PAWS

Tue Aug 20 15:21 2019 NZST
GPS: 10 52.93S 122 49.02E
Run: 19nm (34.4km)
Weather: ESE 15 knots. 1.5-2m swell

Arrived at Nemberala on Rotes SW coast where the T land surf break is. Big swell and windy anchorage.


Sun Aug 18 21:15 2019 NZST
GPS: 10 43.36S 123 02.69E
Run: 52.9nm (95.7km)
Weather: SSE 8 to 12 knots

Sailed from Semau anchorage W of Kupang to Ba?a Harbour on N coast Rote today. Winds dropped off in the arvo. Anchored close to town E of the ferry pier


Mon Aug 12 14:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 10 09.57S 123 34.29E
Run: 582.8nm (1054.9km)
Weather: ESE 12 to 15 knots. Clear dry and hot 29 degrees C

Arrived Kupang, capital of W Timor after a 7 day journey from Banda with overnight stopovers at W coast Wetar & N coast Timor to break up the 589 nm distance.


Mon Jul 29 18:24 2019 NZST
GPS: 04 31.39S 129 53.87E
Run: 258.5nm (467.9km)
Weather: SSE 15 to 20 knots

We have made the passage from Sorong to Banda Neira through rough seas, high winds & opposing currents. Arrival into the bay with volcanic scenery & dripping green hills with a friendly community eager to make our stay unforgettable. Already in love with this place


Fri Jul 19 18:18 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 23.91S 131 57.40E
Run: 127.2nm (230.2km)
Weather: SE10-15 less through the channel in flat water

Paws has left Sorong and heading south. Completed Selat Sele passage today catching the tide, and anchored behind Pulau Lugo in the exit to await morning for navigating nearby shoals.


Wed Jun 26 13:03 2019 NZST
GPS: 00 39.41S 130 16.31E
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
Weather: SSE 15 knots.

Epic sail from Penemu to NW side of Fam yesterday. Anchored on a 3m patch of sand next to a pretty white beach & Ambabee island behind. And the best bit- having a fire & no bullshit. Simple life


Fri Jun 21 20:36 2019 NZST
GPS: 00 35.50S 130 17.17E
Run: 22.6nm (40.9km)
Weather: SSW 15 knots we finally crossed the invisible line (west) into the trades! Unreal 11 mile upwind sail today.

Tied fore & aft across Penemu fiord, Raja Ampat with vertical limestone walls & 50 metres depth. What a backdrop & what a challenging yet crazy experience! Still catching my breath.


Mon Jun 17 21:03 2019 NZST
GPS: 00 25.15S 130 33.86E
Run: 16.5nm (29.9km)
Weather: doldrums rain sun light wind

Raja Ampat. We left Waisai on Waigeo 2 days ago. The anchorages we have found with satellite image mostly don?t have names. But we are between Waigeo and Gam islands surrounded by jungle laden limestone casts


Sun Jun 16 3:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 00 26.20S 130 48.13E
Run: 43nm (77.8km)
Weather: SE through NW variable rain & storms

Waiwo Bay anchorage in Waisai- officially in the Raja Ampat archipelago! Arrived yest, got our permits, dive regs serviced & off we go! This has been a long awaited bucket list destination.


Sun Jun 9 21:09 2019 NZST
GPS: 00 52.93S 131 14.16E
Run: 395.3nm (715.5km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.7nm
Weather: SSW 6 to 15 knots continuous head wind squalls

Arrived in Sorong, anchored at Doom Isl. Adverse current for 70nm- hard going for final leg.


Thu Jun 6 15:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 16.79S 136 56.57E
Run: 37nm (67km)
Weather: WSW 3-6 knots

Left Padaido Islands at 0630 this morning. Position as of 1245. Assisting current of 3 knots. 7nm S of Biak heading W under full sail.


Sat Jun 1 17:21 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 18.38S 136 24.51E
Run: 24.2nm (43.8km)
Weather: ESE 5-8 knots pulsing with no sea state

Departed Biak and motored 25 miles SE to the Padaido island group.

Anchored at Pulau Nusi for some white sand, blue water, green foliage and quiet time.


Wed May 29 0:42 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 11.21S 136 04.79E
Run: 44.9nm (81.3km)
Weather: N3 backing and veering

Arrived Biak Indonesia after 5 days 5 nights passage from PNG. Very light downwind run. We finally made it.


Mon May 27 20:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 03.59S 136 42.99E
Run: 103.6nm (187.5km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.1nm
Weather: ENE 4 to 8 knots varying NE through SE

conditions still very light. Mostly able to keep the kite filled & travelling at 3 knots. Now 43 miles from Biak. If the wind holds we will arrive tomorrow morning. Stopped for a swim at lunch time when the wind died briefly. OMG how refreshing!


Sun May 26 20:09 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 11.01S 138 12.66E
Run: 76.8nm (139km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.9nm
Weather: ENE 6 knots came in at 1730. Motored until 1200 then just about holding 2 knots.

Under headsail only as broad reach/ downwind. Now holding 3.5 knots. 130nm from Biak


Sat May 25 20:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 26.08S 139 17.62E
Run: 53.7nm (97.2km)
Weather: NE 3 to 5 knots variable

Another light day at sea- some drifting some sailing. Average speed 2.5 knots. 200 nm from Biak. Hot on the equator! (Well 90 miles from it) Lots of bucket showers being had.


Fri May 24 20:24 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 46.91S 139 59.33E
Run: 38.2nm (69.1km)
Weather: ENE 3 to 5 knots

Easterly change very slow to come. Forecast keeps pushing it back a day, daily. Able to fly the kite for a few hours today now poled out the jib but very slow going. At this rate will arrive in Biak in 3.5 days time!


Thu May 23 20:24 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 05.81S 140 26.64E
Run: 71.5nm (129.4km)
Weather: NNW to N 5 knots

Departed Vanimo PNG this am now in Indonesian waters. East wind still kicking it?s heels, motored most of day but it?s started to swing this eve.


Thu May 16 20:12 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 40.99S 141 17.80E
Run: 58.8nm (106.4km)
Weather: NW calm in the am, fresh in the afternoons into the bay

Arrived into Dakriro Bay, Vanimo yesterday- the last border town of PNG before Indo. A gruelling upwind sail from Ninigo but we are in one piece (ish) & have caught up on sleep. Await the easterly winds to take us to Indo...


Tue May 14 20:45 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 16.74S 142 02.80E
Run: 52.1nm (94.3km)
Weather: WNW to W 10 to 15 knots with 2 metre seas

50nm from Vanimo now. Period of no wind after storm passed so motored for 3 hours then came back in giving us the angle for one tack. Hope it holds as much set drift & leeway. Currently sailing at a good 5 knots


Mon May 13 20:06 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 07.90S 142 47.22E
Run: 87.2nm (157.8km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.8nm
Weather: WNW 15-12 knots seas 2 to 1.5 metres. Multiple circular storms cells overnight delivering 3 metre seas and 30 knots wind

Tacking our way to Vanimo. About half way as of 1600 today. Slow going with patched double reefed main & damaged daggerboard. Paws is limping heroically & taking it all better than us. Weather lightened through day. Hoping for an easier night.


Sun May 12 20:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 25.51S 143 49.95E
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)
Weather: WNW 15 knots at lunchtime now 10

Departed Longan in Ninigo bound for Vanimo with the only wind of the foreseeable future. Wish we could have stayed longer. 2nd attempt as had to double back yest to repair torn main sail. Sailing as gently as possible now


Wed May 8 20:27 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 14.44S 144 19.00E
Run: 52.5nm (95km)
Weather: NW to WNW 10-15 knots head wind overnight dropped to 3 knots this eve

Arrived at Ninigo islands. Anchored beside Bahamas. Received a wonderfully warm welcome from the Longan villagers in their sailing canoe with gift of fish


Tue May 7 20:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 28.82S 145 02.28E
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
Weather: NNW 10 to 12 knots

Went for an explore past Maron, Tatahau and Mono islands and anchored at NW entrance for the afternoon. Then departed Hermits 1800 bound for Ninigo


Sat May 4 10:27 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 32.52S 145 01.98E
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
Weather: NW to SW 20-30 knots at times. Rain squalls and revolving storms last two days

Tucked in behind Akib Island next to Manta Pass. 2 to 3m sand bottom. Hiding from this blow for the next few days. No sign of easterly change anymore


Wed May 1 21:03 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 35.35S 145 01.33E
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)
Weather: ESE 4 knots

Moved to Bird Island inside the SW edge of the lagoon. There is a tern and boobie rookery here and a shallow reef edge to the outer drop off.


Sun Apr 28 21:21 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 32.15S 145 02.46E
Run: 71.6nm (129.6km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.3nm
Weather: NEESE 3 to 8 knots passing storms

Arrived at Hermit Islands PNG. Visited village at Luff & anchored at Manta Pass. Met Bob the Manta Guardian. Wow what a magic spot. SO remote.


Sat Apr 27 20:33 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 39.90S 146 04.20E
Run: 10082.6nm (18249.5km)
Avg: 409.9knts
24hr: 9836.7nm
Weather: NEESE 3 to 6 knots variable

Running kite downwind most of day. Picked up a little strength this eve from an oncoming storm. Now full main & jib up beam reach. 58 miles east of Hermit islands, our first destination


Fri Apr 26 19:57 2019 NZST
Run: 10271.2nm (18590.9km)
Avg: 428knts
24hr: 10271.2nm
Weather: NE 8 to 10 knots

MPS sail most of day. Took down before a 25 kn storm. Riding its tail now & passing the north of Manus to cont on to Hermits.


Thu Apr 25 19:57 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 19.50S 148 53.90E
Run: 83.4nm (151km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.6nm
Weather: ENE 6 knots through day dropped to nothing late afternoon

Flew the MPS kite most of the day with light downwind run. Now nothing- glass out drifting and swimming towards sunset


Wed Apr 24 20:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 17.10S 150 06.30E
Run: 35.9nm (65km)
Weather: NE 3 knots flat seas slight swell clear skies

Sailing under headsail only downwind at 3.3 knots with assisting current. 6 nm north of New Hanover heading west


Tue Apr 23 20:33 2019 NZST
GPS: 2 34.30S 150 32.28E
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
Weather: NNW dying to NWSW from the land on approach. Await NE forecast

Checked our of Kavieng today heading west. Anchored in Senta Passage on N top of Patio Island, New Hanover


Sat Apr 20 21:00 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 40.00S 150 44.10E
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
Weather: SSW light no squalls today! Signs of change??

Escaped Kavieng again for long weekend. At Lissenung Island. Cute resort & lovely house reef with lots of fish (hallelujah) -protected zone...


Fri Apr 12 13:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 36.90S 150 41.04E
Run: 7nm (12.7km)
Weather: SSW tending W 6 to 8 knots

Motored to Nusalomon Isl to get away from town for a few days & check out some local islands. Sand & reef anchorage with white beaches & small village


Sun Apr 7 14:54 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 35.135S 150 46.87E
Run: 147.8nm (267.5km)
Weather: NW on passage, NNE now

2 day 2 night passage to Kavieng from Rabaul 194 nm travelled. Anchored at Nusalik Isl opp main town


Fri Mar 29 9:54 2019 NZDT
GPS: 04 12.50S 152 10.60E
Run: 75nm (135.8km)
Weather: NW WNW 10 to 15 knots overnight gusting in bay

Arrived Rabaul PNG 0800 27 March after a challenging passage. Strong adverse current & head winds through all of the channel. Anchored opposite the Yacht Club awaiting clearance. Email didn?t send hence the late post.


Tue Mar 26 10:00 2019 NZDT
GPS: 05 12.80S 152 35.30E
Run: 87.2nm (157.8km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.5nm
Weather: NW overnight N this morning

Tacking between storm systems all night. Very confused lumpy sea so slow speeds. 80nm to Rabaul but journey likely 130nm with wind angle


Mon Mar 25 9:48 2019 NZDT
GPS: 05 52.90S 153 39.80E
Run: 74.1nm (134.1km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.4nm
Weather: Variables with violent storms.

Sailing cautiously when we can. Wish we?d waited for a better window to go! Much sailing changing & too much diesel used. Still 87nm from St George?s channel entrance


Sun Mar 24 11:57 2019 NZDT
GPS: 06 37.70S 154 26.20E
Run: 108.9nm (197.1km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 96.6nm
Weather: W to N zero to 6 knots. 30knot squalls

Bouncing squall to squall. Some motoring & drifting. 150nm south east of St George?s Channel between New Ireland & New Britain


Sat Mar 23 8:54 2019 NZDT
GPS: 07 45.40S 155 32.69E
Run: 83.2nm (150.6km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.4nm
Weather: NE 7 knots sea state picked up but still below 0.5metre

Slow night on passage with lightning all around and low pressure dead ahead. Clearer somewhat into morning. We are 18nm south of the Treasury Islands (Solomons)


Fri Mar 22 9:48 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 07.60S 156 42.10E
Run: 41.4nm (74.9km)
Weather: ENE to NNW 2 to 7 knots

Checked out of the Solomons from Noro town & departed Lambete yesterday afternoon, 21st March 1330 hrs. Slow going with fickle winds.


Tue Mar 19 10:12 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 20.00S 157 16.20E
Run: 22.5nm (40.7km)
Weather: Variables with squalls zero to 12 knots

Spent last few days between Noro and Munda I?m the Diamond Straits. Now at Munda. Watching and waiting for a weather window for PNG.


Mon Mar 11 14:06 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 10.38S 156 59.05E
Weather: NNW 12 to 15 knots unpredicted

Left Gizo after period of rest and recovery. Now anchored at Lumo Nomana isl inside NW entrance of Vona Bona lagoon looking out to Kolombangara?s mountain top.


Mon Mar 11 14:06 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 10.38S 156 59.05E
Run: 69.3nm (125.4km)
Weather: NNW 12 to 15 knots unpredicted

Left Gizo after period of rest and recovery. Now anchored at Lumo Nomana isl inside NW entrance of Vona Bona lagoon looking out to Kolombangara?s mountain top.


Wed Mar 6 9:24 2019 NZDT
GPS: 7 27.80S 157 41.90E
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
Weather: No wind. Very light from E

Anchored W of Gibson Isl in channel running N-S. Crocs cruising by! Shallow sand flats to west are all shades of blue. Peaceful


Sun Mar 3 20:06 2019 NZDT
GPS: 7 31.10S 157 43.70E
Run: 46.9nm (84.9km)
Weather: S up to 8 knots before dying and swinging NW 3 knots

Sailed half way then motored the remaining 20nm to Ondolou Isl SW of Wagina, close to Choiseul main island. 20 nm from the Arvavons now. Perfect spot anchored fore & aft bum 20m from the beach.


Sat Mar 2 21:00 2019 NZDT
GPS: 7 54.40S 157 10.00E
Run: 25.7nm (46.5km)
Weather: SSW 4 knots

Tactically sailed from Sanbis in Gizo to Poiete on Kolombangara with very fickle wind. We hope to make the Arnavons across the slot if a storm front comes through overnight.


Wed Jan 23 14:30 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 05.80S 156 50.60E
Run: 33.2nm (60.1km)
Weather: WNW 3 to 6 knots with spells of 8 to 10 and potential for passing squalls

Arrived into Gizo?s lagoon & Anchored opposite the main town next to Logha island.


Fri Jan 18 16:45 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 21.80S 157 14.80E
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
Weather: Variable winds NNE with ENE to ESE squalls

Anchored on the outer edge of Roviana Lagoon between Kundukundu and Hopei islands.


Mon Jan 14 13:45 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 18.40S 157 09.90E
Run: 61.4nm (111.1km)
Weather: WSW 6 to 8 knots overcast

Arrived onto Vona Vona lagoon anchored opposite Zipola Habu Resort at Lolo island


Thu Jan 10 21:48 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 20.10.S 156 16.10E
Run: 64.2nm (116.2km)
Weather: SSW 7 to 12 knots sunny days and rain squalls overnight

Anchored inside Lambete lagoon in the lee of Hombupeka island protected from the SW weather but close to town. Supplies stock up and await friend arrival


Sun Jan 6 18:21 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 05.20S 157 10.40E
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
Weather: WNW owing to the tail of Cyclone Penny off the Qld coast

Spent 4 days in Bat Harbour on Kolombangara Island up a narrow creek to shelter from the passing of the low pressure system. Moving on today if weather allows


Tue Jan 1 1:30 2019 NZDT
GPS: 8 17.80S 157 12.00E
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
Weather: WSW up to 45 knots- low pressure systems moving through south of here west to east. Much rain & wind

Anchored between Nusapate and Nununggara island to see out the bad weather and see in the New Year.


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