Quintessence

Quintessence

Fri Aug 19 7:55 2016 NZST
Run: 1039.2nm (1881km)
Avg: 21.5knts
24hr: 516.2nm
13 51S 171 45W

in Apia with a very light radio signal!


Wed Aug 17 7:36 2016 NZST
Run: 1477.4nm (2674.1km)
15 32S 172 48E
Weather: 50%cc, 15-20 ene

really hard to hear them . They are about 100 mile south of Samoa


Sat Oct 17 9:56 2015 NZDT
Run: 160.9nm (291.2km)
36 50.358S 174 44.818E

We are safely home! Boat back on it's Westhaven marina and we are back in our home. Long hot showers and a big bed that doesn't roll around. Great 5 months away, but also very nice to be home again.

Regards, John and Frances


Wed Oct 14 8:29 2015 NZDT
No position sent.
Weather: 100%cc. 5WSW, 1017, foggy

at Q dock in Auckland. Welcome home


Tue Oct 13 12:43 2015 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
No position sent.
Weather: W / NW wind 15 to 20 kts 50% cloud cover. Cold for us people who are used to the Tropic's warmth.

Time: noon Tuesday 13 Oct. Very happy on board Quintessence. We are sailing down the Northland coast, approaching Bay of Islands area, but out to sea, on our way home to Auckland. Still a long way to go, including over night tonight, but now in familiar territory.

Expect to be in Auckland Wednesday morning, time unknown at this stage. It has been a slow, and frustrating at times, trip home, but all is forgotten now that and end is in sight. We love the trips away in the tropics, but always anxious about the ocean passages between NZ /Pacific / NZ.

Kind regard, John, Frances and Robert


Tue Oct 13 12:22 2015 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
No position sent.
Weather: W / NW wind 15 to 20 kts 50% cloud cover. Cold for us people who are used to the Tropic's warmth.

Time: noon Tuesday 13 Oct. Very happy on board Quintessence. We are sailing down the Northland coast, approaching Bay of Islands area, but out to sea, on our way home to Auckland. Still a long way to go, including over night tonight, but now in familiar territory.

Expect to be in Auckland Wednesday morning, time unknown at this stage. It has been a slow, and frustrating at times, trip home, but all is forgotten now that and end is in sight. We love the trips away in the tropics, but always anxious about the ocean passages between NZ /Pacific / NZ.

Kind regard, John, Frances and Robert


Tue Oct 13 8:38 2015 NZDT
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 130.5nm (236.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.1nm
34 41S 173 40E
Weather: 15kts

Thanks Lisa for relay


Mon Oct 12 12:27 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5 approxknts
Run: 24.1nm (43.6km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.7nm
33 26.034S 171 57.401E
Weather: variable wind, generally SSW / SW 8 to 14 kts. Full light cloud cover. Much cooler than the Tropics.

Time: Noon Monday Had good sailing conditions and wind direction a few hours ago, but the wind has now gone lighter and swinging. We are not sure when we will be home. Depends on the weather. However, we are getting closer, 80 miles to go to North Cape.

Otherwise, all OK on board Quintessence on this very slow voyage home.

Regards, John, Frances and Robert


Mon Oct 12 8:35 2015 NZDT
Speed: 4msknts
Run: 114.5nm (207.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.6nm
33 11S 171 40E
Weather: SSW8

smelling the barn. Thks Donella for relay


Sun Oct 11 12:28 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5 approxknts
Run: 135.5nm (245.3km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135nm
31 56.989S 170 21.247E
Weather: wind has eased back to about 7 to 20 kts. Mainly from SE but variable. Wrong direction.

Time, midday Sunday. I spoke too soon yesterday about the wind from a favorable direction. It did not last! Of course the wind swang back to the SE, so we continue to tack towards home. Very slow progress and frustrating for us. Wondering when we will ever get home. However, we must be getting closer to NZ, we have rain. A wind change tonight or tomorrow? We will keep you posted.

Regards, John, Frances and Robert


Sat Oct 10 12:23 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5 to 6.5knts
Run: 23.9nm (43.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.4nm
30 47.936S 168 29.71e
Weather: wind Southerly or SSW 15 kts variable. Only just swing to this direction. Blue sky, 20 % cloud. Nice in the sun.

Finally, the wind has swung, just enough, for us to actually be steering directly towards our destination. Please may it last, or dare I say it, even improve. First time in this passage, we are actually pointing where we want to go. NZ. A beautiful day out here, ( if one has to be out here) although it is getting cooler as we get South. All in good spirits.

Regards, John, Frances and Robert


Looks like lighter conditions for a while and a nice westerly in to the finish line!
Sat Oct 10 8:38 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 102.1nm (184.8km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.7nm
30 41S 168 07E
Weather: var 8-10, 1m swell

Thanks Colin/Ithaca for relay


Hope you had a better night. Strong winds have left us now, so hopefully the same for you. I don't see any change in direction really for you but at least lighter conditions. Watching ABs stuttering against Tonga, will update. 7/3 to us after 28 mins. Tony Woodcock over the line, 14/3 now with Dan Carter back on form. Kia kaha. Sx
Fri Oct 9 10:54 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.7nm
29 19.775S 168 47.969E
Weather: SSE wind of 25 to 30 knts. 90% cloud cover. Rained last night but OK now.

Time 9:45 am Friday. We are very uncomfortable in very strong head winds. So wet and uncomfortable here. Also making very slow progress. Passed really close to Norfolk Island late yesterday, before the weather turned to custard. Now we just keep going and get home when we get there. Also having poor radio / sailmail reception. I assume it is because of the poor weather.

Regards, John, Frances and Robert


hi macdonalds hope trip home isnt to bad looks like headwinds all the way going by weather map get home safe.

Looks like wind will ease tomorrow - may even need to start the motor eventually! Keep safe.
Fri Oct 9 8:33 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 93.2nm (168.7km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.3nm
29 09S 168 53E
Weather: 30SSE

not happy with the wind direction!


Thu Oct 8 12:28 2015 NZDT
Speed: approx 6 to 6.5knts
Run: 23.7nm (42.9km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.1nm
28 58.270S 167 21.267E
Weather: Wind has come almost due south about 16 to 18 knts. So we have just gone to stb. tack. now running too much east.

We went about, hoping to South of Norfolk Island. At the moment we are heading straight for it, 25 miles away. Can't see Norfolk yet. Just frustrating getting head winds and not being able to head straight for home. Otherwise, all OK.

Regards, John, France and Robert


Thu Oct 8 8:39 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5msknts
Run: 151.3nm (273.9km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.9nm
28 38S 167 25E
Weather: SE10,

Nw of Norfolk. Hoping for AKL on Tuesday


Wed Oct 7 8:35 2015 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 143.6nm (259.9km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.8nm
26 34S 166 36E
Weather: 18ESE, 100%cc with drizzle

Beat you home! Aircraft are quicker, but still uncomfortable. Fine weather in Auckland.
Tue Oct 6 12:25 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5 to 6.5knts
Run: 24.5nm (44.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.6nm
24 31.766S 166 08.961E
Weather: ESE wind approx 15 kts. Cloud lifting. Easier sailing day today but not quite laying our required course.

Time. Noon NZ time Tuesday 6 Oct. A more pleasant day for sailing than yesterday. Or maybe we are getting our sea legs. Good to be heading home, but we all know, still a long way to go. All OK on board.

Regards, John, Frances and Robert.


Tue Oct 6 8:36 2015 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 133.9nm (242.4km)
24 11S 166 04E
Weather: ese 15-20

on passage Noumea to Auckland with eta with the front on Tuesday!


Fri Sep 25 12:50 2015 NZST
Run: 31.1nm (56.3km)
22 16.625S 166 26.417E
Weather: clear blue sky and light SW wind

On the marina at Port Moselle, Noumea. Very comfortable right in the heart of town and handy to the market.

Hopefully departing here in about 10 days for the voyage back to Auckland. (Hope the weather has improved in NZ.) Regards, John and Frances


John Did you happen to see the One Ton cup boat we built. "Escapade" Should have mentioned it before.
Wed Sep 16 10:13 2015 NZST
Run: 100.2nm (181.4km)
22 22.9S 166 54.8E

At anchor / on a mooring bouy, in Baie Du Prony and very comfortable. Heading into Noumea tomorrow, Wednesday.

All well on board.

Regards, John and Frances


Wed Sep 9 7:50 2015 NZST
Run: 115.1nm (208.3km)
20 56.391S 167 04.936E
Weather: 90% light cloud cover. Wind NE 10 to 15 kts

At anchor on the west side of Lifou Island along with 28 other yachts from NZ, Australia, America, and Germany. We are included in the Island Cruising Assoc that arranged special custom's clearances into Northern New Caledonia. Heading to Noumea in a week or two. All OK on board.

Regards, John and Frances


Sat Sep 5 16:29 2015 NZST
Run: 107.7nm (194.9km)
19 26.141S 167 50.669E
Weather: 10 to 12 kts Southerly just started. Very light overnight so motor sailed. Clear blue sky

Sailing from Vila to Lifou, New Caledonia. Frustrating now as the wind has gone very light again and we are sailing at 90 deg to our required course. Might be motoring again soon. Should be there Sunday Regards, John and Frances


Mon Aug 24 10:32 2015 NZST
Run: 61.5nm (111.3km)
19 31.5S 169 29.7E
Weather: ESE 20 plus kts wind.

At Port Resolution, Tanna Island. Departing this morning from here for Vila. Should be there Tuesday morning.


Sun Aug 16 18:51 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 573.7nm (1038.4km)
Avg: 18.9knts
24hr: 452.9nm
20 11.7 S 170 07.0 E
Weather: clear blue sky. 10 to 12 kts SE wind

About 25 miles to go to anchorage. So will be there before night fall. Although it is pleasant sailing out here, we will all be very happy to drop anchor and have a calm and full night's sleep.

Regards, John, Frances and Elizabeth. PS Having trouble sending this out on sailmail. Will try again later.


Hi John and France, glad the sailing is good. Would you put your position in your update, then we can see where you are on the map. Cheers Janet Navire
Sat Aug 15 12:27 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 225.6nm (408.3km)
Avg: 9.4knts
24hr: 226.4nm
19 17.22S 178 53.03E
Weather: 15 to 20 kt SE wind. Blue sky with cloud. Warm.

sailing fast(at last)A bit lively out here but at this rate we should make landfall at Anatom, Vanuatu, during Sunday and before dark. We got the toilet unblocked this morning and what a releave that was to all on board.

Regards, John, Frances and Elizabeth


Fri Aug 14 12:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 9926.5nm (17967km)
Avg: 51.1knts
24hr: 1227.6nm
18 24.14 S 175 33.8 E
Weather: SE wind 10 to 15 knots. 100 % light cloud cover.

Finally got some steady breeze so we are now sailing stopped rolling about. None of us are feeling good but all ok


Where are you? Cheers Janet Navire
Thu Aug 6 10:28 2015 NZST
Run: 10029.2nm (18152.9km)
Avg: 23.1knts
24hr: 554.5nm
Weather: Clear blue sky's today but NE 20 kts plus winds.

Still enjoying life at Musket Cove Marina. Ideal for the young grandchildren staying on board with us. Moving soon to Vuda Marina to prepare for our trip to Vanuatu.

Regards, John and Frances


HI John and Frances, My emails to you have been bouncing. Do you have local phone number? Ours is 8016862 (Vodaphone) and email janet.nixon551@gmail.com. We are heading into your area, motoring along south coast today. What little wind we have is from the west! Cheers Janet
Sun Jul 19 8:24 2015 NZST
Run: 16.6nm (30km)
17 4.2S 177 11.4E
Weather: clear blue sky and no wind this morning in the marina.

We are in the Musket Cove Marina, tied up stern to the dock, where we can just walk on and off the yacht. All secure and comfortable on board. We have daughters and grandchildren visiting us over the next couple of weeks so that will keep us busy with lots of action on the boat and the 'Island Bar' Regards, John and Frances 8:30 am Saturday 19 July (Carol's Birthday)


Thu Jul 16 11:35 2015 NZST
Run: 29.7nm (53.8km)
17 18S 177 07E

At anchor at the Southern in of Waya Island. Adjusent to the village and school. Only yacht here.

Intend moving South towards Musket cove in a day or two.

All OK on board. Wednesday 15 July.

Regards, John and Frances


Fri Jul 10 8:26 2015 NZST
Run: 51.2nm (92.7km)
16 56.6S 177 22.0E
Weather: SE wind 15 to 20 kts 50% cloud cover

At anchor at Blue Lagoon / Nanuya Resort. All good on board but can't stay here long as we need to start heading South early next week to be at Musket Cove soon.

Regards, John and Frances


Fri Jul 3 10:16 2015 NZST
Run: 61.3nm (111km)
17 41.04S 177 23.02E
Weather: No wind in here. Grey sky but warm.

In the marina so we can do some re provissioning and getting orgainised to go to the lower Yasawa Islands.

Subject to no Cyclone Rachele heading this way. All OK on board.

Regards, John and Frances


Glad to hear your dodging the cyclone was a bit worried when I heard about it , unusual this time of year.
Sun Jun 28 10:48 2015 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
Run: 37.7nm (68.2km)
17 18.8S 178 13.7E
Weather: Blue skies with 50% cloud cover. Still strong SE wind.

Now at Nananu-i-ra on Viti Levu. Had a blustery sail from Coconut Point, across Bligh Water yesterday. The wind was forecast 20 to 25 kts. We had 25 to 35 gusting up to 40 kt. Scary for us but the wind was aft of the beam so it made for a quick trip. No other yachts here.

Regards, John and Frances


Sat Jun 27 7:11 2015 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
Run: 20.6nm (37.3km)
16 59S 178 41E
Weather: SE 20 25 Kts. Patches of Blue sky

We intend sailing across Bligh Water to Nanua-i-ra Viti Levu today. We would appreciate David mentioning what conditions we might get today. Thanks. John and Frances


Fri Jun 26 8:42 2015 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
Run: 25nm (45.3km)
16 55.3S 178 59.3E
Weather: wind 15 to 25 kts SE

We departed Savusavu Thursday morning (finally)and have done the 25 miles and through Nasonisoni Passage to a anchorage about 3 mile past. Surrounded by mangroves and some coral. No other boats here. Windy during night but but no problems. Today we move on to Coconut Point (25 miles) and overnight there. Then Saturday we do the 30 mile leg from Southern Vanua Levu to Northern Viti Levu. A bit concerned about that passage as it is always windy between to two main islands. Once we get to Nanauni-i-ra we are is sheltered waters so should be no problems.

Regards, John and Frances


Wed Jun 17 10:16 2015 NZST
Speed: at anchor. on a mooring.knts
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
16 46.7S 179 20.1E
Weather: Warm, wet and windy outside the harbour

Secure and comfortable on a mooring in Savusavu Creek. It still rains a lot here but it is compensated by easy living here, right in the town, with good economic dinning out every night. Life isn't too bad.

Regards, John and Frances


Mon Jun 15 8:59 2015 NZST
Speed: at anchor, on a mooring.knts
Run: 85.4nm (154.6km)
16 46S 179 19E
Weather: 25 to 3o knts ESE winds. Yesterday, Saturday

On a mooring at Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji. Arrived before dawn this morning. This wasn't our intended destination. It was meant to be Vanua Balavu. We departed Ngau mid afternoon yesterday intending to sail the 120 miles to Vanua Balavu last night arriving this morning. (Too far for a day trip) However, we didn't get the 15 to 20 knt SE wind forecast. Instead we got 30 + ktn E, almost right on the nose. It was very uncomfortable and pitch black out there last night. After discussions between Frances and I, we reduced sail and run down wind the lesser distance (80 miles) to Savusavu, arriving safely early this morning. Very pleased to get into sheltered waters.

Regards, John and Frances


The words "reached safe harbour" has a really delicious meaning sometimes! Martyn
Wed Jun 10 7:56 2015 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
Run: 54nm (97.7km)
18 00S 179 14E
Weather: light overcast conditions

We have moved on from Suva to the island Ngau. About 50 miles east of Suva. Blustery quick sail yesterday but we arrived by 3 pm so could visual the reef. But no sun so very hairy coming in through the coral passage. We'll sevusevu at the local village this morning before we make plans for our next leg. Regards, John and Frances


Fri May 29 8:58 2015 NZST
Speed: at anchorknts
Weather: Raining, and it hasn't stopped yet

Safely in Harbour at anchor. Very pleased to get into calm water where we can put things on the table and they don't slid or get thrown off. We all had hot showers late night (separately) and it is bliss to have clean and non smelly body.

Garth Fly's back to NZ today. He will be missed. There will be a few days now, before we update our YIT report. Largely because there will be nothing to report, Frances and I will just be checking out Suva and doing some boat jobs.

Cheers, John and Frances


Great to see you hav arrived safely and enjoying some comforts again. Look forward to seeing you soon Dad and have a wonderful time up there John & Frances!
Fri May 29 7:32 2015 NZST
Run: 24.5nm (44.3km)
18 07.440s 178 25.274e

could barely hear them which is normal for Sva Hbr. No doubt enjoying lots of sleep


Thu May 28 12:18 2015 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 36.2nm (65.5km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.5nm
18 28S 178 31E
Weather: wind 15 to 25 kts Se

At dawn this morning we could see Kandavu Islands where there are meant to be, just south of Suva. So we are nearly there. Suva is 20 miles away, about 3 hours sailing. I assure you we all want to be there and to stop rocking about. Also good that we will enter harbour in daylight. should be there between 3 and 4 pm. It would be neat if we can get 'Custom's Clearance' today.

This will be our last YIT report for a few days because we will be at anchor in Suva Harbour. Tonight we will celebrate our arrival with a bottle of bubbly and to say thanks to Garth for this trip as he flies home to NZ on Friday. (He is not even seeing much of Fiji) Thanks for the support every one.

Regards, John, Frances and Garth


Yeha. Nearly there and time to chill out put feet up and bask in the sun.. A toast to all three for getting there safely...
Thu May 28 7:30 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 153.4nm (277.7km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 190.8nm
18 58S 178 41E
Weather: 13 SE, var south quadrant

great radio


Wed May 27 12:13 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5 to 7.5knts
Run: 40.3nm (72.9km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.2nm
21 11S 178 49E
Weather: SE / SSE wind 12 to 20 kts

Moral is good, we are sailing properly with out the motor going. Nice breeze from the right angle and we are making up some of our lost time. It's getting hot up here, even at sea. Cheers to the people feeling the cold and rubbish winter weather in Auckland.

Kind regards, John, Frances and Garth


Enjoying the sunshine and cold beers now I hope? So does that mean you may be in Suva before Thursday nite now? A x

Tried to log a comment last night but obviously didn't do it right! Been interested in your trip and tracking it. Can only say that I'm pleased other people like to embark on these adventures, so that one may live vicariously through them! Glad to see you're almost there. well done :)
Wed May 27 7:14 2015 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 132.7nm (240.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.3nm
21 46S 178 50E
Weather: 15ESE

wow, smoking along to Suva


Tue May 26 12:19 2015 NZST
Speed: 6 motoringknts
Run: 31.7nm (57.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.6nm
23 41S 178 43E
Weather: Frustrating light winds. Warm, not like Auckland. Wind ssw now gone ESE 5 to 10 knts.

Have gybed over hoping to sail straight to Suva, but back motor sailing. Hoping a good sailing breeze will set in soon. Don't expect to be to Suva before Thursday night. Depends what the weather gives us. All well on board.

Regards, John, Frances and Garth


Tue May 26 7:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 2knts
Run: 134.3nm (243.1km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 166.9nm
24 08S 178 49E
Weather: 10S,

all well


Mon May 25 12:14 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 30nm (54.3km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.6nm
26 04S 179 02E
Weather: SW 10 to 18 knts. Very big rolling swell.

A nice day out here. If one must be out here? Good sailing today with the sun shining. Pretending we are having a good time. All OK on board.

Regards, John, Frances and Garth


Sounds like a very hairy few days for you all. No doubt you'll be keen to get some sand beteen your toes very soon! Not far to travel by the looks of it - take care for the rest of the journey. Si

enjoying the updates - sounds tough out there, Winter has slipped in early, much of South Island blanketed with snow .... brrrr - even hail in Katikati !! Enjoy the sun and warmth when you get there,,, lots of love, and keep safe Lois and Rod
Mon May 25 7:34 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 122.5nm (221.7km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.3nm
26 30S 179 04E
Weather: SW20

got wet in the front but all OK


The little boat is looking closer and closer to its destination. It's been pretty wet here too and getting colder. You'll be getting warmer! Good news that you've left the high winds behind. A xoxoxo
Sun May 24 12:24 2015 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 116.5nm (210.9km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.9nm
28 16S 178 54E
Weather: good at last. SW wind 20 to 25 kts.

Horrible night last night when a front went through. 55 knts was our max wind speed. We ran before it for comfort but went a lot further East than would have liked. Now close to required course and sailing good. Just have to make up the lost ground.

Thinking of you all.

Regards, John, Frances and Garth


Sounds like a rough night but hope you have some nice sailing from here on in. Thinking of you x

wow, thinking of you as well. We battled the elements today on Wirihana up to the Riverhead Pub, freezing SW with nasty squalls. Toasted you with Moët, on Raewyns birthday. Hang tough you guys, the sun must win through soon. :)

thinking of you 3, keep safe... see you soon. Enjoyed visit from Ade yesterday ...

Sounds like you would've had a long night! Hope it's smooth sailing from here on & looking forward to hearing the stories.

That was more than a wee flirtation last night! The boat must have really rocked. Enjoy a peaceful nite tonite! Martyn

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Sat May 23 12:17 2015 NZST
Speed: 4 approxknts
Run: 19.1nm (34.6km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.6nm
28 35S 177 01E
Weather: horrible 25 to 35 knts nnw. mainly around 30 knts

Very uncomfortable. Was traveling fast over night but the wind continued to increase so we had to reduce sail. Now sailing with just storm jib only and running off course a bit for comfort. just had gust of 38 knts. Just have to wait for this front to pass some time Sunday.

Regards, John, Frances and Garth


Avast there ye sea dogs. I hope the seas and winds are treating you kinder. Yesterday sounded a bit too interesting. I can imagine the scene thanks to my experience with you all. Take care. Best wishes to the 3 of you. Louis

Wishing you more fabourable conditions soon, enjoying following your trip (thanks to Ade giving us the website) - glad its you & not us! All the best.

Weather pretty awful here too, but nothing like being in a wee boat amongst it! Hunker down, and wrap yourselves up in all the loving thoughts we're sending your way. Good progress on the map. Maybe by going off course you're now in calmer waters.....................? A xoxoxo
Sat May 23 7:35 2015 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 139.2nm (252km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175nm
28 40S 176 43E
Weather: 25-30NNW

bumpy but all OK and dealing with it!


Hi Guys Neil G and Sue looking at buying a campervan. Never thought I would see the day! Tell Francis to never give up hope. Hope all is going well today. You are making good progress. Cheers Chris
Fri May 22 12:30 2015 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
30 29S 175 43E
Weather: wind increasing now 15 - 20 knts NW

Too much motoring 'till now because of no wind. Now the wind is building with more to come. All OK on board.

Regards, John, Frances and Garth


Bought and planted camellia Quintessence today in pot at front of house. Matches the one I gave you two for your wedding, F and J........A xoxoxo
Fri May 22 7:32 2015 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 131.8nm (238.6km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 164nm
30 35S 175 41E
Weather: 15NW

all well


Looking at the bog standard nz weather forecast, it looks like you will nicely escape the worst of the weather with just a wee flirtation on he edge. Martyn

Not too many words from you thismorning!! Just hoping all is well up there - sending huge hugs and love to all of you. Hang in there and hunker down in the rough, then bob out the other side safe again! Watching your progress keenly..........Love you all A xoxoxo

Good to see all is well. Thinking of you and hoping the wind and weather is kind to you over the next few days. Sending lots of love - especially high-fives and cuddles to G'pa from Freya xxx
Thu May 21 12:15 2015 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 25.4nm (46km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.3nm
32 29S 175 29E
Weather: sunny day 12 - 14 knts W breeze. nice day, at the moment

Good to be sailing, motored all night with no wind and slow progress. A wee bit concerned about some possible . rough weather coming up. we are in our own world out here, but don't forget us please. John, Frances and Garth


How could we forget you!!! We just need you to arrive in Suva safely:) Glad to hear the wind is now blowing and you're sailing! Get ahead of the dirty weather as fast as you can. Go well...xo
Thu May 21 8:14 2015 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 137.7nm (249.2km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.8nm
32 51S 175 30E
Weather: 5-8N,

are finally sailing after lots of motoring. Will have plenty of wind come Saturday!. All well


Wed May 20 12:12 2015 NZST
Speed: 6 under motorknts
Run: 56.7nm (102.6km)
Avg: 12.3knts
24hr: 294.3nm
34 40S 174 31E
Weather: very light variable wind. Now NW 5 kts

all ok. Not happy about motoring for so long. Cheers from Frances, Garth and John


Must be light winds as you have not got far.. Save journey

Patience, courage and fortitude mes amis. All will be well, so don't wish for anything dramatic!! Watching you.....
Wed May 20 7:34 2015 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 127.3nm (230.4km)
35 03S 175 24E
Weather: light SSE

all well . Were given a heads up about stronger conditions by Fri/Sat


Tue May 19 12:42 2015 NZST
No position sent.

Safe travels Garth & co. We're so happy to be here in our office!!
Sat May 16 10:10 2015 NZST
Speed: on marinaknts
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
36 50S 174 50E
Weather: SW light

Time 1015 hrs Saturday 16 May. Sitting on marina preparing for our intended departure on Tuesday 19 May for Fiji John, Frances and Garth


Ranganui will be leaving in about 2 weeks. We will keep an eye out for you.
Tue Apr 28 17:51 2015 NZST
Speed: 0knts
36 50.36S 174 44.82E
Weather: very windy

Time 1700 Hrs Tuesday 28 April 2015. On marina at Westhaven , doing preparation work on the boat for when we take off mid May.


Tue Apr 28 17:50 2015 NZST
Speed: 0knts
36 50.36S 174 44.82E
Weather: very windy

Time 1700 Hrs Tuesday 28 April 2015. On marina at Westhaven , doing preparation work on the boat for when we take off mid May.


Wed Apr 22 11:21 2015 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 180.1nm (326km)
36 50.36S 174 44.82E
Weather: calm light breeze

On marina at Westhaven. Checking that our positioning works through YIT


Good to see you are on this website as well. We are still looking around 1st June for Fiji. Janet and Spencer.
Tue Mar 24 23:34 2015 NZDT
37 0S 178 0E

in Auckland


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