Second Wind

Second Wind

Sun Nov 11 17:51 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
35 43.691S 174 20.028E
Weather: Wind SW 8k. Sea nil. Baro 1024, an increase of 4mb in 24 hours. Cloud 90%.

We anchored at Urquharts Bay last night so we could ride the rising current up the river to Whangarei this morning. It's great to be back at Riverside Drive Marina, our home away from home.


Tue Nov 6 16:45 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 28.7nm (51.9km)
35 37.026S 174 32.118E
Weather: Wind NE 8k. Sea NE 0.2m. Baro 1021, a slight increase. Cloud 40%.

We are gradually making our way to Whangarei and are now anchored at Tutukaka. Unlike other recent anchorages, this one has good internet access: a blessing and a curse. I guess I'll have to get some work done rather than go hiking!


Sat Nov 3 21:39 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 4nm (7.2km)
35 14.958S 174 17.815E
Weather: Wind WNW 15k. Sea NW 0.3m, nil in the bay. Baro 1020, a decrease of 5 mb over the last 24 hours. Cloud 35%.

We had SW 35 two days ago, and NW 35 is forecast for tonight. In between gales we had a great time at Urupukapuka Island, with a great hike under sunny skies. We took the opportunity early this morning to scoot around Cape Brett and are now tucked into Whangamumu Harbour for the next few days.


Wed Oct 31 22:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
35 14.799S 174 13.615E

We anchored briefly at Paihia for provisions and are now in Parorenui Bay. A Parade of Gales is forecast for the next several days, so we may shuttle between this anchorage


Sun Oct 28 19:15 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
35 13.790S 174 11.647E
Weather: Wind NNE 10k. Sea N 1m in the bay, nil in the anchorage. Baro 1002 and falling steadily. Cloud 70%.

We left the protection and expense of the nice marina and headed out to Moturua Island. The small bay next to us is best situated for the strong incoming northerlies but it was full when we arrived, so we are hunkered down in Hahangarua Bay for the next few days.


Wed Oct 24 22:33 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 114nm (206.3km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.6nm
35 19.019S 174 07.227E
Weather: Wind N 7k. Sea nil. Baro 1023. Cloud 30%.

We were tied to the Customs dock in Opua by 1000, almost but not quite 7 full days after we weighed anchor in Vanuatu. We enjoyed greeting people we've gotten to know in our several stops here, and are now looking forward to a good night's sleep! It was a fast trip but a wet one, so we'll spend a few days getting the boat and its contents dried & aired ouy, then head to anchorages in the Bay of Islands.


Tue Oct 23 20:24 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 138.9nm (251.4km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132nm
33 45.3S 173 28.6E
Weather: Wind SE 6k. Sea NE 0.8m. Baro 1027. Cloud 5%.

Wind and waves calmed considerably throughout the night. By morning we were sailing very slowly and slightly off course, but we aren't in a hurry and chose to simply enjoy a beautiful morning on the ocean. What a sweet sail! The engine went on after lunch, when the breeze dropped below 5k; we'll still make it to Opua by midday tomorrow. We've already been welcomed to NZ waters by 2 whales near the boat, and a green flash at sunset!


Mon Oct 22 19:09 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 171.1nm (309.7km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.5nm
31 48.1S 172 54.9E
Weather: Wind ESE 13k. Sea E 1.8m. Baro 1027. Cloud 60%.

Morning had clouds and light rain, but by this noon report we had gray skies behind us and blue ahead. Surely we are going in the right direction!


Sun Oct 21 19:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 176.8nm (320km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.4nm
29 24.2S 172 12.3E
Weather: Wind ENE 18k. Sea ENE 1.9m. Baro 1026. Cloud 40%.

And on the fifth day, we were resurrected: sky appeared and waves abated. We raised full sails, we are dry, and we are enjoying the ride!


Sat Oct 20 19:09 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 152.7nm (276.4km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.6nm
26 55.8S 171 27.9E
Weather: Wind E 23k. Sea E 2.3m. Baro 1024. Cloud 100%.

So far this passage has been unappealing but efficient. Dousing waves, cloud cover and rain are balanced by being able to sail the rhumb line to NZ.


Fri Oct 19 19:27 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 147.1nm (266.3km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.3nm
24 46.3S 170 56.5E
Weather: Wind E 23k. Sea E 2.8m. Baro 1020, rising slightly as we gradually get closer to the high. Cloud 100%.

Much of last night saw winds in the 30's and rain. We eased off our course a bit to minimize bashing, and went from 2nd to 3rd reef at 0400. We went back to 2nd reef at midday, but will lower to 3rd again this evening since indications are we have another squally night ahead.


Thu Oct 18 19:39 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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Run: 166.5nm (301.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.6nm
22 40.0S 170 35.9E
Weather: Wind E 22k. Sea E 2.8m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 100%, occasional rain.

Conditions overnight were rowdy; we were relieved when the wind and waves backed a bit so the ride isn't quite as rough. Some excitement this morning: with a loud shattering sound followed by wild flogging of the foresail, the aft starboard winch broke! Looks like Art may get his wish for an electric winch this year after all...


Wed Oct 17 18:27 2018 NZDT
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
20 22.5S 169 48.0E

Bound for Opua! We would have departed this morning regardless, since wind patterns for the overall passage looked favorable


Sat Oct 13 19:09 2018 NZDT
Speed:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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
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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
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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
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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
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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
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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:
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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
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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
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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:
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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:
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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:
0k
knts
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:
5k
knts
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 over
knts
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:
5.8k
knts
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:
0k
knts
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:
0k
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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:
5.2k
knts
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:
6.2k
knts
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:
7.2k
knts
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:
7.5k
knts
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:
7k
knts
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:
0k
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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:
0k
knts
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:
0k
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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


Sun Nov 12 16:57 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
35 43.708S 174 20.040E
Weather: Wind SW 15 with frequent gusts in Whangarei, but SW 25 with gusts to 35 downriver (closer to the coast). Sea rippled near town, SW .3m downriver. Baro 1012, up 4 mb in the last 24 hours. Cloud 70%.

Back at Riverside Drive Marina in Whangarei, our home away from home. Thanks to the Coast Guard folks for their assistance into Marsden 2 days ago, to Dave Berg for recommending that we become NZ Coast Guard members, and to Art for being able to repair transmissions!


Fri Nov 10 16:48 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
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Run: 40.9nm (74km)
35 50.19S 174 28.09E
Weather: Wind SSE 10. Seas SSE .3m. Baro 1011, down 7 mb in the last 24 hours. Cloud 100%.

Made an overnight run from Opua to Whangarei, but Hatea River Bridge closings and a transmission issue caused us to stop at Marsden Cove.


Mon Nov 6 17:15 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
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Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
35 19.034S 174 07.225E
Weather: Wind S11. Seas minimal. Baro 1018, up 3 mb in the last 24 hours. Cloud 50%.

Moved to the Bay of Islands Marina so we could get some shore chores done. Post-passage fatigue when writing the last post made me neglect to mention that overall our passage from New Cal was very good, and we are happy to be back in NZ!


Sat Nov 4 19:21 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.5nm
35 18.77S 174 07.57E
Weather: Wind NNW 14. Seas NW .3m. Baro 1018 and steady. Cloud 90%.

Cleared Customs in Opua and are now anchored across from the Bay of Islands Marina. We'll stay in this area for a few days to rest and renew acquaintances, then make our way down the coast to Whangarei.


Fri Nov 3 17:27 2017 NZDT
Run: 163.3nm (295.6km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165nm
33 22.36S 172 45.94E

An uneventful day; with conditions improving, we are making steady progress toward Opua and expect to make landfall tomorrow. It's been gray for 5 days


Thu Nov 2 17:42 2017 NZDT
Speed:
6.5kk
knts
Run: 101.8nm (184.3km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 87.9nm
31 21.53S 171 18.06E
Weather: Wind NE 24. Seas NE 3.5m. Baro 1017, a slight increase. Cloud 100%.

This morning's adventures included a large wave tossing a cascade down the companionway at the precise moment I had the hatch open to tether myself in; jury-rigging a fix for a broken reefing line; and finding clever solutions for the malfunctioning head. Just another day at sea! A good one, actually: making our two short-term goals of not arriving below 32S before the strongest part of the front passes ahead of us, and keeping the boat from bashing too much. We set sail yesterday afternoon, once the winds turned more northerly, and are making reasonable progress along the rhumb line to Opua.


Wed Nov 1 13:54 2017 NZDT
Speed:
3k
knts
Run: 111.4nm (201.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.1nm
30 03.8S 170 29.1E
Weather: Wind ENE 23. Seas mixed ENE 4m. Baro 1016, an increase of 3mb in the last 12 hours. Cloud 100%.

We made great progress overnight but it looked like we were going to get within a couple degrees of NZ at the same time that area was getting the worst of the front, so we decided to heave to. Second Wind is glad to no longer be a submarine, and her crew is catching up on needed rest.


Tue Oct 31 18:57 2017 NZDT
Speed:
2.5k
knts
28 29S 170 07E
Weather: Wind ESE 20. Seas E 3m. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 90% and hazy, with occasional squalls.

We're part of the New Cal group that's "parked" along the edge of the squash zone, hoping to avoid getting into the worst of the winds and squalls ahead. Wallowing in large seas has its moments; too bad we didn't get a video of Art chasing a hard boiled egg around the salon floor! (At least it was hard boiled.) Definitely looking forward to this system passing so we can get moving again.


Tue Oct 31 18:45 2017 NZDT
Speed:
2.5k
knts
Run: 70.4nm (127.4km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 73.5nm
28 29S 170 07E
Weather: Wind ESE 20. Seas E 3m. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 90% and hazy, with occasional squalls.

We're part of the New Cal group that's "parked" along the edge of the squash zone, hoping to avoid getting into the worst of the winds and squalls ahead. Wallowing in large seas has its moments; too bad we didn't get a video of Art chasing a hard boiled egg around the salon floor! (At least it was hard boiled.) Definitely looking forward to this system passing so we can get moving again.


Mon Oct 30 19:45 2017 NZDT
Run: 122.9nm (222.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 116.6nm
27 29.2S 170 21.5E

Motorsailing overnight brought us to the winds we wanted and we had a great morning run


Sun Oct 29 18:27 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5k
knts
Run: 121nm (219km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.6nm
26 42S 168 34E
Weather: Wind SE 15. Seas ESE 1.5m. Baro 1017, a slight increase. Cloud 40%.

Southeast wind and waves increased and this morning's gribs showed more favorable winds to the east, so we tacked. A bit of a diversion for now, but we're hoping to resume our course before too long. We've passed through different microsystems, with varying wind speeds and cloud cover, relatively close to each other.


Sat Oct 28 18:57 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.5k
knts
Run: 148.3nm (268.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.8nm
24 58.00S 168 17.52E
Weather: Wind ENE 6. Seas ENE 1m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 95%.

We encountered the light NE at 24 50S and fired up the engine a short while later. Still making good headway and all is well on board. (1600 status update: since the noon report, skies have cleared a great deal, we have light southeasterlies and are sailing at 4k on a course of 170T.)


Fri Oct 27 19:30 2017 NZDT
Speed:
4.5k
knts
Run: 20.3nm (36.7km)
22 57.04S 167 29.19E
Weather: Wind ESE 10. Seas ESE .5m. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 5%.

Bound for New Zealand! Having the best start to any passage ever: light upwind with sunny skies and no large waves to bash into. Who wouldn't want to cross oceans like this?


Mon Oct 23 21:27 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 44.3nm (80.2km)
22 39.59S 167 26.45E
Weather: Wind NE 12. Seas NE .3m. Baro 1013, an increase of 1 mb in the last 24 hours. Cloud 100%.

Had a lovely sail to the Isle of Pines! We're sharing the Kuto Bay anchorage with 12 other sailboats and one of the biggest cruise ships we've ever seen. Planning to enjoy the island while we're waiting for a weather window to depart for NZ.


Sun Oct 22 19:51 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 25.4nm (46km)
22 24.35S 166 48.24E
Weather: Wind NE 15 with frequent gusts. Seas ENE .3m. Baro 1012, a decrease of 1 mb in the last 24 hours. Cloud 85%.

Anchored at Baie Ire on Ile Ouen, en route to Ile des Pins.


Sun Oct 15 18:21 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 26.8nm (48.5km)
22 16.74S 166 25.88E
Weather: Wind ESE 18. Seas ESE .5m. Baro 1013, a decrease of 3 mb in the last 24 hours. Cloud 95%.

Enjoyed a river walk in the upper reaches of Prony Bay yesterday before heading back to Noumea today. We were lucky to find a spot to anchor at Port Moselle; apparently two rallies are gathering here at the same time, so it's very crowded.


Fri Oct 13 21:12 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
22 21.40S 166 50.51E
Weather: Wind SE 15. Seas SE .25m. Baro 1018 and steady. Cloud 30%.

We stayed within Bay of Prony but moved to Ilot Casy in order to rendezvous with Paul & Chris of S/V Georgia. Had great hikes through dense scrub vegetation yesterday and a pine forest today.


Wed Oct 11 20:15 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 101.4nm (183.5km)
22 22.92S 166 54.878E
Weather: Wind SE 12 with frequent gusts to 18k. Seas SE .5m. Baro 1018, an increase of 2 mb. Cloud 35%.

A 24-hour passage brought us back to Grande Terre, where we are at a mooring at Anse Majic in Prony Bay. Tomorrow we plan to hike to the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the South Lagoon.


Sun Oct 8 18:57 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
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Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)
20 55.38S 167 04.94E
Weather: Wind S 11. Seas SSE .3m. Baro 1017, a slight decrease. Cloud 85% with some light rain showers.

After some delightful snorkeling along the cliffs at Jokin, we sailed to the west side of Lifou Island and are now anchored near Drueulu.


Fri Oct 6 19:00 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 44.3nm (80.2km)
20 42.37S 167 09.65E
Weather: Wind ESE 5-10 near the cliffs, ESE 15-20 in the bay. Seas ESE rippled near the cliffs, .3m in the bay. Baro 1018, steady. Cloud 25%.

We beat our way from Ouvea to Lifou all day today; we're now anchored near the cliffs in Jokin Bay.


Sun Oct 1 19:39 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 17.4nm (31.5km)
20 41.67S 166 28.55E
Weather: Wind ESE 8. Seas rippled. Baro 1018, steady. Cloud 10%.

Back at "mainland" Ouvea, in anticipation of predicted strong southeasterlies. This time we're anchored near Lekiny, still with miles of sand and hardly any people.


Sat Sep 30 18:54 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 18.5nm (33.5km)
20 27.045S 166 24.525E
Weather: Wind SE 2. Seas flat. Baro 1018, steady. Cloud 0%.

We took advantage of the unusually calm weather to anchor at an islet on the far northern reef. Swam near large fish and large turtles, and enjoyed the solitude.


Camden with us last night- GREAT concert by the Dover! Such a great son you have. :) Cynthia took Camden for coffee after we had breakfast...and then she took him to airport. Wonderful weather,finally- cool, sunny, and gloriously no smoke. Your trip looks magicaL We miss you. looking forward to Nov. 28!
Fri Sep 29 18:36 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 113.5nm (205.4km)
20 43.06S 166 25.34E
Weather: Wind ESE 3. Seas flat. Baro 1018, steady. Cloud 0%.

A boisterous overnight sail brought us to Ouvea, northernmost of New Cal's Loyalty Islands. The anchorage could not be more peaceful or beautiful: miles of white sand beach, no wind, and no crowds. I think we found Paradise...


Wed Sep 27 19:00 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 25.2nm (45.6km)
22 15.636S 167 01.677E
Weather: Wind NNE 17. Seas NNE 1m, just a NNE chop in the anchorage. Baro 1018, steady. Cloud 90%.

Anchored at Ilot Nou, a well-protected basin just outside of Havannah Pass.


Sun Sep 24 18:27 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 10.5nm (19km)
22 33.347S 166 47.789E
Weather: Wind ESE 16. Slight ESE swell. Baro 1019, steady. Cloud 15%.

Enjoyed a lovely walk around Ilot Ua this morning, then moved on to Ilot Mato. We're a bit more exposed to wind here, but wave protection from the reefs is excellent.


Sat Sep 23 17:51 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 27.2nm (49.2km)
22 42.399S 166 48.593E
Weather: Wind SE 15. Slight SE swell. Baro 1019, steady. Cloud 85%.

Anchored at Ilot Ua, where we enjoyed snorkeling along a coral dropoff.


Thu Sep 21 17:30 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
22 28.603S 166 27.839E
Weather: Wind SE 5. Seas calm. Baro 1018, steady. Cloud 30%.

On a mooring at Ilot Amedee, near the graceful lighthouse. An ideal location! Water clarity is superb; turtles, remoras and reef sharks are clearly visible around the boat, and snorkeling is outstanding.


Wed Sep 20 17:24 2017 NZST
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
22 19.9S 166 24.4E

On a mooring at Ilot Maitre, our first stop on a month of exploring New Caledonia anchorages. Quite a few boats here-including jet skis and small ferries


Sat Sep 16 16:09 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 146.6nm (265.3km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.1nm
22 16.6S 166 26.4E
Weather: Wind WSW 9. Seas rippled in the lagoon. Baro 1018, steady. Cloud 15%.

Checked in to New Caledonia Customs at 1530 on Friday. We'll stay in Noumea for some R&R and provisioning for a few days, then will head out to explore anchorages.


Thu Sep 14 17:54 2017 NZST
Speed:
7k
knts
Run: 168.3nm (304.6km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.5nm
20 39.0S 167 54.2E
Weather: Wind ESE 17. Seas ESE 2m. Baro 1017, steady. Cloud 40%.

Pinched & pounded yesterday and rolling more today than desired, but we're making good time and all is well on board. We expect to pass through the Loyalty Islands late this afternoon and hope make the entrance to Havannah Pass by slack tide tomorrow morning.


Hooray for this new-to-us site so we may keep track of your voyage. We continue to be totally in awe and amazed at the very tough work and the wonder of it all! Miss you and LOVE YOU!
Wed Sep 13 17:30 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.2k
knts
Run: 34.6nm (62.6km)
18 13.7S 168 10.6E
Weather: Wind SSE 18. Seas SSE 1.5. Baro 1017, steady. Cloud 10%8

Departed Port Vila this morning, bound for Noumea.


Sun Aug 20 18:03 2017 NZST
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
17 44.663S 168 18.750E

Oops! Last report should have put us at 17 degrees south, not 16. (Done - GHRadio)


Wed Aug 16 19:21 2017 NZST
Run: 78.8nm (142.6km)
17 41.521S 168 15.902E

We put up with stronger headwinds moving into Mele Bay this morning so we could hang around Esema Bay yesterday for a jam session with an additional uke and a guy on washboard bass (large plastic tub, thin rope & a stick)


Mon Aug 14 17:54 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
16 33.15S 168 16.89E
Weather: Wind SE 5-10. Seas nil in the harbor. Baro 1014, decreasing. Cloud 95%.

Still in Havannah Harbor; moved around a small point to anchor in Esema Bay for a slight change of scenery. Attending to some maintenance tasks, which feels good.


Thu Aug 10 18:42 2017 NZST
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
16 33.785S 168 16.497E

An overnight sail brought us back to Matapu Bay in Havannah Harbor (Efate Island) exactly 2 months after we stopped here on our way north


Mon Aug 7 20:15 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 22.5nm (40.7km)
16 35.80S 168 09.76E
Weather: Wind ESE 10 with gusts over 15. Seas ESE rippled. Baro 1017 and rising. Cloud 40%.

Arrived at Lamen Bay on Epi Island this morning. Last time we were here it was just a quick stopover; this time we plan to stay a few days to swim with the local dugong and turtles.


Fri Aug 4 19:48 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
16 31.82S 167 49.78E
Weather: Wind light and variable. Seas nil. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 85%.

Anchored in the inner basin at Uliveo Island (Maskelyne Island group) yesterday afternoon. Had a delightful day playing in their primary and secondary schools, being treated to kava at the local kava bar, and having lobster from a nearby reef. Tomorrow we plan to visit their giant clam sanctuary.


Mon Jul 31 18:36 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)
16 32.0S 167 46.2E
Weather: Wind SSE 20-25 outside the anchorage, 10-15 inside. Seas SSE 1.5M outside, short wind chop inside. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 95%.

Anchored at Awei Island, in the Maskelyne Island group on the SE corner of Malekula.


Fri Jul 28 18:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 19nm (34.4km)
16 20.26S 167 45.42E
Weather: Winds light and variable. Seas calm . Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 100%, some light rain.

A couple of long tacks upwind brought us to Banam Bay yesterday. Crab Bay was murky but the water here is inviting; we'll snorkel here, as well as see the village's highly regarded custom dancing. We plan to stay at least through their Independence Day celebrations on July 30.


Wed Jul 26 15:57 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 33.2nm (60.1km)
16 10.04S 167 31.97E
Weather: Wind SSE 18 with gusts to 23 (inside and outside the anchorage). Seas SE 1.5M outside, minimal inside. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 100%, a light haze.

A boisterous sail from Ambrym Island to Malekula Island, where we are anchored at Crab Bay. We were hoping to swim with turtles here, but it's awfully blustery! At least Art caught a lovely mahimahi on the way in, so we'll feast tonight.


Tue Jul 25 18:12 2017 NZST
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)
16 11.67S 168 01.90E

Had an overnight trek to the volcano with Good as Gold, Chara and JAMS


Tue Jul 18 18:00 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 43nm (77.8km)
16 08.58S 168 06.85E
Weather: Wind SE 8 with gusts to 15. Seas rippled with slight swell. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 70%.

Had a great sail to Ambrym, then motored to Ranon anchorage once we were in the lee of the island. We're here for a cultural festival and will be in this area for at least a few days.


Mon Jul 17 18:33 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 44.9nm (81.3km)
16 06.32S 167 28.06E
Weather: Wind SE 20, 12 in the anchorage. Seas ESE 1.5M outside, rippled in the anchorage. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 100% with occasional light rain.

Close hauled all day but finally made it to Port Stanley on Malekula Island. Looking forward to a good night's rest, then heading to Ambrym early tomorrow morning.


Sun Jul 9 17:42 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
15 29.46S 167 14.94E
Weather: Wind SE 10. Seas ESE 1.5M, though nearby reefs block all but some swell. Baro 1016, a slight decrease. Cloud 85%.

Were headed to Luganville but diverted to Palikulo Bay when we learned S/V State of Mind was there. Many thanks to Brenda & Rod for Art's birthday feast! (Celebrated with them last year in Neaifu; wonder where we'll all be next year?)


Sun Jul 9 17:39 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
15 29.46S 167 14.94E
Weather: Wind SE 10. Seas ESE 1.5M, though nearby reefs block all but some swell. Baro 1016, a slight decrease. Cloud 85%.

Were headed to Luganville but diverted to Palikula Bay when we learned S/V State of Mind was there. Many thanks to Brenda & Rod for Art's birthday feast! (Celebrated with them last year in Neaifu; wonder where we'll all be next year?)


Thu Jul 6 18:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 17.3nm (31.3km)
15 22.83S 167 11.68E
Weather: Wind ESE 15. Seas ESE 1.5M, though nearby reefs block all but some swell. Baro 1013 and steady. Cloud 100% with intermittent rain.

Anchored in Peterson Bay on Santo. The anchorage is deep & feels exposed, but with better light & some dinghy exploration in advance, we may be able to head through a shallow pass into a more protected location tomorrow. A dinghy river trip is on the agenda for this area.


Wed Jul 5 19:00 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 92.5nm (167.4km)
15 08.48S 167 07.23E
Weather: Wind SE 10. Seas SE .5M. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 10%.

Left the Banks Islands and arrived at Espiritu Santo after an overnight upwind passage. Anchored at Champagne Beach in Hog Harbor, where the sand is as soft as sifted flour!


Thu Jun 29 18:00 2017 NZST
Run: 29.1nm (52.7km)
13 49.64S 167 22.95E

Anchored at Waterfall Bay, Vanua Lava. Relatively calm in the anchorage given the conditions offshore. Heard incredible "water music" on Gaua, now looking forward to


Tue Jun 27 17:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 89nm (161.1km)
14 12.46S 167 34.20E
Weather: Wind SSE 17. Seas SE 1.5M outside but slight in the anchorage. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 30%.

An overnight sail brought us to Losalava Bay on Gaua Island, in the Banks group. Windy but secure here, and very remote.


Thu Jun 22 18:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
15 22.5S 168 07.9E
Weather: Wind SSW 10. Seas SSW .5M outside but slight in the anchorage. Baro 1013 and steady. Cloud 100% with showers.

Anchored at Asanvari Bay on Maewo Island. A lovely anchorage, though so far quite wet!


Tue Jun 20 17:06 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)
15 32.95S 168 08.59E
Weather: Wind SE 5. Seas nil in the bay. Baro 1012 and steady. Cloud 95%.

Waterfall Bay was aptly named and very enjoyable. This morning we motored 15nm north on glassy seas to Loltong.


Sun Jun 18 18:33 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 11.6nm (21km)
15 47.15S 168 09.73E
Weather: Wind ESE 8. Slight ESE swell in the anchorage. Baro 1015. Cloud 90%.

After a magnificent experience watching the land diving, we headed north and are anchored at Waterfall Bay.


Thu Jun 15 17:57 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 44.6nm (80.7km)
15 57.1S 168 11.5E
Weather: Wind ESE 10 with occasional strong gusts. Seas nil in the bay. Baro 1015, a slight decrease. Cloud 90%.

An overnight sail brought us to Homo Bay on Pentecost Island. We will play music in the village tomorrow and watch the land diving in nearby Wali on Saturday.


Tue Jun 13 17:24 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 34.2nm (61.9km)
16 35.75S 168 09.73E
Weather: Wind ENE 15. Seas E 1m but slight in the bay. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud 95%.

Another gorgeous sail, this time to Epi Island; we are anchored in Lamen Bay.


Sun Jun 11 16:45 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 35.9nm (65km)
17 03.06S 168 21.99E
Weather: Wind ESE 13. Seas mixed, SE 1M + SW .5M. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 10%.

Had a gorgeous sail to Emae Island, where we are anchored in Sulua Bay.


Sat Jun 10 17:42 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 9873.4nm (17870.9km)
Avg: 104.6knts
24hr: 2510.2nm
17 33.8S 168 16.5E
Weather: Wind SSE 5. Seas nil in the harbor. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 95%.

Anchored in Matapu Bay, in Havannah Harbor on Efate Island. Lovely and calm, with the whole place to ourselves.


Tue Jun 6 19:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 9782nm (17705.4km)
Avg: 380.6knts
24hr: 9134.9nm
Weather: Wind SE 10. Seas nil in the harbor. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud 95%.

On a mooring in Port Vila. Nice to be back! Will be here a few days taking care of business, then head north.


Mon Jun 5 17:36 2017 NZST
Speed:
6k
knts
Run: 20.1nm (36.4km)
19 16.3S 169 20.7E
Weather: Wind SE 12. Seas SE .5M. Baro 1015 and steady. Cloud 95%.

Had a great time in the villages around Port Resolution; now en route to Port Vila.


Sat Jun 3 16:51 2017 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 52.6nm (95.2km)
19 31.55S 169 29.67E
Weather: Wind SSE 12. Seas nil in the bay. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud 100%.

Now at Tanna Island, enjoying the steam vents and wonderful people. Have traded for pamplemousse, bananas & lemons; lots of green things on board again!


Sun May 28 16:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 103.2nm (186.8km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 99.7nm
20 14.35S 169 46.67E
Weather: Wind SE 12. Seas SE 1.5M. Baro 1019 and steady. Cloud 30%.

Made landfall at Aneityum exactly 8 days after departure; anchored in Anelghowhat Bay. Had a bit of everything en route, & overall the passage was excellent. It's great to be at a warm island again!


Sat May 27 15:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
4.0
knts
Run: 128.1nm (231.9km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.4nm
21 39S 170 18E
Weather: Wind SSE 8. Seas S 1.5M. Baro 1019 and steady. Cloud 5%.

Slow but pleasant sailing today. If we were faster or could sail the rhumb line we'd arrive in the dark tonight, so we're enjoying the lovely ride and looking forward to landfall tomorrow.


So exciting to know you are almost there! Ending the trip with good sailing is always nice!
Fri May 26 12:15 2017 NZST
Speed:
7.0
knts
Run: 134.9nm (244.2km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.9nm
23 21S 171 06E
Weather: Wind WNW 15. Seas WNW 1.5M. Baro 1015 and rising. Cloud 5%.

First glorious sailing day of this passage, a lively upwind romp. Made us remember it's not all about the destination!


Thu May 25 16:15 2017 NZST
Speed:
3.0
knts
Run: 154.6nm (279.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128.2nm
25 18.1S 171 03.8E
Weather: Wind NNE 14. Seas NNE 4.5M. Baro 1013 and steady. Cloud 100%, rain heavy at times.

Messy day as a trough passes. Strong squalls, motorsailing upwind, not much progress made. With such a great run so far and boats to the east of us getting clobbered, no whining allowed on this boat.


Carry on!
Wed May 24 11:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
7.0
knts
Run: 180.9nm (327.4km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.3nm
27 05.1S 172 34.1E
Weather: Wind E 18. Seas E 3M. Baro 1019, slight decrease. Cloud 80%.

Half way there, at least as the albatross flies! Still making great time under reduced canvas with hearty winds & seas on starboard aft quarter. Decided not to cook the flying fish on deck for breakfast.


Tue May 23 11:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
7.5
knts
Run: 147.3nm (266.6km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.6nm
29 27.0S 173 50.6E
Weather: Wind E25. Baro 1024, slight decrease. Seas E 3.5M. Cloud 40%.

On second reef & inner foresail, will reduce to 3rd reef soon with wind & seas building. At least it warmed up enough to take off our coats & gloves!


Mon May 22 16:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 110nm (199.1km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.7nm
31 29.8S 174 31.9E
Weather: Wind E12. Baro 1028, slight decrease. Seas E 1M. Cloud 95%.

Position from noon today. Propagation is poor so having trouble sending and receiving info, including current gribs; trying to situate ourselves reasonably well for upcoming weather.


Sun May 21 11:24 2017 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 169.2nm (306.3km)
33 04.1S 174 14.2E
Weather: Wind S15. Baro 1025 sharp rise from yesterday. Seas SW 1M. Cloud 100%.

Rough start leaving NZ yesterday but calmer now and making good progress


Thu May 11 12:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 14.5nm (26.2km)
35 31S 174 11E

Waiting in Opua for a weather window to head to Vanuatu


Thu Nov 10 17:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 42.6nm (77.1km)
35 18.8S 174 07.3E
Weather: 0430 UTC 10 November: Wind 6k NE, seas slightly riffled from the NE, baro 1015 a decrease of 2 mb, cloud cover 25%

Arrived safely in Opua, at Bay of Islands Marina


Wed Nov 9 17:48 2016 NZDT
Speed:
2.5k
knts
Run: 127.9nm (231.5km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.5nm
34 43.2S 173 55.2E
Weather: 0430 UTC 9 November: Wind 12k SW, seas 1M SSW, baro 1017 a decrease of 2 mb, cloud cover 0%

With limited mobility we have to arrive in Opua by daylight; sailing slowly to arrive tomorrow morning


Tue Nov 8 16:45 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6k
knts
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
33 00.0S 173 06.0E
Weather: 0330 UTC 8 November: Wind 25k SSW with higher gusts, seas 4.5M SW, baro 1015 a decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 35%

Lost >20 miles while hove to, but rest was necessary; now we're clawing our way back towards North Cape


Mon Nov 7 18:00 2016 NZDT
Speed:
3k
knts
Run: 87.8nm (158.9km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.6nm
33 03.6S 173 08.5E
Weather: 0420 UTC 7 November: Wind 35k WSW with higher gusts, seas 5M WSW and tumultuous, baro 1007 an increase of 2 mb, cloud cover 10%

Hove to in a strong gale


Sun Nov 6 16:30 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.5k
knts
Run: 66.5nm (120.4km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.7nm
31 48.S 172 56.76E
Weather: 0300 UTC 6 November: Wind 16k NNW, seas 1,5M NW, baro 1013 a decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 5%

Kept drifting north until wind returned; now in a race to round North Cape before the worst of the front arrives


Sat Nov 5 18:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
1.5k
knts
Run: 30.7nm (55.6km)
30 51.8S 173 12.3E
Weather: 0500 UTC 4 November: Wind 2k S, seas 1M SW, baro 1014 unchanged, cloud cover 10%

No engine, and now no wind; wallowing in the waves, floating away from NZ!


Fri Nov 4 17:54 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5k
knts
Run: 100.9nm (182.6km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 82.9nm
30 25.20S 173 14.83E
Weather: 0400 UTC 3 November: Wind 15k SW, seas 1.5M SW, baro 1014 a decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 70%

Transmission failed this morning! Hoping fervently for favorable winds until landfall in a few days


Thu Nov 3 12:42 2016 NZDT
Speed:
7k
knts
Run: 151.2nm (273.7km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.6nm
29 02.95S 172 40.15E
Weather: 1130 UTC 2 November: Wind 18k SE, seas primarily 2.5M SE but confused, baro 1010 an increase of 3 mb, cloud cover 85%

Tacking into strong winds & rough seas


Wed Nov 2 17:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
8k
knts
Run: 134.3nm (243.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.4nm
27 40.58S 170 43.96E
Weather: 0400 UTC 2 November: Wind 18k NNE, seas 1.5M NNE, baro 1015 and steady, cloud cover 95%

Finally some terrific wind!


Tue Nov 1 17:48 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5k
knts
Run: 121.6nm (220.1km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.9nm
26 13.4S 169 17.1E
Weather: 0430 UTC 1 November: Wind 8k SSE, seas .8M ESE, baro 1016 a decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 5%

Motorsailing


Mon Oct 31 13:09 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.5k
knts
Run: 99.7nm (180.5km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.2nm
24 37.7S 168 27.7E
Weather: 0000 UTC 31 October: Wind 10k SSE, seas 1M SE, baro 1017 an increase of 1 mb, cloud cover 10%

Made some easting overnight but still upwind toward Norfolk (at least we're no longer headed toward Australia!)


Sun Oct 30 13:30 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5k
knts
Run: 54.4nm (98.5km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 65nm
24 50.97S 166 53.52E
Weather: 0000 UTC 30 October: Wind 15k SSE, seas 2M SE, baro 1017 an increase of 1 mb, cloud cover 5%

Making easting is still tough; Norfolk looks like a probable option


Sat Oct 29 17:24 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5k
knts
Run: 78.2nm (141.5km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 80.4nm
24 06.20S 166 37.15E
Weather: 0400 UTC 29 October: Wind 18k SSE, seas 1.5M SE, baro 1016 a decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 100%

Tough upwind slog, having to tack. On the bright side, caught our biggest mahimahi ever!


Fri Oct 28 18:03 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6k
knts
Run: 49.5nm (89.6km)
22 58.43S 166 33.15E
Weather: 0430 UTC 28 October: Wind 15k SE, seas 1M SE, baro 1015 a decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 10%

On passage to New Zealand, with a possible stop at Norfolk Island. A better start than last year's passage, though it's the endgame that counts!


Fri Oct 21 19:21 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 114.6nm (207.4km)
22 16S 166 26E
Weather: 0400 UTC 21 October: Wind 17k SE, seas .75M SE, baro 1016 an increase of 1 mb, cloud cover 5%

At Port Moselle, Noumea


Wed Oct 19 18:45 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.5k
knts
Run: 229.3nm (415km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.7nm
21 18.09S 167 53.17E
Weather: 0100 UTC 19 October: Wind 16k ESE, seas 1M SE, baro 1016 unchanged, cloud cover 15%

Nearing landfall


Tue Oct 18 18:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5k
knts
Weather: 0400 UTC 18 October: Wind 10k SE, seas 1.5M primarily SE with pronounced ENE also, baro 1015 decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 0%

Motorsailing in light winds


Mon Oct 17 18:21 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5k
knts
Run: 18.6nm (33.7km)
18 00.00S 168 13.60E
Weather: 0500 UTC 17 October: Wind 10k ESE, seas 1.5M primarily ESE but mixed & sloppy, baro 1015 decrease of 2 mb, cloud cover 60%

On passage from Port Vila to New Caledonia


Sun Oct 9 19:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 102.1nm (184.8km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100nm
17 44.65S 168 18.76E
Weather: 0600 UTC 09 October: Wind 6k SSE, seas .5M SSE, baro 1014 decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 100% with steady rain

At a mooring buoy in Port Vila


Sat Oct 8 18:45 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6k
knts
Run: 43.9nm (79.5km)
19 02.32S 169 03.80E
Weather: 0530 UTC 08 October: Wind 16k SE, seas 2M SE, baro 1016 decrease of 2 mb, cloud cover 100%

On passage to Port Vila. Leaving Tanna, volcano views were awesome!


Wed Oct 5 10:24 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 137.3nm (248.5km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 80.4nm
19 31.58S 169 29.72E
Weather: 2100 UTC 04 October: Wind 6k ESE, seas .25m ESE, baro 1015 unchanged, cloud cover 10%

Anchored at Port Resolution, Tanna Island


Mon Oct 3 17:24 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.5k
knts
Run: 135.8nm (245.8km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135nm
19 08.59S 171 33.64E
Weather: 0400 UTC 03 October: Wind 8k ESE, seas .5m SE, baro 1013 a decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 5%

Hoping to make landfall at Port Resolution by sunset tomorrow


Sun Oct 2 17:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6k
knts
Run: 219.2nm (396.8km)
Avg: 9.6knts
24hr: 230.2nm
18 48.35S 173 36.50E
Weather: 0400 UTC 02 October: Wind 10k SSE, seas .75m SE, baro 1014 a decrease of 2 mb, cloud cover 30%

Wind & seas calming, but still a lovely sail to Port Resolution


Sat Oct 1 18:24 2016 NZDT
Speed:
7.5k
knts
Run: 42nm (76km)
17 59.60S 176 50.350E
Weather: 0015 UTC 01 October: Wind 16k SSW, seas 1.5m SW, baro 1016 and steady, cloud cover 5%

On passage to Port Resolution, Vanuatu


Thu Sep 29 16:48 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 29.8nm (53.9km)
17 40.86S 177 23.18E
Weather: 0400 UTC 29 September: Wind 3k NNW, seas flat, baro 1012 and steady, cloud cover 10%

At Vuda Marina; checking out of Fiji customs tomorrow and heading to Vanuatu


Sat Sep 24 16:51 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
17 19.48S 177 07.97E
Weather: 0400 UTC 24 September: Wind 8k NE, seas .2m SW, baro 1011 a decrease of 1, cloud cover 60%

Anchored at Wayasewa Island


Mon Sep 19 19:48 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 37.5nm (67.9km)
17 10.33S 177 11.30E
Weather: 0200 UTC 19 September: Wind 10k E, seas .5m NW (wraparound swell), baro 1014 and steady, cloud cover 5%

Anchored at Drawaqa Island, near Manta Ray Pass


Wed Aug 31 18:00 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 18.2nm (32.9km)
17 40.82S 177 23.16E
Weather: 0500 UTC 31 August: Wind 15k SSE, seas .5m SSE, baro 1015 a decrease of 1 mb, cloud cover 95%

At Vuda Marina, Viti Levu, preparing for our next passage


Tue Aug 30 18:39 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 170.8nm (309.1km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.3nm
17 55.07S 177 16.02E
Weather: 0600 UTC 30 August: INSIDE ANCHORAGE Wind 2k ESE, seas .25 SE. Baro 1015, decrease of 2 millibars. Cloud cover 90%.

Anchored at Momi Bay, Viti Levu


Mon Aug 29 8:00 2016 NZST
Speed:
5k
knts
Run: 115.4nm (208.9km)
18 44.35S 179 43.37E
Weather: 1945 UTC 28 August: Wind 10k ENE, seas .5m ENE, baro 1018 and steady, cloud cover 95%

En route from Fulaga to Vuda Point


Fri Aug 19 8:24 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 22.1nm (40km)
19 08.95s 178 33.93w
Weather: 2100 UTC 18 August: INSIDE ANCHORAGE Wind 0k, seas 0m. Baro 1012, increase of 2 millibars. Cloud cover 100% with long periods of light rain.

Anchored at Fulaga; village festivities involve plenty of kava & free-form dancing


Sun Aug 14 17:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 12nm (21.7km)
18 50.75s 178 40.31w
Weather: 1600 UTC 14 August: Wind 15-20k SE, seas 1m ESE. Baro 1014, decrease of 2 millibars. Cloud cover 100%.

Anchored at Naumuka-i-Lau


Wed Aug 10 18:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 106.9nm (193.5km)
18 40.69s 178 37.62w
Weather: 1500 UTC 10 August: Wind 15-20k SE, seas 2.5m ESE. Baro 1016, increase of 3 millibars. Cloud cover 100%. Wind & water relatively calm in the anchorage.

Anchored at Komo Island, Fiji


Wed Aug 3 17:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 79.1nm (143.2km)
17 10.57s 179 01.05w
Weather: 0300 UTC 3 August: Wind 15-20k SE outside; calm with gusts in anchorage. Seas calm in cove, 1.5m ESE and choppy en route. Baro 1014, increase of 1 millibar. Cloud cover 20%.

Anchored at Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu


Fri Jul 29 17:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 53.7nm (97.2km)
16 26.71s 179 56.24w
Weather: 0500 UTC 29 July: Wind 10k ESE. Seas calm in cove, .5 SSE en route. Baro 1013 and steady. Cloud cover 10%.

Anchored at Albert Cove for a few days


Mon Jul 18 18:45 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 130.7nm (236.6km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.6nm
16 46.69s 179 19.76E
Weather: 0630 UTC 18 July: Wind 0k (was SE). Seas nil in the harbour. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud cover 30%.

On a mooring buoy at Waitui Marina in Savusavu


Sun Jul 17 12:45 2016 NZST
Speed:
7k
knts
Run: 147.4nm (266.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.4nm
17 27.23s 178 49.34w
Weather: 0430 UTC 17 July: Wind 15k ESE. Seas 2m SE. Baro 1018 and steady. Cloud cover 100%.

A good sail through the Lau Group, en route to Savusavu


Sat Jul 16 12:45 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.3k
knts
Run: 130.3nm (235.8km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.8nm
18 01.98s 176 40.05W
Weather: 0400 UTC 16July: Wind 5 SE. Seas 1.5m SE. Baro 1016, decrease of 1 mb in last 3 hours. Cloud cover 99%.

Motoring


Fri Jul 15 16:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
5k
knts
Run: 51.4nm (93km)
18 33.36s 174 45.62w
Weather: 0400 UTC 15 July: Wind 8k SSW. Seas 1.5m S. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud cover 100%.

Bound for Savusavu


Thu Jul 7 10:24 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
18 39.66s 173 58.98w
Weather: 0100 UTC 6 July: Wind 15k SE. Seas

On a mooring buoy in Neiafu Harbour; planning to head to Fiji next week


Wed Jun 29 18:11 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 64.1nm (116km)
18 44.98s 174 04.86w
Weather: 0100 UTC 29 June: Wind 15k E. Seas .5 m E. Baro 1017 and steady. Morning clouds dissipate; current cloud cover 5%.

Anchored at Ovalau; finally near Vava'u, after >three marvelous weeks in Ha'apai


Sat Jun 25 15:57 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)
19 36.33s 174 27.47w
Weather: 0300 UTC 25 June: Wind 20k ESE. Seas 1.5 m ESE. Baro 1016, decrease of 1 mb. Cloud cover 90%, intermittent showers.

Too windy to stop at Luahoko Island, so we anchored at Ofolanga Island


Thu Jun 23 16:21 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 9.4nm (17km)
19 46.85s 174 32.45w
Weather: 0300 UTC 23 June: Wind 18k E. Seas E 1 m. Baro 1016, decrease of 1 mb. Cloud cover 30%.

Anchored at Nukupule Island; some wave protection and not much wind protection, but okay in these conditions


Mon Jun 20 19:09 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 33nm (59.7km)
19 51.04s 174 24.96w
Weather: 0200 UTC 20 June: Wind 15k SE. Seas SW .5 m. Baro 1014 and steady. Cloud cover 70%.

Anchored at Uoleva Island


Wed Jun 15 9:11 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
20 16.81s 174 38.26w
Weather: 0200 UTC 14 June: Wind 15k NE. Seas ESE 1 m. Baro 1014, 2 mb decrease in previous 3 hours. Cloud cover 100% with intermittent showers.

Anchored at Fonoifua Island


Wed Jun 15 7:15 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
20 16.81s 174 38.26w
Weather: 0200 UTC 14 June: Wind 15k NE. Seas ESE 1 m. Baro 1014, 2 mb decrease in previous 3 hours. Cloud cover 100% with intermittent showers.

Anchored at Fonoifua Island


Wed Jun 15 6:42 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 16.7nm (30.2km)
20 16.81s 174 38.26w
Weather: 0200 UTC 14 June: Wind 15k NE. Seas ESE 1 m. Baro 1014, 2 mb decrease in previous 3 hours. Cloud cover 100% with intermittent showers.

Anchored at Fonoifua Island


Mon Jun 6 15:39 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 52.6nm (95.2km)
20 30.11s 174 44.38w
Weather: 1500 UTC: Wind 25-30k ESE with higher gusts and squalls. Seas ESE 4m. Baro 1018 and steady. Cloud cover 90%.

Anchored at Kelefesia Island. Strong conditions outside, anchorage is rolly but safe.


Fri May 27 16:48 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 65.9nm (119.3km)
21 08.32s 175 11.06w
Weather: Wind 15-20k E but easing. Seas choppy, easterly .5m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud cover 90%, squalls earlier but clearing.

Arrived safely at Nuku'alofa this morning. Will be here a several days before heading to Ha'apai Group.


Thu May 26 9:50 2016 NZST
Speed:
4k
knts
Run: 105.5nm (191km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.1nm
21 37.6s 176 03.8w
Weather: at 2135 UTC: Wind 5k NE. Swell ENE 1m. Baro 1018, rising slightly. Cloud cover 95%, isolated showers.

Some sailing in patches with light winds, but mostly motoring.


Wed May 25 9:58 2016 NZST
Speed:
5k
knts
Run: 88.2nm (159.6km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.8nm
22 34.4s 177 21.4w
Weather: at 2145 UTC: Wind 6k NE. WSW swell 2m. Baro 1017, rising slightly. Cloud cover 5%.

Motorsailing in very light winds, but a beautiful day.


Tue May 24 17:08 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.5k
knts
Run: 35.1nm (63.5km)
23 18.8s 178 29.1w
Weather: at 0500 UTC: Wind 9k N. SW swell 2m. Baro 1016 and steady. Cloud cover 10%.

Left Minerva this morning and having a glorious sail! Headed for Tongatapu.


Tue May 17 17:04 2016 NZST
Speed:
0k
knts
Run: 103.9nm (188.1km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 85.3nm
23 39.18s 178 53.77w
Weather: Wind 15k SE. SE ripples in the lagoon. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud cover 5%.

Anchored at North Minerva Reef, all is well on board. Weather permitting, we will stay here for several days; position reports will resume when we set sail for Tongatapu.


Mon May 16 11:51 2016 NZST
Speed:
4.5k
knts
Run: 121.9nm (220.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.9nm
25 09.2s 179 00.5w
Weather: Wind 9k NE. Seas ENE .5 m. Baro 1017 and steady. Cloud cover 95%, intermittent light showers.

All is well on board.


Sun May 15 15:48 2016 NZST
Speed:
4.5
knts
Run: 131.6nm (238.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.3nm
26 54.6s 179 11.1w
Weather: Wind 11k NE. Seas NE 1 m. Baro 1019, increase of 1. Cloud cover 45%

Glad the breeze picked up; all is well on board.


Sat May 14 15:56 2016 NZST
Speed:
5
knts
Run: 92nm (166.5km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.8nm
28 48.7s 179 18.1w
Weather: Wind 5k NNE. Seas NNE.5 m. Baro 1021 and steady. Cloud cover 40%

Motoring. Other than no wind, all is well on board.


Fri May 13 11:55 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 115.7nm (209.4km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 111.7nm
30 03.3s 179 50.9w
Weather: Wind 12k NNW. Seas NW.5 m. Baro 1021, +1 over 3 hours. Cloud cover 95%

Winds clocked 180 degrees in the night then backed the same, but have now stabilized. All is well on board.


Thu May 12 11:04 2016 NZST
Speed:
6
knts
Run: 170.4nm (308.4km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.5nm
31 23.5s 178 58.8e
Weather: Wind 11k NNW. Seas NNW .5 - 1 m. Baro 1017 and steady, 10% cloud cover.

Enjoying advantageous winds so far. All is well on board.


Wed May 11 15:33 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
32 40.75s 176 29.97e
Weather: Wind 12k NNE. Seas NE .5 - 1 m. Baro 1015 and steady, 70% cloud cover.

Tacked east at 0015 to put easting in the bank; headed from Opua to North Minerva. All is well on board.


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