Saraoni

Mon Apr 15 9:14 2019 NZST
GPS: 27 57.17280S 153 25.29217E
Run: 12.5nm (22.6km)
Weather: 18 degrees, 70 percent cloud cover, 10 knot SE.

Saraoni is now up for sale as we have bought a newer, larger yacht. see this link https://yachthub.com/list/yachts-for-sale/used/sail-monohulls/south-coas...


Thu Jan 3 9:04 2019 NZDT
GPS: 27 46.69376S 153 22.04951E
Run: 29.4nm (53.2km)
Weather: 80% cloud cover, no wind

At Jacob's Well. Not too busy despite the holiday season.


Tue Jan 1 13:33 2019 NZDT
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Tue Jan 1 13:32 2019 NZDT
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Tue Jan 1 13:30 2019 NZDT
GPS: 27 28.45076S 153 1.96602E
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
Weather: Light Easterly, 5 percent cloud cover

Spent New Year's Eve on the Brisbane River.


Mon Dec 31 23:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 27 28.44164S 153 3.03949E
Weather: Clear skies, no wind

Anchored off New Farm, Brisbane for New Year's eve.


Mon Dec 31 23:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 27 28.44164S 153 3.03949E
Run: 21.7nm (39.3km)
Weather: Clear skies, no wind

Anchored off New Farm, Brisbane for New Year's eve.


Fri Dec 28 9:02 2018 NZDT
GPS: 27 30.43630S 153 24.15385E
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
Weather: Cool but no wind, clear skies.

Quite a busy anchorage off the small community of Dunwich, North Stradbrooke Island. Going for a cycle ride to Blue Lake and then tomorrow up to Tangalooma, Moreton Island while the weather stays settled.


Thu Dec 20 20:50 2018 NZDT
GPS: 27 30.24460S 153 21.86546E
Run: 61.8nm (111.9km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 104.2nm
Weather: NNE 20-25 knots, clear sky, 27 degrees

Nice anchorage at uninhabited Peel island.


Thu Dec 20 6:36 2018 NZDT
GPS: 26 37.435S 153 11.07E
Run: 56.7nm (102.6km)
Weather: calm,1.5m swell from NE

Left the Great Sandy Strait yesterday over a bumpy Wide Bay Bar. Now just off Mooloolabah on way to Moreton Bay.


Sun Dec 16 12:04 2018 NZDT
GPS: 25 48.92784S 153 1.83022E
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)
Weather: E 5 knots, 100 percent cloud cover

On the way into Tin Can Bay. Not expecting too much wind from ex TC Owen.


Sat Dec 15 11:02 2018 NZDT
GPS: 25 37.76516S 152 58.40460E
Run: 20.9nm (37.8km)
Weather: 15 knots NE, 25 degrees, overcast. A minor thunderstorm last night.

The sandbanks are teeming with bird life. Some resident and some migratory. There is a notice on the shore warning about the presence of crocs. Haven't seen any yet.

Not expecting much effect from Cyclone Owen but won't be crossing Wide Bay bar until mid next week when the swell is down.


Thu Dec 13 9:03 2018 NZDT
GPS: 25 19.61813S 152 58.82193E
Run: 50.5nm (91.4km)
Weather: calm, 22 degrees, clear sky.

Heading slowly through the Sandy Strait to Tin Can Bay. Forecast for the weekend has moderated so not expecting high winds. Next chance for the Wide Bay bar will be in a week's time.Have to be in Southport by 7th January for the survey of a yacht we hope to buy.


Mon Nov 12 13:12 2018 NZDT
GPS: 24 51.61014S 152 21.56565E
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
Weather: SE 20 knots, 10 percent cloud cover.26 degrees

Beautiful day up the Burnett River. 70 boats in The Go West rally have been enjoying rally events in Port Bundaberg Marina. Some will be heading south when the wind drops in a day or 2.


Fri Nov 9 23:01 2018 NZDT
GPS: 24 50.95997S 152 21.85722E
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
Weather: Up to 20 knots SE today.

Back up the Burnett River for a few days. Sharing the river with flocks of birds.


Tue Nov 6 13:41 2018 NZDT
GPS: 24 45.58690S 152 23.08802E
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
Weather: 20 knots NW, clear skies, 30 degrees.

Motored back down to the Port Marina for compulsory timber interior inspection for what we assume is some type of borer. This will be the longest time we have ever spent completing full clearance formalities a total of 6 days.


Sat Nov 3 10:12 2018 NZDT
GPS: 24 51.65059S 152 21.46395E
Run: 7.1nm (12.9km)
Weather: Warm, clear skies

Nice gentle motor up the well marked Burnett River. Last here in 2006 and it hasn't changed much despite two major floods. Mid town marina completely demolished but anchoring appears to be allowed anywhere.


Thu Nov 1 12:27 2018 NZDT
GPS: 24 45.714S 152 23.184E
Run: 150.2nm (271.9km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.4nm
Weather: NE 12 knots, 10 percent cloud cover.

Great weather to arrive in Australia. No thunderstorms.


Wed Oct 31 7:15 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5kn
knts
GPS: 24 07S 154 40E
Run: 278.6nm (504.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.9nm
Weather: 15 knots E, 1.5 m swell, 10% cc, 1017 hpa, 26 degrees.

88 nm to the Breaksea Spit light north of Sandy Cape. No shipping sighted yet. Hope to be at Port marina, Bundaberg Thursday morning.

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Tue Oct 30 6:36 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5kn
knts
Weather: 15-20 knots ESE 1.5 m swell, 100% cc

210 nm to the Breaksea Spit light north of Sandy Cape. Trough passed through over night with lightning, rain and the return of the trades. Bye bye nice, flat sea!


Mon Oct 29 7:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 23 34S 159 02E
Run: 477nm (863.4km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.1nm
Weather: no wind, no swell, no clouds speed] 4.5kn

330 nm to the Breaksea Spit light north of Sandy Cape. We had about 1.5 knots of countercurrent most of yesterday and a light headwind before the wind shifted to the South, which then died later. The Coral Sea is now flatter than NC'S Southern Lagoon! Don't expect significant useful wind until tonight when the trades return with the next high. ETA Bundy Thursday.


Sun Oct 28 8:57 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.5kn
knts
Weather: no wind, less than .5 m SW swell, 5% cc

428 nm to the Breaksea Spit light north of Sandy Cape. We had about 1.5 knots of countercurrent most of yesterday and light headwinds.

Current reversed last night but negative again now. Nice moonlit nights. Sequoia, Irie 2 and Silhouette in front by a few miles and Penn Station joined the fun yesterday. One yacht reported being pursued by 9 mahimahi. He tried to hook one but no luck. Don't expect significant useful wind until Tuesday a.m. ETA Bundy Thursday.


Sat Oct 27 12:00 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.2kn
knts
Weather: no wind, less than .5 m swell, 5% cc

520 nm to the Breaksea Spit light north of Sandy Cape. Wind now a 4 knot westerly. We still have a 1 knot countercurrent. Sequoia, Irie 2 and Silhouette in front by a few miles. Our email address is saraoni2@myiridium.net if anyone needs to contact us.


Fri Oct 26 19:15 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.0kn
knts
Weather: no wind, less than .5 m swell, 10% cc

585 nm to the Breaksea Spit light north of Sandy Cape. Wind has dropped out completely. No shipping and 1 yacht behind us called Katfish. Sequoia, Irie 11 and Silhouette in front by a few miles. Our email address is saraoni2@myiridium.net if anyone needs to contact us.

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Fri Oct 26 5:57 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.6 kn
knts
Weather: 10 knots ESE, 1m sea, 10% cc

645 nm to the Breaksea Spit light north of Sandy Cape. Wind has dropped a lot from yesterday. A lot of shipping and a few yachts around, too.


Thu Oct 25 7:49 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.872S 166 24.446E
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
Weather: Up to 40 knots at Isle Maitre yesterday. Today clear sky, 10 to 15 kn ENE

On mooring at Maitre - leaving for Bundaberg today


Wed Oct 24 7:44 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.755S 166 26.07E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: 5 to 10kn ESE clear sky 21C

Anchored in Baie des Citrons, final preparations before take off tomorrow for Queensland. Mixed bag of weather. Wind to start, then a hole, then trades before arrival. Avoiding arrival in Oz with a trough lurking. Saraoni is going home to be sold and we are buying another boat to sail to NZ


Mon Oct 22 7:52 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.855S 166 26.07E
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: 10kn E, clear sky

In Baie des Citrons preparing to leave for either Bundy or Brisbane, considering leaving Weds. The 2 models look, as usual, about as consistent as the Brexit negotiations in a week's time!


Sat Oct 13 9:10 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.293S 166 26.042E
Run: 29nm (52.5km)
Weather: 5kn E, 10%cc, warm!

In Noumea, off by car to the Chutes de La Madeleine for a swim and a walk. Looking for a passage to Oz in about a week to buy another boat.


Tue Oct 9 8:18 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 33.02S 166 47.31E
Run: 18.1nm (32.8km)
Weather: No wind 10 percent cloud cover

Beautiful morning at Mato island.


Mon Oct 8 19:55 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 48.75780S 166 46.65258E
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
Weather: 10 knots SE, 10 percent cloud cover

Spent the day at the reef edge snorkeling in crystal clear water.


Mon Oct 8 8:13 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 46.69924S 166 47.86715E
Run: 15.5nm (28.1km)
Weather: 10 knote SE, 20 percent cloud cover

Lovely calm conditions at Ua island in the southern lagoon of New Caledonia. Nice coral and white tipped sharks.


Sat Oct 6 15:22 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 33.276S 166 47.153E
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
Avg: 73.5knts
24hr: 1764.3nm
Weather: ENE 10-12 knots, 100 percent cloud cover.

Anchored just outside Isle Mato lagoon. Plenty of rain visible over Grande Terre.


Sat Oct 6 15:16 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 27.38864S 166 46.74734E
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
Weather: 15 knots easterly, rained overnight.

Climbed the 313 meters to the cellphone tower and wandered around the old jade mine. On to Ile Mato today and Ua and Kouare on Sunday and Monday.


Fri Oct 5 7:56 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 24.30S 166 47.89E
Run: 24.6nm (44.5km)
Weather: calm, thinning strato cumulus, 21C, 1014 HPa

Anchored in Baie Ire, in Canal Woodin. Ouen's creeks are still running, testament to the number of fronts and troughs that have rolled through this year.


Tue Oct 2 7:57 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.244S 166 26.08E
Weather: 100% cc, rained all last night, 15 to 20 knots SSW

Hope weather improves for last trip to Isle des Pins


Fri Sep 28 6:58 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.24410S 166 26.08213E
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
Weather: E 15-20, 95 percent cloud cover, 21 degrees, 1019 hPa

Returned to Baie Orphelinat after climbing 775 metre Mont Dore yesterday. awesome views over the southern lagoon. Going back to ile des Pins when the wind eases next week.


Thu Sep 27 8:08 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 15.53799S 166 23.41532E
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: Clear sky. 5 knots SE.

Off to climb Mont Dore today.


Tue Sep 25 9:24 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 15.485S 166 23.28E
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
Weather: 100 percent cloud cover, less than 5 knots ENE, cool.

Anchored in quiet Anse Kuendu.


Mon Sep 24 19:26 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 22.38408S 166 21.73673E
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)
Weather: 5 knots SE, clear sky.

Great day to be on the reefs in the lagoon but busy with the public holiday, New Caledonia Day.


Sun Sep 23 19:09 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.723S 166 28.764E
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
Weather: Shifted SE today up to 20 knots.

Anchored off Ile Ngea today.


Sat Sep 22 7:20 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 18.715S 166 28.566E
Run: 11.5nm (20.8km)
Weather: 100 percent cloud cover, drizzle wind shift in the night from 10 knots SW to 20 knots SE

Good anchorage for wind shifts.


Fri Sep 21 23:36 2018 NZST
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Recif Tabu near Ilot Amadee
Fri Sep 21 23:35 2018 NZST
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Fri Sep 21 23:33 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 27.98777S 166 24.68486E
Run: 13.2nm (23.9km)
Weather: 10 knots SW, 60 percent cloud cover, cool.

Beautiful colours on Tabu reef. anchored in 5 metres of crystal clear water and went for a snorkel. Dive boats were taking in turns using a mooring nearby. So going to use our hookahs next time we get out there.


Wed Sep 12 6:59 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 16.629S 166 26.421E
Run: 263.1nm (476.2km)
Weather: 21C, 1014HPa, light SE wind, scattered strato cumulus

In Port Moselle marina, leaving today. Marina busy with comings and goings. Poor HF reception as usual in the marina


Sun Sep 2 11:45 2018 NZST
GPS: 19 32.02900S 169 15.95312E
Run: 171.2nm (309.9km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 71.7nm
Weather: Clear skies, no wind. 1016 hPa.

Lenakel is not the best of anchorages with a large swell breaking on the nearby reef but it does have good internet, all officials in the small town and an ATM and they will do the paperwork at the weekend. Sheltered spot to put the dinghy.


Fri Aug 31 2:29 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 45.96S 168 07.09E
Run: 75.5nm (136.7km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 90nm
Weather: 8 knots S, 10 percent cloud cover, 1014 hPa, 18 degrees. 1.5 m SW swell

7 miles from Mare Island in the Loyalties at 1.26 am. Had a counter current so have been motorsailing.


Thu Aug 30 6:20 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 39.59484S 167 26.43889E
Run: 69.7nm (126.2km)
Weather: 5 -10 kn Southerly, 10% cc, 1014 HPa, 21C, bit rolly

Anchored at Kuto, Ile des Pins. Leaving for Tanna today. Will have no weather info until Tanna so hope to get a sim in Lenakel if swell not too bad. Also, new BSP in Lenakel with an ATM for international cards, but have to get out before the BFH arrives.


Mon Aug 13 7:09 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 19.75020S 166 24.52899E
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
Weather: 20C, 1013HPa, less than 5kn from NNW, 90% stratocumulus

On mooring at Ilot Maitre, cleaning hull and changing filters. Clearing customs for Tanna later this week.


Mon Aug 6 7:09 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.25S 166 25.89E
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)
Weather: E 5, 90 percent cc, 1016 19 degrees

Pleasant in the lagoon not too windy at Amadee yesterday. Plenty of tricot rayes on the shore.


Sat Aug 4 8:01 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 21.429S 166 50.455E
Weather: light land breeze; 50%cc; 20C

Leaving Prony heading back towards Noumea for last minute shopping before leaving for Tanna


Fri Aug 3 7:32 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 21.42929S 166 50.45547E
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
Weather: Light N, 80 percent cloud cover, 1016 HPa

On a mooring at Ilot Casy. Will be heading to Vanuatu in a week or so. New plaque by the jetty in memory of Moose, the island's best known resident who died last December.


Thu Aug 2 7:14 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 22.61069S 166 55.02046E
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.7nm
Weather: 80 percent cloud cover, 5 knots SE, cool

Hiked up to Cape Ndua, good whale watching spot but only one whale sighted in the distance.


Thu Aug 2 7:06 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 22.63015S 166 55.44248E
Run: 31.9nm (57.7km)
Weather: 80 percent cloud cover, 5 knots SE, cool

Hiked up to Cape Ndua, good whale watching spot but only one whale sighted in the distance.


Mon Jul 30 19:40 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.16157S 166 26.07827E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: Rain, 100 percent cloud cover, no wind.

Hiked up to Mt Malaoui in Mt. Koghis, Beautiful views from the top.


Sun Jul 22 17:14 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.09557S 166 26.05225E
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
Weather: 10 knots SE all day, 30 percent cloud cover, 25 degrees

Managed to rent a mooring in the bay for $5 US a night so we can do some hiking in the nearby mountains for a few days.


Thu Jul 19 9:26 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 19.78108S 166 24.45535E
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
Weather: .Southerly 15 knots, 22 degrees, 1017 HPa, 70 percent cloud cover.

Took a free mooring overnight at Ilot Maitre. Turtles, snakes and bird life. It's a protected nature reserve for both marine life and birds. There is a hotel, swimming pool and restaurant


Wed Jul 18 9:07 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.20064S 166 27.73094E
Run: 15.2nm (27.5km)
Weather: 80%cc, 12 - 15 kn SSW, 25C, 1016 HPa

Anchored in Baie Ste. Marie. Good for supermarkets when wind is westerly. A bit bumpy now so going round into crowded Baie d'Orphelinat.


Mon Jul 16 10:41 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 10.25357S 166 15.62426E
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
Weather: !10-15 knots SE, 60 percent cloud cover, 1016 HPa, 22 degrees

Anchored at a nice small coral islet. No whales sighted yet,


Sun Jul 15 18:32 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 8.09566S 166 12.94573E
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
Weather: 10-15 knots SE< 100 percent cc, drizzle.

Not a particularly nice day. We passed our track for circumnavigating Le Grande Terre yesterday, Now we have to plan what to do in the next 3 -4 months. probably head to Vanuatu for a bit and then back to New Caledonia.


Sat Jul 14 9:48 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 57.68683S 166 0.41452E
Run: 5.5nm (10km)
Weather: No wind, 100 percent cloud cover, drizzle

The clear sky has gone today. Moved to an anchorage sheltered from forecasted SW winds but no wind at present and cool.


Fri Jul 13 21:49 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 00.1682S 165 56.0145E
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
Weather: No wind, 10 percent cloud cover

Spent the day at Ilot Tenia in fantastic calm weather. Good snorkelling and saw the largest brown moray eel that we have ever seen before. Also a 2.5 m grey shark cruised by the boat.


Wed Jul 11 13:52 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 57.43474S 165 58.27555E
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
Avg: 34.2knts
24hr: 821nm
Weather: Calm, clear skies

Motored a few miles down the coast to the Lepradour Channel, near Baie de St Vincente. Spotted some manta rays so jumped into the sea to take photos.They must have been feeding in the soupy current. The remoras hanging around were more bothered by our presence than the mantas!


Wed Jul 11 13:30 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 50.78974S 165 49.11342E
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
Weather: No wind, clear sky,

Spent 2 nights here after winding our way through a narrow channel which has green and red beacons marking it.


Mon Jul 9 17:59 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 51.73226S 165 46.84522E
Run: 79nm (143km)
Weather: SE 10 - 12 knots, 30 percent cc, 1015 HPa

Arrived in the southern lagoon at 7pm last night. Much clearer water and more marine life. Dugongs and turtles. Spent the morning at Konduyo Island. Expecting stronger winds tomorrow,


Konduyo Island near Chambeyron Bay
Saraoni anchored near Chambeyron Bay in the Southern Lagoon
Osprey on Konduyo Island
Sat Jul 7 18:17 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 9.19863S 164 49.01427E
Run: 16.8nm (30.4km)
Weather: 15-20 Knots ENE, 30 percent cloud cover,

Just a short 15 mile motor sail today, wind got up to 20 knots at 10 am so not worth bashing into. Nice anchorage today and good beacons through the reefs. Navionics on android up to now has been very reliable for both depths and positions.


Thu Jul 5 8:23 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 57.6S 164 39.53038E
Run: 22.5nm (40.7km)
Weather: No wind, clear sky, 1016 HPa, 22 degrees, no swell.

Anchored in Chessaloup Bay, near the village of Voh. We camped here earlier this year on our cycle trip. Beautiful calm morning. Staying here a couple of days before motor sailing further south. Wind direction and strength not very well forecast along this stretch of coast as the wind is affected by topographical features too much. Window possibly opening up at the weekend to reach the entrance to the Southern lagoon near Baie de St Vincente.


Wed Jul 4 6:01 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 45.396S 164 23.235E
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
Weather: 5 knots SE, 1013 HPa, 21 degrees, 70 percent cloud cover.

Anchored in the well sheltered Baie de Gomen after an easy 11 nm run south east from Koumac. We've started our 150 mile run to Noumea, mainly into the wind, but with day hops of 20 miles in and out of the lagoon. Heading for Voh (Baie de Chasseloup) today.


Mon Jul 2 8:28 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 34.80510S 164 16.44659E
Run: 23.3nm (42.2km)
Weather: 20 knots SSE, 1017HPa, 22 degrees, clear skies.

Checked into the nice well priced sheltered Koumac marina for a few days while stronger winds pass. Will probably head further south tomorrow. Going for a cycle ride today.


Fri Jun 29 6:46 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 17.8239S 164 4.755E
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)
Weather: absolutely calm, 21C, 30%cc, 1017HPa

Anchored in Tanle Bay. Wind shadow area in these large bays and down to Koumac . Did get up to 12 -15 kn E yesterday in the middle of the day. Heading to Koumac today, 20 nm South of here.


Thu Jun 28 6:38 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 13.69204S 164 1.82724E
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: Calm, 30 % cloud cover, 17 degrees, 1015 HPa, 32% humidity.

Pleasant morning. Heading a few miles south today.


Wed Jun 27 7:24 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 13.477S 164 2.307E
Weather: clear sky, 5 knots SE, 1016 HPa

Anchored at Poum. In a wind shadow!


Tue Jun 26 6:44 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 13.47742S 164 2.30772E
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
Weather: SE 8 knots, clear skies, 1015 HPa 18 degrees.

Anchored off the village of Poum. Plenty of pretty island and mainland anchorages around here to choose from. Gas station and store onshore and even a bus service 3 times a week to Koumac.


Poum anchorage
Isle Mouac off Poum
Mon Jun 25 6:12 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 8.7166S 163 59.9129E
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
Weather: SE 12 knots, 1016 HPa clear sky, 21 degrees

Anchored off uninhabited Yaba island in the north west lagoon. We have only seen 4 yachts in the last month!


Sun Jun 24 3:23 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 4.82472S 163 58.10196E
Run: 24.4nm (44.2km)
Weather: No wind, 21 degrees, 1116 HPa

Decided to round the top of New Caledonia as wind is getting up to warning level on Tuesday. There are plenty of anchorages to choose from in this area.


Sat Jun 23 7:02 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 14.35421S 164 18.21035E
Run: 18.5nm (33.5km)
Weather: 12 knots southerly, 17 degrees, 1015 HPA, 10% CC

Nice bay with friendly locals. Moving around the northern tip today to the west coast as trade winds strengthening next week.


Fri Jun 22 11:35 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 18.74909S 164 34.63687E
Run: 34.9nm (63.2km)
Weather: S 12 knots, 1113 HPA 20% cc

Sailing towards Pam on the NE of New Caledonia.


Thu Jun 21 7:06 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 40.65657S 164 57.01433E
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
Weather: 10 knots SSW, clear sky, no swell, 17 degrees, 1015 HPa

Cool morning in Hienghene. Local dive company booked up so we're going to check out the marine reserve by snorkelling.


Hienghene Bay
Hienghene looking towards Mt Panie
Hienghene village and river
Wed Jun 20 7:10 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 40.972S 164 56.85E
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Weather: 50% cloud cover, 5 knots S, 1013 HPa

Anchored in Hienghene. Showers yesterday, Southerlies all day(!) but hoping for better weather today, Saw a dugong tail in the bay.


Tue Jun 19 6:57 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 40.85056S 164 57.26474E
Run: 19nm (34.4km)
Weather: SSE 15-20 knots, 90% cloud cover, 21 degrees, 1015 HPa

At Hienghene. We don't think we are permitted to anchor in the river and the marina only has a depth of 1.2 m so we will probably hang out here for a few days and take the dinghy in.


Hienghene-LaPoule and the Linderalique Rocks
Mon Jun 18 6:35 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 46.22201S 165 13.97614E
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Weather: 100 % cloud cover, 22 degrees 1014 HPa 8 knots SSE drizzle.

Hoping to head to Hienghene today. On the look out for manta rays and humpbacks.


Sat Jun 16 7:22 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 46.34721S 165 13.78083E
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: S 10knots 24 degrees 1017 HPa. 10%cc

Nice morning in Touho. Back from successful negotiation with outboard warranty in Noumea.


Mon Jun 11 7:23 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 46.412SS 165 14.312EE
Weather: 19C!, 1014HPa, beautiful clear sky, calm

In little Touho marina,off to Noumea tomorrow


Touho marina on the NE coast of Grande Terre
Not NZ tree ferns, but on the NE coast looking towards Poindimie
Sat Jun 9 6:55 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 46.41220S 165 14.31998E
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Weather: No wind, clear skies, 1015 HPa

Looks like it's going to be a nice day to go hiking in the hills around here.


Fri Jun 8 7:12 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 46.57641S 165 14.11703E
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: 15 to 20 SE, 100% cloud cover, 1016 HPa, rain overnight 23 degrees

Rained most of yesterday. Hoping for better weather to hike up a nearby hill. No mine site here.


Thu Jun 7 7:18 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 46.37269S 165 14.15E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: 15 knots SE, drizzle, 100 percent cc, 22 degrees 1015 HPa

Nice flat anchorage here off the NE coast of New Caledonia.


Wed Jun 6 6:01 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 46.4310S 165 14.090E
Weather: 12 knots SE, bar 1016, 22 degrees, 100 % cloud cover.

Pleasant conditions in Touho Bay. Good Internet, stores on shore. Going hiking and cycling today.


Tue Jun 5 7:29 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 46.43760S 165 14.11290E
Run: 32.7nm (59.2km)
Weather: 100%cc, calm, 1013 HPa rising, SE expected to return today

Anchored in Touho Bay on the NE coast of Grande Terre. First yachts seen for over 2 weeks. Lovely offshore weather is over for a few days.Will be here for a week, as have to bus it to Noumea.


Tibarama Island, near Touho
Tibarama Island with columnar pines
Mon Jun 4 7:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 9.02353S 165 32.55933E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: SW 5 knots, clear sky, no swell, 18 degrees

Still haven't seen any other yachts for 2 weeks. Heading further up the coast to the small community of Touho. Expecting a wind change tomorrow night.


Sun Jun 3 14:14 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 8.92336S 165 32.53271E
Run: 36.4nm (65.9km)
Weather: SW 10-15 knots, 5 percent cloud cover, no swell. 26 degrees

Sailed from Kouaoua bay to Ugue Bay. A nickel mine site on the shore but no activity at the moment. Large phone tower on the Hill.


Thu May 31 7:11 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 29.385S 165 58.41E
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
Weather: 18C, light SW land breeze, clear sky, 1013HPa

Anchored at the head of Canala Bay, a magnificent natural harbour on the East coast of Grande Terre.


Wed May 30 6:43 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 29.391S 166 3.867E
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
Weather: clear sky, 5 kn SE, 21C, 1013 HPa

Anchored in Lavaisierre Bay. Strong thermal variation on this coast. Windy in daytime, reinforcing prevailing wind, and calm at night. Electronic charts not accurate for depths in these east coast bays. Very variable, but often deep depths with a lot of coral. Not what it shows on the charts. Heading round to Canala to day to hit the shops.


Tue May 29 7:33 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 31.41060S 166 4.81944E
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
Weather: Clear skies, 5 knots SSE cool 22 degrees, 1015 on the bar.

Beautiful morning on the east coast of New Caledonia in Nakety Bay. Will head further up the coast today.


Mon May 28 12:49 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 36.68651S 166 14.34640E
Run: 12nm (21.7km)
Weather: Calm in Thio but 15 knots offshore. 20% cloud cover

Dropped into Thio to catch up with internet as the tower in Port Bouquet lost its sun with all the rain yesterday. Not a good anchorage so moving on towards Lavaissiere at midday.


Fri May 25 6:49 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 41.98045S 166 23.99769E
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
Weather: Calm, 10% cc, no swell, 21C, 1013HPa

In Port Bouquet in the Eastern lagoon, a quarter of the way up the east coast.


Thu May 24 6:45 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 41.94290S 166 23.67081E
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
Weather: Clear sky, 22 degrees, 5 knots SSW

Anchored in Port Bouquet. There's a small village in the bay and a large cellphone tower on Tupeti Island so good Internet. We'll stay in the harbour for the coming strong winds and rain.


Port Bouquet, Eastern Lagoon, NC
Port Bouquet, looking west
Wed May 23 15:44 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 44.92077S 166 30.71408E
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.8nm
Weather: No wind, clear skies.

On the way to Port Bouquet in Grande Terre's Eastern lagoon, we stopped at deserted Onemie island .


Approaching Onemie Island, New Cal. East Coast
Onemie island
Wed May 23 10:06 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 56.28493S 166 39.95051E
Run: 23nm (41.6km)
Weather: Clear sky, 6 knots S.no swell.

Just left Kouakoue Bay. Quiet anchorage no other yachts in sight. No village and no road. Not enough wind to sail. Heading for Port Bouquet. Lovely anchorage.


Tue May 22 7:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 9.09316S 166 56.46796E
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
Weather: Land breeze, 22 degrees, 100% cloud cover.

Quiet motor through Havannah Pass. Nice, quiet anchorage here in Yate. Good internet, store up at the hydro station


Mon May 21 6:32 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 21.398S 166 57.712E
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
Weather: less than 5 kn S, 90%cc, intermittent drizzle last night, 24C, 1013HPa

Anchored in Port Boise. Heading through Havannah Pass then North to Yate today.on East Coast of Grande Terre


Fri May 18 7:08 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 20.003S 166 49.501E
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
Weather: 12 ESE, 80% cc, 25C, 1014 hpa, rain yesterday evening

Anchored near old Prony village. Waiting to get round corner to east coast through Havannah Passage. Models disagreeing.Good walking in the cool weather


Wed May 16 7:31 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 22.64159S 166 55.20173E
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: Rain, no wind, cool.

Nice and peaceful here but wet. May head to Port Boise later. Saw on the AIS that New Cal is soon going to be invaded by 50 plus yachts which have just left the Gold Coast in the GO East rally.


Tue May 15 7:23 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 22.51131S 166 55.14478E
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
Weather: SSE 15 to 20 knots. 100 percent cloud cover.

Blustery here in Baie de Prony but on a mooring in Baie Majic. Heading to Yate in a day or so.


Sat May 12 7:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 25.04250S 166 46.81357E
Run: 24.6nm (44.5km)
Weather: Calm, 80 percent cloud cover, 1013 on the bar, 25 degrees.

Nice anchorage at Ouen Island.


Thu May 10 7:31 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.19550S 166 25.30770E
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
Weather: Clear skies, bar 1015 , 24 degrees, 10 knots SE

Lovely morning in Noumea. Public holiday here today and the customs department is closed until Monday.


Wed May 9 7:18 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.16759S 166 25.98717E
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
Weather: Clear sky, easterly 15 knots, bar 1017, 24 degrees.

Heading off tomorrow to the east coast of Grande Terre via Baie du Prony.


Mon May 7 7:30 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 16.82517S 166 25.97914E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: Clear sky. 1016 23 degrees, ENE 5 knots

Beautiful weather in New Caledonia.


Sat May 5 8:23 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 16.81159S 166 26.03805E
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
Weather: ESE 5 knots, showers, bar 1018, cool at 23 celsius.

Waiting for new passport but another public holiday on the 8th so we prob won't get off on our circumnavigation until Wednesday. All good though and plenty of nice anchorages close to Noumea. No overseas yachts here yet.


Tue May 1 7:34 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 17.71026S 166 27.73122E
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
Weather: 5 knots SSW, clear skies, rain overnight, bar 1009.

Great conditions for anchoring almost anywhere in the lagoon. May day public holiday here.


Sun Apr 29 12:51 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 18.72602S 166 28.59413E
Run: 28.8nm (52.1km)
Weather: Westerly 10 knots, 24 degrees, 100 percent cloud cover

Very pleasant conditions in the lagoon. In Baie de Ste.Marie at the moment. It's May Day holiday weekend so plenty of locals out and about but no yachts seen from overseas yet. Just got to pick up our genoa from the sail repairer then we are off to circumnavigate Grande Terre. Great not to have to wait for a weather window from NZ even though conditions look more favourable for earlier departures than 2017. Had to buy a new RIB as our Turkish bought one in 2010 had more or less collapsed. We put it by the recycle bin and was gone over night so maybe it found a new owner!!!!! Fortunately, new RIBS here are cheaper than NZ.


Saraoni off Isle Mathieu in Baie de Ste. Vincente North of Noumea
Sun Apr 22 15:22 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 05.10S 166 05.964E
Run: 10650nm (19276.5km)
Avg: 106.8knts
24hr: 2563.2nm
Weather: 20 knots SE, clear sky, 28 degrees

Lovely calm anchorage with beautiful views across the lagoon from the nearby hill.


Wed Apr 18 11:39 2018 NZST
Run: 10659.2nm (19293.2km)
Avg: 64.8knts
24hr: 1554nm
Weather: 90% cloud cover, 5 knots SE, 27 degrees.

Hoping to depart the marina by the end of the week to enjoy exploring the islands in the lagoon. By the beginning of May we intend to circumnavigate Grande Terre via Havannah Pass first.


Wed Apr 11 15:02 2018 NZST
GPS: 21 54.314S 166 03.911E
Weather: 15 knots SE, scattered cloud. Pleasant 27 degrees.

Just arrived back to Saraoni after leaving it for 10 weeks in Port Ouenghi Marina while we cycled in Tasmania and to Adelaide in South Australia. . No damage after a close call with 2 cyclones.

Getting ready for the cruising season and no NZ weather window to worry about.


Sat Feb 10 18:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 54.314S 166 03.911E
Weather: NE wind changing SW later.

Saraoni is in New Caledonia but we are in Tasmania on a cycling trip. Currently in Richmond cycling to Triabunna tomorrow.


Sat Jan 27 20:35 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 54.31S 166 03.91E
Weather: hot, calm and humid

Saraoni all trussed up in the Port Ouenghi marina while we fly to Hobart for our Hobart to Adelaide cyclathon. Limbered up with a 600 km cycle ride around Grande Terre, Boulouparis to Hienghene via Koumac and Pouebo. Rain stopped play in Hienghene as the SPCZ came south.


For those who have met Moose, the Casy Island abandoned dog, he died not long after we saw him in Baie du Prony before Christmas. Nice YouTube video by South Africans on catamaran Impi as a tribute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P93qEEXcu3U, worth watching!


Wed Jan 3 13:51 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 54.314S 166 03.911E
Weather: Hot northerly wind blowing today. 32 degrees., 1006 hPa

Just returned from a 4 day hike following New Caledonia's GR 1 or Great Walk. 2 of the days we saw no-one. Lots of clambering up and down valleys and across rivers and streams. Maximum height gain on one day was 1200 metres. Lots of amazing kaori trees related to the NZ kauri. See blog address below if interested.


http://www.sailblogs.com/member/saraoni/


Fri Dec 22 21:06 2017 NZDT
GPS: 21 54.314 S 166 03.911E
Run: 35.1nm (63.5km)
Weather: No wind at night but up to 30 knots seabreeze by 10 am. Clear skies and occasional drizzle.

Nice quiet marina with heavy chains to attach to on the seabed if there is cyclone warning. No damage last year when cyclone Cook went close by in April. Very reasonably priced and not crowded.


Sat Dec 2 8:27 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.04S 166 25.8E
Weather: 100%cc, 10-15kn ESE, 24C, 1011 HPa

Decision made. Booked Saraoni into Port Ouenghi marina near Tontouta Airport - very cheap, safe (relatively) and well run. Gives us a chance to start a circumnavigation of Grande Terre, the Loyalties and Vanuatu next year without waiting for another ww from NZ. Useful having EU passports here in New Cal! Will then sail the boat back to NZ next year earlier rather than too late like this year! Now off to Isle des Pins for a holiday while the trade wind dies somewhat.


Thu Nov 30 7:58 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.04S 166 25.8E
Weather: 15-20 ESE, hazy, 90% cc, bar. 1011

Still several yachts waiting to go to NZ. We are still undecided. Took a hike up 1200 metre Mount Mou to take our mind off weather watching.

Thank you David and Patricia for your useful info this season. Have a great summer.


Port Laguerre from Mont Mou, Noumea's nearest cyclone hole
Saraoni in Baie Maa near Noumea
Mon Nov 27 10:29 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.04S 166 25.8E
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
Weather: 12 knots E, 10 percent cc, bar 1010

Have been anchored in Baie de Moselle, Noumea over the weekend. Decided to make a decision on Friday 1st if we wait for a good passage to NZ or head to Australia. Still nice weather here.


Thu Nov 23 8:01 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.928S 166 24.387E
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
Weather: 20-25knE yesterday, 15-20kn now; builds every day, 70%cc, 25C, 1012HPa

On mooring at Maitre Island; Glad didn't leave for NZ with the last lot. Bashed for 10 days to Noumea from NZ in 1987. Never again that far. Position of high axis bad for New Cal to NZ passage because of leeway and current, too close to wind and too windy. May be sailing to Tassie via Queensland.


Wed Nov 22 8:24 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.17S 166 26.17E
Weather: 10 knots ESE, 30 percent cloud.

Lovely weather in Noumea. Windlass installed so now looking seriously at either suitable weather for passage to NZ or Australia.


Tue Nov 21 8:20 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.17S 166 26.17E
Run: 9.4nm (17km)
Weather: 10 knots E wind, 30 percent cloud cover, Lovely day in New Cal

Finishing windlass installation. Can't see any suitable weather window to NZ yet. Might try Australia next week.


Mon Nov 20 7:41 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 12.25S 166 19.17E
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
Weather: 10%cc, cool mornings, 23C, light land breeze, 1011 HPa

New windlass arrived; motoring back from Baie Papaye to Noumea Hope no-one else caught up with well advertised subtropical low. 2 rescues are enough.


Fri Nov 17 8:04 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.28S 166 26.02E
Weather: 100%cc,10-15kn SSE, drizzle

Anchored in Baie d'Orphelinat, waiting for new windlass. Headwinds all the way to NZ for the next 10 days. Saraoni says no.


Wed Nov 15 7:45 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.28S 166 26.017E
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
Weather: Beautiful clear day. 10 % cloud cover, 5 knots of land breeze.

Climbed the 250 steps up to the top of the lighthouse at Amadee, New Caledonia yesterday.

Can't see any useful weather window in the next 2 weeks to NZ unless we beat or tack.

Back in Baie d'Orphelinat, Noumea at anchor.


Tue Nov 14 7:40 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 28.56S 166 27.883E
Weather: 15 knots SE, distant haze

At Amadee Island, New Caledonia. Going to climb the 250 steps up to the top of the lighthouse this morning.


Mon Nov 13 13:04 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 28.56S 166 27.883E
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
Weather: 15 knot SE, 10 percent cloud cover

Amadee Island, New Caledonia. The only yacht here with the turtles.


Mon Nov 13 7:47 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.829S 166 24.071E
Run: 29.5nm (53.4km)
Weather: 10%cc, 10 -12knSE, 23C,1014HPa

No ww in sight to NZ so we're off to Amedee for the day.


Fri Nov 10 7:56 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 18.09S 166 51.66E
Weather: 100%cc, 10 kn+ SSW, prob more outside

In mouth of Riviere des Kaoris, Baie du Prony.


Thu Nov 9 6:33 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 18.09S 166 51.66E
Run: 9.9nm (17.9km)
Weather: No wind, clear sky.

Went to Mato Island in the lagoon and then sailed right into the Baie de Kaoris in the Prony inlet.


Wed Nov 8 8:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 25.57S 166 46.99E
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
Weather: NE 5 knots, 5% cc, thunderstorm came from NW at 1 am, poured with rain but no more than 10 knots around the clock. Can see the back of it to the SE.

Heading to a couple of lagoon islets today for snorkelling.


Saraoni at Isle Casy
Tue Nov 7 7:25 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 21.446S 166 50.549E
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
Weather: calm, clouds from ENE, 100%cc after night showers, 24C, 1010 HPa

On mooring at Isle Casy, Prony. Paid respects to Casy's abandoned, but seemingly well fed old dog yesterday, Off to Isle Mato today. No ww in sight to NZ! It's like May in reverse.


Mon Nov 6 8:07 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 22.92S 166 54.877E
Run: 37.8nm (68.4km)
Weather: 100%cc, hard to measure wind here

On a mooring in Anse Magic, Baie Du Prony. Making most of last few days of calm weather before next bfh arrives.


Fri Nov 3 7:47 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.331S 166 19.629E
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
Weather: 20 percent cloud cover mostly over Grande Terre, no wind

A pleasant anchorage in the lagoon. Plenty of rafts of noddy terns.


Thu Nov 2 7:56 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.867S 166 24.444E
Weather: 5kn ESE, 30%cc,1006HPa, 24C

Still on mooring at Isle Maitre, gripped by "la grippe"


Wed Nov 1 8:03 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.867S 166 24.444E
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
Weather: 5-10 kn SE, very hazy skies, 70% cc, 24C, 1009 HPa

On mooring at Isle Maitre with a fleet of others. Pleasant benign weather so will trip around Southern Lagoon before returning to Noumea for clearance out


Sun Oct 29 21:10 2017 NZDT
No position sent.

Sun Oct 29 21:08 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 16.63S 166 26.41E
Weather: Sunny all day with 15 knot seabreeze

Staying another day and then heading to ilot Maitre, Amadee, Ouen and Baie De Prony and then returning to get our custom's clearance in about 10 days.


Sun Oct 29 21:05 2017 NZDT
No position sent.

Sun Oct 29 20:57 2017 NZDT
No position sent.

Thu Oct 26 8:33 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 16.63S 166 26.41E
Weather: 50 percent cloud cover, 23 degrees, no wind

Spent the day yesterday climbing Mont Dore. The most beautiful views imaginable of the southern lagoon from 800 metres. Still more things to do before heading to New Zealand.


Wed Oct 25 0:24 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 16.637S 166 26.418E
Run: 40.9nm (74km)
Weather: Seabreezes

Arrived in Noumea yesterday in time for quarantine and customs. Dropped the anchor in Port Moselle but the marina directed us to the visitor's berths in Port Moselle Marina as soon as we called them on Ch 67. The quarantine officer came on board looking for things like ants. The custom's document was completed in the marina office but the officer did not come to the yacht. We walked to the immigration office on Tuesday to fill in an arrival form. It closes at midday.


Mon Oct 23 7:45 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.344S 167 04.692E
Run: 225.7nm (408.5km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.9nm
Weather: 12 knots NW, 1014 bar, 10% cc

Beautiful day as we transit Havannah Pass. Pass in mellow mood with little sign of disturbance. May anchor on way to Noumea, depending on tide through Canal Woodin.


Sat Oct 21 8:10 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 14.32S 169 46.65E
Weather: 50% cloud cover, 1013 hPa, 15 knots easterly. swell looks as though it's down today.

Considering heading towards Havannah Pass today. Approximately 200 miles. Timing it to catch the incoming tide.


Fri Oct 20 8:14 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 14.32.S 169 46.65E
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: 20 knots SE, 60 percent cloud, 1013 hPa, cool at 23 degrees.

Another day in the timelessness of Angelowhat Bay, Aneityum. Good store for basics, useable internet, nice hiking.


Thu Oct 19 8:27 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 14.802S 169 46.65E
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: 80%cc, 20 - 25 kn SE, 24C, 1014 HPa

Anchored at Anghelowhat still (Aneityum). Will be here until bfh shoves off.


Wed Oct 18 8:18 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 14.32S 169 46.68E
Weather: 20 knots ESE, raining, 100 percent cloud cover.

Comfortable anchorage here in Angelowat, Aneityum. Heading to New Caledonia on Friday.


Mon Oct 16 8:04 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 14.32S 169 46.68E
Weather: Cool morning, 20 percent cloud cover, 5 knots ENE.

Lovely flat anchorage off the village of Angelowat, Aneityum. Lots to do here for hikers and snorkellers. Followed a villagers track into the forest and found some lovely Vanuatu kauris. Pacific Jewel cruise ship showing up on the AIS and the villagers are getting into action.


Sat Oct 14 8:29 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 14.325S 169 46.68E
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)
Weather: Clear skies. 10 knots ESE.

Beautiful day. Cleared immigration and biosecurity yesterday. Weak internet signal.


Fri Oct 13 7:21 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 16S 169 56E
Run: 141.2nm (255.6km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.7nm
Weather: 10 knots ESE, 1012 bar, 80% cc with showers

Course 260T 5.5 knots. 9 miles from Anelghowhat Bay on Aneityum. Vanuatu Customs have kindly given permission for us to stop here. Not sure whether to stay or go on to the Loyalties or Grande Terre while anticipated big fat high rolls through down under next week.

Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Thu Oct 12 6:12 2017 NZDT
GPS: 19 38S 172 00E
Run: 133.8nm (242.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.1nm
Weather: 15 - 20 knots SE,, 1012 bar, 25C clear skies,

Course 250T 5.5 knots. On passage to New Caledonia. now 125 miles to Aneityum


Wed Oct 11 7:36 2017 NZDT
GPS: 19 05S 173 58E
Run: 150.4nm (272.2km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.3nm
Weather: 15 - 20 knots SE, 100% cloud cover, heavy rain early morning, confused sea state,1012 bar, 25C

Course 250T 5.5 knots. On passage to New Caledonia Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Tue Oct 10 7:45 2017 NZDT
GPS: 18 20.45S 176 07.6E
Run: 79nm (143km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.1nm
Weather: 10 knots SE, 40% cloud cover, 1010 bar

Course 250T 5.5 knots. On passage to New Caledonia Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Mon Oct 9 18:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 53.94270S 177 14.15395E
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
Avg: 110.2knts
24hr: 2644.9nm

Mon Oct 9 18:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 52.742S 177 14.77E
Run: 16.5nm (29.9km)
Weather: SSE 10, clear skies.

On passage to New Caledonia.


Thu Sep 28 18:59 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 40.89S 177 23.184E
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
Weather: seabreeze 10-15 cllear sky

Meltdown of MPPT solar controller will be keeping us in Vuda Point Marina for a few days while we re-wire our electrical system; No damage to instruments but about 10 metres of electrical wiring to replace plus heavy duty battery cables. No idea what caused it as thick smoke obscured the area but once cleared found a large melted area in the solar controller box; It was a 20 amp MPPT seemingly more than adequate for a 250 watt solar panel but we are upgraded to a a 30 amp.


Thu Sep 21 7:01 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 54.975S 177 16.074E
Run: 66.5nm (120.4km)
Weather: Calm, almost clear sky. 1012 hPa, 24 degrees, 5 knots SE.

Motor sailed from Beqa Island (pronounced Mbenga) to Momi Bay on the West side of Viti Levu. Light to moderate SE wind to begin with. Late afternoon up to 20 knots at times but didn't reach strong wind warning criteria. Could have sailed all the way if we had left earlier but wanted to get to Navula passage before dark. Well lit passage and Navionics for Android was more or less accurate.


Mon Sep 18 6:47 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 23.127S 178 09.120E
Run: 44.7nm (80.9km)
Weather: 5kn ESE, 50%cc, 26C, 1016 HPa

Anchored in Malumu Bay, Beqa Island. On our way to Lautoka, slowly, then New Cal.


Malumu Bay, Beqa, 25 nm SW of Suva
Mon Sep 11 7:08 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 58.827S 178 25.117E
Run: 10.5nm (19km)
Weather: 90% cloud cover, 5 knots SE wind.

Anchored in Kavala Bay, Kadavu island, Astrolabe. Went for a hike yesterday and found the Kadavu Musk parrot. The Vunivaivai store isn't open on Sunday but is well stocked. The internet (vodafone) is fast. The chief is Seventh Day Adventist so he doesn't drink Kava but asked us for fish but we didn't have any. Nice people though. Some of the locals call Kadavu little New Zealand. The scenery resembles Great Barrier Island. Lots of trails for hiking.


Sat Sep 9 6:56 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 51.593S 178 30.978E
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
Weather: 5 knots easterly, 1013 HPa, 25 degrees. 20% cloud cover.

Moved along the inner side of the Astrolabe reef to Vurulevu Island. Hoping to look for the resident population of manta rays. The once a month visit from the cruise ship The Pacific Jewel has just dropped its anchor off Dravuni island. The most recent Navionics for Android was (almost) spot on navigating through the reef areas from Naigoro pass to Vurulevu island.


Matacawalevu, East Kadavu Island
Fri Sep 8 13:41 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 00.934S 178 29.431E
Run: 9.8nm (17.7km)
Weather: Clear sky. 5 knots easterly.

Anchored in the lagoon off the Naigoro pass on the east side of Kadavu. Went for a drift snorkel in the pass. Beautifully clear water and rich in coral.


Wed Sep 6 6:56 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 52.46S 178 29.73E
Weather: 20-25ESE, 24C, 1017HPa, 80%cc, choppy in anchorage

Anchored in Nagara Bay, Ono Island, Astrolabe Lagoon. Great dive with Mai Dive yesterday at Alacrity Rocks west of Ono.


Diving at Alacrity Rocks, Ono Island
Blowing bubbles at Ono Island's Split Rock dive site
Mon Sep 4 6:50 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 52.46S 178 29.73E
Weather: 8 knots SE, 1013 HPa , 30% cloud, 23 degrees,

Lovely sunny morning here. Hope to do some diving this week. Cave exploration and mantas nearby too.


Sat Sep 2 10:55 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 52.46S 178 29.73E
Run: 81.6nm (147.7km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 65.1nm
Weather: Cloudy and drizzle 10 knots southerly

Anchored in Nagara Bay , Ono Island, Astrolabe lagoon. looking for manta rays when the weather clears up. We haven't shared an anchorage with any other yacht for more than a week.


Fri Sep 1 4:49 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 44.8S 178 51.8E
Run: 9.4nm (17km)
Weather: 5 - 10 knots NE, Swell 1m NE

Heading to North Astrolabe lagoon


Thu Aug 31 7:16 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 40.815S 178 44.369E
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
Weather: 50% cloud cover, calm.

Spending another night on Ovalau and then heading to the north Astrolabe reef while the weather is calm.


Wed Aug 30 7:08 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 38.35S 178 45.14E
Weather: 50% cloud cover, 5 knots ENE wind.

Anchored in Rukuruku Bay. Heading 2 miles down the coast to enable easier access to road to the crater village of Lovoni.


Tue Aug 29 20:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 38.35S 178 45.14E
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
Weather: 15 - 20 E wind, showery this morning, now fine,

Anchored in RukuRuku Bay, Ovalau. First Fijian humpback sighted this morning, two pods of dolphins yesterday. Friendly locals. Hiking to Lovoni Village, in a crater in the centre of Ovalau tomorrow


Mon Aug 28 7:06 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 40.82S 178 50.18E
Run: 44.8nm (81.1km)
Weather: Some showers but no wind.

Anchored at Levuka, Ovalau . Heading for the Astrolabe lagoon in a day or 2.


Sat Aug 26 7:18 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 16..45S 179 21.6E
Run: 31.9nm (57.7km)
Weather: 5 knots SE, no cloud cover

Moored in Dere Bay , Koro. Not fully recovered from cyclone Winston, 2 moorings available.

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Thu Aug 24 7:02 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 48.6S 179 17.2E
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
Weather: 95%cc, 24C, calm

Anchored off Cousteau Resort near Toronui; Wet, windy and unpleasant yesterday. Off tomorrow to Makogai we think.


Wed Aug 23 7:05 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 46.71530S 179 19.85975E
Weather: 100 % cloud cover. 24 degrees, 1013 on the bar. Leaving Savusavu today.

Mon Aug 21 7:37 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 46.71494S 179 19.87571E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: calm, 5-10%cc, 28C, 1010 HPa, very muggy last night

Heading off soon for parts unknown


Thu Aug 10 7:05 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 46.683S 179 19.838E
Weather: calm, 10%cc, 1014 HPa, 23C

On mooring in SavuSavu. Mooring field chocka but tow quieter after exodus of cruise ship.


Tue Aug 8 7:21 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 46.683S 179 19.838E
Run: 11280.2nm (20417.2km)
Avg: 474.6knts
24hr: 11390nm
Weather: calm in this sheltered spot, 95%cc, 24C, 1016HPa

On mooring in SavuSavu. Reasonable passage from Tonga. Got i before the strong SE winds started up. Last in this place in 1975. Now unrecognisable but fun!.


Mon Aug 7 7:35 2017 NZST
Run: 11249.4nm (20361.4km)
Avg: 495.7knts
24hr: 11896.7nm

too staticy to hear Allison's report.


Sun Aug 6 8:54 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 13.7S 179 26.9W
Run: 140.7nm (254.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.1nm
Weather: 10 knots SE, 30% cloud cover, swell 1 to 1.5m SSE, Bar 1015

On passage from Vava'u to Savusavu. 80 nm to go. Threaded the needle through the Northern Lau under a full moon last night. No navigational anomalies. AWOB.


Sat Aug 5 6:57 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 48S 177 24W
Run: 138.6nm (250.9km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136nm
Weather: 10 knots SSE, 90% cloud cover, swell 1 to 1.5m SSE, Bar 1013

On passage from Vava'u to Savusavu. 200 nm to go. AWOB.


Fri Aug 4 6:30 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 20S 175 22W
Run: 93.1nm (168.5km)
Weather: 5 knots SE, 90% cloud cover, swell 0.5 m E, Bar 1011

On passage from Vava'u to Savusavu. 315 nm to go. AWOB.


Tue Aug 1 6:21 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 41.836S 173 59.89W
Weather: 5%cc, 10 to 12 kn SE outside bay, 24C, 1014HPa

Nice protected anchorage (no 10), fruit bats, Tongan whistlers, tropic birds, anemone fish on nearby reef, good holding sand bottom (!), only boat here. Back to Neiafu today, prep. for Fiji departure.


Pink anemone fish in coral outcrop near anchorage 10
Mon Jul 31 6:47 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 41.844S 173 59.891W
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
Weather: 40%cc, high cirrus / mares tails moving east, 5 kn SE lower wind, 1014 Hpa, 24C

Quiet, well protected anchorage no.10. Had to leave Tapana anch. no.11 yesterday in a hurry when wind came from S to 20 kn. Poor holding there on narrow shelf.


Fri Jul 28 18:49 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 39.933S 174 00.540W
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
Weather: Drizzle, 10 knots SE

Anchored in No 5 Lotuma Bay, All alone.


Lion fish under abandoned Lotuma Island jetty
Thu Jul 27 7:07 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 39.44536S 173 58.94456W
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: SE 5 knots, 90% cloud cover, 24 degrees, 1014 bar.

Hiked up Mt Talau yesterday.


View from Mt Talau
Neiafu, Refuge Harbour
Wed Jul 26 6:11 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 39.592S 173 58.92302W
Weather: No wind, 5% cloud cover, 24 degrees, 1011 bar.

On a mooring in Neiafu, Vava'u. Off to another location while the weather is still calm if doesn't start to rain later today.


Humpback fluke near Foa, Ha'apai
Tue Jul 25 6:32 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 39.57S 173 58.919W
Run: 75.1nm (135.9km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63nm
Weather: No clouds, no wind, no waves, no trough

On a mooring at Neiafu, Vava'u after a whale of a journey from the Ha'apais yesterday.


Mon Jul 24 1:56 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 42.55S 174 16.923W
Run: 7.7nm (13.9km)
Weather: 10% cc, humid, 5 kn NE wind

Early start for Vava'u from Foa in the Ha'apais.


Sat Jul 22 6:18 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 47.905S 174 21.230W
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: 25C, 5 -8 kn ENE, 90%cc, humid

Still anchored off Pangai, moving N this p.m.


Thu Jul 20 7:08 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 48.0S 174 21.343W
Weather: 5 - 10 kn ENE, 24C, near clear skies, 1016 Bar, slight NE swell

Anchored Pangai, looking to move on soon


Mon Jul 17 6:31 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 47.962S 174 21.340W
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: 15-20 kn SE, 60%cc, 22C, 1017 HPa

Anchored at Pangai


Sat Jul 15 7:16 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 48.01S 174 21.32W
Weather: 10 knots SSE, 100% cloud cover, 1015 bar, 22 degrees.

Anchored off Pangai with 4 other yachts.


Fri Jul 14 6:54 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 48.01S 174 21.328W
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
Weather: 100% cc, drizzle, 10kn SSE, 23C, 1011 bar

Anchored off Pangai, 12 whales seen yesterday, west of Lifuka and Foa. Seemed to be just hanging around.


Thu Jul 13 6:24 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 50.945S 174 25.0607W
Run: 20.5nm (37.1km)
Weather: No wind, 10% cloud cover, 22 degrees, 1011 on the bar

Nice calm conditions at Uoleva.


Tue Jul 11 5:49 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 56.447S 174 43.034W
Run: 23.9nm (43.3km)
Weather: 12kn SSW, 1 m swell in anchorage, 10% cc, 25C, 1015 bar

Anchored uncomfortably at Ha'afeva. Calm conditions yesterday but only 3 whales seen far off. Might try Tofua volcano today.


Mon Jul 10 5:57 2017 NZST
GPS: 20 16.5638S 174 48.290W
Run: 61.5nm (111.3km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63.5nm
Weather: 5-10 knots SSE, little swell behind reefs, light cirrus cover

Anchored in front of the "Royal Nomuka Yacht Club" (commodore: Don McIntyre) on Nomuka Iki in the Ha'apais. Long sail from Tongatapu yesterday but saw around 15 humpback whales, some quite close. Some were breaching, others tail slapping and spy hopping. All slowly moving north. Got good pic of huge tail fluke near Nomuka Iki


Sun Jul 9 6:42 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 5.727S 175 10.512W
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
Weather: 5-8 kn ESE, 50% cloud cover, 25C, 2015

Left Tongatapu for Nomuka Iki in the Ha'apais


Sat Jul 8 6:48 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 7.516S 175 09.751W
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
Weather: 100% cloud, intermittent drizzle after overnight rain, 8-10 kn SE, bar 1015 Hpa, 21C

Anchored at Pangaimotu with 2 other yachts and a launch. Will leave for Nomuka Iki in the Ha'apais tomorrow after trough departs.


Fri Jul 7 7:08 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 07.6S 175 05.68W
Run: 5.5nm (10km)

Back at Big Mamas

15-20 knots ESE 100% cloud cover, 22 degrees.


Thu Jul 6 7:05 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 04.722S 175 09.805W
Run: 3.3nm (6km)

Anchored off Fafa island. SE 15 knots, cloud cover 30%, 1017 Bar. 23 degrees


Tue Jul 4 6:08 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 07.6S 175 09.68W
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)

Anchored off Big Mamas. 5% cloud cover, less than 5 knots S. 21 degrees. 1015 bar

Heading north to Ha"apais soon.


Sat Jul 1 7:07 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 8.36051S 175 12.29682W
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)

Still anchored off the small boat harbour. SE less than 5 knots, 5% cloud cover, 21 degrees, 1015 bar.


Fri Jun 30 16:29 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 08S 175 11W

Perfect tradewind weather in Tongatapu.


Fri Jun 30 16:29 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 08S 175 11W
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)

Perfect tradewind weather in Tongatapu.


Tue Jun 27 7:37 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 07.5126s 175 09.6931w
Run: 3nm (5.4km)

They report from Tongatapu that there was no earthquake yesterday despite reports. no wonder no one felt it!


Tue Jun 27 5:40 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 8.36051S 175 12.29682W
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)

Tue Jun 27 4:02 2017 NZST
GPS: 21 08S 175 11W
Run: 174.3nm (315.5km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.3nm

Safely anchored at Nuku'alofa. No wind. Very efficient check in.


Mon Jun 26 5:27 2017 NZST
Weather: 12 knots SSE 30% cloud cover, 1 m swell from SW, BAR 1011

30 nm Tongatapu . Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Sun Jun 25 5:42 2017 NZST
GPS: 22 35.46S 177 24W
Run: 119.1nm (215.6km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 121.1nm
Weather: 10 knots S 10% cloud cover 1 to 1.5 m swell from E and SW

145nm from Tongatapu today. ETA Monday morning. AWOB


Sat Jun 24 6:06 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 37.46S 178 54W
Weather: 10 knots SW 5% cloud cover, bar 1007 some swell getting over the reef.

Heading for Tongatapu today. ETA Monday morning.

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Fri Jun 23 6:12 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 37.46S 178 54W
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
Weather: 20 to 30 knots ,sometimeshighger gusts, NE, 3m swell outside the reef 90% cloud cover, bar 1008, occasional sheet lightning seen to the west

Still anchored at N. Minerva with 3 other yachts. Re-anchored yesterday at N end of lagoon for long anticipated front, of which we will be glad to see the back of, plus no regrets saying good bye to the big, fat high. Escape planned tomorrow a.m.


Thu Jun 22 6:27 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38S 178 55W
Weather: 20 to 25 knots NE 3m swell outside the reef 95% cloud cover, bar 1011

Anchored at N. Minerva with 3 other yachts. Comfortable but windy. Will make a move after the trough passes (on Friday) to Nuku'alofa leaving early Saturday. Wind relented at low tide yesterday sufficiently to allow us to snorkel around a wreck.


Wed Jun 21 6:51 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38S 178 55W
Weather: 20 knots ENE 3m swell outside the reef 10% cloud cover

Anchored at N. Minerva with 3 other yachts. Comfortable but windy. Will make a move after the trough, probably to Nuku'alofa leaving Saturday a.m.

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Tue Jun 20 7:03 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38S 178 55W
Weather: 20 knots ENE1.5 - 2m swell outside the reef 80% cloud cover

Anchored at N. Minerva with 3 other yachts, including Vela and Sequoia. Reasonably comfortable here but not reef exploring weather. It has been far too windy. Will make a move after the trough, probably to Nuku'alofa leaving Saturday a.m.

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Mon Jun 19 7:36 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38S 178 55W
Weather: 20 knots E 1 - 1.5 m swell outside the reef 40% cloud cover

Anchored at N. Minerva with 3 other yachts and 2 motor launches. Reasonably comfortable here but not reef exploring weather. Will make a move after the trough, piggy backing on the next high which seems a more respectable size.

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Mon Jun 19 5:27 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38S 178 55W
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
Weather: 15 - 20 knots E 1 - 1.5 m swell outside the reef

Anchored at N. Minerva with 3 other yachts and 2 motor launches. Reasonably comfortable.

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Sat Jun 17 7:38 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 39.721S 178 54.59W
Run: 78.8nm (142.6km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 68.4nm
Weather: 20-35ESE, 40%cc

waiting fr passage to Fiji


Fri Jun 16 4:00 2017 NZST
Speed:
5 -6 knots
knts
GPS: 24 39S 179 32W
Run: 289.1nm (523.3km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.7nm
Weather: 15 - 20 knots SE 30% stratocumulus 1018 1 - 1.5 m swell from SE

70 nm to N. Minerva at 04.00 Minerva time. Might have to put foot down to get into lagoon before dark or Suva here we come!


Wed Jun 14 5:57 2017 NZST
Speed:
5.5knots
knts
GPS: 28 20S 178 15E
Run: 151nm (273.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.9nm
Weather: 8-10 knots NW with drizzle 1018

300 nm to S. Minerva at 0500 NZST Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Tue Jun 13 2:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
5.5knots
knts
GPS: 30 16S 177 05E
Run: 110.9nm (200.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.7nm
Weather: very light NNE head wind 0.5m swell Bar 1018 light overcast with drizzle

452 nm to N. Minerva at 02.00 NZST Lovely sailing yesterday. Now back to motoring. All well on board.

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Mon Jun 12 7:47 2017 NZST
Speed:
4.4..
knts
GPS: 31 43S 176 17E
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.1nm
Weather: 8SSE, 30%cc,

all well


Mon Jun 12 5:45 2017 NZST
Speed:
6 knots
knts
GPS: 31 53S 176 11E
Run: 136.1nm (246.3km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.1nm
Weather: 10kn SE 1.5m swell Bar 1019 clear sky

538 nm to S. Minerva at 0530 NZST All well on board.


Sun Jun 11 9:36 2017 NZST
Speed:
6 know
knts
GPS: 33 39S 175 09E
Run: 126.7nm (229.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.9nm
Weather: 18kn SSW 1.5m swell Bar 1017 50% cloud cover

650nm to S. Minera AWOB Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.


Sat Jun 10 12:36 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 16.141S 174 06.411E
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)

Left for Fiji via Minerva . light WSW wind AWOB


Wed May 24 18:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 16.7S 174 05.95E
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Weather: 5knts NW, slight roll

Anchored off Paihia waiting for the 2 main weather models to agree on a suitable passage to the tropics! In the meantime sorting out Iridium Go! codes


Sun May 21 9:48 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 16.240S 174 5.95086E
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)

Waiting for a weather window in BOI to Fiji or somewhere else warm. Maybe end of this week?


Tue May 16 23:10 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 18.6403S 174 7.4742E
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)

Tue May 16 15:24 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 18.97185S 174 7.24843E
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)

Waiting for a weather window to Fiji or somewhere else warm. Maybe any time from Thurs to Sat?


Sat Nov 28 6:30 2015 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.80173S 174 7.24591E
Run: 79.4nm (143.7km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 80.6nm

Tied up at the Opua Customs Dock with 10 others. Grey sky and drizzle. Thanks for all the excellent coverage while on passage from Tonga!


Fri Nov 27 6:53 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.4
knts
GPS: 34 15S 174 39E
Run: 115.1nm (208.3km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.8nm
Weather: 4 knots N 0.5m NE swell, 0.5 m Bar 1016 steady

No useful wind so motor sailing. ETA Friday 8 pm in Opua.


Thu Nov 26 8:23 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5
knts
GPS: 32 48S 175 38E
Run: 36.4nm (65.9km)
Avg: 10.3knts
24hr: 246.8nm
Weather: no wind

176m from Bay of Islands. Eta tomorrow night


Thu Nov 26 4:51 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.0
knts
GPS: 32 17S 175 45E
Run: 120nm (217.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.7nm
Weather: 4 knots ENE, 0.5m E swell, 0.5 m SW swell, clear sky. Bar 1019 steady

ETA Friday pm in Opua. Counter current 1 knot.

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Wed Nov 25 8:31 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.1ms
knts
GPS: 30 44S 176 40E
Run: 21.5nm (38.9km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.3nm
Weather: 8ENE

not far from Saliander


Wed Nov 25 4:41 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.6
knts
GPS: 30 27S 176 49E
Run: 120.8nm (218.6km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.1nm
Weather: 6 knots ENE, 0.5m E swell, 0.5 m SW swell, clear sky. Bar 1018 steady

ETA Friday pm in Opua. Countercurrent for 12 hour period yesterday of approx. 1 knot.

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Tue Nov 24 6:24 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.7
knts
GPS: 28 52S 177 40E
Run: 84.8nm (153.5km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.3nm
Weather: 4-6 knots E, 1m E swell, scattered clouds. Bar 1017 steady

Heading on the rhumb line motor sailing to Opua. ETA Friday pm. net time report was favourable current at 29S and 177 35E


Mon Nov 23 16:46 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.7
knts
GPS: 27 46S 178 17E
Run: 51.7nm (93.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.6nm
Weather: 4-6 knots E, 1m E swell, few clouds. Bar 1015 steady

Heading on the rhumb line motor sailing to Opua. ETA Friday pm.

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Mon Nov 23 8:34 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.4ms
knts
GPS: 27 02S 178 27E
Run: 125.8nm (227.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.4nm
Weather: blue sky, ene6

slow but good progress


Sun Nov 22 12:06 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.7
knts
GPS: 25 26S 179 25E
Run: 120.8nm (218.6km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.5nm
Weather: 4-8 knots ENE, 1m E swell, few clouds. Bar 1015 steady

Heading on the rhumb line to Opua. ETA Friday pm.


Sat Nov 21 15:54 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.7
knts
GPS: 24 00S 179 29W
Run: 44.1nm (79.8km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.6nm
Weather: 14-22 knots ESE, 2-2.5 ESE swell, scattered clouds

Too uncomfortable to head on the thumb line. Awaiting E to ENE before adjusting course.

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Sat Nov 21 5:58 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 23 39S 178 54W
Run: 11.5nm (20.8km)
Weather: 15-20 knots ESE, clearing skies

Departing North Minerva this morning with the plan to steer on the thumb line for Opua unless weather forecast changes. We intend to motor if our speed drops below 5.5 knots. ETA 27th.November.


Fri Nov 20 15:18 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 23 49S 178 54W
Run: 11.5nm (20.8km)
Weather: 30 knots ESE, 50 cm chop, 100℅ cloud cover, raining.

Anchored at North Minerva with 4 other yachts. No beach bonfire tonight.


Fri Nov 20 6:10 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 23 39S 178 54W
Weather: 16 knots ENE , no swell behind reef, overcast/showers

Anchored at North Minerva with 4 yachts.ETD Opua, NZ tomorrow.


Thu Nov 19 15:36 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 23 39S 178 54W
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
Weather: 2 knots ENE , 1 m SW swell, overcast

Anchored at North Minerva with 4 yachts and kngsize crayfish.

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Thu Nov 19 8:21 2015 NZDT
GPS: 23 39.721S 178 54.59W
Run: 22.8nm (41.3km)
Weather: bit of NW wind but flat seas and slightly o/c

5 boats there


Wed Nov 18 6:08 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 23 20S 178 56W
Weather: 6 knots NE , 2 m SW swell mostly clear skies

Anchored at North Minerva with 4 other yachts.

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Mon Nov 16 15:17 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 23 20S 178 56W
Run: 69.3nm (125.4km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106nm
Weather: 13 knots E , 2 m SW swell mostly clear skies

Anchored at North Minerva with 7 yachts.


Sun Nov 15 23:36 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.7
knts
GPS: 22 56S 177 56W
Run: 120nm (217.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.7nm
Weather: 13-18 knots SE , 2 m SW swell

68 miles to North Minerva. Will check weather at Minerva before carrying on.

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Sun Nov 15 3:50 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.4
knts
GPS: 21 51S 176 28W
Run: 90.6nm (164km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 145nm
Weather: 14-20 knots S, some cloud, 1.5 m SE swell

On passage to Opua via North Minerva. Will check weather at Minerva before carrying on.


Sat Nov 14 12:50 2015 NZDT
Speed:
5.4
knts
GPS: 21 03S 175 21W
Run: 13.2nm (23.9km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.2nm
Weather: 8-10 knots S, sunny, 1 m SW swell

On passage to Opua via North Minerva. Will check weather at Minerva before carrying on.

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Sat Nov 14 8:40 2015 NZDT
GPS: 21 07.5126s 175 09.6931w
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)

leaving today for Minerva Reef


Fri Nov 13 10:11 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 21 08S 175 11W
Weather: 5 knots S, partly cloudy

Anchored at Big Mamas off Nuku'alofa. Had a small repair to do on engine water cooling system. Now ready to depart for NZ but weather is not looking good late next week. Prob leave for Minerva tomorrow (sat).

8 yachts here including Macushla heading to NZ. This morning 7 yachts in Minerva including Silver Fern and Rhombus. Helios and Peregrine left Tongatapu 2 days ago for NZ. There are others enroute too. Some yachts said they have not been able to get sailmail messages through for emails and weather. It seems the Nuie station has been down. Also there is a lot of interference on the ssb here.

Can't wait to get to NZ.

Thanks for your coverage.

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Thu Nov 5 15:56 2015 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 21 08S 175 11W
Run: 30.4nm (55km)
Weather: 5-8 knots N, partly cloudy

In small boat harbor, Nuku'alofa. 20 other boats nearby waiting for pesky sub tropical low and associated SW winds to go away before heading to NZ.

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Sun Oct 25 12:41 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6
knts
GPS: 20 43S 175 02W
Run: 96.2nm (174.1km)
Weather: 5-8 knots E, sunny, 0.5 m E swell

On passage from Ha'apai group toTongatapu. One of many boats heading for NZ in the next 2 weeks. 15 at Nuku'alofa at the moment and 3 at North Minerva reef.

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Sun Oct 25 8:52 2015 NZDT
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30m NW Tongatapu where they are headed with their really hard to hear radio!


Tue Oct 20 14:13 2015 NZDT
Speed:
6
knts
GPS: 19 31S 174 17W
Run: 245.2nm (443.8km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.6nm
Weather: 5-8 knots E, sunny, 1 m WE swell

On passage from Vava'u to Ha'pai group in Tonga. One of many boats heading for NZ in the next 2 weeks. We have just entered our 10 th. year of a circumnavigation leaving NZ in 2006.

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Sun Oct 18 12:09 2015 NZDT
GPS: 17 21.08026S 171 19.24805W
Run: 196.8nm (356.2km)

Leaving Neafu on the 19th for Ha'pai group.


Mon Sep 28 16:54 2015 NZDT
GPS: 18 39.24606S 173 58.97954W
Run: 113.7nm (205.8km)

On a mooring in Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga


Fri Sep 25 8:44 2015 NZST
GPS: 17 18S 173 00W
Run: 2328.5nm (4214.6km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.5nm

heading to Neiafu Tonga


Tue Aug 18 11:21 2015 NZST
GPS: 16 30S 151 45E

Preparing to cross to Tonga


Tue Aug 18 11:21 2015 NZST
GPS: 16 30S 151 45E

Preparing to cross to Tonga


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