Sat Aug 11 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 10.2nm (18.5km)
36 46.40261S 174 59.67282E
Weather: perfect! but cold

Out for the weekend. First bit of nice weather this winter.

Sat Mar 31 15:02 2018 NZDT
Run: 28.3nm (51.2km)
36 44.72570S 175 10.48060E
Weather: Beautiful

Anchored in Hooks Bay.

Sat Feb 3 19:26 2018 NZDT
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
36 26.53032S 174 49.96410E
Weather: Heavy rain.

At Kawau for the annual CYCC Fred Lidgard race. Due to the weather it as been postponed until Monday. Took the opportunity to visit South Cove for tha first time.

Mon Jan 29 19:33 2018 NZDT
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
36 37.35849S 174 47.28667E

Back on the marina after a great (and hot) classic yacht Anniversary Weekend at Mahurangi.

Fri Jan 26 14:51 2018 NZDT
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
36 30.75822S 174 43.58088E
Weather: 5kn north East Sea beeze

Flags flying ready for the Classic Yacht Festival tomorrow. Should be a great day.

Mon Jan 15 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
36 37.36049S 174 47.28538E

Back on the marina

Sat Jan 13 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
36 43.19387S 174 56.48895E
Weather: Overcast. Warm. 10-15kn northerly

First weekend expedition from Gulf Harbour. Much more convenient than Herald Island! Seems like everyone else from the marina is out here. Water warm for swimming.

Sun Jan 7 17:19 2018 NZDT
Run: 14nm (25.3km)
36 37.35662S 174 47.28924E
Weather: Fine and clear- now that the storm has passed

In a borrowed berth at Gulf Harbour for the rest of the summer.

Tue Jan 2 18:03 2018 NZDT
Run: 31.1nm (56.3km)
36 25.52558S 174 50.88593E
Weather: 6/10?s cloud. Mid 20 temp. Fine.

Back from the Barrier as storm coming. Tucked at the end of Bon Accord harbour.

Tue Dec 26 13:59 2017 NZDT
Run: 12.8nm (23.2km)
36 11.86034S 175 19.71989E
Weather: Overcast but calm

Anchored in Smokehouse Bay after trip across from Mansion House.

Tue Dec 26 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 43.6nm (78.9km)
36 15.38733S 175 6.70624E

Passing little barrier

Mon Jun 5 16:31 2017 NZST
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
36 46.27961S 174 39.50486E

Back on the mooring. Perfectly flat calm. A lovely winters evening (except for the jet skiers!)

Sun Jun 4 17:08 2017 NZST
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
36 47.26713S 174 53.68454E

Celebrating Queens Birthday by a trip out to Islington Bay. Weather not so great yesterday but today has been fine and clear.

Mon Apr 17 16:13 2017 NZST
Run: 22.5nm (40.7km)
36 46.28377S 174 39.50124E

Back on the mooring after a great few days away

Sun Apr 16 16:48 2017 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
36 49.29300S 175 3.56998E

Moved to Rocky Bay for the Jazz festival. Friends on 'Audrey' have also shown up.

Sat Apr 15 11:53 2017 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
36 47.99630S 175 0.39768E

Moved around the corner and parked up next to a couple of superyachts. Their owners are probably up the hill at Mudbrick!

Fri Apr 14 15:36 2017 NZST
Run: 19.2nm (34.8km)
36 48.22310S 175 0.19941E

Late start after waiting for ex-tropical cyclone Cook to pass by. Now beautiful blue skies in Auckland while the rest of NZ gets hammered. Anchored in Te Wharau Bay sheltered out of the wind.

Wed Apr 5 17:34 2017 NZST
Run: 15.7nm (28.4km)
36 46.28055S 174 39.50677E

Back on the mooring after a very wet trip back - although the wind was blowing from the right direction!

Sun Apr 2 17:47 2017 NZST
Run: 15.6nm (28.2km)
36 48.62511S 174 56.28038E

Anchored off Motuihe Island listening to the birds. Very nice. What was not very nice was discovering the gouge in the topsides left by something or someone over the past week. Out with the filler tomorrow! Should be a magnificent day in the gulf and heading back in on Tuesday as one of us has to work! Flat calm at the moment and have the Hauraki cruise ship and a Canadian yacht 'Island Prism' anchored up next door. Hopefully both will be quiet during the night.

Mon Feb 6 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 26.2nm (47.4km)
36 46.34655S 174 39.56915E

Back at the mooring after a motor back from Kawau as no wind

Hi Janet and Spencer, You have had some good weather while you where away. I guess you have some good memories . See you both next weekend
Sat Feb 4 16:12 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
36 25.31217S 174 50.33875E

Moved around to Bon Accord Harbour to join up with other members of Clearwater Cove YC. This weekend is a series of races in honour of the Lidgard family who have strong ties to this bay and our club.

Fri Feb 3 14:15 2017 NZDT
Run: 34nm (61.5km)
36 24.62009S 174 49.88428E

Good sail over from Great Barrier this morning. Was going to wait until tomorrow to head back, but the wind is turning unfavourable. Anchored in North Cove off the Pardeys place waiting for the rest of Clearwater Cove Yacht Club to come up for their annual 'Fred Lidgard' race.

Thu Feb 2 16:27 2017 NZDT
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
36 8.87602S 175 20.84448E

After a walk up to the hut, and a shopping expedition to Port Fitzroy, have anchored in Karaka Bay out of the north westerly. Still a beautiful day

Great to hear of your adventures.
Wed Feb 1 16:27 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.7nm (3.1km)
36 11.13509S 175 21.26935E

Moved around Kaiarara Bay to get away from the crowd (10 yachts!) at Smokehouse. Tucked in behind the mussel farm. Perhaps fishing tomorrow morning.

Tue Jan 31 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 54.1nm (97.9km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.6nm
36 11.95229S 175 19.78619E

Anchored up in Smokehouse Bay enjoying the great barrier weather- been walking on the hills and see clouds over 'New Zealand'.

Mon Jan 30 9:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
36 46.16504S 174 39.78802E

Heading for Great Barrier after the Mahurangi Regatta

Tue Oct 18 19:17 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
36 46.29s 174 39.46e

Back at the mooring in Herald Island

Herald Island
Herald Island
Mon Sep 26 18:04 2016 NZDT
Run: 17.5nm (31.7km)
36 48.57087S 174 38.85199E

Good sail back to Hobsonville for some maintenance.

Fri Sep 23 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
36 43.09996S 174 56.49908E

In West bay. Not the best weather and difficult to set the anchor. Walk ashore to listen to the birdlife

Wed Sep 21 0:00 2016 NZST
Run: 18.7nm (33.8km)
36 46.39605S 174 59.81236E

First sail of the spring

Tue Mar 29 15:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
36 46.27895S 174 39.50252E

Back om the mooring. Great autumn day.

Mon Mar 28 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
36 48.26536S 174 56.55075E

Was trying for Te Wharau Bay but the wind was blowing straight in, so ended up at Ocean beach. A lot calmer - except for the roll from the ferry's

Sun Mar 27 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)
36 47.25914S 175 9.61075E

Man O'War Bay for a visit to the winery!

Sat Mar 26 17:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)
36 44.62450S 175 10.40221E

Hooks Bay. Great settled weather and water very clear

Fri Mar 25 13:50 2016 NZDT
Run: 20.3nm (36.7km)
36 46.66546S 175 0.73355E

Easter cruise. Anchored at Oneroa, Waiheke.

Wed Feb 3 21:41 2016 NZDT
Run: 14nm (25.3km)
36 48.56243S 174 38.82130E

At Hobsonville Marina for a few weeks to catch up on maintaince.

Sat Jan 30 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
36 46.74125S 174 53.79430E

Tucked up next to the coastguard mooring for Anniversary weekend

Mon Dec 28 19:51 2015 NZDT
Run: 19.3nm (34.9km)
36 46.40481S 174 39.26145E

Back on the mooring. Huge walk yesterday. Did not help we got lost!

Sat Dec 26 0:00 2015 NZDT
Run: 19.2nm (34.8km)
36 48.30943S 175 0.05071E

At Te Wharau Bay to recover from Christmas celebrations! Planning long walk tomorrow.

Mon Nov 16 21:00 2015 NZDT
Run: 13.2nm (23.9km)
36 46.33933S 174 39.36573E

Back on the mooring. A bit wet getting back!

Sat Nov 14 14:21 2015 NZDT
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
36 47.11479S 174 53.58702E

Anchored in Issy Bay to recover from a busy 2 weeks at wirk

Tue Oct 27 17:47 2015 NZDT
Run: 25.3nm (45.8km)
36 46.30220S 174 39.44684E

Back on the mooring. Now comes the work fixing her up after our winter in the sun!

Sat Oct 24 0:00 2015 NZDT
Run: 90.1nm (163.1km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.1nm
36 25.74830S 174 49.11180E

Long day but got to Kawau passing the Coastal Classic yachts heading north

Fri Oct 23 0:00 2015 NZDT
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
35 13.60486S 174 11.94347E

Back on the boat. Heading south to Auckland after an overnight stop. In the Bay of Islands

Sun Oct 4 0:00 2015 NZDT
Run: 238.1nm (431km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 98.1nm
35 18.94691S 174 7.68648E

Back on the mooring at Opua on a beautiful spring day. makes us realise just how wonderful NZ can be!! Ranganui will be staying at Opua for a few weeks until we can bring her back to Auckland. Thanks to all who assisted on the journey. It was great to read all the comments.

Fri Oct 2 19:54 2015 NZDT
No position sent.

Arrived in Opua just ahead of the storm. Customs will come tomorrow morning.

Ps 0274760000

Well done. Pleased to se you made it before it any wetter and windier. You are very welcome to come over and have a break from the boat. Have food drinks showers and beds if wanted and just round the corner and up the hill from you. We can almost see you. Have a restful night Regards Sue and Dave. Freebird
Thu Oct 1 13:46 2015 NZDT
Run: 36.9nm (66.8km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.4nm
31 54S 174 40E

Blue Skies but the wind has dropped. Still aiming to arrive in Opua Friday evening but may be too late for customs so will clear Saturday morning

Thu Oct 1 8:36 2015 NZDT
Run: 130.9nm (236.9km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 234.2nm
31 22S 174 41E

In GHR skip zone so this is from relay from Sweetwaters

Wed Sep 30 19:11 2015 NZDT
Run: 42.6nm (77.1km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.8nm
29 31S 175 09E

Approximately 341 miles to Opua. Yesterdays run was 180 miles but wind dropping. Still hope to arrive Friday.

Nearly there, keep paddling. Are you clearing in Opua or Auckland?
Wed Sep 30 8:31 2015 NZDT
Run: 154nm (278.7km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 210.1nm
28 54S 175 08E
Weather: 15e CLOCKING

Still have eta noon friday which is good!

Which marina are you heading to Friday noon? (No doubt it will be hard to tear yourselves away from life on the high seas!)

Hi Janet and Spencer, I’m glad you have had a good run down. I couldn’t see you when I looked out the window from 37,000ft on Monday! I hope you are managing plenty of sleep between watches. Magnificent day her today, perfect for sailing into the Hauraki Gulf. Not long now, good luck. Diane and Pete
Tue Sep 29 14:56 2015 NZDT
Run: 42.1nm (76.2km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.1nm
26 43S 175 38E

New daily run record for us on Ranganui 190 miles.Crew rewarded with a mintie

Tue Sep 29 8:14 2015 NZDT
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.4nm
26 07S 175 45E
Weather: 15-25e, clear skies,

bumpy seas

Mon Sep 28 13:26 2015 NZDT
Run: 34.6nm (62.6km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.6nm
23 57S 176 01E

Making good progress now that the wind has gone more to the east and increased. Sea a bit jumpy. Crew demanding Rod Stewart on the stero

Great going guys. I am imagining Rod Stewart's I am Sailing. Top 10 Sailing Songs 1. "Son of a Son of a Sailor" - Jimmy Buffet 2. "Southern Cross" - Crosby Still & Nash 3. "Sloop John B" - Beach Boys 4. "Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot 5. "Changes in latitudes" - Jimmy Buffet 5. "If I had a boat" - Lyle Lovett 6. "Come Sail Away" - Styx 7. "Brandy " - Looking Glass 8."The Mary Ellen Carter" - Stan Rogers 9. "Barrett's Privateers" - Stan Rogers 10. 'Sail Away' - David Gray
Mon Sep 28 8:36 2015 NZDT
Run: 112nm (202.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.2nm
23 27S 176 03E
Weather: light o/n, now less than 10SSE backing, 1013rising

Sun Sep 27 14:35 2015 NZDT
Run: 115.9nm (209.8km)
Avg: 14.9knts
24hr: 357.5nm
21 55S 176 37E

Motor sailing at 5Kn into a south breeze hoping change to south east we can go straight o NZ. Listening to Amy Winehouse on new cockpit speakers.

Sun Sep 27 6:48 2015 NZDT
Run: 17.8nm (32.2km)
20 24S 177 23E

Flat Seas and no wind. Motoring. Fresh fish for lunch. Whale close to us this morning. Possible sperm- not humpback. All good but hot!.

Sat Sep 26 7:33 2015 NZST
Run: 56.6nm (102.4km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.9nm
20 10S 177 30E
Weather: light s to se winds, 10%cc

On passage to opua with hopefuly eta Friday as front comes saturday am

Hi Folks Safe travels - have fun and great to be able to do some armchair sailing with you !:) Best wishes and Bon Voyage Sean & Victoria
Fri Sep 25 18:06 2015 NZST
Run: 166.3nm (301km)
19 59S 176 39E

now heading east as wind has moved to the south.

Thu Sep 24 7:31 2015 NZST
No position sent.

About to clear with Customs here at Vuda Marina and if that goes OK, will be departing about mid-day towards New Zealand.

Safe travels home to you both and your crew. Freebird going well averaging 6+ knots on the beam and 135 nms were covered in 24 hours apparently. Thinking about you all out there alot Best wishes Sue

For Guenther, hi mate see you are departing today so wishing you & your shipmates bon voyage. All good here a reall taste of summer today must be 20 + degrees on the east deck & its only 9. a.m. Everything drying out nicely.of course Chrissy has got the new courtyard half dressed so will take half a day to clear it all for stage two.Hear whaT I SAY Stage two. Don,t get lost out there. Have a great trip. Cheers Ray & chrissy
Tue Sep 22 8:06 2015 NZST
Run: 18.1nm (32.8km)
17 40.826S 177 23.159E

We have been at Vuda Point Marina since Friday. The original plan was to depart for NZ yesterday (Monday) but the weather was predicted to be unhelpful approaching NZ, so we are hoping for a Thursday departure.

Thu Sep 17 14:16 2015 NZST
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
17 47.683S 177 08.308E

partying at CloudNine a floating bar moored at tbe outer reef

It was measurable here in Fiji, but mostly on the eastern side of the islands. We were well protected inside two sets of barrier reefs so it did not concern me too much.
Thu Sep 17 0:35 2015 NZST
No position sent.

Spencer had a great night celebrating his 50th birthday with 250 other yachties 3 bands and a fully catered meal- it was also the regatta prizegiving

Mon Sep 14 18:49 2015 NZST
No position sent.

Spencer won the 'Mr Bicepts' contest, we are through to the quarter finals of the Hobie Cat racing, and went to a sandbank party today. The regatta is great fun!

Sounds like you are socialising !! I see some hot temperatures there lately. I have just been to Christchurch for a breather. Looking forward to hearing lots of stories. Sue
Fri Sep 11 12:11 2015 NZST
Run: 13nm (23.5km)
17 46.352S 177 11.094E

Musket Cove for the regatta.

Wed Sep 2 17:58 2015 NZST
Run: 43.9nm (79.5km)
17 46.257s 177 22.978e

Just arrived in Denerau marina and hooked up to a mooring buoy. Very busy (and full) with about 10 yachts also anchored outside the entrance. This morning up very early at dawn to see the manta rays swimming through the passage next to the anchorage. They come a specific part of the tide to feed on plankton. Our individual total was 8 manta's as we took turns. Amazing to see these huge fish swim towards you and then turn at the last minute. It started off as a good sail south but the wind died and so we had to motor for about 6 hours to get here before dark. Will be here for a week doing family stuff and people watching.

Hi Guys, We are currently back in NZ after living in Perth for 5 years on our yacht Camelot. We nearly purchased Ranganui back in 2010 and recently came across this site. She's a lovely yacht and lovely to see her being enjoyed. Fair winds, Dan and Kat

Thanks for the positive comments. We really like her, although as with all boats it is a love/hate relationship especially when maintenance is involved (spent all day yesterday servicing a toilet!!!)

Understand your pain totally!!! haha. We have spent nearly 4 months tied to the marina as our gear box failed argh! Boats eh, wouldn't be without on though. Are you coming back to NZ for the season down here. Dan and Kat

Great stories guys. Meanwhile back home, its damp and drizzly but we've managed to ward off colds and sniffles unlike you two!. Heat pump on tonight. Take good care of each other. Linda XX
Tue Sep 1 11:09 2015 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
17 09.577s 177 12.251e

After a very rolly night, moved south intending to swim with the manta rays. When we got to the (rolly) anchorage were most yachts moor we learnt that the rays where there at 0700hrs so we kept on going to Cuvu Bay which is a bit more sheltered and still close enough so we can see the rays in the morning before we head to Denarau.

Mon Aug 31 13:59 2015 NZST
Run: 14.8nm (26.8km)
17 06.50s 177 13.40e

Finally managed to leave Blue Lagoon after a very enjoyable stay. Great to sit on the beach and watch all the fish. Spent time with Pete and Di from 'Bonaparte', and even managed to have a look through two Amiels (French made cruising yachts) that are on my 'dream list'.

It managed to rain very briefly on our way south, and it was overcast for the first time in a week, but we managed to get the anchor down in Naatuvalo Bay. Nice anchorage with only a sight roll. From here we are moving to Denerau to meet up with the family.

Lovely to have drinks on board Ranganui in Naatuvalo Bay......thanks for inviting us over Rod and Mary
Wed Aug 26 11:15 2015 NZST
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
16 56.633S 177 22.016E

at Blue Lagoon which seems to be a congregation point for yachties. nice and sheltered with a resort we can go to dinner at!

Tue Aug 25 14:14 2015 NZST
Run: 9.9nm (17.9km)
16 50.772S 177 28.054E

this mornong visited flooded limestone caves. hoping that tonight this anchorage less rolly than the past 3 ones! heading soutb to Blue Lagoon tomorrow.

Sat Aug 22 13:32 2015 NZST
Run: 48.2nm (87.2km)
16 44.125s 177 33.688e

Anchored Narawa Bay, Yasawa Island, after a good sail across Bligh Water. This area is also known as Chanpagne Beach and is very pretty. Very exciting coming through the narrow pass at the top of the island with big standing waves.

Tue Aug 18 13:32 2015 NZST
Run: 87.2nm (157.8km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.5nm
16 48.979s 178 17.105e

Anchored in Cukuvou Harbour, Yandua Island. Been for an excellent snorkel off the western side of Yandua Tamba which is a nature reserve and landing is not permited (like Little Barrier in the Hauraki Gulf). Land is a lot drier than the east side of Fiji.

Mon Aug 17 16:42 2015 NZST
Run: 18.2nm (32.9km)
16 51.755S 179 36.185E

just arrived Bua Bay after departing from the anchorage near Savusavu this morning. Has been overcast with occasional rain which makes going through the reeefs exciting- managed to hit the bottom anchoring here. if weather better tomorrow heading to Yadua island, and then onto the Yasawa's.

Wed Aug 12 11:46 2015 NZST
Run: 38.5nm (69.7km)
16 46.538s 179 20.5900e

Still tied up at Savusavu Marina's wharf for a few reasons. One is that both Janet and Spencer ave been sick - Janet picked up a sinus issue, and Spencer got a bad dose of the flu which he is finally getting better from after 5 days. It was probably being back around so many people (and germs) after being in 'isolation' on the yacht. It also has not helped that the weather in Savusavu has been 'c**p' with heavy rain and overcast. Today is the first day of blue sky for over a week. Yesterday we managed to escape by hiring a car and driving to Labasa on the leeward side of the island - warmth!! Scored a private tour of the sugar cane factory there and did some clothes shopping. Boat jobs gradually being done with replacement microphone for the long range radio sorted so now we can talk as well as listen. Once we are both well we will be departing for the west.

Thu Jul 30 19:19 2015 NZST
No position sent.

Humpbback whales swimming just past the back of the boat today. Really cool!!!!!! Off to Savusavu tomorrow morning.

Wed Jul 29 17:28 2015 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
16 56.07S 179 54.06E

At a free mooring of Paradise Taveuni resort. all we have to do in return is buy the occazional beer as we sit by the pool! amazing night sky at the moment with shooting stars, Venus and a near full moon.

Tue Jul 28 8:30 2015 NZST
16 45.061S 179 54.065E

still at Viani Bay but moving on soon. Have been watching with concern the out of control bush fires that are all around the bay. some have gotten close to the water. caused by the local farmer burning off old grass for his cows. some of the boats in the bay have been covered in ash but we have been ok up till now. hopefully a wind change will dampen the fires down.

Mon Jul 27 13:37 2015 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
16 45.061s 179 54.065e

Still in Viani Bay. Diving almost every day using a local Jack Fisher as our guide. Going out on a long boat with yachties from 'Silver Ruffian', 'Tiger' and 'Bonaparte'. Water holding up OK, but just about out of cooking gas so will be heading to SavuSavu towards the end of this week. Looking for crew for the trip back to NZ late September, so if anyone knows someone who would be interested let us know! Best contact is ranganuik3831@gmail.com as we have excellent cell coverage here in Viani so can keep up with the All Black victories!

Tue Jul 21 14:42 2015 NZST
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
16 45.1S 179 54.1E

2 dives on Rainbow Reef this morning. Anchored Viani Bay. strange to see motor vehiles, supermarkets and cellphone coverage after so long in the Lau Group.

Sat Jul 18 17:47 2015 NZST
Run: 9.1nm (16.5km)
16 40.8S 179 52.2W

anchored Matei north Taveuni. Sightseeing to waterfalls tomorrow, then move to Viani Bay for more diving

Thu Jul 16 11:36 2015 NZST
Run: 137.3nm (248.5km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 200.9nm
16 43.831S 179 44.555W

anchored Matagi Bay. getting ready to do some dives in the 30m+ vis

Wed Jul 15 19:11 2015 NZST
Run: 70.2nm (127.1km)
18 43S 179 44W

Sad to say goodbye to the Lau Group but looking forward to some scuba diving around Taveeuni Island and then the supermarket and restaurants in Savusavu. Love Spencer and Janet

Try not to over indulge guys and don't forget to look up into the night sky while you're away from the city lights. Venus and Jupiter are very visible at present from Whenuapai. I saw Saturn the other day, rings and all, through a telescope of course.
Mon Jul 13 0:00 2015 NZST
No position sent.

Back in cellphone range at least for a few hours as we sail past!. Heading back to Bavatu Harbour after a few island stops after we left Fulaga. Will be going to Tavanui island in a few days.

Thu Jul 9 17:51 2015 NZST
Run: 21.2nm (38.4km)
18 50.9S 178 40.2W

Departed Fulaga Island this morning and now anchored a Nameka. We've had an amazing time.

Looks like an amazing place on google images. Meantime we are having a polar blast back home.
Tue Jun 23 15:39 2015 NZST
Run: 138.2nm (250.1km)
19 07.45S 178 31.6W

anchored at Fulaga Island after long sail south. Very pretty here.

Happy birthday Janet. I hope you have a great day. Thinking of you. Enjoy yourself and take it easy. I'm sure you are. Marco.

JULY 7th HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANET!! I hope you have a perfect day and have some birthday cake. xx
Tue Jun 16 8:02 2015 NZST
Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)
17 10.864S 179 01.337W

Anchored in the beautiful Bay of Islands in Vanua Balavu. Spent 2 days at Daliconi Village having a feast and going to church. There have been 32 yachts here as we have combined with around the world rally. have met some really interesting people. Will probably stay here for about a week as some strong winds forecast. All good on board.

Hello there Janet ...... Yvette here. Thinking of you from time to time....wondering if you are okay...then forgetting you are away and thinking I can visit you when I can't. Will get to see Jacinta and Dina soon Had a great first weekend away with Darcy....even in winter we were able to run from motel unit to Waihi surf beach and back to warm pool and hot spa....dream come true for both of us. I can see I need to practice your advise of 'No Issues' for the first year.... I am very strident still over issues ....guess I never discovered ease of relationship with my dad Linda told me you were the only one to not be sick.... thanks to you being vigilant with the medications....well done...gives me hope to do a similar trip myself in the future ...I am nashing to do something more with my retirement days. Tell me ..................when your yacht is going up and down.......... with the stormy waves............ are you travelling forward or just maintaining your position and coping with the storm. Probably a silly question Hello to Spencer and much love to you Janet Take care and ENJOY....you lucky thing...had a good talk with Sue about both being GRANDMAS Will send youj a picture of Ayla and me ...her name means circle around the moon love Yvette
Fri Jun 12 7:35 2015 NZST
Run: 9nm (16.3km)
17 17.7S 178 58.8W

had to move to lomulimu harbour due to beaucracy but all cleared in now. went ashore to send postcards and SIM card. thanks to all who have been leaving comments. it was good to read then. soon back ti batavu harbiur harbour an

Been following you with interest. Hope you're enjoying better weather than we've been having. Time to kick back and relax. Happy cruising from Shekinah.
Wed Jun 10 14:08 2015 NZST
Run: 139.9nm (253.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.5nm
17 10S 179 00W

Speed 0 kn because the anchor is down! YAY! Arrived Bavatu Harbour at 1130. First boat here so waiting for customs. Swimming and eating frsh tuna.

Congratulations Dean and Team Ranganui, please to see you have arrived safe and sound, enjoy your time in the beautiful Fiji Islands. Neil and Boys - Nev, Gin, Mitch and Johno

Fantastic! Wonderful news! Okay now I'm jealous! Well done and good on you all.
Tue Jun 9 13:33 2015 NZST
Run: 131.5nm (238km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.7nm
19 11S 179 11W

Ranganui heading due north at 5kn with following 10-15kn winds. Just seen first land since nz. Crew very excited! 122 mils to go.

Mon Jun 8 13:56 2015 NZST
Run: 102.3nm (185.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.2nm
21 05S 179 17W

Wind is 10kn from NW. We are heading north at about 4kn. Warm and sunny. Lasanga for dinner last night and looking forward to chocolate pudding.

Hi Dean, I am following you folk with much interest. Take care , best regards Jeff

wow what a detour you guys have had along the way. Great to see you are nearly there! Oma has been asking how you are so will let her know. Going out for dinner for michalea's birthday on wednesday. Hope your concoction of drugs have worked and you didnt get to sea sick. lots of love. jazz xx

Looks like you are on the final beat to Fiji !! well done so far I bet dry land and a cold beer cant come soon enough ! enjoy the final stretch

Hi Team, from my Arial view I can see you turning now towards Fiji and its great to see.

The meals sound amazing, wondering who is the best cook! You must have time for a few games of cards, etc now. Sue and Rodger
Sun Jun 7 18:56 2015 NZST
Run: 153.3nm (277.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.3nm
22 33S 179 04W

heading north@6 in NE wind 20kn. overcast sky but getting warm. Bypassed minerva reefs last night as wanted to check in before weekend. All ok.

Sat Jun 6 14:28 2015 NZST
Run: 182.2nm (329.8km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.3nm
24 43.19S 179 33.9W

Speed 6kn motoring as light winds. Blue sky. Wind expected to rise and come around to the north on Monday. We are not stopping at Minerva.

Great to get the updates each day. Enjoy the sunshine . Sue & Rodger
Fri Jun 5 12:29 2015 NZST
Run: 163.7nm (296.3km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 216.9nm
27 14S 179 33E

Finally blue sky but not much wind so having to use the motor to keep going. Crew have started quoting the rhyme of the ancient mariner

Thu Jun 4 18:22 2015 NZST
29 31.7S 178 53.1e

Weather slowly improving Damaged 2 sails in storm. Crew also have a few cuts and bruises but all feeling better. Enjoying bacon and egg pie and cake.

We have had loads of rain and heavy downpours and blasts of stormy weather so we have thought of you often out there battling the elements. At least you have warm weather ahead of you. We are with you in spirit.
Thu Jun 4 13:04 2015 NZST
Run: 165.8nm (300.1km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.3nm
29 31.7S 178 53.1E
Weather: wind from west

SSB only works on RX so no info except via sat phone. This position is noon Thursday

Wed Jun 3 12:33 2015 NZST
Run: 102.4nm (185.3km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 67.2nm
31 48.2'S 178 00.0'E

Course 017t speed 6 wind 20-30 SW. Difficult part 3 days with head wind but this seems to have changed. crew says YAY!

Hi Janet, Spencer and crew, Its good to see you heading in northerly direction . Thanks for the updates. Sue and Rodger

Hi Dean and Crew Thinking of you all and hope you are now sailing in smoother waters. Not long now before you reach the sun and some warmer weather. Take care xx

Hi Dad Big Thunder and lightening storm last night here. Did you guys get it? Miss you. Love from Mason

We're happy you are now heading in the right direction Yehaaaaa!

To dean and crew, Thinking of you all !The sun and warmth hopefully isn't far away! We are all loving the updates. Take care


Tue Jun 2 0:00 2015 NZST
Run: 111.8nm (202.4km)
Avg: 10.6knts
24hr: 253.2nm
33 11.49'S 177 23.22'E

shitty weather

Hey Dean, Hope all is going well and you are keeping a diary of your ventures, it will be up there with Fifty Shades of Blue. Good luck mate see you on the overside. Neil
Mon Jun 1 13:24 2015 NZST
Run: 99.5nm (180.1km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.9nm
33 32.9S 175 29.9e

Course054t wind NE 1.5 kn. we can see the next front approaching so expecting wind to increase. Will then try to head north. all ok on board.

Hi Team, I can see the winds are not in your favor at the moment .Watching your progress, with a low behind you with a high in front.Its 1710 on sunday .Thinking of you all .

Well done Janet. Rodger's grandson was made Player of the Year for the under 7's in his Football club, in UK!
Sun May 31 13:29 2015 NZST
34 51.01S 174 45.25E

course 005t speed kn wind 15_20kn NE all men seasick but Janet is ok, hoping for windshift soon to head to fiji. Rough last night with heavy rain

Hi Guys, Great to receive your first coordinates and that your on track Sounds like a rough ride so far! Janet your precautions have paid off with regard to sea sickness. To all the crew ,stay strong and looking forward to your next contact.
Sun May 31 13:27 2015 NZST
Run: 137.8nm (249.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.8nm
34 51.01S 174 45.25E

Sat May 30 10:18 2015 NZST
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
36 50.592S 174 46.205E

We r in our way! Not the best weather but we will cope!

Thu May 28 9:34 2015 NZST
36 48.51S 174 38.82E

Planning for a Sat departure. Needing some warmth!

Fri May 22 18:33 2015 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
36 48.5S 174 38.8E

At (Hobsonville) Westpark Marina waiting for a weather window. Hopefully later this week.

Mon May 4 18:51 2015 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
36 46.49S 174 38.4E

Back in the water. One less job before Fiji!

Fri May 1 18:40 2015 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
36 48.5S 174 38.5E

on the hard for cat one inspection and antifoul

Mon Apr 27 18:12 2015 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
36 46.5S 174 38.7E

Back at home mooring after a rapid return from waiheke today with 40kn gusts

Fri Apr 24 19:18 2015 NZST
36 46.341S 174 38.610E

about to head out for weekend

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