SCOOTS has arrived at Marsden Cove Marina as of 7 pm Dec 4! After a very interesting weather day. We'll clear with Customs tomorrow morning then move upriver to Town Basin Marina. Wow it's weird to be on a stationary boat...
Noon readings from Dec 4.
Noon readings. Scooting along at 8-9 knots on a beam reach in lots of W wind. Waves frequently washing our deck, occasionally our cockpit. Discovered some hatches that weren't tightly shut. It wouldn't be a trip to NZ if we didn't have some saltwater in the cabin. :/ Hoping that the promised NW wind will fill in soon which should make life more comfortable. We changed our destination to Marsden Cove Marina. Still looking to arrive afternoon 4 Dec. SCOOTS can smell the barn....
Sailing again! Dave on s/v Rewa is still sailing along nearby; it's nice to have a friend to chat with on the VHF out here. We're considering changing our destination to Marsden Cove instead of Opua, to take advantage of the favorable winds at arrival time. All well on board.
Since our last update, we've transited a front thrown up by the big Low in the Tasman. It gave us the wind we had been lacking for the past two days, sustained N winds of 18-22 knots for most of the night with just a little rain. This moved us along nicely with our two headsails. The seas were only about 1.5 m, but they made for rolly conditions. This morning, as we sailed through the last of the front, we had quite a bit of rain, and a couple of gusts over 30 knots, but that's about it. Now, on the other side of the front, we have almost no wind and we're motoring again. Hoping now for the predicted West winds...
Another beautiful sunny day and starry night. We're wearing pants and long sleeves on our night watches now. We must truly be tropical people...I was surprised to find that the temperature is 77 degrees! I thought it was colder.
Beautiful weather! Wind has backed around and is now on the nose. Expect to motor into it most of the day. Still looking at a Dec 4 arrival in Opua.
Left Denarau yesterday, on our way to Opua. Lovely sailing conditions.
Still waiting at Denarau Marina for a weather window we like.
Waiting at Denarau Marina for a Thursday departure to Opua. Today is the Diwali holiday.
A lovely day to sail across the Bligh Water! We're now anchored off the beach of Nananu-i-Cake Island, on the north shore of Viti Levu
Anchored in peaceful Bua Bay after a day of changeable weather: light and variable leaving Savusavu, 20-25 knots as we entered Nasonisoni Pass, continuing and adding 1.5m seas to bash into after we exited the pass, then returning to light and variable late afternoon
We've been enjoying Savusavu for the past week so far. We'll be moving to Denarau by Oct. 10.
We've been slowly exploring the islands of the Koro Sea...Leleuvia, Ovalau, Makogai, Koro, and now Taveuni. We are very comfortably moored at the super-yacht-friendly Paradise Taveuni Resort.
Anchored at Leleuvia Island in the Koro Sea
Anchored at Leleuvia Island in the Koro Sea
Arrived in Suva Harbour 30 June @ 1400. Outside the reef, seas were 3 meters and wind 25-30 knots E/SE. Motor not working, so sailed in and anchored under sail. Inside the harbour, flat seas and 15-20 knots. :) All very well on board.
Diverting to Suva due to weather. Arriving today.
All well. Sensing the barn.
Happily on a beam reach
All well on board.
Enjoying a serene downwind sail.
Having a rollicking ride. All well.
All Well. SCOOTS is tucked into a slip in Opua after a wet and windy 6 day passage. Now the cleanup begins.
arrived yesterday afternoon
All Well, leaving Suva for Opua this morning. It rained all night, hope it stops before we go.
all Well, leaving Suva today for Opua
Anchored at Blue Lagoon
anchored at the Manta Ray Island Resort
185 to Vuda. All well
anchored N Minerva last night
177nm to N Minerva
276 to Minerva
Still in Marsden Cove Marina with a bunch of other cruisers, waiting to head north. We've all decided to stay put for a few more days, to let the latest weather pass by. The fun today included a few of us motoring over to the fuel dock and filling up during the flat calm weather, and going on a long walk in the afternoon.
In Marsden Cove, still waiting for the elusive weather window, to set sail for Fiji.
Waiting in Whangarei for good weather along with everyone else.
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