Sea Angel

Sea Angel

Sun Nov 13 8:06 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.0 motorsailingknts
Run: 153.6nm (278km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.3nm
34 49S 173 56E
Weather: 12k from SE, 1m seas from NW, 80% clouds, 1015 bar

23 miles out of Opua. All extremely well!!


Sat Nov 12 8:40 2016 NZDT
Speed: 2.0mknts
32 52S 172 39E
Weather: 990mb, 60%cc, 2.5SW

Found the centre of the low. Guess that shud be center for you folk!


Sat Nov 12 8:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 2.0knts
Run: 32.9nm (59.5km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.8nm
32 52S 172 39E
Weather: 25knts from the South, 2.5M seas, 15% clouds, 999 bar

All well but uncomfortable seas. Encountered the frontal band last night. Winds from North most of the night 25k with 35 gusts. This morning wind shifted to the South. Currenty motoring to keep steerage and waiting for a Westerly wind component. (Patricia/David, any Idea when this south wind will gain its westerly component? And what to expect next 36hours?)


Fri Nov 11 22:57 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 85.2nm (154.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.7nm
32 28.74S 172 19.31E
Weather: 25 G35+ knts, wind driven seas 2.5M, 100% clouds, 1004 bar

Strong front. Entered frontal band with double reefed main but boat was quickly overdriven. Reduced to only a tiny bit of jib and still making 5 knots average. Had some rain in first band at 8pm local. All well and we are comfortable for the night.


Fri Nov 11 9:12 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 7nm (12.7km)
Avg: 10.2knts
24hr: 243.9nm
31 24.198S 171 36.67E
Weather: N 15 knts, 2M S seas, 90% clouds, 1012 bar

All well. Good to sail with favorable direction wind again!


Fri Nov 11 8:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 146.9nm (265.9km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.2nm
31 19S 171 33E
Weather: 16N, 2m S swell, 90%cc, 1013 down

good signal which is surprsing as this latitude is normally in GHRadio skip


Thu Nov 10 9:21 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5 under powerknts
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
Avg: 10.5knts
24hr: 251.9nm
29 26.25S 170 23.87E
Weather: 5knts SE, 1.5M SSE seas, 60% clouds, 1016 bar

All well aboard. A lot of motoring so far in primarily SE winds. Approximately 390 miles from Opua so starting to get close!


Thu Nov 10 8:34 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5msknts
Run: 125.7nm (227.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.8nm
29 20S 170 20E
Weather: 5SE, swell 1.5mSSE, 55%cc, 1016.5

Wed Nov 9 9:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)
Avg: 10knts
24hr: 239.1nm
27 42.65S 169 23.94E
Weather: Light SE, 2.5-3M seas at 9sec, 15% clouds, 1018 bar

All well onboard. Motoring with ETA at 31S and 171.30E Friday morning.


Wed Nov 9 8:34 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4mknts
Run: 87.2nm (157.8km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.7nm
27 36S 169 19E
Weather: 1018, swell 2.5-3m S swell, LAV mostly SE

all well with the repairs


Tue Nov 8 11:09 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.1nm
26 21.09S 169 06.58E
Weather: 12knts from SE, 2.5M seas from S , No clouds, 1017 bar

All well onboard. We took a lot of Easting on the first couple of days and are now planning on the rhumb line to Opua. We are taking our time and not seeking speed so as to arrive just behind a front expected over Opua on the 11/12th. Hope to arrive midnight on the 12th or sometime on Sunday the 13th.


Tue Nov 8 8:37 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 43.9nm (79.5km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.9nm
26 08S 169 02E
Weather: SE13, SE swell 2.5m, 5%cc

sta Sat midnight but may slow down


Mon Nov 7 20:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 4191.4nm (7586.4km)
Avg: 375.9knts
24hr: 9021.8nm
26 04.02S 168 19.84E
Weather: 10knts SE, 1.5m seas SE, 30% clouds, 1014 bar

All well. Slowing down a bit (and taking some Easting) to encounter a front off NZ forecast to arrive 11/12 Nov.


Mon Nov 7 9:21 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 4259.2nm (7709.2km)
Avg: 7195.3knts
24hr: 172686.5nm
25 24S 1676 30E
Weather: 9 knts from SW, seas 1m, no clouds, 1013bar

All well onboard.


Mon Nov 7 8:45 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 11258.8nm (20378.4km)
Avg: 303.4knts
24hr: 7281.7nm
25 17S 167 27E
Weather: 1013, SW9

Sun Nov 6 9:09 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4.3 motor sailingknts
Weather: 6 knts ESE, less than meter seas, 5%clouds, 1012 bar

All well on board.


Wonderful! Safe travels...fair winds...following seas...
Sat Nov 5 19:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6 motor sailingknts
Run: 11059nm (20016.8km)
Avg: 40.4knts
24hr: 969.7nm
222 21.355S 166 15.38E
Weather: 8 out of E, less than meter, 90 clouds, 1011 bar

Departed at 1730 local time 0623UTC from Noumea heading for Opua, NZ (again!)


Tue Oct 25 9:57 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 78.3nm (141.7km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.7nm
22 22S 166 37E
Weather: 5 knts out of NW, calm, 90% high clouds, 1013 bar

All well. Motoring along coast of New Caledonia heading for clear in at Noumea.


Mon Oct 24 8:48 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99nm
22 48S 167 45E

All is going well. Seas have been calm for a couple days and we are motoring fine. Leak ok with minimal Seas and all remains stable. We are about 20miles ESE of Ile De Pins. We Will clear in customs tomorrow morning sometime. A thank you to Jonathan on Chez Neus and Anne on Sophia for helping coordinate repairs.


Mon Oct 24 8:32 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 162nm (293.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157.2nm
22 48S 167 46E

arriving this afternoon. All well.


Sun Oct 23 7:48 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 160.4nm (290.3km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.9nm
22 54.196S 170 18.51E
Weather: 8 SE, 2m SE, 10% cover, 1015 bar

Doing fine. Everything is stable and no worsening of condition. We caught up on our sleep. We are getting much help with contacts and information regarding repairs and entry from fellow cruisers in Fiji and Noumea. Thank you all.


Sat Oct 22 10:00 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Weather: 8 knts, 1.5 SE seas, 20% clouds, 1013 bar

We have turned to the West and are heading for New Caledonia. The leak has been minimized by a temporary fix and we are proceeding fine.


Sat Oct 22 8:35 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 320.2nm (579.6km)
Avg: 145.7knts
24hr: 3495.7nm
22 44.21S 172 49.23E
Weather: 1013, SW8, 1.5m

has a significant leak on starboard rudder post, The bushing has come adrift and there is significant play. Strongly suggested they head for Noumea for repairs as wind good to go that direction. However he is going to continue on a McDavitt route to a way point of 25S and 171e. Another boat that had the same problem previously also suggested the diversion to Noumea.

At the end of the net.AN UPDATE. Now heading for Noumea. Good decision. Many of us are relieved. Sofia, in Noumea are going to organise lift out and will be in touch with Sea Angel via email.Boat details have been sent on.


Sat Oct 22 6:24 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 306.4nm (554.6km)
Avg: 18.2knts
24hr: 436.4nm
22 39.25S 177 50.475E
Weather: 8 knts from SE, 1.5 seas from SE, 30 pct clouds, 1013 bar

Please put me on first roll call. I would like to give you an update on problem with the boat and request detailed weather on route to NZ. Perhaps relay to Taupo Maritime my situation and facilitate a call schedule with them. Unable to reach them as of 1720 UTC. David.


Fri Oct 21 13:33 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 34.1nm (61.7km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.6nm
21 06S 173 22E
Weather: 15knts from SE, 1.5M SE, 80% clouds, 1013 bar

All well. Had to place a pre-dawn radio wake up call to longliner on a course putting us 90 feet away at CPA. I wish I knew Chinese. Once I woke him they altered course and all was well. Our day 2 was 174 miles, quite pleasing. Our record was 182.


Fri Oct 21 9:07 2016 NZDT
Speed: 8.5knts
Run: 210.1nm (380.3km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.6nm
20 41S 173 39E
Weather: SSe18, 1015, 2mswell

thanks to A Train for the help as radio conditions were poor today


Thu Oct 20 7:51 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 99.2nm (179.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.1nm
18 25.45S 175 48.48E
Weather: 15k out of S/SE, 2M seas out of S/SE, 70% clouds, 1010 bar

All well aboard. One squall last night with 20+k. Good sailing.


Wed Oct 19 16:24 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)
17 55.170S 177 13.345E
Weather: SW at 6, Flat seas, 60% clouds, 1011

All well. Departed Vuda marina, cleared customs at 11:30AM, on way to Opua


Tue Oct 18 9:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 137.6nm (249.1km)
17 46.203S 177 24.208E
Weather: calm, 100% cloud, 1013, showers

Still planning on departing Fiji for NZ wednesday


Sun Oct 16 22:27 2016 NZDT

Planning to leave Fiji for NZ on Wednesday the 19th weather cooperatng. Do you think you might do a quick roundup of boats heading south this week? Thanks much, David.


Sat Oct 15 21:54 2016 NZDT
Weather: gentle breeze from NE, zero clouds, 1011 bar

Looking to depart for Opua around Tuesday the 18th. Patricia, if it works could you maybe do a simple roundup of the boats planning a departure over the next week or so? Thanks much, David and Karen.


Wed Oct 5 8:12 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5 motorsailingknts
Run: 118.4nm (214.3km)
16 49S 179 14E
Weather: wind 3knots from NW , seas less than meter, no clouds, 1011 on the bar

Leaving Savusavu for Denerau/Musket area. Will be looking for weather window to head to NZ within a week or two. Patricia, could you confirm I have the format of update right?


Tue Sep 27 8:33 2016 NZDT
17 11S 179 01W
Weather: wnw10, 5-10%cc, 1011,

not exactly where their little yacht is on google but in the N Lau somewhere!


Tue Sep 6 7:36 2016 NZST
17 11S 179 01W
Weather: 12-15SE, 80%cc, 1015

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