Mon Nov 19 14:13 2018 NZDT
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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
Speed: -0-knts
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
Speed: 4.7knts
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
Speed: 5.5knts
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
Speed: 4knts
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
Speed: < 1 notknts
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
Speed: -0-knts
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
Speed: -0-knts
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
Speed: -0-knts
Run: 7637.8nm (13824.4km)
Avg: 318.2knts
24hr: 7637.8nm
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
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 7582.1nm (13723.6km)
Avg: 328.9knts
24hr: 7894.6nm
24 20S 1749 24E
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
Speed: 3.7knts
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
Speed: 5knts
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
Speed: 4knts
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
Speed: 4.5knts
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
Speed: 5.5knts
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
Speed: 6knts
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
Speed: 0knts
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

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