Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Good sailing on a beam reach for the first 3 hours then lost wind and motored for 36 hrs
On passing the Grand Passage wind picked up to 15 kts as predicted but not as predicted continued to pick up peaking at 40 kts by the time we reached Chesterfield reef.
After Chesterfield we did enjoy a great days sailing with wind on the beam, moving along at 7-8 kts.
The day before we arrived in Moreton Bay, the winds died again. motored all day to see winds pick up in time to enter Moreton Bay on Sunday night. by 9:00pm we were hit by a large thunderstorm. no damage.
Good to be back home
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thinking about making landfall in Brisbane, although most of the boats here will head to Bundaberg.
We will be in Australia by the end of the month. Wow!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
A stationary front is in the area although it looks to be of little concern and will have moved on before we leave.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Fiji weather issued a strong wind warning for all Fijian waters yesterday. so far on this passage we have had almost no wind motoring all the way. The forecast is for 20 to 25knt winds from the south east. expect winds to start picking up mid morning today, building to over 25kts by tomorrow morning.
We have already reefed down in anticipation of the increased trade winds.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Stationary front moving through Tonga as we departed. expect clear weather for rest of the passage.
Our route will take us from Nukualofa to Vatoa Island then to Totoya Island before making our way to Savusavu.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Overnight sail from Va'vau to Luangahu Island. Then to Ha'afeva followed by Tungua, Lalona, Kelefesia.
Expect to be in Nuku'alofa by the week-end
1. Yamaha outboard got water in fuel and is causing many problems with carburetor. Unable to clean fuel intake, Very unreliable. May need to replace carburetor if it cannot be cleaned properly.
2. Mainsheet traveler car bolts sheered. needs to be repaired/replaced.
Hoping we can make some sort of repairs in Nuku'alofa.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
A reminder of the dangers, we met the crew of Anna as we left. A 57 ft catamaran that was capsized after being hit by 60+ kt winds after sailing nicely in 18kt winds. Anna is adrift last seen at 19 32.30S 172 14.6W drifing 325T at 1kt.
We are on route with Whiskers, Marlin & Albatross III
Another slow passage. We will just sit back and enjoy the ride.