Exploring the Haapai group. We hear whale song through the hull at night!
At approaches to Tongatapu. Great passage. All is well.
Enroute to Tongatapu. All is well.
Enjoying our 3rd week at Minerva North. Whales are comming by the boat several times a day. All is well.
Arrived at Minerva North at 9 AM this morning. There is enough room in here for a navy! All is well.
Winds clocked around to push us straight at our destination. But alas, we can't run straight down wind without messing with the whisker pole or spinnaker. So we gibed for the last day and a half. On a nice broach reach right now surfing the back of the swell. Will pick a spot to heave-to for the night and enter the North reef in the morning. All is well.
Winds shifted behind us for a broad reach. The "waves from every direction" mess of the first few days is replaced with swell matching the wind direction. It is getting warmer. YES!! Talked with Legacy and Cosmo on the VHF. Looking forward to meeting some new friends at Minerva.
Winds picked up at 0300. Put in a second reef with the sunrise. We are moving well but the ride is a bit bumpy. All is well.
Presently on a nice beam reach. All is well
Had to motor all night. Winds shifted West at 11 AM and increased. Presently on a nice beam reach. All is well.
Just leaving the Whangarei Heads. Headed to Minerva Reefs.
We are clearing out tomorrow morning and headed for Minerva Reefs and Tonga.
After a wonderful sail down the coast we motored up the river to Whangerei. What a nice place for a marina! We are loving the fresh produce. We are reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.913.406.7611
We've arrived in beautiful New Zealand! The customs and biosecurity process was very straightforward. The officials were friendly and professional. All for now. Rich Michelle Andy Ants
We are on a fast jibe parallel and 50 NM off the coast. We'll turn towards Opua when we draw even. ETA about Midnight. Next report should be from the Q dock. All is well. Rich Michelle Andy Ants
Winds have dropped further so we've been motor-sailing the last 18 hours. Running the port engine makes hot showers possible. Yippee! 220 to go. All is well. Rich Michelle Andy Ants
Winds have dropped and moved to the East. Swell has reduced also - thank goodness. 350 to go. All is well. Rich Michelle Andy Ant
We are making relentless progress south and the swell is making relentless progress North. WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! I love my catamaran! All is well. Rich Michelle Andy Ants
We are still shouldering into heavy swell. The temperature is now noticeably cooler. It's the first time we North Americans have headed South into cooler weather! All is well. Rich,Michelle,Andy,Ants
Moving along well. Crew is settled into routine. The blue desert is beautiful but still quite lumpy. Trying to slow down a bit for a better ride. All is well. Rich,Michelle,Andy,Ants
Bouncing along on 2-3 meter swell. No mal-de-mer thank goodness. Making good time. All is well.
Had a lovely sail down the Mamanuca chain Monday. Making a quick stop here and Denarau then over to say goodbye to our friends at Vuda. 19-Nov looks like our best departure date at this point.
Doing a bit of sightseeing in the Mamanuca chain while waiting for a weather window. Anticipating a 17-Nov departure for Opua...
New crew arrived. After my trampoline arrives I'm outta here.... weather willing.
Will start looking for a departure window to Opua starting November 7.
At Vuda Marina prepping for the passage to New Zealand
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