We are now in Newcastle, we arrived Sunday the 19 of November in the afternoon. We had a nice last day with NE winds apr 20 knots. We will stay here some days before we continue south.
Sailing slowly along the Australian coast. Not much wind, sailing wing-wing, rolling from side to side. Will come to Newcastle Sunday afternoon.
Nice sailing yesterday, then the wind turned to east and increased. Waves from one direction and swell from another. Not so comfortable any more! A bit rain. 172 nm to Newcastle.
Yesterday was as nice as the day before. No waves, light wind, good sail (but no wind during the night). The forecast looks good, so we decided to head for Newcastle instead. 317 nm to go.
Not so much wind yesterday, but we could sail as there was no waves. Fantastic sunny weather. A fine sun set, but some distant clouds, maybe rain later. 300 nm to Coffs Harbour.
We had a nice sail yesterday in flat water, the wind dropped more and more and the engine came on at 23.00 yesterday evening. The wind is picking up, will be sailing soon. Half way to Coffs Harbour, 427 to go.
Good sailing in almost flat water. 575 nm to Coffs harbour.
We left Noumea, New Caledonia yesterday and are now 124 nm on or way to Coffs Harbour. 736 to go. Nasty waves yesterday, better now. Wind OK except for some hours this night. All well.
In Noumea, preparing for sailing to Australia
We are just south of Port Vila, will be there at 09.00 (NZ time). Had a good sailing yesterday, we got the S wind in the morning and SE at 12.00.
Yesterday we had W wind turning to SW. Tacking the whole day. Waiting for the S wind to come! All well.
Motoring yesterday from 11 am to 04 am today. No wind - no seas. When the wind returned it was from the west - as predicted. The waves are back. Lots of Chinese fishing vessels.
We are drifting towards Port Vila! The wind is in the process of shifting to N. Engine will come on soon. Have a booby (brun sula) as guest and got a small bonito yesterday. All well.
On our way from Vuda Marina, Fiji to Port Vila, Vanuatu. Left Fiji (the reef) at 15.40. Then 20 knots, 2.5 m swell. Now the swell lower, 2 m.
We arrived in Suva Monday at 13.00 and are anchored at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. All is well (and wet) on board.
Thank you Patricia and David for the information on the radio. It feels good to hear your professional voices in the morning when we are out there on our own!
Good sailing through the night and still sailing even if the wind has dropped. Could see the lights in Suva before the daylight. Got a 1.3 m, 12 kg mahi-mahi yesterday! 30 nm to anchoring in Suva, will be there at lunch time.
Motor during the night, no wind. Still under engine. A swell picked up during the last hours, no waves. 150 nm to Suva.
The front came 14.00 yesterday and the wind shifted to NW, W and now S. Had 15-20 knots, the most was 25. The waves picked up, now 1,5 mtr with a choppy top. All well on board!
Sailing in good wind since last evening. Up to 20 knots during the night. Now 12-15 knots. Swell less than one meter, small choppy waves on top. 380 nm to Suva.
Have been sailing slowly last day and night. Flat sea, less than 0,5 m swell. Not fast progress, but sailing in the right direction!
No wind, no sailing. Engine on. Long swell, 0,5 m. 580 nm to Suva on Fiji.
No wind. Motoring. Sea flat, swell less than one meter.
Good sailing, wind 10-15 knots from a SW direction. Flat water during the night, now building up, but not much. Good progress.
Started from Marsden Cove yesterday afternoon. Could sail after 5 hours by engine. Since then sailing on nicely with a 6 knots speed.
Marsden Cove Marina, waiting for good weather to sail to Fiji
Arrived in Opua 06.30 on the 25 Nov. Good sailing the last 12 hours, increasing northerly wind and rain. Good to be in Opua after a nice sail from Tonga. Thank you Gulf Harbour Radio for your support!
No wind yesterday, motor on the whole day. Same start this day. Flat sea. Current against us. 120 to Upoa.
Good wind yesterday, but now the wind has gone, engine on. 0.5 swell, small waves. 241 to Opua.
Good sailing, wind 12-18 knots from a SE direction. Swell is building up again. Still 3 sails, making good progress.
Night sailing good, during the day the wind is uneven in strength. Almost no swell but some small choppy seas. Sailing with genua, cutter and main at 6 knots.
Left N Minerva yesterday morning. Good sailing, choppy seas of now 1.5 m.
Still anchored at North Minerva, but now in the SE corner. Will have a walk on the reef later today.
Anchored at Minerva. Good winds yesterday, lighter winds during the night.
Variable winds during the night, now good winds again. Confused seas even if it is a bit better now. 140 nm to Minerva.
Today we start from Nukualofa, Tonga (Big Mamas Yacht Club) and first stop will probably be at North Minerva.
At anchor, but we will leave Nukualofa, Tonga in the coming week(s) for Opua.
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