Mon Oct 29 8:03 2018 NZDT
Run: 97.8nm (177km)
36 37.24S 174 47.42E
Weather: Light NW winds, 90%cc, baro 996.5, 15 degrees.

Whistler is in Gulf Harbour.

Wed Oct 24 9:09 2018 NZDT
Run: 43.8nm (79.3km)
35 18.783s 174 07.352e
Weather: calm, 80% cc, Bar 1025.2, 15 degrees.

Docked in the Bay of Islands Marina. Glad to have this passage behind us. We had been concerned we would not find a window before our Fiji visitor visas expired. Our 8th and fastest trip to/from Fiji, 6 days and 2 hours, averaging 7.4nm/hr over 1080NM. Like a good Canadian-built boat should, Whistler easily met the challenge of the boisterous conditions for the first 3 days. It was a sporty ride and then a beautiful sail for a couple days before the winds died and currents slowed us down. Dolphins and nice weather greeted us to the Bay of Islands! Now we turn our attention to cleaning, polishing, mounds of laundry and boat maintenance. The fun never stops!

Happy to hear you have arrived safely. Bet you slept well. xx
Tue Oct 23 9:51 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 184nm (333km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.2nm
34 40.91s 174 11.66e
Weather: wind 7-9kn 0.5 NE swell, 90% cc, Bar 1027.1, 16 degrees.

About 40nm to go to Opua. Current and headwinds slowed us down. Motoring sailing. ETA Tuesday late afternoon. 157nm in last 24 hr. All is well on board.

Super to hear you have (nearly) arrived safely back in Kiwiland. Bet you sleep real well tonight. xx
Mon Oct 22 8:12 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 170.4nm (308.4km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.5nm
32 06s 174 58.47E
Weather: wind 15 ENE, 0.5 E swell, 50% cc, Bar 1026.7, 18 degrees.

Less than 200nm to go to Opua. ETA Tuesday. All is well on board. Excellent sailing. 185m in last 24 hr.

Mon Oct 22 8:06 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7.5knts
Weather: wind 15 ENE, 0.5 E swell, 50% cc, Bar 1026.7, 18 degrees.

Less than 200nm to go to Opua. ETA Tuesday. All is well on board. Excellent sailing. 185m in last 24 hr.

Sun Oct 21 11:42 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7.8 avg.knts
Run: 234.4nm (424.3km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 222.4nm
29 38.06S 174 58.47E
Weather: wind 15-20 ENE, 1.5m E swell, 40% cc, Bar 1026.8, 20 degrees.

En route for Opua. Winds were steady 17-22kt overnight. Declined a bit this morning. 193nm in last 24 hours. Clearing skies with clouds to NE. Shook out one reef in the mainsail this morning, one reef remaining, full Genoa, nice sailing. Good to see the sun. Less than 350m to go.

Sat Oct 20 10:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7.7 avg.knts
Run: 235.1nm (425.5km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 212.1nm
26 15.46S 175 20.00E
Weather: wind 20-25 ENE, 2 to 2.5m E swell with a short period, 80% cc, Bar 1024.8, 20 degrees.

En route for Opua. 182 nm in last 24 hours. Cleared off overnight but cumulus clouds taking over. Squall potential. Winds dropped to 18-22 overnight but increasing again this morning. 186 miles in 24 hours. Two blankets and a sleeping bag on the bed, numerous layers with down jacket at night. I finally broke down and put on socks and shoes! Barefoot no more on this passage!

Fri Oct 19 7:48 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7.7 avg.knts
Run: 209.2nm (378.7km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 210.5nm
22 55S 176 02E
Weather: wind 19-24kts ENE, 2 to 2.5m ESE swell with a short period, 80% cc, Bar 1019.0,

En route for Opua. 182 nm in last 24 hours. Conditions fairly consistent over the last 24 hours. Lots of cloud and threatening squalls but the moon was trying to shine through the clouds for a time and we were treated to some stars briefly last night. Gusts up to 27kt and lulls to 17kt. Cooling down, adding layers of clothing, needing blankets in bed.

Thu Oct 18 7:57 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7. 7 (average)knts
Run: 160nm (289.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 160.4nm
19 55S 176 28E

Left Port Denarau yesterday around noon for Opua. A parade of boats with us. A record 28 boats checked out from Port Denarau and Vuda Pt. yesterday. Boat performing well in these rather boisterous conditions. Seas rough after leaving the past with some waves crashing over the coachroof and 30 knot gusts. Wind direction pleasantly surprised us, 70 to 75 degrees True.

Wed Oct 17 8:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 11.6nm (21km)
17 46.186S 177 22.927E
Weather: Wind 4 knots SE, 100% cc with rain, baro 1015.4, 25 degrees.

Port Denarau. Planning to check out today with close to a dozen boats,. Many checking out at Vuda today too. We will have to be vigilant on the radar and AIS on this passage with so many boats leaving at the same time! Next stop, Opua.

Nice to hear you'll have lots of other boats to keep you company on your passage to NZ - always makes for a more interesting trip. Safe sailing, and take good care of each other.
Mon Oct 15 7:22 2018 NZDT
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
17 47.5S 177 12.4E
Weather: Wind 12-15 kt SE, 90% cc, baro 1016, 26 degrees

Heading back to Port Denarau from Musket Cove. Assessing weather window to NZ this week.

Wed Oct 10 8:02 2018 NZDT
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
17 46.268S 177 11.326E
Weather: Calm, overcast, baro 1014.0, 26 degrees.

Musket Cove. Heading back to Port Denarau today.

Hi, Bula, dear Team Whistler, wow, waiting for a window to head south! We’ll follow your passage back to Kiwiland with interest. Take good care of each other, won’t you. xx
Mon Oct 8 7:43 2018 NZDT
17 46.19S 177 22.92E
Weather: Calm, 100%cc, baro 1013.3, 24 degrees.

Port Denarau: Raining. Hoping to get an engine part replaced in the next day or two. Looking to take the next weather window to NZ.

Fri Oct 5 8:16 2018 NZDT
Run: 60.2nm (109km)
17 46.19S 177 22.92E
Weather: 3 knots, ENE, 100% cc, baro 1014.0, 25 degrees.

Port Deanarau. Amazing lightning storm overnight and again this morning. Heavy rain at times.

Thu Oct 4 8:04 2018 NZDT
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
17 18.27S 178 09.25E
Weather: 6 knots SE, 10%cc, baro 1011.7, 31 degrees

Nice morning. Just left Nananu-I-Cake, headed for Port Denarau.

Wed Oct 3 7:36 2018 NZDT
17 19.357S 178 13.111E
Weather: Winds 10-22 knots ENE, 100% cc, baro 1011.7, 26 degrees.

Grey and gusty in the anchorage, in the lee of this ENE wind. Kiting today is questionable as the winds are supposed to die out and rain is coming in a few hours. Already had a sprinkle. Heading to Port Denarau tomorrow and will be looking for a weather window to NZ.

Tue Oct 2 8:02 2018 NZDT
17 19.357S 178 13.111E
Weather: Wind 10-25 knots E, 95% cc, baro 1014.8, 24 degrees.

Winds very gusty and shifting more E now. Some squalls.

Mon Oct 1 7:42 2018 NZDT
17 19.357S 178 13.111E
Weather: 15-25 knots SE, 90% cc, baro 1015.2, 24 degrees.

Been very windy and squally here at Nananu-I-Cake. Showers have eased but not the wind.

Sat Sep 29 7:07 2018 NZST
17 19.357S 178 13.111E
Weather: 12-15 kts, 100% cc, baro 1015.3, 22 degrees.

Nananu-I-Cake. Wind and rain through the night and this morning.

Fri Sep 28 7:15 2018 NZST
Run: 74.6nm (135km)
17 19.357S 178 13.111E
Weather: 15 kt, SE, 95% cc, baro 1013.4, 26 degrees.

Back at Nananu-I-Cake with Roxanne, Heatwave and Viva. Got in a bit of motorsailing on the west side but hit headwinds of 15- 20 knots along the top of Viti Levu on the way here yesterday. Whistler is covered in salt again. Definitely kiting conditions here today,

Tue Sep 25 6:55 2018 NZST
17 46.219S 177 11.326E
Weather: 2 knots S, 100% cc, baro 1012.3, 26 degrees.

Musket Cove. Wind picked enough to kite yesterday.

Mon Sep 24 6:16 2018 NZST
17 46.219S 177 11.326E
Weather: 5 knots SE, 100% cc, baro 1012.3, 22 degrees.

Musket Cove. Windy yesterday for kiting.

Sat Sep 22 6:42 2018 NZST
17 46.219s 177 11.326e
Weather: 5 kt SE, 70% cc, baro 1012.5, 25 degrees.

Musket Cove.

Fri Sep 21 7:00 2018 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
17 46.219s 177 11.326e
Weather: Wind 5-7 kt SE, clear skies, Baro 1012.2, 25 degrees.

Musket Cove. Monty got kiting at the sandbank yesterday. I should have taken my gear. Winds got up to 22 kt SSE during the day. Jim, our guest, got invited out surfing at Cloudbreak in the morning and later took a skiff with a friend to Namotu for a kite-surf. They even got invited to rig on Namotu private beach! Also invited for a Fijian Curry

at a home on the top of the hill overlooking the marina. Starting out calmer this am.

Wed Sep 19 7:12 2018 NZST
17 46.194S 177 22.904E
Weather: Calm, 100% cc, baro 1012.9, 25 degrees.

Light rain off and on at Port Denarau.

Mon Sep 17 6:38 2018 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
17 46.194S 177 22.904E
Weather: Calm, clear, baro 1012.9, 24 degrees.

Moored at Port Denarau. Checked out Namotu and Cloudbreak anchorages briefly over the weekend. Back in port to get a few maintenance things done, provision and await arrival of our friend from Whistler.

Thu Sep 13 7:08 2018 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
17 46.299S 177 11.289E
Weather: 10kt ESE, 20% cc, bar 1014.6, 25 degrees.

Anchored again in Musket Cove. Gave up our mooring to a yacht whose windlass wasn’t working. Finale last night at Dick’s Place. Nice evening.

Wed Sep 12 7:15 2018 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
17 46.261S 177 11.316E
Weather: 15-20 kt, SE, 100% cc, bar 1013.7, 22 degrees.

Now on a mooring at Musket Cove, (Thanks to Chara). Light rain here. Be a quick Round Malolo Race today. Whistler will not be entering. Not looking forward to a wet dinghy ride to shore for the Awards Night party. Hopefully it will be nicer later.

Sat Sep 8 6:35 2018 NZST
Run: 13nm (23.5km)
17 46.341S 177 11.139E
Weather: 10-13kt.SE, 10% cc, bar 1012.3, 23 degrees.

Musket Cove. Showers yesterday morning and afternoon. Regatta kicked off last night. A bit breezy but no rain, thankfully. Lots of familiar faces.

Fri Sep 7 7:01 2018 NZST
Run: 63.1nm (114.2km)
17 46.25S 177 22.98E
Weather: 8 knots N-NNE, 40% cc, bar 1010.6, 27 degrees and HUMID!

Port Denarau, heading to Musket Cove this afternoon.

Tue Sep 4 6:58 2018 NZST
17 19.48S 178 13.07E
Weather: 7 kt E, 25%cc, baro 1014.8, 26 degrees.


Mon Sep 3 6:52 2018 NZST
17 19.48S 178 13.07E
Weather: 10 kt E, 10% cc, bar 1014, temp 24 degrees.


Tue Aug 28 7:09 2018 NZST
17 19.48S 178 13.07E
Weather: 5-10 kt SE, 90% cc. Baro 1016.3, 23 degrees.

Nananu-I-Cake. Occasion little squalls finally hitting this dry area but mostly great kiting weather.

Tue Aug 28 0:00 2018 NZST
17 19.48S 178 13.07E
Weather: 10 kt ESE, 20% cc, baro 1014.2,26 degrees.

Nananu-I-Cake. Yesterday was another good kiting day. Kite Point was pretty busy.

Mon Aug 27 7:01 2018 NZST
17 19.48S 178 13.07E
Weather: 10-15 kt SE, 20% cc, baro 1015.8, 22 degrees.

Nananu-I-Cake. First sprinkle and rainbow in 7 weeks here yesterday. Good kiting conditions.

Thu Aug 23 7:04 2018 NZST
17 19.48S 178 13.07E
Weather: 2 kt SE, 20 cc, bar 1015.2, 24 degrees.

Anchored at Nananu-I-Thake.

Wed Aug 22 7:10 2018 NZST
Run: 62.4nm (112.9km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.5nm
17 19.48S 178 13.07E
Weather: 2 kts ESE, 2% cc, bar 1015.4, 25 degrees.

Anchored back at Nananu-I-Thake. Calm and clear. The anchorage is glassy, paddle boarding conditions.

Tue Aug 21 7:13 2018 NZST
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
17 45.476S 177 23.175E
Weather: 5 kt E, clear, bar 1013, 23 degrees.

Anchored off Port Denarau. Heading back to Nananu-I-Thake. Smokey around here!

Fri Aug 17 6:35 2018 NZST
17 46.20S 177 11.25E
Weather: 2Kt ESE, 40% cc, Bar 1013.9, 22 degrees.

Musket Cove. Lucky, wind came up the last two afternoons for kiting.

Thu Aug 16 7:00 2018 NZST
Run: 12.5nm (22.6km)
17 46.20S 177 11.25E
Weather: Wind 10kt SE, 90% cc, bar 1015.0, 22 degrees.

Moored at Musket Cove.

Tue Aug 14 6:46 2018 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
17 45.6S 177 22.6E
Weather: Light south winds, 90%cc, bar 1013.9, 20 degrees.

Port Denarau. Cool and cloudy this morning.

Mon Aug 13 7:33 2018 NZST
Run: 62.8nm (113.7km)
17 45.422S 177 23.171E
Weather: Calm, 2% cc, Baro 1012.4, 21 degrees.

Port Denarau. Here for a few days.

Fri Aug 10 7:24 2018 NZST
17 19.10S 178 13.25E
Weather: Winds calm, 90% cc, bar 1013, 22 degrees.

Our last day here. Off to Port Denarau tomorrow. Got in some a brief kiting session yesterday but it was gusty and the wind direction was changeable. Hoping for one more session this afternoon.

Thu Aug 9 6:37 2018 NZST
17 19.10S 178 13.25E
Weather: Wind 5 kt S, 10%cc, bar 1014.3, 21 degrees..


Wed Aug 8 8:37 2018 NZST
17 19.10S 178 13.25E
Weather: Winds 10-12kts, 40% cc,, Bar 1014.9, 21 degrees (0630), 26 degrees (0830)

We are hoping to eek out another few kiting days before we leave Nananu-I-Thake for Port Denarau on the weekend. Sunsets red from the grass fires burning on the mainland. The ash on the boat is a real drag. Great star-gazing last night with a moonless sky. I have resorted to wearing long sleeves, long pants and Monty even put on a hoodie last evening. Winds were calm first thing but are picking now! Our idea of paddle boarding has been abandoned. :-)

Tue Aug 7 7:23 2018 NZST
17 19.10S 178 13.25E
Weather: Wind 10kt SE, clear, bar 1012.9, 23 degrees.

Nananu-I-Thake. Got out with Warren at Safari Lodge for a kiting downwinder yesterday.

Mon Aug 6 7:11 2018 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
17 19.10S 178 13.25E
Weather: 5 kt SE, 70% cc, bar 1012.7, 21 degrees.

Whistler moved yesterday, just a half mile away, for a better view of the sunset! Took a while to pull the anchor. Too cloudy for a good sunset last night and Internet is slower. So we might move back to the old spot nearer kite point. Lots of ash on the boat some mornings due to grass fires the mainland. Chilly nights. No kiting the last few days. Good weather for cleaning and boat projects. Could use a rain to wash the boat!

Thu Aug 2 7:35 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: 10-20 kt SE, 5%cc, Bar 1014.3, 25 degrees.

Monty cleaned the props and scrubbed the bridal and 10-15m of the chain that was covered in soft growth. A big job. Not many barnacles on the hull, thankfully. Also did a snorkel yesterday and saw a large octopus, some clams and oysters and a wide array of corals. Viz not great though as it was still a bit windy. Windy for kiting again today.

Wed Aug 1 7:16 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: 5-10kts E, clear but a little hazy, bar 1014.2,25 degrees.

Nananu-I-Thake. Didnt want to leave while Patricia and David (Gulf Harbour Radio) were away! Another kiting session at Kite Point and downwinder yesterday. All good here! Hazy conditions giving us glorious sunsets!

40 days!! I can’t believe that Margy hadn’t suffered “itchy anchor syndrome”.
Mon Jul 30 7:34 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: 10-15 kts SE, clear skies with a haze, bar 1015.8,24 degrees.

40 days and 40 nights at Nananu-I-Thake, but who is counting! Great day yesterday with Warren taking us for a downwinder and then serving us a nice lunch at Safari Lodge. For me, the downwinder was like skiing Peak to Creek (Whistler Mountain) with 15cm of fresh powder. Wind could have been a bit stronger, but there wasnt much chop which was nice. Looks like we can eek out another few days of kiting here before the wind shuts off. Be a challenge to lift our anchor! Setting sun is red, haze caused by the volcano eruption in Vanuatu, we are told.

Great going nothing better then this, hope you Both return before we leave for a get together, Warmly, Lorraine
Thu Jul 26 7:12 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: Wind 15 kts, SE, clear, bar 1015.5, 22 degrees.

All is well at Nananu-I-Thake. Cool overnight, even had to throw a blanket on the bed! Lots of wind for kiting today.

Fri Jul 20 7:20 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: 10 kt SE, 10%cc, bar 1016.3, 23 degrees.

Weather has been very good, with little rain. Recently had a few calm days. On Warren’s recommendation, we snorkelled by the sand spit (kite spot) which had lots of healthy soft and hard corals and schools of fish. Surprisingly good and so convenient to the anchorage! Another no wind day activity. Did a market run to Rakiraki yesterday. Good selection of fruits and veggies. When we got back, Warren (Safari Lodge) took us out to the reef for a downwinder. Monty kited for an hour but the winds were a bit too light for me. Winds are expected to pick up today for a few days. Boats come and go, as they transit east or west. Some going east frequently wait a few days or a week for trade winds to ease enough for that passage. So Whistler has not been alone here. Have had a few socials with friends on familiar boats and made some new acquaintances too!

Tue Jul 10 7:35 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: 5 kts E, clear, bar 1014.6, 25 degrees.

Anchor well dug in here at Nananu-I-Thake. Been good kiting conditions. Calm and sunny this morning.

Sun Jul 1 7:30 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: Wind 10-20 with higher gusts to 25, S to SE, 30% cc, with squalls to the north, bar 1018.1, 23 degrees.

Happy Canada Day! Anchored in the lee of Nananu-I-Thake. Anchorage was busy two nights ago with boats stopping off on their way to the west coast. Monty got out kiting on the 7m (our smallest kite) yesterday. Were invited to a social on one of the World Arc boats (with a Cdn connection) that is hoping off the rally and heading to NZ this year. Very windy, but will try to fly our big Canadian flag today.

Fri Jun 29 7:04 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: Wind 8-10 SSE, 20% cc, bar 1016.1, 22 degrees

Hoodie temperatures this morning. Still at Nananu-I-Thake. MK got in her first kite lesson this season. MC got out for 2 sessions. Steadier winds yesterday. Hopefully another lesson today,.

Wed Jun 27 7:14 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: Wind 12-17 SE, 30% cc, bar 1016.2, 23 degrees.

At Nananu-I-Thake. Line of cloud to the north. Winds have arrived. Stronger winds overnight. Kiters are happy!

Tue Jun 26 7:08 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: Wind 5 kt ESE, 50% cc, bar 1014.5, 25 degrees.

At Nananu-I-Thake. Winds rose enough to kite late yesterday. Light winds this morning again.

Mon Jun 25 7:15 2018 NZST
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: 6kt SSE, clear, bar 1015.0, 27 degrees.

At Nananu-I-Thake. Got windy yesterday, so Monty got out for a kite with the Fusios.

Fri Jun 22 7:06 2018 NZST
Run: 49.1nm (88.9km)
17 19.476S 178 13.081E
Weather: Calm, clear, Bar 1013.3, 25 degrees.

Anchored off Nananu-I-Thake. Waiting for wind so we can kite. Maybe tomorrow?

Thu Jun 21 7:12 2018 NZST
Run: 24.6nm (44.5km)
17 26.485S 178 57.132E
Weather: Wind calm, clear with some high cirrus cloud, Bar 1014.2

Anchored off Makogai.

Wed Jun 20 7:14 2018 NZST
Run: 27.9nm (50.5km)
17 06.740S 179 05.575E
Weather: Wind 5kt NE, 80% cc, bar 1014.8, 26 degrees.

Anchored off Namena.. High cirrus cloud thickening. Some interesting finds snorkelling yesterday like a few large live conch. Probably heading to Makongai today.

Tue Jun 19 7:08 2018 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
16 46.613S 179 19.739E
Weather: Calm, scattered clouds, baro 1016.1, 22 degrees.

In Savusavu. Heading to Namena today. Cooler temps now.

Mon Jun 18 7:12 2018 NZST
Run: 117nm (211.8km)
16 48.648S 179 17.241E
Weather: Calm, clear, baro 1015.7, 24 degrees.

At Cousteau anchorage in Savusavu Bay. Heading to town to reprovision.

Sat Jun 16 7:00 2018 NZST
Run: 23.8nm (43.1km)
16 50.3982S 178 56.6704W
Weather: Wind SE 15-18 kts, swell 0.5m, cc 60%, Bar 1015.6

Anchored off the sand cay at Duff Reef. Monty got kiting yesterday. Cool spot. Likely head off somewhere today as it is pretty rolly in the anchorage.

Fri Jun 15 7:30 2018 NZST
17 10.670S 179 0.938W
Weather: Calm, scattered clouds, bar 1016.3, 27 degrees

Still in Vanua Balavu. Looking to move to a kiting spot sometime today.

Thu Jun 14 6:52 2018 NZST
17 10.670S 179 0.938W
Weather: Calm, clear, baro 1015.3, 25 degrees.

Anchored in Ship Cove in Bay of Islands. At least 20 boats here in the Bay of Islands now. At sunset, some cruisers joined their dinghies together for a social in a wee cove and watched hundreds of fruit bats take off from their roost for their nightly patrol. The sky was filled with “flying foxes”.

Wed Jun 13 7:08 2018 NZST
17 10.670S 179 00.938W
Weather: Calm, 20% cc, Baro 1013.6, 26 degrees.

Ship Cove in Bay of Islands. More World Arc boats arrived yesterday in the Bay.

Tue Jun 12 6:56 2018 NZST
17 10.670S 179 00.938W
Weather: Calm, 70% cc, Bar 1014.1, 26 degrees.

Anchored in Ship Cove in the Bay of Islands. 30 World ARC just checked in at Lomaloma, Vanua Balavu, so we are seeing lots of boats anchoring around the bay. Seems to be room so far. World Arc’s next rendezvous is July 4 or 5th in Musket Cove.

Mon Jun 11 7:33 2018 NZST
Run: 6.9nm (12.5km)
17 10.670s 179 00.938w
Weather: Calm, 5% cc, Baro 1015.7, 26 degrees.

Anchored in Ship Cove with 2 other boats in the Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu. A few more boats anchored around the Bay. Warm and humid last night, lots of dew this morning.

Sun Jun 10 7:10 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.5knts
Run: 105.9nm (191.7km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 105.2nm
17 09S 179 07W
Weather: 10 kts W, 30% cc, 1 m swell, bar 1015.1 27 degrees.

Squalls now to north and east. They appear to be moving away ahead of us. Just waiting for good light to enter Vanua Balavu. Had 15-22 kt winds that backed around through the day and night. Uncomfortable short period southerly swell. Calmed down through the night. Planning to anchor in Bay of Islands tonight.

Looking east at sunrise, VB on right.
Sat Jun 9 7:00 2018 NZST
16 46.605S 179 19.740E
Weather: 5kts NW, 90% cc, Bar 1013.4, 25 degrees.

In Savusavu. Plans to move, just not sure where yet.

Fri Jun 8 7:10 2018 NZST
16 46.605S 179 19.740E
Weather: Wind 5-10 kt, ESE, 100% cc, light rain, baro 1014.8, 22 degrees.

Trough passed over us around 9pm. Had a torrential rain storm with lightning and high winds (30 kt). Whistler circled the mooring a few times as the winds shifted direction. Filled all our water buckets in minutes. Heavy rain and high winds lasted for several hours. Just light rain now.

Thu Jun 7 7:15 2018 NZST
16 46.605S 179 19.740E
Weather: Calm, clear, 1014.8, 25 degrees

Savusavu. Nice morning.

Wed Jun 6 7:15 2018 NZST
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)
16 46.605S 179 19.740E
Weather: calm, 80% cc, baro1015.7, 26 degrees.

Back in Savusavu. Very humid last night. Had some lightning and showers in the evening.

Tue Jun 5 7:14 2018 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
16 48.50933S 179 17.78844E
Weather: Calm, 15% cc, bar 1012.9, 26 degrees.

Lovely day here at Cousteau. Yesterday we completed our Advanced Open Water Dive course with Cousteau. Did a night dive to finish. Amazing critter life active in the dark. Came to the surface and the stars were out in full force. Fantastic experience.

Mon Jun 4 6:11 2018 NZST
16 48.603S 179 17.240E
Weather: Wind calm, 30% cc, baro 1009.9, 24 degrees

The sky is clear above us and to the north but the trough with a distinct line of with thick clouds blankets the southern third of the sky. Hope it keeps moving SE.

Fri Jun 1 7:36 2018 NZST
16 48.603S 179 17.240E
Weather: Wind 10-15 E (in the protection of the island), 100% cc with occasional showers, Baro 1013.8, 26 degrees

We are still off Cousteau. Winds were more NE overnight and now back to E. Not a nice day. More rain in forecast.

Thu May 31 6:49 2018 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
16 48.603S 179 17.240E
Weather: Wind 5-10 ESE, 90% cc, baro 1012, 26 degrees.

Moved to a more sheltered anchorage by Cousteau resort. A few breaks in the clouds.

Wed May 30 7:28 2018 NZST
Run: 4.3nm (7.8km)
16 48.888S 179 16.867E
Weather: 16-18 Kt ESE, 80% cc, baro 1010.9, 25 degrees.

Anchored off the Cousteau resort, closer to the reef, so more exposed to the SE winds. Showery conditions around the bay, but not over us yet. Rainbows and turtles around.

View from Cousteau anchorage looking toward Savusavu
Tue May 29 7:01 2018 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
16 46.606S 179 19.899E
Weather: Calm, 20% cc, baro 1009, 24 degrees.

Nice morning. Savusavu had a rash of break-ins (Digicel, Telecom offices, etc.) on Saturday night. Apparently a rugby match brings out the hooligans. We are moving out to Cousteau anchorage today.

Mon May 28 7:08 2018 NZST
16 46.606S 179 19.739E
Weather: Calm, 80% cc, baro 1009.8, 24 degrees.

Moored in Savusavu. Has some heavy rain showers yesterday off and on. Looking okay this morning. Several boats with quarantine flags arrived yesterday.

Sat May 26 7:05 2018 NZST
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)
16 46.606S 179 19.739E
Weather: Calm, 20% cc, Baro 1013.8, 26 degrees.

Moored back in Savusavu.

Fri May 25 7:09 2018 NZST
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
16 55S 179 51E
Weather: 2kt variable, 0.5 swell, 5% cc. 1012.9 baro. Speed: 5 knots, heading 277.

Left Paradise Taveuni on our way to a Savusavu. Seas are glimmering, skies clear with a few puffy clouds. Had a hard rain shower last evening. Kept us on board!

Thu May 24 7:47 2018 NZST
16 56.109S 179 53.939E
Weather: Calm, 10% cc, Baro 1013.5, 27 degrees.

Moored at Paradise Resort, Taveuni. Hot, sticky day yesterday (33 degrees) but no showers over us. Put up the sunshade to get some relief.

Wed May 23 7:57 2018 NZST
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)
16 56.109S 179 53.939E
Weather: Calm, 10% cc, Baro 1012.9, 24 degrees.

Moored at Paradise, Taveuni. Beautiful day here. Caught a Mahimahi on the way here yesterday. White Wall dive planned for tomorrow. More photos posted on svwhistler.com. Will go back to Savusavu for the fronts on the weekend! Thanks!

Tue May 22 7:05 2018 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
16 48.36465S 179 17.82192E
Weather: 5 kt N, 0.5 swell, 10% cc, Baro 1014, 27 degrees

Just left Savusavu for Paradise Resort, Taveuni.

Mon May 21 7:09 2018 NZST
16 48.621S 179 17.246E
Weather: Calm, 10% cc, Baro 1014, 25 degrees.

Anchored off Cousteau. Another beautiful day here. Even put up the sunshade yesterday. Lots of dew on the decks this morning.

Fri May 18 7:13 2018 NZST
16 48.621S 179 17.246E
Weather: Calm, clear, baro 1013.5.

At JM Cousteau anchorage. A few boats leaving Savusavu stopped here overnight. Had 2 excellent dives at Namena with JMC yesterday.

Wed May 16 7:12 2018 NZST
16 48.621S 179 17.246E
Weather: Wind 3-7 its NE, 90% cc, Baro 1012.9, 26 degrees.

Anchored by Cousteau. Had some showers yesterday but looks like it may clearing up today.

Tue May 15 7:16 2018 NZST
16 48.621S 179 17.246E
Weather: Calm, overcast, baro 1014.3, 25 degrees.

At anchor off Cousteau Resort. Had showers overnight. Going diving again wth the resort today.

Mon May 14 6:53 2018 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
16 48.621S 179 17.246E
Weather: Calm, 10% cc, Baro 1015.5

Anchored off Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Going diving today.

Fri May 11 7:19 2018 NZST
16 46.604S 179 19.738E
Weather: Wind10kt ESE, 70% cc, baro 1016.2

Windy and a few showers overnight.

Thu May 10 7:27 2018 NZST
16 46.604S 179 19.738E
Weather: Calm, high thin cloud layer, Bar 1017.5

Moored in Savusavu. Survivor Australia is in town, filming just passed the airport for the next 3 months.

Wed May 9 6:56 2018 NZST
16 46.604S 179 19.738E
Weather: Wind 11-16kt ESE, 40% cc with occasional showers, Baro 1017.2

Moored in Savusavu. Winds picked up and had a few showers overnight but it is clearing up this am.

Tue May 8 7:02 2018 NZST
16 46.604S 179 19.738E
Weather: Calm (in the bay), 40%, Bar 1015.3.

Had a few passing showers last evening. Generally fine weather. Had a visit with Curly yesterday and loaded up on some more of his lures. Want to knock off a few more little projects, freshen up our provisions and we will look at going somewhere. Going in an easterly direction will be difficult due to increasing ESE winds in the coming days.

Another dramatic sunset from our mooring in Savusavu
Mon May 7 7:17 2018 NZST
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
16 46.604S 179 19.738E
Weather: Wind 4kt SE, calm, 80% cc with occasional showers, Baro 1014.2

Moored in Savusavu. Had a beautiful day yesterday. A few short showers with a stunning rainbow at sunrise. Last night, we enjoyed some of our Green Jobfish caught in the Naqelelevu Lagoon. No ill effects, so ciguatera free!

Sat May 5 6:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 5knts
Run: 90.9nm (164.5km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.8nm
16 51S 179 26E
Weather: Wind ESE 10-15 kts, swell 0.5m, cc 40%, Bar 1015.2

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Didn't like the waves inside and overcast conditions in the Naqelelevu Lagoon. Turned back at around noon. Winds were 18-20 from the SSE all day and most of the evening making for an uncomfortable swell and close reach. Strong current against us at about 1.8kts, and up to 2.8 knots at times, slowed our progress. Once we got behind Taveuni, the winds dropped to 10-15 from the SE and then ESE. Had a clear night with the moonlight and stars to guide us back to Savusavu. 15 miles to go. All is well on board.

Fri May 4 6:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 3knts
Run: 43.1nm (78km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 83.8nm
16 08S 179 25W
Weather: Wind SSE 11 kts, swell 0.8m SE, cc 60%, Bar 1012.6

3 miles to go to Naqelelevu Lagoon. Sun just up. Waiting for good daylight to approach the pass. Reefed genoa. All is well on board.

Thu May 3 18:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
16 33S 179 54W
Weather: Wind S 7 kts, swell 0.5m, cc 80%, Bar 1011.3

40 miles to go to Naqelelevu Lagoon. Doing a slow overnighter to arrive in daylight. Flying just the genoa. All is well on board.

Wed May 2 7:48 2018 NZST
16 31.613S 179 59.385w
Weather: Wind WSW 2 kts, 100% cc, Bar 1010.1, 27 degrees.

Anchored in Katherine Bay with our sister boats. Showers passing through, some heavy. May stay here a few days to wait for the weather to pass.

Wed May 2 7:45 2018 NZST
Run: 29.2nm (52.9km)
16 31.613S 179 59.385w
Weather: Wind WSW 2 kts, 100% cc, Bar 1010.1, 27 degrees.

Anchored in Katherine Bay with our sister boats. Showers passing through, some heavy. May stay here a few days to wait for the weather to pass.

Mon Apr 30 15:18 2018 NZST
Run: 43.3nm (78.4km)
16 56.132S 179 53.93e
Weather: Wind NNE 5 kts, swell 0.1 m, 30% cc, Bar 1008.3, 33 degrees.

Moored at Paradise Resort on Taveuni with our sister boats. Beautiful weather. Had a couple refresher dives with the resort today. Blue moon tonight!

Sun Apr 29 10:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 81nm (146.6km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 70.8nm
16 52S 179 27w
Weather: Wind NNE 8-10 kts, swell 0.5 m, 10% cc, Bar 1011.7, 32 degrees.

Motor-sailing. Heading for Paradise Resort on Taveuni. Beautiful weather.

Sat Apr 28 6:38 2018 NZST
16 46.624S 179 19.742E
Weather: Calm, CC 20%, Baro 1010.4, 25 degrees.

Had a nice warm sunny day yesterday. Wind has been picking up in the afternoons to provide some breeze through the cabin. We were invited to "movie night" on the foredeck of one of our sister boats last night. Neat how they set up their sunshade, a screen using a sheet and comfortable seating for 8. Doing some provisioning at the Savusavu market this am and plan to sail 50 miles SE to Paradise Resort on Taveuni Island tomorrow. Winds are calming down so it should be a fairly easy day trip. Looks like fairly settled conditions for the next week.

Sunrise from our mooring
Thu Apr 26 11:12 2018 NZST
Run: 170.7nm (309km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.3nm
16 46.624S 179 19.742E
Weather: Wind ESE 10 kts, CC 30%, Bar 1013.3, temperature 33 degrees, humidity very high with a few brief showers this am.

Arrived in Savusavu at 0800 and all checked in with Customs. We are the 7th yacht to check in to Savusavu this season. We are tired but excited to be here after an amazing 1266 mile passage. Flew our full main sail the entire time. Beautiful broad reach and later beam reach sailing with only 40 hours of engine time to assist our sails as we crossed a ridge axis. Just in time, a brief downpour in the wee hours washed the salt off Whistler before we arrived in port. Thanks to our weather router, Bruce Buckley, for his guidance. Two of our two sister ships are here and after a rest, we look forward to celebrating our great passage and arrival in Fiji with them.

Rainbow over Golden Glow from our mooring
Wed Apr 25 9:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.0-8.0knts
Run: 187.3nm (339km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 200.7nm
19 14S 179 36E
Weather: Wind ESE 17-20 kts, swell 1.8 mtr ESE (lumpy, 30% cc, Bar 1013.8, .

150 miles to go to Savusavu. Sighted Matuku Island today. No major squalls last night and none so far today. 28 degrees in the cockpit. Reefed the genoa to slow down as we want to arrive in Savusavu in daylight. All is well on board.

Tue Apr 24 10:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 198.4nm (359.1km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189nm
21 56S 179 51E
Weather: 30% cc, Bar 1016.0, wind ESE 16-20 kts, 1.5 mtr E wind wave with 5 sec intervals (lumpy).

No squalls last night and none so far today. 26 degrees in the cockpit. Sailing nicely, could go faster in these conditions but no rush as we want to arrive in Savusavu in daylight. Passed some birds and then saw a fish feeding frenzy, but were a bit too slow to get our lines in the water. Had a niggle but nothing landed. Saw whales from a distance at sunset, seems very early for them to be coming north. Been in touch with our sister boats by SSB. They are both well ahead of us by 100 miles. All is well on board.

Mon Apr 23 9:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 150.7nm (272.8km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.2nm
24 48S 179 59w
Weather: 40% cc, Bar 1016.6, wind 14-18 kts SE, E 1.5 m swell

We decided not to stop at Minerva Reef and altered course to Savusavu. If we stopped, we could not determine when we might have another good window ahead for sailing north to Fiji. It was also likely we would be all alone there. So we decided to cease the opportunity to continue to Savusavu in what should be good sailing conditions. We had several squalls to negotiate with moments of calm followed by down-drafts of 25 knots. At one point we hit 15.7 knots (SOG). We have sailed for 5 days and have only picked up 3 large commercial ships on our AIS, all more than 17 miles at their closest point of approach. Last night, a boat appeared headed on a collision course with us. I woke Monty and after a quick run around the cockpit, he decided to stay up and put his shorts! We determined the boat was moving at about 4.5 knots. We could only get the MMSI number on our AIS. I tried repeatedly to hail the vessel on the VHF but there was no answer. Once the boat name appeared on our AIS, I hailed it again. The skipper finally responded, saying only "Chinese". I asked if he was fishing, no answer. Then I asked if he was trawling to which he responded, "trawling". That meant we had to avoid his stern by up to a mile or more. I said, "We are a sailing vessel", but he did not respond. After studying his heading, we turned to starboard to try to avoid him but he then turned to port, so we were still on a collision course. We started the engines and turned hard to port, having to jibe our full main and genoa in 20 knots of wind. After a few miles we got back on our northerly course and sailing again, with the fishing boat passing 2 miles to our starboard. I went to bed with the adrenalin still pumping. Having a few more squalls this am but, otherwise, very good sailing conditions though a bit bumpy with waves on the beam. Good news from our sister boats in Minerva Reef. They are both setting sail today for Savusavu. So it looks like we will have a reunion there. All is well on board but we could both use more sleep.

Sun Apr 22 13:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 230.8nm (417.7km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 183.4nm
26 58S 179 45E
Weather: 40% cc, Bar 1015.1, wind 15 kts SE, E 1.5 m swell

Squalls overnight slowed our progress. Sailing nicely now. All is well on board. Getting much warmer. Shorts and T-shirt weather. Enjoying Chef Monty's cooking! Saw an albatross yesterday. To follow us on our tracker, go to svwhistler.com, click on See Whistler on the Map and then Whistler Delorme. Still debating a stop at Minerva Reef which is still day and a half away. Tempting to press on as it looks like a nice run to Savusavu, Fiji, and not sure when we will have another good passage north from Minerva.

Sat Apr 21 7:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 142.4nm (257.7km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.1nm
30 06S 178 26E
Weather: 50% cc, Bar 1018.8, wind 10-15 kts SE, 2 mtr E wave with a SW swell (confused sea state)

Sailing again after motor-sailing all night in light winds. A squall to our west. All is well on board.

Fri Apr 20 10:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.3knts
Run: 154.8nm (280.2km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.8nm
32 01S 177 33E
Weather: 90% cc, Bar 1022.2 (and dropping), wind 6-8 kts SE, 2 mtr swell Sw

All is well on board. Motor-sailing.

Thu Apr 19 9:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.5knts
Run: 148.1nm (268.1km)
33 51S 176 01E
Weather: 10% cc, Bar 1022, winds 16 kts SSW, 2 mtr swell SSE

Departed Opua yesterday. On passage to Minerva Reef and Fiji. Will be watching weather to decide whether we go to Minerva or press on to Fiji. All is well on board.

Wed Apr 11 8:19 2018 NZST
Run: 31.9nm (57.7km)
35 19.020S 174 07.194E
Weather: Sunny, breeze from South, dark clouds to the SW.

Docked in Opua.

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