Three Sixty Blue

Three Sixty Blue

Tue Oct 31 8:18 2017 NZDT
Run: 198.4nm (359.1km)
32 55.320S 151 45.686E
Weather: Wind 15 knots from SW, clear skies, barometer 1012

Berthed in Newcastle Marina. Hot, clear, dry and windless yesterday with temp near 37 degrees C. Cold southerly arrived last night. Today should only get to 19 C.


Fri Oct 27 8:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 114.1nm (206.5km)
30 18.251S 153 08.788E
Weather: Wind 7 knots from SW, 30% cloud cover, barometer 1003

Arrived in Coff's Harbour Wednesday at 6:30pm after a lively 5 1/2 day passage from Noumea, New Caledonia. Yesterday's welcome to Australia included a thunderstorm that put US midwest storms to shame with hail stones almost 2cm in diameter. We worried about our glass solar panels. Fortunately, none were damaged.


Way to go guys. See you in McCall. Travel safe. The Kailanis
Wed Oct 25 8:25 2017 NZDT
Run: 175.4nm (317.5km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177.1nm
29 21S 154 42E

arriving Coffs tonight. Happy landfall.


Tue Oct 24 8:39 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6mknts
Run: 185nm (334.9km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.1nm
28 09S 157 15E
Weather: SSE7, calm seas, less than 1m SE swell, SSE7, 10%cc, 1019

Thanks Aradonna for the relay


Mon Oct 23 8:32 2017 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 518.7nm (938.8km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.4nm
26 49S 159 52E
Weather: SSW22, sw 1m swell, 100%cc, 1010

radio has clipping so a bit difficult. Strong though


Fri Oct 20 7:03 2017 NZDT
22 16.635S 166 26.418E
Weather: Wind 7 knots from NE, 95% cloud cover, barometer 1016 Scattered rain showers in the area

Leaving Noumea this morning for Coff's Harbour, Australia along with a gaggle of other boats, some bound for Bundaberg.


Have a fun safe trip Ann and Mark. It was fun meeting you both in Fiji. Diane
Thu Oct 19 7:47 2017 NZDT
22 16.635S 166 26.418E
Weather: Wind 15 knots from E, 60% cloud cover, barometer 1017

In Port Moselle Marina. Leaving tomorrow morning for Coff's Harbour, Australia.


Wed Oct 18 8:23 2017 NZDT
22 16.635S 166 26.418E
Weather: Wind 15 knots from E, 98% cloud cover, barometer 1016

In Port Moselle Marina...still planning for a Friday departure for Coff's Harbour.


Tue Oct 17 7:53 2017 NZDT
22 16.635S 166 26.418E
Weather: Wind 12 knots from E, 95% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Moored at Port Moselle. Looking at a Friday departure for Coff's Harbour.


Mon Oct 16 8:00 2017 NZDT
22 16.635S 166 26.418E
Weather: Wind 10 kts from E, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Berthed in Port Moselle Marina in Noumea, New Caledonia


Fri Oct 13 7:57 2017 NZDT
22 16.635S 166 26.418E
Weather: Wind 13 kts from E, 20% cloud cover, barometer 1015

Berthed in Port Moselle Marina Noumea, New Caledonia. We arrived Wednesday after a 4 day passage from Port Denarau, Fiji. We are looking for a good weather window for our next leg to Coff's Harbour, Australia.


You are going to OZ? Do not get there on a weekend! Will miss you guys here in NZ.
Thu Oct 12 8:37 2017 NZDT
Run: 49.7nm (90km)
22 16.617s 166 26.396e

Arrived Noumea - thanks Roundabout for info


Wed Oct 11 8:33 2017 NZDT
Speed: 8knts
Run: 184.9nm (334.7km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 188.6nm
22 16S 167 13E
Weather: SE14, SE1.5swell, 30%cc, 1016

nearing Havannah pass. Thanks Villamee for the relay as Mark was hard to hear.


Tue Oct 10 9:02 2017 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 544.4nm (985.4km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.2nm
21 11S 169 51E
Weather: SE10, 10%cc, S1.5m, 1013

175 to Havnannah Pass


Fri Oct 6 7:41 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)
17 46.351S 177 23.029E
Weather: Wind 6 kts from SE, 80% cloud cover, barometer 1012

Docked among the super yachts in Port Denarau. Clearing out for New Caledonia this afternoon. We should be in Noumea late Tuesday or early Wednesday of next week.


Thu Oct 5 7:47 2017 NZDT
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)
17 46.428S 177 10.948E
Weather: Wind 12 knots from ESE, clear skies, barometer 1014

Anchored at Musket Cove but heading to Port Denarau around noon. Looking to leave for New Caledonia tomorrow with a Tuesday ETA.


Tue Oct 3 7:56 2017 NZDT
17 10.348S 177 11.283E
Weather: Wind 10 kts from SE to SW, clear skies, barometer 1018

Anchored in the lee of Drawaqa Island near Manta Ray Resort. Very pleasant, coolish temperature this morning. 7 yachts anchored nearby with everyone facing different directions due to currents and shifty winds.


Mon Oct 2 7:41 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.9nm (25.2km)
17 10.335S 177 11.265E
Weather: Wind 5 kts from E, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1017

Anchored off Manta Ray Resort


Sun Oct 1 7:52 2017 NZDT
Run: 28.1nm (50.9km)
17 22S 177 07.924E
Weather: Wind 10-12 kts from NE, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1015

Anchored off Kuata Island


Thu Sep 28 7:48 2017 NZDT
Run: 12.8nm (23.2km)
17 46.189S 177 11.210E
Weather: Wind 5 kts from ESE, 100% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Anchored in Musket Cove. Had a few rain showers during the night. Heading back north again today.


Hi, hope all is well on your' front, also your parents fronts. Steve has got swamped on S/V Deware Jacob{grew and grew) maybe a new boat.
Wed Sep 27 7:42 2017 NZDT
Run: 31.1nm (56.3km)
17 46.207S 177 22.836E
Weather: Wind 4 kts from E, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Moored at Port Denarua. Heading to Musket Cove this afternoon after a provisioning run.


Tue Sep 26 7:49 2017 NZDT
Run: 22nm (39.8km)
17 27.459S 177 02.492E
Weather: Wind 10-12 knots from ESE, clear skies, barometer 1015

Anchored off Vanua Levu and Navandra Islands. Heading back to Port Denarau today to drop off our guest.


Mon Sep 25 8:17 2017 NZDT
Run: 9.1nm (16.5km)
17 10.304S 177 11.322E
Weather: Wind 4 knots from NW, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1015

Anchored near Manta Ray resort off Nanuya Balavu Island


Sat Sep 23 6:57 2017 NZST
Run: 13.2nm (23.9km)
17 16.531S 177 06.221E
Weather: Wind 8 kts from E, 20% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Anchored off Octopus Resort at Waya Island


Fri Sep 22 6:54 2017 NZST
Run: 23.7nm (42.9km)
17 27.465S 177 02.506E
Weather: Wind 6 kts from SE, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Peacefully anchored between lovely Navadra Island and Vanua

Levu Islands. Great snorkel and beach walk yesterday with our visiting nephew and his girlfriend.


Wed Sep 20 7:09 2017 NZST
17 46.271S 177 11.280E
Weather: Wind 15 kts from SE, 60% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Moored at Musket Cove but leaving for Port Denarau this morning to pick up guests. Fantastic Hobie Cat competition finale yesterday in 20-25 kts of wind. Almost as exciting as the America's Cup!


Tue Sep 19 7:08 2017 NZST
17 46.271S 177 11.280E
Weather: Wind 7 kts from ESE, 15% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Moored at Musket Cove


Mon Sep 18 6:58 2017 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
17 46.271S 177 11.280E
Weather: Wind 3 kts from NW, 10% thin cloud cover, barometer 1016

Moored in Musket Cove enjoying Regatta Week activities


Mon Sep 11 7:08 2017 NZST
Run: 67.4nm (122km)
17 46.460S 177 10.938E
Weather: Wind calm, 80% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Anchored in Musket Cove. While passing Cloud Break, the iconic surf spot off Tavarua yesterday, we spotted a motor cycle rider perched on a ramp aboard a landing craft. The cycle had a paddle-equipped rear tire and a ski attachment to the front forks. We'd seen video of the chap successfully riding waves with the contraption and he was now attempting to get "tubed" here in Fiji. We learned later, he'd already sunk several of the cycles before one successful ride.


Sat Sep 9 6:47 2017 NZST
18 22.715S 177 59.220E
Weather: Wind 10 kts from NE, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1013

Anchored at Yanuca Island in Beqa Lagoon but leaving this morning for the Mamanucas with a stop at Cuvu Bay along the way.


Fri Sep 8 6:49 2017 NZST
18 22.715S 177 59.220E
Weather: Wind 6 kts from NE, clear skies, barometer 1015

Anchored off Yanuca Island in Beqa Lagoon


Thu Sep 7 7:07 2017 NZST
18 22.715S 177 59.220E
Weather: Wind 8 gusting to 15 kts from NE, 40% cloud cover, barometer 1016

Anchored off Yanuca Island in Beqa Lagoon. Far better than poor St. Maartin in the Caribbean. Last night's aviation forecast for Philipsburg's airport showed a forecast for NW winds of 120 gusting to 140 kts. Yikes!


Wed Sep 6 6:52 2017 NZST
18 22.715S 177 59.220E
Weather: Wind 12 gusting to 16 kts from ENE, 80% cloud cover, barometer 1017

Anchored off Yanuca Island in Beqa Lagoon. Rain showers through the night but skies now showing patches of sunshine. Still dark and rainy along south coast of Viti Levu.


Tue Sep 5 6:51 2017 NZST
18 22.715S 177 59.220E
Weather: Wind 9 kts gusting to 15 from SE, 95% cloud cover barometer 1016

Anchored of Yanuca Island in Beqa Lagoon.


Mon Sep 4 6:49 2017 NZST
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
18 22.715S 177 59.220E
Weather: Wind 5 kts from SE, 40% broken cloud cover, barometer 1015

Anchored on west side of lovely Yanuca Island. During our scuba dive nearby yesterday, we were treated to an amazing display of colorful soft corals and dozens of the largest fan corals we've ever seen.


Thu Aug 31 6:45 2017 NZST
18 22.924S 178 05.942E
Weather: Wind 7 from NE, 50% thin cloud, barometer 1013

Did the AWESOME shark dive with the Beqa Lagoon Resort dive operation yesterday. We got up close and personal with numerous species including 7 Tiger sharks. One being a massive pregnant female nearly 5 meters in length. She seemed as curious about us as we were about her and she repeatedly cruised by so close Anne was able to give her a friendly caress. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to interact with these remarkable, endangered creatures.


Glad to get your report this morning , Lia & Rob were similarly impressed with dive , wevare at Musket waiting on weather for Noumea.

Hi Doug, yes...it was quite the experience! Looks like we'll stay around here for a few more days of diving before heading back to the west. We have my nephew and his girlfriend arriving in Nadi on the 21st for a visit. We wish you a great WX window for your next passage!
Wed Aug 30 6:45 2017 NZST
18 22.924S 178 05.942E
Weather: Wind 9 from NE, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1016

Still anchored at Beqa Island. Doing the shark dive today. Hopefully this won't be our last report... Ha, Ha!


Tue Aug 29 6:19 2017 NZST
Run: 35.9nm (65km)
18 22.924S 178 05.942E
Weather: Wind 14 gusting to 20 kts from NE, 80% cloud cover, barometer 1015

Completed the upwind bash to Beqa Island yesterday and now anchored off Beqa Lagoon Resort. We're on the stand-by list for their shark dive tomorrow. Should be great fun with lots of photo ops!


Mon Aug 28 8:28 2017 NZST
Run: 39nm (70.6km)
18 10.770S 177 35.713E
Weather: Wind 4 knots from the west, 50% cloud cover, barometer 1015

Stopped in Sovi Bay for the night en route from Musket Cove to Beqa to dive with the big Tiger, Grey, Bull and Lemon sharks.


Tue Aug 22 7:21 2017 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
17 46.291S 177 11.123E
Weather: Wind 17 kts from SE, 15% cloud cover, barometer 1014

Anchored at Musket Cove, Malolo Leilei Island, Fiji


Sat Aug 19 7:23 2017 NZST
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
17 46.405S 177 10.984E
Weather: Wind 8 kts from NE, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1013

Sailed yesterday from Port Denarau to Musket Cove. It was great to be out of the marina and a treat to find some old friends here from our days of cruising mainland Mexico.


Bula, or should I say Bonjour? Wow, those 3 months went fast!! Aaah, th 'ole vortex of Musket....... Happy to hear you are back in the tropics. xx
Wed Jun 7 7:04 2017 NZST
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
17 46.370S 177 22.912E

Berthed in Port Denerau Marina, Fiji.


360 blue looked very unhappy her owners were not there! Just left this morning to come back to NZ! M
Tue Jun 6 6:28 2017 NZST
Run: 27.4nm (49.6km)
17 40.814S 177 23.178E

Arrived in Vuda Point, Fiji at 12:30pm on Sunday. Today, we'll be moving Three Sixty Blue to Port Denerau.


Happy to hear/read you have arrived safely in Bula-land. Hope you feel rested and relax into Fiji time real soon. xx
Sun Jun 4 8:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 141.1nm (255.4km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.8nm
18 01s 177 10e
Weather: 12 knts from SE 98% cloud cover .5m swell from SE baro 1011

Land ho! Were are 6 miles from Navula Pass and should be anchored off Vuda Point awaiting clearance officials by noon today. All in all, a good 8 day passage with no stormy weather.


Hooray! Been wondering when you'd get there! Email when you get a chance or Skype! xoxoxo, Abbe

Great job! I know it's been tough getting there this year and you guys make it look easy! Enjoy!
Sat Jun 3 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 139.2nm (252km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.6nm
20 03s 176 58e
Weather: 20 knts from SSE 100% cloud cover .5m swell from SE baro 1011

We transitioned one band of squalls in the night with some light rain but very little wind associated with them. Wind remained southerly through the night but has backed to SSE so we're sailing a COG of 005T heading directly toward Navula Pass...adjusting speed for an 0700 ETA tomorrow. All is well on board but we're looking forward to a good walkabout once cleared in.


Fri Jun 2 6:36 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 158.9nm (287.6km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.6nm
21 57s 177 41e
Weather: 13 knts from ESE 60% cloud cover .5m swell from NE baro 1013

Awesome day of sailing yesterday under sunny skies with 15 knots of wind from the ESE. Winds slowly backing now so we are heading close to due north. All is well on board. 255 miles to go to Vuda point so we'll have to adjust speed for an early Sunday arrival.


Great to see your status updates -- ETA Sunday!
Thu Jun 1 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 160.7nm (290.9km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.7nm
24 08s 176 54e
Weather: 7 knts from ESE 90% cloud cover seas calm baro 1018

Still motor sailing but encouraged by a hint of ESE breeze. We'll try the gennaker when my off-watch crew wakes up. All is well on board.


Wed May 31 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 175nm (316.8km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175nm
26 20s 176 04e
Weather: 3 knts from NE 60% cloud cover seas calm baro 1020

Motor sailing across the world's biggest mill pond. All is well on board.


Tue May 30 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 164.2nm (297.2km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.5nm
28 50s 175 37e
Weather: 3 knts from NW 20% cloud cover seas 1.0m from SW baro 1021

Chased apparent wind until 1300 yesterday then started motor sailing.

Spectacular sunrise this morning. Looks like more motoring ahead. All is well on board.


Mon May 29 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 180.5nm (326.7km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.3nm
31 12s 175 23e
Weather: 11-15 knts from SSW 40% cloud cover seas 1.0m from SW baro 1021

Pleasant night under sail in fairly light conditions. Winds are backing toward SSW so SOG is down a bit. All is well on board.


Sun May 28 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 144.4nm (261.4km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.9nm
33 47s 174 56e
Weather: 11-13 knts from SW 30% cloud cover seas 1.5m from W baro 1016

Off to a good start from Marsden Cove at 10:30am yesterday with some motor sailing until clear of land shadow. 2m NE swell diminished and now mingled with some wave from the west. All is well on board.


Great to hear you are underway and that the passage started well. We hope it stays comfy the whole way. We arrived in New Cal on Friday. All good.
Sat May 27 6:46 2017 NZST
35 50.23S 174 28.10E

Leaving this morning for Vuda Point, Fiji. Calm winds here with a thin layer of low cloud and fog. Barometer 1011.


Looks like a good weather window. If we were going this year, we'd be leaving with you. Have a good passage.
Fri May 26 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 9938.4nm (17988.5km)
Avg: 103.1knts
24hr: 2474.5nm
35 50.23S 174 28.10E

Still in Marsden Cove Marina hoping to depart for Vuda Point, Fiji tomorrow morning. Wind 16 kts from NE barometer 1016


Tue May 23 6:59 2017 NZST
No position sent.

We're still at Marsden Cove. We scrapped our plans to depart for Fiji yesterday after WX forecast models continued to show disagreement about what was brewing along our passage route on Wednesday and Thursday.


Mon May 22 6:37 2017 NZST
Run: 9938.4nm (17988.5km)
Avg: 82.8knts
24hr: 1987.8nm

Crystal clear and COLD here in Marsden Cove this morning. Winds SW at 7 knots. Barometer 1030. Leaving for Fiji today with a gaggle of other yachts.


Testing to you!
Wed May 17 6:37 2017 NZST
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
35 50.23S 174 28.10E

Motored yesterday down Hatea River to Marsden Cove. Now waiting for a good Fiji passage weather window...possibly Friday or Saturday. Overcast here with light rain. Winds NE 23-28 kts with gusts to over 35. Barometer 1015.


Now I know why I haven't heard from you! You have been busy!
Tue May 2 7:03 2017 NZST
35 43.5S 174 19.6E

Docked at Town Basin Marina in Whangarei


Mon May 1 6:44 2017 NZST
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
35 43.50828S 174 19.64472E

Docked in Whangarei's Town Basin Marina while finishing pre-passage projects. We hope to be ready to leave for Vuda Point Fiji by the end of this week.


Will we see you at the 'farewell do' on Wed night?
Sun Nov 6 7:40 2016 NZDT
Run: 314.2nm (568.7km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.1nm
35 50.214S 174 28.133E

We arrived at Marsden Cove (Whangerei), New Zealand last night at 9:30pm. All is well on board and we're happy to be here after a challenging passage!


Fri Nov 4 7:03 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 126.7nm (229.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.6nm
31 23s 175 34e
Weather: 18 knts from SSW 15% cloud cover seas 1.5m from SSW baro 1012

Rough day yesterday transiting the low's embedded depression. We had very confused 3m seas, winds 30 gusting to over 40. Much better now and we think we have the barn door in sight.


Thu Nov 3 7:24 2016 NZDT
Speed: 10-12knts
Run: 187.9nm (340.1km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.5nm
29 35s 175 58e
Weather: 30 knts from NW 100% cloud cover seas 3m from NW baro 1008

Despite our efforts to stay north and west of approaching low, we seem to have caught up to it. We are wondering when and where we'll reach the lighter west and southwest winds? All is well on board but we'd rather be motor caravaning at this point!


Wed Nov 2 7:21 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 155.5nm (281.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.8nm
27 16s 177 35e
Weather: 5 knts from NNE 20% cloud cover seas 1.5m from SSE baro 1017

We are now motor sailing after winds backed and nearly died during the night. All is well onboard. It's about time to switch to long pants and long sleeve shirts at night! 536 miles remaining to Marsden Cove.


Tue Nov 1 7:42 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 173.9nm (314.8km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.5nm
25 09s 178 26e
Weather: 18 knts from SSE 20% cloud cover seas 1.5m from SSE baro 1014

Laptop charging crisis averted! Surgery and some soldering fixed damaged plug. All is well on board. We decided to bypass Minerva Reef on this passage and are now heading for Marsden Cove, New Zealand. ETA sometime Saturday 5, October.


Mon Oct 31 7:30 2016 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 156.7nm (283.6km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157nm
22 47s 179 22e
Weather: 18 knts from ESE 1000% cloud cover seas 1.5m from SSE baro 1011

105 miles NW of Minerva Reef. All is well on board except laptop PC charger has failed. we will soon loose email capability and have to rely on SSB Vox for position reporting and WX info. Minerva continues to be an upwind beat so we're considering continuing straight to NZ. ETA would be Saturdau the 5th. What are David's thoughts about timing of passing fronts we'll encounter?


Sun Oct 30 7:33 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 160.9nm (291.2km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.3nm
20 31s 179 25e
Weather: 18-22 knts from SE 70% cloud cover seas 1.5m from SSE baro 1013

Sailing from Savusavu to Minerva Reef. "Noserly" winds, short period, lumpy seas. All is well on board.


Sat Oct 29 7:45 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 181.8nm (329.1km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.5nm
18 12s 179 40e
Weather: 14 knts from SE 100% cloud cover baro 1012

Sailing from Savusavu to Minerva Reef working our way to windward through the inconveniently-placed islands of the Koro Sea. All is well on board.


Sorry we did to get to see you before you departed Fiji. Have a lovely, safe journey back to NZ and please stay in touch. Hugs from the Mangoes
Fri Oct 28 7:42 2016 NZDT
16 46.600S 179 179.19.725E

Departing Savusavu for Minerva Reef this morning. Should arrive there on the morning of Monday, October 31st, just in time for a Halloween party. I think we'll dress as lobsters. We'll play there for a few days while looking for a good WX window for the remainder of the trip back to NZ. [Wind 7 knots form ESE, 95% cloud cover, barometer 1011, humidity 78%]


I guess Mark did not bring his mermaid costume onto Three Sixty Blue....so sad.
Thu Oct 27 8:08 2016 NZDT
16 46.600S 179 179.19.725E

Moored in Savusavu. Will probably leave tomorrow for Minerva or perhaps straight to NZ. [Wind 9 knots from SE, 70% cloud cover Barometer 1012]


Wishing you a quick, uneventful passage...we will be watching you!
Wed Oct 26 7:04 2016 NZDT
Run: 175.9nm (318.4km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.1nm
16 46.600S 179 179.19.725E

Moored in Savusavu, Fiji. Gusty winds and rains showers began in the night. [Wind 15-20 from SE, 100% cloud cover, barometer 1014, humidity 84%]


Tue Oct 25 7:30 2016 NZDT
Run: 34.6nm (62.6km)
16 46.600S 179 19.726E

Moored in Savusavu, Fiji. Pre-passage provisioning and re-fueling planned for today. Still looking at a Thursday or Friday departure for NZ via Minerva Reef. [Wind 6 knots from SE, 95% cloud cover, barometer 1013, humidity 78%]


Mon Oct 24 7:02 2016 NZDT
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
16 45.018S 179 51.096E

Anchored at Dakuniba Bay, Vanu Levu, Fiji. [Wind calm, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1011, humidity 84%]


Sat Oct 22 7:09 2016 NZDT
16 45.027S 179 53.281E

Moored in Viani Bay, Vanua Levu, Fiji. [Wind 10 knots from SE, 95% cloud cover, barometer 1012, humidity 84%]


Fri Oct 21 7:58 2016 NZDT
16 45.027S 179 53.281E

Moored at Viani Bay. [Wind 5 knots from SW, 80% cloud cover, barometer 1012, humidity 85%]


Thu Oct 20 7:10 2016 NZDT
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
16 45.027S 179 53.281E

Moored in beautiful Viani Bay on Vanua Levu, Fiji. [Wind calm, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1011, humidity 89%]


Wed Oct 19 7:48 2016 NZDT
16 56.015S 179 54.005E

Moored at Paradise Resort, Taveuni Island, Fiji. Spectacular morning! [Wind 10-12 knots from SE, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1012, humidity 84%]


Tue Oct 18 7:26 2016 NZDT
16 56.015S 179 54.005E

Moored at Paradise Resort, Taveuni, Fiji. Like rain now falling after periods of heavy rain through the night. [Wind 5 knots from NE, 100% cloud cover, barometer 1015, 84% humidity]


Mon Oct 17 7:23 2016 NZDT
Run: 54.8nm (99.2km)
16 56.015S 179 54.005E

Moored at the Paradise Resort on Taveuni Island, Fiji after a salty, windward bash from Namena yesterday. [Wind 8-10 knots from ESE, 98% cloud cover, barometer 1014, 78% humidity]


We're back in Internet range so have caught up on where you've been. How awesome you had great diving at Namena. Isn't Paradise Resort fab!! If the boat Interlude are still there please say hi to them from us. Are you heading up to Rainbow Reef? If so, then you're in for a treat! We stayed in Viani Bay and had Jack take us to the famous sites. Very VERY memorable.
Sat Oct 15 7:06 2016 NZDT
17 06.772S 179 05.563E

Anchored at Namena Island, Fiji. Another great dive yesterday at "Grand Central". All is well on board. [Wind 5 knots from NE, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1013, humidity 85%]


Fri Oct 14 6:49 2016 NZDT
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
17 06.772S 179 05.563E

Anchored at Namena Island in Fiji. Perfect night here last night...the anchorage all to ourselves, smooth sea, gentle warm breeze with low humidity and a bright moon overhead. It doesn't get much better. [Wind 5-7 knots from east, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1012, humidity 83%]


Thu Oct 13 7:03 2016 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 27nm (48.9km)
17 06s 179 06e
Weather: 10 knts from SE 5% cloud cover baro 1012

Anchored at Namena Island.


Wed Oct 12 7:40 2016 NZDT
Run: 175.9nm (318.4km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.5nm
16 46.600S 179 19.726E

Moored in Savusavu. [Wind 4 knots from ESE, 100% cloud cover, barometer 1012, humidity 81%]


Tue Oct 11 7:29 2016 NZDT
16 46.600S 179 179.19.725E

Moored in Savusavu. Heavy rain began here late afternoon yesterday. By 9pm wind had shifted from NE to west and skies began to clear. [Wind calm, 95% cloud cover, barometer 1008, humidity 85%]


Mon Oct 10 7:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 175.6nm (317.8km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.7nm
16 46.600S 179 179.19.725E

Moored in Savusavu. Had a few showers yesterday but mostly dry night. [Wind 5-10 from NE, 100 cloud cover, barometer 1008, humidity 81%]


Sat Oct 8 7:48 2016 NZDT
Run: 175.6nm (317.8km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.3nm
16 46.60S 179 20E

Moored in Savusavu waiting until the forecast tropical depression passes. [Wind 15 knots from SE, 90% cloud cover, barometer 1015]


Fri Oct 7 7:45 2016 NZDT
Run: 175.9nm (318.4km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 87.6nm
16 46.600S 179 179.19.725E

Moored in Savusavu, Fiji. Did some very nice dives yesterday at Namena Island Preserve. [Wind calm, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1017, humidity 85%]


Wed Oct 5 7:34 2016 NZDT
Run: 34.9nm (63.2km)
16 46.592S 179 19.726E

Moored in Savusavu, Fiji. All is well on board after an easy passage from Tonga. [Wind calm, 60% cloud cover, barometer 1013, 84% humidity]


Tue Oct 4 7:36 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 165.1nm (298.8km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 162.7nm
17 09s 179 41e
Weather: 7 knts from E 10% cloud cover baro 1012

Motor sailing in light air. 37 miles from Savasavu. All is well on board.


Reporting in from Port Townsend...hello! Hope your entry to Savusavu was uneventful. Whenever I think of Entering Savusavu I remember how nice it was to have Mark's voice on the morning net and all of the rides that Anne provided to shore as we repaired ChArisma after that tough passage years ago, today we are cleaning her up for sale. Hope you guys have a great time in Fiji! Love, Ann and Bob

Reporting in from Port Townsend...hello! Hope your entry to Savusavu was uneventful. Whenever I think of Entering Savusavu I remember how nice it was to have Mark's voice on the morning net and all of the rides that Anne provided to shore as we repaired ChArisma after that tough passage years ago, today we are cleaning her up for sale. Hope you guys have a great time in Fiji! Love, Ann and Bob
Mon Oct 3 7:15 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 145.7nm (263.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.5nm
18 33s 178 17w
Weather: 9 knts from SE 10% cloud cover baro 1013

En Route fron Ha'apai, Tonga to Savusavu, Fiji. Approaching Oneata Passage in southern Lau Group. Land in sight! Lost our wind around midnight so motorsailing now. Wind starting to increase...hope to sail soon. All is well on board.


Sun Oct 2 7:33 2016 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 123.7nm (223.9km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.8nm
19 06s 176 08w
Weather: 12 knts from SE 40% cloud cover baro 1015

About 300 miles from Savusavu. All is well onboard


Fri Sep 30 7:29 2016 NZDT
Run: 12.8nm (23.2km)
19 50.46S 174 24.35W

Anchored at Uoleva Island, Ha'apai Tonga. Leaving tomorrow for Savusavu Fiji. A weather update from David would be greatly appreciated. [Wind 3 knots from NE, 40% cloud cover, barometer 1013, humidity 88% (we are breathing through gills)]


Thu Sep 29 6:41 2016 NZDT
20 01S 174 28W

Anchored at Limu Island, Ha'apai Tonga. Spectacular dislay yesterday of Mammatus clouds beneath a passing T-storm anvil.  I've seen this just once before, in Texas, beneath a storm that produced damaging tornados.  This one certainly got our attention!  [Wind 3 knots from E, 20% cloud cover, barometer 1011]


Mammatus clouds in passing thunder storm
Wed Sep 28 7:10 2016 NZDT
Run: 28.4nm (51.4km)
20 01S 174 28W

Anchored at Limu Island in Ha'apai, Tonga. [Wind 10 knots from WNW, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1010, humidity 89%...yuck..]


Glad to see you are keeping your skin nice and hydrated with a little humidity. Just think, an hour in a commercial jet will have you dried out in quick order. Miss you two! xoxoxoxo
Tue Sep 27 7:27 2016 NZDT
20 17S 174 48W

Anchored at Nomuka Iki Island in Tonga. We are looking at leaving Pangai for Savu Savu, Fiji on Saturday. We see light SE winds for the 3 day passage arriving midday on Tuesday. What are David's thoughts?

[Wind 3 knots from NNW, 60% cloud cover, barometer 1012]


Mon Sep 26 7:22 2016 NZDT
20 17S 174 48W

Anchored at Nomuka Iki Island in Tonga. Spectacular day here yesterday with more clear skies and light winds this morning.

[5 knots from E, 5% cloud cover, barometer 1014]


Sat Sep 24 6:29 2016 NZST
Run: 36nm (65.2km)
20 17S 174 48W

Anchored at Nomuka Iki Island. More whale swimming planning for today with the folks from Whale Discoveries.

[Wind 1 knot from SE, 0% cloud cover, barometer 1013]


Aaaaahh, some more whale swimming. How super. Please say hi to 'the Sheenies' from us. xx
Fri Sep 23 4:40 2016 NZST
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)
19 52S 174 28W

Anchored off Luangahu Island in Ha'apai, Tonga.

[Wind 7 knots from SW, 0% cloud cover, barometer 1011]


Thu Sep 22 6:51 2016 NZST
19 43S 174 17W

Anchored off Nukunamo Island in Ha'apai, Tonga. Word of our import permit extension woes is spreading through the cruising community and the Tongan business owners that we've patronized are very upset. Media attention is likely.  Small correction to yesterday's post...It is the Ministry of Revenue and Customs that handles temporary import permits.  The Ministry of Tourism has now been advised of the situation.


[Wind 5 knots from WNW, 20% cloud cover, barometer 1011]


Wed Sep 21 5:54 2016 NZST
Run: 69.8nm (126.3km)
19 43S 174 17W

Anchored off Nukunamo Island in Ha'apai, Tonga. Here is some important information for cruisers planning to spend a season in Tonga. Temporary import permit extensions beyond the original 4 month period are no longer being given. The following is an email we received from the CEO of the Ministry of Revenue and Customs when we requested just a 2 month extension.


Dear Mark,


Thank you for your responding to the email.


Please note that we don’t allow Yachts to remain in Tonga for 12 Months period. The hurricane season here in Tonga starts in October. The weather is amble now for sailing if you are intending to sail to NZ, waiting until November is more vulnerable for you.


Secondly, the Ministry’s concern for pleasure Craft is the transportation of drugs and doing illegal businesses here in Tonga during the Whale Watching Season. This has caused us to discourage yachts and pleasure craft to stay in Tonga longer than 4 months.


We want to encourage and promote our tourist industry but not the yachts as it doesn’t have much impact on our economy.


Therefore am only granted you an extension of one month, which implied that you will be legally permitted to remain in Tonga until the 24th of October.


Malo ‘Aupito,


It appears that, as sailors, we are suspect for engaging in illegal activities and, despite all that we've spent here, don't contribute enough to Tonga's tourism economy. At present, we are not feeling very welcome here!


[Wind 4 knots from SE, 90% cloud cover, barometer 1013]


Fri Sep 9 5:26 2016 NZST
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
18 43S 174 08W

Anchored in the Blue Lagoon near Hunga Island, Vava'u Tonga. Wind 6 knots from E, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1013.


Thu Sep 8 5:52 2016 NZST
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
18 42S 174 02W

Anchored at Port Maurelle. Wind 6 knots from E, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1016.


Tue Sep 6 6:54 2016 NZST
Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)
18 40S 173 59W

In Neiafu Harbour, Vava'u Tonga. Wind 10-12 from ESE, 60% cloud cover, barometer 1017


Hi Mark and Ann - it's Dan from 'Avalon'. Just wanted to check in. I'm in Croatia awaiting the beginning of my own 2-week charter here. Then I'll join Tom on his sail from Fiji to NZ in early November. Hope all is well. If you ever need extra crew, please keep me in mind! I'm trying to log miles and gain experience.... Thanks, all the best!
Mon Sep 5 5:37 2016 NZST
Run: 11nm (19.9km)
18 43S 174 06W

Anchored at Vaka'eitu Island in Vava'u, Tonga. Winds were fresh from SE over the weekend but now easing and backing a bit. Wind 10-14 knots from E, 60% cloud cover, barometer 1017.


Fri Sep 2 5:43 2016 NZST
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
18 42S 173 56W

Anchored at Kenutu Island in Vava'u, Tonga. More clouds returned during early morning hours. Winds remain fresh. Wind 20 knots from SE, 100% cloud cover, barometer 1014.


Thu Sep 1 6:02 2016 NZST
18 45S 174 00W

Anchored at Ngau Island in Vava'u, Tonga. Skies cleared late yesterday after a day of moderate to heavy rain. Rain returned early this morning but has now ended. Beautiful sunrise!

Wind 4 knots from N, 95% cloud cover, barometer 1013.


Wed Aug 31 6:21 2016 NZST
Run: 4.1nm (7.4km)
18 45S 174 00W

Anchored at Ngau Island in Vava'u, Tonga. We sighted and photographed a 2 meter long Leopard shark while snorkeling yesterday. Very cool!! Wind calm, 89% humidity, 100% cloud cover, barometer 1015.


Tue Aug 30 6:59 2016 NZST
18 42S 174 02W

Anchored at Port Maurelle in Vava'u, Tonga. A few gentle showers fell during the night but skies are mostly sunny this morning. Wind 7 knots from E, 40% cloud cover, barometer 1017.


Mon Aug 29 6:35 2016 NZST
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
18 42S 174 02W

Anchored at Port Maurelle in Vava'u, Tonga. Spectacular late afternoon swim yesterday through Swallows' Cave with a massive school of bait fish.


Thu Aug 25 6:15 2016 NZST
Run: 75.2nm (136.1km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 75.8nm
18 40S 173 59W

Anchored in Neiafu Harbor after a lively and fast passage north from Ha'apai yesterday. Guests from home are arriving on Saturday.

Wind 8 knots from SE, 80% cloud cover, barometer 1018.


Wed Aug 24 6:27 2016 NZST
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
19 43S 174 17W

Anchored at north end of Foa Island. Leaving this morning for Vava'u. Beautiful sunny day here. Wind 14 from SE, 10% cloud cover, barometer 1017


Tue Aug 23 7:00 2016 NZST
Run: 731.4nm (1323.8km)
Avg: 29.4knts
24hr: 706.4nm
19 47s 174 21w
Weather: 9 knts from ESE 98% cloud cover baro 1016

Anchored near Pangai on Lifuka Island. Glorious sunshine here yesterday. We are planning to sail north to Neiafu tomorrow.


If you hang around Vava'u another month I might come knocking on your hull. I will be flying in September 30th to do the Vava'u Blue water Festival. (Menno is flying over from Vanuatu to work as my assistant)
Mon Aug 22 6:09 2016 NZST
Run: 728nm (1317.7km)
Avg: 1292.9knts
24hr: 31030.7nm
19 50S 174 24E

Wind 12 from SE, clear skies, barometer 1016


Mon Aug 22 5:35 2016 NZST
Run: 21.7nm (39.3km)
19 50S 174 24W

Anchored at Uoleva Island. Beautiful, sunny day yesterday for pleasant sail from Ha'afeva. Heading back north to Vava'u this week to meet guests flying in from the States.


Sun Aug 21 6:18 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 56s 174 43w
Weather: 13 knts from SE 80% cloud cover baro 1012

Anchored at Ha'afeva Island. We moved to east side of island yesterday as wind backed to the west. We had a peaceful night serenaded by the sound of singing whales clearly heard through our hulls.


Wow, sounds awesome. You guys are clearly enjoying a fab time with the whales.
Sat Aug 20 6:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
19 56s 174 43w
Weather: 6 knts from NW 100% cloud cover baro 1012

Anchored at Ha'afeva Island. Moderate rain falling. We're beginning to grow moss between our toes.


Fri Aug 19 6:21 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 22.8nm (41.3km)
19 56s 174 43w
Weather: 7 knts from SW 100% cloud cover baro 1012

Anchored at Ha'afeva Island after a pleasant motor-sail yesterday from Nomuka Island. No rain at present but dark clouds in all quadrants.


Thu Aug 18 6:27 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 15s 174 49w
Weather: 18-20 knts from SSE 100% cloud cover baro 1010

Anchored at Nomuka Island. South wind shift at 0300 accompanied by heavy rain.

falling.


Wed Aug 17 6:33 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 15s 174 49w
Weather: 7 knts from N 100% cloud cover baro 1014

Repositioned at Nomuka Island for backing winds. Moderate rain falling.


Tue Aug 16 6:21 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 15s 174 49w
Weather: 11-13 knts from SE 100% cloud cover baro 1014

Anchored at Nomuka Island.


Mon Aug 15 6:03 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
20 15s 174 49w
Weather: 12-15 knts from SE 98% cloud cover baro 1015

Anchored at Nomuka Island near Whale Discoveries "Beach Barn".

More whale swimming adventures on tap for today.


Sun Aug 14 6:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
20 15s 174 48w
Weather: 11 knts from SE 98% cloud cover baro 1016

Anchored at Nomuka Island. We still smiling from another awesome experience of swimming with whales yesterday...memories that will last a lifetime!


Sat Aug 13 6:33 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 17s 174 48w
Weather: 15 knts from E 60% cloud cover baro 1018

Still anchored at Nomuka'iki Island. More whale swimming planned for today.


Fri Aug 12 6:27 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 17s 174 48w
Weather: 15-17 knts from ESE 98% cloud cover baro 1018

Still anchored at Nomuka'iki Island. We had some sunshine yesterday with lighter winds and a fantastic experience with the folks at Whale Discoveries. We spent time in the water with a very friendly and curious Humpback and got some amazing, up close and personal video and stills. What a day!!


Magical moments!!!!!!! Hope we get to see the photos and movies one day. Big hugs to both of you.

Hello from Kiapa. What a great gift to be near the humpbacks. Love. From Lionel and Irene.
Thu Aug 11 6:03 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 17s 174 48w
Weather: 14-16 knts from SE 98% cloud cover baro 1017

Still anchored at Nomuka'iki Island. Heading out with a local company today for swimming with whales


Wed Aug 10 6:03 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 17s 174 48w
Weather: 23-25 knts from ESE 98% cloud cover baro 1015

Still anchored at Nomuka'iki Island. Boatbound yesterday with rain and fresh winds. Hoping for better weather today!


Sounds like you've had the same weather we've been experiencing. But the locals and farmers are happy. Crops have had a drink, and water tanks are full!
Tue Aug 9 6:36 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 17s 174 48w
Weather: 7 knts from E 98% cloud cover baro 1016

Anchored at Nomuka'iki Island. We enjoyed the snorkeling and beach combimg here yesterday despite the gloomy weather. Looks like more of the same for today.


Mon Aug 8 6:36 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
20 17s 174 48w
Weather: 8-10 knts from E 100% cloud cover baro 1013

Anchored at Nomuka'iki Island. Wind shifted from NW to SE at noon yesterday and we experienced one significant squall with heavy rain and wind gusts to 30 knots. Holding here is excellent with nearby reefs and islands providing reasonable protection.


Sat Aug 6 5:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 19nm (34.4km)
20 05s 174 45w
Weather: 4 knts from WSW 10% cloud cover baro 1012

Anchored in crystal clear water at Wickham Reef. Moving to O'ua Island this morning


Fri Aug 5 5:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
20 01s 174 28w
Weather: 6 knts from ENE 40% cloud cover baro 1014

Anchored at lovely Limu Island. Moving to O'ua or Ha'afeva today after scuba diving at Wickham Reef.


Thu Aug 4 6:32 2016 NZST
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
19 58S 174 29W

Anchored at Uonukuhihifo Island. Wind E at 10-12 Knots, Sky clear, barometetr 1017


Wed Aug 3 5:46 2016 NZST
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
19 57s 174 28w

Anchored at Tofanga Island. Wind SSE at 18-20 kts, sky 10% cloud, barometer 1013


Tue Aug 2 6:21 2016 NZST
19 51S 174 25W

Wind WSW at 5kts, 100% cloud cover, barometer 1011


Mon Aug 1 5:24 2016 NZST
19 51S 174 25W

Peaceful night at Uoleva Island with occasional light rain showers. Wind slowly backing to NNW. Wind currently 9 knots from N, sky 70% cloud, barometer 1011


Sat Jul 30 6:21 2016 NZST
Run: 15.4nm (27.9km)
19 51S 174 25W

Still anchored at Uoleva Island. Wind ESE 7, 60% cloud cover, barometer 1015. We walked the entire circumference of the island at low tide yesterday (about 5 miles) and our feet are feeling a bit tender this morning.


Thu Jul 28 6:14 2016 NZST
Run: 50.7nm (91.8km)
19 40S 174 17W

Anchored at Ha'ano Island in Tonga"s Ha'apai Group. Wind ESE 12-14, sky 20% cloud, barometer 1017. All is well on board.


Wed Jul 27 7:35 2016 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
18 57S 174 07W
Weather: ESE12, 1m se swell

in sight of Gypsea Heart on the way to Hapaais, Tonga


May see you soon enough, headed your way from T Basin ,,,,,,if we can cut the cord!
Thu Jul 21 6:31 2016 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
18 45S 174 04W

Anchored next to "Whistler" off Mounu Island in Vav'au. We're looking forward to our first kite boarding lesson today. Wind 15-17 from SSE, 50% cloud cover, barometer 1016.


Hi Guys! Kite-boarding? Good for you! I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes. Miss you, xo

Helloooooo dear Anne and Mark, good to see you are back on board and out enjoying the 360 blue view! And AWEsome to hear you plan to learn to kite! Maybe we will end up kiting together somewhere? That would be nice. xx Irene and Lionel
Mon Jul 11 5:46 2016 NZST
No position sent.

Back aboard after 6 weeks in the States. Now anchored at Kenutu Island in Vava'u, Tonga. Wind NW at 5kts, less than 10% cloud cover, barometer 1012. Looks like another spectacular day in the tropics!


Wed Jun 1 6:24 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 133.6nm (241.8km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.4nm
18 40s 174 05w
Weather: 5 knts from E 20% cloud cover baro 1016

Arriving Neiafu after a pleasant overnight sail from Kelefesia.


Tue May 31 6:43 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
20 30s 174 44w
Weather: 5 knts from E 10% cloud cover baro 1017

Anchored at Kelefesia Island. Leaving soon for Neiafu.


Mon May 30 6:27 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 45nm (81.5km)
20 30s 174 44w
Weather: 5 knts from E 20% cloud cover baro 1018

Anchored at spectacular Kelefesia Island. Will continue north to Vava'u tomorrow.


Hi Anne and Mark, yes, isn't Kelefesia THE most beautiful spot. Did you hook up with Dave and Tris before reaching Vavau? xx Irene
Sun May 29 5:58 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 17.4nm (31.5km)
21 02s 175 08w
Weather: 8 knts from NE 60% cloud cover baro 1017

Anchored at lovely Molinoa Island. Heading north to Kelefesia today.


Sat May 28 6:52 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)
21 16s 175 02w
Weather: 7 knts from NNE 100% cloud cover baro 1018 light rain

Anchored in the rain at Pangaimotu getting ready to head for Neiafu.


Wed May 25 7:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 38.6nm (69.9km)
21 08s 175 10w
Weather: 5 knts from E 10% cloud cover baro 1016

Anchored at Pangaimotu in front of Big Mama's with 11 other yachts.


Yay! Passage completed. Let the fun begin...but write your name on the board at Big Mama's first!
Tue May 24 6:24 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 144.3nm (261.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.9nm
21 19s 175 44w
Weather: 4 knts from S 10% cloud cover baro 1015

30 miles from Egeria Channel entrance to Nuku'alofa. Motoring.

All is well on board. Burgers and beers at Big Mama's tonight!


Hi Mark & Anne , Congratulations on a safe first passage in 360B , we are still in the Town Basin planning to depart to Fiji , I expect we will be waiting on weather at least another week, Wedding in Chapel Hill was great and we enjoyed our time there , we have been back in NZ a week , so just getting organised with stores etc , We look out for you later in the season , we are going to try to get the Banks Is as well , we depart from Noumea back to NZ, Warm Regards Doug & Sandra
Mon May 23 6:40 2016 NZST
Speed: 4knts
Run: 114.5nm (207.2km)
22 40s 177 27w
Weather: 11-13 knts from SSW 100% cloud cover baro 1012

Departed N. Minerva yesterday en route to Nuku'alofa Tonga. All is well on board.


Sat May 21 7:07 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
23 39s 178 54w
Weather: 6 knts from E 90% cloud cover baro 1014

Anchored at North Minerva. All is well on board. Looking at possible midweek departure for Vava'u.


Hi Anne and Mark, Thanks for email updates. Happy to hear you are safe in Minerva Reef. Sorry the passage was so lousy for you. Wish I could have been with you though! I am sailing vicariously through you! Nice to hear you have been diving. It's been raining and cold here after a teaser of 70's and sunshine. Have had the heat on in the house again. Let me know when you launch for Tonga. xo, Abbe
Fri May 20 6:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
23 39s 178 54w
Weather: 5 knts from SE 40% cloud cover baro 1018

Anchored at North Minerva. All is well on board.


Hope you are enjoying the snorkeling. Glad to hear from you. Hope to see you soon.
Thu May 19 6:40 2016 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 46.2nm (83.6km)
23 39s 178 54w
Weather: 10 knts from SSE 10% cloud cover baro 1016

Anchored at North Minerva. All is well on board.


Nice work! Enjoying watching your progress on this site. Hope Anne feels better soon...
Wed May 18 6:46 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 143.8nm (260.3km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.4nm
24 12s 179 19w
Weather: 15-18 knts from SE 40% cloud cover baro 1016

17 miles from South Minerva. ETA 10am. If conditions are too bumpy there, we'll continue to North Minerva. All is well on board.


Happy sailing on your new baby! Safe voyage to you two...
Tue May 17 6:22 2016 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 163.8nm (296.5km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.3nm
26 08s 179 50e
Weather: 5-7 knts from S 30% cloud cover baro 1015

Motor sailing in pleasant conditions. All is well on board.


Mon May 16 6:52 2016 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 159.4nm (288.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.8nm
28 14s 178 36e
Weather: 5-7 knts from NE 10% cloud cover baro 1016

Rough, wet and windy day yesterday as we transitioned convergence zone.

Lots of very heavy rain, some lightening and winds 25-30 knts. Nice today, all is well on board.


Sun May 15 6:37 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 149.4nm (270.4km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.6nm
30 25s 177 45e
Weather: 9 knts from NE 100% cloud cover baro 1018

Pleasant sailing with some motoring yesterday. Winds remain fairly light and now nearly on the nose so started motor sailing again at 0600. All is well on board except that poor Anne has a nasty cold.


Keeping close watch on your maiden cat voyage ... Know you have blue water friends thinking of you! Look forward to hearing more details... Take care and hope that cold gets chased away by some steady trade winds and warm breezes... Cheers-H,J&S
Sat May 14 6:29 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 146nm (264.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.9nm
32 21s 176 37e
Weather: 3 knts from WSW 5% cloud cover baro 1021

Perfect day of sailing under sunny skies yesterday. Winds went light at sunset so our speed dropped to around 4 knots through the night. Winds are now light and variable so we started motor sailing at 0600. All is well on board.


Fri May 13 6:08 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
34 17s 175 36e
Weather: 15 knts from SW 10% cloud cover baro 1017

Departed Marsden Cove yesterday at 1300. Motorsailed in light air till 1600 then picked up 14-16 knt from NW. Good sailing through the night. All is well onboard though not sure yet about the catamaran's motion at sea. It's not really bad, just different from good old "Blue Rodeo".


margykrause@gmail.com Have a safe and comfortable trip! We'll be watching for your updates!
Thu May 12 6:28 2016 NZST
No position sent.

Leaving Marsden Cove for Minerva this afternoon.


Wed May 11 6:35 2016 NZST
No position sent.

Now at Marsden Cove. Leaving here for Tonga via Minerva Reef tomorrow.


Mon May 9 7:28 2016 NZST
No position sent.

Leaving Town Basin for Marsden Cove tomorrow. Heading for Tonga via Minerva at the end of the week.


Sun May 1 21:12 2016 NZST
No position sent.

In Whangarei waiting for Tonga weather window


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