Mon Oct 5 8:12 2020 NZDT
GPS: 24 45.54S 152 23.27E
Run: 424.3nm (768km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.2nm
Weather: Waning moon, starry night, winds E15-20k, anchored

Day 60...We made it! As I write this it is almost 5;00AM local time and the boat is not moving. It is anchored in the river awaiting quarantine and customs on Tuesday. As "luck" would have it, we couldn't send or receive emails in the last 24 hours. Hence I couldn't update our YIT. Lucky it happened then and not at the beginning. So this is it, last post. We made it safely to Australia! A huge thank you to all of you for your support, emails, words of encouragement, positive thoughts. We got them all and it was/is heart warming. Thank you to Mike and his team at YIT for allowing us to post our daily journey. And a huge thanks to Peter Mott, from Pacific Maritime Radio, our guardian angel out there, our only other voice, for tracking and following us through this epic journey and providing support. And to the skipper, my heartfelt thanks and appreciation! What a great job he did, securing the mast, repairing bits and pieces and navigating Tehani-Li safely into port, back home!! This is the report I wrote on Day 58...One thing I'll miss form this trip is our morning routine of sitting at the chart table, with our coffee and downloading the emails. This morning there was a record of 18. I know for some of you it's nothing, but for us here isolated in the middle of the ocean, it's great! New from our friends and family. And now the million dollar question; Will we have to quarantine in a hotel despite having spent 60 days in isolation on our yacht with no symptoms? We will keep you posted... Day 59... It's official our last sleep. And lucky for us, the full moon (just started to wane) is just gorgeous. Watching it rise from the ocean is just spectacular and is one of the beauties of life at sea. Another thing I'll miss!

Fri Oct 2 18:33 2020 NZDT
GPS: 23 53.3S 159 03.5E
Run: 150.9nm (273.1km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.7nm
Weather: Glorious, sunny, a few clouds, winds SE 10-15k, sailing beam reach 6-7k

Day 57...A friend said to me recently that the bad times are quickly forgotten and we only remember the good times. Today is one of those good times. The winds are light, on the beam, the swell gentle, the sun shining and the boat happily gliding along. If only it was like this all the time! And I know I will miss days like today!! The only thing I would add would be to land a lovely mahi-mahi. I still can't believe that in all those weeks with two lines out everyday, we got nothing. I definitely lost my touch... A sign maybe that it's time to move on to other things!!!

Thu Oct 1 18:21 2020 NZDT
GPS: 23 33.2S 161 24.9E
Run: 169.2nm (306.3km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.3nm
Weather: Sunny with scattered clouds, cold, winds E 10k, poled out rolling at 5.5k

Day 56... That is 8 weeks, 2 months without touching land, without going out, without a walk, without buying anything (fuel doesn't count). Not sure what we'll do once we get to land, especially that the world is all changing as we sail along. It will be a new chapter, even a new book in our case!! Hence, we are excited to reach our destination, excited to touch land and so excited to meet up friends and family. Only 3 more sleeps!

Wed Sep 30 19:57 2020 NZDT
GPS: 22 44.4S 163 55.6E
Run: 168.8nm (305.5km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.7nm
Weather: Sunny with a few clouds, cold, winds E 15-20k, Sailing at 6-7k

Day 55...We left the last South Pacific Island in our wake last night and are rocketing along on our final leg to Bundaberg, Australia. 650 miles to go, 4 or so days. As we are getting tossed and rolled in 3 metre seas, I once again dream of RV (camper vans). I also reminisce on yesterday where we spent the day navigating the flat and deserted south lagoon of New Caledonia. Albeit rainy and cold, drifting along without getting tossed about was bliss. A quick pit stop at the fuel dock, chatting with the charming female attendant, our first human contact in 55 days. As we left we felt re-energised and ready to tackle the last leg.

Tue Sep 29 16:42 2020 NZDT
GPS: 22 21.6S 166 32.3E
Run: 137.3nm (248.5km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.6nm
Weather: Miserable, heavy clouds, rain, cold... A day to stay tucked in with a good movie!!

Day 54... Last night was a night to forget. The forecast was right and the winds came in on dark and kept strengthening. Up to 30k on the nose as we say. The boat pounding and heeling, the rain falling, the salt spray everywhere and it is pitch black. Struggled to make our way point...Decided to use diesel once again in the early hours of the morning. Fortunately we had decided before the blow to take the short cut through the south lagoon of New Caledonia. Cutting about 40 miles off our trip and enjoying flat water. And what a good decision that was... It turned out we desperately needed fuel. So we are on our way there now!

Mon Sep 28 17:06 2020 NZDT
GPS: 21 26.6S 168 26.3E
Run: 127.1nm (230.1km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128.2nm
Weather: Overcast, light head winds, SSE 10k, motor sailing 4.4k

Day 53...We left Vanuatu behind and are scrambling to get to New Caledonia before a frontal system which is forecast to bring strong head winds at first. Hence, on sunset, we turned the engine on to get us moving. Unfortunately a total lack of wind and an adverse current made for very slow progress. I would have enjoyed the slow night with it's beautiful canopy if it wasn't for the anticipation of the weather coming towards us. Another few hours and we can turn down, softening the blow on the boat and the mast. We will get there!

Sun Sep 27 17:18 2020 NZDT
GPS: 20 02.7S 169 42.9E
Run: 135.6nm (245.4km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131nm
Weather: High clouds, hot and humid, winds ENE 5k, sailing with poled genoa and spinnaker 4.3k

Day 52... When we left Panama, the skipper and I made bets on how many days it would take us. I said 52!! Good thing I didn't put any money on it! To cheer myself up, I did fill up the arrival paperwork for entry into Australia. Anything to give us some encouragement!! Today we zigzaged our way through 3 Vanuatu Islands. Lovely to see land so close. And last night was another beautiful sky filled with diamonds.

Sat Sep 26 15:27 2020 NZST
GPS: 18 14.4S 170 31.8E
Run: 127.4nm (230.6km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.4nm
Weather: Glorious Sunshine, winds E 15-20k, Sailing reaching 6-7k

Day 51...After I mentioned that we hadn't touched the sails in 48 hours, well we did just that! Yesterday, around sunset, we decided to change tacks. Instead of going above New Caledonia, we are now going under. Many reasons for this, but one of the main ones, is that the skipper was sick and tired of being poled out (wing-on-wing) rolling constantly, and I mean constantly, barely doing 4 knots (thanks to the double reefed main) of speed. This little change adds 100nm to our overall destination, but what's 100 more miles when one starts with 8000? We should have changed course a few days ago, but said skipper can be stubborn at times!! Hence since yesterday, the sailing is nice, quick, giving us a feeling of finally moving and putting some water under the keel. We might be lucky and see the glow of Tanna's volcano as we zoom past!!

Fri Sep 25 15:27 2020 NZST
GPS: 16 43.5S 171 37.8E
Run: 135.5nm (245.3km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.9nm
Weather: Some sun, some squalls, wind ENE 15k, Sailing wing-on wing 5.5k

Day 50...I write this and even I can't believe we've been out here 50 days. But we must be approaching civilisation as our VHF radio came to life; unreadable gibberish, but still. And our AIS also lit up with a few fishing boats around. And plenty of birds!! The other news is that we haven't changed our sail configuration in almost 48 hours and that's a record. As every day since day 1 we have had to modify our sails, sometimes more than once a day. This means finally some stable winds!

Thu Sep 24 15:42 2020 NZST
GPS: 16 12.6S 173 36.2E
Run: 141.4nm (255.9km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.4nm
Weather: Sunny, clear skies, wind E 10k, sailing wing-on-wing 4.5k

Day 49...It's amazing how the good times in sailing make us forget the not-so-good times. And last night was one of those. The temperature mild, the sailing fairly smooth and the sky was so clear you could count the stars. It was mesmerizing to look at the constellations, really beautiful. That is something I'm gonna miss!!

Wed Sep 23 15:42 2020 NZST
GPS: 15 35.6S 175 37.9E
Run: 122.1nm (221km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.8nm
Weather: Sun shining, skies clearing, winds ESE 10-15, Sailing broadreach 6k

Day 48...I am happy to report that we are finally sailing nicely. We believe we are finally out of the South Pacific Convergence Zone. An area of no wind, squalls and rain that moves around this part of the Pacific. Unfortunately for us it seemed to hang over us and extend it's tentacles over our route, making our last few days frustrating. I now stopped calculating when we will arrive. It can drive one crazy. What I am focusing on now is to keep the meals interesting and sufficient to last the next week or more. What can I do with the 3 onions, 4 potatoes, 1/4 of pumpkin & 3 eggs left?

Tue Sep 22 15:39 2020 NZST
GPS: 14 50.0S 177 17.1E
Run: 102.9nm (186.2km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.9nm
Weather: Overcast, some squalls about, no wind or wind of 15k+ with squall, sailing broadreach 2k no squall or 8.5k with squall

Day 47... We managed 84nm/24hrs, a new record. It begs the question; Is it better too much wind with little sail out, the boat at a steep angle, requiring 6 legs and 8 hands to walk around and manage to achieve something down below. Or, no wind, having the sails flap and the boat roll incessantly making anything down below also difficult? Hmmmm! On another note; about 1 week ago we predicted we'd arrive around Monday the 28. That's 6 days from now. 6 days is the time we think it will take to sail from New Caledonia to Bundaberg. And we still have 530 to Vanuatu!! Sadly, all of our predictions on this trip have been proven wrong... Gotta take it one day at a time!!

Mon Sep 21 15:39 2020 NZST
GPS: 14 26.1S 178 46.1E
Run: 115.4nm (208.9km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 116.4nm
Weather: Overcast, squalls around, no wind, trying to sail wing on wing, 5k at times!

Day 46... We crossed over the line and now are in the Eastern Hemisphere. With less than 1700nm to go we calculated that we have 12 days of sailing left. But then, it gets revised when the winds disappear and we are once again crawling through the water at a snail's pace, like now. You see our last 24hr average was 100nm and 102nm!! Nothing to brag about!! Hmmm, and weeks ago we thought we had something to brag about!! That'll teach us!!

Sun Sep 20 15:51 2020 NZST
GPS: 13 39.0S 179 42.8W
Run: 123nm (222.6km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.5nm
Weather: Overcast, squalls and rain about, winds SE 10-15, finally sailing broadreach 6.7k

Day 45... It's like "Ground Hog Day" but that was up until a few minutes ago. The squalls came in this morning, washed the boat down well, then took all the wind with them. We sat and bobbed in the waves. Tried the spinnaker, tried changing course, nothing would get us moving. So we sat there and like yesterday, waited. And surprise, the winds came in sooner than expected to the skipper's delight! This means we will cross the International Date Line today and lose tomorrow? I mean skip a day! So Sunday the 20th won't exist in our lives or maybe just a glimpse? Doesn't really matter, as we are getting closer and closer every day.

Sat Sep 19 15:21 2020 NZST
GPS: 12 58.3S 178 01.4W
Run: 124.2nm (224.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.7nm
Weather: Overcast, hot and humid, wind 0k, sailing with main 0k

Day 44...A few years ago, while crossing the North Atlantic towards Cabo Verde, there was a solo sailor, on our daily radio net who was drifting along at 2 knots. I remember the skipper and I both commented to each other and wondered why not just motor? He was a purist! Today, although unwillingly, we are now purists. Since mid-morning the winds have disappeared, I think the wind Gods must have left the building! So here we are drifting along at 0 knots. We don't want to use our precious diesel as we are still too far from land. To say it's disheartening, is an understatement! Then again things could be worse, much worse... At least the sun is trying to come out!

Fri Sep 18 16:00 2020 NZST
GPS: 12 10.3S 176 22.5W
Run: 158.6nm (287.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.3nm
Weather: Sun, some clouds about, wind E 10-15k, seas abating to 2m or less, sailing at 5k

Day 43... When I woke up this morning, the seas were huge, 3m huge, rocking us about relentlessly. Then the squalls re-appeared and just stayed put. At least they gave the boat a good wash down. For more than an hour, tried to get the boat moving but the squalls had taken all the wind with them! So back to rocking and rolling. I then stood on deck, gave a terse talking to Mother Nature and she obliged! She probably took pity on us, as the last few days were tough! Anyway, here we are finally sailing and rather nicely at that! Hoping this will last. Oh and did I mention we have less than 2000nm to go to OZ?

Thu Sep 17 15:48 2020 NZST
GPS: 11 00.9S 174 21.1W
Run: 161nm (291.4km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159nm
Weather: Some sun, lots of clouds, winds ENE 15-25k, heavy seas, sailing heavily reefed 7k

Day 42...Most of the day today I thought of Jessy Martin and Jessica Watson, 2 of the youngest solo-sailors to go around the world. I read both their books. And today, as I feel Tehani-Li getting tossed about in the waves and pushed heavily on her side, I imagine the conditions they experienced in the Southern Ocean. I only have respect and admiration for all of whom sailed down there; especially those teenage solo-sailors. I know this will pass and I cannot wait.

Wed Sep 16 15:30 2020 NZST
GPS: 09 40.2S 172 25.1W
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.2nm
Weather: Squalls, squalls and more squalls. Winds ENE 8-35k, sailing double reefed main and reefed headsail

Day 41...We arrived at one of Tokelau's atolls at day break. Our first sight of land in 40 days! Found a spot with the least swell, let the boat just drift in the lee of the island and proceeded to go up the mast. Happy with the repairs and re-enforcement, we continued on our way. Then, one after the other, the squalls marched over us, bringing with them howling winds, sheets of rain and angry seas. I am just so grateful they held off while the skipper was up the mast!

Tue Sep 15 15:12 2020 NZST
GPS: 08 46.9S 170 47.5W
Run: 123.7nm (223.9km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.7nm
Weather: Sunny, hot and humid, winds ENE 15-20, Sloppy swell, sailing wing and wing 5-6k

Day 40... The winds picked mid-morning and brought the seas up with them. We have been rolling from gunnel to gunnel ever since. Every task and any movement on board demanding lots of energy and at times becoming quite precarious. Thankfully tomorrow morning, at sunrise, we should be in the lee of one of the Tokelau islands. This should mean flat seas! What a welcome respite if only for a few hours.

Mon Sep 14 15:57 2020 NZST
GPS: 08 14.4S 169 04.0W
Run: 115.4nm (208.9km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.1nm
Weather: Warm sunny day, gentle swell, winds ENE 10k , Spinnaker 5.5k

Day 39... This morning I saw a black plastic bottle (the oil type) float by. I was taken aback! Wow, I thought, there is civilisation out there! It is a weird feeling. Having not seen another boat, let alone another human for weeks, you accommodate. Your life is contained in this little bubble which is the boat. There is nothing else. You are totally focused on the present and adapt yourselves and your world according to the wind Gods and King Neptune. Nothing else counts. Then out of the blue (pardon the pun, a man made object, you are reminded that there is a world out there, albeit far removed from our present, but there awaiting. We know we will be there soon enough!

Sun Sep 13 14:48 2020 NZST
GPS: 07 53.8S 167 25.0W
Run: 106.3nm (192.4km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.3nm
Weather: Squalls about, some sun, winds ENE 10k, sailing with spinnaker and poled headsail 6k

Day 38...Our 24 hour run from midday to midday was 90nm. We had a very, very slow night. So slow that I saw 0 on the GPS speed. In fact, we took all sails in at one stage, as they were hanging limp and just getting damaged. We've never done that before. Frustrating!! I don't know what it is but this crossing is different from all others. Aside from the obvious length of the crossing, it feels different and I am not sure what it is. Maybe it's eroding my patience, testing my "zenness", challenging my cooking skills, dunno! Understandably the damaged rig is weighing on my mind, maybe that's it, or the combination of all the above. Maybe, it's the fact that the end still seems so far away. Whatever, the fact is that, today, I lost my zen, let my tears flow and screamed my lungs out in frustration! Tomorrow will be better!

Sat Sep 12 14:48 2020 NZST
GPS: 07 16.0S 166 00.1W
Run: 150nm (271.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 151.6nm
Weather: Sunny, hot, hot & hot! Winds E 5k, spinnaker and poled headsail 4k

Day 37... A very hot and slow day today. Our sails are barely inflated, averaging about 4.5knots of boat speed. At this rate we will run out of food and possibly patience!! And so the skipper began counting what was left in terms of food and dividing it by a number he plucked out of thin air, rationing the stuff. I tried to ignore him as I know we have enough. I admit I doubted it at one stage, but I realise we will make it. But then, just now, rummaging in the freezer for something or rather, he found a packet of hot Italian sausages... Oh the woops and cries of joy from the skipper must have been heard all through the pacific!

Fri Sep 11 15:03 2020 NZST
GPS: 06 15.1S 164 04.2W
Run: 184.8nm (334.5km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.1nm
Weather: Wall to wall blue wind E 10-15k, Broad reach 6k

Day 36...The last few days have been glorious, weather wise. Sun shining, clear skies at night. And now the swell is finally abating. 5 weeks down, 3 weeks to go? We believe we have another 18/19 days left. About 2800 nm to Bundaberg Australia. That first drink at the pub/bar will be soooo good! That is, if said bar/pub is open!!

Thu Sep 10 14:42 2020 NZST
GPS: 05 15.2S 161 34.6W
Run: 157.1nm (284.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 154.8nm
Weather: Wall to wall blue, winds E10k, Sailing wing-on-wing with double reefed main and full headsail 6.5k

Day 35... A couple of friends wrote to us commenting on the stats from YIT (this very site you are reading). I think it makes us look like we are doing extraordinary speeds! Alas no! I do not know how they calculate them. One day I might ask Mike. In the meantime, our daily average 24hr run is about 140nm. Our speed is about 6.5. Because of the repair we can only run a double reefed main; at least we don't have to ask ourselves reef or no reef, if the wind comes up!

Wed Sep 9 14:21 2020 NZST
GPS: 04 09.6S 159 34.6W
Run: 522.5nm (945.7km)
Avg: 21.3knts
24hr: 511.8nm
Weather: Sunny with a few heavy clouds, light winds E10, Spinnaker 5k

Day 34...It's has been a challenging day in terms of finding the balance between nursing the rig, keeping wind in the sails, staying close to our course and avoid the windless sails to flop and bang with every toss of the wave. All morning we were working with sail configuration and course change. I am confident we will get there. Otherwise, the temperature is warming up, and it's now comfy to wear shorts and t-shirts during the day.

Tue Sep 8 13:51 2020 NZST
GPS: 03 04.4N 157 22.6W
Run: 363.3nm (657.6km)
Avg: 15.9knts
24hr: 381.6nm
Weather: Sunny, wall to wall blue. Winds ESE 15-20, Sailing with full headsail 5-6k

Day 33... Well needless to say that the night was anything but restful. Every time the boat lurched violently due to swell, I was cringing. But the night was also enlightening as we both thought of spare parts that could help. So this morning, the skipper was wound up twice more and, when we finished we were breathing easier, much happier with this new fix. Plans were once again changed and we are heading to Tokelau where we hope for a flat anchorage that will allow Phil to return to the top check that the fix is still good. Being hoisted up the mast 5 times in rocking seas sure left their mark on my dear skipper. The inside of his arms are covered in bruises from wrist to shoulder. And we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your encouraging emails and positive thoughts. It is much appreciated. Unfortunately, we cannot read the comments you leave directly on YIT, (we need internet) but we know they are there. A thousand thanks xx

Mon Sep 7 15:00 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 54.5S 155 41.8W
Run: 178.5nm (323.1km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.1nm
Weather: Sunny, very rolly seas, E 20k, sailing reefed headsail 5k

Day 32...An eventful day. After a very smooth and relaxing night, the wind and seas came up with a vengeance this morning and kept us busy all day. One of the diagonal s/steel frame of the wind vane broke. In fact, it was the bolt. Repaired that. Then we changed the halyard of the spinnaker pole as it was badly chafed. Then we were to fix one of the batt cars on the main sail but it was too difficult, we would do when we next bring the main down. This was this morning, then after lunch, the "piece de resistance" the port inner shroud broke!! Now that is a bit more serious. We spent all afternoon trying to secure it. I hauled Phil 3 times up the mast in a horrible rolly sea. Let's pray and hope it will hold till we can stop somewhere and repair.

Sun Sep 6 14:15 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 31.5S 153 08.5W
Run: 169nm (305.9km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.2nm
Weather: Sunny with clouds on horizon, winds E 10-20, bumpy sea, sailing wing on wing 6k

Day 31... When I provision the boat for a passage, I never really worry too much about food as I know that I will always find some at the next destination. And if we run out of something, tough! But this journey is another story all together. We've never been at sea this long. And our fridge and freezer can only carry so much. Having said that I did my best to fill them to the brim and said to myself if the fresh stuff lasts a month, I'll be happy. Nonetheless, from day 1, the skipper seemed worried that we would run out. Daily he would ask me if we have enough food. And like the True Blue Aussie that I am, I would respond; "She'll be right mate!" But then, about a week ago, I noticed a few items that I thought we had in enough quantities, were no longer. Ouch! Maybe he is right. But I won't tell! Today though a clean up of the fridge was in order and I am happy to report, lots of lemons, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, onions and potatoes. Now, all we need is a fish!!

Sat Sep 5 13:51 2020 NZST
GPS: 00 45.1S 150 49.3W
Run: 183.9nm (332.9km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.4nm
Weather: Sunny, cloudless sky, Winds E 8-12k, Broad reach sailing at 6k in a bumpy sea

Day 30...Welcome to the South Pacific Ocean, the romantic ocean, our home ocean! We crossed the equator in the early hours of this morning, saluted King Neptune with a nip of port wine and went back to our respective activities. It was the 7th time in our sailing lives that we saluted Neptune, hence the more subdued celebration. And our welcome was marred with a cross swell, making the ride bumpy and uncomfortable. The good news is that this morning while pulling the fishing line in to change lures, for the umptheenth time, it had the remnants of fish on it. Exciting! This means that there is fish after all, coz, between you and me, I had given up hope.

Fri Sep 4 13:39 2020 NZST
GPS: 00 24.6N 148 25.7W
Run: 187nm (338.5km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.8nm
Weather: Sunny, wall to wall blue. Very light winds, less then 10k from East. Sailing at 6.k

Day 29... Last night was glorious. The moon, bright and orange, floated up behind the boat as the sun disappeared in front of the bow. It was a lovely, calm and slow night. The spinnaker was up and was struggling to stay inflated, shattering the silence every now and then as the sail caught the little wind there was. It also meant that our record breaking streak, in terms of speed, was over, for the time being anyway. Then this morning our first squall, barely lasted 15 minutes and not enough rain to wash the deck of all the fish scales and squid ink, but enough to soak the skipper and crew as they scrambled to bring the spinnaker down. The squall seem to have taken all the remaining wind out of the area leaving us bobbing along. Luckily we still have this magical current pushing us further west.

Thu Sep 3 13:45 2020 NZST
GPS: 00 15.7N 145 43.6W
Run: 234.1nm (423.7km)
Avg: 9.9knts
24hr: 236.6nm
Weather: Sunny, high clouds, wind E 10-15, Sailing with spinnaker and poled genoa, speed 8knots

Day 28...A full month at sea and yet doesn't feel so. The good news is that we had another record breaking 24 hours 210nm; now imagine the bragging rights at the pub!! Also we have definitely passed 1/2 way, all of the possible half points that we can think of are done. We can now commence the countdown. 4000nm down, 4000nm to go!

Wed Sep 2 14:00 2020 NZST
GPS: 00 07.5N 142 20.5W
Run: 231.6nm (419.2km)
Avg: 9.6knts
24hr: 230.2nm
Weather: sunny, a few clouds, E winds 10-15k, Spinnaker and poled genoa sailing at 8-9knots

Day 27... Coincidentally it is our 27th wedding anniversary today. We are also between our 1/2 way point in time and our 1/2 point in miles (tomorrow night). On top of which our 24hour run at midday today was 195nm. For all those reasons, (not that we need any) we popped the bubbly and enjoyed an afternoon with snacks overlooking the blue horizon. For the uninitiated, 195 miles equates to about 215 miles on land. About 9 miles/hour!!! So I can imagine a land lubber's dismay at our joy at this accomplishment. Trust me for a small sailing yacht, this is great speed. Something to brag about during happy hour with fellow yachties...

Tue Sep 1 13:51 2020 NZST
GPS: 00 24.5N 139 00.2W
Run: 209nm (378.3km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 206.4nm
Weather: Sunny, a few scattered clouds, E 10-20, Poled out genoa with Spinnaker, speed 8.5k

Day 26...We've calculated and recalculated, discussed it, debated it, and came to the conclusion that there are two half way points. The obvious one being the half way point in terms of distance. Then there is the one in terms of time. We strongly believe that today we are 1/2 way in terms of time. That means our total passage would be 52 days. This also means I win the bet we made between us on day 1. Mind you all we have to do is slow the boat and get in on day 53 and the skipper is the winner! Then again, it ain't over, till it's over. Watch and see...

Mon Aug 31 13:33 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 01.8N 136 02.6W
Run: 193.1nm (349.5km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 198.1nm
Weather: Hazy, ESE 10-15, Spinnaker and poled genoa, SOG 7-8kn

Day 25... The hazards of sailing. While trying to sort out the spinnaker's tack point, the boat lurched and the stainless ring came flying towards me, hit my mouth chipping off a bit of my front tooth! At least it didn't hit my face, or worse still, my eye. But I will admit, today was not a great day, the boat's movements and rocking made every task difficult, constantly bracing ourselves for fear of being hurtled towards the other side of the boat. Days like today make me appreciate the smooth sailing days.

Sun Aug 30 14:09 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 28.9N 133 17.1W
Run: 205.7nm (372.3km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.2nm
Weather: Sun in and out, wind ESE 15-20, lumpy seas, broad reaching with reef in main, 7-8knots

Day 24...A huge pod of dolphins came over to play with Tehani-Li. They gave us a show worthy of Sea World. That was the most exciting thing all day. Our speeds have been good with 182nm for today's 24 hours run and, at this speed we should be celebrating 1/2 way in 2&1/2 days. The bubbles are already in the fridge!!!

Sat Aug 29 13:51 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 28.2N 130 18.5W
Run: 211.3nm (382.5km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 202.4nm
Weather: Another sunny day with high cloud. ESE 15-20, poled out doing 8k

Day 23... We tried to avoid it as long as possible by zig-zagging between 1 and 2 degrees N; but couldn't put it off any longer. This morning we set the pole on the genoa and are in what is commonly called "wing-on-wing". It is not our favorite sail configuration as it could be rolly and you can only go so fast. Having said that we are still moving and that's good.

Fri Aug 28 12:48 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 27.2N 127 15.0W
Run: 147.5nm (267km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.5nm
Weather: Sun with some high clouds, SE 5-10, Sailing with main & spinnaker 6k

Day 22... We have just completed 3 weeks at sea. As much as it was a triumph yesterday to have achieved 205nm/24hours, disappointing today to barely reach 138nm. Such is sailing I guess! We also wound the clocks back another 2 hours (to suit our chat with Pacific Maritime Radio and not disrupt our nights shifts), making for a long day. Otherwise, I guess we are both looking forward to 1/2 way which is hopefully less than 5 days away.

Thu Aug 27 12:48 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 39.6N 125 07.5W
Run: 232.8nm (421.4km)
Avg: 9.6knts
24hr: 230.9nm
Weather: Another glorious day, SE 10-15k, full sails on broad reach at 8k

Day 21... We broke our previous record for this trip and managed 205 nm in 24 hours! Very encouraging indeed! King Neptune decided to reward us, not with fish but with squid. Unfortunately when I do find them, it's a tad too late. Every day, I seem to be throwing back to the deep, dried up squid. They seem to be able to jump quite high as I can see the outline of one in the middle of our bimini. I think, it's been there for over a week now!! uughhh! And this morning, found one under the table, inside. I don't know what scared that little fella, prompting him to jump so high as to enter through our central hatch, but he made it through without either of us realising till it was too late.

Wed Aug 26 12:36 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 27.5N 121 45.7W
Run: 209.9nm (379.9km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 212.1nm
Weather: Sunny day with the occasional wispy cloud. SE 15-20, broad reach sailing at a whopping 9-10knots in a bumpy sea

Day 20...After quite a few days of about 5-10 knots of wind, last night they picked up, kicking up the sea with them giving us a much needed boost. We are now zooming along at 8-10knots. A bumpy ride but at least we are counting down the miles and getting closer to our 1/2 way point. We also gave King Neptune a little nip of his favorite hoping to coax him into yielding us one of his thousands of Mahi-Mahi... I think he is still thinking about it.

Tue Aug 25 12:51 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 12.8N 118 44.0W
Run: 189.7nm (343.4km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.7nm
Weather: Another glorious day, with wispy clouds, SE 5-10k Sailing with spinnaker at 6k

Day 19... I have lost my touch. I tried the trusted red and white Rapalla, the favorite purple squid, the fluorescent one, the blue imitation Rapalla, the silver spoon and many others. Zilch, nothing. I used to pull fish out of the ocean with ease. In fact, at times I had to refrain from putting the lines out as there was more than enough fish to feed us for days as well as our fellow yachties with whom we would share our next anchorage. And now, since Day 11, (prior to that neither of us was hungry or felt like dealing with a fish) the lines go out at dawn and are wound back in at sunset with nothing on them. Oh well, maybe it's time to bribe Neptune with a nip of something!!

Mon Aug 24 12:36 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 31.2N 116 00.3W
Run: 180.7nm (327.1km)
Avg: 82.1knts
24hr: 1971.3nm
Weather: Beautiful sunny day, S winds 10k, sailing close hauled on a flat blue sea, at 8+ knots!

Day 18... 18 days is the longest we've been at sea. It was 6 years ago, between Galapagos and Marquises. We stopped in both, rested, replenished, enjoyed, explored. Now, it's straight through, without a second thought, without regret but happy and grateful to have experienced it all some years by.

Mon Aug 24 10:24 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 12.0N 113 24.6W
Run: 186.9nm (338.3km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 94.2nm
Weather: Mixed bag, sun, overcast, SE 5-15k, Sailing under spinnaker

Day 17...It was a slow night, a quick morning and a mellow afternoon. We are struggling to keep the boat moving at a reasonable pace. The good news is that we still have this friendly current giving us a well needed boost! Also what I didn't mention is how surprisingly cold it is despite being less than 100 miles from the equator. Long leggins, fleece and socks are the order of everyday and night. We even sleep all rugged up in our doonas (duvets) something we haven't used since... can't even remember, when!!!

Sat Aug 22 10:48 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 05.0N 110 42.5W
Run: 186.5nm (337.6km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.3nm
Weather: Lovely day, clouds coming and going. Very little wind, SE 5-8k, Spinnaker

Day 16... We are past half way to our next way point which is approximately half way. Confused? I guess we have completed 1/4 of our journey. So does that mean 64 days? If today is anything to go by, might be, as we have been struggling all day to keep the little wind there is in our sails. Even the spinnaker is struggling. The price we pay to be in these latitudes. Fingers crossed, the wind Gods will take pity and send us a bit more.

Fri Aug 21 11:09 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 14.44N 108 00.84W
Run: 227.9nm (412.5km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.2nm
Weather: Brilliant, almost wall to wall blue, winds SE 8-12k, Sailing at 7-8k

Day 15... Yesterday we wound the clocks back 2 hours. Well, that confused me no end! I know it doesn't take much, but between the ship's clock, UTC and my phone which hasn't corrected and is still on Panama time, I was all over the place, getting muddled up. To make matters worse we also swapped our night shifts. This, so I could speak to Pacific Maritime Radio at the allotted time without disturbing my sleep. He is the only other voice, we hear out here...We are so used to having radio scheds with fellow cruisers during crossings, that speaking to Peter, Pacific Maritime Radio, is reassuring and informative. So forgive me if I am a tad tired!!

Thu Aug 20 9:15 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 01.20N 104 43.38W
Run: 151.8nm (274.8km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.3nm
Weather: Sunny Yeah!! Winds SE 10-14K, Sailing with beam winds SOG 8-9k

Day 14... Does that mean our quarantine is finished? Can we go ashore now? We are still sailing in lovely conditions under sunny skies. Last night was slow and tedious with less than 5 knots of wind and lots of sails banging. But the wind Gods woke up late this morning and sent us a lovely breeze.

Wed Aug 19 10:48 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 14.50N 102 32.25W
Run: 224.2nm (405.8km)
Avg: 8.9knts
24hr: 214.4nm
Weather: Some sun, some rain. SE winds 10k, Sailing with beam winds at 5-6k boat speed but 7-8k sog

Day 13...If sailing was like this everyday, everyone would be out here! A light breeze, the boat almost upright, a gentle wave and a friendly current are the perfect combination for a relaxing day!! Now all we need is a mahi-mahi!!

Tue Aug 18 9:42 2020 NZST
GPS: 01 43.58N 099 19.78W
Run: 222.4nm (402.5km)
Avg: 9.5knts
24hr: 228.6nm
Weather: SSE 15k, overcast skies, sailing with beam winds at 8-9kn

Day 12... The seas are flattening, the wind is shifting and the current is helping. We just achieved 200nm in 24 hours, to the delight of skipper and crew. But what was quite entertaining today, was watching the skipper, eyes glued to the GPS, willing it and encouraging it to go to 10 knots of speed over ground. Tehani-Li complied, and the captain hoorayed. It was like watching your favorite team score!! Anything to entertain us!!

Mon Aug 17 10:21 2020 NZST
GPS: 02 03.93N 096 07.65W
Run: 193.4nm (350.1km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.2nm
Weather: Overcast with some blue, S 15-17knots, beam winds, sog 8-9knots

Day 11... A much brighter day. The sun playing hide'n'seek and the clouds slowly moving on to other pastures! The boat finally flying along and not pounding. And it's one archipelago down, 7 to go. Taking it one bite size at a time makes it less huge, remember the elephant!! Having said that we are now in the longest stretch without land... And once we reach the next group of islands it will almost be half way!

Sun Aug 16 10:27 2020 NZST
GPS: 02 08.05N 093 19.71W
Run: 149.6nm (270.8km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.8nm
Weather: Grey skies, angry seas, SSW 25-30 Sailing close hauled heavily reefed!

Day 10.. Through the years, I read a lot of stories, accounts, articles, on people at sea. And in most cases, if not all, there comes a time in their story when the wind blows harder, the seas turn nasty and the sun goes into hiding. And more often than not, when this happens, these people, hunker down in their bunks with a book, or not, and let the heavy weather pass. This was one of those days for me. A day spent lying down dreaming of camper vans and flat roads and comfy beds that didn't move!!

Sat Aug 15 11:33 2020 NZST
GPS: 02 10.93N 091 09.78W
Run: 137.1nm (248.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129nm
Weather: Overcast, some drizzle, SW 20-25, sailing close reach and heavily reefed!!

Day 9... We thought today was the day we'd leave the Galapagos archipelago in our wake. Not so. Strong head winds slowed our progress, worse still, pushed us north. So once again decided to tack to regain our precious southern degrees and hopefully ease into smoother seas and calmer winds. One step forward, 3 steps back!!

Fri Aug 14 10:03 2020 NZST
GPS: 02 12.97N 089 10.65W
Run: 168.6nm (305.2km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.9nm
Weather: Grey skies, agitated sea, SW 20-25, close hauled, heavily reefed and pounding!!

DAY 8... This morning we completed one week at sea. And today has been the most difficult and uncomfortable so far. Even the Bobbies left us. 6 years ago we did this trip, Panama to Galapagos, in 6 days. It was one of our best passages, quick, flat, comfortable and enjoyable. Sadly none of these qualities apply this time around. But we knew that! It is, after all, the wrong season for this leg of the trip. So let's hurry up, pass these islands and get into more trade wind stuff and pleasant conditions. 1 week down, 7 or maybe 6 to go!

Thu Aug 13 10:39 2020 NZST
GPS: 02 08.46N 086 44.23W
Run: 171.2nm (309.9km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.9nm
Weather: Grey skies, some on and off drizzle. SSW 15-20; Sailing with a reef in main and h'sail to windward

Day 7...Last night, on my first watch, the sky and sea blended so well into each other that they erased the horizon. It was pitch black till the moon decided it was time to get up! That's the romantic aspect of sailing. Then you got the more technical/mechanical side, where the hydraulic ram shaft on the autopilot, unscrewed itself for the 3rd time on this passage. And for the 3rd and hopefully last, the skipper fixed it, McGyver style; with tape and all!! pheww! And then we have the nature aspect of sailing. The boobies that hitched a ride the previous night must have spread the word that Tehani-Li offered free rides. We never said such a thing; it must have been lost in translation. Anyway, by the end of the afternoon, I counted 10 of them huddling at the front on the railing holding on for dear life and over 20 flying above us. Looking up, you'd think we were in the famous Hitchcock movie! And that's only 3 aspects of sailing!!!

Wed Aug 12 8:57 2020 NZST
GPS: 02 11.51N 084 15.53W
Run: 135.3nm (244.9km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137nm
Weather: high clouds with some sunshine. SSW 15-20, bumpy seas

Day 6... Even though it is not the most comfortable ride we are at least sailing in the right direction. Close hauled and reefed down, speed of 7 knots and lumpy seas. To take my mind of things I watched boobies land on our front railing and get splashed by the boat crashing onto waves. They hung around for most of the day. In fact, we gave a ride to 3 of them last night!! Also, bizarrely on sunset last night we saw a marine helicopter. So weird to see that, far away from land. He didn't even come and say hello! So this is hoping that the seas will ease and the wind move further into the south. One can only hope!!

Tue Aug 11 9:15 2020 NZST
GPS: 02 38.86N 082 21.21W
Run: 119.1nm (215.6km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.1nm
Weather: Overcast, flattish seas, SSW 12-15

Day 5... A much better day than yesterday although we still have current against us making our true progress slow. You'd think we are on a racing boat with the number of times we tacked in the last 2 days. We need to keep reminding ourselves we are doing a marathon and not a race!! At least the seas are flattish and we are not pounding as much as yesterday. And I know it's only gonna get better from here, at least we are heading in the right direction!

Mon Aug 10 12:15 2020 NZST
GPS: 04 13.00N 083 04.08W
Run: 97.4nm (176.3km)
Avg: 26.3knts
24hr: 631.7nm
Weather: Grey, confused seas, SW 15-20k

Day 4... We are sailing, but at what cost? Finally turned the engine off late yesterday afternoon. And spent a busy night trimming, tacking, reefing as winds shifted and currents slowed us. And our 24 hours run today was 87NM, not a lot as we seem to loose ground with the adverse current. We knew this might happen. At least we are sailing.

Mon Aug 10 8:33 2020 NZST
GPS: 05 37.07N 083 13.33W
Run: 162.6nm (294.3km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.3nm
Weather: Some heavy clouds around. SW winds 15-12kn

Day 3 Motor sailing, still! with a staysail closed hauled. Some people might wonder what we do all day stuck on a small boat. Today we had lots to keep us busy. It was fuel transfer day. We had a 200 litre drum of diesel in the cockpit as we knew we would need extra fuel for the first part of the journey. It took considerable effort to get the liquid to start flowing into the 1 inch hose down into the cabin, towards the cabin floor, into the 'baja' filter held above the fuel tank intake. My job was to hold the filter above the intake. Once it started, it came roaring down. I was told this would happen, so I was prepared, or so I thought. My fingers couldn't stop or slow the flow, instead all I managed to do was re-direct the flow everywhere but into the filter. As the skipper came to my rescue and I sat there holding the increasingly heavy filter, I kept wondering if diesel on my face and neck would help my dry skin.

Sat Aug 8 9:09 2020 NZST
GPS: 06 17.48N 080 57.35W
Run: 168.2nm (304.4km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.1nm

Day 2... Woke up to a beautiful sun and flat seas. We are still motor sailing and trying to push as west as we can before turning south. The nights are cool and are a refreshing change from the humidity felt on the mainland. We even had some whales and dolphins wave us goodbye as we exited the Gulf of Panama. All in all a good start and with luck the sail across this huge ocean will be smooth and enjoyable.

Fri Aug 7 8:15 2020 NZST
GPS: 08 16.11N 079 31.48W
Run: 45.2nm (81.8km)
Weather: Overcast, light head winds

Day 1 of ... who knows?? We left Panama this morning under heavy clouds. How does one feel facing such a long voyage? Hard to describe; lots of mixed emotions. But like a friend the saying goes "We can only eat an elephant one bite at a time". So we are motor-sailing in light head winds and toasting to a good start.

Wed Aug 5 5:53 2020 NZST
GPS: 08 55.38N 079 31.76W
Run: 41.8nm (75.7km)
Weather: Thunder storms

Panama Canal! We made it through safely. Now anchored in Las Brisas, enjoying a drink to welcoming ourselves in the Pacific. Leaving shortly, possibly Thursday for a long trek West!

Tue Aug 4 10:12 2020 NZST
GPS: 09 22.16N 079 56.56W
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
Weather: Hot ?

Finally left the marina getting ready for the canal transit. Bitter sweet moment as made lots of friends!

Sat Jun 13 1:31 2020 NZST
GPS: 9 22.06N 79 57.03W
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
Weather: Calm, hot, sticky

Wooooohoooo! In the marina at Shelter Bay, earlier than we thought! Happy to touch land after 14 days!!

Wed Jun 3 18:55 2020 NZST
GPS: 09 22.13N 79 56.68W
Run: 79.6nm (144.1km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.9nm
Weather: Sun coming out; clouds leaving!!

Just anchored in Shelter Bay; ready for 14 days quarantine on board!

Last 12 hours; tedious with huge squalls, 25k on the nose and bouncy seas! Happy for a break!!

Wed Jun 3 7:48 2020 NZST
GPS: 10 00.67N 078 58.45W
Run: 165.3nm (299.2km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166nm

Motoring and some motor sailing since last night. A mixed bag of conditions. Overcast skies, thunderstorms, lightening. Almost there though. Should arrive in another 12 hours or so.

Tue Jun 2 7:54 2020 NZST
GPS: 11 02.95N 076 46.94W
Run: 149.8nm (271.1km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.3nm

Slow going... There has been no wind for the last 12 hours. Fortunately, seas are flat, sun is out, so it's quite enjoyable, despite the heat. In 4 knots of breeze from the East, we are raging along at 4.5 knots, with a poled headsail and a spinnaker!

Mon Jun 1 8:18 2020 NZST
GPS: 11 55.06N 074 45.35W
Run: 157.2nm (284.5km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.2nm

After a grey, rainy night and morning, sun just showed up. Trades also left. We have been nicely bobbing all afternoon at 3-4 knots of speed with all sails up. Might resort to diesel soon, if we want to make it to Panama this year!

Sun May 31 8:09 2020 NZST
GPS: 12 14.67N 072 27.22w
Run: 193.7nm (350.6km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 193.7nm

Caught 2 yellow fin tunas for diner yesterday but no one was hungry as conditions were boisterous. At the moment, sailing at 7-8 knots in 15-20 ENE winds. Poled headsail and one reef in main. All good, less than 500nm to go.

Sat May 30 8:09 2020 NZST
GPS: 12 13.84N 069 35.18W
Run: 50nm (90.5km)

Sailing at 7.5 knots with one reef in main and 2 in headsail. Poled out with 25knots ESE. Sunny skies

Fri May 29 2:21 2020 NZST
GPS: 12 04.89N 68 51.74W
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: Sunny & dry

Leaving tomorrow for Panama!

Fri Mar 13 21:16 2020 NZDT
GPS: 12 04.84N 68 51.76W
Run: 39.6nm (71.7km)

A beautiful spinnaker run from Bonaire to Curaçao!

Now anchored in calm Spanish Waters!

Tue Mar 10 0:30 2020 NZDT
GPS: 12 09.12N 068 16.83W
Run: 111.5nm (201.8km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.8nm
Weather: Glorious

Picked up mooring in the absoluteclear waters of Bonaire!!

Mon Mar 9 9:06 2020 NZDT
GPS: 12 38.10N 066 42.27W
Run: 174.8nm (316.4km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.1nm

Beautiful sailing in calm weather; flat seas, 10-12 knots of ESE winds. Poled out genoa with spinnaker. Under a 100NM to go... Bonaire tomorrow morning!!

Sun Mar 8 9:48 2020 NZDT
GPS: 13 24.28N 064 13.93W
Run: 188.7nm (341.5km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 193.1nm

Sailing on a rolly sea with full sails under a lovely sun. 252NM to go to Bonaire

Sat Mar 7 10:21 2020 NZDT
GPS: 14 25.21N 061 37.27W
Run: 38.9nm (70.4km)

On the road again... After about 3 hours to get out of the shadow of Martinique we are now sSiling west at 8 knots towards Bonaire with reefed main and full jib. 413nm to go!

Fri Mar 6 6:53 2020 NZDT
GPS: 14 35.95N 61 04.16W
Run: 273.5nm (495km)
Weather: Lovely

Getting ready to move west again...

Bonaire, here we come!!

Fri Jun 14 8:42 2019 NZST
GPS: 10 40.81N 61 37.90W
Run: 62.9nm (113.8km)
Weather: Glorious

Circumnavigation done ✅

Woohooo! Tied up at Coral Cove marina for 10 days. It’s surreal to be back here !

Gotta go, champagne waiting!!

Sat Jun 8 8:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 11 09.42N 060 50.54W
Run: 217.6nm (393.9km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.2nm

Welcome back to the Caribbean!! Arrived in Tobago; Woooohooo! At anchor in lovely bay. Ready to party! Only 60 nm to go to complete our circumnavigation!!

Fri Jun 7 6:54 2019 NZST
GPS: 09 22.12N 058 12.58W
Run: 221.9nm (401.6km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 218.3nm

Sailing with full main, genoa and staysail. Wind and current pushing us at a whopping 9-10 knots. Only 189 nm to Tobago and our last night at sea!

Thu Jun 6 6:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 37.11N 055 29.25W
Run: 196.8nm (356.2km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192nm

Sailing on a beam reach, ENE winds at 12-14knots, doing between 7-8 knots on a slightly bumpy sea. Almost half way!!

Wed Jun 5 5:54 2019 NZST
GPS: 05 56.40N 053 10.30W
Run: 60.5nm (109.5km)

We have left Iles du Salut this morning for Tobago. Since then we have been dodging squalls and forever changing sail configuration to maintain speed and course. Luckily the 3-4 knot current that assisted us from Brazil is still with us!!

Sat Jun 1 0:18 2019 NZST
GPS: 05 17.01N 052 35.44W
Run: 111.8nm (202.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.7nm

Just anchored at Ile Royale after a black night riddled with squalls and wind shifts! Happy to be here for a few days rest.

Fri May 31 6:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 04 49.10N 051 02.13W
Run: 197.8nm (358km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 200.7nm

We have finally entered French Guyana waters after 7 days sailing along the Brazilian coast! Sailing beautifully on a broad reach in 15knots of wind. One more sleep to go before landfall with 95nm to go.

Thu May 30 6:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 32.20N 048 28.18W
Run: 224.5nm (406.3km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 224nm

After a squally night and boisterous morning, sailing on a beam reach at 8knots with 10-15knots of NE winds.

2 more sleeps before destination at Ile Royale.

Wed May 29 6:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 55.82N 045 38.63W
Run: 176.2nm (318.9km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.3nm

Sailing with poled genoa and main despite the light winds. Sun came out today after hiding all day yesterday. Less than 500nm to go!!

Tue May 28 6:57 2019 NZST
GPS: 00 29.57N 043 32.31W
Run: 193.2nm (349.7km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.6nm

Squalls and rain kept us busy all day with sail changes. Some motoring due to lack of wind. Crossed the equator this morning in good cheer despite the grey skies. Just managed to set the sails wing-on-wing and sailing along at 7-8 knots.

Mon May 27 6:45 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 05.75S 041 14.32W
Run: 211.5nm (382.8km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.9nm

A challenging day in terms of wind shifts, hence sail changes. Lots of squalls around us taking the wind out of our sails, while the weed puts the fish off our lures. Otherwise all well; about 100nm from the equator!

Sun May 26 6:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 27.98S 038 30.11W
Run: 206.5nm (373.8km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.1nm

Haven't changed sailing configuration for about 36 hours! Still poled out. Smoking along at 8-10 knots today due to favorable current. Let's hope this keeps going!

Sat May 25 7:06 2019 NZST
GPS: 04 13.27S 036 04.74W
Run: 174.1nm (315.1km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.4nm

Sailing with a poled out genoa, doing around 7knots.

Fri May 24 7:00 2019 NZST
GPS: 06 19.85S 034 41.86W
Run: 49.9nm (90.3km)

Left Jacare, our last port in Brazil, this morning en route towards French Guiana. Sailing poled out at about 6 knots in 15 knots of Southerly winds

Sat May 18 4:57 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 02.08S 034 51.46W
Run: 165.2nm (299km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.4nm
Weather: Sunny with some scattered clouds

Anchored in front of Jacare-Village Marina!

Will be here a few days to catch up with friends!!

Fri May 17 6:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 09 24.00S 035 12.45W
Run: 150.1nm (271.7km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.7nm

Motor sailing with winds forward of the beam. Hoping to ease sheets once around Recife. Otherwise all good, hot and sunny and fish for dinner as we caught a nice size tuna. Less than 150nm to go.

Thu May 16 6:57 2019 NZST
GPS: 11 10.05S 036 29.46W
Run: 158.5nm (286.9km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.3nm

Motor sailing at 6-7knots after a slow day of non wind.

Wed May 15 6:18 2019 NZST
GPS: 12 53.20S 038 02.56W
Run: 28.8nm (52.1km)

Left Salvador this morning en route for Jacare. A better start today than last Friday,when we had squalls, confused seas and head winds. None of which showed on our weather models! Anwyay, beautiful sailing day today.

Sailing with all three sails up doing between 5.5 and 8 knots with 1.5 metre seas and sun shining!

Sat May 11 18:38 2019 NZST
GPS: 12 48.54S 038 27.79W
Run: 11.8nm (21.4km)
Weather: Rain, rain and more rain

We decided to leave yesterday heading for Jacare. The weather wasn’t as predicted as we encountered heavy seas and winds on the nose when they were predicted to be from the south! The conditions were miserable so we headed back in to an anchorage further into the bay, waiting...

Wed May 1 2:31 2019 NZST
GPS: 12 58.32S 038 30.93W
Run: 5164.4nm (9347.6km)
Avg: 55knts
24hr: 1319nm
Weather: Hot! Warm! Humid!

Accidentally put longitude as East, which put us in Mozambique!

Just corrected; apologies for confusion! We are in Brazil!

Sat Apr 27 4:33 2019 NZST
GPS: 12 58.32S 038 30.93E
Run: 5061.4nm (9161.1km)
Avg: 204.5knts
24hr: 4908.1nm
Weather: Beautiful

Arrived at sunrise in gorgeous Salvador!

Tied up at marina and celebrated with Champagne! Welcome to Brazil 🇧🇷

Fri Apr 26 3:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 13 12.78S 037 00.36W
Run: 140.4nm (254.1km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.5nm

We were hoping for a diesel free trip, but might have to turn the engine on in the next hour or so if we want to make landfall by day break tomorrow. Only 90nm to go. Champagne in the fridge!!!

Thu Apr 25 3:39 2019 NZST
GPS: 13 30.96S 034 56.48W
Run: 177.4nm (321.1km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 178.9nm

After a lovely morning at good speeds, wind is now slowly dying. Less than 48 hours to go!

Wed Apr 24 3:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 13 52.63S 032 19.53W
Run: 165.6nm (299.7km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 164.2nm

Sailing "wing-on-wing" at 6-7 knots. Quite a few squalls about so we put the spinnaker to bed last night! 365nm to go!

Tue Apr 23 3:39 2019 NZST
GPS: 14 02.31S 029 51.75W
Run: 153.8nm (278.4km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.5nm

Still slowly moving forward at top speeds of 4-5 knots! The good news is that we caught a beautiful king fish yesterday, the bad news is we lost him as we were hauling him into the cockpit!!

Mon Apr 22 3:36 2019 NZST
GPS: 13 51.33S 027 34.64W
Run: 174.4nm (315.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.7nm

Very pleasant sailing conditions, still with Spinnaker and poled headsail. Happy Easter!

Sun Apr 21 3:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 13 57.50S 024 58.80W
Run: 182.4nm (330.1km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.4nm

Changed the spinnaker for the main sail early this morning as winds were picking up! Sailing along at 6.5 to 8 knots depending on the whim of the wind which is slightly inconsistent. All well!

Sat Apr 20 3:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 14 26.67S 022 18.25W
Run: 154.9nm (280.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.5nm

Celebrated half way point an hour or so ago. Sailing nicely under a beautiful sky with spinnaker and poled genoa.

Fri Apr 19 3:45 2019 NZST
GPS: 14 35.12S 019 59.59W
Run: 172.6nm (312.4km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168nm

Fortunately the winds picked up yesterday evening and all day today. They are starting to calm down and the residual swell is making us rock'n'roll!! We are almost at half way. Wooohooo!

Thu Apr 18 3:06 2019 NZST
GPS: 15 15.93S 017 30.34W
Run: 125.2nm (226.6km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.5nm

Sailing very, very slowly (4.5knots) as winds seemed to have vanished. Otherwise, beautiful sunny days with still a few squalls about

Wed Apr 17 4:15 2019 NZST
GPS: 15 34.66S 015 39.32W
Run: 323.3nm (585.2km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.8nm

Sailing with Headsail and spinnaker, about 6 knots. It's slow going but pleasant!

Tue Apr 16 3:39 2019 NZST

Sailing along slowly with spinnaker and poled headsail. Fingers crossed the squalls have gone for the next day or so!

Mon Apr 15 3:42 2019 NZST
GPS: 15 29.62S 010 48.09W
Run: 172.4nm (312km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.3nm

Haven't touched the sail configuration for over 24 hours. Squalls which have been present since our departure seem to have dissipated. Sailing in bumpy seas at 7knots

Sun Apr 14 3:33 2019 NZST
GPS: 15 28.48S 008 12.78W
Run: 134.8nm (244km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.4nm

Sailing with main and genoa poled out. speeds of 5.5 to 7.0 knots depending on the wind swings and squalls.

A bit more comfortable than yesterday.

Sat Apr 13 3:39 2019 NZST
GPS: 15 56.44S 006 14.75W
Run: 34.7nm (62.8km)
Weather: Lots of squalls with light rain

Left St-Helena this morning, have been working on sail configuration non-stop as winds extremely variable!

Fri Apr 5 6:30 2019 NZDT
GPS: 15 55.46S 05 43.46W
Run: 98.8nm (178.8km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 80.5nm

Welcome to St-Helena! Arrived in darkness, anchored and early this morning picked up a mooring! Will be here a few days or more!

Thu Apr 4 1:03 2019 NZDT
GPS: 16 43.77S 004 29.63W
Run: 180.7nm (327.1km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.1nm

Sailing along and rolling as winds have lightened. The good news is that we only have 82nm to go, making it a night time arrival!

Wed Apr 3 1:45 2019 NZDT
GPS: 17 43.30S 001 57.72W
Run: 202nm (365.6km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 188.6nm

Crossed the line last night, in good cheer! Now back in the Western Hemisphere. Sailing with reefed main and reefed headsail poled out. Sea are boisterous but manageable. Only 238nm to go!!

Tue Apr 2 0:03 2019 NZDT
GPS: 19 09.91S 000 43.02E
Run: 176.1nm (318.7km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.4nm

Sailing under full main and poled out gib. Very rolly, but making good speed. 413nm to go!!

Sun Mar 31 23:15 2019 NZDT
GPS: 20 48.02S 002 47.80E
Run: 170.5nm (308.6km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.9nm

A bit rolly as we have headsail poled and full main. The good news is that we passed half-way mark!!

Sat Mar 30 23:18 2019 NZDT
GPS: 22 01.14S 005 06.05E
Run: 156.5nm (283.3km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.1nm

Sailing with spinnaker and poled genoa. Smooth seas and almost at halfway point!!

Sat Mar 30 0:57 2019 NZDT
GPS: 23 20.23S 007 05.75E
Run: 163.7nm (296.3km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194nm

Sailing slowly at 4.5 knots with poled out genoa and spinnaker. 850nm to go!

Fri Mar 29 4:42 2019 NZDT
GPS: 24 22.84S 009 25.20E
Run: 209nm (378.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.6nm

After sailing poled out since this morning, Tried spinnaker for 2 hours and now back to main and headsail! 8.1 knots and sun is shining!!

Wed Mar 27 23:18 2019 NZDT
7.0-7.5 knots
GPS: 25 24.00S 012 33.51E
Run: 137.9nm (249.6km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.7nm

Sailing with full headsail and main in very pleasant conditons

Wed Mar 27 5:51 2019 NZDT
GPS: 26 16.37S 014 33.14E
Run: 45.2nm (81.8km)

Left Luderitz 5 hours ago. Started with rough seas but caling down now. Sailing with one reef in main at 6.5/7knots 15/20 knots of wind from S.

Mon Mar 18 7:00 2019 NZDT
GPS: 26 38.36S 15 09.46E
Run: 182.6nm (330.5km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.4nm

On a mooring in Luderitz! Blowing 25-30 knots!!!

Sun Mar 17 0:51 2019 NZDT
GPS: 29 16.20S 015 26.46E
Run: 175.2nm (317.1km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.9nm

Motor sailing since the early hours as wind died. Caught big blue fin tuna, or so we think! 158 miles to go!

Fri Mar 15 23:12 2019 NZDT
GPS: 31 35.78S 016 36.56E
Run: 115.1nm (208.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.6nm

Motor sailing in light seas. Beautiful day!

Fri Mar 15 7:06 2019 NZDT
GPS: 32 59.09S 017 41.76E
Run: 76.3nm (138.1km)

Have finally left lovely Cape Town and on our way to Luderitz. Sailing under beautiful blue skies!

Mon Dec 17 4:09 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 54.581S 018 25.152E
Run: 92.4nm (167.2km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 87.7nm
Weather: Calm, glorious, beautiful!!

Arrived and docked at V&A marina in the centre of CapeTown. Indian Ocean done!!

Will be here for a month or so enjoying everything a big city has to offer!

Sun Dec 16 2:51 2018 NZDT
GPS: 34 49.09S 019 36.40E
Run: 184.1nm (333.2km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.4nm
Weather: Glorious sunshine; 12 knots of Southerlies

We have just passed Cape Alghulas!

Welcome to the South Atlantic!

Fri Dec 14 21:29 2018 NZDT
GPS: 34 12.599S 022 45.195E
Run: 20nm (36.2km)
Weather: Glorious sunshine, 8-10 SE

Motor sailing with headsail! Last leg to Cape Town!!

Mon Dec 10 2:36 2018 NZDT
GPS: 34 02.874S 23 02.620E
Run: 103.5nm (187.3km)
Weather: Sunny!

Anchored in Knysna Lagoon!

Fri Dec 7 20:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 34 10.431S 24 50.723E
Run: 32.6nm (59km)
Weather: Calm, overcast

Anchored at Cape St-Francis. We had passed it and turned around at sunset as winds picked up to 30-35 gusting 40!

Thu Dec 6 21:24 2018 NZDT
GPS: 34 09.88S 25 24.90E
Run: 147.5nm (267km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.3nm
Weather: Lightly overcast, calm seas

Motor sailing in 6-8 knots of ESE

Seals swimming about

Thu Dec 6 0:44 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 14.28S 27 43.59E
Run: 17.8nm (32.2km)
Weather: Sunny, light winds!

Left East London a few hours ago; Motor sailing at 8.3 knots in 10 knots of easterly breeze!

Sun Nov 25 16:35 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 01.43S 027 53.88E
Run: 218.3nm (395.1km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.6nm
Weather: Calm, some clouds!

Anchored in Buffalo River, East London!

Celebrations are in order as we completed a circumnavigation according to longitude!

Sat Nov 24 15:49 2018 NZDT
GPS: 30 50.11S 30 34.88E
Run: 167.2nm (302.6km)
Weather: Sun is coming out

Sailing under headsail only in 10-15 E and boisterous sea

Tue Oct 30 17:11 2018 NZDT
GPS: 28 47.643S 32 04.724E
Run: 105.5nm (191km)
Weather: Howling southerlies expected shortly after the howling northerlies

Arrived safely in Richard’s Bay! Welcome to South Africa!!

Sat Oct 27 22:09 2018 NZDT
GPS: 27 40.05S 033 14.83E
Run: 153nm (276.9km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.6nm

Motorsailing since midnight after another cracking sail! 95nm to go!

Sat Oct 27 1:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 25 47.28S 034 33.34E
Run: 158.1nm (286.2km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.7nm

Back to motoring after a cracking overnight sail!

Fri Oct 26 2:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 23 42.09S 035 35.32E
Run: 142.3nm (257.6km)

Motor Sailing at 6 knots in 6 knots of breeze

Fri Oct 19 4:09 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 38.83S 035 26.10E
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)

Back in original anchorage waiting for storm to pass

Wed Oct 17 3:18 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 40.48S 035 25.79E
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)

At anchor in other bay!!

Mon Oct 15 3:42 2018 NZDT
GPS: 21 38.81S 035 26.08E
Run: 106.5nm (192.8km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.2nm

At anchor in Bazaruto waiting for favorable window!

Sun Oct 14 3:51 2018 NZDT
GPS: 20 42.59S 036 44.82E
Run: 133.1nm (240.9km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.1nm

Sailing slowly... 88nm to go to Bazaruto!

Sat Oct 13 2:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 19 23.60S 038 14.61E
Run: 141.9nm (256.8km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.4nm

Sailing with a poled out jib at about 6.8 to 7 knots

Thu Oct 11 21:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 18 12.67S 040 01.06E
Run: 143.4nm (259.6km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.1nm

Motor sailing... no wind, no fish!

Wed Oct 10 21:03 2018 NZDT
GPS: 16 27.72S 041 11.23E
Run: 253.7nm (459.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.8nm

Motor sailing in less than 5 knots of wind

Mon Oct 8 22:09 2018 NZDT
GPS: 15 43.59S 044 55.82E
Run: 36.8nm (66.6km)

Sailing at 4.5kn towards Mozambique

Sat Oct 6 18:35 2018 NZDT
GPS: 16 04.76S 045 20.68E
Run: 122.7nm (222.1km)

At anchor, waiting.....

Mon Oct 1 1:18 2018 NZDT
GPS: 15 14.119S 046 57.994E
Run: 34.5nm (62.4km)

At anchor slowly making our way to Mahajunga for checkout

Thu Sep 27 23:45 2018 NZST
GPS: 14 53.446S 047 20.484E
Run: 60.5nm (109.5km)

At anchor in beautiful Moramba after a stiff sail

Tue Sep 25 0:39 2018 NZST
GPS: 14 06.969S 047 45.691E
Run: 6819.9nm (12344km)
Avg: 230.8knts
24hr: 5539nm

Anchored in behind beautiful island after a wonderful sail!

Sun Sep 23 19:06 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 42.77E 047 54.20S
Run: 6835.1nm (12371.5km)
Avg: 24.3knts
24hr: 584.2nm

At anchor in Honey River

Wed Sep 12 2:17 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 18.54S 48 10.28E
Run: 19.7nm (35.7km)
Weather: Southerly wind and swell

Back anchored in beautiful Sakatia

Mon Sep 10 23:48 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 32.23S 47 59.80E
Run: 21.3nm (38.6km)
Weather: Blowing 15-20 SW

Anchored in Russian Bay

Sun Sep 2 21:12 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 24.48S 48 17.10E
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)

Back in Hell-Ville after a stint in Russian Bay!

Fri Aug 17 20:08 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 18.523S 48 10.288E
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)
Weather: Sun shining!

Anchored at Sakatia

Thu Aug 9 17:09 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 24.48S 48 17.10E
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)
Weather: Beautiful dry Sunny days

Anchored in Hell-Ville!

Mon Aug 6 1:39 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 19.02S 48 09.77e
Run: 42.8nm (77.5km)

Back in Madagascar. At anchor in Sakatia

Sat Aug 4 17:33 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 11.35s 047 32.43e
Run: 155.4nm (281.3km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160nm

Motoring back to Nosy Be

Fri Aug 3 18:14 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 58.34S 45 14.56E
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
Weather: Beautiful Sun! 10-15 k Southerly, flat seas

Sailing back to Madagascar

Thu Aug 2 5:01 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 58.409S 45 11.748E
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
Weather: Calm

On a mooring...Hoping to see turtles hatching tonight, then off to Madascar in the morning!

Tue Jul 31 1:11 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 46.738S 45 14.043E
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)

Back to the Marina. Getting ready to return to Madagascar!

Sat Jul 28 17:21 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 58.394S 45 11.718E
Run: 7.1nm (12.9km)
Weather: Rainy

On a mooring by beach with turtles galore

Thu Jul 26 23:41 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 55.089S 45 06.355E
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
Weather: Blowing SE 15-25

Huge Bay but small yacht club

Tue Jul 24 0:34 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 46.470S 45 05.762E
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
Weather: Howling SSE 20-30

Anchored with a beautiful waterfall on beach!

Mon Jul 23 0:05 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 41.170S 045 04.022E
Run: 13nm (23.5km)

Working our way around the island!!

Thu Jul 12 17:31 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 46.739S 45 14.041E
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)

At the marina for some repairs

Fri Jul 6 16:07 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 46.606S 45 15.895E
Run: 207.9nm (376.3km)

In Mayotte after a a quick 32hour passage

Tue Jun 19 1:55 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 24.41S 48 17.08E
Run: 22.7nm (41.1km)
Weather: Beautiful, sunny

Back in Hell-Ville

Mon Jun 18 2:48 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 43.301S 048 11.265e
Run: 22.3nm (40.4km)

At anchor by delightful village

Tue Jun 12 0:43 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 26.502S 48 21.103E
Run: 5.1nm (9.2km)
Weather: Sunny!

At anchor in Komba

Mon Jun 4 23:39 2018 NZST
GPS: 13 24.454S 048 17.078E
Run: 39.7nm (71.9km)

Welcome to Hell-Ville, civilisation at last!!

Sun Jun 3 2:57 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 54.519S 048 34.697E
Run: 60.8nm (110km)

At anchor

Fri Jun 1 1:45 2018 NZST
GPS: 12 13.61S 049 08.93E
Run: 197nm (356.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.8nm

Anchored safely after rounding Cap D'Ambre. Yeeeehaaa Indian Ocean crossing almost done!

Wed May 30 17:33 2018 NZST
GPS: 11 50.10S 052 02.12E
Run: 185.8nm (336.3km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.4nm

Heavily reefed in 20-25 knots of wind and wild seas.

Tue May 29 18:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 11 28.44S 054 45.36E
Run: 187.8nm (339.9km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 193.9nm

Sailing reefed down in boisterous conditions. Only 315 miles to go!

Mon May 28 19:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 10 52.08S 057 27.35e

Beautiful sailing under lovely skies!

Mon May 28 18:42 2018 NZST
GPS: 10 52.08S 057 27.35e
Run: 193nm (349.3km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 206.3nm

Beautiful sailing under lovely skies!

Sun May 27 20:15 2018 NZST
GPS: 09 56.39s 060 08.04e
Run: 186.7nm (337.9km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.6nm

Sailing under grey skies and confused seas. bout 600 miles to Madagascar!

Sat May 26 16:21 2018 NZST
GPS: 08 51.37s 062 38.52e
Run: 298.3nm (539.9km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.1nm

Sailing 7 knots in big rolly seas!

Thu May 24 23:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 07 06.18s 066 37.48e
Run: 190nm (343.9km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 195.3nm

Sailing under headsail only at 7.5 knots

Wed May 23 23:39 2018 NZST
7.0 knots
GPS: 06 18.15s 069 16.40e
Run: 184.8nm (334.5km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176.3nm

Sailing in confused seas

Tue May 22 22:30 2018 NZST
GPS: 05 30.15s 071 50.28e
Run: 31.6nm (57.2km)

Sailing in light winds with headsail

Fri May 4 0:27 2018 NZST
GPS: 05 19.928s 072 15.828e
Run: 130.6nm (236.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.4nm

Anchored in Beautiful Chagos!

Wed May 2 23:03 2018 NZST
GPS: 03 44.02s 073 16.47e
Run: 116.9nm (211.6km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 121.2nm

motoring in flat seas

Tue May 1 23:54 2018 NZST
GPS: 02 03.104s 073 27.589e
Run: 142.9nm (258.6km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.4nm

motor sailing at 5.8 knots!

Mon Apr 30 23:18 2018 NZST
GPS: 00 02.009s 073 00.670e
Run: 39.2nm (71km)

sailing in washing machine conditions!

Sun Apr 29 23:33 2018 NZST
GPS: 00 32.005n 073 00.275e
Run: 59.4nm (107.5km)

Another pit stop for fuel and repairs!

Sat Apr 28 23:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 01 15.421n 072 32.441e
Run: 157.8nm (285.6km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176.1nm

motoring in rolly seas; no wind

Sat Apr 28 1:30 2018 NZST
GPS: 03 27.14n 073 10.15e
Run: 66.4nm (120.2km)

On the road again. Sailing at 6.5 kn, in 12 kn of NW

Thu Apr 26 14:27 2018 NZST
GPS: 04 23.723n 073 21.395e
Run: 137.6nm (249.1km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.1nm

A pit stop in the Maldives before moving on to Chagos

Tue Apr 24 21:45 2018 NZST
GPS: 05 06.870n 075 13.168e
Run: 148.3nm (268.4km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.7nm

Sailing in lovely conditions. 116 miles to Maldives!

Mon Apr 23 21:39 2018 NZST
GPS: 05 28.76n 077 20.55e
Run: 155.9nm (282.2km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.9nm

motorsailing in falt conditions with favorable current

Sun Apr 22 22:24 2018 NZST
GPS: 05 40.02n 079 36.02e
Run: 126.1nm (228.2km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.3nm

motoring in bumpy seas towards Maldives

Sat Apr 21 23:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 06 07.68n 081 22.48e
Run: 119.8nm (216.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.9nm

Sailing in 9-10knots of Easterly

Sat Apr 21 0:21 2018 NZST
GPS: 07 50.017n 081 41.32e
Run: 59.4nm (107.5km)

Left early. Sailing along at 5.5 knots

Fri Mar 23 7:08 2018 NZDT
GPS: 8 33.841N 81 13.826E
Run: 154.1nm (278.9km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 66.5nm
Weather: Calm, hot and airless

On anchor in Trincomalee harbour since 21/03/18. It was a slow passage but pleasant. Plan to be here about a month or so.

Tue Mar 20 23:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 09 06.772n 083 25.000e
Run: 144.9nm (262.3km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.4nm

Motor sailing as wind died! But only 130NM to go!

Mon Mar 19 22:54 2018 NZDT
GPS: 09 37.740n 085 28.551e
Run: 249.8nm (452.1km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.9nm

Lovely sailing albeit a bit slow. Winds ENE 5-10 255NM to go!

Sat Mar 17 23:39 2018 NZDT
GPS: 10 38.019n 089 00.142e
Run: 118.1nm (213.8km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.5nm

Very slow sailing under spinnaker.

Fri Mar 16 23:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 11 02.766n 090 41.480e
Run: 120.6nm (218.3km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.5nm

Motoring again as no wind.

Fri Mar 16 0:24 2018 NZDT
GPS: 11 25.937n 092 25.550e
Run: 26.5nm (48km)

Goodbye Andamans, very light breeze from the N. Motor-sailing slowly

Mon Mar 12 0:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 11 41.439n 092 42.922e
Run: 10811.3nm (19568.5km)
Avg: 112.7knts
24hr: 2704.2nm

Back in Port Blair after a lovely week in the islands

Thu Mar 8 0:03 2018 NZDT
GPS: 11 15.871n 92 41.634s
Run: 15.5nm (28.1km)
Avg: 62knts
24hr: 1488nm

Anchored at beautiful Cinque Island. Snorkeling, dolphins and relaxing!

Wed Mar 7 23:48 2018 NZDT
GPS: 11 29.282n 92 42.382s
Run: 10796.3nm (19541.3km)
Avg: 36.3knts
24hr: 871.3nm

Anchored at Chiriyatapu point. Lovely sun set!

Fri Feb 23 14:24 2018 NZDT
GPS: 11 41.304n 092 42.725e
Run: 158.7nm (287.2km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.6nm

Arrived safely in Incredible Andaman. It took a whole day for the formalities. A quick evening of exploring and tasting the first Indian delicacies.

Wed Feb 21 13:18 2018 NZDT
GPS: 10 21.802n 094 37.317e
Run: 181nm (327.6km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.8nm

Lovely NE breeze 10-15 knots; doing 7 knots speed, 135nm to go

Tue Feb 20 13:24 2018 NZDT
GPS: 08 52.335n 096 48.359e
Run: 6685.1nm (12100km)
Avg: 178.2knts
24hr: 4276.5nm

Under way. Sailing at 5.8 knots in NE 15 knots

Sun Feb 18 23:52 2018 NZDT
Weather: hazy

Leaving tomorrow

Sat Feb 17 21:14 2018 NZDT
Weather: Hazy with light northerly breeze

Have started our trek up the west coast of Phuket!!!

Sat Feb 17 17:53 2018 NZDT
Run: 6793.2nm (12295.7km)
Avg: 58.2knts
24hr: 1395.8nm
Weather: W 10knots hazy

Starting moving on the west coast of Phuket in preparation for departure

Mon Feb 12 21:04 2018 NZDT
GPS: 07 48N 98 22E
Weather: NE 10-15knots, Hazy

Anchored in Ao Chalong, Phuket, getting ready to sail west towards the Andaman Islands

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