SIRI

SIRI

Sun Oct 21 18:27 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.5- 5.0nknts
Run: 228.4nm (413.4km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.8nm
48 25.391n 123 22.827w
Weather: Flat calm 00% cloud cover.

Yayyyyyy! We are on the customs dock in the port of Victoria city in absolutely dreamy calm conditions after a long day of whales diving and breeching only meters from the boat, dramatic scenery the whole way down the 80 miles of Juan de Fuca Straits, tons of bird life diving and cavorting, dolphins playing the finally at around 9pm today after battling 5-6 knot currents at the end of the straits we arrived in flat calm conditions, to the beautiful looking city of Victoria. We will sleep the sleep of the dead tonight then head down to the marina for a week then to Galiano Island in the Straits of Georgia where Siri will lie to a dock for a while while Jeff and I catch up with sons and daughters in laws in Vancouver and Seattle.


Very impressive passage! Especially that non-stop run from FP to Victoria! (We made the same trip this year; left Whangarei on 19 April and made landfall at Cape Flattery on 22 Aug, but we made stops in both Tahiti and Honolulu - now back home in Olympia, WA). Enjoy your well earned respit from “the motion of the ocean!” And welcome home to the great Pacific Northwest!

have a rum waiting for you guys when you get home, just pick up a couple of replacements in duty free on your way......no just kidding, a case will do. looking forward to seeing you both again ,enjoy your time there before flying out.

Absolutely fantastic guys!!! Well done! What a wonderful experience!! Sleep well !
Fri Oct 19 17:51 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.5- 5.0nknts
Run: 74.2nm (134.3km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 68.5nm
48 07.842n 128 19.645w
Weather: WSW 90% cloud cover.

Winds light again today. About 150 miles to go. Starting to get prepared for docking and eventually leaving our home for the last nearly 4 months! A grey overcast and misty day today. Tonight we were escorted again by a large pod of dolphins, excitedly playing all around the boat, looked like playing hide and seek diving under the boat and re-appearing at the bows, all the while leaping out of the water and spouting out from their blowholes and looking up at us, seemingly wanting us to join them and play too! What lovely company they are.


Fantastic!!! What stories you have to tell!! You have done a great job! Just a couple more days and you will be staggering around Vancouver. People will think you are hammered but you can just say it’s sea legs!! On on boys!!

Well well well gents! The end of the journey is near ! Well done on all fronts.. I can’t belieb it has been near on 4 months what a voyage what ide do to tackle something like that!! Plenty of chocolate biscuits in Canada I hear!! Good wine too!! Eheh!! Well all is going great here in Whangarei warmer every day. Beaut mornings out there!! Longer days and the like... enjoying a coopers pale ale after a long day working in Waipu. Great little fis n chips shop down there. Stay dry me harties!!! Arrrrrrrggghhhhhh
Thu Oct 18 15:51 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.5- 5.0nknts
Run: 83.7nm (151.5km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.5nm
48 02.836n 129 55.733w
Weather: WSW 90% cloud cover.

Very light winds again today. Motored for about 6 hours. Only 200 miles to go. Some weather coming in a couple of days, and we hope to get into the straits of Juan de Fuca beforehand. Full main and furler, around 4 knots, a bit frustrating when we are so close. The toilet spat the dummy (again) and the fuel filters blocked up with crud from the tank but we managed to get that all sorted. All good now. Bring it on!


Hiya Renfred, Hope all is well. A bummer about the slow journey. I hope you get some wind to help you along soon. I sent an email from the kids the other day, did you get that one? They are eager to hear of your progress :) Stay well, thinking of you. xxx Evelynne

Funny how you manage to end up in the poo! But then it’s only the depth that varies eh? Good that you have it all sorted. Just a few more kms to go! Can you see land yet? Talk to mum! She might be able to rustle up some wind for you!! Can’t wait to hear you have arrived safe and sound! Love ya xxxx
Wed Oct 17 17:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.5- 5.0nknts
Run: 277.3nm (501.9km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.7nm
47 42.789n 131 39.922w
Weather: SSE 40% cloud cover.

One of the problems with hitching a ride on a High Pressure system can be the lack of wind. We are currently idling along at about 2 knots in 5 knots of wind. Hoping for the breeze to fill in as it gets dark. Less than 300nm to go and no wind! We have motored for about 3 hours, but need to conserve fuel for tackling the Juan de Fuca straits and getting to a Marina. Fortunately there is very little swell and almost lake like conditions. 7 various ships currently showing on our AIS vessel tracker. Busy place! I must go and whistle up some wind. Ciaou for now.


Mon Oct 15 17:45 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4.5- 7.0nknts
Run: 288.7nm (522.5km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.5nm
46 10.487n 137 05.714w
Weather: 10-20kn ESE 60% cloud cover.

We were escorted by a pod of about 20 dolphins for an hour or so. They were playing about and chattering, showing off their speed and agility and being super curious and friendly. We were spellbound. Good progress, only about 500 miles to go to the straits of Juan de Fuca. Our High pressure friend is also staying with us and keeping us safe from the weather bombs.


Hey boys!! Awesome progress eh? What a wonderful journey! Great to hear about the dolphins escorting you and keeping you safe. Count down is on now. 500 k's to go! Sail on... Just a few more days. Take care, love to you both xxxx

Yay! Sounds like an awesome time had by all! Wishing you the best for the last part of your journey.
Sat Oct 13 19:06 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4.5- 7.0nknts
Run: 412.2nm (746.1km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.2nm
43 49.405n 141 58.790w
Weather: 15-20kn ESE 60% cloud cover.

We are enjoying listening to CBC radio stations while heading North East with the Southerly winds courtesy of the high pressure system we are hitching a ride with. All good on board, looking forward to arriving in Victoria. Plenty of food, water and fuel to get us there. Having a dream sail.


Hi Renfred, this is Tove's son...we love hearing tidbits of your time at sea, we sorely miss it ourselves! Cant wait to see Siri and her crew when you get to Canadian waters...Fair winds and following seas!

You are flying along! Can't wait to see you come Christmas time. Safe sailing love xxx

Great to hear everything is going well. You guys have done an awesome job, so proud of you both! Lots of love from everyone! Shoulders back ...
Tue Oct 9 17:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.5- 7.0nknts
Run: 300.2nm (543.4km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.5nm
39 01.998n 146 43.363w
Weather: 15-20kn ESE 70% cloud cover.

Great sailing, easy low swell, a few showers. Furler rope broke - replaced it, sooner now than in a Force 22 storm and 20 meter swells lol. Seeing lots of rubbish in the sea around here. You could almost play hopscotch on it all. We were passed by two container ships doing around 20 knots, both within our 5 mile guard zone on the AIS. Good progress, we have Canada just around the corner of the High we are riding on. Fantastic.


Just arguing in the office about plastic flotsam, the typiste says Jeff will let us know the state of the Pacific when he gets back. No pressure.

Wow! You are certainly making good progress! Let us know when you have a possible time of arrival. Fair winds and smooth seas....Tove and family

Awesome work guys!! Not far to go now! Wrap up warm!! Lotsaluv Y xxx
Sun Oct 7 13:39 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.5- 7.0nknts
Run: 318.4nm (576.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.2nm
34 43.998n 147 29.561w
Weather: //20-30kn ESE 70% cloud cover.

Trundling along north at good speed, some big swells rolling in making our ride roly poly but we get rocked to sleep. No surprises in the weather department, we have dodged the bullets and are secure for the moment hitched to the high pressure system that came along in the nick of time as some of the storms and hurricanes were heading our way. We had to disable the wind generator that had become a screaming banshee and upset the self steering and our ears. Otherwise all good in the hood.


Great to hear you are racing along! Making good progress. Keep the updates coming! Heads up, shoulders back!!
Fri Oct 5 13:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.0- 6.0nknts
Run: 257.9nm (466.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146nm
30 07.764n 147 40.764w
Weather: //20-30kn ENE 70% cloud cover.

Our two hitch hikers that we thought were Cormorants turned out to be Red Footed Boobys. We renamed them Brian and Beryl. Brian took off yesterday and hasn't returned and the same with Beryl. I miss them, but not the guano left behind :-). It was simply amazing to have such large beautiful birds so close that we could touch them. We have had a change of weather systems and now have 35-30 knots of wind on the beam and fairly lumpy seas as we head for shelter under the wing of a big high pressure zone between here and the straits of Juan de Fuca, the entrance to Georgia Sound where Victoria is. Straightline only about 1200nm, a bit like going to Fiji! Just a tad colder lol. We should be in the high zone tomorrow morning and a bit less wind and quieter seas. The temperature is dropping daily, we will probably need jackets and beanies soon. We will look like Noddy and Big Ears lol. The mainsheet traveler fell to bits so the boom is held to the traveler track by several turns of rope instead which seems to be working fine. We double reefed the main and rolled up half of the jib a couple of hours ago as the wind started getting over 40kn, but it has settled a bit to around 30kn now. Our current course puts us almost on a direct line to Canada. It's a bit like being in a washing machine on spin cycle at the moment, but we are comfortable enough.


Hi to the two tearaways! Love the update! Sounds like the sailing might get a bit hairy from here on in. Take care and sail smoothly to Vancouver! Keep the updates coming!! Love hearing from you. Lotsaluv
Wed Oct 3 18:57 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.0- 6.0nknts
Run: 283.7nm (513.5km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.1nm
26 30.355n 146 40.084w
Weather: //15-20kn ENE 30% cloud cover.

Awesome day/ Finally got the perfect wind to launch us into North American orbit. We picked up a couple of hitch hikers that are camped out in the cockpit. Cornelius and Conny Cormorant. So cute. Looks like they are here for the night. We can sit right next to them, they have no fear. They have tucked their wee heads under their wings and gone to sleep. Our good luck charms for sure.


Sat Sep 29 19:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.0- 5.5nknts
Run: 185.3nm (335.4km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.1nm
22 30.675n 147 42.417w
Weather: 10-15kn E 10% cloud cover.

Well I sat outside in the cockpit tonight with a cup of coffee and watched a fiery sunset followed by the emergence of the northern hemisphere night sky with a resplendent milky way to die for. All the while Jeff caught up on his sleep in the forward cabin while being gently rocked by an easy swell and quiet waters sliding past the hull. Listened to some great music on my Mp3 while gazing up at the myriads of twinkling stars and glowing planets. Phosphorescence in the sea leaving a lit up trail in our wake and around the boat. Magic. Bliss.


Hola hombres!! Throwing some galactic nautic positive viveza your way!!! So awesome the seas and voyage are your friend!! Sipping on an IPA in the basin with Coni.. saludos para ti!! Cheers and your updates are anticipated every day!! Love them. !

Looking good Renfred just a few more weeks till your arrival all the best ma8.

What a beautiful picture you painted! Especially the part about Jeff being asleep! Lol
Thu Sep 27 19:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0- 6.5nknts
Run: 315.9nm (571.8km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.8nm
19 55.551n 148 28.060w
Weather: 10-20kn ENE 10% cloud cover.

Biggest event of the day was finding a packet of chocolate chip cookies, which we then demolished in short order, all the while reminiscing about Mellowpuffs......But hey, we are mindful of our good fortune and baked a loaf of bread to celebrate. Easy sailing, heading NNE to escape a low with our name on it and trying not to take it personally.... not working...... :-) PS Hello Evelynne's class of 31, I have sent you more answers to your tricky, insightful and cheeky questions about our trip :-)


Hi Redfern and Jeff, I have a question re your route..(as silly as it may seem)..why is it necessary to sail right through the middle of the ocean to your destination, as opposed to hugging the coastline? feel free to give me a silly answer if need be :)

Hi grandad, I have been very busy growing, my head is really big now, to contain all my super brains! I still love to fill my pants as soon as I have a new nappy on. I'm nearly 4 months old and I find all kind of things funny. I'm really good at sleeping which makes mummy and daddy very happy. Can't wait to see you again. Lots of love from Ronnie

Just so happen to have a packet of Mallowpuffs in the fridge. Boy they are really nice!!!
Tue Sep 25 13:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0- 6.5nknts
Run: 332.8nm (602.4km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.3nm
15 23.051n 147 55.710w
Weather: 15-20kn ENE 70% cloud cover.

Hmmmmm.......found that the boom was close to falling off due to the screws holding the boom bracket to the mast were flogging out. Jeff is retapping some bigger bolts in and we will lash the boom to the mast as well to keep it contained. Never a dull moment. Checked the latest weather maps - looks like Picadilly Station on a Friday afternoon. A possible cyclone forming just to the south of us and up ahead a melee of lows, troughs and gales before we gain the relative safety of the North Pacific High. We are close to Hawaii now but about 350 miles East, looking for a way through the maze. All good on board, missing French wine and Mellowpuffs, but surviving despite this. :-)


Hi there Jeff and Renfred, sounds like some big seas up ahead. Batten down the hatches and stay safe. Love getting the updates from you. love you xxxx
Sat Sep 22 16:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 2.0- 5.5nknts
Run: 104.8nm (189.7km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63.3nm
10 35.057n 147 32.310w
Weather: 00-10kn ENE 40% cloud cover.

Absolutely no wind most of the day. Motored for about 3 hours in a long easy swell and often mirror-like sea. Listened to some fave music with good headphones while motoring - nice! Finally picked up a light wind and now sailing north west heading off Hawaii the pass. A large pod of dolphins visited us just on dusk and frolicked around the boat for about half and hour and crissed crossed the bows of the boat clearly playing around and having a great time while we whistled to them. Picked up another cargo boat on the AIS about 8 miles south of us heading for China.


Fri Sep 21 0:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.5nknts
Run: 166.7nm (301.7km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.1nm
09 04.051n 147 32.710w
Weather: 10-15kn ENE 70% cloud cover.

Another perfect day in paradise. :-) Lots of seabirds today, mainly storm petrels following small schooling fish and feasting up big time. Saw a large cargo ship heading NW towards Hawaii. We picked it up on our AIS first. What a great device, it lets us know of any vessels in the vicinity and sounds an alarm if we are on a course which could result in a collision. Handy to know that.......


Great to know everything is working well Renfred. Love hearing about the things you are seeing, weather etc. take care and look forward to next update xxxx
Wed Sep 19 18:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5- 5.0nknts
Run: 101.1nm (183km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.7nm
07 00.380n 148 48.651w
Weather: 15kn SSE 70% cloud cover.

All good on board. Collected fresh water off the mainsail into buckets to use for showers and washing. Made a loaf of bread with the breadmaker, worked a treat! Had a clothes washing day, stretches and exercises on the deck while hanging on and trying not to fall overboard.(Yes, had harnesses on!) Some quite big swells rolling through from the South. Had a pod of about 20 small dolphins gamboling around the boat huffing and puffing and showing off. They stayed with us for about 15 minutes then suddenly seemed to remember a previous appointment and took of at great speed.


Hiya Renfred, I will update the class on Friday, as I have been off today (Wednesday) and will be off tomorrow as well, as Daniel has a high fever etc so it is a couple of home days for us. The kids enthusiasm for the updates is phenomenal! They are really hooked into the journey you are facing and seeing how far/fast you are moving. Super interested in what you do day to day, as well as what you see. I will guide them to think of some questions about the sky- I am fascinated to hear as well! I hope you are taking lots of pictures, as some of the sunets and sunrises would be gorgeous. Also good to have the memories to look back on. Thinking of you lots and hope Jeff is faring well after the onslaught of questions aimed his way!- Believe it or not they are interested in how/who he is as well! :) Will email you again on Friday with what I am sure are some VERY interested and thoughtful questions....hmm! xxx Eve
Wed Sep 19 1:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5- 5.0nknts
Run: 188.7nm (341.5km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.5nm
05 32.606n 148 48.651w
Weather: 15kn ESE 60% cloud cover.

Thanks Patricia for fixing my position glitch. All good in the hood. Hello Mrs Gilmour's class, what a great bunch of questions. It's great to share this journey with you guys. I have sent an email detailing my answers. Here is the first one : 1. Yes, we saw whales, dolphins and sharks around Tahiti when we were sailing towards the island of Moorea. We fed manta rays,sting rays and sharks with fish while standing in waist deep water with them swimming all around us! The manta rays would cosy right up to you and sit on your outstretched arms and try and nuzzle into your tummy. Feel free to keep asking :-)


Hello Renfred! We are all missing you here at school. Can you sail a bit faster? We thought you'd be further along. Get those dolphins to push you. Are you anywhere near any land at the moment? How's it all going? We hope that swell hasn't got you.

Great catch up on yit! Saw the kids yesterday’! They are so excited! Several said ‘Mrs Gilmour’s uncle is sailing toCanada!’ I’d say ‘yes, he’s my brother!’ - the look of surprise was amazing! Lol
Mon Sep 17 19:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5- 5.0nknts
03 21.387n 150 27.025w
Weather: 15 ENE 40% cloud cover.

Sorry, wrong hemisphere on previous lol. Having a great sail with occasional sort sharp cool showers in between hot tropical winds. Nice to have cold drinks aboard in this 34 degree (C) heat. Saw some wildlife today, a bunch of Bulwer's Petrels, dark grey-brown mottled plumage, always in pairs skimming, weaving and twisting only a metre above the waves looking for a feed. Also came across a Dong Won - Korean? 50 metre fishing boat in the middle of nowhere minding it's own business busy longlining.


Hi Uncle! Room 20 asks the following questions: Have you seen any sharks? Have you seen Hawaii? Have you seen any whales/ dolphins? Have any sharks attacked the boat? Have you been fishing? Have you gotten sea sick at all? Do you miss New Zealand? Do you miss Mrs Gilmour (Evelynne) :p ? How many fish have you caught? Do you miss your family? How many years have you been sailing? Have you been lonely? Are you tired? Does Jeff get annoying (?)? How long are you staying in Seattle? How old were you when you started sailing? Are you excited to see your son? Are the waves big? Has it been calm? Have you been swimming? Have you touched any sealife? Has the boat been hit by any waves? Have you had any storms? Have you been up for the sunrise? Is the water clear? Has the boat nearly tipped? Have you seen any pollution? Has it been hard looking after the boat- why? Does Jeff complain when it is his turn to watch the boat? What is it like steering the boat? Has sea water gotten into your tea?Have you been exploring? Is it hard sailing with Jeff? Has water been so rough that when you pour a drink it spills? Have you hit anything with the boat? Would you do the trip again? Here are a few questions to keep you occupied....I know... there are some interesting ones in there....what can I say...they have me for a teacher! :) Hope all is going well- we will be looking for regular updates :) xxx Eve

Great questions from your class Evelynne! Renfred will have to ask for special leave from a watch to answer all of them!!!!
Mon Sep 17 19:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5- 5.0nknts
Run: 288.3nm (521.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.5nm
03 21.387n 150 27.025w
Weather: 15 ENE 40% cloud cover.

Having a great sail with occasional sort sharp cool showers in between hot tropical winds. Nice to have cold drinks aboard in this 34 degree (C) heat. Saw some wildlife today, a bunch of Bulwer's Petrels, dark grey-brown mottled plumage, always in pairs skimming, weaving and twisting only a metre above the waves looking for a feed. Also came across a Dong Won - Korean? 50 metre fishing boat in the middle of nowhere minding it's own business busy longlining.


Sat Sep 15 17:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5- 5.0nknts
Run: 287.4nm (520.2km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.2nm
00 48.100s 150 07.385w
Weather: 15-20kn ENE 20% cloud cover.

Hot as on board. Looking forward to some cooler weather in the northern hemisphere - but not too cold! Line crossing is imminent. A good excuse to dress up, act stupid and drink lashings of rum as we cross over into the civilized world. All fine aboard ship, good shipmates, fair seas.


Hi Renfred, Hope your travels are going well! I hope the weather is treating you well. We have a class of 31 all checking in to see your progress. All are very interested in the trip and how it is all going. Certainly a pretty big distance!!! Hope you're managing to get a bit of shut eye in between watches. Weather is warming up here, which is nice to have. Week 9 of term 3, chaos has begun to arise. 2 Weeks to go until holidays- yipee! Thinking of you and sending well wishes! xxx Evelynne
Thu Sep 13 21:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 9725.6nm (17603.3km)
Avg: 17.6knts
24hr: 421.2nm
04 48.400s 149 00.267w
Weather: 10-15knkn ENE 20% cloud cover.

Crisis on board . Can someone organize an air drop of chilled mellow puffs as we cross the equator? Need it for this Saturday morning. Special request from King Neptune.


What I would do to be able to send you mallowpuffs! Say Hi! to Neptune from us. Sail well and keep us all posted.
Thu Sep 13 0:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5-6.0knts
Weather: 10-15knkn SE 10% cloud cover.

The Starship Siri is in good shape and having easy days rocking and rolling up to the equator. Meanwhile Jeff and I sip Intergalactic Gargle Blasters and enjoy the ride.


Wed Sep 5 20:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Weather: 10-15knkn SE 10% cloud cover.

The Starship Siri is all repaired and launched into the great unknown yesterday. The next port of call will be Victoria, Canada around 5000nm away, 6-8 weeks with no stops. Are we crazy, heck yeah.


Delighted to hear that you are on the high seas en route to Canada. Great welcome will await you here! Fair winds, Tove and Family

Hola Guys!! Just checkin in...all things hunky dorey here on shore.. things moving along nicely. Weather is changing slowly. Looking forward to summer. Sending you ocean vibes .. eagerly awaiting the next update. Ahoy!!!

Hi Renfred and crew safe travels ' looking forward to your next up date.

Captain: " Have you swabbed the decks and polished the brass?" Deckhand: " Aye Aye Skipper, and I've swept the horizon with a telescope"
Wed Aug 22 14:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0- 0.0n hove toknts
Weather: 10-15knkn SE 20%-40% cloud cover.

The Starship Siri is back on the launchpad due to equipment failure in the form of the galactic windstar guidance system, often disparagingly referred to as Mildred the wind pilot. And yes we had to turn back after the catastrophic failure of a tiny component in the mechanism. The thought of hand-steering at warp speed through the milky way made us blanche. So after only 40nm or so we ran back to Papeete, sleepless, fatigued and mostly incoherent (no change).Went though all the official re-entry proceedures, and ordered more parts from the US, shades of NASA. We were welcomed back by the cruising fraternity like we had never left. No wonder people get stuck here, like Sleepless in Seattle. More news tomorrow.


Ahoy! Thinking of you on this amazing adventure you are having! I guess there isn’t a lot of swinging in your hammock munching on marshmallows, now there is only the two of you?! You would have almost felt like a local Tahitian by the time you left huh? Looking forward to more news as it comes to hand.. enjoys the stars! Much love from X and the little Jewish guy 🙂

Happy Father's Day Dad :) Your postcard arrived, Tahiti looks beautiful. Ace and I are well. He is going to see the All Blacks thrash Argentina next week at Trafalgar Park - history in the making. I hope you are well too and enjoy the rest of the voyage, Love Nyree x

Hello from Rangiora, glad you are safely back to Papa what an adventure you are having, phew!! Just as well you both have a fair bit of grey matter between you. Take care and enjoy the warm break. Best wishes and bon voyage for when you leave. Lots of love big hugs and all that jazz. xxxxx Jane & Tim (Nick working in Twizel)

Received your postcard Jeffrey! Am now moved in with Chris in apartment 507, same place different apartment :) Schools starting again soon, full steam ahead. Good luck with getting the part, proud of you two - love you xox

Hello Dad, Great excitement and high sea adventures! Ace and I are very well. It is a prefect day here in Nelson. I have booked Ace tickets to visit for a week in mid-November, you will both have many yarns to share. Lots of love, Nyree xx

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Tue Aug 21 18:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0- 0.0n hove toknts
Run: 9175.5nm (16607.7km)
Avg: 15.9knts
24hr: 382.1nm
Weather: 10-15knkn SE 20%-40% cloud cover.

Welcome to the intergalactic news from the Starship Siri.We have left the orbit of Papeete and are headed at Warp speed to the distant galaxy of Canada. Everything is being managed by our onboard computer called Hal, so I envisage no problems.... Late crew members need to contact Scotty to arrange Teleporting to Siri, but bear in mind there are some issues with the Teleporting receiving end reconstruction phase as Jeff and I can attest to.....Also prospective crew should note that being able to wave a bone around does not automatically qualify you for a position. So lay back on your virtual couch and join us for this epic voyage.


Hey Uncle! Hope your travels are going well so far. Tracking you from the land- got my kids tracking with me here and there too. Hope weather is treating you well! Lotsaluv, Evelynne

Woohoo you're on your way! We check every day to follow your adventure and read it out to baby Ronnie so keep the updates coming :) Lots of love from Emily, Calvert and Ronald.

Yayyyy!!! All the best! Safe journey! Look forward to regular updates
Wed Aug 15 14:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0- 0.0nknts
Weather: 10-15knkn NE 20%-40% cloud cover.

Update to departure date, Sunday 19th August NZST. Lost gas bottles and water issues, just the usual pre-departure stuff. Jeff and I (the odd couple) continuing on to Vancouver.


Wishing you fair winds and following seas on this leg. More mallowpuffs ,,,,you're getting soft Renfred, thought you'd be getting extra cabin bread!!! Go well guys.

Good luck me hearties! so are there only two sailors going the final leg now?.

All the best Renfred and Jeff! We are all with you on this great journey! Love you lots, xxx

Best of luck with the final prep before you head off! xx
Tue Aug 14 16:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0- 0.0nknts
Weather: 10-15knkn NE 20%-40% cloud cover.

Getting ready for the big trip to Vancouver. Reprovisioning, refurbishing the self steering, sail repairs, furler repairs, engine maintenance, refuelling, extra water,extra fuel,extra gas bottles, extra mellowpuffs. Waiting for the current perturbation to change back to trade wind weather. Probably leave Papeete Thursday 16th NZ time. Looking forward to the peace and tranquillity of the ocean. (What do you mean - storms?) We have lots of books to get through.


Sat Jul 28 18:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 97.1nm (175.8km)
18 32.400s 152 08.267w
Weather: 10-15knkn E 20% cloud cover.

All ok on board . Reinforced trade winds, reducing to 10-20 kn tonight. Reefed main and jib. Less than 150nm to Papeete. Self steering vane arm failed. Now held together with cable ties and allen keys until Papeete!


Thought you were already in Papeete? Take care and sail well.
Fri Jul 20 21:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 97.1nm (175.8km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.7nm
17 31.806s 151 06.689w
Weather: 10-15knkn E 10% cloud cover.

All ok on board . Full main and jib. Less than 90nm to Papeete. First really good trade wind sail. Still a windward bash to get to Papeete, but we remain philosophical............ :-)


Hi everybody, I’m Renfred’s sister. As far as we are aware they arrived in Papeete on Saturday. All doing well, no doubt catching up on food and sleep. Hopefully they will post soon

Thanks Yvonne!

Hi all, There hasn't been any posting for a few days, has anybody heard from the crew upon arriving in Papeetee? I bet they are just busy getting things done, but be good to know :)

Gidday from gloomy Rangiora. Hope that good wind just about has you in Tahiti now Jeff & ready to enjoy the local hospitality. Great to find this website. Lots of love little, big bro. Cheers mate.

Ahoy there sailors!! Congrats on making the first leg!! Good stuff we are all rooting for you guys.. well done!!! We arrived at the shed last Friday Jeff.. all going great. Hopefully working on a job next week!! All good on land.. enjoy your down time in the islands. 👍🏼

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Thu Jul 19 19:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 106nm (191.9km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 92nm
18 32.400s 152 08.267w
Weather: 10-15knkn E 20% cloud cover.

All ok on board . Reinforced trade winds, reducing to 10-20 kn tonight. Reefed main and jib. Less than 150nm to Papeete. Self steering vane arm failed. Now held together with cable ties and allen keys until Papeete!


One degree up and a couple over to the right and you'll be there on my picture!

Hi grandad Renfred! So exciting you are nearly at your first stop. I hope you're enjoying the adventure. I'm doing good. I played with the dangly toys of my play mat for the first time today. I also get my immunisations tomorrow. I don't know what that means but it sounds like fun! Love Ronald. ps. Mum and dad are good as well.
Wed Jul 18 16:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 75nm (135.8km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.9nm
19 52.165s 152 56.789w
Weather: 25 - 35kn E 60% cloud cover, squalls, showers

All ok on board . Reinforced trade winds. Still battling 20-30kn headwinds, triple reefed main and small jib. Less than 200nm to Papeete. Sizeable swells with occasional deck sweepers.


Upward and onward! Very little wind around Tahiti I think. Watch you don't fall over when you step onto unmoving dry land!
Tue Jul 17 19:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 124.3nm (225km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.8nm
20 47.771s 153 32.930w
Weather: 30 - 35kn E 70% cloud cover, squalls, showers

All ok on board . Reinforced trade winds. Still battling 20-30kn headwinds, triple reefed main and small jib. Less than 300nm to Papeete.


Yahoo!!! Another few days and you are there! Great job Siri! She’s looking after you all xxx
Mon Jul 16 18:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 234.2nm (423.9km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114.6nm
22 21.721s 154 29.953w
Weather: 30 - 35kn E 90% cloud cover

All ok on board . Reinforced trade winds. Different day, same shit lol. Still battling 20-30kn headwinds, triple reefed main and small jib. Less than 400nm to Papeete.


Sat Jul 14 17:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.0- 4.0nknts
Run: 126.6nm (229.1km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.7nm
24 59.140s 156 50.475w
Weather: 30 - 35kn E 90% cloud cover

All ok on board . Complete change in weather. Battling 30-35kn headwinds, triple reefed main and spitfire jib. Like being in a runaway washing machine.


Still better than motoring though? At Emily’s at the moment.. Ronnie is starting to fill out and is even more beautiful!!

All the best guys. I can see islands on the map now, instead of clear blue ocean, so landfall must be imminent!! Wahoo!!

Hang on tight! Hopefully weather will be better tomorrow!!

Mmmm, that is a change. Post before sounded like you would be enjoying flat calm and mauve sunsets for a few days! Everything changes! All the best to you all and Siri.
Fri Jul 13 19:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 112.5nm (203.6km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.1nm
26 11.880s 158 21.782w
Weather: 0 - 5kn NW 50% cloud cover

Motored another 7hrs, low swell, no wind. No pumps to clear the bilge. Fixed leak in exhaust mixer outlet. Low swell, Set up electronic auto pilot to work with windvane. Breadmaker kept busy. All good on board


Thu Jul 12 17:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 112.7nm (204km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.6nm
27 18.280s 159 41.962w
Weather: 0 - 5kn NW 50% cloud cover

Motored 7hrs, low swell, no wind. 30 pumps to clear the bilge. Found leak in exhaust mixer outlet, needs new clamp - fit tomorrow. Extraordinary low swell, like a lake. Restful day. All good on board . Jeff : awesome sunset, velvet mauve mercury like sea. Renfred: The best day so far. Stunning sunset photos.Only 5 more days to Tahiti. It will be interesting to compare with when we were there Helen.


Glad you have smooth seas. Hope you get a following breeze soon. All best to all aboard.

Love you Dad, can't wait to see the photos of this sunset! Good luck with last leg till land.
Wed Jul 11 19:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0- 5.0nknts
Run: 97nm (175.6km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.3nm
27 59.211s 161 22.332w
Weather: 10-20kn NW 40% cloud cover

Motored 3hrs, low swell, head winds. 20 pumps to clear the bilge. All sails up including sheets and table cloths. All OK on board .


Tue Jul 10 17:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0- 6.0nknts
Run: 44nm (79.6km)
28 16.278s 162 55.883w
Weather: 15-20kn SSW 60% cloud cover

Another Lovely day, low swell moderate winds. 270 pumps to clear the bilge. No obvious leaks. Shook out all reefs. Brett badly bruised a rib on a mast winch during sail changes.Quiet day for him today. All OK on board . Looking forward to getting to Papeete.


Poor Brett! Must make laughing at his own jokes more painful than usual. Xx

I wish Brett a speedy recovery, sounds very sore. Thinking of you team!
Mon Jul 9 19:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0- 6.0nknts
Run: 74.4nm (134.7km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.2nm
28 26.620s 163 37.662w
Weather: 15-20kn SSW 60% cloud cover

Lovely day, low swell moderate winds easy day. Sorted out house battery corrosion faults and topped up with generator. Shook out reefs. Quiet restful day.


Great to see that you are making good progress, very sorry that I'm not aboard. Best wishes. John

Nice, Are you reading lots of books? Huka is fine, so are we.xoxox
Sun Jul 8 18:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0 - 7nknts
Run: 132.6nm (240km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.1nm
29 02.495s 164 38.947w
Weather: 15-25knts SSW 60% cloud cover

Still 3 reefs in the main and a small jib. Great sailing with large swells and continuous passing small fronts. Solved self steering problem with 2 clothes pegs! Overall more settled weather now and directly on track for Papeete.


Hi Renfred... Snuggling a sleeping Ronnie right now. Sang him to sleep!! Poor boy!! But it worked!! Looks like your trip is going well... Ley me know if you recognise anything in Papeete from when we were there!! Take care Helen

Jeffury...Hope all is well and you havn't spent too much time with your head overboard! Onwards and upwards..

Hi Grandad Renfred! I've been a good boy and slept heaps during the night! Daddy fed me at 3am so mummy could get some extra rest. Other then that I've just filled some nappies. Good sailing love Ronald
Sat Jul 7 19:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0nknts
Run: 120nm (217.2km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.3nm
29 58.363s 166 34.564w
Weather: 20-40knts SSW 60% cloud cover

3 reefs in the main. Small jib. Great sailing, getting warmer. Repaired bathroom sink leak. Everybody tired from the rough night of winds going from 20-40kn. Lot of sail changes. Looking forward to a quieter night tonight.


Here's hoping that the winds favour you and that you all have a quieter night tonight guys. Did you find your birthday cake Brett?? All the best...xxx
Fri Jul 6 17:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5 nknts
Run: 85.9nm (155.5km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.8nm
30 50.997s 168 18.827w
Weather: 20-35knts SW 60% cloud cover

3 reefs in the main. Small jib. Re-reeved frayed wind vane servo lines. Chart plotter heading function still kaput.Fish Aggregation Device shows on AIS 2nm but not seen. All good on board.


Wish the old man a happy birthday. I hope he found his birthday cake. Lots of love from the Wellington whanau. Xxxx

Hi Renfred and crew, good job you're doing! What does AIS mean?
Thu Jul 5 17:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0 nknts
Run: 125.6nm (227.3km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.3nm
30 54.259s 169 45.676w
Weather: 20-35knts SW 50% cloud cover

3 reefs in the main. Changed tack for some easting. Washing, tidy up. Chart plotter heading function failed. Back to charts for the moment! All good on board.


looks like a great trip. Happy birthday Brett ! XXOO

Looove getting the daily updates! Happy sailing guys!!
Wed Jul 4 19:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5 nknts
Run: 177.4nm (321.1km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.7nm
32 17.859s 171 07.906w
Weather: 20-35knts SW 60% cloud cover

Good fast sailing with wind almost astern. Fixed toilet after dismantling it and replacing another hose. 3 reefs in the main now. All good on board.


Great progress being made. Tell us about what you are seeing/doing/eating? culinary delights no doubt.

great mileage!
Tue Jul 3 17:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5 nknts
Run: 121.9nm (220.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.7nm
33 48.282s 173 36.660w
Weather: 15-25knts SW 80% cloud cover

Good sailing with wind astern. Fixed battery connections and motor problems - all day job. Saved the best job(fixing the toilet) till tomorrow. All good on board. Sorry, I didn't change the longitude to west on my position report, hence it appeared we were returning!


Phew that's a relief....thought you might be heading home again....and that something major was amiss. Hope fair weather follows. Cheers Guys xxx Ali

Ah ha! I thought maybe you’d turned back cause you’d forgotten your keys or something. :-)
Mon Jul 2 20:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5 nknts
Run: 164.9nm (298.5km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.9nm
34 34.41.940s 175 31.745w
Weather: 15-35knts SW 80% cloud cover

Plenty of breeze for sailing,up to 35kn. A few problems with the batteries and toilet rather suddenly. Still sorting them out. A bit too rough to grovel in the engine department today. All good on board.


Sun Jul 1 20:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0 nknts
Run: 130.8nm (236.7km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.4nm
34 34.360s 178 25.566w
Weather: 05-15knts NW 80% cloud cover

Plenty of breeze for sailing. Low key day with a few repairs done, reading and enjoying the cook's cuisine.


Sat Jun 30 19:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0 nknts
Run: 135.8nm (245.8km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.6nm
35 11.238s 179 23.573e
Weather: 05-15knts SE 10% cloud cover

Light weather motorsailing, long low swell beautiful day


Fri Jun 29 18:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 105.2nm (190.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.5nm
35 23.668s 176 59.979e
Weather: 10-15knts SE 10% cloud cover

Light weather sailing, low swell beautiful sunshine


Thu Jun 28 21:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5nknts
Run: 37.5nm (67.9km)
35 42.000s 175 10.000e
Weather: 0.5m swell 10-15kn sw 40%cloud cover

Great start with light sw and se winds 10-15kn. 2hrs motoring.


good luck Jeff and co ,enjoy reading your posts, dropped in on julien yesterday (sat 28) and he put me on to this site....He is so like you in his mannerisms, a really nice guy . enjoy tahiti.......... Pat

Loving the updates. Hope you get a nice breeze on an easy reach all the way to a tropical paradise. Love from windy Wellies xx

Hi Guys!!! Renfred, sorry I didn't get to talk to you the other night, but also probably just as well, if you get what I mean? All the very best to you all on your journey. Looking forward to seeing your posts and travelling along with you. Take care and enjoy!! Its been a long time coming. Love you.

Bon voyage!

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