The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross

Tue Nov 21 22:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 141.9nm (256.8km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64.6nm
34 47.2690S 138 29.2490E
Weather: 9 knots S, bar 1008, clear

Departed Spalding Cove, near Port Lincoln on Monday morning. Travelled non-stop through to North Haven Marina, in Adelaide. The 155 nautical mile trip took 32 hours. Just as we were coming into the marina, the steering cable broke. We narrowly missed hitting the breakwater on the port and then on the starboard side as the boat veered out of control. Anchored in the middle of the entrance while a temporary repair was done, enabling us to enter the marina safely. After 10 and a half years The Southern Cross is back in her home port. We are grateful to Kath and Rod for their assistance and warm welcome. A big day for us, our ninth grandchild Addison Faye was born this morning here in Adelaide.


Sun Nov 19 18:06 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
34 44.9440S 135 59.2840E
Weather: 5 knots NE, bar 1010, 90% cloud cover

Departed Port Lincoln this morning and popped back to Spalding Cove for this evening.


Sat Nov 18 12:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
34 43.1690S 135 51.7380E
Weather: 8 knots NE, bar 1014, 20% cloud cover

A pleasant 7 nautical mile sail under jib on flat water from Spalding Cove to Port Lincoln. Anchored off the town and looking forward to buying bananas.


Fri Nov 17 21:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 18.7nm (33.8km)
34 45.25300S 135 59.3010E
Weather: 12 knots S, bar 1013, 90% cloud cover

Pleasant sail under jib on flat water from Williams Island to Boston Bay. Now anchored off Spalding Cove, approximately 5 nautical miles east of Port Lincoln. Last time we anchored here was in February 2007. A good place to rest; lovely still water beneath the boat.

NB We picked up a sunken mooring on our anchor. So best not to anchor in exactly this spot.


Congratulations on an epic trip - it has been fascinating following your progress. Best wishes from Maunie, G&D
Fri Nov 17 11:06 2017 NZDT
Run: 30.2nm (54.7km)
35 01.4480S 135 58.3920E
Weather: 8 knots S, bar 1015, overcast

Anchored in the shelter of Williams Island, which lies off the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula, near Cape Catastrophe. Instead of contending with large lumpy seas, we are sitting on gently rolling waters. It is a relief to have crossed the Great Australian Bight. We are five miles away from completing our circumnavigation of mainland Australia. Plan to raise the anchor later this morning and head towards Port Lincoln.


Thu Nov 16 22:00 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 167.9nm (303.9km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.4nm
35 12.0000S 135 29.0000E
Weather: 20 knots SSE, bar 1017, 50% cloud

Bouncy seas continue. Some blue sky can be seen through grey clouds. Landfall not far off now. All is well on board


Wed Nov 15 22:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 186.9nm (338.3km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 186.9nm
35 24.0000S 132 31.0000E
Weather: 20 knots S, bar 1020, 80% cloud

Bouncy sea with up to 2 metre swells coming from 3 directions. Reefed down for the night with three reefs in the main and the jib. A uncomfortable sail. All is well on board.


Tue Nov 14 22:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 8.0knts
Run: 181.1nm (327.8km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.2nm
35 22.0000S 129 12.0000E
Weather: 26 knots S, bar 1013, 100% cloud

Bouncy sea with up to 3 metre swells coming from 3 directions. Three reefs in the main and a partially furled jib. A very uncomfortable sail. All is well on board.


Oh, how many times does the body cry, "I just want it to stop."? True stoicism is the only solution.
Mon Nov 13 22:06 2017 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 122.6nm (221.9km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 123.9nm
35 07.8150S 126 00.2170E
Weather: 11 knots SW, bar 1004, 80% cloud

Comfortable motor-sailing on long period swell. All is well on board.


Sun Nov 12 22:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 70.1nm (126.9km)
34 49.8150S 123 52.2170E
Weather: 10 knots ESE, bar 1007, 70% cloud

Departed Arid Bay, Cape Arid this morning (Sunday 12 November). Now clear of the Recherche Archipelago. Seas 1 to 2 metres. All is well on board


Wed Nov 8 21:57 2017 NZDT
33 59.8150S 123 10.2170E
Weather: 27 knots E, gusting to 35 knots, bar 1012, 30% cloud

Still anchored in Arid Bay, Cape Arid waiting for a weather window to head across the Great Australian Bight. Went for a hike today. The scenery is spectacular. The sand is fine like icing sugar, but firm when wet which makes for great walking along the beach.


Mon Nov 6 10:51 2017 NZDT
Run: 53nm (95.9km)
33 59.8150S 123 10.2170E
Weather: 10 knots E, bar 1023, 90% cloud

Sailed eastward from Lucky Bay to Arid Bay, Cape Arid in vigorous easterlies. We put in 16 tacks to sail 75 miles, and travelled 46 miles as the crow flies. Enjoyed beautiful scenery along the way and, after nearly 14 hours at sea, the delight of finding a safe haven just as the sun was setting.


Sat Nov 4 19:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
34 00.0430S 122 14.6860E
Weather: 15 knots ESE, bar 1019, 20% cloud

3 hour sail from O'Briens Beach at Cape Le Grand to Lucky Bay, which is 7 miles east as the crow flies or 15 miles when you are tacking into the wind. And what a pretty spot this is, aquarmarine seas roll onto pristine beaches and lap around rocky outcrops.


Wed Nov 1 19:36 2017 NZDT
Run: 201nm (363.8km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.1nm
33 59.4360S 122 06.5140E
Weather: 10 knots ENE, bar 1020, 90% cloud

48 hour sail from Albany to O'Briens Beach at Cape Le Grand, which is approximately 12 nautical miles east of Esperance. A good passage with wind on the starboard beam most of the way. We seemed to have helpful current with us for the last 24 hours. Maximum depth 3,000 metres. Saw many albatross and shearwaters. On approach to the anchorage we saw surf exploding over rocky islets and reefs of the Archipelago of the Recherche.


Tue Oct 31 9:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 4.1knts
Run: 50.5nm (91.4km)
34 55.8810S 118 46.2580E
Weather: 8 knots W, bar 1019, 80% cloud

Spent five days in Albany, enjoying the scenery and friendly locals despite gale force winds on Thursday and Saturday. Departed yesterday (Monday) afternoon. Currently headed towards Esperence. Exact destination to be determined. Relatively easy conditions. All is well on board.


Thu Oct 26 11:33 2017 NZDT
Run: 153.4nm (277.7km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.8nm
35 01.8810S 117 53.2580E
Weather: 10 knots N, bar 1006, 80% cloud

Arrived Albany at 6pm WST last night. From Cape Leeuwin it was a comfortable fast ride on winds from astern: 20 to 30 knots, gusting to 40 with seas up to three metres. With only a scrap of jib out we surfed down one wave at over 16 knots. Saw a number of birds including albatross. Plan to stay in Albany for a few days while gales rage.


Tue Oct 24 23:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 70.2nm (127.1km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 68.9nm
34 32.4710S 115 15.1130E
Weather: 16 knots NW, bar 1015, overcast

Departed Bunker Bay this morning. Travelled southwards from Cape Naturalite to Cape Leeuwin through a stretch of water called 'Other Side of the Moon' on our chart. Rounded Cape Leeuwin this afternoon and we are now in the Southern Ocean for the first time since 2007. Smooth sailing on 2 metre seas. Destination is Albany. All is well on board.


Mon Oct 23 23:18 2017 NZDT
Run: 21.6nm (39.1km)
33 32.4710S 115 02.1130E
Weather: 11 gusting to 25 knots SSW, bar 1015, 20% cloud

Departed Geographe Bay late this morning. Pleasant sailing on flat water. Now tucked up in Bunker Bay, near Cape Naturaliste. Whales breaching nearby. Planning to round Cape Leeuwin tomorrow.

Spending time with old cruising buddies has made our stay in the Busselton area very special.


Sat Oct 21 15:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 26.5nm (48km)
33 38.1300S 115 23.5470E
Weather: 8 knots NE, bar 1018, 90% cloud

Another fabulous sail, this time from Bunbury to Port Geographe, near Bussleton. Sailed at 7 to 9 knots and covered 26 miles in 4 hours.


Great to follow your trip, did you see Stefano & Helen Piviali on Novae while you were in Perth.
Fri Oct 20 19:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 55.3nm (100.1km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.3nm
33 19.0930S 115 38.9540E
Weather: 3 knots NE, bar 1021, clear

A delightful sail from Mandurah to Bunbury on flat water. Sailed 50 nautical miles in seven hours; maximum boat speed was 10 knots. It is the best sail we've had in a long time. Heading off to catch up with friends, who live in Bunbury: we first met them in Darwin and last saw them in the Kimberley.


Thu Oct 19 22:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
32 31.1640S 115 42.4550E
Weather: 12 knots SW, bar 1022, 60% cloud

Had a walk around town, and then took the boat back downstream outside the entrance to the Mandarah canal. Currently on a courtesy mooring, ready for an early departure tomorrow. Rolly conditons.


Thu Oct 19 19:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 28nm (50.7km)
32 32.0230S 115 43.0770E
Weather: 7 knots SE, bar 1022, 20% cloud

Berthed at a visitor jetty in the heart of Mandurah, after a pleasant 32 nautical mile sail.


Wed Oct 18 22:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 4.2nm (7.6km)
32 07.8040S 115 45.0700E
Weather: 10 knots SSW, bar 1020, 10% cloud

After two weeks of Freo Fun we departed the Fremantle Sailing Club this afternoon and travelled four nautical miles southwards to Owen Anchorage, Woodman Point. Heading towards Geographe Bay over the next few days.


Mon Oct 2 17:06 2017 NZDT
Run: 129.2nm (233.9km)
32 04.1830S 115 44.9070E
Weather: 11 knots S, bar 1013, clear

At last we are in Fremantle, Perth. Yesterday morning The Southern Cross departed Boullanger Island, near Jurien. A relatively easy 120 nautical mile trip, with fast sailing at the beginning, and then some motoring to ensure we arrived well before the strong southerlies filled in. Feels wonderful to be here.


Sat Sep 30 1:24 2017 NZDT
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
30 18.7800S 115 00.2050E
Weather: 20 knots S, bar 1022

Yesterday The Southern Cross was tied up to a concrete jetty within the Jurien Bay harbour. It was a 40 minute walk to the IGA and town along the foreshore. Went for a walk along a beautiful beach this morning, which is just north of the marina. Visited the very friendly Volunteer Marine Rescue service and was given information about the southern passage, which will be helpful when we depart for Perth in a few days. Currently at anchor off Boullanger Island, just off Jurien, which is providing us with good protection from strong southerlies. Hope to leave Sunday for Fremantle, near Perth.


Thu Sep 28 15:03 2017 NZDT
Run: 108.3nm (196km)
30 17.2540S 115 02.5770E
Weather: 6 knots NW, bar 1013, overcast and raining

Due to a series of gales on the southern Western Australian coast, The Southern Cross was berthed at the Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton for 11 days. We had hoped to sail right through to Perth, but took a 28 hour weather window and travelled as far as Jurien Bay. Hope to leave for Perth in the next few days, after more strong southerlies blow through.


Sat Sep 16 21:39 2017 NZST
Run: 247.1nm (447.3km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 98.1nm
28 45.9680S 114 36.6680E
Weather: 10 knots S, bar 1017, 30% cloud

Departed Turtle Bay, in Shark Bay at first light on Thursday and took two days to travel 210 miles to Geraldton in calm conditions. Arrived this morning and are berthed at Batavia Coast Marina. Enjoyed a hot shower, a visit to the museum and a short walk to Coles. Will be here for a few days.


Thu Sep 14 9:12 2017 NZST
Run: 49.8nm (90.1km)
25 29.7320S 112 59.3840E
Weather: 15 knots SE, bar 1013, clear

Sailed from Monkey Mia to Turtle Bay, on Dirk Hartog Island. Hope to leave soon for somewhere further south, perhaps Geraldton.


Sun Sep 10 14:30 2017 NZST
Run: 15.3nm (27.7km)
25 47.4380S 113 43.1590E
Weather: 10 knots ESE, bar 1016, 5% cloud cover+

An easy 18 nautical mile motor sail from Herald Bight to Monkey Mia on Fridy 8 September. We are at anchor off the Monkey Mia resort with a dozen boats, including friends on Wyworrie. This is a cruiser friendly place with small convenience store, restaruarnt, rubbish bins, laundry and showers. Lots of wildlife seen: dolphins, shovel nosed sharks, reef sharks, sting rays, turtles, pelicans, sea eagles, seagulls, swallows, snakes and emus. Dinghied to the 'shark nursery' yesterday near Rose Bluff, which was alive with sharks in shallow water. Walked up Rose and Red Bluffs. Will be here a few more days; more strong southerlies on the way.


Thu Sep 7 22:36 2017 NZST
Run: 128.4nm (232.4km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.4nm
25 37.0430S 113 33.9600E
Weather: 3 knots N, bar 1014, 10% cloud cover+

Gnarraloo Bay to Shark Bay - this is a trip that we will long remember. Left Wednesday morning in calm weather with a reasonable forecast for an overnight trip. All good till 4.30pm when thunderstorms hit, and continued to rain on our parade for 10 hours. Lightning flashed around us, rain pelted down and up to 33 knot winds besiged us. Hove to and had a relatively comfortable ride until the storm passed. The Southern Cross is now anchored in Herald Bight. We have been transported to a heavenly place where there is no wind, no rain, flat seas and all is well.


Tue Sep 5 20:24 2017 NZST
Run: 46.3nm (83.8km)
23 45.5570S 113 33.2760E
Weather: light and variable wind, bar 1012, 40% cloud cover, was clear until an hour ago

Sailed and motor-sailed from Coral Reef to Gnarraloo Bay, along Ningaloo Reef. Covered 50 miles in 10 hours. Some swell coming into this anchorage. Crossed out of the tropics while on passage. This is a very beautiful bay.


Mon Sep 4 21:54 2017 NZST
Run: 84.4nm (152.8km)
23 06.9030S 113 45.3980E
Weather: 12 knots SSw, bar 1015, clear

Sailed from Tantabiddi to Coral Reef, along Ningaloo Reef. We departed at 2am and took 13 hours to travel 80 nautical miles. A sporty sail with winds peaking at 25 knots and boat speed at 9 knots. Swell was up to 3 metres, before dropping during the afternoon. Went for a quick snorkel here, clear water, lots of fish and some nice bommies.


Thu Aug 31 10:24 2017 NZST
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
21 54.6260S 113 58.2250E
Weather: 16-20 knots SSE, bar 1014, clear

Moved within Tantabiddi anchorage, Ningaloo Reef to gain better protection from the strong south-westerlies that blow through in the afternoons. Holding on this side of the bay is not great. After seven attempts we found a patch of sand. Went for a snorkel over the extensive reef yesterday afternoon. Lots of healthy corals. Three other cruising boats and lots of tourist boats on this side of the anchorage.


Tue Aug 29 19:33 2017 NZST
Run: 49.1nm (88.9km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 65.8nm
21 53.5520S 113 58.6990E
Weather: 20-25 knots SW, bar 1013, 30% thin cloud

Left Serrurier Island before dawn and sailed on lumpy seas to North West Cape. In the lee of the land we had a wondeful sail on flat water until the wind died and then on with the motor for the last seven miles. Just before turning into the Tantabiddi anchorage we saw two whales nearby; and watched the youngster at play with mum keeping a close eye. They kept us company for nearly half an hour. The wind has increased since we arrived; instead of snorkelling we are on anchor watch as the boat bounces up and down in one metre seas.


Tue Aug 29 1:39 2017 NZST
Run: 27.8nm (50.3km)
21 37.3110S 114 41.1330E
Weather: 7 knots W, bar 1014, clear

Yesterday sailed and motor sailed from the town of Onslow to Serrurier Island. Seven hours to come 26 nautical miles, with current against us most of the way. Today we walked along the beach and saw about 20 turtles in the water, mating and coming ashore. Snorkelled over excellent corals with a plethora of fish. The best coral we've seen since returning to Australia in November last year.


Sun Aug 27 14:33 2017 NZST
Run: 52.5nm (95km)
21 38.06330S 115 07.1180E
Weather: 10 knots SE, bar 1014, clear

Anchored off the town of Onslow last night. Quiet night in terms of a flat sea and no tidal rip, noisy in terms of the nightlife which continued through to dawn.

Went ashore this morning and left dinghy near the boat ramp. Short walk to corner of Second and Third Avenues where there was a well stocked supermarket and a petrol station straight across the road. Both are open seven days a week.

We continue to see many, many whales while underway. Saturday morning, just before dawn we met seven sleepy humpbacks, fortunately bumping into none.


Fri Aug 25 23:39 2017 NZST
Run: 49.2nm (89.1km)
21 08.1500S 115 44.1030E
Weather: 10 knots SE, bar 1013, clear

We left the beautiful Montebello Islands this morning and sailed southwards 40 miles to the Passage Islands, which are just off the Western Australian coast. Now anchored in the lee of South Passage Island. We hope to move further south tomorrow. We saw plenty of whales while underway with two very close encounters. The first was in 6 metres of water, where mother and baby dived beneath our hulls. And later in the day a mother, baby and adult male missed us by a metre.


Thu Aug 24 16:45 2017 NZST
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
20 26.7870S 115 32.5380E
Weather: 10 knots SE, bar 1013, clear

Moved at high tide from Chianti Bay, Alpha Island to Mansion Bay, Hermite Island. Only 5 miles. Yesterday evening we were visited by a 3 metre hammerhead shark who circled The Southern Cross looking for a feed. The shark had a blue stripe on its fin, courtesy of our antifouling.


Wed Aug 23 10:33 2017 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
20 24.3720S 115 31.9050E
Weather: 5 knots SW, bar 1014, 10% thin cloud

Yesterday at high tide we moved through narrow passes between rocky outcrops to Chianti Bay, Alpha Island from Main Beach, Trimouille Island, all within the Montebello Island Group. Very pretty scenery. Went for walks on the beach. Four other vessels in this area; we've enjoyed meeting other boaties.


Mon Aug 21 22:33 2017 NZST
Run: 60.1nm (108.8km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.4nm
20 24.0590S 115 33.9770E
Weather: 8 knots NE, bar 1013, 5% cloud

Departed Eaglehawk Island, Dampier Archipelago at 0200 this morning. Motored in no wind till daylight and then sailed in 15 knot easterlies on one metre seas. Entered the Montebello Island group between Dot and Daisy Islands. Currently anchored off Main Beach, Trimouille Island. This afternoon walked for kilometres along a beautiful beach at low tide.


Sun Aug 20 23:27 2017 NZST
Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)
20 39.6630S 116 27.1340E
Weather: 7 knots W, bar 1011, clear

1800 WST. Motored in no wind and then sailed in a light northerly, from Enderby to Eaglehawk Island, Dampier Archipelago. Easy day, only 7 miles. Went ashore and walked along the eastern beach which had interesting rock formations to the wreck of a ship. Weather looks good to head off early tomorrow for the Montebello Islands.


Sun Aug 20 13:21 2017 NZST
Run: 9.7nm (17.6km)
20 35.9650S 116 33.8340E
Weather: 6 knots SSE, bar 1015, 5% cloud

Departed Hampton Harbour, Dampier yesterday morning. We left behind the red dust, friendly locals and access to shops. Tacked into head winds, which were up to 20 knots apparent at times for the 10 nautical mile trip. Anchored off Enderby Island, in the Dampier Archipelago.

Plan: to anchor off Eaglehawk Island this afternoon in readiness to sail to the Montebello Islands tomorrow, weather permitting.


Hi Catherine, hi Peter! You are doing a great trip around your home. We would like to say "Thank you" for your posts on YIT. Mostly we followed your track from Mackay to Darwin. We had a great time sailing behind the GBR, now we are preparing SABIR and ourselves for the next big ones, Christmas we want to be in Capetown. Take care, enjoy OZ, Ilja & Stefan on SABIR (last year we joined the Down Under Rally together, you remember?
Mon Aug 14 23:55 2017 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
20 39.8330S 116 41.7860E

Monday evening. Moved to Hampton Harbour, Dampier yesterday morning. Lots of friendly people here and the local sailing club is exceptionally welcoming. We are lucky to have a local contact and are grateful to Terry, who drove us into the town of Karratha where we were able to buy bananas and lots of other fresh food. After two months without shops our cupboards were bare.


Sat Aug 12 0:00 2017 NZST
Run: 272.6nm (493.4km)
Avg: 10.2knts
24hr: 245.5nm
20 30.0930S 116 47.3680E
Weather: 7 knots W, bar 1014, clear skies

2020 WST. Currently anchored off Angel Island, 10 miles north of Dampier, after a two day voyage from Rowley Shoals. We saw lots of marine life while underway: dozens of whales, two sea snakes, pod of dolphins, sea birds, flying fish and a turtle.


Thu Aug 10 21:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 3.8knts
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
17 24.0000S 119 22.0000E
Weather: 7 knots SSE, bar 1012, clear skies

1700 WST. We enjoyed our two day at Clerke Reef; good snorkeling and a beautiful sandy islet with red tropic bird population. Departed at midday, came through the narrow channel and there was a whale at the entrance again. Have had to tack 5 times since departure, traveling 17 miles but only 8 towards our destination. Now just south-east of Clerke Reef and sailing on a course for Dampier.


Tue Aug 8 22:39 2017 NZST
Run: 23.3nm (42.2km)
17 16.9910S 119 22.0530E
Weather: 3 knots E, bar 1012, clear skies

1630 WST. Sailed from Mermaid Reef this morning. Arrived at Clerke Reef at noon, which was high tide. Just on approach to reef entrance we had a whale breaching in front of us, which added to the excitement and degree of difficulty. Very glad that we had a calm day with good visibilty to enter through this narrow pass. Snorkeled at the 'aquarium' this afternoon; saw a plethora of fish, a few white tipped reef sharks and some very good coral.


Sun Aug 6 21:18 2017 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 51.2nm (92.7km)
17 04.5230S 119 38.7510E
Weather: 10 knots ESE, bar 1013, clear skies

1630 WST. After a two night sail we arrived this morning at Mermaid Reef, part of Rowley Shoals. Came through the pass at high tide in good light and picked up the mooring we had booked. At high tide there was a bit of swell coming across the reef. Now it is low tide and it is much calmer. Had a wonderful snorkel over some bommies. Clear water, lots of fish and healthy coral. Wore wetsuits. Having fun.


Sat Aug 5 21:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 112.3nm (203.3km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.8nm
17 00.0000S 120 25.0000E
Weather: 12 knots SSE, bar 1012, clear skies

1500 WST. Travelled 100 miles since leaving Lacepede Islands. Sailing slowly under a reefed jib aiming to arrive at Mermaid Reef in daylight hours tomorrow.


Fri Aug 4 21:15 2017 NZST
Run: 28nm (50.7km)
16 51.0400S 122 06.4840E
Weather: 2 variable, bar 1012, clear skies

1500 WST. Departed Beagle Bay this morning. Sailed, then motor-sailed to West Island, in the Lacepede Islands. Saw whales, tail slapping and breaching while underway. Day anchorage at West Island to see this wonderful nature reserve. It is home to the largest green turtle rookery on the west coast of Australia. We saw lots of turtle tracks as well as turtles mating in the water. Also saw brown booby birds, frigates and terns. At 1700, underway again, headed westwards for Rowley Shoals.


Thu Aug 3 22:00 2017 NZST
16 55.4940S 122 31.4480E
Weather: 6 knots SE, bar 1012, clear skies

1800 WST. We came into Beagle Bay to hide from the forecast strong winds. The wind found us. Over 40 knots yesterday morning and up to 39 knots this morning. We are anchored away from the shore, due to shallows, therefore there is a long fetch and we had up to 2 metre seas, quite uncomfortable although always safe. Plan to head towards Rolley Shoals tomorrow.


Tue Aug 1 12:33 2017 NZST
Run: 46nm (83.3km)
16 55.4940S 122 31.4480E
Weather: 8 knots SE, bar 1015, clear skies

Sailed 40 miles from Cape Leveque to Beagle Bay yesterday. Wind gradually decreased during the morning from 25 to 30 knots at 6am, down to 10 knots when we arrived at 3pm. Over the day we saw 10 whales: we had to change direction to miss colliding with two of them; two others put on a fine performance, tail slapping for 10 minutes. Beautiful coastline. There is a pearl farm in Beagle Bay, well marked with reflectors. Very cold this morning, down to 19 deg Celsius. Will wait here a few days as strong winds are forecast for tomorrow.


Sat Jul 29 22:30 2017 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 96nm
16 23.7140S 122 56.6800E
Weather: 6 knots S, bar 1012, clear skies

Report at 1830 WST. Moved the boat back into deeper water this afternoon. Pretty spot, friendly fisherfolk, great sunsets over Cape Leveque. Dinghy access to the beach is better at low tide when the reef blocks the swell.


Sat Jul 29 22:27 2017 NZST
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
16 23.8570S 122 56.6300E
Weather: 3 knots NW, bar 1016, clear skies

Anchored in one metre of water at low tide near the area where people beach launch their fishing boats. Only a quick stop to go under the boat to check the props. We were advised by the locals that this was the best place to get in the water, no crocodiles and in shallows away from the tiger sharks. Hulls look good although lots of barnacles on the props.


Fri Jul 28 0:30 2017 NZST
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
Avg: 43knts
24hr: 1032nm
16 23.3910S 122 55.9060E
Weather: 5 knots SW, bar 1013, clear skies

Returned to Cape Leveque this morning as there is no wind to sail to Rowley Shoals for the next few days. Had a lovely meal ashore at the Kooljaman Restaurant. First salad vegetables we've had for weeks. Were able to purchase half a dozen eggs for $6 but they had no bananas.

Were able to purchase four jerry cans of diesel. They took our cans and had them filled while we ate lunch and then drove us back to the beach and helped launch the dinghy in the surf. Fantastic service.


Fri Jul 28 0:18 2017 NZST
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)
16 29.3480S 122 51.2680E
Weather: 2 knots SW, bar 1013, clear

Report at 2000 WST 26 July 2017. Sailed 10 miles in 10 hours from Cape Leveque. Ran out of wind and tide so anchored in roadstead anchorage off the reef. We tried to anchor in a little closer but there was a rocky bottom.


Tue Jul 25 19:24 2017 NZST
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
16 23.4700S 122 58.2350E
Weather: 15 knots SE, bar 1010, 40% thin cloud

Report at 1515 WST. Have moved closer to the shore, where the water is smoother and there is less wind against tide effect. Hope to leave for Rowley Shoals in the next day or two.


Mon Jul 24 23:30 2017 NZST
Run: 44nm (79.6km)
16 23.1980S 122 57.4690E
Weather: 2 knots N, bar 1012, clear

Report at 1730 WST. Travelled over 30 miles today. Motored in little wind, using the current, across King Sound from Coppermine Creek to Cape Levenque. Beautiful sunny day. Passed Shirley Island along the way. Saw 10 whales, the closest only 100 metres away.


Sun Jul 23 20:36 2017 NZST
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
Avg: 116knts
24hr: 2784nm
16 09.5460S 123 34.6650E
Weather: 8 knots NE, bar 1013, clear

Report at 1200 WST. Sailed a short distance to Coppermine Creek before the tide turned. Well protected anchorage with flat water. Eight metre tide.


Sun Jul 23 20:33 2017 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
16 09.1860S 123 39.9050E
Weather: 4 knots E, bar 1014, clear

Report at 0900 WST. A brief stop at the entrance to Crocodile Creek and a dinghy explore upstream. Beautiful area with waterfalls.


Fri Jul 21 20:42 2017 NZST
Run: 22.6nm (40.9km)
16 09.9930S 123 42.4960E
Weather: 4 knots NW, bar 1013, clear

Report at 1500 WST. We had a few restful days in Talbot Bay waiting for the tidal range to increase so that we could go on a Horizontal Falls jet boat trip. This morning we went on the boat trip and had a wow of a time. At 10am we departed Talbot Bay on a falling tide and motored through remarkable countryside to Silver Gull Creek. Up to two knots of current with us. Went via the Channel and the Gutter. Two other boats in the anchorage and soon we will head to Arrow for sundowners.


Tue Jul 18 20:39 2017 NZST
Run: 16.2nm (29.3km)
16 22.3300S 123 58.3530E
Weather: 9 knots ESE, bar 1011, clear

Report at 1600 WST. Sailed from Melomys Island to Talbot Bay. We had light winds which helped us along with a favourable tide, up to 3 knots at times. Delightful to be undersail as we entered Talbot Bay, what a pretty place. We plan to be here a few days.


Mon Jul 17 20:48 2017 NZST
Run: 26.2nm (47.4km)
16 09.4500S 124 04.2340E
Weather: 6 knots W, bar 1010, clear

Report at 1640 WST. Motored across to Melomys Island this morning from Raft Point. Arrived at low tide, now its around high tide and the place looks very different; the mudflats have disappeared under water. Felt cold this morning, minimum temperature down to 22 degrees. Had a visit from the Fisheries Department this afternoon and enjoyed their company.


Sun Jul 16 20:54 2017 NZST
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
16 04.6040S 124 27.3730E
Weather: 7 knots W, bar 1009, clear

Report at 1640 WST. Sailed in light winds back to Raft Point from Montgomery Reef. Raft Point is picture postcard pretty.


Sun Jul 16 20:54 2017 NZST
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)
15 58.7110S 124 17.2500E
Weather: 7 knots NE, bar 1015

Report at 0930 WST. Perfect day to be out on Montgomery Reef. Sunshine, little wind, few egrets, water rushing down gullies from the reef and us. That is, till the helicopter with sightseers arrived.


Sat Jul 15 20:03 2017 NZST
Run: 36.7nm (66.4km)
16 04.5050S 124 27.6070E
Weather: 9 knots SW, bar 1009, 20% thin cloud

Report at 1545 WST. Another beautiful day in the Kimberley. Able to sail all the way from Wilson Point Bay to Raft Point, tacking six times. Flat water, beautiful scenery and up to three knots of current with us. Tide with us reduced our tacking angle to 60 degrees. Yes, we now have no bananas.


Fri Jul 14 20:15 2017 NZST
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
15 32.6330S 124 26.1890E
Weather: 14 knots NW, bar 1010, clear

Report at 1600 WST. Anchored in Wilson Point Bay, Camden Sound. Departed Sheep Island at 1130 as it was so hot and a light westerly was blowing, perfect for sailing to our next destination. But the wind died and then came up on the nose. No matter what direction we headed, the wind was always on the nose. At Kuri Bay, there was more infrastructure, buildings and barges related to pearl farming, than we've seen since Darwin. Tried to anchor in Kuri Bay but limited space due to pearl farming. Moved on, more wind on the nose and now in a very pleasant bay having a jolly good rest.


Hi guys, so nice to get your updates daily. Looking forward to seeing you soon...ish... Love Stefano & Helen
Fri Jul 14 20:15 2017 NZST
Run: 16.6nm (30km)
15 29.6090S 124 36.9030E
Weather: 9 knots NNW, bar 1010

Report at 1030 WST. Motored from Hanover Bay, through Roger Strait to Sheep Island. Had up to 4 knots of current with us. A graveyard, for the failed settlement at Camden Harbour, is located on Sheep Island


Thu Jul 13 20:36 2017 NZST
Run: 21nm (38km)
Avg: 105knts
24hr: 2520nm
15 18.7460S 124 46.6930E
Weather: 14 knots NW, bar 1010, clear

Report at 1600 WST. Anchored in Hanover Bay. Sailed in light winds through narrow rocky pass between Glauert Island and the mainland. Beautiful scenery along the way. Down to our last two eggs and two bananas.


Thu Jul 13 20:24 2017 NZST
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
15 06.1410S 125 00.2990E
Weather: 5 knots E, bar 1015

Report at 0840 WST. A five mile motor from isolated Ivy Bay on Glauert Island, to Careening Bay, on the mainland. One other boat at anchor in Careening Bay and 20 people ashore. We just had to follow the footsteps in the sand to find the extraordinary boab tree inscribed in 1820 by Philip Parker King who surveyed this area.


Wed Jul 12 20:39 2017 NZST
Run: 36.8nm (66.6km)
15 03.0950S 124 57.9200E
Weather: 8 knots NE, bar 1010, 25% cloud

Report at 1600 WST. Anchored in Ivy Bay, Port Nelson. A 40 nautical mile sail, which like the curate's egg, was good in parts. From wonderful sailing at 8 knots on flat seas to motor sailing into headwinds in a wind against tide uncomfortable sea. Saw a pod of dolphins underway and a large Boab tree here in the anchorage.


Tue Jul 11 20:12 2017 NZST
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
Avg: 53knts
24hr: 1272nm
14 32.2540S 125 06.6500E
Weather: 8 knots N, bar 1011, 10% thin cloud

Report at 1645 WST. Anchored in Boomerang Bay, Bigge Island. Had hoped to sail much further south today but the winds were too light, so we pulled into Boomerang Bay. Saw two dolphins feeding and then our first whale in Western Australia. It was magnficent. Tidal range now about 6 metres.


Tue Jul 11 20:06 2017 NZST
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
14 28.0750S 125 08.6840E
Weather: 6 knots SE, bar 1014, clear

Report at 0800 WST. Anchored in Wary Bay, Bigge Island. Rock art ashore. Just a quick stop.


Mon Jul 10 20:30 2017 NZST
Run: 15.5nm (28.1km)
14 25.3500S 125 15.1000E
Weather: 6 knots N, bar 1011, clear

Report at 1600 WST. Anchored in Shelter Bay, Prudhoe Island after an easy 16 mile run from Winyalkan Island. Very pretty scenery.


Sun Jul 9 20:27 2017 NZST
14 33.8080S 125 25.9610E
Weather: 10 knots NW, bar 1010, 15% thin cloud

Report at 1615 WST. Still happily ensconced at Winyalkan Island in Montague Sound. We've been dinghy exploring, seen rock art and have met some other cruisers. So nice to spend time with some other boaties. Might move on tomorrow.


Fri Jul 7 20:45 2017 NZST
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
14 33.8080S 125 25.9610E
Weather: 6 knots NW, bar 1011, 5% cloud

Report at 1630 WST. Sailed from Murrangingi Island to Winylakan Island, 19 nautical miles. According to one of the books we have on board, this area is called 'Must See'. We agree, the scenery is very very beautiful. We saw two boats while underway, a 34 metre pleasure craft and a sailing vessel.


Thu Jul 6 20:30 2017 NZST
Run: 46.4nm (84km)
14 21.1170S 125 35.3130E
Weather: 8 knots NW, bar 1009, clear

Report at 1500 WST. Anchored at Murrangingi Island, Montague Sound, Kimberley Region, Australia. Rounded both Cape Bouganville and Cape Voltaire today, aiming to use the tides. Gradient wind five knots, gusting to 10 knots. Calm seas. Islands and rocks dotted our path, a very scenic trip. Pristine environment. Seems like we are the only ones out here. Stocks are holding out with plenty of apples and root vegetables. All fresh tomatoes eaten, onto the sundried variety. Still have about a week's worth of bananas.


Wed Jul 5 20:39 2017 NZST
Run: 19nm (34.4km)
13 54.3100S 126 06.2690E
Weather: 4 knots N, bar 1010, 5% cloud

Report at 1630 WST. Motored from Freshwater Bay to Red Island, near Cape Bougainville. Saw a 1 metre sea snake along the way. Hope to round Cape Bougainville tomorrow morning with the tide and head for Parry Harbour or somewhere further south-west. Not much wind at the moment.


Tue Jul 4 20:51 2017 NZST
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
14 08.7370S 126 14.4280E
Weather: 3 knots S, bar 1013

Report at 0800 WST. Sailed the 3 nautical miles across the bay to the north-eastern side of Jar Island where there is rock art ashore.


Tue Jul 4 20:51 2017 NZST
Run: 11nm (19.9km)
14 00.7510S 126 10.9310E
Weather: 5 knots NW, bar 1010, 60% thin cloud

Report at 1600 WST. Motored northwards from Jar Island on a glassy sea. Water gin clear. Extensive pearl farms in this area. Anchored in Freshwater Bay, which we read was the most popular anchorage in the Kimberley with up to ten boats at a time. No one here but us and a couple of sharks, dolphins and numerous birds.


Mon Jul 3 21:06 2017 NZST
Run: 23.6nm (42.7km)
14 07.6640S 126 17.6840E
Weather: 9 knots NW, bar 1011, 50% thin cloud

Report at 1645 WST. Left Sir Graham Moore Island this morning, which was the site of a WW II Royal Australian Airforce radar installation and a US Airforce Loran base. After travelling 25 miles, we are now in a roadstead anchorage in Vansittart Bay. Ashore is the site of a DC3 aircraft which crashlanded in WW II.


Sun Jul 2 21:09 2017 NZST
Run: 51.5nm (93.2km)
13 54.0350S 126 33.3930E
Weather: 11 knots NE, bar 1010, 15% thin cloud

Report at 1645 WST. A big day. Departed Kooloma Bay at 0500 and sailed around Cape Londonderry, mainland Western Australia's most northern point. Comfortable easy sailing. Now anchored at Sir Graham Moore Island where it is very beautiful.


Sat Jul 1 20:57 2017 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
13 55.2960S 127 19.4620E
Weather: 6 knots SE, bar 1012, 80% thin cloud

Report at 1650 WST. Crossed the mouth of King George River towards high tide this morning. Now anchored only 3 miles away in Kooloma Bay. Planning to sail westwards tomorrow, and round Cape Londonderry either tomorrow or Monday. All is well on board


Fri Jun 30 21:42 2017 NZST
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
13 58.2990S 127 20.2350E
Weather: 10 knots SE, bar 1011, clear sky

Report at 1730 WST. Anchored near the mouth of King George River, ready to cross on tomorrow morning's rising tide. Plan to head further westwards, rounding Cape Londonderry in next few days. All is well on board


Thu Jun 29 21:06 2017 NZST
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
14 02.3300S 127 14.5120E
Weather: 8 knots NE, bar 1011, clear sky

Report at 1700 WST. The Southern Cross is anchored at the head of the King George River near Twin Falls. Earlier today we climbed to the top of the 100 metre high cliffs. Scenery is glorious.


Wed Jun 28 21:33 2017 NZST
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
13 56.8570S 127 19.6440E
Weather: 10 knots NE, bar 1011, clear sky

Report at 1715 WST. Sun is setting over Kooloma Bay. We are anchored at the mouth of King George River. Checked depths across the river mouth's sandbar in the dinghy this afternoon and plan to cross into the river tomorrow. Easy trip here, assisted by up to 3 knots of current.


Tue Jun 27 20:57 2017 NZST
Run: 33.7nm (61km)
13 58.6910S 127 26.8560E
Weather: 5 knots NE, bar 1011, clear sky

Report at 1700 WST. Anchored at Gallery Bay, two thirds of the way to King George River. Met Malcolm and Mike, both originally from our home port of Adelaide, on board Malcolm's 25 foot trailer sailer. Peter enjoyed talking about Sea Scouts and SA Football. Had a lovely sail, assisted by the tide.


Mon Jun 26 21:27 2017 NZST
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
14 21.2860S 127 46.0560E
Weather: calm, bar 1014, clear sky

Report at 1715 WST. Have returned to the mouth of Berkeley River and have anchored off first creek. There is another sailing boat here, it has been great to catch up with Rik and Nan from Wings, first met in Darwin. Will listen to weather forecast this evening before deciding whether to head out tomorrow, towards King George River. Berkeley River experience has been wonderful. The scenery is spectacular. We have seen crocs four days out of five, lots of bird life.


Sun Jun 25 20:30 2017 NZST
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
14 28.9680S 127 40.3180E
Weather: calm, bar 1013, clear sky

Report at 0830 WST Sunday 24 June. Anchored at Red Falls Ampitheatre. No waterfall. This morning motored through a gorgeous gorge upstream on the Berkeley River. Tried to send but not able to connect to sailmail.


Sat Jun 24 14:03 2017 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
14 23.3240S 127 43.900E
Weather: 8 knots NE, bar 1012, clear sky

Report at 0950 WST. Anchored off Casurarina Creek in the Berkeley River late yesterday afternoon. This is a very beautiful part of the world, with rocky cliffs lit up by the sun at the end and beginning of the day.


Dear Friends, It is good to know that you are happily sailing again. Enjoy NZ! Wish we were there with you. Safe sailing.
Fri Jun 23 11:15 2017 NZST
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
14 21.2790S 127 46.0310E
Weather: calm, bar 1012, clear sky

Report at 0700 WST. Anchored off first creek in the Berkely River. Plan to go exploring later today.


Thu Jun 22 14:33 2017 NZST
Run: 76.3nm (138.1km)
14 21.5890S 127 48.1710E
Weather: 15 knots SE, bar 1014, clear sky

Anchored behind Reveley Island at 0920 WST. Average speed 2.0 knots. Awaiting rising tide before crossing into the Berkeley River. We are having great difficulty connecting to sailmail to send reports. Don't worry if you don't hear from us.


Thu Jun 22 14:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 1.2knts
Run: 96.6nm (174.8km)
13 48.0000S 128 47.0000E
Weather: 4 knots SSW, bar 1011, clear sky

Underway Darwin to Berkeley River, Kimberley. On flat seas in light winds, currently headed off course due to head winds. Noon to noon run 77 nautical miles. 65 nm to run. Maybe we will arrive at Reverley Island tomorrow. Now in Western Australian waters for the first time. All is well on board.

Above written at 1830 CST Wednesday 21 june but despite trying to send for over an hour, it didn't go.

Trying to send again at 0700 CST Thursday 22 June. A great run over night and now have less than 20 nm to go. Land ahoy


Tue Jun 20 20:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 71.4nm (129.2km)
12 54.0000S 129 53.0000E
Weather: 5 knots W, bar 1010, clear sky

Underway Darwin to Berkeley River, Kimberley. On flat seas in light winds, a comfortable slow trip. Departed Darwin at noon yesterday (19 June). Noon to noon run 56 nautical miles. 150 nm to run. Hope to arrive at Reverley Island, which is at the mouth of Berkeley River, sometime this month. Mainsail up for first time since Bundaberg. All is well on board.


Wed Jun 7 8:48 2017 NZST
Run: 102.7nm (185.9km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.1nm
12 25.6930S 130 49.4930E

Anchored in Fannie Bay, Darwin. Last night we ate dinner on shore with our friend Alan. So nice to eat fresh food cooked by someone else. We had a great sail and useful tides, departing Alcaro Bay just before midnight and arriving Darwin at 4pm on 6 June.


Mon Jun 5 21:39 2017 NZST
Run: 49.4nm (89.4km)
11 17.3830S 131 48.0800E
Weather: calm, bar 1020, 90% cloud cover

Anchored in Alcaro Bay, at Cape Don. Another lovely sail on flat water today. We are only 100 miles from Darwin. Can't wait to eat some fresh food. All we have left on board are two apples and half a cabbage.


Sun Jun 4 20:54 2017 NZST
Run: 61.6nm (111.5km)
11 14.4640S 132 31.6930E
Weather: 8 knots E, bar 1017, 90% cloud cover

Anchored off Croker Island. Had a lovely sail across Montnorris Bay and up Bowen Strait. Such a pleasant change to be sailing on flat seas and to see land along the way.


Sat Jun 3 19:35 2017 NZST
Run: 228.3nm (413.2km)
11 30.7610S 133 23.614E

Currently anchored at North Goulburn Island, Arnhem Land. Took us 35 hours to sail 200 nautical miles from the Wessel Islands.


Tue May 30 21:27 2017 NZST
Run: 195.5nm (353.9km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.1nm
11 04.595S 136 43.943E
Weather: 25-30 knots SE, bar 1015, 20% cloud cover

We are anchored at Two Island Bay, a few miles down from Cape Wessel. We had a lively crossing of the Gulf of Carpentaria with with an average speed of over 7 knots. Maximum boat speed was 14.7 knots and maximum wind 34 knots. We were hit by a 5-7 metre rogue wave close to Cape Wessel. No damage to boat or crew other than a re-arrangement of the contents of our galley. A large pod of what we thought were Risso's Dolphins put on a wonderful display of leaping and cavorting around the boat for about half an hour. There are strong wind warnings out for the next few days so we may stay a while in this extremely remote area. Report 1800 CST. First time the boat has been on its home port time zone since July 2008.


Mon May 29 16:30 2017 NZST
Run: 187nm (338.5km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.7nm
10 53.5062S 139 36.467E
Weather: 20 knots ESE, bar 1013, 80% cloud cover

Departed Seisia yesterday afternoon and we are now almost half way across the Gulf of Carpentaria. So far, so good. We are headed for the northern Cape Wessel Islands. Report 1400 EST


Sat May 27 14:29 2017 NZST
Run: 95.7nm (173.2km)
10 50.963S 142 21.723E

Sailed overnight from Cape Grenville. Sailed through Albany Passage around 8am this morning. Passed Cape York during a rain squall. I didn't envy the people above us taking a joy ride in a helicopter. Now anchored in Seisia, another squall passing through.


Thu May 25 19:51 2017 NZST
Run: 45.9nm (83.1km)
11 57.448S 143 12.498E
Weather: 12 knots ESE, bar 1012, 50% cloud cover

Now anchored in Margaret Bay, near Cape Grenville. Great sailing conditions today. For sailors following in our wake there are the oyster encrusted remains of a WWII P39 Air Cobra (?) on the beach. It is located about 1 NM from the eastern end of the beach and about 100 metres out from the mangroves. There is a walk from Margaret Bay through to Indian Bay which starts on the eastern end of the beach in Margaret Bay.  The track is marked by blue plastic and is called the Blue Walk.  It is about a 50 minute stroll one way.


Uncle Don, we took photos of the aircraft to send you when we have internet access.


Wed May 24 19:03 2017 NZST
Run: 65.5nm (118.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141nm
12 35.5062S 143 24.467E
Weather: 20 knots SE, bar 1012, 20% cloud cover

Rocking and rolling in Portland Roads 'anchorage' alongside SV Ivory Moon. Had a wonderful 60 mile sail under jib with following seas.


Following your trip up the coast is bringing back many a fond memory. We remember Portland Roads read quite well in the guide book, somewhat different in real life!
Wed May 24 7:54 2017 NZST
Run: 58.4nm (105.7km)
13 29.332S 143 43.379E
Weather: 22 knots SE, bar 1014, dark

Sailed from Flinders Island to Morris Island. Yesterday, the wind blew from 3 to 26 knots, from the South West to the East. Had visuals and VHF radio contact with Australian Border Force in a fixed wing plane (Twin Otter?). From memory this is the anchorage we first saw SV 'Saraoni' back in 2008.


Mon May 22 20:21 2017 NZST
Run: 88.4nm (160km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.5nm
14 10.532S 144 13.851E
Weather: 18 knots E, bar 1013, clear sky

Sailed from Lizard Island to Owen Channel in the Flinders Island Group. A fast comfortable sail under jib with wind and seas from behind; 84 miles in 12 hours. Strongest gust was 40 knots as we rounded Cape Melville, which according to Peter appears to consist entirely of boulders.


Sun May 21 16:36 2017 NZST
14 39.795S 145 27.111E
Weather: 15 to 125 knots SE, bar 1011, 50% cloud

Still anchored at Lizard Island. On our own for three nights. Now we have company. Weather has improved. Snorkeled today and saw moorish idol and nemos. May head further north tomorrow. NB Stefano, 'Prime Time', a Salina is anchored next to us.


Wed May 17 19:39 2017 NZST
Run: 41nm (74.2km)
14 39.795S 145 27.111E
Weather: 10 to 20 knots SE, bar 1012, overcast

Anchored at Lizard Island. When we arrived at lunchtime today we were the only boat here. Now there are two other vessels. Squalls with gusts to 37 knots, strong enough to blow our mobile solar panel off the deck house and into the water. Able to retrieve the panel which is still working, or it would be, if we had any sun.


Tue May 16 18:42 2017 NZST
Run: 80.2nm (145.2km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75.6nm
15 14.6410S 145 19.4180E

Sailed over 75 miles today from the Low Isles to Cape Bedford. At times an exciting ride surfing down waves at 12 knots. Wind blew at 20 to 25 with strongest gust to 30 knots. Plan to sail to Lizard Island tomorrow. All is well on board.


Mon May 15 17:14 2017 NZST
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)
16 22.8600S 145 33.8340E

Pleasant downwind sail to Low Isles where we picked up a mooring. Greeted by two black tipped reef sharks.


Sat May 13 13:59 2017 NZST
Run: 6.7nm (12.1km)
16 52.1160S 145 54.6000E

Anchored behind Cape Grafton, just south of Cairns, Queensland after a short and easy sail up the coast from Fitzroy Island. Large open shallow bay but provides protection from the SE swell. Still watching Cyclone Ella and the sea temperatures further north.


Thu May 11 17:58 2017 NZST
Run: 47.8nm (86.5km)
16 55.7420S 145 59.298E

A magical carpet ride from Mourilyan Harbour to Fitzroy Island averaging 6 knots with one metre following seas and 15 to 28 knots of southerly quadrant winds.


Wed May 10 19:11 2017 NZST
Run: 22.6nm (40.9km)
17 36.4640S 146 07.4740E

Easy sailing under jib from Dunk Island to Mourilyan Harbour, which is on the mainland.


Lieutenant Mourilyan sailed on the Basilisk under the command of Captain John Moresby, my great, great....great uncle. The Moresby River drains into Mourilyan Harbour and the little Queensland community of Moresby is on the Bruce Highway nearby. Cheers from us waiting patiently in Opua!
Tue May 9 22:02 2017 NZST
Run: 17.2nm (31.1km)
17 56.0780S 146 08.0830E

Anchored off Dunk Island in calm conditions. Had a slow sail here from Garden Island in under 10 knots. Took a delightful walk from Brammo Bay to Muggy Muggy Beach.


Tue May 9 8:40 2017 NZST
Run: 20.4nm (36.9km)
18 10.9900S 146 08.4600E

Anchored behind the sandspit at Garden Island, which is just north of Hinchinbrook Island. Wind about 15 knots. Will make our way a little further north later today.


Sun May 7 20:12 2017 NZST
Run: 19.7nm (35.7km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 85.4nm
18 28.1120S 146 13.1120E

Anchored next to Haycock Island in the Hinchinbrook Channel. Glorious scenery. Surfed our way across the bar at the southern entrance to the channel.


Sun May 7 14:40 2017 NZST
Run: 189nm (342.1km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.4nm
18 35.7150S 146 29.2620E

Currently on a mooring in Little Pioneer Bay, Orpheus Island, in the Palm Island group. Swell wrapping into the anchorage and we are bouncing. Sailed overnight from Butterfly Bay, Hook Island in the Whitsundays: 182 nautical miles in 27 hours. The strongest gust was 36 knots, seas at times over 2 metres. Fortunately wind and seas from behind. Waiting for the tide to turn to cross into the Hinchinbrook Channel.


Sat May 6 8:30 2017 NZST
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
20 04.4830S 148 55.5260E

Overnight stayed on a mooring in Butterfly Bay, Hook Island. Heavy showers and gusts up to 30 knots overnight. Yesterday afternoon we went for a snorkel in Butterfly Bay. Some coral left post Debbie, although the effects of the cyclone can be seen.

This morning heading northwards, hope to be at Hinchinbrook Island tomorrow evening.


Fri May 5 14:25 2017 NZST
Run: 17.1nm (31km)
20 06.1750S 148 54.2650E

On a mooring in Stonehaven Anchorage, Hook Island. Swell is coming into the anchorage, bouncing the boat around. Wind is gusting to 28 knots. May move to Butterfly Bay in the hope it is calmer there.


Wed May 3 12:34 2017 NZST
Run: 15.7nm (28.4km)
20 15.7560S 148 42.1880E

Now anchored Airlie Beach. Had a pleasant sail from Cid Harbour.


Tue May 2 20:04 2017 NZST
Run: 18.3nm (33.1km)
20 15.4620S 148 56.738E

Anchored in Cid Harbour, Whitsundays. Sailed through Dent Passage and saw cyclone damage to some of the trees and buildings on Hamiliton Island. One catamaran was up on the rocks on Dent Island. There is another boat up on the rocks at Cid Harbour. We walked from Sawmill Beach to Dugong Beach. A number of large Norfolk Island Pines had been blown down by Cyclone Debbie. The path is now clear, thanks to some hard work and a couple of chainsaws. We are impressed at how quickly the clean up is occurring.


Tue May 2 8:11 2017 NZST
Run: 24.7nm (44.7km)
20 30.2990S 149 02.7730E

Anchored off Burning Point, Shaw Island in the Whitsundays. Sailed 30 miles yesterday from Brampton Island. Delightful sail under jib.


Mon May 1 12:27 2017 NZST
Run: 196nm (354.8km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 73.8nm
20 47.9850S 149 15.8040E

Left Great Keppel Island Saturday 29 April and sailed overnight to Brampton Island. Delightful sailing with winds about 20 knots from the SE pushing us along at 6 knots. Rained this morning and washed salt off the decks. Went ashore this morning and saw a multitude of butterflies as well as many birds: stone curlew, butcher bird, small grey heron, raven, oyster catcher, sulphur crested cockatoo. Did not see any damage due to Cyclone Debbie. The resort which was in full swing 10 years ago when we last visited is closed, apparently there is a caretaker on site.

Will head further north today to see more of the Whitsunday Islands.


Fri Apr 28 20:45 2017 NZST
Run: 142.9nm (258.6km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.2nm
23 10.0440S 150 56.8480E

A rollicking good sail, 150 nautical miles in 24 hours. Max gusts 36 knots. Beautiful sailing under jib. Now anchored in Leeke Beach on Great Keppel Island. Just lovely here.


Thu Apr 27 11:32 2017 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
24 45.69758S 152 23.24369E

Readying the boat and ourselves to sail northwards later this morning or early afternoon. The pantry, fridge and tanks are full. The weather looks good. Last minute preparations and then we are off.


Fri Mar 24 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
24 45.6320S 152 23.2410E

Berthed at Bundaberg Port Marina.


Thu Mar 23 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 47.2nm (85.4km)
24 45.4290S 152 23.6310E

Anchored near the mouth of the Burnett River.


Tue Mar 21 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 30nm (54.3km)
24 49.2080S 153 08.6080E

Anchored off Rooney Point, Fraser Island. Went for along walk on the beach. Turned back when we noticed a dingo which followed us for a mile back to the dinghy.


Mon Mar 20 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
25 13.940S 152 59.6480E

Anchored at Moon Point. Wonderful place to explore in the dinghy and walk along the beach


Thu Mar 16 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 10.5nm (19km)
25 23.0950S 153 1.7050E

Anchored at Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort. More thunderstorms around.


Tue Mar 14 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 7.1nm (12.9km)
25 31.6150S 152 58.0810E

Anchored at Yankee Jack Creek, Fraser Island. Thunderstorm activity with heavy rain.


Mon Mar 13 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 8.3nm (15km)
25 37.7350S 152 58.4170E

Sandflies alive and well at Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island


Sun Mar 12 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 99.9nm (180.8km)
25 44.7320S 153 00.3140E

Crossed the Wide Bay Bar in benign conditions. Anchored at Brown's Gutter, Elbow Point, Fraser Island


Fri Mar 10 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 24.9nm (45.1km)
27 11.3310S 153 05.9750E

Anchored near Scarborough Marina, Moreton Bay


Thu Mar 9 0:00 2017 NZDT
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
27 31.0450S 153 15.9420E

Raby Bay


Fri Feb 24 9:48 2017 NZDT
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
Avg: 20knts
24hr: 480nm
27 34.001S 153 19.296E
Weather: cool, winds 10 to 20 knots SE

Spent three nights here at Coochiemudlo Island recovering from working on hardstand. Flat water, cooling breezes, luxury.


Fri Feb 24 9:42 2017 NZDT
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
27 34.550S 153 17.441E
Weather: hot

This was our position on the hardstand at Redlands City Marina for 8 days. Bottom paint, machined saildrives and new seals, repaired the starboard swim ladder. Very happy with the service we received at Redlands.


Thu Nov 24 10:42 2016 NZDT
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
27 31.041S 153 15.943E
Weather: 2 knots N, bar 1007, clear skies

Report at 0730 24 November (Queensland time) Moored at Raby Bay. Glorious day.


Mon Nov 21 9:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
27 30.281S 153 20.150E
Weather: 8 knots SE, bar 1019, 5% cloud

Report at 0630 21 November (Queensland time) Anchored at Peel Island, Moreton Bay.


Sun Nov 20 18:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 99.7nm (180.5km)
27 23.177S 153 13.456E
Weather: 7 knots ENE, bar 1019, 30% cloud

Report at 0730 20 November (Queensland time) Anchored at St Helena Island in Moreton Bay just south of the entrance to the Brisbane River. Had a reasonable overnight sail down from Double Island Point, arriving here at 1300 yesterday. Maximum wind was 20 kts and the only issue for us was the large number of ships entering and leaving Moreton Bay.

St Helena Island is named after St Helena Island in the South Atlantic where Napoleon spent his last days. This St Helena Island was also a prison and is now inhabited by hundreds of wallabies and many varieties of shore birds and land birds. It is wonderful to be able, perhaps for the first time since the Galapogas Islands, to be able to observe land based wildlife up close and in abundance.


Fri Nov 18 14:15 2016 NZDT
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
25 56.685S 153 09.674E
Weather: 13 knots SE, bar 1018, 10% cloud

Report at 1115 18 November (Queensland time) Anchored at Double Island Point in 5m at high tide. Yesterday crossed Wide Bay Bar two hours before high tide. Minimum depth 5.6 metres, no breaking waves. 1m sea and 1m swell with 10 to 15 knots from SE. As we tacked our way to Double Island Point encountered a squall with over 30 knots of wind and heavy rain. Boats two miles to seaward saw 23 knots and light rain. Plan to sail overnight to Moreton Bay.


Thu Nov 17 8:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 29.5nm (53.4km)
25 48.778S 153 02.353E
Weather: 8 knots S, bar 1019, 5% cloud

Report at 0515 17 November (Queensland time) Anchored at Inskip Point, Tin Can Bay, Queensland. Hoping to cross the Wide Bay Bar this morning


Wed Nov 16 9:03 2016 NZDT
Run: 44.1nm (79.8km)
25 15.261S 152 50.002E
Weather: 10 knots W, bar 1002, clear skies

Report at 1730 15 November (Queensland time) Anchored at Cape Vernon in southern Hervey Bay. Mostly good sail down from Bundaberg Port Marina. Had great time at Down Under Rally welcome week. Boat surrounded by thousands of butterflies.


Wed Nov 16 9:03 2016 NZDT
Run: 15.2nm (27.5km)
25 23.138S 153 01.703E
Weather: 2 knots SE, bar 1016, 5% cloud

Report at 0545 16 November (Queensland time) Anchored at Kingfisher Resort Fraser Island, Queensland. Enjoyed a walk ashore yesterday. Heard dingos howling as the full moon rose. We can hear kookaburras this morning


Tue Nov 1 0:15 2016 NZDT
Run: 58.5nm (105.9km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91nm
24 45.602S 152 23.265E
Weather: 14 knots N, bar 1010, 50% cloud cover,

Report at 2200 31 October (Queensland time) Arrived safely at Bundaberg Port Marina at 1400 today. A sporty sail across Hervey Bay. Crossed our outward path and completed our circumnavigation this morning. Celebrated with 40 cruisers and champagne provided by the Go West Rally. It was a wonderful evening.


Mon Oct 31 8:49 2016 NZDT
Run: 139.7nm (252.9km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.5nm
24 14S 153 07E

In tonight to join the party. Well done


Congratulations Catherine and Peter, what an amazing journey it has been. Good on you for setting out on such an incredible voyage and achieving your dreams. Looking forward to seeing you back in Adelaide in the near future. Love Kathryn, (writing from Malaysia where I've been staying for the last two weeks) KATHRYN XX

Well done guys!! Great achievement! I am in Adelaide visiting Mark till Sat. He bought a small sailing boat and we are going to Kangaroo Island if the weather improves.
Sun Oct 30 7:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 162.7nm (294.5km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.4nm
23 54.000S 155 18.000E
Weather: 15 knots ESE, bar 1015, 5% cloud cover, 1.0 metre swell, 167 nm to Bundaberg

Report at 0430 30 October (Queensland time) Only 122 miles to run to complete our circumnavigation. All is well on board.


Sat Oct 29 7:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 164.6nm (297.9km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.6nm
23 30.000S 157 50.000E
Weather: 14 knots ESE, bar 1014, 20% cloud cover, 1.5 metre swell, 308 nm to Bundaberg

Report at 0520 29 October (New Caledonia time) Just left the tropics. Squalls overnight. Pleasant conditions now. Enjoyed Peter's delicious risotto yesterday and looking forward to homemade pizza today. Still have bananas. All is well on board.


Fri Oct 28 7:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 166.2nm (300.8km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.5nm
23 17.000S 160 25.000E
Weather: 10 knots ESE, bar 1013, 20% cloud cover, 1.0 metre swell, 450 nm to Bundaberg

Report at 0520 28 October (New Caledonia time) Enjoyable trade wind sailing. All is well on board.


Thu Oct 27 7:15 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 135.7nm (245.6km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.2nm
22 50.000S 162 59.000E
Weather: 12-14 knots SE, bar 1015, 10% cloud cover, 1.5 metre swell, 597nm to Bundaberg

Report at 0500 27 October (New Caledonia time) Enjoyable trade wind sailing. All is well on board.


Wed Oct 26 7:51 2016 NZDT
Speed: 5knts
Run: 85.2nm (154.2km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 85nm
22 31.000S 165 05.000E
Weather: 15-18 knots SE, strongest gust 22 knots, bar 1015, 20% cloud cover, 1.5 metre swell, 715nm to Bundaberg

Report at 0530 26 October (New Caledonia time) Departed New Caledonia via Dumbea Pass at 1630 local, where we saw hundreds of birds on the wing. All is well on board.


Tue Oct 25 7:48 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
22 17.535171S 166 23.642E
Weather: 7 knots NW, bar 1013, 50% thin cloud

Report at 0545 25 October (New Caledonia time) Underway, headed for Ile Nge for the day to prepare boat for departure to Bundaberg.


Hope you have a safe trip to Bundaberg. Cheers to you. Rick and Bev
Mon Oct 24 7:24 2016 NZDT
22 17.171S 166 25.897E
Weather: 3 knots NE, bar 1012, 5% cloud

Report at 0515 24 October (New Caledonia time) Anchored at Baie de l'Orphelinat. Plan A: after reviewing the weather this morning, we will check out of New Caledonia, departing tomorrow or Wednesday.


Sat Oct 22 7:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
22 17.171S 166 25.897E
Weather: 10 knots NE, bar 1015, 10% cloud

Report at 0515 22 October (New Caledonia time) Anchored at Baie de l'Orphelinat. Preparing the boat for passage to Australia.


Wed Oct 19 7:54 2016 NZDT
Run: 4.7nm (8.5km)
22 20.009S 166 24.387E
Weather: 2 knots N, bar 1013, 5% cloud

Report at 0540 19 October (New Caledonia time) Moored with 20 boats at Ilot Maitre, New Caledonia. Another beautiful calm morning. Good snorkelling yesterday with new (for us) varieties of fish plus turtles and cuttlefish.


Tue Oct 18 7:45 2016 NZDT
22 18.775S 166 28.600E
Weather: 6 knots E, bar 1014, 5% cloud

Report at 0530 18 October (New Caledonia time) Anchored at Uere Bay, New Caledonia. Beautiful morning. Enjoyed watching young children learning how to sail in 'Optiene' boats yesterday.


Mon Oct 17 7:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
22 18.775S 166 28.600E
Weather: 16-20 knots NE, bar 1015, 80% cloud

Report at 0530 16 October (New Caledonia time) Anchored at Uere Bay, south of Noumea, New Caledonia. Reasonable protection from the strong winds we've had for the past two days.


Sat Oct 15 7:51 2016 NZDT
Run: 9nm (16.3km)
22 17.906S 166 26.063E
Weather: 13 knots SE, bar 1013, 60% cloud, front with showers came through at 0300 local.

Report at 0530 15 October (New Caledonia time) Anchored at Baie des Citrons, New Caledonia. Attended the well conducted and informative Down Under Rally event yesterday. Rain held off last evening till we were back on board; thank you David.


Fri Oct 14 8:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 17.5nm (31.7km)
22 18.236S 166 34.465E
Weather: 7 knots NW, bar 1010, 80% cloud.

Report at 0545 14 October (New Caledonia time) Anchored at Ile Bailly. Beautiful little island covered with dense foliage. Navionics chart says it is a bird sanctuary however we have seen no birds and the main bird noise is a crowing rooster.


Thu Oct 13 7:51 2016 NZDT
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
22 21.452S 166 50.556E
Weather: 3 knots N, bar 1011, 25% cloud.

Report at 0545 13 October (New Caledonia time) On a mooring at Ile Casy, Baie de Prony. Interesting snorkel around reef. Colourful staghorn coral in good condition. Chainsaw and whippersnipper maintenance gang arrived yesterday and re-started work at 0515 this morning.


Wed Oct 12 7:27 2016 NZDT
Run: 52nm (94.1km)
22 22.902S 166 54.820E
Weather: 5 knots E, bar 1009, 25% cloud.

Report at 0520 12 October (New Caledonia time) On a mooring in Anse Majic, Baie de Prony. Had a great sail up from Isle of Pines yesterday. Went for a walk to the lighthouse in the afternoon, wonderful views from the top.


Tue Oct 11 7:39 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5 notknts
Run: 14.4nm (26.1km)
22 40S 167 40E
Weather: 21 knots SE, bar 1007, 50% cloud.

Report at 0530 11 October (New Caledonia time) Just underway from Ile des Pins to Baie de Prony. Small lumpy seas. The sun is about to rise above the Island. Heavy rain last evening with distant thunder. Lovely trip around the island yesterday by hire car.


Mon Oct 10 7:51 2016 NZDT
22 39.479S 167 26.423E
Weather: 5 knots E, bar 1008, 90% cloud.

Report at 0545 10 October (New Caledonia time) Anchored in Kuto Bay, Ile des Pins. Heavy rain for 15 mins approx 0330 local time. One clap of thunder heard after rain finished. No wind at the time.


Fri Oct 7 8:03 2016 NZDT
22 39.479S 167 26.423E
Weather: 8 knots SE, bar 1019, 50% cloud.

Report at 0600 7 October (New Caledonia time) Still anchored in Kuto Bay, Ile des Pins. Hopefully no cruise ship today. Off to climb N'ga peak this morning.


Thu Oct 6 10:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 43.5nm (78.7km)
22 39.479S 167 26.423E
Weather: 8-17 knots S, bar 1015, overcast

Report at 0800 6 October (New Caledonia time) Anchored in Kuto Bay, Ile des Pins. Delightful trip across oily calm lagoon yesterday. Able to see the bottom 17m below when crossed a shallow section. Saw a dugong swim near the boat as we were anchoring. So many turtles in this bay.


Tue Oct 4 20:03 2016 NZDT
Run: 26.5nm (48km)
22 21.401S 166 50.521E
Weather: 6 knots W, bar 1012, 20% cloud

Report at 1745 4 October (New Caledonia time) Moored at Ile Casy in the Baie du Prony. Beautiful island inhabited by a dog who doubles as the tour guide. Will head off for Ile des Pins at first light.


Tue Oct 4 8:09 2016 NZDT
22 17.772S 166 25.987E
Weather: 3 knots NNE, bar 1011, 50% cloud

Report at 0545 4 October (New Caledonia time) Still anchored in Baie des Citrons near Noumea. Beautiful morning. Checked into country yesterday by dinghying in to Customs etc. Plan to leave today for Ile des Pins. Should arrive Wednesday afternoon.


Mon Oct 3 8:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 150.4nm (272.2km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75.2nm
22 17.772S 166 25.987E
Weather: 3 knots ENE, bar 1013, 70% cloud

Report at 0530 3 October (New Caledonia time) Safe landfall at Baie des Citrons at 1pm local time yesterday.


Sat Oct 1 8:06 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 192.9nm (349.1km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.4nm
20 28.434S 167 42.672E
Weather: 12-15 knots E, bar 1013, 40% cloud

Report at 0520 1 October (Vanuatu time) Enjoying a fast sail to New Caledonia. Strongest gust of wind 22 knots. ETA at Havannah Pass is midnight.


Fri Sep 30 7:24 2016 NZDT
17 44.434S 168 18.672E
Weather: light and variable, bar 1010, 5% cloud

Report at 0520 30 September (Vanuatu time) About to depart for New Caledonia


Thu Sep 29 7:57 2016 NZDT
17 44.434S 168 18.672E
Weather: 2 knots NE, bar 1008, 5% cloud

Report at 0545 29 September (Vanuatu time) Still anchored at Port Vila, Efate Island. Planning to depart for New Caledonia this evening or tomorrow morning.


Tue Sep 27 8:09 2016 NZDT
17 44.434S 168 18.672E
Weather: 6 knots W, bar 1009, 20% cloud

Report at 0600 Tuesday 27 September (Vanuatu time) Still anchored off Port Vila, Efate Island. Lovely visit to museum yesterday and great food in Spice Indian restaurant.


Mon Sep 26 8:00 2016 NZDT
Speed: 4knts
Run: 4.2nm (7.6km)
17 44.434S 168 18.672E
Weather: 5 knots SE, bar 1009, 50% cloud/ haze

Report at 0600 Monday 26 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored off Port Vila, Efate Island.


Sat Sep 24 7:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 79.7nm (144.3km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.7nm
17 44.742S 168 14.827E
Weather: 4 knots NE, bar 1009, 10% broken cloud

Report at 0530 Saturday 24 September (Vanuatu time) Approaching Port Vila, Efate Island with 4 miles to go. A comfortable trip down from Epi Island with maximum wind 17 knots. Initially (1200 local) the wind came from the SW and then clocked through W, NW to NE.


Fri Sep 23 6:42 2016 NZST
16 35.742S 168 09.827E
Weather: 2 knots NNE, bar 1010, 5% cloud cover with 'volcano haze'

Report at 0530 Friday 23 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored Lamen Bay, Epi Island. Good coral out on the SW point, best to go at high tide. Have seen lots of turtles from the boat.


Thu Sep 22 6:57 2016 NZST
Run: 31nm (56.1km)
16 35.742S 168 09.827E
Weather: 2 knots E, bar 1012, 5% cloud cover

Report at 0530 Thursday 22 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored Lamen Bay, Epi Island. Had a fabulous sail on flat seas from SW corner of Ambryn to Lamen Bay. There was great visibility which enabled us to see the islands which are normally cloaked in haze. We saw four turtles when snorkelling off the boat.


Wed Sep 21 5:51 2016 NZST
16 09.067S 168 06.389E
Weather: 1 to 3 knots SE, bar 1011, 40% cloud cover

Report at 0445 21 September (Vanuatu time) Still anchored near Ranvetlam Village, Ambryn Island. Visited Ranvetlam Kindergarten yesterday morning. Delightful children whom we taught 'Old MacDonald's Farm' using local dialect for the names of the animals. Note for visiting yachts. Kindergarten has scant resources. Materials for basic craft eg paper, coloured pencils and picture books would be useful. Heading for Epi Island today.


Tue Sep 20 5:48 2016 NZST
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
16 09.067S 168 06.389E
Weather: calm, bar 1012, 10% cloud cover

Report at 0445 20 September (Vanuatu time) Moved less than a mile to anchored near Ranvetlam Village, Ambryn Island. Anchored in 10 metres black sand to be closer to friends on their boat. Lovely walk along coastal track to friendly Ranvetlam Village.


Mon Sep 19 8:51 2016 NZST
Run: 16.5nm (29.9km)
16 08.461S 168 06.965E
Weather: calm, bar 1013, 20% cloud cover

Report at 0730 19 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored off Ranon Village, Ambryn Island in 12 metres black sand. A conference encouraging leadership for women in the Presbyterian Church in Ambryn Island is being held in Ranon this week. Last night saw the glow of nearby active volcanoes.


Sun Sep 18 9:48 2016 NZST
Run: 37.3nm (67.5km)
15 54.757S 168 11.252E
Weather: 10 knots SE, bar 1012, 60% cloud cover

Report at 0840 Saturday 18 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored off Londot, southern Pentecost Island. Open roadstead anchorage. Flat calm overnight as no wind. Anchored in 10m and dropped back into 15m. Good holding. Went ashore, walked northwards along the road and met Paulo and his family in Lonton Village. Paulo guided us to the amazing land diving structure. Able to buy bananas here. No bananas available in Asanvari on Maewo Island due to impact of Cyclone Winston earlier this year.


Fri Sep 16 18:30 2016 NZST
15 22.558S 168 07.952E
Weather: 10-15 knots SE, bar 1012, 15% cloud cover

Report at 1700 Friday 16 September (Vanuatu time) Still anchored in Asanvari Bay, Maewo Island. Flat water. Wind funnels from all points of the compass so allow plenty of swinging room. Plenty of clear sand. Avoid scattered bommies mostly closer to shore. The locals are welcoming and keen to have visitors here. We snorkelled yesterday over a large bommie on the SW point and were joined by a large dugong. This was a thrill for us as it is the first time we have seen a dugong while snorkelling. The water clarity here is exceptional which enhanced our view of the dugong. Hot fresh bread was delivered to our boat this morning. Asanvari's attractions include Alex's waterfall and Carl's snorkelling tour.


Wed Sep 14 10:06 2016 NZST
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
15 22.558S 168 07.952E
Weather: 10-18 knots SE, bar 1014, 60% cloud cover, rain overnight

Report at 0900 Wednesday 14 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Asanvari Bay, Maewo Island. Up to 33 knots of wind on our 12 mile trip from Loltong Bay yesterday. Sitting on flat seas, can see and hear a waterfall from the boat, lush green vegetation surrounds the anchorage.


Tue Sep 13 6:48 2016 NZST
15 32.700S 168 08.868E
Weather: 2-15 knots SSE, bar 1013, 20% cloud cover

Report at 0545 Tuesday 13 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Loltong Bay, Pentecost Island. Yesterday we walked up the hill to the gardens and gained a view over the anchorage. In the afternoon, Peter worked with Matthew, who runs the local yacht club, to repair and repaint the leads. Hopefully this will make it easier for vessels to see the safe way to enter the pass.


Mon Sep 12 6:48 2016 NZST
15 32.700S 168 08.868E
Weather: 2-10 knots SE, bar 1012, 20% cloud cover

Report at 0545 Monday 12 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Loltong Bay, Pentecost Island. Enjoyed a 12 course local cuisine feast yesterday, cooked by Mary, at the Vatulo Yacht Club, Loltong Bay. Some good snorkelling in the anchorage, found a turtle which was asleep and plenty of nemos that were awake.


Sat Sep 10 7:06 2016 NZST
Run: 60.6nm (109.7km)
15 32.700S 168 08.868E
Weather: 2-20 knots SE, bar 1012, overcast, showers

Report at 0545 Saturday 10 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Loltong Bay, Pentecost Island. Arrived yesterday afternoon during a white out. Waited one hour, still no visibility. Entered tricky anchorage with caution. Thank goodness for Google Earth.


Fri Sep 9 6:51 2016 NZST
16 20.219S 167 45.434E
Weather: 8-12 SE, bar 1013, overcast, light rain

Report at 0515 Friday 9 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Banam Bay, Malekula Island. About to set sail for Pentacost Island.

We had to snorkel around the anchorage in order to find a spot which was completely coral-free. The snorkelling on the reef on the eastern side of the anchorage is only average. All of the staghorn coral was destroyed by cyclone Pam with a corresponding cut in the fish stocks. Some of the hard corals are impressive.

Unfortunately it seems that there are no Kastom Dances being held here this year. We have been asked by John Eddy (sp) to encourage cruisers to visit next year when they will hold dance demonstrations for yachties and other visitors. They are trying to work out a way of advertising the shows so that people have advance notice and can make plans.


Thu Sep 8 6:42 2016 NZST
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
16 20.219S 167 45.434E
Weather: 7 SE, bar 1012, 10% cloud cover

Report at 0530 Thursday 8 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Banam Bay, Malekula Island.


Wed Sep 7 7:15 2016 NZST
16 26.441S 167 46.935E
Weather: 1 SE, bar 1014, 60% cloud cover

Report at 0615 Wednesday 7 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Port Sandwich, Malekula Island. Light rain overnight.


Tue Sep 6 7:06 2016 NZST
Run: 2.8nm (5.1km)
16 26.441S 167 46.935E
Weather: calm, bar 1013, 50% cloud cover

Report at 0600 Tuesday 6 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Port Sandwich, Malekula Island. Tried anchoring closer to shore but anchor chain rumbling on coral and rocks. Anchored further out in mud. Supply ship came in during the night, so glad we weren't anchored too close to the wharf. The locals were busy yesterday digging trenches with shovels in order to lay pipes which will carry water from a dam to the village. The project is funded by the NZ government.


Mon Sep 5 6:45 2016 NZST
Run: 24.7nm (44.7km)
16 28.057S 167 48.853E
Weather: calm, bar 1014, 70% cloud cover

Report at 0530 Monday 5 September (Vanuatu time) Now anchored in Gaspard Bay adjacent to the Maskelynes Islands off Malekula Island. Came here in search of dugongs. Have seen a few fleeting glimpses of the seacow. This is a beautiful bay surrounded by mangroves. Entering the bay required careful navigation due to surrounding reefs. Yesterday Peter was a VIP at Lamen Bay Presbyterian Church as it was Father's Day.


Sun Sep 4 7:15 2016 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
16 35.783S 168 09.762E
Weather: 15 knots E, bar 1014, 5% cloud cover

Report at 0600 Sunday 4 September (Vanuatu time) Moved nearer to the beach in Lamen Bay to avoid a small bommie fouling our anchor chain. Now in clear sand all around. Happy Father's Day today to all Fathers. We enjoyed Peter's birthday yesterday swimming with turtles. Went ashore where Elsie gave us a large hand of bananas. Eating delicious bread baked by Ellen (Joseph's wife). 100 vatu a loaf. Going to attend the Presbyterian Church service at 7.00 am then leave for the Maskelyne Islands 25 nautical miles to the west.


Fri Sep 2 7:06 2016 NZST
16 35.761S 168 09.697E
Weather: 15-18 knots ENE, bar 1012, 50% cloud cover

Report at 0545 Friday 1 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored at Lamen Bay, Epi Island. Strongest wind overnight 28 knots.


Thu Sep 1 6:54 2016 NZST
Run: 34.2nm (61.9km)
16 35.761S 168 09.697E
Weather: 15 knots E, bar 1013, 30% cloud cover

Report at 0545 Thursday 1 September (Vanuatu time) Anchored at Lamen Bay, Epi Island. Lovely anchorage, good snorkelling, no dugongs in sight yet. Had a comfortable sail yesterday from Emae Island under jib. Maximum true wind 29 knots, two metre following seas.


Wed Aug 31 6:30 2016 NZST
Run: 35.2nm (63.7km)
17 02.956S 168 22.218E
Weather: 13-18 knots SE, bar 1015, 97% cloud cover, no rain overnight

Report at 0530 Wednesday 31 August (Vanuatu time) Anchored at Sulua Bay, Emae Island. Had a sporty sail yesterday from Efate Island under jib. Maximum true wind 25 knots, two metre seas.


Tue Aug 30 6:33 2016 NZST
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
Avg: 32.7knts
24hr: 784nm
17 33.078S 168 16.982E
Weather: 6 knots E, bar 1013, 80% cloud cover

Report at 0530 Tuesday 30 August (Vanuatu time) Anchored at Esema Bay, Havannah Harbour, Efate Island. Poor holding in soupy mud. Departing for Emae Island.


Tue Aug 30 6:24 2016 NZST
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
17 34.668S 168 12.846E

Report at 1200 Monday 29 August (Vanuatu time) Anchored at north east end of Lelepa Island. Dinghied around through the pass to the NW end of Lelepa. Drift snorkeled over beautiful corals outside the pass,.


Mon Aug 29 6:36 2016 NZST
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
17 41.550S 168 15.921E
Weather: 1 knot N, bar 1013, 10% cloud cover

Report at 0530 Monday 29 August (Vanuatu time) Anchored at Black Sands, Mele Bay, Vanuatu. Attended the Sunset Circus on Sundays at Beach Bar. Wonderful mix of comedy, traditional dance and acrobatics with a little fire thrown in for good measure.


Fri Aug 26 6:48 2016 NZST
17 44.403S 168 18.679E
Weather: 3-5 knots E, bar 1013, overcast, drizzle

Report at 0545 Friday 26 August (Vanuatu time) Enjoying Port Vila Bananas, along with a variety of other fresh produce is available at the market. Twisties, Vegemite and baguettes for sale in the supermarket.


Thu Aug 25 7:00 2016 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
17 44.403S 168 18.679E
Weather: 8-10 knots ENE, bar 1012, overcast, showers

Report at 0600 Thursday 25 August (Vanuatu time) Anchored in Vila Bay, Port Vila.


Wed Aug 24 6:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 134.2nm (242.9km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.5nm
17 55.250S 168 20.668E
Weather: 15-20 knots E, bar 1012, 1m swell, overcast

Report at 0530 Wednesday 24 August (Vanuatu time) 15nm to Port Vila.


Tue Aug 23 6:54 2016 NZST
Run: 40.9nm (74km)
19 31.610S 169 29.730E
Weather: 8 knots SE, bar 1014, 70% cloud cover

Report at 0545 Tuesday 23 August (Vanuatu time) The Southern Cross is the only boat anchored in Port Resolution, Tanna Island. Saw the spectacular Mt Yasur Volcano yesterday.


Mon Aug 22 6:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
20 05.250S 169 41.668E
Weather: 8-10 knots E, bar 1014, SE swell less than 1 metre, 30% cloud cover

Report at 0540 Monday 22 August (Vanuatu time) Departed Aneityum at 0300 local, headed for Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Still in the lee of Aneityum Island.


Sat Aug 20 7:03 2016 NZST
20 14.250S 169 46.668E
Weather: 12-15 knots SE, bar 1013, 40% cloud cover

Report at 06000 Saturday 20 August (Vanuatu time) Still anchored at Ateityum, Vanuatu. Sunshine yesterday morning when we went snorkelling. Wore wetsuits as the water is COLD. Squalls in the afternoon and evening.


Fri Aug 19 6:54 2016 NZST
20 14.250S 169 46.668E
Weather: 9 knots NNE, bar 1012, 10% cloud cover

Report at 0550 Friday 19 August (Vanuatu time) Still anchored at Ateityum, Vanuatu.


Thu Aug 18 7:09 2016 NZST
20 14.250S 169 46.668E
Weather: 15 to 20 knots SE, bar 1011, 90% cloud cover

Report at 0600 Thursday 18 August (Vanuatu time) Still anchored at Ateityum, Vanuatu. Very cool here. Temperature below 20 Celsius. Cold wind. We enjoyed the first ever Aneityum music festival last evening. Four boats at anchor, two from Port Adelaide.


Wed Aug 17 7:03 2016 NZST
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
20 14.250S 169 46.668E
Weather: 12 knots SE, bar 1011, 60% cloud cover

Report at 0600 Wednesday 17 August (Vanuatu time) Strongest wind overnight 20 knots. Heavy rain showers yesterday afternoon. Warm welcome ashore. All is well on board.


Tue Aug 16 6:39 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.0knts
Run: 112nm (202.7km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.2nm
20 14.000S 169 44.000E
Weather: 12 knots SE, 1m seas, bar 1012, 80% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Tuesday 16 August (NZ time) Heading into anchorage at Aneityum, Vanuatu. 2 miles to go. All is well on board.


Mon Aug 15 6:42 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 158nm (286km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160nm
19 49.000S 171 24.000E
Weather: 11 knots SE, 1m seas, bar 1013, 15% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Monday 15 August (NZ time) Underway Lautoka, Fiji to Aneityum, Vanuatu. 100 nautical miles to go. Nice spinnaker run yesterday.


Sun Aug 14 7:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 139.2nm (252km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.5nm
19 03.000S 173 41.000E
Weather: 15 knots ESE, 1m seas, bar 1013, 20% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Sunday 14 August (NZ time) Underway Lautoka, Fiji to Aneityum, Vanuatu. Have come half way and now have 230Nm to run.


Sat Aug 13 6:42 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 127.7nm (231.1km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.5nm
18 22.000S 175 41.000E
Weather: 15 knots SE, 1m seas, bar 1014, 70% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Saturday 13 August (NZ time) Underway Lautoka, Fiji to Aneityum, Vanuatu. 360Nm to go. Strongest wind yesterday 33 knots with 3 metre seas.


Fri Aug 12 6:27 2016 NZST
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
Avg: 9.5knts
24hr: 228nm
17 35.485S 177 26.757E
Weather: 4 knots E, bar 1014, 20% cloud cover

Report at 0620 Friday 12 August (NZ time) Anchored off Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Will be checking out of Fiji this morning, headed for Aneityum in Vanuatu with ETA late Monday 15 August.


Fri Aug 12 6:22 2016 NZST
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
17 36.26622S 177 26.97016E

Thu Aug 11 7:06 2016 NZST
Run: 21.5nm (38.9km)
17 35.485S 177 26.757E
Weather: 3 knots SE, bar 1013, 20% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Thursday 11 August (NZ time) Anchored off Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Planning to buy provisions today and check out of Fiji tomorrow, Friday 12 August


Wed Aug 10 6:30 2016 NZST
17 46.470S 177 10.947E
Weather: 10 knots E, bar 1013, 100% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Wednesday 10 August (NZ time) Still anchored off Musket Cove. Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji. Hoping to depart for Vanuatu Friday 12 August. Update 0700 blue sky seen to the west.


Tue Aug 9 6:39 2016 NZST
17 46.470S 177 10.947E
Weather: 10 knots S, bar 1009, 100% cloud cover, raining

Report at 0630 Tuesday 9 August (NZ time) Still anchored off Musket Cove. Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji. It is still raining.


Mon Aug 8 6:51 2016 NZST
17 46.470S 177 10.947E
Weather: 12 knots ESE, bar 1009, 100% cloud cover, raining

Report at 0645 Monday 8 August (NZ time) Still anchored off Musket Cove. Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji. Raining off and on, including heavy falls, since 4pm Saturday afternoon. Strongest wind overnight 20 knots. Strongest wind Friday late evening 30 knots.


Sat Aug 6 6:56 2016 NZST
Run: 21.5nm (38.9km)
17 46.470S 177 10.947E
Weather: 17 to 20 knots NE, bar 1007, 70% cloud cover

Report at 0645 Saturday 6 August (NZ time) Anchored off Musket Cove. Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji. 30 boats in the anchorage.


Fri Aug 5 6:45 2016 NZST
17 35.444S 177 26.769E
Weather: 4 knots ESE, bar 1011, clear skies

Report at 0645 Friday 5 August (NZ time) Anchored near Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Our granddaughter was born in Adelaide yesterday. The first granddaughter after seven grandsons.


Hei, congratulations!!! We are in Turkey, getting my teeth fixed once for all. Be back in Oz on 25th. Love S&H
Thu Aug 4 6:42 2016 NZST
17 35.444S 177 26.769E
Weather: 5 knots E, bar 1011, 1% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Thursday 4 August (NZ time) Anchored near Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Found delicious dorsai masala at Hot Snax, Lauoka.


Wed Aug 3 6:54 2016 NZST
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
17 35.444S 177 26.769E
Weather: 4 knots E, bar 1010, 1% cloud cover

Report at 0650 Wednesday 3 August (NZ time) Anchored near Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji.


Tue Aug 2 6:36 2016 NZST
17 38.745S 177 23.547E
Weather: 2 knots SE, bar 1008, 50% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Tuesday 2 August (NZ time) Still anchored in Saweni Bay near Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji.


Mon Aug 1 7:00 2016 NZST
17 38.745S 177 23.547E
Weather: 2 knots S, bar 1011, 100% cloud cover, steady rain since 4.00 am

Report at 0700 Monday 1 August (NZ time) Still anchored in Saweni Bay near Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji.


Sat Jul 30 6:42 2016 NZST
Run: 29.3nm (53km)
17 38.745S 177 23.547E
Weather: 5-8 knots SE, bar 1011, 1% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Saturday 30 July (NZ time) Anchored in Saweni Bay, Viti Levu Island, Fiji.


Fri Jul 29 6:15 2016 NZST
17 18.700S 177 07.172E
Weather: 5 knots NE, bar 1011, 30% cloud cover

Report at 0615 Friday 29 July (NZ time) Anchored in Yalobi Bay, Waya Island, Southern Yasawas, Fiji.


Thu Jul 28 6:54 2016 NZST
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
17 18.700S 177 07.172E
Weather: 5 knots NNE, bar 1013, 10% low level cloud

Report at 0645 Thursday 28 July (NZ time) Anchored in Yalobi Bay, Waya Island, Southern Yasawas, Fiji. SW swell is dropping. Yesterday morning we tried to anchor off west side of Waya Island near Octopus Resort but there was a heavy SW swell breaking on shore.


Wed Jul 27 6:33 2016 NZST
17 10.293S 177 11.256E
Weather: 5 knots NE, bar 1013, 5% low level cloud

Report at 0630 Wednesday 27 July (NZ time) Anchored near Manta Ray Resort, Drawaqa Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Wind gusting to 20 knots yesterday afternoon and evening. Enjoyed swimming with manta ray yesterday.


Tue Jul 26 6:45 2016 NZST
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
17 10.293S 177 11.256E
Weather: 6-8 knots ENE, bar 1013, 5% cloud cover

Report at 0645 Tuesday 26 July (NZ time) Anchored near Manta Ray Resort, Drawaqa Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Sailed down from Somosomo Bay yesterday in lee of Naviti Island with wind up to 23 knots from the east. Overnight little wind. Wonderful drift snorkel yesterday in the pass.


Mon Jul 25 6:57 2016 NZST
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
17 04.930S 177 16.609E
Weather: 10-15 knots E, bar 1013, 70% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Monday 25 July (NZ time) Anchored in Somosomo Bay, Naviti Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Enjoyed a snorkel from the boat to shore and walking along white sandy beach yesterday.


Sat Jul 23 6:42 2016 NZST
16 56.663S 177 21.935E
Weather: 12 knots E to ENE. bar 1012, 20% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Saturday 23 July (NZ time) Still anchored in Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. We've had 10 to 20 knots from easterly quadrant for past 24 hours.


Fri Jul 22 6:39 2016 NZST
Run: 19.6nm (35.5km)
16 56.663S 177 21.935E
Weather: 10-15 knots E to ENE. bar 1011, 20% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Friday 22 July (NZ time) Anchored in Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Departed Manta Ray Bay yesterday morning after swimming with a manta. Over 20 knot winds from the east as we sailed northwards to Blue Lagoon.


Thu Jul 21 6:42 2016 NZST
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
17 10.241S 177 11.251E
Weather: 5-8 knots E. bar 1013, 50% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Thursday 21 July (NZ time) Anchored near Mantaray Resort, in the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. Went for a snorkel in the pass where we saw lots of coral and fish, no mantas seen yet.


Wed Jul 20 7:03 2016 NZST
17 16.354S 177 07.004E
Weather: 2 knots SE. bar 1014, clear skies

Report at 0700 Wednesday 20 July (NZ time) Still anchored off north bay of Waya Island at the southern end of the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. Thank you David, you must have waved your magic wand as the westerly swell, which was wrapping around into this north-facing anchorage, dropped yesterday, We didn't need to surf ashore in the dinghy!


Tue Jul 19 7:03 2016 NZST
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
17 16.354S 177 07.004E
Weather: 10knots SE. bar 1014, 60% cloud cover

Report at 0700 Tuesday 19 July (NZ time) Anchored off north bay of Waya Island at the southern end of the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. Had fun participating in dancing and sevusevu in village.

Question for David: What is the swell forecast for the next few days? West, south and even north exposed anchorages have been rolly for the past few days.


Sat Jul 16 7:18 2016 NZST
17 27.505S 177 02.633E
Weather: 15knots E. bar 1016, 80% cloud cover

Report at 0700 Saturday 16 July (NZ time) Anchored off Navadra and Vanua Levu islands. A beautiful spot. Crystal clear water and great snorkelling.


Sat Jul 16 7:09 2016 NZST
Run: 20.5nm (37.1km)
17 27.505S 177 02.633E
Weather: 15knots E. bar 1016, 80% cloud cover

Report at 0700 Saturday 16 July (NZ time) Anchored off Navadra and Vanua Levu islands. A beautiful spot. Crystal clear water and great snorkelling.


Fri Jul 15 6:39 2016 NZST
17 44.279S 177 08.887E
Weather: 5knots E. bar 1014, 97% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Friday 15 July (NZ time) Snorkelled off Castaway Island Resort yesterday. Plan to move northwards today.


Thu Jul 14 6:42 2016 NZST
17 44.279S 177 08.887E
Weather: less than 5knots ESE. bar 1013, 90% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Thursday 14 July (NZ time) Enjoying being anchored off the NW corner of Malolo Island, Fiji.


Wed Jul 13 7:03 2016 NZST
Run: 3.4nm (6.2km)
17 44.279S 177 08.887E
Weather: 5knots SE. bar 1012, 15% cloud cover

Report at 0700 Wednesday 13 July (NZ time) Anchored in 15m off NW corner of Malolo Island, Fiji. Lovely anchorage. Much more sheltered than Musket Cove in these conditions. Two boats at anchor.


Tue Jul 12 6:30 2016 NZST
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)
17 46.312S 177 11.142E
Weather: 9 knots SE. bar 1012, 5% cloud cover

Report at 0620 Tuesday 12 July (NZ time) Anchored in 16m off Musket Cove, Fiji. Strongest gust overnight 21 knots. Two dozen boats at anchor or on moorings.


Mon Jul 11 6:57 2016 NZST
Run: 21.3nm (38.6km)
17 45.622S 177 23.262E
Weather: 5knots E. bar 1010, 80% cloud cover

Report at 0650 Monday 11 July (NZ time) Anchored in 3m off Port Denarau, Fiji. Light rain overnight.


Sun Jul 10 7:39 2016 NZST
Run: 61.4nm (111.1km)
18 03.156S 177 17.049E
Weather: 4 knots ENE, bar 1011, 5% cloud cover

Report at 07300 Sunday 10 July (NZ time) Anchored in 4 metres, sand, off Robinson Crusoe Island, Fiji. At times strong tidal currents. Enjoyed the Fire and Knife Dancing Show at the resort last night.


Fri Jul 8 6:51 2016 NZST
Run: 25.3nm (45.8km)
18 22.845S 178 09.180E
Weather: 10-15 knots from the NNW, bar 1013, 5% cloud cover

Report at 0645 Friday 8 July (NZ time) Anchored in 15 metres, in Malumu Bay, Beqa, Fiji. When we arrived at 12.30pm there was no wind. Yesterday afternoon the wind gusted from 5 to 15 knots. Direction of wind may be due to surrounding hills. This is a beautiful spot. It is great to see a part of Fiji where the vegetation is unaffected by Cyclone Winston.


Thu Jul 7 7:32 2016 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: 1%cc, light NE, 1014

just motoring out of Suva , heading around the bottom of Viti Levu


Wed Jul 6 6:36 2016 NZST
18 07.321S 178 25.509E
Weather: less than 5 kts from the NE, bar 1014, 40% cloud cover

Report at 0630 Wednesday 6 July (NZ time) Anchored in Suva, Fiji.


Sat Jul 2 7:12 2016 NZST
18 07.321S 178 25.509E
Weather: 4 kts from the NE, bar 1012, 100% low cloud, steady rain, visibility 300 metres

Report at 0700 Saturday 2 July (NZ time) Still anchored in Suva, Fiji. Periods of light and sometimes heavy rain over the past 24 hours. Maximum wind gust over the past 24 hours was about 20 kts from the SSE. Voted in the Australian election yesterday at the Australian High Commission. It's only the weather that's gloomy in Suva as the Fiji Chiefs defeated the Christchurch Crusaders here in Super Rugby last night. Bananas found in the market, the first since NZ!


Fri Jul 1 6:54 2016 NZST
Run: 16.8nm (30.4km)
18 07.321S 178 25.509E
Weather: calm, bar 1011, overcast,

Report at 0700 Friday 1 July (NZ time) Anchored in Suva, Fiji. All is well on board


Thu Jun 30 7:14 2016 NZST
Run: 47.1nm (85.3km)
18 04.104S 178 40.453E
Weather: 10 kts ENE. Bar 1012. 90% cloud cover, scattered showers, some swell coming past reef

Report at 0700 Thursday 30 June (NZ time) Anchored in Vunivatu Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji. Handy anchorage for passage to Suva in light winds. Open to strong winds and seas from the east. Anchored in sand All is well on board


Wed Jun 29 6:10 2016 NZST
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
17 26.476S 178 57.147E
Weather: 6 kts NE. Bar 1013. clear, flat water

Report at 0600 Wednesday 29 June (NZ time) Anchored in the Fisheries Anchorage Magokai, Fiji. Sea Mercy at work here. All is well on board


Tue Jun 28 6:19 2016 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 44.9nm (81.3km)
17 20.221S 178 59.067E
Weather: 17 kts SE. Bar 1013. 90% cloud cover, 1m SE swell

Report at 0600 Tuesday 28 June (NZ time) Travelling towards Magokai, Fiji. Sailing under a scrap of jib. 4 POB with guests Ros and Andrew. All is well on board


Mon Jun 27 7:12 2016 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 130.9nm
16 46.75408S 179 19.94057E

Mon Jun 27 7:12 2016 NZST
No position sent.

Mon Jun 27 7:10 2016 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
16 46.75408S 179 20.110E

Weather: 1013 zero wind, 25% cloud cover, beautiful day. Hope to head for Suva via Makongi later today.


Wed Jun 22 7:12 2016 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
16 46.6870S 179 19.8760E
Weather: 5 kts NE 80% cloud cover Bar 1012

Still moored in Savu Savu. More Sea Mercy aid to co-ordinate and distribute.


Tue Jun 21 7:51 2016 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
16 46.670s 179 20.110e
Weather: 1012, 90%cc, se10,

stormy day yesterday with winds up to 30s


Mon Jun 20 19:09 2016 NZST
Run: 36.9nm (66.8km)
16 46.6870S 179 19.8760E

On a mooring in Savusavu. Fast bumpy ride this morning from Viani Bay. 50 miles in six hours. Maximum wind gust 33 knots, max boat speed 12 knots.


Sun Jun 19 19:10 2016 NZST
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)
16 45.035S 179 53.278E
Weather: light and variable. Bar 1010. 100% cloud cover,

Report at 1900 Sunday 19 June (NZ time) On a mooring in Viani Bay There are two moorings and some space in which to anchor. Jack offers services to yachties including the moorings and snorkelling and dive trips. Very pretty bay. Enjoyed two snorkels over the outer reef, lots of small fish, okay coral.


Sat Jun 18 6:28 2016 NZST
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
16 40.913S 179 52.502W
Weather: 5-10 kts ESE. Bar 1012. 20% cloud cover, Temperature 26 deg C

Report at 0630 Saturday 18 June (NZ time) At anchor off Taveuni Airport. Anchored in 10 metres, sand between wide spaced bommies. Dinghy access on shore at sandy beach next to boat ramp. Short walk to airport. Three small grocery stores, limited fruit and veg. No bananas!


Thu Jun 16 6:15 2016 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 65nm (117.7km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 67.6nm
16 39.221S 179 43.067W
Weather: 5 kts SE. Bar 1009. Clear overhead, 10% cloud on the horizon, Temperature 26 deg C, seas slight

Report at 0600 Thursday 16 June (NZ time) Travelling towards Matei, Taveuni, Fiji. Lighting seen overnight towards the east. All is well on board


Wed Jun 15 7:11 2016 NZST
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
17 10.888S 178 54.272W
Weather: 10-12 kts ENE. Bar 1009. 75% cloud, Temperature 25 deg C

Report at 0710 Wednesday 14 June (NZ time) Anchored off Avea Island, Vanua Balavu, Fiji. 8 Sea Mercy vessels here. Sea Mercy work yesterday included: preparing lumber with chainsaws, commissioning a land based, solar powered water desalinator and a gardening project.


Mon Jun 13 6:29 2016 NZST
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
17 17.650S 178 58.936W
Weather: 10-12 kts ENE. Bar 1010. 95% cloud, Temperature 24 deg C

Report at 0615 Monday 13 June (NZ time) Anchored off Lomaloma Village, Vanua Balavu, Fiji. 10 Sea Mercy vessels here. Five World ARC vessels at anchor. Sea Mercy work today includes: delivering aid (mainly food and clothing) to eight villages and providing gardening advice and support at three villages. We need to be in Taveuni on Thursday morning. Looking to depart Lomolomo on Wednesday morning. Could David please include a forecast this morning for this passage?


Fri Jun 10 7:04 2016 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
17 10.531S 179 01.055W
Weather: 2knots variable. Bar 1008. 100% cloud, raining and water tanks filling

Report at 0700 Friday 10 June (NZ time) Anchored in sheltered Bay of Islands, tied back to the shore. Six other Sea Mercy vessels anchored nearby. A lovely RnR day yesterday. Dinghied around Mushroom shaped rocks and went snorkelling. Saw the best fan coral we've seen since the Andaman Islands. Thousands of tiny fish who are not afraid of us. Would like to stay longer, however, we need to return to Lomolomo for Sea Mercy work. Looking to move today or tomorrow depending on David's weather report this morning.


Hi P&C, nice to hear from you and all the kind work you are doing. Do you have any report on what happened on Fulanga? We have very fond memories and friends living there. S&H
Thu Jun 9 7:44 2016 NZST
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
17 10S 179 01W
Weather: 1012, 100% cc, var wind

Anchored for an R&R day


Tue Jun 7 6:20 2016 NZST
17 14.274S 178 58.136W
Weather: 15-20 kts ESE. Bar 1013. 80% cloud, Temperature 24 deg C

Report at 0600 Tuesday 7 June (NZ time) Still at anchor off Malaka Village, Vanua Balavu, Fiji. 9 Sea Mercy vessels here. This morning leaving the boat at 7am to go ashore. Sea Mercy work today includes: building a pig proof fence at one village; repairing a long boat at another village; a school visit (dropping off school supplies, a puppet show for the children and fixing the electrical supply); a gardening project at two villages to enhance the women's ability to grow and harvest food crops; and needs assessment reports on a further two villages.


Catherine & Peter, we love you & you are always in hearts & mind. We get to see the Saroni's tomorrow. We will hug them tight & have them pass it onto you. Be safe. Kisses, j&D
Wed Jun 1 7:07 2016 NZST
Run: 7nm (12.7km)
17 14.274S 178 58.136W
Weather: 8 kts ESE. Bar 1013. 40% cloud, scattered showers

Report at 0700 Wednesday 1 June (NZ time) At anchor off Malaka Village, Vanua Balavu, Fiji.


Tue May 31 6:23 2016 NZST
Speed: 2knts
Run: 35.5nm (64.3km)
17 16.730S 179 03.984W
Weather: 7knts SE, 15% cloud cover, slight seas, 1013 baro

report 0600 NZ time Tuesday 30 May. Underway sailing under a fraction of a jib to time arrive at Adavaci Pass, Vanua Balavu, Fiji. Completed initial Sea Mercy needs assessment of Cicia Island.


Sun May 29 20:38 2016 NZST
Run: 21.4nm (38.7km)
17 43.437S 179 20.080W
Weather: 0 kts. Flat seas. Bar 1014. Occasional drop of rain from scattered clouds

Report at 2000 Sunday 29 May (NZ time) At anchor off Tarakua village on Cicia Island. Anchored in 30 metres hanging back in 60 metres with 85 metres of chain out. This is a settled weather only anchorage. It is an open roadstead and would be untenable in any wind from North to West through to South West. Beautiful calm night. Have spent day performing Sea Mercy assessment and handing over aid including food, materials and clothing.

Thank you David and Patricia for your swell report. It is most useful.


Sat May 28 17:10 2016 NZST
Speed: 2knts
Run: 36.7nm (66.4km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.5nm
17 42.82S 179 00.57W
Weather: 15 kts SE. 1 metre seas with 2 metre long period SW swell. 20% cloud Bar 1013

Report at 1700 Saturday 28 May (NZ time). On passage from Tuvuka to Cicia. Should arrive daybreak Sunday 29 May. Were unable to take The Southern Cross through the reef entrance at Tuvuca for Sea Mercy activities as the SW long period swell was breaking right across the narrow pass. Will try to return to Tavuca after Cicia if the SW very long period swell diminishes.

Question for David at Gulf Harbour Radio for Monday's weather forecast. Is the long period SW swell likely to diminish over the next few days? While the swell seems insignificant at sea, it rears up to over two metres in height when it reaches the western side of Tavuca which is where the pass through the reef is located. The pass is very narrow and requires a sharp turn to Starboard inside when close to the shore which leaves the boat broadside to the next set of waves.


Sat May 28 7:32 2016 NZST
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
17 11S 179 01W
Weather: 75%cc, no rain, 7E, 1015

N Lau sounds nice


Thu May 26 19:38 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
17 17.730S 178 58.984W
Weather: no wind, clear skies, calm water, 1013 baro

arrived Lomolomo, Vanua Balavu, Fiji at 1030am NZ time Thursday 26 May. Check in was smooth. Great to see land again after nearly two weeks. Island badly damaged by Cyclone Winston; reconstruction is occurring. No bananas for the foreseeable future.


Thu May 26 6:12 2016 NZST
Speed: 3knts
Run: 85.3nm (154.4km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.3nm
17 28.00S 178 51.85W
Weather: less than 5knts NE, slight sea, 50% cloud cover, 1013 baro

report at 0530 NZ time Thursday. Sailed overnight. Now 8nm to Tongan Passage and then another 10nm to anchorage at Lomolomo. ETA this morning. Three other Sea Mercy boats also about to arrive Lomolomo.. Half a banana left. All well on board.


Wed May 25 6:28 2016 NZST
Speed: 2knts
Run: 105nm (190.1km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 104.6nm
18 42.00S 178 49.85W
Weather: 5 knts SE, less than 1.0m long period SW swell, 20% cloud cover, 1013 baro

report at 0615 NZ time Wednesday. Sun just rising. Sailing to Vanua Balavu. 80 miles to run. ETA Lomolomo Thursday lunchtime. Just through Fulanga Passage – grateful for radar. Can see islets to port, starboard and stern. All well on board.


Tue May 24 6:22 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 94.5nm (171km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 96nm
20 13.00S 178 54.85W
Weather: 0-5 knts SW-S, 1.0m long period SW swell, 10% cloud cover, 1014 baro

report at 0620 NZ time Tuesday. Motor sailing to Vanua Balavu. 170 miles to run. All well on board.


Mon May 23 6:44 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 82.9nm (150km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.8nm
21 35.00S 178 57.85W
Weather: 10 knts SW, 2.0m, occassionally 3m SW swell, overcast, 1011 baro

report at 0620 NZ time Monday. Sailing under jib to Vanua Balavu. 250 miles to run. All well on board.


Sun May 22 17:11 2016 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 60.6nm (109.7km)
22 47.00S 178 57.85W
Weather: 20 knts S, 2.0m SW swell, 20% cloud cover, 1007 baro

report at 1600 NZ time Sunday. Sailing under jib to Vanua Balavu. 325 miles to run. All well on board.

Front came through North Minerva Reef at 0400 this Morning. Barometer dropped to 1006, wind in low thirties. Maximum gust 38 knots from NW. Wind backed to SW.


Fri May 20 16:17 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 33nm (59.7km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.2nm
23 39.45S 178 54.02W
Weather: light winds, flat calm, 1013 baro

anchored safely at North Minerva Reef at 1300 NZ time Friday. Here's a sentence you don't want to hear when you are snorkeling, 'Catherine, look there's a shark right below you.' All is well on board


okotokslaw@gmail.com Glad you are safely in Minerva. We have been watching on YIT. We hope to leave NZ later this week. Cheers from Roundabout
Fri May 20 6:09 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 61nm (110.4km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.3nm
23 59.00S 179 16.85W
Weather: 4 knts S, 1m southerly swell, 90% cloud cover, 1015 baro

report at 0600 NZ time Friday. Motoring with the jib up pretending it is helping. Less than 5 miles to South Minerva Reef. Less than 30 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef. Getting excited about arriving at North Minerva Reef around lunch time today. Plenty of bananas and all is well on board.


Thu May 19 17:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 49.5nm (89.6km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108nm
24 48.00S 179 38.85W
Weather: 9 knts S, 1-2m seas, clear skies, 1014 baro

report at 1620 NZ time Thursday. Sailing under spinnaker. 80 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef. ETA Friday lunch time. It is getting warmer and the butter is melting. Had some visitors this afternoon. NZ Orion roared overhead at 1320 and we spoke with them on VHF radio. In the late afternoon we were visited by a pod of 100 dolphins. No VHF contact made. All is well on board


Thu May 19 6:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 4-5knts
Run: 145nm (262.5km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.2nm
25 27.00S 179 58.85W
Weather: 10 knts S, 1.0m seas, 5% cloud cover, 1014 baro

report at 0530 NZ time Thursday. Motor-sailing. 125 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef. ETA Friday lunch time. Just crossed back into the western hemisphere. All is well on board


Wed May 18 6:12 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
27 21.00S 179 01.44E
Weather: 10 – 12 knts SE, 1.5m seas, 50% cloud cover, 1015 baro

report at 0600 NZ time Wednesday. 250 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef. All is well on board


Wed May 18 6:08 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 75.8nm (137.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.6nm
27 21.00S 179 01.44E
Weather: 10 – 12 knts SE, 1.5m seas, 50% cloud cover, 1015 baro

report at 0600 NZ time Wednesday. 250 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef. All is well on board


Tue May 17 16:55 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 67.9nm (122.9km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.6nm
28 20.00S 178 28.44E
Weather: 15-18knts South, seas to 2m from the south, 10% cloud cover, 1014 baro

report at 1645 NZ time Tuesday. Glorious sailing. 315 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef. All is well on board


Tue May 17 6:46 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 122.8nm (222.3km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 121nm
29 14.00S 178 01.44E
Weather: 7knts SSW, smooth long period 1m swell, 50% cloud cover, 1013 baro

report at 6am NZ time. Motoring. 375 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef and over half way there. Current temperature 21C, during the day yesterday 26C. All is well on board


Mon May 16 6:25 2016 NZST
Speed: 3knts
Run: 103.9nm (188.1km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.5nm
30 51.00S 177 10.44E
Weather: 5knts E, lumpy 1m seas, 30% cloud cover, 1014 baro

report at 6am NZ time. Sailing slowly.  480 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef. What appeared to be a frontal band passed over us at 31 00S 177 05E at 1am NZ time. Prior to front wind was 9knts from SE, then dropped to 3knts from NE. All is well on board


Sun May 15 8:03 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 131.2nm (237.5km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.6nm
32 12.52S 176 25.18E
Weather: 2knts SSW, 1m seas, 80% cloud cover, 1017 baro

report at 8am NZ time. motoring on one metre seas with no wind. Have travelled 220 nautical miles from Opua and 570 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef


Sat May 14 9:39 2016 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.4nm
33 51S 175 17E

100m NE of Opua with not much wind from the NNW. Thanks Remedy for the relay


Sat May 14 8:06 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 113.4nm (205.3km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114.3nm
33 56.52S 175 13.18E
Weather: 10knts SW, 1m seas, 10% cloud cover, 1017 baro

report at 6am NZ time. lovely sailing on one metre seas, last night had one gust of 26 knots and boat speed around 8 knots. Average speed overnight 7 knots. Departed 1445 (NZ time) yesterday. Have travelled 105 nautical miles from Opua and 693 nautical miles to North Minerva Reef


Fri May 13 8:17 2016 NZST
35 18.962S 174 07.782E
Weather: fog

anchored in Opua, New Zealand. Leaving for Minerva Reef today


I surely hope that the huge winds off the west coast of the South Island pass by without causing you trouble. All the best!

Bon Voyage! Look out for the Ninepin!
Fri May 13 8:02 2016 NZST
Weather: fog

anchored in Opua, New Zealand


Fri May 13 7:40 2016 NZST

anchored in Opua, New Zealand


Fri May 13 7:40 2016 NZST
No position sent.

Aiming to depart for Minerva Reef this afternoon


Fri May 13 7:13 2016 NZST

anchored in Opua, New Zealand Aiming to depart for Minerva Reef this afternoon


Thu May 12 7:56 2016 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
35 18.9620S 174 7.7820E

In Opua hoping to leave for Minerva Reef Friday 13


Fri May 6 8:47 2016 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
35 16.357s 174 07.528e

Anchored near Russell. Waiting weather window to depart for Fiji


Mon May 2 10:38 2016 NZST
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
35 18.920S 174 07.780E

Anchored near Pine Island, Opua. Leaving for Fiji on next weather window


Thu Mar 31 13:20 2016 NZDT
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
35 12.8S 174 13.6E

anchored off Urupukapuka Island


Thu Nov 6 7:33 2014 NZDT
Run: 50.8nm (91.9km)
35 18.800s 174 07.700e

anchored at Opua, New Zealand with grateful thanks to Patricia and David for your support during our passage from Tonga to New Zealand: We all know Patricia and David, As Gulf Harbour Radio's favoured.

The fleet on the move Is kept in the grove By weather reports that are savoured.

Catherine and Peter signing off


Wed Nov 5 5:07 2014 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Weather: 7 knots W, flat seas, 90% cloud cover other comments: distance to Q dock at Opua: 0 6 other boats awaiting clearance fresh food count: still have 5 ½ bananas unripe bananas off to bed,

0430 NZ time. Wednesday 5 Nov. Had a lovely sail yesterday into NZ. Fog descended just as we entered the river into Opua


Tue Nov 4 18:21 2014 NZDT
Speed: 3.8knts
Run: 52.7nm (95.4km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.8nm
34 37.000s 174 25.000e
Weather: 7 knots W, flat seas, 90% cloud cover other comments: distance to entrance to Bay of Islands: 35 (Opua NZ) distance to Q dock at Opua: 44 ETA: Wednesday 5 November around 6am fresh food count: one egg and 5 ½ bananas that refuse to ripen sightings: one albatross, two sperm whales, 12 sharks, a thousand jellyfish, clouds, grey seas, each other and tinned food hallucinating about seeing other people and buying fresh food

1800 NZ time. Tuesday 4 Nov. Wind on the nose until 1600. Now sailing


Tue Nov 4 6:03 2014 NZDT
Speed: 3.3knts
Run: 53.5nm (96.8km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 105.2nm
33 55.000s 174 47.000e
Weather: 9 knots SSW, seas confused around 1 metre, 80% cloud cover other comments: distance to entrance to Bay of Islands: 81 miles (Opua NZ) ETA: Wednesday 5 November Did not experience any strong winds from the northerly sectors. No wind above about 16 knots for entire trip from Minerva Reef other than one gust to 23 knots when front came through. Have only had a few spots of rain.

0500 NZ time. Tuesday 4 Nov. Wind shift came through at 7pm last night. Went from 16 knots NW to less than 10 from SSW. Has remained out of SSW since.


Mon Nov 3 17:51 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 67.6nm (122.4km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.9nm
33 11.000s 175 05.000e
Weather: 13 knots NW, seas confused around 1 metre, 100% cloud cover other comments: distance to entrance to Bay of Islands: 128 miles (Opua NZ) ETA: Tuesday 4 November, evening

1700 NZ time. Monday 3 Nov. Sailing on rhumb line to Opua, NZ. Light rain


Mon Nov 3 6:39 2014 NZDT
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 75nm (135.8km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.7nm
32 18.000s 175 35.000e
Weather: 12 knots NW, seas less than 1 metre, 20% cloud cover other comments: Great to be sailing at last. Haven't motored so much since we spent 5 days motoring to avoid pirates off the coast of Somalia 5 years ago. distance to entrance to Bay of Islands: 190 miles (Opua NZ) ETA: Tuesday 4 November temperature still balmy Banana count: 6

0600 NZ time. Monday 3 Nov. Sailing on slight seas on rhumb line to Opua, NZ


Sun Nov 2 17:17 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 49.1nm (88.9km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.3nm
31 21.000s 176 12.000e
Weather: 5 knots N, long period swell less than 1m from the south-west, 10% cloud cover other comments: distance to entrance to Bay of Islands: 250 miles (near Opua NZ) ETA: Tuesday 4 November temperature inside the cabin is a warm 30C Banana count: 8, all unripe

1700 NZ time. Sunday 2 Nov. continuing to motor sail in light winds on for rhumb line to Opua, NZ


Sun Nov 2 9:07 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 90.8nm (164.3km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.9nm
30 42.000s 176 32.000e
Weather: 8 knots NE, long period swell from the south-west 1-2m, 20% cloud cover other comments: distance to next corner store: 295 miles (Opua NZ) ETA: Tuesday 4 November temperature inside the cabin is a cold 20C Casualties on board: one salt water cooling pump for engine, replaced while underway

0845 NZ time. Sunday 2 Nov. Motor sailing in light winds aiming for rhumb line to Opua, NZ


Sat Nov 1 17:19 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 68.8nm (124.5km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.5nm
29 32.000s 177 14.000e
Weather: 10 knots SE, long period swell from the south 2m, 40% cloud cover other comments: Just over half way from North Minerva Reef to Opua, NZ Fresh food left: wedge of pumpkin, 2 onions, 6 eggs and 11 unripe bananas lots of tinned food distance to next corner store: 375 nautical miles (Opua NZ) ETA: Tuesday 4 November

1700 NZ time. Sat 1 Nov. Motor sailing aiming for rhumb line to Opua, NZ


Sat Nov 1 5:29 2014 NZDT
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 67.6nm (122.4km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.9nm
28 47.000s 177 59.000e
Weather: 10 knots SSE, long period swell from the south 2m, 90% cloud cover

0500 NZ time. Sat 1 Nov. Motoring in light southerlies. On rhumb line for Opua, NZ


Fri Oct 31 17:22 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 53.7nm (97.2km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.2nm
27 55.000s 178 30.000e
Weather: 10 knots SE, long period swell from the south 2m, 90% cloud cover other comments: NZ Airforce Orion aircaft flew overhead this afternoon and confirmed we were underway for Opua noon to noon covered: 124 nautical miles miles to run to Opua, New Zealand: 490

1700 NZ time. Fri 31 Oct. Front came through in early afternoon. Wind changed from 8NW to South to 8SE as a bank of clouds crossed us. On rhumb line for Opua, NZ


Fri Oct 31 5:27 2014 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 119.8nm (216.8km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 235.7nm