Pilgrim

Pilgrim

Fri Jun 28 7:15 2019 NZST
Speed:
1.1
knts
Run: 29.5nm (53.4km)
17 18.63S 177 07.47E
Weather: the sun is doing its best to poke it nose through the high scattered cloud there has been a increase in the amount of cloud since last night, wind is around the 5kts out of the what appears the SE but could well be E and coming around the head land . have 1012 on the bar and alittle S slop from time to time.

have moved up to Waya island with the intention of seeing the weather system out, south is the only direction that could exposed.


Wed Jun 19 7:03 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.4
knts
Run: 19.7nm (35.7km)
16 57.08S 177 22.03E
Weather: Have broken cloud over us this morning 15kts of E wind and the bar is 1011

now down in the Blue lagoon area , after the quite of our last couple of weeks there is a marked increase of activity.


Fri Jun 14 7:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.3
knts
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
16 44.12S 177 33.63E
Weather: there is patches of broken cloud around this morning dont think there is any rain to be had form what I can see wind is blowing a steady 10kts from SE and the bar is steady on 1011

looks like another stunner day for us sun is already up and will be including going up to the main village to do our Sevusevu in our activities


Thu Jun 13 7:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 48.2nm (87.2km)
16 43.95S 177 33.52E
Weather: clear skies this morning apart from a rather heavy looking bank of cloud to the north a breeze of 5kts out of the South bar of 1011

Arrived at Yasawa island at 1700 hrs last night after a very enjoyable sail from Yadua looking forward to our time out here as it has been 5yrs since we were last here.


Wed Jun 12 6:45 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
16 49.05S 178 16.93E
Weather: mialy clear sky with some cloud build up toward the main land wind is about 5kts SE 1011 OTB

We are moving camp today, departing Yadua to the Yasawa's so its a early start for us to avoid making the pass before the light fads


Tue Jun 11 7:15 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
16 49.08S 178 16.93E
Weather: overcast raining wind now out of the Nth 10/15 1010 OTB

the front/low has found us and w have had light to moderate rain most of the night .


Mon Jun 10 7:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
16 49.05S 178 16.93E
Weather: we have overcast skies this morning with light rain at times, the wind of 10 gusting up to 20 at times bar of 1012

this report finds us still at Yadua with intention of moving on around Wed


Fri Jun 7 9:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
16 49.05S 178 16.94E
Weather: scattered cloud around today wind 10/15 out the east and bar is steady 1012

Things are going great here at Yadua Sean and I took the run around to the village while the wind was down to a gentle zypher around 7 miles. There are 70 people in there village with well established gardens solar power to all homes and the chief was able to tell us the score for the sevens as well as the Crusaders and Chiefs matches.

we ended up returning back to pilgrim via the weathered side, encircled the island we did.


Wed Jun 5 7:24 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
16 49.06S 178 16.94E
Weather: Clear sky and breeze of around 5 out of the Easterly quarter Bar of 1011 OTB

been out snorkeling and finding good coral growth here well stocked with reef fish along with our targeted Nudibranchs with such vast area we are going to have our time cut out covering as much as we can. At least the wind is not so bad now and the day is shaping up to be a hot one.


Tue Jun 4 7:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
16 49.05S 178 16.94E
Weather: about 60 % Cloud cover this morning light showers at times 10E wind though up to 25 over night 1010 OTB

This morning finds use out at the Ladua Islands which we visited some 5 years ago they are unique from the point of view that Fiji's iguana was discovered here and only on the smallest island, hence we are are not allowed to land on it as they are endangered and there is a protector who lives there. Ladua is at the other end of the Bligh straight so is subjected to the wind that can honk through the area ( no power issues as wind generator keeps pumping away)


Mon Jun 3 17:21 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 20nm (36.2km)
16 49.05S 178 16.94E

Now at Yadua island intend spending sometime here.


Mon Jun 3 7:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 50.1nm (90.7km)
16 52.11S 178 34.76E
Weather: we have some rain back in the hills to the east of us with some cloud breaking away and and heading off to the west wind is E 5kts 1010 OTB

we have moved on from Savusavu an dare now in Bau Bay around from coconut point. Apparently was a base for the removal of the sandlewood. today we make the short hop over to Yandua island , looking forward to going back there again.


Fri May 31 7:15 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
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16 46.70S 179 19.80E
Weather: had shower of rain this morning only light with chance of more looking at the clouds back in the hills light air coming down valley ? direction guessing E to N/E Bar steady on 1012

yah! the pump arrived can now plan on moving in the direction of Yadua, putting pump to work today cleaning up our fuel, getting supplies from the well stocked shops already done the market, mustnot forget the sevusevu packs.


Thu May 30 7:21 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
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16 46.69S 179 19.80E
Weather: 100% OC here today 5/10 breeze coming down anchorage here in savusavu 1012 OTB poor reception this morning.

Going to be here in savusavu for duration of at least the rest of the week not, that its a bad place to be.

there is a lesson here for other folk if ordering in parts from overseas never ever use the postal service, DHL may cost but there service is great. I ordered from NZ 2 x packages both departed nz they same day Thursday so the paper work said.

I had the one that was sent DHL in my hands on Monday , How ever the other which I requested DHL they sent NZ postal it still has not arrived and wont be here until sometime in the weekend. Not happy with the people who did not send as requested.


Mon May 27 7:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
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16 46.70S 179 19.80E
Weather: another stunning day here in Savusavu not a cloud to be seen as has been the case over the last few days. no breeze at this stage very still have a bar of 1011 28c onboard

getting twitchy waiting for parts to arrive , once they do we will move on undecided where to but would like to head up Rambi way and around the top via Ring golds. Our permit has all islands on it Hmmm don't think that's possible in one season.


Fri May 24 7:24 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
16 46.70S 179 19.82E

Stunning morning in Savusavu cloudless sky, we are awaiting the arrival of DHL packages that should be here Monday, Once they arrive we are out of here, not that we dont enjoy it here


Fri May 17 6:39 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
16 46.69S 179 19.80E
Weather: A chance of a shower today , Savusavu is always up for that, the breeze is keeping things coolish around the 10kts coming down the valley Bar of 1011

we are going to be holed up in Savusavu for awhile just catching up with all those little jobs that one never got done before departure or got added on the trip ( part of the joy of cruising ) maintenance in exotic places , but hey it is a great place to undertake and tackle that list.


Thu May 16 7:03 2019 NZST
Speed:
2.1
knts
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
16 45.93S 179 20.19E
Weather: Its Savusavu ! rains every day so overcast light breeze coming down the valley Bar is 1011

big welcome backs ! tells us that we are in Fiji check is a breeze. Customs informed us that we are number 13 , no dought that will change over the coming weeks


Raining off and on here too but at least you are not trimming trees and mowing lawns. About to start the reno. Enjoy the sunshine when it comes but you may have to get out Savusau.. Cheers Trev & Jan

Raining off and on here too but at least you are not trimming trees and mowing lawns. About to start the reno. Enjoy the sunshine when it comes but you may have to get out Savusau.. Cheers Trev & Jan
Wed May 15 6:42 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.6
knts
Run: 174.8nm (316.4km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.1nm
17 01.40S 179 22.45E
Weather: cloudless sky very little wind overnite 5/6 SE now 2/3 SSE near on calm sea Bar of 1012

this morning finds us approaching Savusavu , should be making our way up for check in around 0830. so to all those folk that have been following us on YIT Pilgrim is now in Fiji. What a goergious day it is to there is nothing but blue to be seen overhead so picking 30deg will be on the cards for us.


Tue May 14 7:09 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.8
knts
Run: 162nm (293.2km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159nm
19 27.16S 179 53.21W
Weather: Overcast with light rain at times 0/5.0kts of breeze from the SSE slight seas with 1/2mtr SE swell 1012 OTB

this morning finds us 18NM from the pass between Matuku and Toyata leaving us 163NM from Savu Savu we have been motoring since about lunchtime yesterday as the wind has moved on without us the sun is shining in under a blanket of cloud that is dropping light rain from time to time we are hoping that wind will return at some point


Mon May 13 6:42 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.6
knts
Run: 152.4nm (275.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154nm
21 46.74S 179 35.08W
Weather: 20% CC and not enough of a E breeze of 6/8kts for us to move the concrete footpath 1015 OTB

the sun is rising on what looks to be a very nice day as we motor sail toward Fiji the wind fell away around 2400hrs so are making use of the iron sail.


Sun May 12 6:57 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
23 56.39S 179 06.42W
Weather: Clear skies with some cloud on the SW horizon 15/16 S/E winds bar 1017

The wind has dropped back from the 25 plus range to a sedate 15/16 time to Say our goodbyes to sth Minerva today and the folk that are in here it has been fun the fish are tasty along with the cray certainly will call in here again if we pass this way again. Savu Savu here we come reckon Wed


Sat May 11 8:33 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.3
knts
23 56.40S 179 06.40W
Weather: Scattered Cloud of 50% the odd cell producing light rain Bar is steady 1018

Our time at sth minerva in coming to a end with plans to move onto SavuSavu tomorrow , Glad that we made it to here ,fascinating place and yes I would return, less wind would make getting around to the prime snorkeling spots


Thu May 9 7:45 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
23 56.40S 179 06.39W
Weather: perhaps 20% CC SE 20/25 1015.5 OTB

What a ideal spot to take a break and catch up on things and fellow yachties


Wed May 8 7:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.4
knts
Run: 81.7nm (147.9km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.2nm
23 56.53S 179 07.12W
Weather: well David you are right the wind is blowing a steady 25 ESE with rain as I write appears 100% CC 1017 On my bar ( not being callerbrated)

We made it South Minerva last Night now caught up on the sleep and enjoying this place looking forward to exploring


Tue May 7 6:51 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.3
knts
Run: 178.4nm (322.9km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 181nm
25 03.42S 179 32.97W
Weather: we are still getting the patches of cloud drifting in on us some light rain 15/18 ESE wind 1.5 with the odd 2mtr swell Bar steady 1019

Making good progress toward Minerva with ETA around 2200hrs was hoping to make sth before dark but not counting on it. My repair seems to be ok so we have a motor again. enjoying the sailing conditions


Mon May 6 7:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.1
knts
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.2nm
27 21.08S 179 07.84E
Weather: the odd passing shower with 20kts E mmostly 12/15kts 1mtr swell E confused seas 1019 OTB

should make Minerva wed Morning, had to do a repair on the exhaust accumulator tank as it sprung a leak going to refit today providing the repair is a success we carry on as planned otherwise it is on to Savu Savu.


Sun May 5 7:24 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.3
knts
Run: 167.8nm (303.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.6nm
29 24.53S 178 07.26E
Weather: Clear skys not a cloud to be seen wind S?E 12/15 COG 028T Bar is down 1 to 1019.5

made pretty good progress in the last 24hrs now 381 from Minerva nice morning clear skys enjoying the passage


Sat May 4 8:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.7
knts
Run: 160.3nm (290.1km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.3nm
31 36.56S 176 55.70E
Weather: 70 % CC E 12/15 1/2 mtr swell 017T 1020.5 OTB

A quite last 24 hrs except for the motor as we crawled our way toward the wind which was above us now at last have enough to shut the motor down we are 525 away from Minerva and should make better progress


Fri May 3 7:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.1
knts
Run: 142.6nm (258.1km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.6nm
33 41.42S 175 42.65E
Weather: 80% CC wind 12kts SE the odd swell of 1.5mtr my bar is 1020.5

Day one finds us 120NM off the coast and 665 from minerva we had a starry night now the odd rainy looking cloud


Thu May 2 7:06 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
35 16.83S 174 06.96E
Weather: breeze appears to be out of the S and feels like it have 1021 OTB

We are checking out today and making tracks towards the warmth. Intend on stopping at Minerva on the way to Fiji ( Savu Savu)


Tue Apr 30 7:57 2019 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
35 16.42S 174 05.55E
Weather: have scattered cloud very little wind ? from s/w 1111.5 OTB

Good morning, Pilgrim is in Opua awaiting departure to places warmer, looking at Thurs day departure at this time enroute to Fiji via Minerva.


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