Sharpe Focus

Sharpe Focus

Sat Nov 24 15:38 2018 NZDT
Run: 779.9nm (1411.6km)
Avg: 28.7knts
24hr: 688.4nm
35 11.153S 174 08.790E
Weather: Calm and overcast

Entering Bay of Islands. A good trip if too much motoring as wind from aft the beam was not as strong as forecast. Look forward to clearing in at Opua


Fri Nov 23 12:27 2018 NZDT
Speed:
8.6
knts
Run: 939nm (1699.6km)
Avg: 41.4knts
24hr: 992.8nm
32 03.229s 172 49.338s
Weather: overcast small disorganised seas TWD 283 TWS 13.4 kts Baro 1012

Looking forward to arrival in Opua tomorrow. Good trip and all well


Thu Nov 22 13:45 2018 NZDT
Speed:
10kts
knts
Run: 210.4nm (380.8km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 193.8nm
29 30.028s 171 37.853e
Weather: TWD 268mag TWS 18 to 24kts. Sea state building but swell remains 1 to 1.5 m overcast

trucking along now with AWA 107. All ok


Wed Nov 21 11:42 2018 NZDT
Speed:
7.2
knts
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 196.8nm
26 39.910s 170 22.530e
Weather: TWS 8 from 286 degrees mag, calm

on passage from New Caledonia to Opua New Zealand. Two on board all ok


Wed Nov 21 9:42 2018 NZDT
Speed:
7.5
knts
Run: 100.1nm (181.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168nm
26 25.754s 170 21.202e
Weather: TWS 8kts expected to build to 15kts later. Sea calm swell less than 1m. Overcast with occasional showers

All well but starting to get noticeably cooler


Tue Nov 20 19:24 2018 NZDT
Speed:
6.8
knts
Run: 285.9nm (517.5km)
Avg: 10.1knts
24hr: 243.3nm
25 03.681s 169 49.509e
Weather: TWS 8 from 187 degrees, sunny and long 1m swells

It?s been pleasant sailing so far even if wind and current are both n the nose. Only achieved 157 nm in first 24 hours though. Now motor sailing, probably till Wed morning when new westerly wind expected. Two on board all ok


Tue Nov 20 19:24 2018 NZDT
Speed:
6.8
knts
25 03.681s 169 49.509e
Weather: TWS 8 from 187 degrees, sunny and long 1m swells

It?s been pleasant sailing so far even if wind and current are both n the nose. Only achieved 157 nm in first 24 hours though. Now motor sailing, probably till Wed morning when new westerly wind expected. Two on board all ok


Tue Nov 20 19:24 2018 NZDT
Speed:
6.8
knts
25 03.681s 169 49.509e
Weather: TWS 8 from 187 degrees, sunny and long 1m swells

It?s been pleasant sailing so far even if wind and current are both n the nose. Only achieved 157 nm in first 24 hours though. Now motor sailing, probably till Wed morning when new westerly wind expected. Two on board all ok


Mon Nov 19 15:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
22 19.598s 166 26.142e

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Mon Nov 19 15:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
22 19.598s 166 26.142e

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Mon Nov 19 15:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
22 19.598s 166 26.142e

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Mon Nov 19 15:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
22 19.598s 166 26.142e

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Mon Nov 19 15:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
22 19.598s 166 26.142e

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Mon Nov 19 15:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 90.1nm (163.1km)
22 19.598s 166 26.142e

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Mon Nov 19 15:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
8.1
knts
Run: 90.1nm (163.1km)
22 57.188s 167 40.441e
Weather: TWS16 from 155 degrees, overcast sky and small but lumpy seas

on passage from New Caledonia to Opua New Zealand. Two on board all ok


Mon Nov 19 15:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
Run: 68.2nm (123.4km)
Avg: 12.3knts
24hr: 295.2nm
22 19.598s 166 26.142e

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Mon Nov 19 9:39 2018 NZDT
Run: 41.8nm (75.7km)
22 39.560S 167 26.446E
Weather: Light westerly

We will be sailing from Kuto Bay, Ile des Pins, NC today at 1200 local time

ETA Opua, Bay of Islands, NZ early Sunday morning 24/11

Sad to go but forecast looks pretty good


Thu Sep 20 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 761.7nm (1378.7km)
22 33.132S 166 47.781E
Weather: Stunning

Chilled


Mon Sep 17 8:23 2018 NZST

Been in New Caledonia for a while now. Weather is beginning to warm up- it was very cool after Fiji! Expect to stay until the end of October/early November


Fri Aug 31 12:34 2018 NZST
Run: 1327.7nm (2403.1km)
17 46.352s 177 22.892e

Leaving Port Denarau to sail a ross to New Caledonia this arvo. Will try and post on way but not sure yet if email is ok again.

ETA Noumea Tuesday


Tue Jul 3 8:33 2018 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
36 50.465s 174 44.754e

Cleared customs. Leaving soon. Soon be warm


Mon Jul 2 9:48 2018 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
36 50.390s 174 44.812e

Automated update from App.


Tue Jun 26 6:53 2018 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
36 50.795s 174 43.674e

Having spent 5 weeks out of the water at Hobsonville Marina we are back floating at Westhaven Marina. Planned maintenance grew and, as we found some further damage from hitting a bombie last year that needed to be fixed we went the whole way and did next years maintenance as well!

Sailing up to Opua on the weekend and hopefully north to Fiji soon after


Sun May 6 20:14 2018 NZST
Run: 73.3nm (132.7km)
36 50.463s 174 44.752e

Back on the boat in Westhaven Marina Auckland. Should be ready to sail north to Fiji in about 4 weeks. Will clear in at Port Denarau


Fri Nov 24 7:56 2017 NZDT
Run: 1007.8nm (1824.1km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.2nm
35 46.826S 174 45.464E
Weather: Calm and cool

Arrived safely to the Land of the long white cloud Hello NZ


Hi Lex How's Jo? How's the cat.project coming along, and how are you? We are flying out of NZ on Thursday to spend summer in WA. Need to do house maintenance and greet. New grandson plus new specs and the dentist! Hope to catch up in March/April when we're back here
Sat Nov 18 7:15 2017 NZDT
Run: 10661.3nm (19297km)
Avg: 303.2knts
24hr: 7277.1nm
22 39.516s 167 26.408e
Weather: Calm. Southerly. Cool

Leaving 0600 today


Thu Nov 16 20:05 2017 NZDT
Run: 10656.4nm (19288.1km)
Avg: 307.5knts
24hr: 7381.2nm
Weather: Light SE

Anchored in Isle of Pines


Wed Nov 15 9:27 2017 NZDT
Run: 15.4nm (27.9km)
22 23.394s 166 48.185e

Automated update from App.


Tue Nov 14 18:56 2017 NZDT
Run: 12.8nm (23.2km)
22 16.959s 166 35.569e

On the way to the Isle of Pines which will be the starting point for our voyage home

Anchored tonight behind Ile Bailey. Peaceful and deserted


Sat Oct 28 7:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
22 19.951S 166 24..420E

Planning started for return passage to New Zealand. Looking for a weather window to depart around November 3rd. We will clear in at Opua.


Fri Oct 20 17:47 2017 NZDT
Run: 757.3nm (1370.7km)
Avg: 26.3knts
24hr: 630.1nm
22 18.241s 166 26.665e

Today I rode the kiteboard a record 200 metres. Whoopee!

Sharpie rode his much further and n both directions, so we are starting to make real progress


Thu Oct 19 12:56 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
17 44.06039S 177 2.96906E

Happily moored at Iilot Maitre in New Caledonia.

Plan to return to NZ in early November


Wed Aug 9 15:01 2017 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.9nm
17 43.855S 177 03.609E
Weather: Calm

On 630 nm passage to Havannah Passage New Caledonia


Wed Aug 9 14:57 2017 NZST
Run: 194.9nm (352.8km)
17 43.604S 177 03.875E
Weather: Calm

Sailing from Fiji to New Caledonia


Sun Jun 11 13:13 2017 NZST
Run: 5.5nm (10km)
Avg: 22.1knts
24hr: 531.5nm
16 56.042S 179 54.009E

Sun Jun 11 12:58 2017 NZST
Run: 470.5nm (851.6km)
16 56.042S 179 59.009E

Moored off Paradise Resort, Taveuni


Wed May 10 19:25 2017 NZST
Run: 881.2nm (1595km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.6nm
23 39.721S 178 54.59W

reported by RCC to be in North Minerva


Fri May 5 14:42 2017 NZST
Run: 25.5nm (46.2km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.7nm
35 01.801S 174 26.730E

10kts from s is making it slow sailing to the north. So doing 7kts using engine to boost speed


Fri May 5 11:15 2017 NZST
Run: 89.7nm (162.4km)
35 16.200S 174 06.182E

Leaving Bay of Islands in New Zealand for Savusavu in Fiji

1200nm passage

Expect to arrive at Waitui Marina between 13th and 14th May 2017


Sun Nov 27 13:23 2016 NZDT
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)
36 25.315s 174 50.323e

Automated update


About to leave Opua in New Zealand's scene Bay of Islands for Savusavu in NW Fiji. Looking forward to warm water and sunshine as well as great bananas and pineapples I'm one of our favourite locations Looking to leave at 10am on Friday 5th May but may delay due to cyclone Donna! Watch this space!

Have been in Opua for almost two months. Been great. Leaving on 18/2/17 for Westhaven Akl. Then up to BOI by 1/04 to prepare to sail north after May 1
Fri Nov 25 10:03 2016 NZDT
Speed:
15
knts
Run: 84nm (152km)
36 20.762s 174 54.534e

Automated update


Mon Nov 14 19:50 2016 NZDT
Run: 128.2nm (232km)
35 18.765s 174 7.243e

Bit late, sorry everyone but just to let you know we arrived safely in Opua NZ mid morning on Sat 12/11. Will be here until it stops blowing.


Fri Nov 11 19:00 2016 NZDT
Speed:
7.5
knts
Run: 77.2nm (139.7km)
Avg: 9.2knts
24hr: 221.9nm
33 49.520s 172 46.532e
Weather: 17 to 22kts NW 2.0m swell. Full cloud cover and some rain. Lumpy sea making things lively. Should round North Cape between 10pm and midnight then a further 70 nm to the Bay of Islands and Opua.

On passage Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua, New Zealand. ETA Saturday 12 November


Fri Nov 11 10:39 2016 NZDT
Speed:
7.5
knts
Run: 149nm (269.7km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.2nm
33 02.597s 171 49.186e
Weather: 17 to 20kts NNW 1.0m swell. Full cloud cover. A3 put to bed. Have been broad reaching for last 18 hours with full main and staysail. Sad to leave New Cal and blue seas but starting to look forward to reaching NZ

On passage Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua, New Zealand. ETA Saturday 12 November


Thu Nov 10 15:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.7nm
31 39.807s 169 51.542e
Weather: 9.3 knts NNW 1.0m swell. Sunny. Finally able to set the big A sail

On passage Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua, New Zealand. ETA Saturday 12 November. Current 1kt from 100 degrees M


Wed Nov 9 17:27 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.7
knts
Run: 121.9nm (220.6km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.6nm
29 43.398s 168 42.046e
Weather: 4.3 knts SSE 1.0m swell. Sunny

On passage Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua, New Zealand. ETA Saturday 12 November. Current 1kt from 180 degrees M


Tue Nov 8 0:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 375.9nm (680.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155nm
28 04.58S 167 58.75E

latest position as of 18:41 on the 8th


Sat Nov 5 13:46 2016 NZDT
Speed:
1
knts
22 39.584s 167 26.421e

Automated update


Sat Nov 5 13:46 2016 NZDT
Run: 69.1nm (125.1km)
22 39.584s 167 26.421e

Leaving Sunday 06/11/16 at 0700 from Kuto Bay, Ille des Pins, for Opua, New Zealand

ETA Opua is Saturday 12/11/16

Will send daily pos report via Satphone +881631591941 and boat email sharpefocus@onsatmail.com


Wed Oct 26 8:26 2016 NZDT
Speed:
1
knts
Run: 178.9nm (323.8km)
22 16.637s 166 26.406e

Automated update


Mon Sep 26 9:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 77.9nm (141km)
20 41.382s 164 14.631e
Weather: 4kts at 287 expected to go west and freshen to 10/15 kts later

Leaving Koumac for Noumea.


Sat Sep 24 8:01 2016 NZST
Run: 94.4nm (170.9km)
19 42.835s 163 38.545e
Weather: Weather in French on VHF ch 65

Very isolated in the far north of New Caledonia. Also anchored at uninhabited Ile Balabio. Good fishing in passes between submerged coral reefs. Electronic charts accurate so far and Nav marks in place.


Wed Sep 21 14:59 2016 NZST
Run: 108nm (195.5km)
20 32.270s 164 48.169e

New Cal coastline between Touho and Puebo is stunning with La Poule rock formation at Hieghene and the Tao water cascades the highlights. Touho was a great overnight anchorage. The local shop in the bay sold everything from baguettes, bras and eggs to petrol cans! Next door is the Marche open on Wed and Sat mornings


Mon Sep 19 16:07 2016 NZST
Run: 802.7nm (1452.9km)
20 42.437s 166 27.731e

Ouvea anchorage off Paradis Resort, Mouli Is. in 4.6m white sand


Sun Aug 7 12:14 2016 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
17 19.49964S 178 13.13307E

Thu Aug 4 8:50 2016 NZST
17 19.27657S 178 13.39314E

Anchored


Sharpe Focus - Vanuatu to Lifou and Ouvea Loyalty Islands

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