Second Wind

Second Wind

Sat Oct 13 19:09 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 80.2nm (145.2km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 83.7nm
20 14.373S 169 46.794E
Weather: Wind SE 20k. Sea SE 1m. Baro 1018, a slight increase. Cloud 10%.

We had a very good sail from Vila, and arrived at Aneityum just as the strong winds started to kick up. After a few last-minute chores like stowing the dinghy for a long-distance passage and pre-cooking some meals, we'll be ready for the Big Leap to NZ. Departure could be anywhere between a day and a week from now, depending on incoming weather.

Fri Oct 12 20:09 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.8knts
Run: 119nm (215.4km)
19 20.2S 169 00.3E
Weather: Wind E 14k. Sea E 0.8m. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 15%.

We crammed a lot of tasks into a shortened time frame in Port Vila so we could take advantage of reasonable conditions to sail to Aneityum, >180 miles to windward. So far we've had excellent sailing!

Tue Oct 9 20:48 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
17 44.727S 168 18.743E
Weather: Wind SE 8k. Sea nil. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 100%.

On a mooring in Port Vila, getting ready for the passage to NZ. Depending on longer term forecasts, we're hoping to sail to Aneityum in a couple of days, then head to NZ from there.

Mon Oct 8 14:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 76nm (137.6km)
17 41.505S 168 15.878E
Weather: Wind E 10k. Sea SE 0.5m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 100%.

Anchored in Mele Bay, gathering energy after our overnight sail from Epi. We'll move to a mooring in Port Vila harbor early tomorrow morning to start prepping for the upcoming passage back to NZ.

Thu Oct 4 22:51 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 51.9nm (93.9km)
16 35.807S 168 09.796E
Weather: Wind SSE 8k. Sea SSW 0.7m. Baro 1013 and steady. Cloud 90%.

We'd planned to stay in Vanuatu for 6 weeks, but the early start to the cyclone season caused us to decide to depart earlier. We are now working our way back to Port Vila, with a pleasant stop at Lamen Bay on Epi Island.

Thu Oct 4 22:51 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
16 24.986S 167 24.188E
Weather: Wind SW 10k. Sea WSW 1m. Baro 1013 and steady. Cloud 30%.

(Our SSB was temporarily out of commission so this report is 2 days old.) When the wind and rain finally eased, we moved 5 miles north to Munvet Point. Aside from an uncomfortable WSW swell, the anchorage was wonderful: interesting beaches & caves, and outstanding snorkeling.

Tue Sep 25 18:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 92.3nm (167.1km)
16 29.130S 167 26.425E
Weather: Wind SE 5k and seas nil in the anchorage; outside, wind is SE 20k with SE 2m seas. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud 100% with occasional rain.

We had an excellent downwind sail overnight to Metenovor Bay on the southwest side of Malekula Island (also known, appropriately, as Southwest Bay). It's a large bay with many villages, and we are the only cruising boat anchored here. We plan to spend the next several days visiting places ashore while waiting out this spell of rainy wind/windy rain.

Sat Sep 22 15:54 2018 NZST
Run: 9.7nm (17.6km)
17 33.154S 168 16.845E

Conditions are stronger outside the harbor (winds 18-20k and seas 1.5m) but Sema Bay, inside Havannah Harbor, is calm

Fri Sep 21 18:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
17 41.571S 168 15.925E
Weather: Wind ESE 12k. Seas ESE 0.1m. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud 100%.

Anchored at Hideaway, just an hour outside of Port Vila. We'll watch the beach restaurant's Friday night fire show (from the boat; the dinghy is stowed for travel), then move around to Havannah Harbor tomorrow.

Thu Sep 20 10:06 2018 NZST
Run: 87.5nm (158.4km)
17 44.713S 168 18.755E

We arrived in Port Vila on Saturday but neglected to post anything

Thu Sep 13 18:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 57.9nm (104.8km)
18 49.300S 169 00.789E
Weather: Wind SE 23k. Sea SE 2.4m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 20%.

After a marvelous stay at Port Resolution, we had a spirited downwind run to Dillon Bay on Erromango Island. Open water conditions are feisty but the anchorage is relatively calm.

Mon Sep 10 18:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 147.6nm (267.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.6nm
19 31.488S 169 29.725E
Weather: Wind SE 9k. Sea SE rippled. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 30%.

Made landfall at Port Resolution on Tanna at 1430 local time. It was an outstanding passage and we look forward to a few days of activities here, including a hike and a trip to the active volcano.

Sun Sep 9 17:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 176.9nm (320.2km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.2nm
19 09.4S 171 43.5E
Weather: Wind SE 12k. Sea SE 1.2m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 5%.

A perfect sailing day! We're glad Camden is getting a day of passage-making at its best. Okay, so no fish on the line yet...but everything else is ideal.

Sat Sep 8 16:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 172.6nm (312.4km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.5nm
18 33.6S 174 21.3E
Weather: Wind SSE 17k. Sea SSE 2m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 25%.

We had several hours of winds over 20k and seas up to 3m, so Camden's first night on an ocean passage was pretty boisterous! He's doing great and we're all enjoying the voyage.

Fri Sep 7 16:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 35nm (63.4km)
17 59.8S 176 55.0E
Weather: Wind SW 15k. Sea SW 1.3m. Baro 1014 and rising slowly. Cloud 100% with occasional rain.

An invigorating start to our passage to Vanuatu with Camden!

Sun Sep 2 16:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
17 45.340S 177 23.094E
Weather: Wind SW 11k. Seas SW 0.2m. Baro 1016. Cloud 90%.

Moved back to Denarau, where we'll spend the next few days preparing for our son's arrival. We're excited about his visit, and about him coming with us on our passage to Vanuatu in about a week!

Thu Aug 30 16:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 38.7nm (70km)
17 41.374S 177 23.786E
Weather: Wind N 20k. Seas E 0.2m. Baro 1014. Cloud 10%.

Playing hide and seek with the wind! Had a great sail back to the mainland, where we're riding out the northerlies at the north end of Nadi Bay. Tomorrow we'll move around to Saweni Bay, hopefully before the strong southerlies arrive.

Tue Aug 28 16:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 23.3nm (42.2km)
17 09.583S 177 12.311E
Weather: Wind NE 18k with stronger gusts. Seas NE 0.8m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 20%.

We were headed for Manta Ray Pass but the predicted easterlies were bending south into that anchorage, so we diverted to Cuvu Bay on the south end of Naviti Island. We'll do some projects here for a couple of days, and with a bit of luck we might still be able to dinghy over to the pass for a swim.

Mon Aug 27 16:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 23.5nm (42.5km)
17 27.563S 177 02.680E
Weather: Wind NNW 8k. Sea NNW 0.2m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 40%.

With calmer conditions the Musket Cove anchorage felt better, and the shore facilities were attractive. However, with some strong winds predicted in a couple of days, we decided to move on. The Navadra anchorage is deep and rolly, but has gorgeous beaches and sunset views; a good stop!

Sun Aug 26 17:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 16.2nm (29.3km)
17 46.323S 177 11.159E
Weather: Wind S 18k. Seas S 0.4m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 40%.

It took us 3 seasons in Fiji to finally make it to Musket Cove! We're not sure why this place is so popular; the anchorage is windy, deep, close to reefs, and very crowded. We'll check out a bit of the shore scene tomorrow, but plan to move on soon.

As you know we liked it on the north side - nice and quiet. Ms Murphy had a wonderful sail today and we are having fresh fish for dinner ☺
Mon Aug 20 17:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 29.1nm (52.7km)
17 38.629S 177 23.571E
Weather: Wind NNW 8k. Seas nil. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud 5%.

Robinson Crusoe Island did indeed have a marvelous Dance & Fire Show! Now we're anchored in Saweni Bay, our home base for the next several days: we'll pick up the replacement stanchions shipped from the USA to Fiji, then put the boat back to pre-ferry collision condition. En route we stopped at Denarau and had a lovely evening with Gordon of S/V Ms Murphy and his friend Sue. It was fun to connect person to person, rather than boat to boat as we did on that fateful night in Suva!

Fri Aug 17 17:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 51.3nm (92.9km)
18 03.131S 177 17.146E
Weather: Wind SE 17k. Seas SE 1.6m. Baro 1014, a decrease of 3mb over 6 hours. Cloud 50%.

Had a wonderful sail to Likuri Island, a.k.a. Robinson Crusoe Island. Many people have told us they have the best fire show anywhere, so we'll celebrate our 44th anniversary tomorrow night in flames!

Tue Aug 14 16:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 32.7nm (59.2km)
18 22.765S 177 59.202E
Weather: Wind SW 11k. Seas SW 0.3m. Baro 1015.5, a rise of 2mb over 6 hours. Cloud 100%.

Finally escaped Suva City! Happily anchored at Yanuca in Beqa Lagoon; we're the only ones here and hope it will warm up enough for a swim tomorrow.

Thu Aug 2 18:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 47.2nm (85.4km)
18 06.578S 178 23.765E
Weather: Wind SE 12k. Seas SE 1m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 80%.

We would love to have stayed at Namara indefinitely, but unfortunately business drew us back to Suva. We'll be here at least a week, for dentist visit(s) and trying (still) to get reimbursed for the ferry collision damage.

Wed Aug 1 8:18 2018 NZST
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
18 47.193S 178 29.756E

No overnight sail this time; just 3 nm to Namara. A beautiful sandy beach and snorkeling right off the boat beckon

Sun Jul 29 17:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 71nm (128.5km)
18 45.378S 178 31.216E
Weather: Wind SE 5k. Sea calm. Baro 1018 and steady. Cloud 90%.

We arrived at Draveuni in the Astrolabe Reef after another overnight sail, hoping to snorkel for a few days here. Some forecasts say it will be too windy for comfortable swimming, others say it will be okay. We're voting for okay.

Fri Jul 27 18:51 2018 NZST
Run: 84.8nm (153.5km)
17 59.52S 179 14.59E

An overnight sail brought us to Herald Bay on Gau. Sevusevu in the village of Saiweke was interesting; the elderly chief was listening to BBC news on his radio (no internet here) when we arrived. He is astute and up to date with current world events

Mon Jul 23 19:21 2018 NZST
Run: 29.2nm (52.9km)
16 56.106S 179 53.850E

Anchored in Paradise

Sun Jul 22 19:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)
16 31.574S 179 59.363W
Weather: Wind ESE 16k. Seas ESE 0.8. Baro 1016, a slight decrease. Cloud 100% with occasional light rain. Calm in the anchorage.

We came to the south end of Rabi Island to look for manta rays. Didn't find mantas, but did find a lovely anchorage: Katherine Bay is safe, secluded, and very pretty.

Corinne just shared of your crazy adventure in Suva...We are so thankful that you’re okay! Sending hugs from Stephanie and Jeremy!
Thu Jul 19 16:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 55.6nm (100.6km)
16 26.762S 179 56.284W
Weather: Wind SSE 13k. Sea SSE 0.6m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 15%.

Had a delightful sail to Albert Cove on Rabi Island. There are 7 other boats here; the first time in 4 weeks we haven't been by ourselves in an anchorage. Back to civilization? (Probably not; one of the boats is Midnight Sun...)

Tue Jul 17 8:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 86.2nm (156km)
16 06.25S 179 10.81W
Weather: Wind E 13k. Sea E 0.5m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 20%.

An overnight passage brought us to Qelelevu Lagoon, well off the beaten path. An exposed and rolly anchorage, but stunningly beautiful!

Thu Jul 12 18:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 4.7nm (8.5km)
16 14.899S 179 31.789E
Weather: Wind E 15k. Sea E 0.6m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 70%, occasional sprinkles.

Anchored back at Vatudamu Point; had a nice dinghy trip up the Wainikoro River this afternoon. The next couple of days are likely to be rainy so we'll stay put. When that system passes, we plan to head east.

Wed Jul 11 17:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 4.7nm (8.5km)
16 11.95S 179 28.89E
Weather: Wind E 16k. Sea E 0.6m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 25%.

Given the stable weather pattern, we decided it was safe to anchor overnight out at the Great Sea Reef. Afternoon winds created waves too choppy for swimming, but morning snorkeling was fantastic!

Tue Jul 10 7:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
16 14.907S 179 31.752E
Weather: Wind E 15k. Sea E 0.5m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 30%.

Labasa was rowdy and fun! Now we're anchored at Vatudamu Point, very near a pass in the Great Sea Reef. If predictions hold, it will be calm enough to snorkel out there in the next couple of days.

Fri Jul 6 17:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 20.4nm (36.9km)
16 21.735S 179 21.644E
Weather: Wind E 10k. Seas nil. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud 80%.

Took advantage of calmer conditions and traveled upwind to Malau. It's basically just an open roadstead, but is the closest anchorage to Labasa. We look forward to taking a bus into town in the next few days, for both sights and fresh produce.

Sounds like Fiji still has so much to offer. We are well and enjoying an amazing summer weather pattern...until next week when the heat-up begins. The garden still calls me..have my coffee on the deck each morning, the fountain running , birds eating, light breezes to keep it cool. Larry and I send love, as always.
Tue Jul 3 17:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
16 13.47S 179 05.32E
Weather: Wind ESE 18k. Sea ESE 0.8m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 90%, thin haze.

Anchored at Kia, outermost island in the Great Sea Reef. It's still a bit windy to be away from the protection of Vanua Levu, but prediction is for slightly calmer weather for a couple days so we figured it was now or never. The bottom is not ideal, sand and rock, but the scenery is gorgeous and the village of Daku extremely friendly.

Tue Jul 3 17:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 17.6nm (31.9km)
16 13.47S 179 05.32E
Weather: Wind ESE 18k. Sea ESE 0.8m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 90%, thin haze.

Anchored at Kia, outermost island in the Great Sea Reef. It's still a bit windy to be away from the protection of Vanua Levu, but prediction is for slightly calmer weather for a couple days so we figured it was now or never. The bottom is not ideal, sand and rock, but the scenery is gorgeous and the village of Daku extremely friendly.

Fri Jun 29 16:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
16 28.35S 179 01.59E
Weather: Wind ESE 15k with notable gusts and lulls. Sea ESE 0.1m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 10%.

We had 20-30k winds for a couple of days, with a brief respite today before even stronger winds arrive over the weekend. We took the opportunity for a change of scenery and moved 5 miles up the coast to Nukubati. Gave our sevusevu in the village of Naqumu and played some music for them; a nice outing, since it's likely we'll be "boat-bound" for a while!

Tue Jun 26 16:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 27nm (48.9km)
16 28.70S 178 57.54E
Weather: Wind SE 15k. Sea SE 0.2m. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 30%.

The enhanced winds predicted for the next several days looked a bit less strong to the east of us, so we moved a ways up the coast to Vunisinu Bay. It's a smaller version of Bua Bay (though still fairly large): surrounded by mangroves, shallow with a mud bottom, no villages.

Sun Jun 24 19:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
16 39.33S 178 35.71E
Weather: Wind SE 15k. Sea SE 0.3m. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 70%.

Anchored in Naurore Bay, near the village of Naviqiri. We gave our sevusevu at the village this afternoon and are looking forward to a very placid night. Tomorrow we'll walk to the school, about 30 minutes away, to play some music for them.

Sat Jun 23 17:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
16 44.16S 178 31.59E
Weather: Wind SSE 15-20k with stronger gusts. Sea SSE 0.2m. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud 80%.

We have reached the north coast of Vanua Levu, one of our primary destinations this season. It's fun to explore new places, especially ones off the beaten path! Koroinasolo Inlet is pretty but a chute for today's winds; fortunately it's shallow with a mud bottom, good holding. The next safe anchorage was too far to reach in good light today, so we'll move on tomorrow morning.

Fri Jun 22 20:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 37.1nm (67.2km)
16 51.95S 178 35.63E
Weather: Wind SSE 17k. Sea SE 0.5m. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud 20%.

Anchored in large Bua Bay, expecting a windy night so we're glad we're in shallow water on a mud bottom. We plan to start heading around the north coast of Vanua Levu tomorrow morning.

Thu Jun 21 19:30 2018 NZST
Run: 28nm (50.7km)
17 06.71S 179 05.58E

Our stay in Savusavu was short and sweet; it's very easy to get errands done there. We didn't get to snorkel at Namena Reef when we passed through a few days ago and conditions were ideal today, so we made a return visit. Namena hasn't recovered from Cyclone Winston

Read what Ms. Murphy had to say about your ordeal in Suva. Flying back to NZ from Tonga today! Have fun! Mary and Dave
Tue Jun 19 10:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 27.4nm (49.6km)
16 46.632S 179 19.878E
Weather: In Savusavu, occasional gusts but mostly calm. Open waters outside Savusavu: Wind E 20k. E 1.5m. Baro 1015, a slight decrease. Cloud 20%.

We needed to stop in Savusavu for internet access, so we can follow up on ordering replacement parts. Close inspection of the rudder has revealed no damage, so we are hopeful that all we need to replace are the stanchions (w/their sockets), a furling lead block (already replaced), and some paint on the keel. As collisions go, that sure was a lucky one! It will be nice to spend a couple of days in Savusavu catching up with friends.

Sorry to hear about your Suva ordeal pleased to hear you are both ok and boat is recovering. Enjoy your Wahoo and hope to catch up in Fiji.
Sun Jun 17 16:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 25.2nm (45.6km)
17 06.42S 179 06.10E
Weather: Wind SE 15k. Sea SE 0.8m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 10.

Namena Reef wasn't in the plans, but it was on the way so we decided to stop and check it out. Art caught a 4' wahoo this morning, so we'll feast for a while and have plenty to share with friends in Savusavu!

Fri Jun 15 16:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 58.9nm (106.6km)
17 26.53S 178 57.09E
Weather: Wind SE 15-20k, 5-10 with gusts inside the anchorage. Sea SE 1m, nil in the anchorage. Baro 1018, a decrease of 1 mb in 3 hours. Cloud 95% with light squalls and showers.

Our repairs from Princess Civa's collision could not be done in Suva and weather permitted an exit to the east, so we departed; sure were glad to leave Suva Harbor! We enjoyed a brief stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Levuka (Ovalau I.), and are now anchored at the north end of Makogai I.

Sat Jun 9 17:42 2018 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
18 06.599S 178 23.783E

We were one of the 5 vessels impacted

What happened to your boat and how is it now ? Thinking of you !!

So, so sorry your were damaged. We hope your cruising season still has possibilities. We hope to leave for New Cal later this week.
Fri Jun 8 8:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 120.9nm (218.8km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 71.8nm
18 07.399S 178 25.354E
Weather: Wind 0k. Sea flat. Baro 1015, a 2 mb decrease over 6 hours. Cloud 100% with light rain.

Anchored outside the Royal Suva Yacht Club at 0930; they facilitate all customs clearance formalities. Will go into town tomorrow to pick up the Fiji cruising permit & pay fees, and will move on to other islands as soon as weather permits.

Wed Jun 6 16:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 144.7nm (261.9km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.8nm
19 44.16S 179 08.40E
Weather: Wind NW 2k. Sea SW 1M. Baro 1019, a 2 mb increase over 6 hours. Cloud 5%.

A large squall in the night brought plenty of rain and wind; other than that, we've had constant motoring. Hoped-for breezes this afternoon did not materialize, but we're surrounded by beautiful blue and expect to arrive in Suva tomorrow morning, so all's well.

Tue Jun 5 16:33 2018 NZST
Speed: "i've sailed the world overknts
Run: 138.6nm (250.9km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.7nm
21 38.39S 179 55.70W

After driving all night, we were able to set sail in a light breeze this morning and are revelling in it! The band Great Big Sea's lyrics: "I've sailed the world over

Mon Jun 4 16:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
23 27.58S 179 00.88W
Weather: Wind NNE 2k. Sea NE 2M. Baro 1012 and steady. Cloud 99%.

Departed for Fiji this morning. This is the first time we've ever chosen to start a passage with no wind, but we've been in Minerva 1 1/2 weeks and there was no forecast for good sailing winds in sight, so we fired up the engines are are driving. Thank goodness for the new autopilot Art installed in Opua!

Fri Jun 1 16:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
23 38.024S 178 53.672W
Weather: Wind E 17. Low wind waves in the anchorage, more pronounced at high tide. Baro 1018 and steady. Cloud 20%.

We were hoping to depart for Fiji today, but departed for the other side of the reef instead. 9 boats are tucked up on the ENE edge of the lagoon in preparation for this weekend's winds; we'll head out when this system passes.

Sat May 26 16:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 13nm (23.5km)
23 39.664S 178 54.505W
Weather: Wind SSE 12. Low chop in the anchorage at high tide. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 100%.

Anchored in North Minerva Reef with 5 other boats. Wind & waves will increase, but we'd rather ride them out here than battle the nasties at sea between here and Fiji. Plus friends Dave & Wendy from Elysium just pulled in nearby; the Minerva Reef Yacht Club will be in full swing.

Fri May 25 16:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 168.9nm (305.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.9nm
23 41.2S 179 06.7W
Weather: Wind ENE 10. Swell SW 2.1M with small contrary waves on top. Baro 1017, decreasing very slowly. Cloud 40%.

We are very close to North Minerva and expect to drop anchor in the early afternoon. It's been a great run from Opua! The reef anchorage will be a bit rough for a few days, but it will be nice to be off watch.

Looking good, you two! Looking forward to the next time we see you! Larry doing ok- sees the doc again June 6. I only have 2 sections of the north side backyard fence to finish- meaning 4 new 2x4x8's, and re-attach fence boards, plus add a few new ones. We ended up having to replace four 4x4 posts- ugh - that cement is heavy. Anyway, we sail along on land at home - clearing out more stuff week by week. Love you!
Thu May 24 16:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 194.2nm (351.5km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.4nm
25 46.9S 179 30.2E
Weather: Wind SSE16. Sea mixed SSE-SSW 2M. Baro 1014, a slight increase. Cloud 80%.

Had a boisterous overnight sail, clear sky and no squalls. Wind died for a bit in the morning so we motorsailed, and now are downwind with the full main up. A swell forecast indicated waves over 4M at South Minerva this weekend, so we will bypass that option and hope to reach North Minerva in good light tomorrow.

Wed May 23 16:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 169.8nm (307.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.5nm
28 16.1S 178 02.1E
Weather: Wind WNW18. Sea WNW 1.8M. Baro 1011 and steady. Cloud 20%.

Reduced sail last evening in time to skirmish with an occasional nighttime squall. The edge of the large low pressure system crossing NZ is starting to catch up to us, so we are keeping 2nd reef + inner foresail, expecting winds & seas to build.

Tue May 22 16:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 188.4nm (341km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190.4nm
30 23.6S 176 37.2E
Weather: Wind NNW13. Sea NNW 1M. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud 15%.

Another excellent passage day! One squall last night, but conditions today have been ideal.

Mon May 21 16:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 173.9nm (314.8km)
32 48.1S 175 07.2E
Weather: Wind W15. Sea WNW 1.5M. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 15%.

Departed yesterday from Opua, bound for Minerva Reef. Best first-day wind and sea conditions we've ever had for a passage! We're pinching now so when the strong NW winds arrive, we'll have room to ease off. Position reports are from the noon sight.

Wed May 9 17:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 9nm (16.3km)
35 12.144S 174 12.672E
Weather: Wind nil. Sea calm. Baro 1029 and steady. Cloud 10%.

Enjoying some of our favorite Bay of Islands anchorages while waiting for a weather window to sail north.

Sun May 6 10:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 91.8nm (166.2km)
35 18.742S 174 07.535E
Weather: Wind nil. Sea calm. Baro 1024 and steady. Cloud 95%.

Anchored outside Bay of Islands Marina at Opua for final departure preparations.

Hi from JAMS hope all is well, where are you heading this season? We are currently in Newcastle heading north up the Australian East Coast
Mon Apr 30 9:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
36 10.90S 175 21.75E
Weather: Wind nil at 0930. Sea calm at Kaiaraara Bay anchorage inside Port Fitzroy. Baro 995 and steady. Cloud 95%.

We've been in various anchorages within Port Fitzroy, enjoying some nice walks for a few days then hunkering down during the NE gale. Hoping to head back across Hauraki Gulf tomorrow and arrive in Opua on Wednesday.

Sat Apr 21 17:12 2018 NZST
Run: 64.2nm (116.2km)
36 10.96S 175 20.12E

After lengthy diversions

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