Tue Oct 30 9:09 2018 NZDT
GPS: 23 57s 154 59e
Run: 167.5nm (303.2km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.1nm

Wind picked up last night and we had a few squalls with lightening and heavy rain. Big change in sea state

Mon Oct 29 8:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 23 52s 157 38e
Run: 289.9nm (524.7km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 145nm
Weather: 5kts ENE. 10% cloud cover. 0.1m swell. 1009 BAR.

Still motorsailing along in light variable winds, sunny skies and flat seas. Hoping for more wind today to give the engine a rest. All well aboard. 300 miles to go to Bundaberg with an ETA on Halloween morning.

Sat Oct 27 8:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 23 46s 162 13e
Run: 145.9nm (264.1km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.5nm

Motored all night into light westerlies. The sea is eerily calm

Fri Oct 26 7:45 2018 NZDT
GPS: 23 29s 164 30e
Run: 148.2nm (268.2km)
Weather: 10-12kts E. 10% cloud cover. 0.5m swell. 1011 BAR.

Went through Dumbea Pass en route to Bundaberg around noon yesterday. Had a sleigh ride in strong ESE winds until midnight when it backed to ENE and eased. Currently motorsailing in light easterlies. ETA in Bundaberg is Halloween morning. Beautiful full moon last night. All well aboard.

Tue Oct 23 19:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.254S 166 25.920E
Run: 226.5nm (410km)
Weather: 10-15 kts ENE, partly cloudy

Anchored in Noumea waiting to leave for Bundaberg on Thursday, 25 October. Wish we had more time in New Caledonia but will just have to come back next year.

Wed Jul 4 7:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 20 02s 168 59e
Run: 193.2nm (349.7km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.4nm
Weather: 20-30kts ESE. 100% cloud cover. 2.5m swell. 1011 BAR.

Rough night of squalls and high winds but hoping it will ease a bit today. All well aboard. 140 nm to go to Port Vila.

Tue Jul 3 7:09 2018 NZST
GPS: 22 42s 169 53e
Run: 184.5nm (333.9km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.4nm
Weather: 18-25kts ESE. 30% cloud cover. 2.0m swell. 1014 BAR.

Passed through several squall lines last night with winds to 30 kts. The seas have also become rough and choppy as we enter the area of the New Hebrides Trench. We have decided to skip Tanna and go directly to Port Vila for check-in. The weather forecast does not look great for volcano viewing so will fly down from Port Vila or Luganville at a later date. All well aboard. 300 nm to go to Port Vila.

Mon Jul 2 7:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 25 22s 170 02e
Run: 158.8nm (287.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.8nm
Weather: 15kts ESE. 20% cloud cover. 0.5m swell. 1020 BAR.

We lost the wind yesterday so have been motor sailing most of the night but it has picked up this morning. Had a few squalls to wash the boat off but no wind in them. It is finally warming up and we are shedding clothing layers. All well aboard. 350 nm to go to Tanna.

Sun Jul 1 6:42 2018 NZST
GPS: 27 36s 170 38e
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.6nm
Weather: 10-15kts ESE. 20% cloud cover. 0.5m swell. 1025 BAR.

We continue to have very pleasant conditions for the passage. The wind picked up yesterday and we were able to turn off the motor and sail in variable ESE wind. All well aboard. 490 nm to go to Tanna.

Sat Jun 30 7:03 2018 NZST
GPS: 29 47s 171 49e
Run: 172.9nm (312.9km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168nm
Weather: 8-10kts SE. 35% cloud cover. 0.5m swell. 1026 BAR.

We are currently motor sailing in light wind and calm seas. Enjoying the sunny days and moon-filled nights but it would be nice to get a bit more wind. All well aboard. 640 nm to go to Tanna.

Fri Jun 29 6:21 2018 NZST
GPS: 32 07s 172 52e
Run: 172.4nm (312km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.7nm
Weather: 15kts SSW. 25% cloud cover. 1.0m swell. 1023 BAR.

We continue to have light southwesterlies, sunny skies, and calm sea state. The wind speeds are variable but picked up last night so we were able to turn off the motor and sail. All well aboard.

Thu Jun 28 6:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 34 24s 174 04e
Run: 101.6nm (183.9km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78nm

Departed Marsden Cove for Vanuatu around 1pm yesterday. Apart from the ice on the dock in the morning, we had very pleasant conditions for our departure

Tue Jun 26 23:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 35 50s 174 28e
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)
Weather: 4kts WSW. 80% cloud cover. 1016 BAR.

Currently in Marsden Cove finishing pre-passage tasks for a departure tomorrow morning, Wed 27 June. We are sailing from NZ to Port Resolution on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, 1040 NM.

Tue Nov 28 16:49 2017 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.938s 174 7.157e
Run: 182.6nm (330.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.2nm

Arrived Opua early this morning in very pleasant 15 kt NE winds. We were pleased to see a "long white cloud" over the island as we approached. It is great to be back!

Mon Nov 27 8:39 2017 NZDT
GPS: 32 46s 173 17e
Run: 189.2nm (342.5km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190.8nm
Weather: 15-18kts ENE. 80% cloud cover. 1m swell. 1024 BAR.

Very pleasant night with ENE winds and calms seas. We are starting to smell the barn with only 150 miles to Opua. All well aboard.

Sun Nov 26 8:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 30 12s 172 10e
Run: 186nm (336.7km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.3nm
Weather: 18-22kts E. 80% cloud cover. 1.5m swell. 1021 BAR.

25 kt most of the night with rough seas but calmer conditions this morning. Definitely getting chilly and we have unearthed the fleece and socks. 315 miles to Opua. All well aboard.

Sat Nov 25 7:57 2017 NZDT
GPS: 27 39s 171 11e
Run: 171.6nm (310.6km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.9nm
Weather: 20-25kts E to ENE. 70% cloud cover. 2m swell. 1021 BAR.

Sea state has calmed down a bit which is a great relief. 475 miles to Opua. All well aboard.

Fri Nov 24 7:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 25 20s 170 11e
Run: 167nm (302.3km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.3nm
Weather: 20-25kts E to ESE. 40% cloud cover. 2.5m swell. 1020 BAR.

Making progress but have slowed down to minimize the bashing in rough seas. Looking at a Tuesday ETA in Opua. All well aboard.

Thu Nov 23 7:45 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 59s 169 34e
Run: 121.7nm (220.3km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.2nm
Weather: 22kts ESE. 40% cloud cover. 2m swell. 1017 Rising BAR.

Very rough and confused seas making it a bumpy ride. All well aboard.

Wed Nov 22 7:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 21 28s 168 36e
Run: 159.1nm (288km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.4nm
Weather: 16kts ESE. 70% cloud cover. 1m swell. 1014 BAR.

Cool and cloudy today. Hoping the winds will go more easterly so we can fall off to a more comfortable point of sail. All well.

Tue Nov 21 8:03 2017 NZDT
GPS: 19 11s 168 17e
Run: 99.5nm (180.1km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99.2nm

Got a late afternoon start yesterday. Had 20+ kts and rough seas during the night

Mon Nov 20 7:59 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 44.636s 168 18.819e
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)

Leaving Port Vila for Opua this afternoon after we clear Customs and get fuel. Looking forward to getting back to NZ!

Thu Nov 9 7:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 36.283s 168 14.625e
Run: 70.1nm (126.9km)
Weather: Wind 5 kt NE Cloud 80% Bar 1010

Had a brisk and fun sail from Epi to Efate yesterday in 15-20 kt easterlies. Currently anchored in Havannah Harbour but heading into Vila today to start the project list for the NZ passage.

Tue Nov 7 7:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 16 35.645s 168 09.691e
Run: 24.5nm (44.3km)
Weather: Wind 2 kt E Cloud 40% Bar 1011

Anchored in Lamen Bay on Epi. Finally some blue sky and a cool breeze so hope we are out of the trough. Have seen no other boats in days so it seems we are the last ones here.

Mon Nov 6 8:24 2017 NZDT
GPS: 16 28s 167 49e
Run: 78.3nm (141.7km)
Weather: 4kts ESE. 60% cloud cover. 1013 Steady BAR.

Currently anchored in Gaspard Bay in the Maskelynes and going to Lamen Bay in Epi today. We continue to make our way south to Port Vila and hope to escape the trough conditions soon.

Sat Nov 4 7:52 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 31.401s 167 9.862e
Weather: Wind 1 kt E Cloud 80% Bar 1011

Leaving this morning for Port Vila with stops in Malekula and Epi. Hoping to get out of this trough.

Wed Nov 1 7:53 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 31.413s 167 09.862e
Run: 34.2nm (61.9km)
Weather: Wind 3 kt N Cloud 50% Bar 1009

Motored down to Luganville yesterday. Still trough conditions here-hot, humid, gray, and windless. Segond Channel is like a millpond!

Tue Oct 31 7:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 2.073s 167 4.921e
Run: 81.1nm (146.8km)
Weather: Wind 1 kt S Cloud 10% Bar 1010

Back at Thion Island after a wonderful time in the Banks. Heading back south to Port Vila for the passage to NZ.

Wed Oct 25 8:19 2017 NZDT
GPS: 13 54.903s 167 26.82e
Run: 18.4nm (33.3km)
Weather: Wind 8kt NE Cloud 30 % BAR 1013

Motored around to Vureas Bay yesterday. Not too roll-y here right now. Heading into the village this morning.

Mon Oct 23 7:55 2017 NZDT
GPS: 13 42.763s 167 37.483e
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
Weather: No wind, light rain. Cloud 80%. BAR 1012 rising

Anchored behind Ravanga Island on east side of Vanua Lava. Lovely spot with nice village and good snorkeling.

Sat Oct 21 8:03 2017 NZDT
GPS: 13 52.357s 167 33.133e
Run: 30.9nm (55.9km)
Weather: Wind 13 kt ESE Cloud 70% 1012 BAR

Checked in with Customs in Sola and spent the day meeting and chatting with the friendly people here. Very roll-y anchorage.

Fri Oct 20 8:09 2017 NZDT
GPS: 14 18s 167 25e
Run: 55.8nm (101km)
Weather: 10kts ESE. 40% cloud cover. 1010 Steady BAR.

Fast but bumpy passage yesterday from Port Olry to Lakona Bay in Gaua in 20-25kt SE winds. Anchorage is very rolly so continuing up to Sola today.

Wed Oct 18 20:33 2017 NZDT
GPS: 15 02s 167 04e
Run: 55.1nm (99.7km)
Weather: 12kts SE. 80% cloud cover. 1011 Steady BAR.

Anchored at lovely Thion Island at Port Olry. Great to read SV Chameleon's report from 2008 in the Rocket Guide. Leaving for Gaua tomorrow AM. We would appreciate if David could cover the weather in the Banks for the next few weeks. Thanks!

Fri Sep 8 7:09 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 45.712s 167 24.158e
Run: 143nm (258.8km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.5nm
Weather: Wind 16 kt ESE Swell 0.5 m Cloud 15%

Very pleasant overnight sail. 20 nm from Luganville

Thu Sep 7 10:25 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 42.776s 168 7.397e
Run: 12.8nm (23.2km)
Weather: Wind 12 ESE Wave 0.5m Cloud 100% Showers

Doing an overnight to Luganville to meet guests. ETA at entrance to the Segond Channel is tomorrow AM. Will get a mooring at Aore Resort.

Tue Aug 29 7:05 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 44.872s 168 18.810e
Run: 21nm (38km)
Weather: Wind 4 kt Cloud 50%

Arrived safely in Port Vila on Friday morning. We are enjoying exploring the city.

Fri Aug 25 6:45 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 53s 168 36e
Run: 189.3nm (342.6km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 195nm
Weather: 17kts ESE. 1.0m swell. 80% cloud cover. 1012 BAR.

Just coming up on the south side of Efate as the sun is coming up. Should get into Port Vila by late morning or early afternoon.

Thu Aug 24 7:27 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 09s 171 28e
Run: 190nm (343.9km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.4nm
Weather: 16kts ESE. 2.0m swell. 100% cloud cover. 1014 BAR.

Somehow got the jib snarled up on the furler so spent several hours unwinding it last night. Back on course again with an ETA of Friday PM.

Wed Aug 23 6:51 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 57s 174 21e
Run: 191.6nm (346.8km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 193.5nm
Weather: 20kts SE. 3.0m swell. 100% cloud cover. 1014 Steady BAR.

Departed Momi Bay yesterday around 8am. SE winds between 20-30 kts and very rough 3-4m seas from all directions for most of the day. Wind and waves seem to be settling down a bit this morning. Crew is a bit green but all is well aboard.

Tue Aug 22 7:05 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 54.970S 177 15.851E
Run: 18.2nm (32.9km)
Weather: 10 kt ESE 10% cloud 1012 bar

Left Vuda late so anchored in Momi Bay for the night. Leaving now for the passage to Port Vila.

Mon Aug 21 7:26 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 40.825S 177 23.179E
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
Weather: Overcast and rainy with no wind in Vuda.

Leaving Vuda today for Port Vila Vanuatu.

Fri Jul 21 6:50 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 46.584s 177 11.340e
Run: 90.8nm (164.3km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.9nm
Weather: Wind 5 SE

Arrived Musket Cove yesterday about 5pm. It's wonderful to have sun and blue skies after gray damp Savusavu!

Wed Jul 19 23:40 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 29.500s 178 20.939e
Run: 135nm (244.4km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.1nm
Weather: Wind 15 kt ENE Swell 1.5m Dark no rain

Dodging the cargo ships as we pass the Suva harbour approach. All well on board.

Tue Jul 18 15:18 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 46.747s 179 20.035e
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
Weather: Wind 12 ESE

Finally leaving Savusavu! Carl has recovered from the Fiji flu and we are anxious to get around to the west side for the passage to Vanuatu. Departing early tomorrow morning and either will go non-stop to Musket Cove or stop for a night in Suva.

Wed Jun 28 7:27 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 48s 179 17e
Run: 63.2nm (114.4km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.9nm
Weather: 8kts SE. 0.0m swell. 100% cloud cover. 1011 Steady BAR.

Arrived Savusavu late yesterday afternoon and anchored at the Cousteau Resort for a long sleep. Going into the town harbor this morning to clear in.

Tue Jun 27 6:57 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 30s 179 54e
Run: 156.5nm (283.3km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.5nm

Same conditions as yesterday

Mon Jun 26 6:57 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 42s 179 32w
Run: 165.9nm (300.3km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.2nm
Weather: 8-10kts SE. 2.0m swell. 10% cloud cover. 1011 Steady BAR.

Continuing to motor sail in light southerlies. ETA in Savusavu is late Tuesday afternoon. All well.

Sun Jun 25 7:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 22 05s 179 14w
Run: 109.2nm (197.7km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 109.9nm
Weather: 11kts S. 2.5m swell. 15% cloud cover. 1010 Steady BAR.

Departed North Minerva around midday yesterday and motorsailed in light southerlies through the night. Hoping to get into Savusavu on Wed morning. All well.

Sat Jun 24 7:09 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38s 178 54w
Weather: 8kts SW. 0.5m swell. 15% cloud cover. 1008 Steady BAR.

Front passed yesterday with winds of 25-30kts. Kiwi Rescue called from the Orion as it passed over Minerva on the way to Jungle who foundered on the reef 150 nm north of us. Leaving today for Savusavu.

Fri Jun 23 7:09 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38s 178 54w
Weather: 26knts NE. 0.5m swell. 100% cloud cover. 1009 Falling BAR.

Waiting for the front to arrive. Wind and chop continue to build so we have been rocking and rolling in the reef. Wind currently at 035 TWD.

Thu Jun 22 7:09 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38s 178 54w
Weather: 20knts NE. 0.5m swell. 85% cloud cover. 1012 Falling BAR.

Wind continued to back to the north last night making it a bit bumpier inside the reef this morning. All well aboard.

Wed Jun 21 7:33 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38s 178 54w
Weather: 17knts NE. 0m swell. 15% cloud cover. 1015 BAR.

Enjoying life on the level in North Minerva. Hoping to continue on to Savusavu after the front passes.

Tue Jun 20 7:15 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38s 178 54w

Worked on autopilot all day yesterday and found problem

Mon Jun 19 8:24 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38s 178 54w
Run: 123nm (222.6km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.8nm

Anchored in North Minerva around midday yesterday

Sun Jun 18 7:33 2017 NZST
GPS: 24 05s 179 13e
Run: 177.7nm (321.6km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.6nm
Weather: 20knts E. 2m swell. 25% cloud cover. 1021 BAR.

Made good time in reinforced trades last night. We are now about 5 nm from South Minerva and are proceeding to North Minerva to anchor. All well but tired.

Sat Jun 17 6:42 2017 NZST
GPS: 26 35s 179 53e
Run: 120.4nm (217.9km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.7nm
Weather: 10knts ESE. 1m swell. 60% cloud cover. 1022 BAR.

Made slow progress motor sailing in variable winds last night. Tired but hanging in there.

Fri Jun 16 6:33 2017 NZST
GPS: 27 59s 178 43e
Run: 30.5nm (55.2km)
Weather: 10knts SSE. 3m swell. 80% cloud cover. 1021 BAR.

Our autopilot failed yesterday morning so we have been hove-to to diagnose and fix. The problem is in the mechanical steering system, not autopilot computer, so we have decided to divert to Minerva and work on it there. It's about 285 miles to Minerva so we figure we have only have 2 days of manual steering ahead of us! Other than this delay, all is well aboard.

Thu Jun 15 7:12 2017 NZST
GPS: 28 24s 178 33e
Run: 199.3nm (360.7km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 195.2nm
Weather: 15knts SSW. 3-4m swell. 80% cloud cover. 1021 BAR.

Made good speeds in strong consistent southwesterlies yesterday. Backed to the south last night so now sailing downwind in 3-4m seas. All well on board.

Wed Jun 14 6:42 2017 NZST
GPS: 31 17s 178 37e
Run: 159.3nm (288.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.3nm
Weather: 20knts SW. 1.5m swell. 10% cloud cover. 1021 BAR.

Spent a wet, cold and rough night in the front beating into NW winds. Lots of squalls and rain. We are out of it now and zooming along on a beam reach in big southwesterlies and clear skies. All well on board.

Tue Jun 13 6:51 2017 NZST
GPS: 33 34s 178 15e
Run: 142.4nm (257.7km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.7nm
Weather: 13knts WSW. 0.5m swell. 90% cloud cover. 1024 Steady BAR.

After a slow day under motor slogging through lumpy seas, the westerlies filled in last night and we have been slipping along under full sail in flat seas. A welcome change! All well on board.

Mon Jun 12 6:54 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 06s 176 35e
Run: 134.2nm (242.9km)
Weather: 8knts SSW. 0.5m swell. 15% cloud cover. 1018 Steady BAR.

Departed Marsden Cove about noon yesterday in light southeasterlies and clear sunny skies. It was a beautiful day and we were able to sail for most of the afternoon. The wind shifted to SW during the night and dropped below 10 so we have been motor sailing. Unfortunately, the sea conditions are lumpy and confused so we are both a bit queasy. All well on board.

Fri Jun 9 23:42 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 43.490S 174 19.640E

Planning to leave Sunday AM for Savusavu. Frantically finishing pre-passage tasks. Spent Thursday sailing in Bream Bay to shake down. More glitches in the crew than equipment :-)

Mon Jun 5 10:23 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 43.488S 174 19.639E
Run: 30.6nm (55.4km)

Enjoying Queen's Birthday in Whangarei Town Basin. Looking to depart at next weather window.

Thu Nov 17 7:34 2016 NZDT
GPS: 35 18.847s 174 7.360e
Run: 97.8nm (177km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 96.3nm
Weather: No wind at Q dock. Bar 995 falling.

Arrived Opua around 1700 yesterday evening. Fast last day on a beam reach in westerlies. Total of 7 days from Vuda to Opua. Overall a fast and easy passage. And nothing major broke on the boat!

Wed Nov 16 7:12 2016 NZDT
GPS: 33 54s 174 04e
Run: 201nm (363.8km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.4nm
Weather: 18knts WNW. 2.5m swell. 100% cloud cover. 1005 Falling BAR.

Missed the worst of the front yesterday with light rain and max wind speed of 25. Got a call from NZAF Orion who was taking a census of the boats on their way in. Expect to make Opua this evening with 75 miles to go as of 0700 this morning. All well on board.

Tue Nov 15 7:15 2016 NZDT
GPS: 31 00s 174 20e
Run: 197.1nm (356.8km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.2nm
Weather: 18knts NNW. 2.0m swell. 60% cloud cover. 1012 Falling BAR.

Very nice downwind sailing in northerly winds yesterday. Able to get more boat speed as the winds built to 20kts over night. Still racing to get in by Wed night before the gale. All well on board.

Mon Nov 14 7:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 28 16s 175 16e
Run: 141.5nm (256.1km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140.3nm
Weather: 8knts NE. 0.5m swell. 75% cloud cover. 1015 BAR.

We are diverting to Opua instead of Whangarei. We have pedal to the metal to get in by Wed night. Motor sailed through the night in light winds and were able to make more southing as the wind backed to E and NE. All well on board.

Sun Nov 13 7:18 2016 NZDT
GPS: 26 19s 175 58e
Run: 151.7nm (274.6km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.4nm
Weather: 8knts SSW. 0.5m swell. 30% cloud cover. 1012 rising BAR.

Passed through the front at 1600 yesterday. Max wind 28 kt and the boat got a good wash. Now motor sailing SE through the southerlies and will turn S when we get a more easterly wind shift predicted later today. All well on board.

Sat Nov 12 7:15 2016 NZDT
GPS: 24 23s 174 49e
Run: 188nm (340.3km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.2nm
Weather: 10-12knts NNW. 0.5m swell. 50% cloud cover. 1010 BAR.

Motor sailed through the high yesterday but wind is picking up this morning. Waiting for the front later today. All well on board.

Fri Nov 11 7:09 2016 NZDT
GPS: 21 40s 174 58e
Run: 183.1nm (331.4km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.4nm
Weather: 10-12knts E. 1m swell. 10% cloud cover. 1013 BAR.

Very pleasant sailing conditions. All well on board.

Thu Nov 10 7:42 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 17s 176 12e
Weather: 15-20knts ESE. 1.5m swell. 80% cloud cover. 1013 BAR rising.

Rough seas leaving the islands and overnight but calmer this morning. Day 1 of a passage is always tough...

Thu Nov 10 7:21 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 17s 176 12e
Run: 135.4nm (245.1km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.3nm
Weather: 25knts ESE. 1.5m swell. 95% cloud cover. 1013 BAR rising.

Rough seas leaving the islands and overnight but calmer this morning. Day 1 of a passage is always tough...

Wed Nov 9 7:31 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 40.820s 177 23.184e
Run: 115.3nm (208.7km)

Leaving Vuda for Whangarei today.

Mon Oct 24 8:51 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 02.820s 178 23.665e
Run: 168.6nm (305.2km)
Weather: 10 kt SE 25 % cloud

Leaving Kadavu for Vuda this morning.

Fri Aug 12 8:14 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.635S 179 19.939E
Run: 33.5nm (60.6km)

Waiting for better weather to go to Taveuni for hiking.

Wed Jul 13 20:01 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 40.298s 179 49.609e
Run: 7nm (12.7km)

Had a very pleasant sail from Viani to Buca Bay today. Lovely protected spot but we have been getting the occasional williwaw blasting down the surrounding hills.

Mon Jul 11 8:25 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 44.89S 179 53.82E
Run: 40.6nm (73.5km)

Had a nice passage to Viani Bay on Saturday. Doing some needed boat projects but looking forward to snorkeling and kayaking here.

Thu Jul 7 9:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 48.581s 179 17.251e
Run: 3nm (5.4km)

Leaving JM Cousteau anchorage tomorrow morning for Fawn Harbour

Wed Jun 22 5:37 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 50s 179 15e
Run: 142.4nm (257.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.6nm
Weather: 25knts ESE. 1.5m swell. 25% cloud cover. 1014 BAR.

Hooray! We're here, just waiting for official business hours to clear customs. Overall, a good passage: 1200 nm 7.5 days. A few days of rough seas but the wind was always in our direction.

Tue Jun 21 6:46 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 53.5s 179 19.7e
Run: 197.8nm (358km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 197.3nm
Weather: 20knts ESE. 3m swell. 25% cloud cover. 1016 BAR.

Another romping night in big wind and seas. 134 miles to go to Savusavu. Will time arrival for Wed AM.

Mon Jun 20 6:42 2016 NZST
GPS: 21 43.4s 178 53.4e
Run: 204.7nm (370.5km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.8nm

All well aboard

Sun Jun 19 7:17 2016 NZST
GPS: 24 39.0s 178 23.8e
Run: 203.4nm (368.2km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 197.2nm

Great day and night of classic trade wind sailing under a full moon. Much warmer now

Sat Jun 18 6:32 2016 NZST
GPS: 27 32.8s 177 49.2e
Run: 162.7nm (294.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.8nm

Unpleasant night in the trough

Fri Jun 17 6:42 2016 NZST
GPS: 29 50.0s 177 10.9e
Run: 183.8nm (332.7km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.4nm
Weather: 12knts ESE. 2.5m swell. 15% cloud cover. 1020 BAR.

Motor off yesterday; pleasant sailing in 15-25 kt SE winds. Carl has come down with a cold but all else is well aboard.

Thu Jun 16 6:31 2016 NZST
GPS: 32 26.9s 176 37.0e
Run: 161.8nm (292.9km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 164nm
Weather: 12knts SE. 1.5m swell E. 25% cloud cover. 1022 BAR.

Still motor sailing in light variable wind. Wind moved to SE overnight so hopefully can turn off the motor today. All well aboard.

Wed Jun 15 6:50 2016 NZST
GPS: 34 36.5s 175 31.9e
Run: 104nm (188.2km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 73.9nm
Weather: 11knts SW. 1m swell E. 95% cloud cover. 1029 BAR.

Left Marsden at 2pm and have been motorsailing in light and variable SW winds with occasional rain. Wind starting to build more now. All well aboard.

Mon Jun 13 21:02 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 50.304S 174 28.1540E
Run: 12nm (21.7km)

Leaving for Fiji tomorrow - 14 June

Thu Jun 9 8:28 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 43s 174 19e
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)

Planning a Saturday (11 June) departure to Savusavu from Marsden.

Tue Jun 7 14:59 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 43.446S 174 19.548E
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)

Hope to leave for Fiji in first weather window after 10 June

Tue Apr 28 17:40 2015 NZST
GPS: 35 43.472S 174 19.609E

Projects, projects, projects!!! Hoping to leave Whangarei for Tonga someday soon...

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