Whistler

Whistler

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:
5.6 kt
knts
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:
7.5kt
knts
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.


Yeehah
Mon Oct 22 8:06 2018 NZDT
Speed:
7.5kt
knts
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 kt 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:
7.7kt 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:
7.7kt 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 knots (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.

Nananu-I-Cake.


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

Nananu-I-Cake.


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..

Nananu-I-Thake.


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:
3.5 kt
knts
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:
5Kts
knts
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:
3Kts
knts
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:
2.5 Kts
knts
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:
5.5 Kts
knts
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:
7.0-8.0 Kts
knts
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:
7.0Kts
knts
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:
6.5 Kts
knts
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:
7 Kts
knts
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:
7 Kts
knts
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:
5.3Kts
knts
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:
7.5Kts
knts
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.


Fri Nov 24 6:32 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
35 44.3888S 174 20.8618E
Weather: Calm, mostly overcast, Baro 1027.9.

On the hard at Norsand. Been a good week here with mostly sunny calm conditions. Preparing to leave for our Canadian winter. Ski hills are open!


Sat Nov 18 9:11 2017 NZDT
Run: 30.6nm (55.4km)
35 43.51S 174 19.67E
Weather: 20-25 kn, ESE, 100% cc, bar 1013, 15 degrees, raining.

Happy to be docked in Whangarei! Stormy day. Inside jobs planned for today.


Fri Nov 10 8:44 2017 NZDT
35 19.0083S 174 07.1727E
Weather: Calm, overcast, 1015 Bar, 15 degrees.

Docked at Bay of Islands Marina beside 3 other Antares catamarans! Nice to meet up with Blue Summit and to get to know the owners of Golden Glow and Exit Strategy! Marina is filling up. Weather has been a real mix, with some warm sunny days, but, generally, cool with storms, packing heavy rain and high winds, blowing through fairly frequently. Been getting several boat projects done while we are here in Opua.


Sat Oct 28 8:24 2017 NZDT
Run: 112nm (202.7km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 111.1nm
35 19.0083S 174 07.1782E
Weather: Calm, foggy, Bar 1023, 17 degrees.

Arrived in Opua at 2230 last night. Motored almost 100 hours on this passage. Thanks to some good sailing conditions at the beginning, we averaged 6.5 knots over 1160 miles. Good to get a full night's sleep last night. All is well on board.


Fri Oct 27 8:12 2017 NZDT
Speed:
7.0 kts
knts
33 42S 174 00E
Weather: 10 NNW, 1m swell, 20% cc, Bar 1017, 18 degrees.

Motoring. Should arrive in Opua this evening. Saw the green flash last night! Sea was like a mirror, glassy!


Fri Oct 27 8:00 2017 NZDT
Speed:
7.0 kts
knts
Run: 167.8nm (303.7km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.5nm
33 42S 174 00E
Weather: 10 NNW, 1m swell, 20% cc, Bar 1017, 18 degrees.

Motoring. Should arrive in Opua this evening. All is well on board.


Thu Oct 26 7:57 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.0 kts
knts
Run: 131.6nm (238.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 131.3nm
31 17S 173 43E
Weather: 2-5 Kt SSW, 1m swell, 70% cc, Bar 1017, 18 degrees (in enclosed cockpit with engines warming the boat).

Motoring. Clouding over again. Looks like Saturday early am arrival. All is well on board.


Wed Oct 25 7:54 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5.5 kts
knts
Run: 167.7nm (303.5km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.9nm
29 23S 173 52E
Weather: 15kt S, 2m swell S, 30% cc, Bar 1017.

Sailing. Skies clear south of us. Heading into the high. Expect the winds to die off shortly and go SW. All is well on board.


Tue Oct 24 8:37 2017 NZDT
Speed:
5ms
knts
Run: 162.3nm (293.8km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.3nm
27 39S 175 48E
Weather: 5WNW

Mon Oct 23 9:03 2017 NZDT
Speed:
7.0 kts
knts
Run: 2.1nm (3.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139nm
25 24S 175 03E
Weather: 18 Kt N, 1.5m swell, 60% cc, Bar 1016, 22 degrees.

All is well on board. NOTE: PC computer is now working so Sailmail address will reach us again.


Mon Oct 23 8:41 2017 NZDT
Speed:
7.0
knts
Run: 220.1nm (398.4km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 212.3nm
25 24S 175 05E
Weather: 20NE, 1.5m swell, 50%cc, 1016

good that the swell is down from the report from Silver Fox behind them


Sun Oct 22 7:48 2017 NZDT
Speed:
8.0 kts
knts
Run: 213.7nm (386.8km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.1nm
22 13S 174 58E
Weather: 12-16 Kt ENE, 2m swell, 10% cc, Bar 1015, 22 degrees.

Sailing with full main and genoa. Made 180NM in last 24 hours. Winds got lighter and went NE overnight but have kicked up again so we are moving along nicely. All is well on board.


Sat Oct 21 7:30 2017 NZDT
Speed:
7.0 kts
knts
Run: 133nm (240.7km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.3nm
19 22S 176 15E
Weather: 20 Kt ESE, 2.5m swell, 60% cc, Bar 1013, 20 degrees.

Sailing with double reefed main and reefed genoa. Have had lots of periods of 25 to 27 Kt wind. Waves overnight have been confused and steep with a short period. All is well on board and nice to have some sunshine as we get used to wearing more layers!


Hope the confused seas settle down quickly and that the rest of your passage passes quickly and comfortably. xx
Fri Oct 20 8:04 2017 NZDT
Run: 56nm (101.4km)
17 46.21S 177 22.956E
Weather: Calm, 60%cc, 1011 Bar, 26 degrees.

Moored in Port Denarau. Leaving today for New Zealand.


Best wishes for safe and uneventful travels south!!
Wed Oct 18 7:50 2017 NZDT
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
17 19.2S 178 05.4E
Weather: 15 kt ESE, 30% cc, bar 1010, 27 degrees

On our way to a Port Denarau to prepare for departure on a Friday for New Zealand.


Tue Oct 17 7:55 2017 NZDT
17 19.42S 178 13.125E
Weather: 10-15 ESE, 70% cc, 1011 bar, 27 degrees.

Anchored off Nananu-I-Thake.


Mon Oct 16 8:10 2017 NZDT
17 19.42S 178 13.125E
Weather: 10-15 kt E to ENE with higher gusts, 70% cc with frequent squalls, 1011 bar, 27 degrees.

Nananau-I-Thake, anchored. Rainbows this am.


Sat Oct 14 7:38 2017 NZDT
17 19.42S 178 13.125E
Weather: 10-15 kt SSE, 20% cc, 1010 bar, 26 degrees.

Anchored at Nanana-I-Thake. Cirrus clouds this am. Had an interesting morning yesterday going out to the reef for kiting downwinder. Learned lots. Planning a run to Rakiraki this am to pick up some provisions. Kiting in the afternoon.


Fri Oct 13 7:53 2017 NZDT
17 19.42S 178 13.125E
Weather: 10-15 kt S, with higher gusts, 30% cc, 1012 Bar, 27 degrees.

Nananu-I-Thake. Wind continues. Got in some lessons over the last couple days. Going with Warren (Safari Lodge) to outer reef, 5km to the east, for a downwinder (kiting) this am. Monty will kite, while Margy will tag along with her camera.


Wed Oct 11 8:05 2017 NZDT
17 19.42S 178 13.125E
Weather: 10-15 kt SE, 5% cc, 1013 bar, 28 degrees.

Anchored off Nananu-I-Thake. Lots of ash from cane burning on the decks this morning. Nice morning. Should be enough wind for kiting today.


Tue Oct 10 8:41 2017 NZDT
17 19.42S 178 13.125E
Weather: 12-15 SE, 30% cc, Bar 1012 Bar, 29 degrees.

Nananu-I-Thake. Lots of cane burning on the mainland as farmers rush to get their cane to the mills before they close for the season. Fortunately, the wind is taking the smoke west, away from us. Good kiting conditions.


Mon Oct 9 9:48 2017 NZDT
Run: 74.7nm (135.2km)
17 19.420S 178 13.125E
Weather: 5-12 kt ESE (in the anchorage), 10% cc, 1012 Bar, 32 degrees.

Anchored off Nananu-I-Thake for some more kiting while we wait for another weather window.


Sat Oct 7 17:15 2017 NZDT
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
17 46.224S 177 11.232E
Weather: 12-15 N, 40% cc, Bar 1010 Bar, 34 degrees.

Anchored in Musket Cove.


Sat Oct 7 8:42 2017 NZDT
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
17 45.396S 177 23.151E
Weather: 10-12 kt ESE, 20% cc, 1013 Bar, 29 degrees.

Anchored off Pt. Denarau. Staying in Fiji for a while longer. Heading off to Mamanucas today.


Fri Oct 6 7:58 2017 NZDT
17 46.35S 177 23.030E
Weather: Calm, 80%cc, 1013 bar, 23 degrees.

Port Denarau: Looking at leaving for NZ later today.


Thu Oct 5 7:55 2017 NZDT
17 46.35S 177 23.030E
Weather: Calm, clear, 1014 Bar, 32 degrees.

Still at Port Denarau. Not leaving for New Zealand just yet.


Wed Oct 4 7:53 2017 NZDT
Run: 59.1nm (107km)
17 46.350S 177 23.030E
Weather: Calm, clear, 1017 Bar, 30 degrees

Docked at Port Denarau. Plan to leave for New Zealand tomorrow.


Tue Oct 3 8:07 2017 NZDT
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
17 18.53S 178 08.274E
Weather: 16kt,SE, 10% cc, 1018 bar, 29 degrees.

Underway on route to Port Denarau, with plans to prepare for departing for NZ on Thursday.


Mon Oct 2 8:05 2017 NZDT
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
17 19.417S 178 13.106E
Weather: 2-5kt SE, 5% cc, 1018 Bar, 27 degrees

Anchored at Nananu-i-Cake.


Sun Oct 1 7:57 2017 NZDT
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
17 18.830S 178 10.288E
Weather: calm, clear skies, Bar 1016, 26 degrees.

Anchored at Volivoli Pt, NE Viti Levu. Had a lovely evening at Volivoli Resort. Heading back to Nananu-I-Cake for more kiting today.


Sat Sep 30 8:03 2017 NZDT
Run: 49nm (88.7km)
17 19.42S 178 13.124E
Weather: 10-15 kt SE, clear skies, bar 1014, 25 degrees.

Anchored off Nananu-I-Cake. Nice broad reach yesterday, sailing with S/V Mustang Sally. Sunny, with 15-20kt. Monty got out for a kite after we anchored. Looks like good weather for kiting in the next few days.


Fri Sep 29 7:51 2017 NZDT
17 26.416S 178 57.115E
Weather: 12-15 kt SE, 70% cc, Bar 1014, 25 degrees.

Anchored at Makongai. Did a 360 around our anchor with 30 kt gusts from SW overnight. Heading for Nananu-I-Cake today. Good snorkel yesterday, saw a white tip and a black tip shark, a giant clam at least 6 ft long, lots of sea anemone fish and lots of colourful reef fish.


Thu Sep 28 8:12 2017 NZDT
Run: 52.1nm (94.3km)
17 26.416S 178 57.115E
Weather: 6 kt SE, 50% cc, Bar 1014, 2 degrees.

Makongai, anchored, looking to go to Nanana-I-Cake for some kiting. Would like to go today, but likely go tomorrow as it may be too rainy later today on route.


Tue Sep 26 8:04 2017 NZDT
16 46.697S 179 19.764E
Weather: 10 kt E, 100% cc, 1017 Bar, 25 degrees.

Savusavu: Showers. May leave later today. Likely head for the west coast via the Bligh Waters.


Mon Sep 25 7:58 2017 NZDT
16 46.697S 179 19.764E
Weather: Calm, mainly overcast, 1015 Bar, 25 degrees

Moored in Savusavu. Catching up with friend boats and making some new acquaintances.


Sat Sep 23 7:27 2017 NZST
16 46.697S 179 19.764E
Weather: 5-10kt E, 95% cc, Bar 1015, 25 degrees.

Savusavu: Went for a dive to see hammerheads yesterday, but we didn't see them. One was seen by a couple of the divers. Saw a school of barracuda, tuna, a variety of reef fish including spadefish, scorpion fish and purple soft coral. The corals are slowly recovering from cyclone Winston.


Fri Sep 22 7:15 2017 NZST
16 46.697S 179 19.764E
Weather: Calm, 50% cc, 1015 Bar, 27 degrees.

Savusavu. Sunny but clouding over.


Wed Sep 20 6:46 2017 NZST
16 46.697S 179 19.764E
Weather: 7kt E, 80% cc, Bar 1014, 25 degrees.

Moored in Savusavu. Calm, cloudy with some sunny breaks. A tick for the efficiency of the Fijian check-in process. Got our coastal clearance permit in less than a day. Curry for lunch, Chinese for dinner. It is almost too easy and inexpensive to dine out here. Data is cheap too! Not very busy in Savusavu at the moment. Apparently mooring field was full up in the last couple weeks.


Tue Sep 19 8:03 2017 NZST
Run: 31nm (56.1km)
16 46.697S 179 19.764E
Weather: Calm, 10% cc, Bar 1015, 28 degrees.

Moored in Savusavu. Nice morning. Made it into the harbour around 2pm yesterday, just in time to clear customs without paying overtime. Several moorings available.


Mon Sep 18 7:48 2017 NZST
Speed:
4.5 kts
knts
17 08S 179 37E
Weather: No wind, 0.5m swell E, 95% cc, Bar 1017, 24 degrees.

Vanua Levu in sight. Fish on the line, so a bit occupied here. Several squalls overnight. Occasional showers. Motoring. About 35NM to Savusavu Harbour. The sea looks mercurial this morning with the grey skies and lack of wind. A very determined booby tried to make our boat his roost last night. It was not easy to dissuade him. One mahimahi in the freezer from the passage. We were sorry that Tonga is no longer granting cruising boats extensions beyond a four month stay as we still had islands to explore, but we are looking forward to Fiji and meeting up with some cruising friends again. Won't be long before we are looking for a weather window to New Zealand.


Mon Sep 18 7:21 2017 NZST
Speed:
4.5 kts
knts
Run: 139.2nm (252km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.8nm
17 08S 179 37E
Weather: No wind, 0.5m swell E, 95% cc, Bar 1017, 24 degrees.

Vanua Levu in sight. Several squalls overnight. Occasional showers. Motoring. About 35NM to Savusavu Harbour. The sea looks mercurial this morning with the grey skies and lack of wind. A very determined booby tried to make our boat his roost last night. It was not easy to dissuade him. One mahimahi in the freezer from the passage. We were sorry that Tonga is no longer granting cruising boats extensions beyond a four month stay as we still had islands to explore, but we are looking forward to Fiji and meeting up with some cruising friends again. Won't be long before we are looking for a weather window to New Zealand.


Hi guys Didn't realise you had left for Fiji. What a shame that Tonga won't grant crushing extensions anymore - why did they do that? Enjoy Fiji and all the best for your passage back to NZ.
Sun Sep 17 7:27 2017 NZST
Speed:
5 to 5.5 kts
knts
Run: 115.4nm (208.9km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.2nm
18 26.1S 178 46.2w
Weather: 12-15kt SE, 0.5m swell SE, 50% cc, Bar 1017, 29 degrees.

Sailing to Savusavu, passing Lakeba. Already much warmer than in Tonga. Slowed down and motored overnight with squally conditions causing lots of wind angle changes, variable wind speeds and a knot of unfavourable current. Sunny this am, with light SE winds. Flying twin head sails for this downwind leg. 150NM to go.


Sat Sep 16 8:24 2017 NZST
Speed:
5 to 5.5 kts
knts
Run: 188.6nm (341.4km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 188.8nm
18 37.8S 177 01.3w
Weather: 18-20kt ENE, 2m swell from SE, 90% cc, Bar 1018

Sailing to Savusavu. Made 170 NM in 24 hours. Seas have calmed down this am. Just hit a few squalls which took the ESE winds we had been getting to 60 degrees. With just the main with one reef, we were doing 7 kt. Settling back now with the squalls passing, so we will fly the genoa again soon.


Fri Sep 15 8:25 2017 NZST
Run: 10.5nm (19km)
18 39.645S 174 08.513W
Weather: Wind 25 kt ESE, 80% cc, 1m confused swell, speed 6.5kt, Course 270, Bar 1018.

On passage for Fiji, just left Nieafu. Off Hunga Island.


Thu Sep 14 6:22 2017 NZST
18 39.554S 173 58.923W
Weather: 10-15 kt SE, 95% cc, 1016 bar, 25 degrees.

Nieafu: overcast with occasional showers.


Wed Sep 13 6:49 2017 NZST
Run: 10.9nm (19.7km)
18 39.554S 173 58.923W
Weather: Calm, ESE, 100% cc, 1016 bar, 25 degrees.

Nieafu: rain, heavy at times.


Tue Sep 12 6:34 2017 NZST
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
18 42.753S 174 08.354W
Weather: Calm, 10% cc, 1015 bar, 28 degrees, humid.

Blue Lagoon, Vava'u. We can't believe we haven't been here before. Just one other boat here. Rolly at high tide with the current SW swell, but beautiful in every direction with quadraphonic sound of pounding surf.


Mon Sep 11 7:14 2017 NZST
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
18 42.584S 173 59.214W
Weather: Calm, 20% cc, 1015 Bar, 28 degrees, humid

Ark Gallery: Calm AS! Waterski conditions.

Photo from Saturday evening, Nuku Island beach party. See svwhistler.com for more.


We are in Ha'ano with whales all around. How did your extension go?? Pete n Lou.
Sat Sep 9 6:49 2017 NZST
18 39.535S 173 58.996W
Weather: Calm, 40%cc, 1014 bar, 25 degrees.

Moored in Nieafu Harbour.


Fri Sep 8 7:31 2017 NZST
18 39.535S 173 58.996W
Weather: 4-6kt ENE, 50% cc, 1016 bar, 26 degrees.

Nieafu Harbour. Monty got in a kiting session at Mounu yesterday. Starting to study weather for passage from Nieafu to Fiji, maybe mid next week.


Thu Sep 7 7:22 2017 NZST
18 39.535S 173 58.996W
Weather: 10-15kt ESE, 100%cc, 1017 Bar, 2

Moored in Nieafu.


Wed Sep 6 7:12 2017 NZST
Run: 67.3nm (121.8km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 67.6nm
18 39.535S 173 58.996W
Weather: 8-12kt, ESE, 60% cc, 1018 Bar, 25 degrees

Moored in Nieafu. Had a nice sail up yesterday. Caught a couple yellowfin with whales surfacing to watch us reel them in.


Tue Sep 5 7:18 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.5 to 7kts
knts
Run: 8.6nm (15.6km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 70.6nm
19 35.3S 174 17.4w
Weather: 17-20kt SE, 1.5-2m swell from ESE, 20% cc, Bar 1018

Sailing to Vavau today. Customs have told us we hve to depart Tonga by end of September. They only gave us a 3 week extension on our 4-month stay.


Tue Sep 5 4:22 2017 NZST
Run: 6.9nm (12.5km)
19 42.762S 174 16.980W
Weather: 15kt SE, 70% cc, 1016 Bar, 22 degrees.

Off Nukunamo Island, Haapai, leaving for Vavau this am. Had a nice day yesterday sailing up from Pangai. JJ, son of the Matafonua Lodge's owners, showed us some fishing tricks.


Mon Sep 4 6:52 2017 NZST
19 47.370S 174 21.051W
Weather: 8-10kt SE, 60% cc, 1015 Bar, 21 degrees.

Anchored off Haapai Beach Resort, near Pangai. Checking out today. Sailing to Vavau tonight or tomorrow morning. Attached photo of the trough coming through on our AIS screen. Fortunate that the winds were light as they backed to the SE. They gusted to over 25kt in the anchorage for a time last evening.


Sun Sep 3 7:07 2017 NZST
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
19 47.370S 174 21.051W
Weather: 10kt, NNE, 70% cc, 1012 bar, 26 degrees.

Anchored off Ha'apai Beach Resort, just north of Pangai. Sailed down yesterday with sunshine and light northerly winds. Abbey and Lilly, delightful children of Matafonua Lodge's owners, accompanied us for the short sail. Awaiting the trough's arrival and wind switch to the south. Sunny first thing but clouding over. Plan to check out tomorrow and sail to Vava'u on Tuesday.


Fri Sep 1 6:44 2017 NZST
19 43.124S 174 17.022W
Weather: 12-15 kt NE, 70% cc, 1015 bar, 25 degrees.

Anchored off Foa. Clouding over this am. Booked a whaleswim with Matafonua today and maybe go to the Sandy Beach's Tongan Feast tonight. Planning to head to Vava'U early next week.


Thu Aug 31 6:57 2017 NZST
19 43.124S 174 17.022W
Weather: 15-20 kt, ENE, 50% cc, 1016 bar, 23 degrees.,

Foa Island. Mackerel sky this am. Continues to be windy.


Wed Aug 30 6:32 2017 NZST
19 43.124S 174 17.022W
Weather: 16-22 kt E to ESE, 30%cc, 1019 bar, 23 degrees.

Foa Island. Windy over night, gusting to over 30 kt several times. A few squalls yesterday.


Tue Aug 29 6:31 2017 NZST
19 43.124S 174 17.022W
Weather: 15-20kt E-ENE, clear skies, 1019 Bar, 24 degrees.

Anchored off Foa Island. Nice clear morning. Been very windy last several days. Wind generator has been doing an excellent job of keeping the batteries fully charged through the nights. Kiting conditions continue!


Sat Aug 26 6:41 2017 NZST
19 43.124S 174 17.022W
Weather: 20-25 kt E, 5%cc, 1016 Bar, 24 degrees

Anchored off Foa. Good kiting weather yesterday am. Wind died down a bit in the afternoon but came back up last night. Nice to see the sun this am but very windy.


Thu Aug 24 7:00 2017 NZST
19 43.124S 174 17.022W
Weather: 12-18 kt (gusty) ESE, 100% cc, 1016 bar, 21 degrees, steady rain

Anchored off Foa Island. Good kiting weather yesterday. Ugly out there this morning.


Tue Aug 22 6:59 2017 NZST
19 43.124S 174 17.022W
Weather: 10 kt SSE, 99% cc, 1015 bar, 23 degrees, humid

Anchored off Foa. Did the spin around from North to West to Southeast over the last hour or so in very light winds. Winds picking up a bit now. Had a fabulous whale swim with Matafonua yesterday. Swam with a few mom, calf and escort groups. Calves very playful at times.


Mon Aug 21 6:32 2017 NZST
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
19 43.124S 174 17.022W
Weather: 8-10 kt NE, clear, 1013 bar, 24 degree, very humid

Anchored off Foa again. Not enough wind to kite today. Will try to take free diving course.


Sat Aug 19 5:35 2017 NZST
19 47.380S 174 21.055W
Weather: 8 kt E, 5% cc, 1014 Bar, 22 degrees.

Anchored off Haapai Beach Resort.


Fri Aug 18 6:59 2017 NZST
19 47.380S 174 21.055W
Weather: 8-10 kt, S to SSW, 10% cc, 1014 bar, 22 degrees.

Anchored off Haapai Beach Resort. Sunny. Wind and seas are gradually calming down.


Thu Aug 17 7:18 2017 NZST
19 47.380S 174 21.055W
Weather: 15-17 kt, WSW, 100% cc, 1010 bar, 24 degrees.

Anchored off Ha'apai Beach Resort. We had winds up to 35 knots yesterday afternoon. They eased a bit as the backed around overnight. Rough in the anchorage but anchor held well. Cloudy but rain has stopped.


Wed Aug 16 7:15 2017 NZST
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
19 47.380S 174 21.047W
Weather: 4 kt NE, 100% cc, raining, 1014 bar, 22 degrees

Anchored off Haapai Beach Resort, just north of Pangai. Fairly calm in this anchorage with steady rain all night.


Tue Aug 15 7:10 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 5 -7 kt, ESE, 100% cc, 1016 bar, 24 degrees.

Anchored off Foa. Wind has dropped and veered for the moment. Pondering moving to find protection from possible strong NW and W winds in a day or two.


Mon Aug 14 6:41 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 20 kt, E, 100% cc, bar 1017, 22 degrees.

Still at Foa Island in the Ha'apai. Excellent kiting weather.


Sat Aug 12 7:10 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 5kt SE, 30% cc, 1018 bar, 25 degrees.

Anchored at Foa Island. Nice calm sunny morning.


Fri Aug 11 6:53 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 8-10 kt ENE, 70% cc, 1017 bar, 23 degrees.

Anchored off Foa Island. Calmer today. Clouding over. Freediving course today.


Thu Aug 10 7:12 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 15-18 kt E, 20% cc, 1018 bar, 24 degrees.

At Foa Island. One more nice kiting day today.


Wed Aug 9 6:42 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 18-22kt with higher gusts, ESE to E, 50 cc, 1019 bar, 21 degrees.

Very windy in the anchorage. Lovely full moon last night but chilly to go out and look at it. Trying to take kiting lesson but looks too windy for our 8m! ! Matafonua has a freediving instructor on staff, so might take a course. Looking forward to some calmer conditions again!


Tue Aug 8 6:30 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 10-13 kt with gusts to 18 SE, 90% cc, 1019 bar, 21 degrees.

Anchored off Foa. Winds gusting and much stronger on the windward side of the island. Sweater weather! Good kiting conditions.


Mon Aug 7 7:18 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 12-17 kt SE, 80% cc, 1019.9 bar, 20 degrees.

Anchored at Foa Island. Cool start to this windy morning with sun, occasional showers, rainbows and breaching whales.


Sat Aug 5 7:07 2017 NZST
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 5-7 Kt. S to SSE, 20% cc, bar 1014, 25 degrees.

Anchored at Foa. Went for whaleswim yesterday. Lots of swimming to try to catch them but did get some time beside a calf resting on top of its mom. The escort kept swimming under us all. Saw lots of whales and a few rambunctious calves breaching. Back on the boat last evening, we were entertained by another calf playing not far from us.


Thu Aug 3 7:08 2017 NZST
Run: 63.8nm (115.5km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.6nm
19 43.133S 174 17.013W
Weather: 11kt E, clear skies, 1015 bar, 24 degrees

Anchored off Foa Island. Quick sail down from Vava'U yesterday. Had to dog some dozing whales in our path! Too rough to fish.


Wed Aug 2 6:41 2017 NZST
Run: 12.1nm (21.9km)
18 49.4S 174 02.8W
Weather: 22-25kt SE to ESE, 2.5m swell SSE, 20% cc, bar 1016, 24 degrees.

Heading 205

Speed 8 kt

Sailing to Ha'apais, Foa Island.


Tue Aug 1 7:03 2017 NZST
18 39.530S 173 58.983W
Weather: 10kt SSE, 30% cc, 1016 bar, 25 degrees.

Moored in Nieafu. Went for a sail yesterday with 2 Canadian volunteers with Vava'U Environmental Protection Association. It was a lovely day with sunshine, light winds and some whales about.


Mon Jul 31 7:06 2017 NZST
18 39.530S 173 58.983W
Weather: 3-5 kt SE, 60%cc, Bar 1016, 25 degrees.

Moored in Nieafu.


Sun Jul 30 6:49 2017 NZST
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
18 39.558S 173 58.954W
Weather: 4kt SE, 100% cc, bar 1016, 23 degrees.

In Nieafu. Heading out of the harbour for the day.


Sat Jul 29 7:08 2017 NZST
Run: 8.8nm (15.9km)
18 43.341S 174 06.023W
Weather: 9-12 kt SE, 100%cc, 1016 bar, 23 degrees.

Anchored at Vakueitu, #16. Overcast, spitting off and on, breezy.


Fri Jul 28 7:02 2017 NZST
18 39.530S 173 58.983W
Weather: 6-8kt SE, 100% cc, bar 1017, 24 degrees.

In Nieafu. Nice day yesterday but now clouded over.


Thu Jul 27 7:12 2017 NZST
Run: 60.3nm (109.1km)
18 39.530S 173 58.983w
Weather: 7 kt SE, 80%cc, Bar 1016, 23 degrees.

Moored in Nieafu to reprovision. Had a wonderful downwinder from Ha'apais yesterday, flying twin head sails. Saw lots of whales along the way. All is well.


Wed Jul 26 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.5kts
knts
Run: 26.7nm (48.3km)
19 28.9S 174 17.53w
Weather: 13-15kt SSE, 100% cc, Bar 1013, 1m swell ESE

All is well. North of Haano, heading for Nieafu.


Tue Jul 25 6:26 2017 NZST
19 51.001S 174 24.887W
Weather: 3 kt, SW, 100% cc, 1013 bar, 22 degrees, raining.

Anchored off Uoleva. Rain just started.


Mon Jul 24 6:48 2017 NZST
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
19 51.001S 174 24.887W
Weather: 6-8kt NNE, 10% cc, 1014 bar, 25 degrees.

Anchored off Uoleva. Calm, sunny.


Sun Jul 23 17:40 2017 NZST
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
19 45.546S 174 34.198W
Weather: 7kt NNE to NE, 1m SSW swell, 60% cc, hazy, 1017 bar, 26 degrees and humid!

Anchored in small lagoon west of Meama island in the Ha'apais. Narrow entrance with a deep anchorage. Stunning spot. A 1m swell cooked up overnight. With winds from the NE and S swell, we took it on the stern all night. This morning, we had a nice whale show just off the reef. We were sad to leave and hope we can return in calmer conditions.


Sat Jul 22 6:52 2017 NZST
Run: 12.4nm (22.4km)
19 51.003S 174 24.861W
Weather: 4-6 kt NE, 60% cc, 1016.9 Bar, 25 degrees, high humidity

Anchored off Uoleva. Calmed down overnight. Hazy and humid.


Fri Jul 21 6:45 2017 NZST
19 43.116S 174 17.019W
Weather: 12-17 kt, NE, clear skies, 1016.7 bar, 24 degrees, high humidity.

Anchored at Foa Island. Whales being spotted. Snorkelled yesterday, saw a couple leopard sharks and some healthy coral. Wind picked up again last night but is expected to drop mid day. Lots of dew overnight. Moving today, possibly Uoleva.


Sounds like you have been getting in plenty of kiting. Hope it is going well for you both. We have been at Mounu for the last two days and heading back today for some more action. Progress is being made - less crashes so all happy. Had a great lunch there yesterday with some fellow cruisers so all good. See you up here soon
Wed Jul 19 7:33 2017 NZST
19 43.116S 174 17.019w
Weather: 17-20 kt E, 70%cc, Bar 1020, 22degrees.

At Foa Anchorage. Good kiting weather. Visited Pangai's Agricultural, Fisheries and Pangai-Made Show yesterday. King was there and toured the displays. Large live turtle, upside down on a display table!


Mon Jul 17 7:17 2017 NZST
19 43.116S 174 17.019W
Weather: 12-17kt with gusts to 20, ESE, 50% cc, 1021 bar, 24 degrees. 60% humidity

Anchored at Foa. Good kiting weather.


Fri Jul 14 7:16 2017 NZST
19 43.116S 174 17.019W
Weather: 8kt SE, 100% cc, raining, 1015.8

Anchored off Foa. Just started raining.

Had amazing day yesterday, snorkelling and diving with Matafonua Lodge. A whale visited us for a time!


Wed Jul 12 7:09 2017 NZST
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
19 43.116S 174 17.006W
Weather: 2-5 it S, 10% cc, 1015.3 bar, 23 degrees

Anchored off north end of Foa Island. Very calm and sunny here this morning.


Tue Jul 11 7:06 2017 NZST
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
19 47.421S 174 21.031w
Weather: 8-12 kt S-SSW, 20%cc, Bar 1014.5, 23 degrees.

At Ha'apai Beach Resort anchorage. Yesterday, we went out fishing (nothing worth keeping) but saw lots of whales! Sunny today but very rolly in this anchorage with the SSW wave direction. Wondering where we can find a calm protected anchorage in the Ha'apais with these conditions.


Hope you find a calm anchorage
Mon Jul 10 6:54 2017 NZST
19 50.942S 174 24.868W
Weather: Calm, 100% cc, 1014.8 bar, 23 degrees

Anchored at Uoleva. Skies did not clear enough yesterday to move. Got out for nice snorkel off the S end of the island yesterday. Got to see the moon last night and had a brief but stunning sunrise, first time in several days. Overcast again now.


Sun Jul 9 7:57 2017 NZST
19 50.942S 174 24.868w
Weather: 7-10 kt ESE, 80%cc, Bar 1016.9, 24 degrees.

At Uoleva anchorage. Another cloudy day here but rain has stopped. Been watching lots of movies with the dreary weather! This morning some patches of blue sky are showing through. Plan to move south to Tofanga Island today if continue to improve.


Sat Jul 8 6:27 2017 NZST
19 50.942S 174 24.868W
Weather: 10-15 kt SE, 100%cc, Bar 1014.6, 22 degrees.

Still at Uoleva anchorage. Had rain, heavy at times overnight. Light showers on and off this am.


Fri Jul 7 7:24 2017 NZST
19 50.942S 174 24.868W

15-17kt, ESE to SE, 100% cc. 1016.0 Bar.


Hanging out with Marilyn off Uoleva Island. Some showers yesterday. A bit rolly last night.


Thu Jul 6 7:08 2017 NZST
Run: 12.7nm (23km)
19 50.942S 174 24.868W

12-17kt SE, 99% cc, bar 1016.7, 22 degrees


Anchored off Uoleva Island.


Wed Jul 5 7:15 2017 NZST
19 42.808S 174 16.948W

10-13 SE, 90% cc, 1017.1 bar, 24 degrees.


Still at Nukunamo. Heading to Pangai today.


Tue Jul 4 7:31 2017 NZST
19 42.808S 174 16.948W

Calm, clear, Bar 1017.4, 26 degrees.


Anchored off Nukunamo Island in the northern Haapais. Enjoyed a beautiful day paddle boarding around the lagoon to the east of Foa in flat calm conditions and exploring the beach. Much the same planned for this morning.


Tue Jul 4 7:31 2017 NZST
19 42.808S 174 16.948W

Calm, clear, Bar 1017.4, 26 degrees.


Anchored off Nukunamo Island in the northern Haapais. Enjoyed a beautiful day paddle boarding around the lagoon to the east of Foa in flat calm conditions and exploring the beach. Much the same planned for this morning.


Mon Jul 3 6:57 2017 NZST
19 42.808S 174 16.948w
Weather: 2 kt SSE, 80%cc, Bar 1016.6, 22 degrees.

Had a pleasant sail down yesterday close hauled in variable winds from the E. Saw a big humpback surface on his way north yesterday!!! Anchored off Nukunamo Island, just north of Foa Island. Very calm now with the sun peaking through the mostly cloudy sky. Plan to paddle into Nukunamo and do some snorkeling over the bommies around the anchorage.


Mon Jul 3 6:42 2017 NZST
Run: 75.4nm (136.5km)
19 42.808S 174 16.948w
Weather: 2 kt SSE, 80%cc, Bar 1016.6, 22 degrees.

Had a pleasant sail down yesterday close hauled in variable winds from the E. Anchored off Nukunamo Island, just north of Foa Island. Very calm now with the sun peaking through the mostly cloudy sky. Plan to paddle into Nukunamo and do some snorkeling over the bommies around the anchorage.


Sat Jul 1 6:15 2017 NZST
18 39.577S 173 58.95w
Weather: 10-15 kt SE, 80%cc, Bar 1017.2, 23 degrees.

In Nieafu. Moving to Port Maurelle today and plan to head down to the Ha'apais tomorrow.


Thu Jun 29 5:41 2017 NZST
18 39.577S 173 58.95W

Weather: 8-10 kt SSE, 99% cc, 1014.5 Bar, 23 degrees, humidity has dropped.


Wed Jun 28 7:21 2017 NZST
Run: 8.5nm (15.4km)
18 39.577S 173 58.95w
Weather: 5-10 kt SSE, 60%cc, Bar 1015.0, 25 degrees.

In Nieafu on a mooring. Had a few showers overnight and this am.


Tue Jun 27 7:09 2017 NZST
Run: 9.9nm (17.9km)
18 44.98S 174 04.28w
Weather: 12-15 kt SE, 40%cc, Bar 1014.7, 25 degrees.

At Mounu Island, #41. All is well on board.


Mon Jun 26 6:52 2017 NZST
Run: 3.8nm (6.9km)
18 42.038S 173 55.769W

Weather: 8-10kt SE, 90% cc, bar 1013.5, 25 degrees.

Status: Anchored off Kenutu Island (#30). Had a lovely afternoon here. Scattered showers this am but looks like it will clear up.


Sun Jun 25 7:33 2017 NZST
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
18 42.58S 173 59.20w
Weather: 2 kt ENE, 20%cc, Bar 1013,0, 25 degrees.

Anchored at the Ark Gallery (#11). Had some rain off and on yesterday. Humidity high. Clear this morning other than a few thunderheads. Heading to Kenutu today. All is well on board.


Fri Jun 23 6:49 2017 NZST
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
18 39.544S 173 58.956W

Weather: 5-15 it ENE, 100% cc, 1014.7 bar, 25 degrees, humid.

Status: Moored in Nieafu. All is well.


Thu Jun 22 13:51 2017 NZST
Run: 71.5nm (129.4km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.5nm
18 41.6S 174 05.9w
Weather: 12kt ENE, 50%cc, Bar 1012.8, 27 degrees.

Motoring into Nieafu. Had 20-22 kts, ENE all day with 3m seas. All is well on board.


Thu Jun 22 5:15 2017 NZST
Run: 6.9nm (12.5km)
19 42.808S 174 16.960w
Weather: 15-20kt E, clear skies, Bar 1015.4, 23 degrees.

Anchored off Nukunamo Island in the Ha'apais. Caught 2 mahimahi on the 6 mile trip up here. :-) Leaving for Vava'U this morning. Expecting 20-25 kt, with rough seas. Hopefully it will be a quick passage!


Wed Jun 21 6:34 2017 NZST
Run: 5.8nm (10.5km)
19 47.431S 174 21.036W

Weather: 17-20kt E, 40% cc, 1016.8 Bar, 24 degrees.


Status: Anchored off Lifuka by Ha'apai Beach Resort. Debating when to head north to Vava'U.


Mon Jun 19 9:24 2017 NZST
Run: 9.6nm (17.4km)
19 50.968S 174 24.847W

Weather: 10-15kt with gusts to 20kt E, 100% cc, 1019.0 bar, 24 degrees

Status: Anchored by Uoleva Island. Squalls rolling through.


Hi M and M Its Kikikikaaapppaaaaa, ha ha ha
Sat Jun 17 7:27 2017 NZST
Run: 29.5nm (53.4km)
19 57.951S 174 29.625w
Weather: 15-20kt SE, 100% cc, Bar 1019.6, 23 degrees.

Anchored off Uonukuhihifo Island in the Ha'apais.


Fri Jun 16 7:00 2017 NZST
Run: 63nm (114km)
20 16.541S 174 48.336w
Weather: 10-15kt SE, with gusts to 21kt, 80% cc, Bar 1017.6, 2 degrees.

Anchored off Nomuka Iki in the Ha'apais. Squally conditions this morning.


Thu Jun 15 6:13 2017 NZST

Weather: 12kt E to ESE, 10% cc, 1018.1, 21 degrees


Heading: 040T


Speed:6.0Kt


Status: Motor-sailing. Heading to Ha'apais.


Wed Jun 14 6:30 2017 NZST
21 07.442S 175 09.777w
Weather: 5 ESE, 10% cc, Bar 1020.7, 21 degrees.

Anchored off Pangaimotu Island, Big Mama's. Moving north to the Ha'apais later today or early tomorrow.


Tue Jun 13 6:54 2017 NZST
21 07.442S 175 09.777w
Weather: 8-10 SE, 40% cc, Bar 1020.3, 21 degrees!

Anchored off Pangaimotu Island, Big Mama's.


Mon Jun 12 6:54 2017 NZST
21 07.442S 175 09.777w
Weather: 7kt SE, 10% cc, Bar 1017.2, 22 degrees.

Anchored off Pangaimotu Island, Big Mama's. A trough came through over the last 36 hours with heavy rain (filled our water tanks). Winds backed around, westerlies in the 20 knot range yesterday. Calm, sunny and cooler this am. Had to throw on a blanket last couple nights (no sympathy expected)! :-)


Sat Jun 10 7:24 2017 NZST
21 07.442S 175 09.777w
Weather: 8-10 NE, 100% cc, Bar 1014.4, 25 degrees.

Anchored off Pangaimotu Island, Big Mama's. Expecting rain shortly.


Fri Jun 9 6:54 2017 NZST
Run: 91.1nm (164.9km)
Avg: 3.9knts
24hr: 92.6nm
21 07.442S 175 09.777w
Weather: 3 kt SE, 5% cc, Bar 1014.1, 25 degrees.

Anchored off Pangaimotu Island, Big Mama's. Excellent sail down last night, with 10-15kt easterlies, then NE. The wind dropped to 5 kt from the S just north of Tongatapu. Glassy conditions this morning.


Thu Jun 8 7:18 2017 NZST
19 57.893S 174 29.611w
Weather: 8 kt ESE, 90%cc, Bar 1015.0

Anchored off Uonukuhihifo Island. Excellent snorkelling here. Joined in on the beach party with the ICA Rally last evening. A downpour over night. Will head further south today, when the cloud cover clears a bit.


Wed Jun 7 7:30 2017 NZST
Run: 9.5nm (17.2km)
19 57.893S 174 29.611w
Weather: 13 kt SE, 40%cc, Bar 1015.1 and rising, 27 degrees.

Anchored off Uonukuhihifo Island, all alone for the moment. Went a shore and saw evidence of pigs and cows. We did spot a pig last evening. ICA Rally is coming here today and have a beach bbq planned this evening, so the anchorage is going to fill up! Clouds are moving off after a couple days of showers and clouds.


Tue Jun 6 7:25 2017 NZST
19 50.97855S 174 24.90400W

Weather: 5-7kt ESE, 100% CC, 1012.8 Bar, showers off and on


Status: Anchored off Uoleva Island. May head down the chain if weather clears.


If you see a boat called Udderlife go say hi. They' good mates from NZ. xx
Mon Jun 5 7:10 2017 NZST
19 50.97855S 174 24.90400W

Weather: 10-13kt SSE to SE, 100% cc, 1013.1. Showers just started.

Status: anchored off Eulova Island.


Sat Jun 3 7:27 2017 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
19 50.999S 174 24.912w
Weather: 5 kt ENE, 10%cc, Bar 1013.6.

Anchored off Uoleva Island. Beautiful calm day. Several boats here. The "Sea Change" cafe-bar ashore makes an excellent Pina Colada! Going for a walk to the other side of the island this morning. Beautiful powdery sand beach lines the shore as far as one can see.


Fri Jun 2 7:27 2017 NZST
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)
19 47.375S 174 21.027w
Weather: 10 kt ESE, 20%cc, Bar 1015.3.

Anchored off Ha'apai Beach Resort on Lifuka Island.


Thu Jun 1 6:42 2017 NZST
19 43.146S 174 17.009w
Weather: 2-5 kt SE, 20%, Bar 1016.6, 26 degrees.

Anchored off Foa Island.


Wed May 31 6:42 2017 NZST
19 43.146S 174 17.009w
Weather: 12 kt E, clear skies, Bar 1018.0, 26 degrees, 89% humidity.

Anchored at Foa Island with two other boats. We aren't alone anymore! More pleasant conditions since the wind picked and humidity dropped a bit.


Tue May 30 6:33 2017 NZST
19 43.146S 174 17.009w
Weather: 8kt ENE, 10% CC, Bar 1016.9, 26 degrees, 94% humidity.

Fairly calm and clear here off Foa Island. Yesterday, we had a calm day, and went diving with Matafonua Lodge and later snorkeling on the bommies around our anchorage. A bike ride and paddle-boarding planned for today. Can you tell we are enjoying it here?


Mon May 29 6:15 2017 NZST
19 43.146S 174 17.009w
Weather: 5 kt NE, 30% cc, Bar 1017.0, 28 degrees, 94% humidity.

Calm and sticky here off Foa Island.


Sun May 28 6:44 2017 NZST
Run: 66.2nm (119.8km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 64.9nm
19 43.142S 174 17.004W

Weather: 15kt ENE, 20%cc, bar 1017.1

Status: Anchored in 3m off Foa Island, next to Matafonua Lodge. Darren from the resort escorted into the anchorage yesterday, good thing with some bommies to avoid with extremely low tide yesterday. Going for kite lessons today.


Sat May 27 6:15 2017 NZST
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
Avg: 11.9knts
24hr: 286nm
18 47.409S 174 01.994W

Weather: 14kt E, 1m swell, 5% CC, 1016 Bar

Speed: 6kt

Heading: 190T

Status: Sailing to Ha'apais. Fishing lines out!


Awesome! Hope the lucky birthday lure lands you a big fish. PS we are loving NC! xx
Sat May 27 5:51 2017 NZST
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
18 45S 173 58.39874W

Fri May 26 7:00 2017 NZST
18 39.528S 173 58.953w
Weather: 5-8 kt SE, 10% cc, Bar 1015.8, 26 degrees.

A calm sunny day here. Will be checking out today and head to the Ha'apais this weekend.


Thu May 25 7:09 2017 NZST
18 39.528S 173 58.953w
Weather: 6-10kt SE, 20% cc, Bar 1013, 28 degrees.

Beautiful morning here in Nieafu.


Wed May 24 7:06 2017 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
18 39.52S 173 58.95w
Weather: 22-30kt NW, 60% cc, Bar 1004.5 and rising, 28 degrees.

Grateful to be on a mooring in Nieafu. Had a "power wash" last night and now getting a "blow dry"! Had torrential downpours from noon yesterday through till dawn so our top side is finally free of the salt crystals from our passage over two weeks! Even rough with white caps in the harbour today as the winds roar down from the NW. Looks like the clouds are breaking up a bit now and the sun is peaking through. Had to keep the hatches closed and enclosure zipped up so it was pretty "steamy" inside the cabin. So glad we are here, instead of in the Ha'apais!


Tue May 23 7:13 2017 NZST
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
18 39.75057S 173 58.70773W

Weather: 10 kt NE, 100% cc, bar 1009.9

Status: Moored in Nieafu.


Mon May 22 6:30 2017 NZST
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
18 39.52S 173 58.95w
Weather: 10kt ESE, 100% cc, Bar 1014.8 and rising, 25 degrees.

On a mooring in Nieafu, Vava'u. Red sky this morning! Glad to be here. Just started spitting as we entered the harbour, but rain looks imminent.


Mon May 22 5:57 2017 NZST
Run: 78.2nm (141.5km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.7nm
18 39S 173 59w
Weather: 10kt ESE, 80% cc, Bar 1013.8

About to pick up a mooring in Nieafu, Vava'u.


Sun May 21 13:27 2017 NZST
Speed:
5kts
knts
19 43S 174 23w
Weather: 12-14kt E to ESE, 1m swell E, 60% cc, Bar 1013.0

Left Ha'apais at mid day and heading to Vava'u.


Sun May 21 13:12 2017 NZST
Speed:
6kts
knts
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)
19 43S 174 23w
Weather: 12-14kt E to ESE, 1m swell E, 60% cc, Bar 1013.0

Left Ha'apais at mid day and heading to Vava'u.


Sun May 21 13:12 2017 NZST
19 43S 174 23w
Weather: 12-14kt E to ESE, 1m swell E, 60% cc, Bar 1013.0

Left Ha'apais at mid day and heading to Vava'u.


Sat May 20 6:39 2017 NZST
Run: 23.8nm (43.1km)
19 56.47S 174 42.99w
Weather: 10kt E, 20% cc, Bar 1015.3, 27c.

Anchored off Ha'afeva. Anchorage was rolly, lucky to be on a cat. Will decide this morning if we need to sail up to Vava'u to find better protection or if we can stay in the Ha'apai for the approaching low next Monday/Tuesday.

A ferry delivering goods and people anchored off the island last evening. Lots of little boats came from the outlying islands to meet the ship. Logistics of servicing these islands is not easy.


Fri May 19 6:57 2017 NZST
Run: 63.1nm (114.2km)
20 16.55S 174 48.33w
Weather: 11-13kt E, 20% cc, Bar 1017.5, 26c.

Anchored off Nomuka Iki. Winds have dropped this morning.

Had a close reach up yesterday with 17-22knts from the ENE and 3m seas from the E, a bit rough! Leaving Tongatapu, we caught a mackerel tuna with very red meat. Does anyone eat that fish? Caught a lovely Mahimahi on the way into this anchorage. We chose to dine on the Mahimahi last night! Quite windy overnight. As expected, this anchorage is pretty exposed to the ENE to E winds, but fairly protected from the swell.


Wed May 17 6:33 2017 NZST
21 07.49S 175 09.77w
Weather: 7kt ESE, 30% cc, Bar 1020.2. 23c.

Anchored off Pangaimotu (Big Mama's). Winds have dropped this morning. Pleasant looking morning. Going to town to pick up our visa extensions and passports today. Plan to head to Nomuka Iki in the Ha'apai Group tomorrow.


After the challenges on your crossing, it must feel good to have a well earned time to recharge. Enjoy!

Have a pleasant sail to Nomuka Iki. Please say hello to Dave, Tris and daughter Diore at Whale Discoveries. Their "beach barn" eco resort is on a sandy beach the SW corner of Nomuka Island. As former cruisers, they are always happy to have cruisers visit and have extensive local knowledge of the Ha'apai. They are wonderful folks and extremely accomplished underwater photographers. They are the folks we did the amazing whale swimming with last last season.
Tue May 16 7:03 2017 NZST
21 07.49S 175 09.77w
Weather: 17-22 SE to ESE, 80% cc, Bar 1018.7.

Anchored off Pangaimotu (Big Mama's). Yesterday, we had showers, so the boat got a wash. Trade winds are back, wind generator doing a great job of keeping the batteries charged.


Mon May 15 6:45 2017 NZST
21 07.49S 175 09.77w
Weather: 10-15 SE, 90% cc, showers, Bar 1016.7, 35 degrees.

Anchored off Pangaimotu (Big Mama's). Yesterday was sunny, calm, warm and humid.  The bay was like glass.  Had a shower this morning, but it is starting to clear up now. Enjoyed lunch with a few other yachties yesterday at Big Mama's. Numerous locals were over to the island to relax and enjoy their Sunday off. Walked around the little island at low tide. 


Sat May 13 6:54 2017 NZST
21 07.49S 175 09.77w
Weather: Winds 5-7 NE, 10% cc, Bar 1014.8, 25 degrees C, Humidity 75%.

Anchored off Pangaimotu (Big Mama's). Sunny and almost clear today. Winds have died down.

Took the Pangaimotu ferry into town, did some shopping for groceries and this and that. Good produce market. A new battery for our dinghy engine was acquired. We hope it will work. We went to Customs to check out so we could leave for the Ha'apais on Sunday. Although it was never mentioned by the official before when Monty said he wanted to stay 3 months, this time the official told us that we have to go to immigration to get the visa extension. We were told we can only get an extension in Tongatapu or Vava'u, not in the Ha'apais. We wanted to get that out of the way so that we can stay in the Ha'apais until mid-June, when our friends arrive in Tongatapu. We went across town to Immigration to get our visas extended. The extensions would not be ready until Wednesday, and they held onto our passports. Apparently they were doing us a favour to do it that quickly, as the paperwork normally takes a full week. So we had to go back to Customs and cancel our planned check out. Here till Wednesday at least. A good day to go up the mast and figure out what is causing our anchor light to flash on one side. Maybe walk around Pangaimotu at low tide.


Fri May 12 7:24 2017 NZST
21 07.47S 175 09.78w
Weather: Winds 12-17 ENE, 20% cc, Bar 1016.6, 26 degrees C, water 26.

Anchored off Pangaimotu (Big Mama's). Winds are veering gradually to NE. Went for a snorkel yesterday. Felt like really we arrived in the tropics!


Fri May 12 7:24 2017 NZST
21 07.47S 175 09.78w
Weather: Winds 12-17 ENE, 20% cc, Bar 1016.6, 26 degrees C, water 26.

Anchored off Pangaimotu (Big Mama's). Winds are veering gradually to NE. Went for a snorkel yesterday. Felt like really we arrived in the tropics!


Thu May 11 7:18 2017 NZST
21 07.47S 175 09.78w
Weather: Winds 12-17 ENE, 50% cc, Bar 1018.2, 26 degrees C

Anchored off Pangaimotu (Big Mama's). Spent a comfortable evening and night here, still windy. Winds are veering gradually.


Wed May 10 7:03 2017 NZST
21 07.44S 175 09.79w
Weather: Winds 17-20 E, 80% cc, Bar 1018.4

Docked in Tongatapu, awaiting Health official who didn't make it to our boat yesterday. Should be all done by 9am this morning. Two other boats, Nelly Rose and Harlequin are here with us. We will move to anchorage at Big Mama's today.


Tue May 9 7:21 2017 NZST
Run: 52.7nm (95.4km)
21 07.44S 175 09.79w
Weather: 50% cc, Bar 1017.6, winds 17 kts ESE

Anchored in Tongatapu. Arrived at sunset, after bucking waves on the channel into Tongatapu, 15 miles took 5 hours, in 28knots on the nose. Celebrated arriving and went to bed! Will check in today. All good on board!


Hi M&M, We are watching Ella and hoping all are safe. Hugs to both of you!
Mon May 8 6:45 2017 NZST
Speed:
8kts
knts
Run: 192.6nm (348.6km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 212nm
21 42s 175 42w
Weather: 60% cc, Bar 1015.4, winds 25-30 kts ESE with gusts to 34kts, 3.5 mtr swell from E

Sailing. 193nm VMG in 24 hours. Very bouncy out here. Almost there. About 45 miles to Tongatapu Harbour now. Looking forward to a hot shower and some peaceful rest tonight.


Congratulations for dodging a bullet (Cyclone Donna)...looks like lots of winds for your last few miles...have a safe landing. Cheers from the Roaring 40's ! Sergio
Sun May 7 8:57 2017 NZST
Speed:
7 to 8kts
knts
Run: 212.2nm (384.1km)
24 13S 177 00w
Weather: 40% cc, Bar 1018.9, winds 22-25 kts ESE with gusts to 30kts, 3.5m swell ESE

Whistler is hanging in there and we are hanging on! Hope to arrive in Tongatapu on Monday late or Tuesday am.


Sun May 7 8:57 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.5 to 7kts
knts
26 57.63S 178 31.56w
Weather: 55% cc, Bar 1019.8, winds 15-18 kts SE with gusts to 21kts, 2 mtr swell E with 2knt current from NW

All is well. Hope to arrive in Tongatapu on Monday.


Sat May 6 6:57 2017 NZST
Speed:
6.5 to 7kts
knts
Run: 172.5nm (312.2km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.6nm
26 57.63S 178 31.56w
Weather: 55% cc, Bar 1019.8, winds 15-18 kts SE with gusts to 21kts, 2 mtr swell E with 2knt current from NW

All is well. Hope to arrive in Tongatapu on Monday.


I just found your YIT site. You are making great progress. We wish you safe sailing.
Fri May 5 7:06 2017 NZST
Speed:
5 to 6kt
knts
Run: 125.1nm (226.4km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130.3nm
29 02S 179 54E
Weather: 9-11 kt SSW, 1m swell, 40% cloud cover, 1019.5 baro

Sailing on a starboard tack, waiting for the wind to back to the SE so we can head more toward Tonga. All is well on board. Saw a few albatrosses yesterday. Warming up, 22c in the cockpit this am. Raoul 110 miles to our east.


Thu May 4 8:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
4.5 kt
knts
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.4nm
30 20S 178 27E
Weather: 9-11 kt N, 1.5m swell, 70% cloud cover, 1020.1 baro

Motoring with mainsail up. Slow Progress in last 12 hrs. 130 NM in 24 hrs. Decided to make some easting as winds are expected to go ESE as we approach Tonga. Hopefully these northerly winds will switch around to the west and SW soon. Going to try to speed up today and head directly to Tongatapu.


Thu May 4 7:39 2017 NZST
Speed:
4
knts
Run: 129.2nm (233.9km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 126nm
30 21S 178 25E
Weather: 11NE, 1.5e,

will be making some easting to make the proposed the track to Tongatapu a bit easier in the east quadrant winds


Wed May 3 7:03 2017 NZST
Speed:
5 kt
knts
Run: 164.8nm (298.3km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.4nm
31 47S 177 01E
Weather: 5-10 kt ESE, 0.5m swell, 99% cloud cover, 1022.8 baro

Motoring. Sailed all day yesterday and now 270 miles from Opua. Saw the green flash last night. All is well on board. Dawn is breaking, some rays are breaking though the clouds.


Tue May 2 6:51 2017 NZST
Speed:
120NM in 18 hours. All is well on board. Morning Light and Carthago are nearby and Capitaine Cook, a cargo ship, is steaming by on route to Suva. Nice moonset and starry sky last night.
knts
Run: 130.6nm (236.4km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.8nm
33 44S 175 23E
Weather: 20 kt SE, 1.5m swell, 20% cloud cover, 1019.2 baro

After a slow start out of Opua around noon with light southerly winds, the winds have backed to the SSE and now SE. Progresthago are nearby and Capitaine Cook, a cargo ship, is steaming by on route to Suva. Nice moonset and starry sky last night.


Mon May 1 7:15 2017 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
35 18.91802S 174 7.64271E

Leaving Opua today. Heading for Tonga with a stopover in Minerva Reefs if conditions allow. All good on board. Our blog is svwhistler.com.


Take good care of each other, dear Margy and Monty. Hope you get to celebrate your big birthday at Minerva, Monty.
Fri Apr 28 10:21 2017 NZST
Run: 30.9nm (55.9km)
35 18.675S 174 07.198E

In Opua, waiting for a weather window.


Thu Apr 20 20:52 2017 NZST
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
35 43.5095S 174 19.6766E

In Town Basin, preparing to leave soon. May go to Opua first and then plan to sail to Tonga.


Mon Nov 28 8:12 2016 NZDT
Run: 9.6nm (17.4km)
35 44.3386S 174 20.8156E

Back on the hard at Norsand. All is well.


Thu Nov 24 8:00 2016 NZDT
Run: 40.6nm (73.5km)
Avg: 414.1knts
24hr: 9937.2nm
35 50.243S 174 28.085E

Calm, 20% cloud, baro 1017.4.

Docked at Marsden Cove. Motored down from Opua yesterday. Starting to cloud over. Heading to Norsand tomorrow to haul out.


Thu Nov 24 7:54 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
35 19.21426S 174 7.56546E

Thu Nov 3 8:35 2016 NZDT
Run: 6.9nm (12.5km)
35 18.9774S 174 07.1891E

First yacht to be docked on the new G-Dock at Bay of Islands Marina. Getting rested up and enjoying socializing with other cruisers here.


Tue Nov 1 6:39 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.5 knts
knts
Run: 121nm (219km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.4nm
35 13S 174 07E
Weather: calm, no swell, 50% cloud cover, 1016.3 baro

Arriving in Opua shortly. All is well on board.


Mon Oct 31 8:12 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4 to 4.5 knts
knts
Run: 100.3nm (181.5km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114.6nm
33 28S 174 10E
Weather: 17 knts SE, 2.5m swell, rough confused seas, 20% cloud cover, 1019.4 baro

Motor-sailing with jib and one engine. ETA into Opua - Tuesday. All is well on board.


kia kaha its freezing down here

Looking Good :) Burn that fuel mate ! The point is to get there safely with a fish in the freezer. Cheers,   Sergio & Joanne
Sun Oct 30 11:12 2016 NZDT
Speed:
3.5 to 4.5 knts
knts
Run: 11.1nm (20.1km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.4nm
32 01S 174 14E
Weather: 17-22 knts from S, 2.5m swell, choppy confused seas, 40% cloud cover, 1019.1 baro

Motoring with both engines. Electrical issue resolved. Mainsail torn in two. ETA into Opua - Tuesday.


Sun Oct 30 7:48 2016 NZDT
Speed:
4.5 -5 knts
knts
Run: 98nm (177.4km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 116.4nm
31 52S 174 18E
Weather: 17-20 knts from S, 1.5m swell, choppy seas, 90% cloud cover, 1017.7 baro

Sailing. Engine, electrical issues. ETA into Opua delayed till at least late Tuesday. Know we should try to avoid storm on Tuesday night. Will tack as wind backs to SE and E. All is well otherwise.


Sat Oct 29 11:36 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.2 knts
knts
Run: 186.7nm (337.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156.9nm
30 28S 174 02E
Weather: 4 knts from S, 0.5m swell, 10% cloud cover, 1018.2 baro

Motor-sailing with very light winds on the nose. Very calm glassy seas this am. Saw a pod of whales and an albatross.


Fri Oct 28 7:03 2016 NZDT
Speed:
5.5 knts
knts
Run: 145.5nm (263.4km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.2nm
27 46S 174 06E
Weather: 6-7 knts from SE, 1.5m swell, 10% cloud cover, 1016.4 baro

Motor-sailing. Motor-sailed overnight in light ESE winds. Lovely start to the day, just would like more helping winds.


Thu Oct 27 8:15 2016 NZDT
Speed:
7 knts
knts
Run: 174.4nm (315.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.6nm
25 43S 174 38E
Weather: 9-13 knts from E, 2m swell, 60% cloud cover, 1017.2 baro

Sailing. Motor-sailed over night in light ESE winds.