Thu Nov 15 9:09 2018 NZDT
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
24 45.415S 152 23.413E
Weather: 10-15 NE lovely sunny morning little clouds in distance

A lot has happened since last update....... we now in AUSTRALIA MATE! Fantastic week in Bundaberg with lots of fun, celebrations, crab races, fancy dress and lots of learning about the Aus coast, John & Leanne Hembrow of the DOWNUNDER RALLY organised and huge week. Excellent way to arrive here, would definitely not do it any other way. THANK YOU.

we are now departing Bundy and heading out down through the Sandy Straights to Kingfisher Resort on Frazer island. our eta is 15h00. great calms seas conditions just perfect. we travelling in Convoy with Karl & Julie on SY Blue Eyes and Geoff & Miriam on Enough.

Departing Bundy Marina
Prize giveaway our $1100 haul out!!
Gotta cuddle a kanga!,
We knew, saw or heard nothing!!
Free haul out - fabulous!,
Another prize yummie Oceans Seafood Platter..
The “Hootanannies”. Karl, Richard Norm & Me..... so much fun playing with these guys.....learnt heaps thank you all xx
Mon Nov 5 16:08 2018 NZDT
Run: 93.6nm (169.4km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.3nm
24 45.622S 152 23.284E
Weather: Beaut day in Bundy,

They made it to Bundy...

Mon 5/Nov 02:19 GMT

24 45.622 S 152 23.284 E

Course: 234° true, 0.0 kts.

Sun Nov 4 23:25 2018 NZDT
Run: 197.7nm (357.8km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 191.5nm
24 26S 153 50E
Weather: 12k NNE, swell 1m, 7k Distance to go 86nm

Hopefully arrive Bundaberg 0700 Mon. Round the top of Fraser midnight tonight. Has been quite a strong cross current this afternoon heading towards Fraser steering 20 deg above our course so as to lay our Bundy 1 waypoint. Great afternoon sailing and looking forward to a Appleton’s rum when we reach Bundy.

Sat Nov 3 22:38 2018 NZDT
Run: 162.3nm (293.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.6nm
24 50S 156 57E
Weather: Wind 8k, motorsailing 7k,

Eating fish & enjoying! Fish on the plate & in the freezer.... eta Monday early morning. Wally

Fri Nov 2 21:17 2018 NZDT
Speed: 8knts
Run: 209.3nm (378.8km)
Avg: 10.2knts
24hr: 243.9nm
25 00S 159 32E
Weather: Wind 18k, swell 1m, speed 8k.

Went sailing for the day after a shave, had a BLT sandwich for lunch, went fishing over a 45 meter knoll hooked three yellowfin one long line release one short line release and one in the fridge, then a shower and then carried on sailing for the rest of the day. How was your day at the office? 398 nm to go to Bundy.

Fri Nov 2 0:41 2018 NZDT
Run: 205.6nm (372.1km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184.8nm
23 40S 162 31E
Weather: Cold down to 19 deg. 18k SE. Swell 1.5m baro 1022


COMMENTS: Temp Dropped to 20 and down to 19 overnight jackets and longs on now burrrrr.A bit of a shock after a month of 25/30 in New Cal.

Caught a good Barracuda a hour ago but trace broke at the boat so off he went with my new deep dive lure stuck in his mouth. Very sad for the fish other wise all good.

Wed Oct 31 21:59 2018 NZDT
Run: 107.7nm (194.9km)
22 29S 165 29E
Weather: Clear 16k cloud 20% 2.5 meter swell, SSE

Departed Noumea, New Caledonia for Bundaberg, Australia at 10am with Wally, Graeme, & Weston. Eta in 5 days. 733 nm to go.

All well aboard, great Sail No fish.

Wed Oct 3 11:09 2018 NZDT
Speed: 8-9knts
Run: 28.4nm (51.4km)
22 36.840S 167 09.874E
Weather: 15k 1m sunny and warm..... yayyyyy. Now 9am

From Yate we headed out into 20k, caught 2 skippies and made for Baie de Prony and grabbed a mourning in front of Mousse?s place at Iliot Casey. Finally the sun has returned and with it a little bit of warmth......Fond memories of Mousse greeting us on the jetty, a little sad to see his monument. We walked ourselves round, unguided and reminisced of our previous guided visit showing us crab catching, beach digging, how to swing off an old palm frond, and napping..... That night we had shark feeding under the boat in the blue light as we gave them the tuna off cuts... quite fascinating to watch them.

Next day up and off to Anse Majic where we walked up to the Signal lighthouse. Great walk and view. Sun is out and it?s again warm and lovely. Back to the boat a nice surprise to see Olly and Annebell kayaking around Udders, so drinks aboard to hear all about Team Kena?s antics in Africa and London. So this morning up at 5 to set sail for Kuta, in the Isle Of Pines , beaut day, and Wally?s Birthday celebrations began with banner in the galley and presents. We decided to leave the bubbly till later...

Me again... has it warmed up? Hope so!!! It's warmer than here. :) Question? What's the size of your generator for running the compressor? Assume it is a 220V and you run your genset for it? Asking due to power up rqmnts even thought it's only a 2.2kW compressor, heaps more for power on unloaded. What have you found power spike is? Trying to see if will suit with our 4.5kW genset at power up? Have fun!! Enjoy everyone and say hi to the fish for us!! :) xxxx

I’m sure you had a great BIrthday Wally. Love Adrea and David

Great to hear your having an awesome time! Have fun and keep sailing! Miss you but see you soon! :) New Zealand is warming up and great sailing weekends! :) let me know what dive compressor Wally has and suggests from experience via email when suits? We are close to buy in Bauer PT100 for yacht diving. Happy sailing! :) Big hugs!
Mon Oct 1 14:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
22 13.242S 167 02.213E
Weather: 15-20k 2m swell choppy 100% cloud cold Rain

departed Baie de Yate at 10h35 bashing into it on the nose, Air 21deg and water 22.2deg. Took a dingy ride up the river to the dam, and walked up to little shop for freshly baked bread - still warm & some supplies before we round the Havannah Pass. Same lady in shop as last year. Poured down on way back to boat, ugh should have stayed in Fiji!!! Hope to in Prony by 5 - relaxed & sipping a cocktail.....

Thanks for watching.....

Hope your cocktails are as good as the "between the sheets" cocktails we are enjoying on Esperanza in France. Stil it is pouring with rain! Have fun

Hope your sipping the cocktails right now. We're heading ashore - finally made it to Ile de Pins. Thanks for your company the past two nights - it has been great fun. xx

Hey great to have you join us...... heads up party nite tonight, Wals birthday -shake out your pirate gear!! Will be in Kuta.. x
Mon Oct 1 14:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
22 13.242S 167 02.213E
Weather: 15-20k 2m swell choppy 100% cloud cold Rain

departed Baie de Yate at 10h35 bashing into it on the nose, Air 21deg and water 22.2deg. Took a dingy ride up the river to the dam, and walked up to little shop for freshly baked bread - still warm & some supplies before we round the Havannah Pass. Same lady in shop as last year. Poured down on way back to boat, ugh should have stayed in Fiji!!! Hope to in Prony by 5 - relaxed & sipping a cocktail.....

Thanks for watching.....

Mon Oct 1 14:09 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
22 13.242S 167 02.213E
Weather: 15-20k 2m swell choppy 100% cloud cold Rain

departed Baie de Yate at 10h35 bashing into it on the nose, Air 21deg and water 22.2deg. Took a dingy ride up the river to the dam, and walked up to little shop for freshly baked bread - still warm & some supplies before we round the Havannah Pass. Same lady in shop as last year. Poured down on way back to boat, ugh should have stayed in Fiji!!! Hope to in Prony by 5 - relaxed & sipping a cocktail.....

Thanks for watching.....

Mon Oct 1 14:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 48nm (86.9km)
22 13.242S 167 02.213E
Weather: 15-20k 2m swell choppy 100% cloud cold Rain

departed Baie de Yate at 10h35 bashing into it on the nose, Air 21deg and water 22.2deg. Took a dingy ride up the river to the dam, and walked up to little shop for freshly baked bread - still warm & some supplies before we round the Havannah Pass. Same lady in shop as last year. Poured down on way back to boat, ugh should have stayed in Fiji!!! Hope to in Prony by 5 - relaxed & sipping a cocktail.....

Thanks for watching.....

Sun Sep 30 9:09 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6knts
Run: 69.7nm (126.2km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 65.1nm
21 44.818S 166 29.398E
Weather: 20k 1 m swell choppy 80% cloud

We arrived into Anse Toupeti, in the Baie Bouquet through Toupeti Passé, and dropped the anchor at 2pm. We sailed with 2 reefs in the main and a half furled heady. Rough trip, glad to arrive. Big wash down required as we took a few waves aboard, some flooding the cockpit like hoses via the sheets under the dodger. We then headed to Shamal for well deserved champers and Campari type cocktail, very nice. Silverlight, Ian & Sheryl joined us also. We are now heading to Baie de Yate at Southern end for the night before we round into Havannah Pass Tomorrow.

Sadly still cloudy and a bit chilly. Not hot and balmy as we have become accustomed air 20.4 and water 22.2deg.

Sat Sep 29 6:27 2018 NZST
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
20 53.164S 167 03.157E
Weather: Cloud, rain, cold temp 18.6 deg, water 22.26deg wind 10-15k SE

Departing Lifou in Loyalties and bound for Main island Grand Terre.... going to try for the Passé Toupeti, with the plan of anchoring in Bay de Bouquet. In convoy with Shamal and silver Light. Departed at 5am unfortunately may be a rough crossing as rough sea expected with 25k later.. bring on 10 hours till we are there!!

Safe travels
Mon Sep 24 22:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 705.9nm (1277.7km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.3nm
20 55.411S 167 04.886E
Weather: 15-20k 1 m swell bit choppy 80% cloud one rain squall in night

We are all very happy to have arrived into the beautiful Loyalty Islands, into Lifou. 3 days and 20hours. We dropped anchor in about 10m of Clear aqua blue water, surrounded by white sand beaches, cleaned boat and jumped over for a well needed swim! It was a fast night beam reaching in 20-25k, still a bit of a rolly swell so we had to be attentive of the helm. Managed to use up most of our fresh food with a slap up arrival meal of pan fried Waloo and some bubbly to celebrate. We meet with Customs & Bio security in morning then we are free to play!! Woooohooo. There are other Boatiez in the bay whom we met last year, so be good to catch up & meet new. We are going into Lifou village tomorrow night as the villages are putting on a welcome feast for us. Let the fun begin.......again!!

Hi to all aboard Udderlife Glad to hear you are at the loyalyties safe and well all be it a little shaken. My new job/old job is going well and things are good here on the qld gold coast. take care and enjoy that blue water. Cheer for now
Sun Sep 23 17:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Weather: 20k 2 m swell messy sea 100% cloud cover water 23deg air 19deg

Busy night quite rough n rolly from 10pm 25k rough confused sea. Not conducive for sleep. All felt a little rough. 2 reefs in main and also 4 wraps on little headsail. Only calmed out a little at about sunrise. Passed Anatom in Vanuatu about 10am. Better now, just put 1 reef back in main. No fish! Ticking along well about to finish smoked fish pie! Looking forward to arriving tomorrow for a good rest.

Sounds a bit too hairy for me. We are on Esperanza in France and it is very very windy. The canals are closed due to lack of water but we are snugly tied up looking out at the wind and rain! Have fun. Love to both
Thu Sep 20 7:39 2018 NZST
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
17 46.381S 177 22.920E
Weather: Mainly beautiful

Fantastic week and Musket Cove Regatta with friends Steve, Tina and Julie aboard. Won a few prizes for best dressed and a couple of races positions....

Now in Denerau with friend Sharon & Brent preparing for departure today for Lifou in Loyalties, New Caledonia.

Next update we should be on our way...

The Udder Pirates......
Pool side Wyndham in Denerau
Last nite at Musket
Thu Sep 6 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)
17 46.287S 177 11.587E
Weather: 25-30k beaut day

Sadly packed up to leave Manta Ray pass to get back to Musket Cove in preparation for friends, Julie, Steve & Tania arriving for Regatta Week.

Left manta Ray pass 10.30 had 25-30 k wind - we wound out way thru the reef system having a good fast Sail heading for Musket Cove. Stopped off for a quick swim before getting amongst the yachts moored up and almost got run over by the boat. We jumped in swam towards the bow only to find the current was really strong one way & the wind was blowing the boat so hard the other way. Quite scary as we could hardly swim away from boat to get away from it swinging over us........ ummmm lesson learnt, don’t swim close to boat in big wind .....

Tue Sep 4 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 19.4nm (35.1km)
17 10.162S 177 11.180E

Back to Manta Ray pass for another go and yayyyyyy saw the Manta Rays, amazing doing back flips & Rolls right under us. Saw sharks a ball of fish with 3 large GT’s in the middle. Great day

Sun Sep 2 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)
16 56.851S 177 22.046E
Weather: Hot n sunny. ...... again....

Back to Blue lagoon for 2 nights. Caught up with Catbirdsuite & headed out for some snorkeling with local Jack our guide to see giant clams, sharks, turtles & eagle Rays.

Jack the snorkeling guru cracking coconuts
On Catbirdsuite Sue & Andy
Sat Sep 1 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
16 46.332S 177 31.190E
Weather: Tropical hot. Sea 26 deg phew..

Back to Beautiful Cikia Reef and to our stunning little anchorage between the reefs, and below a flat cliff face. Anchored again in less then 5meters of water. Went for paddle to the beach, having sundowners and a local young guy comes along the beach with his spear & fins off to go night snorkeling around the reef. We said if you find a crayfish come to the boat. We watched him running up and down the beach edge for a while trying to catch Trevelli using little fish he flicked out the water as bait.....once it was dark we saw his light around the reef for a while, then about 2 hours later, just as we heard him and a friend at the back of the boat, with a floating bin - they had a couple of crabs!! So asked them aboard, gave them towels, hot soup and toast and they played us some local ukulele songs. Such lovely boys, so friendly, happy & well mannered. It was a real treat to meet these 2 guys. Very happy to pay their price for the crays and give them a couple of hats for their kids. They jumped back in the water towing their catch and we watched their torches disappear around the reef. What a privilege today was.

Such lovely guys swam to boat at 9.30pm to bring us Crays...
Fri Aug 31 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
16 42.547S 177 34.619E

Arrived at Yasawa-I-Rara right at top of Yasawa island, Went ashore as soon as we arrived to give some Kava in a Sevusevu offering only to find festivities in full swing for a village fund raiser to build their new church. We were welcomed into the multi coloured sun shelter where they had various teams all donating. We were given a plate of food - taro, Goat Curry, clam meat, fish and various other things on the plate. Quite a fun afternoon, with singing, laughter and lots of Kava. Met 2 local guys who wanted to take us - or rather us to take them fishing. We agreed on a 6.30 am Departure.

6.15am arrived and so did 3 guys Sam, Nex, & Joe and young Josh age 9 Sams son. Fun filled day of fishing Fiji style. We covered a lot of ground about 30nm,These guys amazing fishermen, within half an our of leaving we had our first Waloo on board! By 8.30 we had 12 fish!! Kept them fed with boat made oat, banana & coconut cookies, and by 12 we had 15 fish total with a large barracuda. couple of Waloo, Spanish Mackerel, skipjack tuna. Very entertaining, most fish caught on their little hand line trailing out the back. Poor young Josh was so excited when he jumped aboard, he couldn’t sit still, and after sitting in every seat down below, he suddenly appeared looking a bit green and slept the rest of the day. Bit of Uke playing, and good singing. Very fun day. We kept one small fish for dinner and they took all the rest back to their village, They will be very happy with their lot!

Nex & Josh playing ukes
Sam getting relaxed
The team..
Nex & Josh
Sam with my sunnies on - that never came back!,
The catch
Sam with the handling catching most fish!
Thu Aug 30 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
16 46.56749S 177 31.82684E
Weather: Hot n sunny

Into Vetua -Yasawas

Wed Aug 29 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
16 46.353S 177 31.202E
Weather: Stunning...

Negotiated the reefs in to the top end of the Yasawa islands, now anchored in 5 meters between the reefs and a cliff face, incredible

Cikia reef at top end of Yasawa
Mon Aug 27 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
16 53.473S 177 24.627E
Weather: Fiji perfect...

Anchored at Nacula island, in gorgeous Malikiti Bay, windy nite,

Fri Aug 24 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 11.4nm (20.6km)
16 56.600S 177 22.101E

Arrived at Blue lagoon,

26 Aug Sun

Big walk today, started from little resort area up over the top of the plantation area. Saw all their coconut, paw paw, & pineapple plantations. Walked along a narrow bush track along the ridge. Eventually arriving at a couple of local huts the found Lo’s Tea room and donut place - painted up in a lime green. Great spot and her donuts and lemon tea were great. From there we trekked along the edge of the mangrove to a clearing that took us up through the mangroves out to other side of the island , and back to the Blue lagoon beach where the small cruise boats tie up to the coconut trees on the beach.

We bumped into Tim Drongel with a lovely 65 odd foot power cat - Lola beaut looking boat. He was into ukes and played in a band so invited us over for drinks and bit of uke jammin. Nice folk and nice night

Thu Aug 23 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 7.5nm (13.6km)
17 05.018S 177 16.613E

Manta ray pass to Magutu pt. Somosomo bay Naviti smoked fish on beach & met the locals

Tue Aug 21 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
17 09.647S 177 11.769E
Weather: Too calm for Manta Rays

Arrived into Mantaray pass , beautiful spot, jumped over the side to check out for the mantas at high tide, sadly no luck, so settled for a great snorkel over some reefs near the shore. Schools of small fish with the odd reef shark. Headed to little backpacker type accomodation in beaut spot for a beer. Nice

23 Aug Beautiful day here in Manta Pass, got up at 4am to do some fish spotting with the blue light on at back of boat. Was visited by a large Moray Eel which was quite unexpected, with a large number of squid!

Manta Ray Pass
Mon Aug 20 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 30.6nm (55.4km)
17 19.021S 177 07.725E
Weather: Great little sail, light winds though 10k

Depart Musket for Yasawas, motored past the famous Castaway Island, where Tom Hanks & his Coconut friend Wilson got stranded, we didnt stop as quite a few people there and a bit rolly, so went on and spent first night at bottom end of Waya,

Tom & Wilson’s Castaway Island
Castaway Island
Sat Aug 18 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 14.5nm (26.2km)
17 45.450S 177 10.872E
Weather: Great for Kiting in afternoon 20K

A bit of mucking around this morning, filling up with fuel & sorting our marina then we are off, farewell to Vuda - great spot, now headed back to Musket before the Yasawas.

Picked up mooring 13 at Musket, excellent position backing out almost directly over reef. Went into Musket Resort for evening to watch Rugby NZ vs AUS. Good game. Spent next day busy catching up with Go West Rally John , then took off for exploratory walk up over hill and to the little gallery shop. Great views & some stunning houses, then back to hotel for a drink & icecream! Relaxed sort of time... Had farewell drinks for Adi & Steve as they heading back to NZ & Lanie & Wok as heading to NOU.

Departing Vuda
The Channel at Vuda
At the little Gallery in Musket
Thu Aug 16 0:00 2018 NZST
Speed: about 80phknts
17 40.861S 177 23.189E
Weather: A little cooler over this side - 24deg perhaps?

Back into Glorious Fiji after a week long visit back home to NZ. 7-14th. Rest day then we hired a car and went exploring to Suva. Stopped into the Royal Suva Yacht club for a beer but found it to be rather run down, and lacking a lot of TLC, do we moved on and checked into the most beautiful Grand Pacific Hotel, the iconic Luxury of The Grand Old Lady. IIt was a pleasure.... Thx Wal, special indeed. We took off out to a local Indian in Suva for dinner, as recommended by another guest. Good fun and yummie Goat Curry!

Next day explored the markets of Suva and loaded the car up with food, then continued our circumnavigation of the island around the top. Took about ½ a day to drive back, good road and nice scenery.

Grand Pacific Hotel Suva
Sun Aug 5 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 17.7nm (32km)
17 40.861S 177 23.189E
Weather: Great Sail accross 10-15k

Up anchor and off to Vuda Marina to prepare for our trip back to NZ. Great Arrival with band playing and lots of singing, great spot here. So headed straight round for a beer!

Vuda Marina entrance & bar
Hanging off the circular walled marina Vuda
Must be happy hour again.....
Fri Aug 3 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 19.1nm (34.6km)
17 48.47665S 177 15.86895E
Weather: Windy today 20-25k. Great kite surfing weather

Into Musket Cove for night on Anchor with Lanie & Warwick.

Fri Aug 3 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 7.6nm (13.8km)
17 48.139S 177 08.975E
Weather: Flat Calm - 5k of wind....air 27deg water 26deg..

Finally left Lautoka, we headed out for a swim n snorkel at the outta reef from Musket, and who should we see - Laine & Wok - Fusio... Spent afternoon there before heading in to anchor at Musket.

Sun Jul 29 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 26.9nm (48.7km)
17 35.438S 177 26.671E
Weather: Flat calm not a breath of wind...26 deg

Beautiful motor towards Lautoka town. Anchored up at Bekana Island Resort Opposit Lautoka Port..... nice for a day, but definitely not 4....... boat covered in ash everyday due to fires and also port pollution from huge smoke stack - sugar cane factory i think!

So we sat here for 4 days waiting for Dodos mates Raj tofix our Genset...... clever guys these locals..

So decided to use the resort facilities, swim in pool & use outside shower...... only when I was shampooed up did I realise I was sharpening the shower with not 1 but 3 large Jumping toads .......eeekkkkk, stayed calm enough to take photos rinse shampoo and grab my towel to get out... apparently their spray is nasty poisonous, rash inducing stuff.... ugh outta here... Of course the group of locals that watched me run out with half a towel, & came to my rescue, thought it was very funny.....

Ella retrieving our escaping dingy..
Hazy Smokey Sunset
Looking out to Lautoka
Boredom setting in waiting for parts to be fixed.....
Family of Toads keeping cool with me in the shower.....
One of my shower mates after the locals got them outside..
Sat Jul 28 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 25.4nm (46km)
17 23.534S 177 47.754E
Weather: Like a windless lake!

Caught up with Varekai to again collect water.... this time the raft up included some sundowners.....

Sundowners whilst water collecting
The Raft up
The boys ‘chewing over the Genset’
Fri Jul 27 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 110.5nm (200km)
17 18.864S 178 10.356E
Weather: Dark at 3am! But flat calm.lite breezes.

We had a lovely couple of days in Savusavu on the marina but decided to depart in a convoy with Team Varekai- great idea but wasn’t so sure about the 3am departure...... ugh.. worth it in the end to get the amazing Nasonisoni Passage in daylight.

We then continued on across to the top corner of the main land Viti Levu and arrived through the Nananu Passage about 3pm to anchor up at a gorgeous little spot called Volivoli Point Resort had sundowner Mojitos with Chris & Linda from Amici & Varekai and then stayed for an excellent dinner - wow superb food. In the Resorts very decadent restaurant for island style. Volivoli Point\

Unfortunately just before we arrived we had a little Genset issue - it spat the dummy, threw water into the engine room then sparked ......... kaput I think it’s known as. So we backed up to Amici to get water, because of course it happened just when we were flat out of water....

Sundowners with Chris & Linda - Amici & Team Varekai
Wed Jul 25 0:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.7knts
Run: 26.3nm (47.6km)
16 43.607S 179 43.615E
Weather: Great calm day for WHALES

Left Paradise point & headed across the bay to Fawn Harbour where we joined Team Shamal aboard their boat for a very decadent dinner! On the way we found 2 whales playing around, slowly cruising across. We managed to stay with them for about 40mins. So graceful and calm....beautiful. Tried to get in the water with them but they passed us before we could slow down enough....

Enjoyed the catch up with Rita & Marcel, met owners of house in bay who also had a little house on way upto the salt lake. Nearly went there, but was advised a little risky as boat will drag on strong outgoing current.

Photographing the whales
Wed Jul 25 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 38.9nm (70.4km)
16 46.699S 179 20.011E
Weather: Windy & a little overcast 20k-25k 1 meter swell

Left Fawn Harbour to a windy send off and quite a swell getting out of the channel, all paid off when we rounded Cousteau on way to Savusavu we caught a fantastic 1.5m Wahoo . Yayyyyy Freezer full, locals happy and a few other boatie friends filled up!! Great nite catching up with teams - Seafrothers, Varekai, Caprice and a couple of others aboard for drinks & wahoo bites!!

Tue Jul 24 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 14.3nm (25.9km)
16 56.105S 179 53.880E
Weather: Clear & sunny air 26deg - water 25deg..... ahhhhhh

So it been a while since an update on our antics - or lack of.......

We left the lovely islands up from Taveuni, and left Somosomo spent a night at Paradise Point Resort at bottom end. Beautiful position and nice resort, The owners very friendly & welcoming offering us the use of all facilities. We enjoyed sundowners - Pizza & Beer, they happened to have 2 very friendly Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs and 2 tiny little puppies of just 2 months old wandering around, last 2 surviving from a litter of 7 - all died of probable starvation issues as they were soooo thin, even the parent dog so thin. Broke my heart a little, being that I have my Lovely Ridgy Zimba at home in NZ, it was tragic to see a beautiful resort, but little idea how to look after or feed their dogs......the mother had stopped producing milk after just 4 weeks - Lacking nutrition. Very sad for me...... Anyway moving on now... Its still beautiful out here!!

Very sad about the dogs but it sounds as if you are in a gorgeous place and those sea temperatures. Aaah very envious. Went swimming off the north Wales coast recently and it was anything but warm!! Have fun

Ha ha yes that would be chilly...... water like a bathtub here!!! Xx
Mon Jul 23 0:00 2018 NZST
Run: 14.1nm (25.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.8nm
16 46.181S 179 58.280W
Weather: A little overcast, hot and flat calm....

Over here at Somosomo to collect a few fresh supplies on Taveuni great little supermarket, we had fun with kids taking us to church with their big guitars as they wanted to show off their performances!

Had a snorkel out to the anchor and around the boat for quite a while in 10 x 12 meters, came back to boat couple of hours later sat & watched a huge shark cruising around in the shallows.......gulp, locals said he was a regular Bull in the area...... 😱. We spotted him on and off for most of the afternoon. Anyway, of course we didn’t worry - as everyone says, he would be more scared of us..........! Ha. Yeh right....

Hi guys hope all good. Wally you have a large launch named Radiance in your berth as of yesterday. We are in Australia from tomorrow till Sunday. Cheers Kev.

Depends on how big they are , how scared they'd be...………... or how scared you should be.

Ha ha yes indeed, this one was worth leaving well alone...... prity impressive, minding his own business....
Sun Jul 22 21:23 2018 NZST
Run: 35.3nm (63.9km)
Avg: 68knts
24hr: 1631.8nm
16 40.089S 179 50.678E
Weather: Still beautiful......

Very beautiful but sad morning this morning ..... said goodbye to Jillian & Glen, Malakite and also Brent. They taxied back to Savusavu Airport to fly back to Nadi. So much fun have them aboard, they will all be missed.....

Jillian & I
Ferry’s meeting at the makeshift wharf....
Sun Jul 22 20:52 2018 NZST
Run: 28.9nm (52.3km)
16 27.284S 179 40.232W
Weather: Hot sun, cool beer & 26 deg water......

In stunning little bay called Cobia Island in the Yanuka Group. Willy the chiefs son and exception host took us on a little tour up the hill along with Team Blue Summit and Team Letting Go scrambled up with us. View from top was great, Cran even got some drone footage!

We have just been round to Willy’s Village and the school, where there is an over protective dog that bit - quite badly on the leg, Kate from Blue Summit... We did our Sevusevu then Willy showed us his Airbnb house on the beach..... I’m will try to add it to my listing may give him exposure... ha ha. We then headed to school, all the girls in Pink Uniforms and the boys white shirts and khaki shorts... they look too cute.

Prity neat guy so gave him loads of stuff, including an Aqua Pouch for his phone, he loved that. The one thing he needs is another reel for his fishing rod. We had a small spare but a bit too small for his rod... so anyone heading his way...... Willy needs a reel! His long boat is the Yellow one and his house is the yellow one on the beach!!

Now heading into Albert Cove on Rabi. Tooo hot & beautiful out here....... better go for a swim........

On Willy’s boat heading to school
Yanuka Islands Group
Long boat fun with Jillian, Glen, Brent & Willy
Wed Jul 18 8:48 2018 NZST
Run: 44.4nm (80.4km)
16 37.669S 179 55.928E
Weather: Incredible, not a breath of wind, hot!

Arrived into this most beautiful secluded bay, Jillian & I went off for a long explore around the reef and mangroves on the paddle boards. Watched hundreds of bats suddenly on the move & then finally hanging in upside down in the trees, amazing sounds - almost like baboons! Lots of swimming, cards & fun, Woke up this morning again absolutely still with not a breath of wind. Off to an outta reef now to explore.

Sat Jul 14 14:48 2018 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
16 48.514S 179 17.352E
Weather: Sunny, hot & Beautiful Water a tepid 25 degrees.......

Relaxed........... now after a 24 hour boat bug nailed all the crew - we wondered if we should put our quarantine flag back up!!

All happy again now and swimming off the last effects of Fiji Savusavu belly.....

We are currently anchored off Cousteau resort and enjoying....we initially left Savusavu heading for Tavenui area but after about 45 mins of bashing into the waves we decided to can an uncomfortable 5 hours for an idillic sleep and lovely bay - hence Cousteau.

Tomorrow we will head back out, maybe head to Kioa Island and then perhaps Rabi..

All good aboard and enjoying having Team Malakite - Glen & Jillian, & Mooches Brent aboard.....

Glen & Jillian after lunch relax
Brent - action man

Weather here very nice at present, Akl 17 & sunny yesterday, had charter 4 hrs.Still jealous tho.Enjoy K&H.
Tue Jul 10 21:12 2018 NZST
16 46.691S 179 19.990E

We arrived at Savusavu at 7.30am this morning and had cleared in by midday. Celia was standing on the shore waving madly and very happy to Wally and crew. Pizza and beer for lunch with a quick trip to immigration and the market and more beers aboard at 5.00pm. Celia is busy in the galley cooking yellow fin tuna for dinner. Wally is sleeping in the saloon. All is well aboard the good ship ?UDDER LIFE?.

Tue Jul 10 19:36 2018 NZST
Run: 141.6nm (256.3km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 98.8nm
16 46.691S 179 19.990E

We arrived at Savusavu at 7.30am this morning and had cleared in by midday. Celia was standing on the shore waving madly and very happy to Wally and crew. Pizza and beer for lunch with a quick trip to immigration and the market and more beers aboard at 5.00pm. Celia is busy in the galley cooking yellow fin tuna for dinner. Wally is sleeping in the saloon. All is well aboard the good ship ?UDDER LIFE?.

Mon Jul 9 9:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 180.1nm (326km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.2nm
18 46.040S 179 50.760E
Weather: 20 knots, E, 95% cloud cover.

121 nm to Savusavu, last night we sailed between Totoya and Matuku were we visited last year, we are currently 6nm away from Moala.

Last night we lost the auto pilot for 3 hours until we turned the whole Garmin system off for a minute and back on again and it came back to life, thank goodness.

Sun Jul 8 11:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 168.1nm (304.3km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.7nm
21 16.100S 179 22.500W
Weather: 15knots, ESE, 70% cloud cover.

Left North Minerva Reef at 2.30pm yesterday afternoon, saw a whale just inside the reef it was also there when we came in yesterday, soon after clearing the entrance we had a triple strike, lost the one on Anton?s rod, Glen and Wally landed the Yellow Fin Tuna on the bungy and Brent landed the Yellow Fin Tuna on his rod which we released, one was also caught on Celias Colgate lure yea ha..... We have yellow fin in the fridge for Celia when we arrive in Savusavu but sadly no crayfish.

275nm to Savusavu, trying to sail slowly so we arrive at Sunrise on Tuesday morning.

Sat Jul 7 8:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 23.1nm (41.8km)
23 39.737S 178 54.758W
Weather: 15knots, ESE, 20% cloud cover.

Chef Wally is cooking up a storm in the galley, bacon, eggs, hash browns and bake beans for breakfast.

Yesterday we moved from South Minerva to North Minerva Reef. We are calculating about 60 to 65 hours to Savusavu for an early morning arrival on the Tuesday hence the 2pm departure from here. To meet up with Celia when she flies in. Looks light 15 to 25 ESE to E so should be good reaching conditionsef after 3 nights in South Minerva.

Crew are all happy, Captain Wally is planning to go crayfish hunting on the Reef after breakfast, we were successful at South Minerva Reef pulling 2 large crayfish out from under a rock. Off to eat breakfast.

Wed Jul 4 7:19 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
23 56.575S 179 06.707W
Weather: 15kts steady wind, little cloud, warmer when suns out!

Hi C Legs Safety tucked up in Minerva 15 kts steady had a swim 🏊‍♂️ as soon as we anchored up then bacon 🥓 and eggs 🥚 for breakfast. Later in the day went ashore for a walk at low tide and I took the guys to The Rock were i got a cray from last year and this time spotted 2 so got them both and now they have been eaten for dinner tonight with boiled potatoes and lettuce salad. The water is a little chilly but still good for swimming and snorkeling. Brent and Anton saw a 2 meter shark while snorkeling so were excited about that. Can you believe picking up crayfish in ankle deep water. Quite a experience for Anton hope he appreciates it. Got the blue light on but no fish around it at the moment.

Captain Wal does it again!
Boys prity happy on the Reef
Yayyy a First for Anton!

Did you have a big pot for those packhorses? Lucky buggers makes me want too be there too...😭
Tue Jul 3 9:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 173.9nm (314.8km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.8nm
23 56.575S 179 06.711W
Weather: 12 knots, ESE, 60% cloud cover,

The mermaids welcomed us into to South Minerva Reef this morning and are coming back for sundowners at 5.00pm. Anton is in the galley cooking bacon and eggs. On arrival there was the compulsory swim to greet the mermaids for all onboard. It is great to stop after after 4 nights at sea, we are anchored listening to the surf roll in on the reef, going exploring after breakfast.

Mon Jul 2 9:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 121.6nm (220.1km)
Avg: 12.1knts
24hr: 289.5nm
26 25.070S 179 36.972W
Weather: 6-12 knots, NE, 90% cloud cover, 1027 baro

We are searching for fish and mermaids!! We have 2 lines out this morning, hope to land the big one and are expecting the mermaids to be waiting when we arrive in South Minerva Reef tomorrow morning. We have told Anton all about the mermaids at South Minerva and he can?t wait to get there. Yesterday we sang happy birthday to Anton and even had a birthday cake complete with candles to celebrate his birthday. We are all eating well on board and will have to stay at the Minerva?s a couple of weeks if we are going to eat all the food on board, before arriving in Fiji.

Kia ora captain, 0100hrs Tue morning cold raining..loving the log safe sailing..ukelele went well Celia played great time had by all cheers mate...

Hello sailors, I hear there are a few Mermaids winging it to Fiji soon! Looks more like a cruise than a passage! About 8 deg here overnight....Cheers Sharon
Sun Jul 1 23:31 2018 NZST
Run: 76.5nm (138.5km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.6nm
28 05.930S 179 47.930E
Weather: Warm, sea temp 19.5, wind 8-10k E, cloud 50% 1028 baro, Cog 30T, Swell 1.5, Sog 7.5

250 NM to Sth Minerva.......

Great day like a nice summer day at home Water temp 20c got the lure out.

BIG question. Brent can’t find the 🎂Very quite here been motor sailing all day had the rod out but alas no fish.

The fish are not interested in our lure. Birthday celebrations aboard today, happy 17th birthday Anton.

Anton enjoyed his cake finally found it!!

Anton Sleeping off the Birthday Cake..
Brent & Anton ooking relaxed in shorts already!
Yayyyyy Happy 17th Anton!!
Aye aye Captain..
Good read Brent?
Sun Jul 1 8:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 8-12knts
Run: 235.7nm (426.6km)
Avg: 9.9knts
24hr: 236.7nm
29 09.100S 179 24.601E
Weather: 8knts, E, 10% cloud cover, 1031 baro

We have the birthday decorations up this morning, thanks to Wally and Brent, today is Anton?s birthday, school boy to sailor all in a year! We haven?t had a line in the water yet, waiting for the water temperature to reach 20 deg, currently 19.5 degrees. Birthday boy is still in bed.

The wind was up and down like a yo-yo last night had between 2 and 20 knots on my watch. The captain has just served breakfast, better go and eat it.

Sat Jun 30 8:39 2018 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 126.4nm (228.8km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.6nm
31 86.450S 177 81.820E
Weather: 14knts SE, , 80% cloud cover, 1023 baro

Great Sailing with the code zero, all well on board, 499nm to South Minerva Reef, it?s starting to warm up already!!

Hey Jess I have an email for you from Anton, please send me a message with your email. Thanks Celia ;)
Fri Jun 29 18:18 2018 NZST
Run: 85.1nm (154km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 188nm
33 44.3100S 176 49.58000E
Weather: Clear Sky, 13 Knots, Meter swell

Boys having good boy time...... Code Zero up and a nice sail, with “a Great Day at Sea”.... doing quite well as averaging 8 knots!

Fri Jun 29 7:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 8knts
Run: 135.3nm (244.9km)
Avg: 8.9knts
24hr: 214.2nm
34 46.90S 176 02.00E
Weather: 18knts SW, slight seas, 100% cloud cover, 1023 baro

Making good progress, wasn?t as cold on board last night as expected, 694nm to South Minerva Reef

Thu Jun 28 23:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.8nknts
Weather: 12 kts Nil swell

DISTANCE TO MINERVA. 793 nm. Slung the hook 13.15 hr this arvo. No wind , flat sea just passing Little Barrier now to port. Crew getting settled in for the night. Great moon very pretty. Big thanks to all who helped get us under way now waiting to do some sailing. Looking forward to getting a line in the water for Mahi-mahi.

Thu Jun 28 16:17 2018 NZST
Run: 24.1nm (43.6km)
36 31S 174 55E
Weather: Beaut Sunny but Cold day no wind - motoring!

UDDERLIFE IS OFF!! The boys aboard, Wally, Glen (Malakite), Brent (Mooch) & Anton (Pier 21) have finally cast off - next stop Minerva Reef then Savusavu, Fiji Island in the sun. Celia leaving it to the boys & taking the more leisurely pace of a Boeing 747 in a couple of days........Beaut sunny & cold with couple of heavy rain squalls, but a great day to leave! Left the berth at 13h00 Thurs 28 June.

Great that you have begun your fab trip. Look after the newbie.
Thu Jun 28 12:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Weather: not bad

all crew aboard about to push off

Sun May 27 9:53 2018 NZST
Run: 57.8nm (104.6km)
36 51.464S 174 49.336E
Weather: Its that cold and wet we are staying in bed like the dog!!!

Sadly still at Westhaven but preparing for the off mid June!! Ye har bring it on ......x

Udderlife - Minerva Reef

<p>Sunday 28 May 2017</p>

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Zimba enjoying
North Minerva Reef
Celia Relaxing, waiting at Ha'apai Beach Resort