Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed

Sun Nov 11 7:21 2018 NZDT
Run: 154.1nm (278.9km)
17 46.3620S 177 22.9259E
Weather: Partly cloudy, calm

Docked at Denarau Marina, Fiji, waiting for favorable weather for our passage north to the Marshall Islands. Candidate departure date is 2018-11-16.


Mon Sep 24 20:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.3 nknts
Run: 170.4nm (308.4km)
19 31.200s 178 50.600e
Weather: partly cloudy, winds 15 kts. SE

20180924 0700 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. After good times in Falaga, Fiji, we are inbound Musket Cove, west of Viti Levu, Fiji. ETA is Wednesday 0700 local at Navula Pass. We are concerned about forecasts of increasing SE winds in the vicinity of the Navula Pass on Wednesday morning.


Sat Sep 15 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0 (anchored)knts
Run: 213.5nm (386.4km)
19 08.365s 178 34.543w
Weather: partly cloudy, winds 15 kts. SE

20180901 1900 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. After good times in Savusavu and off Taveuni Island, we are now in Falaga, Fiji, anchored amongst floating limestone islets in 3 meters of turquoise water over a pure sand seabed with 300 degrees of protection from winds. The village on the seaside, reached by a 45 minute walk through the jungle, is filled with some of the friendliest people on Earth. We plan to stay here about a month.


Tue Jul 10 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 317.9nm (575.4km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.4nm
16 46.656S 179 19.862E
Weather: mostly clear, light clouds

We arrived in Savusavu, Fiji at 10:00 local time on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Check-in with Fiji Customs, Biosecurity, etc. went smoothly with some of the friendliest government officials we've ever met. Town is filled with more friendly people and lots of supplies. Lunch at Grace Road was outstanding. We bought a 1.5 kilo fresh (alive) crab at the market that is within sight of Tumbleweed on a mooring. Suvasuva will be an excellent place to supply for our adventure around the Fijian islands.


Sat Jul 7 16:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.2 .knts
Run: 175.5nm (317.7km)
21 07.354s 179 04.238w
Weather: partly cloudy, winds 25-30 kts. SE

20180707 0400 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Next destination Savusavu Fiji. After light winds last night, we've been sailing in strong winds all day, 25-30 kts. SE, combined seas 2-3 meters.With just a double reefed genoa, we have no problem approaching our hull speed, 7.8 kts. Because there have been several light squalls with winds above 30 kts, we plan to downshift to our staysail by sundown. We expect to arrive in SavuSavu either late Monday or early Tuesday. As we enter Fijian waters, we are going take the channel east of Totoya Island to preserve our easting.


Sun Jul 1 18:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 0 . (anchored)knts
Run: 200.6nm (363.1km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 67.3nm
23 39.422s 178 54.044w
Weather: partly cloudy, winds 23 kts. SE

20180701 0600 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Next destination Savusavu Fiji. Because of unfavorable winds and seas in Fiji, we diverted to Minerva Reef, and we're so happy that we did. Apart from avoiding the "HIGH SEAS" forecast in Fijian waters, meaning +6 meter seas, we are being mesmerized by Minerva Reef, with its beauty and history. Led by s/v Aka, we saw an ancient anchor on the reef from a centuries-past shipwreck. Ah, the sailing life.


Thu Jun 28 18:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.3 .knts
Run: 126.4nm (228.8km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.7nm
25 34.316s 178 41.953e
Weather: partly cloudy, winds 16 kts. SE

20180627 0615 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Destination Savusavu Fiji Calmer conditions today as high pressure builds to the west of us. Winds for the last 24 hours have been 12 - 25 kts, excluding squalls. Combined seas at 2 meters, period 12 secs., manageable.


Wed Jun 27 18:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.0 .knts
Run: 155.2nm (280.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157.2nm
27 18.628s 178 04.068e
Weather: partly cloudy, winds 18 kts. S

20180626 0700 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Destination Fiji. Another night & day of fantastic sailing. More squalls last night. Combined seas at 3-4 meters, period 13 secs., manageable.


Tue Jun 26 18:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5 .knts
Run: 177.2nm (320.7km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.2nm
29 31.921s 177 41.783e
Weather: mostly clear, winds 22 kts. S

20180625 00700 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Destination Fiji. Another night & day of fantastic sailing. Stays'l only last night helped us through 15 or so squalls, two with 2-minute sustained winds of 43, with gusts to 50 kts. Today was another brilliant sunny day, with a steady 25 kts., sailing at 7 kts. most of the day, with just a single reefed 110% genoa.


Mon Jun 25 13:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 117.7nm (213km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 98.9nm
31 57.837s 176 45.230e
Weather: partly cloudy, winds 25 kts. W

20180624 0100 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Destination Fiji. Slow start, but now full sails. Strong winds arrived last night. Beautiful sailing with crisp air and brilliant sun. Swell fully built and confused, 2 meters.


Sun Jun 24 8:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 2.0knts
Run: 151.2nm (273.7km)
33 18.140s 175 30.135e
Weather: partly cloudy, winds calm

20180623 2030 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Destination Fiji. Adrift in very light winds, waiting for the front from the Tasman Sea to blow us to Fiji.


Hi Morgan and Douglas We think you are having too good a time just drifting around out there. Glad to hear its going well. We plan to set off on Wednesday so will think of you up in the warm waters as we hover around 30 degrees! K&P
Fri Jun 15 18:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 0, at anchorknts
35 12.968s 174 13.242e
Weather: clear, winds calm

20180615 1830 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Preparing for passage north to Fiji via Minerva Reef. Waiting for a favorable weather window, departure likely 6/22.


Fri Jun 15 18:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 0, at anchorknts
Run: 9nm (16.3km)
35 12.968s 174 13.242e
Weather: clear, winds calm

20180615 1830 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Preparing for passage north to Fiji via Minerva Reef. Waiting for a favorable weather window, departure likely 6/22.


Sun Jun 3 8:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 0, opua marinaknts
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
35 19.032s 174 7.216e
Weather: cloudy, winds calm

20180602 2030 UTC. 2 POB, Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Preparing for passage north to Fiji via Minerva Reef. Waiting for a favorable weather window, departure not likely until after 06/10.


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