Tika

Thu Apr 19 11:00 2018 NZST
GPS: 32 01.408S 115 31.775E
Run: 103.2nm (186.8km)
Weather: †Wind SE 10 kts, 1022mb, 100% cloud cover

Been living the "Perth dream" on a boat at Parker Point, rottnest. Surrounded by stink pots, but it's a nice spot. Had a good run up and made it in just before dark on Sunday....most of the way in 10-12 knots of breeze - but still managed to knock out 100 miles in 13 hours :). We are all struggling with the idea of joining in the big city lights we can see across the Rottnest Channel ;$. Will move to Longreach Bay today.


Sun Apr 15 10:06 2018 NZST
Speed:
10 knots
knts
GPS: 33 30S 115 16E
Run: 11.6nm (21km)
Weather: †Wind SE 13 kts, 1022mb, 0% cloud cover

Underway to Rottnest Island for what is our last 100 mile run for quite a while, at a guess. Hard not to be a little misty eyed watching the new moon rise with the sun this morning and contemplate what the next "adventure" has in store for us and whether Tika will be a part of that or not. Dunsborough was good for a week. Caught up with Pip and Sharpie which was great. Jaiya also had an old school friend over for a sleepover which made it all the more real just how close we are to Perth ;$. Looking forward to one more week around Rottnest and then we launch back into land life proper.


Mon Apr 9 12:24 2018 NZST
GPS: 33 36.637S 115 06.912E
Run: 6.7nm (12.1km)
Weather: †Wind 20 kts, 1016mb, 100% cloud cover

Anchored off Dunsborough town this morning watching the front go through. Just started raining. Pretty smooth last night in the WNW wind - kinda good to experience what it's like along this coast in these winds. Cape Leewin had a 47 knot gust so glad not to be in Hamelin Bay or Gracetown this morning. Had such a nice stay in Bunker Bay and a scenic run down the coast yesterday. Will hunker down for a few days of bad weather before some visitors arrive. Can't believe we are only an extended day sail away from Fremantle. Gotta sit here and contemplate that concept for a while :$.


Sun Apr 8 22:24 2018 NZST
GPS: 33 32.519S 115 02.022E
Run: 22.2nm (40.2km)
Weather: †Wind 10 kts W, 1016mb, 90% cloud cover, 2.0m SW swell

Had a good run up to Bunker Bay yesterday and arrived to blue skies, , turquoise water and a long white beach. No wonder you have to put down $5m to own a house here. Shame someone got taken by a shark here many years ago....but didn't stop us getting in the water.


Thu Apr 5 23:27 2018 NZST
GPS: 33 51.649S 114 59.240E
Run: 24.9nm (45.1km)
Weather: †Wind 18 kts SE, 1020mb, 0% cloud cover, 2.0m SW swell

Delightful sail up the scenic surf coast around Margaret River. Lovely long period SW'ly rollers added to the textxure and nice to look along all the surf breaks in the area. Coming into Gracetown looked a little sporty from the outside with fishermen's leads taking you in between two breaking reefs, but was tame once inside and looks far less daunting from the inside! On a friend's mooring in what is a lovely little west australian town full of surf character. A right hander straight behind us and "lefties" (a big left hander) on the south headland are nice backdrops yet the anchorage is surprisingly smooth and comfortable in here. They say this place is actually safe even in large swells and westerly quadrant winds. All the same, will probably move on Saturday when there are forecast westerlies at midday after catching up with some friends in the area.


Tue Apr 3 0:24 2018 NZST
GPS: 34 13.150S 115 01.713E
Run: 52.5nm (95km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.3nm
Weather: †Wind 10 kts SE, 1022mb, 0% cloud cover, 2.0m SW swell

Lovely downwind sail around Cape Leeuwin for the rest of the day....Had code 0 out for most of the day and got in by 3pm. Lots of easter crowds on the beach so feels like we have landed in the middle of a perth beach holiday. Pretty sunset over the Indian Ocean makes us feel like we are actually getting close to home....shit just got real :$. Be here for a few days before we go and grab a friends mooring up at Gracetown


Mon Apr 2 12:33 2018 NZST
Speed:
10 knots
knts
GPS: 34 46S 115 40E
Run: 116.6nm (211km)
Weather: †Wind 17 kts E, 1025mb, 00% cloud cover, swell 2.5m SW

Was great to catch up with Steve, Chris and Edward yesterday and the day before. Shelter Island is a rare treat on the south coast for pretty much all round protection from wind and swell. Perhaps if swell got over 4m it might start sneaking through the gap, but we had 3m and it was fine. Left at 5:30pm yesterday for our last overnight passage ;(. Motored through the slop and backwash around the headland for an hour before we found 8 knots to help us glide and rock into the swell. Bit of a sloppy first shift but has smoothed out now we have headed a bit more north and having a lovely sail with the screecher up right now. Hopefully flick around Cape leeuwin before the seabreeze kicks in too hard - but even if not, wind and swell both from behind us will be nice. Hopefully make Hamelin Bay by about 2pm in time for a windsurf :).


Sat Mar 31 12:03 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 02.965S 117 41.673E
Run: 11nm (19.9km)
Weather: †Wind 15 kts S, 1018mb, 40% cloud cover, 2.0m SW swell

Finally left Albany after a good week of town time while the remnants of TC Marcus disappeared off the weather map. Was also great to catch up with Katy, Brad and family. Even managed to bribe Kai to go to the local high school for 3 days with Josh. Didn't get too far west though as we thought we would check out an anchorage known as either Mutton Bird Island or Shelter Island....one of the few along this coast with true 360 degree protection....although wouldnt want to get in or out in a 5m swell! Tight entry but nice settled anchorage with a close view of the rollers smashing on the rocks 200m to the east. Pretty spot so we may stop for a few days and wait for the eater crowds to leave Hammelin Bay before we set off again.


Thu Mar 22 13:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 01.902S 117 53.306E
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)

Moved into the town marina at Albany for a bit of town time. Greer has found some nice yoga classes, Kai is going to his first normal high school for 3 days with an old friend. Been great to catch up with Katy, Brad and family while waiting for the weather map to clear up after the remnants of TC Marcus went through on Monday. Weather looking good to be underway again for Hamelin Bay on Friday


Wed Mar 21 13:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 00.826S 118 00.069E
Run: 70.9nm (128.3km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.2nm

woops...forgot to update YIT for our Albany arrival :$! Had an uneventful end to the overnight passage with steady easterlies again, thankfully and a dying swell. Anchored off Ledge beach which was a stunning but slightly surgy spot to observe Albany from a distance. Manage to land safely and have a great walk along another beautiful south coast beach.


Tue Mar 20 16:18 2018 NZDT
Speed:
9.0 knots
knts
GPS: 34 56S 119 15E
Run: 70.9nm (128.3km)
Avg: 21.5knts
24hr: 515.6nm
Weather: †Wind 18 kts ENE, 1012mb, 90% cloud cover, 3.0m SSW swell

Left Esperance at 1pm yesterday in light winds and a solid 3.0m long period swell. Light winds were comfortable but combined with the swell coming towards us made it fairly sloppy and uncomfortable and a constant battle to stop sails slatting for much of yesterday. Sailed down to the head of Bremer subsea Canyon, gybed and sailed south along it hoping we might find the magic Orca spot that is meant to be a wildlife hotspot. UNfortunately we didn't see any wildlife at all - so the location is clearly a little too specific for a lucky fly by. 60 miles to go to an anchorage outside Albany, but comfortable to come in at night, if needs be. Swell has eased off a little and wind is up


Tue Mar 20 13:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 00.826S 118 00.069E
Run: 235.7nm (426.6km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.9nm

Woops....had forgotten to update YIT for Albany arrival ;$. Got in and anchored off Ledge Beach. Beautiful quiet beach with a little surge but nice not to head straight into a metropolis after passage


Sat Mar 17 12:24 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 51.917S 121 53.751E
Run: 15nm (27.2km)
Weather: †Wind 10 kts W, 1012mb, 0% cloud cover, 2.0m SW swell

Left Brien's corner yesterday lunch time after a very scratchy bush bash to get to the top of the rocky peak above the anchorage. When will we learn that following a 14 yo's route will not lead to a relaxed morning walk ;). Bit of climbing, plenty of scrub bashing and we made it to the top for some great views. Climbed down and sailed off the mooring and up to dock at Esperance on the inside of Taylor St wharf - which is very convenient to town. Lots of friendly folk at the yacht club last night for dinner and caught up with the Galloways excluding Paul as he is in Cambodia. Will be here until Monday when we will set off on an overbighter for Albany via the Bremer Canyon to see if we can spot some orca's.


Fri Mar 16 13:18 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 59.487S 122 06.541E
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SW, 1015mb, 80% cloud cover, 2.0m SW swell

Left Lucky Bay just before lunchtime before the SW change arrived. Had a nice sail around Cape Le Grande and into O'Brien's Beach to pick up a mooring. Going for a walk this morning and then head back to Esperance for some town time.


Tue Mar 13 12:33 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 59.917S 122 14.680E
Run: 15.4nm (27.9km)
Weather: †Wind 12 kts E, 1012mb, 80% cloud cover, 2.0m SW swell

Parked in east end of Lucky Bay - apparently one of Australia's or the world's best beaches - although there are many around here that look about the same quality. It is a lovely spot, though. Can probably land a dinghy at the eastern most beach in this swell, although we tend to prefer paddle boarding or swimming in through the waves anyway. Dolphins wandering around the boat. Have loved this coastline despite the challenges with finding all round protection or swell free anchorages. Managed to find a weed free, sandy patch to drop in and comfortable at anchor with the slow rise and fall on the southern ocean swell. A windsurf and long walks along the beach and up some of the far hills beckon after school's done.


Mon Mar 12 14:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 56.982S 122 30.435E
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)
Weather: †Wind 15 kts E, 1012mb, 100% cloud cover, 2.0m SW swell

Had a fantastic day with Shaggy, Georg and family. Morning windsurf with all the kids (Jaiya starting to nail her waterstarts!) and lunch on Tika. Really nice to catch up with people from the old tribe :). On the way west again now and stopped off at Victoria Harbour. Not a bad spot - especially on a cat. The usual stark white beaches and turquoise water this area is famous for. Will test the dinghy/ paddleboard landing in the swell after school and have a quick run up to the top of the steep granite headland before we head on to Lucky Bay this afternoon.


Sat Mar 10 13:18 2018 NZDT
GPS: 34 05.474S 123 11.933E
Run: 7.8nm (14.1km)
Weather: †Wind 22 kts SSE, 1012mb, 100% cloud cover, 1.5m SW swell

Had a marvellous 3 days of glorious weather, no swell and clear skies enjoying our "summer holiday" on Cape Arid. Brilliant turquoise water, interesting granite landscape and sand as white and fine as icing sugar and even a little wave for the kids to surf yesterday. Of course afternoon seabreezes to windsurf on were great too. Such a great spot in the right weather. Dragged ourselves away yesterday afternoon once he seabreeze turned east and shot down to middle island to witness the pink lake...interesting and a great spectacle from the drone, especially. On the way this morning to the south end of Duke of Orleans bay to catch up with "Shaggy" and family (old McCrae yacht club mate). 20-25 and lumpy but Tika handling it with aplomb with two reefs in main and jib. Should be in by 9:30am with any luck.


Fri Mar 9 11:48 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 58.924S 123 09.927E
Weather: †Wind 8 kts NE, 1020mb, 0% cloud cover, 0m swell

What a stunning place....WA really does have the best beaches in the world - and cape arid the best in WA. Coupled with a nuclear reinforced seabreeze to get the kids rocketing across turqoise water and we are actually happy to be back in our home state :). Might hang here for a few days but probably have to play musical anchorages a little to ensure we get protection from this SSW change coming tonight


Wed Mar 7 19:36 2018 NZDT
GPS: 33 58.924S 123 09.927E
Run: 88nm (159.3km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 223.5nm
Weather: †Wind 28 kts E, 1022mb, 0% cloud cover, 0m swell

In and anchor down! Great sail for the day and welcomed back into WA with the classic dry heat and a 30 knot seabreeze as we rounded Cape Arid. After not seeing one vessel for the entire passage there is another cat anchored next to us :). We've decided that WA should be called the land of the long white beach. Beautiful turquoise water and stark white beach in a rugged setting - so looking forward to some windsurfing and walking.


Wed Mar 7 10:09 2018 NZDT
Speed:
$. Set for a 197 mile day and 80 miles to go until anchor down.
knts
GPS: 33 56S 124 42E
Run: 209.4nm (379km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 219.5nm
Weather: †Wind 13 kts NE, 1022mb, 20% cloud cover, swell E 1.5m

Great smooth sailing, with a lovely sunset to accompany dinner and the game of 500 last night. Gybed over to starboard tack in the morning and had the code 0 on windward hull until about midnight when a few puffs suggested we take it in. Good timing as it suddenly surged past 25 knots (no clouds at all for warning) and had us scrambling to put 2 reefs in. Was back down again within an hour, so shook them both out again, set the screecher, then pulled that in and back to our favourite downwind sail plan of code 0 on windward hull - so a busy second shift for sail changes:$. Set for a 197 mile day and 80 miles to go until anchor down.


Tue Mar 6 11:15 2018 NZDT
Speed:
9.0 knots
knts
GPS: 34 18S 128 20E
Run: 294.8nm (533.6km)
Avg: 10.1knts
24hr: 241.9nm
Weather: †Wind 15 kts ESE, 1017mb, 100% cloud cover, swell 1.5m SSW + 0.5m E chop

Great sailing yesterday. If we didn't need jumpers on in the cockpit we could have been in the trade winds! 15-20 knots from the SE, we have had the code 0 on the windward hull for 24 hours and knocked out a 220 mile day. The long period southerly swell has almost disappeared, or at least bent around in our direction slightly. A bit drizzly now as the wind is trying to push in from the ENE, so will need to gybe some time. Unfortunately had some practice at 4am when a rain cloud nudged the wind and we thuoght the shift was in persistently - but no - gybed back again to regain course. Wed arrival looking feasible at this stage with 260 miles to go to cape arid


Mon Mar 5 6:00 2018 NZDT
Speed:
9.5 knots
knts
GPS: 34 53S 133 28E
Run: 178.6nm (323.3km)
Avg: 9.2knts
24hr: 220.9nm
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SSE, 1015mb, 20% cloud cover, swell 2.5m SSW

Had a pretty good start. Swell about what we expected and long period so reasonably comfortable. A little more wind than we expected, so while both code 0 and screecher are set on the sprit at the moment, we have been getting along quite nicely under just jib and main for the night. Expecting the wind to back us during today. All well on board and remains of Kai's "mountain" birthday cake is being eaten at a fast rate on late night watches :$


Sun Mar 4 10:36 2018 NZDT
Speed:
5 knots
knts
GPS: 35 34S 136 31E
Run: 26.5nm (48km)
Weather: †Wind 10 kts SE, 1012mb, 80% cloud cover, swell 1.5m SW

Left Western River Cove this morning at 4:30am under clear skies and an almost full moon. Wanted to get away early to hopefully avoid any westerly sea breeze and maximise the chances of getting in by Wed evening - but who knows on that front! Wind has dropped from its early 15 knots as we moved away from Kangaroo Island, so gliding along with code 0 up. Reasonably comfortable with long period rolling swell coming towards us from the SW. Had a nice day yesterday for Kai's birthday. Lovely light plays on the grassy hills with a rainbow as we celebrated with a roast dinner. Loved western river cove as an anchorage overall.


Sat Mar 3 10:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 40.463S 136 58.214E
Run: 7.1nm (12.9km)
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SE, 1015mb, 0% cloud cover,

Came back to Western River Cove after a walk up the hill yesterday. Really stunning spot - probably our favourite SA anchorage so far. Strange seabreeze pattern seems to happen here, though where a 10-15 knot westerly seems to kick in from about 11am until 5pm before the SE'ly kicks back in. Makes finding a good spot a little tricky with 180 degree shifts in roadstead type anchorages. We tucked in hard here in shallow water and it was idyllic. Walked off the sterns with our towells in a bag to enjoy a good afternoon lazing and reading on the beach. Fire on the beach last night and Kai's birthday to be celebrated today before we head off before first light tomorrow (to clear land and avoid those pesky westerly seabreezes). Can't believe we have a 14 year old :$.


Fri Mar 2 10:24 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 41.656S 136 50.815E
Run: 52.5nm (95km)
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SE, 1015mb, 0% cloud cover,

Nice sail down the interesting landscape of the north coast of kangaroo Island. ran out of wind just near western river cove, but decided it looked a bit swelly as there was a solid 3m of westerly swell. Did the extra 6 miles to Snug Cove. one other boat in there and it was super snug getting the anchor down in the right spot - but nailed it. Only to have another boat charge in and take a mooring way too close the existing boat and us....thankfully no bumps in the night. Other boat have left so we reanchored this morning so don't have to worry about it. Still thinking about a sunday early morning departure at this stage.


Thu Mar 1 9:03 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 47.263S 137 46.516E
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SE, 1012mb, 40% cloud cover,

Didn't quite get underway yesterday. Was blowing 25 knots and didn't feel like doing the run in that wind. So managed to hitch a lift into town with Des who is a volunteer with RIG, the shipbuilding project they are doing here. Cool project actually. Building a replica tall ship the same as the one built by the americans in 1802. Great to see a bit of the island by car and get Jaiya some more of her beloved avocados. Heading off shortly around to Western River which looks like a nice anchorage. Thinking that our jump off to cross the bite will be Sunday morning at this stage, the day after Kai's birthday,; although we are prepared to be on passage for that if needs be.


Wed Feb 28 11:51 2018 NZDT
GPS: 35 47.264S 137 46.528E
Run: 50.7nm (91.8km)
Weather: †Wind 20 kts SW, 1012mb, 40% cloud cover,

Finally got around to a YIT update! Had a good few days in Victor Harbour. Had to swap west side of causeway to east side of causeway depending on winds, but a great stop in a nice regional centre with lots of old buildings and history from the old Murray River trading days. With more time, it would be fun to go up the Coorong and park off Goolwa. Kids got a sleepover to catch up with old cruising friends from Jade and we also caught up with hiking friends (Craig and Wendy) who live there. Left on Sunday and had a bouncy start but ultimately a fast and smooth run to Cape Jarvis where we dropped Craig, Luke and Sturt off in less than ideal conditions. Instead of continuing on to Coffin Bay we pulled into ISland Beach on Kangaroo Island which was absolutely idyllic....then on a mooring in American River the last two nights as the wind clocked to the north and came in last night. Our window tomorrow to cross the bite has shut, so figured we may as well top up on fresh stuff in Kingscote and enjoy cruising this sparse and beautiful island. Off to Kinscote today and then possibly anchorage at Western River if time allows


Wed Feb 21 10:09 2018 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 35 33.612S 138 38.051E
Run: 106.1nm (192km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.9nm
Weather: †Wind 15 kts S, 1016 mb, 100% cloud cover

Just managed to get in before sunset last night, after a hooking up our third set of cray pot buoys and having to jump in again to cut them away. Super smooth motoring and then sailing north up for most of the day...flew the repaired code 0. Thankfully a friend had managed to find the owner of a private mooring here, so hooked onto that and had a good sleep. Glad to be here and will now hang out and catch up with maintenance, friends and blog!


Tue Feb 20 12:33 2018 NZDT
GPS: 36 56S 139 29E
Run: 262nm (474.2km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 215.3nm
Weather: †Wind 5 kts E, 1016mb, 20% cloud cover, 0.5m SW swell

Had a great run until 5pm, when the wind came in fairly hard. Fairly eventful 24 hours....had 30-35 knots and solid 3m steep seas as we came around the corner. Managed to get our record of 22 knots - although would have preferred to have the second reef in earlier! . Apart from putting the second reef in very boiseterous conditions, had to cut away a couple of fishing buoys off the skeg and get in the engine compartment to manually pump a bilge when the bilge pump failed. Serene conditions once around the corner and motoring as fast we can to make it in before nightfall....but managed to patch the large code 0 'on the fly' this morningafter we got a small hole in the foot yesterday. Then cut away yet a few more fishing buoys, but had to get in the water this time around. Looking forward to Victor Harbour!


Mon Feb 19 7:21 2018 NZDT
Speed:
9.5
knts
GPS: 40 24S 141 27E
Run: 227.6nm (412km)
Avg: 10.9knts
24hr: 261.4nm
Weather: †Wind 15-20 kts SE, 1020 mb, 40% cloud cover

Swell smoothed out a bit a few hours out of macquarie and wind backed us....had Tika pointed comfortably straight for Esperence....but then there's Jaiya's best ex-cruising buddy now living in Adelaide to consider...and her new puppy. So whatever the logical weather routing decision may have been, a pit stop in Victor Harbour is where we are headed ;). Running dead downwind for the last 12 hours with twin code 0's and no main. Wind should increase and sling shot us around the corner into SA tonight.


Sun Feb 18 10:27 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 10S 145 09E
Run: 39.4nm (71.3km)
Weather: †Wind 14 kts SSE, 1014mb, 100% cloud cover, 3m SW swell

Underway for Victor Harbour - although final destination may change depending on how this weather pattern bears out. Pretty sloppy which is to be expected, but wind from behind and heading NW, so life's good. Had a great day whitewater rafting yesterday and going on the old train. Previous day had a tight reach up the harbour in wind that gusted to 35 knots. Battens on mainsail that were "stop gaps" from Hobart (rod not available) did not work out at all (main flogged in the high gusts) so grateful for our delivery to the service station waiting for us when we arrived.


Fri Feb 16 8:15 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 34.241S 145 41.607E
Weather: †Wind 0 kts, 1006mb, 100% cloud cover, raining

Heading back to Strahan today. Been raining solidly for 2 days and looks like we will be getting wet on our way back....water tanks full from the awnings. Had an great day up the Franklin on Tuesday....warm weather and managed to drag Tika Taka up 4 small sets of rapids to get to Pengana Cave. This was a pretty decent caving expedition and not for the feint hearted. Several tight, dark, "crawl-throughs" got us to the top cave with a great view overlooking the Franklin. Pumped up two paddle boards on the way back so the kids could have some fun through the rapids. Getting a bit of cabin fever in the cold and wet, so will hopefully have a close reach in 25 knots back to Strahan once we get out of the river. Whitewater rafting and steam train are on the agenda for tomorrow.


Mon Feb 12 13:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 34.241S 145 41.607E
Weather: †Wind 0 kts, 1010mb, 100% cloud cover, raining

Still hanging out in this magnificent location and haven't seen anyone else at all. Apparently there is a rafting group arriving today to get picked up by the local ketch "Storm Breaker" - so may have some company. Went for a Stand up Paddle as a family for 3.5km up stream this morning. Reflections were out yet again as was the mist hanging in the valley. Saw another two platypus. Raining now and getting on with school. not sure if putting the rain awnings out has the same power to chase away the rain here as it did elsewhere.


Sun Feb 11 15:39 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 34.241S 145 41.607E
Run: 34.2nm (61.9km)
Weather: †Wind 0 kts, 1009mb, 100% cloud cover

Long time since we have moved the boat and checked in...so much to do and so little time to update YIT :). Contacted local, Ronnie Morrison and borrowed his mooring to hang off while we caught the bus to Lake St Clair for what turned out to be yet another epic walk inspired by Kai and Jaiya. All manifested from meeting a walker in Malaleuca who told us about a camp site at Lake Elysia in the Labyrinth and a bus from Strahan. Turns out that camp site is one of the best we have ever had! Got 4 days of spectacular, low wind, no cloud days. Climbed the Acropolis and Walled Mountain and were in photographers heaven with the evening reflections off Lake Elysia of Mt Geryon and The Acropolis . Bus back, Greer's relaxed birthday on Friday culminating in seeing a platypus in the wild at Hogarth falls. Then yesterday a stop at the convict ruins and shipbuilding site of Sarah Island, then up the Gordon with 30-35 knots and a big black cloud chasing us up the entrance to the Gordon. Went for a stand up paddle this morning for a few miles....what a river! So grateful for Wilderness Society, Bob Brown and all the other protestors from 1982 for saving this river....it's extraordinary. Vertical, rainforest sides and still reflections while a platypus surfaced just in front of Kai and we followed it for 100m down the river. Kinda strange to see Tika's bulk parked at St Johns Falls in the middle of this wilderness....keep expecting to pick up a backpack instead. Not all roses, though. Russ got yet another skin infection while walking and went back on antibiotics and we had a visit from a native water rat last night....sincerely hoping he has left again...no stores eaten into. Finger crossed. Like Port Davey feel incredibly fortunate to be able to spend this time in this remarkable place. Another front coming through Tuesday so will either get back up near Strahan tomorrow afternoon or Thursday.


Fri Feb 2 10:12 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 09.203S 145 19.944E
Run: 63.9nm (115.7km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 67.6nm
Weather: †Wind 5 kts SW , 1011mb, 80% cloud cover

An uneventful run up the west coast. Probably only sailed for a third of the way - rest of the time only had about 6 knots and constant low level cloud and drizzle. Nice to get through Hells Gates (very placid) and into Macquarie Harbour. If we can find a mooring we may catch the bus to Lake St Clair and do some hiking around the Labyrinth and possibly look to climb the Acropolis.


Thu Feb 1 11:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 04S 145 32E
Run: 30.1nm (54.5km)
Weather: †Wind 10-18 kts WSW, 1020 mb, 2m Swell, 100% cloud cover

Cold and rainy but wind is light and nice to be making miles north again. Went to shore for a great full moon rise last night and then saw the start of the eclipse from tika at about 11:15pm. Looking forward to getting to Strahan and some fresh veggies, but very sad to leave Port Davey....a truly remarkable and beautiful spot.


Wed Jan 31 9:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 22.032S 145 57.924E
Weather: †Wind 20 kts SSW , 1011mb, 80% cloud cover

Nice walk along the long beach yesterday morning before the front came through last night with squalls to 30 knots. Has cooled off a lot! Comfortable in here, although was a little rolly for a while yesterday before the wind shifted more southerly. Hoping it will clear up for the lunar eclipse tonight....if anyone knows what time the eclipse will start and finish for us, email us on vnz2210@sailmail.com :).


Tue Jan 30 9:03 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 22.032S 145 57.924E
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
Weather: †Wind 10 kts SW , 1012mb, 50% cloud cover

Finally got some proper Tasmanian weather yesterday with wall to wall cloud and rain yesterday. Moved around to Spain Bay and hoping for a couple of walks before we head north on thursday or Friday.


Mon Jan 29 9:09 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 19.301S 146 00.233E
Weather: †Wind 10 kts NW , 1010mb, 100% cloud cover and light rain

The run of extraordinary weather has finally ended after a 30 degree day yesterday! Felt like we were in the tropics again :). Went up Mt Milner for a sunset that ranks in the top 10 two nights ago and up Mt Stokes yesterday. The whole Ocean was glassy in the morning. Not so much as a whisper from the roaring 40's. Probably head around to Spain Bay, Casilda's Cove or Schooner Cove today once the SW change comes in. haven't decided which yet.


Sat Jan 27 10:24 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 19.301S 146 00.233E
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
Weather: †Wind 0 kts , 1012mb, 0% cloud cover

Our third spectacular day in a row :). Climbed Mt Beattie two days ago and Mt Rugby yesterday. It was so settled that we hung out on top eating lunch and watching the world go by for 2.5 hours. Moved anchorage yesterday evening and the local family from the boat "Schouten Pass" asked us over for dinner and had a great night - thanks guys :). Might have to walk up Mt Greer today just to make sure the admiral gets a picture on top. Starting to feel entrapped by the spell of this amazing place.


Thu Jan 25 8:36 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 22.413S 146 07.814E
Weather: †Wind 10 kts NW, 1012mb, 100% cloud cover and raining

Back at Clayton's corner after sailing Tika Taka down to Malaleuca and staying in the bushwalkers huts for the night the previous night. Great sail down there and a 2 hour row back. Incredible to see the famous spot of Deny and Maragret King. Probably hike up mt Beattie today to put some miles in our legs before attempting Mt Rugby tomorrow.


Tue Jan 23 9:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 22.413S 146 07.814E
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)
Weather: †Wind 10 kts NW, 1012mb, 100% cloud cover and raining

Sailed into Bathurst Harbour from Payne Bay with a 20-25 knot Westerly chasing us in. Lovely sail past all the peaks once on the inside with just the jib up and the clouds cleared for a good view of many of the peaks, which had Kai jumping out of his skin wanting to climb everything in site ;) . Visited Clyde and Win Clayton's house. Amazing story theirs and the King family's. Tossing up whether to take Tika or sail Tika Taka down to Malaleuca Inlet today. Probably make the decision based on how much it is raining, given we are pretty soft in our old age. Fishing boat was going out as we were coming in, but haven't seen another cruising boat, yet - though a few went through in the last 10 days based on the visitors book at Clayton's Corner.


Mon Jan 22 9:33 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 13.826S 145 55.540E
Run: 31nm (56.1km)
Weather: †Wind 6 kts NW, Swell 3m on the outside, 1008mb, 100% cloud cover

Had another great sail and motor around yesterday in light SE winds. A bit sloppy around SW cape, but managed to sail for most but 1.5 hours with code 0 up. Had a beautiful clear afternoon again and so arrived in Port Davey being able to see the Western Arthurs in the background....side note - could see the Eastern Arthurs and Federation peak 42 km away the previous day as we passed New River Lagoon and Precipitous Bluff in the foreground. Russ still has Federation Peak earmarked as a prize to capture for his 50th - having first seen (ie teased by) the peak when walking the Western Arthurs for his 40th :). Anchored off Carvers Point in Payne Bay, so we could do the dinghy trip up the Davey River to the Davey River Gorge - did this yesterday with a late picnic lunch and it didn't disappoint. Cloudless sky yesterday evening for sunet, made us think we were back in WA already - but today has convinced us otherwise :$. Will go into Bathurst Harbour this morning and pick out a nice spot to hang out and do school until the weather clears again wed/ thur for some walking.


Sun Jan 21 8:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 32.910S 146 21.687E
Run: 26.5nm (48km)
Weather: †Wind 5 kts N, Swell 2.5m, 1014mb, 5% cloud cover

Stopped at Louisa Bay since the weather was so settled....pretty sure the photos from here will go "straight to the pool room" :). Absolutely extraordinary scenery and feel incredibly lucky to have jagged such settled weather. Not a cloud in the sky yesterday and no wind or easterlies blowing for our trip around the bottom....perhaps as far south as we will ever take Tika ;(. Unique mountains, beaches and emptiness, so we interrupted the serenity and flew the drone. Mostly a motor yesterday with an hour of running deep with the code 0 up. Sloppy around south east cape, but other than that long rollers. Anchored in 4.5m tucked in tight behind the kelp beds where we are unaffected by the swell, although would be a little rolly in a mono. Won't hang around too long this morning as the swell is forecast to get to 3-4m which may be slightly awe inspiring coming into Port Davey.


Fri Jan 19 10:27 2018 NZDT
GPS: 43 34.677S 146 53.297E
Run: 55.4nm (100.3km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.2nm
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SW, 1010mb, 60% cloud cover

Managed to get away by 12:45 after an intense morning of work. Boat was a complete mess, so not unhappy to motor for most of the way down to clean up and make water. De Entrecasteaux channel was absolutely stunning. Sunny and glassy waters for most of the way - although did manage to sail an hour or so with the code 0 up. Got in at 7:50pm and tucked in to a 1 boat anchorage with great protection from both the N and SW. Incredibly still night with stunning colours in the long twilight without a cloud in the sky. Looking like a good window around to Port Davey sat afternoon or sunday.


Thu Jan 18 19:42 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 51.090S 147 21.218E
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
Weather: NE 14, 5% Cloud Cover, Bar 1015

After a great week on the MAST free pontoon in the centre of Hobart (thanks MAST for letting us stay while we got our engine mounts done!), we moved to Lindisfarne this morning to finish off and replace the port engine mounts as well! Greg Smith- what a legend of a tradesman. Also Mike from Quantum did a great job at tarting up the main and boom bag after we blew out our first reefing line on a gybe during our windy spell coming into Hobart. Also managed a movie, some shopping and an incredible day at MONA yesterday. Off down to Recherche today after leaving at 12:30 - should make it before dark, hopefully :$


Thu Jan 11 13:00 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 53.014S 147 20.025E
Run: 63.1nm (114.2km)
Avg: 19.4knts
24hr: 466nm
Weather: Mostly good!

Did a one day run from Schouten Passage, through Denison Canal to Hobart. Had a solid 25-30 NE across Norfolk Bay but good flat water and could still lay Hobart after we rounded the Iron Pot, which was nice


Thu Jan 11 9:45 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 17.891S 148 17.154E
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
Weather: †Wind 5 kts NE, Swell less than 0.5m, 1016mb, 0% cloud cover

After a final walk along the beach at Wineglass yesterday afternoon, we moved 10 miles down to Crocketts Beach on Schouten Island. Had a quick walk/ climb up the steep hill of Mt Bear for an outstanding view over the pass and onto Freycinet. That makes 3 mountains in 3 days for Jaiya and Russ....so much fun. Met 3 families from Hobart camping with their trimaran out the front who kindly offered us dinner and enjoyed good company for a few hours. On the way to Hobart this morning before the wind comes in tonight.


Mon Jan 8 12:06 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 10.474S 148 18.570E
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SW, Swell less than 0.5m, 1016mb, 0% cloud cover

Tucked in at Wineglass bay close to the point and managed to get enough protection from the NE'ly and N'ly to stay last night, thus avoiding the "Schouten Shuffle". Grateful for low draft and two hulls ;). Stunning day again today and loving the holiday in Wineglass Bay. Go for a walk tomorrow and probably head around to Hobart on thursday before the weather comes in on Friday


Sun Jan 7 9:30 2018 NZDT
GPS: 42 08.004S 148 19.34E
Run: 86.4nm (156.4km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.7nm
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SW, Swell less than 0.5m, 1015mb, 0% cloud cover

Mixed bag yesterday. Some great lightwind sailing and then the northerly steadily built to 25 knots. Warm front passed over and we got 30-35kts for a period and then nothing at all. Kept switching NE, NW, back to NE. Had 1.5m NE swell as we were approaching wineglass bay and the wind kicked again to 30-35 from the NW. Wind would have been good for wineglass but swell would have made it horrible so we diverted into sleepy bay and got the anchor down using radar to measure our distance to shore at 10pm. Will stop by Wineglass Bay this morning as a coffee stop before heading to Bryan's corner in Schouten Passage to do the "Schouten Shuffle" for the changing winds in the next few days.


Sat Jan 6 13:18 2018 NZDT
GPS: 40 53.437S 148 30.311E
Run: 81.1nm (146.8km)
Weather: †Wind 3 kts NE, Swell less than 0.5m, 1016mb, 100% cloud cover

Had a great day yesterday. Rigged tika taka, and sailed across the bay with Stackbouses on the hobie and had a lovely crayfish lunch at Stacky's bite. Sailed back and enjoyed the light and bright weather. Also enjoyed windsurfing the previous day Mick's birthday the previous night - been a great stopover. Left at sunset last night and had a super smooth and pleasant sail, although more motoring today than anticipated....not sure where the forecast wind has gone. Hopefully still make wineglass bay by sunset. Passed Banks Strait in glassy seas....quite the contrast to 24 years ago when Pipedream was surfing 15' seas in a 45-55 knot NW'ly gale on mum and dad's first overnight cruise :).


Thu Jan 4 9:27 2018 NZDT
GPS: 39 50.031S 147 50.233E
Run: 37.7nm (68.2km)
Weather: †Wind 15 kts WSW, Swell 1.5m, 1014mb, 70% cloud cover

Good sail over from Deal Island in the afternoon - although fairly washy leaving Deal with the current in that area. Now on a mooring in Killiecrankie Bay on NW Flinders Island. Another very picturesque spot on a Bass Strait Island. Slightly rolly in the westerly wind, but friendly locals. Unbeknownst to us prior, it turns out that this was the place on Flinders Island that Russ came here in about 1986 on a school Scuba trip when there were only two houses on the point, both owned by Alfie Stackhouse (one for his family and one to rent out). Alfie Stackhouse is Pete and Allan Stackhouse's uncle and about 10 years later, Greer met Pete Stackhouse while she was doing a signwriting apprenticeship in Cairns. What are the chances!


Wed Jan 3 9:27 2018 NZDT
GPS: 39 27.421S 147 19.540E
Run: 140.8nm (254.8km)
Weather: †Wind 18 kts SW, Swell 1.5m, 1014mb, 10% cloud cover

Anchored in Garden Cove, Deal Island. Had a nice sail over here on New Year's Eve from Flinders with a few knots more wind than expected and a solid swell early but nothing too uncomfortable. Stunning spot. Walked up over the hill to visit the Parks caretaker volunteers, but lighthouse not open for tours, unfortunately. Will head off to Flinders Island this afternoon when the wind backs around to the west a little more.


Sat Dec 30 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 38 28.604S 145 01.723E
Run: 12.3nm (22.3km)
Weather: 20-25kts SW

Went through the heads yesterday before the front while conditions were benign....motored most of the way around to Flinders and currently anchored off the pier enjoying watching the sailing school and club races. Nice little town and good spot to prop while waiting for ideal weather to head across Bass Strait to Deal Island. Might wait another day for the swell to die down before we leave, though - so it looks as though NYE will be on passage :$


Sat Dec 30 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 38 28.604S 145 01.723E
Weather: 20-25kts SW

Went through the heads yesterday before the front while conditions were benign....motored most of the way around to Flinders and currently anchored off the pier enjoying watching the sailing school and club races. Nice little town and good spot to prop while waiting for ideal weather to head across Bass Strait to Deal Island. Might wait another day for the swell to die down before we leave, though - so it looks as though NYE will be on passage :$


Sat Dec 30 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 38 28.604S 145 01.723E
Weather: 20-25kts SW

Went through the heads yesterday before the front while conditions were benign....motored most of the way around to Flinders and currently anchored off the pier enjoying watching the sailing school and club races. Nice little town and good spot to prop while waiting for ideal weather to head across Bass Strait to Deal Island. Might wait another day for the swell to die down before we leave, though - so it looks as though NYE will be on passage :$


Wed Dec 27 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 38 18.091S 144 59.335E
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)

Moved up to safety beach in the northerly chop and discovered a lovely anchorage. Went shopping and got accosted by the marina security guard for typing the dinghy up in the wrong spot, despite having been told by him that it was fine to tie it up there. Anchorage great - avoid spending any $'s in the marina, it is horrible. And tie up your dinghy to the floating dock at the boat ramp....then it all works!


Sat Dec 23 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 38 20.741S 144 55.636E
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)

Moved across to anchor straight off McCrae yacht club. This is the dinghy club where it all started....with mum and dad learning to sail on a 470 in their 50's. Nice to hang out and have friends drop by and say hi while we wind up to xmas madness


Mon Dec 18 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 38 21.307S 144 46.185E
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)

Stopped at Portsea for a swim along the way. beautiful warm days at the moment, but a change coming tomorrow. Tied up to the marina at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. AMAZING facilities....highly recommended outside of silly season. nice area and close to granny and papa at Mccrae :)


Sun Dec 17 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 38 15.694S 144 39.980E
Run: 110.8nm (200.5km)

Great downwind run in mostly light breezes from the prom. Left at 5.20am and managed to be in through the heads right on slack water at dusk. Tied up to a free mooring at queenscliff where the cousins disembarked....been a great week for all 4 cousins.


Thu Dec 14 8:36 2017 NZDT
GPS: 39 02.180S 146 27.760E
Run: 116.8nm (211.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 118.8nm
Weather: †Wind 0 kts W, 1006 mb, 0.5m S Swell, 90% cloud cover

Amazingly placid passage from our short Gabo Island stopover. Downwind in 8-12 knots meant the boat was calmer than at anchor for the most part. Beautiful quiet sailing and great sunsets in mostly cloudless skies. Jumped to 22-30 knots from the NE as it got dark approaching the Prom last night, but snuck our way in and had the anchor down by 10pm. Such a beautiful part of the world.


Wed Dec 13 9:00 2017 NZDT
Speed:
6.0 knots
knts
GPS: 38 32S 148 32E
Run: 100.7nm (182.3km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.8nm
Weather: †Wind 12 kts Ne, Swell 0.5m, 1014mb, 100% cloud cover

Super smooth sailing with wind from almost dead behind. Motored to Gabo Island yesterday and spent a delightful 3 hours walking and meeting the fill in lighthouse keepers, Tony and Karen. Got a tour up to the top of the lighthouse (2nd highest in australia) which was a heap of fun and also amazing to see the stone work from 1862. Watched our friends on Steely Dan sail past before getting back underway ourselves at 5pm. Hoping to make it into Refuge Cove at Wilsons Prom before dark.


Tue Dec 12 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 37 33.4332S 149 54.445E
Run: 24.4nm (44.2km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.9nm

What an awesome stop for 3 hours while we waited for the wind to pop up! Motored around the corner in glassy seas and then dropped the pick in a delightful anchorage. Walked across the island and met the lighthouse keeper who took us up the lighthouse where we watched Steely Dan sail on by again. Extraordinary lighthouse. Saw two different seal colonies and the kids got super close to a baby seal. thoroughly recommend the stop!


Tue Dec 12 8:21 2017 NZDT
Speed:
0.0 knots
knts
GPS: 37 12.909S 150 00.971E
Run: 71.2nm (128.9km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.5nm
Weather: †Wind 0 kts Se, Swell less than 1m, 1022mb, 100% cloud cover

Pulled into Bittangabea creek - stunning little 2 boat anchorage with a beach and all round protection. Good to get the Kai, Jaiya, Jordan and Oliver (cousins) out and exercising after a day and a half sitting still. Starlit night with fire on the beach. Head to Gabo island some time this morning to see some penguins - then a sunset departure for Wilson's Prom. It's getting cold - thermals and sleeping bags have been dug out!


Mon Dec 11 8:06 2017 NZDT
Speed:
7.0 knots
knts
GPS: 36 34S 151 01E
Run: 191nm (345.7km)
Avg: 14.5knts
24hr: 347.8nm
Weather: †Wind 10 kts Se, Swell less than 1m, 1021mb, 90% cloud cover

Left Manly at 11 yesterday once the NE wind had come in. Had a stunning sail in 20-22 knots until about midnight when the wind died. Motored for about 5.5 hours and now the SE'ly has come in as forecast by GRIBS. Should be a nice sail now and hopefully be into Eden by about 2.


Sun Dec 10 18:55 2017 NZDT
GPS: 33 48.706S 151 17.336E

Nice catch up with a few of the magnet crew yesterday. Heading off to head south towards Melbourne via Eden and Wilsons prom today when the wind comes in


Thu Dec 7 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 33 48.706S 151 17.336E
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)

Moved around to store beach next to manly. Beautiful spot and close enough to still go shopping in manly :)


Sat Dec 2 8:11 2017 NZDT
GPS: 33 52.292S 151 10.944E
Run: 21.6nm (39.1km)

Had a spectacular sail down the Syndey Northern beaches in 15-20 knot NE'lies. Turned into Sydney harbour and sailed past all the famous landmarks to land at Blackwattle Bay. Can't believe you can anchor almost in the city centre! Was an amazing and exhilaerating day.


Thu Nov 30 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 33 34.906S 151 19.466E
Run: 250.5nm (453.4km)

Had a gentle but nice sail down from Coffs. Left yesterday lunchtime and got in just before sunset at 8pm. Beautiful spot and wish we could have stayed longer. Sail was amusing as, at times we were doing 6.5 knots in 5 knots if true wind. Gotta love the east australian current!


Sat Nov 25 8:12 2017 NZDT
GPS: 30 18.200S 153 08.773E
Run: 63.2nm (114.4km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 61nm
Weather: †Wind 0 kts ESE, 1020 mb, 0.5m S Swell, 0% cloud cover

Made it to Coffs yesterday at 12pm. Had motor on for the last 11 hours, but a great passage overall. Relatively painless check in. I think we're happy to be back in Australia....


Fri Nov 24 7:21 2017 NZDT
Speed:
8.0 knots
knts
GPS: 29 30S 153 39E
Run: 213nm (385.5km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 222.3nm
Weather: †Wind 3 kts SSW, Swell less than 0.5m, 1016mb, 30% cloud cover

Champagne sailing with the screecher for most of the day yesterday in 6-12 knots of easterly winds and smooth seas. Motoring since 1am as the last of the wind disappeared, and due into Coffs about midday today. Looking forward to some fresh veggies and fresh coffee beans.


Thu Nov 23 8:21 2017 NZDT
Speed:
9.5 knots
knts
GPS: 26 38S 154 56E
Run: 278.8nm (504.6km)
Avg: 11.2knts
24hr: 268.7nm
Weather: †Wind 14 kts E, Swell ESE 1.0m, 1016mb, 30% cloud cover

Cracking day. Hooked into the East Australian Current and looking at close to a 240 mile day! A solid 2-3 knots for a lot of the time. A few showers over night, cleared up again this morning with very pleasant sailing. It's getting cold! Left the tropics officially yesterday :(.


Wed Nov 22 7:27 2017 NZDT
Speed:
9.5 knots
knts
GPS: 22 54S 156 37E
Run: 240.1nm (434.6km)
Avg: 10knts
24hr: 239.1nm
Weather: †Wind 17 kts E, Swell ESE 2.0m, 1016mb, 40% cloud cover

Fairly bouncy day and night but laying Coffs easily with swell and wind steadily decreasing. More wind than expected early on but at a far better angle than expected as it backed us 25 degrees throughout the day. Motion settling down more now so overall happy with progress, making an arrival at Coffs on Friday a possibility.


Tue Nov 21 7:21 2017 NZDT
GPS: 19 53S 158 28E
Weather: †Wind 20 kts SE, 1016mb, 90% cloud cover

Will be underway in an hour or two - hopefully headed for Coffs if it is not too bouncy once we get out there. Will probably lay off 20 degrees for the first 36 hours until the wind and swell die off a bit and then harden up.


Mon Nov 20 7:18 2017 NZDT
GPS: 19 53S 158 28E
Weather: †Wind 14 kts ESE, 1016mb, 10% cloud cover

Beautiful day yesterday. Only 10 knonts of wind, so got up early and watched a couple of huge sea turtles make a very slow crawl back into the ocean after nesting. Thinking about leaving tomorrow or Wednesday for Coffs or Bundaberg


Sat Nov 18 7:21 2017 NZDT
GPS: 19 53S 158 28E
Weather: †Wind 16 kts ESE, 1016mb, 10% cloud cover

cranked up to 20-24 knots for most of yesterday. Nice long walk along the beach observing the birds and myriad of turtle tracks up the beach to nesting sites. Haven't spotted any actual turtles yet. May go on a foray tonight.


Fri Nov 17 7:21 2017 NZDT
GPS: 19 53S 158 28E
Run: 137.3nm (248.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.3nm
Weather: †Wind 17 kts SE, 1016mb, 10% cloud cover, 0.5m SE swell

Safely at anchor on east side of Chesterfield. Textbook tradewind sailing yesterday - 12-15 knots, very little swell, good relaxed day and one tuna on the way in. Looks like we will be here for 4-5 days before heading on to Aus


Thu Nov 16 7:21 2017 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts
knts
GPS: 21 25S 159 49E
Run: 164.3nm (297.4km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166nm
Weather: †Wind 12 kts ESE, 1018mb, 10% cloud cover, 0.5m SE swell

Nice smooth sailing, albeit a little slower than we are used to. GFS seems about spot on for wind strength and direction. Current now against us by about 1 knot. Hoping to get into Chesterfield before dark - should just make it.


Wed Nov 15 7:36 2017 NZDT
Speed:
7.5 kts
knts
GPS: 21 19S 162 22E
Run: 234.3nm (424.1km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 236.3nm
Weather: †Wind 12 kts ESE, 1018mb, 10% cloud cover, 1.5m SE swell

Fast run yesterday with winds 18-24 knots of SE in the evening. Backed off a lot since midnight but still on target for a 215 mile day. Lost two lures yesterday :(. One was a monster which Jaiya reckons she saw the bill of a marlin or sailfish come to the surface on one of the big splashes....unfortunately line loooped around the top of the rod, jammed as it was running out and promptly snapped.


Tue Nov 14 7:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 21 57.835S 165 56.820E
Run: 38.9nm (70.4km)
Weather: †Wind 5 SE, 1020mb, 10% cloud cover

Had a delightful sail inside the lagoon up the coast yesterday. Stopped by Teana - nice wavesailing spot on the south side of the pass - but sadly no wave gear on board ;(. Wind cranked up to 22-27 knots in the afternoon so went to Puen for the night. Just got underway to Chesterfield now


Mon Nov 13 7:36 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.846S 166 24.495E
Weather: †Wind 12-15 SE, 1018mb, 10% cloud cover

Packed up the wind toys after a great last blast yesterday. May just make a 30 mile run up the coast to Teana today, though and wait for the southerly swell to die down and leave tomorrow morning from there instead. Anyone might think we are reluctant to head the boat towards Australia :$


Sat Nov 11 7:48 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.846S 166 24.495E
Weather: †Wind 12-15 SE, 1016mb, 70% cloud cover

Enjoying the windsurfing and last of New Cal before we head off on Monday


Fri Nov 10 7:21 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.846S 166 24.495E
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
Weather: †Wind 18-22 SSE, 1016mb, 70% cloud cover

Back at Ilot Maitre to soak up our waiting time windsurfing. Wind piped in 8pm last night - lots of south in it but should swing during the day, it seems. Pretty set on leaving Monday unless something really nasty appears on the weather horizon. Just need to pop up the mast again today to replace some split pins.


Thu Nov 9 9:03 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.122S 166 25.898E
Weather: †Wind 0 NE, 1015mb, 90% cloud cover

Jobs almost done. Will check out today and are close to locking into a monday departure for chesterfield. Go out to Ilot Maitre for some windsurfing today.


Wed Nov 8 7:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.122S 166 25.898E
Run: 29.7nm (53.8km)
Weather: †Wind 0 NE, 1017mb, 20% cloud cover

Finally back in Noumea after a nice sail in NE winds yesterday. mirror smooth this morning in the harbour and fairly hot and humid. Diesel, Doctor and supermarket done. checkout, fresh and boat jobs to go before we head back to Ilot Maitre for some pre passage windsurfing


Tue Nov 7 7:54 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 33.180S 166 47.751E
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
Weather: †Wind 12 kts NE, 1017mb, 90% cloud cover

Beautiful beach time without a cloud in the sky in the morning yesterday (ua is up there as a favourite with Gadji) meant we couldn't quite force ourselves into Noumea so had a nice sail in 15 knot SE stopped at Ilot Mato. Definitely out of food now, so the call of the criossant is strong. Considering anything between sat and tuesday as departure for Cheterfield depending on likely winds into Chesterfield and a blind guess of how long we will hang out in chesterfield before making the run for Bundaberg


Mon Nov 6 7:51 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 42.384S 166 48.660E
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
Weather: †Wind 8 kts SE, 1016mb, 20% cloud cover

Long and arduous passage of 3 miles up to Ua. Just another stunning island anchorage....this one with a couple of resident Ospreys on it. Coral alive and great for leisurely snorkel straight off the boat. Reluctantly heading up to Noumea today to check out later in the week and considering a Sunday departure for Chesterfield


Sat Nov 4 7:42 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 46.590S 166 47.853E
Run: 43.3nm (78.4km)
Weather: †Wind 8 kts SE, 1015mb, 30% cloud cover

Finally moved on from Bae De Gadji out to Kuare in the southern lagoon. Perfect sail yesterday in 8-10 knots of wind, dead flat with code 0 and even managed to pick up a mahi mahi on the way. Getting used to the boat actually moving at anchor again :$. Stunning location, but a little bouncy last night at high tide so may move up to Ua today before heading to Noumea on Monday.


Thu Nov 2 8:15 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 31.824S 167 25.262E
Weather: †Wind 12 kts NE, 1015mb, 90% cloud cover

Still at Bae De Gadji. Finished the inaugural Bae De Gadji regatta yesterday after 2 days and about 15 races with 2 windsurfers, 2 sailing dinghies, and 2min start sequence. Had a ball with the kids all swapping out and racing on time trials :). Might move today to Kuare - not sure.


Tue Oct 31 8:03 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 31.824S 167 25.262E
Weather: †Wind 0 kts SE, 1016mb, 5% cloud cover

relaxed days....glassy mornings and 12-14 knots in the afternoon for sailing and windsurfing. Going to have to tear ourselves away from here one of these days - most likely thursday. BBQ on the beach for Halloween tonight as Vicky and Jaiya have been baking witches fingers and eyeballs :)


Thu Oct 26 8:15 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 31.824S 167 25.262E
Weather: †Wind 5 kts SE, 1018mb, 5% cloud cover

Spectacular morning. Had 10-15 knots yesterday but has dropped out. 2 sailing dinghies carrying 5 kids from 3 countries have gone exploring and found a good camping spot to run their own jurisdiction and haven't really been seen for the last 2 days - although they did call in a lat and long :)


Mon Oct 23 7:30 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 31.824S 167 25.262E
Run: 60.4nm (109.3km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 61.7nm
Weather: †Wind 10 kts NNE, 1016mb, 10% cloud cover

Great sail to Bae De Gadji yesterday. Had 12-20 knots from the NE. Hard on the breeze most of the way, but fun flat water beating. Beautiful spot in the inner anchorage here - 360 degree protection.


Sun Oct 22 8:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 20S 166 30E
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
Weather: †Wind 17 kts NE, 1015mb, 50% cloud cover

Left noumea at 5am en route to Bae de Gadji while there'e NE'lies.


Wed Oct 18 8:12 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.83S 166 24.47E
Weather: †Wind 24 kts ESE, 1018mb, 90% cloud cover

Gusty and squally today. Great day yesterday - school sandwiched between two windsurfing sessions. Jaiya now stand-starting on a waveboard :).


Tue Oct 17 8:27 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 19.83S 166 24.47E
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
Weather: †Wind 20 kts E, 1018mb, 70% cloud cover

Didn't make it far from Noumea. Stopped at Ile Maitre and found a whole tribe of kiters, windsurfers and kid boats so pulled the windsurfers out and have been here ever since :). Look to take the NE down to Bae De Gadji on Sunday, probably. Gonna get some serious wind tomorrow, it seems.


Fri Oct 13 7:57 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 17.038S 166 25.909E
Run: 37.9nm (68.6km)
Weather: †Wind 7 kts ESE, 1018mb, 10% cloud cover

Windy yesterday anchored off Noumea. Checked in and looking to beat back up to Bae de Gadji on the isle of pines in the next few days to find a nice windsurfing spot to settle into for the upcoming blow :)


Tue Oct 10 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 22 42.344S 166 48.623E
Run: 139.5nm (252.5km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.8nm

Sun Oct 8 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 43.245S 166 25.006E
Run: 18.5nm (33.5km)

Sat Oct 7 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 20 27.185S 166 24.081E
Run: 225.1nm (407.4km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75nm

Wed Oct 4 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 44.57S 168 18.82E
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)

Sat Sep 30 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 17 34.7S 168 12.3E
Run: 68nm (123.1km)

Tue Sep 26 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 16 35.7S 168 09.2E
Run: 31.5nm (57km)

Sun Sep 24 13:00 2017 NZDT
GPS: 16 08.4S 168 07E
Run: 16.3nm (29.5km)

Sat Sep 23 12:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 54.8S 168 11.2E
Run: 37.4nm (67.7km)

Tue Sep 19 12:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 22.5S 168 07.9E
Run: 63.1nm (114.2km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63.1nm

Asinvari - what a great spot - did bat cave and had Jaiya's birthday. Beautiful location and lovely village


Mon Sep 18 12:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 42.642S 167 15.051E
Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)

Conned our way into a nice little anchorage. Well protected but a little current


Wed Sep 13 12:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 36.7S 167 10.6E
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)

Anchored off Ratua Island Resort. Great spot and lovely owners of the resort


Mon Aug 28 12:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 15 32.1S 167 10.8E
Run: 44nm (79.6km)
Avg: 62.9knts
24hr: 1509.2nm

Mon Aug 28 11:18 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 06.725S 167 27.525E
Run: 46.5nm (84.2km)
Weather: †Wind 6 kts ESE, 1016mb, 50% cloud cover

Moved over from Ambrym to Port Stanley on Malakula...no wind and lost two lures with big strikes on the fishing lines. Off to Louganville today in preparation for Granny and Papa coming tomorrow ;). Less rain than we thought in the last two days...chased it away again by putting up the rain awnings.


Thu Aug 24 7:09 2017 NZST
GPS: 16 05.924S 168 09.534E
Run: 96.3nm (174.3km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 79.4nm
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SE, 1016mb, 100% cloud cover, 2m SE swell

Snuck into anchorage closest to Olal on North Coast of Ambryum in small coral lagoon with two other boats (Alexander and Ka Pai)....Thank Chris from Ohana for surveying this spot a few years ago! Well protected from swell at low tide but a little jiggly at high tide. Should make it convenient for the festival today...rumour has it that it might have shifted a day earlier and start today - will find out for sure when we go ashore this morning.


Wed Aug 23 2:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
9.5kts
knts
GPS: 17 21S 168 48E
Run: 157.2nm (284.5km)
Weather: †Wind 22 kts SE, 1018mb, 100% cloud cover, 2m SE swell

En route to Ambrym from Port Resolution. Nice solid wind for the overnight broad reach. Black night given cloud cover and no moon.


Sat Aug 19 1:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kts
knts
GPS: 19 31.597S 169 29.713E
Run: 134nm (242.5km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.4nm
Weather: †Wind 5 kts SW-NW, 1018mb, 0% cloud cover, Less than 1m ESE swell

Safely tucked up at anchor in Port Resolution, after getting in at midnight on sat chart, friend's track and radar - although conning our way in was easy compared to finding an anchoring spot in amongst the forrest of masts of the pacific circuit rally :$. Turned engine on at 1pm yesterday and glassy smooth ever since - spectacular sunset and starlit night with glow of volcano on approach. Seems like things are happening 6-12 hours ahead of GFS GRIBS (wind change in Fiji when we left was about 6 hours ahead of GRIB)


Fri Aug 18 7:42 2017 NZST
Speed:
8.0kts
knts
GPS: 18 27S 171 12E
Run: 240.3nm (434.9km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 234.4nm
Weather: †Wind 7-13 kts ESE, 1018mb, 90% cloud cover, 2m S swell (short period)

Nice night, wind dropping and backing, swell has settled down. Gliding along but probably have to put the motor on later in the day. Due in some time around midnight tonight. 122 miles to go. Caught a tuna at dusk last night, so the Tika sushi production line kicked into action for dinner :).


Thu Aug 17 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed:
10kts
knts
GPS: 17 37S 174 45E
Run: 151.7nm (274.6km)
Weather: †Wind 20 kts SSE, 1016mb, 10% cloud cover, 2m S swell (short period)

Left Vuda at 2.30pm yesterday, bound for Port Resolution. Fast but uncomfortable night with a washing machine (short period) southerly swell running, no doubt generated from the depression to the south. Wind and swell seem to have backed us a little this morning, hoping they will continue to do so during the day today so we can do an arc down towards Tanna.


Sat Aug 12 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
0kts
knts
GPS: 17 27.547S 177 02.725E
Run: 23.4nm (42.4km)
Weather: †Wind 15 kts SE, 1020mb, 10% cloud cover

Having a great time at Navadra for a kid boat catch up....6 boats, 14 kids, camping on the beach...don't come near unless you want a noisy anchorage :$


Wed Aug 9 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
0kts
knts
GPS: 17 46.178S 177 11.221E
Run: 103.8nm (187.9km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.2nm
Weather: †Wind 10 kts E, 1014mb, 70% cloud cover

Great sail yesterday but were kept busy. 108 miles in 12.5 hours, two fish (mahi mahi and tuna), 4 gybes including swinging code 0 between each hull and had the code 0 in and out about 10 times between gybes, fish and wind gusts :). We're getting better at stopping the boat quickly when the fishing line goes. Great surfing down west coast of viti levu. Max speed 18.6 on main only :$. . Got the anchor down just before dark at Musket cove.


Tue Aug 8 6:54 2017 NZST
Speed:
9.0 kts
knts
GPS: 18 44S 178 24E
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
Weather: †Wind 18 kts E, 1014mb, 50% cloud cover, 1.5m SE swell

Left Kokomo private resort at 5:30am for a run up to Musket Cove. Hoping to get in before dark, but if not, will anchor at Momi bay


Sat Aug 5 7:24 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 51.630S 178 31.014E
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
Weather: †Wind 10 kts SE, 1015mb, 90% cloud cover, unexpected rain overnight, clearing now

made the most of the glassy day yesterday and drifted the Naigoro pass at low tide, did Sevu Sevu and then came back up to swim with the Manta's at high tide. Great day!


Fri Aug 4 7:30 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 18 47.205S 178 29.763E
Weather: †Wind 0 kts SE, 1018mb, 0% cloud cover, stunning day

On the way to go drift dive the pass. Amazing day yesterday once rain cleared at 10am and stunning again today :)


Thu Aug 3 7:30 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 18 47.205S 178 29.763E
Run: 46.1nm (83.4km)
Weather: †Wind 10 kts SE, 1018mb, 100% cloud cover, raining - but guaranteed to stop in the next half an hour since just put the rain awnings up

Fast and bouncy ride down from Suva yesterday afternoon - but caught a yellowfin coming in through kadavu channel and beautiful anchorage here now. Looking forward to explore the area as weather settles.


Sun Jul 30 6:36 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 18 07.411S 178 25.442E
Run: 108nm (195.5km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111nm
Weather: †Wind 0 kts, 1020mb, 100% cloud cover, raining since about 10pm last night

nice fast day run yesterday after a super quiet passage. Got in an hour after dark, just before the rain started to eat some of the two wahoo caught yesterday :)


Sat Jul 29 7:15 2017 NZST
Speed:
7.5kts
knts
GPS: 18 59S 179 48E
Run: 178.3nm (322.7km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.4nm
Weather: †Wind 12 kts ESE, 1020 mb, 1.5m S Swell, 50% cloud cover

Beautiful, albeit slightly slow sailing. Managed to pull in two wahoo at the same time yesterday morning. Passed an east west cloud bank last night with a light sprinkle of rain - only an extra 4 knots of wind in it. Hoping to be in Suva right on sunset tonight.


Fri Jul 28 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed:
5.0kt
knts
GPS: 19 28S 177 31W
Run: 195.7nm (354.2km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.1nm
Weather: †Wind 7 kts SE, 1017mb, 1.5m S swell, 40% cloud cover

super quiet night with wind between 6 and 8 knots, but swinging 30 degrees, so glad to have autopilot on wind angle


Thu Jul 27 6:39 2017 NZST
Speed:
8.5kt
knts
GPS: 19 56S 174 33W
Run: 12.2nm (22.1km)
Weather: †Wind 11 kts SSE, 1017mb, 1.0m S swell

En route to Suva from Ha'apai. Spectacular day, great sailing and nice view of Tofua Volcanoe as we sail past


Sat Jul 22 6:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 19 45.497S 174 34.178W
Run: 18.8nm (34km)
Weather: †Wind 7 kts NE, 1020mb, 1.0m E swell

Stopped briefly at one of our favourite atols in the haapai's


Sun Jul 16 16:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 19 43.153S 174 17.002W
Run: 62.5nm (113.1km)
Weather: †Wind 19 kts SE, 1022mb, 1.5m SE swell

Anchored off Matafonua, enjoying the windsurfing and clear water now the rain has cleared and the sun has come out. Managed to drop the go pro off Kai's mast today, mark the spot with a buoy and actually find it with snorkelling gear later. Happy about that :). amazing sail down past about 20 pods of whales on Thursday.


Thu Jul 13 6:36 2017 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 18 51.387S 173 59.836W
Run: 12nm (21.7km)
Weather: †Wind 0 kts SE, 1013mb, 1.0m S swell

Stayed overnight in Mananita on way back to Ha'apai. Stunningly beautiful spot. hosted a Swiss family for dinner who are camping out for 4 weeks.


Sat Jul 8 12:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 18 41.754S 173 55.686W
Run: 14nm (25.3km)
Weather: 10 knots from the ENE, 10% cloud cover, 1016 mB, nice day after a rainy day at the agricultural show yesterday. Did not get expected rain last night

Anchored off Kenutu. Lovely spot :)


Wed Jul 5 6:42 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 18 42.741S 174 08.492W
Run: 117.1nm (212km)
Weather: †Wind 13 kts SE, 1016 mb, 2m SE, 20% cloud cover

Anchored in the lagoon off Foeata Island. Stunning spot - a little jiggly at high tide. Good wave on south side, but beyond our equipment and abilities. Heading into Neiafu today to rig the dinghy, Tika Taka, and compete in the King's Birthday regatta.


Fri Jun 23 7:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 20 17.134S 174 48.545W
Run: 24.6nm (44.5km)
Weather: †Wind 20 kts ENE, 1018 mb, swell 1.5m Ese

Anchored in an uncharted lagoon on the SW side of Nomuka Ika, nicely protected from wind and swell. Good snorkelling.


Mon Jun 19 7:33 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 19 56.486S 174 42.905W
Run: 16.1nm (29.1km)
Weather: †Wind 25 kts ESE, 1022 mb, 1m Ese, 20% cloud cover - windy with occasional squall

Anchored off Haafeva waiting for the wind to blow itself out a bit. Hopefuly we might be able to resupply some onions eggs and potatoes at the village


Sat Jun 17 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 19 57.366S 174 28.022W
Weather: †Wind 20 kts ESE, 1022 mb, 1m Ese, 100% cloud cover - seems to clear up in the afternoons

Anchored off Tofanga Island in Ha'apai Group, Tonga, enjoying the windsurfing, snorkelling and dinghy sailing :). Will think about moving some time in the next few days as the wind goes up one more notch.


Thu Jun 15 8:36 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 19 57.358S 174 28.014W
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
Weather: †Wind 14 kts SE, 1022 mb, 50% cloud cover

Anchored just off the Tofanga Island in Ha'apai. School, windsurfing and fires on the beach :)


Thu Jun 8 7:33 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 19 58S 174 29.55W
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
Weather: †Wind 13 kts SE, 1018 mb, 1m Ese

Anchored off the sandspit next to Uonukuhihfo Island in Ha'apai, Tonga, enjoying the windsurfing :)


Thu Jun 1 6:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 20 01S 174 28W
Run: 32.8nm (59.4km)
Weather: †Wind 7 kts SE, 1020 mb, 1m Ese

Stunning day in Ha'apai, anchored next to Limu in gin blue water


Fri May 26 6:15 2017 NZST
Speed:
0.0kt
knts
GPS: 20 14S 174 55W
Run: 223.2nm (404km)
Avg: 9.7knts
24hr: 231.9nm
Weather: †Wind 11 kts E, 1018 mb, 1.5m Ese

Heaved to next to the outer reefs of Ha'apai. Stunning night and fantastic sailing for last 24 hours. 2.5m long period swell and 20 knots on the beam made it fast and fun. Should have anchor down by 10am. Beautiful day and nice to have the family home back in the tropics! Just realised had typos in last 2 positions (should have been W not E longitude)


Thu May 25 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed:
8.7kt
knts
GPS: 23 23S 175 41W
Run: 202.2nm (366km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 202.2nm
Weather: †Wind 20-22 kts Se, 1018 mb, 3.0m Ese swell plus 1.0m confused seas on top

Tried to put the brakes on for a period yesterday by pulling in the tiny bit of jib we had out (already on 3rd reef in main). Worked a little. Squalls of yesterday have now left us which is nice. Swell has backed us a little and wind eased so slightly more comfortable and back moving along well again without too many crashes and bangs.


Wed May 24 7:09 2017 NZST
Speed:
8.2kt
knts
GPS: 26 08S 176 47w
Run: 226.1nm (409.2km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 116.1nm
Weather: †Wind 20-30 kts Se, 1018 mb, 3.0m E swell plus 1.5m confused seas on top

Hard night. Lots of squalls. Short period building easterly swell makes it a washing machine right now. Considering running off to Minerva to take pressure off the boat.


Mon May 22 8:24 2017 NZST
GPS: 29 15.0009s 177 54.2663w
Run: 272nm (492.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.3nm
Weather: SE15-20, S last night

Intend staying until Wednesday but need to clarify this decision as DOC have not given a permit for anchoring here due the Myrtle rust problems. There is no transiting or anchoring within 1000m of any island in the Kermadecs.


Sat May 20 5:54 2017 NZST
Speed:
7.7kt
knts
GPS: 31 05S 178 04E
Run: 133.9nm (242.4km)
Avg: 10.5knts
24hr: 252.3nm
Weather: †Wind 13 kts SW, 1020 mb, 1.0m SW swell, orderly SW seas

Lovely quiet night. Wind, swell and seas all from straight behind. planning to head east until the wind swings then slowly come back to the west until the depression goes through. Probably "jog on the spot" until tue or wed.


Fri May 19 17:09 2017 NZST
GPS: 31 47S 175 57E
Run: 265.9nm (481.3km)

Left yesterday and now wondering what to do with the weather situation on route.


Tue May 9 7:10 2017 NZST
GPS: 35 18.96211S 174 7.28833E
Run: 416.3nm (753.5km)

Sun Apr 16 21:07 2017 NZST
GPS: 41 20.388S 174 8.392E
Run: 44.9nm (81.3km)

Anchored in Pipi Bay in Port underwood after a great, fast sail through Cook Strait yesterday. Making the run up the east coast tomorrow and hoping for good weather!


Sat Apr 15 0:00 2017 NZST
GPS: 41 15.82S 173 16.825E
Run: 157.8nm (285.6km)

Just finished up a wonderful 2.5 weeks in nelson, including an epic 8 day hike and catching up with nearby friends...as well as waiting out the remnants of 2 cyclones


Wed Mar 22 21:30 2017 NZDT
GPS: 39 03.424S 174 02.701E
Run: 259.7nm (470.1km)

Moored in Port Taranaki...awaiting some northerly winds to take us back down to Nelson


Tue Nov 15 7:21 2016 NZDT
Speed:
0.0
knts
GPS: 35 18S 174 07E
Run: 161.9nm (293km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.3nm
Weather: †Wind 24 kts N, 1010 mb

On Quarantine dock in Opua. Arrived at 11:30pm last night after a seriously fun sleigh past North Cape....solid 12 and 13 knots and hit 18.9 on one occasion surfing the family home :). Drizzly, cold and very windy as front seems like it is just starting to come through. So happy to have made it! x Russ, Greer, Kai and Jaiya


Mon Nov 14 7:51 2016 NZDT
Speed:
10.0
knts
GPS: 33 30S 172 18E
Run: 237.8nm (430.4km)
Avg: 10.5knts
24hr: 250.8nm
Weather: †Wind 16 kts N, 1012 mb, 1.0m SW swell, orderly N seas

Motorailed until 4pm and then spectacular sailing. Sailed under full moon with Code 0 all night, smooth and fast. ETA Opua about midnight just before the front hopefully. X Greer, Russ, Kai and Jaiya


Sun Nov 13 9:05 2016 NZDT
Speed:
9.5
knts
GPS: 30 52S 169 41E
Run: 13.4nm (24.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.3nm
Weather: 2m swell, 5var SW to NW, 1013

Sun Nov 13 6:51 2016 NZDT
GPS: 30 42S 169 34E
Run: 153.6nm (278km)
Weather: †Wind 7 kts swinging from W - SW 80% cloud, 1012 mb, 1.5m SW swell

Left Norfolk Island at 2pm yesterday. Good sail for first 3 hours then Motor sailing since. Have about 1 knot current against us. Racing this front in and looking forward to the northerlies joining us in 12 hours so we can turn the motor off. X Russ, Greer, Kai and Jaiya


Thu Nov 10 9:04 2016 NZDT
GPS: 28 59.92617s 167 55.03109e
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.9nm
Weather: 1022

anchored yesterday and had very pleasant check in on the back of a 4WD. Will stay until sat/Sunday time frame


Thu Nov 10 8:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 29 03S 167 58E
Run: 65.4nm (118.4km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63nm
Weather: †0 kts 5% cloud, 1020 mb (highest was 1022 about 3pm yesterday), 1.0m SW swell decreasing

Anchored in Sydney Bay, Norfolk Island. Nice and sunny and good to have some fresh fish, fresh veggies and fresh internet! Will move around to Ball Bay on the the SE side of the island this afternoon to wait out the front


Wed Nov 9 7:06 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.0
knts
GPS: 28 28S 168 49E
Run: 205.6nm (372.1km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 212.2nm
Weather: †7kts E 5% cloud, 1018 mb (highest was 1020 about 3pm yesterday), 1.5m SW swell decreasing

Reverted back to Plan A, so 55 miles to go until a pitstop in Norfolk - we were going to be cutting slightly too fine getting in before the next front. Will head off to NZ late Saturday and plan to arrive in Opua first light Tuesday (again depending on how the second front develops). Stunning night - gliding along with code 0 again now after motoring for 6 hours last night when our wind dropped below 5 knots. x Greer, Russ, Kai and Jaiya


Tue Nov 8 7:51 2016 NZDT
Speed:
8.0
knts
GPS: 26 32S 171 22E
Run: 199.2nm (360.6km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190.5nm
Weather: †12kts ESE 5% cloud, 1017 mb, 2.5m SW swell

Bouncy night as our NW'ly turned slowly into a SSE and then SE. heading into a long period large SW swell which also increased the bounce. x Greer, Russ, Kai and Jaiya


Mon Nov 7 6:45 2016 NZDT
Speed:
9.0
knts
GPS: 24 42S 173 50E
Run: 205.8nm (372.5km)
Avg: 9.2knts
24hr: 220nm
Weather: †12kts N 100% cloud, 1015 mb

Spectacular light downwind sailing...we've had rougher nights at anchor. Gybed onto starboard tack at shift change as we pass the very top of the last front (hopefully!) before we meet up with the weather high near Norfolk Island and make the decision whether to turn left towards Opua and try and run in before the next one


Sun Nov 6 8:18 2016 NZDT
Speed:
7.0
knts
GPS: 22 57S 176 28E
Run: 234.1nm (423.7km)
Avg: 9.2knts
24hr: 220.8nm
Weather: †11kts ENE 100% cloud, 1015 mb

Mixed bag - mostly downwind gliding, then a fast reach last night with 15-20 knots from SE, now downwind glide again this morning


Sat Nov 5 6:51 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.0
knts
GPS: 20 56S 179 24E
Run: 182.2nm (329.8km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.3nm
Weather: †8kts ESE 50% cloud, 1011 mb

Stunning day's sailing yesterday. Passed through the frontal band of cloud last night and had plentiful rain and lightning for 4 hours. Wind swung but only got to 13 knots. Back gliding along with code 0 this morning


Fri Nov 4 7:45 2016 NZDT
Speed:
6.2
knts
GPS: 19 09S 178 32W
Weather: †8kts E 30% cloud, 1014 mb

Departed for NZ, heading towards Norfolk. Beautiful light wind sailing - if only it could be like this the whole way!


Thu Nov 3 7:12 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 09S 178 32W
Weather: †10kts E 5% cloud, 1016 mb

most likely leaving fri PM or sat AM now


Wed Nov 2 6:18 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 09S 178 32W
Weather: †15-18kts ESE 5% cloud, 1015 mb

May leave this afternoon


Tue Nov 1 7:21 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 09S 178 32W
Weather: †10kts SE 5% cloud, 1014

waiting for weather window in Fulanga after pulling in for engine maintenance en route to NZ


Tue Nov 1 7:15 2016 NZDT
GPS: 19 09S 178 32W
Run: 263.7nm (477.3km)
Weather: †10kts SE 5% cloud, 1014

waiting for weather window in Fulanga after pulling in for engine maintenance en route to NZ


Fri Sep 9 7:38 2016 NZST
Speed:
6.8
knts
GPS: 16 56S 175 16W
Run: 2474.6nm (4479km)
Weather: ESE9, 1016

heading west. Will thread through the Lau tomorrow on route to Vuda Marina on the west side of Viti Levu


Wed May 25 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 9 54.34S 139 06.79W
Run: 8.4nm (15.2km)

Tahuata


Thu May 19 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 9 48.55S 139 02.24W
Run: 47.4nm (85.8km)

Hiva Oa


Mon May 16 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 10 27.88466S 138 39.96764W
Run: 3341nm (6047.2km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.1nm

Mon May 16 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 10 24.30552S 138 41.47762W
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)

Tue Apr 26 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 0 57.92782S 90 57.59414W
Run: 49.9nm (90.3km)

Tue Apr 19 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 0 46.88270S 90 15.72440W
Run: 53.4nm (96.7km)

Wed Apr 13 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 1 00.18408S 89 31.354W
Run: 876.1nm (1585.7km)
Avg: 18.3knts
24hr: 438.1nm

San Christobal


Mon Apr 11 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 7 13N 79 51W
Run: 122.1nm (221km)

En route to Galapagos


Wed Apr 6 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 8 56.74N 79 28.89W
Run: 43.1nm (78km)

Panama City


Wed Apr 6 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 9 22N 79 56.9W
Run: 75.5nm (136.7km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75.5nm

Back to shelter Bay


Tue Apr 5 0:00 2016 NZST
GPS: 9 33.80N 78 51.525W
Run: 12.7nm (23km)

El porvenir


Tue Mar 29 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 9 35.39N 78 40.43W
Run: 519.8nm (940.8km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.3nm

Back at swimming pool in San Blas


Tue Mar 22 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 10 24.58N 75 32.1W
Run: 506.1nm (916km)
Avg: 10.5knts
24hr: 253.1nm

Catagena


Tue Mar 22 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 12 33.94N 71 38.04W
Run: 303.3nm (549km)

en route to Cartagena


Sun Mar 20 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 12 9.03N 68 16.89W
Run: 11.6nm (21km)

Bonaire


Mon Mar 14 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 11 59.35716N 68 14.15828W
Run: 53.8nm (97.4km)

en route bonaire


Sun Mar 6 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 11 56.52N 67 26.503W
Run: 384.2nm (695.4km)

Los Aves


Wed Feb 24 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 11 59.92N 61 45.56W
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)

Clarkes Court Haul out Grenada


Sun Feb 21 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 12 10.48N 61 43.63W
Run: 36nm (65.2km)

Underwater statues


Thu Feb 18 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 12 35.69N 61 24.71W
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)

Union Island


Sat Feb 13 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 12 38.88N 61 23.441W
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)

Saltwhistle Bay


Wed Feb 10 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 12 37.88N 61 21.42W
Run: 146.7nm (265.5km)

Tobago Keys


Sun Feb 7 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 14 44.85N 61 11.7118W
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)

Saint Pierre, Martinique


Fri Feb 5 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 15 19.37N 61 22.80W
Run: 64nm (115.8km)

Dominica


Sat Jan 30 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 16 13.7N 61 34.9W
Run: 25.8nm (46.7km)

Guadeloupe


Fri Jan 29 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 15 54N 61 46W
Run: 78.1nm (141.4km)

En route to Guadeloupe


Tue Jan 26 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 17 01.64N 61 50.45W
Run: 109nm (197.3km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 109nm

Antigua


Mon Jan 25 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 18 02.2N 63 06.7W
Run: 110.2nm (199.5km)

Arrived into St MArtin to pick up Stu and Nat


Sun Jan 10 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 18 27N 64 44W
Run: 540.6nm (978.5km)
Avg: 11.3knts
24hr: 270.3nm

Arrive BVI's to Little Jost Van Dyke


Fri Jan 8 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 24 0N 70 39W
Run: 243.2nm (440.2km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.6nm

En route to BVI's


Wed Jan 6 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 24 11N 74 30W
Run: 66.1nm (119.6km)

En route to BVI's


Sat Jan 2 0:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 23 35.75N 75 19.53W
Run: 28.6nm (51.8km)

Long Island


Tue Dec 22 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 23 31.28N 75 46.18W
Run: 260.3nm (471.1km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 65.1nm

George town...just in the nick of time!


Fri Dec 18 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 25 53N 79 0W
Run: 96.6nm (174.8km)

En route to Bahamas for xmas! Just escaped fort lauderdale (with our lives!)


Wed Dec 9 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 26 05N 80 06.8W
Run: 149.1nm (269.9km)

Fort Lauderdale


Wed Dec 9 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 25 0000N 80 12W
Run: 75.1nm (135.9km)

En route to Fort Lauderdale


Sun Dec 6 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 24 33.96N 81 48.54W
Run: 111.3nm (201.5km)

Key West - unexpected stop after a rough crossing of Florida Straits


Wed Dec 2 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 23 05.12N 82 30.05W
Run: 191.3nm (346.3km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.3nm

Havana


Tue Dec 1 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 22 59N 83 48W
Run: 138.6nm (250.9km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.6nm

En route to Havana


Tue Dec 1 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 21 54.91N 85 12.98W
Run: 116.8nm (211.4km)

En route to Havana


Mon Nov 30 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 21 33.44N 82 16.623W
Run: 20.3nm (36.7km)

Sun Nov 29 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 21 35.91N 81 57.85W
Run: 24.9nm (45.1km)

Isla Rosario


Tue Nov 24 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 21 36.48N 81 34.65W
Run: 80.5nm (145.7km)

Playa Serena, Cay Largo


Thu Nov 19 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 22 07.54N 80 27.17W
Run: 126.8nm (229.5km)

cienfuegos


Thu Nov 12 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 20 50.8N 79 02.35W
Run: 107.4nm (194.4km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.4nm

rio de Jardines -


Wed Nov 11 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 19 42.89N 77 54.28W
Run: 99.4nm (179.9km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99.4nm

Overnighter to rio de jardines


Tue Nov 10 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 19 58.1164N 76 23.9946W
Run: 34.2nm (61.9km)

Chivirico


Thu Nov 5 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 19 59.0227N 75 52.444W
Run: 614.1nm (1111.5km)

Sat Oct 3 0:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 11 14.5119N 74 13.0646W
Run: 323.7nm (585.9km)

Thu Sep 24 0:00 2015 NZST
GPS: 9 35.39N 78 40.43W
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)

Mon Sep 21 0:00 2015 NZST
GPS: 9 30.58N 78 36.91W
Run: 6.9nm (12.5km)

Coco Banderas


Thu Sep 10 0:00 2015 NZST
GPS: 9 35.42N 78 40.46W
Run: 13.2nm (23.9km)

Wed Sep 9 0:00 2015 NZST
GPS: 9 34N 78 52W
Run: 39.8nm (72km)

Tue Sep 8 0:00 2015 NZST
GPS: 9 36N 79 27W
Run: 15.2nm (27.5km)

Sun Sep 6 0:00 2015 NZST
GPS: 9 33N 79 40W
Run: 23.1nm (41.8km)

Sat Sep 5 0:00 2015 NZST
GPS: 9 22N 79 57W

Left Shelter Bay after 2 weeks of hard work cleaning and getting Tika ready


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