking if I'd heard from you so will give them the updates. So pleased all is going well (and you've had showers!) Love from me and Tilly x :-)

R u guys miss tc ok? See there are two other yachts nearby This trip be on the top of ur bucket list> Will have a wine for u Cheers safe journey and take good care of urself🍷
Sat May 6 11:36 2017 NZST
Run: 121.5nm (219.9km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.5nm
32 11S 176 46E

A quick up date as last night's update failed, a typo problem .All going well. Great trip so far. Quick first 24 hrs. Beautiful sailing weather today.

Fri May 5 17:46 2017 NZST
Run: 157.9nm (285.8km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.2nm
33 45S 175 49E

First 24 hours did 160nm! Lighter winds today so motorsailing to keep up speed. Getting daily weather updates re TC Donna.All well on board and loving it so far.Love to Jess and James xx and Maxie xx

Thu May 4 17:58 2017 NZST
Run: 32.6nm (59km)
Avg: 9.9knts
24hr: 238.7nm
35 56.8S 175 03E

20k SW gusting , moderate seas

averaging over 7 knots

making very good ground, all well on board and Ollie steering the boat perfectly.No cell coverage now. Love and hugs to all xx

Thu May 4 14:41 2017 NZST
Run: 32.5nm (58.8km)
36 25S 174 60E

7.5 knots

Great fast sail. Good progress so far.

Good going. Keep an eye out for tropical cyclone Donna up in Vanuatu

Just joined up to follow your progress. Sounds like you're speeding along. Travel safe😊

You're off!! Sooo exciting. I will be watching with bated breath.......

seems you have a good southerly behind you so progress will be good. safe Travels , Willy

Watching, watching - imaging that blue swell and sky - freedom ahead - enjoy!


Sun Apr 23 19:31 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
36 50.55683S 174 45.05084E

Finally have Cat 1,weather permitting we depart Auckland for Fiji around 4th May.

It's been along time coming, can't wait.

Hi Bob and Julie I have saved this site to my favourites and will be following your travels. Stay safe, have a wonderful adventure. lots of love xx

Bon Voyage Safe journey Very jealous nut know as u do I am only a harbour sailor Oceans swell up chuck Weather looks good. Follow with interest

Got up the web site and will follow ur progress here Bon voyage in due course and enjoy Talk soon
Mon Apr 17 20:16 2017 NZST
36 50.56289S 174 45.11892E

Weekend of preparations,new autopilot calibrated and working well, checked all reefs in main and practiced heaving to.
Wed Apr 12 20:20 2017 NZST
36 50.56054S 174 45.11314E

Final countdown to departure to Fiji, planning on a departure early May, weather dependent.

Wed Apr 12 20:18 2017 NZST
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