Obsession

Obsession

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:
5 knots
knts
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:
5-6
knts
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:
4-5 knots
knts
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:
5knots
knts
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:
5-5.5 knots
knts
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:
5-5.5 knots
knts
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:
4.5-5knots
knts
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 knots motor sailoing
knts
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:
5-6knots
knts
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:
4-5 knots
knts
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:
5.5-6 knots
knts
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:
6 knots
knts
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:
5-5.5knots motorsailing
knts
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:
5-6knots motorsailing
knts
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 5knots
knts
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 too
knts
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:
6knots motorsailing
knts
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 knots motoring
knts
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 motorsailing
knts
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:
5-6knots
knts
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:
5-6knots
knts
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:
5-6knots
knts
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!
Wed Dec 21 20:50 2016 NZDT
Run: 125.3nm (226.8km)
35 12.783S 174 13.366E

Great overnight sail north. Enjoying being back cruising. Swimming and diving today. I love holidays.


Sun Mar 27 13:38 2016 NZDT
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
36 50.595s 175 12.220e

What great weather for Easter. Had a brief visit to Chamberlin bay and now enjoying Bryant bay and catching up with friends. Lots of swimming, chocolate and sleeping.


Sun Feb 14 11:31 2016 NZDT
Run: 22.4nm (40.5km)
36 51.877s 175 09.410e

Loving this great summer weather and being able to get out and play in the Hauraki gulf at the weekends. Long may it last.


Tue Jan 12 14:22 2016 NZDT
Run: 55.4nm (100.3km)
36 50.568s 174 45.125e

Had a lovely Holiday on the water and catching up with friends and family. Now it is back to earning money in the big smoke.


Sat Jan 2 21:03 2016 NZDT
Run: 55.4nm (100.3km)
36 12.155S 175 21.067E

Had a great Christmas with family around Waiheke now out at the Great Barrier with friends. Fishing has been great and we are eating like kings. Looking forward to seeing the sun again but the water tanks are full.

Great to be cruising NZ waters again


Mon Nov 23 21:10 2015 NZDT
Run: 17.8nm (32.2km)
36 50.566s 174 45.126e

Back at Pier 21 and settling into the routine of work most of the time. Fiji seems a long way a way. I am enjoying a continuous supply of Ice Cream though.


Wed Nov 11 16:01 2015 NZDT
Run: 27.8nm (50.3km)
36 46.830s 175 03.890e

Had a great sail down the coast today. It is lovely to sail in flat water with good wind. Also had a double strike which will feed us for the next couple of days, fresh fish yum.


Tue Nov 10 19:50 2015 NZDT
Run: 39.1nm (70.8km)
36 25.759Ss 174 49.129e

We have had a lovely couple of days here at Kawau, swimming and walking, we are probably moving south tomorrow.Now for those of you that have been paying attention you are probably under the misguided thought that since our return to NZ we have visited Sth America and Central Australia all aboard Obsession. Actually it was tired fingers and inaccurate entry of GPS positions, I am struggling to correct my mistakes but allow me to reassure you we are only sailing down the Northland coast.


Sun Nov 8 12:14 2015 NZDT
Run: 47.8nm (86.5km)
35 52.764S 174 39.377E

Great stop at Tutukaka, good to catch up with friends and family. Heading south on a magic northland day


Sun Nov 1 18:48 2015 NZDT
Run: 10.5nm (19km)
35 15.030S 174 18.239E
Weather: NW 5knots, 30% cloud cover, 1028 barometer

Great to be back cruising in NZ, had our first swim today all be it brief and chilly. A lovely day to be on the water and in Whangamumu.


Sun Nov 1 12:01 2015 NZDT
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
35 14.286S 174 07.065E

Had a great time catching up with friends and family. Filled the fuel tank watched the AB's play now heading south to Tutukaka. Great to be sailing back in NZ waters.


Thu Oct 29 22:09 2015 NZDT
Run: 47.3nm (85.6km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.1nm
35 18.937S 174 07.248E
Weather: Its very dark and very wet, not too cold though and no wind.

Well here we are back in NZ after another slow but good passage. We finished on a real high screaming into Opua on the strong N/NW which saw Obsession reach speeds that she is not familiar with (Lester says I have to mention the 9.1knots we reached) . Thank you to GHR for watching out for us. Now we shall enjoy some Opua time


Congratulations for getting home OK. Well done, the stress is over. Look forward to a catch up when your back in Auckland John and Frances Quintessence

Congratulations Great to see you home Lester n Lisa catch up soon enjoyed your posts on YIT

Great to see you back home. Jenny can relax again. Will hope to catch up while you are in Opua .Keep warm.
Thu Oct 29 7:26 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.2knots
knts
Run: 153.5nm (277.8km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.1nm
34 38S 174 04E
Weather: NNE 15, 100% cloud cover, baro 1020 dropping, swell 1m a grey day now.

Last night at sea and another goody, great sunrise. Carefully watching the fuel and once skipper is up I think we might put the engine on. Looks damp ahead.


Welcome home Obsession get your rain coat and slippers out. Plenty fuel on Vitalis , catch up soon.
Wed Oct 28 7:41 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 129.1nm (233.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.7nm
32 25S 173 54E
Weather: S5knots or less,20% cloud cover, very gentle .5m swell, baro 1025 steady.

Another stunning night at sea, a full moon, flat water and current in our favour yeah. Had a slow but lovely day yesterday although spent alot of time calculating disel useage vs revs and did our last onboard fuel transfer. So fingers crossed we have enough. 165nm to the BOI and all is good on board.


Tue Oct 27 7:37 2015 NZDT
Speed:
4-5knots
knts
Run: 117.6nm (212.9km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.9nm
30 35S 173 29E
Weather: 5knots S, 90% cloud cover, 1m S swell, 1024 baro climbing a much better day to wake upto

Well yesterday was a challenge between 6am and 8pm we did 37.5nm on our course, four tacks which are a four letter word on our boat. We were expecting head winds but not 20-25knots of them. The boat handle it well but we were not going home. But they are the joys of sailing and today is another day and we are both still smiling. Still wind on the nose but less then 5 knots and we are slowly plugging into them and once again heading home.All is well on board.


Chin up Lisa, you heading the right way now. Keep trucking along. Safe trip.

I don,t know about you guys stealing our weather patterns, never mind all will be sweet on Thursday For with good following winds
Mon Oct 26 9:43 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.3
knts
Run: 53.2nm (96.3km)
Avg: 50.8knts
24hr: 1219.9nm
29 28S 174 58E
Weather: S 10-15 now, 100% cloud cover, 1021 baro NO RAIN

Just coming out the other side of the cloud/front. Had great sailing overnight and a beautiful night. Now we are having a taste of NZ weather, yeah. All is good on board and Obsession is dealing well with the weather along with the crew.


Mon Oct 26 8:40 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6
knts
Run: 145.1nm (262.6km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140.2nm
29 26S 174 05E
Weather: S20-25, 100%cc and rain, 1020

all well despite conditions


Sun Oct 25 7:50 2015 NZDT
Speed:
4.5 knots
knts
Run: 141.8nm (256.7km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.8nm
27 21S 174 23E
Weather: 10-15 NNW, 10% cloud cover, the clouds say there is wind about, 1022 barometer, 1m swell

A busy day here aboard Obsession yesterday, we crossed the half way point and celebrated with showers and our last fijian Papaya, yum. Then we were fuel transfer technicians for awhile. We finished the day by sailing passed a whale carcass to say hi to the locals, there were lots of locals saw some hugh kingfish. I must say was not so keen on the smell or the oil slick it was putting out. Had another beautiful night at sea and got to turn the engine off midway through. Looks like another beauty today.


Sat Oct 24 7:50 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.5knots motorsailing
knts
Run: 144.1nm (260.8km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.1nm
25 29S 175 20E
Weather: 5knots SSE/SE, baro 1021 steady, 30%cloud cover, .5m swell

A beautiful day and night at sea yesterday and what looks like the begining of another one today, long may it last.The temperature is dropping. Not sure how these trouser things work though, all very strange. Next I will be putting socks on ugg.


Hi good to see you trucking along. You had better find your socks. Safe journey.
Fri Oct 23 7:50 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 134.9nm (244.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.2nm
23 34S 176 14E
Weather: SE 10-15, 90% cloud cover, going into cloud, 1m swell, baro 1020 raising.

Not the fastest trip we have had but very comfortable and Obsession is the leisure model. We turned the motor off yesterday morning and have enjoyed the tranquility of sailing ever since.Long may it continue.


Thu Oct 22 8:14 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.9
knts
Run: 137.4nm (248.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.2nm
21 48S 177 08E
Weather: 10-15SSE,100% cloud cover although we did briefly see the sun,1m swell, barometer 1018 steady

Still chugging south, all is well on board. Seen lots of fish life but as yet have not been tempted to put a line over. Once skipper is up I am hoping the motor can go off. Lots of other boats out here with us.


Wed Oct 21 7:40 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.5 motoring
knts
Run: 130.5nm (236.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.4nm
19 53S 177 42E
Weather: Nil wind, the water is glass, did sail for a little while yesterday with 10knots ESE,100% cloud cover but very light cloud, 1016 barometer and steady.

WOW what a lovely start to the passage. I have had a little manicure/pedicure, done a bit of baking and all is very good. We were farwelled from Suva by two large turtles which was cool. All is well on board.


Tue Oct 20 7:17 2015 NZDT
18 07.415S 178 25.400E
Weather: Nil wind ESE, baro 1016, 60% cloud cover

Time to say good bye to Suva, the more time we spend here the more we enjoy it, we will be back. Had a small tech melt down but the skipper came to the rescue so hopefully we are all back on board this is the teat run.


Have a safe trip, look forward to catching up. Will be in BOI over this com ing weekend.

Bon voyage and happy sailing. Bring a little sunshine with you.
Mon Oct 19 23:56 2015 NZDT
18 07.415S 178 25.399E
Weather: 5knots ENE, 1016 baro, approx 80% cloud cover but it is dark, a lovely day in Suva but very hot.

Getting ready to depart tomorrow and head home. Not sure we are ready for the cold weather but I am sure we will get use to it.


Sun Oct 18 11:24 2015 NZDT
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
18 07.399s 178 25.386e
Weather: ENE 10 knots, 100% cloud cover, the rain has stopped just the odd shower, barometer 1018 steady

Go the All Blacks, a great start to the morning. Still enjoying the delights of soggy Suva, the TV is getting a good workout what with the RWC and the Fiji Open on. Good fun to catch up with some of the people we have met this season at the Womens Expo. Now getting things ready to head south once a window appears.


Mon Oct 12 11:10 2015 NZDT
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
18 07-312S 178 25.245E

Still enjoying the delights of fresh food, yum. Other big news is we can watch the rugby on the boat T.V. so go the All Blacks.


Hi Liza and Lester, I’m glad you are still having fun in Fiji. We are back in Auckland curtesy of a B777 but Pete is heading back to Vuda Point tomorrow. He will sail back with 4 other ‘blokes’ when the weather looks good. Safe sailing, Diane
Fri Oct 9 7:44 2015 NZDT
Run: 58.9nm (106.6km)
18 07.323s 178 25.257e
Weather: ESE very light here in Suva at the moment, 30% cloud cover barometer 1018 raising. It looks like another lovely day.

Well finished our time in Makongai with a Meke performed by the local school, official for the visiting "cruise ships" but yachties were invitied too. It was good fun. Yesterday we headed south and had a fast and boisterous sail into Suva. Obsession covered more ground than she usually does in a day and we celebrated this fact with burgers at the yacht club. All is good on Obsession this morning.


Sun Oct 4 12:57 2015 NZDT
17 26.226S 178 57.208E
Weather: SSE 15-20, 20% cloud cover, barometer 1017 another stunning day.

Still enjoying the delights of Makongai. Watched clams attempting to reproduce, seen lots of turtles, got up close and personal with some reef sharks. Have repaired the wind indicator after it intimate encounter with a brown boobie. All good here


Tue Sep 29 15:35 2015 NZDT
Run: 24.8nm (44.9km)
17 26.226S 178 57.208E

We were rolled out of Namena, but had a great sail to Makongai with sunshine and blue skies. Had a great tour of the area yesterday chilling out today.


Mon Sep 28 8:12 2015 NZDT
Run: 20.7nm (37.5km)
17 06.424s 179 06.034e
Weather: 10knots ENE, 100% cloud cover with showers overnight and barometer 1013 raising

A window presented itself to try and explore Namena so we will have to head back to Koro to explore it properly. Had a great sail from Koro and explored the island yesterday, hopefully the water today but we have woken up to a rolly anchorage and rain so will see.


Sun Sep 27 7:41 2015 NZDT
Run: 42.7nm (77.3km)
17 16.431s 179 21.632e
Weather: nil wind ENE, 70% cloud cover but large build ups on the horizon. Baro 1012 and climbing

So the time had come to farewell Paradise, but not without sighting an ornate ghost pipefish, very exciting. Had a lovely trip to Koro which included some sailing,which was a treat.


Fri Sep 25 16:41 2015 NZST
16 56.073s 179 54.011e
Weather: Var 0-5knots, had a beautiful day, very hot. NIce to see the sun.

Had an awesome time here in the water. Saw somethings that were on my diving bucket list. Very relaxing diving and awesome staff both diving and at the resort. But the time to move on is fast approaching.


Wed Sep 23 7:40 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 5-10SE,100%cc, 1003 occ shws

Mon Sep 21 18:11 2015 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
16 56.078s 179 54.006e

Had some great snorkeling around Viani bay. Have now moved to a mooring off Paradise resort, been given a great welcome and looking forward to cocktails in the pool.


Sat Sep 19 16:16 2015 NZST
16 45.097s 179 53.267e

Had a great day out on Rainbow reef, lovely coral lots of life. Off for a curry night ashore tonight.


Fri Sep 18 7:30 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 10-15NE, 20%cc, 1017steady

Viani Bay


I love that place, excellent holding for Blinder too as we remember it.... Great to see your progress. Im helping a Tony W.at Akl boat show ICA talks next weekend...that must make me 3 I/C.....yeee Haaa.
Thu Sep 17 22:01 2015 NZST
Run: 24.4nm (44.2km)
16 45.087S 179 53.284E

The weather has meant it is time to move on. A nice motorsail to Viani Bay. Hopefully some diving and snorkeling to follow.


Tue Sep 15 16:46 2015 NZST
Run: 23.5nm (42.5km)
16 43.809s 179 44.674w
Weather: Nil wind showers 100% cloud cover baro 1015 steady

Had a great time at Albert Cove in and out of the water. Now moved onto Matagi, another spot that looks beautiful, will spend the next couple of days exploring


Thu Sep 10 0:00 2015 NZST
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.5nm
16 26.745S 179 56.325W

Had a great sail upto Albert cove. Tomorrow we take the dingy to Nuku to let the local police know we are here. A lovely looking spot.


Wed Sep 9 21:51 2015 NZST
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
16 38.342S 179 55.830E
Weather: SE very light in here, 1018 baro, little cloud

Went into the village to introduce ourselves, what lovely people. Then came and explored North Kioa.


Wed Sep 9 11:37 2015 NZST
Run: 40.4nm (73.1km)
16 43.139S 179 53.516E
Weather: 15knots SE, 40% CC 1019 baro raising

Naqaiqai bay, off to explore Kioa today


Mon Sep 7 8:26 2015 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
16 48.535s 179 17.290e
Weather: 10knots SE 100% CC Rain 1016 steady

Had some great snorkeling here. Due to lack of wind been able to snorkel the outside wall. It has been great to get back in the water. Today the water has come to us so might be filling the water tanks.


Fri Sep 4 15:07 2015 NZST
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
16 48.479s 179 17.338e
Weather: 10 knots ESE 95% cloud cover 1017 Baro

All stocked up, had our share of curries, Pizza and Hamburgers so time to farewell Savusavu. Been great to spend sometime back in Savusavu, but also good to be back in the water. Off snorkeling this afternoon.


Sun Aug 30 7:53 2015 NZST
16 46.678s 179 19.933e
Weather: SE 5-10 Baro 1019 climbing 80% cloud cover

After a little holiday to France, well Futuna is part of France, as crew on Blinder(if you want to see photos check out Blinders YIT site) we are back onboard Obsession in Savusavu. We had a great sail to and from Futuna and are definantly not use to travel at the speed Blinder does but it was great fun. We are now reprovisioning and getting ready to explore the NE of Fiji.


Hello! Glad you had fun in Fulaga and did not break our record. We loved Namuka-I-Lau too! Now go visit Moe at Quelelevu! Most northeastern island in the Ringgolds. Tell him we think of him often and send our best!
Thu Aug 20 7:39 2015 NZST
Run: 194.2nm (351.5km)
16 46.680S 179 19.941E
Weather: 1015 dropping, 80% cloud cover nil wind

Had a great overnight sail into Savusavu. Caught a pair of Mahimahi on the way so fish for breakfast lunch and dinner. Very strange to be back in the activty of a big town but does give us unternet access which is a first in 10 weeks so thanks for all the comments on here we have just got to read them.


Sun Aug 16 9:24 2015 NZST
18 50.823S 178 40.225W
Weather: 5knots ENE, 100%cloud cover,1016 falling

BBQ on the beach, lots of time in the water visiability is awesome so all is good. Propane running low so heading north soon.


So is it Savusavu for propane. Good to hear all great there L n L Still cold n wet here regards to Jude n Og. N n T
Tue Aug 11 15:46 2015 NZST
Run: 22.8nm (41.3km)
18 50.823S 178 40.225W
Weather: 10knots SSE 50% clod cover at the moment but had very little most of the day 1015 baro and climbing.

Well we have left Vulaga, we were farewelled by pilot whales which was cool. Now in Namuku-i-Lau and just spent a lovely morning in at the village, a very productive village with lots going on. The 50min walk there and then again back was a shock to the system.


Tue Aug 4 18:12 2015 NZST
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
19 09.200S 178 32.419W
Weather: SE 20-25, 1019 steady Baro, 70% cloud cover

Yes still here, although has been a bit chilly, down to 20C, but we are all coping and having fun. The cold wet evenings of the last two nights have allowed us to have movie night aboard Obsession, we have started the Lord of the Rings series.


Fri Jul 31 7:25 2015 NZST
19 08s 178 34w
Weather: ESE20-25, 80%c, 1020, shwrs and rain overnight

Sat Jul 25 16:44 2015 NZST
Weather: ESE 20 1024 barometer and steady 65% cloud cover

Still having fun above and below the water. Done some great snorkeling, had a seafood extravaganza and now have clams from the anchor chain for tea. Life is good. Oh lets not forget the Kava.


Tue Jul 21 7:38 2015 NZST
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
19 08s 178 34w
Weather: 100%cc, 1019 rising, 15SSE

another beautiful day in Fuluga


Fri Jul 17 15:29 2015 NZST
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
19 09.222S 178 32.439W
Weather: ENE 10knots, baro1019 steady 30% cloud cover, it is beautiful

This week has been all about snorkelling found some new places and seen some very cool things and had some great weather.


Fri Jul 17 7:36 2015 NZST
19 08s 178 34w
Weather: 1019, ENE10, 30%cc

another beautiful day in Fuluga


Mon Jul 13 10:47 2015 NZST
Weather: 15-20 SE 40% cloud cover baro 1020 increasing

Still having fun in paradise. Had a great snorkel and ate lobster, life is good.


Wed Jul 8 7:35 2015 NZST
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
19 08s 178 34w
Weather: lovely day, E10, 40%cc, 1016 steady

Fulaga still!


Tue Jul 7 19:59 2015 NZST
Run: 813.6nm (1472.6km)
Avg: 22.4knts
24hr: 538.5nm
19 09.225S 178 32.492W
Weather: SE 15knots, baro 1016, 30% cloud cover.

Ops I have been told I made a mistake with our last longitude, no we are still in vulaga not heading for New Caledonia.


Mon Jul 6 7:43 2015 NZST
Run: 813.6nm (1472.6km)
Avg: 18.1knts
24hr: 434.7nm
18 49.11684s 169 00.73548e
Weather: SSE10, 1009, 80%cc

Impressive daily run....Obsession on steroids, monohulls rule. loveandkisses TeamCentaurus
Sat Jul 4 10:48 2015 NZST
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
19 09.227S 178 32.515W
Weather: 20knots NE, Baro 1009, 65% high cloud cover.

Struggling to leave Vulaga. Had a great time crabbing, not seen crabs so big.


Great to get your updates sound like you both are enjoying yourselves
Tue Jun 30 13:06 2015 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
19 10.008S 178 33.906W
Weather: Se 15-20. Baro 1015 steady 60% high cloud

Life has been hectic here. Ladies were taught how to weave yesterday whole the men helped work on the school dormitory and we all finished with a game of volleyball which involved lots of laughter.


Glad to see you are both very busy. Might be a day of lots laughter, but busy. Busy here as well, but may be not the laughter. Miss you guys. X

Come on guys, you are to good divers so you should be able to get that anchor un stuck
Thu Jun 25 7:30 2015 NZST
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
19 08s 178 34w
Weather: SSE10, 20%cc, 1009

a much better day in Fulaga


Great to see you have fun in Fulunga Blinder can't be to far away LOL
Tue Jun 23 13:36 2015 NZST
Weather: SW 10 Baro 1009 dropping 100% cloud cover

All good here, enjoying the warm water. A new bunch of boats arrived today.


Tue Jun 23 13:36 2015 NZST
Weather: SW 10 Baro 1009 dropping 100% cloud cover

All good here, enjoying the warm water. A new bunch of boats arrived today.


Tue Jun 23 12:53 2015 NZST
Weather: SW 10 Baro 1009 dropping 100% cloud cover

All good here, enjoying the warm water. A new bunch of boats arrived today.


Sat Jun 20 18:19 2015 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
19 09.225S 178 32.449W
Weather: E 20knots, Baro 1012 climbing, 95% cloud cover

Still having fun in Fulaga although been a little windy this week but it has not kept us out of the water.


Hi Lisa, We are in Fiji and having a great time. We are staying in this amazing house right on the beach. The Coral Coast half an hour South of Sigatoka. Shame the weather isn't fine but still a good time. How are you guys would be good to meet up but I think we are too far away from each other. Great having a week off work and just relaxing. Going out to dinner now so will email again before we leave
Sat Jun 20 18:19 2015 NZST
19 09.225S 178 32.449W
Weather: E 20knots, Baro 1012 climbing, 95% cloud cover

Still having fun in Fulaga although been a little windy this week but it has not kept us out of the water.


Tue Jun 16 18:50 2015 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
19 08.455S 178 33.111W
Weather: SE 10-12 Baro 1008 30% cloud cover

Had a lovely sunday in at the village with our host family. Snorkelled the pass today, sharks and turtles. Think there is a singing competition and volleyball tournament coming up which should be fun.


Sat Jun 13 19:07 2015 NZST
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
19 09.001S 178 33.902W
Weather: 15-20SE 100% cloud cover 1010 steady

Having a great time in Fulaga. Met our host family, she is one of the local teachers. Had a great day yesterday at the village picnic great way to catch up with everyone. Moved over to the village this evening as we are off to church tomorrow.


Yay for Fulanga! Your host must've Meri! How fun! Please tell them all hello and big hugs from us. We at telling all the people in Tahiti going that way about them! Give Koro's baby Jone a big sniuggle from me. Qele's, Tara, Mata, Koro, Sena., Tai.., Ma so many wonderful friends! Have a ball!

Envy isn't a nice feeling so we won't go on too much bout todays trip to Windy Wellington. On Bravado on marina tonight ducking the SW25-35kn. all well onboard. loving yr updates.
Tue Jun 9 17:35 2015 NZST
Run: 44.7nm (80.9km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.8nm
19 09.196S 178 32.435W
Weather: 100% cloud, baro 1010 steady, SE 15knots

A lovely trip out to Fulanga, we motored the first 18hours on glass calm seas where at night the stars were reflected in the water before the moon rise. The second half was a gentle motor sail with SSE winds of 10-15knots. We have now had our first tropical swim in the warm waters and are chilling out with a drink. All is well on board.


Hey guys! Jose just told me that we can send you messages here. I can't describe how I envy you. You did so well to escape from this crazy, demanding and exhausting teaching bloody job. I can't wait to start my holidays. Hope you're having a great time up there. I'm sure you are. Lots of love from this poor stressed teacher. Someone has to teach, anyway, what would happen with our kids if everyone was cruising on the islands ;)

hi guis, how are you? I can see you in my prefer island and the most beautiful anchorage. Hi to everyone in Fulanga from capstres. Make a lot of pictures of Tay and family. Lavinia and family. etc. Best wishes
Tue Jun 9 7:32 2015 NZST
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 168.8nm (305.5km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165nm
18 56S 179 11W
Weather: 12-15SE, 1010, 9%cc

nearing Fulaga but hard to hear


Enjoy your trip and have great time at Fulunga L n L Just sold the house move out end Aug N n T C9
Mon Jun 8 6:59 2015 NZST
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
18 08S 178 23E
Weather: V 5knots Baro 1010 steady 70% cloud

Lovely morning heading east towards Falunga. Good bye to Suva but we will be back.


Sun May 31 22:15 2015 NZST
18 07.377S 178 25.320E

Clearance went well and said goodbye to crew. Enjoying being back in Suva and the fresh fruit


Thu May 28 15:40 2015 NZST
Run: 163.4nm (295.8km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.2nm
18 07.377S 178 25.320E
Weather: ESE 10 100% cloud cover with precipitation baro 1013 dropping.

Great to be at anchor awaiting clearance. All is well.


Wed May 27 7:03 2015 NZST
Speed:
6.0knots
knts
Run: 152.5nm (276km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.5nm
20 18S 179 24E
Weather: ESE 10-15knots, 1017 Baro steady, 1m swell 50% cloud cover

It amazes me how the wind always changes in the middle of the night and usually on my watch, how does it know that I am on watch. All good on board hope to be in Suva tomorrow.


Tue May 26 7:03 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.0 knts
knts
Run: 105.5nm (191km)
22 18S 179 36W
Weather: 5-10SE Baro1015 steady 1-2m swell 30% cloud cover.

Suva here we come. Tuna finished or shared and back on passsage. All is good onboard.


Mon May 25 7:00 2015 NZST
Weather: 10knots SSE, Baro 1013 steady, 1005 cloud cover with sprinkling of showers with small squalls bringing more wind

All is good on board, had the front pass over about 10:30pm now we are all facing the other way. Hoping to head to Suva today.


Sat May 23 13:42 2015 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: N 5-10, Baro 1014 dropping 10% cloud cover

Not sure if the previous message got through. Now in Minerva about to embark on our first of many feeds of yellow fin tuna yum. Lovely day here and lots of company in side the reef.


Glad to see you have arrived at Minerva and lots of fish to eat. We have had rain all day. Why did I not stowaway on Obsession. Xx
Sat May 23 13:42 2015 NZST
Speed:
6.0knts
knts
Run: 156.6nm (283.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123nm
23 43S 178 59W
Weather: 5knots NE, less 1m swell 20% clooud cover, baro 1016 decreasing.

Lining up like planes at Heathrow waiting to go into Minerva. Had a star party last night all the stars in the galaxy came and put on quite a show. All is well on board.


Fri May 22 7:08 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.0knts
knts
Run: 149.3nm (270.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.9nm
25 45S 179 55E
Weather: NNE 0-3knts 1m swell at the most, Baro 1018 and falling, 105 cloud

It is amazing to think you are on an ocean when the water is so flat, it was like a lake earlier this morning.Hope to be in North Minerva tomorrow. All is well on board.


Thu May 21 7:04 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.5knts
knts
Run: 157.3nm (284.7km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157.1nm
27 39S 178 46E
Weather: SE 5knots, Baro 1019 steady, 30% cloud, swell 1m but very lazy

Another beautiful day, got the Jennikar up yesterday which was fun but now back to the hum of the motor. We have not had a night without lights on the horizon but last night was the record with four set of boats lights for company.


sounds awesome !
Wed May 20 7:02 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.3knts
knts
Run: 159.3nm (288.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.6nm
29 41S 177 36E
Weather: SSE 5-10knts, Baro 1019, 1-2m S swell, 20%cloud cover

Still slipping along but have had to turn the motor on overnight and unless the weather has changed it could be our sailing campanion for a few days, ahh that lovely motor hum. Fishing line has just gone over the back so fingers crossed.


Great to see you have had good weather. and must be getting warmer. good luck with the fishing.

Good to see you Trucking along hopefully a Mahimahi or Tuna soon
Tue May 19 7:05 2015 NZST
Speed:
6knots
knts
Run: 154.5nm (279.6km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.4nm
31 49S 176 35E
Weather: 15 SSE 1020 Baro 100%cloud cover 1m swell had a few showers overnight.

Another lovely night at sea. Still poled out and winging it. Obsession is racing along and loving it.


Mon May 18 7:13 2015 NZST
Speed:
5.5knots
knts
Run: 125.9nm (227.9km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 92.3nm
33 43S 175 11E
Weather: 15 SSE Baro 1020 20% cloud cover 1.5m swell

Had a great start to the trip Obsession is romping along. Seen dolphins and sunfish. All is good on board


Sat May 16 22:28 2015 NZST
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
35 18.859S 174 07.289E

In Opua picking up last minute supplies etc. Heading to Fiji tomorrow.


Mon May 11 8:51 2015 NZST
Run: 47.5nm (86km)
35 13.595S 174 11.97E
Weather: Baro 1011 SW 0-5knots nil cloud cover.

Had a great trip north after a busy time in Whangarei. Anchored in the lovely Pipi bay waiting for the right weather.


Was not sure if you were still here. Bon Voyage.. Looking like Friday departure is it?
Mon Apr 6 7:54 2015 NZST
Run: 41.8nm (75.7km)
35 51.509S 174 32.016E

The Iron Genikar got us up the coast but a beautiful day out on the water. Now enjoying the beauty of Smugglers.


Hope you are enjoying Whangarei don't work to hard love to catch up soon
Fri Apr 3 21:05 2015 NZDT
Run: 28.2nm (51km)
36 26.063S 174 45.799E

Had a great summer now time to start heading north. A lovely day back on the water today and hopefully the easter bunny will find us.


Tue Nov 18 17:06 2014 NZDT
Run: 116.5nm (210.9km)
36 50.566S 174 45.124E

All settled back at Pier 21.Life onsandy beaches, warm water seem a long time ago. It has been great to catch up with a lot of people and we had a great cruise down the coast.


Thu Nov 6 19:07 2014 NZDT
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
35 13.105S 174 11.699E
Weather: SW10-15 20% cloud cover 1023 steady the gusty strong SW seem to have abated

Great to be back on anchor in the lovely Bay of Islands after replenishing at Opua.


Sun Nov 2 12:03 2014 NZDT
Run: 88.5nm (160.2km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.8nm
35 19.8S 174 07.1E
Weather: N 10-15 in marina 70% cloud cover

Arrived Opua 21:00 Sat, all cleared Sun am. All good


Sat Nov 1 7:41 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6.7knots current assisted I think
knts
Run: 167nm (302.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.2nm
34 03S 174 09E
Weather: 10-15SW 1m WSW swell 40% cloud cover 1022 raising on the Baro

Another beautiful night and morning on the water. We are speeding along I assume because we have some current helping us.


Fri Oct 31 8:00 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6.1knots motorsailing
knts
Run: 140.8nm (254.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.5nm
31 39S 173 49E
Weather: 10-15 knot SE with 97% cloud cover 3m beautiful lazy swell has come up this morning Baro 1020 and raising

Lester says it is B****y freezing and he wants to go back. I am struggling to get him out from under the Duvet so we can turn the motor off as we get upto 7.5 knots at moment weeeee. All is going well on board.


Thu Oct 30 9:15 2014 NZDT
Speed:
4.6knots
knts
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
29 41S 173 12E
Weather: 5SSW 1m swell 1012 Baro 98% cloud cover we had 20knots NW overnight.

All well on board we watch the front progress this morning very cool now we are chasing blue skys and hopefully some wind. Motoring


Thu Oct 30 8:42 2014 NZDT
Speed:
4.5m
knts
Run: 149.6nm (270.8km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.3nm
29 40S 173 12E
Weather: 1017 90%cc SSW5 1m swell

all good


Wed Oct 29 7:50 2014 NZDT
Speed:
6knots
knts
Run: 145.7nm (263.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.9nm
27 31S 173 29E
Weather: 15-20 NW 10%cloud cover a 1m N swell and baro 1018 steady. All very comfortable.

All is good on board another lovely morning and once skip is up the motor will be going off Yeah. Busy day yesterday, visited by NZ Airforce Orion and dancing Mahimahi. Also had to play fuel transfer technician. Very busy day for Obsession but we are over half way.


Tue Oct 28 8:11 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5.2knots motor sailing
knts
Run: 149nm (269.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.8nm
25 27S 173 57e
Weather: 5knot NE, 50% cloud cover, Mixed swell from NE,SE and SSE but very gentle and comfortable.Baro 1018 and climbing slowly.

Well it is half way day today all going well. Had to turn the motor on midday yesterday and it is still going although we are getting some help from a NE.Hopefully will turn it off tomorrow. All is good on board.Had a visitor last night when a flying fish threw himself into the cockpit.


Mon Oct 27 8:19 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5-6knots
knts
Run: 149.6nm (270.8km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.3nm
23 21S 174 29E
Weather: 10-15knots ESE-SE flukey and dying at the moment 20%cloud cover 1m mucky swell and baro 1017 steady

Had three lovely days of sailing long may it continue. Have a another yacht just along side so we get to chat. All is well on board.


Sun Oct 26 9:21 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5.5knots have be fighting a countercurrent this am
knts
Run: 156.6nm (283.4km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146nm
21 16S 175 07E
Weather: SE20Knots cloud cover 10% swell messy 1-2m baro 1017 raising

All going well a beautiful morning. We left our trough behind yesterday evening and came into blue skyes. Our "adventure for yesterday" was putting Lester up the mast, the 2m swells defiantly added something to the experience and we were both pleased when he returned to the deck. Radar reflector is now behaving and all is well.


Sat Oct 25 7:36 2014 NZDT
Speed:
5-6knots
knts
Run: 115nm (208.2km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.9nm
19 15S 176 13E
Weather: 20knots SE 2mSE swell 100% cloud cover Baro 1009 falling (not sure I like that)just had our first torrential rain.

All going well considering the conditions.


Fri Oct 24 14:45 2014 NZDT
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
17 53S 177 13E
Weather: SSE 15-20 80% cloud cover

Cleared out this am on our way home, just about at the pass. All good on board.


Fri Oct 24 8:17 2014 NZDT
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
17 46.1916s 177 22.903e
Weather: 10knot variable 80% cloud 1010 barometer

hoping to leave today would like to know what David thinks of convection over Fiji and also is the front still heading for 3 Nov


Wed Oct 22 22:56 2014 NZDT
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
17 45.033S 177 09.173E
Weather: 0-5 Variable wind. Barometer 1011 steady. Slight drizzle.

Sitting outside tropica chilling waiting for our chance to start home.


Sun Oct 19 12:24 2014 NZDT
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
17 46.360S 177 11.217E
Weather: SW 5 sure it will swing round during the day 50% cloud cover barometer 1014 steady

Chilling out at Musket Cove waiting for our weather to come home. Got to watch the All Blacks thrash ops wrong game squeeze home to a victory last night.


Thu Oct 16 17:28 2014 NZDT
Run: 88.9nm (160.9km)
17 46.368S 177 22.934E
Weather: 5-10 N we are in the marina 85% cloud cover barometer 1011 steady

Had a great sail back from Yadua saw pilot whales. Now time to start thinking about the trip home. Reprovisioned today in Denerau. Will head out tomorrow until we can find a window we like.


Sat Oct 11 16:09 2014 NZDT
Run: 34.2nm (61.9km)
16 49.002S 178 17.00E
Weather: 5knots WSW 100% cloud cover and baro 1010 steady and very hot.

Still enjoying the delights of Yadua. Had a dingy adventure round to the village yesterday and some great snorkeling. Last night witnessed the sea worms coming up from the depths and today saw flying squid most impressive.


Thu Oct 9 7:19 2014 NZDT
17 18.495S 178 13.475E
Weather: 15 SE had 25 gusting 30 yesterday. 70% cloud cover baro 1015 steady

Tooth all fixed feeling good. Had our first rain since July caught 160l off Fijis finest. Hope to head to Yadua soon so not sure on reception so might be a little quiet.


Sat Oct 4 7:50 2014 NZDT
17 18.495S 178 13.475E
Weather: 0-5knots SE sure it will build during the day yesterday got to 15-20. 20% high cloud cover and barometer 1012 and had small amount rain last night.

Patiently waiting upon my next trip to the dentist. Had a fun day in Rakiraki yesterday resupplying.


Wed Oct 1 8:18 2014 NZDT
17 18.495S 178 13.475E
Weather: SE 15-20 90% cloud cover baro 1012 increasing some drizzle overnight

still in Nananu-i-ra, enjoyed a land adventuure to Ba to start the repair of my tooth. All good here


Mon Sep 29 8:22 2014 NZDT
Run: 48.9nm (88.5km)
17 18.495S 178 13.475E
Weather: Nil wind from everywhere. 40% cloud, baro 1010 dropping no rain yet.

Back to Nananu-i-ra to mend a tooth a lovely motor yesterday


Sun Sep 28 0:00 2014 NZST
Run: 11nm (19.9km)
17 26.433S 178 57.136E

Enjoyed Makogai, friendly folk, cool turtles and GIANT clams, impressive snorkeling and diving


Thu Sep 25 6:46 2014 NZST
17 35.700S 178 59.460E
Weather: 5-10SE 50% cloud cover baro 1016 steady

Still at Wakaya had a great dive yesterday. Will probably head to Makogai today where reception is poor so will be a little quiet for a few days.


Mon Sep 22 16:46 2014 NZST
Run: 23.3nm (42.2km)
17 35.700S 178 59.460E
Weather: 10-15 SSE 10% cloud cover

Had a great time in Leleuvia saw two turtles being caught,tagged and released. Had a great sail over to Wakaya another peice of paradise although we not allowed to land.


Fri Sep 19 7:40 2014 NZST
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Weather: 5-10E 80% cloud cover baro 1010 steady

Leleuvia


Thu Sep 18 7:35 2014 NZST
17 48.698S 178 43.231E
Weather: 15 ESE 20% cloud baro 1011 increasing

Still enjoying Leleuvia and its lovely water


Tue Sep 16 7:01 2014 NZST
17 48.698S 178 43.231E
Weather: 15 knots SE 85% cloud cover baro 1010

Still at Leluvia, great spot went diving yesterday and tagged a turtle


Sat Sep 13 6:40 2014 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
17 48.698S 178 43.231E
Weather: 5-10knots 80% cloud cover baro 1010 steady

Had a great time exploring Ovalau. Our day in Levuka was fun as was the ride in the transporter. Now found another magic spot with nice snorkeling, cold beer and chocolate cake with ice cream so all is good .


Tue Sep 9 7:32 2014 NZST
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
17 44.289S 178 45.921E
Weather: ESE 15 -20 100% cloud cover baro1010 increasing

Come to visit Ovalau


Mon Sep 8 13:30 2014 NZST
Run: 35.6nm (64.4km)
17 34.318S 178 40.625E
Weather: 20 SE 95% cloud baro 1010 increasing

awesome day getting to Naigani no wind. Great snorkeling and nice anchorage. On our way to Ovalau


Sun Sep 7 7:18 2014 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
17 18.216S 178 13.012E
Weather: 5-10 SE 100% cloud cover occ shower baro 1010 raising

moved round the otherside so we could go out for tea. Hoping to head further round today but woke up to showers and fog so we are waiting with our fingers crossed.


Fri Sep 5 7:32 2014 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
17 18.528S 178 13.555E
Weather: 5knots SE 20% cloud cover baro 1010 raising.

A lovely day in Nananu-i-ra, probably chill out here today


Thu Sep 4 7:23 2014 NZST
Run: 73.6nm (133.2km)
17 18.773S 178 10.296E
Weather: 15-20knots ESE 20% cloud cover baro 1009 stead

a motor up the coast yesterday with one large trevally. Nice meal ashore for tea


Tue Sep 2 7:25 2014 NZST
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
17 45.039S 177 09.185E
Weather: 5knots E 50% cloud cover and decreasing, no swell. Baro 1010 increasing

Great little anchorage went snorkeling out of reef and heard whale song cool


Fri Aug 29 16:39 2014 NZST
Run: 17.5nm (31.7km)
17 44.364S 177 08.891E
Weather: 5-10 NW 95% cloud cover 1009 Baro a slowly dropping

Back at Likuliku waiting for wind to settle. Enjoyed a night a Vomo on the way. Just worked out how to put a little more accuracy on the GPS so we should not be anchored on land anymore.


Sun Aug 24 15:55 2014 NZST
Run: 103.7nm (187.7km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.3nm
17 38.589 S 177 23.591 E
Weather: 10 -15 knots NNW, 85% cloud cover Baro 1010 steady

All stocked up and heading north.


Sat Aug 23 0:00 2014 NZST
Run: 106.9nm (193.5km)
17 26.433S 178 57.136E

Lovrd Makogai, friendly folk great turtles and clams and goid snorkeling and diving


Thu Aug 21 0:00 2014 NZST
Run: 11.8nm (21.4km)
17 46S 177 22E

Into Denerau to say goodbye to parents and restock ready for the next adventure


Mon Aug 18 0:00 2014 NZST
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
17 46.327S 177 11.248E

Into musket cove to let our guests have some luxuries.


Sun Aug 17 0:00 2014 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
17 44.364S 177 08.891E

Moved round to Likuliku resort. Nice sheltered anchorage and some good places to explore


Sat Aug 16 7:52 2014 NZST
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
17 45.703S 177 12.042E
Weather: 20knots SSE nil swell 40% cloud cover but sunny Baro 1010 steady

moved onto the eastern side of Malolo Lailai. Some nice snorkeling


Thu Aug 14 9:26 2014 NZST
Run: 4.2nm (7.6km)
17 40.678S 177 06.355E
Weather: 5Knt ESE 20% cloud cover 1/2 m swell from SW Baro 1010 steady

Picked up my parents and now enjoying the delights of Mana


Mon Aug 11 8:01 2014 NZST
Run: 9.6nm (17.4km)
17 44S 177 08E
Weather: 5knts SE 95% cloud cover nil swell Baro 1011 steady

Hi been a little quite as we have had family vistng, now enjoying Malolo Island before the next vistors arrive


Tue Jul 29 7:58 2014 NZST
Run: 18.5nm (33.5km)
17 39S 177 15E
Weather: 5-10e 10%cloud cover, no swell, baro 1012 steady

trying out the beachcomber moorings, quite a lot of movement but a nice sandy bar so a nice day was spent ashore. Off to Denerau today.


Mon Jul 28 6:59 2014 NZST
Run: 56.4nm (102.1km)
17 55s 177 16e
Weather: 10kn se 30% cloud baro 1012 steady

had a boisterous sail passed Likuri😒 and arrived in Momi Bay on Sat. Had a nice day yesterday catching up with others and heading north today.


Sat Jul 26 6:52 2014 NZST
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
18 22s 177 59e
Weather: 20-25knts se 90% cloud cover no swell in anchorage baro 1013 steady

lovely spot here at Yanuca off to Likuri today


Thu Jul 24 14:48 2014 NZST
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
18 24s 178 06e
Weather: 15knts se 85% cloud no swell baro 1010 raising

moved to vaga bay yesterday as the weather started to improve


Mon Jul 21 7:13 2014 NZST
Run: 25.4nm (46km)
18 23S 178 09E
Weather: 5k variable 10%cloud nil swell baro 1008 steady.

Had a lovely motor over to Bega, caught a mahimahi weather has been fantastic.


Tue Jul 15 7:02 2014 NZST
Run: 212.1nm (383.9km)
18 07S 178 25E
Weather: 5-10kn N cloud 50% ground swell in Suva Harbour.

Very short stop in Matuku due to some technological challenges with our companion boat. But an amazing place visibility in the water was awesome and did manage to fit in a drift snorkel of the pass. Now anchored in Suva reprovisioning etc and eating burgers and ice cream.


Fri Jul 11 18:24 2014 NZST
Weather: 10kn SSE cloud 40% Baro 1008.

About to say farewell to Falunga, had a great time here. Our final feast in falunga was BBQ'd lobster - Yum. Leave falunga for Matuku on the afternoon high tide but I am sure we will be back.


Fri Jun 20 14:35 2014 NZST
Weather: 20-25kn S cloud 70% baro 1010 steady

Really enjoying it here. Snorkelled the pass, lots of beach time and into the village for some walking, singing and eating. Watching the rugby tomorrow and church on Sunday.


Sat Jun 14 0:00 2014 NZST
Run: 33.4nm (60.5km)
19 09S 178 32W

In Fulanga wow its is lovely place looking forward to exploring it above and below the water


Fri Jun 13 7:51 2014 NZST
Run: 157.9nm (285.8km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.5nm
19 03S 179 02W
Weather: E 5, 100%cl and a bt of rain

Thu Jun 12 7:29 2014 NZST
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
19 00S 178 33E
Weather: nne 8, 100%

Heading to the Lau group


Wed Jun 11 0:00 2014 NZST
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
19 00S 178 28E

Came round to Naigoro bay so we can leave early in the morning for Fulanga. Nice easy trip round the bottom of Ono and clear pass for getting out.


Tue Jun 10 0:00 2014 NZST
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Still on Ono. A lovely spot, the village is very friendly, some good diving Issac from the village will take you out diving and good snorkelling.


Mon Jun 2 7:55 2014 NZST
Run: 53nm (95.9km)
18 53s 178 27e
Weather: 20knots ese 80% cloud baro 1010 steady

Great sail from Suva fast and fishless in a lovely bay at Ono with 5 other boats so lots of socializing.


Fri May 30 8:40 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 5kn NE cloud 20%% nil here swell.

Still in Suva had a great time exploring the vibrant city. Off to Kandavu tomorrow all going to plan.


Thu May 29 21:43 2014 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 5kn NE cloud 20%% nil here swell.

Still in Suva had a great time exploring the vibrant city. Off to Kandavu tomorrow all going to plan.


Sun May 25 16:03 2014 NZST
Run: 111.7nm (202.2km)
18 07S 178 25E
Weather: NE 5-10kn cloud 60% no swell here Baro 1010 steady

Wash day here in Suva


Sat May 24 20:53 2014 NZST
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Weather: N 5knots its dark so unsure of cloud cover or swell as in harbour. Baro 1010 steady

Arrived in Suva after a great sail. Although our house batteries have died but here in Suva they make batteries to order.


Thu May 22 9:12 2014 NZST
Speed:
5kts
knts
Run: 150.9nm (273.1km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.9nm
19 40S 178 54E
Weather: 15knts 140M cloud 5% 2m sse swell Baro 1009 rising

Another lovely day to be on the water ETA into Suva is tomorrow am. David and Patricia your weather has been great thanks


Wed May 21 8:53 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.6
knts
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.8nm
21 34S 179 57w
Weather: 10-12kn Sw cloud 15% 2m ssw swell. Baro 1005 and rising

Another lovely night on the water, it might be Jannikar day today.

Sorry mike I may have sent this twice small tech issue --


Wed May 21 8:36 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.1knts
knts
Run: 186.3nm (337.2km)
21 36S 179 56W
Weather: 10-12kn SW cloud 15% 2m ssw swell Baro1005 and rising

Going to cross the datelne again real soon, A beautiful night to be on the ocean and it maybe Jennikar day to day --


Tue May 20 8:21 2014 NZST
Weather: 20kn SSE cloud 10% unsure as yet swell.

WE are moving out of Minerva this morning heading for Suva Fiji. Yesterday was forces day the NZ Orion flew over head and completed a roll call and Tongan patrol boat has joined us in the reef. --


Mon May 19 9:01 2014 NZST
Weather: 20kn SSE cloud 50% large swell.

Still anchored in Norht Minerva. Navy boat arriving, Sky clearing up


Sat May 17 10:35 2014 NZST
Weather: 20-25kn SE cloud 100% showers

Yesterdays theme was fast and fishy. WE caught our first Wahoo for this season, yum and broke our speed record for this passage, it was a great day.

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Fri May 16 9:31 2014 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 141.2nm (255.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.8nm
24 13S 179 14W
Weather: 10-12kn SE cloud 90% 0.5m swell.

Yeah we are sailing, so peaceful and should reach Minerva late today. Also crossed the dateline so much to celebrate.

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Thu May 15 9:37 2014 NZST
Speed:
4.6
knts
Run: 134.1nm (242.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.1nm
26 05S 179 51E
Weather: 6knts S cloud 100% Nil swell.

Still motoring and have drizzle. All is well aiming for MInerva either tomorrow or early sat


Wed May 14 9:48 2014 NZST
Speed:
4.9
knts
Run: 140.8nm (254.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.7nm
27 46S 178 46e
Weather: Nill wind cloud 25% nil swell.

On passage to Fiji, motored all night still motoring amazing conditions. Mackeral skies and horses tails so change is in the air. Heading for Minerva --


Tue May 13 10:55 2014 NZST
Speed:
6
knts
Run: 423.6nm (766.7km)
Avg: 17knts
24hr: 408.8nm
29 35S 177 43E
Weather: 12-15 E

All good heading to Minerva Thanks David for great weather


Mon May 12 10:03 2014 NZST
Run: 131.8nm (238.6km)
35 37S 176 26E

On passage to Fiji, another lovely night at sea. Heading for Minerva


Mon May 5 17:53 2014 NZST
35 18.94s 174 07.30e

We have arrived in Opua and now waiting to depart for Fiji.


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