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108370 13/11/2017 04:21 -35.85 174.533333333333 13/11/2017 04:21
35° 51,000'S 174° 32,000'E
Whangarei: tomorrow we haulout and the "joy" of boat
maintenance work starts. To speak with Eileen Quinn: "Life's hard on the
hard."
Whangarei: tomorrow we haulout and the "joy" of boat maintenance work starts. To speak with Eileen Quinn: "Life's hard on the hard." sailabroad false
108241 31/10/2017 05:11 -35.3153333333333 174.119166666667 31/10/2017 05:11
35° 18,920'S 174° 07,150'E
"Welcome back home", said the friendly MAF officer.
"Kiaora", I said! it's good to be back.... just need to adjust to kiwi
temps again.
"Welcome back home", said the friendly MAF officer. "Kiaora", I said! it's good to be back.... just need to adjust to kiwi temps again. sailabroad false
108171 28/10/2017 23:14 -32.5 175.7 28/10/2017 23:14
32° 30,000'S 175° 42,000'E
175nm to go! Should be there bright and early on Monday
morning...or rather salty and wet I should say. All well aboard.
---
Noch 175 Seemeilen! Sollten Montag ankommen... salzig und feucht. Alles
OK an Bord.
175nm to go! Should be there bright and early on Monday morning...or rather salty and wet I should say. All well aboard. --- Noch 175 Seemeilen! Sollten Montag ankommen... salzig und feucht. Alles OK an Bord. sailabroad false
108142 27/10/2017 22:47 -29.7833333333333 177 27/10/2017 22:47
29° 47,000'S 177° 00,000'E
Heading now straight to Opua. Word on 'radiowaves' is that
we should arrive early Monday AM to be ahead of next trough. Matylda is
in race-mode, SOG 7k. all well aboard.
--
Kurs direkt Opua. Letzter Wetterbericht empfiehlt Montag morgen
anzukommen bevor die naechste Front kommt. Matylda ist in 'race-mode',
Geschwindigkeit ueber Grund (SOG) 7k. alles ok an Bord.
Heading now straight to Opua. Word on 'radiowaves' is that we should arrive early Monday AM to be ahead of next trough. Matylda is in race-mode, SOG 7k. all well aboard. -- Kurs direkt Opua. Letzter Wetterbericht empfiehlt Montag morgen anzukommen bevor die naechste Front kommt. Matylda ist in 'race-mode', Geschwindigkeit ueber Grund (SOG) 7k. alles ok an Bord. sailabroad false
108106 25/10/2017 23:55 -25.3666666666667 -179.95 25/10/2017 23:55
25° 22,000'S 179° 57,000'W
Nearly at the geographic dateline and soon back in the
'East' of this world means we definitely have sailed halfway around the
world... things you contemplate when you have some time on your hand on
passage All well aboard.
---
Fast an der geografischen Datumsgrenze and somit bald zurueck auf der
oestlichen Seite der Kugel bedeutet wir sind definitiv um die halbe Welt
gesegelt ... Dinge die einem durch den Kopf gehen wenn man ein wenig
extra Zeit hat auf einer langen Passage Alles OK an Bord.
Nearly at the geographic dateline and soon back in the 'East' of this world means we definitely have sailed halfway around the world... things you contemplate when you have some time on your hand on passage ;) All well aboard. --- Fast an der geografischen Datumsgrenze and somit bald zurueck auf der oestlichen Seite der Kugel bedeutet wir sind definitiv um die halbe Welt gesegelt ... Dinge die einem durch den Kopf gehen wenn man ein wenig extra Zeit hat auf einer langen Passage ;) Alles OK an Bord. sailabroad false
108093 24/10/2017 22:03 -23.6166666666667 -178.916666666667 24/10/2017 22:03
23° 37,000'S 178° 55,000'W
Minerva Reef: the 'shelter' in the middle of nowhere. By
cruisers aptly named 'Minervous Reef'- we are here with 6 other boats,
all checking nervously the weather for the onwards journey to NZ. Lots
of talk about highs, lows and front activities on the VHF. Some can take
their mind off it and so Matt went diving with Barry from Jadean on the
outside wall of the reef. It's a huge wall falling off 500+m and
apparently it was amazing! The report says LOTS (100s)of sharks (one up
to 4m), a turtle, a huge school of barracuda, colourful coral and the
rest. I wish I could dive too... cleaning the hull today and possibly
leaving later or tomorrow am.
--
Minerva Riff, ein sicherer 'Hafen' im nirgendow des Pazifiks. Segler
nennen es oft auch 'Minervous Reef', weil wir alle hier sitzen und
nervoes das Wetter checken fuer die Weiterfahrt nach NZ. 6 andere Boote
sind hier. Am Funk hoert man viel ueber Hochs, Tiefs und
Frontaktivitaeten. Manche schaffen es auch an Anderes zu denken, u
Minerva Reef: the 'shelter' in the middle of nowhere. By cruisers aptly named 'Minervous Reef'- we are here with 6 other boats, all checking nervously the weather for the onwards journey to NZ. Lots of talk about highs, lows and front activities on the VHF. Some can take their mind off it and so Matt went diving with Barry from Jadean on the outside wall of the reef. It's a huge wall falling off 500+m and apparently it was amazing! The report says LOTS (100s)of sharks (one up to 4m), a turtle, a huge school of barracuda, colourful coral and the rest. I wish I could dive too... cleaning the hull today and possibly leaving later or tomorrow am. -- Minerva Riff, ein sicherer 'Hafen' im nirgendow des Pazifiks. Segler nennen es oft auch 'Minervous Reef', weil wir alle hier sitzen und nervoes das Wetter checken fuer die Weiterfahrt nach NZ. 6 andere Boote sind hier. Am Funk hoert man viel ueber Hochs, Tiefs und Frontaktivitaeten. Manche schaffen es auch an Anderes zu denken, u sailabroad false
108080 23/10/2017 21:54 -23.3833333333333 -178.516666666667 23/10/2017 21:54
23° 23,000'S 178° 31,000'W
approaching Minerva Reef, all well aboard,enjoying good
sailing conditions so far. we will check fresh weather forecast now and
then decide if we continue today or stop overnight as talk on the VHF is
about stronger winds.
*** nur noch wenige Meilen bis zum Minerva Riff, alles gut an Bord,
soweit gutes Segelwetter. Wir holen uns jetzt einen neuen Wetterbericht
und entscheiden dann, ob wir noch heute weitersegeln oder eine Nacht in
Minerva bleiben. Am Funk wird von staerkerem Wind gesprochen, also
nochmal checken.
approaching Minerva Reef, all well aboard,enjoying good sailing conditions so far. we will check fresh weather forecast now and then decide if we continue today or stop overnight as talk on the VHF is about stronger winds. *** nur noch wenige Meilen bis zum Minerva Riff, alles gut an Bord, soweit gutes Segelwetter. Wir holen uns jetzt einen neuen Wetterbericht und entscheiden dann, ob wir noch heute weitersegeln oder eine Nacht in Minerva bleiben. Am Funk wird von staerkerem Wind gesprochen, also nochmal checken. sailabroad false
107926 11/10/2017 11:23 -21.1333333333333 -175.15 11/10/2017 11:23
21° 08,000'S 175° 09,000'W
@BigMamaYachtClub, Pangaimoto,Tongatapu: Nukualofa the
"big"smoke is just across the bay... like everywhere here in Tonga things
are relaxed at an easy pace. I start to think there might be no word in
Tongan for "rush".
@BigMamaYachtClub, Pangaimoto,Tongatapu: Nukualofa the "big"smoke is just across the bay... like everywhere here in Tonga things are relaxed at an easy pace. I start to think there might be no word in Tongan for "rush". sailabroad false
107823 02/10/2017 23:04 -19.7 -174.283333333333 02/10/2017 23:04
19° 42,000'S 174° 17,000'W
Ciao ciao Vava'au - G'day Ha'apai! Ciao ciao Vava'au - G'day Ha'apai! ;) sailabroad false
107636 25/09/2017 01:12 -18.7 -174.116666666667 25/09/2017 01:12
18° 42,000'S 174° 07,000'W
Hunga Lagoon, Vava'au: slowly meandering through the little
bays and islands. "No rush" is definitely the motto here in Tonga.
Hunga Lagoon, Vava'au: slowly meandering through the little bays and islands. "No rush" is definitely the motto here in Tonga. sailabroad false
107355 12/09/2017 05:37 -18.65 -173.983333333333 12/09/2017 05:37
18° 39,000'S 173° 59,000'W
Neiafu,Tonga: I think we like it here... Neiafu,Tonga: I think we like it here... sailabroad false
107240 06/09/2017 01:00 -19.9833333333333 -167.733333333333 06/09/2017 01:00
19° 59,000'S 167° 44,000'W
Beveridge Reef: made it here a couple of days ago. It's
quite an eery place especially with the recently wrecked 46ft catamaran
desperately hanging 2/3 submerged on its anchor. As everyone we went
over and had a look; not much left of the bottom of the hulls, you can
look straight onto the ground through the deck hatches! What an
incredible lucky family to have survived this wild ride over the reef
with no one injured or worse!! Off West probably in a few days if
weather fx allows, not much to do here. PS: Belated Happy Birthday to
Catherine Quirke, love from us!!
Beveridge Reef: made it here a couple of days ago. It's quite an eery place especially with the recently wrecked 46ft catamaran desperately hanging 2/3 submerged on its anchor. As everyone we went over and had a look; not much left of the bottom of the hulls, you can look straight onto the ground through the deck hatches! What an incredible lucky family to have survived this wild ride over the reef with no one injured or worse!! Off West probably in a few days if weather fx allows, not much to do here. PS: Belated Happy Birthday to Catherine Quirke, love from us!! sailabroad false
107143 01/09/2017 19:51 -18.05 -163.2 01/09/2017 19:51
18° 03,000'S 163° 12,000'W
Been here in Palmerston for a week due to the weather,
it's been howling and seas are big. Reports from a few brave who arrived
here in the past couple of days are not convincing (30/40/50kt wind and
very heavy seas up to 5m), but it seems to calm down from today onwards
and so we should get going again. Next stop Niue or Beveridge Reef
before that, see how conditions pan out. Cheers Palmerston and its
lovely people who looked after us in true Polynesian style. It was a
very nice experience.
Been here in Palmerston for a week due to the weather, it's been howling and seas are big. Reports from a few brave who arrived here in the past couple of days are not convincing (30/40/50kt wind and very heavy seas up to 5m), but it seems to calm down from today onwards and so we should get going again. Next stop Niue or Beveridge Reef before that, see how conditions pan out. Cheers Palmerston and its lovely people who looked after us in true Polynesian style. It was a very nice experience. sailabroad false
107033 29/08/2017 10:31 -18.0166666666667 -163.183333333333 29/08/2017 10:31
18° 01,000'S 163° 11,000'W
Palmerston/ Cook Islands: here we are hanging on a mooring
off the edge of the outer reef of this little atoll in the middle of #@*ing
nowhere. the wind gusts whistling through our rig, rain squalls rushing
past.. and we sit in our cosy boat watching rugby, NZ vs Australia, live on
our TV and catching up with the world through one if the bestest internet
connection aboard since a long time!
While we wait (again) for the weather to improve our days are filled with
visits to our host family on the island and get to know this quite special
place and its locals, google it .
Meantime the whales continue to hang around close to our boat. This morning
I woke to their calling sounds.rad.
Palmerston/ Cook Islands: here we are hanging on a mooring off the edge of the outer reef of this little atoll in the middle of #@*ing nowhere. the wind gusts whistling through our rig, rain squalls rushing past.. and we sit in our cosy boat watching rugby, NZ vs Australia, live on our TV and catching up with the world through one if the bestest internet connection aboard since a long time! While we wait (again) for the weather to improve our days are filled with visits to our host family on the island and get to know this quite special place and its locals, google it :). Meantime the whales continue to hang around close to our boat. This morning I woke to their calling sounds.rad. sailabroad false
106833 23/08/2017 22:10 -17.35 -159.866666666667 23/08/2017 22:10
17° 21,000'S 159° 52,000'W
Still underway to Palmerston Atoll... no wind, too much
motoring for our liking, but good for our friends Paul&Gina on SY Solace
whose forestay broke in heavy weather earlier in the passage; luckily
the mast is still up, jury rigged with 3 haylards. Going to be an
interesting fix on a mooring outside an atoll in the middle of nowhere.
Our sacrifices to the amazing deep blue of the Pacific continue: another
lure gone with the fishes.
Still underway to Palmerston Atoll... no wind, too much motoring for our liking, but good for our friends Paul&Gina on SY Solace whose forestay broke in heavy weather earlier in the passage; luckily the mast is still up, jury rigged with 3 haylards. Going to be an interesting fix on a mooring outside an atoll in the middle of nowhere. Our sacrifices to the amazing deep blue of the Pacific continue: another lure gone with the fishes. sailabroad false
106608 19/08/2017 18:28 -16.8166666666667 -151.916666666667 19/08/2017 18:28
16° 49,000'S 151° 55,000'W
After a week of waiting for the winds and seas to abate
we are off this morning to Palmerston Atoll/Cook Islands. Maupihaa was a
great place to hang around and wait. Laters.
After a week of waiting for the winds and seas to abate we are off this morning to Palmerston Atoll/Cook Islands. Maupihaa was a great place to hang around and wait. Laters. sailabroad false
106400 16/08/2017 21:47 -16.8166666666667 -151.916666666667 16/08/2017 21:47
16° 49,000'S 151° 55,000'W
Maupihaa/Mopelia: a quirky little atoll in the middle of
nowhere, with a technically, very difficult pass to enter - apparently
it separates the men from the boys to master it - go check it out on
Google Earth. We are stuck here for probably a week until hopefully the
weather improves to head West to Palmerston Atoll/Cook Islands. 9 other
boats here, so it's quite social with beach potlucks and Petanque games
with the locals. Yesterday we walked together with our friends Paul&Gina
from SY Solace and Angela&Raeto from SY SheSan to the other end of the
island (8km each way) to deliver some provisions to a local family who
live here and collect copra for a living. There's about 20 people living
on the island and as you walk along you pass everyone's house. So we had
to stop and chat and introduce ourselves to each and everyone along the
way, even the one and only pig on the island which loves to lick your
legs and bite your ankles... a very strange experience I can tell ya.
Maupihaa/Mopelia: a quirky little atoll in the middle of nowhere, with a technically, very difficult pass to enter - apparently it separates the men from the boys to master it - go check it out on Google Earth. We are stuck here for probably a week until hopefully the weather improves to head West to Palmerston Atoll/Cook Islands. 9 other boats here, so it's quite social with beach potlucks and Petanque games with the locals. Yesterday we walked together with our friends Paul&Gina from SY Solace and Angela&Raeto from SY SheSan to the other end of the island (8km each way) to deliver some provisions to a local family who live here and collect copra for a living. There's about 20 people living on the island and as you walk along you pass everyone's house. So we had to stop and chat and introduce ourselves to each and everyone along the way, even the one and only pig on the island which loves to lick your legs and bite your ankles... a very strange experience I can tell ya. sailabroad false
105797 12/08/2017 09:01 -16.7166666666667 -151.033333333333 12/08/2017 09:01
16° 43,000'S 151° 02,000'W
Huahine: off we go tonight. bye bye F Polynesia, thanks for
having us. too short it was. we hope to come back some time again. maruruu
Huahine: off we go tonight. bye bye F Polynesia, thanks for having us. too short it was. we hope to come back some time again. maruruu sailabroad false
105624 10/08/2017 01:37 -17.4833333333333 -149.85 10/08/2017 01:37
17° 29,000'S 149° 51,000'W
Moorea: work's done, we're on the move again.
Unfortunately we have to leave FP by the end of this week, so onwards to
Huahine we sail tonight. It's a bit of a shame we couldn't check out the
surfing here a bit more. Tahiti Billabong Pro at Teahupoo starts on
Friday, which means good surf should be around...bugger. But, FP is not
that far from NZ. We might come back again one day.
(btw someone claims to have seen Kelly Slater "for sure" at the local
break at the anchorage in Marina Taina/Papeete the other day
Moorea: work's done, we're on the move again. Unfortunately we have to leave FP by the end of this week, so onwards to Huahine we sail tonight. It's a bit of a shame we couldn't check out the surfing here a bit more. Tahiti Billabong Pro at Teahupoo starts on Friday, which means good surf should be around...bugger. But, FP is not that far from NZ. We might come back again one day. :) (btw someone claims to have seen Kelly Slater "for sure" at the local break at the anchorage in Marina Taina/Papeete the other day ;) sailabroad false
105375 06/08/2017 21:26 -17.5833333333333 -149.616666666667 06/08/2017 21:26
17° 35,000'S 149° 37,000'W
Papeete/Tahiti: back to a "big" smoke..it's very strange
hearing street noise and ambulance sirens, but still being parked next to
an outer reef (with surfbreak!) and Moorea as the backdrop. Unfortunately
some repairs and maintenance were required which kept us busy for the past
couple of weeks. Soon we must depart from FP to Cook islands... visa
limitations are a royal pain.
Papeete/Tahiti: back to a "big" smoke..it's very strange hearing street noise and ambulance sirens, but still being parked next to an outer reef (with surfbreak!) and Moorea as the backdrop. Unfortunately some repairs and maintenance were required which kept us busy for the past couple of weeks. Soon we must depart from FP to Cook islands... visa limitations are a royal pain. sailabroad false
104100 15/07/2017 20:51 -16.45 -145.366666666667 15/07/2017 20:51
16° 27,000'S 145° 22,000'W
Fakarava: at the end curiousity was stronger than fear,
so off we went - again with our friends Marina and Diego - snorkelling
in the South Pass. We saw some sharks, but not the 100s people talk
about, but heaps of other fish and spotted rays. It was a very nice day
spend in great company!
Fakarava: at the end curiousity was stronger than fear, so off we went - again with our friends Marina and Diego - snorkelling in the South Pass. We saw some sharks, but not the 100s people talk about, but heaps of other fish and spotted rays. It was a very nice day spend in great company! sailabroad false
103761 10/07/2017 06:15 -16.95 -144.583333333333 10/07/2017 06:15
16° 57,000'S 144° 35,000'W
Tahanea: one "must-do" here in the Tuamotus is a
drift-dive/snorkel through the passes into the lagoons. So off we went
drift-snorkeling with some friends: dinghy out the pass, jump in and
drift back into the lagoon with the incoming current and watch the
underwater world pass by. So far all nice, until we met one of the local
dudes, a (medium size) Grey reef shark ... luckily he buggered off after
checking all four of us for a few minutes (phew). A few days later
snorkeling on a little reef Matt and our friend Marina had a closer
encounter with a tad bigger Grey; despite being quite interested in
Marina luckily no harm (phew phew). Marina and I are having second
thoughts on the famous pass in Fakarava. Apparently you can encounter
100s(!) of sharks there =
Tahanea: one "must-do" here in the Tuamotus is a drift-dive/snorkel through the passes into the lagoons. So off we went drift-snorkeling with some friends: dinghy out the pass, jump in and drift back into the lagoon with the incoming current and watch the underwater world pass by. So far all nice, until we met one of the local dudes, a (medium size) Grey reef shark ... luckily he buggered off after checking all four of us for a few minutes (phew). A few days later snorkeling on a little reef Matt and our friend Marina had a closer encounter with a tad bigger Grey; despite being quite interested in Marina luckily no harm (phew phew). Marina and I are having second thoughts on the famous pass in Fakarava. Apparently you can encounter 100s(!) of sharks there =:( sailabroad false
103454 04/07/2017 23:08 -16.45 -143.966666666667 04/07/2017 23:08
16° 27,000'S 143° 58,000'W
Makemo Western Pass: the water here is so clear that we
can sit on deck and watch the fishies swimming around the numerous coral
heads around us in 10m depth, black-tip reef sharks included. So
watching from a safe spot is quite nice all well, we leave with the
outgoing tide/current for Tahanea this afternoon. It's only 40nm, but to
get the timing right for exit and entrance of these atolls we mostly
need to do night-passages.
Makemo Western Pass: the water here is so clear that we can sit on deck and watch the fishies swimming around the numerous coral heads around us in 10m depth, black-tip reef sharks included. So watching from a safe spot is quite nice ;) all well, we leave with the outgoing tide/current for Tahanea this afternoon. It's only 40nm, but to get the timing right for exit and entrance of these atolls we mostly need to do night-passages. sailabroad false
103256 30/06/2017 21:41 -16.5 -143.816666666667 30/06/2017 21:41
16° 30,000'S 143° 49,000'W
Makemo: did our first sail through a reef infested lagoon
yesterday. It takes a lot of care and occasionally a lil bit of luck to
spot all the reeflets. Got rewarded with a lovely protected and calm
anchorage in turquoise water and a beach fringed with palm trees. No one
else here except the usual flock of fish that sets up its temporary
hiding place underneath our hull, waiting for food. So far potato
scraps, mango and cheese were fishies' favourites.
Makemo: did our first sail through a reef infested lagoon yesterday. It takes a lot of care and occasionally a lil bit of luck to spot all the reeflets. Got rewarded with a lovely protected and calm anchorage in turquoise water and a beach fringed with palm trees. No one else here except the usual flock of fish that sets up its temporary hiding place underneath our hull, waiting for food. So far potato scraps, mango and cheese were fishies' favourites. sailabroad false
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