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

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