Sun Oct 21 20:09 2018 NZDT
Run: 65.4nm (118.4km)
35 50.208S 174 28.121E
Weather: NE 5 but hard to tell we are in the marina.

Well what a lovely final day, we had beautiful sailing down the Coast and the beauty of the northland Coast was at its best. Arrived at Marsden at sunset just lovely. Now all cleared and had the day at Marsden reacquainting myself with the joys of a washing machines. Thank you to Gulf Harbour Radio you are both awesome, also thanks to Mike at Yit a great service our parents love it. Finally thanks to Taupo Maritime Radio its great to call in each night.and kniw you there if we need you. Looking forward to another great sleep tonight.

Yahoo! Get some rest and enjoy all of the luxuries of being back in NZ!

Well done you two! Pleased you have made it down. Enjoy the sleeps and the washing machines. We are enjoying the Sunday live music at the Copra Shed in Savusavu tonight.
Sat Oct 20 7:51 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 157.3nm (284.7km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.6nm
34 54S 174 18e
Weather: E 10knots less than 1m E swell, 50% Cloud Cover, Baro 1030. Looks like a corker.

What a beautiful 24 hours, Obsession has romped along.We lost the wind at about 3am and so motor is now running. We can now see land we assume it is NZ otherwise we are very lost. It looks very beautiful and it is always great when it appears where you expect it to.

Great to see you near home again. Give us a call when you get in and have had a sleep.

That is just awesome! Well done, and another really big adventure soon under your belt. Yippee....oh and good thick milkshakes on near that corner in Pihia (I don't know the spelling and it is that all ice cream shop there). :)

Welcome home. Now time for blonding and red toe nail painting. Looking forward to catching up. Stunning morning at Rakino. Distracted,very.
Fri Oct 19 7:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5-6knts
Run: 138.5nm (250.7km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.1nm
32 45S 173 24E
Weather: ENE 10-15knots, 100% Cloud Cover, 1030 Baro, .5m S well and 1m E swell

Yesterday was a lovely day on the water apart from the wind direction, as we looked like we were going to go right passed NZ. But last night on my midnight watch I started with a heading of 176 degree and at 3am when I handed it back to the boss it was on 135 degrees. And the joy of wind steering is I did nothing but watch the numbers change on the compass. I love wind steering. We must be getting close to land as the VHF has sparked into life and we have been passed by two cargo ships. We might get to see it today.

Damn, that is awesome! After a bumpy few days you might have a nice finish. SUPER!
Thu Oct 18 7:39 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4-5knts
Run: 143.3nm (259.4km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143nm
30 45S 173 32E
Weather: SE 10 knots, 90% Cloud Cover, baro 1029, 1m swell SE

Who sent this SE wind it was not in the plan. Had a lovely day sailing yesterday and the moon has joined us at night which is very cool. Wind died last night so the motor came on then at 5:30 a SE arrived. I have also been told to print a retraction. I made an error yesterday it is not a cutter sail but a stay sail I am told by those who know so sorry about that it is still very cool.

Fri the Winds look to switch to the E NE. You might, maybe, hopefully have a good finish. Good Luck.

If you put your foot down and if you are aiming for Opua and if you make it by Friday afternoon, I might get to welcome you home. I'm on navire, moored at Okiato Point where the Opua car ferry docks. Slim chance I think but it would be good to blast the horn as you make your way to the customs dock. All the best for the final couple of days. David
Wed Oct 17 7:36 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 134.1nm (242.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.9nm
28 41S 173 20E
Weather: 20 knots E, 1-2m SE swell, Baro 1028, Cloud cover 90%

Well the wind and sea has begun to moderate and so we have put our cutter sail away. Wow what a great addition to Obsession, who would believe you can get such speed from such a tiny sail but she was fab. Thanks to Fizzal (sp) and Buddha for our addition ops and of course Lester as it was his idea. We might shake a reef out tomorrow maybe not. Had a lovely sunrise this morning for those that were up.

Tue Oct 16 7:45 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5-5.5knts
Run: 146.3nm (264.8km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.5nm
26 45S 173 09E
Weather: E 20knots,95% Cloud Cover Baro 1029 and raising

Weather looks to be calming so fingers crossed but it has been great to do so much sailing rather than motoring and not being chased by a front. Had some issues with misbehaving waves and disobedient squalls that filled my wey weather trousers with water along with other things.

P.S. Virginia and Hose do you realise that you can not cleaar small craft in at Auckland anymore you will need to clear at Opus or Marsden from what have been told. Forgot to tell you

Mon Oct 15 7:27 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5-5.5knts
Run: 145.8nm (263.9km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.4nm
24 42S 173 44E
Weather: ESE25knots, 60% Cloud Cover baro 1022 and climbing Swell SE 2-3m

I think the phrase Patricia uses is sporty, its a bit sporty at the moment. Obsession as had a few goes a being a submarine. But all is well on board and we are sailing closer to NZ all the time.

Hi Guys ,if you are in the bay of Islands for the weekend we will likely be out on the water so give us a call. 0274722298 john
Sun Oct 14 7:33 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4.5-5knts
Run: 142nm (257km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.8nm
22 48S 174 44E
Weather: SE 15-20 knots, 30% Cloud Cover, Baro 1017 climbing, Messy sea 2m SE swell mixed with others.

Had lovely motorsailing day yesterday. Now the wind and sea have stepped up so we have slowed down to make it comfortable but the motor is off. Flying fish came visiting yesterday not sure how it survived the experience but Lester shwoed it the exit.

Sat Oct 13 7:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.5 motor sailoingknts
Run: 139nm (251.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.5nm
21 05S 175 57E
Weather: SE 10knots 5% Cloud Cover Baro !013 a lovely day

Had a lovely sailing day yesterday and the stars were lovely last night. Lost the wind at Dawn today so now motorsailing. All is well on board

Fri Oct 12 7:36 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5-6knts
Run: 100nm (181km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.9nm
19 12S 176 42E
Weather: 10-15 SE gusty, 70% Cloud Cover, baro 1013 and climbing 1m SE swell

Here we are heading south due south at the moment. Although its very light I do still think I prefer down wind sailing but then we would not be going to NZ. Maybe we should move NZ. Slowly settling into life on heel all os well on board.

Thu Oct 11 15:42 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4-5knts
Run: 10.2nm (18.5km)
17 51S 177 15E
Weather: SE 10-15 85% Cloud cover baro 1011. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

All signed out and heading for home. So nice to be able to sign out of Denerau. Had a wonderful time in Fiji. 

Looks like a reasonable window, sail safe.

Hi Obsession All the best for the passage. You're such old timers - how many times have you crossed these waters ? - you'll hardly notice it. Perhaps we'll get to see you this summer. Are you headed for Whangarei or Auckland? Cheers David
Mon Oct 8 20:23 2018 NZDT
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)
17 46.371S 177 22.922E
Weather: Lots of heavy rain yesterday Pm and showers today. Wind Se but hard to tell how much 100% Cloud cover

Well after a lovely time at Musket we said farewell to Blinder after a great two months of adventures together in Fiji, even if they beat us at cards. We headed into Denerau to clear and head home to NZ but weather is a changeable thing and so must be plans. So we shall wait patiently now for another opportunity. The positive is I get ice cream, rather than a night watch.

Hope you two find a great window heading south. Loved following your adventures this year and looking forward to the next time!

Snowy house is by where you board the busses. She makes thick shakes too! Hugs....great idea waiting this one out.
Thu Oct 4 11:18 2018 NZDT
17 46.212S 177 11.406E
Weather: NE 15 knots 25% Cloud Cover 1011 baro nice looking day.

Had a lovely day at Musket yesterday. Boys played golf and then it was drinks, curry and cards on Blinder for the evening. We only got as far as drinks just before the curry was served Maggie the Manta came to play. She even let me get in the water with her and we tumbled together. It was awesome but the call for curry was made so out I got but she stayed and entertained us so no cards last night but great Curry, what a day.

Wed Oct 3 8:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
17 46.212S 177 11.406E
Weather: Top of Mast is ENE no wind, 92% Cloud Cover, baro 1011 falling

Yesterday was all about the water it was a beautuful day and we went on a Blinder snorkeling tour which was very enjoyable, thanks Grant. During swim club in the morning I got to witness two very large Crayfish terrorising a stingray, it was very cool. Once they realised they were being watched they took off to safety allowing the stingray to make an escape.

We are back at Musket on a mooring and had a lovely BBQ ashore. Life is good.

Mon Oct 1 8:00 2018 NZDT
17 44.306S 177 08.872E
Weather: 15knots SE, 30% Cloud Cover, baro 1012 had a few very small showers over the weekend abdclots of cloud but it was lovely and calm

Had lots of water time over the weekend lots to see in the way of fish etc including the very friendly Octopus and a number of Bat fish with attitude. Also enjoying the lovely pineapple as the season is now here.

Obsession crew have managed to step it's game up and managed to sneak a couple of wins at cards long may it continue. Oh well another Monday in Paradise.

Sat Sep 29 8:22 2018 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
17 44.306S 177 08.872E
Weather: SE 15 99%Cloud Cover baro 1012

Here we are at Likuliku. Had a great snorkel danced with Octopus saw very large if not pregnant puffer fish. Definitely on the west side though as while snorkeling three helicopters landed beside us the laundry barge arrive to transfer laundry on the other side of us, rush hour in Likuliku.

Fri Sep 28 7:39 2018 NZST
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
17 45.944S 177 11.028E
Weather: ESE 10-15 90%Cloud Cover, 1912

We moved out of town all filled up and with lots of new bits yeah thanks to Blinders guests. Now at Malolo with lots of other biats. Nice to be back in the water.

Tue Sep 25 7:06 2018 NZST
Run: 37.8nm (68.4km)
17 46.246S 177 23.004E
Weather: Se 0-5 100% Cloud Cover baro1011 rain must be coming

On a mooring in Denerau enjoying the treats of a port.

Sun Sep 23 10:15 2018 NZST
Run: 51.1nm (92.5km)
17 23.447SS 177 47.716E
Weather: 5 knot SW 5-10% Cloud Cover

Had a lovely time in the north with Blinder playing taxi. Lots of water and beach time and lots of laughter although the girls struggled to beat the boys at Bouili. Now time to head south had a lovely sail across the Vati Ra Channel and the motor has been on ever since but stunning weather.

Thu Sep 20 6:54 2018 NZST
16 49.005S 178 17.024E
Weather: SE 20knots, 70% Cloud Cover, 1012 steady

We have had a lovely couple of calm days here. Lots of good snorkeling, Dinner cooked on the beach and a couple of wins in cards and Dominos for the Obsession crew. Life is good. The wind has returned today.

Tue Sep 18 9:15 2018 NZST
Run: 46.9nm (84.9km)
16 49.005S 178 17.025E
Weather: 5knots or less SE, 5% Cloud Cover, 1011 Baro steady

What a lovely day to go sailing yesterday was, we had a beautiful trip between the islands, Obsession reaching 7.5 at times which for this lovely old lady is fast. Also caught a lovely Waloo on the way which will feed Blinder and us for s few nights. Another beautiful day has dawned and looking forward to exploring this area again. Back to anchorages with just two Blinder and Obsession.

Mon Sep 17 7:39 2018 NZST
Run: 25.2nm (45.6km)
16 55.322S 178 59.075E

Well operation Gland appears to have been a success so Blinder is all go so forward we go the plan was Cousteaus but we found ourselves just through Nasonisoni Passage after a nice motorsail. Plans are for changing. Then just to finish the day I won cards at last.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Make cards more interesting! Play by the rules! :) Hey...you missed out on a damn good Milkshake today... :)
Wed Sep 12 9:08 2018 NZST
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)
16 46.630S 179 20.085E
Weather: Wet, 100% Clod cover Se light.

wet wet wet - I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes, rain is all around us, its everywhere we go. Back in Savusavu resupplying and eating curries.

Tue Sep 11 7:07 2018 NZST
16 48.614S 179 17.261E
Weather: 0knots S, 100% Cloud Cover, baro 1012 steady, rain is coming I think

Had a great snorkel yesterday, fish fish and more fish of all different varieties and sizes. Then the Obsession crew got hammered by team Blinder at cards. Hopefully a change of fortunes tonight.

Mon Sep 10 10:49 2018 NZST
Run: 41.2nm (74.6km)
16 48.614S 179 17.261E
Weather: SE 5-10knots 100%;Cloud cover baro 1012

Had a fantastic sail from Paradise yesterday. Speed record for the day was held by the best mate which she will remind the skipper of frequently. Than had some lovely sushimi on Pizzaz, thank you Paul for sharing.

Sat Sep 8 21:10 2018 NZST
Run: 24.4nm (44.2km)
16 56.153S 179 53.761E
Weather: 5-10 knots S, little cloud but it is dark

Had a nice trip down the side of Taveuni finishing off at Paradise. Nice to be back and catch up the Interlude crew and meet new friends.

Fri Sep 7 11:01 2018 NZST
16 45.833SS 179 46.876WW
Weather: NE 5-10knots, 40%Cloud cover baro 1011, looks lije a lovely day

Sleeping very well here in this flat calm anchorage of Naivivi Bay. We had coriander and the biggest lettuce I have seen in Fiji delivered to our boats yesterday by the local gardners and bokchoy the day before. It was very much appreciated by us all.

Had a lovely evening with Blinder and Damn Kiwi.

Wed Sep 5 21:28 2018 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
16 45.833S 179 46.876W
Weather: Showers all afternoon, calm in anchorage, 100% Cloud cover

Had a lovely few days in Matagi, lovely clear water with good snorkelling. Swim club had visits from resident turtle and skitty white tip reef shark and special appearances by the squid family and bucket mouth makeral. Back at Naviviv for the weather change. All good on board

Sun Sep 2 6:45 2018 NZST
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
16 43.815S 179 44.694W
Weather: 5 knots in the bay, 20% Cloud cover but burning off, baro 1013 and steady. Had showers overnight.

What a nice find Naivivi bay was very user friendly, but it was time to find clear water so here we are at Matagi Island. Great to be back and in the water. Were joined by squid, turtles and a shark yesterday so looking forward to more water time today. We are having to share this anchorage with more than just Blinder which is unusual for us recently.

Fri Aug 31 7:18 2018 NZST
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
16 45.850S 179 46.875W

Said farewell to the lovely Thomas and Cilla along with Namata bay and moved round the corner to Naivivi Bay. Off to the village today. Looking forward to exploring around here.

Sounds like you are all having such a wonderful adventure. Envious!
Wed Aug 29 7:51 2018 NZST
16 44.617S 179 46.256W
Weather: 5 knots S 5%Cloud cover and baro 1014 steady. Sent from my Samsung device

We met the lovely Thomas and his family here in Tamata Bay yesterday and made our entry in their log book joining many well known boats including Chameleon. It's a lovely bay if you can find a spot without coral. 

Tue Aug 28 7:18 2018 NZST
Run: 22.4nm (40.5km)
16 44.617S 179 46.256W
Weather: 5knots SE, 5% Cloud cover, baro steady 1013. Looks like a nice day

After two very comfortable nights in Naqaiqai Bay and a cool trip up the mangroves, we have moved to Qamea for the more traditional anchorage of golden beaches and clear waters. Looking forward to exploring today.

Sun Aug 26 8:15 2018 NZST
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
16 43.126S 179 53.531E
Weather: 0-5 SSW in the anchorage 95% Cloud cover baro 1012 rising Sent from my Samsung device

Took the Blinder crew with us yesterday to reprovision at Somosomo, what a great experience it was humming being a Saturday and great produce. It was all very easy. Then on the way back to Blinder we were saying how nice some fresh Mahimahi would be and wam bam and little bit of blood splatter and there we have Mahimahi for tea. What a day. Unfortunately wind had come into the south by the time we returned so anchor change was required but here we are having all slept well so all is good.

Fri Aug 24 6:57 2018 NZST
16 44.910S 179 53.587E
Weather: Glassy calm, no wind lots of cloud but burning off. Wind indicator all over the show baro 1012 steady so David not very useful sorry

Looks like another lovely day in Viani Bay. Did some lovely snorkelling yesterday. All is good on board might manage a market tomorrow which is kind of exciting.

Wed Aug 22 7:06 2018 NZST
Run: 23.8nm (43.1km)
16 44.910S 179 53.587E
Weather: 0-5 NW very calm, 15% cloud cover baro 1012 rising

Back in Viani bay to sort a couple of things out. Had a lovely trip back down another stunner. Woken to a gorgeous calm maorning at Viani Bay maybe washing day.

Hi guys. Glad to see you are enjoying your cruising season! We're in North Astrolabe Reef and heading to Kadavu in the morning. Hope to see you somewhere here in Fiji. Cheers, Lynette and John SV White Hawk
Sun Aug 19 8:45 2018 NZST
Weather: 0-5knots E, 80% cloud cover, 1013 and rising. Wew had some showers overnight.

Well here we still are in the lovely Albert Cove. Have had some lovely snorkelling including visits by Turtle and shark, very cool. The weather is spectacular and Obsession is begining to even up the score with the games evenings.

Fri Aug 17 8:33 2018 NZST
Run: 23.8nm (43.1km)
16 26.670S 179 56.278W
Weather: SE 10-15, 100% cloud cover, 1013 Baro

Had a fun trip into Nuka and met some lovly locals yesterday. Had drinks ashore with the other boats in the bay which now total 4.

Tue Aug 14 12:39 2018 NZST
Weather: 5-10knots SSE, 70% cloud cover baro 1012 steady.

Lovely to be back at Albert Cove with Blinder. No reception here so we maybe a little quite for a few days. The water is just gorgeous so swim club is all on and a turtle joined us for morning tea. Washing is drying in the lovely light breeze. Life is good.

Sun Aug 12 8:18 2018 NZST
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
16 44.866S 179 53.582E
Weather: 0 knots N 39% Cloud cover and baro 1011.5 a stunning morning

Another beautiful calm day in Viani bay. It is just beautiful. Went diving with Dolphin dive and had a lovely day, the diving once again was impressive especially the cabbage patch. Then another beating at Domino's for the Obsession crew. I think we need a change of game. Swim club time I think.

Fri Aug 10 7:45 2018 NZST
16 43.787S 179 55.131E
Weather: 5 knots st the most in the anchorage coming from all over 80% cloud cover 1013 baro and steady

Had a lovely couple of days with some great snorkeling and diving. Dolphins joined swim club yesterday. The crew of Obsession are being thrashed at Domino's so we need to do some work on that.

Wed Aug 8 7:00 2018 NZST
Run: 43.2nm (78.2km)
16 43.763S 179 55.150E
Weather: S 5 knots at the most in the anchorage looks like more in the channel, 40% Cloud cover and 1012 baro and steady Looks like another nice day.

The fish drought is broken. Skipper caught a Mahimahi yesterday. So it was bubbles and fresh fish for tea with Blinder, a most enjoyable nightl was had. The trip round was nice although the wind very gusty so boat speed went from. 2.4 to 7.4 within 20mins and then back. Had a great time in Savusavu but lovely to be back on anchor.

Tue Aug 7 7:06 2018 NZST
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
16 48.998S 179 16.387E
Weather: ESE 10-15, 90%Cloud cover rain behind us. Waiting patiently for the southly.

On our way to Taviuni after a lovely time at Savusavu. All provisioned up and ready to go.

Sat Aug 4 7:09 2018 NZST
16 46.636S 179 20.081E

A stunningly sunny Saturday in Savusavu. Yeah Blinder has made Savusavu it is great to catch up with them again in Fiji. We are now planning our adventures while eating and drinking. Having a great social time catching up with lots of old friends and making lots of new ones. Life is good.

Hey guys! We are finally leaving the Yasawas tonight. Heading to Bua? Bay, Vanua Levu. Go Damn Kiwi! See you soon!

Great to see you in FiJi, Nikki arrived there too! You not far. School ticking along nicely , happy place to be 👍🏼
Thu Aug 2 7:18 2018 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
16 46.636S 179 20.081E
Weather: E 5-10 80% cloud cover and 1014 steady.

It is such a treat to have a water supply even if it involves jerry cans. Lester rigged up a hose yesterday and we washed all the volcanic ash off the boat with fresh water. And then there is the joy of washing. Then we can reward our hard work by having some yummy Indian treats. So all in all loving Savusavu.

Tue Jul 31 14:00 2018 NZST
Run: 23.4nm (42.4km)
16 46.363S 179 20.081E
Weather: 15-20 ESE 40% Cloud cover 1013 baro steady Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

What a great passage, well done Skipper. Arrived at Savusavu yesterday and had a very efficient clear in thanks to the Copra Shed and lovely officials. Then it was out for the Curry Lester had been waiting for. Great to be back in Savusavu. Can't get over the volcanic dust, got it over the boat on passage and very hazy here but made for some great sunsets and the moon was very cool.

Wow. Can't believe the volcanic dust is coming all the way from Hawaii. Yikes. So happy that you made it safely. I am sure you and the Blinder crew are having a grand time. Sorry we aren't there!
Mon Jul 30 7:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5-6knts
Run: 144.7nm (261.9km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.6nm
17 00.501S 179 35.340E
Weather: 12-15knots SE-ESE, 1m SE well, 20% cloud cover baro 1014 steady

Another great 24 hours still winged out, great pole thanks Ben and Elaine. I have ordered a passage like this for heading back to NZ, winds no stronger 17knots always behind us full moon no rain, skipper said we might be quite late getting back to NZ then. Tried fishing yesterday when we pulled the line in the trace and everthing was gone Fish 1 Obsession 0. Round two today.

Sun Jul 29 6:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 154.7nm (280km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156nm
17 47.072S 178 22.442W
Weather: 15-20 ESE, 1.5m ESE, 20% Cloud cover Baro 1014 steady looking like another beauty.

Well I think I forgot to mention where we are going yesterday, I told you where we we nor going. So it is Nofoa to Tonga and Bula to Fiji, Savusavu here we come after a great couple of months in Tonga. What a lovely 24 hours we have had clear skies, small seas wing on wing until we turned into the pass this morning and a full moon. What more could a girl want. We even saw a big school of big Tuna who just laughed at my hook. Saw all is good on our a vessel this morning as we make our way through Labeka pass.

Sat Jul 28 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 5-5.5 motorsailingknts
Run: 140nm (253.4km)
18 17.237S 176 04.844W
Weather: 10 knots SE, 20% cloud cover, baro 1014 steady, swell less than 1m

Well a decision was made for us. Tongan customs changed their mind and said no duty free fuel if you go to the Nuias and so sorry Nuiatoptapu but the $200 plus saving on fuel won out. A very easy clearance from Vavau and we were on our way. Lovely conditions great sunrise, full moon and flat seas but not a lot of wind. Kind of essential ingredient for sailing so that duty free fuel already in use. The wind should fill today fingers crossed. Otherwise it is lovely out here.

Tue Jul 24 17:09 2018 NZST
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)
18 39.866S 173 58.962W
Weather: 5 NZ 100% cloud cover 1012 baro

While finally we tore ourselves away from Hunga Lagoon. What a cool place and we met some lovely people and enjoyed the snorkeling and walking. Then had a lovely night in Port Morelle the water is so blue there. Back in Neiafu getting ready to head west or north we are slightly indecisive.

All is good on board and it is happy hour so Cheers.

Sat Jul 21 9:33 2018 NZST
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)
18 41.771S 174 07.693W
Weather: SE 10-15 10% cloud cover 1014 baro and steady another great day. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Sorry for being quiet no reception here had to walk over the hill but what a cool walk. Having a great time in Hunga thank you Barry. Snorkeling with shark, squid and rays. Great whale display yesterday and a lovely campfire last night. Magic spot with snorkeling from the boat. We may never leave.

Hi chaps. Sounds like you are having fun. I do envy the snorkelling. The good news is that stella and Jill and myself are coming to NZ in March/April next year for 5 whole weeks. The bad news is we are all coming to stay on your boat for the whole time. ( only joking). we Are hiring a car and touring all over but a lot of time on the South Island as we haven’t been there yet. We fly into Auckland and fly on to Aus. from Christchurch. Love and kisses. Gerry.
Tue Jul 17 8:12 2018 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
18 39.663S 173 58.953W
Weather: S nil, 10% cloud cover and 1012 baro steady. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

We'll here we are in town and have caught up with people and green things. Got our bits from Fendall and a big thank you to all involved in this process much appreciated.

Sun Jul 15 8:06 2018 NZST
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
18 41.295S 174 01.434W
Weather: 15 knots E 60% Cloud Cover Baro 1014 steady another nice day.

Well the time came to head back to town for green things, skipper needs Carlsberg and his best mate needs veggies. Also catching up with Fendall who is arriving Monday yeah.Before we left I got to go hunting with Mantis Shrimp and found a pygmy lion fish very cool.Stopped off at Sisia for lunch lovely clear water but coral has taken a beating. Stopped at Mala will make town by Monday.

Sounds wonderful! Such heavy rain here we only just made it back to Onemana as roads are closed due to flooding and slips! Glad you’ve spent time with Lady Nada
Fri Jul 13 10:11 2018 NZST
18 41.905S 173 55.726W
Weather: 10-15knots Se in the anchorage, 19% Cloud cover, baro 1015 steady another lovely day

Took advantage of the light winds to do some sewing on our headsail. Took a little longer than expected and a few more needles but all is done niow. Had a great snorkel in thevplunge pools well reccomended Graham thank you. Another play day today.

Wed Jul 11 8:00 2018 NZST
18 41.905S 173 55.726W
Weather: ESE 10-15, 60% Cloud cover, 1014 baro steady

Another lovely day here in Kenutu. We said goodbye to Lady Nada yesterday so now have this beautiful spot to ourselves except for the sea snakes and moray eels that introduced themselves yesterday.

Mon Jul 9 10:27 2018 NZST
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
18 41.905S 173 55.726W
Weather: 10-15 knots E in the anchorage looks more behind us. 15% cloud cover 1015 baro steady.

Went to Church in Ofu with Lady Nada yesterday and had a rousing sermon on the importance of faith in Tongan with a brief summary in English, thank you to the minister. Also thanks to Ana from tge backpackers for looking out for us.Now it is Laundry day in Kenutu, just lovely here. Clear water sunny skies and golden beaches lots of life in the water.

Hey guys, following your trip from a very cold Opua. If you visit Ana again please say hello to her from us, Daryl and Sonya from Christchurch. Enjoy Kenutu, great spot. D&S
Sun Jul 8 7:21 2018 NZST
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
18 41.453S 173 57.444W
Weather: 20SE 30% Cloud cover 1014 baro steady. Looks like a nice day.

Sheltering out of the wind at Ofu. Went for a walk through the village, what a lovely tidy spot. Resort not open until next week but backpackers all go.

Fri Jul 6 17:15 2018 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
18 39.332S 173 57.949W
Weather: ESE only 10 knots in here, 100% cloud cover and 1012 baro and steady. Rain maybe coming.

Had a lovely day yesterday spotted a whale from the cliffs of Kenutu, spotted a Lionfish and squid when snorkeling. Had drinks on the beach with Lady Nada and Bobcat followed by Curry and Cake all in all a great day. Now in the old harbour to do a quick resupply trip to town. What a sheltered anchorage not been here before.

Happy birthday! So glad you spending time with my family ❤️ Makes me happy you are all together 👍🏼
Thu Jul 5 7:45 2018 NZST
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
18 41.887S 173 55.710W
Weather: 10 knots SE 70% cloud cover baro 1014 steady. Looks like another lovely day.

Not sure what happened to my earlier entry it gone somewhere. So we will try again. Great to be back here. Had drinks on the beach yesterday evening with Lady Nada.

Happy birthday Lisa. Enjoy your special day. Love Ma and Pa R, XX
Wed Jul 4 7:03 2018 NZST
Run: 4.7nm (8.5km)
18 38.355S 174 00.046W

  Have had a very social couple of nights thanks to both Babe and Penelope. Trying a new anchorage for us which is very sheltered and close to town and the boatyard. Went and had a look round the boat yard yesterday what a great facility.

Mon Jul 2 9:23 2018 NZST
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
18 42.034S 174 01.844W
Weather: 25 Se 50% Cloud cover baro 1017 steady

Enjoying the water here. Had a nice walk into the village with Graham and meeting a number of new boats which is fun while it blows around us. Had a loveky evening on Manessa.

Fri Jun 29 6:39 2018 NZST
18 43.335S 174 06.064W
Weather: SE 5-10 in the anchorage, 30-40% cloud cover, baro 1014 steady Looks like it will be another nice day. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Caught water the other night so laundry day yesterday and what a lovely spot to do it.

Looks an amazing area. Nikki etc arrived Va’vau yesterday. We survived another week, just 1 to go!!! Then r and r time . Booked Fiji so hope to catch up with you when we with Nikki . ❤️

Hi guys - will you be in Fiji from end of sept - October? Hopefully may see you there :)
Thu Jun 28 7:03 2018 NZST
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
18 43.336S 174 06.060W
Weather: SE 20-25, 40% Cloud cover, 1014 steady Looking like a better day today.

Had few Ops over that last couple of days sorry folks. Position on Tuesday was wrong had us on the way to Fiji, lazy fingers. Thank you Sue and Mac for letting us know. And then who knows where yesterdays entry went it left here but never made it there. So fingers crossed for this one. We headed out of town after the last of our provisioning to enjoy some of the favourite anchorages.

Tue Jun 26 7:00 2018 NZST
Run: 71.8nm (130km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70nm
18 39.727S 173 58.943W
Weather: nil wind in here at least from NNE, 70% cloud cover baro 1020 steady. Had some rain overnight looks nice now though.

Came to town to do our internal clearance and extend visas what a pleasant experience and so efficiently done. Then had a lovely couple of hours reexploring Neiafu and finding such treats as passionfruit,pawpaw and the skippers highlight was meat and iced coffee.

Mon Jun 25 6:24 2018 NZST
Run: 28.3nm (51.2km)
19 42.032S 174 01.874W
Weather: E 5-10 but probably more outside the anchorage. 20% Cloud cover. Baro 1019 steady. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

We have moved upto Vavau over the weekend.  Into town today.

We just missed you! Flew back on Friday! Had a great sail to Tonga!!!! Have Fun!
Fri Jun 22 7:06 2018 NZST
19 52.696S 174 25.381W
Weather: WSW less than 5 knots, 100% cloud cover with some dark ones still coming from SW. Baro 1014 falling.

Forgot to mention the spinner dolphins put on a great show at our Sundowners on Viveka on Wednesday night, today is was drinks on the beach as it was such a beautiful afternoon . Temperature and humidity has stepped up a notch due to the front making sleeping a challenge. Had a great snorkel some lovely hard coral.

Hi guys , envy the snorkelling! Fiji booked for September! Nikki at Pangai now. They having a great time. Looks like you are having the usual wonderful time! Hugz , rosie and Keron x
Thu Jun 21 7:00 2018 NZST
19 52.696S 174 25.381W
Weather: NE 5 knots, 29% Cloud cover, baro 1015 steady we are attempting to set baro to the reading you give us David but it's very sensitive procedure and taking a few goes. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Anchored winch motor all clear of oil well done Skipper. And just for something different a little bit of snorkeling.

Hi Lisa and Lester, just returned home from Oz visiting Baby Zara. Beautifull. Best to keep oilin gearbox not motor Lester. Horrid weather in Whg. Lv us
Wed Jun 20 6:48 2018 NZST
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
19 52.696S 174 25.381W
Weather: E 15 knots, Cloud cover 20% Baro 1018 steady Looks like another nice day.

Moved round the corner ready for the wind changed. Collected coconuts for cocktails and curry yum. Another walk on another lovely beach.

Tue Jun 19 6:39 2018 NZST
19 50.944S 174 24.909W
Weather: 10- 15 knots E seems to get up during the day 30% Cloud cover and baro 1019 climbing.

Went into town yesterday to do internal clearance into Ha'apia. The beginning of a big festival to celebrate Kings birthday and church conference in town so all looking very smart. Found engine degreaser for anchor motor so a happy skipper. On the way home in the dingy saw our first Turtle for the season so crew happy as well. So overall a happy boat.

Hi guys , Nikki & crew saw a turtle and whales. They are close behind you in Nomuka. All going well at school, usual dramas haha , missing our dinners 🤣

We are very envious of you. Enjoy the tropics, it is wet and cold here.
Mon Jun 18 7:12 2018 NZST
19 50.944S 174 24.909W
Weather: 15 ESE 50% Cloud Cover Baro 1013 Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Swim club had new members Bas Barracuda and Sid the squid and his family. Bas did stop for a snack on the way but quickly caught us back up. Anchor winch dramas but mighty Mal to the rescue from Mahia.

Sat Jun 16 7:36 2018 NZST
Run: 26.5nm (48km)
19 50.944S 174 24.909W
Weather: 5-10 SE, 60 % cloud cover 1018 baro steady Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Anchored in Uoleva nice to be back.

Fri Jun 15 6:39 2018 NZST
Run: 91.6nm (165.8km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.8nm
19 50.548S 174 49.370W
Weather: 5-10 SE, 0.5m lazy NE swell, 10% cloud cover, warm Baro 1018 and climbing

A lovely night for a sail apart from the motor being on. We watched the thunder and lightening pass behind us.Heading for Uoleva in the Ha'apai

Thu Jun 14 6:42 2018 NZST
21 07.708S 175 09.857W
Weather: NE 5knots, 90% cloud cover, 1017 dropping.

Another lovely day yesterday in Tonga and the Australian navy arrived in town. They are now practising manouvers with their inflatables and landing craft all around us so we have prime seats.

Wed Jun 13 6:39 2018 NZST
21 07.708S 175 09.857W
Weather: NNE-NE 5-10 knots 80% cloud cover and baro 1017

What a stunner of a day yesterday and so it was washing day.

Tue Jun 12 6:33 2018 NZST
21 07.708S 175 09.857W
Weather: 5-10 E, 20% cloud cover and baro 1017 steady. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

We refueled yesterday in preparation for heading north. Also had a lovely snorkel outside Big Mama's.

Mon Jun 11 6:39 2018 NZST
21 07.708S 175 09.857W
Weather: NE 0-5 , 5% cloud cover, baro 1018 Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Looks like another lovely day here in Tonga. Had some time chilling out on the beach over the weekend.

Bula from Fiji!! Glad to hear you made it safe n sound. We are slowly getting into the routine of cruising. We already have some interesting stories to share...which we can laugh about now ;-) Stay safe and have fun.
Sat Jun 9 6:00 2018 NZST
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
21 07.680S 175 09.867W
Weather: 0-15 knots ESE, 60% cloud cover baro 1017 steady. Nice and sunny though.

We'll after a windy start it turned out to be a nice sunny day in Tonga and the wind slowly died, so we made our first journey into town. No pawpaw to be found so I had to settle for ice cream.

Fri Jun 8 7:32 2018 NZST
Run: 28.3nm (51.2km)
21 07S 175 05W
Weather: 20-30S, 100%cc, 1015

Anchored at big mamas. AWOB.

Thu Jun 7 6:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 5-6 motorsailingknts
Run: 142.5nm (257.9km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.1nm
21 12.309S 175 30.694W
Weather: E 5knots, 1m lazy NE swell, 30% cloud cover, baro 1018 and climbing

Its a bit like grand central station out here as we all converge on Tongatapu. A beautiful red sunrise and lovely conditions just not quite enough wind to sail and no fuel station in sight, so heading into Nuku'alofa.

Wed Jun 6 6:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5 to 5knts
Run: 131.2nm (237.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 130.9nm
22 28.112S 177 15.989W
Weather: ESE 5knots, 1/2 m NE swell, 70% cloud cover baro 1018 steady

This is a much more leisurely pace. We had some great on the wind motorsailing yesterday. Now it is more motoring while drying our sails.The rain just kept coming yesterday hopefully not today.

Tue Jun 5 6:36 2018 NZST
23 37.671S 178 53.992W
Weather: 0 wind, 100% cloud cover, baro 1015 and steady

A beautiful evening was had here in North Minerva, flat calm and we were treated with locally sourced crayfish yum. Thank you Katie M2. Today we are going to head for Tonga so back into passage making routine. No wind here yet though so motoring to start.

Mon Jun 4 6:39 2018 NZST
Run: 69.4nm (125.6km)
23 37.671S 178 54.009W
Weather: S 0-5knots,100% cloud cover,baro 1015.

yeah here we are in North Minerva at anchor. Sorry about no report yesterday small input error and staff have been talked to, they had a lame excuse of being tired. The rain has been amazing this trip the boat is very clean, we were woken up this morning with thunder and lightening. So now we will watch the weather for heading to Tonga.

Hi Lisa and Lester hope all good with you Two Just heard from Richard on Viveka saying he had just arrived at Minerva N after hoving to same weather as you Say Hi n Regards Nick n Trudi

Nasty weather hear also you in a good place. Safe travels.
Sat Jun 2 6:27 2018 NZST
Speed: hoved tooknts
Run: 130.1nm (235.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132nm
24 18.076S 179 42.858W
Weather: NE lots 25knots plus, 2m NE swell/wind waves 100% cloud cover baro1019 dropping

Well we did not make Minerva before the weather turned ugly too although we tried so ended up hoving too south of south Minerva. Hopefully not for too long. Both getting some extra sleep.

Heaving to is such a cool defensive manoeuvre. Very sensible sailing. Say hi to manerva for me.
Fri Jun 1 6:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 6 motorsailingknts
Run: 158.3nm (286.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160nm
26 07.934S 179 47.964E
Weather: ESE 5-10knots, SE swell 1m, 20% cloud cover, Baro 1023 climbing

Another lovely night at sea and North Minerva is getting closer. Thank you Ann for the Brisket it was very good and I ma enjoying the magazines thanks Jenny. All is good on board.

Glad to hear you okay. Hope motor can be fixed quickly. Take care. XXXXX
Thu May 31 7:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 5-6 motoringknts
Run: 137.4nm (248.7km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.3nm
28 12.447S 178 42.704E
Weather: 0 wind, 1 swell SSE, 10% cloud cover Baro 1024 steady

someone has stolen the wind and we would like it back please. Amazing how flat the sea can go though. All is well on board apart for the Kamakazee flying fish who are a bit under the weather.

Wed May 30 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 5-6.5 motorsailingknts
Run: 146.4nm (265km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.5nm
29 55.429S 177 33.804E
Weather: 10knots ESE, 1m SE swell, 30% cloud cover, Baro 1022 steady. Please not no wind instruments on board so not very scientifically done.

Another lovely sailing day yesterday,had a number of visits from the mighty Albatrosses. Motor went on in the middle of the night not sure for how long it will stay on.

Tue May 29 6:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 5-6knts
Run: 144.5nm (261.5km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.4nm
31 45.932S 176 20.714E
Weather: 20 knot SSE, 2-3m S swell, 20% cloud cover and Baro 1021 and climbing

A lovely 24 hours sailing finished off with a beautiful full moon. Obsession is having a ball and her crew are slowly getting into the groove

I feel a bit wistful watching you and Murphy plow north. And cold. 5 degees last night and again tonight. Who said the winterless north. You're looking good. Murphy is 2 degrees north of you. Bring o the shorts and t shirts.

Glad to hear that the sailing is good. I hope the wind stays fair for you. Xx
Mon May 28 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 5-6knts
Run: 123.9nm (224.3km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.5nm
33 34.002S 175 05.124E
Weather: 20-25knot SW, 60% cloud cover 2mSW swell and Baro 1200

We have both learnt to rock and roll again a favourite with Lester, but all is going well and Obsession is happily sailing along.

Sun May 27 12:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 5-6knts
Run: 4.2nm (7.6km)
35 11.011S 174 08.847E
Weather: 70% cloud cover 20knots WSW, no swell as yet. Baro 1022 steady

We are on our way, and all is good.

Sat May 19 10:42 2018 NZST
Run: 35.5nm (64.3km)
35 13.602S 174 11.974E
Weather: 40% cloud Cover NW10 another lovely day.

Chilling out in the beautiful Bay of Islands after a lovely sail and motorsail up the coast. Great to be back at anchor. Even managed a swim yesterday. Waiting patiently for weather to head north, maybe not always patiently.

Wed May 9 12:30 2018 NZST
Run: 36.1nm (65.3km)
35 43.67S 174 20.03E
Weather: A lovely day 50% cloud cover 10 knots S Virus-free. www.avast.com

Just doing a trial to make sure all is working. Sitting in Whangarei waiting to go north to the warmth.

Hello from Washington State, currently hanging out with John and Lisa from Orcinius! Greetings to the fine folks in Riverside. Have a great trip!

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