Silhouette

Silhouette

Sun Nov 25 23:16 2018 NZDT
Run: 131.9nm (238.7km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.8nm
27 11.67S 153 06.41E

Got in to Scarborough Marina around 0800 this morning. Looks like this will be home for a while.


Sat Nov 24 14:54 2018 NZDT
Speed:
3.9
knts
Run: 74.8nm (135.4km)
25 18.40S 153 25.14E
Weather: 10.3 239T

Coastal cruising in Australia - moving from Bundaberg to Scarborough.


Thu Nov 1 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 109nm (197.3km)
Avg: 10.5knts
24hr: 251.5nm
24 45.61S 152 23.28E

Got to Bundaberg between 0800-0830 and started the check-in process. So far - no issues.


Wed Oct 31 13:36 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.2
knts
Run: 129.3nm (234km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.8nm
24 38.88S 154 07.16E
Weather: 14.5 072T

The wind is still blowing and I'm still sailing. Wind is expected to be the same all the way to Bundy. ETA 1 Nov in the morning. All's OK.


Tue Oct 30 13:30 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.0
knts
Run: 139.9nm (253.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.7nm
24 37.39S 156 10.65E
Weather: 17.4 118T

Wind has been up around 20 knots since yesterday, so I've been sailing since yesterday. ETA 1 Nov. All's OK.


Mon Oct 29 13:18 2018 NZDT
Speed:
3.6
knts
Run: 103.5nm (187.3km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.7nm
24 00.12S 158 17.53E
Weather: 3.0 047T

Had nice wind up until 0200 this morning, been motoring ever since. Should get more wind this afternoon. LOB: a term used by sailors meaning Lost On Board. That's what has happened to one navigation chip. The one that's missing has data for New Zealand and Australia. I know I had it when I left NZ because I definitely used it on departure. And before getting to the islands I took it out and put in the memory chip for the islands. Now I'm trying to located the NZ/Oz chip before arriving there, but so far I've not found it in all the obvious places. Need to keep searching in all the not so obvious places. ETA changed to 1 Nov. All's well, except for the lost memory chip.


Phil, I have a spare Raymareine Compact Flash (CF) cards , I have 3 : NZ, Australia & the Islands , we are in Melbourne now , heading to Tasmania for summer , r Doug , SV Freycinet II, 0423 673 539 ,
Sun Oct 28 16:33 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0.6
knts
Run: 93.5nm (169.2km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82nm
23 34.21S 159 51.52E
Weather: 8.5 275T

The wind died yesterday and didn't pick until mid morning, which meant I motored all night. ETA 31 Oct, but this is becoming more doubtful with each slow day. All's well.


Sat Oct 27 13:12 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5.6
knts
Run: 101.7nm (184.1km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.2nm
23 51.06S 161 18.22E
Weather: 14.1 275T

Yesterday afternoon the wind died, so on came the motor. At sunrise the wind picked up, so off with the motor. Wind is out of the west so I'm close hauled. Forecast has me sailing close to the wind for the next 36 hours. ETA 31 Oct. All's well.


Fri Oct 26 13:33 2018 NZDT
Speed:
2.5
knts
Run: 124.8nm (225.9km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.5nm
23 33.98S 162 52.79E
Weather: 4.2 164T

Slow going, but I'm enjoying not being in a hurry for once. I haven't used the motor yet but the geneker is getting more play time now than it has in the last few years. ETA 31 Oct. All's well.


Thu Oct 25 13:18 2018 NZDT
Speed:
3.2
knts
Run: 131nm (237.1km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.7nm
22 25.29S 164 23.84E
Weather: 7.5 091T

Today is completely different than yesterday. Yesterday the wind was 25-30 knots with 2 meter seas. Today the wind is 6-8 knots with 0,5 meter seas. Yesterday I had only the head sail and it was reefed. Today I have full main plus geneker. Current forecast has winds less than 15 knots for the remainder of passage. It's been a long time since I've been able to sail in light winds and not have to hear the motor in order to stay ahead of the weather. ETA to Bundaberg is 31 Oct. All's well.


Wed Oct 24 9:39 2018 NZDT
Run: 24.5nm (44.3km)
22 16.6S 166 26.4E

I've done the check out dance (actually, an agent did the dance for me) and will be departing in a few hours. Expecting the passage to Bundaberg to take 7 days.


Mon Oct 8 11:45 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0.3
knts
Run: 103.1nm (186.6km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 145.1nm
22 21.50S 166 48.75E
Weather: 7.6 115T

First stop in NC. I haven't check in yet and I hope I don't have any thing to worry about. The only place to check in is on the other side of the island and everyone says it's OK to stop for the night first.


Sun Oct 7 18:42 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.6
knts
Run: 120.3nm (217.7km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.6nm
21 05.27S 167 39.15E
Weather: 4.5 141T

A lot more motoring than sailing. To be expected in these conditions. All's well.


Sat Oct 6 14:33 2018 NZDT
Speed:
4.3
knts
Run: 117.9nm (213.4km)
19 27.24S 168 17.65E
Weather: 7.9 072T

Slow sail to New Cal. No, I'm not complaining 'cause this sure beats the conditions I had coming to Vanuatu


Sun Sep 16 22:26 2018 NZST
Run: 96.9nm (175.4km)
17 44.9S 168 18.59E

Back in Port Vila. Waiting for a weather window to either head south to Anetyium before sailing to New Caledonia or sail directly from here.


Wed Sep 12 16:59 2018 NZST
Run: 32.2nm (58.3km)
16 26.40S 167 47.06E

Made the jump from Port Stanley to Port Sandwich. Now waiting for favorable weather to go to Port Vila. Sunday is looking good at the moment.


Sat Sep 8 19:40 2018 NZST
Run: 44nm (79.6km)
16 05.75S 167 27.42E

Back in Port Stanley waiting for the prevailing winds to change so I can head south to Port Vila.


Sat Sep 1 9:48 2018 NZST
Run: 44.1nm (79.8km)
15 31.5S 167 09.76E

At the 2nd largest city (town) in Vanuatu, Luganville.


Mon Aug 27 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 44.5nm (80.5km)
16 05.81S 167 27.47E

In Port Stanley to wait for the north wind and rain to pass by.


Tue Aug 21 21:24 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 32.3nm (58.5km)
16 06.59S 168 07.69E
Weather: 3.8 122T

Moved to Nopul on Ambrym. There's a 3 day festival starting tomorrow, should be fun. There is also another volcano here, will have to see if this one is better than the one on Tanna.


Sat Aug 18 11:14 2018 NZST
Run: 7.1nm (12.9km)
16 26.39S 167 46.99E

In Port Sandwich on Malekula


Thu Aug 16 20:48 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 22.4nm (40.5km)
16 31.92S 167 49.80E
Weather: 7.7 113T

Uliveo Island, part of Maskelyne Islands in Malakula, Vanuatu.


Fri Aug 10 18:39 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 70.1nm (126.9km)
16 35.57S 168 09.71E
Weather: 5.8 085T

In Lamen Bay on Epi.


Tue Aug 7 14:46 2018 NZST
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
17 36.25S 168 14.63E

Left Port Vila this morning for a nice sail to Havannah Bay.


My front porch view.
Mon Jul 30 10:37 2018 NZST
Run: 87.4nm (158.2km)
17 44.75S 168 18.73E

Back in Port Vila for a few days.


Thu Jul 26 19:05 2018 NZST
Run: 58.1nm (105.2km)
18 49.28S 169 0.76E

Left Pt Resolution, Tanna this morning for an all day sail to Dillons Bay on Erromango.


Sat Jul 14 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 145.6nm (263.5km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.1nm
19 31.66S 169 29.74E

Made it to Pt Resolution in 24 hours. Sailed for the first 12 and motored the last 12 hours. This bay is rolly so I set a line from the stern to the anchor rode so as to be able to point the bow into the swell instead of into the wind. A few other boats thought this was neat and soon followed my technique.


Thu Jul 12 16:32 2018 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
17 44.7S 168 18.7E

Leaving Port Vila tomorrow morning for an over night sail to Pt. Resolution on Tanna.


Sun Jul 1 15:48 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 57.4nm (103.9km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190.5nm
17 44.21S 168 18.61E
Weather: 14.1 115T 1014

Got in to Port Vila after 1300 local and anchor all set at 1400 local. It's still a little breezy in the anchorage, but I'll take 15 knots any day compared to 30 knots. Now to relax and wait for my official check in tomorrow (Monday).


Way to go Phil! Enjoy yourself there!
Sun Jul 1 8:34 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.9
knts
Run: 105.5nm (191km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.9nm
18 29.03S 168 41.58E
Weather: 18.6 114T 1017

Didn't get as much sleep during the night as I usually do since I was pretty close to a couple islands as I was making my way to Port Vila. Only 35 nmi to go. Which will get me in around 1300 local time. Except for the big waves, All's Well. And getting better each mile I get closer to dropping the anchor.


Sat Jun 30 12:18 2018 NZST
Run: 43.7nm (79.1km)
Avg: 8.9knts
24hr: 214.8nm
19 44.29S 169 36.85E
Weather: 21.7 123T 1020

Change of plans: Original plan was to make first landfall at Pt. Resolution, which is only 15 nmi away. But the wind and seas are still over 20 knots and 3 meters and by all information available would not make for a pleasant anchorage. So, I've decided (along with Al) to proceed on for another day in this S%#@ (slop) to Port Vila for the promise of a much more comfortable anchorage.


Sat Jun 30 7:25 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.4
knts
Run: 167nm (302.3km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.4nm
19 52.05S 170 16.32E
Weather: 24.3 130T 1019

How do I put this? The last 36 hours kinda sucked. The wind has been in the 20's, which I can handle. It's the subsequent waves that's a PITA. They're 3-4 meters, closely spaced, and coming from more than one direction. These really tosses the boat around and everything in it, including your's truly. The best part is it'll be over today. I should be anchored within the next 8 hours. Other than that, all's well.


Fri Jun 29 6:53 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.9
knts
Run: 177.1nm (320.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.3nm
21 56.86S 171 35.35E
Weather: 19.8 128T 1018

Another good day and night of sailing. Winds are forecast to pick up today from 15 knts to over 20 knts. ETA still Sat, which is tomorrow here. All's well.


Thu Jun 28 6:38 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.7
knts
Run: 144.2nm (261km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.9nm
24 29.98S 171 50.25E
Weather: 14.6 129T 1019

Another 24 hours of sailing. The gybe north put the seas directly on the stern, this made for an uncomfortable ride with the 3-4 seas pushing the stern this way and that, plus a few more directions. The wind and seas eased overnight and things are better. Still have an ETA of Saturday, but depending how long the light winds last I may have to move it to Sunday. All's well.


Wed Jun 27 6:55 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.2
knts
Run: 206nm (372.9km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.3nm
26 33.37S 172 13.91E
Weather: 18.5 176T 1021

Was able to sail all day and night. Boy, do I missed the motor .. NOT. No squalls last night but the wind has eased a bit. Should be turning to the north when the wind shift to the SE later today. ETA Sat 30 Jun with 450 nmi to Vanuatu. All's well.


Mon Jun 25 6:07 2018 NZST
Speed:
6.3
knts
Run: 177.8nm (321.8km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.6nm
28 45.36S 174 30.14E
Weather: 16.8 201T 1017

Been sailing since yesterday morning. Had a couple squalls last night with winds to 40 knts. After the second squall the wind dropped all the way down to 4 knts. Had to get the wind back by starting motor. ETA to Vanuatu Sat 30 Jun. All's well.


Sun Jun 24 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed:
7.4
knts
Run: 126.2nm (228.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.3nm
34 01.68S 174 19.55E
Weather: 7.7 271T 1018mb

Motor all night. Wind has picked up but somewhat on the nose. Might consider sailing. But primary goal is to get far enough north to beat the next cold front tomorrow. All's well.


Sun Jun 24 7:15 2018 NZST
Speed:
7.1
knts
Run: 187.4nm (339.2km)
31 19.10S 174 14.11E
Weather: 22.2 292T 1015mb

Motored for the last 24 hours. Wind picked up to the low 20's at midnight. Hope I've gotten far enough north to beat the worst winds. Should kill the engine if things looks good when the sun comes up. All's well.


Sat Jun 23 12:07 2018 NZST
Speed:
5.7
knts
Run: 17.5nm (31.7km)
35 50.36S 174 36.21E
Weather: 4.5 021T 1018mb

Left Marsden at 1015. Winds light and I expect to be motoring for a while. All's well.


Thu Jun 21 13:33 2018 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
35 43.41S 174 19.57E
Weather: 8.1 109T 1010mb

Yeppie! The weather looks good for a Saturday morning departure. I estimate the sail to Vanuatu will take 7-8 days.


Sun Jun 17 11:35 2018 NZST
35 43.4S 174 19.6E

Testing to Facebook


Tue Nov 28 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 1254.7nm (2271km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.7nm
35 43.42S 174 19.56E

Whangarei, NZ


Sun Nov 19 16:13 2017 NZDT
Run: 107.8nm (195.1km)
17 46.4S 177 22.9E
Weather: Hot

Planned departure from Denarau on Monday 20/11/17 as soon as I'm finished with the officials.


Trying to track you but I don't see any recent postings on the map. Is it me? Hope all is going well.
Tue Aug 29 8:54 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 88nm (159.3km)
18 58.96S 178 25.15E
Weather: 5.9 043T

Kadavu, Fiji


Wed Aug 23 18:51 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 105.3nm (190.6km)
19 09.69S 179 45.16E
Weather: 11.1 108T

In Matuku, Fiji


Sat Aug 19 8:36 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 15.7nm (28.4km)
18 50.81S 178 40.26W
Weather: 7.5 130T

Namuka, Fiji


Sun Aug 13 17:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 115.9nm (209.8km)
18 56.90S 178 27.39W
Weather: 7.2 210T

Yagasa, Fiji


Tue Aug 1 18:36 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
17 20.52S 178 57.93W
Weather: 6.1 236T

Ravi-Ravi (Hidden Lagoon), Vanua Balavu, Fiji


Tue Aug 1 8:39 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 4.7nm (8.5km)
17 11.39S 178 57.15W
Weather: 6.5 158T

Little Bay, Vanua Balavu, Fiji


Mon Jul 31 8:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.3
knts
Run: 4.7nm (8.5km)
17 10.79S 179 01.37W
Weather: 2.9 055T

Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu, Fiji


Fri Jul 28 20:24 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.3
knts
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
17 13.17S 178 57.95W
Weather: 10.5 142T

In Daliconi,Vanua Balavu, Fiji


Thu Jul 27 8:57 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
17 11.20S 179 00.04W
Weather:

In Bavatu Harbour, Vanua Balavu


Sun Jul 23 9:00 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 81.1nm (146.8km)
17 20.43S 178 57.05W
Weather:

In Susui, Vanua Balavu


Mon Jul 17 7:45 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
16 56.09S 179 53.85E

Paradise Resort


Sun Jul 16 7:54 2017 NZST
Run: 37.8nm (68.4km)
16 45.06S 179 54.09E

In Viani Bay


Thu Jun 15 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 112.2nm (203.1km)
Avg: 9.6knts
24hr: 231.1nm
16 46.69S 179 19.88E

Arrived at 0300, in bed at 0330. Next is to wait for all the officials to do their thing and get me checked in.


Wed Jun 14 12:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.1
knts
Run: 174.2nm (315.3km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.8nm
18 23.92S 179 25.40E
Weather: 14.4 113T

Less than 100 nmi to go. All's well.


Tue Jun 13 12:09 2017 NZST
Speed:
7.1
knts
Run: 195.7nm (354.2km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 196.1nm
20 45.03S 179 36.76W
Weather: 18.7 126T

Making good progress, ETA predawn Thursday. All's well.


Mon Jun 12 12:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
5.2
knts
Run: 10.4nm (18.8km)
23 30.87S 178 56.89W
Weather: 13.7 143T

Off to Fiji. All's well.


Sun Jun 11 14:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
23 39.55S 178 54.12W
Weather: 22.7 123T

Will be leaving Minerva Reef tomorrow morning with a Fiji, Savusavu ETA on Thursday.


Sun Jun 4 13:27 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 93.1nm (168.5km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.3nm
23 37.73S 178 55.60W
Weather: 10.4 218T

Made it to Minerva at 0930 this morning. Smooth entry into lagoon under sail. Then 2 hours later I had the Green Monster (aka fishing net) free from the prop and shaft. Now to enjoy myself, all's well.


Well done Phil, you sounded so calm on the evening sked ,glad it has all worked out for you without major damage, Regards Doug & Sandra, SV Freycinet II

Wow! Glad you and the monster made it safely! Sounds like bonfire material to me!
Sat Jun 3 12:09 2017 NZST
Speed:
4.4
knts
Run: 110.5nm (200km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.7nm
24 35.31S 179 57.78W
Weather: 12.7 230T

Today's about the same as yesterday, just less wind. I still haven't seen the sun in days and still haven't put on shorts and T-shirts.


Glad to see you are still moving! What are you doing for power with no sun?
Fri Jun 2 12:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 85.4nm (154.6km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 87.4nm
25 45.27S 178 49.69E
Weather: 16.8 001T

176 nmi to Minerva, I might be able to arrive tomorrow (Sat) but that would require beating to weather. No much fun in that. So I'll take a longer, slower, more comfortable route and arrive on Sunday.


Thu Jun 1 12:45 2017 NZST
Speed:
1.9
knts
Run: 128.6nm (232.8km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.5nm
26 59.15S 178 43.18E
Weather: 7.5 176T

Dropped the sails to check the situation. Green monster is only on prop, not keel. Looks like it'll require lots of work to remove. Winds will be light the rest of the day, stronger tomorrow.


Wed May 31 12:09 2017 NZST
Speed:
5.4
knts
Run: 106.4nm (192.6km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.6nm
28 48.03S 178 15.25E
Weather: 9.7 307T

Considering the situation, things aren't going so bad. The wind has kept up, although I'd hope for a better direction, allowing me to make good progress. A cold front is forecasts in two days.


Tue May 30 12:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
4.3
knts
Run: 117.5nm (212.7km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.5nm
29 50.24S 176 56.97E
Weather: 9.9 217T

Been better, could be worse. Last night when I started the engine I discovered a fishing net ensnared my propeller. I'm making way under sail and have an ETA to Minerva on Sunday or Monday. I don't anticipate any rough weather for the remainder of this passage.


Mon May 29 12:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.3
knts
Run: 172.6nm (312.4km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.9nm
31 30.21S 176 33.50E
Weather: 16.0 228T

Wind is easing a little, hope it last another day before I need to turn on engine. All's well.


Sun May 28 12:06 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.2
knts
Run: 150.4nm (272.2km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.9nm
33 47.10S 175 21.22E
Weather: 17.1 243T

Sun is out, wind from good direction, wind not too high, wind not too low, but it's still cold. Guess 4 out of 5 isn't bad. All' well.


Fri May 26 21:14 2017 NZST
35 50.2S 174 28.1E

This post is made the night before I depart NZ. Current plan is to see the customs guy (Bruce) for my 1000 appointment. Word is there will be 20 boats leaving Marsden tomorrow, each has an appointment every 15 minutes. The forecast has remained consistent and I expect light winds for my departure, lighter winds a few days out, then building wind as I approach Minerva Reef. If I make real good time the passage should take 5 days, but I'm planning on 6. If it takes more than 7 days then something didn't go according to plan.


Have a safe trip!
Sun Nov 27 9:57 2016 NZDT
Run: 103.1nm (186.6km)
35 50.236S 174 28.106E

Made it in to Marsden Cove Saturday morning at 0930.


Fri Nov 25 13:18 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 149.6nm (270.8km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.6nm
34 22.39S 174 07.01E
Weather: 17.6 359T

So far the cold front isn't bad. Maybe my idea of staying north until the worse has passed is working. Ran engine for 6 hours yesterday so should be good to get me in when the wind disappears later today. ETA 0900 Sat.


Thu Nov 24 13:18 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.2
knts
Run: 109.5nm (198.2km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.7nm
32 47.61S 175 53.65E
Weather: 8.0 012T

Turned on engine at 1030 when I got feed up with constant rocking in 8 knts wind and 3 knts boat speed. So far no problems with water flow. Expecting winds 15-20 knts from Friday 0700 'till Saturday 0100. Still planning a Saturday morning ETA in Marsden.


Wed Nov 23 13:33 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.5
knts
Run: 157.3nm (284.7km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.4nm
31 15.59S 176 21.89E
Weather: 9.1 60T

Complete impeller failure. Replaced with new but most pieces could not be found and assumed to be in heat exchanger. Will use motor only when necessary. ETA Marsden Sat, 26 Nov 0900.


Tue Nov 22 13:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
7.0
knts
Run: 196.9nm (356.4km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199nm
29 07.12S 177 15.56E
Weather: 16.7 101T

One small change for the better, GRIBs now show less winds in the cold front. I should enter the middle of the high around noon tomorrow. If the forecast does not worsen then I'll motor sail at a speed that'll put me in to Marsden at 0800 Friday. My contingency plans if the forecast worsens are to motor faster or divert to Opua.


Mon Nov 21 13:30 2016 NZDT
Speed:
8.2
knts
Run: 196.5nm (355.7km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.9nm
26 24.51S 178 15.08E
Weather: 16.8 103T

My current two choices are to arrive before or after the cold front passes NZ Friday morning with 25-30 knots wind. Getting in before it passes means I don't have to deal with it at sea, but also means making the remaining 600 nm averaging more than 6.6 knots. Waiting until after it passes possibly means dealing with 25+ knot winds at sea. I'm currently sailing fast at 8+ knots on a beam reach trying to beat the cold front. I can always slow down and let it pass if this becomes impossible. Another option is to divert to Opua. Doing so will only save about 5 hours since I'm approaching from the north-east and not north or north-west. I'm also hoping the forecast changes for the better with a later cold front arrival, less wind, or both. Stay tuned to see how this plays out.


Sun Nov 20 13:18 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.6
knts
Run: 118.1nm (213.8km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.1nm
23 39.99S 179 04.92E
Weather: 13.3 110T

Diverting from the diversion. In other words I'm back on course to NZ. It took all my waiting time trying to get to Minerva by bashing into 20 knots of head wind. I had 100 nmi to go and at the rate I was going I'd have to leave before I got there. Current Marsden ETA is 25 Nov. I might be able to arrive on the 24th by motoring faster than my planned 5 knots and assuming I don't have to burn any additional fuel before getting to the high.


Sat Nov 19 13:18 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.8
knts
Run: 124nm (224.4km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.6nm
22 00.36S 179 31.26E
Weather: 13.2 153T

Diverting to Minerva Reef, I don't like the look of the weather at NZ in 6 days time. Will wait for 2-4 days until things improve. All's well.


Fri Nov 18 13:36 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.7
knts
Run: 120.6nm (218.3km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 114nm
21 29.56S 177 40.16E
Weather: 17.3 225T

Forecast not looking good for NZ arrival in 6 days, may divert to Minerva Reef and wait for better conditions. All's well.


Thu Nov 17 12:12 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.8
knts
Run: 143.6nm (259.9km)
19 45.47S 177 27.96E
Weather: 6.4 058T

Wind dropped, turned on motor. Marsden ETA 26 Nov. All's well.


Wed Nov 16 8:04 2016 NZDT
No position sent.

Plan to depart Vuda today after clearing out and getting fuel. The winds are not favorable for a Minerva Reef detour, so I'll be heading directly to Marsden, NZ. It should take me 8-9 days and an ETA of 24 Nov.


Sat Nov 5 9:39 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 14.4nm (26.1km)
17 40.85S 177 23.21E
Weather: 8.2 353T

At Vuda for a quick haul. Now to wait for my weather window before departing. Hoping to make Minerva on the way south.


Sun Oct 30 19:30 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 16.2nm (29.3km)
17 46.23S 177 11.35E
Weather: 8.2 353T

In Muscat Cove, now to see what all the hoopla is about.


Mon Oct 24 19:27 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 59.6nm (107.9km)
17 38.45S 177 23.65E
Weather: 13.9 208T

Will stay in Saweni Bay for a couple days, then probably move on to Vuda Pt.


Sat Oct 22 16:09 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.2
knts
17 18.79S 178 13.82E
Weather: 13.1 226T

Overnight stop on my way to Vuda Pt.


Sun Oct 16 15:18 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.5
knts
Run: 37.4nm (67.7km)
17 18.80S 178 13.81E
Weather: 12.4 023T

Next stop on my way to Vuda. A pleasant surprise x 2; Jean-Marie & Fluenta are coming to the same anchorage. I haven't seen Jax & Walter in a couple years and Max, Liz, & kids since NZ.


Fri Oct 14 20:36 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.2
knts
Run: 102.7nm (185.9km)
16 59.51S 178 41.10E
Weather: 7.1 007T

Making my way to Vuda. Caught my first fish in Fiji today, a 1 meter Walu. Not to be confused with Waho, they are not the same but are first cousins.


Tue Oct 4 17:36 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 21.9nm (39.6km)
16 45.84S 179 46.86W
Weather: 2.9 026T

In Qamea for a couple days, then back to Savusavu.


Fri Sep 30 23:00 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 39.8nm (72km)
16 45.03S 179 53.28E
Weather: 2.7 118T

In Viani Bay for a few days.


Thu Sep 29 18:30 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 23.1nm (41.8km)
16 48.49S 179 17.37E
Weather: 7.1 007T

Stopped at Custeau on the way to Viani Bay


Wed Sep 28 8:45 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 26.3nm (47.6km)
17 06.21S 179 07.48E
Weather: 13.6 192T

In Namena for a few dives.


Sat Sep 17 22:35 2016 NZST
No position sent.

Still in Savusavu. Waiting on the postman or postwoman for boat's registration and renewed passport. Should be next or the following week.


Wed Sep 7 18:06 2016 NZST
Speed:
1.9
knts
Run: 469.1nm (849.1km)
16 46.57S 179 19.70E
Weather: 13.6 175T

Made it before sunset with a half hour to spare. Was able to sail the entire passage except raising anchor in Tonga and motoring to marina to pick up mooring. Time for a beer and get ready for the check in dance in the morning. All's well.


Mon Aug 15 8:12 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 52.4nm (94.8km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63.4nm
21 07.67S 175 09.77W

Dropped anchor at 2230 last night. Engine stopped twice, once before and once after going through the pass. Needed to sail the last 5 miles to anchorage. After I get checked it I'll have to figure out what's going on with the engine.


Sun Aug 14 12:21 2016 NZST
Speed:
3.4
knts
Run: 103.3nm (187km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.9nm
21 29.30S 175 52.71W
Weather: 6.4 098T

ETA after sunset. Wind still light and from east. All's well.


Sat Aug 13 12:30 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.6
knts
Run: 140.4nm (254.1km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.2nm
22 35.51S 176 57.95W
Weather: 10.2 146T

ETA Tongatapu Sunday afternoon. All's well.


Fri Aug 12 12:18 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.1
knts
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
23 35.93S 178 53.02W
Weather: 6.5 207T

First time in a long time sailing with asym. I'll see how this will last. All's well.


Fri Aug 12 10:18 2016 NZST
23 39.76S 178 54.93W

I'm leaving Minerva today (Friday) and should be underway by 1030. Destination is Tongatapu with an ETA Sunday afternoon. Expecting SE winds; highest in the 15 knot range, lowest in the 6 knot range.


Mon Aug 1 16:54 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.1
knts
Run: 115.9nm (209.8km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99nm
23 39.76S 178 54.94W
Weather: 0

Arrive this afternoon at Minerva. Nice to be back. Looking forward to gathering more Crayfish. Will be here as long as the weather holds or until I get restless to move on. No one else here, but expecting one boat tomorrow. All's well.


Glad to see you made it! Enjoy the solitude while it last!
Sun Jul 31 12:48 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.1
knts
Run: 114nm (206.3km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.4nm
25 19.19S 179 11.88W
Weather: 4.3 016T

The sound of flapping sails is more annoying than the sound of the engine, so I've been motoring for nearly 22 hours. The wind looks like it might be picking up and I might can have some peace and quite. ETA Minerva Monday afternoon. All's well.


Sat Jul 30 12:27 2016 NZST
Speed:
4.3
knts
Run: 129nm (233.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.8nm
26 39.25S 179 43.45E
Weather: 8.4 138T

Light winds, I'll see how long I can hold out before turning on engine because it's nice not to hear the noise. Put out fishing lines this morning. All's well.


Fri Jul 29 12:36 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.5
knts
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.1nm
28 30.68S 179 56.43E
Weather: 18.0 220T

Had squalls last night w/ winds to 35 knts. If wind holds could make Minerva in 3 days. All's well.


Thu Jul 28 12:30 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.3
knts
Run: 146.2nm (264.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.6nm
30 05.01S 178 12.48E
Weather: 17.0 316T

Made it. That is far enough north to miss the highest winds from the passing front. Motored for nearly two days of the first three days I've been underway. Expect that to change for the remainder of the passage, a lot more sailing than motoring.


Wed Jul 27 12:24 2016 NZST
Speed:
5.7
knts
Run: 162.4nm (293.9km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.3nm
32 03.66S 177 19.83E
Weather: 8.6 217T

Motoring to get north of the next front, all's well.


Tue Jul 26 13:39 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.3
knts
Run: 144.3nm (261.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.3nm
34 21.36S 176 43.63E
Weather: 23.0 298T

All's well.


Mon Jul 25 16:57 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 19.4nm (35.1km)
35 39.74S 174 44.27E
Weather: 6.1 286T

Sun Jul 24 18:27 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
35 50.24S 174 28.08E

Weather looks good for Monday departure with a stop in Minerva, then Tongatapu, then Suvasuva Fiji.


Thu Jul 14 18:00 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
35 50.24S 174 28.08E

In Marsden Cove waiting on a weather window. Doesn't look like one is going to happen soon.


Sat Jul 9 18:13 2016 NZST
35 43.4S 174 19.57E

Still in Whangarei finishing up on the last few projects and hoping the current weather window for next weekend holds up. If so, I'll set sail for Minerva Reef, then Tongatapu Tonga, then Suva Suva Fiji.


Hi Phil. Glad to hear the fridge is working well. Makes sense to sail to Tonga first now that it is later in the season. Have a good passage and swim with the whales!
Thu Jun 9 21:24 2016 NZST
Speed:
0.0
knts
35 43.40S 174 19.57E
Weather: 7.7 119T

First post to YIT, Still working on boat. Hopefully will be out in 3 weeks.

Glad to hear it!

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