Mon Dec 17 18:42 2018 NZDT
Run: 113.5nm (205.4km)
35 43.7S 174 20.0E
Weather: Warm, sunny, clear sky

We docked at Riverside Drive Marina this afternoon after a slow and pleasant cruise from Opua and down the coast to Whangarei, taking five days for an 80 nm trip. Velic will remain here while Rand & Ruth fly back to the USA for a visit with family and friends. This concludes the 2018 cruising season.

Thu Dec 6 6:45 2018 NZDT
6 kts
Run: 83.4nm (151km)
Avg: 12.4knts
24hr: 296.5nm
34 23s 173 11e
Weather: Wind SW F3, Sky 50% puffy cumulus & stratus, Sea no swell small wind waves & 20.1c, Bar 1016.0

Landfall North Cape lighthouse around 0400 (and that's a comfort; GPS doesn't replace everything). ETA Opua around 2100.

Now sailing in quiet lee of N. Cape without SW swell. Good sailing due south since 0230, with weird F5 blasts between 0400-0530. Motored 15.5 hours, sailed 8.5 hours in past 24. So will likely have enough fuel to reach Opua Q dock. Every hour sailing is 2 litres diesel fuel in tank + peace and quiet. Cabin 21.0c & 74%RH. Long sleeve fleece, pants and cabin slippers. Rand dug out his fleece beanie cap. All is well aboard.

Great to read your daily commrnts as you came into NZ. Glad to hear the tractor motor did well as well as the double reef. May have 3' snow atTimberline this weekend. All's well and looking to Jan 9...Dad

Well done, Velic has been absolutely romping along down the coast today. (isn't AIS great)
Thu Dec 6 0:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 217.3nm (393.3km)
Avg: 14.6knts
24hr: 350.7nm
35 19S 174 07E
Weather: Strong SW winds at F5

Opua, New Zealand: Safe and tired on the Quaratine dock after a 9 day 9 hour passage. Now 20:45, and accomplished goal of docking at dusk. Will clear in tomorrow morning. Landfall made at 04:30 North Cape lighthouse. Strong SW wind built by mid-day, as predicted, so we had fast close reaching until Bay of Islands. Motor sailed with only double reefed main into BoI, wind on the nose. Hand steering the last three hours: too rough for the toy tiller pilot and too tight an angle for the windvane.

Wed Dec 5 9:07 2018 NZDT
5.5 kts
Run: 135nm (244.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.7nm
32 19s 172 59e
Weather: wind W F2, sea SW swell 1m % 23c, sky 20% cover of puffy cumulus & cirrus, bar 1015.3

Beautiful blue sky morning finds us motoring since midnight in lumpy seas and very light breeze, wind at lower end of forecast range. Rand is beginning to check the fuel "gauge" (consumption calcs) regularly, neurotically? 120 nm to North Cape, another 72 down the coast to Bay of Islands, plus 12 inside BoI to Opua: Not enough fuel to motor the whole way. At least there's good coffee while we wait for wind. All is well aboard.

Nowcasting at cape reinga 0730 hrs nzdt is currently 30kt wsw .Guess you are near north cape by now. Predictwind saying wsw today, backing to s sector and reducing on friday on east coast of northland. Looks like it will stay in s sector for several days, and may be some se. Veering to sw at some times and some areas along the coastal waters

Windy indicates winds turning W and then SW as you near the cape. That's the European model. Good luck!
Tue Dec 4 6:30 2018 NZDT
Run: 145.7nm (263.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.8nm
30 22s 172 51e
Weather: Wind NW F5, Sea NW 2m & 23.3c, Sky 20% cover

North set current that has been against us at 1 ~ 1.5 knots for two days seems gone.

Cabin 22c & 80% RH, so much cooler. Long fleeces and warm slippers now. Still sunny days and yesterday was glorious sailing reaching with yankee jib, staysail and reefed main, tempered only by that pesky north current. Now racing to the barn before the south winds. All is well aboard.

Mon Dec 3 7:00 2018 NZDT
6 kts
Run: 154.2nm (279.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.5nm
28 17s 173 13e
Weather: Wind W F5, Sea W 1.5m & 24.5c, Sky 40% broken cumulus,

Sailing south on starboard beam reach. Wind direction stable, but variable speed, plus squalls. Yankee jib and double reefed main since yesterday afternoon. 434 nm to Opua. Cabin 23c & 78% RH. All is well aboard.

Sun Dec 2 7:30 2018 NZDT
5 kts
Run: 136.2nm (246.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.9nm
26 03.9s 173 28.9e
Weather: Wind W @ F3, Sea NW swell 1m & 25.6c, Sky 30% cover cumulus,

Motor-sailing SW, West wind developing - should be sailing before breakfast. Clear skies and sun welcome after clouds, rain, and confused wind as trough passed over Friday evening to Saturday evening. With 567 nm to go, we're just shy of half way. Now south of the tropic of Capricorn, ~23? 26S, and out of the torrid zone. All is well.

Sat Dec 1 7:27 2018 NZDT
5.1 kts
Run: 144.8nm (262.1km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.1nm
24 26.4s 174 42.9e
Weather: Wind NW F4, Sky 100% cover, Sea N 1m, Water 26.6c, Cabin 26c 82% RH

Sailing! Finally, after two days of motoring. Starboard broad reach directly to next waypoint. Busy night with sail changes and squalls. Now under reefed main and yankee jib. Main house batteries may need TLC, or more. They don't seem to be holding a charge. 678 nm to Bay of Islands (Opua). Otherwise, all is well on board.

Fri Nov 30 7:00 2018 NZDT
5 kts
Run: 149.6nm (270.8km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.7nm
22 22.8s 175 08.1e
Weather: wind hint from NW, sea 1 m SW, sky 10% cumulus, bar 1014.5, sea temp 28.7c, cabin 26c 71%RH

Motoring southwards, monitoring fuel consumption. SE winds brought welcome cooling yesterday. Amazing 3m swell from SW yesterday from Southern Ocean, long and very deep, but very long period so unnoticeable in boat motion. Now gone by. All is well aboard.

Thu Nov 29 6:21 2018 NZDT
5 kts
Run: 120nm (217.2km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.7nm
20 22.3s 176 00.1e
Weather: sky clear, light S breeze, 1/3m SW swell, bar 1013.0, sea temp 30.0 c

all is well aboard. 940 nm to Bay of Islands

Wed Nov 28 5:27 2018 NZDT
3.8 kts
Run: 81.2nm (147km)
18 51.4s 176 54.1e
Weather: wind NW F1 (beaufort force 1), sky clear, swell negligible from NW, bar 1012.3, cabin 28 c & 80% RH

As of 0500: Probably one the best departures for a passage ever. Left Port Denarau at 1135 Tuesday with afternoon sailing in moderate NW winds on a broad reach nearly on the rhumbline to NZ, with minimal swell and wave from behind. A very large squall brought fickle and confused winds and rain in the middle of the night. All is well aboard.

Looks like you might have a nice trip. Burn that fuel and have a good sail when you can. Cheers...
Mon Nov 26 14:06 2018 NZDT
0 kts
Run: 6.4nm (11.6km)
17 46.4s 177 22.9e
Weather: warm and sunny, northerly sea breeze in marina

In Port Denarau Marina. Planning to check out tommorrow, 27 Nov, heading for Opua, NZ.

Mon Nov 19 14:13 2018 NZDT
No position sent.
Weather: Fair, light SW breeze

In Denarau waiting for a weather window to appear for the passage south to NZ.

Mon Nov 12 6:55 2018 NZDT
Run: 196.4nm (355.5km)
17 40.85S 177 23.2E
Weather: Hot. Mostly sunny, scattered clouds, occasional showers.

In Vuda Point Marina preparing to depart for NZ. Waiting for acceptable weather window

Sun Sep 2 6:48 2018 NZST
Run: 53.7nm (97.2km)
16 27S 179 56W
Weather: Overcast, Wind SE, Sea nill, Air 26C 82 % RH, Water 29.1C

Anchored in Albert Cove, NE tip of Rabi Island. Arrived yesterday. Hope to stay a few days. Beautiful spot and well protected from SE tradewinds.

Tue Jul 31 9:11 2018 NZST
Run: 19.3nm (34.9km)
16 46.7S 179 19.9E
Weather: Fine, clear with haze. no wind

Docked at Coprashed Marina in Savusavu, Fiji. Arrived 10:00 am yesterday, Monday, after 14 day passage from NZ - including two day stop at S. Minerva. Hot Showers! Coffee cups not sliding across the table! Paw-paws and Guava in season! And a mixed blessing: Internet access. Rand delayed reading the news for 22 hours after arrival.

Mon Jul 30 5:54 2018 NZST
4.7 knots
Run: 143.1nm (259km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.2nm
17 01S 179 29E
Weather: Wind SE Force 3, Swell nill, Sky clear with a few small cumulus, Bar 1016.6, Sea 28.5c

Sailing in near perfect conditions. Main with one reef, Yankee poled opposite; wing-on-wing all night. 14 nm from entrance to Savusavu Bay. Should be in before noon. All is well aboard.

Sun Jul 29 5:45 2018 NZST
5.5 knots
Run: 152.2nm (275.5km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.1nm
18 44S 179 18W
Weather: Wind East Force 4, Swell East >0.5M, Sky mostly clear ~15% cover high thin clouds, Sea 28.3c

Sailing well on Yankee jib and double reefed main. Almost sedate after very boisterous sailing overnight. Now between Navutu Reef and Tavunasigi Island. Entering the Koro Sea. Specturlar full moon and bright red Mars last night. All is well aboard, but brownies are getting to the point where they benefit from a dunking in the cup.

Sat Jul 28 6:21 2018 NZST
4 knots
Run: 123.6nm (223.7km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.3nm
20 56S 179 12W
Weather: Wind SE F3, Sky 50% cumulus & stratus, Swell S 1.5M, Bar 1019.4, Sea 27.4c

Broad reaching starboard tack, deep reefed main left from last night, yankee poled to leeward. Will shake out reef after coffee. Squalls this morning bring rain, then leave light wind behind them. Rolling in Southerly swell incommensurate with winds. Fabulous clear sky last night with bright full moon and big bright red Mars. Zero urban light pollution.

Fri Jul 27 5:54 2018 NZST
< 1 knot
Run: 84.1nm (152.2km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 85.7nm
22 43S 179 03W
Weather: Wind NE F 1, Sky 100%, raining lightly, Swell primay S 1.5 meter - short jerky roll from multiple crossing swell patterns, Bar 1018.4, Sea 25.0c

Hove To - beginning at 0130. Sequence of squalls and no wind. Waiting for stable easterlies.

Thu Jul 26 6:21 2018 NZST
23 56S 179 1W
Weather: Wind S Force 3, Swell nill in lagoon, Sky clear with 20% stratus cover, Bar 1019.2, Sea 24.1c

At anchor in South Minerva Reef. Depart today, Thursday, for Savusavu, Fiji. It's a 460 NM passage that should take us about four days. Watched 12 Monkeys last night. About questionable reality in a post apocalypse dystopia. All is well aboard.

Wed Jul 25 6:12 2018 NZST
23 56S 179 1W
Weather: Wind SW ranging Force 2-3 with higher gusts and squalls, Sky 50% cover, Bar 1015.4

At anchor in South Minerva Reef. Arrived yesterday mid-day. Low did pass over yesterday with wind and rain. Watched The Lion in Winter last night. Great acting about a disfunctional family. All is well aboard.

Tue Jul 24 5:30 2018 NZST
Run: 36.7nm (66.4km)
23 56S 179 1W
Weather: Wind W, Sky 100% cover, Bar 1012.7

At anchor in South Minerva Reef. Arrived yesterday mid-day. Low will pass over today, bringing wind and rain. All is well aboard.

Mon Jul 23 5:30 2018 NZST
4.5 knots
Run: 115.4nm (208.9km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.2nm
24 20S 179 24W
Weather: Wind N Force 1, Swell flat with low N wind waves, Sky 20% cover mostly stratus, Sea 24.5c, Bar 1016.2

Motoring for 15 hours in zero to very light breeze. Passed through band of squalls yesterday afternoon with light showers. Otherwise clear and fine weather, but for no wind. Hoping for South Minerva Reef today. All is well aboard.

Sun Jul 22 6:27 2018 NZST
3.7 knots
Run: 132.3nm (239.5km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.6nm
25 58S 179 47W
Weather: Wind E Force 4, Swell E 1m, Sky 90% cover Stratus, Bar 1019.4, Sea Temp 24.0c

Close reaching under yankee and double-reefed main after dry squall last night. 117 nm to S Minerva, so slow is good for arrival tomorrow, maybe.

All is well.

Sat Jul 21 5:45 2018 NZST
5 kts
Run: 93.4nm (169.1km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.2nm
27 48S 179 36E
Weather: Wind E Force 4, Swell 1 meter East, Clear 20% cover, warming!, Bar 1021.4

Great sailing past day starboard broad reach, fast and comfortable. Wind now easing and backing. Nearly making rhumb line to S Minerva reef. Crew feeling much better aboard.

All is well aboard.

Correction: Position 19 July s/b 29°51E.

Fri Jul 20 6:42 2018 NZST
4 knots
Run: 8296.3nm (15016.3km)
Avg: 350.1knts
24hr: 8401.3nm
28 51S 178 38E
Weather: Wind E Force 4, Swell 2 M from E, 20% cover, Bar 1018.1

Close reaching in bouncy seas. Double reefed main and staysail only overnight due to gusts and squalls. Rough day yesterday close-hauled. Wind is now veering to SE. Should be more comfortable and faster sailing later today.

Thu Jul 19 7:00 2018 NZST
4.5 knots
Run: 7940.4nm (14372.1km)
Avg: 315.7knts
24hr: 7577.3nm
Weather: wind NE bf 6, swell 2 m NE, 100% cover

Close-hauled stbd tack, Yankee jib and double-reefed main. Uncomfortable. Looking forward to wind shift as low passes by.

Wed Jul 18 5:51 2018 NZST
5.5 knots
Run: 79.3nm (143.5km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81nm
33 55S 176 15E
Weather: -0- wind, 20% cover, 1015.8 hPa

Motoring since 1800 yesterday evening. Brilliant sky with starlight reflecting off the glassy ocean. Making water. Light and variable winds yesterday daytime, bringing two sail changes in attempts to keep sailing. Hot coffee, a banana and a brownie for breakfast.

Tue Jul 17 6:21 2018 NZST
6 knots
Run: 90.8nm (164.3km)
34 40S 175 12E
Weather: Clear, Wind SW BF 4, Swell 1M, Baro 1016

Sailing well. Windvane working perfectly. All is well aboard, albeit with lot's of fleece. Milky Way bright white across the sky and Mars a bright red disc at midnight.

Sun Jul 15 17:37 2018 NZST
Run: 10.7nm (19.4km)
35 50.25067S 174 28.17347E
Weather: Broken overcast with patches of blue sky. Light to no wind. Occasional showers.

In Marsden Cove Marina. Planning to check out and depart tomorrow, again, for Fiji via Minerva Reef.

The past two weeks have been spent at Riverside Drive Marina, tearing down and refurbishing the recalcitrant Aries wind vane, and then tuning up various other sailing gear.

Have a great passage! Thanks for keeping up with the blog. All’s well in PDX. SV Jean Butler is happy, but lonely, in Puerto Escandido. I like this YIT. Does it relay through sailmail? Just in case I’ll keep it short. Bye!
Sat Jun 30 7:43 2018 NZST
Run: 10.4nm (18.8km)
35 43.702S 174 20.04E
Weather: Fine; clear, nw wind, sunny

Back in Whangarei, NZ. We checked out on Wednesday and motored to sea in beautiful but calm weather. Breezed picked up late afternoon and we set sail. But the Aries windvane would not cooperate. It worked perfectly on the passage from Fiji to NZ in October 2017. Hand steering to Fiji was not attractive, so we returned for repairs and are now looking towards the next weather window. All safe and sound, but disappointed.

Sorry to hear you had to turn back we know how much hard work went into the boat this off season. Happy sailing when you do get away.
Tue Jun 26 18:09 2018 NZST
0 knots
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)
35 50S 174 28E
Weather: Squally from SW, thunderstorms and lightning, cold

In Marsden Cove Marina tonight. Planning to check out Wednesday for Minerva Reef and Fiji

Mon Nov 6 19:06 2017 NZDT
Run: 251.7nm (455.6km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.8nm
35 19S 174 07E
Weather: Fine; breezy and sunny

Cleared in to NZ at Opua, Bay of Islands Marina: Passage 9 Days & 21.5 hours

Sat Nov 4 7:09 2017 NZDT
4.5 knots
Run: 156.7nm (283.6km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.4nm
31 44S 173 20E
Weather: Wind NE at BF3, Swell E at 2M, Sky 80% clear w/ cumulus to east

Port broad reach, Main 1 reef, Yankee jib poled to leeward. Pacing for Monday arrival in Opua. Cabin 22°C & 80% RH. All is well.

Fri Nov 3 6:57 2017 NZDT
6.3 kts
Run: 167.1nm (302.5km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.8nm
29 28S 173 19E
Weather: Wind BF5 NE, Swell 3M E with ~6 sec period, Sky 90% cover of thin alto stratus

Sea state less chaotice, long swell more orderly. Broad reaching under Yankee jib and deep reefed main. More comfortable aboard. All is well.

Thu Nov 2 6:54 2017 NZDT
6.5 knots
Run: 171nm (309.5km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.9nm
27 09S 174 06E
Weather: Wind BF 5 East gusting higher, Swell 3.5m East, Sky 80% cover scattered showers, Cabin 23C 78% RH

Wearing fleece, all is well.

Wed Nov 1 6:36 2017 NZDT
6 kts
Run: 173.2nm (313.5km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.6nm
24 50S 175 04E
Weather: Wind BF 5 East, Swell 2.5m East, Sky 50% cover

Destination: Opua. Sailing under staysail and deep reefed main. Wind has eased since last evening. All is well.

Tue Oct 31 6:39 2017 NZDT
Run: 144.6nm (261.7km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 142.8nm
22 29S 176 01E
Weather: Wind ENE BF 4, Swell 1.5M East, Sky 100% Stratus

Consistent easterlies for 24 hours. Isolated squalls. Fast reaching for little Velic. All good.

Mon Oct 30 6:21 2017 NZDT
4.5 kts
Run: 111.3nm (201.5km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.2nm
20 28S 176 37E
Weather: Clear, stratus on east horizon. Wind E BF 2, Swell 1M from ESE

Fine and easy sailing. Caught large mahi mahi yesterday.

Sun Oct 29 6:45 2017 NZDT
Run: 84.6nm (153.1km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 87.1nm
18 52S 176 49E
Weather: Wind SE at BF 3, Swell

Large squalls with massive lightning all night.

Sat Oct 28 7:27 2017 NZDT
Run: 114nm (206.3km)
17 46S 177 23E
Weather: Sunny, 30% cover, winds very light east at dawn.

Depart Port Denarau, Fiji today bound for Opua, New Zealand.

Sun Oct 1 8:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 1359nm (2459.8km)
16 7S 177 22E
Weather: Sunny, wind light & variable

0800 FST: Anchored in Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Group, Fiji. Clear, sunny skies. Moderate SE winds.

Wed Dec 7 7:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 31.3nm (56.7km)
35 37S 174 32E
Weather: Sunny, wind light & variable

0700 NZDT: At anchor in Tutukaka harbor. Will travel today to Bream Head and Urquharts Bay. There to anchor and wait for low tide Thursday AM for run up river estuary to Whangarei.

Tue Nov 29 7:15 2016 NZDT
0 knots
Run: 26.4nm (47.8km)
35 19S 174 07E
Weather: Wind SW and gusty in the marina; Sky 90% & Variable (clouds and blue).

Opua Marina: Hot Showers and Fresh Food!

Sat Nov 26 6:21 2016 NZDT
5.7 knots
Run: 142.6nm (258.1km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.4nm
34 57S 173 59E
Weather: Wind SW@6; Sea wave chop from SW; Sky 90% altostratus & cirrus

0600 NZDT: Encountered Frontal Band 1700 yesterday. Light rain showers. Wind > 20 brief periods only. Arrive Opua today. All well aboard.

Fri Nov 25 7:54 2016 NZDT
4.5 knots
Run: 130nm (235.3km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.7nm
32 54S 174 16E
Weather: Wind N @ 12kts; Seas NNE 1 M and short period; Sky 70%; Bar 1014.5

0700 NZDT: contrary current ~1 knot. All well aboard

Thu Nov 24 7:39 2016 NZDT
4.1 knots
Run: 104.8nm (189.7km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.7nm
31 17S 173 08E
Weather: Wind NE 8; Swell NE 0.5 M; Sky 40% altocumulus; Bar 1020.7

0700 NZDT: Timing to meet frontal band north of N Cape. Opua ETA Saturday mid-day. Reminds us of approaches to Cape Disappointment and Columbia River bar. All is well.

Wed Nov 23 7:24 2016 NZDT
Run: 162.4nm (293.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.9nm
29 46S 173 09E
Weather: Wind E @ 12; Seas from E 1.5 M; Sky 95% stratocumulus; Bar 1025.0

as of 0700 NZDT: contrary current ~0.8 kts, cool, all in fleece and well on board

Tue Nov 22 6:24 2016 NZDT
6.5 kts
Run: 164.1nm (297km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.4nm
27 32S 173 59E
Weather: Wind E @ 16 kts; Seas S @ 1 M & E @ 1 M

as of 0600 NZDT: Sailing fast, for this old boat. ETA Friday. May need to delay coastal approach to meet Friday frontal band offshore and arrive Saturday. All well on board.

Mon Nov 21 6:18 2016 NZDT
5.5 kts
Run: 135.4nm (245.1km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.9nm
25 39S 175 36E
Weather: Wind SE 12; Sea 1 M SW & 1.5 M SE; Sky 80% altostratus; Bar 1022.0

as of 0600 NZDT: Sailing well on planned course, a bit ahead of plan, all well on board.

Sun Nov 20 8:37 2016 NZDT
Run: 18.6nm (33.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.9nm
24 22S 177 14E
Weather: ese14, 2mSW, 0.5m se wind, 100%cc, 1021.5

good signal

Sun Nov 20 5:36 2016 NZDT
6.5 kts
Run: 151.6nm (274.4km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.3nm
24 11S 177 27E
Weather: Wind SE 15 kts; Sea SE 1 M; Sky 20%; Bar 1019.5

0500 NZDT: large SW swell now past, much easier sailing. All well on board.

Sat Nov 19 5:24 2016 NZDT
4 kts
Run: 99.4nm (179.9km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.6nm
23 13S 179 36E
Weather: Wind SSW 6~8 kts, Seas 2.5 m SW, Sky 40% cover, Bar 1015.5

as of 0500 NZDT: Departed N Minerva Reef 0945 Friday. Rough until front passed by. All well on board

Fri Nov 18 13:20 2016 NZDT
Run: 17.7nm (32km)
23 39.721S 178 54.59W

At anchor in N. Minerva Reef: Discussed when a slow boat should depart Minerva!

Sun Nov 13 6:18 2016 NZDT
5.5 kts
Run: 149.6nm (270.8km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.5nm
23 43S 179 11W
Weather: Wind NNW @ 12 kts; Sea N 0.5 M; Sky L2 cummulus 20%

1700 UTC will be entering N Minerva Reef this morning. All is well on board

Fri Nov 11 8:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 124.8nm (225.9km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.1nm
23 18S 178 30E
Weather: 90%cc, 1015, E10,

hove to waiting for the wind to back. 140nm to N Minerva

Thu Nov 10 9:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 90.5nm (163.8km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.8nm
22 21S 179 50W
Weather: 10SE, 1.5m swell

Thu Nov 10 6:21 2016 NZDT
Weather: Wind SE 12 knots but highly variable, Swell S 1.5 M, Sky cummulus & cirrus 50%, Baro 1016.5 mb steady

Decided to bypass Minerva, heading for Opua. ETA Friday, Nov 18. Distance 960 nm

Wed Nov 9 7:24 2016 NZDT
6.1 knots
Run: 122.6nm (221.9km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.7nm
21 54.7S 178 30.1W
Weather: Wind SE 12-15, Swell SE 1 M, Sky cumulous 30%, Baro 1017.0 mb

Tacked, sailing east. Position 103 nm north of Minerva, but wind forecast SSE strengthening all day. Positioning to heave to later today and wait for wind to back to SE. All is well on board.

Late at net time. Position 21 56S and 178 21W , speed 6.2 and course 108T. SSE 12, with swell SE 1m. They will be thankfull they are not further south with the 4m swell!

trying to decide whether to stop at Minerva.

Tue Nov 8 6:24 2016 NZDT
5 knots
Run: 128.5nm (232.6km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.1nm
20 57S 176 54W
Weather: Wind NE 12 knots, Swell NE 1 M, Sky Stratus 100%, Light Rain, Baro 1017.0 mb.

Cool, grey and light wind all night. Major squall yesterday evening. Wind increasing this morning. All is well on board.

Mon Nov 7 6:42 2016 NZDT
5.5 knts
Run: 114.3nm (206.9km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.4nm
19 43.4S 175 24.6W
Weather: Wind E @ 15knts, Sea E 1.5 m slight seas, Baro 1015.3 rising, Sky Altocummulus 80%

Broad reach port tack under reefed main and yankee. Good sailing, all is well on board. As of 0600 07/11/2016

Sun Nov 6 8:48 2016 NZDT
18 42S 174 02W

Depart Vava'u group Sunday, 06 Nov 2016, bound for N. Minerva Reef, then on to Opua NZ.

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