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.
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.
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.
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.
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
making good progress in ideal conditions already noticing the cooler nights.
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
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.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
good morning the good ship pilgrim is now at Namena marine reserve island looking forward to swimming/diving. The bird life is thriving
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 !
have made the break from The Ring Golds and are now down at Taveuni where we overnighted.
On to Koro island today.
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
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 !
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.
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.
Loving the Ring Golds going to stretch out our stay here as long as we can.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 .
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
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
sitting out this weather system at Ono island has been windy over night with 20kts and gust to 30kts a good day for reading
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.
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
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.
have relocated , now at Namara island in the KADAVU much more tranquil intend spending sometime here as we love it
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.
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 .
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
in Opua doing the check out thingy today
dropping off our mooring today and heaading toward Opua
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
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
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.
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
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
Having a good trip so far enjoying the calm conditions . which allows us to make reasonable headway
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
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
Move back down to Bulliya Island have woken to a pretty much a cloudless day what better place to spend it.
Still tucked up at Namara island in Kadavu as we sit out the systems that are presently in Fiji.
Have moved locations now at Namara Island at Kadavu with the hopes of checking out the reef systems around this area.
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
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
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.
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.
Still at Bulliya Kadavu proving to be a good spot to sit out blows from sth through to NNE
Still parked at Bullya island Kadavu may look at a change in the near future as pretty much covered all sites here .
Looking like another stunning day here will decide where we go by dingy later
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
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
looking to shift today wind has started to to back toward east, cloud started filling again last 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
today is the day we are departing this great island of Matuku heading to Suva for visa extensions and stuff doing a over nighter.
planning to to depart Matuku on late monday evening for Suvu arriving there Tuesday morning.
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
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.
Matuku proves to be a quite anchorage as there is no fetch though the wind does rush down over the hills
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
enjoying the settled conditions here at the Yagasa cluster enabling us to move around quite freely
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.
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.
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.
planning on moving on from Komo today doing a 9mn across to Yagasa
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 .
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 .
currently at Oneata island very friendly place good anchorage just gets rolly from half tide on
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
now tucked up at the yacht club in Vanu Balavu after a very relaxing passage across from Taveuni
on passage to Vanua Balavu with eta 1630 this afternoon. Northern Lau group Fiji.
departed taveuni for venu balavu this morning not sth lau as you thought eta around 1630hrs
didn't manage to take your advice as crew had late flight out but are starting to get underway soonish
farewelling family today as they head back to NZ enjoyed having them aboard. lookout lau here we come.
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
now at the island of Nanema taking in the diving and bird life
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
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
still tucked up in albert cove Rabi looking at moving back around to Cathrine bay today sometime catching the manta rays in the process
now in Viani bay planning on diving the white wall to take in the soft corals with Kupere
in savusavu still awaiting the arrival of family who get here today. plan on heading out tomorrow up taveuni way.
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
we are back in savuavu for afew more days taking in a show festival week and a jam session should be fun
looking at moving on today to Namena isl for a few days
still tucked up in our bay looking at moving on tomorrow down to Namena isl to check out the reserve.
still sitting in this quite bay a good enough place to pass the time intending to check out the reef system today.
have moved out of savusavu now set up camp in Wainui bay 22nm west toward coconut point
in savusavu not able to pick you up well . moving out of here today toward the west
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
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
approaching the pass through the northern Lau expecting to be in savusavu around 1300hrs tomorrow motor sailing still
finally underway to savusavu fiji from naeafu and looking like a nice day
looking at departure to fiji today dependant on the passage weather before decision is finally made.
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
still parked up out at the ark a nice place to hide from the conditions delaying our departure to fiji until situation improves
enjoying the last few days in vavau before move on , just as the whales start arriving damm
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
in neafu to re stock and the kings birthday getting prepared for departure to fiji sometime soon
chilly wind blowing this morning so shall stay tucked up here in 16
now over in anchorage 16
awaiting the wind to settle down before moving on from this nice location
still here at the ark
doing back flips well done team nz what better place than out at the ark in vavau
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
from vavau woken to a much quieter day
as you predicted a grey old day here in neafu
reporting from in neafu harbour after a windy night the king is coming next week everyone is busy cleaning up.
still parked up in tepana area finding it hard to move on
still in same spot along with several others
at anchorage 10 vava u very pleasant listening to the birds
at anchor at the wonderful tauanga island vava u
0605 nz time the sun is here. should finish doing the clean up today
on a mooring in Neiafu Vava u well rested and out to catch up with the good folk up here today.
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
made good progress now passing tongatapu 24 nm from hungatonga there newest island just put motor on to ensure we clear a sea mount
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
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
booming radio so it is great to have Ron as a relay. I guess Sheryl does the sailing while he is on the mike!
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.
anchored which is great as Ron is a good relay station for Gulf Harbour radio. Thank you
enjoying the stopover at nth minerva while awaiting for the wind to shift around to a more favorable direction tomorrow is looking likely
at nth minerva plan to stay until monday or favorable winds arrive to continue on to Vava u well rested after quite night.
sloppy high tide conditions at N Minerva. I really appreciate the relay from Southern Lights Ron
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.
thanks for relay to Southern Lights Ron
278 sth of minerva hope to make it there friday depends on the wind staying in a friendly quarter
275 to Minerva where there will be quite a city population
slowed our progress as to allow the system to pass
all well. relay from Navire and unusual that we cannot hear from 29S
making reasonable progress as we head toward the 30
looking to check out todaY
looking at saturday departure
still the same
still at Pihia posible departure Friday/Saturday
moved into Pihia
looks like we are here until !!!!
still here in standby
like everyone awaitng next window
sitting at Waitangi still
parked up at waitangi for the sailing here tis weekend
still in holding pattern
parked up Onewhero BOI trying to stay warm
in holding pattern Opua awaiting next window to Tonga
At the Nook Whangarei Harbour wait for haul out at Norsands weds
now on our mooring
closing in on 9 pin BOI on Q dock 0930hrs
motoring 150 out from nine pin eta opua about 0900hrs tomorrow.
sailing at last in the right direction eta opua wed morning. AWA
motor sailing into a 10 kt S
this morning finds 4mtr seas dropping off from the 6mtr + yesterday, confused AWA
A bit of a change in the last hour so this is the report at net time!
on heading 169t ssw of 15/18 moderate seas w 1mtr swell, all well
motoring on flat calm seas enjoying the sites
motorsailing 5-8kts se sea calm A.W.A
departing Suva today ? time
In Suva looking at departure tomorrow for nz
at anchor Suva
about to depart kadavu for Suva
moved further up Ono
at Korogasagasau Pt on Ono ( Ono channel)
stil in Kavala Bay moving on today
now in the lovely Kavala Bay
now in the lovely Kavala Bay
still parked up Buliya island but will move on today
still at same spot in Kadavu group
moved to Buliya Island
at Vurolevu Island Kadavu
back in Naqara bay Ono
still at Ono
At anchor Ono island Kadavu
At ono island Kadavu
departing suva for Kadavu this morning
at anchor in Suva
heading toward Suva
Yanuca Island Bega
still at anchor
This is a test send.
still in Maluma Bay 100% cloud cover 26deg s/e light wind
still in Maluma Bay 100% cloud cover 26deg s/e light wind
At anchor Maluma Bay 80% light cloud cover light n/w wind
still at anchor Beqa broken cloud 5kts light NW
At anchor in Malumu Bay
At anchor Beqa
At anchor Suva
at anchor Suva
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