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Sat Nov 23 17:59 2019 NZDT
GPS: 7 20.3681N 134 27.15E

Automated update - Terestial


Thu Oct 10 14:19 2019 NZDT
GPS: 7 20.370n 134 27.153e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)

Back in Koror at the RBYC after a 10-day swing into the Rock Islands. Truly one of the world's most beautiful places, with it's unique "mushroom" shaped islands and labyrinth of marine lakes. Jellyfish lake is also a unique must-do adventure in the Rock Islands.


Sun Sep 1 9:46 2019 NZST
GPS: 7 20.330n 134 27.190e
Run: 25.6nm (46.3km)

Moored at our new home: the Royal Belau Yacht Club. We are looking forward to staying a while and exploring all the islands of Palau, above and below the surface.


Sat Aug 31 9:28 2019 NZST
Speed:
7.1
knts
GPS: 07 27.120n 134 48.490e
Run: 157.8nm (285.6km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.1nm
Weather: Wind 10 E, Sea calm, Bar 1009s, Clouds 85%, Temp 31C, Isolated Showers around.

We have had Palau in sight for several hours even before sunrise. It's a high green island. 14nm to our approach way point, 4 more to the harbor channel entrance. Calm overnight with winds 5kts or less, flat seas, and no rain. The Yanmars are getting a workout. We dodged a whole fleet of FADs around local midnight. Thankfully they all had AIS beacons. Welcome rainbow ahead. AWOB


Fri Aug 30 9:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.2
knts
GPS: 08 41.060n 136 44.935e
Run: 109.9nm (198.9km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.1nm
Weather: Wind 14kts NE, Sea .5m NE, Bar 1010 s, Clouds 80%, Isolated showers, Temp 29C

We departed Yap with beautiful moderate wind, sunny & dry day AND similar routing forecast. It was quite wrong. Leaving Yap in sunshine the weather quickly turned into a series of squalls, up to 45kts. (after the fact, they changed the "forecast") We had a quiet motor sail most of the night with the squalls ending early yesterday evening and an unforecasted tail wind & wave assist. Still a few showers around this morning. AWOB.


Thu Aug 29 11:46 2019 NZST
GPS: 9 30.879n 138 7.358e
Weather: Wind 10kts from 320, Sea 1.25M, Bar 1010, Clouds 30%, Temps: 32C, No precip last 24h

Preparing to Depart Yap for Palau. Roller furling is not ocean-ready so we'll leave it furled for this trip. I'll have the repair parts meet us in Palau. Mainsail & Diesels for the trip.


Thu Aug 1 9:56 2019 NZST
GPS: 09 30.870n 138 07.385e
Run: 62.4nm (112.9km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64nm

Today finds us quietly anchored in the harbor at Yap Island. We made the anchorage at sunset yesterday. We have seen little of Yap except the Entry Officials, who all happily came last evening to clear us in. It was overtime. We've got a few projects to work on then on to shore to pickup packages at the US Post Office and explore the town.


Wed Jul 31 10:33 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.2
knts
GPS: 09 08.859n 138 57.530e
Run: 121.4nm (219.7km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.2nm
Weather: Wind 238 @17kts, Sea WSW @ 2m, Bar 1007s, Clouds 50% w/ hazy sunlight. No rain last 24h

Motorsailing in boisterous conditions with full main. Genoa is out of action with a problem at the mast head, sea too large at 2-3m to go aloft to inspect/repair. We'll wait for the calm waters of Yap Anchorage. Our speed was greatly reduced last night as a result. We are 51nm miles from the entrance, we are hopeful that we will arrive an hour or two before sunset. It is one of the best lit commercial entrances in this part of the pacific. Otherwise AIWOB.


Tue Jul 30 9:42 2019 NZST
GPS: 08 07.410n 140 24.102e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: Wind 22kts @254, Sea 1.5m SW, Bar 1010, Clouds 85%, Temp 28C.

Just preparing to depart Sorol Atoll for Yap Atoll. ETA: PM tomorrow


Tue Jul 23 9:27 2019 NZST
GPS: 08 07.375n 140 24.070e
Run: 33.4nm (60.5km)
Weather: Wind N 3kts, Sea Flat, Bar 1006, Temp 31C, Clouds 20%, Isolated Showers in the area.

Sorol Atoll, we arrived yesterday afternoon at this "wow" atoll. Five islands, one large lush one, all connected by a wide protecting reef and large sand banks. They are all uninhabited with lots of marine and bird life. At least 3 wrecks on the outer reefs. Water Vis is 100'+. We were welcomed by a school of dolphins on the outside, followed by pulling in a Rainbow Runner and a Tunney, passing a mating pair of large sea turtles, all before the anchor was down. We have gang of young, friendly Blacktips keeping us company at anchor. Our new favorite atoll.


Mon Jul 22 8:44 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.4
knts
GPS: 08 03.785n 140 53.151e
Run: 133.5nm (241.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.9nm
Weather: Wind ENE 1.5kts, Sea Calm, Bar 1010s, Clouds 5%, Temp 32C, Isolated rain cells overnight.

27nm to the Sorol Atoll. We are motor-sailing on a glassy sea. Perfect sunrise w/o any clouds to obstruct this morning. Sailed and motored as the wind came and went last night. One squall of 25kts gave us a nice lift for a few hours. We expect to make the pass with good light. Noticed that Sorol is referenced on my e-charts as "under US protection", we are curious, no others in the FSM. Send us a sailmail if you know wdh6825@sailmail.com


Sun Jul 21 9:20 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.2
knts
GPS: 07 36.083n 142 46.752e
Run: 78.7nm (142.4km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 92.4nm
Weather: Wind Variable 5.0 Kts, Sea Flat, Bar 1010r, Clouds 100% high overcast, Temp 31C. Trace of rain last 24h.

Good sailing yesterday but motor-sailing last 6 hours in very light, variable, winds, sea flat. We avoided a few gusty squalls up to 25kts, around sunset yesterday, they dissipated and took their wind with them. Trace of rain overnight in the form of sprinkles. Winds predicted to be light today, likely we'll be moving all day with a Yanmar breeze. 140nm to Sorol Atoll.


Sat Jul 20 12:53 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 22.108n 143 54.181e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: Wind S 8-10kts, Sea

Just raising the anchor. Our happy time in Woleai has come to an end. A must stop if your are cruising this way. We have a south wind so we'll ride it west to uninhabited Sorol Atoll. A 2 day sail in these conditions. From there we'll head to Yap, our last stop in the FSM.


Fri Jul 12 9:46 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 22.140n 143 54.222e
Run: 23.5nm (42.5km)
Weather: Wind WSW 13kts, Bar1009s, Clouds 75%, Temp 29C, Rain overnight. West winds expected next 2 days.

Anchored in Woleai Atoll yesterday morning. We exchanged greetings with the two Paramount Chiefs, who granted us permission to stay as long as we want and enjoy the islands and reefs. They have a full time generator here and "street lights" even three pick-up trucks. There is a regional high school and a limited satellite up-link to the net. They have repaired the old Japanese runway to an active runway with a 16-pax CIA plane every two weeks. Very modern people but still living the traditional way, women are separate from the men most of the day and wear lava-lava skirts and are topless. Men wear loin cloths. BTW we gifted our turtle meat to the Chiefs, who happily accepted and commented they had taken too many and now rarely saw them here.


Thu Jul 11 8:57 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.8
knts
GPS: 07 24.214n 144 14.650e
Run: 112.1nm (202.9km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 123.9nm
Weather: Wind NW 4.7kts, Sea W .25m @ 4secs, Bar 1010s, Clouds 10%, Temp 30c, Trace of rain last 24h.

Nice calm night, intervals of sailing, but mostly motor-sailing in light air. Beautiful sunny morning. 20nm to Woleai Atoll pass. ETA 11:am local. AIWOB.


Wed Jul 10 11:14 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 41.220n 145 51.332e
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
Weather: Wind NW 6.2kts, Sea SW >1m @8secs, Bar 1010s, Clouds 10%, Temp HOT

Preparing to depart uninhabited Olimarao Atoll for Woleai Atoll, 124nm. Woleai is inhabited and MAY even have wifi. NHOB. We have been waiting on some wind but what little there has been is from the west. So with 6kts from the NW we'll attempt to close-reach West to Woleai with the liberal application of hydrocarbons.


Tue Jul 2 9:31 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 42.037n 145 52.809e
Run: 23.9nm (43.3km)
Weather: Wind E 10, Sea -1m, Bar 1010, Clouds 15%, Temp 31C, No rain last 24h

We are anchored in Olimarao Atoll. A small atoll with only two palm covered islands but a high wide reef all uninhabited and natural. Some have called this the prettiest atoll in the FSM, it is definitely in the running. We nosed up on a broad white sand shelf dropped in 3m of clear turquoise water. Snorkeling, we were visited quickly by a white tip then a few minutes later by a pair of grays. Lots of large reef fish here and they seem unafraid of us. The larger island gives good protection from the NW-N-E. Looking forward to beach combing, who knows what "treasures" you can find washed up on a deserted beach.


Mon Jul 1 9:06 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 30.478n 146 10.202e
Weather: Wind ESE 7kts, Sea E -1m @9sec, Bar 1010s, Clouds 20%, Temp warm 31C, No rain last 24h

Preparing to get underway for Olimarao Atoll within the hour. It's 22nm pass to pass. It is an uninhabited atoll. We are looking forward to deserted beaches again. We should arrive this afternoon with good light for the "pass", its really just a shallow section of the surrounding reef.


Fri Jun 28 10:05 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 30.461n 146 10.212e
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
Weather: Wind N 2.5kts, Sea S .5m @7secs, Bar 1011, Clouds 70%, Occasional Showers, Temp sea&air 30C!

We are moored in the half-moon bay at Elato Atoll. We arrived yesterday after a 3 hour sail. When we arrived we went ashore for the usual island protocols. The Men's Lodge is where everything happens in this part of the Pacific. Women are not allowed in or near the lodge, except visitors. Most of the men and Chief John, arrived to greet us. They wanted to know where we were coming from, what we wanted to do on their island, and did we have any ability to help them with their broken tech, and did we have "weather". After a positive meeting (very nice people) we were granted permission to hike, dive, snorkle, etc. We can have a "village share" of the sea turtle, and the pig just prepared for a party today. We will delicately decline the turtle, but the pig is on our menu. These people are well educated, but love their traditional way of life. They share everything, even with total strangers like us. They do have some tech but it is only a spice, not the main course. Very few yachts call here, and those that do will find it a lifetime memory.


Thu Jun 27 13:22 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 27.461n 146 22.609e

Departing Lamotrek Atoll for nearby Elato Atoll. Should arrive in a few hours.

Can't say enough good things about the people and hospitality of Lamotrek. Worth the effort if you are in the area.


Mon Jun 24 8:55 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 27.458n 146 22.585e
Run: 66.6nm (120.5km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64.9nm

We are moored in Lamotrek Atoll of Yap State. We had planned arrival this am in Elato Atoll, a bit farther west. The un-forecast higher beam winds and the EQ current, pushed us along nicely. We were safely able enter the pass here with good light yesterday afternoon. Ginger caught a nice wahoo on the way to the pass. We shared him with the locals on arrival.


Sun Jun 23 8:17 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.2
knts
GPS: 07 25.774n 147 20.850e
Run: 124.7nm (225.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173nm
Weather: Wind 12 NE, Sea 1m @ 6secs NE, Bar 1009, Clouds 40%, Temp 30C, No rain last 24h

70nm to Elato Atoll. Nice night of sailing, full main and genoa, Forecast winds of 6-8kts turned into 12-16kts on the beam. No rain with warm conditions, tee-shirt and shorts. Seas were a bit confused with swells from the SSW and NNE but all less than a meter.


Sat Jun 22 14:59 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.7
knts
GPS: 07 20.415n 149 09.860e
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
Weather: Wind 7.5 N, Sea 1m E @ 7secs, Bar 1007, Clouds 30%, Temps (hot) 29C.

Departed Puluwat Atoll at local noon today after the wind came up a bit. Lovely atoll with nice, welcoming folks living a very traditional life-style. No wifi or phone or power. Zoom in on GE too see the natural beauty. We are en-route to Elato Atoll which is a part of Yap State. 1-2 day trip in light air.


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

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
GPS: 07 21.898n 149 53.603e
Run: 133.4nm (241.5km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.5nm
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
GPS: 7 26.538n 151 50.247e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
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
GPS: 7 26.510n 151 50.176E
Run: 310.1nm (561.3km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 104nm

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
GPS: 06 50n 156 19e
Run: 116.3nm (210.5km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.6nm
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
GPS: 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
GPS: 6 47.952n 158 0.671e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
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
GPS: 6 47.902n 158 0.727e
Run: 17.1nm (31km)
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
GPS: 6 57.435n 158 12.219e
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
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
GPS: 06 57.628n 158 12.027e
Run: 45.2nm (81.8km)

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
GPS: 07 03.270n 158 51.115e
Run: 183.3nm (331.8km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.3nm
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
GPS: 06 24.71n 161 26.55e
Run: 131.9nm (238.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.7nm
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
GPS: 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
GPS: 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
GPS: 05 19.728n 163 01.345e
Run: 46nm (83.3km)
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
GPS: 05 40.50n 163 35.62e
Run: 134.1nm (242.7km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.4nm
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
GPS: 06 31.040n 165 21.106e
Run: 107.9nm (195.3km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.9nm
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
GPS: 07 29.27n 166 35.06e
Run: 119nm (215.4km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120nm
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
GPS: 8 46.652n 167 44.155e
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
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
GPS: 8 43.834n 167 44.166e
Run: 37.7nm (68.2km)
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
GPS: 09 14.107n 167 31.517e
Run: 11.6nm (21km)
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.


Thu Jan 3 13:32 2019 NZDT
GPS: 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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