White Hawk

White Hawk

Thu Nov 1 10:09 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 45.8nm (82.9km)
14 16.38S 170 41.70W
Weather: Light south easterlies in the harbor. Sunny skies. 10/31/2018 8:52 PM UTC

Arrived in Pago Pago, American Samoa late Tuesday afternoon local (Wednesday Fiji time). We motored more than we would have liked but overall had a nice passage going the wrong direction. No complaints! Beautiful day here with a nice breeze keeping things cool.

Wed Oct 31 7:12 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 118.6nm (214.7km)
Avg: 10.3knts
24hr: 246.4nm
14 31.15S 171 19.81W
Weather: Wind 5kt, 005T. Seas slight. Sunny skies. Bar not available. 10/30/2018 6:00 PM UTC

Enjoying a nice view of the Samoan islands of Upolu and Savai'i - which we visited in 2003 - this sunny morning as we motor by in light winds. Yesterday evening our chart plotter/ radar displays stopped displaying data, including GPS, and we had no data input to the auto pilot, causing it to fail. After a few hours of troubleshooting and repeatedly recycling power, resetting, and reconfiguring, we were able to get the display to work with limited functionality at the nav station, though not at the helm, but at least the auto pilot is operational! We've got OpenCPN running separately with CM93 charts and a GPS puck on the laptop so all is well. If you are going to have an auto pilot and instrument failure, the best case is to have it under calm conditions, close to a familiar high island with a well-marked entrance and great postal service, along with phosphorescence and a rising mandarin orange moon to entertain you while hand steering. We're feeling lucky but have some work to do on arrival - 36 miles to go.

Tue Oct 30 19:39 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 29.4nm (53.2km)
14 45.38S 173 05.21W
Weather: Wind 9-10k. Seas slight. Sunny skies. 10/29/2018 11:14 PM UTC

Happiness is sailing under tropical skies on a calm moana blue sea listening to the Beach Boys on a great stereo as we pursue an endless summer. Life is good!

Tue Oct 30 7:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.9knts
Run: 142.8nm (258.5km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.5nm
14 44.93S 173 31.56W
Weather: Wind variable 3-5 kt 020-060T. Seas slight. 95% cloud with light showers. Distant lightening around over night. Bar 1015. 10/29/2018 6:04 PM UTC

We had some peaceful sailing yesterday afternoon enjoying the light cool breeze in the cockpit but the wind shut down in the evening and we've been motoring since last night on calm seas. It is beginning to get light around 4 AM Fiji time and we had a peachy sunrise this morning at 5 AM - a sign that we have made some progress to the east. 166 miles to go to Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Mon Oct 29 8:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4.9knts
Run: 137.7nm (249.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.6nm
15 00.38S 175 38.81W
Weather: Wind 2-3 kt 282T. Sea slight. 90% cloud, some blue sky and a bit of sun peeking through! Bar 1013. 10/28/2018 6:44 PM UTC

Motoring on calm seas. 290 mi to go to Pago Pago.

Sun Oct 28 7:48 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7.2knts
Run: 221.5nm (400.9km)
15 46.86S 177 33.03W
Weather: Wind 25 kt 098T. Seas 2.5m. 100% cloud. Bar 1012. 10/27/2018 6:26 PM UTC

Departed Savusavu, Fiji bound for American Samoa Friday morning. Sailed nicely in very light winds a good bit of the day and night with one 20 kt squall overnight. Saturday brought winds in the 12 kt range and heavy rain. Winds dropped to 1-2 knots for a short time Saturday evening then went from 1 to 35 knots in a matter of seconds and remained around 28-30 kt, gusting over 30, with lightening for an hour and a half. Winds then moderated to the 20-25 kt range, gusting higher, and remain there, but White Hawk and crew are handling it well going hard to weather.

We see you are heading north. Wow lots of weather changes! We’ll be following you! G&T
Tue Oct 23 8:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
16 48.62S 179 17.23E
Weather: Wind 5-6 kt 062T. 95% cloud with showers. Rain overnight. 10/22/2018 6:47 PM UTC

Anchored off Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort outside of Savusavu since Friday. Took advantage of the break in the weather yesterday to snorkel the reef and found a new (to us) nudibranch and shell. Heading back to town today to prepare for possible weather window to American Samoa later this week.

Tue Oct 16 8:12 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 214.6nm (388.4km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76nm
16 46.66S 179 19.86E
Weather: Continuing bands of heavy rain last night and this morning. Wind ENE 5-10 kts in the harbor. Good thing we have our own ark! 10/15/2018 7:08 PM UTC

We arrived Monday afternoon in Savusavu under torrential rain after an overnight passage from Fulaga. The trip started with light air, about 12 knots, but built as the day progressed to the 20's by early evening. The rest of the trip the wind averaged around 22-25kt, gusting 32kt in the numerous squalls, accompanied by buckets and buckets of rain. There was occasional lightening about, but nothing too close. The seas built to the 8-12' (and then some, as we had some 15 footers on approach) forecast on the Honolulu High Seas while the GRIB had forecast only 1.4-1.7m. Love those folks in Honolulu! Thanks to our deep heavy keel, White Hawk handled the conditions marvelously and we were able to sail fairly comfortably the whole way under double reefed main and full genoa.

Sat Oct 13 12:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 138.8nm (251.2km)
19 08.31S 178 32.96W
Weather: Wind 5-6 kt 128T. 60% cloud. Bar 1016. 10/12/2018 10:03 PM UTC

We departed the Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu, early Saturday the 6th after having had a wonderful time visiting with friends on Eye Candy and doing lots of snorkeling. We especially enjoyed the gorgeous soft corals, bright sea fans and many species of nudibranchs.

The sail down from Vanua Balavu to Fulaga was fabulous! The seas were so calm we were able to sail the whole way under sunny and starry skies in only 3-8 knots of breeze, arriving just around daybreak. There were dolphins on the bow near Namuka-I-Lau and as there was no moon, we could not see them but could hear them take a breath each time they surfaced. Our time in Fulaga has gone quickly, catching up with friends on Roxanne, last seen 2 years ago in Tonga, snorkeling, and attending the big village celebration of Fiji Day. Unfortunately, the calendar is telling us it is time to get moving north toward Savusavu and beyond to escape the South Pacific cyclone season so we will depart on Sunday, destination TBD depending on the wind.

Thu Oct 4 8:48 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.8nm (1.4km)
17 10.87S 179 01.37W
Weather: Squally night last night with heavy rain and winds shifting NNE to SE, gusting 24kt. Currently 9kt, 031T. 90% cloud. Bar 1014. 10/3/2018 7:17 PM UTC

Enjoying lots of snorkeling in the Bay of Islands taking in the exceptional soft corals, plentiful fish, and new to us nudibranchs. There are so many great spots to explore we could easily spend another week or two here but will head to Fulaga in a few days as the season is rapidly drawing to a close.

Thu Sep 27 19:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 24.8nm (44.9km)
17 10.21S 179 01.25W
Weather: Wind light and variable in protected anchorage. 1-5kt. 150-340T. Clear skies. 9/27/2018 6:29 AM UTC

Anchored in the beautiful and calm Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu, Fiji - a welcome change after a not-so-fun passage from Ovalau! We're sharing the well protected anchorage with only the cackling birds on shore and the active schools of bait fish swarming around the anchorage.

Thu Sep 27 7:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 126.9nm (229.7km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.8nm
17 01.73S 179 21.93W
Weather: Wind 20-25kt. 115-130T. Bar 1015. Seas steep and short period. Many squalls overnight with heavy rain and wind to 28kt. 9/26/2018 7:08 PM UTC

Bashing to weather from Ovalau to Vanua Balavu.

Tue Sep 25 21:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 13.1nm (23.7km)
17 40.91S 178 50.21E
Weather: 9/25/2018 9:16 AM UTC

Came in to Levuka, Ovalau yesterday to top up on diesel before heading off to remote islands. Enjoyed checking out the small museum and seeing the colorful historic buildings of the original capital of Fiji, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sat Sep 22 9:24 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 13nm (23.5km)
17 34.22S 178 40.55E
Weather: Wind 7kt 170T. Sunny skies. Bar 1015. 9/21/2018 9:10 PM UTC

Anchored in a beautiful little bay with a white sand beach backed by dramatic rock structure on the north end of Naigani Island, NW of Ovalau. We enjoyed a wonderful snorkel on the extensive reef yesterday and are heading back out today to try to get another photo of the striking parrot fish - or possibly wrasse - that we can't find in our reference books!

Fri Sep 21 6:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
17 44.29S 178 45.89E
Weather: Wind 4-5 kt, 120T. 20% cloud. Bar 1015. Yesterday morning winds started light and built to 20kt 140T by lunch time. 9/20/2018 6:39 PM UTC

Anchored overnight at Curly's "hurricane hole" near Wainaloka village on SW Ovalau, Fiji. Yesterday's snorkel nearby revealed 10 nudibranchs!

Sun Sep 16 20:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 28.3nm (51.2km)
17 48.56S 178 42.95E
Weather: 9/16/2018 8:21 AM UTC

Anchored this afternoon at Leleuvia Island, southwest of Ovalau, Fiji where we were greeted by two boatloads of friendly, smiling locals offering use of the resort's mooring for free. Shortly after sunset we watched a spectacular 45 minute lightening show lighting up the sky and sending many bolts down to earth beneath the clouds on the thankfully distant horizon to the southwest of us.

Sat Sep 15 19:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 32.3nm (58.5km)
18 10.26S 178 30.86E
Weather: Wind 15kt, 115T. Occasional showers. 9/15/2018 7:38 AM UTC

We arrived back in Suva on Monday for fuel and re-provisioning after having had a fabulous time in Beqa, Yanuca, Kadavu, and the Astrolabe Reef swimming with oceanic manta rays, laughing with the dolphins escorting us across the lagoon, glimpsing elusive sea turtles that rightfully hide from humans (locals still eat them even though it is illegal,) photographing "new to us" nudibranchs, flatworms and bottom dwelling jellyfish, and meeting up with good friends on Free Spirit and Wavelength.

We planned to head to Fulaga but the weather doesn't look promising any time soon so rather than wasting time in port we sailed to weather today in fresh 20 knot winds to Nukulau Islet in Laucala Bay, a nice protected anchorage for the night. Sunday morning we will head to the western side of Ovalau to explore the reef while waiting for more favorable weather to make the crossing to the Lau Group.

Thu Aug 23 19:15 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 39.9nm (72.2km)
18 38.32S 178 31.64E
Weather: Wind 9kt 110T. Bar 1016. 2% cloud cover. 8/23/2018 6:34 AM UTC

Beautiful sail to weather on calm seas today from Beqa to North Astrolabe Reef under sunny skies with 10-12 knots of ENE breeze. The lagoon is gorgeous but the surrounding reef is low offering little protection - at low tide think Minerva Reef at high tide - and the swell comes in from all directions creating a washing machine with occasional waves breaking over the stern into the cockpit. We're anchored mid lagoon behind Solo "Island," more aptly named Solo "Rock," home of an old non-working lighthouse inhabited by sea birds. We did a snorkel off the boat today but will move on tomorrow to big Astrolabe or Kadavu in search of a less rolly anchorage. As we always say, if you don't go, you don't know! :)

Mon Aug 20 22:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 11nm (19.9km)
18 22.71S 177 59.07E
Weather: Wind 5kt 080T. Bar 1017. Light overcast this evening after a sunny day today. 8/20/2018 9:44 AM UTC

We arose Sunday morning at 6:30 AM to the harmonious sounds of a cappella singing coming from the nearby Lalati village church in Malumu Bay before moving the boat to the west side of Yanuca Island. We're anchored off a beautiful beach and a small abandoned resort rumored to have been owned by an American that lost the lease. The enterprising care taker is charging a "visiting fee" of $10FJ per person to walk on the beach. Last night we were joined by the 180' Dutch built mega yacht Driftwood which was launched in 2017, and is owned by Nicholas Woodman, the 43 year old founder and CEO of GoPro - net worth 1.8 billion. We have seen lots of toys zipping by but so far have had no invitation to join them for the disco dancing last night or the movie they are watching tonight from the giant theater sized projector screen they have raised on the foredeck. Tomorrow after a morning snorkel we head back to Malumu Bay to meet up with friends.

Wed Aug 15 18:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 24.8nm (44.9km)
18 22.62S 178 09.14E
Weather: 8/15/2018 6:24 AM UTC

Anchored in peaceful Malumu Bay, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji.

Tue Aug 7 9:54 2018 NZST
Speed: 0knts
Run: 65.4nm (118.4km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62.4nm
18 07.47S 178 25.21E
Weather: Wind 10k 193T. Sunny, 10% cloud. Bar 1016. Not a drop of rain since arrival in Suva where it "is always rainy" so the salt remains on the boat for now as we won't be making water in Suva harbor! 8/6/2018 9:43 PM UTC

The winds shut down to 4-8 knots dead downwind Sunday night and we were forced to motor all night. When the winds picked up to 10-15k from 191 T Monday morning, we tried sailing but ETA for Suva was 8PM. We didn't want to stand off all night so added a little power assist and got the anchor down in Suva harbor just before 5 - in time for a gorgeous sunset with pink and orange sun rays shooting up from behind the misty layers and layers of mountains on Viti Levu. Currently waiting "patiently" for officials to arrive for clearance.

Mon Aug 6 8:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.6knts
Run: 184.4nm (333.8km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 184nm
19 00.66S 178 46.04E
Weather: 11k 173T. Seas 1.5-2m SSW. 40% cloud cover. Bar 1016. 8/5/2018 8:35 PM UTC

Passing by beautiful Kadavu. Nice to see some patches of blue sky after heavy cloud cover yesterday. 52 miles to go to Suva.

Sun Aug 5 8:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.9knts
Run: 182.4nm (330.1km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 60.2nm
21 30.20S 179 46.89E
Weather: Wind up and down 15-17kt (gusting 22kt and at times dropping to 10kt) from 195-205T. Seas SW 2.5m. 100% heavy cloud cover. Bar 1016. 8/4/2018 7:55 PM UTC

Awoke yesterday (Sat) to a glassy lagoon but by 8AM the winds filled in to 10-12kt. We exited the South Minerva pass bound for Suva, Fiji at 10AM with wind 18-19k and building from 241T, putting it just forward of the beam. The fishing gods blessed us with a nice mahi mahi as we passed about 20 miles west of North Minerva. We sailed in 20-25 knots, with gusts to 28, under doubled reefed main and partial genoa with wind and swell on the beam much of the day but by early evening the wind moved aft and the seas began to align for some wonderful fast sailing with speeds in the 9's. Overnight the winds went lighter - and at times slightly east of south - so we've slowed enough that we might not make Suva on Monday as we had hoped.

Thu Aug 2 8:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
23 55.98S 179 06.20W
Weather: Wind 17k 166-178T. 50% cloud cover, light showers. Bar 1018 rising. 8/1/2018 7:43 PM UTC

Mission accomplished in South Minerva and waiting for a weather window to Suva. Most of the day yesterday (Wed local) winds were 22-27 knots, gusting just shy of 30, from 340T as low passed to the south, but winds moderated over night. Showers, some heavy, yesterday morning but clear all afternoon Wednesday.

Congratulations! Thanks for your great email too! Dinner with Brad/Laura last night and lots of good talk about you. Xoxo Larry
Sun Jul 22 13:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 119.3nm (215.9km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 99.6nm
23 55.99S 179 06.23W
Weather: Wind 4-5kts 133T. Calm seas. Sunny blue skies.

Anchor down in lovely, sunny, warm and blue, blue, blue South Minerva Reef at last! We've got the place to ourselves so we're playing the White Hawk "Sunshine Mix" up loud while we launch the dinghy and tidy things up wearing shorts for the first time in 6 months - at least for one of us :) We arrived after dark last night and stood off the NW side keeping watch while fore-reaching away from the reef at 0.7 knts. We waited until 10 AM to make our way back the 5 miles to the pass to enter in good light and perfect calm conditions at 11 AM. We're happy to have survived a passage from NZ without breaking anything - just a cover that chafed through on our Spectra core reefing line. Life is good on White Hawk!

Yahoooooooooooooooo!!!!! So happy for you guys as I do a crazy happy dance for you! You may not remember the song, but I am sure you remember laughing at my dancing with gusto! We are slowly making headway, I am off to town to get replacement hose for our new excavator, which Dave will use to dig our septic tanks into the ground and for many other jobs.... (he is going to start a business installing new septic systems, as that seems the best way to most quickly refill our cruising kitty!). We live in an area where there are no town services, except for power. Having been to Beveridge, I can absolutely see that Blue, blue water and feel excited for you to be exploring and enjoying life on the hook. Our little community on Gabriola is only about 5000 folks, so it's a very quiet and somewhat remote existence.... but thankfully when we take our 20 min ferry to Vancouver Island... we have access to everything we need, so although we are on land, it's the closest thing to cruising for us and we are surrounded by sea water and I often jump in these days as the temps are topping 90f ! That's hot for here.... 80's are more common and much appreciated. Well I gotta run, but I look forward to hearing back from you , when you stop eating all that lobster! Enjoy those tunes and if the wind holds from the SW, it looks like a great spin run!!!! Hugs from BC Rose and Dave
Sat Jul 21 8:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.0knts
Run: 187.8nm (339.9km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.1nm
25 23.81S 179 53.36E
Weather: Wind 18-20k 102T. Seas 2.3m E-ESE. 100% cloud. Showers. Bar 1022. 7/20/2018 7:46 PM UTC

Surprisingly consistent wind the last 24 hours, mostly 16-21 kts from the SE. Nice downwind sailing much of the day yesterday with the wind going forward late in the day and remaining there all night at about 18-20 kts, with gusts to 26. Still dogged by an adverse current of about 1.8 kts. Weak squalls began just after 5AM local this morning. 100 miles to go to S. Minerva.

Hi Guys! Am so loving getting your reports! Your first day of bashing into it brought back bad memories, but these latest reports are bringing back wonderful ones! Keep it up! Much love Larry
Fri Jul 20 8:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.8knts
Run: 177.7nm (321.6km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.4nm
27 51.69S 178 36.68E
Weather: Wind 17-21kt 191T. Seas 1.5m SSE. 70% cloud. Bar 1020. 7/19/2018 7:31 PM UTC

Fabulous 24 hours. What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we sailed at about 6 kts under mostly sunny skies with 12 knots of breeze and swell on the beam. By evening the winds filled in from the SSE to SSW and the seas began to align. Had a wonderful night with winds mostly 17-21kt, dropping to the occasional 14kt and gusting to 24kt. White Hawk was comfortably humming along (literally at times) downwind with boat speeds in the 8's and 9's, though an adverse current of 1.3-1.9 kts (with us the last 2 days) reduced our SOG. We don't expect this wind to last, but we're happy to have it for now. 262 to go to S. Minerva.

Love this!
Thu Jul 19 7:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 133.1nm (240.9km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.9nm
29 58.41S 176 56.09E
Weather: Wind 23-27kt, 127T. Seas 3+m confused. 100% cloud, heavy rain bands. Bar 1015. 7/18/2018 7:09 PM UTC

Interesting 24 hours with a bit of everything. In recent hours, the boat was pounding to weather at nearly 9 knots with double reefed main and partial genoa, so we just now furled the genoa and turned on the engine to reduce speed. All well aboard.

It's great to find this and be able to follow you. I haven't made it Minerva yet, but wonder how it compares to Beveridge? I hope the weather is at sat on the beam by now but will go to Google earth and then windy ty to see what's happening out there. Hugs all round !
Wed Jul 18 9:18 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 149.5nm (270.6km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.7nm
31 46.14S 176 07.31E
Weather: Wind 7-10k from 100 T. Seas calm. Sunny skies with 5% cloud cover. Bar 1017. 7/17/2018 8:57 PM UTC

We had a slow but pleasant day of sailing yesterday under 6-8 kts of wind until sunset when the wind shut down to less than 5 kts from behind (SSW). We saw mostly 1 to 2 kts overnight so we motored until sunrise when the wind picked up to 6 kts and shifted to the ENE. At present, we are sailing very comfortably to weather on course for S. Minerva under beautiful sunny skies. Wind is continuing to build slightly so we should make some good progress today.

Tue Jul 17 10:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 182.1nm (329.6km)
33 51.03S 175 25.43E
Weather: Wind 10-13k 233T. Seas 1.5m WSW-WNW. 80% cloud. Bar 1017. 7/16/2018 9:30 PM UTC

Dropped the dock lines at Marsden Cove, NZ around 11:15 AM Monday. Mostly motored in light air to just past the Poor Knights when winds filled in to 12-15k from SW. Starry night with nice sailing. Clouds building near sunrise today with first squall around 7 AM local bringing wind of only 23k. Winds going lighter as day progresses. All well!

Mon Jan 29 22:33 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 6.8nm (12.3km)
36 26.39S 174 49.67E
Weather: 1/29/2018 9:03 AM UTC

Spending our last night on Kawau Island at South Cove near the old Copper Mine. We've had a great time cruising the Hauraki Gulf. Tomorrow we head to Whangarei to pay our dues and start the boat work.

Sun Jan 28 13:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 7nm (12.7km)
36 29.60S 174 43.46E
Weather: 1/28/2018 12:12 AM UTC

Fantastic weekend at the Mahurangi Regatta viewing the classic yacht parade and races!

Wed Jan 24 23:48 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
36 25.61S 174 49.09E
Weather: 1/24/2018 2:28 AM UTC

At anchor in lovely Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island, NZ cleaning the bag limit of scallops John nabbed in 20 minutes of diving on the shoals.

Wed Jan 24 15:36 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.1knts
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
36 24.63S 174 49.52E
Weather: 1/23/2018 12:33 AM UTC

Anchored at North Cove, Kawau Island, NZ. Lin Pardey, who lives here and runs the boat yard, dropped by in her skiff Jay Dee to welcome us to the harbor.

Tue Jan 23 13:51 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.6knts
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
36 26.38S 174 49.70E
Weather: 1/22/2018 9:14 PM UTC

Anchored off the abandoned copper mine on the glassy water of Dispute Cove on Kawau Island, NZ feeding a lonely duck and watching 3 yellowtail kingfish swim about the boat. Great Tuesday morning enjoying nature! We're off to dive the scallop beds at slack tide around noon.

Sun Jan 21 12:45 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 27nm (48.9km)
36 26.66S 174 51.71E
Weather: 1/20/2018 10:57 PM UTC

Anchored at Bostaquet Bay, Kawau Island. Beautiful relaxing sail to weather yesterday from Putaki Bay, Waiheke on the semi-sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf in 10-14 knots of breeze. It was great fun watching the many local boats out enjoying the sunny but cool summer Saturday afternoon and the changing clouds and landscapes as we sailed by the numerous small islands scattered about the Gulf.

Sun Jan 14 18:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 5.3nm (9.6km)
36 48.58S 175 01.91E
Weather: Current conditions: Wind NE 12-15k. 10% cloud cover. Bar 1018. 1/14/2018 4:44 AM UTC

Nice sail Saturday from Motuihe Island to Putiki Bay on the south side of Waiheke Island.

Fri Jan 12 21:48 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
36 48.57S 174 56.16E
Weather: Wind 7-10k 020*T. Hazy skies, 20% cloud cover. Bar 1019, rising. 1/12/2018 7:54 AM UTC

Anchored at Motuihe Island, NZ.

Mon Jan 8 9:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 43.7nm (79.1km)
36 46.61S 175 00.96E
Weather: 1/7/2018 8:16 PM UTC

Beautiful sail Sunday from Great Barrier Island to Waiheke in 8-18 knots, gusting 23k, with whales breaching and spouting off the NE end of Little Barrier Island. We were hard to weather but it was fun on the protected waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Too bad the open ocean isn't this flat! Monday we explore Waiheke by bus.

Sat Jan 6 22:12 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
36 11.86S 175 19.93E
Weather: Wind SW 5k. 10% cloud cover. Bar 1013. 1/6/2018 8:04 AM UTC

Our last night at Great Barrier Island was spent in Smokehouse Bay - a beautiful end to the stay here after the atrocious weather the last few days. The wind finally eased and the clouds broke late afternoon making for a nice peaceful evening taking in the interesting scenery, birds, and Kiwis (the human kind) on holiday being Kiwis - fishing, cannon balling into the euphemistically speaking "refreshingly crisp" water, laughing with friends, and in general just enjoying life. We depart for Waiheke or Kawau Island in the morning depending on weather.

Fri Jan 5 13:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
36 10.15S 175 21.42E
Weather: Wind NNE to NW gusting 45k+ this morning and overnight yesterday (Thursday night.) Very heavy rain Thursday and Thursday night. Mostly dry this morning with 100% cloud cover. Bar 995, up 1. 1/4/2018 11:44 PM UTC

Anchored at Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island, NZ. All is well.

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