Saraoni

Saraoni

Mon Nov 12 13:12 2018 NZDT
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
24 51.61014S 152 21.56565E
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
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
24 50.95997S 152 21.85722E
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
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
24 45.58690S 152 23.08802E
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
Run: 7.1nm (12.9km)
24 51.65059S 152 21.46395E
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
Run: 150.2nm (271.9km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.4nm
24 45.714S 152 23.184E
Weather: NE 12 knots, 10 percent cloud cover.

Great weather to arrive in Australia. No thunderstorms.


Wed Oct 31 7:15 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5nknts
Run: 278.6nm (504.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.9nm
24 07S 154 40E
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: 5nknts
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
Run: 477nm (863.4km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.1nm
23 34S 159 02E
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: 4.5nknts
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: 4.2nknts
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: 4.0nknts
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 nknts
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
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
22 19.872S 166 24.446E
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
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
22 17.755S 166 26.07E
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
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
22 17.855S 166 26.07E
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
Run: 29nm (52.5km)
22 17.293S 166 26.042E
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
Run: 18.1nm (32.8km)
22 33.02S 166 47.31E
Weather: No wind 10 percent cloud cover

Beautiful morning at Mato island.


Mon Oct 8 19:55 2018 NZDT
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
22 48.75780S 166 46.65258E
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
Run: 15.5nm (28.1km)
22 46.69924S 166 47.86715E
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
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
Avg: 73.5knts
24hr: 1764.3nm
22 33.276S 166 47.153E
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
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
22 27.38864S 166 46.74734E
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
Run: 24.6nm (44.5km)
22 24.30S 166 47.89E
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
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
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
22 17.24410S 166 26.08213E
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
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
22 15.53799S 166 23.41532E
Weather: Clear sky. 5 knots SE.

Off to climb Mont Dore today.


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

Anchored in quiet Anse Kuendu.


Mon Sep 24 19:26 2018 NZST
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)
22 22.38408S 166 21.73673E
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
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
22 17.723S 166 28.764E
Weather: Shifted SE today up to 20 knots.

Anchored off Ile Ngea today.


Sat Sep 22 7:20 2018 NZST
Run: 11.5nm (20.8km)
22 18.715S 166 28.566E
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
No position sent.

Fri Sep 21 23:33 2018 NZST
Run: 13.2nm (23.9km)
22 27.98777S 166 24.68486E
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
Run: 263.1nm (476.2km)
22 16.629S 166 26.421E
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
Run: 171.2nm (309.9km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 71.7nm
19 32.02900S 169 15.95312E
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
Run: 75.5nm (136.7km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 90nm
21 45.96S 168 07.09E
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
Run: 69.7nm (126.2km)
22 39.59484S 167 26.43889E
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
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
22 19.75020S 166 24.52899E
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
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)
22 17.25S 166 25.89E
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
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
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
22 21.42929S 166 50.45547E
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
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.7nm
22 22.61069S 166 55.02046E
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
Run: 31.9nm (57.7km)
22 22.63015S 166 55.44248E
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
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
22 17.16157S 166 26.07827E
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
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
22 17.09557S 166 26.05225E
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
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
22 19.78108S 166 24.45535E
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
Run: 15.2nm (27.5km)
22 17.20064S 166 27.73094E
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
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
22 10.25357S 166 15.62426E
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
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
22 8.09566S 166 12.94573E
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
Run: 5.5nm (10km)
21 57.68683S 166 0.41452E
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
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
22 00.1682S 165 56.0145E
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
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
Avg: 34.2knts
24hr: 821nm
21 57.43474S 165 58.27555E
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
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
21 50.78974S 165 49.11342E
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
Run: 79nm (143km)
21 51.73226S 165 46.84522E
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
Run: 16.8nm (30.4km)
21 9.19863S 164 49.01427E
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
Run: 22.5nm (40.7km)
20 57.6S 164 39.53038E
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
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
20 45.396S 164 23.235E
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
Run: 23.3nm (42.2km)
20 34.80510S 164 16.44659E
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
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)
20 17.8239S 164 4.755E
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
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
20 13.69204S 164 1.82724E
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
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
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
20 13.47742S 164 2.30772E
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
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
20 8.7166S 163 59.9129E
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
Run: 24.4nm (44.2km)
20 4.82472S 163 58.10196E
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
Run: 18.5nm (33.5km)
20 14.35421S 164 18.21035E
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
Run: 34.9nm (63.2km)
20 18.74909S 164 34.63687E
Weather: S 12 knots, 1113 HPA 20% cc

Sailing towards Pam on the NE of New Caledonia.


Thu Jun 21 7:06 2018 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
20 40.65657S 164 57.01433E
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
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
20 40.972S 164 56.85E
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
Run: 19nm (34.4km)
20 40.85056S 164 57.26474E
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
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
20 46.22201S 165 13.97614E
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
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
20 46.34721S 165 13.78083E
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
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
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
20 46.41220S 165 14.31998E
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
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
20 46.57641S 165 14.11703E
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
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
20 46.37269S 165 14.15E
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
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
Run: 32.7nm (59.2km)
20 46.43760S 165 14.11290E
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
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 9.02353S 165 32.55933E
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
Run: 36.4nm (65.9km)
21 8.92336S 165 32.53271E
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
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
21 29.385S 165 58.41E
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
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
21 29.391S 166 3.867E
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
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
21 31.41060S 166 4.81944E
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
Run: 12nm (21.7km)
21 36.68651S 166 14.34640E
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
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
21 41.98045S 166 23.99769E
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
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
21 41.94290S 166 23.67081E
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
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.8nm
21 44.92077S 166 30.71408E
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
Run: 23nm (41.6km)
21 56.28493S 166 39.95051E
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
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
22 9.09316S 166 56.46796E
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
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
22 21.398S 166 57.712E
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
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
22 20.003S 166 49.501E
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
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
22 22.64159S 166 55.20173E
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
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
22 22.51131S 166 55.14478E
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
Run: 24.6nm (44.5km)
22 25.04250S 166 46.81357E
Weather: Calm, 80 percent cloud cover, 1013 on the bar, 25 degrees.

Nice anchorage at Ouen Island.


Thu May 10 7:31 2018 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
22 17.19550S 166 25.30770E
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
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
22 17.16759S 166 25.98717E
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
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
22 16.82517S 166 25.97914E
Weather: Clear sky. 1016 23 degrees, ENE 5 knots

Beautiful weather in New Caledonia.


Sat May 5 8:23 2018 NZST
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
22 16.81159S 166 26.03805E
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
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
22 17.71026S 166 27.73122E
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
Run: 28.8nm (52.1km)
22 18.72602S 166 28.59413E
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
Run: 10650nm (19276.5km)
Avg: 106.8knts
24hr: 2563.2nm
22 05.10S 166 05.964E
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
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
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
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
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/


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