Pilgrim

Pilgrim

Thu Nov 15 7:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7.7knts
Run: 189.4nm (342.8km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.2nm
35 03.75S 174 12.19E
Weather: sun is shining through 30% scattered cloud 16kts of SE Bar of 1022

good morning we have arrived back in NZ in fact we are 2NM off the 9 pin and should be up on the Q dock around 1100hrs the breeze picked up late in the day which saw us getting over 8kts through the night at times . It is now time to shake ourselves off and get ship shape and paper work filled out Thanks for all the help Patricia and David.


Hi Ron & Cheryl Pleased to see you are safely back in NZ. We are about to leave for NZ from Southport Australia. We will check in with Gulf Harbour Radio until Lord Howe but as they finish on 30 November we wondered if you will be on board Pilgrim for a Radio sched for the second part of our passage. Can we telephone you? Cheers Brian & Hilary Taranui
Wed Nov 14 7:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 163.6nm (296.1km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.3nm
32 23.46S 174 56.11E
Weather: 70% scattered cloud with the odd shower a round a 1mtr SE long duration swell winds E to ESE under 10 kts over night has just improved to 10/12 Bar 1018.5

170NM out from 9 pin and by my reckoning should be around 20 off at this time tomorrow with arrival at Opua after lunch sometime. We are still enjoying a armchair passage as the wind remain in a favorable quarter coupled with the ease of the sea state. There is cloud around now as we are entering the disassociated front and the odd shower has shown up on the radar ( see we do listen to David) It would be nice to give pilgrim a wash down.


Tue Nov 13 7:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 183.4nm (332km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.3nm
30 04.90S 175 32.71E
Weather: Overcast morning some showers around, winds had back off some but now back up to 12kts out of ESE , Bar steady on 1018

well folks we are under the 30 just and not far from home , Thursday is looking at our day of arrival , not sure of the time but our guess is around after lunch . this passage has been so easy with good direction and strength and for the sea state for being what sailors dream of not getting thrown around another than the to b Bare expected back in the passes around Fiji. and it looks like we miss out on the boat being washed as 6mls in front is a rain shower.


Mon Nov 12 7:09 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 172nm (311.3km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.7nm
27 30.97S 176 19.14E
Weather: clear skies overhead band of cloud to the nth around to the east seas are slight with a 1mtr SE swell and also swell of around 1mtr out of the swell both are long period wind is SE of 10/12. Bar of 1018

good morning from 470nm out the day starts arriving at 0530 daylight saving time. we have clear skies overhead with a bank of cloud behind us to the nth and east .

our progress has been great with runs of around the 150nm helped by the state of the sea and wind direction. 468 to opua.

All in all a enjoyable passage.


Sun Nov 11 8:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 173nm (313.1km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.7nm
25 08.50S 177 08.92E
Weather: clear skies overhead with scattered cloud on the harizon wind ESE 11/12kts bar of 1015

still on target to make opua by thursday evening , we have ideal sailing conditions with both sea state and wind direction. seas long period SE swell of 12 to 15secs of 1mtr


Sat Nov 10 7:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 197.5nm (357.5km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 196.7nm
22 41.31S 177 41.39E
Weather: Scattered cloud of 20% seas settled to a SE swell of 1.5 mtr SE 15 1011.5 OTB

making good progress in ideal conditions already noticing the cooler nights.


Fri Nov 9 7:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7.8knts
Run: 156.7nm (283.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.7nm
19 54.58S 178 24.15E
Weather: SC of 20% 16 kts of SE wind confused sea at times with less than a mtr SE swell 1010.5 OTB

we are underway found sloppy conditions out through the pass with odd swell 1.5 mtr seas are now what can best be dicribed as settled conditions winds have been less than expected which is allowing us to make good progress


Thu Nov 8 7:45 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
17 40.83S 178 50.17E
Weather: 20% CC bar down 1 to 1010 wind ESE 10/15

busy getting the last little bits and piecses sorted before our check out. Last check on the passge weather ( which appears to be all indicating the same , always good to see, so with all the dots and dashes in place and fair winds should be in Opua thurs evening.


Wed Nov 7 7:45 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 18.2nm (32.9km)
17 40.84S 178 50.17E
Weather: 10% CC the bar is 1010.5 SE 5

good morning we are now at Levuku getting orselves ready for a thursday departure . Things are looking more settled condition wise, our expected arrival date is thursday eveningish stunning morning here weather wise wind has dropped away over night now about 5kts SE but should build later in the morning .


Tue Oct 30 7:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
17 26.49S 178 57.19E
Weather: nice clear day here wind back around into the ESE 5kts my bar has been steady at 1011

here we are still at Makongai, intending hanging out here for the rest of the week enjoying the good patch of weather . Work is on going a they get the buildings and the turtle raising back up and into full swing not mention the giant clams. We will start looking for that perfect weather window sometime after the 5th with departure from Ovalau


Thu Oct 25 9:12 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.3knts
Run: 49.1nm (88.9km)
17 26.49S 178 57.18E

we have moved over to Makogai for awhile as we start going into count down for our return to NZ somewhere around the 15th Nov here's hoping that the rain moves on and allows us some opportunities get out in the water.


Mon Oct 15 8:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 60.5nm (109.5km)
17 19.43S 178 13.16E
Weather: overcast and rain at times today winds around the SE 20/25 mark bar of 1012

we are still holed up at Volivoli it is a great spot to stop allowing plenty of great anchorages around this area . We have plenty to do here before we move on , which will see the reinforced trade depart.


Mon Oct 8 8:09 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 16.3nm (29.5km)
17 45.70S 177 25.48E
Weather: overcast light rain no wind bar 1011

well good morning from just off Nandi. We have woken to light rain and cooler conditions after the last couple off days of temps up in the 30s giving us on shore breezes leading to afternoon rain and thunder. We will be moving on from here on wed having picked up our passenger/crew member. Our plan is to return around the top back to eastern side at this stage.


Wed Sep 26 7:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 50.2nm (90.9km)
17 32.20S 177 29.83E
Weather: very little in the way of a breeze as expected there is cloud around mainly on the hills hopefully they give us some rain Bar 1010 ( not sure how accurate)

we have relocated and are now anchored up about 5nm above Latoka made the move down a bit earlier than intended but did so as the water clarity was not the best for our snorkling.

Today we will make our way over to denerau


Mon Sep 24 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
17 18.10S 178 13.08E
Weather: woke this morning to high overcast day wind .out of the SE of 10kts bar 1011

still in the top of Viti Vevu Rakiraki Bay it has been very enjoyable here with settled conditions allowing us the chance to get out to the reefs toward the pass. Well worth the effort with lots of fish life and coral can now understand why peps keep heading this way to dive . we are moving on today toward Denerau.


Fri Sep 21 7:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 59.2nm (107.2km)
17 18.10S 178 13.07E
Weather: sky's are clear today this morning the usual cloud clinging to the hills 10kts of breeze out of the ? SE 1011 OTB

We are now tucked up in a nice bay/anchorage at the top of Viti Levu on the island of Nananu-I-Ra after crossing the Bligh water from Coconut point in good time and a enjoyable sail. this area is well supported judging by the mass of lights one can see , with resorts such as Volivoli beach resort. The gate way to some great dive sites so should prove interesting stay in this area.


Tue Sep 11 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
17 06.74S 179 05.54E
Weather: as promised the CC is 100% even had some spits, wind at best geuss is E of 5kts bar is steady 1011 26c on board

today is departure day from Namena island which has not failed to impress with the awesome diving and abundant fish life, this Island is doing its best to recover from the effects that Winston left. The buildings are starting to receive much needed repair work is beginning this week to restore the wharf, trees are much improved since last year with about 80% now showing foliage bird life has also increased in numbers.

the rebuild is going to take sometime 2 to 3 yrs by then the coral that was destroyed above the 4mtr should be in full recovery there is new coral being established on pretty much all the reefs that we have looked / dived on.


Mon Sep 10 7:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 21nm (38km)
17 06.73S 179 05.53E
Weather: overcast with broken cloud SE 10/15 1011 OTB

good morning the good ship pilgrim is now at Namena marine reserve island looking forward to swimming/diving. The bird life is thriving


Fri Sep 7 7:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 42.5nm (76.9km)
17 16.45S 179 21.64E
Weather: it appears that we are in the firing range for some showers again today, wind is only light at the moment and from ? E bar down 1.5 to 1010

pilgrim is now in Dere Bay on Koro Island and will taking to the water to check out the diving sites.

The resort that is here has suffered major damage from winston and is far from being back in shape to start operations again. It is for sale, as is where is !


Thu Sep 6 7:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.4knts
Run: 37.8nm (68.4km)
16 56.09S 179 53.87E
Weather: have had showers overnight but now have some patches of blue showing through not able to give a true wind direction from Paradise bay which is 5/10 at times 1012.5 OTB

have made the break from The Ring Golds and are now down at Taveuni where we overnighted.

On to Koro island today.


Wed Sep 5 8:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.4knts
Run: 2.8nm (5.1km)
16 32.66S 179 42.17W
Weather: 100% cc this morning SE 15 with rain on Taveuni island bar of 1012.5

have moved over to Rananitiqa island which will be our last island that we visit in the Ring Gold there are 7 islands that make up the group which has Duff reef on the outer edge toward the NW


Mon Sep 3 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 20.4nm (36.9km)
16 30.47S 179 43.17W
Weather: had a shower during the night skies now clear with little in the way of cloud , very light breeze guess out of the SE 1011 OTB

good morning from the Ring Golds yes we are back out at them missed the nice clear water. there are so many dive spots out here that one needs more time to take them in. So its out to the volcano island today.

looks like we have a stunning day ahead of us clear skies very little wind , Paradise !


Thu Aug 30 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
16 31.64S 179 58.36E
Weather: very little in the way of cloud this morning my guess is the wind is NTH only light Bar of 1010.5

well Rambi island turned it on for us yesterday with a pretty much clear sunny hot day.

Spent about 2 hours plus in the water with the at a guess 20 Mantas with up to 8 at times in one camera lens awesome ! So we have decided that our chosen task today will be a repeat visit.


Hey Ron cool about the mantas. We’re heading that way but need good cell phone coverage to keep contact with Nz, is it ok ? Cheers Grant
Wed Aug 29 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 20.4nm (36.9km)
16 31.65S 179 58.38E
Weather: still some cloud about maybe 20% wind of 15 kts but this is in a pass direction is SE as a guess Bar is steady 1012

we moved over to Rambi yesterday with plans to return if time permits. catching up with the Mantas is our goal here in Rambi and saw evidence of there presents as we came in.


Tue Aug 28 7:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 2.0knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
16 30.12S 179 43.20W
Weather: around 20% CC 15kts SE 1012 OTB.

Loving the Ring Golds going to stretch out our stay here as long as we can.


Mon Aug 27 6:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.6knts
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
16 30.13S 179 43.13W
Weather: the last 24hrs have been blustery with gust up to 25/30 has moderated a bit to 15/20 se rain appears to have departed 30/40 % CC Bar has moved up to 1012 up 2

Good morning from the Ring Gold isle we are enjoying our selves out here with nice clear water and the villagers are very welcoming lots to to see so reckon on being here for awhie.


Fri Aug 24 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 66nm (119.5km)
16 30.47S 179 43.17W
Weather: we have around 90% CC no wind flat calm seas 1010.5 OTB

its been awhie but we are finally back on the road again with all good fridge and freezing ya! have now made our way up to the ring gold reef system with hopes that the weather allows us to stay in this region for a while.


Wed Aug 8 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 1.0knts
Run: 52.1nm (94.3km)
16 46.58S 179 19.43E
Weather: not much wind in here this morning , 80% CC 1011 OTB

now up in Savu Savu have had recurring fridge and freezer issues. so will be here for awhile until we get it sorted, have replacements being freighted up. Other than that all is a bunch of fluffy ducks.


Thu Aug 2 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
17 26.46S 178 57.19E
Weather: we have had very little wind here over night this morning the breeze has appeared along with some cloud that promises some much needed rain that never happens here it seems. 25% passing open cell cloud 15kts SSE 1012 OTB

goood morning welcome back. We are currently in Makongai taking in the HX of the place , and realizing just how much the place suffered at the hands of Winston


Fri Jul 27 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 103.5nm (187.3km)
17 26.47S 178 57.19E
Weather: rather settled conditions very light breeze 2kts SE very close to sea fog once lifts should leave us with nice sunny day.

currently in Makongai with plans to stay around a week rather a fascinating place with all its history. One thing never knew was that they took lepers from all round the Pacific.


Sat Jun 23 7:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.6knts
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
18 52.40S 178 29.63E
Weather: 100% OC light breeze SE 1012 OTB 25c

Have moved over to Naqara village and set up camp here for a while a damp last 24hrs just light rain so has been a onboard maitainance.


Tue Jun 19 6:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.4knts
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
18 50.54S 178 31.43E
Weather: we have perhaps 10% CC today wind is 5kts SE 1012 OTB

One just cant sleep in here at Buliya island Kadavu, the road traffic (boats) begins well before daylight as people get there ride to what ever resort, or program the film crews are set building. A walk into the village and one finds very few around it is good to see but in some cases hard on the enviroment as beaches are dug up channels are dredged out with the sand piled up on a island.


Mon Jun 18 7:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
18 51.58S 178 31.07E
Weather: 20% of scattered cloud around the horizon SE 5/10 1012 OTB

still at Kadavu we have been making the best of the good and light air weather.

the coral is in bad shape at all places we have visited it is so sad that lose of it is and will impact on the fish life my attempts to remove the damaging crown of thorns has been to little to late. other factors may contribute to its decline like the removal of sea slugs.


Sat Jun 16 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.4knts
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
18 51.56S 178 31.09E
Weather: there is still some broken cloud around wind 5kts SSE 1013 OTB

a pleasant day at Vurolevu island water is clear and the Mantarays are here, checking out the reef here has shown that the last cyclone that passed this way has done alot of wave damage.


Thu Jun 14 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 14.9nm (27km)
18 47.13S 178 29.71E
Weather: light air conditions here with have the odd passing shower which lifts the breeze up 5/10 last from NE bar 1013

good morning we are back on station at the islands of Kadavu wishing we had picked up more vinigar while up in Suva may be that we can restock down at Kavala


Wed Jun 6 18:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
19 00.01S 178 28.40E
Weather: first time in days that we have seen blue skies overhead still about 20% CC about 1-2kts of N wind 1010 OTB 26C inside.

We have relocated and are now on the The Great Astrobe Reef side of Kadavu taking advantage of the light air conditions over the next few days at Vatulutu in fro Naigoro Pass


Mon Jun 4 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
19 00.01S 178 28.40E
Weather: first time in days that we have seen blue skies overhead still about 20% CC about 1-2kts of N wind 1010 OTB 26C inside.

We have relocated and are now on the The Great Astrobe Reef side of Kadavu taking advantage of the light air conditions over the next few days at Vatulutu in fro Naigoro Pass


Fri Jun 1 7:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
18 52.27S 178 28.93E
Weather: still 100% CC wind still out of SE 15 Bar 1011 steady 26C inside

back in the water today to see how my crown of thorns are enjoying there vinager they reckon it takes 3 days to knock them off but I want to see if tey move around from were one injects them.


Thu May 31 7:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
18 52.25S 178 28.92E
Weather: the system is still with us 100% CC rain at times wind up around the 15kts 1011 OTB

we took a run in our dingy down to Kavala were they have a stock of Kava in there well stocked shop. $110 a kg $40 cheaper than Suva at the market.

The smell of fresh baked bread tempted us as well. filled a dull day well some of it .


Wed May 30 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
18 52.26S 178 28.92E
Weather: another day of 100% CC wind out of SE 5/ 10 had light rain 1010 OTB

Went and did SevuSevu yesterday at Naqara village in the process found that things are happening around Ono and the rest of Kadavu Naqara is host to a Australian mining crew that are now test drilling for gold. There are heaps of countrys doing surviver programs here and other places in Fiji , French are busy building a big studio on Buliya. will do a further fill later


Tue May 29 6:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.4knts
18 52.26S 178 28.93E
Weather: about 70% CC with light rain at times SE breeze barely 5kts 1010 OTB

plan on hanging around this area as has proved to be great for snorkling will pop around to the village and say Hi (do SevuSevu) looks like we are in for some rain here today


Mon May 28 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.4knts
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
18 52.25S 178 28.90E
Weather: OC rain wind 20/30 kts from SE 1010 OTB

sitting out this weather system at Ono island has been windy over night with 20kts and gust to 30kts a good day for reading


Sat May 26 7:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
18 48.73S 178 31.19E
Weather: the day appears pretty much the same as yesterday Kadavu is clear while there is a cloud bank back up at Suva I think the wind of 3/5 is out of SE bar is steady 1011 27C aboard

still sitting at the same anchorage/ island very comfy a bit of roll coming through on high tide. intend on move on today not sure where as yet.


Fri May 25 7:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.3knts
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
18 48.73S 178 31.20E
Weather: Clear skies overhead cloud banks over Kadavu proper very light breeze with E aspex to it 1011 OTB

parked up at Yaukuvalailai island intend checking this area out before we move on ,so far we have been finding some excellent coral. The day looks set to be bright and


Thu May 24 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
18 45.50S 178 31.13E
Weather: 60% CC Hot and Muggy night with some rain SSE 6/8 1011 OTB 26C

looking like we are going to have another nice calm day with not much wind. Yesterday proved a superb one, went and did our sevusevu at Draveuni . They are not big on tradition just thanked us and then we were told we we could go play. They had cruise ship here when we arrived the day before. so we were only small fry.


Wed May 23 6:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 46nm (83.3km)
18 47.16S 178 29.69E
Weather: there is very little in the way of breeze perhaps a mere 1kt guessing easterly about 40% CC 1010.5 OTB

have relocated , now at Namara island in the KADAVU much more tranquil intend spending sometime here as we love it


Tue May 22 6:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
18 07.40S 178 25.48E
Weather: Clear calm day not a ripple on the water a steady bar 1012 and 26c

it is one great looking morning here in Suva not a cloud in the sky and sun doing its best to get up over the hills. We are looking at heading down to Kadavu today as our parts arrived yesterday.


Sat May 19 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
18 07.39S 178 25.48E
Weather: not much to report here David as the wind is still in bed and skies are clear overhead bar has gone up 1 to 1012

much clearer day with the odd cloud around , where there are clouds here there is bound to be the odd drop of rain. Have most of our missions sorted like the hair perm .


Fri May 18 7:17 2018 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
18 07S 178 25E
Weather: overcast light rain we are pointing toward the E so ? that the wind direction pilgrim is predicting when and if it does 1012 OTB steady 26c

O/C light rain, no wind, there has been a steady number of new arrivals here over the last few days we have manage to sort out our engine woes .

just awaiting the arrival of parts from NZ then looking at pulling out of here.


Thu May 17 6:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 22.6nm (40.9km)
18 07.40S 178 25.48E
Weather: very little wind what there is appears to be out of the N/E about 40% CC heaviest out towards Kadavu 1011 OTB 25C

another calm morning in Suva looks like situation is normal with the odd shower around in the hills we are going to be here for around 10 days while we get our motor sorted and await parts from NZ


Mon May 14 6:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 167.5nm (303.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.9nm
18 25.31S 178 33.88E
Weather: A ring of cloud around the horizon this morning with the chance of washing the boat down as we enter Suva. 15kts of E/N/E 1/2 to 1mtr E swell 1013 OTB

good morning our ETA at Suva is 0920hrs after a hassle free trip of 7 days from Opua Even had to slow up so as not to get in to early.


Sun May 13 6:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 184.4nm (333.8km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.2nm
20 50.66S 178 38.55E
Weather: 80% CC wind has been in the 15/18kt range out of E/N/E just dropped away to under 10 have a 1mtr E swell with the usaul chop 1018 OTB

made good progress over last 24hrs we are now only 150nm out from Suva will look at slowing down so as we arrive around the 10 which doent look to hard as we have come into the wind shadow of the land only have 7/8kts of breeze


Sat May 12 6:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 175.2nm (317.1km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.7nm
23 30.11S 178 22.73E
Weather: 5/10% light scattered cloud 15kts winds pretty much out of the E 1/2 mtr E swell 1019 OTB great sail conditions EtA Monday lunch timeish 319 NM to go

enjoying some actaul sailing no need for Mr Ford weather has been stunning sea are comfortable now looking at ETA on monday giving us a pretty fast trip ( thanks to Henry and the Fossils0


Glad you are in the wind, nudi-branches have just left the beauty parlor, waiting to be discovered.
Fri May 11 6:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.9knts
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
26 00.72S 177 59.59E
Weather: 5% CC to the NTH 10kts E/NTH/E E swell of less than 1/2mtr 1020 OTB down 3

still motor sailing to maintain a enough speed to get on top of this high and have change course more toward Fiji the days have been sunny and warm but the nights still have a bite to them. got enough wind to actually sail yesterday hopefully the wind will pick up today and give us chance to turn the motor off.


Fri May 11 6:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 11.3knts
Run: 180.2nm (326.2km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.1nm
26 02.02S 177 58.33E

still motor sailing to maintian a enough speed to get on top of this high and have change course more toward fiji the days have been suuny and warm but the nights still have a bite to them. got enough wind to acually sail yesterday hopefully the wind will pick up today and give us chance to turn the motor off.


Thu May 10 6:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 189.4nm (342.8km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 188.2nm
28 31.16S 177 05.29E
Weather: clear skies overhead , bank of cloud to the S/E down on the horizon and likewise to the nth have a light 5kts from the N/E not the direction I want to see at this stage. Bar steady on 1023

managed to make reasonable progress over the last 24 hrs sea conditions allowing the ease of passage. still trying to put easting in as long as the wind direction allows. nights are still cool looking forward to those warmer conditions. Had a smelly flying fish come right on into the boat, now back from whence he came.


Wed May 9 6:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 173.8nm (314.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.5nm
31 00.78S 175 46.76E
Weather: 30% CC the ocassioal puff of light air out of the E seas slight with a S/W lift of less than 1/2 a mtr 1023 OTB

making pretty good progress considering the lack of wind, motoring with a hopeful main up calm smooth seas did note a very slight lift/ swell out of the S/W should be across the 30 by this evening enjoying the nice sunny weather up on deck during the day taking in the sites.


There is nothing like the sound of a good Ford rattling away while you’re trying to sleep safe passage and we are keeping an eye on you guys Sean
Tue May 8 6:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 133.2nm (241.1km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.9nm
33 22.40S 174 45.12E
Weather: 60% CC light breeze S/E of less than 5kts very small lift of 1/2 mtr from S/E 1021 OTB

motor sailing with intention of getting up above the 30 and over toward the 180 to avoid the possibilities of head winds as the winds turn toward the nth east.

enjoying the smooth conditions in light airs. Heading for Suva


Mon May 7 7:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
35 15.29S 174 14.63E
Weather: foggy morning 0 wind

in Opua doing the check out thingy today


Sun May 6 7:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
35 15.29S 174 14.63E
Weather: abit of a grey old day no breeze

dropping off our mooring today and heaading toward Opua


Wed Nov 29 7:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 80.5nm (145.7km)
35 14.38S 174 14.49E
Weather: A LITTLE CLOUD COVER this morning the wind out of the SE 8/10 1023.5 OTB

as by now you know due to the snitch at opua that we are in after a fast and sporty trip at times . PS note that Carola are just at the nine pin have them on my AIS


Mon Nov 27 7:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.9knts
Run: 360.5nm (652.5km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.4nm
34 04.84S 174 22.40E
Weather: pretty much 100% CC with brief showers 15kts ESE calm seas small E chop 1021 OTB And B cold

on the home stretch 65 to run to 9 pin reckon on being on Q Dock around 1900 hrs making this our best passage so far with doing it under sail. Done and dusted in 7 days


Sat Nov 25 7:00 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 181.6nm (328.7km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.9nm
28 54.09S 175 05.75E
Weather: rain shower passing over at moment once cleared "very little cloud" will do wind due E 19kts seas SE chop of 1/2 mtr bar up at 1020

just over 60nm to te magical 30 sth seen a gradual decrease in wind strength over night to just 10kts this morning so out goes more rag and wALLA one of davids clouds appears wind now at 18kts. Crew very happy to be sailing maybe just maybe we wont require the iron sail for once.


Fri Nov 24 7:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 160.9nm (291.2km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.9nm
26 20.31S 175 44.92E
Weather: 20-25 knts SE, 2m waves, swell mostly SE some mixed seas, 20% cloud cover PS Recklis was 58 out last night so will be pretty much inside the barn Find above report from Carola. We have made resonable progress and this morning find the seas more settled winds have started there trek toward the east now able to lay Opua still looking at Tuesday arrival ***

all is well on board, seeing mostly blue sky, waves continue to knock us around, crew all bit fatigued, 18:30, Happy Thanksgiving all who celebrate this holiday, 350/1100 nm


Thu Nov 23 7:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 159.2nm (288.2km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.9nm
24 01.95S 176 05.85E
Weather: sun shining 10% CC SE wind 22/26kts moderate confused seas of 1/1.5 mtr 1017 OTB

Had good 24hrs ,with 664 to go we are now pointing in the direction of Opua and this will improve as the high moves over winds have come up with moderate seas though we did come through some very short choppy stuff around 2200hrs All well aboard


We're watching your progress south and hoping it is smooth sailing all the way! Heading in to Vuda tomorrow; spent Thanksgiving with cruisers at Musket Cove. C & T, s/v Macha
Wed Nov 22 7:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 155.5nm (281.5km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 154.9nm
21 51.92S 176 56.78E
Weather: Overcast skies again today 16kts SE odd drop of rain less than 1mtr STH swell 1012 OTB

Having a good trip so far enjoying the calm conditions . which allows us to make reasonable headway


Tue Nov 21 7:24 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 120.5nm (218.1km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 121nm
19 44.53S 177 44.59E
Weather: Overcast skies may even be some rain 12kts SE only slight chop and less than 1mtr swell out of the STH 1011 OTB

left Suva at 1300hrs for Opua in pleasant sail conditions having done 100nm making Kadavu about 45 astern our SOG is being affected by a current


Mon Nov 20 7:30 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 50.2nm (90.9km)
18 07.36S 178 25.51E
Weather: sun is shining no wind to speak of 40% CC bar is back up 1011 OTB

Today is check out day and rush around getting the last stuff that one thinks they may need/want for the trip back sth.there is 3 others here that are heading off as well


Thu Nov 16 7:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
18 50.55S 178 31.44E
Weather: light scattering of high cloud, lightest of breeze think out of the E 1/2 kts sea is calm bar 1009

Move back down to Bulliya Island have woken to a pretty much a cloudless day what better place to spend it.


Wed Nov 15 7:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 3.8knts
18 47.19S 178 29.68E
Weather: 100% CC with rain at times though heavier winds 15/20 just nth of E Bar 1010

Still tucked up at Namara island in Kadavu as we sit out the systems that are presently in Fiji.


Tue Nov 14 7:18 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
18 47.18S 178 29.69E
Weather: another OC day we have had rain off and on through the night and dont think it has finished with us yet Wind is out of the SE 10/15 bar is up 1 from lst night now 1010

Have moved locations now at Namara Island at Kadavu with the hopes of checking out the reef systems around this area.


Mon Nov 13 7:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
18 52.44S 178 29.59E
Weather: 100% overcast with light rain at times 5kts of SE bar has made it back up 1011

A damp overcast day here at Naqara on Ono island with light rain . we intend moving back up to Namara Island at some point during the day as we start our move back toward Suva later in the week


Sat Nov 11 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
18 52.44S 178 29.60E
Weather: very calm 0 wind over cast mixture of high light cloud and scattered rain bearing lower . 1008 OTB

very still morning 0 wind moved around the corner still at Ono island in Kadavu shall stay in here for a couple of days then look at moving back up through the the islands toward the top pass


Fri Nov 10 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
18 52.29S 178 28.95E
Weather: overcast 100% cover shower of rain at moment wind only 5kts with gust of 10 out of SE 1009 OTB

Staying in the Naqara area on Ono island at Kadavu as we can simply just move around the corner into the village bay if and when the wind direction heads into the nth. either way looks like a day of jobs aboard with rain in the air.


Wed Nov 8 7:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
18 52.27S 178 28.95E
Weather: A bright sunny day so far with 15% CC which is moving along at a good clip S to nth 15 kts SE 1012 OTB

We have relocated over to Ono island ahead of the pending system that is heading our way in a nice sheltered bay over the hill from Naqara village. spent time here last season and yes the crown of thorns has made its presents felt here a quick look around proved that more work to be done. On the bright side there is a high presents of turtles.


Fri Nov 3 8:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
18 50.53S 178 31.44E
Weather: blustery squally wind of 15/20 gusting to 30 at times out of SE 100% CC 1009 OTB

Still at Bulliya Kadavu proving to be a good spot to sit out blows from sth through to NNE


Wed Nov 1 8:00 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
18 50.42S 178 30.92E
Weather: About 70% CC with odd drop of rain , a shower passing over Ono island at this point in time. SE wind 10/15 Bar down 2 now 1009

Still parked at Bullya island Kadavu may look at a change in the near future as pretty much covered all sites here .


Tue Oct 31 8:00 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
18 50.52S 178 31.46E
Weather: Flat calm again this morning 0 wind clear skies 1011 OTB enjoying while it lasts

Looking like another stunning day here will decide where we go by dingy later


Mon Oct 30 7:51 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
18 50.53S 178 31.45E
Weather: Calm clear morning appears that the system has passed . 0 wind 1011 OTB

still parked at Bullya island Kadavu provided good sheltered protection from the weather that we have had over the last few days. The chief in the village here is interested in any information that will help him understand the health of the coral reefs so that kept me busy looking on the net


Sat Oct 28 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 8.3knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
18 50.68S 178 31.72E
Weather: pretty much 9% CC this morning having just had a light shower wind is out of the E at 5 kts 1012 OTB

Have being seeing a few turtles while out and about around our anchorage here in Kadavu, why mention them you may ask , well we received video footage from Paws in time of a Mahimahi that they caught and opened it up reveal some 25 baby turtles. These poor things up against it from the get go.


Fri Oct 27 8:03 2017 NZDT
Speed: 11.9knts
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
18 50.50S 178 31.50E
Weather: 20% CC most of it high stuff there is some high towering cloud out to the East very calm here this morning some air movement but not enough to move our flag ,at a guess I would say out of the NE 1010 OTB slightly cooler night

moved back over to Bullya Island yesterday after wind shifts had us seeking a calmer anchorage. Had the local and NZ custom authority's come aboard to check out our paper work. Good to see that attempts are being made to catch and reduce the movement of people and there illegal substances by moving through the Pacific with the Cruises.


Thu Oct 26 7:57 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
18 51.55S 178 31.11E
Weather: A dull looking day in store for us had what presume is a front move in around 0430 with winds out of the SW 15/20 causing us to take down our shade cover. Wind has since moved around to the SE 10 gust to 15 100% CC no rain but could be on the cards Bar down 1011.5

made the short hop across to one of our favorite spots/Islands of Vurolevu also happens to be where the Mantas do there feeding thing so with any luck providing they are still around shall go and have a swim with them.


Wed Oct 25 8:24 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
18 50.54S 178 31.46E
Weather: still quite muggy this morning 60% of light CC not a breath of wind calm waters 1013 OTB

Hot and muggy night after a great day yesterday rain came in around midnight. did sevusevu yesterday and scored some fruit while there, certainly well organized village .


Tue Oct 24 8:09 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 2.8nm (5.1km)
18 50.55S 178 31.45E
Weather: A bright day here with only a gentle breeze of around 5kts out of NE very little light cloud toward the E. 1014 OTB

we have made the move, now over at Bullya island we spent quite a lot of time here last year with a good anchorage.

I did a removal of crown of thorns here. So hit the water to check out there reef, what I saw was looking healthy, though found 6 of the nasties which I removed.


Mon Oct 23 8:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
18 52.47S 178 29.81E
Weather: 100% overcast this morning in Kadavu with light rain over night at times wind 20/25 out of SE bar has risen now 1014 as I look out the cloud is breaking up abit

looking to shift today wind has started to to back toward east, cloud started filling again last night.


Sat Oct 21 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 52.46S 178 29.83E
Weather: Winds have eased though still getting gusts. So SSE 10/15 gust to 20 passing showers and cloud at moment 60%CC Bar up 1 to 1012 a cooler night

Much better day the sun has put in appearance and wind has backed off some what . Supply boat is due in today, so that should take care of the entertainment for us, as lighters to and fro loaded to the gunwales.

The village of Naqara is nestled in a bay and surrounded by hills on 3 sides, these were planted in pine 40yrs ago some of which are now to millable size though still small to our reckoning. there was a bit of a opps with a fire and it got away and has taken out near on 2/3 of them, luckily there village did not surcome as well. The land is not suitable for Kava so that cant be a underlying factor in the accidental burn, after all Kava is now at 130 a kilo.


Fri Oct 20 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.4knts
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
18 52.48S 178 29.83E
Weather: 100% CC with light fleeting rain. Wind eased back over night but has picked up again this morning 20/25 bar steady on 1011 slightly cooler 25c aboard Pilgrim

We made a move from Namara island, a decision trust on us by the 25/30 kts of win that made our little spot slightly uncomfortable. Now in the quite of Naqara on Ono island we get the wind here but not as bad , but anchorage is good the folk are great and water calm. Once the winds pass on and things settle we will head back to our little group of islands.


Thu Oct 19 8:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.3knts
18 47.13S 178 29.68E
Weather: At best can only judge the wind to be out of the Sth as it has us pointing that direction, may have some east in it and bending around the end of our island. so calling wind sth 15/20 100% CC raining of and on. Bar 1011 steady

A gray old day so perhaps may not get out to play today, we dingy over to Dravuni yesterday having not been in there before doing a delayed sevusevu. What a great set up they have there with good anchorage and pretty laid back folk.

Namara is still holding our interest, may move on once current weather conditions settle


Wed Oct 18 8:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
18 47.13S 178 29.67E
Weather: David call it correctly yesterday the wind started to come in toward evening out of SE has blown a steady 15/20 with higher bursts 25 had only one brief splash from the passing cloud at moment 60% cloud cover Sth to nth flow Bar of 1010 and steady

Liking Kadavu still hold up at Namara island finding some nice spots for snorkeling I removed a lot of crown of thorn's from around these islands last year and like to think that has attributed to the coral that I am seeing.

Have already picked more off this time.


Mon Oct 16 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
18 47.15S 178 29.66E
Weather: skies are pretty much clear this morning after a windy night 15 gust of 25 out of NE the bar took a dive yesterday morning now steady on 1011.

today looks like starting out like yesterday windy apart from that fine, in the afternoon wind eased back making it a very nice warm afternoon, making for good snorkeling conditions here at Namara island


Sat Oct 14 8:18 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1.2knts
18 47.13S 178 29.68E
Weather: A much better day with blue skies, wind has dropped back 5kts with gusts to 10kts. only afew cloud on the horizon from west around to sth. bar down 1010

After checking out the coral around where we are finding it in not to bad of shape reckon staying around Namana for afew more days. the water is clean as well


Fri Oct 13 8:03 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 46nm (83.3km)
18 47.13S 178 29.67E
Weather: about 60% cloud cover with some which have that they intend to wet you. Wind is 10ish gusting to 15ish bar has dropped 2 to 1012 air feels cooler but temp 26C inside .

Arrived down at Kadavu from Suva about 1600hrs after a good run in a 15kt SSE which had us motor sailing, had to make water so used that as a excuse. Anchored up at Namara Island in the company of 2 others and spotted 2 others parked by the village on Dravuni island. So we are not all fleeing from Fiji just yet.


Thu Oct 12 8:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
18 07.40S 178 25.46E
Weather: A nice looking day 30% broken cloud sun shining light breeze out of the NNE 2/3 kts bar 1013 25C

getting ready to pop down to Kadavu soonish today for about 3/4 weeks until time catches up with us and we star planning our trip back to NZ.


Tue Oct 10 7:54 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
18 07.40S 178 25.46E
Weather: overcast this morning very little wind which appears to be out of the nth because thats where we are pointing. have had light shower and reckon there is more about. We have not had any rain to speak of since we have been in Suva Wind a 5kts nth 1011 OTB 25C

It is Fiji day today so we have a public holiday and lots of merriment me think and they love there fireworks , so plan on a stroll around town to see what the good folk get up to.


Mon Oct 9 7:42 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 07.39S 178 25.45E
Weather: about 90% cloud cover this morning with very light breeze from just sth of E bar of 1012.

should be moving out of Suva in next few days just awaiting our visa extention . always interesting in here taking in the hustle and bustle of the place.


Fri Oct 6 8:09 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.3knts
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
18 07.40S 178 25.46E
Weather: a mixture of cloud cover today reckon on the odd drop of rain, sun is trying its best to get through. flat calm no wind bar steady on 1013.

busy Suva was made even more packed with the arrival of the rather large cruise ship. Still managed to get our application in for visa extension.


Thu Oct 5 8:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1.6knts
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
18 07.74S 178 23.57E
Weather: 90 % cloud cover this morning with odd light sprinkle of rain wind out of the SE 10 hitting 20 in gusts bar has wandered back own to 1014 mild temp 26c

hoping to get all our official requirements out of the way over the next couple of days then out of here, undecided as where we will head next. depends on wind strength and direction.


Wed Oct 4 7:57 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.4knts
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
18 07.39S 178 25.45E
Weather: this morning have 5kts out of the East as close as can tell very little cloud overhead a band to the south and the odd lumpy around the hills. my guess is it is going to be fine but wet bar of 1017

been a year since we have visited Suva it is all go, except for the the sunk and sinking wrecks the are dotted around the landscape. it is still a busy place with lots to see and catch up with.


Tue Oct 3 8:36 2017 NZDT
Run: 112.8nm (204.2km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.9nm
18 07.440s 178 25.274e
Weather: SE12, 80%cc, signs of rain

Suva


Mon Oct 2 8:12 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
19 09.62S 179 45.10E
Weather: the odd cloud around here this morning nothing threatening may make up 15% cover wind is a gentle 3 kts at the moment out of the SE rising bar of 1017

today is the day we are departing this great island of Matuku heading to Suva for visa extensions and stuff doing a over nighter.


Sun Oct 1 8:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
19 09.62S 179 45.11E
Weather: looks like another quite day with little to no cloud About 2kts SE 1015OTB.

planning to to depart Matuku on late monday evening for Suvu arriving there Tuesday morning.


Sat Sep 30 8:15 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
19 09.62S 179 45.12E
Weather: a cloudless windless morning here with a bit of a chill in the air and arising bar 1015.

enjoying this drop of weather here at Matuku had the folk come out of the woodwork as there supply ship came in rather a big event for them


Fri Sep 29 8:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
19 09.62S 179 45.13E
Weather: after a very blustery night the wind has dropped away to 5/10kts SE clear skies 1013 OTB temp 26 inside

our day here just got better and better as it went on yesterday, giving us great diving out on the reef. a interesting thing occurred here in the late afternoon we spotted a contact on our AIS nothing wrong with that except it was 2542 NM away at 60s and 179e a fishing boat.


Thu Sep 28 8:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
19 09.63S 179 45.10E
Weather: Low cloud hanging on the hill above us the after marth of a earlier shower pretty much 100% cover but spot some patches of blue toward south not sure of wind direction or if there is any bar is down 2 to 1013 temp 25C

Matuku proves to be a quite anchorage as there is no fetch though the wind does rush down over the hills


Tue Sep 26 8:03 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
19 09.62S 179 45.10E
Weather: today we have some of that broken front over us with varying amounts of cloud 50% at the moment wind SE about 10 with high gust at times 1015OTB 25C

still at Matuku did the sevusevu yesterday and meet the very friendly folk in the village that made us welcome. today plan to get out to see what Matuku has to offer in the way of diving/snorkeling and in particular creatures of interest.


Mon Sep 25 8:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 111.6nm (202km)
19 09.62S 179 45.10E
Weather: have a restricted view of that which is above but like what I can see, and that is all blue sun is over the hill. Wind is SE up to 10kts but hard to be accurate in here 1016 OTB temp aboard 25C much better than the front that passed over yesterday afternoon

Now in Matuku island ( Daryl and Sonya's favorite spot)surrounded by the high hills and the bird song being Sunday when we arrived have yet to go and introduce ourselves. The school bus/boat called by and said Hi well bula actually, There 2nd words were do you know Daryl and Sonya. Looking forward to our time here .


Sat Sep 23 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
19 09.08S 178 32.37W
Weather: today is a repeat yet again though our SE breeze is touching on 8kts light cloud cover which should clear to leave us with clear skies I hope Bar is steady on 1014 temp 25C

we are departing Falunga today and doing a over nighter to Matuku arriving there in the morning, our time here is something we will long remember and thank the people for making us so welcome going to miss them.


Fri Sep 22 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
19 09.07S 178 32.38W
Weather: there is more high cloud this morning giving 70% cover feel it will burn off wind is very light we are pointing to the SE 1014 OTB temp 25C

today looks like a repeat of yesterday, so its back out to the outer reef system snorkeling in the pools that are left by the receding tide.


Thu Sep 21 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
19 09.08S 178 32.38W
Weather: as morning progresses there is less and less cloud, have a band to the SE of perhaps 3% wind out of the SE flags hardly moving about 2kts 1014 OTB 25C inside

what a day we have woken to, looking forward to taking a walk through to the outside where we are parked there are about 3 places that the water come through into the inside lagoon. One is able to walk pretty much around to the village once the tide drops down, some interesting rock pools left on the retreating tide al so a large sandy beach.


Wed Sep 20 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
19 09.07S 178 32.37W
Weather: more cloud and more wind this morning about 70% cover have had a couple of light showers. wind is still out of SE ranging from 10 to 15 even slightly higher at times 1013 OTB over night temp a chilly 24C

we moved over to the sand spit area yesterday. There is 3 of us in Falunga still that is untill a rather large ketch came in fairly late yesterday ( not Jonathon as expected)


Tue Sep 19 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
19 08.60S 178 33.06W
Weather: Only afew whispy clouds overhead which reckon will burn of to leave us and paradise bathed in sunshine. a gentle zephyr of 3 to 4 kts SE 1015 OTB down 1

We went into the village yesterday to pick up some carving, if one is looking to purchase or look at what they do here it is well worth the effort. The work is of good quality, our xmas presents are sorted. that is until we decided to keep two of the items for ourselves. If they don't have what you would like then ask and they will more than likly do it for you and can have it made with in a few days if not by the next day depends on your request.


Mon Sep 18 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
19 08.61S 178 33.06W
Weather: about 20% cloud this morning the day should be bright and hope you feel the same David. wind is a steady 10knts SE 1017 OTB 26.5C

good morning from Falunga our time here drawing to a close with about a week time thinking of moving on. we were boat 90 to visit this year and the season is not over our host's are great ( same ones as Trev and Jan)George and Mia have taken us in, just great great people. still got more to get around and take in over the next week.


Sat Sep 16 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
19 08.99S 178 33.91W
Weather: the reinforced trades have finally passed this morning a gently 5knts SE at the moment clear skies just a dusting of light cloud 1016 OTB.

Oh Falunga how this place grows on you, the people, the relaxed atmosphere, all one needs is time to take it all in. We are off clamming today with our host should prove interesting


Thu Sep 14 7:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.7knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
19 08.28S 178 32.30W
Weather: the wind and cloud are hanging around as predicted 40% cloud with increasing blue showing through 15/20 SSE wind 1016 OTB.

I can see now why those that make the effort to come out to Falunga find there anchor is reluctant to part company. we have time on our side so can just kick back and take in as much as we can.


Tue Sep 12 9:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.4knts
Run: 12.8nm (23.2km)
19 08.35S 178 32.26W
Weather: overcast day with the odd sprinkle wind out of the Sth about 10kts air cooler (than we like) 1015 OTB

relocated to Falunga and I can clearly see why one can get lost here and forget to return to cruising. Blown away by the hospitality. nope this will do us for awhile.


Mon Sep 11 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
18 57.75S 178 28.78W
Weather: the wind this morning is out of the NW only light barely hitting 3kts. 80% high cover of light cloud Which I would call stratus 1013 OTB

enjoying the settled conditions here at the Yagasa cluster enabling us to move around quite freely


Sun Sep 10 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
18 57.54S 178 29.32W
Weather: cloud is taking over our what was nice blue sky ,pretty much 100% now with wind 8.4 kts out of the SE bar down 1 to 1014

one more Island to check out in the yagasa group and I am sure that it won't disappoint may move onto Falunga tomorrow, making a note that one must return to here.


Sat Sep 9 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
18 57.56S 178 29.33W
Weather: bright clear morning with only a few clouds low on the western to south western horizon wind is a light SE 2kts perhaps hitting 5kts with a effort 1016 OTB

enjoying our time here at the Yagasa cluster taking in the pretty much untouched scenery prepared to spend more time here to dive and snorkel.


Fri Sep 8 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 21.5nm (38.9km)
18 57.56S 178 29.34W
Weather: it is the first time in quite awhile that I can look outside and reckon on a good day the sun is "here" the cloud is all but gone 10% still got E to W flow 5 to 10 kts of SE 1016 OTB air is not as cool 26C aboard PILGRIM

now in the Yagasa Cluster which are reported to be as nature meant untouched there is fisherman that come here from time to time. Very keen to look around all 4 islands that make up this group.


Thu Sep 7 6:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
18 40.65S 178 37.61W
Weather: partly cloudy this morning around 40% looks as though some are rain bearing as writing this more blue has appeared fingers crossed it all clears away like yesterday wind has not fiished with us still around 15 kts with higher gusts bar steady on 1017

planning on moving on from Komo today doing a 9mn across to Yagasa


Wed Sep 6 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
18 40.66S 178 37.61W
Weather: the sun is here along with a large blue might be 2% cloud wind is 12 gusting 20 from the SE 1017OTB

still in Komo Island what a plesant spot has some of the best coral that we have found and great people so glad we called in here .


Tue Sep 5 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 19.9nm (36km)
18 40.69S 178 37.91W
Weather: another overcast day though the cloud appears lighter sun trying to find away through. wind 15kts SE bar up 1016

did the 20nm hop across to Komo island yesterday heard that it is a great island and the smallest occupied one in the Lau so off to meet and greet today. PS thanx for the kind words yesterday it has been a great journey .


Mon Sep 4 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 81.6nm (147.7km)
18 25.86S 178 28.57W
Weather: 100% cloud cover light breeze from SE 5kts 1013 OTB

currently at Oneata island very friendly place good anchorage just gets rolly from half tide on


Fri Sep 1 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
17 20.40S 178 56.92W
Weather: much better looking day with very little cloud about 10% of light cloud wind has backed off and appears to have a nth east asspect to it of 5 kts at the moment. 1013 OTB

still in the delightful bay at Susi unfortunately looking at departing this afternoon to get outside the reef so as to do a overnighter down to southern Lau. Oneata Island is our intended 1st stop.


Thu Aug 31 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)
17 20.38S 178 56.92W
Weather: weather wise we seem to be stuck in a pattern of the same old wind out of the E 15/20 scattered rain bearing stuff with the look of a chance that it could bare a sprinkle or two. 1013 OTB 26c

now over at Susi furtherest settlement in vunua balavu to the east and where we made water for the village last year will be great to catch up with them here


Wed Aug 30 6:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
17 11.41S 178 57.13W
Weather: we still have those rain bearing clouds around with big patches of blue bulk of which are moving east to west. wind I would guess is out of the E is coming and going 0/ 10 1014 up 1 OTB

decided to delay our move until today so it is around the corner to lomaloma for stores and to see how they have coped with their rebuild as their village was all but destroyed, then over to susi for the night and catch up there as I made water for them last year.


Tue Aug 29 6:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
17 11.40S 178 57.12W
Weather: wind has flicked back to E from NE last evening hard to tell if there is any STH in it a changing sky with threat of rain in them as they pass. wind is 15 gusting to 20 at times 1013 steady OTB

relocated yesterday down to alittle bay ? called tota a great anchorage may head from here to Loma Loma tomorrow intending to move on from Vanua Balavu before the Oyster boats arrive.


Mon Aug 28 6:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
17 11.23S 179 00.03W
Weather: getting short burst of rain showers with changing skies above as they pass niot to sure of the wind strength or direction here 1013 otb 24c

tucked up in the northern side bay with the yacht club such as it is now after winstone amazed at how much the trees have recovered here last year there was barely any foliage and the clean up of all the downed coconut palms is well underway with planed replanting over the next year. a further 6 years after that before there is any return.


Sun Aug 27 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 60.4nm (109.3km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.8nm
17 11.22S 179 00.03W
Weather: clear skies this morning with with just a light scatter of cloud 1013 OTB

now tucked up at the yacht club in Vanu Balavu after a very relaxing passage across from Taveuni


Sat Aug 26 7:43 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 193.7nm
17 02S 179 54W

on passage to Vanua Balavu with eta 1630 this afternoon. Northern Lau group Fiji.


Sat Aug 26 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 46.4nm (84km)
17 01.91S 179 58.79E
Weather: clear morning about 20% cloud mainly to the sth east 10kts of ne seas slight 1014 otb

departed taveuni for venu balavu this morning not sth lau as you thought eta around 1630hrs


Fri Aug 25 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
16 46.70S 179 19.78E
Weather: a nice day here this morning about 30/40 % light cloud cover flag is trying to move no defined direction bar up 1 to 1014

didn't manage to take your advice as crew had late flight out but are starting to get underway soonish


Thu Aug 24 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
16 46.70S 179 19.78E
Weather: a dull overcast day flags are limp boats pointing in all directions no ripples wind direction 0 1013otb 25c inside.

farewelling family today as they head back to NZ enjoyed having them aboard. lookout lau here we come.


Wed Aug 23 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 27.9nm (50.5km)
16 46.69S 179 19.77E
Weather: 100% cloud this morning can see rain in the hills wind blowing a steady 10 kts out of what appears SE 1013otb

still in Savusavu until most likely the weekend when it is hoped that winds will be favorable for us to head out to the lou group


Mon Aug 21 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 59.5nm (107.7km)
17 06.74S 179 05.54E
Weather: another stunning day with adusting of light cloud out to the east of us around the 30% mark reckon it will burn off not a breath of a breeze calm seas 1010 otb

now at the island of Nanema taking in the diving and bird life


Fri Aug 18 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 15.4nm (27.9km)
16 43.09S 179 53.51E
Weather: 100% blue cool over night 18c wind ? out of se of 2kts at this stage 1013 otb up 2

we have relocated and over nighted in naqaiqar creek proving to be a great spot woken by bird song so nice to hear alass moving on today for ? fawn harbour


Thu Aug 17 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 1.2knts
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
16 31.64S 179 59.36W
Weather: quite alot of blue patches this morning 40% cover wind has dropped away from gust up to 25/30 out of the sw over night now 5kts with gust to 20kts now and then more out of sse 1011 otb enjoying the cooler breeze

have come around to catherine bay rambi stopping off to swim with the many mantas that feed and stop for a clean resulting in some great footage loving this island for its great anchorages evan though a bit rolly at times with the arrival of davids sw winds and now s when they decide to get a hurry on


Wed Aug 16 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 23.8nm (43.1km)
16 26.76S 179 56.29W
Weather: we have rain this morning after a nice clear muggy night 100% cloud 1010 otb sw breeze of 5kts

still tucked up in albert cove Rabi looking at moving back around to Cathrine bay today sometime catching the manta rays in the process


Mon Aug 7 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 37.7nm (68.2km)
16 45.18S 179 54.03E
Weather: this morning find alight cloud cover of 100% which hope will burn off light breeze from due nth 1 to 2 kts 1016 otb 26c

now in Viani bay planning on diving the white wall to take in the soft corals with Kupere


Sat Aug 5 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)
16 46.65S 179 19.85E
Weather: loks like the chance of some rain with the odd rather threatening cloud rolling by at moment 40% broken cloud some overhead but mainly toward the SE 1015 otb and nice temp of 25c wind light ? SE

in savusavu still awaiting the arrival of family who get here today. plan on heading out tomorrow up taveuni way.


Wed Aug 2 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 26.7nm (48.3km)
16 43.55S 179 43.74E
Weather: very still here this morning about 20 % cloud cover only the odd one in our area but solid bank looking out toward the Lou group and Aradonna 1016 otb a cool 24c

up in fawn harbour enjoying the hot pools and walk in there amazing bush and stream . heading back to savusavu today where there is very poor coverage but at least I can follow grandsons progress in the worlds 29rs at LA


Thu Jul 27 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 24.8nm (44.9km)
16 46.69S 179 19.74E
Weather: looks like there is a chance of some rain 40% broken cloud 1014 otb

we are back in savuavu for afew more days taking in a show festival week and a jam session should be fun


Tue Jul 25 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
16 55.64S 178 59.26E
Weather: a stunning day with only a band of cloud on horizon 1% w around to se 1012 otb temp 26

looking at moving on today to Namena isl for a few days


Mon Jul 24 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.3knts
16 55.67S 178 59.49E
Weather: only 20% cloud this morning looks like rain bearing bank approaching from the nw bar bar down 1012

still tucked up in our bay looking at moving on tomorrow down to Namena isl to check out the reserve.


Sat Jul 22 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
16 55.69S 178 59.49E
Weather: a changing sky today with showers at the moment about 80% cloud cover with scattered blue heaver cloud to the west of us bar steady on 1013 very muggy night.

still sitting in this quite bay a good enough place to pass the time intending to check out the reef system today.


Fri Jul 21 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 24.7nm (44.7km)
16 55.69S 178 59.50E
Weather: woken to clear skys 100% blue 0 wind bar steady on 1013 this is what we have been waiting for

have moved out of savusavu now set up camp in Wainui bay 22nm west toward coconut point


Thu Jul 20 7:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
16 46.69S 179 19.80E
Weather: wind has dropped away over last 2 days hard to tell direction 2/5 kts broken cloud cover of 80% but changing as moves over bar 1013

in savusavu not able to pick you up well . moving out of here today toward the west


Mon Jul 17 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.3knts
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)
16 46.69S 179 19.80E
Weather: cloudy with a 20% blue patch to the nth which the sun has found wind is down with gust around 10/15 ? direction coming down vally 1017 otb a cool 25c inside

in savusavu enjoy the place and the people while awaiting our cruising permit has been a wet and windy lst few days but hey thats savusavu


Fri Jul 14 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 175.9nm (318.4km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.4nm
16 56.60S 179 30.46E
Weather: overcast and see rain in the hills perhaps the odd doughnut about 13kts se 1014 otb

we are approaching savusavu should be in around 1000hrs fiji time at least managing to sail the last little bit with conditions pretty much as David predicted with winds up to 12/14 kts se from last evening


Thu Jul 13 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 164.8nm (298.3km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.8nm
17 37.74S 177 55.57W
Weather: overcast 80% scattered cloud cover light rain shower at the moment. 0/5 kts s wind 1013 otb

approaching the pass through the northern Lau expecting to be in savusavu around 1300hrs tomorrow motor sailing still


Wed Jul 12 6:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 104.4nm (189km)
18 16.69S 175 30.82W
Weather: 50% cloud cover motor sailing 0/5 kts sse 6.0kts on heading of 290t 1mtr sse swell 1004 otb

finally underway to savusavu fiji from naeafu and looking like a nice day


Mon Jul 10 6:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
18 42.49S 173 59.20W
Weather: yes it is overcast 100% with rain at times 5/10 se winds 1013 otb

looking at departure to fiji today dependant on the passage weather before decision is finally made.


Sat Jul 8 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
18 42.51S 173 59.21W
Weather: winds have dropped back and around now to the ne 0/5 kts scattered cloud cover around 30% 1003 otb 27c inside

a pleasant morning here in vava'u appears that the worst of the system has passed leaves us to find tv for the all black test tonight


Fri Jul 7 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 17.7knts
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)
18 42.30S 173 59.67W
Weather: colder than we like windy with 20/25 se gust to 30 100% cloud cover light misty rain the sun is a no show 1005 otb

still parked up out at the ark a nice place to hide from the conditions delaying our departure to fiji until situation improves


Thu Jul 6 7:40 2017 NZST
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)
18 39.6843s 173 58.9575w
Weather: grey day. showers, SE10 g20

Wed Jul 5 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 32.0knts
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
18 42.37S 173 59.16W
Weather: windy and rain over night this morning wind eased back 5/10 from se 20 % high cloud at the moment just may be a fine day 1015.5 otb steady

enjoying the last few days in vavau before move on , just as the whales start arriving damm


Tue Jul 4 6:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
18 42.50S 173 59.21W
Weather: bright shiny day with the odd cloud around 10% wind has just got up best guess is from east 0-5 1016 otb

moved out of town back at the ark , base ourselves here while weather is settled do day trips from here as it is our last week planning on heading to fiji on saturday


Mon Jul 3 6:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
18 39.48S 173 58.91W
Weather: very little wind in fact 0 30% cloud some of that could well burn off 1015 otb

in neafu to re stock and the kings birthday getting prepared for departure to fiji sometime soon


Sat Jul 1 6:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
18 43.34S 174 05.91W
Weather: think the wind has alot of sth in it and hitting 15kts the usual broken clouds 40% 1016 up 1 otb

chilly wind blowing this morning so shall stay tucked up here in 16


Fri Jun 30 6:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
18 43.34S 174 05.91W
Weather: much better day 20 % scattered cloud the sun has found us wind 15kts se but hard to tell in here 1014 otb

now over in anchorage 16


Thu Jun 29 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
18 42.44S 173 59.26W
Weather: a windy last 12hrs 25 plus kts at times from ese now se 10 to 15 100% high dark cloud 1013 otb

awaiting the wind to settle down before moving on from this nice location


Wed Jun 28 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
18 42.51S 173 59.19W
Weather: 80 % overcast with mixture of high cloud and lower rain cloud in for more showers wind sse 5kts 1013 otb

still here at the ark


Tue Jun 27 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.7knts
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
18 42.59S 173 59.97W
Weather: there is some rain in them there clouds about 40 % broken cover sun is shining 10kts se the bar is up abit 1012

doing back flips well done team nz what better place than out at the ark in vavau


Mon Jun 26 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
18 42.59S 173 59.26W
Weather: overcast heavy rain se wind 10kts no wind at moment rain induced 1011.5 otb

parked up at the ark very comfortable in the knowledge that we have good coverage of the A C and whow now 6-1 up. Spital has all but been spat out


Sat Jun 24 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
18 40.47S 173 59.09W
Weather: mixed bag of 60 % cloud some light higher and heavy rain bearing to nth ne 5 ish 1011.5 otb

from vavau woken to a much quieter day


Fri Jun 23 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
18 40.48S 173 59.10W
Weather: over cast light rain at times wind appears out of the ne 20 25 1012 otb

as you predicted a grey old day here in neafu


Thu Jun 22 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
18 40.47S 173 59.09W
Weather: 10% broken fluffy cloud wind se 20 at times 1014 otb reset yesterday

reporting from in neafu harbour after a windy night the king is coming next week everyone is busy cleaning up.


Fri Jun 16 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
18 42.42S 173 59.19W
Weather: windy 30% broken cloud cover se 20/25 cooler 1018 otb

still parked up in tepana area finding it hard to move on


Wed Jun 14 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
18 41.84S 173 59.94W
Weather: scattered cloud the odd sprinkle of rain wind is down alittle from yesterday geussing 5 8 kts se

still in same spot along with several others


Tue Jun 13 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.5knts
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)
18 41.87S 173 59.96W
Weather: sun is poking through 40 % cloud cover with rain shower to the se of us wind 10 kts from as near as can tell out of east 1018 uncelebrated otb

at anchorage 10 vava u very pleasant listening to the birds


Mon Jun 12 6:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)
18 44.47S 174 00.56W
Weather: the sun is here 5 % broken cloud wind 10 kts se

at anchor at the wonderful tauanga island vava u


Sat Jun 3 6:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
18 39.70S 173 59.03W
Weather: 100% blue 0 wind roosters crowing 1016 otb looking at a warm one today

0605 nz time the sun is here. should finish doing the clean up today


Fri Jun 2 6:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 32.8nm (59.4km)
18 39.60S 173 59.49W
Weather: a stunning day the odd cloud around otherwise clear skies wind is perhaps 1to 2 kts out of the se 1017 otb

on a mooring in Neiafu Vava u well rested and out to catch up with the good folk up here today.


Thu Jun 1 6:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 156.9nm (284km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.9nm
19 02.62S 174 17.19W
Weather: clear skies 1 % cloud clover to the nth of us and to the sth 12kts se slight seas with a bit of se lift 1020 otb

eta at hunga pass into vava u 0900hrs made good progress overnight currently motor sailing cruise liner has entered vava u in front of us so guess it is going to be hectic trying to check in


Wed May 31 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 71.4nm (129.2km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.7nm
20 55.52S 175 38.31W
Weather: 60 % cloud seas are calm se wind of 15kts steady on the bar of 1020

made good progress now passing tongatapu 24 nm from hungatonga there newest island just put motor on to ensure we clear a sea mount


Tue May 30 19:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 87.4nm (158.2km)
21 43.97S 176 19.87W
Weather: we appear to be coming up on the back of system that has been over tongatapu have scattered cloud winds se 15/18 sea are slight to moderate with a 1/2 mtr swell

made great progress today and have a eta off hunga tonga around 10 tomorrow and expect to be in vava u thursday morning this report is been esent at 1900 hrs as have not been able to get reports away in th mornings


Tue May 30 19:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.8knts
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
22 32.08S 177 23.23W
Weather: about 10% cloud cover some light overhead and band of heavy cloud ahead over tongatapu winds are 7 to 8 kts out of se 1020 otb looking like a real nice day

departed nth minerva for Vava u yesterday enjoyed some nice sailing wind dropped away around 5 this morning so now motor sailing eta vava u thursday


Tue May 30 8:02 2017 NZST
Speed: 6msknts
Run: 92.7nm (167.8km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.8nm
22 26S 177 18W
Weather: SE5, 0.5m swell, 1019, 50%cc

booming radio so it is great to have Ron as a relay. I guess Sheryl does the sailing while he is on the mike!


Mon May 29 16:15 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 40.3nm (72.9km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.5nm
23 17.49S 178 25.14W
Weather: stunning weather about 1% fluffy cloud cover 99% blue light breeze of 7/9 kts out of s/w 1019 otb un calibrated

have departed minerva for vava u after spending such a good time there the change in the weather dictated that we should move on enjoying some light air sailing and reckon on making vava u thursday.


Mon May 29 7:34 2017 NZST
Run: 2.8nm (5.1km)
23 39.721S 178 54.59W
Weather: clear skies 20%cc, e to w quad winds

anchored which is great as Ron is a good relay station for Gulf Harbour radio. Thank you


Sun May 28 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
23 37.35S 178 53.97W
Weather: 0630 the sun is just coming up clear skies to the nth 40% scattered cloud cover toward the south 8kts of ne wind 1019 on the bar

enjoying the stopover at nth minerva while awaiting for the wind to shift around to a more favorable direction tomorrow is looking likely


Sat May 27 7:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.3knts
Run: 26.2nm (47.4km)
Avg: 76.7knts
24hr: 1841.9nm
23 37.35S 178 53.96W
Weather: overcast skies 70% light cloud cover sun is up 1019 on the bar wind out of ne 12kts

at nth minerva plan to stay until monday or favorable winds arrive to continue on to Vava u well rested after quite night.


Sat May 27 7:36 2017 NZST
Run: 18.1nm (32.8km)
23 56.571s 179 07.262w
Weather: 30%sct cloud, 15NE

sloppy high tide conditions at N Minerva. I really appreciate the relay from Southern Lights Ron


Fri May 26 7:34 2017 NZST
Speed: 3.5mknts
Run: 128.4nm (232.4km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.5nm
23 53S 179 24W
Weather: 3m swell, 25SW, 65%cc

beating their way to n Minerva with arrival later today. Ron does not sound happy with conditions so they will be pleased to be there.


Thu May 25 7:35 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 165nm (298.7km)
Avg: 9.6knts
24hr: 230.3nm
25 39S 179 58E
Weather: 20%cc, ENE18, light rain, 1019

thanks for relay to Southern Lights Ron


Wed May 24 14:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
27 45.97S 178 43.68E
Weather: 20% cloud cover NE wind 20kts swells 2 5 to 3 0 mtr from the E

278 sth of minerva hope to make it there friday depends on the wind staying in a friendly quarter


Wed May 24 7:38 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 167.2nm (302.6km)
Avg: 10.8knts
24hr: 258.1nm
27 43S 178 45E
Weather: E20, E3m swell, 10%cc, 1020

275 to Minerva where there will be quite a city population


Tue May 23 16:06 2017 NZST
Speed: 2.0knts
Run: 60.2nm (109km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.9nm
29 49.18S 177 23.20E

slowed our progress as to allow the system to pass


Tue May 23 7:38 2017 NZST
Speed: 3knts
Run: 104.5nm (189.1km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.8nm
29 47S 176 23E
Weather: flat sea with 1m SW swell, NE15-20, 60%cc, 1029

all well. relay from Navire and unusual that we cannot hear from 29S


Mon May 22 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 302nm (546.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151nm
31 17.38S 176 14.14E
Weather: the wind has gradually shifted around as of now we have 10/15 out of ENE 90% cloud cover 1028 on the bar

making reasonable progress as we head toward the 30


Sat May 20 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 114.3nm (206.9km)
35 16.98S 174 06.77E
Weather: partly cloudy light breeze ? sw

looking to check out todaY


Thu May 18 8:10 2017 NZST
Run: 114.1nm (206.5km)
Avg: 169.4knts
24hr: 4065.3nm
36 51.01694S 174 45.94209E

Thu May 18 7:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
35 17.22S 174 06.45E
Weather: showers coming through Opua wind out ? nw 15knts

looking at saturday departure


Wed May 17 15:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
35 16.45S 174 05.50E
Weather: clearing skies, wind swing toward the east 15/20

holding pattern


Tue May 16 8:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
35 16.45S 174 05.50E
Weather: o/c light breeze out of the nth

still the same


Mon May 15 7:27 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
35 16.45S 174 05.51E
Weather: overcast day 100% cloud 10028 OTB nil wind

still at Pihia posible departure Friday/Saturday


Sun May 14 7:30 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)
35 16.45S 174 05.52E
Weather: clear skies cool 2% cloud

moved into Pihia


Sat May 13 7:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
35 16.18S 174 12.41E
Weather: looking a clear day

standing by


Fri May 12 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.3knts
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
35 15.09S 174 11.92E
Weather: rain and wind out of the nth 1006 OTB

looks like we are here until !!!!


Thu May 11 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.3knts
35 13.01S 174 13.63E
Weather: wind appears out of east up to 20 knts

still here in standby


Wed May 10 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.3knts
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
35 13.02S 174 13.64E
Weather: overcast ne wind

like everyone awaitng next window


Mon May 8 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
35 16.45S 174 05.53E
Weather: another great day here

ditto


Sun May 7 7:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
35 16.39S 174 05.51E
Weather: nice clear cool day with light breeze expected

sitting at Waitangi still


Sat May 6 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
35 16.44S 174 05.37E
Weather: very cool breeze out of 180 , 1027 otb

parked up at waitangi for the sailing here tis weekend


Fri May 5 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
35 13.89S 174 03.93E
Weather: nice clear and crisp morning in Opua

still in holding pattern


Thu May 4 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.1knts
35 13.35S 174 03.67E

parked up Onewhero BOI trying to stay warm


Wed May 3 17:48 2017 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 9976.3nm (18057.1km)
Avg: 13.7knts
24hr: 327.8nm
35 13.36S 174 03.67E

in holding pattern Opua awaiting next window to Tonga


Mon Apr 3 7:28 2017 NZST
Run: 9974.6nm (18054km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.8nm

At the Nook Whangarei Harbour wait for haul out at Norsands weds


Thu Nov 24 11:03 2016 NZDT
Speed: 12.5knts
Run: 29.9nm (54.1km)
35 16.85S 174 16.89E
Weather: bright sunny day 0 wind

now on our mooring


Wed Nov 23 6:21 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 156.8nm (283.8km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.1nm
34 51.16S 174 12.51E
Weather: clear skies over head land of the long white cloud ahead light SSE breeze calm seas 1021.5 OTB

closing in on 9 pin BOI on Q dock 0930hrs


Tue Nov 22 7:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 161.4nm (292.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.4nm
32 36.90S 174 39.36E
Weather: 100% blue seas flat less than 1/2 mtr lazy lift from the SW wind SSE 0/5 kts 1224.5 OTB

motoring 150 out from nine pin eta opua about 0900hrs tomorrow.


Mon Nov 21 7:15 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 163.2nm (295.4km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.9nm
30 17.89S 175 00.04E
Weather: 60% cc se 15 slight seas 1mtr s swell

sailing at last in the right direction eta opua wed morning. AWA


Sun Nov 20 7:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 157.3nm (284.7km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161nm
28 00.47S 175 39.60E
Weather: clearing OC cloud Fog wids out of S 10 kts sea calm with rolling swell of 1mtr 1019.5 OTB

motor sailing into a 10 kt S


Sat Nov 19 8:03 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 118.1nm (213.8km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.8nm
26 07.44S 177 05.63E
Weather: 20% cloud wind backing to se from s down from 25- 30 yesterday to 15kts se 1012.5 OTB

this morning finds 4mtr seas dropping off from the 6mtr + yesterday, confused AWA


Fri Nov 18 13:58 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
24 25S 177 02E
Weather: SSW up to 20kts, mod seas of 2m

A bit of a change in the last hour so this is the report at net time!


Fri Nov 18 7:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 136.3nm (246.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.5nm
24 17.07S 176 59.39E
Weather: now in light partly cloudy winds backing off . 1010.5 otb

on heading 169t ssw of 15/18 moderate seas w 1mtr swell, all well


Thu Nov 17 7:27 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 178.2nm (322.5km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.1nm
22 18.91S 177 06.19E
Weather: light cover of mixed cloud of 10% 1011.5 OTB

motoring on flat calm seas enjoying the sites


Dave says hurry up , stuck in Opua not much weather to go south , Cheers the Burnsco Team
Wed Nov 16 7:18 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 124.5nm (225.3km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125nm
19 48.74S 177 45.95E
Weather: clear skies over head 5% CC back over fiji

motorsailing 5-8kts se sea calm A.W.A


Tue Nov 15 7:24 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 07.33S 178 25.55E
Weather: 5% scattered cloud 0 wind 1012OTB

departing Suva today ? time


Mon Nov 14 7:21 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 07.32S 178 25.54E
Weather: clear skies bit of cloud around the hills light breeze off the land ? ne

In Suva looking at departure tomorrow for nz


Sun Nov 13 11:15 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 50.2nm (90.9km)
18 07.33S 178 25.55E
Weather: scattered cloud 5 knt ? ne

at anchor Suva


Sat Nov 12 7:03 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
18 50.55S 178 31.46E
Weather: under clear skys bank of heavy cloud over guess where (Suva)

about to depart kadavu for Suva


Fri Nov 11 7:24 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
18 52.26S 178 28.92E
Weather: grey OC day mostly high cloud wind SE up to 10kts 1012 OTB

at Ono


Thu Nov 10 7:12 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 4.2nm (7.6km)
18 52.25S 178 28.92E
Weather: 10% CC clear over head heavy bank of cloud over main land SE 10 1013 OTB

moved further up Ono


Wed Nov 9 7:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 1.8knts
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
18 55.91S 178 28.65E
Weather: 30% scattered wind up to 10kts at times SE 1013 OTB

at Korogasagasau Pt on Ono ( Ono channel)


Tue Nov 8 7:27 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
18 58.60S 178 25.64E
Weather: 95% of high CC looks to be clearing

stil in Kavala Bay moving on today


Mon Nov 7 7:48 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.7knts
18 58.50S 178 25.58E
Weather: OC light drizzle and rain at times 0 wind 1013 OTB

now in the lovely Kavala Bay


Sun Nov 6 7:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.7knts
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
18 58.50S 178 25.58E
Weather: OC light drizzle 0 wind 1011 5 OTB

now in the lovely Kavala Bay


Sat Nov 5 7:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
18 50.72S 178 31.23E
Weather: 30% CC with showers likely wind sse 10kts 1012 OTB

still parked up Buliya island but will move on today


Fri Nov 4 7:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
18 50.56S 178 31.44E
Weather: Clear morning 5% CC calm light breeze 5kts SE 1013 OTB

still at same spot in Kadavu group


Thu Nov 3 7:27 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.2knts
18 51.60S 178 31.05E
Weather: 80 precent light CC E wind 10 15 gust 20 bar up 1017.5

moved to Buliya Island


Wed Nov 2 7:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
18 51.60S 178 31.05E
Weather: 20% scattered cloud odd shower 10/15 kts se 1012.5 up .5

at Vurolevu Island Kadavu


Tue Nov 1 7:18 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
18 52.43S 178 29.60E
Weather: 5% cloud 5kts se

back in Naqara bay Ono


Mon Oct 31 7:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 53.26S 178 27.81E
Weather: dull OC light rain 0-2kts se

still at Ono


Sun Oct 30 8:00 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
18 53.25S 178 27.81E
Weather: 100% cloud light rain se 10-15. 1012.5

At anchor Ono island Kadavu


Sat Oct 29 7:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 52.1nm (94.3km)
18 52.44S 178 29.58E
Weather: se 10 OC 90% 1013

At ono island Kadavu


Fri Oct 28 7:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 07.38S 178 25.49E
Weather: 90% cloud cover broken with upper and lower. 5kts se bar 1012.5

departing suva for Kadavu this morning


Thu Oct 27 8:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 07.39S 178 25.47E
Weather: 100% Cloud 0 wind

In SUVA


Wed Oct 26 7:21 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 33.5nm (60.6km)
18 07.40S 178 25.47E

at anchor in Suva


Tue Oct 25 7:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 22.54S 177 59.32E

heading toward Suva


Sat Oct 22 7:45 2016 NZDT
Speed: at anchorknts
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
18 22.53S 177 59.33E
Weather: S/E 5kts 90% cloud 1015 on the bar

Yanuca Island Bega


Fri Oct 21 7:51 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
18 22.94S 178 09.13E

still at anchor


Thu Oct 20 11:12 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
18 22.96S 178 09.13E

This is a test send.


Thu Oct 20 8:47 2016 NZDT
Run: 26.4nm (47.8km)
Avg: 442knts
24hr: 10609.1nm
18 22.958S 178 09.139E

still in Maluma Bay 100% cloud cover 26deg s/e light wind


Thu Oct 20 8:44 2016 NZDT
18 7.48852S 178 27.00473E

still in Maluma Bay 100% cloud cover 26deg s/e light wind


Wed Oct 19 15:52 2016 NZDT
18 7.48852S 178 27.00473E

Wed Oct 19 14:43 2016 NZDT
18 7.48852S 178 27.00473E

Wed Oct 19 14:43 2016 NZDT
Run: 26.5nm (48km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 104.2nm
18 7.48852S 178 27.00473E

Wed Oct 19 8:37 2016 NZDT
18 22.969s 178 09.139e

At anchor Maluma Bay 80% light cloud cover light n/w wind


Sat Oct 15 8:19 2016 NZDT
18 22.958S 178 09.107E

still at anchor Beqa broken cloud 5kts light NW


Tue Oct 11 10:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
18 22.928s 178 09.107e
Weather: 5kts of SSW 40% light broken cloud cover 1011on the bar

At anchor in Malumu Bay


Sun Oct 9 8:26 2016 NZDT
Run: 27.8nm (50.3km)
18 21.873s 178 06.600e
Weather: 95% cloud light SE 5kts

At anchor Beqa


Tue Oct 4 7:43 2016 NZDT
18 7.489s 178 27.005e
Weather: overcast 100 percent cloud cover very light breeze out of 300deg 1-2 knts

At anchor Suva


Sat Oct 1 16:44 2016 NZDT
18 7.48852S 178 27.00473E

at anchor Suva


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