Peregrine

Peregrine

Sat Apr 14 8:21 2018 NZST
Run: 10487nm (18981.5km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.4nm
00 47s 028 27w
Weather: Wind SE 5-7 kt. Clear. 1016 hPa

En route from Ascension to the E. Carib. Classic doldrums. All well aboard.


Fri Nov 24 12:38 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 6442.1nm (11660.2km)
Avg: 24.9knts
24hr: 598nm
26 17S 160 00E
Weather: 100%cc, 15-20ese, 1012, 1m se swell

Alan is on his way but who knows where to. He is TACKING. Yikes. he is not going to Aus but whether he arrives at New Cal or NZ next stay tuned!


Mon Nov 13 18:06 2017 NZDT
Run: 15nm (27.2km)
21 04s 055 06e
Weather: Wind W 0-5 kt. Overcast. 1015 mbar.

Departed Le Port bound for Richards Bay, SA. Hope to escape this convergence zone by lunchtime today and pick up the SEerlies to carry us as far as Madagascar. Then things turn ugly.


Fri Nov 10 10:12 2017 NZDT
Run: 534.2nm (966.9km)
20 56S 55 17E
Weather: Clear, calm, 1016 mba.

Darse des Plaisances, Le Port, Reunion. We've hiked in the mountains and we swam in the waterfalls. We've projected and prepared, and now it's time to press on to South Africa.


Departure to SA postponed until Mon AM. The weather forecast in these parts is as changeable as an octopus.
Fri Sep 22 19:51 2017 NZST
Run: 4051.4nm (7333km)
19 41s 063 25e
Weather: Wind E 15-20 kt. Brief showers. 1020 mbar.

At anchor Port Mathurin, Rodrigues. Friendly people, fresh baguette, great hiking, easy, clean, and low-key.


Fri Sep 2 7:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 453.6nm (821km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.8nm
10 10s 123 34e
Weather: Wind S 7 kt. Seas 0.1 m. Clear. 1015 mbar.

(Posted 1000 UTC Sep 2) We arrived safely in Kupang, Indonesia on the 31st of August. Thank you again for all of the weather reports and position tracking.


Sun Aug 28 7:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 322nm (582.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.8nm
10 22s 130 14e
Weather: Wind ENE 13 kt. Seas

(Posted 1900 UTC Aug 27) Spoke Australian Border Control aircraft today. Despite the rumors, they do not deliver ice cream.


Fri Aug 26 7:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 7.7knts
Run: 243.8nm (441.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161nm
10 13s 134 58e
Weather: Wind SE 15 kt. Seas

(Posted 1917 UTC Aug 25) 700nm to Kupang.


Wed Aug 24 19:27 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 281.1nm (508.8km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.4nm
10 19s 138 33e
Weather: Wind light & variably East. 20% cloud. 1014 mbar (rising).

(Posted 0124UTC Aug 24) Uneventful passage through Torres Straits with fine winds and weather. Winds held E until last night; drifted along @<2kts for hours, but finally fired up a few minutes ago. Combination of poor reception from Darawank & Brunei Sailmail stations and low battery power (wind & towed generators ineffective @<10kts wind downwind) has made emails (like YIT reports) more challenging, so we may not be checking as frequently as usual, but we will be sure to report our safe arrival. ~900nm to Kupang.


Mon Aug 22 7:27 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 97.9nm (177.2km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63nm
10 22s 142 41e
Weather: Wind SE 13 kt. Seas

(Posted 1917 UTC Aug 22) Rested a day in Treacherous Bay; now continuing through Torres Straits.


Sat Aug 20 18:09 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 160.5nm (290.5km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 109.4nm
09 24s 143 44e
Weather: Wind SSE 19 kt. Seas 1.0 m SSE. 80% cloud. 1012 mbar.

(Posted 1926 UTC) Motorsailing to an anchor at Treacherous Bay, Darnley Island, Great Northeast Channel.


Fri Aug 19 6:57 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 172.7nm (312.6km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.1nm
09 54s 146 02e
Weather: Wind SE 25-27 kt. Seas 2.5 m SSE. 90% cloud. 1011 mbar.

(Posted 0540 NZT) 107nm to Torres Straits. 1460nm to Kupang.


Thu Aug 18 5:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 7.7knts
Run: 155.1nm (280.7km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.5nm
10 51s 148 23e
Weather: Wind SE 25-27 kt. Seas 2.8 m SSE. 100% cloud. 1012 mbar. Squally in rain showers.

(Posted 0540 NZT) 220nm to Torres Straits. 1570nm to Kupang.


Wed Aug 17 6:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 177.8nm (321.8km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.3nm
11 28s 150 35e
Weather: Wind ESE 19 kt. Seas 2 m SE. 70% cloud. 1012 mbar.

(Posted 0630 NZT) ~390nm to Torres Straits eta late Fri/early Sat


Tue Aug 16 7:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 171.6nm (310.6km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.5nm
11 56s 153 10e
Weather: Wind SE 20 kt. Seas 2 m SE. 90% cloud. 1013 mbar.

(Posted 0630 NZT) ~540nm to Torres Straits


Mon Aug 15 6:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 9188.8nm (16631.7km)
Avg: 91888knts
24hr: 2205312nm
12 39s 155 36e
Weather: Wind SE 23 kt. Seas 2 m SE. 10% cloud. 1014 mbar.

(Posted 0630 NZT)correction to last transmission


Mon Aug 15 6:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 9295.7nm (16825.2km)
Avg: 388.9knts
24hr: 9334.6nm
12 39s 15 36e
Weather: Wind SE 23 kt. Seas 2 m SE. 10% cloud. 1014 mbar.

(Posted 0630 NZT)


Sun Aug 14 6:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.9knts
Run: 185.7nm (336.1km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.5nm
13 26s 157 59e
Weather: Wind SE 18 kt. Seas 1-1.5 m SE. 100% cloud. 1015 mbar.

(Posted 0630 NZT)Aim to be about 12d 10's 155d 25'e by noon Monday (NZT), then run immediately south of, or through the Louisiades, depending on conditions.


Sat Aug 13 6:42 2016 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 144.9nm (262.3km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.9nm
14 31s 160 31e
Weather: Wind SE 17 kt. Seas 1-1.5 m SE. Clear. 1015 mbar.

(Posted 0630 NZT)1026 nm to Torres Str.


Fri Aug 12 10:42 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
14 53s 162 39e
Weather: Wind ESE 6-8 kt. Seas 1-2 m SE & ESE. Clear. 1015 mbar.

(Posted 0700 NZT)1150 nm to Torres Str. Expect ~160E early Sat AM. Question: would diverting a little south of our rhumb line avoid the high convective zone this weekend?


Fri Aug 12 7:36 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5mknts
Run: 157.8nm (285.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.6nm
14 53S 162 39E
Weather: ESE 6-8, 1-2m swell ese, 1015, clear skies

may drop below rhum line to avoid convergence


Thu Aug 11 7:34 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 146.5nm (265.2km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.8nm
15 15S 164 59E
Weather: 15Se, swell 2m, 10%cc

all well onboard and an amazing radio signal this morning


Tue Aug 9 7:16 2016 NZST
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
15 31.4s 167 09.8e
Weather: 95% cloud, calm wind, 1014 mbar

Clearing out Luganville today bound Kupang, Indonesia tonight or early AM tomorrow. ~1500 nm to Torres Straits.


Mon Aug 8 7:35 2016 NZST
Run: 367.8nm (665.7km)
15 31.292s 167 10.940e
Weather: 100%cc, 10SSE, 1013

departing today for Torres St. Passage time about 10-14days


Misunderstanding on the air (leading to this post). Clearing out Vanuatu Aug. 9, departing afternoon or morning Aug. 10.
Mon Jul 11 7:33 2016 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
20 14.200S 169 46.558E
Weather: S5, 30%cc, 1015

will check in today in Aneityum. Gulf Harbour radio celebrated their arrival by ordering a glass of Peregrine pinot noir. It is from Gibbs Valley near Quesnstown NZ and was very good!


Sun Jul 10 19:06 2016 NZST
Run: 24.2nm (43.8km)
20 14.3s 169 46.7e

Arrived Aneityum ~1000LOC and anchored in Q @ Anelghowhat in 12 m sand, good holding. Winds fresh S with a vigorous harbor chop, but no sea swell. Thanks again to GHR for all you do! ZZzzzz.....


Sun Jul 10 6:21 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 146.7nm (265.5km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.1nm
20 16s 170 09e
Weather: Wind SSW 15-18 kt, Seas < 1m, Sky Cloudy, 1014 mbar

16 nm to Aneityum.


Sat Jul 9 5:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 122.8nm (222.3km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.5nm
19 47s 172 21e
Weather: Wind Northerly light & variable, Seas SE & NE < 1m, Sky Clear with scattered rain, 1014 mbar

145 nm to Aneityum.


Fri Jul 8 7:40 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.7knts
Run: 111.8nm (202.4km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.1nm
19 22S 174 11E
Weather: light NW 6-8, swell SE less than 1m, clear sky, 1016

255nm to Aneityum. ETA early monday morning


Thu Jul 7 6:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 157.4nm (284.9km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.7nm
19 10s 175 53e
Weather: Wind ENE 8-10 kts, Seas long ESE 1.5 m, 30% Cloud, 1018 mbar

350 nm to Aneityum.


Wed Jul 6 6:54 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 143.1nm (259km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.8nm
18 33s 178 12e
Weather: Wind ESE 12-14, Seas 1-1.5 m ESE, 40% cloud, 1018 mbar

(Composed July 5 1845 UTC) In Kandavu Passage after a rough


Mon Jul 4 20:30 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 130.1nm (235.5km)
16 47s 179 20e
Weather: Rain showers, wind E 10-15, gusting to 20 (at least until ~1800LOC).

Depart Savusavu first thing AM; bound Aneityum, Vanuatu. Hoping to break free of this tedious, squally stationary front by Viti Levu rounding Wednesday PM, if not sooner (models show it already east of here?) Also hoping the trades don't peter out too much in coming week on passage (approaching ridge?) Will try to check in before checking out.


Thu May 26 6:14 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 84.2nm (152.4km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 87.2nm
17 23s 178 48w
Weather: Calm winds, 20% cloud, baro 1015 mbar and steady.

(Posted 0600 May 26 NZST) Hove-to outside the Tonga Pass at Vanua Balavu, Lau, Fiji awaiting sufficient light to make the pass and cross the lagoon to Lomaloma, our destination. This will be our last check-in for a while. Thanks again for all you do at GHR!


Wed May 25 7:04 2016 NZST
Speed: 2.3knts
Run: 85.2nm (154.2km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84nm
18 36s 178 51w
Weather: Popcorn cumulus, 5-10%. Wind E to SE to S to SE, etc., 3-8 kts. Baro 1015.5, steady.

(Posted 0700 May 25 NZST) Slowly losing the race to be the slowest boat sailing to Fiji. We are riding the Sea Mercy train past Bounty Boat and Oneata Passages behind Perry, Amelie IV, and ahead of one other I haven't identified yet.


Tue May 24 6:44 2016 NZST
Speed: 3knts
Run: 130.4nm (236km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.3nm
19 50s 178 51w
Weather: Wind S 7-9 kts. Clear. 3-4 m swell, ~12 s period. Baro 1015, steady.

(Posted at 0545) For those passing Mana Islands close aboard, actual location of westernmost point of Vuatoa Ono reef estimated by radar was 20d 44.7' S 178d 54.6' W.


Mon May 23 6:43 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.3knts
Run: 154.2nm (279.1km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.6nm
21 43s 178 58w
Weather: Wind WSW 6-8kt. Overcast. Baro 1011, steady. Swell SW 1.5 - 2.5m, seas

(Posted 0635 May 23) Trough passage @ N. Minerva May 22: 0400 Winds W 35 kts with light rain, 0500 winds W 25 kts, clearing, 0500 - 0700 winds back to SW then 15-25 kts, then to SSW 20 kts remainder of the day. Peregrine departed N. Minerva Pass 1030 bound for Vanua Mbalavu, Fiji.


Sat May 21 6:25 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 47.2nm (85.4km)
23 56.6s 179 07.4w
Weather: No wind. 60% cloud (cumulus & cirrus). Baro 1014.5 hPa, falling.

Arrived S. Minerva ~1500 yesterday. Leaving shortly after dawn for N. Minerva today.


Fri May 20 7:08 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 174.9nm (316.6km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.6nm
24 32s 179 30w
Weather: Wind NW 5kt, variable. 95% thin, low cloud. Baro 1017 steady. 1m S swell.

43 nm to pass S. Minerva; hope to be in N. Minerva this afternoon. Haven't had a passage with this much motoring since the '90s - bring on the trades! Celebrating our sixth anniversaday of no sand flies.


Thu May 19 6:14 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 147.8nm (267.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.8nm
26 38s 178 56e
Weather: Wind S 4kts. 20% Cloud. 1016 mbar. 2m long-period swell from SSW.

Wondering about entering N. Minerva (NW/SE Pass) on Friday afternoon versus Saturday morning and leaving out of Minerva Monday for Lau.


Wed May 18 6:52 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 142.6nm (258.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.9nm
28 26.7s 177 39.2e
Weather: Winds clocking past S to SSW 8-12 kts, but quite variable in both strength and direction all night. Clouds filling in pre-dawn ~40%. Barometer steady 1017 mbar. Seas choppy, 1-2m SW. Still battling some south-setting current, which is stacking the northbound seas and slowing SOG.

(Posted 0645 May 18) No copy on GHR past three mornings. Just noticed that the GHR Chrome app is sometimes generating bad data for pasting into email (Email/Copy button); a mash-up of new entries (e.g. weather) and old (everything else). Seems to happen when Status field left blank. Also, it's not including date/time in the buffer/output. Is there a field code for that?


Tue May 17 5:41 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 120.2nm (217.6km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.4nm
30 19.0s 176 39.5e
Weather: NE setting current of up to a knot east of N. Cape died out yesterday and is now setting to the SW. Winds finally filled in overnight from the NW early backing around to 10kt SW by this morning. 1.5m long swell from the WSW now gone or obscured in the westerly chop ~1m.

~465 nm to N. Minerva. Sump rebuilt, propane solenoid repaired, and two new solar panels installed while motoring in calms. Fine broad sailing and all is well aboard.


Mon May 16 6:30 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 255.2nm (461.9km)
31 53.7s 175 48.3e

Left Opua noon May 14 bound Lau, Fiji by way of N. Minerva (time allowing). Difficulty raising SailMail stations for check-in here and d/ling weather data. Mild conditions so far w/ about 50% light & variable under power. Currently sailing in E wind 7-8 kts. Swell 1.5m, long period from SW and 1-1.5m, shorter period from NE. 5% cloud.


Mon May 9 12:00 2016 NZST
Run: 110.3nm (199.6km)
35 18.7S 174 7.4E

Anchored Opua awaiting weather window. Bound Vanua Balavu, Fiji with Sea Mercy fleet DR2A.


Wed Nov 25 20:05 2015 NZDT
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)
36 49.3S 174 45.9E

Wed Nov 25 7:57 2015 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 37nm (67km)
36 40.0S 174 54.5E
Weather: Wind calm. Seas calm. Heavy cloud cover. Barometer falling slowly.

Arrived safely and sound at quarantine in Auckland. Thanks again to David and Patricia and Gulf Harbour Radio for all that they do for offshore cruisers.


Glad to see that you arrived safely! I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts and wish you all the best as you continue your adventures. Happy Thanksgiving!
Tue Nov 24 10:12 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 129.7nm (234.8km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.3nm
36 08S 174 51E
Weather: Wind SSE at 2 kts. Seas calm. Cloud over shore, clear over water, light haze.

(Posted 1000 local Nov 24) Too stunned by dawn over the most breathtaking landfall I can recall to check into YIT in a timely fashion this morning. Motoring slowly through calms now in the mouth of the Hauraki Gulf. Diverted at ~1130 yesterday to lend assistance to schooner Regulus who had called CG on 16 for a tow into Opua from ~35 nm out (fuel problem); Maritime Radio this morning confirmed their safe arrival.


Mon Nov 23 6:43 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3.7knts
Run: 76.7nm (138.8km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.2nm
34 21S 174 08E
Weather: Wind SSW at 7 kts. Seas SW 0.5 m. Cloud 1%.

Position at 0600. Based on gribs, wind to become northerly late today. Does the nearshore forecast concur?


At net time they were 40m north of Cape Brett. Will have westerly quadrant winds today but turning northerly tonight


Sun Nov 22 15:32 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 51.1nm (92.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.5nm
33 27S 173 21E
Weather: Wind SW at 18-20 kts. Seas SW 2.0 m and NW 1-1.5 m. Cloud 10%.

This description of our frontal crossing off N. Cape is for David's research. Consider it the least I could do in thanks for your volunteer service to cruisers. I realize it may be more in depth than what was requested, but I also understand (intimately) the difficulties associated with collecting reliable field data. Wind speeds were collected from my 2013 Raymarine anemometer (details available), which received a new controller (ITC-5) this past September; I have not yet had a chance to confirm the calibration of the new controller absolutely, but readings have always corresponded well with forecasts, nearby observations, Beaufort scale indications, and my experience. Readings were taken sporadically during watch changes, regular deck checks, and for longer stretches during peak wind conditions for the purpose of this record. I should begin by stating that it was our strategy on this passage to >avoid< the most turbulent and windy zones within the fronts in our path. To this end, we stalled our southward progress north of the front of Nov 21/22 off N. Cape and bore considerably west to allow the core of the front to cross ahead of us. At 0015 (local)near position 32 08S 173 27E, sustained winds were NW 18 kt. For a period of approximately 4 hr from about 0200-0600, peak sustained winds were 23-27 kt (much of the variability owing to the high sea state), or ~25 kt on average; gusts did not exceed 30 kt (while I watched the instruments). Winds subsided thereafter and backed slightly to about WNW 14-16 kt by 1000, at which time we crossed the actual front (or the weak tail end of it). The wind backed to SW in minutes, and then diminished from SW 12-14 kt to SW 2-4 kt within 40 minutes. SW wind built again from ~1115, reaching SW 18-20 kt within a half hour or so...where they remain now. We have shaken out reefs and born off on a close reach for Cape Brett, and are making good way despite the confused seas. A fellow cruiser checking in on SSB radio at 0715 from position 34 10S 174 41E (110 nm SE of our 0715 position) reported sustained winds of W 25-30 kt with gusts to 40 kt. They were lying ahull making 2.5 kt at 160T waiting for conditions to moderate so they could continue their passage.


Sun Nov 22 6:08 2015 NZDT
Speed: 7.4knts
Run: 157nm (284.2km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.5nm
32 43S 173 14E
Weather: Wind NW at 24-28 kts. Seas NW 2.5 m. Cloud 75%.

(Posted at 0600 local 11/22) Kicking up a little choppy in a fresh breeze on the starboard quarter. Snugged down with double reefed main and mizzen, stays'l, and storm jib. Clouds now filling in from S with some distant lightning after crystal clear, cold night. Putting a little money in the bank (i.e. westing) for the backing expected behind the front. Feels great to be really moving again! Hope to clear North Cape before the dinner dishes are stowed. 250 nm to Auckland approaches.


Sat Nov 21 6:22 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 119.4nm (216.1km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.2nm
30 35S 174 09E
Weather: Wind NW at 10 kts. Seas 0.5 m smooth. Cloud 5%.

(Posted at 0600 local 11/21) First breath of westerlies @ 0400 with easing of old 2m SE swell. Plan to be @ 31 40S 173 43E by midnight, then 32 58S 173 12E by noon, after frontal passage. What can we expect coming down the coast to Auckland Mon-Wed? Thanks again.


Fri Nov 20 5:55 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 116nm (210km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 116.5nm
28 52S 174 22E
Weather: Wind SE at 3 kts. Seas 0.5 m confused. Cloud 0%.

(Posted at 0600 local 11/20) Entering ridge. GFS models (and blurry WeFax) indicate faster eastward movement of the low currently S of NZ and associated high winds/seas @ N.Cape. WeFax also seems (again, very blurry) to no longer show any fronts crossing N.Cape this weekend. Do you agree? Plan to step up pace to make original waypoint (31 40S 174 25E) by late Sat instead of Sun noon. Then will ride the NW & westerlies to about 34.5S Mon. GFS models not helping me after that, much confusion.


At net time they were sailing with SE8-10


Thu Nov 19 6:01 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 111.3nm (201.5km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.2nm
27 13S 174 43E
Weather: Wind at 15 kts.South Seas 1.5 m from SE. Cloud 95%.

(Posted at 0600 local 11/19) Passed through weak front yesterday as anticipated. Max sustained winds 18kts. Winds backing slowly after the shift to southerlies, and we are following them around to make our turn toward NZ. SST 21.8C.


At net time winds are south. They are looking at eta Auckland on wednesday am. All is well on board


Wed Nov 18 6:13 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 141.3nm (255.8km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.6nm
26 18S 176 12E
Weather: Wind N at 10-12 kts. Seas

(Posted at 1700 UTC 11/18) Baro peaked noon Mon, and spot mare's tails noon Tue; expect to cross weak front and swap the running backs Wed near 26 20S and 176E. WeFax from ZKLF still illegible on all frequencies, but models giving us half the story, synopsis emails a bit more; we just make up the rest...then we tune into Gulf Harbor Radio! Still riding the clutch and gently tapping the breaks in order to ride over the ridge Fri AM near 28S and 174E. Slowest passage I can recall, but silky smooth and steady, and right now that's what counts.


Tue Nov 17 6:26 2015 NZDT
Speed: 3.6knts
Run: 101.2nm (183.2km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.1nm
25 29S 178 17E
Weather: Wind NNE at 7 kts. Seas 0.5m from ENE. Cloud 5%.

(Posted at 1700 UTC 11/17) Making leisurely passage to 26 45S 174 20E by no sooner than noon Thu to pass north of cold front, then south to 31 40S 174 25E no sooner than noon Sun to allow subsequent fronts associated with low over Cook Strait to pass south of us. From there, will head south behind frontal systems to reach Auckland by Wed morning (Nov 25). What longitude do you expect to see Sunday's front reaching by mid-day? How far north would you expect to see associated winds greater than 25-30 kts? May not call in this morning due to somewhat low battery, but will be listening. Thanks again!


Mon Nov 16 8:33 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.1knts
Run: 115nm (208.2km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.7nm
24 42S 179 39E
Weather: NE9, 1.5m swell

changing course to 240 after net. On passage Tonga to Auckland


Sun Nov 15 14:15 2015 NZDT
Speed: 7.1knts
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
23 38S 178 57W
Weather: 15kt ESE, clear with a few cumulus and light haze, 1.5m soft swell

Today's GFS model changes inspire earlier departure from N. Minerva than anticipated. Plan to intercept the forecasted ridge near 29S 174E by Fri allowing the next trough to pass south of us @ N. Cape Sat night. Then rhumb line to Auckland. Hope to be in Tue 11/24 before the following front crosses the Norfolk Trough. Will try to check in on 8752kHz Monday morning. Dirk o|-}


Sat Nov 14 11:02 2015 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
23 39S 178 54W
Weather: 22-24knts ESE, rain

Composed 2015 Nov 13 UTC (will send later). At N. Minerva looking for opportunity to depart for Auckland (in no hurry). Will check in (first time) on 8752kHz Monday morning.


Fri Nov 13 9:17 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 277.8nm (502.8km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.8nm
23 32S 178 47W
Weather: 2knts SE, calm seas, 10% clouds

10 nm out from N. Minerva @ 2009Z Nov. 12. Still deciding whether to get underway with the favorable winds tomorrow or wait for the next "window".


Wed Nov 11 3:00 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 13.2nm (23.9km)
21 03S 175 22W
Weather: 5knts SSE, 0.5m seas, 75% clouds

Rounding Duff Reef, Tongatapu bound for Minerva. Scratching the mast and tossing senitis southeastward.


Tue Nov 10 19:57 2015 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
21 08S 175 11W
Weather: 7knts S, calm, 25% clouds

Standing by to depart Nuku'alofa en route to N. Minerva reef tonight or tomorrow.


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