Sharpe Focus

Sharpe Focus

Wed Jun 19 11:16 2019 NZST
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We arrived on Tuesday in Fiji at Vuda Marina. We have diverted here because 40 miles from entering South Minerva Reef, our anticipated pitstop on the way to Tonga, the sail drive propulsion unit refused to engage. The engine is fine it just wont go into gear. At that location we were equidistant from Fiji or Tonga. The facilities for repair and the weather both dictated we change course and sail to Fiji. All is well although it was a long slow trip as light winds from aft. To make matters more annoying the connection socket for the Optimizer came loose inside the satphone meaning comms were reduced to sms and calls through the satphone

Email should be restored today with local sim card


Glad you all OK and made it safely - so engine is good - maybe saildrive or gearbox faulty?
Sun Jun 16 15:46 2019 NZST
Speed:
46
knts
Run: 362.8nm (656.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.8nm
20 36.1326S 179 10.404E

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Thu Jun 13 15:41 2019 NZST
Speed:
67
knts
Run: 8698.2nm (15743.7km)
Avg: 418.3knts
24hr: 10039.2nm
25 51.0852S 179 15.492E

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Wed Jun 12 18:54 2019 NZST
Run: 8522.5nm (15425.7km)
Avg: 5475.8knts
24hr: 131419.6nm

Wind has just begun to show signs that it will fill in from the wnw. Although this morning we enjoyed a great sail for a few hours it has been overall a really slow trip. We are all comfy and caught up on sleep Looking forward to anchoring at Minerva Reef.


Wed Jun 12 17:20 2019 NZST
Speed:
75
knts
Run: 180.1nm (326km)
Avg: 10.9knts
24hr: 262.1nm
28 22.5504S 178 20.376E

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Wed Jun 12 0:51 2019 NZST
Run: 119.4nm (216.1km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.6nm
30 57.505s 177 56.717e

All well.

Yesterday just before dark the autopilot stopped. It wasn?t overloaded, hadn?t given any trouble etc So we read the manuals and hand steered all night. It was actually rather nice although we are tired now. This morning we got an email from Tony C with some ideas of where the problem might be. Sharpie and Bruce did boat yoga with a multimeter and 2 original cable joins that looked suss and I drove. We now have a working autopilot again and will make up lost rest.

It?s a slow trip so far with light wind and headwinds after the fast ride out of Waitemata Hbr.


Mon Jun 10 19:30 2019 NZST
Run: 166.6nm (301.5km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157.1nm
32 40.900s 177 48.482e

All well.

The wind died overnight so motorsailing today. Wind all over the place and we?re on the wind! This was not in the brochure. Hope to get easterlies soon


Sun Jun 9 18:03 2019 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 116.2nm
34 36.466s 176 03.928e

All well. Departed Westhaven at 1600 yesterday afternoon into 30kt winds and up to 47kts in gusty conditions. The front went through as forecast and now motoring since 1500 as TWS 2.6kts and a calm sea. Thanks Dinah for dinner tonight, a delicious lamb stew


Sun Jun 9 17:22 2019 NZST
Speed:
61
knts
Run: 156.8nm (283.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.6nm
34 38.8068S 176 1.968E

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Sat Jun 8 17:56 2019 NZST
Speed:
63
knts
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.3nm
36 42.4896S 174 51.912E

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Sat Jun 8 16:41 2019 NZST
Run: 118.8nm (215km)
36 49S 174 49E
Weather: Windy gusting to 37kts TWD 213

Leaving Auckland at 1630

Wind forecast to drop significantly this evening

As it moderates we need to try and hang on to the SW winds as long as we can.


Good luck and I hope the winds with you 🤞 It’s better on a Yacht than a bike 🚲 today

Found you :)

Sharpe Focus - Off to Tonga

After a long wait for weather we are clearing out from Auckland on Sat 8/6. Bound for Minerva and then Vavau.

Sharpe Focus - Vanuatu to Lifou and Ouvea Loyalty Islands

As we waited for a new hydraulic ram for the auto pilot in Vanuatu we realised that we were not going to achieve all our cruising objectives there this year. So we joined the ICA Rally for their leg to Lifou in the Loyalty Islands. This destination has also been on our list and it was a great decision. We have lucked a big high pressure system and calm conditions that are making Ouvea a dream anchorage. Now we leave for Touho on the Grande Terre and to explore the northern lagoon while this weather Read more...

holds

Congratulations my friends. Another successful crossing. Enjoy your ambience, the food, friends, etc. and especially the warm weather. Typical grey winter in Perth right now.