Fri Jul 20 8:06 2018 NZST
Run: 177.7nm (321.6km)
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.
Thu Jul 19 7:30 2018 NZST
Run: 133.1nm (240.9km)
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.
Wed Jul 18 9:18 2018 NZST
Run: 149.5nm (270.6km)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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