SwiftSure

SwiftSure

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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