Thumbs Up

Wed Dec 6 8:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 27 27.392s 153 11.461e
Run: 111.4nm (201.6km)

Automated update from App.

Thu Nov 16 8:17 2017 NZDT
GPS: 26 43S 151 35E
Run: 907.2nm (1642km)
Weather: 1018

awob but hard to hear Pietre. 55 to go

Fri Oct 27 13:27 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 35S 164 16E
Run: 30.7nm (55.6km)
Weather: 5S, 20%cc, 1012

Koumac. Planning to cruise south next week - slowly. Easterly winds please David! All is well

Mon Oct 23 8:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 13S 164 0E
Run: 186.5nm (337.6km)

northern lagoon with not a great forecast

Tue Oct 17 8:35 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 42S 166 50E
Run: 20.8nm (37.6km)

cannot hear Pieter too well but will try again

Sat Oct 14 12:18 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 39S 166 31E
Run: 42nm (76km)

Good morning, Thumbs Up is still at Ouvea atoll in the Loyalties. the waether is perfect and really enjoying it here ! We planning this sunday to sail over to the East Coast of N.C . to Tohou and from there on to the Northern part of N.C. All is well on board !

Tue Oct 10 9:05 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 47S 167 09E
Run: 89nm (161.1km)

In Lifou and heading soon to Ouvea.

Mon Oct 2 8:33 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 02S 167 29E
Run: 34.8nm (63km)
Weather: 15SE

heading to Mare in the Loyalties and then will work up the chain and across to the north of Grande Terre.

Thu Sep 28 8:57 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 32S 167 25E
Run: 27.8nm (50.3km)
Weather: 5S

in Isle of Pines

Fri Sep 22 7:36 2017 NZST
GPS: 22 39S 167 0E
Run: 44.1nm (79.8km)
Weather: 2var, 30%cc, 1019

In the isle de Pins enjoying calm weather

Fri Sep 8 13:39 2017 NZST
GPS: 22 16.617s 166 26.396e
Run: 207.1nm (374.9km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63.6nm

enjoying the sights of new Cal after a bumpy trip from Vanuatu.

Tue Sep 5 7:30 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 18S 166 48E
Run: 137.7nm (249.2km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.1nm
Weather: ese8, 80%cc

all well

Mon Sep 4 7:34 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 19S 166 36E
Run: 247.8nm (448.5km)
Weather: ESE20

On passage to Lifou in the Loyalties, new Caledonia

Sat Aug 19 7:48 2017 NZST
GPS: 13 51S 167 33E
Run: 114.9nm (208km)

Thumbs Up is at present for anchor in Sola Bay , Vanua Lava at the Banks Is ! As was first the plan to go to the Solomons is not going to be so we are sailing from here via rhe westcoast of Espiritu Santos back to Santo and going from there to New Caledonia

Sun Aug 13 9:50 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 29s 167 14e
Run: 94.4nm (170.9km)

For anchor at Palikulo Bay , planning to go to Hog Harbour today, 30 percent cloudcover and 10 kt wind from SE, al well on board

Tue Aug 8 18:31 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 31s 167 99e
Run: 34.5nm (62.4km)

For anchor at Luganvile , all well on board !

Sat Aug 5 7:59 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 33S 168 08E
Run: 65.7nm (118.9km)
Weather: 15ese, 60%cc

top of Pentecost Island

Mon Jul 31 9:32 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 26.387s 167 47.073e
Run: 1565.7nm (2833.9km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.6nm

For anchor at Port Sandwich going today back to Maskylyne Islands

All well on board!

Wed Jul 19 9:54 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 44.470S 168 32.3730518W
Run: 712nm (1288.7km)
Avg: 13419.9knts
24hr: 322077.5nm

Tumbs Up is at present for anchor at Port Villa

All is well on board.

Wed Jul 19 9:51 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 34.84264S 179 3.31055W
Run: 804.8nm (1456.7km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158nm
Weather: Verry nice day , some cloud , 10 kt wind from S E , and verry nice temps!

Thumbs Up is at present for anchor at Port Villa !

All wel on board!

Fri Jul 14 7:36 2017 NZST
GPS: 20 11S 169 42E
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
Weather: 15SE, 1016

heading to port resolution Tanna

Wed Jul 12 7:57 2017 NZST
GPS: 20 14.200S 169 46.558E
Run: 235.8nm (426.8km)

leaving tomorrow for Tanna

Sat Jul 8 7:56 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 10S 173 13E
Run: 186.3nm (337.2km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 183.7nm
Weather: 15SE, 1014, 40%cc, 1.5

eta Aneityum sunday afternoon at this rate. AWOB and enjoying the ride.

Fri Jul 7 7:35 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 16S 175 54E
Run: 105.8nm (191.5km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 73.5nm
Weather: 15SE

eta Aneityum late sun, Monday

Wed Jul 5 21:03 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 40.81471S 177 23.17355E
Run: 96.2nm (174.1km)

Thumbs up is at present in Vuda Point Marina and ready to leave tomorrow for Aneityum Is in Vanuatu !

Looking forward to a good sail !! And a new adventure !!

Thu Jun 29 18:12 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 52.06287S 178 34.15527E
Run: 62nm (112.2km)

We are sfter a great sail for anchor at Lekubi Pt ,

Leaving tomorrow for Yadua Is , we had a great day with good patches of bleu sky and plenty of wind !!

Al is well on board !

Tue Jun 27 13:12 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 46S 179 30E
Run: 100.5nm (181.9km)

Thumbs Up is on mooring bouy at the Copra Shed Marina , enjoying a great time in and around Savusavu !

Leaving tomorrow for Namena Is . Al is well on board !

Wed Jun 14 7:37 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 09S 179 02W
Run: 44.4nm (80.4km)
Weather: 15SE, 60%cc, 1016

On their way from Vanua Balava to Taveuni

Wed Jun 7 8:07 2017 NZST
GPS: 17 40S 179 26W
Run: 179.9nm (325.6km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 176.6nm
Weather: 2-3m swell, no rain, 25ese overnight

35 to Vanua Balavu. Note change of destination!

Tue Jun 6 7:40 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 12S 178 21E
Run: 227.6nm (412km)
Avg: 11.8knts
24hr: 282.4nm
Weather: 14SE, 80%cc,

On passage to Fuluga in the southern Lau group

Mon Jun 5 12:19 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 04S 178 10W
Run: 193.7nm (350.6km)
Avg: 1291.3knts
24hr: 30992nm

We are still at Kadavu Is and enjoying It ! Planninig to leave early Teusday morning for Fulanga Is ! All wel onboord and hoping for a nice sail tomorrow !

Mon Jun 5 12:10 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 26.79734S 177 7.29492W
Run: 360.8nm (653km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.2nm

Enjoying Kadavu Is , planning to leave early tuesday for Fulaga Is , all good here and hoping for a nice trip !

Thu Jun 1 13:12 2017 NZST
GPS: 19 02S 178 07E
Run: 65.9nm (119.3km)
Weather: winds 10 knt from S E and a verry nice day

Bwe are at present at the westeren part of Kadavu Is , and enjoying this part of Fiji verry much ! We are planning to go from the Sth side to Valuga Is , its about 200 nm from here ,

Mon May 22 8:16 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 07.440s 178 25.274e
Run: 387.4nm (701.2km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 190.8nm
Weather: squally, 25kts, heavy rain

just entering the harbour at Suva. Will be pleased to be out of the conditions

Sat May 20 7:33 2017 NZST
GPS: 23 38S 177 19E
Run: 139.4nm (252.3km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.5nm
Weather: 1015, 14ene, 50%cc

eta tuesday but likely to go into suva now to avoid weather if they proceeded further to Savusavu

Fri May 19 7:34 2017 NZST
GPS: 25 38S 177 02E
Run: 116.3nm (210.5km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 116.3nm
Weather: 1017, ese6

eta Savusavu Mon/tues but there is wx coming

Thu May 18 7:35 2017 NZST
GPS: 26 49S 175 42E
Run: 102.3nm (185.2km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.2nm

radio noise this mornign so will try for more info after the wx round up

Wed May 17 7:33 2017 NZST
GPS: 28 14S 176 11E
Run: 142.3nm (257.6km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.6nm
Weather: 1020, NNE20, gusting to 30 o/n, 50%cc

all well and a good signal from Pietre this am.

Tue May 16 7:46 2017 NZST
GPS: 30 17S 176 24E
Run: 133.6nm (241.8km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.2nm
Weather: NNE20, 1022, 100%

seas not too bad. Good progress. All well

Mon May 15 8:03 2017 NZST
GPS: 32 13S 176 23E
Run: 232.4nm (420.6km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.3nm
Weather: 80%cc, 1024, SE wind

on passage to Fiji

Fri May 12 11:29 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 0S 174 7.02688E
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)

Thumbs Up is leaving saturday the 13 / 05 Opua for her voyage to Fiji , Savusavu ! We are hoping for fair winds and nice weather !

All wel up here and the spirit is high !!

Mon May 8 16:41 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 9.19968s 174 9.43404e
Run: 359.1nm (650km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106nm

Correcting their position. Did not like to see them mid ocean with a TC coming!

Fri May 5 7:23 2017 NZST
GPS: 30 14.11154S 172 9.92249E
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)

Thumbs Up is waiting for a departure for the 10 the of May ! Hopefully that is going to work better !

All is wel in Opua !

Tue May 2 21:03 2017 NZST
GPS: 30 14.40518S 172 10.66406E
Run: 676.3nm (1224.1km)

Waiting in Opua for departure the 5 of May to Fiji .

Getting cold uphere so time to move North again !

Sun Dec 11 16:42 2016 NZDT
GPS: 33 29.18613S 176 56.74805W
Run: 307.9nm (557.3km)
Avg: 18787.1knts
24hr: 450890.8nm

Moored in Marsden Cove Marina

Sun Dec 11 16:41 2016 NZDT
GPS: 33 47.84453S 177 42.89063E
Run: 223.3nm (404.2km)

In Marsden Cove Marina

Thu Dec 1 7:33 2016 NZDT
GPS: 35 9.19968s 174 9.43404e
Run: 178nm (322.2km)

Still in opua enjoying the cold weather.

Wed Nov 23 8:37 2016 NZDT
GPS: 32 38S 173 31E
Run: 146nm (264.3km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.8nm
Weather: ESE3, 1024,

160 to Opua. yee Ha

Tue Nov 22 8:35 2016 NZDT
GPS: 30 34S 173 00E
Run: 156.9nm (284km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.4nm
Weather: 12E, 10%cc, 1.5mSSW

all well. Last report from GHRadio will be tomorrow as we are off. Sorry Dee!

Mon Nov 21 8:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 28 18S 173 08E
Run: 158.5nm (286.9km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.8nm
Weather: Se10, 100%cc, 0.5m chop

420 to Opua

Sun Nov 20 8:33 2016 NZDT
GPS: 26 04S 173 43E
Run: 171.4nm (310.2km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 171.5nm
Weather: 100%cc, 1.5m swell, 1017

all ok

Sat Nov 19 8:33 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 42S 174 32E
Run: 123nm (222.6km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.7nm
Weather: 10SSE, 1.5m swell, 80%cc

all well on board but grumbling about wind direction

Fri Nov 18 8:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 22 38S 176 05E
Run: 89.6nm (162.2km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.6nm
Weather: SSW13, 40%cc

Radio conditions not so good today

Thu Nov 17 8:31 2016 NZDT
GPS: 21 24S 176 31E
Run: 131.3nm (237.7km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.9nm
Weather: 1010, E wind, 10%cc,

all well. Good radio signal

Wed Nov 16 8:37 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 31S 176 47E
Run: 169.4nm (306.6km)
Weather: 1012, 9ESE,

good night with a beautiful moon. Also great signal, Dee.

Sun Oct 30 7:49 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 06S 177 13E
Run: 1694nm (3066.1km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.4nm
Weather: Wind 16 kt from S E , 80 % cloud cover , baro 1080 ml.

Yasawas. Waiting for crew Chris to arrive. Dee will be watching YIT

Tue Oct 4 8:07 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 40.824s 177 23.160e
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
Weather: Wind SE 4-6 knots, cloud 10%, Bar 1011, Temp 23c, Hum 80%

At Vuda Marina prepping the boat to be left here while the skipper flys to Brisbane for a couple of weeks. There will also be a crew change here as Dee ends her Pacific Islands adventures. What a fantastic 5 months of cruising!

Many thanks to all at Gulf Harbour Radio for their extensive weather coverage which has made the experience so much more enjoyable. Well done everyone.

Mon Oct 3 8:07 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 35.345s 177 26.798e
Weather: Wind ESE 4 knots, high cloud 70% clear to the north, Bar 1011, temp 24c, hum 77%

We had a battle with the mosquitos last night at the Latoka Harbour anchorage.

Moving today to Vuda.

Sun Oct 2 22:36 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 35.338s 177 26.809e
Run: 24.5nm (44.3km)
Weather: No SE trades at Latoka. Very light NW breeze, flat seas.

Arrived at Latoka Harbour anchorage at 3:15 pm today. Quite the culture shock after cruising in Tonga and Fiji for 5 months and mostly favouring uninhabited anchorages. Tomorrow we contact Vuda Point Marina to arrange for a berth for a few weeks. On Friday Pieter and I fly to Brisbane.

Sat Oct 1 18:40 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 23.965s 177 45.626e
Run: 4.2nm (7.6km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 68.7nm
Weather: Calm flat sea all round, breeze NW

At anchorage at Vatia Wharf on north coast of Viti Levu.

Very strange weather! A very hazy, low cloudy sky and the atmosphere feels eerie!

Sat Oct 1 17:12 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 20.654s 177 44.006e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.4nm
Weather: Calm, flat sea, some cloud in a very hazy sky.

Motoring towards the Ba Passage for an overnight anchorage. The great sailing wind of SE 17 knots has died out completely leaving the skipper totally confused. Where are the predicted SE trades? Maybe we should have stayed at Yadua to enjoy another great day of snorkelling in our special bay?

Fri Sep 30 8:29 2016 NZDT
GPS: 16 49S 178 19E
Run: 17.6nm (31.9km)
Weather: SE5, flat seas, 205cc, 1010, 25C, RH85

Yandua Island

Thu Sep 29 7:50 2016 NZDT
GPS: 16 51.939s 178 34.704e
Weather: Wind NNW 4 knots, cloud 50% to the south, bar 1010, temp 24c, hum 82%

At Bua Bay, Lekubi Point, West Coast Vanua Levu.

Going to Yadua Island today for some snorkelling- Pieter wants to pester the lizards; only joking!

Hopefully the sun will keep shining.

Wed Sep 28 18:24 2016 NZDT
GPS: 16 51.932s 178 34.709e
Run: 46.1nm (83.4km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.9nm
Weather: Wind NW 6 knots, 100% cloud cover, light misty rain, flat seas, bar 1008, temp 24c, hum 75%

At anchorage in Bua Bay on west coast of Vanua Levu. Motor sailed early in very light conditions, wind in southern quadrant. Pieter caught a grey mackerel as we exited the Nasonisoni Passage, just as we had the sails set and the motor off. By noon the sky had closed in and we had a heavy shower. 100% cloud cover all afternoon with occasional light showers. Big fish jumping close by.

Wed Sep 28 8:23 2016 NZDT
GPS: 16 48.773s 179 16.551e
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.2nm
Weather: Wind N 5 knots, cloud 50%, bar 1010, temp 25c, hum 81%

Departed Cousteau's Resort 7:00 am heading to SW anchorage on Vanua Levu for tonight. Motor sailing.

Tue Sep 27 8:21 2016 NZDT
GPS: 16 46.650s 179 20.018e
Weather: Wind at anchorage ENE 2 knots, cloud 5%, bar 1010, temp 24c, hum 80%

Departing Savusavu by noon to commence our passage to Vuda Point Marina.

Mon Sep 26 8:14 2016 NZDT
GPS: 16 46.657s 179 20.015e
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
Weather: Calm, no cloud, bar 1012, temp 23c, hum 80%

Moored at Savusavu for shopping and washing today.

Departing Tuesday or Wednesday to make our way through the reef passages towards Vuda Point Marina by next Monday or Tuesday.

Sat Sep 24 6:44 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 48.625s 179 17.239e
Run: 11.5nm (20.8km)
Weather: Wind NE 4 knots, cloud 50% in southern quadrant, bar 1011, temp 23c, hum 78%

At anchor at Cousteau's Resort enjoying another delightful Fijian spring morning. Later this morning we will go to Savusavu to pick up a mooring. We will buy some fresh supplies after being away for 6 weeks and do a mountain of washing. The plan is to depart on Tuesday to sail to Vuda Point Marina where Pieter will leave the boat for 2 weeks while he has a visit home to Brisbane.

Fri Sep 23 12:51 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 49.186s 179 27.675e
Run: 28.4nm (51.4km)

Thursday we motored south inside the Rainbow Reef to exit through the southern pass; it was quite awesome on such a glorious morning. Then we sailed across the bay to Fawn Harbour; another peaceful and isolated anchorage.

Today, Friday, we are motor sailing across the SE coastline of Vanua Levu to overnight at Crousteau's anchorage. Maybe the resort will have been repaired from Cyclone Winston's damage in our month's absence and we might be able to dine there tonight.

Tomorrow we will head into Savusavu for supplies and to top up our Digicel Internet and Fiji phone.

An absolutely fabulous day for a sail!

Thu Sep 22 6:47 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.003s 179 53.090e
Run: 24.6nm (44.5km)
Weather: Wind SSE10 knots, cloud cover 25%, Bar 1011, Temp 25C, Hum 76%

At anchor in Viani Bay, Vanua Levu to see the ever cheerful Mr Jack Fisher who just loves to guide yachties to all the best dive and snorkelling sites.

Later today we will sail around to Fawn Bay if the sun keeps shining. Right now it is a magical morning here, and surprisingly, no clouds hanging low over Taveuni.

Wed Sep 21 7:09 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 43.862s 179 44.652w
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
Weather: Wind SE

At anchor at Matagi Island on a fantastically beautiful morning. Later today we will sail to an anchorage at the NW tip of Taveuni.

Tue Sep 20 9:54 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.913s 179 46.985w
Run: 57.7nm (104.4km)
Weather: SE 5-8 knots, 80% cloud, Bar 1012

Arrived at anchorage in Naiviivi Bay, Qamea Island at 8:30 pm Monday using previous track to make our entrance. Navionics App is so far out on its depths for here that it is scary!

Leaving soon for Matagi Island as we have light winds for a change.

Tue Sep 13 23:05 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 10.225s 179 1.202w
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)

At anchorage in Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu after another rough crossing of the Koro Sea from Komo Island last weekend.

Our 10 days in the magical lagoon of Fulaga Island with its crystal clear water and pristine coral reefs have been the highlight of 2016 for me. Fulaga is the Jewel of the Pacific, and the people were just so welcoming and keen to include us in their daily activities. Their hospitality was boundless; even the chief shared his lunch with us on our first visit to the village. The many meals prepared for us by our host family were delicious and memorable; Tai, Wati and Suka were wonderful hosts. Our wheelbarrow full of gifts to them paled in comparison to their generosity and their handcrafted parting gifts. An unforgettable experience!

Tue Sep 13 7:37 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 11S 179 01W
Weather: ese5-7

on the NW side of Vanua Balavu

Mon Sep 12 7:39 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 11S 179 01W
Run: 186.4nm (337.4km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.1nm
Weather: light rain, grey skies, E5-7, 1015, 21C

anchored just outside.

Fri Sep 9 7:35 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 40S 178 37E
Run: 187nm (338.5km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 93.5nm
Weather: SE5-8, 100%cc, 1013, 22C, 80%RH

good anchorage but a little rolly at high tide

Wed Sep 7 7:34 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 08s 178 34w
Weather: E7, 1016, 80%cc

heading to an island about 30nm north tomorrow

Fri Sep 2 7:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 08s 178 34w
Weather: SE18-20, 20%cc, 1014, 21C

great signal from Fuluga

Tue Aug 30 7:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 08s 178 34w
Weather: NE5, 1014

glorious day in Fuluga Lau Group Fiji

Mon Aug 29 7:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 08s 178 34w
Run: 175.3nm (317.3km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.6nm
Weather: 30%cc, E10, 1016

a beautiful day to Enjoy Fuluga in the southern Lau. This is a favourite cruiser spot.

Sat Aug 27 8:08 2016 NZST
6 knots
GPS: 16 52.758s 179 47.411w
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
Weather: Wind ESE 15 to 20 knots, 70% cloud, bar 1018, temp 24c, hum 72%, swell SE 1.5 m, short waves

We were intending to sail to Vanua Balavu but the wind is too hard on for us to sail that course. New plan is to overnight through the Koro Sea to Fulaga Island in the Southern Laus, to spend time exploring the lagoon. Right now it is a bit bumpy but I'm hopeful conditions will get better. At least we have some sun!

Fri Aug 26 20:48 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.923s 179 46.964w
Run: 17.4nm (31.5km)

Anchored in the most delightful Naiviivi Bay on NW side of Qamea Island after a great sail this afternoon from Somosomo. Tomorrow we plan to leave at 06:00 to sail to the Bay of Islands in the northern part of Vanua Balavu. From there the vague plan is to sail south through the Laus while the wind is favourable; we may do an overnight sail to reach Fulaga Island in the south with its magical lagoon. Once in the southern Laus we can then make our way slowly back north exploring all the Laus, using the SE trades to our advantage. Not sure when we will have Internet contact again.

Thu Aug 25 7:11 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.466s 179 57.246e
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
Weather: Wind NE 10knots, 5% cloud cover, bar 1015, temp 22C, hum 74%

Clear skies at last at Viani Bay - except for a long white cloud hanging over Taveuni.

Wed Aug 24 7:15 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 48.827s 179 58.176e
Run: 7nm (12.7km)
Weather: Wind W 3 knots, cloud 90%, bar 1012, temp 22c, hum 80%

Great snorkelling yesterday at the Fish Factory, Rainbow Reef in Somosomo Strait. More this morning before the wind picks up. Viani Bay has slightly better weather than Taveuni across the strait with misty rain hanging over the island.

Tue Aug 23 7:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.007s 179 53.246e
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
Avg: 16.6knts
24hr: 397.7nm

Don't know why the GPS put us in Somosomo Strait? We are moored in Viani Bay on Jack's mooring.

Tue Aug 23 7:15 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.012s 179 58.357e
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)
Weather: Wind ENE 8-10 knots, 100% cloud, light rain overnight, bar 1012, temp 23c, hum 82%

Where is the sun? At Viani Bay for a few more days.

Went snorkelling yesterday to Cabbage Patch at Rainbow Reef with Jack; if the wind is kind we are hoping to go snorkelling again today to the Fish Factory. Last night we had a superb MiaMia meal on HavAChat caught by Sally and cooked by Pete. Sally outdid herself by following this up with fresh trifle with cream.

Mon Aug 22 7:11 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 44.999s 179 53.257e
Weather: Wind W3 kn, cloud 100%, bar 1012, temp 21c, hum 78%

Still moored in Viani Bay waiting for sunny conditions.

Hopefully we will have some sun soon so we can do some snorkelling this morning before the wind comes up.

Local Jack Fisher is taking us to his favourite dive spots so fingers crossed.

Fri Aug 19 7:18 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.011s 179 53.254e
Weather: Wind NNW 6 to 10 knots, cloud 100%, rain on/off all night, bar 1010, temp 21c, hum 84%

Moored at Viani Bay waiting for the sun to shine.

Wind all directions yesterday, rain with very low visibility.

Might connect with Jack Fisher today for some snorkelling if conditions improve; otherwise we will be reading while we wait.

Thu Aug 18 12:39 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.001s 179 53.259e
Run: 9.6nm (17.4km)
Weather: Wind NW 2 knots, calm sea, light rain all morning, bar 1010, temp 24c, hum 83%

On a Jack Fisher mooring in Viani Bay, Vanua Levu - opposite Somosomo on Taveuni Island. We came in via Viani Pass through the reef late Wednesday in rain and poor visibility, following the passage waypoints to the anchorage. Just on dark the front was right over us with rain and wind shift to Southerly 20+ knots putting us on a lee shore till 4:00 am. We had anticipated the windshift so we were anchored well, but still maintained an anchor watch all night.

This morning we had a long visit from the local landowner Jack Fisher who regaled us with his family stories. We have picked up one of his moorings for a few days whilst we wait for some sunshine to come, hopefully by Sunday. Meanwhile Jack will take us snorkelling to some of the best sites in Fiji, and perhaps we have a day sightseeing by bus on Taveuni.

We have Digicel towers above us and Jack's nephew maintains the batteries that power the transmitter, so all good for receiving weather forecasts and Internet access.

Pieter is doing sevusevu with Jack with fishing lures, plus they are swapping fish stories - tall tales and true! We still have to do sevusevu with the chief of this area of Vanua Levu who now lives in Taveuni.

Tonight we will try to catch some fish from the yacht using Jack's method. Stay tuned!

Wed Aug 17 7:11 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.959s 179 58.115w
Weather: Wind S 5k, 100% cloud, light rain, bar 1010, temp 22c, hum 81%

A peaceful night at Somosomo but the wind backed to NW 15 to 20 about 9:00 pm so we were pleased we had anchored with enough distance from the reef. Light rain all night. No sun for the skipper today!

Tue Aug 16 18:23 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 45.951s 179 58.125w
Run: 57.1nm (103.4km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.7nm
Weather: No wind, flat seas, raining

We are happily anchored over the international date line near Somosomo on Taveuni. Today we sailed 58 NM in 10 hours in great sailing conditions. For a change I had the leeward side of the cockpit so I stretched out for a kip late morning.

Going ashore tomorrow to see how Somosomo has changed since I was here 30 years ago.

We could do with some sunshine please to keep the skipper happy.

Tue Aug 16 7:02 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 16.126s 179 20.804e
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
Weather: Wind NNW

We have just departed Dere Bay on Koro Island. Motor sailing in almost no wind. We are hoping to go to Taveuni or somewhere around there, but that will depend on what the wind does today. If we can't make it to Taveuni we might go to Crousteau's anchorage again.

Skipper is glum - he is sick of grey skies. Plus we need sunshine to go into anchorages through reef passes, so our cruising is stymied.

The cyclone damage on Koro was way beyond our expectations, but the people are taking it in their stride. They have nothing but their beaming smiles are ever present. We are pleased to take away this experience.

Mon Aug 15 7:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 16.435s 179 21.634e
Weather: Wind SE 15-20 kn, gusts 25 kn, cloud 85%, bar 1012, temp 24C, hum 80%

At anchor in Dere Bay, Koro Island.

We were going to sail to Taveuni today but have decided to stay tucked up in this anchorage for another day.

Sat Aug 13 21:11 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 16.458s 179 21.622e
Run: 32.4nm (58.6km)

This morning the weather looked more promising at Crousteau's with the possibility of breaks in the 95% cloud cover looking towards Koro Island. It was 10:15 before we were underway, but with 20 knots of ESE wind we were soon zooming along at a fast pace - 9.4 knots top speed! During the day the wind turned SSE which made it difficult to maintain our course so close to the wind, but the autopilot handled the conditions with ease.

We arrived at 4:30 pm to anchor in Tulani Harbour (Dere Bay), on the. NW tip of Koro Island. Having a sunset again was a welcome change from the clouds and rain at Savusavu, but I think the weather might close in again tomorrow.

Weather conditions will dictate our next destination.

Fri Aug 12 11:54 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 48.596s 179 17.298e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)

We are back at anchor off Crousteau's Resort on the SE tip of Savusavu Bay after trying to sail to Koro Island. The wind outside the bay in the Koro Sea had too much south in it; SSE 15 to 20 Knots with higher gusts, and a SE 2 metre swell. But we did get to test the new drive motor to the autopilot and all went well. Tomorrow we might try again for Koro, or for Taveuni - the weather will dictate our direction. Meanwhile we can enjoy the calm conditions here and watch the dark clouds and rain that are hanging over Savusavu.

Fri Aug 12 7:28 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 48.611s 179 17.246e
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)

Wind increasing as I type.

Fri Aug 12 7:17 2016 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Wind SE 10 knots, 100% cloud, showers overnight, bar 1014, temp 23C, hum 83%

Yesterday we moved from Savusavu around the corner to Cousteau's Resort.

Today we will sail to Koro Island and then decide on our next direction, possibly Taveuni, depending on the weather. Skipper happy to be moving!

Thu Aug 11 7:19 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.703s 179 19.979e
Weather: Wind SE 10-15 kn, 100% cloud cover, showers, bar 1012, temp 23C, hum 84%

Still moored at Savusavu waiting for better conditions to start cruising to Taveuni and the Laus. However still enjoying Savusavu.

Tue Aug 9 7:18 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.707s 179 20.008e
Weather: Wind ENE 5 knots, cloud 70%, bar. 1010, temp 22C, hum 86% the sun is shining

We woke to sunshine after a very wet 2 days. Heavy rain Monday afternoon to fill the dingy.

Hopefully we can start our cruising tomorrow.

Mon Aug 8 12:22 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.699s 179 19.994e
Weather: Calm conditions, wind E 5 knots, 100% cloud with light showers, bar 1010, temp 24c, hum 84%

We had a great sail out across Savusavu Bay on Saturday enjoying clear skies and the best sailing conditions since February in Northland NZ. Pieter had a really happy day and we were both so pleased to be sailing again. But the autopilot failed when the wind speed increased which confirmed Pieter's decision to order the new drive motor and belt.

Yesterday it rained all day so we stayed out on the mooring and read for most of the day. It was so nice to be in the very dry cockpit watching the rain falling all around us. Piet experimented with his new watercatcher to fill the tanks and the large washing buckets.

The big news is that the new, more powerful drive motor and belt for the autopilot pilot arrived this morning and Pieter is down in the steering locker installing it as I type. Hopefully this will give us an autopilot that works in all conditions and be the best investment from the cruising budget. Piet says he is on a winner, and that the autopilot will make our cruising so much safer and enjoyable in all conditions.

As soon as the weather clears this week we will be on our way along the Eastern cruising routes.

Happy smiles from Dee and Piet

Sat Aug 6 7:30 2016 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: East 5 knots, 5% cloud, Bar 1010, Temp 23C, Hum 80%

Departing the marina at noon to go for a sail as the skipper has itchy feet (not sure of the nautical equivalent). We will come back into the harbour to pick up a mooring late afternoon to wait out the coming weather systems.

New pipe for the emergency steering has been machined with slits and holes so Thumbs Up now has that problem fixed too; hopefully never to be used.

Just waiting now for the drive motor for the autopilot.

Still enjoying Savusavu and all that makes it a great place to be if needing to effect repairs.

Thu Aug 4 9:47 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.698s 179 19.995e
Weather: Calm, wind ESE 5 knots, 70% broken cloud cover, Bar 1012, Temp 25C, Hum 73%

A change of plans finds us still berthed at the Copra Shed Marina, Savusavu, but the skipper is getting twitchy about being here so long. As fronts and troughs are heading this way for the weekend most yachties are staying over in this sheltered anchorage. We are waiting on a new drive motor and drive belt to arrive from NZ early next week, then once they are fitted we can begin cruising in the Eastern Fijian groups. Meanwhile we are enjoying Savusavu, the very friendly locals, great food and socialising with other yachties.

Mon Aug 1 7:20 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.694s 179 19.991e
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
Weather: At 07:15Calm with Easterly wind of

We are still moored at Copra Shed Marina at Savusavu, Vanua Levu since Saturday 23 July waiting on stainless steel split pins to arrive, Fiji time. But we are enjoying the wait socialising with all the other cruising yachties, getting other maintenance jobs up to date, and taking the local buses on long day trips across and around the island. All the yachties eat out as it is so cost effective and makes for a change from all the shopping, cooking and galley cleaning in the humid conditions. Hopefully we will move on tomorrow to Koro before going across to Somosomo on Taveuni and then to Rabi, weather permitting. Today Pieter is hoping for confirmation on the availability of a new drive motor and cam belt for his autopilot to be sent from NZ to us.

So all well and happy and life is back to normal after our lucky escape and rescue on Friday 22/7. We are forever in the debt of Doug from SY Gambol and Al from SY Bravado, our heroes who came from their beds at 03:00 in answer to my radio calls for assistance. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The rescue and the many discussions over coffee and beers on various scenarios of what we might have been able to do to avoid being smashed up on the coast have gradually ceased as new yachties come and others depart. Pieter has been able to buy a new length of pipe that will fit his emergency steering mechanism, but it still has to be cut and drilled in an engineering workshop. This means that the 3 major problems are being addressed, but it is happening in Fijian time.

Fri Jul 22 7:32 2016 NZST
GPS: 16 46.670s 179 20.110e
Run: 128.2nm (232km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128.3nm

a dramatic entry into savusavu. They are under tow as something went caput with the steering so no rudder control. Fortunately cruiser help was instant and they have been under tow for 5mins

Thu Jul 21 7:33 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 26S 178 51W
Run: 142.8nm (258.5km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 142.8nm
Weather: ESE10-15, swell less than 1m SE, 1013, 100%cc

on a good passage to Savusavu. Currently in Vanua Balavu passage

Wed Jul 20 7:33 2016 NZST
GPS: 17 53S 176 44W
Run: 134.2nm (242.9km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.5nm
Weather: E8-18, 50%cc, swell SE 1-1.5m, 1016

good steady progress

Tue Jul 19 7:36 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 28S 174 47W
Run: 54.6nm (98.8km)
Weather: SSE5-8, 106, cloud on horizon

on passage to Fiji, Savusavu

Thu Jul 14 7:02 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 42.703s 173 59.415w
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
Weather: Wind S 10 - 15 knots, Cloud 50%, Bar 1013

At anchor at Tapana Island.

This morning we will visit the Ark floating art gallery then maybe lunch at the Spanish restaurant.

Still enjoying cruising in Tonga.

Mon Jul 11 21:27 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 39.507s 173 58.458w
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)

At anchor in the Old Harbour over the hill from Neiafu.

We really enjoyed our few days in the Eastern Lagoon at Kenutu Island. The first night there were only 3 yachts sharing the anchorage but this increased to 12 on Sunday as the sunny conditions continued after so many cloudy days. The lagoon is reached by navigating, only on a sunny day, an unmarked channel through the surrounding reef so it was quite exciting for us. The clarity and the colours of the water within the lagoon were so amazing and well worth the wait to get there. We found the track over the island to see the spectacular sight of huge Pacific rollers crashing against the precipitous Eastern coastline. The island is uninhabited but Tongan families come here for picnic type gatherings. We are really pleased that the weather was kind to us so we could visit Kenutu Island.

Sun Jul 10 7:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 39.009s 173 58.594w
Weather: Wind NE less than 5 knots, 20% cloud cover, Bar 1012

At anchor on this beautiful morning at Kenutu Island in Eastern Vava'u after too many days of either cloudy days or otherwise light rain. But the clouds are building to the south and west so we have to go ashore soon to explore the East coast and then by dingy to Umuna Island.

Weather permitting we will stay in this general vicinity for the next couple of days.

Sun Jul 10 7:12 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 39.009s 173 58.594w
Run: 7.1nm (12.9km)

The position shown on previous entry is incorrect. It should read 18 41 952S 173 55 740W

Not sure why this is happening.

Wed Jun 29 7:19 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 44.718s 174 1.001w

Position shown for 28/6 should be the same as 29/6 which is correct.

Wed Jun 29 7:08 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 44.718s 174 0.999w
Weather: Wind East 10-15 knots 80% cloud cover Bar 1015

Hopefully there will be enough sunshine today for us to enjoy lots of snorkelling.

Tue Jun 28 21:02 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 44.718s 174 0.999w
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
Weather: Wind East 10-15 knots 30% cloud cover Bar 1016

We arrived at Taunga Island at lunchtime today, then spent the afternoon exploring the surrounding reef, walking along the beach and swimming in the warm crystal clear water. Life is good!

Mon Jun 27 7:31 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 43S 174 06W
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
Weather: Ene 12-15, rain, 80%cc, 1015

Enjoying rain in Vavauu

Thu Jun 23 12:54 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 39.408s 173 59.038w
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: Wind ESE 10 knots, 20% cloud cover, fine, Bar. 1015

Departing Neiafu at 15:00 today to visit the islands of the Vava'u group. Depending on the weather it might be 2 weeks before we are back here to replenish our fresh produce.

Between us we have sorted out some auto pilot problems; we will do trials now as we need to ensure all is well before we leave the Vava'us. Next problem is the refrigeration system. We will tackle that one tomorrow!

All going well with our Tongan adventures, and we are thinking to sail north to remote Niuatoputapu when we have seen the Vava'us. Any comments on Nuiatoputapu would be welcome.

Dee and Piet

Tue Jun 21 20:04 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 38.943s 173 58.865w
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)

Arrived at Neiafu at 12:00 noon today to renew our visas for another month and to buy a few provisions. We don't need to buy fish as Piet has been catching them to order whenever our supply has been depleted. Our vague plan is to see as much of the Vava'u Group as we can over the next few weeks. Who knows, we might even get to have encounters with the whales when they arrive in July.

Mon Jun 20 7:58 2016 NZST
GPS: 18 42S 174 02W
Run: 79.2nm (143.4km)
Weather: wind 5 kn SE, Seas 0.0m. 70 % cloud cover. 1013 baro

anchored at Port Mourelle Vavauu

Wed Jun 15 21:15 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 48.239s 174 21.448w
Run: 23.6nm (42.7km)

Arrived at 3:00 pm to anchor outside the harbour wall at Pangai on Lifuka Island. Thursday we will do some shopping then do the official check in and check out with Ha'Apai Customs. Our plan is to sail to Ha'ano Island on Friday to be ready for an early morning departure on Saturday for the Vava'us. We are having a great time and meeting lots of interesting people.

And Piet is providing plenty of fish. He caught a magnificent Striped Marlin on 4 June with his Rapala lure on light rod and tackle, taking 30 minutes to reel in this beautiful creature. He very proudly released his Bucket List catch after I snapped lots of photos. On 12 June Piet landed a very welcome 1.35m Wahoo which we were able to share with others. Now we are off fish for a while!

Wed Jun 15 21:15 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 48.239s 174 21.448w

At Pangai for a couple of days

Mon Jun 13 8:02 2016 NZST
No position sent.

departing for Pangaii today

Sat Jun 11 7:34 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 55.81839S 174 41.70376W
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)

Still in the same spot. Had a tumultuous night with wind up to 40 kt from N and rain. Moderated now at net time and 20 NNW

Wed Jun 8 8:04 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 56S 174 42W
Run: 29nm (52.5km)
Weather: E13, 20%cc, 1018

Sat Jun 4 8:33 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 19S 174 31W
Run: 40.9nm (74km)
Weather: SE8-10, 50%cc, sct shws

moving to Ha' hafeva and I wmust look up how to spell that

Fri Jun 3 7:42 2016 NZST
GPS: 19 45s 174 20w
Run: 83.1nm (150.4km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.6nm
Weather: ESE less than 5, 1014

tucked inbehind an island with an unpronouncible name!

Thu Jun 2 8:08 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 30S 175 20W
Run: 35nm (63.4km)
Weather: ese 8-10, 30%cc, 1014

Kaefesia - hanging out as nice!

Wed Jun 1 8:04 2016 NZST
GPS: 20 57S 175 05W
Run: 14.4nm (26.1km)
Weather: E7, swell se1m, 30%cc, 1016

sailing to Kalefesia

Tue May 31 15:23 2016 NZST
GPS: 21 8.152s 175 11.145w
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
Weather: Calm, 25% cloud cover

Back at Nuku'alofa Harbour to clear customs ready for our departure at first light tomorrow morning for Kelefesia Island in the Southern Ha'Apai Group.

Spent a great 2 days at Malinoa Island enjoying the snorkelling and having the island all to ourselves.

Running repairs completed including a patch to the bottom of the dingy, bypassing a burst stainless steel flexible hose at the galley sink, and repairing a loose connection to the Autopilot steering in the stern locker. Piet's special expertise was needed for all these tasks, so well done Piet.

Now we are ready to begin the next leg of our cruising adventure.

We will post updates when we can and keep in touch with Gulf Harbour Radio as we move through the Ha'Apai and Vava'u Groups.

Sending our love to those following our progress, and special thanks to Patricia and David for their excellent radio schedules and weather forecasts. A fantastic service!

Dee and Piet

Sun May 29 8:52 2016 NZST
5 knots
GPS: 21 6.612s 175 10.268w
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)

Heading to Malinoa Island in Tongatapu group for an overnight stop to check out the snorkelling.

Thu May 26 7:30 2016 NZST
GPS: 21 07.5126s 175 09.6931w
Weather: 1015 steady, 23C, clear, little Cu on horizon

Quite a few boats at Pangaimoto

Tue May 24 7:34 2016 NZST
GPS: 21 07.5126s 175 09.6931w

Des explained the grim check in process. Cannot be done at Pangaimotu. They had to pull alongside a rough dock and the process took 5hr.

Mon May 23 7:45 2016 NZST
GPS: 21 07.5126s 175 09.6931w
Run: 625.1nm (1131.4km)
Avg: 45.7knts
24hr: 1096.4nm
Weather: no wind

safely anchored at Pangaimotu Tongatapu. Trigger nearby.

Sun May 22 18:04 2016 NZST
GPS: 28 45S 179 28E
Run: 532.2nm (963.3km)
Avg: 9.2knts
24hr: 219.9nm

he weather is sunny with clouds building on the horizon to the West. We had a rough night last night so hoping for a better night tonight. All going well otherwise as we try to maintain our course for Tonga.

Fri May 20 7:58 2016 NZST
GPS: 22 07S 176 12w
Run: 202.3nm (366.2km)
Avg: 8.5knts
24hr: 203.3nm
Weather: ESE7-8, 1015, 1 m swell, 20%cc

Thu May 19 8:05 2016 NZST
GPS: 24 57S 177 00W
Run: 907.4nm (1642.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.2nm
Weather: e9, 20%cc, slight swell

Good to talk to Desley today

Wed May 11 21:53 2016 NZST
GPS: 35 50.275S 174 28.072E

Departing Marsden Point 12/05/2016 for Nuku'alofa in Tongatapu, Tonga

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