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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
All signed out and heading for home. So nice to be able to sign out of Denerau. Had a wonderful time in Fiji.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On a mooring in Denerau enjoying the treats of a port.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On our way to Taviuni after a lovely time at Savusavu. All provisioned up and ready to go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caught water the other night so laundry day yesterday and what a lovely spot to do it.
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.
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.
We have moved upto Vavau over the weekend. Into town today.
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.
Anchored winch motor all clear of oil well done Skipper. And just for something different a little bit of snorkeling.
Moved round the corner ready for the wind changed. Collected coconuts for cocktails and curry yum. Another walk on another lovely beach.
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.
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.
Anchored in Uoleva nice to be back.
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
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.
What a stunner of a day yesterday and so it was washing day.
We refueled yesterday in preparation for heading north. Also had a lovely snorkel outside Big Mama's.
Looks like another lovely day here in Tonga. Had some time chilling out on the beach over the weekend.
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.
Anchored at big mamas. AWOB.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We have both learnt to rock and roll again a favourite with Lester, but all is going well and Obsession is happily sailing along.
We are on our way, and all is good.
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.
Just doing a trial to make sure all is working. Sitting in Whangarei waiting to go north to the warmth.
Great overnight sail north. Enjoying being back cruising. Swimming and diving today. I love holidays.
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.
Loving this great summer weather and being able to get out and play in the Hauraki gulf at the weekends. Long may it last.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Great stop at Tutukaka, good to catch up with friends and family. Heading south on a magic northland day
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
all well despite conditions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Had a great day out on Rainbow reef, lovely coral lots of life. Off for a curry night ashore tonight.
The weather has meant it is time to move on. A nice motorsail to Viani Bay. Hopefully some diving and snorkeling to follow.
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
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.
Went into the village to introduce ourselves, what lovely people. Then came and explored North Kioa.
Naqaiqai bay, off to explore Kioa today
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.
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.
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.
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.
BBQ on the beach, lots of time in the water visiability is awesome so all is good. Propane running low so heading north soon.
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.
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.
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.
another beautiful day in Fuluga
This week has been all about snorkelling found some new places and seen some very cool things and had some great weather.
another beautiful day in Fuluga
Still having fun in paradise. Had a great snorkel and ate lobster, life is good.
Ops I have been told I made a mistake with our last longitude, no we are still in vulaga not heading for New Caledonia.
Struggling to leave Vulaga. Had a great time crabbing, not seen crabs so big.
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.
a much better day in Fulaga
All good here, enjoying the warm water. A new bunch of boats arrived today.
All good here, enjoying the warm water. A new bunch of boats arrived today.
All good here, enjoying the warm water. A new bunch of boats arrived today.
Still having fun in Fulaga although been a little windy this week but it has not kept us out of the water.
Still having fun in Fulaga although been a little windy this week but it has not kept us out of the water.
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.
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.
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.
nearing Fulaga but hard to hear
Lovely morning heading east towards Falunga. Good bye to Suva but we will be back.
Clearance went well and said goodbye to crew. Enjoying being back in Suva and the fresh fruit
Great to be at anchor awaiting clearance. All is well.
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.
Suva here we come. Tuna finished or shared and back on passsage. All is good onboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another lovely night at sea. Still poled out and winging it. Obsession is racing along and loving it.
Had a great start to the trip Obsession is romping along. Seen dolphins and sunfish. All is good on board
In Opua picking up last minute supplies etc. Heading to Fiji tomorrow.
Had a great trip north after a busy time in Whangarei. Anchored in the lovely Pipi bay waiting for the right weather.
The Iron Genikar got us up the coast but a beautiful day out on the water. Now enjoying the beauty of Smugglers.
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.
All settled back at Pier 21. Life on sandy 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.
Great to be back on anchor in the lovely Bay of Islands after replenishing at Opua.
Arrived Opua 21:00 Sat, all cleared Sun am. All good
Another beautiful night and morning on the water. We are speeding along I assume because we have some current helping us.
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.
All well on board we watch the front progress this morning very cool now we are chasing blue skys and hopefully some wind. Motoring
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.
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.
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.
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.
All going well considering the conditions.
Cleared out this am on our way home, just about at the pass. All good on board.
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
Sitting outside tropica chilling waiting for our chance to start home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patiently waiting upon my next trip to the dentist. Had a fun day in Rakiraki yesterday resupplying.
still in Nananu-i-ra, enjoyed a land adventuure to Ba to start the repair of my tooth. All good here
Back to Nananu-i-ra to mend a tooth a lovely motor yesterday
Enjoyed Makogai, friendly folk, cool turtles and GIANT clams, impressive snorkeling and diving
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.
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.
Still enjoying Leleuvia and its lovely water
Still at Leluvia, great spot went diving yesterday and tagged a turtle
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 .
Come to visit Ovalau
awesome day getting to Naigani no wind. Great snorkeling and nice anchorage. On our way to Ovalau
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.
A lovely day in Nananu-i-ra, probably chill out here today
a motor up the coast yesterday with one large trevally. Nice meal ashore for tea
Great little anchorage went snorkeling out of reef and heard whale song cool
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.
All stocked up and heading north.
Lovrd Makogai, friendly folk great turtles and clams and goid snorkeling and diving
Into Denerau to say goodbye to parents and restock ready for the next adventure
Into musket cove to let our guests have some luxuries.
Moved round to Likuliku resort. Nice sheltered anchorage and some good places to explore
moved onto the eastern side of Malolo Lailai. Some nice snorkeling
Picked up my parents and now enjoying the delights of Mana
Hi been a little quite as we have had family vistng, now enjoying Malolo Island before the next vistors arrive
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.
had a boisterous sail passed Likuriš and arrived in Momi Bay on Sat. Had a nice day yesterday catching up with others and heading north today.
lovely spot here at Yanuca off to Likuri today
moved to vaga bay yesterday as the weather started to improve
Had a lovely motor over to Bega, caught a mahimahi weather has been fantastic.
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.
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.
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.
In Fulanga wow its is lovely place looking forward to exploring it above and below the water
Heading to the Lau group
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.
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.
Great sail from Suva fast and fishless in a lovely bay at Ono with 5 other boats so lots of socializing.
Still in Suva had a great time exploring the vibrant city. Off to Kandavu tomorrow all going to plan.
Still in Suva had a great time exploring the vibrant city. Off to Kandavu tomorrow all going to plan.
Wash day here in Suva
Arrived in Suva after a great sail. Although our house batteries have died but here in Suva they make batteries to order.
Another lovely day to be on the water ETA into Suva is tomorrow am. David and Patricia your weather has been great thanks
Another lovely night on the water, it might be Jannikar day today.
Sorry mike I may have sent this twice small tech issue --
Going to cross the datelne again real soon, A beautiful night to be on the ocean and it maybe Jennikar day to day --
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. --
Still anchored in Norht Minerva. Navy boat arriving, Sky clearing up
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.
Yeah we are sailing, so peaceful and should reach Minerva late today. Also crossed the dateline so much to celebrate.
Still motoring and have drizzle. All is well aiming for MInerva either tomorrow or early sat
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 --
All good heading to Minerva Thanks David for great weather
On passage to Fiji, another lovely night at sea. Heading for Minerva
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