Pacific Hwy

Pacific Hwy

Thu Nov 10 2:30 2016 NZDT
Run: 108.5nm (196.4km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.9nm
07 03.34N 158 09.82E
Weather: winds 5-8 kts from SE. Clear and calm night.

All well on board. Jogging outside entrance to Pohnpei. Will enter and clear customs in the morning.


Wed Nov 9 6:27 2016 NZDT
Run: 176.6nm (319.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.4nm
05 29.38N 158 02.68E
Weather: winds 10-14 kts from SE. Boat speed 4.5 kts. 1m sea. Clear behind us and cloudy ahead.

All well on board. Won't be able to get in today in time to do customs so we are slowing down and will go in first thing tomorrow morning.


Tue Nov 8 3:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 160.4nm (290.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.7nm
02 56.81N 157 47.28E
Weather: winds 10-11 kts from SE. Boat speed 6.5 kts. calm sea. Clear skies/

All well on board. 255 miles to Pohnpei.


Mon Nov 7 3:12 2016 NZDT
Run: 138.8nm (251.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.5nm
00 38.55N 157 30.58E
Weather: winds 10-13 kts from NE. Boat speed 5.5 kts. calm sea.

All well on board. Crossed the equator today at sunset - our 4th crossing in four years. Maybe Pacific Hwy should be Pacific Meander! clear skies, calm seas, steady breeze.


Sun Nov 6 3:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 143.1nm (259km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.5nm
01 21.61S 157 21.06E
Weather: winds 8-13 kts from NE. Boat speed 5.5 kts. calm sea.

All well on board. Our weather improved significantly last night after sunset. No more squalls and we were able to set a course of 355M. Had a lovely, relaxing day close hauled, full sails, flat seas, and moderate breeze 8-12 NE. Tonight stars are out and no squalls in sight. ETA for Pohnpei is Thursday.


Sending you love and hugs on your special day today, dear Laura. We hope to catch up with The Lemons tonight, so will toast to your health with some bubbles. xx
Sat Nov 5 3:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 105.1nm (190.2km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.9nm
03 24.74S 157 37.54E
Weather: winds 13 kts from NNE. Boat speed 4 kts. 1 1/2 m sea.

All well on board. Frustrating day sailing slowly away from our rhumb line. Before sunset we dropped the main and motored directly into wind on our course line. At 7 pm we rolled out the jib. Very slowly making course of 350M, 13 kts wind from NNE. Stars overhead with clouds on horizon.


Fri Nov 4 2:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 116.9nm (211.6km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.4nm
04 51.49S 158 05.78E
Weather: Just came through big squall. Now winds 5.5 kts from NE. Boat speed 5 kts. Flat seas

All well on board. Had 1 kt adverse current up until about 3 hours ago (2100). So our average boat speed with light winds has been about 4.7.


Thu Nov 3 3:06 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 129.2nm (233.9km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.2nm
06 32.76S 157 59.729E
Weather: Winds lighter than expected. Motor-sailed first 22 hours until we exited Manning Straits to open ocean. Now enjoying 7-9 knots from SE but have an adverse current of about 1 knot

All well on board. Caught a Mahi before exiting Manning Straits (after about 4 strikes that resulted in nothing getting hooked). Looks like a slow (but comfortable) trip. It has been HOT and water temp up to 90 F. Water should cool down once we leave the 'hot pool'.


Tue Nov 1 9:20 2016 NZDT
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
8 14s 157 11e

Leaving Noro, Solomon Islands this afternoon for Pohnpei. About 900 miles north. ETA 7-9 days depending on wind.


So........ crossing the equator again all these years later. Hope Neptune takes care of you as you head to Micronesia. We look forward to following your progress here on Yit. xx
Sat Aug 20 7:39 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 134nm (242.5km)
08 14.45S 157 11.75E
Weather: Lots of rain in the last18 hours. Light wind mostly from SE

Arrived in Noro, New Georgia, SI on Wednesday morning. 801 miles in 120 hours (from Luganville). Clearance very easy. Everyone very friendly. No crocs sighted! Waiting for clear weather to continue into Marovo Lagoon. Welcome to the convergence zone!


Hellooooooooo you 2, happy to hear you have made it safe and sound. I think we must all be under the influence of that convergence zone, from the Lemons and Maunie in Vanuatu to us here in Fiji - but aaahhhhh, I think I see a ray of sunshine poking through!
Tue Aug 16 6:39 2016 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 707.5nm (1280.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.4nm
09 24.28S 158 45.93E
Weather: Mostly cloudy during the night. 25-28 kts wind from 130. 2 meter seas.

Approaching New Georgia and will sail along the north side to check in at Noro. Sorry my previous reports were formatted incorrectly so you didn't see them -my bad.


Thu Aug 11 18:46 2016 NZST
Run: 104.8nm (189.7km)
15 27.416s 167 13.428e

Leaving Luganville, Vanuatu Friday morning for Noro, New Georgia, Solomon Islands (750 nm).


Wed Jul 6 5:33 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 289nm (523.1km)
16 49.89S 167 53.38E
Weather: Clear night sky with occasional light showers. 13 kts from 110. 1 meter seas


Left Port Vila around 16:00 Tuesday bound for Amai Island, Maskelynes. Expected 18 knots from 80 degrees so left with double reefed main. Mostly had 10 kts from 120. Should arrive around 8 am

Great day exploring around Kuto. Looking forward to several more days here.
Thu Jun 30 6:31 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 90.5nm (163.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.1nm
20 59.85S 167 30.36E
Weather: Clear night sky. 12-14 kts from South. calm seas


We had 20+ KTS most of the way to Lifou. Winds lightened to about 10 knts from S, then around 1:00 am picked back up to 14. Really comfortable.

Wed Jun 29 17:02 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)
22 15.00S 167 05.87E
Weather: Cloudy and rain over New Cal, clearing off shore. 15-20 kts from SW


Left Noumea this morning and headed for Port Vila

Wed Jun 15 7:03 2016 NZST
Run: 42.3nm (76.6km)
22 39.56S 167 26.44E
Weather: 75% Cloud cover, wind 12-16 from the southeast, baro 1020

Anchored at Isle of Pines (no sign of Orphus - they may still be in Noumea)


Wed Jun 8 6:11 2016 NZST
Run: 40.4nm (73.1km)
22 25.86S 166 49.51E
Weather: Clear sky, light breeze from the west, baro at 1014

Anchored near Prony (Ouen). Leaving for Ile de Pins this morning.


So the Aussies finally kicked you out, huh? We're envious you're in New Cal. We've got about 8 degrees here, and 30 kts of wind. Lucky we're in a marina where we can plug our heater in! Will email soon to catch up on the news of the last six months. Matt & Sally
Tue May 17 3:38 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 123.8nm (224.1km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.7nm
22 42.78S 166 16.29E
Weather: calm seas, 10 kts wind from the east, 25% cloud cover (clear overhead)

15 miles from Boulari Passe. Waiting for sun to come up to enter the lagoon.


Mon May 16 4:33 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 129nm (233.5km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.1nm
24 00.14S 164 54.99E
Weather: Clear night sky, little to no wind and it's variable so we had to drop sails.

140 miles to Noumea. Gribs are showing that we should have 10 kts for SE the entire way but our wind has changed from 7-9 kts at 110 degrees to light and variable. Hoping to see 10 knots from SE that gribs promised :)


Hi Bruce and Laura! Happy landfall in Noumea - we'll look forward to hearing all about it. I'll write you an email to your 'usual' address with more news. We are parked in the river in Whangarei with mast out, so won't be going anywhere for a couple of weeks at least. :-( But we're hoping to get away as soon as we can and hopefully catch up with you - maybe Vanuatu??? Look forward to seeing you. xx
Sun May 15 8:43 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 201nm (363.8km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.7nm
25 17.95S 163 26.33E
Weather: Sunny, 50% cloud, 1-1.5 meter sea, winds 14 knts from the East

250 miles from Noumea. We will slow down to make landfall Tuesday morning so we enter the lagoon in daylight.


Sat May 14 4:07 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5-7.0knts
Run: 145.2nm (262.8km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143nm
27 08.88S 160 56.11E
Weather: Clear night sky with some scattered clouds, 1 meter seas, winds 13-14 kts from about 80 degrees

On rhumb line to Noumea. Started sailing about 11 hours ago with about 8 knts wind. Wind has increased to a pretty steady 13 with up to 15 knts under clouds. Close hauled and waiting for wind to veer to SE.


Fri May 13 3:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 108.7nm (196.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.1nm
28 32.29S 159 09.20E
Weather: Clear skies (never saw any of the cloud bands you mentioned yesterday), calm seas, light winds, 5 kts from 330

Motor sailing for the past 24 hours. Waiting for wind to go to SE.


Thu May 12 7:41 2016 NZST
Speed: 5mknts
Run: 275.5nm (498.7km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.1nm
29 07S 157 29E
Weather: N5, 1m seas, 0%cc, 1017

good signal


Sun May 8 14:27 2016 NZST
Run: 821.5nm (1486.9km)
30 25.16s 153 08.60e

Currently in Coffs Harbour, AUS. Planning to check out on Monday and leave Tuesday morning for Noumea, New Caledonia.


Sun Nov 1 8:21 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
19 42.764s 158 51.462e
Weather: 12 ks ESE, 1.5 seas, 20% clouds and clearing as sun rises.

Expect to arrive in Bundaberg on Monday morning.


Sat Oct 24 10:01 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 9394.4nm (17003.9km)
Avg: 337.3knts
24hr: 8095.7nm
19 42.764s 158 51.462e
Weather: 7 ks SE, flat seas, sunny and clear skies.

Motored through the nights with no wind and glassy seas.


Fri Oct 23 6:10 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 9594nm (17365.1km)
Avg: 421.4knts
24hr: 10113.7nm
Weather: 6knts NNW flat seas, clear sky overhead. No moon so really dark.

Enroute from Port Vila to Bundaberg. Sailed most of the day with no main and light air asymetrical headsail. At 1700 changed to poled out jib and engine. Wind has shifted to NNW @ 6 kts so rolled up jib. We're motoring with clear sky overhead and flat seas.


Thu Oct 22 7:24 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 159.9nm (289.4km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.5nm
18 40.555s 163 28.523e
Weather: 14knts ESE flat seas mackerel sky

Going through Grand Pass (New Cal) AT 05:00. Heading for OZ. Winds have lightened up and we may be able to use the asymetrical today. Currently wing and wing with 8 kts apparent wind.


Wed Oct 21 10:08 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 163.9nm (296.7km)
18 08.481s 165 50.838e
Weather: 12-14knts SE 1.5m swell. Day started sunny but now 80% cloud cover and rain in the distance to the SW.

Left Port Vila at noon yesterday. Broad reaching with wind slightly aft of the beam 13-16. Some clouds but mostly clear sky.


Thu Sep 24 21:25 2015 NZST
Run: 148.7nm (269.1km)
17 44.590s 168 18.309e
Weather: 15 knts from the East. Flat seas. Clear skies.

Really nice overnight sail from Tanna to Port Vila. No motoring and no salt spray! Beautiful starry light-air night. Saw three Orcas. Where else can you stand on the rim of a spectacular volcano one night and sail with orcas the next! Life is GOOD!


Mon Sep 21 18:41 2015 NZST
Run: 49.4nm (89.4km)
19 34.505s 169 29.741e
Weather: 5-10knts SE Sunny with clouds.

Really nice downwind sail from Aneityum to Port Resolution, Tanna. 47 miles, 7.5 hours. Hope to visit volcano tonight.


Fri Sep 18 10:02 2015 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
20 14.362s 169 46.656e
Weather: Woke up to sunshine but now it is overcast over the island's interior. Winds 10 from the east inside the anchorage.

At anchor in Analghowat Bay, Aneityum, Vanuatu


Hi Guys, How did the mainsail behave?

Hi Guys, How did the mainsail behave?
Thu Sep 17 7:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 218.4nm (395.3km)
Avg: 10.1knts
24hr: 243.6nm
20 14s 169 46e
Weather: 1m seas, 20%cc, E21

30m from Aneityum, after a slowish night


Wed Sep 16 10:01 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 19.5nm (35.3km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 188.5nm
19 20.281s 172 59.200e
Weather: 16knts ESE 1.5m swell from the SE Clear night sky.

5:00 am Wed. 9/16/2015 Really big waves yesterday but seas calmed by nightfall. Maintaining good speeds with double reefed main and reefed jib. 165 mile day.


Wed Sep 16 7:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 208.6nm (377.6km)
Avg: 10.1knts
24hr: 241.3nm
19 25S 172 42E
Weather: 15ESE, 25%cc, 1m swell

eta noon tomorrow in Aneityum


Tue Sep 15 10:47 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5 averageknts
Run: 18.8nm (34km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 138nm
18 26.058s 175 43.022e
Weather: 19knts ESE (giving us 15 apparent)1.5m swell(hard to tell, it's dark) from the SE 80% cloud cover but some stars out and some clouds are backlit so not inky dark.

Left Vuda Pt at 11:30. Nice sail to pass. Wind aft of the beam.


Tue Sep 15 7:30 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 834.4nm (1510.3km)
18 32S 175 27E
Weather: 17SE, 80%cc,

On passage Fiji to Aneityum. Had 20-25kts leaving Fiji last night with high cloud but no rain


Mon Nov 3 6:51 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 750.9nm (1359.1km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.4nm
06 28.020s 175 50.070e
Weather: 7.5knts NNE .

Winds are lightening up and veering more to the north. Clear skies and flat seas. 500 miles from Tarawa.


Sun Nov 2 5:18 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Weather: Mostly clear skies with small clouds. Lots of stars! 10 knts wind from the east. Flat seas. We are listening every morning and can copy Gulf Harbor Radio but expect that you can't hear us. Can David address weather en route to Kiribati? We know that he is pretty busy with all the boats under way to NZ so understand if he can't get to this area. THANKS! Bruce and Laura PS Can you let us know if you are receiving our emails?

Went through light air Sat. afternoon and put up our light air asymetrical for a nice reach. At sunset, wind picked up to 12-15 so doused the chute and went with a reefed main and working jib. Averaging 7.5 knots. Beginning to lighten up now and expect we may have many days ahead of very light air.


Thu Oct 30 21:09 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Weather: 16 kts wind from NE. 1 meter swell (down from 3-4 meter earlier today). 80% cloud cover. light rain.

Left Fiji on Wednesday morning. Had a fast reach for first 12 hours. Then more pleasant reach for next 6-7 hours. We've been in rain and wind 17-22 since 3:00 am (TH). Got headed this afternoon with 60 degree wind shift so changing our destination from Tuvalu to Kiribati.


Wed Oct 29 8:34 2014 NZDT
16 46.670s 179 20.110e

still in Fiji but think they are leavng to go North today. hard to hear


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