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103040 25/06/2017 20:49 -15.95 -142.316666666667 25/06/2017 20:49
15° 57.000'S 142° 19.000'W
NE end of Raroia: beautiful and calm spot, the water is
crystal clear and of an unreal turquoise colour. We enjoy our solitude,
it's not often that you have such a pretty place all to yourself. Loads
of aquatic life, the abundance of reef sharks is beautiful and scary at
the same time. Off in the next few days to visit some other atoll,
possiby Makemo.
NE end of Raroia: beautiful and calm spot, the water is crystal clear and of an unreal turquoise colour. We enjoy our solitude, it's not often that you have such a pretty place all to yourself. Loads of aquatic life, the abundance of reef sharks is beautiful and scary at the same time. Off in the next few days to visit some other atoll, possiby Makemo. sailabroad false
102904 21/06/2017 21:32 -16.0666666666667 -142.35 21/06/2017 21:32
16° 04.000'S 142° 21.000'W
Raroia/Tuamotus: we arrived here yesterday after a very
pleasant passage from Nuku Hiva/Marquesas. Unfortunately we arrived
later than hoped and the entrance into the lagoon through the pass was
"interesting" on an outgoing 6-8kts current incl standing wave. Good
introduction to what will await us here in the Tuamotus. We are now
anchored off Kontiki Motu, apparently the islet where Thor Heyerdhal's
famous raft was wrecked. You can see some footage of it in the B/W
original docu available on YouTube. Beautiful quiet place, it definitely
feels very remote here. Off to do some dinghi exploration now. Laters!
Raroia/Tuamotus: we arrived here yesterday after a very pleasant passage from Nuku Hiva/Marquesas. Unfortunately we arrived later than hoped and the entrance into the lagoon through the pass was "interesting" on an outgoing 6-8kts current incl standing wave. Good introduction to what will await us here in the Tuamotus. We are now anchored off Kontiki Motu, apparently the islet where Thor Heyerdhal's famous raft was wrecked. You can see some footage of it in the B/W original docu available on YouTube. Beautiful quiet place, it definitely feels very remote here. Off to do some dinghi exploration now. Laters! sailabroad false
102856 20/06/2017 05:41 -14.2 -141.883333333333 20/06/2017 05:41
14° 12.000'S 141° 53.000'W
Enroute to Raroia/Tuamotus. 117nm to go, so should be
there tomorrow am.ish. Nice passage, got twice a big fish who snapped
first our fishing rod and then the next one took 70m of line and
disappeared. poor feeesh.
Enroute to Raroia/Tuamotus. 117nm to go, so should be there tomorrow am.ish. Nice passage, got twice a big fish who snapped first our fishing rod and then the next one took 70m of line and disappeared. poor feeesh. sailabroad false
102740 16/06/2017 20:58 -8.95 -140.166666666667 16/06/2017 20:58
8° 57.000'S 140° 10.000'W
Hakatea. Off to Tuamotus soon, really all well just
lazy to get going. Happy Birthday from us to Michelle Quirke!!!
Hakatea. Off to Tuamotus soon, really ;) all well just lazy to get going. Happy Birthday from us to Michelle Quirke!!! sailabroad false
102499 08/06/2017 20:48 -8.88333333333333 -140.016666666667 08/06/2017 20:48
8° 53.000'S 140° 01.000'W
Controllers Bay/Nuku Hiva: still here, on the go in a few
days... things always take longer than you think
Controllers Bay/Nuku Hiva: still here, on the go in a few days... things always take longer than you think ;) sailabroad false
102355 04/06/2017 21:43 -8.88333333333333 -140.016666666667 04/06/2017 21:43
8° 53.000'S 140° 01.000'W
Hooumi Bay/Nuku Hiva: we escaped the very rolly anchorage
of the main town Taiohae. Well it's flat here but the wind gusts are
crazy... can't have it all I guess Trying to re-stock water, fuel and
food over the next few days and then get going to the Tuamotos. Should
have something resembling internet when back in Taiohae in a few days.
Laters.
Hooumi Bay/Nuku Hiva: we escaped the very rolly anchorage of the main town Taiohae. Well it's flat here but the wind gusts are crazy... can't have it all I guess ;) Trying to re-stock water, fuel and food over the next few days and then get going to the Tuamotos. Should have something resembling internet when back in Taiohae in a few days. Laters. sailabroad false
102053 28/05/2017 07:37 -9.95 -139.116666666667 28/05/2017 07:37
9° 57.000'S 139° 07.000'W
Hapatoni/Tahuata: lots of Fix-it jobs to do before we
move on (new bimini tick). It rains a lot here (really a lot!) so it's
nice to have a new waterproof cockpit roof again. On a positive note:
the rain is good for our tanks, we don't seem to run out of water, tanks
are always fully full.
Hapatoni/Tahuata: lots of Fix-it jobs to do before we move on (new bimini tick). It rains a lot here (really a lot!) so it's nice to have a new waterproof cockpit roof again. On a positive note: the rain is good for our tanks, we don't seem to run out of water, tanks are always fully full. sailabroad false
101890 22/05/2017 18:58 -9.95 -139.116666666667 22/05/2017 18:58
9° 57.000'S 139° 07.000'W
Hello from Tahuata! It can rain here just like in
NZ...but after rain luckily comes sun again We're watching the
morning feeding frenzy of the local dolphins, nice way to start the day.
Hello from Tahuata! It can rain here just like in NZ...but after rain luckily comes sun again :) We're watching the morning feeding frenzy of the local dolphins, nice way to start the day. sailabroad false
101714 16/05/2017 06:54 -9.8 -139.033333333333 16/05/2017 06:54
9° 48.000'S 139° 02.000'W
Atuona/Hiva Oa: moved on to another island to get some
fresh provisioning and do the required paperwork. Have to say so far the
Marquesas islands have a lot in common with NZ: the landscape, people
and buildings (maraes and tikis everywhere), very familiar looking
crumbly volcanic basalt rock, pohutekawa trees(!) and lots of rain. just
the palm trees are different ... and the temperature still looking
for internet. cheers from us.
Atuona/Hiva Oa: moved on to another island to get some fresh provisioning and do the required paperwork. Have to say so far the Marquesas islands have a lot in common with NZ: the landscape, people and buildings (maraes and tikis everywhere), very familiar looking crumbly volcanic basalt rock, pohutekawa trees(!) and lots of rain. just the palm trees are different ... and the temperature ;) still looking for internet. cheers from us. sailabroad false
101597 11/05/2017 06:50 -10.45 -138.666666666667 11/05/2017 06:50
10° 27.000'S 138° 40.000'W
arrived yesterday very early morning (local time) at
Hanavavae Bay/Fatu Hiva/Marquesas Islands/FP. After a long time offshore
it's always amazing when you get the first smells from the new land you
are approaching, traces of some sweet flowers, rain and damp earth.
As soon as the hook was set some fellow cruisers who arrived earlier
came by to welcome us with fresh fruits and bread. It was very nice to
meet all our friends again after such long time at sea, and everyone had
a good story to share. A hangi (sorry forgot the Marquesan name for it)
was already organised for that evening with a local family for every
sailor in the bay. It was a real treat to eat yummy fresh food in great
company and listening to nice live local music... what a start to our
South Seas adventures.
arrived yesterday very early morning (local time) at Hanavavae Bay/Fatu Hiva/Marquesas Islands/FP. After a long time offshore it's always amazing when you get the first smells from the new land you are approaching, traces of some sweet flowers, rain and damp earth. As soon as the hook was set some fellow cruisers who arrived earlier came by to welcome us with fresh fruits and bread. It was very nice to meet all our friends again after such long time at sea, and everyone had a good story to share. A hangi (sorry forgot the Marquesan name for it) was already organised for that evening with a local family for every sailor in the bay. It was a real treat to eat yummy fresh food in great company and listening to nice live local music... what a start to our South Seas adventures. sailabroad false
101546 09/05/2017 03:07 -10.3166666666667 -137.916666666667 09/05/2017 03:07
10° 19.000'S 137° 55.000'W
LAND AHOI! yes we can see the mountainous outline of Fatu
Hiva. Only 40 odd miles to go, but we need to slow down to arrive at
daylight. as always kinda weird to know that by tomorrow we are back
anchored, next to a village and other boats. Thx Pacifico, it was a
journey, long for sure.
LAND AHOI! yes we can see the mountainous outline of Fatu Hiva. Only 40 odd miles to go, but we need to slow down to arrive at daylight. as always kinda weird to know that by tomorrow we are back anchored, next to a village and other boats. Thx Pacifico, it was a journey, long for sure. sailabroad false
101472 07/05/2017 04:34 -10.3 -133.883333333333 07/05/2017 04:34
10° 18.000'S 133° 53.000'W
280 miles left. enough said. 280 miles left. enough said. sailabroad false
101438 06/05/2017 00:07 -10.15 -131.666666666667 06/05/2017 00:07
10° 09.000'S 131° 40.000'W
Sloooowly ticking down the last miles to the Marquesas
due to very light winds, but we hope to arrive by Monday. Keep your
fingers crossed for us. All is well aboard. 1 (still) crunchy carrot, 1
cabbage, 3 beetroots left in the fresh veggie department. not bad going aye.
Sloooowly ticking down the last miles to the Marquesas due to very light winds, but we hope to arrive by Monday. Keep your fingers crossed for us. All is well aboard. 1 (still) crunchy carrot, 1 cabbage, 3 beetroots left in the fresh veggie department. not bad going aye. sailabroad false
101362 04/05/2017 02:56 -10.1 -127.8 04/05/2017 02:56
10° 06.000'S 127° 48.000'W
Yesterday we sighted 2 boats in less than 24hrs. That's
amazing considering the size of this ocean. One was a big freighter
bound for Tahiti, the other one a fellow Kiwi sailor, Jeff on SY Salty.
We probably will meet him in person in few days on arrival. 642nm to go.
Light winds, but we're getting there. Caught a bluefin tuna, the little
chubby fella made a delicious dinner, thank you. All is well aboard.
Yesterday we sighted 2 boats in less than 24hrs. That's amazing considering the size of this ocean. One was a big freighter bound for Tahiti, the other one a fellow Kiwi sailor, Jeff on SY Salty. We probably will meet him in person in few days on arrival. 642nm to go. Light winds, but we're getting there. Caught a bluefin tuna, the little chubby fella made a delicious dinner, thank you. All is well aboard. sailabroad false
101274 01/05/2017 04:21 -9.73333333333333 -121.55 01/05/2017 04:21
9° 44.000'S 121° 33.000'W
1010nm to go, feels good to know. still some greens left
and they taste even crunchy. fish not biting. wind is back, hope he
stays. all well aboard.
1010nm to go, feels good to know. still some greens left and they taste even crunchy. fish not biting. wind is back, hope he stays. all well aboard. sailabroad false
101179 28/04/2017 23:01 -9.83333333333333 -117.15 28/04/2017 23:01
9° 50.000'S 117° 09.000'W
after a very rainy wet night we are back with
semi-sunshine and wind on the bum. hopefully we are soon on less then a
1000nm countdown. all well, morale still good.
after a very rainy wet night we are back with semi-sunshine and wind on the bum. hopefully we are soon on less then a 1000nm countdown. all well, morale still good. sailabroad false
101082 27/04/2017 02:42 -9 -113 27/04/2017 02:42
9° 00.000'S 113° 00.000'W
Life is good aboard. Wind is steadyish, not always from
an ideal angle but we make do. We saw a huge pod of dolphins (60+) the
other nights being on a feeding frenzy, after dinner they came over and
played for about an hour in our bow wave, lots of baby ones, so cute.
Btw dolphins are the sailor's cats (google dolphin videos I did some
sewing today, mid-Pacific might be my most unusual location for such so
far. Time for tea.
Life is good aboard. Wind is steadyish, not always from an ideal angle but we make do. We saw a huge pod of dolphins (60+) the other nights being on a feeding frenzy, after dinner they came over and played for about an hour in our bow wave, lots of baby ones, so cute. Btw dolphins are the sailor's cats (google dolphin videos :) I did some sewing today, mid-Pacific might be my most unusual location for such so far. Time for tea. sailabroad false
100966 24/04/2017 02:30 -8.68333333333333 -106.216666666667 24/04/2017 02:30
8° 41.000'S 106° 13.000'W
BERGFEST today, that's what 'ze germans' call the halfway
mark. I guess it's all downhill from here. All well aboard, we have nice
sailing conditions. baking bread and catching fish.
BERGFEST today, that's what 'ze germans' call the halfway mark. I guess it's all downhill from here. All well aboard, we have nice sailing conditions. baking bread and catching fish. sailabroad false
100859 21/04/2017 02:59 -7.5 -99.2833333333333 21/04/2017 02:59
7° 30.000'S 99° 17.000'W
Today's contemplation: RapaNui/Easter island distance
1200nm, HivaOa/Marquesas 2400nm ... tempting to change plans.. but then
tacking 1200nm quite likely will end up in double the distance... yeah
na we stay on course 250 and the trade winds will do the rest. too easy.
all is well aboard.
Today's contemplation: RapaNui/Easter island distance 1200nm, HivaOa/Marquesas 2400nm ... tempting to change plans.. but then tacking 1200nm quite likely will end up in double the distance... yeah na we stay on course 250 and the trade winds will do the rest. too easy. all is well aboard. sailabroad false
100761 18/04/2017 01:24 -5.43333333333333 -93.8833333333333 18/04/2017 01:24
5° 26.000'S 93° 53.000'W
Sailing again! After two days of motoring we found wind
yesterday afternoon and have been making good headway since then. But
the activity levels are reduced to eat-sleep-sail-repeat due to the sea
state which Matt describes aptly as 'puke soup'. Course is now more
direct to Hiva Oa, only(!) 446hrs to go...
Sailing again! After two days of motoring we found wind yesterday afternoon and have been making good headway since then. But the activity levels are reduced to eat-sleep-sail-repeat due to the sea state which Matt describes aptly as 'puke soup'. Course is now more direct to Hiva Oa, only(!) 446hrs to go... sailabroad false
100675 16/04/2017 02:49 -2.86666666666667 -90.0666666666667 16/04/2017 02:49
2° 52.000'S 90° 04.000'W
Happy Easter everyone! No egg hunting here...
unfortunately no wind either. hope to find some tomorrow again. keep
your fingers crossed for us. time for tea: homemade parsley pesto, yum.
Happy Easter everyone! No egg hunting here... unfortunately no wind either. hope to find some tomorrow again. keep your fingers crossed for us. time for tea: homemade parsley pesto, yum. sailabroad false
100619 15/04/2017 01:45 -1.31666666666667 -88.1333333333333 15/04/2017 01:45
1° 19.000'S 88° 08.000'W
Hooray, we crossed the equator, yes we are back in the
home hemisphere! I had my bucket wash on the transom; one bucket
northern hemisphere, the next from the southern one, equator baptism
sort of done I reckon One sad note: we left our pink friend squiddy
the fishing lure up north, some biiig fish snatched him and all the
fishing line. Today we sailed along the Galapagos islands, but we're
too far off to see them. Matt had an eventful day: down into the big
deep blue he went first thing in the morning to check the anode, next he
was up to the top the mast to fix the broken spinnaker haylard. Never a
dull day and out here I tell ya. Whoever told that lie about deck
lounging all day and cocktails for sundowners should be keelhauled!
cheers from two sunburnt sailors.
Hooray, we crossed the equator, yes we are back in the home hemisphere! :) I had my bucket wash on the transom; one bucket northern hemisphere, the next from the southern one, equator baptism sort of done I reckon ;) One sad note: we left our pink friend squiddy the fishing lure up north, some biiig fish snatched him and all the fishing line.:( Today we sailed along the Galapagos islands, but we're too far off to see them. Matt had an eventful day: down into the big deep blue he went first thing in the morning to check the anode, next he was up to the top the mast to fix the broken spinnaker haylard. Never a dull day and out here I tell ya. Whoever told that lie about deck lounging all day and cocktails for sundowners should be keelhauled! cheers from two sunburnt sailors. sailabroad false
100524 13/04/2017 00:58 1.81666666666667 -84.9333333333333 13/04/2017 00:58
1° 49.000'N 84° 56.000'W
beautiful easy nice sailing, making goodish progress. should
hopefully cross equator tonight!
Terezka: plenty of food left, nothing to worry although no fish has
been fooled by that pink plastic squid yet
beautiful easy nice sailing, making goodish progress. should hopefully cross equator tonight! Terezka: plenty of food left, nothing to worry :) although no fish has been fooled by that pink plastic squid yet :( sailabroad false
100433 10/04/2017 23:20 4.87466666666667 -81.8443333333333 10/04/2017 23:20
4° 52.480'N 81° 50.660'W
2100UTC this is today's update, had a minor(!)
connection problem yesterday - the provider just deleted our account?!!
hope it is sorted now. sailing along nicely with 6-7ktn(SOG) in 12-15kt
wind, slowly getting back into the rhythm of a long passage. very quiet
out here, no birds, no fish, no other boats in sight. time to catch up
on some reading
all happy here.
2100UTC this is today's update, had a minor(!) connection problem yesterday - the provider just deleted our account?!! hope it is sorted now. sailing along nicely with 6-7ktn(SOG) in 12-15kt wind, slowly getting back into the rhythm of a long passage. very quiet out here, no birds, no fish, no other boats in sight. time to catch up on some reading :) all happy here. sailabroad false
100434 09/04/2017 23:40 6.66691666666667 -80.79365 09/04/2017 23:40
6° 40.015'N 80° 47.619'W
Flying along, making the most of the good wind
while it lasts. We had really good, favourable wind for the last 24hrs.
Passed Punta Mala early morning, the last sight of land for a while I
guess. Put the second Genoa up and went along all day wing-on-wing
double Genoas with up 9ktns (SOG); awesome way to sail, very stable.
Matt had some good sightings on his watches: dolphins, a big turtle
clinging to a huge piece of wood, somersaulting sting rays and a
hammerhead shark slowly passing our bow...not sure I believe the
somersault thing but I did see the shark's fin!
parsley pesto and cilantro pesto made, passage food gonna be yummy
cheers d+m@m
Flying along, making the most of the good wind while it lasts. We had really good, favourable wind for the last 24hrs. Passed Punta Mala early morning, the last sight of land for a while I guess. Put the second Genoa up and went along all day wing-on-wing double Genoas with up 9ktns (SOG); awesome way to sail, very stable. Matt had some good sightings on his watches: dolphins, a big turtle clinging to a huge piece of wood, somersaulting sting rays and a hammerhead shark slowly passing our bow...not sure I believe the somersault thing ;) but I did see the shark's fin! parsley pesto and cilantro pesto made, passage food gonna be yummy cheers d+m@m sailabroad false
100356 09/04/2017 00:13 8.55956666666667 -79.0638 09/04/2017 00:13
8° 33.574'N 79° 03.828'W
Adios Panama! Thanks for the good, bad and exciting
times (especially that hurricane Otto), new friends we made and old ones we
met again, and for being different to what I expected.
A cold ceverza in hand we are off into endless days/sunsets/nights
westward. with Matt Dread
Adios Panama! Thanks for the good, bad and exciting times (especially that hurricane Otto), new friends we made and old ones we met again, and for being different to what I expected. A cold ceverza in hand we are off into endless days/sunsets/nights westward. :) with Matt Dread sailabroad false
100286 06/04/2017 20:19 8.9115 -79.5248333333333 06/04/2017 20:19
8° 54.690'N 79° 31.490'W
Leaving tomorrow for the Perlas Islands. Leaving tomorrow for the Perlas Islands. sailabroad false
99537 17/03/2017 15:28 8.9115 -79.5248333333333 17/03/2017 15:28
8° 54.690'N 79° 31.490'W
Getting ready for the hop over the pond. Getting ready for the hop over the pond. sailabroad false