Sirena of Oare
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea to Brisbane, two persons on board. I guess I should be careful what I ask for. Yesterday there was little or no wind from the north, which changed to 30 plus knots in the space of 15 mins from SE as the front approached. All much better now.
Wind SW 15-20 kts Sea 2.5 m swell, 1m waves Barometer 1013.1 Cloud Cover 35% Temperature 21.6 degC Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. Two persons on board. All well on board. Motoring for last 20 hrs. Hoping to reach SE Winds forecast soon. 425 miles to go to Brisbane Port Channel.
Wind N 2-4 kts Sea 0.5m swell, Glassy sea Barometer 1012.4 falling very slowly Cloud Cover 55% Temperature 22 degC Eric
Making good progress Eric -
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea New Caledonia to Brisbane. Two persons on board. 680 miles to go to Brisbane approach channel. Wind and waves from port aft quarter.
Wind E 16 -22 kts Sea 1.5 m swell, 0.75m waves Barometer 1015.4 steady Cloud Cover 5% Temperature 21.1 degC Eric
Hi Eric and Nic - wishing you
Eric, Wishing you and Nicole
Al - I'm not able to see the
All Well On board. Good broad reaching conditions. May stop at Port of We to rest injured leg.
Wind E 13 15kts Sea 1.0 m swell, 0.2m waves Barometer 1012.4 rising very slowly Cloud Cover 5% Temperature 26 degC Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Port Boise (New Caledonia) to Anatom. Two persons on board. Good broad reachingconditions most of the time. 115 miles to go, and will arrive quicker than planned, so may be a night entry or probably lay off till first light Wind SE 8-12 kts Sea 1.0 m swell, 0.2m waves Barometer 1014.4 falling very slowly Cloud Cover 35% Temperature 21.1 degC Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Brisbane to Noumea. Seventy Five miles to Dumbea Pass. Winds are still easterly, and will need to tack in order to make the waypoint. Fingers crossed there will be a wind shift today otherwise tacking approx 35 miles. Wind E 8-12 kts Sea 1.5 m swell, 0.2m waves Barometer 1016 falling very slowly Cloud Cover 35% Temperature 20.1 degC Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Brisbane to Noumea. Light winds gone round to NNE. Taking advantage of light wind and change of direction to change tack and get back towards rhum line readu for anticioated wind shify to Easterly or even SSE winds. Overflown earlier today bu Australian Border Force aircraft checking up on us. Apart from a fishing boat just sighted on AIS no other traffic for last three days.
Wind NNE 4-8 kts Sea Slight swell, 0.2m waves Barometer 1017.2 steady Cloud Cover 10% Temperature 20.2 degC
All Well On Board On passage from Brisbane to Noumea. Weather light to moderate. Now beating into SE winds and will probably need to tack to make Noumea unless the weather gods put some more south into the wind.
Wind E to SE 10- 14kts Sea Slight swell, 0.2m waves Barometer 1017.2 steady Cloud Cover 10% Temperature 20 degC Please ignore previous temperature readings, the sensor failed, All OK now with new batteries.
All Well On Board On passage from Brisbane to Noumea. Weather light, some motoring and hoping for decent wind soon.
Wind E 8-10 kts Sea Slight swell, 0.2m waves Barometer 1018 steady Cloud Cover 40% Temperature 15 degC Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Brisbane to Noumea. Two persons on board. Winds very light and variable, motored for previous twenty hours, expect wind within next 12 hrs Wind Variable, mainly easterly quadrant 2-5 kts Sea Slight. Swell approx 1meter Barometer 1018.9 falling slightly within last 3 hrs Cloud Cover 20% Temperature 15.5 degC Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. Just arriving at Fairway buoy for Brisbane. Fast finish to trip. Thanks again Patricia and David for support during the trip. You both do a great job.
Wind NNW 15-20 kts Sea 0.71.5 m swell now disappeared off the landll Barometer 1013 Cloud Cover 20% Temperature 17 degC Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. The wind has disappeared again. Currently motoring. Expect wind to fill from the north within next 12 hrs. Still amazing VHF propogation. I talked with Moololobar MRC on VHF 243 miles away and got a weather forecast. Additionally picking up ships with full AIS data over two hundred miles away. The furthest contact was a navaid 404 miles away Wind SW 4-7 kts Sea 0.75m swell Barometer 1015 Cloud Cover 0% beautiful night for stargazing Temperature 18 degC Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. 287 Miles to go. Finally found wind, sometimes a little too much. Amazing VHF Propogation conditions. At 18:00 Australian time heard Moololobar and Hervie Bay MRCC on Ch 16 loud and clear, followed by Hervie Bay on Ch67 giving weather forecast. Distance approx 320 miles Then during the night two AIS contacts, from ships. One 140 miles away, the other 304 miles.
Wind NNE 18-25kts gusting 30 Sea 1.5m swell with lumpy seas on top of swell Barometer 1014 Dropped three points in 8 hrs Cloud Cover 10% Temperature 18 degC (warmer during day but still cool breeze) regards Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. 420 Miles to go. Slow progress during the day due to continued lack of wind. .
Wind N-NE 8-10 kts, Sea slight swell approx 1M 0.2M waves on top of swell.
Cloud Cover 5% Temperature 18 degC (warmer during day but still cool breeze) Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. 651 Miles to go. Slow progress during the day due to lack of wind. .
Wind SE 4-8 kts, Sea slight swell approx 1M 0.2M waves on top of swell.
Cloud Cover 20% Temperature 17 degC (warmer during day but still cool breeze) Eric
All Well On Board On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. 651 Miles to go. Slow progress during the day due to lack of wind. Engine failure, now resolved. Sailing on broad reach.
Wind SSE 10-12 kts, Sea slight swell approx 1M 0.3M waves.
On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. Two persons on board. 720 miles to go. Wind South 4-5 kts Sea Calm.
Barometer 1017 Cloud Cover 5% Motor sailing, heading North of rhumb line looking for more wind. All well on board Eric Govan
enjoy the passage and keep
returning to Luganville for an outboard engine
Actually 10 miles to go so have beaten the front.
On passage from new Caledonia to Port Vila. 135nm to go so should arrive in the morning prior t the front.
Moored At Anchor in Baie Kuto, Isle de Pins. Waiting wind for Mare then Lifou. Expected departure AM Monday Wind WNW 4-7kts, Sea Smooth Barometer 1015 Steady Sky 30% cloud, clearing At anchor in Baie Kuto, very light winds, expected to fill Sunday PM will depart on Monday AM for Tadine / Mare.
Very poor propogation here, possible to hear Gulf Harbour, but not possible to transmit All well on board.
Eric and David
same again tomorrow so all well on board
Have a great trip, Good to
on passage from Brisbane to New Cal
Just back from the UK. Finished readying the boat for a trip to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Just need the right weather.
On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. On passage from Noumea to Brisbane, currently in moreton Bay 12 miles to go Wind E 10-12 kts, Sea slight swell.
Barometer 1025 Almost arrived in Brisbane expected in Rivergate Marine 17:30 NZT.
DISASTER. Ran out of chocolate biscuits during the last night watch. Dee will be disciplined!!! We have never eaten so much and so well (apart from the Cassouilette when the weather was too bad to cook properly) because the authorities will confiscate fresh and frozen produce on arrival.
Thanks David and Trish at Gulf Harbour for weather updates and support.
All well on board.
Eric and Dee
On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. Expect to arrive off Brisbane on Sunday Mid day Wind E 20-25 kts, Gusting 35kts (glad to be sailing downwind) Cloud cover 50-60% Sea 1.5 M swell with a confused sea.
Barometer 1025 All well on board.
Eric and Dee
all well on board
On passage from Noumea to Brisbane. Expect to arrive off Brisbane on Sunday AM Wind ESE 18-23 kts, Cloud cover 50-60% Heavy rain shower within the last 30 mins. Barometer The wind seems to have settled on this course as forecast by the gribs. Barometer 1024. Wind has been rising and shifting easterly over the last 6 hrs David forecast boisterous conditions. He was absolutely correct. It's washing machine conditions today. Had to cancel fresh Mahi Mahi for dinner and settle for a tin of Cassioulet. NEVER again. That will be struck off the provisioning list.
Exchanged greetings with yacht Bamboozle at 12:00 after seeing him on AIS. He passed us on the way to Brisbane All well on board.
Eric and Dee
some info may not be accurate as Eric is hard to hear
Wind SSW 8-10 kts, Cloud cover 50-60% Light rain within the last 20 mins. The wind seems to have settled on this course as forecast by the gribs. Barometer 1018 steady On the rhumb line between Noumea and Brisbane, encountered a strong current which currently appears to flow NE and now N in direction. This is slowing progress. I didn't see that on a pilot chart, I guess I should have looked a little more carefully.
All well on board.
I can hear forecasts booming in from David at Gulf Harbour (with the exception of yesterday when everybody struggled) but was unable to call in. However was able to talk to Astarte in Vanuatu with no problem. Still struggling with the KISS radials installed when the metal fuel and water tanks were replaced with plastic!!!!!!
On passage from Noumea to Brisbane 612 miles to go to Brisbane entrance Passed through a frontal system approx 4 hrs ago. Wind swung from E to N accompanied with heavy rainfall, wind faded for 2 hrs then re-established from N to NE back to N approx 10 - 12 kts
Weather: 18kts E wind(has slowly swung from SE over the last 2hrs. 65% cloud cover. (during last 2hrs cloud has increased considerably. Barometer 1019 steady.
On passage from Noumea, New Caledonia. Good start wind forward of the beam, but swung around to behind the beam and slowing us down.
Expect wind to go lighter tomorrow.
Hi to Molly and Grace!!!!! Hope all's well with you
Arrived safely 04:40 NZ time. Long slow trip at times. Thanks to Gulf Harbour Radio for weather advice.
Great to hear from you. How
Glad you had a safe trip.
Great sailing conditions, just need a little more West in the wind to help us into New Caledonia. Approximately 95 miles from the pass (Dumbea) into New Caledonia, but by the time we gybe to get there, probably closer to 120 miles. Should be a very early arrival on Tuesday into Port Moselle and hope to complete formalities the same day.
Still rolling along. Weather has been very changeable. Gusts to 35kts. Mostly averaging 18-25kts. The wind is backing to a more favourable direction and we are now pointing towards Noumea.
front will have moved on by midnight. Radio good today
Hi El, Glad all is going well
Sailing at last, great wind from the wrong direction. That will soon come right according to grib files. On port tack to get north,not much to choose between either tack. Bring on that wind shift!!!!!!!
Hello Dee and Eric ... Glad
Still motoring to get ahead of weather. (No real alternative, no wind!) Problems with SSB radio. Don't appear to be heard over longer distances. Apologies Patricia and David at gulf Harbour Radio, I hear you well, but my transmission doesn't appear to be heard by you or most people on the net. For info, I changed all the fuel and water tanks which were all copper bonded, fitted plastic tanks and a KISS. The configuration doesn't appear to work too well for Sirena but does weork well for others. I need to tweak it I guess.
Hi Dee and Eric - Enjoying
Wind died at 12:30 local yesterday. Motoring. Wind slowly drifting towards E since 22:00. Made lots of water, long hot showers all round.
Light winds. Could use a little more to push away from the developing low currently south of our position. Noon to Noon today 136 nautical miles. Slow progress but happy.
I have always had trouble
Lumpy confused seas, rolling along with 743 miles to go to Noumea. Two reefs in main and reduced genoa for a quiet night.
Cleared customs at Marsden Cove 12:30 900 approx miles to Noumea, New Caledonia. Easy start to the trip, running downwind with just a headsail to Cape Brett. Staying with that configuration till morning. Nice easy start to the trip!
At Marsden Cove ready for customs tomorrow. Hoping for a good trip to New Caledonia.
Still waiting in Town Basin. Weather looks promising for departure to New Caledonia next weekend. Very changeable patterns. Keeping fingers crossed. Winter is on it's way!
Sitting in Town Basin Whangarei Waiting for weather to go to New Caledonia
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Come on Eric! Nearly there