SwiftSure

SwiftSure

Fri Jun 14 15:24 2019 NZST
Run: 48.1nm (87.1km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.6nm
07 21.228n 149 11.517e

Arrived safely at Puluwat Atoll. Narrow entrance pass got the Admiral's attention. At one point only 6' from the beach. This is truly a postcard atoll.


Fri Jun 14 7:47 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.8
knts
Run: 133.4nm (241.5km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.5nm
07 21.898n 149 53.603e
Weather: Wind NE 15, g18; Sea NE 1m @8sec; Bar 1011, Clouds 90%, light rain; Temp 26C

Light air sailing leaving Chuuk, winds picked up around midnight, improving our speed. Wind and sea off the stern quarter. 42nm to Puluwat Atoll Pass. Sunrise in 45mins. AIWOB


Thu Jun 13 9:09 2019 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
7 26.538n 151 50.247e
Weather: Wind 12 E, Sea 1.4m E, Bar 1010, Clouds 90%, light rain, Temp 28c

Preparing to get underway this AM. Departing Chuuk for Puluwat Atoll 160nm to the west. Chuuk (Truk) has been a very pleasant surprise in regards the people and officials. All very friendly and helpful. We knew the diving was good and were not disappointed. Our diving was with the Truk Stop resort. Very Cruiser friendly folks, with an available mooring just off their dock. Highly Recommended.


Sat May 18 6:59 2019 NZST
Run: 310.1nm (561.3km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 104nm
7 26.510n 151 50.176E

Arrived safely yesterday here in Truk (Chuuk). Our anchor is is down in front of the Truk Stop Hotel/Dive Shop. Clearence was a breeze everyone very friendly. Heading to the US Post office for some waiting packages.


Wed May 15 7:27 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.2
knts
Run: 116.3nm (210.5km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.6nm
06 50n 156 19e
Weather: Wind 8 SE, Sea .5m @ 8sec, Bar 1011, Clouds 25%, Temp 27c, No Rain last 24h

Quiet night broad-reaching and running in very light air, with some hours of motor-sailing. Seas relatively calm. 261nm to run to Chuuk NE Pass. All is well on board.


Tue May 14 8:18 2019 NZST
06 47.948n 158 00.662e
Weather: Wind 10 SE, Sea 1m E@ 9sec, Bar 1010r, Clouds 30%, Trace of rain since midnight. Temp 29C

We didn't leave Ant Atoll yesterday, the wind went to near zero and the right on the nose of projected course, with numerous squalls. So we are now departing Ant Atoll in the next few hours with 10-12 knots from the SE with a mostly sunny day. It is great to have no schedule.


Mon May 13 11:26 2019 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
6 47.952n 158 0.671e
Weather: Wind 10S, Sea 1.5m E@9 sec, Bar 1009, clouds 50%.

With the passing of Invest 92 (another GFS Ghost Storm) we are preparing to depart this beautiful atoll for Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon. There is a sunken Japanese fleet waiting for our underwater exploration.


Fri May 3 6:57 2019 NZST
Run: 17.1nm (31km)
6 47.902n 158 0.727e
Weather: Wind 10-12 ENE, Sea, 1m NE @ 7secs, Bar 1009, Clouds 10%, No precip last 24h.

We are anchored in idyllic Ant Atoll, in 4 meters over a beautiful white sand bottom. Ant is 28nm West of Pohnpei. Nice sail yesterday, after being anchored at Mangrove Bay Resort for nearly two months. Time to clean the bottom and replace the zincs.


Thu May 2 7:19 2019 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
6 57.435n 158 12.219e
Weather: Wind 15 ENE, Sea 1.5m NE, clouds 30%, Bar 1010r

We are preparing to raise anchor and clear out of Pohnpei this morning. A stop at the Mangrove Bay fuel dock for a top off, then on Ant Atoll 28nm to the west. We have been on this lovely, verdant island two months.


Sat Mar 2 10:07 2019 NZDT
Run: 45.2nm (81.8km)
06 57.628n 158 12.027e

We arrived safely and cleared in yesterday after noon. Surprisingly, Pohnpei looks a bit like Bora Bora from the sea approach, with it's two granite peaks, one with a flat top. Well marked channel with a large commercial dock, we are anchored deep inside the bay next to Mangrove Marina and Hotel.


Fri Mar 1 8:59 2019 NZDT
Speed:
8.1
knts
Run: 183.3nm (331.8km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.3nm
07 03.270n 158 51.115e
Weather: Wind 22 NE, Seas 2-3m NE @6sec, Bar 1011, Clouds 50%, Temp 27c, A few isolated showers in the area.

35nm to the North Pass of Pohnpei, afternoon arrival. Nice sailing conditions for us, one reef in the main and partial furl on the genoa. 2-3m swells aft of the beam pushing us along, too. All is well on board.


Thu Feb 28 8:59 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.1
knts
Run: 131.9nm (238.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.7nm
06 24.71n 161 26.55e
Weather: Wind 16 g20 NE, Seas 2m NE @ 10sec, Bar 1010, Clouds 50%, Temp 26c, Few isolated showers in the area.

We are in route this morning heading for Pohnpei. OK night of sailing, winds not at the optimal angle, at our stern, but they have moved further forward, NE, giving us a decent sailing angle this morning. All is well on board.


Wed Feb 27 9:18 2019 NZDT
5 19.725n 163 1.350e
Weather: Wind 5-10ENE, Sea 1.5m @ 12sec, Bar 1010, Clouds 15%, Temp27C, Sunny day.

Weighting anchor in a few minutes, heading for Pohnpei. Should be a two day sail if the winds are as predicted. We are both a bit sad to be leaving Kosrae. These are some of the nicest people we have ever met. The island is remote and beautiful, we were the only yacht here for 30 days in a large protected bay. This is "don't miss" place. FYI the Clearance process was fun and easy total of $50US arrival no departure fees at all.


Tue Feb 26 9:50 2019 NZDT
5 19.723n 163 01.355e
Weather: Wind 12kts g18 ENE, Sea 2m ENE @ 10sec, Bar 1010, Clouds 10%, Temp 28c, Sunny Day

Still anchored in Lelu Bay, Kosrae, FSM. Will clear out today for an AM departure tomorrow for Pohnpei.


Wed Jan 30 9:18 2019 NZDT
Run: 46nm (83.3km)
05 19.728n 163 01.345e
Weather: wind 12 ENE, Clouds 10%, Bar 1009, Temp 27C, Sunny Day.

Anchored in beautiful Kosrae at Lelu Bay. This bay is surrounded by green hills and mountains. It is reminiscent of the the Marquesas, except the anchorage is quite calm, not rolly or bumpy.


Tue Jan 29 8:12 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.2
knts
Run: 134.1nm (242.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.4nm
05 40.50n 163 35.62e
Weather: Wind 10kts, E, Sea 1m @10secs E, Bar 1009, Clouds 40%, Temp 28C, No Precip last 72h.

38nm to the entrance of Lelu harbor, Kosrae. 15mins to sunrise. Quiet night, light winds, motor-sailed to arrive daytime. 15 mins to sunrise. Looks to be a nice day with high, hazy, partial clouds and a beautiful sunrise. We'll roll out the code zero again after coffee, and drop our fishing lines in too, Mahi & Wahoo are running.


Mon Jan 28 8:15 2019 NZDT
Speed:
4.5
knts
Run: 107.9nm (195.3km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.9nm
06 31.040n 165 21.106e
Weather: Wind 6kts E, Sea .5 meter ENE @10sec, Bar 1009, Clouds 20% w/ high thin haze, no rain last 48h.

Winds largely single digits last 24+ hours. Slow but enjoyable sailing, seas calm, less than a half-meter. We haven't had a passage this slow in a few years. Enjoying the sunny days, no rain last 48hrs. We'll roll out the Code Zero today. All is well on board.


Sun Jan 27 8:15 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.8
knts
Run: 119nm (215.4km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120nm
07 29.27n 166 35.06e
Weather: Wind 14 NE, Sea 1m NE @ 8secs, Bar 1010, Clouds 20%, Temp 26c, sunny day

Pleasant if somewhat slow sail overnight. Winds were light and variable overnight from 3-14kts. Seas dropped to one meter mostly on the stern. Clear skies w/bright moon. Good first night after so long in the lagoon.


Sat Jan 26 8:27 2019 NZDT
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
8 46.652n 167 44.155e
Weather: Wind 11kts E, Sea outside the lagoon 1-2m NE, Bar 1010, Clouds 60%, Temp 26C, Isolated showers around.

Just pulling the anchor up now here in Ebeye, we'll cross the lagoon and exit the South Pass. Then take a direct course for Kosrae. 2-3 days depending on winds.


Fri Jan 25 8:30 2019 NZDT
Run: 37.7nm (68.2km)
8 43.834n 167 44.166e
Weather: Wind 10kts NE, Bar 1010, Clouds 5%, Temp 28C, Beautiful Morning.

Preparing to leave the Kwajalein Marina for the anchorage at Ebeye this morning. We must officially clear out of the Marshall Islands with C & I located there. Great send-off party on board last night! Thanks!


Fri Jan 11 12:24 2019 NZDT
Speed:
8.2
knts
Run: 11.6nm (21km)
09 14.107n 167 31.517e
Weather: Wind 16 ENE, Sea (lagoon) .5m ESE, Bar 1010, Clouds 80%, Light intermittent rain showers.

We are underway inside the Kwajalein Atoll. Sailing between Roi-Namur Island and Kwajalein Island, where we expect to linger until departing for Kosrae in the FSM. Our friend and Kwaj sponser "Mo" is at the helm and apparently enjoying sailing a catamaran. Will her mono hull ever be the same? Mixed bag of weather rain and sun. Afternoon arrival at the Kwaj Marina expected.


Watch out for the convergence zone when you sail down from Kosrae to the Solomon Islands. When we did that leg we got hit by swarming squalls for 24hrs.
Thu Jan 3 13:32 2019 NZDT
09 23.619N 167 28.273E
Weather: Wind 13NE, Sea 2m NE@7sec, Bar 1010, Clouds 50%, Temp 27c

Still anchored at Roi-Namur. Enjoying the Holidays at the USAKA Base.


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