Arrived at the Customs dock at Marsden Cove at 0500nz. Sitting now waiting for Customs to arrive. Long, sometimes rough, but Beautiful voyage. Good to be back in New Zealand and on to new adventures!
Land ho! We'll be arriving in Marsden Cove, Whangarei NZ tomorrow morning to check in with Customs.
Beautiful starry night, peaceful seas and great gentle beam reach:)ahhhhh. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
0530 All well on board. Motoring.
All well on board. Sailing (still against a .5 kt current), hoping the wind bends like Beckham. Socks, we're remembering why one wears socks...
All well on board.
Yup, tacking to NZ, pinching and motorsailing. Beautiful day. All well on board.
All well on board.
Winds switched and are out of the south so we are sailing ESE and will for another day or so. Then hoping for that easterly flow to take us down to New Zealand. Matt's in the dog house today as he ate the last of the M&M's!
Lovely 24 hours reaching south. Vanuatu & New Caledonia are behind us now. We'll see what the days ahead bring.
Absolutely beautiful day yesterday,perfect sailing. Night brought out the boogymen & squalls. Dawn chased em back, charging on again. Happy belated Anzac day to all our mates. We listened to dawn service on hf and wish we were there to join you for a wee dram and two up! All good onboard.
Beautiful night, winds steady 16, seas laying down, lots of stars and moon. Dawn brought on wind drop, motor sailing till she fills. Hoping to clear New Cal and beeline NZ.
On a tack back to clear New Calidonia. Winds more steady this morning and seas seem to be laying down, all Good! Will tack back and start gaining south again in a few hours. Sleep is good, food is good, sailing is good, Life is good!
Lumpy 2.5-5 mtr swell. all well onboard.
On mooring at Port Villa, Vanuatu. Looking to head out Tuesday 23 April. Have a Happy Easter!
We are/have been sitting in Port Villa, Vanuatu awaiting better weather conditions to depart to New Zealand.
Looking like Tuesday, April 23 the waves drop and we are hoping to get out in the afternoon.
At the top of Malakula motoring along. Should be in Peterson Bay, Santo just after noon. Trip was lumpy and wet at first, then some nice sailing with a glowing volcano and now, hopefully, an easy slide in!
Arrived in Port Vila, Vanuatu yesterday morning after a final glorious 24 hours. Good to be home.
About 8 miles outside Port Villa. Should be inside the harbor in a couple hours. Great sail and beautiful day today, no need for diesel!
Been moving slowly under sail until this morning now motoring. about 110 miles to Villa but no wind and minimal fuel. Will see what the day brings. All good!
Starting to move through the southern Vanuatu Islands. Looks like a beautiful day ahead. Have a great Sunday.
Sailing along nicely dodging the big black blobs. The flash lightning is beautiful yet scary. Every once in a while a glimpse of stars.
All good on board, enjoying having the engine off and sailing along. Cool this evening but yesterday was down right warm if not hot out. Butter is starting to melt!
Motor sailing under a blanket of stars, beautiful out this morning.
motoring along on a magic carpet of bio-luminescence. all well on board.
Sailing, motor sailing, motoring, keeping pace and making all the north we can. Chilly again last night.
All well aboard, getting warmer.
A bit rolly running almost down wind. A bit chilly!
sitting dockside at Marsden Cove, will check out and head north today.
Rubicon, Matt & Elizabeth arrived in New Zealand on November 30, in 10 days 20hours. We blew out our trusty little storm jib, "Patches" along the way and it looks like we are going to have to do some major work on our diesel auxiliary engine, "Elmer".
We are now settled in Whangarei and getting the boat rinsed of the salt and us a bit of a catch up on sleep. Monday we begin to tackle projects. Despite all we had a great sail and sailed most of the way.
New Zealand is a beautiful place and we look forward to exploring in between our boat projects.
all well,slowly tacking to Whangarei
all well on board
alls well aboard
relayed from Trigger
Moored in Port Vila awaiting a weather window to depart to Whangarei NZ.
at anchorage in Sola enjoying the rain.
a good place to be
At Gaea and will be up in the Banks group for a couple of weeks.
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