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15º 19.044' S124º 59.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Python Cliffs, St George Basin, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.6130, 125.2980

Sail From: off Camp Creek, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA To: off Python Cliffs, St George Basin, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [24.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.5m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs (per guide, but I suspect significantly less looking at waterlines ashore). Anchored off Python Cliffs (on the mainland), north part of Saint George Basin. Protected by Saint Andrew Island and Saint Patrick Island in the Basin and. I find this all very amusing since Saint Patrick (by legend) was the one to banish snakes from Ireland, yet here Saint Patrick Island forever looks over Python Cliffs. Views of the distinctive Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo to East. Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also within Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [We enjoyed our time exploring Camp Creek (all the inlets from the dinghy, and the waterfalls and rapids from a short hike ashore). We again continued to spot (and avoid) crocodiles, but have still yet to spy a wallaby that won't skitter away without any chance of a photo (and I think to date we've only seen 4 as they run away since we arrived in the Kimberley). I don't know quite why we were surprised (given the name), but when we arrived at the end of the navigable section of Camp Creek we found around twenty people waiting for a boat pickup after spending two nights camping there. We shared our first night at anchor with the two passenger boats previously mentioned, but after that had the anchorage to ourselves. The weather was unusually overcast during our stay (but that was helpful for the dinghy outing). We've now moved out of the river and into the main basin for a couple of nights (for a day of admin and chores). We actually managed to sail out of the river as the wind was directly behind us; since much of the Kimberley requires motoring it was especially nice to cut a few hours of motoring from this journey.]

At: 17:20(AWST) 02-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 28.3C (82.94F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
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15º 32.076' S125º 12.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Camp Creek, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.2440, 124.8752
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15º 32.076' S125º 12.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Camp Creek, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.2440, 124.8752

Sail From: near King Cascade, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA To: off Camp Creek, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [6.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.2m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs. Anchored just outside entrance to Camp Creek on the main river. Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also in Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [Our previous anchorage turned out to be an error (oops!). Depthwise it was fine (yay), but we were on the wrong side of the river (and we should have known that simply by looking at the bend and thinking for a second!). Just across the river is a drying sand/mudbank which means the (south) side of the river (that we selected) gets significant current and ALL the debris channeling through. Along with twigs and leaves, large branches, and even tree trunks move with the tides in both directions and anchoring here will put us in their way with a few bumps in the night. We'll be more alert next time! We did get to visit all the sites up stream we wanted (Kings Cascades and Cathedral falls - both running ) and nudged our way into numerous inlets with the dinghy. We saw only one other set of cruisers (the lovely folks from the MV Espiritu Santo, out in their tenders). We were expecting things to be much busier based on the cruising notes. We spotted plenty of crocodiles, and it seems we each give each other a bit of distance when we come within sight of each other. So far none have seemed threatening, but we did avoid going to a couple of places because we spotted them (and of course NO SWIMMING). We also have seen plenty of bats - roosting on the side of the river at one specific spot (very noisy even in the day time), and at night we had a large group repeatedly swooping in to catch insects from the light of our anchor light (that's a first for us). Today we've moved on to Camp Creek where we actually hope to get some more walking in during our stay, and make use of some of the croc safe swim holes higher up. Things got busy while we were waiting for the tide to turn to depart the previous anchorage - we saw a dolphin, helicopter, and a couple of tenders visiting Kings Cascade Falls from the cruise ship Coral Explorer. There are two additional passenger vessels anchored nearby us here (Kimberley Explorer, and the more up-market Kimberley Quest with its own helicopter).]

At: 15:12(AWST) 30-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32C (89.6F), Humidity:47%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
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15º 36.078' S125º 17.088' EBegonia
At Anchor: near King Cascade, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.9690, 124.9137

Sail From: 'Whilrpool Point Inlet', Prince Regent River Approach, The Kimberley, WA To: near King Cascade, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [25.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.6m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs (probably less). We anchored in hole in an elbow of the river, out of main channel for general traffic, about 0.7nm north of falls. (Beware depth may vary seasonally). Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also in Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [Despite arriving early yesterday, we spent another day aboard. I had wanted to take a bit of a dinghy tour but Kyle spent much of that 'spare' time removing a blockage in our fresh water system that was suddenly leaving a bare trickle of water at the galley tap (all fixed now). To celebrate we finally opened his 'hot sauce challenge' that I'd purchased for his birthday back in December. Eight sauces ranging from 2,500 to 1.7 million Scoville Heat units (spicy/hotness) wasn't too much of a challenge for him (Kyle scored full points, he really loves very hot sauces, sampling them so regularly that his pallet is desensitized/damaged I'm sure); but I don't think he'll be volunteering to do it again in a hurry, and he'll keep those hotter sauces of the set to a few cautious drops in his food. I watched on amazed that anyone would want to feel so much discomfort (at least it isn't my cooking to blame!). A couple of (private) motor vessels arrived in the river yesterday afternoon, and we spotted one other already in the river (all larger motor vessels) so we already know we don't have this place to ourselves (I'm actually looking forward to some company), but no cruise ships so far.

Today's shift into the river required us going with the current but against strong winds (20kt+ winds, 25kt gusts) so an unexpected large chop to fight between Gap Island and well into Saint George Basin, but things did eventually calm again in the basin and beyond into the river for real. The Prince Regent river itself is described as 54nm of almost perfectly straight waterway (that's 62miles or 100km) although we can't reach much of it by boat, I'm guessing it can funnel some wind! We were not sure how far up it we'd be able to get and still have a rising tide - but we made it to the Kings Cascade falls (considered the end of navigation for our boat, and with the falls still flowing nicely). There we were greeted by a crocodile at the narrow entrance which gave us a look and then submerged out of sight. We had a good look around within the small cove and then returned to the main river to anchor in a hole that (if all our maths is correct, fingers crossed) is good for the full tide range during our stay (although we may have mud all around beyond our little hole at low tide; tides here are 7m+ (about 30') but maybe a little less this high up the river - we've allowed for worse case scenario!). From here we hope to scramble to the top of the falls (where there are croc-safe swim holes to enjoy), and also dinghy higher up the river to see more of what it has to offer (maybe tomorrow). Today we also clocked through 70,000nm on our boat log (since we outfitted Begonia back in 2012 in Virginia).]

At: 13:08(AWST) 28-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Humidity:42%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
6 days  agoShow

15º 14.064' S124º 52.05' EBegonia
At Anchor: Unnamed cove, Opposite/East of Uwins Island, Prince Regent River Approach, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.7475, 125.1332

Sail From: Northern Bay, Coronation Island, The Kimberley, WA To: Unnamed cove, Opposite/East of Uwins Island, Prince Regent River Approach, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [26.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.3m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs (where this would be too shallow for most, but fine during neaps etc). Sand shelf with much deeper water outside of it. Cove is on mainland, immediately north of Whirlpool Point, and to East of Uwins Island. Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also in Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [We had a relatively lazy day yesterday (after our early arrival at anchor at Coronation Island), and didn't venture ashore. Today was another early start (to be sure of good tide on arrival at our new anchorage), and once we turned southwards to start our approach to the Prince Regent area we needed to work hard against headwinds, so that was a bit of fast and fun sailing into chop, with plenty tacking and reefing - proper sailing so Kyle had fun!. Once we rounded Cape Wellington Kyle was still able to sail (still tacking), but the chop disappeared making things much more settled as we approached our anchorage. We have yet to see whales and for the next few days will be within the protected river systems (so we are unlikely to do so until we depart again). We have now crossed over into Dambimangari aboriginal country (we have the required visitor pass), but for the next week we'll mostly be in the Prince Regent National Park lands.]

At: 12:25(AWST) 27-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Humidity:37%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
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14º 58.014' S124º 54.084' EBegonia
At Anchor: Northern Bay, Coronation Island, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.5396, 125.4267

Sail From: Augereau Island (East Side), Cape Pond, The Kimberley, WA To: Northern Bay, Coronation Island, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [19.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.3m at chart datum (pick any depth), tide range 8m+ at springs. Others report Rocky bottom (medium holding). Area known for whales (seasonal), and brolgas (large birds) may be seen ashore. Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [We continue to hop west. Yesterday we didn't go ashore at all, enjoying the views from anchor as the tide level changed. There is a well defined line of clouds running from north to south over the island: cloudy to our east (where we've come from) and clear blue skies above and to the west it's quite dramatic. Today's sailing was the most boisterous we've had in a while, with choppy seas and head winds requiring us to reef more and more as we sailed west. We are well protected, and in sheltered waters at anchor. No whales sighted (nor brolgas as yet).]

At: 10:12(AWST) 26-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:40%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
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14º 44.088' S125º 7.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Augereau Island (East Side), Cape Pond, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.5211, 125.4832

Sail From: West of unnamed island (immediately NE of Winyalkan Island), South Montague Sound, The Kimberley, WA To: Augereau Island (East Side), Cape Pond, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [25.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [21.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in ??m at chart datum, tide range 8m+ at springs. Attempts to get closer to shore were met with random rocks (visible from boat). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [We really enjoyed our time in South Montague Sound. For the last couple of days we did chores aboard and then dinghied about, exploring among the unnamed island. We "discovered" lots of spectacular scenery, including a lovely inlet that at lower tides forms 3 beautiful oval lagoons in a line, framed with cliffs... Sigh.... We are already quite envious of the "locals" that get to visit these waters annually. During our stay the cruise ship True North was also around giving its passengers helicopter tours of the surrounding area. One night they anchored by us and put their passengers ashore at "Sunset Beach" to enjoy cocktails and the sunset. They had a tall beach fire and at some point one of the crew(?) started doing fire dancing on the beach, twirling burning branches in the dark; While not intended for us, we got to enjoy it just as much from our boat at anchor. Today we start a push west again (sailing at last), we transited Scott Strait, and despite having the wrong information about the direction of flood and ebb tides we made it through (thankfully we are in neaps and not springs). We spotted the catamaran Sojourn on AIS going east, and had a brief VHF chat with them as we passed going west approaching the strait (thanks for the tips Sojourn!).]

At: 14:38(AWST) 25-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Humidity:37%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
9 days  agoShow

14º 32.04' S125º 25.062' EBegonia
At Anchor: West of unnamed island (immediately NE of Winyalkan), South Montague Sound, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.6147, 125.4418

Sail From: Woolaston Island (South), Wollaston Bay, South Montague Sound, The Kimberley, WA To: West of unnamed island (immediately NE of Winyalkan), South Montague Sound, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [3.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.3m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs. Hidden cave reported ashore at a small inlet (on unnamed island). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore.]

General Comments: [The forecast winds didn't seem so bad in the protection of our anchorage, but were sufficient to recharge our electric dinghy motor just fine. During our Wollaston Bay stay we spent most of our time catching up with writing, pictures, and general household stuff. We DID get to go ashore while everything was still calm and found the rock art site we were hoping to see (it was quite amazing, with layers of different art painted on the rock face). The tour boat 'Kimberley Pearl' arrived with guests whilst we were up there, they had a small group and all were friendly. Our new location we hope to go ashore tomorrow and explore again; our notes suggest there is an interesting cave we can enter, but it is unlikely to be a busy day of exploring (maybe we'll see a bit more wildlife if I'm lucky). The whole area (islands and mainland shores) report good dinghy exploring to be had. We keep seeing what we now think of as 'the usual' passenger boats, but a new one popped up on our AIS today (True North), we never did meet up with the private catamaran we spotted when we first arrived in the bay and we've seen no sign of them since.]

At: 11:02(AWST) 23-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
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14º 31.026' S125º 28.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Woolaston Island (South), Wollaston Bay, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.5951, 125.4292

Sail From: Cave Beach (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA To: Woolaston Island (South), Wollaston Bay, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [7.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m at chart datum, tide range 7m+. Rock art reported ashore (both on mainland side and on Wollaston Island). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore.]

General Comments: [This morning we anchored off Cave beach. We weren't entirely sure what to expect, but WOW - what a great locations. Beautiful rock formations, arches, columns, and warrens of chambers to explore. All stunningly beautiful. We have moved again, and are anchored here after a tip from Michael aboard Odyssey. We should be well sheltered from any swell from the coming stronger SE winds (but still power the wind turbine) - and just maybe we can find the rock art ashore! (fingers crossed, we have no good GPS locations just very roughly placed markers on our chart apps and visitor guide.).]

At: 12:38(AWST) 21-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 33C (91.4F), Humidity:39%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
13 days  agoShow

14º 36.09' S125º 26.052' EBegonia
At Anchor: Cave Beach (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.2463, 125.5990

Sail From: South of Palm Island (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA To: Cave Beach (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [0.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):0.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.6 Datum, tide range 7m+ (springs). Close to Cave Beach with its spectacular columns and interconnecting chambers to wander around and explore. Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we had a full day visiting the known rock art sites. Quite a stretch for our little dinghy with its electric motor. We finished at one site and were so sad to be departing (it had great scenic views too) but the sun was soon to set and we wanted to be back at the boat well before dark (for all the obvious reasons). We did manage to disturb a croc during the day, AND had a shark 'chasing us' or probably just enjoying our engine wake - Kyle insists it was a hammer head shark (I wasn't exactly focusing on an ID at the time, but didn't notice the head anyway)!.]

At: 07:32(AWST) 21-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
13 days  agoShow

14º 35.07' S125º 25.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: South of Palm Island (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.0288, 126.0219

Sail From: Krait Bay (Admiralty Gulf), The Kimberley, WA To: South of Palm Island (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [23.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.5 LAT, tide range 7m+, Close to entrance to 'Four Man Creek'. There is plenty to do and see in surrounding area and islands (art, shell middens, caves, white beaches, stunning rock formations, etc). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore. Note marine (pearl) farm marked on current Navionics charts was removed in 2008.]

General Comments: [Another beautiful day of sailing (and another early start soon after a good red sunrise since we still have some smoke in the skies). The humidity has started to climb again (we had dew on the deck this morning; the first time in weeks). Light winds and incredibly flat seas made for an easy one. Eventually the winds dropped out entirely and we resorted to an engine for the final leg. On route we passed a couple of anchored Cruise ships, and a couple of sailing vessels (in other bays). On entering this area we spotted another catamaran tucked in way to the west of the sound (nothing on AIS, and several miles from us). We plan to be in this area for several days. I'm assuming we may actually start meeting people again!]

At: 12:10(AWST) 19-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 33.2C (91.76F), Humidity:45%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
15 days  agoShow

14º 14.076' S125º 35.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Krait Bay (Admiralty Gulf), The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.8106, 126.7578

Sail From: SW Arm, Parry Harbour, The Kimberley, WA To: Krait Bay (Admiralty Gulf), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [35.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.4m LAT, tide range 6m+, WWII remnants ashore (which I think is just some barrels left behind, arranged as defence posts). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore. Geology around the bay forms very rectangular structures that often look like city blocks, South of the Entrance especially I could easily believe I was approaching an ancient desert city.]

General Comments: [A beautiful day sailing. Skies remain smoke tinted. We spotted another sailboat today (SV Magia going west), and the Cruise ship Coral Geographer indeed leap-frogged us overnight, and we passed it again today while it was in the Mitchell River area. You'll deduce from this, that we have skipped a big section of the Kimberley including the Mitchell River (despite it being a favourite of visitors); we simply can't do everything (unfortunately) and there is some poor weather coming this week - so we want to be sure we are somewhere well protected so we've just decided to spend longer at the remaining stops. As for Krait Bay, we'll anchor here just overnight and move on west tomorrow. Today we had the most entertainment from a radio call: someone calling ""Paradise"" and advising that they were soon to land and the passengers were requesting 10 bloody mary's to be at the ready for them once they reach ""Paradise"". Kyle and I couldn't agree if the person calling was likely from a plane or a boat, and we each have no idea where ""Paradise"" is (could be another boat, or a resort of some sort, but there is no such anything we're aware of within VHF radio range).]

At: 13:40(AWST) 18-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Humidity:41%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
16 days  agoShow

14º 1.074' S126º 1.032' EBegonia
At Anchor: SW Arm, Parry Harbour, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.8899, 127.0833

Sail From: Cape Talbot, Napier Broome Bay, The Kimberley, WA To: SW Arm, Parry Harbour, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [51.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [44.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.7m LAT. Tide range 4m+. Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country however even with the required Uunguu Visitor Pass there are no approved visitor locations near this anchorage.]

General Comments: [The fires ashore at Cape Talbot made for a beautiful red sunset last night. Today has been another day of sailing west (departing well before sunrise). Again, we don't plan to go ashore here, but will use this anchorage to rest and continue west tomorrow. Kyle has done a great job of picking out our routes, and making sure we arrive at all the 'difficult' areas at appropriate tides and currents. At one point today we had a 5.5kt current in our favour (that only lasted 10 minutes before decreasing to 2.5kt, but it was way better than 5.5kt against us!). We saw one cruise ship on AIS today (Coral Geographer), but it was tucked well into Vanisittart Bay as we sailed by well to the north of it (I expect it is likely to leap-frog us overnight while we rest/sleep). And (finally) we also spotted another sailboat today on AIS (Vaminos). It was ahead of us and heading deeper into Parry Harbour than we intend to go, but it felt somewhat comforting to see other cruisers out here; that's the first we've seen since the Berkeley River. The Kimberley Coast Cruising YC have suggested there are less than 30 cruising boats in the whole Kimberley area this season (less than normal); so far we've seen 4 others. We also passed by Troughton Island today. It is a remote and treeless support settlement (with airstrip and helicopter base) for some of the oil rigs further out to sea; It looked like a posting you'd need to be paid a lot of money to make attractive! The seas have had a lot of large patches of different coloured (sediment filled) waters. Normally this is related to a river run off, but we've been unable to solve the puzzle to identify the source(s) for the patches we've found (perhaps due to the crazy currents that run around this area that presumably can isolate patches of water?). Note: We do have our Uungu (Wunambal Gaambera) visitor pass, but don't plan to go ashore for several more days as we push west. ]

At: 14:00(AWST) 17-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32.2C (89.96F), Humidity:33%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
17 days  agoShow

13º 48.066' S126º 45.048' EBegonia
At Anchor: Cape Talbot, Napier Broome Bay, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9051, 127.0627

Sail From: Glycosmis Bay (Outer), The Kimberley, WA To: Cape Talbot, Napier Broome Bay, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [42.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.0m LAT (3m+ tide range) - you can pick your depth as you approach. Bay tucked into the mainland just 1.5nm south of Cape Talbot (Sometimes called Bruce’s Bay per guides). Well protected from winds from the west. Beautiful white sandy beach ashore with a shallow creek at south end. Reefs extend well out to north and south of bay. Good rest anchorage before or after rounding Cape Londonderry. ]

General Comments: [Yesterday morning (back at Glycosmis Bay) Kyle and I spent a couple of hours ""treasure hunting"" for rock art around the site known as the Lost City; we failed to find anything. Thankfully, the small cruise ship Odyssey arrived and their lovely crew very kindly helped us find plenty of art (It’s everywhere, I've no idea how we missed it all on our own explorations!). Hopefully we now have our eye in for future forays. There seems to be several styles of art in the area, including Bradshaws (Gwion Gwion). I have no way of telling for sure, but some of these may well be tens of thousands of years old, which just ads to the wow factor (google 'Bradshaws' for more info). We also had the 'supermoon' rising just after sunset from our anchorage and looking pretty good silhouetting the trees on the land between us. Today we departed Glycosmis to round Cape Londonderry (commonly known as Cape Laundry due to it mess of seas as different currents converge and cause washing-machine-like chaos); it's a tidal split point, and also WAs most northerly point. Thankfully our passage wasn't so bad. We have now officially left the Timor Sea and are in the Indian Ocean proper. There are fires ashore hare at Cape Talbot (we assume these are controlled burns). We don't plan to go ashore here, but are just using this anchorage as an overnight stop on our passage west. We've seen no other cruisers since the Berkeley River.]

At: 14:48(AWST) 16-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32C (89.6F), Humidity:36%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
18 days  agoShow

13º 53.04' S127º 4.998' EBegonia
At Anchor: Glycosmis Bay (Outer), The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.8899, 127.0833

Sail From: Glycosmis Bay (Inner), The Kimberley, WA To: Glycosmis Bay (Outer), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [1.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.4m LAT. Shore access to the site of ""The Lost City"" and its aboriginal art. Guidebook suggests afternoon winds expected.]

General Comments: [In Glycosmis we managed to climb the cliff face (at a recognized, but frightening trail) and see views from on top. The waterfalls are no longer flowing, but there was a host of pretty wild flowers around a billabong, and large boab tree that we were both enamored with. Aside from one plane flying over, we had the bay to ourselves for the duration of our stay. We also took a walk along the beach at the entrance where we found evidence (fresh dung and hoof prints) of feral buffalo (we are just as worried about the buffalo as the crocs - they are each notorious in Australia regarding danger to life); Thankfully we didn't meet one on our walk. The overnight temperatures are now dropping below 20C (time for blankets - I never expected that here in The Kimberley!). Today we exited the shallow bar at high tide to return to the outer bay where we hope to explore the rock art.]

At: 06:50(AWST) 15-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:41%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
19 days  agoShow

13º 54.03' S127º 3.078' EBegonia
At Anchor: Glycosmis Bay (Inner), The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9051, 127.0627

Sail From: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA To: Glycosmis Bay (Inner), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [19.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m LAT. Attempts to anchor closer to falls we could not get anchor to grab (or had insufficient depth/swing room).]

General Comments: [Jackets overnight. Kyle let me return to bed after lifting anchor, but it was hard to sleep. We arrived just around sunset and poked our way into Glycosmis (inner) bay. A lovely bay, but falls not currently running at this stage of the dry season. Kyle will rest up and we will explore over the coming days.]

At: 07:10(AWST) 13-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:33%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
21 days  agoShow

13º 56.076' S127º 19.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9461, 127.3288

Sail From: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA To: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [8.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m LAT, Gelatinous mud - good holding. ]

General Comments: [Since we planned to depart the river today it was great to spend our last night near Twin Falls, with the scenery and the dusk light all to ourselves and a full day of enjoying the scenery. As we motored down the river and into the bay this morning we were surprised to discover we were the only boat here (and no AIS targets around either). We'll have a day out here in the bay (catch up with general admin etc) and then head off EARLY in the morning to (hopefully) make it into Glycosmis Bay at high tide (depending on conditions, etc). The Koolama Bay isn't as choppy as we'd expected (given several days of solid winds), but is still a little bouncy at anchor. We ate the last of our giant water melon for breakfast today; we just have a few apples left as our remaining fresh fruit - we have plenty of canned fruit (and fresh veggies too) still in our provisions.]

At: 10:34(AWST) 12-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:46%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
22 days  agoShow

14º 2.316' S19º 33.42' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.0386, 127.3260

Sail From: Off East Arm, King George River, The Kimberley, WA To: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [4.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.4 LAT. Close to falls. Lots of cruise ship tender traffic.]

General Comments: [Humidity and temperature continue to fall making things very comfortable aboard. Yesterday we took the dinghy up to East Arm Falls (which has a small stream still flowing). We met up with the skippers of Odyssey and shared some tips for west Kimberley locations. After we arrived at the falls itself, a croc appeared and hung out on a shelf by our exit path. Hmmm. So we probably spent longer than we intended wondering if we could wait him out (not). Wind is still a bit gusty so we changed our plans to hang out closer to the river mouth tonight and went in totally the opposite direction back to twin falls (enjoying the scenery along the way.]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 10:24(AWST) 11-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:33%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
23 days  agoShow

13º 59.052' S127º 21.048' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off East Arm, King George River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9923, 127.3576

Sail From: Off BBQ Beach, King George River, The Kimberley, WA To: Off East Arm, King George River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [2.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.4. Dinghy access to East Arm Falls (with rope ladder climb or rock scramble to swim holes/views at top of cliffs). Wide open junction in river (no problem getting a satellite signal).]

General Comments: [The temperatures and humidity have dropped to much more comfortable levels over the last few days. We still seem to be the only cruiser/yacht in the river, but there are plenty of commercial tour boats and their tenders so we see regular traffic. We heard them chatter on the radio that some are planning to skip the Berkeley River due to the miserable conditions outside (the ones we arrived just ahead of). We are completely protected inside the river system. Yesterday we dinghied about and poked into the various inlets and gorges, still stunned by the beauty. We saw a lot of turtles yesterday, but still no sightings of crocs or dolphins in the river since we arrived (I'm sure the crocs are about, just no so visible). We hear plenty of unusual bird chatter, but they keep themselves hidden too so I'm missing my bird photography and identification (but I've not given up yet!). While our current anchorage has a great signal, please don't worry if you don't hear from us at future points in The Kimberley as the most stunning anchorages (among the cliffs) are causing issues for acquiring any satellite signal. Kyle found and fixed a small fuel leak today in the starboard engine (just needed some screws on the fuel pump tightening).]

At: 09:24(AWST) 10-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:42%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
24 days  agoShow

14º 1.044' S127º 20.028' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off BBQ Beach, King George River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.0237, 127.3378

Sail From: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA To: Off BBQ Beach, King George River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.3m LAT, Close to BBQ beach, the steep gorge (Scenery/Swim holes where permits allow), and the Mangrove Inlet (good to dinghy in, may see turtles hanging around here and of course, great scenery - entry blocked by sandbank at low water.). Surrounding Cliffs (74m+) too steep/close for satellite signal with Iridium Go! (message delayed sending until we were out of area)]

General Comments: [We saw no other cruisers during our stay at Twin Fall, but had a constant stream of boats and tenders from visiting cruise ships/tour boats. One privately chartered boat anchored by us, but waved us off as we approached; we were talking with the crew about their plans and how we could keep out of their way, when the captain came out and told us to leave - maybe they had famous guests aboard or something?. All was made well again when a major cruise ship anchored outside the river (La Perouse), and had a greeting tender at Twin falls to 'greet' the constant traffic from its guests as they got to enjoy the views. They called out to us to chat several times. At one point during a lull in visitors, I went to get a bucket of water straight from the falls (for laundry/showers), and they offered to help (I managed on my own, but nice gesture). Once that was complete, they handed me a glass of champagne AND two bottles for the boat to share with Kyle - well that was NICE!!! We've moved further down the river now for another dinghy exploration, not yet sure if we'll stay the night or move on again - either way - its BEAUTIFUL!]

At: 09:46(AWST) 09-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:43%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
25 days  agoShow

14º 2.034' S127º 19.05' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.0387, 127.3254

Sail From: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA To: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [9.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.1m LAT (we had 4.2-5.1m) close to Twin falls, spectacular scenery and the high cliffs channel cooling winds/gusts.]

General Comments: [Overnight the cruise ship left and another (Coral Adventurer) arrived . We tried to hail them on the radio in case a FB frined was currently captaining (but no answer). A flying boat arrived to swap out / deliver passengers/crew to the Dive boat - that was cool. The winds picked up as we up anchored and approached the river entrance making things a little more challenging and choppy, but all was well. We motored (a sightseeing tour) the full navigable length with its stunning high sided cliffs with their weathered, cleaved, and fractured, sandstone rocks that often appear as stacked towers with many giant blocks ready to topple at any moment. We finally found flowing falls at the head: Twin Falls (where we have a few small streams tumbling healthily down the length, I can only imagine how powerful they must be in the wet season). Our guidebook suggests these are the tallest falls in the state of Western Australia, I'm not sure if that is correct (they are about 78m tall per the map). There were a couple of small fisho boats in the river (presumably from the cruise boats), but no other yachties which is amazing in itself as this is reported to be the most popular/busy of all the river systems in the Kimberley.]

At: 11:08(AWST) 08-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32.5C (90.5F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F)
26 days  agoShow

13º 56.082' S127º 19.08' EBegonia
At Anchor: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9466, 127.3297

Sail From: Reveley Island, Berkeley River Entrance, The Kimberley, WA To: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [40.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [37.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.0kt.

Location Comments: [A good place to wait for tides outside the King George River entrance. The Koolama Bay is named after a the MV Koolama, a passenger vessel/freighter which after being bombed by the Japanese in WWII managed to limp to the NE area of this bay and beach itself to prevent sinking (in an area now known as Calamity Bay) . 140-160 people were removed from the ship and camped ashore awaiting rescue from various sources. Amazingly no-one died in the bombing, and the majority were fit enough were escorted to safety of the Drysdale Mission after a grueling multi-day walk lead by Aboriginal guides.]

General Comments: [When lifting anchor, the anchor hardware caught on the roller, strained everything, and blew the circuit breaker (we don't have a spare). Luckily kyle managed to fix it for now while underway so we don't have to manually raise/lower the anchor chain. All was made up for with a beautiful day of sailing. Winds at 16kt (true) behind us, flat seas, sunshine, and the spinnaker pulling us along easily (mostly sailing at 6kt+). A small group of dolphins shared the bay with us on our arrival. (? They barely surface and are too shy to get an ID, but they were small with no obvious beak, I'll do some research when we next have internet, but for now I think they must be Snubfin Dolphin). There were two commercial boats anchored outside the entrance. One (Silver Explorer) a large cruise ship (large for this area). The other (Brute Force) identified as a diving vessel on AIS (that one that surprised us given the crocs in the area, I'm curious if they are actually diving). We'll relax for the afternoon/evening and go into the King George River on the morning flood tide.]

At: 14:48(AWST) 07-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 33.7C (92.66F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F)
27 days  agoShow

14º 21.546' S48º 17.58' EBegonia
At Anchor: Reveley Island, Berkeley River Entrance, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.3591, 127.8049

Sail From: First Creek Entrance, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA To: Reveley Island, Berkeley River Entrance, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [3.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.1m at Datum (for our stay we had a range of 2.7-5.3m) In the shelter of the island and the mainland (stunning scenery, nice looking beach ashore).]

General Comments: [Entering/Exiting all the river entrances have to be timed to coincide wtih a rising tide and for appropriate depths for a clear passage so we left the river and anchored outside to make for an easy getaway tomorrow as we head north again. Just as we'd lifted the anchor we were visited by the WA fisheries folk. They left their main vessel outisde of the river and arrived by support vessel, boarded and inspected our fridge, checked we had a fishing license. Etc. They were friendly and all smiles. They don't show any AIS signal. With the heat we weren't exactly dressed for visitors and had to scurry for some more 'decent' clothing (that may explain their smiles). ]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 10:42(AWST) 06-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32.7C (90.86F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F)
28 days  agoShow

14º 21.03' S127º 46.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: First Creek Entrance, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.3548, 127.7669

Sail From: Casuarina Creek Entrance, Berkely River, The Kimberley, WA To: First Creek Entrance, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [4.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 0.7m LAT (For our stay we had a range of 2-5m), off the entrance to First Creek. Plenty of small boat traffic from the nearby Lodge.]

General Comments: [We motored back more towards the main river entrance, and today we'll explore First Creek in the hope of seeing some better waterfalls (so far not much more than a trickle). We continue to spot crocodiles (but while clearly aware of us, we've heard no reports of boaties being pestered (thankfully). Yesterday there was one hanging about in front of our boat as we returned via dinghy - we gave it a wide berth! The dolphins we spot are shy and don't seek our company at all, they barely surface to breath so not photogenic types. The scenery remains spectacular and the weather is HOT!]

At: 09:20(AWST) 05-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 33.9C (93.02F)
29 days  agoShow

14º 23.04' S127º 43.086' EBegonia
At Anchor: Casuarina Creek Entrance, Berkely River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.3902, 127.7308

Sail From: Amphitheatre, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA To: Casuarina Creek Entrance, Berkely River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [7.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7.3 LAT (for our stay we need to anchor for a max of 11m depth). Just off the entrance to the creek. We've been told that Casuarina Creek is named after a native tree with especially thin (fir tree like) leaves.]

General Comments: [We moved back towards the river entrance (part way), and arrived to find two boats anchored here (Zula and Promise). From here we plan to dinghy up Casuarina Creek to explore and then make a plan from there. After exploring the length of the river (between Begonia and the dinghy) we are in love with the Berkeley River! I'd love to see what it looks like in the wet season especially.]

At: 12:50(AWST) 04-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 33.1C (91.58F), Humidity:52%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
30 days  agoShow

14º 28.098' S127º 40.026' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Amphitheatre Falls, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Timor Sea Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Amphitheatre Falls, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-14.4829, 127.6710

Progress: [We've made [255.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [1.5]nm
Since last posting we have made [14.8]nm (through water). We have moved [11.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.0kt, Avg speed for trip:3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 5.4 LAT (for our stay we needed to allow for 12m depth at high tide). Clearly this cove has some impressive waterfalls in the rainy season (dry now). The route along the river is stunning, filled with photo-perfect scenery and plenty of wildlife (crocs, birds, dolphins). Further upstream (beyond the rock ledge) are permanent waterfalls (commonly used for water collection and showers by the visiting boaters).]

General Comments: [WOW - the scenery has had me taking photos every few seconds (oops). We made it in without issue. Two other sailboats are anchored in the river (different places). L'Attitude has already spent 3 weeks in this river since arriving from Darwin (sadly, we'll only be able to spend a few days). We've already seen plenty of crocodiles and the 'white tip' dolphins were an unexpected surprise (we saw two pairs, each pair in a different stretch of the river). We need to rest up and get back to sensible circadian rhythms but I'm keen to get in the dinghy and explore!]

At: 08:56(AWST) 03-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
about 1 month  agoShow

14º 19.086' S127º 48.012' EBegonia
Day 4 of Timor Sea Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-14.3313, 127.8018

Progress: [We've made [241.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1.5]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [66.5]nm
Since last posting we have made [55.1]nm (through water). We have moved [52.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [During the day yesterday there were several rain cells that passed over us ( always with some strong gusts ahead of them but always easy to see them coming - blown-apart gulf indeed!). Mostly however the day was mild and easy. Knowing we were ahead of our planned arrival time we deliberately slowed down overnight, but still arrived at the entrance in dark so just bobbed about a couple of miles off waiting for sunrise. We are currently motoring in calm waters towards the entrance (with a rising tide).]

General Comments: [Looking out towards the river entrance, there a sand dunes to the north (right) and cliffs to the south (left). The raised plateau of Mt Casuarina standing proud of the surrounding country is kissed by the sunrise. A small cruise ship (Eco-Abrohlos) is existing as we head for the entrance. Our excitement is growing. We are uncertain how good any satellite signal will be once in the river system. Tides today have a 4m range.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 03-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 33.9C (93.02F), Course: 224(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:4Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:NE)
about 1 month  agoShow

13º 37.014' S128º 19.062' EBegonia
Day 3 of Timor Sea Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-13.6192, 128.3273

Progress: [We've made [185.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [68]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [101]nm
Since last posting we have made [120.8]nm (through water). We have moved [112.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [A mixed 24 hours, mostly light wind sailing (varying between headwinds and a broad reach). As per the forecast, and we are still on schedule to arrive on Friday morning (possibly tonight but we don't want to approach a new place in the dark). While the light winds would normally be frustrating, this stretch of water is called Joseph Bonapart Gulf and has the nickname 'blown-apart gulf' so we remind ourselves that light winds is way better than strong winds with choppy seas. Yesterday we spotted two sailboats travelling East (as we go west); we wonder how many we might see once we reach the Berkeley River. ]

General Comments: [Kyle put the life-tag (the little device that alarms if either of us fall overboard) in his pocket last night and at some point, while deploying the spinnaker, watched it fall out and bounce across the trampoline and into the water - oops. Thankfully we have multiple backups as they no longer make this unit. We've had almost total cloud coverage since we departed Darwin, and this has meant the batteries were getting very low. Last night Kyle had to motor for a few hours to give them a boost and we are hoping that the cloud cover is less of a problem today and we can get back up to 100% battery charge. Whilst in Darwin we went to a lecture by NASA to talk about the upcoming opportunity to get data from Pluto as it passes in front of a distant star (from remote sites between Katherine and Darwin). So many people travelling were so far for this rare event (and with a ton of equipment borrowed from all over the world), I sure hope they didn't have clouds blocking the view last night.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 02-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 34.8C (94.64F), Course: 236(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.3kt, Wind:7Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:N)
about 1 month  agoShow

12º 31.068' S129º 52.092' EBegonia
Day 2 of Timor Sea Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-12.5284, 129.8824

Progress: [We've made [65.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [169]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [71]nm
Since last posting we have made [65.1]nm (through water). We have moved [55.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [We departed just after noon (Boat time) and headed out in light winds and calm seas. On Maryanne's night watch she slowed to allow a couple of thunderstorm cells pass ahead of us. After that the wind just toyed with her for the remainder of her watch. We saw every angle overnight, and winds from zero to 24kt. Spinnaker was up and down, main was up and down, tacking and reefing/unreefing kept her occupied. When Kyle took over at midnight the wind was a little more consistent (he managed to return to the spinnaker and only had to gybe 3 times). If the forecast is correct we are in for a much easier day today.]

General Comments: [We're off at last for the Kimberley and very much looking forward to it. We saw a few sailboats underway as we departed Darwin but so far nobody headed our way (although we do expect plenty of boats as 2 were planning departures around the same time as us from the Marina we were using. A handful of boat traffic overnight, including a borderforce boat (that didn't call on us).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 01-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F), Course: 227(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:10Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:NE)
about 1 month  agoShow

12º 26.022' S130º 49.014' EBegonia
At Anchor: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-12.4368, 130.8188

Sail From: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT To: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT

We travelled [5.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.1m LAT in good holding. Great for sunset views and plenty of sailing traffic around on sailing nights, and sunset cruises most nights too. Weekends can be active/noisy ashore.]

General Comments: [We delayed our departure from the marina for an extra day due to mail delays (thankfully our two missing packages came today). We scheduled the lock at the marina for 5pm giving us plenty of time to make it to anchor in time for sunset. We won't need our fenders or dock-lines for months now (all being well). We are fully stocked and provisioned through to December and Kyle is keen for some of that weight to start leaving the boat as we eat/burn through it all. We had a fair mix of fun and chores in Darwin, but are now keen to move on. We also met some amazingly friendly folks in Darwin - so quite a memorable visit..]

At: 18:16(ACST) 30-May-2022, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)
about 1 month  agoShow

12º 26.046' S130º 51.054' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-12.4412, 130.8591

Sail From: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT

We travelled [5.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Small dock, away from the CBD (5min Uber ride into town), but has laundry/showers, etc for boaters. Its way less expensive than the main marina even if you factor in your uber fares. Nice floating docs behind a lock to keep water level high (max width for lock is 7m, but that would be TIGHT). But beware bugs! https://bayviewmarina.com.au/ marinamanager@bayviewmarina.com.au 0477 661 130]

General Comments: [We are back in this marina - will get our (sail) repairs done and some major provisioning. There was a bit of wind which made Kyle anxious about the skinny lock gates/entrance (reported at 7m and we are 6.4m - all you see are the big concrete posts that you might hit), but all went well. We're here for a week (more if there are any delays) ]

At: 10:12(ACST) 22-May-2022, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F)
about 1 month  agoShow

12º 26.022' S130º 49.014' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 5 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: loc:-12.4368, 130.8191

Progress: [We've made [421.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [63]nm
Since last posting we have made [59.0]nm (through water). We have moved [53.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.6kt, Avg speed for trip:4.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [WOW - that was a frustrating and SLOW passage, helped hugely since there was absolutely no swell/waves to hinder us. We are now safely at anchor. We reported our arrival to the Darwin Harbour authorities and need to call into some COVID hotline (in working hours) for the next step (hopefully just a formality).]

General Comments: [We are back, and anchored in a spot we've used before. We didn't see a single other sailboat on this passage (until we arrived at the anchorage in Darwin). Its amazing how little this area of Australia seems to be travelled.]

At: 04:56(ACST) 20-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28C (82.4F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F)
about 2 months  agoShow

11º 50.088' S131º 30.03' EBegonia
Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: loc:-11.8479, 131.5047

Progress: [We've made [362.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [63]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [113]nm
Since last posting we have made [124.5]nm (through water). We have moved [101.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [A frustrating day yesterday. The mainsail fell to the boom which gave me quite the scare at the helm wondering what had happened. It turned out that the webbing strap that holds the ring that connects to the halyard broke. So that left us with the halyard stuck at the top of the mast, and only the foresail options to use AND fighting a current most of the day.]

General Comments: [If the currents still toy with us, we may arrive in the morning.. We still hope to arrive today, but if so, it will be after dark (thankfully we've been to Fannie Bay before and know we can head for an area free of any mooring balls - but will have the spotlight out anyway). Getting the mainsail fixed is just one more job for our time in Darwin.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 19-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F), Course: 244(degT), Speed Over Ground:4kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:E)
about 2 months  agoShow

10º 51.018' S132º 54.006' EBegonia
Day 3 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: loc:-10.8527, 132.9009

Progress: [We've made [237.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [176]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [139]nm
Since last posting we have made [148.7]nm (through water). We have moved [139.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [The sailing has been wilder (compared to our beautiful calm start) - we are sailing downwind, and for part of the day the current is against us which adds to the chop. We switched from spinnaker to jib once the winds increased. The next section is heavily influenced by strong currents in the channels between islands and the mainland. We are still hoping to arrive by sunset tomorrow.]

General Comments: [Wow - I actually caught a fish (a long-fin Tuna I think) , and within an just one hour of putting out the line. I could see a patch of leaping fish ahead of us and as we passed by, one took the lure. Since I never actually expect to catch anything, dinner had already been planned (left over potato soup) - so the soup became a fish chowder. Apparently that is fish #11 (according to Kyle who managed to keep such stats in his head) - so that's 11 fish in 20 years of living on a boat.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 18-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F), Course: 269(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:E)
about 2 months  agoShow

10º 59.082' S135º 16.002' EBegonia
Day 2 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: loc:-10.9968, 135.2669

Progress: [We've made [89.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [315]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [105]nm
Since last posting we have made [89.1]nm (through water). We have moved [86.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [We departed under motor, but soon shut it down (Primarily used to power the windlass, but Kyle likes to be sure it is warmed fully and cooled properly so we got an hour out of it). We were sailing in REALLY light winds with main and jib close hauled, and barely moving for much of the day yesterday, but eventually the wind backed and filled until we were flying the spinnaker and averaging 5Kt/hour much of the night. Seas have been so flat, and temperature so lovely, even Kyle is enjoying the sailing without any complaints re the waves.]

General Comments: [I so love sailing under a full moon, that and flat seas meant I could see anything for miles (if there had been anything to see). It's still up and shining as I type this and as the light of the sun starts to show (still below the horizon). I tried trolling a line yesterday (with the usual result of 0 bites).]

At: 06:00(ACST) 17-May-2022, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F), Course: 273(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.75m (from:SE)
about 2 months  agoShow

11º 4.056' S136º 44.004' EBegonia
At Anchor: Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-11.0757, 136.7341

Sail From: Gurulia Bay, Raragala Island (The Wessel Islands) To: Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain)

We travelled [47.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [40.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.4m (LAT) on sand. The bay is well protected from all winds except West. Aboriginal lands ashore with no permitted access (last time we were here there was a general permission to explore up to the high water mark, and we understand that this is currently expired but under renegotiation). Ashore of lovely beaches and the classic amazing layered rock features of the Wessels (making cliffs, overhangs, pavements, etc - all stunning).]

General Comments: [Somehow we managed to avoid all the rain patches on this passage, but we could see them in all directions. It was a lovely sail with no waves/swell as the island chain protected us from all that (Kyle being especially happy). We arrived to find a fishing boat (Enterprise) anchored just off the bay - this is the only other boat we've seen at anchor since arriving in the NT. Ashore we spotted a Black-Neck Stork take off and fly about on our arrival (big birds that stand over a meter tall and have a wingspan of 2m/6'). We've been to this bay before and managed to dinghy around last time. If the weather allows we'll do a bit more exploring (via dinghy). Worryingly, I have an ear infection (I think from my earpiece/headset I used on my night watches on the passage here) - thankfully I have some antibiotic drops aboard (over a year out of date, but amazingly they seem to be working). ]

At: 17:12(ACST) 11-May-2022, Outside Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 35.8C (96.44F)
about 2 months  agoShow

11º 35.088' S136º 18.024' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Gurulia Bay, Raragala Island (The Wessel Islands), Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Cape York, QLD To:Gurulia Bay, Raragala Island (The Wessel Islands). Our position: loc:-11.5977, 136.3038

Progress: [We've made [394.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [8]nm
Since last posting we have made [9.9]nm (through water). We have moved [5.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.1kt, Avg speed for trip:6.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.9m (LAT), well protected from any swells, but still get a good breeze from over the low land. Typical stunning Wessel scenery ashore. No cell phone coverage (Telstra). In the past this aboriginal area has allowed permission to go ashore up to the high water mark (which is great to explore the amazing rock features and grab a healthy stroll at lower tides). As of May 2022, that blanket permission has long expired and the a new one is still under negotiation, so there is currently no option to go ashore on these aboriginal lands (but still very much worth a dinghy trip around to see the rock features from the water).]

General Comments: [Last time we came this way, we transitted a little further north through the Cumberland Strait. This time we were keen to see the Gurgari Rip, the narrower pass to the south between Raragala Island and Guluwuru Island. Based on the tide tables we had, we planned to squeeze in the Rip before the ebb changed to flood and right at sunrise. Well, it turned out the ebb was most certainly not over so we got a significant push along through the Gurgari Rip; we were expecting calm water and at times had a 5.5kt current pushing us along. Thankfully the tides tables were not out in the other direction and we didn't have to fight any currents or abort, but if we'd have understood the tides better, we'd have waited a bit longer for better light to enjoy the transit. We were shocked to see what we assume to be graffiti on the rocks in the middle of the Rip. Anyway - we are finally at anchor. The forecast has a few days of dead calms ahead of us (no good for sailing) - so we'll hang out in the Wessels and enjoy the views, and hopefully catch up with some admin (we have plenty even without internet), etc. No crocs spotted so far, but we won't be taking the inflatable kayak out for a tour from the water!]

At: 08:24(ACST) 09-May-2022, Outside Temp: 30.3C (86.54F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 33.9C (93.02F)
about 2 months  agoShow

11º 34.092' S136º 23.052' EBegonia
Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Cape York, QLD To:Wessel Islands, NT. Our position: loc:-11.5822, 136.3923

Progress: [We've made [384.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [8]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [127]nm
Since last posting we have made [132.4]nm (through water). We have moved [125.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [We spent most of the last 24 hours slowing down, so as to arrive at the Gap in daylight and before the tide turns. We are almost there, and once through will anchor on the other side.]

General Comments: [Mostly uneventful day at sea, with the odd turtle passing by. I had a very ripe Avocado that I set aside to use a couple of days ago, and since then neither of us can find it. We've checked all over, a complete mystery. I'm sure we'll eventually sniff it out, but I had actually been looking forward to it!]]

At: 06:00(ACST) 09-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F), Course: 320(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.1kt, Wind:11Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1007hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
about 2 months  agoShow

11º 16.098' S138º 30.0' EBegonia
Day 3 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Cape York, QLD To:Wessel Islands, NT. Our position: loc:-11.2827, 138.5003

Progress: [We've made [252.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [135]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [151]nm
Since last posting we have made [159.4]nm (through water). We have moved [153.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Overnight the wind swung a little more needed some beam reach sailing, and the strength piped up too. We even had a few squalls - we are back on a broad reach now. We are now well over half way across the Gulf of Carpenteria and all set to arrive well in time for the slack at the Gugari Rip (and if so, we'll anchor on the other side).]

General Comments: [Yesterday I finally had a dolphin join us (solitary), and while I was up on the bows watching it play, we went passed another snake (which lifted its head to me as if longing for a bit off a dry patch to pull out on! - no thanks buddy). The Australian Border Force (ABF) flew over in the afternoon and requested our details, so we'll expect them again today. Water temperatures and even air temps overnight are very warm; we're drinking plenty of water and making the most of rationing a giant water melon to snack on (I've cut it up and put portions in different plastic tubs to be sure it lasts).]

At: 06:00(ACST) 08-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 34.8C (94.64F), Course: 262(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:19Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 2 months  agoShow

10º 54.09' S141º 4.05' EBegonia
Day 2 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Cape York, QLD To:Wessel Islands, NT. Our position: loc:-10.9150, 141.0746

Progress: [We've made [92.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [286]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [94]nm
Since last posting we have made [92.6]nm (through water). We have moved [86.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [We've been sailing on a broad reach since we departed the anchorage. The expectation is we reach the Rip for the Monday morning current in our favour (currently we are a bit fast, so if this continues we'll slow down by reefing more). We watched occasional lightning ahead of us (to the SW) yesterday, but managed to miss it all. We are expecting some heavy rain later today (and overnight) per the forecast.]

General Comments: [I loved the flat seas we had for my watch last night, now they are up a bit, but we're still comfortable despite being in the wide expanse of the Gulf of Carpenteria. Kyle loved the impressive bioluminescence he observed last night (the best is always on his watch).]

At: 06:00(ACST) 07-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.3C (82.94F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F), Course: 261(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 2 months  agoShow

10º 41.046' S142º 31.068' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Cape York, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Lizard Island, QLD To:Cape York, QLD. Our position: loc:-10.6912, 142.5274

Progress: [We've made [328.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [12]nm
Since last posting we have made [16.3]nm (through water). We have moved [10.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.6kt, Avg speed for trip:6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Cape York Peninsula, large sand flats at low tide, so timing visits ashore helps prevent hauling the dinghy too far (especially given this is croc territory). Ashore is a short trail to the actual point (northern most point in Mainland Australia), and a couple of camp sites (4WD road to point). Occasional flickers of 1bar 3G Telstra Signal (would probably work fine with a booster).]

General Comments: [We made it! The big turning point from which we leave the Coral Sea and can head west across northern Australia. We'll probably be here a couple of days, the tides are not the best to get ashore, but we're keen to try anyway (it's highly unlikely that we'll ever be this way again).]

At: 08:56(AEST) 04-May-2022, Outside Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
2 months  agoShow

10º 45.078' S142º 41.028' EBegonia
Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Lizard Island, QLD To:Cape York, QLD. Our position: loc:-10.7629, 142.6878

Progress: [We've made [311.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [12]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [155]nm
Since last posting we have made [157.9]nm (through water). We have moved [145.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Another great day of downwind sailing (mostly with the spinnaker) - as he channels wend their way around the various reefs and islands it was sometimes a broad reach. Plenty of cargo ships and the odd fishing boat also.]

General Comments: [We're almost there (just 12nm to go as the sun rises). Plenty of birds swooping about yesterday afternoon. During Kyle's night watch he can see 4 planets at the same time (still very close together), the big dipper gets higher and the southern cross gets lower in the sky. Passage rather uneventful (the way we like it).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 04-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.2C (82.76F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F), Course: 302(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
2 months  agoShow

12º 58.008' S143º 43.08' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Lizard Island, QLD To:Cape York, QLD. Our position: loc:-12.9684, 143.7300

Progress: [We've made [153.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [167]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [153]nm
Since last posting we have made [153.8]nm (through water). We have moved [142.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Downwind sailing, we've been using the jib and Kyle is preparing to switch to the spinnaker as the wind reduces. The sailing catamaran Oceaneer departed Lizard Island shortly after us yesterday, and passed us just before noon. They are so much bigger than us, that we'd expected it earlier. They later pulled off to presumably anchor for the night, I wonder if we'll see them again. We've mostly been staying alongside the channels as the passage among the reefs is definitely not a straight line. When there is no shipping traffic we've cut across (or sailed along) the channels when it helps to reduce the distance or get the better wind angle.]

General Comments: [We loved our time at Lizard Island, and spent our day ashore hiking all the trails and visiting the marine research station (squeezing it all into one day!). The passage so far has been nice, with the big dipper now easy to spot in night sky. Yesterday Kyle says he spotted a single dolphin that briefly visited us yesterday (and just surfaced twice before moving on); That is the first we've seen in a very long time. A few birds, and plenty of islands and reefs. We remain on track to arrive Wednesday morning.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 03-May-2022, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 340(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
2 months  agoShow

14º 39.072' S145º 27.012' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.6620, 145.4524

Sail From: Cooktown, QLD To: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD

We travelled [49.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [49.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.6m of sand (LAT). Sat imagery great to be sure to avoid corals and sea grass. Long beach ashore and access to the National Park trails (includes sacred aboriginal ceremonial grounds on Cook Lookout (Hill)). Resort is just to the SW of anchorage (avoid), Marine research station to south of Island on Lagoon side.]

General Comments: [An early departure and a choppy broad reach passage from Cooktown, but we arrived in glorious sunshine. Last time we were here we were not permitted ashore (COVID restrictions). We hope to rectify that this time around. Also this is probably the last decent chance for some snorkelling (before we head too far north into croc territory. Just one other boat in this bay on our arrival, a big sailing catamaran (Oceaneer).]

At: 14:06(AEST) 30-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 31C (87.8F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 33C (91.4F)
2 months  agoShow

15º 46.032' S145º 24.012' EBegonia
Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Townsville, QLD To:Cooktown, QLD. Our position: loc:-15.7718, 145.4016

Progress: [We've made [226.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [24.5]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [145.5]nm
Since last posting we have made [130.3]nm (through water). We have moved [144.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [The last 24 hours has been SO MUCH NICER than the first part of the trip. The wind was from behind (we flew the spinnaker most of the time), the rain mostly stopped (with just a few light sprinkles), and the sea are flat now we find ourselves in the shelter of so many of the reefs and islands. We did have frequent lightning ahead for my night watch (thankfully nothing up close), and that brought the occasional flashlight to the otherwise dark night. We are seeing patches of large logs (even in the main shipping channels) so are keeping an especially keen watch of the water immediately ahead of us.]

General Comments: [Well we should indeed arrive today, this morning (Kyle was right).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 27-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 338(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:5Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:SE)
2 months  agoShow

15º 27.534' S145º 14.916' EBegoniaSafely arrived: at Anchor in Cooktown, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE. Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Townsville, QLD To:Cooktown, QLD. Our position: loc:-15.4589, 145.2486 Progress: [We've made [249.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [24.5]nm Since last posting we have made [23.3]nm (through water). We have moved [20.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip:5.5kt. Sailing Conditions [Anchored off main waterfront in 1.4m at LAT (outside of moorings). Strong currents and logs in water from recent rains in main channel (so far nothing where we are anchored).] General Comments: [We arrived, the skies and weather are clearing (looking like a perfect day with even a pleasant breeze to fight the temperature). The place looks so lush and I'm keen to get ashore (but we'll probably rest up today to get our body clocks back in sync). Given the currents, no rowing, we'll get the electric motor out for the short dinghy trip ashore.] At: 09:42(AEST) 27-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 338(degT), Speed Over Ground:kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:m (from:) ----- At 26/04/2022 23:42 (UTC) our position was 15°27.54'S 145°14.91'E2 months  agoShow

17º 59.07' S146º 23.022' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Breakwater Marina, Townsville, QLD To:Cooktown, QLD. Our position: loc:-17.9947, 146.3872

Progress: [We've made [95.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [170]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [80]nm
Since last posting we have made [95.9]nm (through water). We have moved [79.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [WOW. We left Townsville with the forecasts all agreeing we could expect some good winds from the south to give us a fast ride north. We started with that (as we needed to head East to get around Magnetic Island), and once we turned north the wind backed to a broad reach, and overnight to a beam reach, and eventually head winds that meant we need to tack. Also those strong winds just kept flipping on and off between 20kt and 4kt, AND we had some great squalls to add to the mix. So far Kyle is still confident we'll arrive at Cooktown tomorrow, but I'd not be surprised if that extends.]

General Comments: [A very wet and frustrating time in the helm for the both of us (even though we darted inside once the rain arrived, the need to keep reefing and unreefing had us both getting soaked (at least it's warm). There was so much rain we could have filled our water tanks several times over (except we'd just filled them at the marina). Forecast check today suggests we should be in ESE/SE winds of around 15kt (lets hope it arrives soon)..Overnight was very dark, with 100% cloud, quite eerie sailing along (thank goodness for our instruments)]

At: 06:00(AEST) 26-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 339(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.3kt, Wind:7Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1007hPa, Swell:1m (from:NE)
2 months  agoShow

19º 14.052' S146º 49.068' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in The Duck Pond, Townsville, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD To:The Duck Pond, Townsville, QLD. Our position: loc:-19.2422, 146.8278

Progress: [We've made [121.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [19.4]nm
Since last posting we have made [18.7]nm (through water). We have moved [19.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.3kt, Avg speed for trip:5.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 1.3m (between mooring balls). Holding reported to be poor with boats dragging regularly in stronger blows/gusts. Good cell phone signal (3bar 4G with Telstra). The Duck Pond is not as it sounds, but just a sheltered area outside the river/harbour but within the breakwaters.]

General Comments: [We made it. More rain showers (with Kyle at the helm). We'll anchor here for the day and head into the marina tomorrow (Monday) for a week before heading north again. ]

At: 10:24(AEST) 17-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
3 months  agoShow

19º 10.032' S147º 9.03' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD To:Townsville, QLD. Our position: loc:-19.1717, 147.1548

Progress: [We've made [103.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [19.4]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [105.6]nm
Since last posting we have made [103.2]nm (through water). We have moved [103.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Downwind sailing in easy seas. A few rain showers to keep us on our toes]

General Comments: [We jump north again. I got an early start today with an email and a text from the USA with a tax filing crisis (all resolved now). Thankfully we had a good enough signal, and I could do it all while Kyle was still on watch.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 17-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 285(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.5kt, Wind:16Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
3 months  agoShow

20º 12.018' S148º 37.032' EBegonia
At Anchor: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2026, 148.6218

Sail From: Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD

We travelled [30.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.3m LAT (you can pick your depth), beautiful bay, well protected from most winds, Dryander National Park lands ashore (but I'm not aware of any trail access from the bay). No cellphone service (Telstra). Quiet, feels very remote depiste being on the mainland and within a short sail of various townships.]

General Comments: [We departed under sail, but needed to use the motor to get through Hook Channel (between Hook and Whitsunday Island) which had a section of zero wind. Still no dolphins spotted - I think that’s a month without seeing them (quite unusual/unlucky).]

At: 12:44(AEST) 13-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 30.8C (87.44F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
3 months  agoShow

20º 14.028' S149º 1.008' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2375, 149.0182

Sail From: Boat Port, Lindeman Island, QLD To: Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [12.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [One of 14 public moorings (2 hour limit) 4.3m LAT, busy with visiting tour boats. Trail ashore (small hill) to see views to the south of Hill Island Inlet and beyond. 2m+ tide range so plan your trip and where to leave the dinghy. No Phone Signal.]

General Comments: [A fun sail with currents in our favor to transit Soway Passage (between Whitsunday and Hasle Wood Islands). Plenty of plane and helicoptor traffic (giving tours we assume, they'll have great views!).]

At: 11:40(AEST) 11-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
3 months  agoShow

20º 25.086' S149º 1.086' EBegonia
At Anchor: Boat Port, Lindeman Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.4312, 149.0307

Sail From: Roylen Bay, Goldsmith Island, QLD To: Boat Port, Lindeman Island, QLD

We travelled [16.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.8m LAT (pick your depth) - off fringing reef. National Park ashore (no fires, dogs, etc). Guide book suggests there is access to trails ashore, but we can't see any evidence of that (from anchor). Guidebook also suggests this as 'tolerable' - so probably best for catamarans or those that don't mind a bit of rolling.]

General Comments: [We left the mooring ball under sail (Kyle is happy), and had a good downwind sail north again (with just a few gybes to keep us on course around the hazards). Still getting the odd rain shower, but hints of blue sky. Plenty of turles around (on route and at anchorage), but once they notice us they dive fast (its fun to watch them realize we are here).]

At: 13:12(AEST) 09-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 29C (84.2F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
3 months  agoShow

20º 40.032' S149º 8.094' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball (free) in Goldsmith Island (NW Bay), QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:West Bay, Middle Percy Island, QLD To:Goldsmith Island (NW Bay), QLD. Our position: loc:-20.6719, 149.1493

Progress: [We've made [88.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [88]nm
Since last posting we have made [88.0]nm (through water). We have moved [84.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip:5.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [South Mooring ball (4.0m LAT). There are 2 public mooring balls available. Nice beach ashore. This is an uninhabited, National Park island, the nearby Farrier Island (to the SW of the bay) has privately owned property. No (Telstra) phone signal at mooring, others report signal available if you hoist phone up mast, and northerly mooring ball is likely to have a better signal (clear of nearby islands, the camping area ashore reportedly has a good 3bar signal.)]

General Comments: [Sailing was a bit too downwind, so we needed to gybe a few times as the currents shifted, but otherwise it was easy sailing. By 5:30am the heavy rain started, so were especially grateful for a mooring ball to pick up (way quicker than anchoring, so less time on deck in the rain for me). Given the rain, I suspect/hope we will have time to catch up on some photo organizing and blog writing during our time here (we are very behind). Its overcast, and with our wind generator still out of action we may be struggling with the battery power today. ]

At: 07:54(AEST) 08-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
3 months  agoShow

21º 39.012' S150º 14.07' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in West Bay, Middle Percy Island, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Great Sandy Strait To:West Bay, Middle Percy Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-21.6515, 150.2446

Progress: [We've made [306.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [45]nm
Since last posting we have made [49.0]nm (through water). We have moved [41.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.6kt, Avg speed for trip:6.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.2m LAT (3.5m+ tide range), sand bottom. Lovely beach with coconut palms. Ashore is the well visited cruisers' A-frame shack, where since 1962 visiting boats traditionally leave a calling card/momento to mark their visit. No Telstra signal at anchor (can climb the nearby hill ashore to south - Smith Bluff, or at the higher points along the track to the homestead - for a signal). Coconut Palms ashore.]

General Comments: [Arrived safe and well, we were flying the spinnaker until the last turn (at Howard Point). Still no dolphins so far on this passage. We plan to spend two nights here, so will go ashore to hike the trail(s) tomorrow; today we'll rest up and get our sleep cycles in sync. It's been a while since we set foot ashore so exercise is long overdue! There are a couple of other boats anchored here so there may even be a bit of socializing. I'm especially excited since our (Navionics) chart app comments suggests there are coconuts ashore (visually confirmed) and its been a long time since we were able to gather coconuts for boat snacks.]

At: 14:48(AEST) 05-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 31.5C (88.7F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
3 months  agoShow

22º 4.032' S150º 49.086' EBegonia
Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Great Sandy Strait To:Middle Percy Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-22.0723, 150.8310

Progress: [We've made [257.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [45]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [152]nm
Since last posting we have made [150.8]nm (through water). We have moved [145.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [More fine sailing, the spinnaker remains up (we just need to gybe once in a while). We've seen no other boats by eye, but we see a few (cargo and sail) on the AIS and the occasional distant glow of fishing boats over the horizon. We crossed the Tropic of Capricorn yesterday so are now officially in the tropics (and yes, I did my overnight watch without a jacket).]

General Comments: [Change of destination - we've decided to stop at Middle Percy Island for a quick explore on our push North. This means we'll be at anchor sometime this afternoon (See changes to ETA). Amazingly we've seen NO dolphins on this trip, Yesterday afternoon however Kyle spotted a large python like snake (8 feet long) apparently looking for land (poor thing). Our night watches have been quite ablaze with the stars, I spotted lots of meteors blazing across the sky. On Kyle's watch he was on deck trying to get a view of a particular constellation (blocked by the spinnaker) and he got slapped with a spinnaker sheet (rope) and lost his glasses overboard (thankfully we carry spares with his current prescription).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 05-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 305(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
3 months  agoShow

23º 54.072' S152º 33.018' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Great Sandy Strait To:Whitsunday Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-23.9119, 152.5532

Progress: [We've made [107.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [297]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [93]nm
Since last posting we have made [107.1]nm (through water). We have moved [99.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Winds were so light as we left our anchorage, and then headwinds as we traversed the channels that we had no choice to motor until we were out of the channels and into Hervey Bay. Once sailing the headwinds forecast were kindly beam reach (much nicer), and the seas have been flat enough for a gentle, pleasant sail - YAY! We are currently sailing downwind with the spinnaker, and boobies (birds) are flying past off for breakfast someplace.]

General Comments: [So we are off again, heading North. T-shirt weather in the day (at night a jacket for Maryanne, but Kyle sticks to just T-Shirt and shorts).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 04-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 321(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1m (from:E)
3 months  agoShow

25º 32.04' S152º 56.01' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Great Sandy Strait, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Yellow Patch, Moreton Island (North End), QLD To:Great Sandy Strait. Our position: loc:-25.5395, 152.9351

General Comments: [Anchored for the night before pushing north again tomorrow.]

At: 11:04(AEST) 02-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 30.7C (87.26F)
3 months  agoShow

25º 46.032' S153º 8.022' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Yellow Patch, Moreton Island (North End), QLD To:Great Sandy Strait. Our position: loc:-25.7718, 153.1370

Progress: [We've made [66.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [20]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [65]nm
Since last posting we have made [66.9]nm (through water). We have moved [77.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [We are just negotiating wide bay bar now (in the magic mile) - conditions are great. We were sailing most of yesterday with spinnaker, but reduced to the jib to avoid arriving at the bar too early. From here we will continue north for as long as the flood allows us to and find a suitable spot to anchor.]

General Comments: [With plenty of space and the wind pushing us away from the shore, Kyle manually lifted the anchor to depart (he loves that!). A rather uneventful overnight sail (always good). There were quite a few cargo ships and fishing boats to keep us occupied through the beautiful starry night (new moon) as we sailed north.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 02-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 30C (86F), Course: 250(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
3 months  agoShow

27º 1.08' S153º 25.08' EBegonia
At Anchor: Yellow Patch, Moreton Island (North End), QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.0299, 153.4299

Sail From: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD To: Yellow Patch, Moreton Island (North End), QLD

We travelled [52.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [41.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.6m LAT (Pick your depth), area subject to swells and waves, so only suitable in appropriate weather conditions. Ashore for a walk on the beach (plenty of passing 4wd traffic). Phone signal low but functional (Telstra)]

General Comments: [We spent our time just relaxing at anchor in some very heavy rains (in just 3 days the area got the annual rainfall of London). Ashore there was more devastation for some of the inland towns suffering 2nd major flood events for the year in QLD, before the system shifted south and continues to cause loss of property and life in NSW. We've now moved north and are anchored on the North end of Moreton Island with the expectation that by later his afternoon the wind is to shift to the south, and build/be strong for a few days.. The passage today was a lot of work (and with an early start), lots of reefing and unreefing, sailing through meandering channels changing the point of sail, and ferry traffic to keep us alert. I think Kyle had fun. Some of the recent repairs need to be reworked (the windlass works, but backwards, and the wind generator is constantly breaking when it shouldn't). Hopefully we have time to address both these while stopped here..]

At: 15:00(AEST) 30-Mar-2022, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
3 months  agoShow

27º 43.242' S153º 24.162' EBegonia
At Anchor: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.7207, 153.4027

Sail From: The Boat Works (Marina), Coomera, QLD To: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

We travelled [15.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m LAT. Area subject to currents. Pleasant anchorage with dunes ashore, popular at weekends.]

General Comments: [After a last coffee at 'The Galley', we left the dock and motored down the Coomera river. We had great weather, sunshine and a mild breeze, but the forecast is for several days of heavy rain (a perfect place for some enforced rest).]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 11:30(AEST) 26-Mar-2022, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
3 months  agoShow

27º 52.032' S153º 20.022' EBegonia
At Anchor: Coomera River (off The Boat Works) - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8717, 153.3365

Sail From: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD To: Coomera River (off The Boat Works)

We travelled [22.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5 (LAT), in good holding. A great place to anchor the night before a haul-out at The Boat Works]

General Comments: [Kyle spent much of the afternoon (it seemed) sailing but making no way against the current - he was perfectly happy about that, I was confused, but busy with admin stuff so I left him to it. His back is still a problem, so he called for help to deploy and roll up the jib a few times. Hopefully he truly can be convinced to rest up now before our haul out next week.]

At: 18:18(AEST) 02-Mar-2022, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
4 months  agoShow

27º 43.02' S153º 24.018' EBegonia
At Anchor: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.7204, 153.4027

Sail From: The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD To: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

We travelled [46.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [25.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.7m LAT, the anchorage is well protected by the shore, a long sandbank that parallels the shore, and numerous islands in the bay. Easy shore-access to the National Park (and trails). Subject to currents. 1bar 4G (Telstra)]

General Comments: [Ugh - we really wanted to rest up today (and we have plenty of catch-up jobs outstanding too), but the forecast is for winds from the South which we were not so well protected from. So we have moved further south (closer to Boat Works) and well protected from all sides. Mostly motoring today as we navigate the sinuous channels, with a bit of motor sailing when conditions allowed. Thankfully conditions were very calm so it was easy to spot (and avoid) everything that has been washed down with the recent flooding. Kyle's back is still a problem so I really need to enforce a few rest days now we are secure and safe from most conditions. We are feeling the heat and have already spotted a few March Flies so we may be a little crazy by the time we leave this anchorage, but hopefully we can at least catch up with all our on-line jobs.]

At: 17:18(AEST) 28-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
4 months  agoShow

27º 17.076' S153º 23.088' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 8 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-27.2964, 153.3977

Progress: [We've made [1083.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [40]nm
Since last posting we have made [23.5]nm (through water). We have moved [19.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.5kt, Avg speed for trip:6.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4m (LAT), off sand dunes. Popular spot with 4WD and boat visitors for tobogganing/boarding down the dunes. (We show 1 bar 4g Telstra mobile, previous visitors report needing to climb dunes for a signal, so may not be reliable from anchorage)]

General Comments: [We made it - finally at anchor. The rain stopped to allow me to anchor (score!), and the chop is minimal as the dunes protect us here. Weather remains quite miserable and we are absolutely ready for a rest. Will move further south in a couple of days (conditions permitting). News reports are showing incredible flooding events and loss of property (and life) in a huge area of South-East Queensland. We are avoiding any river outlets for now (where trees and other debris are likely), and hopefully these excessive winds will be ending soon (we were still seeing 30kt+gusts as we approached the anchorage). Poor Kyle is a wrinkly prune on hands and feet, and his back needs some serious rest time. I have Netflix at the ready, and potato soup planned, add a beer or a glass of wine and we'll both end up skipping the Netflix!]

At: 12:48(AEST) 27-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
4 months  agoShow

27º 0.006' S153º 14.052' EBegonia
Day 8 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-27.0008, 153.2423

Progress: [We've made [1060.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [40]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [-8]nm
Since last posting we have made [137.1]nm (through water). We have moved [84.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [I thought yesterday was a miserable night - last night certainly topped it with wild seas, heavy rain, and winds regularly gusting in the high 30kts AND all the time second guessing ourselves regarding skipping the Southport Seaway Bar for another night of this. We rounded Moreton Island, but were unabel to take an shortcuts and are still to find ourselves in any shelter - we have 2m waves inside the Bay. The radar suggests we may be almost done with the worst of it all. We are also glad to enter the bay in daylight as we are expecting a ton of debris to be floating about given the recent storms.]

General Comments: [So looking forward to anchoring and being still-ish for a few days. With the expected wind shifts I believe we are headed for Slipping sands (for now) - should be anchored later today. Oh - and to add to the misery, Kyle's back is on its way out again, it keeps twinging and he has to walk in a very peculiar way (not easy given the conditions).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 27-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 150(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:22Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1003hPa, Swell:2m (from:E)
4 months  agoShow

30º 33.078' S153º 24.03' EBegonia
Day 6 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Moreton Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-30.5626, 153.4052

Progress: [We've made [764.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [219]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [83]nm
Since last posting we have made [173.9]nm (through water). We have moved [133.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [The wind change we'd expected from the forecasts before departure are now vanished from current forecasts, we've made the call and have changed our destination to Moreton Island (about 50nm North of Southport Bar). This is an open bay which will allow us entry any time, and we can anchor and be protected from wind and swell. From there we will then back-track with day sails. In the meantime, aboard, seas remain boisterous (yuk).]

General Comments: [Plenty of shearwater (Mutton Birds) clearly enjoying the conditions at sea. They look so graceful as we bounce along. Yesterday we had the current against us for much of the time (which explains the reduced distance actually travelled).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 25-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Course: 347(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.1kt, Wind:21Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:E)
4 months  agoShow

32º 44.064' S153º 57.09' EBegonia
Day 5 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Southport, QLD. Our position: loc:-32.7437, 153.9647

Progress: [We've made [590.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [302]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [167]nm
Since last posting we have made [149.4]nm (through water). We have moved [166.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [A reasonable morning/day yesterday, with the current mostly in our favor, but another boisterous night when we had a current heading east and 25kt winds from the East both working against each other to make a bouncy sea. Even though the current is changed, the seas remain a mess this morning.]

General Comments: [It seems we should arrive at the Southport entrance by evening on Saturday 26th - however we are not sure we can expect conditions to allow entry, and may still have to sail on further north to enter via the bay (or wait offshore for conditions to improve).. We keep monitoring the forecasts and, once we arrive, we can see the reality of the situation.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 24-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Course: 4(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:17Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:NE)
4 months  agoShow

35º 29.082' S153º 36.102' EBegonia
Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Southport, QLD. Our position: loc:-35.4970, 153.6165

Progress: [We've made [440.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [469]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [142]nm
Since last posting we have made [137.7]nm (through water). We have moved [139.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [We have entered a back eddy of the East Australia Current so we are getting a bit of assistance (which is why we are so far offshore). Conditions aboard are boisterous (yuk) as we sail about 60 degrees to the wind in choppy conditions. We expect conditions to remain the same until tomorrow morning. It seems entry to Southport is not going to be 'nice' so we may have to sail around and enter further north, we'll keep checking on those forecasts.]

General Comments: [We had a large pod of (small) dolphins join us over dinner yesterday. They were loving the conditions!]

At: 06:00(AEST) 23-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Course: 6(degT), Speed Over Ground:9.6kt, Wind:20Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:NE)
4 months  agoShow

37º 36.072' S152º 25.026' EBegonia
Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Southport, QLD. Our position: loc:-37.6117, 152.4207

Progress: [We've made [303.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [611]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [140]nm
Since last posting we have made [157.1]nm (through water). We have moved [139.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [The conditions really did improve yesterday, the swell/waves reduced and the wind backed, by 3pm we were using the spinnaker and have been all night. Nice sailing conditions now]

General Comments: [Kyle had dolphins join him for over an hour during the night (that made him happy). This morning he knocked over a coffee mug (not so happy).. Poor guy.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 22-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 19.7C (67.46F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Course: 3(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.6kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
4 months  agoShow

39º 24.048' S150º 33.018' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Southport, QLD. Our position: loc:-39.4083, 150.5526

Progress: [We've made [146.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [751]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [149]nm
Since last posting we have made [146.0]nm (through water). We have moved [139.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):7.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [The departure started well, although we were the last to leave the anchorage. Based on the forecast we expected the winds to peak around 10pm, but things just continued to grow after that, and have only started to decline since around 5am today. Kyle reported over 40kts sustained, several times overnight. Thankfully we are sailing at about 120 degrees (the wind mostly behind us). This along with some very steep seas meant we didn't need any reminders to be wearing a life jacket and be clipped in for any reefing and unreefing (which requires us to exit the cockpit enclosure). Overnight for my watch we had 4 hours of dramatic, constant lightning all around us (with at least 8 bolts per minute). According to the forecast we'll be expecting to fly the spinnaker later today (although its hard to believe right now).]

General Comments: [With the boisterous conditions and first day/night of the passage, we both expect to sleep well on our next off-watches to make up for the anxiety-ridden conditions so far.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 21-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 19.2C (66.56F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Course: 30(degT), Speed Over Ground:9kt, Wind:28ktKt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1004hPa, Swell:3m (from:SW)
4 months  agoShow

40º 59.076' S148º 20.064' EBegonia
At Anchor: Eddystone Point (South Cove) - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-40.9961, 148.3440

Sail From: Binalong Bay To: Eddystone Point (South Cove) - Tasmania

We travelled [33.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in clear water and sand bottom (4m LAT). Great view of the classic Bay of Fires rocks and the beautiful Eddystone Lighthouse. Looks possible to go ashore and visit lighthouse (but we arrived without time to do so).]

General Comments: [A day of strong and gusty headwinds, so lots of tacking. At one point a large pod of leaping dolphins came close (but didn't visit the bows). We are now safely tucked in against the north winds and with a splendid view of the lighthouse and rocks… We are quite sad that the weather forecast has us on the move again first thing in the morning so we can't go ashore.]

At: 18:02(AEDT) 19-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
4 months  agoShow

41º 14.088' S148º 18.03' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Cosy Corner, Bingalong Bay - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-41.2484, 148.3048

Sail From: St Helens To: Cosy Corner, Bingalong Bay

We travelled [9.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 MAST moorings (10m depth) in this bay with beautiful white beaches and rocks ashore. Short walk to point to east to pick up Skeleton Bay trail to see the classic Bay of Fires rocks.]

General Comments: [We left St Helens, with a beautifully flat/calm bar and a fond farewell from the VMR duty officer. Motored the short way to Bingalong and are hoping to get ashore in these wonderfully (but rare) favourable conditions.]

At: 11:04(AEDT) 18-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:44%, Water Temp: 17.8C (64.04F)
5 months  agoShow

41º 19.056' S148º 24.018' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasmania Passage From:Bryans Corner/Bryans Beach, Freycinet Peninsula To:St Helens. Our position: loc:-41.3262, 148.4029

Progress: [We've made [51.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [11.6]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [50.4]nm
Since last posting we have made [51.2]nm (through water). We have moved [56.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Downwind spinnaker sailing. In order to time the entrance to the bar we needed to sail overnight, but slowwwwwly (departing and arriving in daylight). ]

General Comments: [Kyle saw the faint glow of an aurora last night (once the moon had gone down), AND he had dolphins visit on his watch.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 15-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 337(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.8kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:1m (from:S)
5 months  agoShow

41º 19.578' S148º 15.144' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in St Helens, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasmania Passage From:Bryans Corner/Bryans Beach, Freycinet Peninsula To:St Helens. Our position: loc:-41.3263, 148.2524

Progress: [We've made [59.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [11.6]nm
Since last posting we have made [8.6]nm (through water). We have moved [6.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.5kt, Avg speed for trip:3.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3m (LAT), but assume less (1.2m?) for full swing circle (soft mud bottom). Anchored outside moorings. Also nearby, public dock, and small marina.]

General Comments: [We arrived and had an easy entrance over the bar. Unfortunately the public dock (which we were hoping for) was full on our arrival, so we found an anchor spot that will work. Rest day today (especially for Kyle who had the midnight to 6am watch and has yet to sleep since.]

Passage Complete

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 09:30(AEDT) 15-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 21.4C (70.52F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
5 months  agoShow

42º 15.036' S148º 16.068' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bryans Corner/Bryans Beach, Freycinet Peninsula - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.2560, 148.2783

Sail From: off Richardsons Beach, Coles Bay To: Bryans Corner/Bryans Beach, Freycinet Peninsula

We travelled [14.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.5m (LAT) of sand (pick your depth). Nice beach ashore and trail access to north (and camp site). Freycinet National Park (No pets ashore). Phone signal marginal/poor.]

General Comments: [We sailed south today (tacking into the winds) to put us in a good place to round Freycinet and head north again. For now we'll hold out here a few days waiting for the north winds to pass before we move on.]

At: 16:22(AEDT) 12-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:45%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
5 months  agoShow

42º 7.074' S148º 17.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Richardsons Beach, Coles Bay - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.1286, 148.2971

Sail From: Darlington Bay, Maria Island To: off Richardsons Beach, Coles Bay

We travelled [25.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [29.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.3m (LAT, but you can pick your depth) - in sand, outside of mooring ball area. Ashore are plenty of trails, and the town of Coles has grocery stores, cafes, and a pub.]

General Comments: [A lovely day sailing (with some motoring) - we had planned to stop off at Ils des Phoques (Seal Island) to take the dinghy into some of the amazing caves there - however the swell was too much so we didn't even bother deploying the dinghy. We did loop all around the island and enjoyed the Fur Seals barking away ashore (although the smell was a bit pungent). On the passage today we shared the water with dolphins, penguins and fur seals. And of course, on arriving we got to see the amazing Hazards mountains. Kyle had a notion he wanted to climb one of them, but the trail guide implies a lot of scrambling on all fours on some very slippery granite so I've passed on that. We are expecting some strong northerly winds tomorrow so we are tucked out of harms way and safe.]

At: 15:32(AEDT) 10-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:48%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
5 months  agoShow

42º 34.074' S148º 3.078' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Darlington Bay, Maria Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.5791, 148.0632

Sail From: Whalers Cove, Riedle Bay, Maria Island To: Darlington Bay, Maria Island

We travelled [15.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [One of 3 (shallow draught - 2.0m LAT) MAST moorings, off the main settlement and ferry stop on the island. Plenty of trails ashore, along with museum and bike rental. Good Telstra Signal: 4bar 3G.]

General Comments: [Today we sailed around the East and North of the island to our final anchorage for Maria Island, the trip took us by some more amazing geology (sedimentary) with cliffs and caves galore, including by Fossil Cliffs (which we hope to see up close later). We rounded Ile du Nord at a safe distance and were settled in on our mooring just in time for the ferry to depart. From here we can hit the remaining trails we've missed to date, and hopefully include a trip to the museum too. Of course Kyle is hoping for some more wombat time before we leave Maria Island.]

At: 11:02(AEDT) 08-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)
5 months  agoShow

42º 39.87' S148º 7.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: Whalers Cove, Riedle Bay, Maria Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.6645, 148.1167

Sail From: Riedle Bay, Maria Island To: Whalers Cove, Riedle Bay, Maria Island

We travelled [2.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 11m (LAT), surrounded by amazing rock structures (avoid if forecast for changing winds). Really pretty location, no trail access, but plenty of rocks to scramble about upon. (Off Three Caverns Point). Telstra phone reports No Service, intermittent 1 bar 3G (not effective) - however a reasonable signal is available in the main bay area on approach.]

General Comments: [Since we've completed the southern trails, and with calm winds forecast, we've moved to the North side of Riedle bay with plans to take the Kayak for a tour of the rock features.]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 12:34(AEDT) 06-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 23.8C (74.84F), Humidity:47%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)
5 months  agoShow

42º 41.004' S148º 4.038' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Riedle Bay, Maria Island, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasmania Passage From:Jetty Beach, South Bruny Island To:Riedle Bay, Maria Island. Our position: loc:-42.6837, 148.0734

Progress: [We've made [88.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [37.9]nm
Since last posting we have made [35.3]nm (through water). We have moved [35.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.5kt, Avg speed for trip:4.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4.6m (LAT) of sand. Tucked into south corner with protection from swell from S and even SE (it helps that we are a catamaran). Access to shore for Trails especially for South of the Isthmus. Robeys Farm Trail (Moderate/4h/10km Rtn) or Haunted Bay (Moderate/6h/12km Rtn). National Parks rules apply/pass required. Telstra 1bar 3G (no effective signal).]

General Comments: [Wow, what a wonderful sail. Kyle had aurora and dolphins (at the same time) overnight, and all day we have had regular visits from dolphins happy to leap about and perform (although rarely where the camera is pointing). The cliffs of Tasman Island, the Tasman Peninsula, The Forestier Peninsula, and even on the Southern end of Maria Island have been magnificent (with rainbows to top it all off) - we feel so privileged to see it all. We'll rest up today and head ashore tomorrow for the Haunted Bay Trail.]

At: 13:46(AEDT) 03-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 19.7C (67.46F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 17.8C (64.04F)
5 months  agoShow

43º 16.026' S147º 57.072' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasmania Passage From:Jetty Beach, South Bruny Island To:Riedle Bay, Maria Island. Our position: loc:-43.2713, 147.9623

Progress: [We've made [53.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [37.9]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [57.1]nm
Since last posting we have made [53.2]nm (through water). We have moved [36.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [We first headed south to round the tip of Bruny Island (and wave at the Cape Bruny Light). Then overnight seas built, but thankfully we are sailing downwind NE to Round the tip of the Tasman Peninsula (amazing geology) just in time for daylight. All a bit chilly so we are well wrapped up and with the enclosure on.]

General Comments: [Some periods of rain, and mixed seas we are just off the amazing columns of the SE corner of Tasman Peninsula (and Tasman Island) as I type - view is stunning. And with dolphins playing at the bow. We love Tassie!]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 03-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 13.8C (56.84F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Course: 74(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:20Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:W)
5 months  agoShow

43º 27.048' S147º 9.036' EBegonia
At Anchor: Jetty Beach, South Bruny Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-43.4575, 147.1555

Sail From: Little Fancy Bay, North Bruny Island To: Jetty Beach, South Bruny Island

We travelled [14.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Campsite and trails ashore. Access to road to Cape Bruny lighthouse (about 4k each way, National park pass required, entry fee for lighthouse tour - can be booked online in advance). Telstra signal - 1bar 4G.]

General Comments: [Back at Little Fancy Bay we managed a 20km hike (to the cheese shop and to Bruny Island Arch). Today we plan to hike the 4km each way to the lighthouse for the tour. Today might be our last day of nice weather for a while. The sailing was a nice downwind sail with current assist, and aided with a nice big bacon and egg buttie for brunch. We arrived in the anchorage to find a small cruise ship here (Coral Discovery).]

At: 12:20(AEDT) 31-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
5 months  agoShow

43º 12.096' S147º 20.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Little Fancy Bay, North Bruny Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-43.2158, 147.3488

Sail From: Prince Of Wales Bay Marina, Hobart To: Little Fancy Bay, North Bruny Island

We travelled [46.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.3m (LAT) in sand, off sheltered beach backed with woodland (trails ashore).]

General Comments: [We departed the Marina after a really wonderful week of sightseeing in all directions from Hobart (with a car). The wind was against us, but I think Kyle was ready for some sailing and he relished the tacking among the crowds of local boats out on the water. It made for a long day, but it gave me chance to catch up on the photos from our busy week (now all up to date, geotagged, etc). Weather feeling decidedly chilly (so glad we have heating aboard to take the nip off the air).]

At: 18:36(AEDT) 29-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 19.3C (66.74F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
5 months  agoShow

42º 49.08' S147º 18.018' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Prince Of Wales Marina, Hobart - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.8294, 147.3028

Sail From: Mary Ann Bay, Arm End To: Prince Of Wales Marina, Hobart

We travelled [11.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [PoW Marina located in the northern outskirts (industrial area) of Hobart. Docks new (if a bit short), bathrooms new/clean. Car available for 2 hour window ($10 donation). https://www.princeofwalesbaymarina.com.au/, powmarina@gmail.com. No service after hours or on weekends.]

General Comments: [We are here for our COVID boosters, grocery shopping, water top up etc. We would have preferred to stay in Constitution Dock again, but Kyle figured here we would be less likely to mingle with COVID risks (Hmmm).]

At: 10:04(AEDT) 20-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
6 months  agoShow

42º 58.032' S147º 23.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mary Ann Bay, Arm End - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.9723, 147.3971

Sail From: Lime Bay (Norfolk Bay), Tasman Peninsula To: Mary Ann Bay, Arm End

We travelled [39.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored way out in 9.7m (LAT) - there is plenty of space much shallower, pick your depth. Ashore there large areas of open land atop the cliffs, and the Arm End Track which goes around the Spit/Gellibrand point, etc with a few great viewpoints.]

General Comments: [Kyle is a happy smug bug today as we departed and anchored under sail. No motor all day. It did mean we anchored in a little deeper water than we would normally (since the wind was blocked closer into shore). He's so happy to have scheduled a stop (for me?!) in Mary Ann Bay. I'm happy that I was able to get mostly caught up with the blog while he was busy tacking all day to get us here.]

At: 16:00(AEDT) 19-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 19.6C (67.28F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)
6 months  agoShow

42º 57.018' S147º 42.048' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lime Bay (Norfolk Bay), Tasman Peninsula - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.9527, 147.7080

Sail From: Eaglehawk Neck, Eaglehawk Bay, Tasman Peninsula To: Lime Bay (Norfolk Bay), Tasman Peninsula

We travelled [6.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m (LAT) in sand patch among weedy bottom. Ashore is Lime Bay State Reserve, with campsite, trails, and road access ashore. 1bar 4G (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Firstly - The giant eruption in Tonga of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano yesterday put the all the pacific on alert. While there is still technically a tsunami warning here in Tasmania, it seems clear that the wave has passed. Hobart recorded a 50cm surge, but we didn't feel a thing and all is well/safe. We'll keep an eye on the news for any additional eruptions/issues. We didn't get to sleep until very late last night watching how things progressed. Tonga will be devastated being so close to such a giant eruption and mostly low lying. We see one marina in NZ has been badly impact (but probably due as much to the cyclone they had at the same time). Thankfully all in Australia seem safe/fine. Aside from that, the weather is giving us sunny days and rainy days (today - beautifully sunny), the seals are regularly spotted, and dolphin join us from time to time. ]

At: 12:09(AEDT) 16-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 25.4C (77.72F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
6 months  agoShow

43º 0.102' S147º 55.026' EBegonia
At Anchor: Eaglehawk Neck, Eaglehawk Bay, Tasman Peninsula - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-43.0166, 147.9211

Sail From: Murdunna, King George Sound To: Eaglehawk Neck, Eaglehawk Bay, Tasman Peninsula

We travelled [17.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m (LAT) in narrow sound. Ashore you are right on the narrow isthmus (about 110m wide) between Forestier Peninusula and Tasman Peninsular (across the shallow neck is Pirates Bay, fully open to the east. There are several natural attractions within walking distance - to the south (The quirky 'Doo Town' and natural blowhole (4km), and beyond that the geological features of Tasman Arch/Devil's Kitchen (5.5km)) and to the north (a Historic site complete with Officers' Quarters Museum - the oldest military building in Australia - admission free, and beyond that a site with natural geological feature of Tessellated Pavement (1km)). For dinghy landing, beware the east end is a big mud flat at low tide so time your departure/arrival to avoid having to drag it too far.]

General Comments: [Although we travelled just a short distance there was a lot of tacking and gusty winds involved. Thankfully no waves to worry about. I think Kyle had fun! With all that tacking though we caught a jib line on our mainsail pack and managed to rip that (Ugh - more repairs!).]

At: 13:30(AEDT) 12-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 19.6C (67.28F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
6 months  agoShow

42º 56.07' S147º 51.054' EBegonia
At Anchor: Murdunna, King George Sound - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.9445, 147.8588

Sail From: East Bay, Dunally To: Murdunna, King George Sound

We travelled [7.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.8m (LAT) among mooring balls. Lovely floating dock ashore to leave the dinghy and explore ashore (trails and a small grocery store as part of the nearby fuel station). 3bar 3G on phone.]

General Comments: [Transitted the Denison Canal (where road traffic has to be stopped to open the bridge to let the boats through), and headed a short distance south to explore some of the Forestier Peninsula. Murdunna was severely impacted by the 2013 bush-fires but there are no obvious signs of it from the anchorage with all the trees decked in a full complement of leaves.]

At: 15:50(AEDT) 10-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 19.4C (66.92F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
6 months  agoShow

42º 53.022' S147º 49.02' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): East Bay, Dunally - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.8868, 147.8204

Sail From: Chinamans Bay, Shoal Bay, Maria Island To: East Bay, Dunally

We travelled [14.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [At MAST Mooring ball (OK for overnight if you arrive after 1pm). Depth 1.9m at LAT. Just NE of the Dennison Canal entrance. Quite crowded.]

General Comments: [It was really gusty on our arrival and a struggle to control the boat among the many moorings. Initially we picked up the wrong mooring ball (oops), so we had to face the gusts all over again. The sail south was (ironically) in light winds, and filled with lovely scenery, dolphin visits, and the odd fur-seal spotting. We had hoped to go ashore this afternoon, but NO WAY in this gusty/choppy mess. We can maybe make a new plan in the morning.]

At: 14:20(AEDT) 09-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 22.1C (71.78F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
6 months  agoShow

42º 39.06' S148º 3.018' EBegonia
At Anchor: Chinamans Bay, Shoal Bay, Maria Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.6597, 148.0532

Sail From: Mooreys Bay, Schouten Island, To: Chinamans Bay, Shoal Bay, Maria Island

We travelled [32.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.9m (LAT), Trails ashore to explore, 3bar of 3G phone signal.]

General Comments: [An interesting gloomy sail today, wind varied and swung about (a bit of tacking required into the wind and around a fish farm). We eventually arrived at Maria Island in perfect calm (it won't last!). Forecast is for a few days of rain and gusty conditions - and we are perfectly well protected here with some housework in our future I suspect. We may even attempt to catch up with the blog too (but don't bank on that). Anchored in the same bay is 'Love and War' - one of the recent Sydney-Hobart competitors (an older wooden boat with an impressive pedigree with the S2H race).]

At: 16:12(AEDT) 04-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 22.5C (72.5F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
6 months  agoShow

42º 17.094' S148º 16.068' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mooreys Bay, Schouten Island, - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.2985, 148.2782

Sail From: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park To: Mooreys Bay, Schouten Island,

We travelled [17.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in sand pach in 4m (LAT). 2bar 3G phone signal. Freycinet National Park (no dogs, pass required), Rugged cliffs, sandy beach.]

General Comments: [A short hop south again, sailing into light head-winds. Weather is cooler, water getting very cool, but for now the sun is shining and all is well.]

At: 11:08(AEDT) 03-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 16.1C (60.98F)
6 months  agoShow

42º 10.05' S148º 18.048' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Winelgass Bay, Tasmania, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Opossum Boat Harbour, Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania To:Winelgass Bay, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-42.1746, 148.3079

Progress: [We've made [126.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [37]nm
Since last posting we have made [35.0]nm (through water). We have moved [36.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip:4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in sand patch in 4.5m of water. Tucked into the south corner/hook gives a calm spot for dinghy landing in most sea states. Tasmanian National Parks Pass at the ready for exploring ashore.]

General Comments: [The wind and seas built throughout the morning and we were uncertain if Wineglass would even offer any protection with the swell - but all is good. Along the way we've seen plenty of giant jellies(? - lions mane-like). We arrived to find a couple of smaller power boats at anchor, and a tour boat popping in to show off the bay before moving along (much busier than we expected given the conditions). Roseanne was well ahead of us and decided to move on to the better shelter of Great Oyster Bay - but we expect we'll meet up again eventually. Happy New Year to all.]

At: 12:32(AEDT) 01-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)
6 months  agoShow

41º 36.054' S148º 37.038' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Opossum Boat Harbour, Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania To:Winelgass Bay, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-41.6086, 148.6226

Progress: [We've made [91.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [37]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [93]nm
Since last posting we have made [91.1]nm (through water). We have moved [85.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [We left Flinders Island (along with another boat: Roseanne) and while there was plenty of wind in the forecast, soon found ourselves in light fickle winds as we rounded Cape Barron Island. Since it was on overnight sail whatever the conditions we milked all we could and managed to keep moving (worst hour 1.6nm), it was a much slower morning than we expected. Eventually the wind returned and we've sailed with the spinnaker since 3pm last night, slow but steady.]

General Comments: [This is the quietest NYE we've had in years, no fireworks in sight - although we did have a pod of 15 or so dolphins hang out with the boat and present their own 'firework show' for us with the bioluminescence for 40 mins or so. They seem to especially love when our headlamp lights a patch of water for them to fish in! The last boat of the S2H (the Army boat: Gun Runner) we expected would likely pass us overnight. Unfortunately we heard them call for advice to access St Mary's harbour, where they were keen to get fuel and water - so we assume they have retired Radio traffic was busy last night with the boat True North also in some sort of difficulty (although we could only hear one side of the conversation). ]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 01-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Course: 175(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.9kt, Wind:14Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:1m (from:N)
6 months  agoShow

40º 12.072' S148º 15.048' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Opossum Boat Harbour, Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating) To:Opossum Boat Harbour, Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-40.2120, 148.2584

Progress: [We've made [225.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [128]nm
Since last posting we have made [112.1]nm (through water). We have moved [113.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.4kt, Avg speed for trip:4.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 2.6m (LAT). Patch of bank ashore to park dinghy and climb up to the road for the short walk to town.]

General Comments: [WOW - we made it. Yesterday we had the boat Bowline from the S2H race slowly creeping up on us, and eventually passing us around 6pm at night. The Bass strait remained a calm wonderland with a clear sky giving another amazing display of start for the night watches. As we approached Franklin Sound (between Flinders and Cape Barren Island, the early morning sunlight was great for a few pictures, and a group of penguins popped up to greet us. All that was disturbed when our anchor windlass decided to just start working on its own in an attempt to lower the anchor before we had even arrived at the anchorage. Thankfully we had it all clipped securely in - but gees! It seems we have a cracked wire cable on the controller - so that will require some time to attempt to fix before we can rely on it again (we did get it functioning OK in time to drop the anchor, but it needs to be properly fixed). An Email from border control and biosecurity confirms we are all cleared in and don't need to actually present ourselves to anyone - We need to rest up a bit, and switch the dingy out of liferaft mode before we can go ashore - but I'm so ready to get ashore after almost 2 weeks aboard!]

At: 07:14(AEDT) 30-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 18.9C (66.02F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
6 months  agoShow

38º 40.056' S149º 40.08' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating) To:Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-38.6760, 149.6799

Progress: [We've made [113.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [128]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [112]nm
Since last posting we have made [113.3]nm (through water). We have moved [95.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday we started with light headwinds (tacking until we got to Cape Howe). After sunset the wind had backed sufficiently for us to switch to the spinnaker. A lovely, pretty flat, sea for crossing the Bass Strait. For hours we were keeping a pretty steady 5nm ahead of one of the S2H competitors (Flying Fish/Arctos), but once I switched to spinnaker and checked again, he was going 50% faster than I was and soon passed me (by then it was dark). We've seen a few of the boats (mostly on AIS, although Kyle got some snaps of the boat Luna Blue yesterday afternoon with a smiling/happy crew aboard). We were also passed by Reeve last night and currently have Bowline about 8nm behind us (closing). Clearly we are not the fastest downwind! Looks like we can expect to keep flying the spinnaker until this afternoon. We've lost our phone signal so we can't see how the 'pack' of the race is doing any longer but I assume that there will be finishers this morning way down in Hobart.]

General Comments: [Overnight, and with a clear sky (for a change), the stars were just SPECTACULAR, absolutely AMAZING. So many and so bright, it was a shock to be reminded of this fantastic southern hemisphere sky. Kyle had dolphins frolicking with trails of bioluminescence, and when he used his spotlight there were Squid everywhere in the night waters.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 29-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 16.5C (61.7F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F), Course: 179(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:8Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
6 months  agoShow

37º 6.0' S149º 53.01' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating), Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Batehaven, Batemans Bay, NSW To:Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating). Our position: loc:-37.1003, 149.8850

Progress: [We've made [119.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [31]nm
Since last posting we have made [52.3]nm (through water). We have moved [30.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip:4.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.6m (LAT), protected from SE by some nice sand cliffs. We'll remain in isolation but were grateful to an invite for Christmas drinks by Persian Sands anchored nearby (sorry we had to decline).]

General Comments: [We made it, but again had to resort to motoring. The only plus is that the seas were pleasant and flat. But we really tried to sail - the wind swung through all points of the compass and the strength varied between 2 and 7kt (mostly on the low end). Kyle and I both swapped out between spinnaker and main&Jib (sometimes several times) tying to make the most of it all - but - sigh - we also wanted to share together some of Christmas day, so we eventually conceded and motored. Forecast for overnight and the next few days is strong southerly winds, so we'll hunker down here until we can again move south and HOPE the forecasts for our next hop south actually work out. A sailboat passed us today also heading for Tasmania, and they have gone on ahead - maybe they know more about the forecast reality than we do since we certainly haven't had much luck so far this passage, but I'm happy to be tucked up and comfortable for the next few days. Merry Christmas to all.]

At: 14:20(AEDT) 25-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
6 months  agoShow

36º 41.082' S150º 16.086' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Batehaven, Batemans Bay, NSW To:Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating). Our position: loc:-36.6973, 150.2810

Progress: [We've made [66.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [31]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [69]nm
Since last posting we have made [66.7]nm (through water). We have moved [58.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [So frustrating, the wind has been fickle and contrary and much lighter than forecast. Thankfully the seas have been pretty flat too. We are currently sailing under spinnaker (after way too many hours of motoring).]

General Comments: [Ugh - we set off yesterday, knowing we'd be sailing on Christmas Day - but because it all made sense to move that extra distance south with some good winds. Its all been much slower than we wanted, and the distance we have gained has been mostly under motor (which Kyle detests), and when we have sailed its been fight-club with the sails up and down. We've amended our ETA now to 4pm today (boat time). Not sure yet if we'll celebrate Christmas once we arrive, or postpone it to tomorrow and celebrate Christmas in USA time zone. In hindsight I'd much rather have just stayed in Batemans and had a PJ day today with us both matched to the same wake-sleep time. Oh well...Progress has been made, the pressies will eventually be found, and the xmas meal will eventually be cooked and enjoyed Merry Christmas all!]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 25-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 19.1C (66.38F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 196(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.5kt, Wind:6Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (from:NE)
6 months  agoShow

35º 43.056' S150º 12.03' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Batehaven, Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To:Batehaven, Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: loc:-35.7256, 150.2051

Progress: [We've made [421.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [81]nm
Since last posting we have made [73.5]nm (through water). We have moved [80.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.0kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.8m LAT. With the dramatic Snapper Island just to the East.]

General Comments: [Well we are no longer in the tropical heat, we arrived to low cloud, drizzle and chills (no pleasure traffic out and about). Water and air temperature both dropped (we may even need to use the heating in the morning at this rate. But we are so very glad to have arrived before dark, meaning the watches end early. We'll stop here at anchor (remaining aboard) on route to Tasmania (until forecast offers a passage window south again), we expect to remain here for Christmas day (at least). Today's sailing has been close hauled into a bit of chop, but still with some current in our favor - we made it to the anchorage with plenty of daylight left (although overcast). We are the only boat in the anchorage area (not surprisingly given the conditions, and there are plenty of the bigger jellyfish called 'blubbers' in the water). Tonight we rest and maybe share a glass or two of wine (medicinal).]

At: 18:14(AEST) 22-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 23.2C (73.76F)
6 months  agoShow

35º 2.046' S151º 36.084' EBegonia
Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To:Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: loc:-35.0413, 151.6138

Progress: [We've made [347.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [81]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [129]nm
Since last posting we have made [110.7]nm (through water). We have moved [130.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [We remain headed for Batemans Bay (NSW) to use as a rest stop at anchor only. Yesterday by evening we were facing headwinds and sailing into the seas (yuk, not great for the offwatch), we did have a slight current in our favour all day which helped. Kyle spent much of his watch reefing and unfreefing sails as the wind changed. Much cooler at night too (long pants and sleeves now, and a blanket on the bed at night). We remain in headwinds and expect to arrive by first light in the morning (possibly we can make it before dark tonight, but we'll make that call by noon).]

General Comments: [This morning Kyle found a by-the-wind sailor on the trampoline (not so easy to remove as a flying fish).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 22-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 22.5C (72.5F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 250(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:10Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:S)
6 months  agoShow

33º 30.084' S153º 28.044' EBegonia
Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To:Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: loc:-33.5142, 153.4740

Progress: [We've made [237.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [210]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [440]nm
Since last posting we have made [114.7]nm (through water). We have moved [162.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Change of Plan - We are still heading towards Tasmania BUT given forecast for conditions ahead we will stop in Batemans Bay (NSW) for a few nights (remaining aboard at anchor) - so the plan and ETAs now reference the Batemans Bay destination. Our earlier planning had suggested we may just heave-to for a few hours, but forecasts change and we're glad we can view them regularly; they may even change again! I'm disappointed we won't be sailing direct to Tasmania, but we'll just manage what we have. For the last 24 hours we've been flying the spinnaker in a pretty good sea state (small waves, following seas) - AND we've had a current adding a couple of kt to our speed (even though we had 3 hours in the afternoon all under 2nm actual through the water progress). Expected weather for the next 24 hours: Expecting the winds to switch to light-headwinds from this afternoon.]

General Comments: [At first light Kyle found a flying fish on deck (too late to save it). Passage conditions remain pleasant and comfortable (Shorts and T-Shirts still. Easy sailing). The waters are well populated with shearwaters (sea-birds)]

At: 06:00(AEST) 21-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 30C (86F), Course: 223(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:16Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:SW)
7 months  agoShow

30º 49.056' S153º 48.06' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To:Whitemark, Flinders Island, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-30.8262, 153.8097

Progress: [We've made [122.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [650]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [250]nm
Since last posting we have made [122.3]nm (through water). We have moved [178.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Despite a very slow start (no wind, light winds with spinnaker, then jib) - eventually we had a reefed jib and a 4-5kt current assist which accounts for a whole 1/3rd of our progress in the last 24 hours! For my night-watch I had the full (beautiful red) moon rise as the sunset (I love having the moon with me when I sail), and before I handed over to Kyle at midnight I'd been witnessing hours of red lightning ahead of us, that finally stopped before we needed to be concerned. We have following seas and tail winds (would not be fun trying to go the other way), and each enjoyed our night watch with shorts and t-shirt attire.]

General Comments: [An early start to prepare the boat and reach the seaway at the appropriate state of tide, gave us both a good start to our watch patterns (allowing me to sleep for a bit in the afternoon, rested for my night watch, and Kyle to sleep well from an 'early' bedtime so he would be up and ready again at midnight). We had a lovely sunrise at anchor to reward us. Winds were so light and calm, that even once out into the Tasman Sea, Kyle was able to sit at the back step and husk our last coconut aboard. Tasmania has strict biosecurity rules for visiting boaters and all must be eaten well before we arrive. While we still had internet we were able to submit (and get approval) for our Tas-e-Pass (covid interstate border pass) to enter Tasmania.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 20-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 200(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:25Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:N)
7 months  agoShow

27º 52.062' S153º 24.0' EBegonia
At Anchor: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8773, 153.4003

Sail From: Bum's Bay (Marine Stadium), Southport, QLD To: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD

We travelled [6.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.8 LAT, Good shore access (lock your boats), and a little less jet ski traffic than other anchorages. Less likely to get bug problems too as surrounding area is built up (posh suburbs)]

General Comments: [Kyle's sink drain broke this morning so we need a new part (from here we'll dinghy/kayak into Boat works which has a chandlery tomorrow morning). Our new inflatable double kayak was delivered to us this morning (we've been trying to order it all year, but supplies have been a problem, along with connecting with deliveries) - Finally we have one - so we'll test it out and have a play in the canals around here. We also have a few jobs to do to prep the boat for Tasmania (some repairs to the enclosure, etc) - so that will keep us occupied. Good shore access and rumors of a nearby pub should help distract us too.]

At: 12:50(AEST) 10-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 32.3C (90.14F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
7 months  agoShow

27º 56.07' S153º 25.044' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bum's Bay (Marine Stadium), Southport, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.9445, 153.4234

Sail From: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD To: Bum's Bay (Marine Stadium), Southport, QLD

We travelled [13.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m LAT, a crowded anchorage with numerous house boats and long-timers along with the occasional cruising boat. Close to the Seaway entrance, and for entertainment ashore there is Sea World and a host of other big ticket fun stuff (which we are unlikely to visit).]

General Comments: [WOW - We just motored through the heaviest rain storm I think I've EVER seen. At times with ZERO visibility, wind gusts up to 46kt, and the sea state crazy with whitecaps (despite the surrounding protection), Thank goodness we had the sails all stowed before it arrived. At times we simply pointed into the wind, and tried to hold a position. With current and winds in a narrow channel, we sometimes just ran with it and with the two of us spotting for any possible obstacles at all times: we were dodging boats under tow, and even a giant motorboats rushing through the channel at 20kts.. That was crazy.]

At: 16:16(AEST) 08-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 23.1C (73.58F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
7 months  agoShow

27º 43.026' S153º 24.018' EBegonia
At Anchor: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.7205, 153.4030

Sail From: The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD To: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

We travelled [29.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [25.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m LAT, the anchorage is well protected by the shore and a long sandbank that parallels the shore, and numerous island in the bay. Easy shore access to the National Park (and trails).]

General Comments: [Another early start (4:30am). Light winds meant we spent a lot of the journey motoring today (although there was some real sailing when we reached 7kts, so not all bad). Very little traffic (not surprising given it’s a week-day, the early start, and the poor weather recently).]

At: 11:12(AEST) 07-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 29.6C (85.28F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
7 months  agoShow

27º 17.076' S153º 23.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.2956, 153.3973

Sail From: Deception Bay, Scarborough, QLD To: The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD

We travelled [35.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.8m, off sand dunes. Popular spot with 4WD and boat visitors for tobogganing/boarding down the dunes. (1 bar 4g Telstra mobile, previous visitors report needing to climb dunes for a signal, so may not be reliable from anchorage)]

General Comments: [WOW - a very boisterous Moreton Bay today, with winds well above forecast. We had the current against us, and were sailing close hauled, so need a few tacks to get us across the bay and into the protection of Moreton Island (often seeing apparent wind in the high 20kts and sometimes even in the low 30's!, so we we well reefed which reduces our pointing ability somewhat). We watched a couple of boats turn around and abandon their Sunday sailing plans. On the plus side, it means there isn't a crowded anchorage on our arrival (just 2 other boats).]

At: 15:00(AEST) 05-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
7 months  agoShow

27º 10.068' S153º 5.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Deception Bay, Scarborough, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.1779, 153.0992

Sail From: Newport Marina, Scarborough, QLD To: Deception Bay, Scarborough, QLD

We travelled [1.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.2m (low tide), a good place to spend the night waiting to move on (or to enter into marina)]

General Comments: [Our time in the marina ends. We did a few good chores, spent some time with fellow boaters from Waru (who happen to leave next door to the marina), got all our Christmas cards written and mailed, and took a WHOLE day off to explore the local waterfronts, restaurants, and museum. Despite a rainy start the sunshine did eventually return and seems stable again (This area has just reported it's wettest November EVER recorded).]

At: 12:58(AEST) 04-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 30.6C (87.08F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
7 months  agoShow

27º 12.066' S153º 5.064' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Newport Marina, Scarborough, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.2110, 153.0942

Sail From: Deception Bay, Scarborough, QLD To: Newport Marina, Scarborough, QLD

We travelled [2.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [Newport marina has guest berths available, key access at gates, laundry, showers, BBQ, etc. Very welcoming and helpful staff. info@marinalife.com.au, 0450 698 737, https://www.newportmarina.com.au/]

General Comments: [We planned to move the boat during a lull in the rain (failed) - but are now safely at the dock. Plenty to explore here, and boating friends in the area too, but we'll need our umbrella wherever we go this next few days.]

At: 12:48(AEST) 01-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
7 months  agoShow

27º 10.08' S153º 5.04' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Deception Bay, Scraborough, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Double Island Point (DIP), Wide Bay, QLD To:Deception Bay, Scraborough, QLD. Our position: loc:-27.1804, 153.0895

Progress: [We've made [96.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [100]nm
Since last posting we have made [96.3]nm (through water). We have moved [74.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.6m (low tide), a good place to wait for daylight/slip before entering the channel to the Newport Marina]

General Comments: [An overnight passage, we had better winds than expected and arrived early (too early for our reserved slip a the marina) so we've anchored off in the bay (for now). Naturally the rain started just as we arrived. Kyle was keen to set the anchor manually (so he didn't have to use the engines) - so he did the work (out in the rain) in place of me today. But the highlight is our little hitchhiker (a green tree frog) that we 'found' hopping about the cabin top at night - we have no idea how long he's been aboard for (presumably since the Mary River?).]

At: 06:42(AEST) 01-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:90%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
7 months  agoShow

25º 56.076' S153º 10.026' EBegonia
At Anchor: Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.9464, 153.1713

Sail From: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy Strait, QLD To: Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD

We travelled [35.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in a very shallow 1.1m (low tide) well protected from south winds. If the weather allows we hope to take a walk ashore again to the lighthouse and beyond, maybe even make a walk of the full circuit if we can. (Good cell phone reception with Telstra).]

General Comments: [Another overcast and humid day, but the rain at least held off. The forecast northerly winds failed to arrive, but Kyle was determined to sail anyway so we did a lot of tacking this trip once we exited the Wide Bay Bar. We'll be here a few days waiting for good conditions to continue our push south. I have plenty of aboard jobs to occupy me, but we do hope to get ashore and enjoy this lovely location. ]

At: 17:22(AEST) 27-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
7 months  agoShow

25º 49.002' S153º 3.06' EBegonia
At Anchor: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy Strait, QLD - Mary River, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.8171, 153.0601

Sail From: Maryborough Marina, Mary River, QLD To: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy Strait, QLD

We travelled [42.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [25.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.0m depth - a nice spot to wait for the tides to exit the Wide Bay Bar (or to pause after entering).]

General Comments: [A very early start to catch the tides we needed in the river and the strait today. I cooked up some cherry pies and apple turnovers to celebrate Thanksgiving, but was delayed somewhat when I left a plastic lid in the oven while it came up to temperature (Ugh!). Eventually we got to cook and eat those cherry pies. The day was drizzly with light winds so not so great, but we did have one dolphin briefly visit.]

At: 15:18(AEST) 26-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
7 months  agoShow

25º 32.028' S152º 42.042' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball ($) in Maryborough Marina, Mary River, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Mary River Passage From:Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD To:Maryborough Marina, Mary River, QLD. Our position: loc:-25.5383, 152.7073

Progress: [We've made [75.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [75]nm

Since last posting we have made [75.9]nm (through water). We have moved [49.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip:5.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Marina has moorings about 20nm up the tidal Mary River, and a few (rarely available) docks. River has quite a bit of debris in both tide directions after any rain. Town is famed for its historic quaintness and connection to the Mary Poppins author]

General Comments: [An overnight passage had us catching the tides just right as we approached the Great Sandy Strait, and traversed the Mary River to the Marina. We arrived just before the rain made it to us. We hope to be here a few days, unfortunately rain, and lightning are going to be our companions during our visit (so we'll be making the most of the indoor museums, etc).]

At: 10:16(AEST) 22-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
7 months  agoShow

24º 45.042' S152º 23.076' EBegonia
At Anchor: Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-24.7573, 152.3957

Sail From: Town Reach, Bundaberg, Burnett River, QLD To: Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD

We travelled [7.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.3m (low tide) - good spot for an easy exit from the Burnett River for a trip along the coast]

General Comments: [We left the town, swung by the Marina to collect one last bit of mail that had arrived later, and then anchored in the river for a departure south later tonight. We will rest up, prepare our meal, and do nothing much otherwise.]

At: 11:24(AEST) 21-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
7 months  agoShow

24º 51.072' S152º 21.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Town Reach, Bundaberg, Burnett River, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-24.8621, 152.3547

Sail From: Rocky Reach, Burnett River, QLD To: Town Reach, Bundaberg, Burnett River, QLD

We travelled [5.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.5m (low tide) between boats at anchor and on moorings. An area famous for fouling anchors (fingers crossed we'll be OK), but great access to town for a few days of ambling about and minor chores, supermarkets and other facilities readily available.]

General Comments: [An early start to catch the tide and high water to make it up the river, we'll spend a few days hanging about in town before getting ready to return to the marina to collect our missing mail and keep the progress south.]

At: 08:32(AEST) 19-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F)
8 months  agoShow

24º 48.006' S152º 22.062' EBegonia
At Anchor: Rocky Reach, Burnett River, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-24.8007, 152.3772

Sail From: Bundaberg Marina, QLD, Australia To: Rocky Reach, Burnett River, QLD

We travelled [3.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m (low tide) in the Bend between Long reach and Rocky Reach - a quiet place to wait for the high tide to get further up the river to Bundaburg town.]

General Comments: [There has been spectacular torrential rains and thunder/lightning storms during our stay (thankfully we managed to stay dry on our trips ashore). We held out as long as we could at the marina today for mail that was expected to arrive this morning - eventually we had to give up. We missed the chance to go all the way up the river to the town, so anchor part way for the night. We will hopefully collect the missing package on the way back out!]

At: 15:50(AEST) 18-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
8 months  agoShow

24º 45.042' S152º 23.07' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Middle Island, Pancake Creek, QLD To:Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD. Our position: loc:-24.7569, 152.3953

Progress: [We've made [61.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [60]nm
Since last posting we have made [61.5]nm (through water). We have moved [56.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip:4.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.4m of water (low tide) to south of channel.]

General Comments: [An overnight sail (with the spinnaker) to Bundaberg (the port at which we first arrived at Australia). Lovely clear night (getting to watch Orion slowly move across the sky). Today we'll just anchor out (rest/sleep), tomorrow we have a reservation at the marina where we have a pile of mail/packages to collect (it feels like Christmas, and I'm sure they will be glad to have some space back once we've picked it all up)]

At: 06:24(AEST) 15-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
8 months  agoShow

24º 2.022' S151º 43.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: Middle Island, Pancake Creek, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-24.0374, 151.7288

Sail From: Farmers Reef/Rat Island, Gladstone North Channel, QLD To: Middle Island, Pancake Creek, QLD

We travelled [32.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.9m (at low tide) - Cellphone signal:3Bar 3G on Telstra]

General Comments: [The forecast heavy rain has held off (at least over our boat), but the skies are filled with beautiful and dramatic-looking clouds. We arrived to a fresh sprinkle of rain, and now we've anchored blue skies are starting to show in slivers. Today's sail was pleasant (aside from the early start) and we passed through the mass of cargo shipped anchored off Gladstone as the sun rose.]

At: 11:00(AEST) 10-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 29.4C (84.92F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
8 months  agoShow

23º 46.014' S151º 19.008' EBegonia
At Anchor: Farmers Reef/Rat Island, Gladstone North Channel, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-23.7688, 151.3174

Sail From: Long Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD To: Farmers Reef/Rat Island, Gladstone North Channel, QLD

We travelled [46.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [40.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.7m at low tide. Checking to be sure any swing arc doesn't interfere with channel as there is a regular ferry between Gladstone and Curtis Island (doesn't run every day, we checked the timetable online and noticed it wasn't running the day we arrived anyhow).]

General Comments: [An early start to the day had us lifting the anchor during a (slightly) lighter patch of heavy rain. A quick look at the radar showed us there was no point in waiting for a actual lull in the rain. Light winds at the start meant the spinnaker wouldn't fill so we motored a bit until eventually all things worked out and we were able to sail downwind in relatively calm seas. Eventually even the rain stopped and the sun came out - once of those times you are happy the forecast was incorrect. We made good progress south today though, and are anchored ready for a quick exit from the port area and another jump south tomorrow.]

At: 14:40(AEST) 09-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F)
8 months  agoShow

23º 11.052' S150º 57.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Long Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-23.1922, 150.9505

Sail From: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD To: Long Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD

We travelled [60.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [46.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.1m of Sand (low tide), well protected from N winds, Trails ashore and the option of a 2km hike to a pub/cafe/burger-bar in the main resort area. 3bars of 4G signal (Telstra)]

General Comments: [A day of close hauled sailing (and a bit of tacking at the start) - all contrary to the forecast leading us to expect a day of close reaching. Lot of evidence of the recent coral spawning event (dust like particles) on the water still. ]

At: 16:36(AEST) 06-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
8 months  agoShow

22º 26.07' S150º 43.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-22.4446, 150.7331

Sail From: West Side of Marble Island, Duke Islands Group, QLD To: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD

We travelled [39.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [42.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2m of sand, well protected from Southerly winds. The surrounding land is army owned, and we have to be aware to avoid anchoring during military exercises (nothing scheduled). No cell phone signal. Guidebook warns of crocodiles in area.]

General Comments: [A day spent 60% motoring in light winds, but when the wind obliged we sailed (main and jib). Lovely flat seas, very little other traffic (just one power boat at a distance). It would have been great fishing conditions, but we have so much fresh meat to eat after kind gifting from Marble Island that we don't want to go to waste. We were at this anchorage last year waiting out some rough conditions, and it looks like we'll be here a few days this time around also. There is one other boat anchored here on our arrival and so far we are unable to get their attention to give them a steak!]

At: 15:52(AEST) 31-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 30.7C (87.26F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
8 months  agoShow

21º 59.034' S150º 9.054' EBegonia
At Anchor: West Side of Marble Island, Duke Islands Group, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-21.9886, 150.1591

Sail From: South Side of Curlew Island (Guardfish Cluster), QLD To: West Side of Marble Island, Duke Islands Group, QLD

We travelled [34.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [30.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.9kt.

Location Comments: [West Side of Marble Island. Private Island so permission is required to go ashore (also sensible to get permission first since there can be active hunting ashore). 2bar+3G Telstra Signal (sometimes 4G)]

General Comments: [Another early start (5am). Good sailing with overcast skies to keep us cool. Changing winds from up-wind with full sail, to downwind with the spinnaker. We hit the tide state right so we could pass through Lola Mantes Pass (which in the wrong state can have overfalls). We were not certain where we'd stop as we were in search of a good anchorage WITH a phone/internet signal - glad to have found one before we had to do an overnight passage.]

At: 12:10(AEST) 24-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 30.1C (86.18F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F)
8 months  agoShow

21º 36.06' S149º 48.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: South Side of Curlew Island (Guardfish Cluster), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-21.6103, 149.8074

Sail From: Victor Bay, Keswick Island, QLD To: South Side of Curlew Island (Guardfish Cluster), QLD

We travelled [44.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [47.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.5m (low tide), with 4m+ tides. There was an anchor marker much closer in, but we arrived at mid-tide and while there was a small patch of sand it was surrounded by shallow rock/coral so and decided that it must have been and anchor spot for a tinny and soon abandoned any thought of that. The Islands here are part of Northumberland Island National Park (uninhabited). Lovely rock structures all aroud the island, well worth an explore in the dinghy. No obvious trails ashore. No reliable phone signal - flips between No Signal and occassional 1bar of 3G (Telstra).]

General Comments: [A nice beam/downwind sail today and despite the sloppy seas Kyle managed to fly the spinnaker. We were happy for the clouds giving us a more pleasant environment. We shared the exodus from Keswick with many other boats - but they mostly went off to the Percy Islands (while we kept closer to shore in the hopes of maintaining a signal). Another early start, but that suits us currently as we can connect better in the mornings with the USA (in their afternoon).]

At: 14:28(AEST) 22-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
8 months  agoShow

20º 55.014' S149º 24.0' EBegonia
At Anchor: Keswick Island (#2 Reef), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.9187, 149.4001

Sail From: Homestead Bay/Egermont Pass, St Bees Island, QLD To: Keswick Island (#2 Reef), QLD

We travelled [5.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m (low tide) sand with 5m tide range. Well protected from North wind, and out of main currents (better than mooring balls in passage). 1-2Bar 4G on Telstra.]

General Comments: [Kyle first attempted to anchor on the South of St Bees Island, but the depth and proximity to coral deterred us. With a change of plan we motored back to Keswick Island and picked a spot that seemed OK (there were several boats her previously, none today). We still have minimal signal, but better than the mooring ball we had last night.]

At: 14:54(AEST) 16-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Humidity:42%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 55.098' S149º 25.056' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Homestead Bay/Egermont Pass, St Bees Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.9325, 149.4260

Sail From: Dinghy Bay, Brampton Island, Whitsundays, QLD To: Homestead Bay/Egermont Pass, St Bees Island, QLD

We travelled [10.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [24 Hour Mooring ball, (one of 4). 14m (low tide), good to 35kt of wind. 2 catamarans are careened ashore (so must be a good spot), anchoring inside of the line of mooring buoys is not permitted (coral/marine protection zone).]

General Comments: [Another spinnaker day sailing south (a short hop). We remain amazed how few boats seem to be actually out sailing (the crowd of boats that are in the areas must be very well spread out). We are tucked up with a mooring ball for protection against the forecast winds due/expected. The boat behind us is busy hacking open a coconut (so jealous!); we've been looking for a while without luck.]

At: 11:30(AEST) 15-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 49.02' S149º 16.08' EBegonia
At Anchor: Dinghy Bay, Brampton Island, Whitsundays, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.8204, 149.2800

Sail From: Tinsmith Island (Bay across from Solder Island),Whitsundays, QLD To: Dinghy Bay, Brampton Island, Whitsundays, QLD

We travelled [9.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.7m (low tide), with a trip line set (just in case).]

General Comments: [A lovely downwind sail with the spinnaker (shame it was so short a distance). Few boats around, conditions warm and calm. Absolutely nothing for Kyle to complain about.]

At: 11:10(AEST) 13-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 41.088' S149º 12.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Tinsmith Island (Bay across from Solder Island), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.6975, 149.2068

Sail From: Happy Bay, Long Island, Whitsundays, QLD To: Tinsmith Island (Bay across from Solder Island), QLD

We travelled [37.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [29.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.2m (low tide), between the reef and the current eddies. Spotty Telstra signal (sometimes 1bar of 4G).]

General Comments: [We had planned to anchor on Goldsmith Island, but the AIS targets suggested it was already too crowded, so we move along a little and found a spot alone to anchor on Tinsmith (many of the islands in this area have smith in them!). It was a day of headwinds, and strong currents so Kyle did a lot of tacking (and a bit of swearing), early on wind was much too light so the day started with more motoring than Kyle cares for. Once he could actually sail, he didn't mind the tacking (or at least he'd rather be tacking than motoring). Another nice sunny day in QLD!]

At: 15:28(AEST) 11-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 19.092' S148º 50.076' EBegonia
At Anchor: Happy Bay, Long Island, Whitsundays, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.3320, 148.8463

Sail From: Cid Island (western side), Whitsundays, QLD To: Happy Bay, Long Island, Whitsundays, QLD

We travelled [5.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m (low tide), good holding, Empty resort ashore along with a host of trails]

General Comments: [We keep nudging south, while aiming to maintain internet connection. An easy motor sail today across the Whitsunday Passage. When we depart we'll have to time it with the tides to transit 'the narrows' and Long Island Sound (Australia Version).]

At: 11:20(AEST) 09-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 28C (82.4F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 15.09' S148º 54.048' EBegonia
At Anchor: Cid Island (western side), Whitsundays, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2648, 148.9083

Sail From: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Cid Island (western side), Whitsundays, QLD

We travelled [3.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.8m (low tide), good holding]

General Comments: [After a walk up to Whitsunday Peak on Whitsunday Island, we moved the boat around to Cid Island where we know we can have phone/internet signal. A sunny day helps make all the tree topped islands look stunning, nestled in these beautiful turquoise waters.]

At: 13:32(AEST) 08-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 15.036' S148º 56.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2563, 148.9473

Sail From: Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [9.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.7m (low tide), good holding, trails ashore.]

General Comments: [Sailed downwind with the current to return to Cid Harbor. Last time we came Kyle's back was bad and he couldn't leave the boat - so this time we return to do the hike up to Whitsunday Peak (414m) where the views are reported to be well worth the 3-4 hour return trek!.]

At: 13:30(AEST) 07-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 18.036' S149º 2.046' EBegonia
At Anchor: Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.3056, 149.0407

Sail From: Gulnare Inlet, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [7.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.3m, campsite ashore, popular spot on charter and tourist trail. Behind campsite there is a trail across to Whitehaven beach, with a side trail option to a lookout. With 3m+ tides, it may be best to time your shore access with the tides so you don't have to pull it up (or down) too far. No Telstra Signal]

General Comments: [Motored along the south of the island so we can get ashore and stretch our legs. To the north were views of Hamilton island and some tall and ugly hotel buildings on one of the beaches there (we didn't expect that). Its hot, and humid and cockatoos are screeching from ashore.]

At: 09:12(AEST) 06-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 17.1' S148º 56.088' EBegonia
At Anchor: Gulnare Inlet, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2997, 148.9475

Sail From: West Butterfly Bay, Hook Island, Whitsundays, QLD To: Gulnare Inlet, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [23.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.6m depth, Good Telstra Cellphone signal (from Hamilton Island)]

General Comments: [A nice sail through some narrow channels with great scenery on a sunny day. Not bad at all. ]

At: 13:10(AEST) 04-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 4.062' S148º 55.05' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Butterfly Bay, Hook Island, Whitsundays, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.0766, 148.9252

Sail From: Coral Sea Marina/Resort, Airlie, QLD To: Butterfly Bay, Hook Island, Whitsundays, QLD

We travelled [23.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Picked up a mooring ball so we can go for a snorkel - escape the heat and enjoy the treasures of the reefs around the bay. No (Telstra) Service in Bay ]

General Comments: [Despite it being the school holidays, the bay is not busy, just a handful of boats here. Kyle tacked in light winds and calm seas for much of the journey, while I was able to keep a internet connection almost all the way here.]

At: 14:02(AEST) 02-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 15.096' S148º 42.048' EBegonia
At Dock: Coral Sea Marina/Resort, Airlie, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2664, 148.7079

Sail From: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD To: Coral Sea Marina/Resort, Airlie, QLD

We travelled [15.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Way at the end of dock, a LONG walk from the land, This place is swanky and the price reflects it $165/night.]

General Comments: [Kyle raised the anchor manually and we sailed off for a rather leisurely sail to Airlie. I was able to work on the computer much of the time so didn't get to see the views. On arrival we hit the ground running to pick up a rental car for a drive to Mackay.]

At: 11:38(AEST) 30-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 29.4C (84.92F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 12.018' S148º 37.032' EBegonia
At Anchor: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2028, 148.6219

Sail From: Gloucester Island (west coast) To: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD

We travelled [27.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.3m (pick your depth), beautiful bay, well protected from most winds, Dryander National Park lands ashore. No cellphone service (Telstra)]

General Comments: [Another beat south today, weaving between islands, and eventually made it to a calm and peaceful (and so far empty) anchorage for the evening.]

At: 13:00(AEST) 29-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
9 months  agoShow

20º 0.0' S148º 26.052' EBegonia
At Anchor: Gloucester Island (west coast) - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.0000, 148.4418

Sail From: Grays Bay (Queens Bay), Bowen, QLD To: Gloucester Island (west coast)

We travelled [24.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.3m (pick you depth), Beautiful scenery (rugged mountains), expect bullets/wind gusts because of that. 1bar 4G signal]

General Comments: [We spent 10 days at anchor back in Bowen to be sure we had a decent signal so we can help out with all the work now required, and also stream the memorial service. Now however we need to get to someplace a bit more provided for so we can rent a car and get things mailed to the USA (fedEx) ASAP - so we are making our way back to Airlie.]

At: 16:38(AEST) 28-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 27.4C (81.32F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
9 months  agoShow

19º 58.086' S148º 15.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Grays Bay (Queens Bay), Bowen, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-19.9810, 148.2545

Sail From: Shark Bay, Cape Upstart, QLD To: Grays Bay (Queens Bay), Bowen, QLD

We travelled [72.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [32.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.9m. 3bar of 4G (Telstra).]

General Comments: [We had a really early start after receiving some tough family news from the USA. Moved to continue our passage south, and to get a better cellphone/internet signal for the coming days, so we can stay in touch as much as possible with our loved ones. It was a fittingly miserable upwind passage with plenty of tacking to distract us; we made it just in time for sunset.]

At: 17:56(AEST) 18-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
10 months  agoShow

19º 43.056' S147º 45.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Shark Bay, Cape Upstart, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-19.7257, 147.7571

Sail From: Cape Bowling Green, QLD To: Shark Bay, Cape Upstart, QLD

We travelled [52.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [32.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.8m protected by the rugged landscape. Ashore are a few isolated (private) holiday homes (serviced by boats),with some bush walking possible. We are told to be wary of estuarine crocodiles if we go near the creeks. 1bar Telstra 4G (weak).]

General Comments: [Well Kyle did it. He was determined to sail here, and despite the wind forecast not matching reality and a lot of ineffective tacking at the start, we MADE IT before sunset and without resorting to motor-sailing. We continue to spot patches of smoke from ashore (presumably agriculture related). Aboard I finished the autobiography of Dawn French (a well-loved British comedienne) and learned a lot about this lovely Cornish lass!]

At: 17:22(AEST) 16-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
10 months  agoShow

19º 18.036' S147º 23.04' EBegonia
At Anchor: Cape Bowling Green, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-19.3060, 147.3897

Sail From: Lodestone Reef, Great Barrier Reef, QLD To: Cape Bowling Green, QLD

We travelled [43.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [40.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.7m of sand behind sandspit. Weak 1bar 4G telstra signal.]

General Comments: [We begin to sail south again (slowly). We had hoped to sail today (hence the very early start of 3:20am), but wind was so light as to make sailing impossible for much of the trip. We were regularly surrounded with leaping tuna, but none bothered to attach themselves to our trailing line unfortunately. Seas were so calm for most of the morning that we easily spotted a lost snake looking to hitch a ride (we declined).]

At: 15:48(AEST) 14-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 28.2C (82.76F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
10 months  agoShow

18º 41.004' S147º 6.018' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lodestone Reef, Great Barrier Reef, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-18.6842, 147.1033

Sail From: John Brewer Reef (Near Coral Greenhouse), Great Barrier Reef, QLD To: Lodestone Reef, Great Barrier Reef, QLD

We travelled [6.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10.4m in large sand patch. You can pick your anchor spot along the lee of the reef, most people favor a bit more to the south (where there is also a public mooring ball). No Telstra service at anchor (possibly pick up further south on reef).]

General Comments: [We had a lovely couple of days at John Brewer Reef. Today started with a surprise birthday breakfast for Maryanne (cooked by Kyle), one last snorkel, and then an unexpected and beautiful gift from our friends Mahana before our departure. We motored over the short distance to Lodestone for some more snorkelling (and an earlier departure tomorrow). Beautiful calm conditions, lovely clear waters - boater/birthday heaven.]

At: 11:14(AEST) 13-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
10 months  agoShow

18º 36.09' S147º 4.026' EBegonia
At Anchor: John Brewer Reef (Near Coral Greenhouse), Great Barrier Reef, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-18.6149, 147.0708

Sail From: Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD To: John Brewer Reef (Near Coral Greenhouse), Great Barrier Reef, QLD

We travelled [37.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [32.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m on sand patch between coral bommies (tight quarters) - room for one boat only. Nearby is the MOUA installation (The Coral Greenhouse by Jason de Caires Taylor). For access to this anchor location, you enter via a pass to the west of the MOUA art installation, and then travel ESE over the top of it (Its 18m deep on the seabed) so only do with care for any snorkellers/divers (None around when we arrived). It is possible to go a little further in to SE of our position on shallower sand (but would need a stern anchor too due to currents). Best if you have good sat imagery or waypoints (along with good visibility).]

General Comments: [An early start (6:30am) and a bouncy sail. Several other boats left Horseshoe bay for the same destination (mostly beating us with an even earlier start), but they have picked up the free mooring balls 1nm to our west, or moved on to Loadstone Reef. The reef colours are beautiful and tomorrow is expected to be nice and calm so we are hoping for some grand snorkelling, both on the reef, and around the MOUA underwater art exhibit.]

At: 13:06(AEST) 11-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
10 months  agoShow

19º 6.084' S146º 51.072' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Off Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay, Airlie, QLD To:Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-19.1138, 146.8618

Progress: [We've made [116.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [120]nm
Since last posting we have made [116.3]nm (through water). We have moved [125.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 2.6m among moorings and other anchored boats. Ashore is a host of trails and a regular bus service about the island. Trails have gems such as butterflies and koala, and even some rock wallaby that like to feed from your hands. A great island.]

General Comments: [An easy overnight sail, with the odd gybe as the wind flipped about behind us. Great starry skies to entertain the night watch, but a bit of a lumpy passage with occasional drizzles. We are happy to be back at this Island we loved so much during our last visit (back in May 2020).]

At: 09:22(AEST) 04-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
10 months  agoShow

20º 16.008' S148º 42.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay, Airlie, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2676, 148.7053

Sail From: Nara Inlet, Hook Island, Whitsunday Group, QLD To: Off Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay, Airlie, QLD

We travelled [13.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m depth, on edge of busy mooring field, near western most access to Coral Sea marina. Airlie is the 'gate way to the Whitsundays' and very popular with backpacking visitors. Good Phone/internet signal (as you'd expect from a town).]

General Comments: [Kyle persevered and sailed in very light winds to make the passage to Airlie Beach. Here we can top up any provisions and fuel, and we also have appointments to get our #2 Covid Jab (will be glad when that is done). The weather over the weekend doesn't look fantastic, so I see some days aboard in our future! I'm looking forward to exploring the town. It might be our last chance to eat out for a while too. ]

At: 14:48(AEST) 28-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
10 months  agoShow

20º 7.062' S148º 54.09' EBegonia
At Anchor: Nara Inlet, Hook Island, Whitsunday Group, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.1268, 148.9145

Sail From: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Nara Inlet, Hook Island, Whitsunday Group, QLD

We travelled [8.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.5m of mud, shore access to a couple of short trails, including an Aboriginal cave with artwork. Beautiful Fiord-like inlet. No cell service in the deeper parts of the inlet (where we are).]

General Comments: [Motor-sailed north into the beautiful Nara Inlet. The sun is shining. Kyle continues to remain aboard (while I go off and explore), but I think he's ready for an adventure (we'll see).]

At: 11:06(AEST) 27-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
10 months  agoShow

20º 15.036' S148º 56.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitshunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2562, 148.9468

Sail From: Mays Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitshunday Island, QLD

We travelled [2.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m, not far off the beach. Buoys in the water are 'no swimming' warnings (sharks), ashore are two trails, an easy 20min one to dugong beach, and a tougher 4hour return to Whitsunday Peak (434m).]

General Comments: [Moved to have access to the trails. Kyle's back still not up to a tough hike, but he can still enjoy the views. Scenery is very 'Maine-like' lots of rocky shoreline, fringed with fir-trees on slopes aplenty]

At: 11:02(AEST) 26-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 26.6C (79.88F)
10 months  agoShow

20º 13.014' S148º 56.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mays Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2188, 148.9467

Sail From: Burning Point, Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, QLD To: Mays Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [13.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.1m in this beautiful bay fringed by giant smooth rocks and topped with fir trees.]

General Comments: [A big day, we stopped on route at Hamilton Island Marina for 2 hours ($60), to collect mail, some groceries, and grab a shower and do laundry - busy day, but now we are at this pretty anchorage (finally) on Whitsunday Island, and alongside our good friends aboard Mahana. The 'Ocean Sailing' Podcast is out and we finally managed to listen to ourselves being interviewed today (episode #103), so that was fun as we sailed along the channels and watched whales breaching in the distance - a wonderful day in QLD.]

At: 16:24(AEST) 23-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
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20º 30.006' S149º 3.036' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Burning Point, Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Coral Sea Passage From:Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD To:Burning Point, Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, QLD. Our position: loc:-20.5007, 149.0563

Progress: [We've made [351.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [108]nm
Since last posting we have made [98.8]nm (through water). We have moved [105.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.5m of sand (5m tidal range here), good shelter from southerly winds. Popular spot. Slight signal from Telstra (probably OK if from top of mast)]

General Comments: [Yay - we made it. But, ugh, Kyle's back is out again. We arrived to drizzle and with the nearby hills topped with mist and rain clouds. We'll spend some time resting after the passage and relaxing (which the weather makes for an easy choice). We had a few issues on the passage - notably the bilge alarm, and worse, the new steering setup isn't up to the job - more ugh! Will need to get our thinking caps on and see what we can do. We are hoping that the clouds will clear and between sun and wind we can recharge our boat batteries during the day.]

At: 07:06(AEST) 20-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F)
11 months  agoShow

21º 50.022' S150º 17.022' EBegonia
Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD To:Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, Whitsundays, QLD. Our position: loc:-21.8365, 150.2867

Progress: [We've made [253.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [108]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [138]nm
Since last posting we have made [136.9]nm (through water). We have moved [137.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [We pulled the spinnaker down for overnight sailing (since wind conditions were predicted to be borderline), so sailing on just the jib. Seas got a bit sloppy, but otherwise all was well. Water temperature warming.]

General Comments: [We crossed the Tropic of Capricorn yesterday (we are now in the tropics for REAL!), however Kyle needed to wear 2 coats overnight. Unfortunately our point of sail keeps the solar panels shaded so we have yet to see the batteries fully charged on this passage.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 19-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 20.9C (69.62F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Course: 321(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.8kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
11 months  agoShow

23º 40.062' S151º 45.036' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD To:Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, Whitsundays, QLD. Our position: loc:-23.6772, 151.7555

Progress: [We've made [116.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [246]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [114]nm
Since last posting we have made [116.2]nm (through water). We have moved [114.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [An unexpectedly fast start (slowed down for Kyle's afternoon watch). We've been flying the spinnaker since about 7pm last night. Clear skies. Overnight we need to be bundled up, but once we are going mostly downwind things were much nicer in the daytime.]

General Comments: [Kyle managed to sail off the anchor (which involves manually winching up all the chain) - he was very happy (I watched on). When I woke Kyle at midnight for his watch he was really disoriented - its been WAY too long since we did any real sailing (haha).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 18-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Course: 312(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.2kt, Wind:14Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:1m (from:SW)
11 months  agoShow

25º 6.084' S153º 7.056' EBegonia
At Anchor: Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.4472, 153.1255

Sail From: Hawk Nest Beach, Moon Point, Fraser Island, QLD To: Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD

We travelled [8.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of sand. A bit south of the 4WD campsite, looking forward to sunset light on the sandy cliffs behind us.]

General Comments: [After a lovely walk ashore at Hawk Nest Beach, we've moved a little further North along the coast to the sand cliffs (variety). Conditions should be calm for the next couple of days.]

At: 14:32(AEST) 15-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 22.7C (72.86F)
11 months  agoShow

25º 11.082' S153º 0.06' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hawk Nest Beach, Moon Point, Fraser Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.1971, 153.0097

Sail From: Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island, Great Sandy Strait, QLD To: Hawk Nest Beach, Moon Point, Fraser Island, QLD

We travelled [28.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [26.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of sand. Protected by sand spit to NW at low tide, nice beach ashore, and walking track paralleling beach makes for a nice (short) circuit walk.]

General Comments: [We managed to sail most of this hop north, motoring where the great sandy strait meandered through narrow channels and the wind wasn't cooperating. We are now in Hervey Bay (famed for its whales this time of year).]

At: 16:34(AEST) 14-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
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25º 37.086' S152º 58.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island, Great Sandy Strait, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.6304, 152.9731

Sail From: Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD To: Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island, Great Sandy Strait, QLD

We travelled [25.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [21.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.7m. Anchorage renowned for its bugs (hopefully not too bad this time of year). Walks ashore, along with possible dingo (and even a very rare crocodile) sightings.]

General Comments: [Wow - a beautiful light-wind day which had us motoring on calm ocean seas, with an easy (stress free) crossing of the wide-bay bar. We spotted a couple of whales heading south, and a few dolphins both in the ocean and in the bar, but nothing came close to us today. We are crossing our fingers and hoping this anchorage isn't as buggy as reputed.]

At: 13:08(AEST) 13-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
11 months  agoShow

25º 56.064' S153º 10.032' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Myora, North Stradbroke Island, QLD To:Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD. Our position: loc:-25.9440, 153.1723

Progress: [We've made [106.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [106]nm
Since last posting we have made [106.4]nm (through water). We have moved [92.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.4kt, Avg speed for trip:6.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 1.4m of water between beach and sandspit, well protected from swell in all directions. We still get some wind - so good for wind generator/breeze. In Great Sandy Marine Park. 2 bars 4G Telstra signal. Lighthouse walk ashore to east, and Sand cliffs/Rainbow Beach to north. ]

General Comments: [A rather choppy overnight passage with very mixed seas, waves and two separate swells all mixing up. But we are here and can rest for several days. Finally the water temperature is in the 20s (Celcius) - and that what we were hoping for by moving north.]

At: 08:40(AEST) 10-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
11 months  agoShow

27º 28.014' S153º 25.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: Myora, North Stradbroke Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.4689, 153.4166

Sail From: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay To: Myora, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

We travelled [3.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m, plenty of shallows and a few oyster farms to avoid, poor shore access but 2bar of 4G.]

General Comments: [We relocated from our spot in Peel Island due to strong SE winds expected on Sunday (For safety reasons this is permitted under the lock-down rules). It was beautiful and calm today so seemed like an easy time to make the move. Just one other boat here for now. We are still unsure if the lockdown will lift on Sunday, but if it does we hope to depart on Monday for anchorages north (while following mask mandates, etc).]

At: 10:20(AEST) 06-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 16.4C (61.52F)
11 months  agoShow

27º 30.03' S153º 21.054' EBegonia
At Anchor: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.5049, 153.3593

Sail From: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay

We travelled [30.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m, surprised to see it so busy since the Snap lockdown started at 4pm, not sure if everyone here has heard the news.]

General Comments: [We motored in head-winds and meandering channels among sand flats to get here - cracking scenery on route, but a bit chilly at the helm. While underway the South-East of Queensland (where we currently are) declared a snap 3 day lockdown from 4pm today; the Delta Variant is out and spreading and hopefully this will stop/contain it. We are not sure how long we may need to stay here now, but we are hoping the lockdown will end as currently planned (but that may be a bit too hopeful). Luckily we are fully stocked on the food front. While we can't visit aboard other boats, we can go ashore for exercise (a non-inhabited island that is also a national park). We have plenty of things to keep us busy aboard too.]

At: 16:44(AEST) 31-Jul-2021, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F)
11 months  agoShow

27º 52.05' S153º 24.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8747, 153.4012

Sail From: The Boat Works, Coomera, QLD To: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD

We travelled [6.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m, a bit crowded today so we'll keep a good watch regarding how everyone swings as the tide changes]

General Comments: [Finally away from the boat yard, after 7 weeks we have everything necessary fixed, all the general maintenance up to date, and are now down to the usual list of nice-to-have and do-when-bored items. We are hoping to sleep in and just hang out without interruptions or chores for a while before moving on North. However we are behind on the blog and a host of other odds, so we'll have to balance all that somehow (at some point, but maybe not today).]

At: 15:14(AEST) 29-Jul-2021, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:36%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
11 months  agoShow

27º 52.032' S153º 20.022' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Links Hope Island, Coomera River, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8717, 153.3369

Sail From: The Boat Works, Coomera, QLD To: off Links Hope Island, Coomera River, QLD

We travelled [0.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):0.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m, a perfect place to wait for our haul out at The Boat Works (some wakes from passing boaters and jet skis)]

General Comments: [We spent a day of chores (laundry, quotes, etc) with a bit of pampering (shower, restaurant) to get a jump on our imminent haul out and repairs for begonia. Despite the damage we've been assured by two separate businesses that the boat is safe to haul (whew), and once that is done the major work can begin.]

At: 12:50(AEST) 05-Jun-2021, Outside Temp: 35C (95F), Humidity:33%, Water Temp: 20.8C (69.44F)
about 1 year  agoShow

27º 52.056' S153º 24.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8761, 153.4011

Sail From: Terranora Creek (Tweed River), Tweed Heads, NSW To: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD

We travelled [18.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [20.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of mud among several other boats. From here we can easily get to our haul out scheduled for next week.]

General Comments: [Exiting the Tweed head bar (with steering functional, and in calmer conditions) was a lot simpler. We hopped north and re-entered protected waterways via the Spit/Southport Bar. Anchored well before dark and near boating friends - food for the soul! Expecting rain tomorrow.]

At: 16:16(AEST) 02-Jun-2021, Outside Temp: 22.3C (72.14F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 20.5C (68.9F)
about 1 year  agoShow

28º 11.016' S153º 32.07' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Terranora Creek (Tweed River), Tweed Heads, NSW - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-28.1859, 153.5448

Sail From: Boyd Park Jetty, Terranora Creek (Tweed River), Tweed Heads South, NSW To: Terranora Creek (Tweed River), Tweed Heads, NSW

We travelled [0.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.5kt.

Location Comments: [On a 24-hour limit courtesy mooring, river traffic can cause a few wakes, otherwise peaceful. Nice scenery.]

General Comments: [After making steering and engine repairs we left the dock and hard tested the systems in the river. All is well, so we will await the next weather window for departure while organizing pending haul-out.]

At: 16:00(AEST) 28-May-2021, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:39%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
about 1 year  agoShow

28º 11.022' S153º 33.006' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Ukerebagh Island, Tweed River, Tweed Heads, NSW - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-28.1864, 153.5512

Sail From: Richmond River, Ballina, NSW To: Ukerebagh Island, Tweed River, Tweed Heads, NSW

We travelled [44.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [41.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.6kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 24-hour limit free moorings in the river, in a nook just outside the worst of the currents. Depth 3.4m (close to bank, and other sandy shallows). Ashore the island is all part of the Ukerebagh Nature Reserve. Historical snippet: the small island is where Australia’s first Aboriginal politician, Neville Bonner, was born. Within the reserve, on the mainland to the south is the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Center which offers a museum of aboriginal culture curated by aboriginal guides.]

General Comments: [Another early start to make the right tide state for the bars involved. We again had to bring down the spinnaker for frear of arriving too early at Tweed Heads, and still arrived too early anyway. We held off for a while, and entered without issue but before conditions were ideal to be sure.]

At: 13:14(AEST) 23-May-2021, Outside Temp: 23.8C (74.84F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
about 1 year  agoShow

28º 52.056' S153º 33.078' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Richmond River, Ballina, NSW - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-28.8758, 153.5633

Sail From: Yamba Channel, Yamba, NSW To: Richmond River, Ballina, NSW

We travelled [38.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [35.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 24-hour limit moorings in river. Depth 3.1m, with wind and currents I would not recommend to row ashore (better to use an outboard).]

General Comments: [We continue our push north, and with another early start (yay Kyle!) in order to have the best of the bars at both ends of this passage. The Ballina Bar web cam was out of action unfortunately (we love checking the webcams on the days leading up to our arrival). Ballina Bar is renowned as one of the most difficult (waves can continue to break far within the narrow channel of the breakwaters, so we were not made any easier when also learning that there was a large log in the channel! Thankfully all was well (we never did see the log). Mostly spinnaker sailing, but cold so we are well wrapped up against the winds, Eventually we had to douse the spinnaker to avoid arriving too early.]

At: 11:50(AEST) 21-May-2021, Outside Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
about 1 year  agoShow

29º 26.01' S153º 21.012' EBegonia
At Shallow-Anchor: Yamba Channel, Yamba, NSW - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-29.4348, 153.3521

Sail From: Coffs Harbour, NSW To: Yamba Channel, Yamba, NSW

We travelled [56.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [53.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.3m among crowded/narrow mooring field (reported to be good holding mud), well protected aside from wake from passing boats.]

General Comments: [We continue to push North. We departed Coffs Harbour before Midnight and Kyle took the graveyard watch as normal (and it rained!). We made great time and arrived just as all the forecasts/routers predicted we would. Since most of the passage was at night there is little to report, but we did get to fly the spinnaker for most of the passage (until the squalls arrived). When we arrived at the bar there was still a smidge of ebb, but all was well. We plan to go ashore and explore Yamba (last time we were in this area, we were on the other side of the Clarence River at Iluka (while the 2019 fires were still raging). ]

At: 10:56(AEST) 18-May-2021, Outside Temp: 20.4C (68.72F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 18C (64.4F)
about 1 year  agoShow

30º 18.036' S153º 8.058' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Swansea Bridge, Lake Macquarie To:Coffs Harbour, NSW. Our position: loc:-30.3063, 153.1431

Progress: [We've made [189.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [44]nm
Since last posting we have made [45.4]nm (through water). We have moved [43.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.3kt, Avg speed for trip:5.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4.7m, Dinghy dock ashore at Marina.]

General Comments: [We made such unexpected progress yesterday and overnight, so when the when the wind finally just quit on us and we were within 20nm of the the harbour, we caved in and motored so we could be at anchor in daylight and not bobbing around all night at sea. Kyle PC refuses to boot up with some hard disc error - interestingly it was at Coffs harbour we purchased it to replace the previous failed computer!]

At: 16:34(AEST) 15-May-2021, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
about 1 year  agoShow

31º 2.01' S153º 8.004' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Swansea Bridge, Lake Macquarie To:Coffs Harbour, NSW. Our position: loc:-31.0348, 153.1341

Progress: [We've made [144.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [44]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [156]nm
Since last posting we have made [144.1]nm (through water). We have moved [144.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [We left Lake Macquarie at first light and once we were able to turn to the north we've been on a broad reach / downwind sailing since then; for several hours things were calm enough to allow us to sail wing-on-wing. Despite the forecast for decreasing winds, that has yet to happen, eventually the seas keep building too making for some occasional surfing (i don't like it). This persistent wind does help our progress though. We also had an unexpected current with us for much of the last 24 hours, changing just recently - we now have 1.5kt against us.]

General Comments: [Overnight the sky was clear and the stars & the bioluminescence put on a great show. We've seen only one other sailboat (Polar Star), that was with us for part of our journey yesterday (branching off mid-afternoon), but there is a regular stream of cargo ships (many anchored at sea too). We even had an Australian military ship (HMAS Brisbane) cross our path as it headed to harbour from sea. It looks like we *should* make it earlier than we'd initially estimated, and if we are lucky even in daylight today.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 15-May-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: C (F), Course: 358(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:15Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (from:SW)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 5.016' S151º 38.064' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Swansea Bridge, Lake Macquarie - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-33.0858, 151.6436

Sail From: Green Point, Lake Macquarie, NSW To: Swansea Bridge, Lake Macquarie

We travelled [7.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.3kt.

Location Comments: [One of 3 24-hour limit courtesy moorings (3.8m) - Good for waiting for bridge openings or departure for sea.]

General Comments: [We sailed around the N end of the lake today, and then departed via the 5pm lift of the Swansea Bridge (ready for our departure in the morning). We had a lone dolphin join us for much of the afternoon, with spectacular leaps and even (a first for me) visited us with a fish it had just caught (to show off? as a gift?) as we were waiting on the bridge. So cool!]

At: 17:08(AEST) 13-May-2021, Outside Temp: 22.7C (72.86F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 1.038' S151º 37.086' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Greenpoint, Lake Macquarie, NSW - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-33.0230, 151.6307

Sail From: Murrays Beach, Lake Macquarie, NSW To: Greenpoint, Lake Macquarie, NSW

We travelled [10.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 24 hour limit courtesy moorings (2.4m depth), Green Point Foreshore Reserve parkland ashore and access to a host trails (flat and/or hilly).]

General Comments: [Another motorless day of sailing for fun alone, heading towards the north end of the ""lake"". Kyle is appropriately smug, and in his happy place. He had wanted to go further north but the wind was starting to die and the forecast said to expect no more (we had 1kt gusts as a max overnight). Naturally once safe on the mooring with the sails packed away, the wind picked up again. We had expected to depart tomorrow but based on current forecasts we'll delay that. Rain forecast again for the next couple of days, but today was a gloriously sunny day with blue skies and the odd puffy white cloud to make it look extra nice. Having been overcast and with very light winds since we arrived, we need the sunshine for the battery bank so long may it last today.]

At: 13:23(AEST) 10-May-2021, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 6.09' S151º 43.092' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Murrays Beach, Lake Macquarie - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-33.1144, 151.6122

Sail From: Pulbah Island, Lake Macquarie, NSW To: Murrays Beach, Lake Macquarie

We travelled [10.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.2kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 24-hour limit courtesy moorings (4.9m depth), close to public dock, BBQ facilities ashore, café nearby.]

General Comments: [A day of sailing JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. No real destination in mind, we just sailed about in the South arms of Lake Macquarie, partook in a sail race course for a while, and eventually moved across back to the mainland peninsula. Kyle is extra happy since we didn't use the motor all day - both dropping and picking up mooring balls in these lovely flat conditions. Sun shining, blue skies, and a low-pressure sailing day - bliss (don't think too hard that we are only 1.5nm from where we started after sailing for almost 5 hours).]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 16:51(AEST) 08-May-2021, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 24C (75.2F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 5.07' S151º 35.064' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Pulbah Island, Lake Macquarie, NSW - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-33.0949, 151.5935

Sail From: Collins Beach, Spring Cove, Little Manly, NSW To: Pulbah Island, Lake Macquarie, NSW

We travelled [57.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [45.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [We are using one of the 3 24-hour limit courtesy moorings (4.2m depth). Pulbah Island is the largest on lake Macquarie, it is also Nature Reserve (no dogs allowed ashore). ]

General Comments: [An early start to get north and enter the narrow bar and bridge for entry into the giant Lake Macquarie area. Ocean part of passage was ideal (aside from the rain), swapping from spinnaker to reefed jib as we approached Lake Macquarie. We had a lot of rain/drizzle on the passage, but the sun eventually shone once we were waiting for our bridge opening time (1pm). We'll be resting up before exploring the area in between the forecast rain shower days.]

At: 14:32(AEST) 05-May-2021, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 21.5C (70.7F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 48.054' S151º 17.04' EBegonia
At Anchor: Collins Beach, Spring Cove, Little Manly, NSW - Sydney Harbour, Australia. Our position: -33.8087, 151.2896

Sail From: Manly, NSW To: Collins Beach, Spring Cove, Little Manly, NSW

We travelled [0.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of water - outside the do-not-anchor boundary (boards/markers ashore each side of the cove define boundary line). No dogs permitted (Penguin breeding ground). ]

General Comments: [Relocated after chore day in town, and a walk along (part of) the Manly-Spit trail. Now looking forward to meeting up with Muse and crowd over the weekend.]

At: 16:22(AEST) 30-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 26.4C (79.52F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 47.1' S151º 16.086' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Manly, NSW - Sydney Harbour, Australia. Our position: -33.7998, 151.2814

Sail From: East Anchorage, Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, NSW To: Manly, NSW

We travelled [11.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [One of 5 free 24 hour public moorings, depth 3.9m]

General Comments: [Fun tacking through a much quieter (week-day) Sydney harbour. We've relocated for a bit of basic grocery shopping, and to be closer for a meet-up with the crew from Muse over the weekend.]

At: 15:02(AEST) 29-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 21.5C (70.7F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 52.032' S151º 11.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: East Anchorage, Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, NSW - Sydney Harbour, Australia. Our position: -33.8722, 151.1860

Sail From: Blues Point, Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW To: East Anchorage, Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, NSW

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [Designated anchorage area, good for about 6 boats, (access under ANZAC Bridge), anchored in 3.9m with dinghy dock, rubbish bins, and small cafe nearby.]

General Comments: [Relocated for better shore access, we'll spend a couple of days aboard catching up with odd projects and have plans to meet up (with someone we met in Tasmania) for dinner one evening. The sun is shining, it's odd to see traffic around us, but we're loving the city skyline. We were last here over a year ago and were quite surprised today to find the anchorage so busy outside of the Xmas/NYE season (thankfully not quite full!).]

At: 14:12(AEST) 26-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 22C (71.6F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 50.094' S151º 12.012' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Blues Point, Sydney Harbour, NSW - Port Hacking, Australia. Our position: -33.8489, 151.2019

Sail From: Jibbon Beach, Port Hacking To: Blues Point, Sydney Harbour, NSW

We travelled [22.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Free 24 hour mooring (20T max / nearby Emergency mooring swing hazard for boats of 11m+)]

General Comments: [Kyle thoroughly enjoyed a spinnaker sail along the beautiful coastal sea-cliffs, and eventually our turn and sail into Sydney Harbour. And then we realised it was Sunday (therefore race day) and we were suddenly having to worry about sailboats from all directions - YIKES. We headed for Farm Cove (right by the Sydney opera house) but found it cordoned off for the current Handa Opera event (but could find no 'notice to mariners' announcement to explain). We changed our plan and headed for a free public mooring on the other side of the Sydney Bridge which was luckily empty (yay!) so we are set for at least the next 24 hours.]

At: 15:44(AEST) 25-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 20.1C (68.18F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
about 1 year  agoShow

34º 4.086' S151º 9.09' EBegonia
"At Mooring Ball (free): Jibbon Beach - Port Hacking, Australia. Our position: -34.0807, 151.1645

Sail From: Turriell Pt, Port Hacking To: Jibbon Beach, Port Hacking

We travelled [1.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [Picked up one of the 5 RMYC moorings (this one has 2.2m depth), Close the the bay entrance. Royal National park ashore (with a trail to aboriginal artwork!)]

General Comments: [We are thoroughly enjoying Port Hacking and after some time kayaking about in SW arm and meeting the lovely Story family (locals), we've moved closer to the exit ready to move on to Sydney Harbour tomorrow.]

At: 10:06(AEST) 24-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)
about 1 year  agoShow

34º 5.022' S151º 5.094' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball (free) in South West Arm, Port Hacking, NSW, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Hole in the Wall, Darling Road, Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) To:South West Arm, Port Hacking, NSW. Our position: -34.0872, 151.0984

Progress: [We've made [80.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [4.8]nm
Since last posting we have made [5.5]nm (through water). We have moved [4.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.6kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [One of 5 public mooring balls (this one has 10m depth), well protected and peaceful cove (at least on a weekday - we are the only ones here!). With Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos squawking from the cliffs, and a flock of Silver Gulls hanging around. Surrounded by the Royal National Park. 4kt speed limit so it should remain peaceful. Telstra Signal 1bar (workable).]

General Comments: [We made it, the channel involved some very narrow patches, and took us very close to some rocks (thank goodness for charts and navigation aids to reassure us!), also some very shallow patches (gulp) but we made it. Port Hacking is basically a suburb of Sydney, and we passed by some beautiful cliff-top homes (reminded me of Tiburon in San Francisco Bay), we could easily have stopped near any of the suburbs, but we decided to head for the peace of the National Park instead. We'll rest up and hopefully make a kayak trip up the river to take a trail to see Winifred Falls during our stay. For now we have the place entirely to ourselves (school holidays over, and a weekday certainly helps!). ]

At: 08:06(AEST) 21-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 20C (68F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
about 1 year  agoShow

34º 4.032' S151º 10.062' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Hole in the Wall, Darling Road, Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) To:Port Hacking, NSW. Our position: -34.0715, 151.1773

Progress: [We've made [75.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [4.8]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [65.2]nm
Since last posting we have made [75.1]nm (through water). We have moved [67.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Winds stronger than forecast, so we have made good speed since departing. We've decided to go a little deeper into the inlet (and more into the national park part of the bay, rather than the city part)]

General Comments: [Kyle was well wrapped up against the cold and wind when I woke up this morning; looked like a rough night. The good news is we are here somewhat earlier than expected (currently right outside the entrance, and Kyle has just doused the sails and started the engine to help navigate the narrow channel within the otherwise shallow/sandy estuary).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 21-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 16.6C (61.88F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: C (F), Course: 310(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:SW)
about 1 year  agoShow

35º 7.092' S150º 44.07' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hole in the Wall, Darling Road, Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) - Jervis Bay, Australia. Our position: -35.1317, 150.7450

Sail From: Long Beach, Jervis Bay, Beecroft Peninsula, NSW To: Hole in the Wall, Darling Road, Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay Territory (JBT)

We travelled [5.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10.45m (there are 5 public 24 hour mooring balls, but they were all occupied as it is the last weekend of the school Easter Holidays). Rules require any anchoring here must be in GREATER than 10m of water (presumably to protect the seagrass). Ashore is the Booderee National Park. ]

General Comments: [After a good lot of exploring and enjoying the cliff scenery ashore on the Beecroft Peninsular side, we returned to the boat and motored south across Jervis Bay, moving from New South Wales (NSW) into the tiny Jervis Bay Territory (JBT), and in good time for sunset. This means we have now visited ALL 9 of Australia's states(6) and internal Territories(3). We discovered the water is not as warm our our temp sensor is telling us - independently checked with a real thermometer and the result changes from 34.8C to just 19C - so still cold! I've no idea how long its been reading incorrectly, it jumped up after we left Tasmania but we were thinking that was 'normal' as we headed north... Oops.]

At: 17:26(AEST) 17-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)
about 1 year  agoShow

35º 2.034' S150º 47.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: Long Beach, Beecroft Peninsula, Jervis Bay, NSW - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: -35.0393, 150.7861

Sail From: Batemans Bay, NSW To: Long Beach, Beecroft Peninsula, Jervis Bay, NSW

We travelled [49.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [49.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.5-2.5m (shallow), in sand patch. Checked notice board reads [Open to Public] for shore access - as this is peninsula sometimes a live firing range! Phone verification for schedule can be found via Ranger Station: 4448 3411.]

General Comments: [So much for light winds! as the sky hinted at daylight we soon had to take down the spinnaker and were sailing under jib alone were close to needing to reef it too (in the gusts); Good news is we arrived well before we expected (YAY!). The route up here took us past the town of Ulladulla (sounds so Australian), and Jervis Bay (where we are now) is famed for several reasons; it has Australia's highest sea-cliffs, and (the south east part) is in the tiny 'Jervis Bay Territory' giving the ACT access to the sea, and under ACT laws (although not technically part of the ACT, all very confusing!)]

At: 13:36(AEST) 16-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F)
about 1 year  agoShow

35º 42.054' S150º 10.098' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball ($) in Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Flagstaff Jetty, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria To:Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: -35.7085, 150.1832

Progress: [We've made [239.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [86]nm
Since last posting we have made [106.9]nm (through water). We have moved [85.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.4kt, Avg speed for trip:5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Ugh! The last 24 hours have had all sorts, with both calms and strong head-winds frustrating our headway. After such great progress the day before, it was frustrating to take another 24 hours to go the last 80nm (Sailing, Ugh!!!). We had hoped all the debris washed out from the recent floods was long gone, but there were warnings of 6m logs and giant water tanks floating in some of the waters we passed. We were much further offshore than the reports, and really slowed the boat down at night, thinking perhaps the only 'stuff' that gets reported is that closer to shore... it all made for a stressful night watch. Well behind us, we had several hours of continuous lightning strikes (about 1 every 10 seconds), and way back on the west coast of Tasmania the reports were showing regular 11m (36') waves, and even a 16m (52') wave (we had 4m at worst, and only for a couple of hours during the passage). Some places were clearly having a way worse night than us. We have picked up a mooring we reserved with Batemans Bay Marina (although I'm not sure we have the right one, we'll have to double check once they open).]

General Comments: [Another passage complete. During this one we clocked 13,000 hours underway in Begonia. We are both so glad to be in calm waters AND to see that the water temperature has shot up (currently at 31.9C/89.4F).]

At: 06:28(AEST) 11-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 13.9C (57.02F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
about 1 year  agoShow

37º 7.002' S150º 24.024' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Flagstaff Jetty, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria To:Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: -37.1173, 150.4035

Progress: [We've made [132.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [86]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [164]nm
Since last posting we have made [132.5]nm (through water). We have moved [124.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [After departure the seas grew, and grew until we had up to 4m waves from our stern quarter (during dinner!), with the occasional side-swipe. Definitely conditions where we won't forget our life jackets. Things have calmed down since then so far we have no current against us.]

General Comments: [We left Gippsland's Lakes Entrance and turned left (East), following off shore along 90-mile-beach. Kyle saw plenty of birds and dolphins on his watch (me, not so much). Cargo ships are also seen regularly. Having turned the SE corner of Australia we have now left Victoria and are officially in NSW!]

At: 06:00(AEST) 10-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 4(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1005hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SW)
about 1 year  agoShow

37º 52.092' S147º 59.004' EBegonia
At Dock-Free: Cunninghame Quay, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes - Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia. Our position: -37.8824, 147.9843

Sail From: Resides Jetty, Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria To: Cunninghame Quay, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes

We travelled [8.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [48-hour Free Public dock (water available - free), power available (Fee), fixed dock so need to allow for tide. Short walk to woolworths, laundromat, and plenty of restaurants, etc.]

General Comments: [We took a leisurely motor back towards the lakes entrance, stopping at Metung village (for brunch from the bakery), and again at the Co-Op fuel dock to top up our diesel (First time since Exmouth, WA!). The sun is finally back out, so we are looking forward to a waterfront stroll.]

At: 12:54(AEST) 07-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 22.6C (72.68F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F)
about 1 year  agoShow

37º 54.03' S147º 46.038' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock-Free in Resides Jetty, Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Bass Strait Passage From:Winter Cove, Deal Island, Kent Group, Tasmania To:Resides Jetty, Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria. Our position: -37.9045, 147.7727

Progress: [We've made [102.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [24]nm
Since last posting we have made [16.4]nm (through water). We have moved [11.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.4kt, Avg speed for trip:4.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [48-hour free public dock on quiet side of this busy tourist island (famed for its wild koala population). Dock has a LOT of bird guano so we are glad our bedroom is on the other side of the boat! 2bars Telstra cell-phone Signal.]

General Comments: [We made it to Victoria (State)! We arrived well before first light, but then a mismatch between predicted and actual tides/current had us just sitting off the entrance for 12 hours awaiting a safe time to enter. Once we entered the lakes, we motored to a dock deeper into the lakes. It has been overcast and cold all day, but thankfully sea-state was calm while we waited. We'll rest up and be looking forward to a walk ashore for some Koala spotting in the morning.]

At: 17:32(AEST) 05-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 17.9C (64.22F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
about 1 year  agoShow

38º 3.006' S147º 54.096' EBegonia
Day 2 of Bass Strait Passage From:Winter Cove, Deal Island, Kent Group, Tasmania To:Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria. Our position: -38.0505, 147.9163

Progress: [We've made [86.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [24]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [86]nm
Since last posting we have made [86.1]nm (through water). We have moved [89.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [After a windy start and a fast evening, we have finally had to slow down as we have 7 more hours to go before the suitable time to enter the 'bar' at Lakes Entrance (9nm away). We can practically row and still make that distance in that time. Overnight we transitted through one of Australia's Oil/Gas fields and several rigs (at a safe distance). Lots of very bright bioluminescence last night too.]

General Comments: [We have finally departed Tasmania and are soon to arrive in Victoria. ]

At: 06:00(AEST) 05-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 16.6C (61.88F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 17(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.6kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SW)
about 1 year  agoShow

39º 28.032' S147º 20.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Winter Cove, Deal Island, Kent Group, Tasmania - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -39.4715, 147.3485

Sail From: Peacock Bay, Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. To: Winter Cove, Deal Island, Kent Group, Tasmania

We travelled [48.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [40.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of sand. Trail from beach across island to lighthouse (with caretaker, and museum). Note island is part of the Kent Group National Park]

General Comments: [A cold, blustery and rolly passage North, with huge numbers of mutton birds as we were leaving the tip of Flinders Island. We are now half way across the Bass Strait. We'll spend a few days here and then head north again back to mainland Australia (hopefully to Victoria).]

At: 16:14(AEDT) 29-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 16.5C (61.7F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
over 1 year  agoShow

40º 4.014' S147º 45.084' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Peacock Bay, Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.0693, 147.7642

Sail From: Fotheringate Bay, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. To: Peacock Bay, Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania.

We travelled [17.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [MAST Mooring ball (there are 2 here), in 8m depth. Telstra Signal: 1bar.]

General Comments: [Over the last few days the pressure has swung from 1036 down to 990 (both unusual towards each extreme of 'normal' weather). Strong winds are expected from the South and West so we've relocated to yet another anchorage during a brief calm, we motor sailed as it was so calm and we wanted to be sure to arrive before dark. We arrived in plenty of time but seeing the MAST mooring already taken we made 4 attempts to set the anchor - each failed when we back down at high revs (our normal test). There was too much weed and we couldn't locate a sandy patch that wasn't too shallow AND it was approaching dark. If anchoring failed our alternative was to stay at sea all night and try again in daylight. Thankfully the other boat here, Pipi, called to say that there was a fishing boat mooring near him; although he didn't know if it was any good, it was worth a try. We went for it with Pipi helping by shining his spotlight in the appropriate direction. When we arrived we were SO HAPPY to see it was an official MAST mooring (local government, meaning it will be well maintained and trust-worthy). Whew - we made it.... Now we expect to be here for a couple of days based on the forecast. ]

At: 20:00(AEDT) 24-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 19.3C (66.74F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 1 year  agoShow

40º 12.054' S148º 2.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: Fotheringate Bay, Flinders Island - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.2092, 148.0359

Sail From: Trousers Bay, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. To: Fotheringate Bay, Flinders Island

We travelled [2.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m of sand (you can pick your depth, just select a sandy patch between weed cover). From anchor we have great views of Strzelecki Peaks in the Strzelecki National Park to our E through ENE and plenty of beautiful rock features to scramble over. Two of Tasmania's 60 great walks can be done from this anchorage: Trousers Point Coastal Track is a relatively easy trail and runs between the north and south coves of Trousers Point, and Strzelecki Peaks(756m) trail head is a 3.5km walk along the road (allow 5-6 hours once at the trailhead). Note: Tasmania National Park passes required for trails. Road access is to south end of beach. Telstra signal: 3-Bars of 4G. ]

General Comments: [We have moved around Trousers Point to get a bit more protection from the winds expected later today and all day tomorrow (when we will need to move again). The terrible rains and storms that have hit much of Australia are headed our way and we'll just have to keep moving to remain protected. In the meantime we are dry and safe and have plenty to keep us busy while we remain aboard.]

At: 14:58(AEDT) 23-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
over 1 year  agoShow

40º 13.008' S148º 2.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: Trousers Bay, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.2296, 148.0358

Sail From: Spike Cove, Clarke Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. To: Trousers Bay, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania.

We travelled [27.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m of sand (select a sandy patch between weed cover). Trousers Bay Beach looks great for a walk/run (certainly at low tides). From anchor we have great views of Strzelecki Peaks in the Strzelecki National Park to our E through ENE and a selection of trail options from the beach, in addition to plenty of beautiful rock features to scramble over. Trousers Point Coastal Track runs between the north and south coves of Trousers Point. Campground (with road access) to north end of beach. Note: Tasmania National Park passes required for trails. ]

General Comments: [Another blustery day, mostly sailing broad reach, but against currents. Anchored in the bay with (currently) just one other boat (on the mooring). Expected strong winds from tomorrow night from the NE/ENE so we should be snug and protected here before having to move again for later forecasts. we hope to hit some of the trails; thankfully we a have our Tas NP passes from our earlier visit to Cradle Mountain.]

At: 12:30(AEDT) 21-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 1 year  agoShow

40º 32.04' S148º 7.014' EBegonia
At Anchor: Spike Cove, Clarke Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.5403, 148.1187

Sail From: Lemons Beach, Foster Inlet, Cape Portland, Tasmania To: Spike Cove, Clarke Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania.

We travelled [15.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7.5m of sand. Good sized cove, fringed and spotted with lovely smooth worn bedrock and giant bolders, those around the cove edges are banded with bright orange lichen. All just begging to get the dingy/kayak out and explore from sea and ashore. Very photogenic! Poor 1bar Telstra signal with intermittent 'no service'.]

General Comments: [A choppy passage, close reach, but with a favourable current preventing us from needing to consider any tacking. Chilly and blustery on route. However the views on arriving are spectacular and we are keen to get ashore and scramble over some of these amazing sentinels. There was one other boat here when we arrived, and they are already out exploring (we won't be long behind them).]

At: 09:26(AEDT) 19-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 19.7C (67.46F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 1 year  agoShow

40º 46.038' S147º 56.1' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lemons Beach, Foster Inlet, Cape Portland, Tasmania - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.7730, 147.9497

Sail From: Off Marion's Vinyard, Deviot, Tamar River, Tasmania. To: Lemons Beach, Foster Inlet, Cape Portland, Tasmania

We travelled [72.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [53.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m. Wind generators loom all around this corner of Tasmania (ominous sign). Cape Portland Conservation Area all around. Petal Point campground ashore (described as primative, part of Mt William National Park, no trash cans) to the south end of Lemons Beach.]

General Comments: [We had a very early start to catch the tides AND be sure to arrive before dark - Kyle was up just after midnight! Transitting the last few miles of River Tamar was uneventful until we approached the mouth and the journey became a little wilder with an ebbing current against wind and waves (def. not ideal!). It took a few miles for the seas to dial it down to just miserable, and most of the day was just that before we were back in calmer waters in the anchorage. During the passage we didn't see any other boats, but there was a call on the VHF of the type 'is anybody there, we need help'. Clearly someone not familiar with using a VHF radio. We waited for the excellent Maritime Radio to return the call, but silence so we picked up the call and established that a boat has been attempting to return to their trailer at Blizzard Landing boat ramp, and a wave had washed them off and back out into the water, and left them stuck in a falling tide with two people aboard. We were too far away and no good to help. The signal was weak and I had to ask for information multiple times, but eventually had enough information to call the police from my cell phone and have them make all the appropriate contacts. Shortly after Tas Maritime contacted me (they must have pointed their boosters in my direction) and verified all the information we had. By the time we were pulling into our anchorage we got another call from Tas Maritime confirming the boat and people were now all safe and well - Great news!. We are expecting the winds to shift so we'll be well protected sat here for a few days before heading North.]

At: 16:44(AEDT) 15-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 20.6C (69.08F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 1 year  agoShow

41º 14.082' S146º 56.052' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Marion's Vinyard, Deviot, Tamar River, Tasmania. - Tamar River (Estuary), Australia. Our position: -41.2470, 146.9420

Sail From: Rosevears Pontoon (public), Tamar River, Tasmania To: Off Marion's Vinyard, Deviot, Tamar River, Tasmania.

We travelled [6.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m. There is a jetty ashore for Marion's Vinyard dingy access, and posts off the end of the jetty to tie to (and then dinghy to jetty). The jetty is too shallow for sailboats. Vinyard cellar door is open every day for tastings 11-5, PH: 0437 540 422.]

General Comments: [A cold and rainy day today, so we used that time to move along the river to our next stop. Tomorrow is expected to be a lovely sunny day so we'll get to go ashore and make the most of it.]

At: 16:04(AEDT) 13-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
over 1 year  agoShow

41º 19.026' S147º 0.03' EBegonia
At Dock-Free: Rosevears Pontoon (public), Tamar River, Tasmania - Tamar River (Estuary), Australia. Our position: -41.3210, 147.0050

Sail From: Old Seaport Marina, North Esk River, Launceston To: Rosevears Pontoon (public), Tamar River, Tasmania

We travelled [8.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Public Dock, 3 hour mooring limit, but since it is directly outside the Rosevears Hotel/Restaurant it is a perfect place to stop for a meal. Depth at low tide 1.5m. Sign specifies boat mooring has priority over fishing.]

General Comments: [We spent the morning completing chores (laundry & grocery shopping) in Launceston awaiting the ebb tide, and then motored down the river for a dinner date at Rosevears Hotel.]

At: 16:10(AEDT) 12-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 24.1C (75.38F)
over 1 year  agoShow

41º 26.004' S147º 7.092' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Old Seaport Marina, North Esk River, Launceston - Tamar River (Estuary), Australia. Our position: -41.4340, 147.1315

Sail From: Supply Bay, Tamar River, Tasmania To: Old Seaport Marina, North Esk River, Launceston

We travelled [15.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [Secure at Old Seaport Marina in Launceston (Doc 13D) @$35/night. Was sure to catch the flood into Launceston along Tamar River (where at low tide there are plenty of mud flats). Depth at dock (low tide) only 0.7m (we are a little concerned we'll be touching bottom at low tide). Water in town is a bit ugly looking.]

General Comments: [An early start to catch the flood tide along the River Tamar. A Cool and foggy morning under motor in no real wind. We were accompanied by two white-bellied sea-eagles as they hopped along the navigation markers ahead of us. Once we arrived at the dock, we were greeted by two black swans (clearly wanting a handout).]

At: 08:54(AEDT) 09-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 17.2C (62.96F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F)
over 1 year  agoShow

41º 14.1' S146º 57.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Supply Bay, Tamar River, Tasmania, Australia. Our position: -41.2499, 146.9566

Sail From: West Arm, Tamar River, Tasmania To: Supply Bay, Tamar River, Tasmania

We travelled [12.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of mud (Tidal river), exposed to winds (good for the wind generator), with a bit of chop.]

General Comments: [We are hoping to visit Launceston up the river, but the one marina don't answer calls over the weekend, and the other dock is already occupied with another visiting boat. Since it is a holiday weekend we won't get a call back from the Marina until Tuesday at best. We've moved along the river though (hopeful that we'll find a solution), passing under the Batman bridge and being entertained by the eddies, sea lions, and the masses of jelly blubbers(jellyfish) along the way.]

At: 16:00(AEDT) 06-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F)
over 1 year  agoShow

41º 8.052' S146º 47.07' EBegonia
At Anchor: West Arm, Taymar River, Tasmania, Australia. Our position: -41.1418, 146.7953

Sail From: Mersey Yacht Club, Devonport, Tasmania To: West Arm, Taymar River, Tasmania

We travelled [31.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.8 of mud. Tidal river (3.2m range during our stay). No obvious local shore access. Windy path along river to avoid the many mud flats at low tide.]

General Comments: [A very rough passage with 3.5m seas and 40kt+ winds at times - thankfully we were going with the forces but we still had the occasional wave slam into the side of the boat. We were glad to get into the Taymar and calmer waters. We'll spend a couple of days here just relaxing and catching up with our admin. It was important to Not have the ebb tide against us on arrival so to slow down Kyle kept reducing sail until we were finally on bare poles and STILL going 6kt+ through the water at sea! We will make sure that we don't have such conditions when we exit.]

At: 11:50(AEDT) 04-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
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41º 11.04' S146º 22.014' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Mersey Yacht Club, Devonport, Tasmania - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -41.1902, 146.3692

Sail From: Wynyard Town Docks, Inglis River,Tasmania To: Mersey Yacht Club, Devonport, Tasmania

We travelled [27.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [31.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [At Mersey River Yacht club on the Eastern bank of the Mersey River (and yes, there is a ferry here that crosses the Mersey - a cute little one). The main town of Devonport is on the other bank (so near, yet so far). No worries depth-wise entering the river as the port is the terminal for the giant ferry 'The Spirit of Tasmania' that shuttles between Tassie and the mainland. ]

General Comments: [An early start (to be sure of enough depth to exit the river Inglis at Wynyard) had us departing with light winds and calm seas (downwind, so we were able to use the spinnaker). Arrived into the river, finding the YC was easy enough, but the expected dock space was occupied so we grabbed another space and hope we are OK. You may have noticed the British sounding place names.. I can add that we sailed by Somerset, and Leith on the way here today (never a day sail in the UK).]

At: 12:32(AEDT) 01-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F)
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40º 59.028' S145º 44.01' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Wynyard Town Docks, Inglis River,Tasmania - Southern Ocean, Australia. Our position: -40.9877, 145.7347

Sail From: Freestone Cove, Table Cape, Tasmania To: Wynyard Town Docks, Inglis River,Tasmania

We travelled [2.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.7kt.

Location Comments: [At dock. Entrance to river is just 0.2m at low tide (with a 3m range), so you need to time your entrance. Picturesque town famed for its tulips (October time), short walk to grocery store, laundromat, and plenty of restaurants. Nice river walks.]

General Comments: [After a tip via a Facebook group member who reached out (Jan from Women Who Sail Australia) we moved from the anchorage and onto the town docks for a few days. This rural village is picturesque with lovely river frontage. We can explore the surrounds and chill out a bit while here, and be sure to leave with fresh provisions too!]

At: 11:04(AEDT) 26-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
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40º 57.096' S145º 43.008' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Freestone Cove, Table Cape, Tasmania - Southern Ocean, Australia. Our position: -40.9659, 145.7300 Sail From: Stanley, Tasmania To: Freestone Cove, Table Cape, Tasmania We travelled [25.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.0kt. Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m of sand, in lee of the tall Table Cape and other bluffs. Ashore is Table Cape Conservation Area. Just north is Cape Table and just to south is Fossil Bluff (with beach). The town of WYNYARD (on the river Inglis) is 1.5km to our South. Anchoring here overnight as we hop west along the N Coast of Tasmania.] General Comments: [We had an early start to beat the rain. Unfortunately the rain didn't adhere to the forecast so it was a rainy and windy downwind sail (gusts up to 32kt, steady at 25kt apparent, seas at 2.5m out of shelter). We have the rest of the day to relax, warm up and cook up a good meal (thank goodness for heating). Tasmanian summers sometimes don't feel very summery.] At: 11:02(AEDT) 25-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F) ----- At 25/02/2021 00:02 (UTC) our position was 40°57.96'S 145°43.80'Eover 1 year  agoShow

40º 46.014' S145º 17.1' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 6 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -40.7692, 145.2996

Progress: [We've made [600.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [62]nm
Since last posting we have made [65.5]nm (through water). We have moved [51.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3-6m just outside harbour. A bit bouncy tonight, but expecting calmer conditions by morning. Stanley is famed for its 'Nut' a tall volcanic 'table' that stands proud of everything around it. There is a chair lift or a steep walk to the top for the views.]

General Comments: [Once we entered the Bass Strait, we had the tide against us (unlucky on the timing!), but were sailing downwind at least. Eventually we had to hang right and head for port, which gave us 20nm of very windy, cold, rough transit. We made it before dark (thankfully) and have reported our arrival to the Covid/Biosecurity authorities, and we hope to sleep and deal with all that in the morning. Looking forward to a hot meal and a good night of sleep. Around 8:20am we crossed our path and therefore completed our circumnavigation of Australia - so we'll maybe take a glass of wine with that meal tonight to celebrate.]

At: 17:52(AEDT) 22-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
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40º 24.078' S144º 16.068' EBegonia
Day 6 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -40.4125, 144.2783

Progress: [We've made [534.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [62]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [133]nm
Since last posting we have made [131.4]nm (through water). We have moved [132.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [After flying the spinnaker for 34 hours, we doused it around 10pm last night (boat time) in anticipation of stronger winds. We are currently sailing downwind with just the jib. ]

General Comments: [We are busy eating through the last of our fresh produce (strict biosecurity rules in Tasmania). The night watches are especially cold, and we've had a few days now of fully overcast skies so charging the batteries is slow but it still happens (hoping for some sunshine to make it through today). Kyle reports quite the light-show of bioluminescence on his watch last night - with large squid flashing and dolphins darting around the boat leaving rocket trails behind.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 22-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 16.5C (61.7F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 88(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:16Kt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SW)
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39º 56.076' S141º 27.012' EBegonia
Day 5 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -39.9462, 141.4523

Progress: [We've made [403.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [195]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [84]nm
Since last posting we have made [80.8]nm (through water). We have moved [83.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [We had the spinnaker up for the whole day. We were not always going in the direction we wanted… The forecast had the wind backing so we were not concerned, but the backing took a long while to come. The winds calmed, but with the swell, the sails rarely stayed full. Finally we have a reliable/useful wind and are sailing in the right direction (with the spinnaker!)]

General Comments: [Albatross continue to circle around us throughout the day. The overcast skies remove the sky watching. We are now on the edge of the range for occasional VHF radio broadcasts (Tas Radio).]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 21-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Course: 118(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.3kt, Wind:6Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:3m (from:SW)
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39º 33.084' S139º 43.002' EBegonia
Day 4 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -39.5641, 139.7174

Progress: [We've made [322.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [279]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [108]nm
Since last posting we have made [148.8]nm (through water). We have moved [137.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday's sail started downwind, and we are now close-hauled. The larger seas were confused at first, but now settling from the SW (growing). Since the front passed through we've had cloudy skies (fully overcast). We expect today to be a bit slower sailing wise.]

General Comments: [We've had two albatross circle us for most of the day yesterday (possibly all night too). They look amazingly comfortable despite the seas and winds and sometimes get quite close to the boat. Overnight Kyle enjoyed the bioluminescence. Whilst typically it is a blue green cloud from the microscopic plankton, but lately there have been some big bright flashes which Kyle was able to see came from large squid in a school of the (each about 0.5m long).]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 20-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 144(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SW)
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37º 29.034' S138º 27.06' EBegonia
Day 3 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -37.4894, 138.4596

Progress: [We've made [173.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [387]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [105]nm
Since last posting we have made [116.6]nm (through water). We have moved [114.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Fine sailing yesterday AM, but calms in the afternoon (eventually motored for a few hours). After dark we were expecting to be slammed by high winds (25kt) with strong gusts (40+kt) so we were heavily reefed in expectation - but it never arrived and we struggled to make much speed with our cautious preparation]

General Comments: [We had several dolphin visits yesterday - always such a joy. Kyle had quite the scare at one point while asleep (me on watch) the MOB alarm sounded off. Normally this is an accidental press and I yell at him to stay in bed, all is well, but I wasn't there to yell at him. He rushed out of bed, scanned the boat and couldn't see me. He scanned the sea and couldn't see me. He could hear me yelling and figured he'd just make his way back to the MOB position and hope to find me there. Eventually he spied me - I was lying on the trampoline squealing with the large pod of dolphins that had come to play in the bows. I had no idea the alarms had gone off; and had been quite oblivious to Kyle's stress (still, it was good evidence that he WOULD come and rescue me if I needed it.. haha). Overnight we had a clear sky with a beautiful star show (including a shooting star). Our direction of sail coincided with the orientation of the milky way (at least for my watch) - and it felt like our highway for the night.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 19-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 180(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:22Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:NE)
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35º 36.072' S138º 1.098' EBegonia
Day 2 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA (Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia), North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -35.6122, 138.0326

Progress: [We've made [57.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [492]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [58]nm
Since last posting we have made [57.2]nm (through water). We have moved [53.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Fine sailing, over a warm clear night. With a crescent moon to illuminate the way. A bit of variability with the wind stengths (sometimes 5kt, sometimes 25kt) so a test of reefing and unreefing especially before midnight, but all is much easier in the calm/warm conditions. ]

General Comments: [Aside from the local sailing club races (just breaking up as we departed) we've seen few boats actually on the move (most of the cargo ships at anchor). We are just rounded Cape Jervis and have the lights of Kangaroo Island on our starboard side with the ferry heading back up to the mainland.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 18-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Course: 153(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:19Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (to:NW)
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34º 47.064' S138º 29.016' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: CYCSA (Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia), North Haven, Adelaide - Great Australian Bight, Australia. Our position: -34.7936, 138.4858

Sail From: Marina St. Vincent, Wirrina Cove, Yankalilla Bay, SA To: CYCSA (Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia), North Haven, Adelaide

We travelled [47.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [44.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.8kt.

Location Comments: [This club/marina has two basins, we are in the west basin, it a lovely new set of docks, and is less than half full so far. We were assigned K12 and sent a plan, and very much had to use the plan since there are yet to be numbers and letters assigned to the docks/jetties (haha). ]

General Comments: [Today's sail was all spinnaker (Kyle is very happy about that), and made good time, so arrived a little earlier than we expected (always a bonus). We had the odd lone dolphin check us out, but otherwise the giant Gulf of St Vincent was quiet as we sailed north and past Adelaide. I'm looking forward to spending some time in the city (it has been a while!), and the surrounding countryside has its own attractions here too! We have been very lucky with a fantastic welcome deal for our visit, and I'm looking forward to meeting up with Traci who (to date) I've only known from Facebook but she is already one of my heros!]

At: 16:20(ACDT) 12-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F)
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35º 30.006' S138º 14.052' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Marina St. Vincent, Wirrina Cove, Yankalilla Bay, SA - Great Australian Bight, Australia. Our position: -35.5010, 138.2416

Sail From: American River, Kangaroo Island, SA To: Marina St. Vincent, Wirrina Cove, Yankalilla Bay, SA

We travelled [28.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [28.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [At dock in this isolated marina on the Fleurieu Peninsula (and ideal and protected half way point between Kangaroo Island and Adelaide). Currently (Feb 2021) there is some on-going dispute between the government owners and the contracted management team - so docking is currently without charge until dispute is settled and managed by Peter Jackel (0407 470258). Difficult to get anywhere without own transport. Nearby is the New Terry Hotel and Golf Resort (with restaurant). For more facilities you need to get the 13km+ to Normanville and/or Yankalila.]

General Comments: [With light and decreasing winds forecast, Kyle had us set off early to catch what wind there was and get across the renowned 'Backstairs Passage' channel between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. Of course the forecast rarely matches reality, and we were soon rushing reefs in the sails and seeing 30+kt gusts. An hour or so later we had winds of 5kt and still declining. Eventually Kyle gave up and we motored for a couple of hours to make it to the marina where we had been pre-assigned dock space. We had a lone dolphin join us for 20 minutes across the passage, and one in the marina when we arrived :-).]

At: 14:00(ACDT) 09-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F)
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35º 47.04' S137º 46.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: American River, Kangaroo Island, SA - Great Australian Bight, Australia. Our position: -35.7904, 137.7733

Sail From: Bay of Shoals/Beatrice Point, Kangaroo Island To: American River, Kangaroo Island, SA

We travelled [19.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored between moorings in 3m of mud. Area mostly conservation park and wetlands with lots of shallows, small township (with a slipway & jetty) nearby. OK Phone signal (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Today was a pleasant sail. The forecast however is for some strong winds over the next 4-5 days, some rain too. We've relocated to this especially protected spot to wait out the weather. Time to catch up with internet (bills, taxes, etc) and some indoor boat projects, and to make a plan for the next few weeks of cruising.]

At: 18:12(ACDT) 03-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 25.1C (77.18F)
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35º 38.022' S137º 37.05' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bay of Shoals/Beatrice Point, Kangaroo Island - Great Australian Bight, Australia. Our position: -35.6366, 137.6248

Sail From: Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia To: Bay of Shoals/Beatrice Point, Kangaroo Island

We travelled [64.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [32.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of mud/weed. Between other anchored boats. First attempt failed so we had to re-anchor (same spot). Cell phone signal OK (Telastra). Nearby (1km walk) is the Bay of Shoals Winery. Longer walk to town (Kingscote - 3km/40 minutes to Drakes grocery store).]

General Comments: [A long, gusty passage to round the NE corner of Kangaroo Island. Now we have internet we can start making plans for our next big hop, but for now we can relax and enjoy the local winery, and explore the local town.]

At: 18:16(ACDT) 01-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 22.8C (73.04F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F)
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35º 40.044' S136º 58.026' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 8 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -35.6742, 136.9707

Progress: [We've made [935.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [23]nm
Since last posting we have made [25.2]nm (through water). We have moved [22.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.5kt, Avg speed for trip:5.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4m of sand centered on sandy bay with dramatic rocks to each side. Crested terns hanging out at the East end, and swallows diving in and out of caves on the West side. No cell phone service (doh!). Our guidebook suggests that 3 boats can anchor here; we think 2 would be a squeeze.]

General Comments: [Once behind the shelter of the Island, we had wind, but barely any waves - sailing was fun again. We are happy to find ourselves in a sunny anchorage (all to ourselves) with plenty of bird chatter. We'll spend the rest of the day tidying up the boat after the passage and resting, and hope to explore ashore (take a walk up the hill) tomorrow.]

At: 11:34(ACDT) 30-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
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35º 45.0' S136º 31.074' EBegonia
Day 8 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -35.7503, 136.5293

Progress: [We've made [910.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [23]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [145]nm
Since last posting we have made [154.2]nm (through water). We have moved [145.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [Most of yesterday was so very much nicer than the prior few days, we had relatively smooth following seas (broad reach) and fast speed. So much nicer!]

General Comments: [Its been overcast and cold for most of the trip, Kyle greets me in the morning with a coffee and a pre-warmed hat to wear (I love him so). Yesterday was a day of losses: I lost a fishing lure (the fish win again) and we also lost one of our treasured sailing blocks which we move around the boat for 101 uses. Yesterday we crossed back onto continental shelf, with the sea depth changing from over 4km to just over 100m in a couple of hours travel (the chart looking especially dramatic with numerous gullies). The book Kyle and I are currently reading together is 'Three Men in a Raft' a well written story of 3 guys traversing the full length of the Amazon River (from source to sea) - they traverse really dangerous rapids, get shot at, kidnapped, run out of water hiking in desert and basically come close to death way too many times - making our adventures seem very mundane (which I'm grateful for). Both of us are keen to be at anchor, and as the light fills the sky I can see land and a the light from Cape Borda lighthouse from the cabin window as we round the NW tip of Kangaroo Island - we should be at anchor by noon - YAY!]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 30-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 17.4C (63.32F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Course: 45(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

37º 16.008' S134º 10.062' EBegonia
Day 7 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -37.2677, 134.1767

Progress: [We've made [756.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [168]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [154]nm
Since last posting we have made [138.9]nm (through water). We have moved [130.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [By afternoon yesterday the wind slowly started to calm, and we are currently sailing at 12kt apparent on smooth seas.]

General Comments: [After days of wild jerky conditions aboard, things are finally calm again and sailing might even feel fun (although it feels terribly damp and cold still). Yesterday we had a blue-bottle (jelly fish) washed onto the trampoline, I considered removing it (with gloves) but conditions were just too wild to volunteer to go forward without good reason, and a few hours later the seas had washed it off the boat themselves. Kyle tells us we should expect to arrive and be at anchor by tomorrow night.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 29-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 16.6C (61.88F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Course: 72(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.9kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:3m (to:NW)
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37º 59.064' S131º 35.076' EBegonia
Day 6 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -37.9940, 131.5961

Progress: [We've made [617.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [322]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [47]nm
Since last posting we have made [132.4]nm (through water). We have moved [76.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Really frustrating wind speed swings. Every time we think a new speed has finally established itself and reef or unreef to match the 'new' speed, it goes and jumps 10kt or more and we have to undo everything. We are each glad to hand over to the next. Seas are rough (forecast expects this will be our worst day), choppy and variable. Kyle had to make my morning coffee 3 times this morning after the motion of the boat complicated matters.]

General Comments: [This is likely to be the worst of our remaining passages around Australia (although Bass strait can always throw a curve ball). We are both ready for a nice quiet anchorage as this passage has been rough (mostly since we are in the wrong month after all our earlier delays). Kyle tells me we can expect rain today. We had an albatross follow us for hours yesterday, mostly at 100-200m away, but often swooping close by the boat too; a nice highlight in the otherwise difficult day. The weather has been cold and overcast. We've been getting some basic news and see that Covid19 is remains rampant in the USA.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 28-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 15.8C (60.44F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Course: 54(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:3m (to:W)
over 1 year  agoShow

37º 21.054' S130º 12.072' EBegonia
Day 5 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -37.3588, 130.2123

Progress: [We've made [484.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [369]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [89]nm
Since last posting we have made [145.7]nm (through water). We have moved [89.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Tacking into the wind (and a bit of current) with plenty of reefs in the sails mean we don't make the best progress towards the goal (but every bit counts).]

General Comments: [Yesterday was Australia Day (where the celebrate more than NYE, and much like 4th July). We had to cut free our 3rd propane tank overnight as the two in our locker both emptied yesterday. Kyle has been continuing his French studies and has recently learned the word 'Yaourter' which translates literally to 'yogurt-ing' but means the kind of singing you do when you don't actually know the words to a song, but sing along anyway - it is already getting a LOT of use aboard Begonia.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 27-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 16.1C (60.98F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 139(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:17Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:W)
over 1 year  agoShow

37º 31.014' S128º 20.058' EBegonia
Day 4 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -37.5186, 128.3426

Progress: [We've made [339.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [458]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [117]nm
Since last posting we have made [149.9]nm (through water). We have moved [139.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Life is getting bouncier aboard as the seas climb and get choppier generally. We reef and unreef as the wind allows, but otherwise we sail close hauled and our change in direction is due only to the backing wind.]

General Comments: [We are well into our passage routines and feeling rested. I lost another fish yesterday (this time before eveing getting to haul it aboard), so will try again today. We've seen several ships (both on AIS and within visible range) which helps give some focus to the watch-keeping.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 26-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 15.4C (59.72F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 89(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
over 1 year  agoShow

36º 32.07' S125º 42.036' EBegonia
Day 3 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -36.5450, 125.7062

Progress: [We've made [189.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [575]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [79]nm
Since last posting we have made [104.8]nm (through water). We have moved [117.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [The relative calm winds of yesterday are slowly increasing and backing. We are deliberately sailing south of the line we would ideally sail since as the wind moves to the south, it will give us a better angle if we are already a bit more south of the line. ]

General Comments: [We are feeling the cold, Kyle is in full foul weather gear for his night-watch (not so bad during the days). Yesterday I actually caught a fish! Unfortunately I caught it at a bad time as I also needed to be recording the log and Kyle was asleep off-watch. I pulled it aboard and went to do the log during which time it managed to work itself off the hook and jump off the boat and back into the sea. Maybe I'll have better luck today (or that could have been my one catch for the year!). By afternoon we had an hour of thunder and lightning, followed by some sweet heavy rain. It's been so very long since we had 'proper' rain aboard Begonia, we were both pleased for it (a free fresh-water shower for the rigging and deck was much appreciated since we haven't been in a marina to properly hose off since Christmas.). Yesterday the speed wheel incorrectly suddenly showed 0kt for a few hours (on my watch) and I waited for Kyle to come on watch so we could track the problem and fix it -turned out to be tiny barnacles in the wheel and soon fixed. This accounts for the low milage through he water - and average speed - recorded yesterday). Despite that we broke 60,000nm of sailing aboard Begonia yesterday (which is over 2.5 around the world at the equator); we are still a long way from our first circumnavigation but it is always a buzz to see the milestones check by.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 25-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 18.2C (64.76F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Course: 151(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.9kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1003hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

35º 1.032' S124º 11.022' EBegonia
Day 2 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -35.0216, 124.1866

Progress: [We've made [84.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [654]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [76]nm
Since last posting we have made [84.4]nm (through water). We have moved [79.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Despite backing winds making for constant trimming, reeefing and unreefing yesterday and overnight, the sailing has been nice. Seas are small/smooth enough. Most of yesterday was spent finding a route between the islands, rocks, shallows, and more uncharted waters but we are finally in clear deep water of the Great Australian Bight]

General Comments: [Our mainsail traveller car keeps jamming or squealing when moved. Kyle managed to remove an escaped bearing (which helped) but can't do much more until we bring down the main - for now we can keep it centered (not move it) and sail effectively. The enclosure is keeping us warm and dry during our watches in the cockpit. We are ready for another week at sea.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 24-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 18.9C (66.02F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Course: 134(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.9kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1001hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 59.04' S123º 10.026' EBegonia
At Anchor: Arid Bay, Cape Arid - Recherche Archipelago, Australia. Our position: -33.9896, 123.1708

Sail From: Victory Boat Harbour (Hammer Head), WA To: Arid Bay, Cape Arid

We travelled [49.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [29.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.5m of sand. Ashore is Cape Arid National Park (renowned for its 160+ bird species). This area is remote but there are 4WD trails to this SW section of the park. Scenery is smooth granite rolling hills with patchy vegetation, long narrow white sandy beach with thin strip of sand dunes. No cell phone service (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Again with the early start (4:58am this time) to avoid the stronger afternoon winds. Wind throughout the trip was quite variable, clocking from NNE to SSE, but it was the wind speed changes that were especially frustrating… With no obvious explanation, the wind would be 5kt, then 25kt. There was a lot of tacking, reefing, and unfreefing with this passage. Aside from sailing to the whims of the wind, we also had to navigate the numerous islands, rocks, shallows, occasional fishing pot AND avoid the unsurveyed areas too. Good news is that Kyle's back seems normal again (finally), and our temporary autopilot fix is holding well (will fix properly once we get to civilization and can find the right resources).]

At: 14:22(AWST) 20-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 22.7C (72.86F)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 56.088' S122º 34.044' EBegonia
At Anchor: Victory Boat Harbour (Hammer Head), WA - Recherche Archipelago, Australia. Our position: -33.9482, 122.5742

Sail From: Lucky Bay (West end), (near Esperance), WA To: Victory Boat Harbour (Hammer Head), WA

We travelled [48.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m depth, in large sand patch, with winds from the SE this is a very welcome shelter (winds over 30kt from SE outside, at anchor we have 11kt and barely any wave or swell). 4WD tracks to the beach. No phone signal (Telstra). Scenery is smooth granite rolling hills with large boulders randomly sitting on top amid patchy vegetation.]

General Comments: [Another early start (5am) as we knew the winds would increase through the morning. Sailing into headwinds, our tacking angle wasn't great as we were heavily reefed and appeared to have a current against us. We started with wind in around 17kt, and by the time we arrived winds were regularly in the mid-30kts; the waves and spray making the short sail tacking into headwinds quite miserable really. Thankfully Kyle had installed the enclosure in anticipation of this passage. We are VERY glad to be in this lovely anchorage and so well protected from the waves and swell. ]

At: 14:16(AWST) 18-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 22.7C (72.86F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 22.1C (71.78F)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 59.052' S122º 13.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lucky Bay (West end), (near Esperance), WA - Recherche Archipelago, Australia. Our position: -33.9922, 122.2229

Sail From: Lucky Bay (East end), (near Esperance), WA To: Lucky Bay (West end), (near Esperance), WA

We travelled [1.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m depth in a small sand patch (weed all around) on the west end of the bay (nearest caravan park). Lucky Beach is voted(?) the 'whitest beach in Australia' (referring to the sand colour), and is also well known for its Western Grey kangaroos that like to hang on the beach. We relocated to this end since the surf was a bit too wild for landing on the eastern end. Here we found a protected hook where landing the dinghy looks calm (but weedy). We were sure to test the anchor was set well as there is little room to drag. No cell phone service. There is a Coffee Van ashore, something to look forward to after a walk. Ashore is Cape Le Grand National Park and access to Le Grand Coastal Track.]

General Comments: [Kyle's back is still dodgy, but he's getting stir crazy. He knows I want to go ashore (and would go without him now I can see a clear safe landing), but he doesn't want to miss out on anything himself, so he's trying to convince himself that he is OK. We've already spotted a few kangaroos bounding along the beach and posing for pictures, and I'm overdue for a nice walk. It's still a bit chilly here, but we can get by with shorts if we keep moving.]

At: 08:07(AWST) 14-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 18.4C (65.12F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 59.094' S122º 14.07' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Lucky Bay, (near Esperance), WA, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Southern Ocean Passage From:Hamelin Bay, WA To:Lucky Bay, (near Esperance), WA. Our position: -33.9985, 122.2451

Progress: [We've made [475.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [94]nm
Since last posting we have made [126.7]nm (through water). We have moved [86.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip:6.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 7-8m sand (weed patches), tucked in to the east end of the bay in anticipation of the 'normal' summer winds. No cell phone service. Bay is in Le Grand National Park. The bay has road access (west end), along with a caravan and camping site, but also access to a coastal walking trail which might be fun.]

General Comments: [We made good enough time that we could have arrived around 10pm last night, but we always avoid anchoring in an new place in the dark. So, instead we spent the cold night over-reefed and slowly tacking between the islands of the Recherche Archipelago (in 1627 described as 'an extensive mass of dangers'). You can imagine why one of the early explorers on discovering a sandy, sheltered bay gave Lucky Bay its name. We were very glad of our electronic charts and GPS position fixes to keep us safe. In the early light we pulled into Lucky Bay (now famed for its white sand beach and turquoise waters) and were escorted by a pod of dolphins; a nice welcome. No other boats here (not surprising given the recent winds). Kyle's back is improving and he's keen to get ashore. We'll rest-up today and by the time we are ready to explore, this area should have re-set to its normal wind conditions. ]

At: 05:28(AWST) 12-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 1 year  agoShow

35º 2.004' S121º 1.068' EBegonia
Day 3 of Southern Ocean Passage From:Hamelin Bay, WA To:Esperance, WA. Our position: -35.0337, 121.0278

Progress: [We've made [348.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [94]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [169]nm
Since last posting we have made [194.2]nm (through water). We have moved [183.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:8.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [For most of the past 24 hours we were sailing at about 120 degrees (wind mostly behind us). We had imagined that for much of this passage (based on the forecast) that we'd have the spinnaker out, but this hasn't been possible with the winds we've had (reefed main and jib). Waves come from behind and we spend times surfing, slewing, and sliding on the wave faces. ]

General Comments: [While we averaged over 8kts for the last 24 hours (Kyle being disappointed we didn't make the 200nm for the period), we had speeds of 17.7kt through the water (more over the ground) - its been a wild ride and I'm certainly glad not to be going in the other direction. I'd planned to write how the auto-pilot has been our hero of the trip, it is really windy and cold outside (and we hadn't installed our enclosure, so its nice let the autopilot do the work while we watch from the wind free cabin - Duh!). However when I was hurriedly woken for my watch, and to post this, and without my usual cup of coffee, I learned that the bracket that connects the autopilot to the steering rod has broken so Kyle is currently hand steering. He assumes that once I can take over steering, he can actually fix it (at least temporarily, and then hopefully properly once we are at anchor). I sure hope so.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 11-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 16.9C (62.42F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 48(degT), Speed Over Ground:20kt, Wind:20Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
over 1 year  agoShow

35º 40.062' S117º 21.042' EBegonia
Day 2 of Southern Ocean Passage From:Hamelin Bay, WA To:Esperance, WA. Our position: -35.6768, 117.3565

Progress: [We've made [154.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [263]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [122]nm
Since last posting we have made [137.7]nm (through water). We have moved [139.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [A wonderful sail yesterday, winds backing to give us tail winds. Fast sailing (for us) since around 8pm last night (regularly at 7-8kt) with a reef in the jib (and now main too). We've skirted a few shipping channels and seen regular cargo boats sailing in both directions.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we rounded Cape Leeuwin (switching from the Indian Ocean to the Southern Ocean). When we visited there ten years ago, we never expected to see it again, we were positively glowing, feeling so lucky. Despite a few patches of light rain yesterday, the boat is still covered in grime we seemed to have mysteriously accumulated at Busselton. The favorable winds we wanted (and have) are also part of a cold front (brrrr), and we are hoping that lasts only long enough to get us where we are headed.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 10-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 19.5C (67.1F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Course: 120(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:21Kt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

34º 23.004' S114º 59.04' EBegonia
Day 1 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Esperance, WA To:Esperance, WA. Our position: -34.3841, 114.9896

Progress: [We've made [17.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [385]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [11]nm
Since last posting we have made [16.99]nm (through water). We have moved [10.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Nice sailing, warm with light winds and smooth seas]

General Comments: [An early start with views of the cape Leeuwin light scanning the cape. Kyle has even managed a bit of reefing and unreefing (although I'm asking him not to because of his back).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 09-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 22.7C (72.86F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Course: 96(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.9kt, Wind:6Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:1m (to:N)
over 1 year  agoShow

34º 13.008' S115º 1.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hamelin Bay, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: -34.2182, 115.0286

Sail From: Canal Rocks, Nr. Yallingup , WA To: Hamelin Bay, WA

We travelled [34.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored off Campsite, 4 other boats already here (some on moorings), but we are anchored in 5m on a sandy patch. ]

General Comments: [A pleasant downwind sail with mild seas (yay), Kyle's back is still problematic but he is doing more each day. Temperatures are heating up again, so I predict some swimming in my near future. To our west and south are a bunch of small islets (maybe a fun kayak), and behind us is a beach fringed with dunes, quite lovely. We had internet for much of the passage (but not now at anchor - go figure) - and were horrified to hear the crazy news at the Capitol in DC and the latest Covid numbers in the UK. I'm kind-a glad we won't be able to check in on all that over the next few days.]

At: 12:18(AWST) 07-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:49%, Water Temp: 25C (77F)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 40.008' S114º 59.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Canal Rocks, Nr. Yallingup , WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: -33.6678, 114.9992

Sail From: Busselton, Geographe Bay, WA To: Canal Rocks, Nr. Yallingup , WA

We travelled [28.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.5m in a sandy patch (another boat already here had the prime location)]

General Comments: [After a lovely time at Busselton and exploring the Margaret River area by car, we finally moved on. Kyle's back is not cooperating (again), but aside from an early start It was a relatively easy downwind(ish) sail. We move on tomorrow for Hamlin Bay.]

At: 09:56(AWST) 06-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:50%, Water Temp: 25.1C (77.18F)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 38.064' S115º 20.034' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Busselton, Geographe Bay, WA, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Parakeet Bay, Rottnest Island, WA To:Busselton, Geographe Bay, WA. Our position: -33.6444, 115.3392

Progress: [We've made [111.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [49]nm
Since last posting we have made [51.2]nm (through water). We have moved [48.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.8kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wind turned and calmed, and the seas followed, making for day of easy sailing (just a bit slower, but much nicer)]

General Comments: [Anchored off the town beach, with the long pier to our East, we'll spend the remainder of the day with the boat and hopefully get to explore the town and facilities in the morning.]

At: 16:44(AWST) 28-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 30.7C (87.26F), Humidity:41%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
over 1 year  agoShow

32º 49.08' S115º 20.058' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Parakeet Bay, Rottnest Island, WA To:Bussleton, WA. Our position: -32.8295, 115.3433

Progress: [We've made [60.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [49]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [51]nm
Since last posting we have made [60.0]nm (through water). We have moved [51.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds (max about 33kt), and sailing into waves with a short chop. Yuk. Also the weather window we had for the next leg (to round the cape) has vanished. Ugh!]

General Comments: [After a lovely time at Rottnest, and certainly wishing we could have spent longer, we departed before the winds made the anchorage unsafe. While we expected crayfish pots around the island, we continued to experience them well into the night (at 50m depth) - not sure if these were adrift or placed deliberately. Full foul weather gear in place: for the wind, occassional wave and cooler night.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 28-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 16.7C (62.06F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Course: 181(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:21Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 1 year  agoShow

31º 59.028' S115º 30.09' EBegonia
At Anchor: Parakeet Bay, Rottnest Island, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: -31.9884, 115.5147

Sail From: Fremantle Sailing Club, WA To: Parakeet Bay, Rottnest Island, WA

We travelled [13.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [12.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m in one of the sandy patches in this pretty little anchorage. A back drop of sand dunes and low exposed sandstone cliffs, thankfully not too busy (as yet).]

General Comments: [An easy Christmas Morning sail across from Perth to Perth's playground: Rottnest Island. The sun is shining, and we had enough wind to sail over, so a lovely start to the festive day.]

At: 11:26(AWST) 25-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
over 1 year  agoShow

32º 4.02' S115º 44.094' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 8 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -32.0696, 115.7485

Progress: [We've made [891.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [115]nm
Since last posting we have made [112.3]nm (through water). We have moved [115.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip:5.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds and waves against us continued throughout the day, but we made it. We have been assigned a space at the 'Collector Jetty' at the Fremantle Sailing Club.]

General Comments: [We arrived at marina in the early hours of Monday morning and managed to find our space. Aside from the wind things are amazingly quiet here (despite being filled to what seems like capacity). Arriving in a new city at night means we'll have the pleasure of discovery at some point tomorrow (after a nice long rest).]

At: 00:10(AWST) 14-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
over 1 year  agoShow

30º 37.098' S114º 15.06' EBegonia
Day 7 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -30.6325, 114.2597

Progress: [We've made [779.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [115]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [126]nm
Since last posting we have made [131.4]nm (through water). We have moved [127.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [More practice reefing and unreefing (especially for poor Kyle in the midnight to 6am watch). We did have the benefit of a good current in our favour, we *think* it was the Leeuwin current, but according to the charts that is seasonal and not during December ?!]

General Comments: [Temperature crashing and, along with the wind, it means we keep ourselves well wrapped up, but are very much feeling the cold on our watches. We even had drizzle/rain overnight to contend with.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 13-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 18.8C (65.84F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Course: 159(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:18Kt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1004hPa, Swell:NEm (to:2.5)
over 1 year  agoShow

28º 37.014' S113º 29.016' EBegonia
Day 6 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -28.6190, 113.4861

Progress: [We've made [648.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [241]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [122]nm
Since last posting we have made [152.3]nm (through water). We have moved [111.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [We spent the day and night slowly unreefing to meet the conditions. By late evening we were finally able to stop tacking and actually could make a direct line along our planned route. Our speed is pretty good too! However we see more tacking in our future for this passage.]

General Comments: [Life feels damp and cold. We have the quilt back out for the bed. Our weather station shows 97% humidity and certainly my wet gloves are not drying even though they are pegged out in a good wind. We are distracted by the occasional shearwater and more occasional passing cargo vessel. All feels rather dull. We are currently passing west of the Abrolhos islands (although they are just too low/far for us to actually see them).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 12-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:97%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 135(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1002hPa, Swell:Nm (to:2.5)
over 1 year  agoShow

27º 4.026' S112º 19.086' EBegonia
Day 5 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -27.0708, 112.3306

Progress: [We've made [495.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [363]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [88]nm
Since last posting we have made [128.7]nm (through water). We have moved [74.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Headwinds slowly decreased throughout the last 24 hours (seas have yet to do so). Various other cargo and fishing traffic seen.]

General Comments: [We are *FINALLY* south of the cyclone zone (whew!). As we head south, the temperature continues to decrease. We see plenty of shearwaters flying around, and the occasional flying fish. We found ourselves drinking too much water so can now adjust that too.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 11-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 22.1C (71.78F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Course: 133(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:15Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1005hPa, Swell:Nm (to:3.5)
over 1 year  agoShow

25º 52.044' S111º 57.012' EBegonia
Day 4 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -25.8736, 111.9523

Progress: [We've made [367.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [451]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [83]nm
Since last posting we have made [131.0]nm (through water). We have moved [93.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds (as forecast) along with increasing waves is never the best sailing conditions. Very wet! According to the forecasts we are now over the worst of it. We headed out offshore in order to fin a favourable current, but for much of the night we had a current against us. Temperature continues to cool.]

General Comments: [We passed close by two separate ships yesterday: a crayfish boat and a cargo ship. We are amazed that the commercial fishing boats don't use AIS. Kyle decided that wearing a watch *IS* preferred and is wearing one again. While progress is slow, we are still on track according to the plan.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 10-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 206(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:Nm (to:3.5)
over 1 year  agoShow

24º 42.096' S113º 6.09' EBegonia
Day 3 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -24.7157, 113.1152

Progress: [We've made [236.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [534]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [48]nm
Since last posting we have made [117.9]nm (through water). We have moved [61.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds so lots of tacking and little actual progress. We are over reefed for caution so could be going faster, but everything is quite bouncy so erring on slightly more comfortable ride (!)]

General Comments: [The boat is working well, and we are back in the rhythm of things. A few days ago Kyle lost his watch overboard when the clasp broke as he was over the trampoline so he's managing without for now (he does have backups/alternative watches, but he's just seeing how things work without a watch for now). With the headwinds watches are chilly (Kyle is currently wearing full foul weather gear). As we tack back and forth along the coast we see more sand dunes (WA residents are 'affectionately' known as sandgropers) and more mine activity, even the occasional cell phone signal.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 09-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 248(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:15Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:NEm (to:2)
over 1 year  agoShow

23º 41.088' S112º 59.07' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -23.6984, 112.9945

Progress: [We've made [118.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [582]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [109]nm
Since last posting we have made [118.2]nm (through water). We have moved [120.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [A whole host of wind and directions. We've flown spinnaker and reefed main/jib, tacking up wind and sailing downwind! A great test of us and the new rig. Seas a little choppy]

General Comments: [Warm weather sailing, overnight there was a show of distant ligtning over the cost to our south and west. ]

At: 06:00(AWST) 08-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 25.5C (77.9F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F), Course: 227(degT), Speed Over Ground:3kt, Wind:5Kt(from:WNW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:Nm (to:2)
over 1 year  agoShow

21º 54.054' S113º 58.02' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: -21.9092, 113.9699

Sail From: Exmouth (WA) Marina - work dock To: Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park

We travelled [44.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [A lovely sail to round the northern tip of Cape Range, starting downwind, and after the turn we were upwind and tacking as the southerly winds decreased. We are on a state mooring ball #TA05P (Blue) - free once reserved through DBCA.]

General Comments: [Still no whale sightings (they've mostly headed south by now we assume), but so good to be sailing today. Kyle suffered a frustrating 20 minutes as the wind decided to play with us by switching direction back and forth; he only relaxed once I handed him a nice chilled watermelon. Once the wind settled again, Kyle went back to being joyful that we are finally heading south again (we are glad to be missing out on the strong winds here within a few days). Tantabiddi is one of the reefs within the Ningaloo Marine Park (UNESCO world heritage marine park) and we've arrived in time for a snorkel today. It is also unusually cloudy again today so we are expecting a nice sunset tonight.]

At: 14:34(AWST) 06-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 1 year  agoShow

21º 57.036' S114º 8.04' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock in Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 22 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -21.9562, 114.1401

Progress: [We've made [2100.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [71.7]nm
Since last posting we have made [70.8]nm (through water). We have moved [55.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [After a slow start fighting wind and waves, eventually conditions allowed us to hoist the (reefed) main and triple our speed. Once we entered the north of Cape Range sea conditions eased, and once we rounded it, we found really calm seas. Although some stronger SE winds are forecast for overnight.]

General Comments: [Great news - our originally rejected G2G permits have been reissued with a two-week on-board self-isolation requirement. We arrived at Exmouth after dark and rather than anchor off, were encouraged to enter the harbour itself where we've been assigned an end dock (nicely taped off from the general public). We had clear instructions regarding how to enter, and have current charts and sat imagery. We expect police and heath visitors tomorrow, at which point we'll know more about our status, and when the self-isolation officially begins/began. ]

At: 20:24(AWST) 12-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 1 year  agoShow

21º 48.0' S113º 9.096' EBegonia
Day 22 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -21.8003, 113.1662

Progress: [We've made [2029.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [71.7]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [83.3]nm
Since last posting we have made [74.1]nm (through water). We have moved [75.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.1]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Most of yesterday progress was very slow as sloppy seas & 22kt head winds kept the boat from keeping any speed. In the early hours of this morning, the wind backed enough for Kyle to determine we could use the fully reefed main - this increased our speed from 1.5kt over ground to more like 5.5kt and helped dampen some of the rolling AND in much more like a straight line!]

General Comments: [We expect to arrive after dark and anchor off, outside the harbour tonight. Since we've both slept so poorly recently we are so looking forward to some stress free rest. Yesterday just after 6pm we must have been at the far reaches of VHF contact and had a short call from the local VMR (Volunteer Marine Rescue) to check in on us. We feel close.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 12-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 66(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:14Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
over 1 year  agoShow

21º 26.058' S111º 52.002' EBegonia
Day 21 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -21.4433, 111.8670

Progress: [We've made [1955.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [155]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [101]nm
Since last posting we have made [82.6]nm (through water). We have moved [101.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday sees were mixed and choppy again. From around noon onwards we had a 1.5kt current in our favor which helped (1kt of which may last until noon). Forecast for today indicates conditions will be our worst since the incident, and then things should calm down slightly once again.]

General Comments: [We lost an email yesterday - it downloaded and then was swallowed up by a bug in our Airmail software. If anyone sent us an email and has yet to receive a reply - please, please resend.

Neither of us have yet to sleep well since the incident. Despite feeling much more confident of our safe arrival, sea conditions are not good for our peace of mind; but we are a day nearer Exmouth and sanctuary once again, so that is good. We are soon to start easing up to the continental shelf so seas will shallow (but we expect will still be 1km deep this time tomorrow.

We have changed our ETA to sometime after dark on Monday (between 8 and 10pm). We won't enter the harbour after dark, and are assuming we can anchor off outside and await instructions on how to proceed from there.

Kyle continues to stop and check on the engine twice a day (stop it and generally inspect, take temperature, etc).

We still have no official word regarding our entry into Exmouth, but indications from our police contact at Exmouth at least lead us to think we will be allowed in to the harbour (conditions tbd).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 11-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 22.4C (72.32F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 111(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.5kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:65%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
over 1 year  agoShow

20º 45.084' S110º 12.036' EBegonia
Day 20 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -20.7637, 110.2058

Progress: [We've made [1872.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [256]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [88]nm
Since last posting we have made [91.2]nm (through water). We have moved [96.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.0]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday was an amazingly calm day, which you will see from our other notes we made the most of. Today we are in choppy seas again]

General Comments: [Yesterday things started to look much better, the seas were exceptionally calm (certainly compared to recent conditions) - all the chop had gone and we were left with gentle swells. This really improved our speed too. Things looked so good we decided we could lower the roller fuller and jib to the deck. Up until then with the forestay wire broken, it was held only by the jib halyard and swinging a bit (we'd done our best to secure it, but it was not ideal). Lowering took a while, we had a bit of a tangle with the SSB antenna, and the job certainly needed the two of us (I've no idea how solo sailors cope!). While the fuller (with the jib still rolled up on it) 'just' fits on the deck, the benefit was that the jib halyard was now free to be put so some much more useful task. We used it to better secure the mast. With both the Jib and the spinnaker halyard we were able to bring the mast up to its proper angle, which had the added benefit of tightening the slack shrouds too. The mast no longer rocks back and forth on its base, we were really happy with this and felt comfortable enough to step out into the cockpit and using the helm seat on watches. Thank goodness for a calm day at sea.

But the good news wasn't over! Later that day we received an email from the Australian JRCC (Joint rescue coordination center), telling us that there was a boat diverted to intercept us and deliver fuel to us. Within an hour we had the fuel aboard, and the tank filled (we were still around 275nm from the nearest land at that time). The transfer was smooth and the Captain of the cargo ship Jazan was kind, jocular, and professional, giving clear instructions to us and keeping us safe (we are but a mosquito compared to his 306m long cargo ship). They lowered fuel jugs into the water and let them drift back for us to collect some distance from the Jazan. We are so grateful to all involved in organizing and performing this unexpected delivery.

Our average speed yesterday was already improved (mainly due to the calmer conditions), but now were are also able to increase our engine rpm to normal, which also improves our speed (and ETA).

So - now this leaves us totally confident of our safe arrival in Exmouth. The mast is more secure than before (although still needs a better fix), and we will definitely not run out of fuel. We are still waiting to hear if we have permission to enter WA/Exmouth.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 10-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 107(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.9kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

20º 4.056' S108º 39.054' EBegonia
Day 19 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -20.0764, 108.6588

Progress: [We've made [1781.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [344]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [74]nm
Since last posting we have made [62.5]nm (through water). We have moved [74.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.1]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [We had just a 4 hours of 'easy' motoring yesterday, the rest was choppy which does not help our progress. Overnight things started to get easier, and by morning we have relative calm (the waves having a long period, and the wind is currently calm so we are not fighting the two). For now we are making fair progress (similar conditions are forecast for the rest of the day) - tomorrow the forecast is starting to complicate things again so this may be our best day.]

General Comments: [Life aboard for Kyle is a constant checking of all the forecasts (wind, waves, currents) to see if we can make our fuel get us all the way to Exmouth. He keeps tweaking the plans and remains confident that we can do it. We will still need extra fuel at least on standby for us, and the need for that will be clarified as we get closer to land. At 0400 we had 116L of fuel remaining (subtract 10 for pickup, gives 106L of usable fuel, at 1.1L/hour that gives us 4 more days of motoring). Kyle expects our fuel can get us 70 miles from the harbour. His plan now is to have us stop motoring before that. If we set our course a bit south of Cape Range, this should have us a place we can use the main (reefed) to get around Cape Range, and then we can motor south towards Exmouth once we've rounded the cape. Of course the plan will most likely change with every forecast! The fact that the mast is still standing is helping us feel more confident it will last until Exmouth, but we still have some large waves ahead of us in the forecast (3.5m+) - these will be fine if they are not choppy, time will tell.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 09-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 122(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.6kt, Wind:5Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 1 year  agoShow

19º 26.064' S107º 31.062' EBegonia
Day 18 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -19.4438, 107.5274

Progress: [We've made [1718.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [418]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [73.0]nm (through water). We have moved [66.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:3.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date:4.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Despite having a great middle of the day speed wise, by afternoon the waves and wind began to fight against our progress and slowed us down below our goal. We continue to monitor things.]

General Comments: [We continue on towards Exmouth (no word as yet regarding permission to enter). Our progress has been slower than we want, but we hope things will improve in the remaining days. Kyle estimates we currently have 38 US gallons ( 144L) of fuel. We set off with about 192L, but had to motor a bit earlier on the passage so had used some of that, and of course we motored all day yesterday. We also expect the last 10L in the tank to be difficult to pick up so we believe we have 134L of available fuel. We appear to be motoring using about 1L/hour. We plan to keep heading towards Exmouth, and where possible quit the engine to drift with the currents, and as we get closer arrange for a fuel delivery somehow (if necessary). Given this we have adjusted our ETA to the Wednesday (we will repeat the calculation daily). Neither of us is sleeping well on our off watches, while we know the boat and have spent years readily sleeping through all the slaps of the waves and general groans and squeaks, now every noise puts us on alert. We start our off watch exhausted and fall asleep readily, but once disturbed we find 'monkey' brain kicks in and we are full of anxiety regarding our passage to Exmouth, and the huge unknown beyond that. While we generally spend our watches at the helm, we are being more cautious (just in case the mast falls) and continue to spend most of our time within the cabin keeping watch via the instruments and windows - just stepping out intermittently to check on things generally. Star gazing is no longer fun since we just see the mast and get anxious all over again.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 08-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 121(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.2kt, Wind:12Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
over 1 year  agoShow

18º 53.004' S106º 30.042' EBegonia
Day 17 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Diverting to Exmouth (WA). Our position: -18.8842, 106.5067

Progress: [We've made [1645.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [486]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [96.6]nm (through water). We have moved [58.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:4.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date:4.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Seas continue to calm, but we are motoring into wind and waves.]

General Comments: [After several days of rough conditions we were finally seeing things calm down and conditions aboard were easing with the promise of some fine sailing days ahead of us.

Around 14:15 WAST (UTC+8) near -18.65,105.85 on Tuesday October 6th, the forestay snapped (the forestay is one of the wires that holds up the mast - it runs from the mast to the front of the boat - it had broken at the top). This left us over 500nm from the nearest land and with the mast unsupported - stopped from falling backwards only by the halyard from the jib/roller-furling (both Jib and main - reefed - were up at the time, and we were sailing at about 55 degrees off wind at 18kt apparent, and in rolly seas). Kyle was on watch at the helm when he heard the bang (as the wire broke), and saw the preventer and shrouds slacken (as the mast fell back a little); he yelled to me to help (I was in bed) and we quickly lowered the sails and moved around a spare halyard to help support the mast. This obviously leaves us unable to sail on.

So what next?

We have secured the mast for now with additional lines, and we *hope* it will remain secure for the long passage ahead. Everything is slacker than we’d like. The main temporary support is the spinnaker halyard (spinnaker halyard moved forward to the middle of the forward beam and cranked down on the winch at the mast. The rolled up jib still attached to roller furling with halyard at the top holding up the fuller and preventing it falling ). We will inspect it regularly to check for chafe/issues, but will probably spend most of our watches within the safety of the cabin just-in-case the rig fails and the mast falls (the helm seat is probably the worst location in such an event). Any ideas welcome!

We have numerous spares aboard (including a spare forestay, and various rigging fittings) and may even be able to replace the broken shroud (wire) ourselves - but certainly not at sea - and most likely we’ll need some additional facilities (probably even take the mast down). Even if we could fix everything ourselves we’d want a thorough rig inspection before proceeding out on any significant passage (i.e. we need the experts).

So we must change our plans. We have limited fuel supplies and cannot continue the passage all the way to South Australia (nor would we trust our rig situation that far), so we must head for the nearest mainland - Western Australia (WA). This causes issues since we are not permitted to enter WA due to Covid19 restrictions, however we really can see no alternative so will have to deal with the regulations and hope they are kind to us.

Our current goal is to motor to Exmouth (the nearest port to us, some 500nm+ distant from the incident). Between us and Exmouth we have headwinds and waves against us (not ideal for fuel consumption, nor mast security) - alternative destinations are too far, so not an option, and if we sit and wait we will simply drift further away from land.

We have been in touch with the authorities in Exmouth and they are working out what they can do with us - currently we do *not* have permission to enter the harbour. There are no Covid19 rules for our situation I suspect. We do not know yet if we will be allowed to stay with the boat, or be forced into quarantine for 2 weeks in a nearby hotel. We are hoping (but not confident) that they will allow for the time we’ve been at sea in this unusual situation).

We believe we have sufficient fuel aboard for this passage and require no additional assistance to get to port (as things currently stand). However our fuel is a concern given the conditions and we will need to monitor it closely. At the time of the incident we had full tank and jugs (about 190L). Motoring at 2,200 rpm (below normal) on one motor should use about 1.2L/hour of fuel and get us a speed of about 3kt (in good conditions that would have been 4kt, but we need to err on the side of caution here) being slow and cautious should give us our best chance - we should *just* make it.

Exmouth would not be the harbour of choice from which to fix such problems, it is a small and isolated town/harbour off on a peninsula a long way from any other towns. It is also within the cyclone region that we have been traveling south to escape from (although we are not yet in cyclone season). We do not know what facilities the harbour and local sailing club might have, nor even if there is a rigger within 500miles of the place. If we were to chose a place on this coast for facilities and repairs it would have been Freemantle (near Perth) - but that is way to far for us to reach with our fuel aboard, and with the state of the mast we need to limit travel until we can make things more properly secure.

Thankfully we have boat insurance; earlier this year I found in the small print that rigging is only insured if inspected/surveyed annually - so we *did* get a rigging report/inspection performed back during our haul out in Bundaberg. We should be covered. So at least we know (hope) there is a cap on the expenses in our immediate future. As for everything else, we’ll have to wait and see.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 07-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 98(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.8kt, Wind:9Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
over 1 year  agoShow

17º 55.038' S106º 20.004' EBegonia
Day 16 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -17.9232, 106.3344

Progress: [We've made [1549.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2388]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [184.4]nm (through water). We have moved [167.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:7.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date:4.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wind has crept down, but mostly the period of the waves has greatly increased, so even if a big one comes along we gently roll over it (most of the time). OK, so things are still bouncy, but not washing-machine bouncy any more so relatively we are way more comfortable. We have about 100nm more on this course before we start to turn towards the SW corner of Oz. Kyle assures me that by late afternoon sailing will be 'nice' again. I hope so.]

General Comments: [Daytime and nighttime temperatures continue to fall (26C in day, 23 at night) - it feels colder than those numbers imply given the wind chill/exposure. In bed I've even pulled out a blanket (although Kyle doesn't need it). Aboard we are re-reading Bill Bryson's book 'Down Under' and chuckling along; enjoying his stories both of the places we've been, and the ones we hope to see.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 06-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 23.3C (73.94F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 229(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.1kt, Wind:22Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:3.5m (to:NW)
over 1 year  agoShow

16º 28.008' S108º 49.002' EBegonia
Day 15 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -16.4682, 108.8173

Progress: [We've made [1364.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2609]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [192.4]nm (through water). We have moved [182.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:8.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date:4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wow - miserable conditions. While the wind is high (at max generally 30kt - gusts 35kt, but mostly mid-high 20s), it is the seas that make everything miserable. Yesterday felt much like we were living in a washing machine. Kyle assures me that while things will slowly calm, we are definitely over the very worst of the conditions.]

General Comments: [If you happen to be comparing our miles travelled and miles to go - you may have noticed that the total has swung dramatically each day. This happens since Kyle adjusts the expected course based on the forecast. We have already gone way more west than we had expected, and while we've been in some miserable conditions, it would have been way worse if we'd taken a more direct route. Our average speed for the day was over 8kt - that is up there for Begonia, especially since we are over reefed and heaving to for meals, etc. So we have started our 3rd week, and have travelled about 1/3rd of the distance. That first week was SLOW though, so we hope to be in South Australia in LESS than 4 weeks from now. Yesterday's conditions were really miserable aboard. We were slapped with a wave from the side regularly (and big ones at least every hour) - but one wave really sent the boat into chaos throwing things off shelves across the cabins and cockpit - it even managed to lift the sliding door from one of the bathrooms and toss it outside into the hallway. Yes, quite miserable. While we are still not in the gentle rolling hills type of sailing, but I'm very glad to hear we are over the worst of things. We really look after our boat when it comes to safety (it has much to be desired aesthetically), and additionally conduct rig inspections twice a day while under passage. The boat is doing fine, it seems as happy as the birds that swoop around the peaks of the waves. Me, not so much!]

At: 06:00(AWST) 05-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F), Course: 254(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:25Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:4m (to:NW)
over 1 year  agoShow

15º 34.032' S111º 50.058' EBegonia
Day 14 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -15.5719, 111.8434

Progress: [We've made [1172.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3085]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [100.4]nm (through water). We have moved [110.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:4.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wind increased, waves got higher and steeper and choppier. By dinner time, we decided to hove to (basically stall the boat with the sails up) so we could eat without the chaos, eventually we left it that way for 11 hours waiting for things to calm somewhat for an easier life on the rigging and the passengers. We are back moving again. Forecast is for things to sloooowly calm over the next 3 days.]

General Comments: [We continue with a bouncy ride, yesterday was frightening (or at least high anxiety) at times, now we are back to just uncomfortable. A couple of days ago Kyle put the pressure cooker on the corner of our counter and then backed into it - which promptly went flying down some stairs. A handle broke off from the lid (not repairable) but since I use it so much Kyle assures me it is still usable. As for our progress, we are now west of the entire continent of Australia. Kyle (based on forecasts) again has adjusted our route to send us further west so we don't have to tack into headwinds and large seas.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 04-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 253(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:3.5m (to:N)
over 1 year  agoShow

15º 1.056' S113º 40.002' EBegonia
Day 13 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -15.0255, 113.6668

Progress: [We've made [1072.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2736]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [164.1]nm (through water). We have moved [154.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:6.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Well, we have wind! Despite Kyle sending us off away from the worst of things, we need both sails double reefed and are having a somewhat boisterous time aboard in very mixed/choppy seas. Kyle predicts it won't calm until around the 7th October for us. He has tweaked the course a little more, so while we had a great day sailing wise, it did little to subtract much from our extended miles-to-go.]

General Comments: [When Kyle woke me this morning he had COLD HANDS!!! Oh no, I'm not sure I like this. We spent yesterday crossing traffic lanes of several more cargo vessels (at good distance), but the distance we can see ships on the AIS continues to amaze us (over 250nm). It seems it is not any special atmospheric conditions but a deliberate effort on the part of the Australians to identify and re-broadcast signals in this area; they must have a very high antenna (?!). On my watch last night I witnessed a ball of fire crash into the ocean (several miles off) and that was a first for me. Our nautical notifications have warned of space debris in parts of the Indian Ocean (but not near us). While Kyle was hit by a flying fish while at the helm on his watch - I knew since there were fish scales on his shoulder that he hadn't noticed Life is getting interesting; I think I prefer boring.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 03-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 25.8C (78.44F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 252(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.7kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 13.068' S116º 11.094' EBegonia
Day 12 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -14.2281, 116.1985

Progress: [We've made [908.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2793]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [125.2]nm (through water). We have moved [122.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday (for the most part) remained frustratingly slow, but by late afternoon things picked up again to assist with a healthy average. We fly main and jib and are sailing on average about 55 degrees into the (apparent) wind.]

General Comments: [We spent the last 24 hours crossing some major shipping lane; while boats were well spaced (often 50nm apart) - compared to what we've been used to in Australia the mass of ships on the AIS, and mostly travelling to and from in a line between Port Hedland and Indonesia, it felt like we were playing frogger. Most of the cargo ships kept well out of our way, which can't have been easy for them as our speed varied so much with the wind, but we were regularly closely monitoring up to 3 ships at any time just in case. We are currently due south of Bali (about 320nm), and Hong Kong and even Wuhan. Bali stings since we would have been visiting earlier this year if Covid hadn't hit. We are also passing (260nm to our SE) the Rawley Shoals - one of the stunning reef areas that would have been on our Western Australia agenda (If they had let us in). Rather we still have weeks of ocean sailing before we'll next step foot on land. Kyle tells me that (longitude wise) we have now managed to cover 3/4 of the globe between Footprint and Begonia. Other tidbits - we had a full moon yesterday (which I love), and saildocs is responding normally again. Kyle is warning me that the conditions are going to get more exhilarating in the coming days as the wind and waves increase and we find ourselves nose on.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 02-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 252(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2m (to:NE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 31.032' S118º 10.002' EBegonia
Day 11 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -13.5215, 118.1667

Progress: [We've made [782.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3007]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [68.0]nm (through water). We have moved [63.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:2.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [The wind (direction and speed) in reality has not matched our forecast and we've had another frustratingly slow day. Also the saildocs server (from which we get some of our weather forecasts) seems to be down, thankfully we can use our predictwind account as a backup, but Kyle much prefers the ability to see the raw data which saildocs (normally, reliably) allows.]

General Comments: [Another calm day (despite the swell), life feels a little dull aboard. I am getting through our favourite podcasts and are now starting on my 2nd tier of chosen podcasts entertainment (of which I have plenty) on our watches. I suspect eventually I'll be resorting to my French and Spanish lessons on my watches (no bad thing).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 01-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 274(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.5kt, Wind:4Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 14.07' S119º 13.032' EBegonia
Day 10 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -13.2454, 119.2218

Progress: [We've made [714.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2808]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [125.0]nm (through water). We have moved [120.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Upwind, in light-ish but steady winds (our fastest day of average speed to date). We are expecting a couple of days more of this and then for the wind to start increasing (along with the waves).]

General Comments: [Our AIS generally can identify other boats up to about 25nm away, but for the last 12 hours we are seeing boats up to 450nm away (some strange atmospheric conditions?). We currently are in water over 5km deep (The North Australian Basin), and are being circled by a handful of storm petrels (they are probably more used to fishing boats out here).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 30-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 27.6C (81.68F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 248(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.1kt, Wind:6Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 33.096' S121º 9.072' EBegonia
Day 9 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -12.5661, 121.1621

Progress: [We've made [589.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2884]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [120.0]nm (through water). We have moved [122.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:5.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [We have good wind (we are moving 'properly' at last). You may have noticed that the miles to go has jumped - this is because the forecast is predicting a storm ahead of us, so we are diverting somewhat (adding significant time and miles, but safer and more comfortable). Kyle gets the weather forecasts and maps twice a day, so all could change again.]

General Comments: [It feels great to be moving. Seas are a little more bouncy, but moving around the boat is still easy. We are really in international waters, and Kyle has seen a few Indonesian fishing boats - these are dodgy-looking factories on the water- a raggamuffin of lines and hardware - large, with no obvious safety codes (nor life rafts). Thankfully they do all seem to have AIS so we are always aware of them even if they are too far away to see. We had a really large pod of 'dolphins' pass us - there must have been over 100; we are not sure if they were pigmy-killer whales, or melon headed whales, or maybe even a false killer whales (I'll have to do some research once we have internet again) but the passing was a highlight for us (despite the mass of them, id-helpful photographs were near impossible, its like playing camera whack-a-mole!).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 29-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 29.4C (84.92F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 33.8C (92.84F), Course: 256(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:10Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:2%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 37.038' S123º 0.06' EBegonia
Day 8 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.6227, 123.0096

Progress: [We've made [469.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2776]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [92.3]nm (through water). We have moved [104.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [Finally we have constant winds and progress, not always fast, but always moving (our hourly logs ranging between 1.66nm and 6.08nm) in another all spinnaker day, although Kyle expects it will be our last Spinnaker day for some time.]

General Comments: [With both wind and a little cloud things seem cooler which helps aboard (although max temperature still reached 34.2C/94F). We have come some distance from the mainland to avoid a large dead patch of air, and we are currently off the continental shelf (we are about 230nm offshore)]

At: 06:00(AWST) 28-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 33.3C (91.94F), Course: 241(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:7Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 2.07' S124º 41.016' EBegonia
Day 7 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.0448, 124.6858

Progress: [We've made [377.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2883]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [50.5]nm (through water). We have moved [66.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:2.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [We've had wind (not strong, but consistent) since around 6pm yesterday so sailing feels easier, we are sailing with the spinnaker. Forecast is for more consistent winds for the foreseeable future, and are hoping to reach a more typical 100nm day in a few days(!)]

General Comments: [We've not had a visit from the ABF plane for a couple of days (I kind-a miss it). Kyle said he heard a small fishing boat cross our path overnight (no lights). I've been yearning for some bread, but it is way too hot to consider baking for now. While sleeping during the day is a bit fitful, we both seem to be comfortably into our watch routine. ]

At: 06:00(AWST) 27-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 33.3C (91.94F), Course: 245(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:4Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:SW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 0.0' S125º 48.09' EBegonia
Day 6 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.0001, 125.8148

Progress: [We've made [327.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2966]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [40.9]nm (through water). We have moved [54.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:1.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Much of yesterday was spent drifting with the current, 6 whole continuous hours we recorded 0nm! When wind was available we were sailing with main and jib. We are moving for now, and almost through the windless patch - and by later today we should be in continuous wind.]

General Comments: [The frustration of no winds has been balanced with some amazingly beautiful mercury flat seas, with passing dolphins and generally mesmerizing scenes. The gas rigs of BAYU-UNDAN are now finally behind us and out of view. To occupy ourselves (aside from keeping watch) we've been reading the book 'Batavia' about a Dutch East India Company Ship that in 1629 wrecked on Abrohlos islands on the Western Australia Coast on its way to the spice islands. Some of the survivors formed a brutal group that terrified and slaughtered the others. Its a fascinating story, and we will pass by the islands on our way around WA, so it seems so much more than 'just history' right now. Every once in a while we see what appears to be trash in the water, but as we pass, it turns out to be a cuttlefish bone - strange how I've seen them so often washed up on a beach, but I've never seen them before floating in the water (probably more likely now due the unusual flat seas). It is still hot (yesterday's high being 34C/93F, and barely below that for most of the day) - we are especially appreciating our cold home-fizzed water.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 26-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 32.2C (89.96F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 33.3C (91.94F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.5kt, Wind:6Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:S)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 9.012' S126º 43.026' EBegonia
Day 5 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.1514, 126.7207

Progress: [We've made [286.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3020]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [34.2]nm (through water). We have moved [34.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:1.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Sailing mostly with the spinnaker, occasional jib (when upwind sailing possible) but much of the time, no wind at all!]

General Comments: [Yesterday (our warmest day so far) we had the regular ABF plane visit us, but this time they already knew our answers and just asked us to verify nothing had changed. Our focus for the what seems like AGES has been getting around the BAYU-UNDAN gas rigs and terminal. We had expected to sail to the north (outside the no-go area) - but the wind and currents had alternative ideas, so at some point we gave up trying and headed to skirt around the south. Hours later we determined we simply had to use the motor to get around the SE point of the no-go zone. We have been avoiding using the motor to save fuel for any real emergencies. When I awoke this morning the oil rigs are still in our clear view, there is no wind at all, and we bob here some distance from the no-go zone. Conditions are so calm that between the sea and the sky it is barely possible to determine the horizon. We even have a sea-snake swimming around. The lack of progress is frustrating (but predicted). I can only hope that we've moved on by the time of our next report.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 25-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.03kt, Wind:1Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:1%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 9.012' S126º 43.026' EBegonia
Day 5 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.1514, 26.7207

Progress: [We've made [286.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3020]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [34.2]nm (through water). We have moved [34.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:1.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Sailing mostly with the spinnaker, occasional jib (when upwind sailing possible) but much of the time, no wind at all!]

General Comments: [Yesterday (our warmest day so far) we had the regular ABF plane visit us, but this time they already knew our answers and just asked us to verify nothing had changed. Our focus for the what seems like AGES has been getting around the BAYU-UNDAN gas rigs and terminal. We had expected to sail to the north (outside the no-go area) - but the wind and currents had alternative ideas, so at some point we gave up trying and headed to skirt around the south. Hours later we determined we simply had to use the motor to get around the SE point of the no-go zone. We have been avoiding using the motor to save fuel for any real emergencies. When I awoke this morning the oil rigs are still in our clear view, there is no wind at all, and we bob here some distance from the no-go zone. Conditions are so calm that between the sea and the sky it is barely possible to determine the horizon. We even have a sea-snake swimming around. The lack of progress is frustrating (but predicted). I can only hope that we've moved on by the time of our next report.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 25-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.03kt, Wind:1Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:1%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 58.002' S127º 16.056' EBegonia
Day 4 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -10.9671, 127.2764

Progress: [We've made [251.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3052]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [64.5]nm (through water). We have moved [64.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [For the last 24 hours we've only flown the spinnaker, and at times we've had no wind and even had to bag that. Progress remains slow (as expected), and will remain so for a few more days. Our average speed since over the last 24 hours is just under 2.7kt]

General Comments: [It remains HOT aboard, and we put up shade during the day to protect us from the worst of the sun's cooking effect. Yesterday we again had the Australian Border Force plane fly over and call in on us (asking the standard 3 questions: last port, next port, home port). We had a few more dolphin visits, all brief (we've been going way too slowly for them to enjoy any swimming at the bows). We expect more of the same for the next few days.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 24-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.1kt, Wind:9Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:45%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 0.018' S128º 22.026' EBegonia
Day 3 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.0028, 128.3707

Progress: [We've made [187.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3116]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [104.7]nm (through water). We have moved [94.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [More mixed sailing, but still with generally flat seas. Overnight (midnight to 6am) we were back on the spinnaker and made just 14nm. We've headed so far north to avoid a giant windless patch, and expect to be making poor progress for several days to come based on forecasts.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we had a passing pod of 3 dolphins (they swung by but didn't stop to play). Kyle was on watch as the Australian Border Force (ABF) flew over and checked in on us; yesterday was also the day (the equinox) that Kyle shaved his head and he's feeling much happier with the extra breeze during this heat. Overnight I saw a couple of shooting stars which brought a smile to my face. Neither of us have seen any ships in the last 24 hours (except in the far distance on AIS returns). We had another bird visit us, this time to roost overnight, but it didn't pick the best place to stop and was jolted around even with our mild rolling (poor thing).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 23-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 30C (86F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.3kt, Wind:8Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 1.026' S129º 35.094' EBegonia
Day 2 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -12.0205, 129.5988

Progress: [We've made [82.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3168]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [82.6]nm (through water). We have moved [75.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mixed sailing - we've had the spinnaker up and down a few times, and the sails reefed and unreefed (all while still in the Beagle Gulf). We've even gone backwards when the current against us was stronger than our forward progress. Kyle expects our first week to be much like this, before we'll find ourselves in more reliable winds.]

General Comments: [Our last night in Darwin had the skies filled with thunder and lightening. Our first full day at sea has been with mixed sailing conditions, but (amazingly) with very flat seas. Coincidentally the good progress hours (7.6nm in one hour) have been on my watches, and the really slow hours (0.06nm in one hour) on Kyle's - so its been fun to tease him about my superior sailing skills. We had a bird, a brown noddy, hang out on the deck for a while (even while we raised and lowered the spinnaker twice!). Kyle managed to trip over his own foot early on yesterday, and has a very bruised toe, but it isn't impacting his sailing ability.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 22-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 341(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:6Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:S)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 25.05' S130º 49.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: -12.4252, 130.8228

Sail From: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT To: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT

We travelled [6.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in Fannie Bay - a bit far out (to cater for all tide ranges).]

General Comments: [We exited the lock at Bayview in the morning calms, and had an easy motor back to the anchorage.]

At: 09:24(ACST) 07-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 29.6C (85.28F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 26.046' S130º 51.054' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: -12.4406, 130.8589

Sail From: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT

We travelled [4.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At Bayview Marina in a double dock: $59/night + $25/night live-aboard fee.]

General Comments: [We made it up in the mangroves to Bayview Marina, where we'll be tied up for just over a week. Thankfully Kyle installed the spare prop just in time to navigate the narrow lock, and a gusty arrival at the dock (whew). We have groceries being delivered this afternoon, so laundry and chore day - hopefully that means we can start exploring Darwin over the weekend.]

At: 10:40(ACST) 28-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 30.8C (87.44F), Humidity:34%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 26.016' S130º 49.014' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Timor Sea Passage From:Alcaro Bay (near Cape Don), Cobourg Penninsula, NT To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: -12.4360, 130.8192

Progress: [We've made [104.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [48.8]nm (through water). We have moved [28.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3m with 4.7m range. We have an appointment for our biosecurity inspection/treatment tomorrow afternoon (required before we are allowed in the marina locks).]

General Comments: [The remainder of today's sail was FAST, but the currents were strong and the wind was on the head so it took a while. We were distracted when we found a bat appeared and was 'hanging out' under the trampoline appearing while we were underway. It seems to be a fruit bat (also called a flying fox), he has the perfectly pointy ear, is on the smaller side - body is about 16cm long? - and has brown fur? We were convinced he'd leave once we headed into the wind and he certainly got wet (although he did shift himself around to the driest of the wet options under the trampoline). Amazingly 'Count Blah' is still with us now we are at anchor, but he did give me a dirty look when I was lowering the chain right beside him - he eventually moved a little out of the way and went back to his napping. He has been with us for hours, so is no doubt along way away from his colony, I'll assume he'll head off at dusk. In the meantime we are avoiding getting too close to Count Blah as we know bats here carry a rabies-like disease that is pretty deadly to us humans. We can see the skyline of Darwin ahead of us - time to enjoy a beer and the view while we wait for Count Blah to fly off and find new friends and a more appropriate roost.]

At: 16:26(ACST) 25-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 31C (87.8F), Humidity:46%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 5.04' S131º 8.07' EBegonia
Day 2 of Timor Sea Passage From:Alcaro Bay (near Cape Don), Cobourg Penninsula, NT To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: -12.0896, 131.1450

Progress: [We've made [56.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [41]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [56.0]nm (through water). We have moved [61.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mostly downwind sailing, but with Jib and Main (switching between around 120 and wing-on-wing) - shifting to a beam reach. The biggest help though has been the current; here, timing is everything, Kyle nailed it and we've had it with us all the way. We are currently in the narrowest gap (between Melville Island and the mainland). There has been other traffic, a few cargo ships and we even passed a tug and barge (which presumably is happy to go slowly for some reason)]

General Comments: [As soon as we rounded Cape Don we find ourselves departing the Arafura Sea and entering the Timor. Fires were still burning on the Cobourg peninsula (lots of heavy smoke). We look set to be anchored around noon. The night have been clear, and great for star-gazing.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 25-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F), Course: 253(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:SW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 17.064' S131º 48.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Alcaro Bay (near Cape Don), Cobourg Penninsula, NT - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: -11.2935, 131.8006

Sail From: Seven Spirit Bay, Coral Bay, Cobourg Penninsula, NT To: Alcaro Bay (near Cape Don), Cobourg Penninsula, NT

We travelled [27.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m off river.]

General Comments: [Another very light-wind day, we managed to fly the spinnaker and main for most of it (although the spinnaker was only occasionally wind-filled). I think we made more progress due to a favourable current than because of the wind! We discovered today that Western Australia continues to push back any opening of the borders (which poses some issues for us!). We've pulled out our spare propeller so we can install that once we purchase a few minor spacers and washers (hopefully readily available in Darwin). Finding a proper replacement will take a bit longer. We expect this anchorage to be the last one before Darwin. Here there are fires ashore (not sure if wild or controlled, all we can see is smoke in the distance), but if it looks safe (and if we feel we can tolerate the heat) we hope to go ashore to visit the Cape Don Lighthouse - but it is VERY hot, so we are currently undecided.]

At: 16:24(ACST) 21-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 11.094' S132º 2.1' EBegonia
At Anchor: Seven Spirit Bay, Coral Bay, Cobourg Penninsula, NT - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: -11.1987, 132.0497

Sail From: Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT To: Seven Spirit Bay, Coral Bay, Cobourg Penninsula, NT

We travelled [27.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [26.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.1m (lowest tide)]

General Comments: [A frustrating day, the forecast winds didn't arrive as expected so Kyle was compelled to motor for an hour before we could finally fly the spinnaker again and be sure of arriving before dark. When we eventually approached the anchorage under sail, Kyle stowed the sail and started an engine, but soon discovered we had no propeller - it must have fallen off sometime during our sail, and it is a very expensive bit of equipment - ugh! Thankfully we have two engines and the propeller on the other one is still attached so we were not in danger. So we are at anchor, the peninsula is a nature reserve, and this particular bay belongs to the high-end Seven Spirit Resort (currently closed due to Covid19) and there is a fancy motor boat also in the anchorage 'Summer Wind'. No cell phone signal, but not as remote as we've been used to. At some point we'll have to find internet and make a plan to replace our propeller. We have spare propellers aboard (thankfully) but the one we lost is feathering (which means it collapses to reduce drag when we aren't using it) and we don't have a spare for that, and we'll have to find a place to careen (probably Darwin) even to install the spare propeller so we'll be running on one for a while.]

At: 16:34(ACST) 17-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 8.058' S132º 29.034' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT. Our position: -11.1425, 132.4891

Progress: [We've made [227.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [23.6]nm (through water). We have moved [16.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 1.6m at low tide - in a gently shallowing sandy bay]

General Comments: [As we rounded Croker Island, we had light headwinds (2kt) and a 2kt current against us - so we conceded and eventually started up an engine. Kyle is wishing it wasn't so. The island is aboriginal and while the main township is on the other side, it has roads and we can see a few distant buildings from the anchorage. We can't go beyond the high-tide line but do hope to go ashore at some point during our stay here (after we've caught up with arrival chores, sleep, and the host of internet jobs I've got on my list.]

At: 13:02(ACST) 14-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 31.4C (88.52F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 52.056' S132º 34.038' EBegonia
"Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT. Our position: -10.8754, 132.5733

Progress: [We've made [203.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [19]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [49.8]nm (through water). We have moved [62.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Winds remain light/borderline for the spinnaker. Overnight Kyle resorted to the motor for a couple of hours (since we are again maneuvering around islands and shoals) but we are flying again. We hope to be at anchor around noon today.]

General Comments: [For the last few days there has been a LOT of pollen(?) on the water surface, especially at night, making for some mesmerising water watching. An Australian Border Force Plane checked in on us again last night (2nd time this passage). A highlight for Kyle overnight was a long visit from a pod of dolphins, causing the bioluminescence to sparkle as they frolic around the boat and bows.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 14-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 25.5C (77.9F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F), Course: 251(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.3kt, Wind:4Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:SW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 53.058' S133º 38.016' EBegonia
Day 3 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT. Our position: -10.8934, 133.6363

Progress: [We've made [153.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [83]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [76.9]nm (through water). We have moved [92.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We continue to fly (nurse) the spinnaker, but the wind has been barely more than a whisper for much of the night. Its frustrating, but peaceful. We've had many hours with less than 2nm progress, and even a few less than 1nm, but somehow we made a 3.2kt average over the last 24 hours.]

General Comments: [Nothing much to report, the night skies continue to display as the cloud cover has been light; we continue on. Our ETA (Friday by 10am) seems appropriate.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 13-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F), Course: 277(degT), Speed Over Ground:2kt, Wind:3Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:W)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 59.01' S135º 12.042' EBegonia
Day 2 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT. Our position: -10.9845, 135.2073

Progress: [We've made [77.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [175]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [77.0]nm (through water). We have moved [90.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [An easy downwind sail with the spinnaker, we are plodding along with slow speeds but calm seas and we are headed in the right direction]

General Comments: [Kyle again departed under sail (it isn't easy as even the manual windlass is quite a bit of work) - but with a large bay all to ourselves it is risk free, and fun to be a true sailboat. We had a visit around sunset from the Australian Border Force Plane ( all they ask is our prior and next port, our name being clear from our boat and our AIS signal). On my watch overnight we had clear skies and the moon didn't rise until well after midnight - so a beautiful display of stars was my company - I especially love the Milky Way, but it feels that the sky is full of a million stars and a billion stories.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 12-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 273(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.9kt, Wind:5Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:NW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 4.05' S136º 43.092' EBegonia
At Anchor: Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: -11.0747, 136.7324

Sail From: Lagoon Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To: Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain)

We travelled [19.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.2-7.2m of sand]

General Comments: [Kyle was especially keen to go motor free today. We left with 1.2kt of wind and it took us 18 minutes just to exit from our anchor alarm circle. He persevered and the wind came, and at times we were happily sailing north in relatively flat seas at 7kt. Arriving in Two Island Bay we needed to tack between the two islands to our anchorage spot - proper sailing at last! To our surprise we spied another pleasure boat today (a motor boat, headed in the opposite direction), and a fishing boat - so we are not as isolated as it generally feels. The islands here have beautiful long/wide sandy beaches, backed by dunes, and with amazing sedimentary rocky outcrops which erode into mushrooms, pancakes, rubble and overhangs. Wildlife includes eagles and some kind of Rock-Wallaby - we are really enjoying the (apparent) isolation. We also have definitely needed the sunscreen despite it being winter time here, and on our trips ashore get through litres of water/drink as we push our exploratory roving.]

At: 12:15(ACST) 08-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 19.056' S136º 34.056' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lagoon Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) (Arafura Sea). Our position: -11.3264, 136.5757

Sail From: Guluwuru Island To: Lagoon Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain)

We travelled [12.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [12.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5-6m of sand (could pick any depth really in this lovely sandy bay with a very gentle slope)]

General Comments: [The winds have finally calmed to pleasant numbers, making for flat seas and an easy sail as we hop north up the Wessel chain. Conditions were so ideal that Kyle was easily persuaded to anchor under sail at this lovely wide bay (all to ourselves). We have a few bits of maintenance that require Kyle to go up the mast so the continuing calm forecast is perfect.]

At: 12:00(ACST) 05-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 29.058' S136º 26.046' EBegonia
At Anchor: Guluwuru Island (unnamed bay N end, west side), Wessel Island Chain (Arafura Sea). Our position: -11.4927, 136.4407

Sail From: Truant Island, NT To: Guluwuru Island (unnamed bay N end, west side), Wessel Island Chain

We travelled [27.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [24.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5-6m over sand on lovely flat sandy shelf, well protected. Aboriginal Lands ashore]

General Comments: [A sunny passage swapping between spinnaker and jib to make the slack water/ start of ebb at the Cumberland Strait and avoid the tide rips. The strait is wide (certainly compared to the alternative 'Gugari Rip') but in mid channel depths change from 115m to 6m and cause some impressive eddies. A host of birds as we approached the strait between Guluwuru and Marchinbar islands, but no ships/boats seen at all. We remain quite remote, so no cell phone service still]

At: 13:02(ACST) 02-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 28.4C (83.12F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 39.048' S136º 49.062' EBegonia
At Anchor: Truant Island, NT (Arafura Sea). Our position: -11.6577, 136.8270

Sail From: Inverell Bay, Gove Harbour, NT To: Truant Island, NT

We travelled [36.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7-9m, a bit of swell (which we expect to drop as the forecast is for wind to move more from the south later)]

General Comments: [A sunny passage starting really calmly, and slowly getting a bit choppy. The Island gives OK protection though so we can now enjoy the sunshine. On passage we tried a plum-look-a-like fruit purchased at the Nahulumby store (a dark red tamarillo) and both of us spit it out in disgust. There are plenty of areas of South America where this is considered a favourite fruit, NZ exports thousands of tonnes of it to the USA, and we were perplexed! I've since learned we are not supposed to eat the skin, so will try our remaining specimen some other time (but I'm not holding out much hope). On arrival we spotted some strange activity in the water, and on closer inspection found a mating pair of turtles with a buddy keeping close and hoping for next dibs!]

At: 12:14(ACST) 31-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 11.088' S136º 42.03' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Inverell Bay, Gove Harbour, NT - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Arafura Sea/Gulf of Carpenteria Passage From:Horn Island Anchorage, Torres Strait, QLD To:Inverell Bay, Gove Harbour, NT. Our position: -12.1984, 136.7047

Progress: [We've made [350.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [10.1]nm (through water). We have moved [2.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in sufficient space among mooring field (4-6m depth)]

General Comments: [We have arrived in NT. We have been cleared with 'no appointment required' for Biosecurity - so now we are just to meet with the local police and be vetted for our Covid19 application before being officially cleared in. We are hoping they accept our boat tracks/logs as the proof required that we haven't been in any Covid19 hotspot recently (its pretty hard to prove a negative, but we can certainly prove where we have been, and it would be next to impossible to have left the boat to get to any hotspot). It's my first time in Australia's Northern Territory, but Kyle's third!!! Gove/Nhulunby seems to exist primarily as a bauxite mine and processing plant (Aluminium), but there is enough of a workers community to have a welcoming yacht club (with showers and washing machines!!!). The original aboriginal Yolngu people of course, are also here, they own the entire Arnhem lands and to leave the main drag a permit is required to enter aboriginal lands (easily acquited online).]

At: 08:28(AEST) 28-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 9.036' S136º 41.07' EBegonia
Day 4 of Arafura Sea/Gulf of Carpenteria Passage From:Horn Island Anchorage To:Inverell Bay, Gove/Nhulunby. Our position: -12.1558, 136.6948

Progress: [We've made [340.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [6.4]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [86.5]nm (through water). We have moved [91.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We hove to much of yesterday afternoon/evening (to be certain to arrive in daylight), but once we finally proceeded and found the shelter of land - wow - calm, and lovely - great star gazing conditions. Kyle decided to alter our route and take the short-cut south of Breamer Island, and we'll soon be entering Gove Harbour proper!]

General Comments: [It seemed we have the whole Gulf to ourselves, but now we are again close to land, the boat traffic is back on the AIS. We have all our approvals for arrival into Northern Territory and back to the mainland (Covid19, and Biosecurity). Once we are at anchor we also need to adjust our time zone once again (UTC+9.5 hours here)]

At: 06:00(AEST) 28-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 263(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.25m (to:W)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 4.098' S138º 15.036' EBegonia
Day 3 of Arafura Sea/Gulf of Carpenteria Passage From:Horn Island Anchorage To:Inverell Bay, Gove/Nhulunby. Our position: -12.0824, 138.2558

Progress: [We've made [253.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [103]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [158.8]nm (through water). We have moved [156.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [While the depth of the water increased, so did the wind and waves, and we continue to have a rather bouncy ride (Kyle doesn't like waves). We get side-swiped from time to time which keeps us on our toes! We are already over reefed, and we will need to slow down further to be sure of a daylight landfall.]

General Comments: [Amazingly 0 ships in the last 24 hours, no dolphins, nothing but an occasional curious bird. ]

At: 06:00(AEST) 27-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 273(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.1kt, Wind:24Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 12.09' S140º 46.05' EBegonia
Day 2 of Arafura Sea/Gulf of Carpenteria Passage From:Horn Island Anchorage To:Inverell Bay, Gove/Nhulunby. Our position: -11.2146, 140.7753

Progress: [We've made [95.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [256]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [95.0]nm (through water). We have moved [94.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We started in flat water with a following current, but once we left the strait we found shallow, open water and a nasty chop soon set in. We ARE making good speed, it is just a bumpy ride.]

General Comments: [As we were preparing to depart after a nice couple of days exploring Thursday and Horn Island, we were amazed to see another sailboat arrive, it was Danish and had a large group of young friends. Within an hour a second sailboat arrived - also Danish - also with a large group of younger sailors. We feel like we were the only tourists here during our stay - and now the Danes have arrived. I suspect the parties are already underway! While small populations, there was a constant stream of boat and air traffic during our time in the Straits - and once we departed there were more cargo ships than we've seen in over a month (still not a huge amount, but for us - seeing 12+ cargo ships underway in a day is significantly more than we are used to). In the strait we were just 100nm south of Paupa New Guinea - now as we head west the lands to the north of us slips away again.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 26-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 25.7C (78.26F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 238(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 35.07' S142º 14.052' EBegonia
At Anchor: Horn Island Anchorage (Torres Strait). Our position: -10.5947, 142.2419

Sail From: Blackwood Bay, Mount Adolphus Island To: Horn Island Anchorage

We travelled [22.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [24.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10-12.5m 'hard sand']

General Comments: [A sunny day, we sailed with the current towards Thursday Island. As we approached things got busy (for us) as there were multiple planes, several helicopters, and lots of commercial boat traffic.. A busy place. Nearest anchorage is at Horn Island, which seemed pretty empty aside from a few commercial vessels and one long term sailboat. To wish to visit Thursday Island we take a ferry from Horn Island. The anchorage is renowned for its currents so we'll spend the rest of the day aboard to watch and see how Begonia acts before going ashore. As soon as we were anchored we could hear bird-song from the nearby mangroves. And wow - our first 'good' phone signal for a long while; no more hoisting the phone up the mast just to make intermittent 1bar into intermittent 2bars!]

At: 12:34(AEST) 22-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 38.046' S142º 38.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mount Adolphus Island (Torres Strait). Our position: -10.6411, 142.6472

Sail From: Bushy Islet To: Mount Adolphus Island

We travelled [36.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [38.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4-7m of good sand/mud]

General Comments: [After a special time back in Bushy Islet with an amazing visit from a young sea-eagle, we headed north (with the wind and current) making good time to Mount Adolphus. From here we turn left (west), and from anchor we can see Cape York (the NE tip of Australia). We have brief blips of 1bar phone signal - fingers crossed.]

At: 14:12(AEST) 19-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 14.088' S142º 52.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bushy Islet (Great Barrier Reef Coast). Our position: -11.2483, 142.8667

Sail From: Bird Islands/Reef, Saunders Islands NP To: Bushy Islet

We travelled [30.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.8-7.6m in sand]

General Comments: [Dolphins again came and joined us - one group of over 20, each pushing to be in front of the bow stayed with us for 20 minutes of fun.]

At: 13:00(AEST) 17-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 45.09' S143º 4.08' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bird Islands/Reef, Saunders Islands NP (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -11.7653, 143.0803

Sail From: Wuthara Island, Forbes Islands Group To: Bird Islands/Reef, Saunders Islands NP

We travelled [37.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [36.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7-9m behind islands, guidebook suggests this area is an 'anchor eater' so we are hoping we've sighted our anchor drop appropriately]

General Comments: [More 'good' winds (mid-20s), and some choppy seas (1.5m) mean we are happy to be sailing with the weather and not against it. Today was overcast and with occasional drizzle, but we had a couple of pods of dolphins visit which brightens any day. Not surprising ling as we arrive at Bird Islets we found lots of birds flying around (nearly all noddys). At low tide there are plenty of exposed reef bommies around the islands, quite dramatic. Our guidebook also describes this area with the text 'crocodiles are common, so be vigilant' - we will.]

At: 13:50(AEST) 15-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 17.016' S143º 24.036' EBegonia
At Anchor: Forbes Islands (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -12.2857, 143.4061

Sail From: Portland Road (mainland), QLD To: Forbes Islands

We travelled [27.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10m behind reef - hopefully in sand. North of the cluster/group known as Forbes Islands (Conservation Park).]

General Comments: [Somewhat flatter seas today (finally); this helped as the last 7nm after rounding the north end of Gallon Reef was sailing (motoring) back into the wind/waves. Once arriving at Forbes Islands (which are beautiful), we were surprised to see several commercial fishing boats here (it is a Conservation Park, so maybe they are just resting overnight?). On route we were joined twice by small pods of dolphins (always a pleasure). The island here are high (with tallest peak at 81m, which is high for this area) and (per our guidebook) croc free - so we hope to at least get ashore while here. An aside: some of our recent Marine alerts have included warnings to be aware of potential space debris falling over the coming days - we are very glad to be nowhere near that area!]

At: 13:36(AEST) 12-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 35.064' S143º 24.036' EBegonia
At Anchor: Portland Road (mainland), QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -12.5937, 143.4063

Sail From: Night Island (originally of the Kawadji people) To: Portland Road (mainland), QLD

We travelled [36.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [36.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m along with two local boats.]

General Comments: [A strong wind day, and some choppy seas; we are now nicely protected by Cape Weymouth. Nearby is Restoration Island, one of the few places Captian Bligh stopped in his small boat after the mutiny on the bounty. Despite a small community ashore (houses nestled into the hills) the hope for phone signal doesn't exist. We grabbed a few frustrating moments with 1 bar as we sailed by Lockhart River, but it looks like we have at least another week before we can expect even that again. We never made it ashore at Night Island (unfortunately), the current and choppiness were too miserable to counter (with regular 30kt gusts).]

At: 13:10(AEST) 10-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.4C (81.32F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 10.05' S143º 34.044' EBegonia
At Anchor: Night Island (originally of the Kawadji people), (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -13.1747, 143.5735

Sail From: Blanchard Reef To: Night Island (of the Kawadji people),

We travelled [17.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4-6m depth off beach. ]

General Comments: [A short distance jib only mostly downwind sail today, good winds around 20-24kt. A couple of dolphins joined us along the way. No phone signal, although we did have a brief 1bar just as we rounded the N tip of the island (We are hoping for a signal at our next anchorage in a few days). ]

At: 11:32(AEST) 08-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 24.042' S143º 44.076' EBegonia
At Anchor: Blanchard Reef (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -13.4067, 143.7456

Sail From: Fife Island, Claremont Isles National Park, QLD To: Blanchard Reef

We travelled [16.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.8m of sand (?) in lee of reef]

General Comments: [Choppy day, downwind sailing, spotted one other sailboat to our west, also heading north today. During our stay at Fife we were buzzed by Australian Border Force (and reported details), and finally spotted our first wild crocodile!]

At: 11:40(AEST) 06-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 39.018' S143º 42.09' EBegonia"At Anchor: Fife Island, Claremont Isles National Park, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -13.6527, 143.7148

Sail From: Stokes Bay, Stanley Island, QLD To: Fife Island, Claremont Isles National Park, QLD

We travelled [44.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [42.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2m of sand (But with big drop of downwind)]

General Comments: [A very mixed day of sailing, with sail changes, reefing and unreefing. No other ships seen visually or via the AIS at all (even cargo ships). We had two milestones for the day - we are now at the furthers west we've ever been (at E144 and descending, our furthest east is about 27E so we still have a gap to fill someday), and we also broke 55,000nm on the GPS log for Begonia (we installed new instruments shortly after purchase so all the miles are ours, we arrived in Australia with 50,258nm on the log). Ashore the small uninhabited island has a giant sand-spit at low tide so if weather/conditions permit we hope to go ashore during our stay to stretch our legs and get a bit of exercise while resting up before the next leg as we hop north.]

At: 15:10(AEST) 03-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
about 2 years  agoShow

14º 9.036' S144º 13.044' EBegonia
At Anchor: Stokes Bay, Stanley Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -14.1560, 144.2242

Sail From: Ingram Island, QLD To: Stokes Bay, Stanley Island, QLD

We travelled [42.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [41.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m of mud/shell (per guidebook)]

General Comments: [A lovely sunny day, sailing with the spinnaker, and with calm seas - our best sailing conditions for a while. It was HOT, and we are finally feeling the Oz heat (which may get old fast, especially since we can't/won't go for a dip given the croc warnings). We sailed by some beautiful scenery as we weaved our way through islands and along the coast of this remote part of Australia. There was a lot of smoke on the mainland, and we were uncertain if this was from a controlled or wild fires, luckily we are well away from any smoke here at anchor. We are well protected, with a forecast for some strong winds. Ashore, this island has some accessible caves with 'exceptional' aboriginal paintings - but, unfortunately, they are on the other side, and no trails to get to them from here.]

At: 14:40(AEST) 01-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
about 2 years  agoShow

14º 25.008' S144º 52.05' EBegonia
At Anchor: Ingram Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -14.4182, 144.8753

Sail From: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD To: Ingram Island, QLD

We travelled [34.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [36.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m of sand.]

General Comments: [A pleasant sail, passing through channels around various reefs and islands. Nice day, sunshine, breeze and little cloud cover. We are looking forward to going ashore to walk around the small (.5mile long) island. We can already see a few pelicans ashore. Aside: Lizard Island was much busier than we expected, and while we anchored at the back and didn't go ashore (it is a remote community and strict Covid19 rules apply), we saw that most other boaters did go ashore at some point. Our transit permit does not allow us ashore at Lizard Island; another beautiful place to visit another time...]

At: 13:43(AEST) 28-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
about 2 years  agoShow

14º 39.054' S145º 27.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -14.6592, 145.4511

Sail From: Ribbon Reef #5 To: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD

We travelled [48.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [46.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in the Bay, in 5m of sand.]

General Comments: [An overcast, drizzly and boysterous sail downwind with jib alone was uneventful until noon. The afternoon was full of distractions from both dolphins and humpback whales. The dolphins were leaping about happily, and the whale kept approaching us from behind and then passing along side us (quite close) while showing its white belly. We arrived at Lizard Island to see 6 other boats at anchor here. The island has one of the world top (exclusive) resorts, obviously closed currently. We understand that we won't be able to go ashore as this area is classed as a 'remote community', but we had hoped/expected to have a cell phone signal at the boat - unfortunately not really - we get an intermittent 1bar of 3G if we lift Kyle's (telstra) phone as high as we can get it.]

At: 15:08(AEST) 25-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
about 2 years  agoShow

15º 22.08' S145º 45.06' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Ribbon Reef #5 (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -15.3803, 145.7598

Sail From: Ribbon Reef #3 To: Ribbon Reef #5

We travelled [8.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Public mooring in depth of 14m, no cell phone signals.]

General Comments: [After days/hours of snorkelling around Ribbon Reef #3 (and a host of bird visitors, guano included!), we've moved a little further north to Ribbon Reef #5. We crossed paths on this passage with 'Spoil Sport' the only other boat we've seen since Low Island, and we are out of sight of each other and with a reef of our own to explore.]

At: 10:52(AEST) 22-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
about 2 years  agoShow

15º 30.03' S145º 47.094' EBegonia
Destination: Darwin
At Mooring Ball: Ribbon Reef 3 (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -15.5046, 145.7990

Sail From: Little Hope Island, QLD To: Ribbon Reef 3

We travelled [24.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Public mooring on outer reef - in depth of 14m, plenty of bommies around.]

General Comments: [(Little) Hope Island had a sign up saying closed for Covid19, so we didn't go ashore the 1st day. By the 2nd day we verified all the NP and forest closures for Covid19 are now open (so presumably they just haven't brought down all the signs), however by then the sea was just a little to boisterous for a dinghy trip so another day aboard. Today's trip was in strong winds, and with some upwind sailing as we maneuvered around the south of Cairns Reef. Currently we are well protected, but we'll see what conditions are like a high tide tonight.]

At: 11:54(AEST) 18-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 2 years  agoShow

15º 43.074' S145º 27.036' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Little Hope Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -15.7288, 145.4564

Sail From: Low Islands, QLD To: Little Hope Island, QLD

We travelled [36.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [39.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Public Mooring ball in 6m depth, weak Telstra phone signal.]

General Comments: [A drizzly start, downwind sailing with the jib alone, made good time. No sailboats seen since the Low Isles.]

At: 14:18(AEST) 16-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
about 2 years  agoShow

16º 22.086' S145º 33.06' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Low Islands, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -16.3812, 145.5596

Sail From: Marlin Marina, Cairns, QLD To: Low Islands, QLD

We travelled [34.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [34.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Moored ball in depth of 12m, off the beautiful Low Island with its beach and lighthouse]

General Comments: [An easy downwind spinnaker sail again. Departing Cairns during yet another shower (so much for the dry season!) - but it came with a rainbow so a plus!]

At: 15:00(AEST) 13-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
about 2 years  agoShow

16º 55.008' S145º 46.086' EBegonia
At Dock: Marlin Marina, Cairns, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -16.9176, 145.7813

Sail From: Kent Island, QLD To: Marlin Marina, Cairns, QLD

We travelled [59.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [50.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At one of the Catamaran Docks, floating docs, nice showers, laundry, etc all available. Grocery delivery expected in the morning (First time!)]

General Comments: [Another very rainy passage, lots of strong winds (occasional 29kt apparent/ 38kt true ahead of some of the squalls), a fast sail highest speed we made was 13.6kt through the water (14.8kt over the ground), averaging 8 knots until we arrived in the entrance channel for Trinity Inlet. We managed to arrive between rain showers so we didn't have to dock in a downpour. We'll need a bit of a rest today, but look forward to exploring Cairns - between rain showers (We were last here in August 2009, but this is the first time with our own boat.)]

At: 13:18(AEST) 09-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
about 2 years  agoShow

17º 40.038' S146º 10.068' EBegonia
At Anchor: Kent Island, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -17.6726, 146.1775

Sail From: Walker Reef, QLD To: Kent Island, QLD

We travelled [47.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [50.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m of small islands North Barnard Island Group]

General Comments: [A cold and drizzly sailing day today, mostly downwind under jib alone.]

At: 16:00(AEST) 06-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
about 2 years  agoShow

18º 18.036' S146º 45.084' EBegonia
Destination: Cairns
At Anchor: Walker Reef, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -18.3060, 146.7637

Sail From: Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD To: Walker Reef, QLD

We travelled [51.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [48.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m of sand, small reef with a small sand cay. Need good visibility to weave way in around reefs and bommies]

General Comments: [An early start, mostly downwind sailing, wind and seas increasing during passage. ]

At: 13:30(AEST) 03-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
about 2 years  agoShow

19º 6.084' S146º 51.054' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Coast Passage From:Bait Reef, QLD To:Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD. Our position: -19.1138, 146.8591

Progress: [We've made [134.3]nm (through water) on this passage. We have moved [131.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.5m among other boats - very pretty. Good cell phone signal.]

General Comments: [A long overnight, but easy, sail (mostly with the spinnaker flying gallantly). We've arrived to a beautiful crisp, clear day, in an picturesque anchorage, fringed with beautiful rocks formations and undulating hills covered with trees where we understand Koalas may be seen. There are plenty of other boats here (presumably mostly locals). Finally we have internet/cell phone signal again.]

At: 12:40(AEST) 28-May-2020, Outside Temp: 25.4C (77.72F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
about 2 years  agoShow

19º 48.072' S149º 3.096' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Bait Reef, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -19.8121, 149.0657

Sail From: Scawfell Island, QLD To: Bait Reef, QLD

We travelled [73.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [69.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Moored on Inner reef edge in 9.5m depth. Arrived at low tide, no visible coral, no other boats]

General Comments: [Our stay at Scawfell was cold, wet and dreary; thankfully we got ashore on the day we arrived and were able to explore the beach at low tide. No obvious trails within the vegetation unfortunately. The passage to Bait overnight was cold and rainy also (full foul weather gear AND handwarmers!), but the forecast is for better weather from this afternoon. No cell phone signal.]

At: 06:54(AEST) 24-May-2020, Outside Temp: 18.2C (64.76F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 18.2C (64.76F)
about 2 years  agoShow

20º 51.084' S149º 36.0' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Scawfell Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -20.8636, 149.6000

Sail From: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD To: Scawfell Island, QLD

We travelled [114.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [113.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Moored in 5m sand (+3.5m range). No cell signal. ]

General Comments: [An overnight sail with some rather big seas (thankfully we were sailing mostly downwind). Rather uneventful, a bit bouncy given the sea state. Our time in Pearl Bay was mostly rain and strong gusty wind. We are hoping to actually get ashore here in Scawfell Island. Not surprisingly there is nobody here given the sea state over the last few days.]

At: 07:16(AEST) 20-May-2020, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 2 years  agoShow

22º 26.058' S150º 43.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD (Capricornia Coast). Our position: -22.4429, 150.7287

Sail From: Svendson's Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD To: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD

We travelled [48.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [44.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2m of sand, well protected from Southerly winds. The surrounding land is army owned, and we have to be aware to avoid anchoring during military exercises (nothing scheduled). No cell phone signal.]

General Comments: [Downwind sail to a beautiful anchorage . Protected from the winds by wooded cliffs, and dotted with pretty islands. We have entered the land of the dugong so we will keep an eye out for those lovelies. We are not allowed to go ashore (military land), we also now need to start keeping an eye out for crocodiles when anchored along the mainland - so no swimming. Thankfully the view from the boat is worth anchoring here!]

At: 13:16(AEST) 16-May-2020, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
about 2 years  agoShow

23º 9.054' S150º 57.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Svendson's Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -23.1592, 150.9571

Sail From: Pancake Creek To: Svendson's Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD

We travelled [70.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [67.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of sand]

General Comments: [After a wonderfully relaxing time at Pancake Creek (with butterflies, kangaroos, and a walk to the lighthouse), we set off North and are finally within the tropics again. We arrived in this anchorage to find 17 other cruising boats - over half of which are catamarans - our biggest crowd in some time! Luckily there is plenty of space. We are hoping for some fine weather to get ashore for some long walks.]

At: 13:34(AEST) 13-May-2020, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 1.08' S151º 44.058' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Pancake Creek (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.0301, 151.7431

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Pancake Creek

We travelled [64.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [56.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Picked up mooring ball (two pickup lines) at high tide(ish).]

General Comments: [An overnight sail, mostly with spinnaker. Too cloudy for any meteor shower viewing unfortunately. Just two other boats here on arrival.]

At: 11:04(AEST) 09-May-2020, Outside Temp: 25.5C (77.9F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 45.054' S152º 23.034' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7588, 152.3887

Sail From: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [7.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m of water off Marina]

General Comments: [We are STILL waiting on one last mail item from the USA - so back at the Marina to check (fingers crossed). Thankfully sun is shining and we had a productive few days anchored in downtown (where Kyle even found a chain Mexican restaurant to celebrate 5-May with a takeout).]

At: 11:34(AEST) 08-May-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 51.078' S152º 20.088' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.8634, 152.3479

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD

We travelled [7.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9m of water by town bridge(s)]

General Comments: [We are STILL waiting on one last mail item from the USA, and rather than hang out so far out of town, we've moved into the center of things for a few days (or longer?). Hoping our mail arrives eventually and before our visas expire (in January). :-) From this anchorage it is easy to get ashore (public dinghy dock) and there are plenty of nearby shopping options from hardware, chandlery, grocery and specialist stores. We'll probably stay mostly aboard though and wait the mail out.]

At: 15:08(AEST) 03-May-2020, Outside Temp: 25.7C (78.26F), Humidity:34%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 45.072' S152º 22.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7614, 152.3673

Sail From: Lady Musgrave Island - Bunker Group To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [50.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [51.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A long day with light seas, flying the spinnaker. Anchored in 10m of good mud off channel in river.]

General Comments: [An uneventful sail, with another stunning sunset underway. We are back in Bundaberg to (hopefully) unite with our missing mail before we can finally head North longer-term.]

At: 21:48(AEST) 30-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 2 years  agoShow

23º 54.03' S152º 24.006' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Lady Musgrave Island - Bunker Group (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -23.9048, 152.4006

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Lady Musgrave Island - Bunker Group

We travelled [58.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [51.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A nice broad reach sail with good winds. Picked up public mooring ball (3 other boats in reef)]

General Comments: [A 2am start to be sure to arrive at the reef in good light, and we arrived ahead of schedule too. A lazy day (for the remainder of) today and then we hope to hang out for a few days here and enjoy the island and the reef. A small pod of dolphins joined us briefly just before the entrance to the reef.]

At: 11:50(AEST) 25-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 45.066' S152º 22.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7608, 152.3827

Sail From: Fitzroy Reef - Capricorn Group To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [81.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [69.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Returning after dark we were glad to find our previous spot vacant. Anchored in 6-9m of good mud off channel]

General Comments: [A rare North wind made it an ideal day to head back towards Bundaberg where we hope to meet up with our various delayed packages. We had a great downwind sail (mostly under spinnaker), a short visit from a family of dolphins, and a rather dramatic and extensive thunderstorm skirt us. We are glad to be at anchor a little ahead of our expected time. Here we are back to 'normal' civilization with access to internet, stores, laundry, etc - but the water isn't the type I'd want to swim in, and the mosquitoes seem to like hanging around (we are already missing the reef!).]

At: 21:20(AEST) 18-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
about 2 years  agoShow

23º 36.09' S152º 9.06' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Fitzroy Reef - Capricorn Group (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -23.6146, 152.1597

Sail From: Lady Musgrave Island - Bunker Group To: Fitzroy Reef - Capricorn Group

We travelled [23.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Easy, well marked entrance (whew!). Secure to public mooring; there is one other boat within the reef on our arrival (Cat Nap). ]

General Comments: [After checking the forecast and finding it indicated a beautifully calm day tomorrow, we departed Lady Musgrave a day early to make use of the wind, and had a lovely downwind sail to Fitzroy Reef (not to be confused with Fitzroy Island much further north in QLD). We hope that tomorrow we can enjoy some snorkelling and exploring during tomorrow's promised (hopefully) calm.]

At: 15:20(AEST) 15-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
about 2 years  agoShow

23º 53.004' S152º 24.078' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lady Musgrave Island (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -23.8998, 152.4126

Sail From: Lady Elliot Island To: Lady Musgrave Island

We travelled [20.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [20.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in large sand patch near reported good snorkelling. 6-8m depth]

General Comments: [We had a wonderful time at Lady Elliot (although the first day was a bit choppy). Some Easter chocolate found its way to the island in our provisions too. While we were not allowed to go ashore (the resort is closed, but around 20 people remain and there continues to be two flights a week to provision and to swap out staff), we did get to do a lot of snorkelling. Coral was OK, but we were so happy to get our exercise snorkelling with manta rays, and turtles, and lots of very large fish, along with big groups of small fish that seemed fearless of us. The staff did swing by a few times to say hi, and even offered us a ride to the different snorkel areas (which we declined). Apparently turtles are still hatching on the beaches, but (of course) we were not able to see this with the restrictions in place. Once we finally left Lady Elliot, Kyle was extra happy that we could sail off our mooring ball and avoid using the motor. Today was a nice downwind sail with occasional dolphins passing our path. While we were the only visiting boat at Lady Elliot, there are 4 others here in Lady Musgrave - all social distancing.]

At: 10:58(AEST) 13-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 6.012' S152º 42.054' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Lady Elliot Island (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -24.1150, 152.7089

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Lady Elliot Island

We travelled [50.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [42.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [No other visiting boats today, we picked up one of the visitor moorings. A bit rolly, 8-10m]

General Comments: [We made it today with good winds (mostly head winds, and with a 3am start), we were very grateful to see the mooring balls empty and are looking forward to our snorkel (exercise) in such beautiful clear waters. Plenty of birds flying around too.]

At: 12:58(AEST) 11-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 45.624' S152º 22.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7604, 152.3828

Sail From: Anchorage Area (off Bundaberg Port Marina), QLD To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [18.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off the Marina again, we will hang out here until the wind forecast looks better]

General Comments: [We headed out today for a change of scenery - but the wind really didn't perform as forecast. Now is not the time to be wasting fuel, and we didn't want to arrive after dark, so we returned to the Burnett River to chill. A frustrating day, but we did get to test out the sails after their recent spa treatment so not a total loss.]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 12:28(AEST) 10-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 45.054' S152º 23.034' EBegonia
At Anchor: Anchorage Area (off Bundaberg Port Marina), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7591, 152.3889

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Anchorage Area (off Bundaberg Port Marina), QLD

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off the Marina with easy shore access (beach) in 3-6m of mud]

General Comments: [Since our last post we were hauled out on 27th March for routine maintenance (At Bundaberg Port Marina in QLD). This was scheduled several months ago, with the initial intent being to leave the boat on the hard and go visit family and friends in Europe and the USA. The Covid19 pandemic has made all travel heavily restricted and difficult so we canceled the visiting family plans, and just went ahead with the usual boat maintenance. We were put back into the water on 3rd April and spent a few days at the marina slip - now we anchor out and monitor rules and regulations as they change, and the status of our visa change request (our current visa expires tomorrow!). We hope to start heading north while social distancing, and in anticipation of keeping our original planned departure from Australia - but all plans are written in the sand at low tide right now, for us and so many others.]

At: 12:10(AEST) 07-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
about 2 years  agoShow

24º 45.066' S152º 22.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7609, 152.3828

Sail From: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [7.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off the Marina again, ready to go into dock in the morning.]

General Comments: [We spent a few days struggling to get provisions in Bundaberg (it is a gret location normally, but the CoronaVirus scare has everyone panic buying; the stores have very tight limits on what you can purchase and most of those limited items are not available anyway (empty shelves). Some stores are limiting purchases to 1 toilet roll (not even a packet, but a single roll). Mostly we can only buy 2 cans of vegetables (which includes tomatoes) on any trip. Each store has different limits though so it is a little easier if you have a car (but not good in the sense of preventing the spread of any virus). To help solve our problems (and protect ourselves somewhat) we've decided to rent a car, so I drove to the marina while Kyle took the boat.]

At: 12:20(AEST) 25-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F)
over 2 years  agoShow

24º 51.072' S152º 21.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.8618, 152.3548

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD

We travelled [7.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10.3m, picking out a spot where we can have sufficient swing room for other moored and anchored boats. Dinghy dock nearby to get us ashore.]

General Comments: [An early start today due to the tides. We'll probably be doing chores today aboard, and then go ashore tomorrow for some basics and long overdue optician appointments.]

At: 08:16(AEST) 22-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
over 2 years  agoShow

24º 45.066' S152º 22.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7606, 152.3827

Sail From: Shoulder Point, Great Sandy Strait, QLD To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [55.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [52.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off Port Bundaberg Marina in 8m of mud.]

General Comments: [A long day (over 14 hours). Calm waters and light winds. Occasional distant solitary dolphin and shy turtle on our passage. We've anchored for the night and will move upstream (towards town) in the morning. There be mosquitos here so once Kyle has finished a killing spree (of those inside the boat) we can relax and rest.]

At: 22:04(AEST) 21-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 27.042' S152º 57.054' EBegonia
At Anchor: Shoulder Point, Great Sandy Strait, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -25.4570, 152.9589

Sail From: Tin Can Bay, QLD To: Shoulder Point, Great Sandy Strait, QLD

We travelled [32.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We managed to sail much of the narrow windy channel today, a mix of spinnaker and jib, numerous jibes to match the various bends. Occasional motoring when wind didn't comply and sand banks were close.]

General Comments: [After a morning visit to Barnacles dolphins, we set off to push north as much with the current as possible. Today's sailing was challenging fun, the weather is great (sunny with a breeze) and nothing is too busy. We even had a visit from a pair of Australian humpback dolphins while underway - Go Figure! ]

At: 17:36(AEST) 20-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 54.018' S153º 1.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: Tin Can Bay (Coral Coast). Our position: -25.9026, 153.0234

Sail From: Wide Bay / Double Island Point To: Tin Can Bay

We travelled [17.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Finally the strong winds and big swells had died down (but not off) - the commercial fishermen all were exiting and we made the call to go into the bar. It wasn't nearly as pleasant as our exit back in November, but all is well. Anchored in 1.5 of good holding. ]

General Comments: [We made it a little closer to land today. From here we start our passage north within the more sheltered waters of Tin Can Bay. We are anchored among multiple boats in dead calm - just in time for sunset. We're hoping to go ashore in the morning to Barnacle Dolphins to help feed the wild dolphins - (and if it checks out and looks safe and not over crowded we may well have breakfast there too).]

At: 17:42(AEST) 19-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 56.472' S153º 9.768' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Wide Bay / Double Island Point - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Lord Howe Island, NSW To:Wide Bay / Double Island Point. Our position: -25.9412, 153.1628

Progress: [We've made [490.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [55.4]nm (through water). We have moved [48.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Drizzly, gusty, with hints of blue sky]

General Comments: [Having missed the ideal times (and even the borderline times) for the Bar entrance, we were grateful to find a protected anchorage (just 10nm from the entrance) to hang out until tomorrow when we will enter dreaded bar (the sandy kind, not the beer providing type). It is much nicer to know we can sleep and relax, rather than just bob about in the ocean for 18 hours. Another passage complete.]

At: 14:52(AEDT) 13-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
over 2 years  agoShow

26º 0.018' S154º 3.102' EBegonia
Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Lord Howe Island, NSW To:Wide Bay Bar / Tin Can Inlet. Our position: -26.0034, 154.0666

Progress: [We've made [435.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [64]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [158.2]nm (through water). We have moved [159.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Big, sloppy seas make for a messy ride, sailing downwind with jib alone (reefed)]

General Comments: [Distance wise we should arrive today. However we can only safely enter at high tide and the very start of flood - so it is a rush/unlikely that we'll make it. If we don't make it we'll need to bob around for most of a day to wait for the next ideal tide in daylight tomorrow.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 13-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 284(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:23Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:3m (to:NW)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 50.094' S156º 12.012' EBegonia
Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Lord Howe Island, NSW To:Wide Bay Bar / Tin Can Inlet. Our position: -27.8484, 156.2150

Progress: [We've made [277.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [236]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [152.0]nm (through water). We have moved [155.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Seas and wind increased, and occasional rain showers. We continue to sail mostly downwind, with only occassional reefing/unreefing of jib.]

General Comments: [Bird numbers reducing around us, and we are now north of the NSW-QLD border. Nothing of any note-worthy nature to report.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 12-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 324(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:23Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:3m (to:NW)
over 2 years  agoShow

30º 2.028' S157º 48.072' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Lord Howe Island, NSW To:Wide Bay Bar / Tin Can Inlet. Our position: -30.0379, 157.8122

Progress: [We've made [125.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [401]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [125.3]nm (through water). We have moved [109.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Perfect downwind sailing, smooth and comfortable - warm, clear, full moon at night - Love IT!]

General Comments: [Departed Lord Howe and we could still see the island (at least the large hills) 50nm away. Overnight we had the full moon and (it seemed) the ocean to ourselves. A lovely start to the passage. Shearwaters flying around much of the time. We did have a flying fish land in the boat overnight and unfortunately didn't notice in time to save the poor thing.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 11-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 321(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
over 2 years  agoShow

31º 31.044' S159º 3.012' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball in Lord Howe Island, NSW - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 8 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -31.5236, 159.0522

Progress: [We've made [918.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [19.3]nm (through water). We have moved [18.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Safe inside the reef, with excellent guidance from the local police officer monitoring port channels (despite recent loss of the main entry marker).]

General Comments: [Bell's Pyramid was well worth the detour to visit and when seen from one end appeared like a sword from the ocean (really steep!). Rain clouds drape over the mountains on the main island today and we plan to go ashore regardless of the fatigue (we'll sleep very well tonight!).]

At: 11:28(LHDT) 04-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 2 years  agoShow

31º 46.074' S159º 15.0' EBegonia
Day 8 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -31.7790, 159.2503

Progress: [We've made [898.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [21]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [80.9]nm (through water). We have moved [90.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Much choppier seas, but downwind sailing. Cloudy.]

General Comments: [We slowed ourselves down so we could arrive at Balls Pyramid in daylight. We are there right now and it is very dramatic. Despite being over a mile away it rises from the ocean so dramatically I'm sure any photos will look like we must have been just 100m away. We should be arriving today by noon - very excited to switch modes.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 04-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 350(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.4kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 14.01' S158º 48.084' EBegonia
Day 7 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -33.2446, 158.8140

Progress: [We've made [817.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [110]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [129.2]nm (through water). We have moved [143.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Lighter winds, continue to calm and shift - stress free sailing]

General Comments: [Kyle sat his night watch in shorts and t-shirt - the weather is definitely improving as we head north. Unfortunately forecast is still for some heavy rain for most of the time once we actually arrive. Luckily It looks like we will arrive a day early and get at least that one nice day.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 03-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 23.7C (74.66F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F), Course: 14(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.4kt, Wind:10Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
over 2 years  agoShow

34º 50.064' S156º 40.038' EBegonia
Day 6 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -34.8440, 156.6726

Progress: [We've made [688.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [243]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [127.4]nm (through water). We have moved [103.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind finally backed enough that we are (almost) heading directly to the island now. We are sailing upwind and expecting the wind to back further as we proceed. Amazingly we find ourselves in a current over 4kt (in our favour)!. ]

General Comments: [While writing this I was distracted by dolphins! A large pod of well over 100 was leaping all over the place and in every direction. We're amazed to see them out here (we've never seen so many dolphins so far from land) but what a great start to the day! At the same time the sun was rising and since the waves are big enough Kyle spotted the green flash multiple times as we rose and fell. Overnight there was a giant flash of light from behind me on my watch. I never identified the cause (a far off single bolt of lightning? A meteor entering the atmosphere?). It was so bright it was like a helicopter was shining a spotlight on us. For now it looks likely that we will arrive a day early, unfortunately the forecast is suggesting rain for much of our stay in Lord Howe.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 02-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 22.3C (72.14F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F), Course: 54(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:10Kt(from:NNW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:SW)
over 2 years  agoShow

35º 26.022' S154º 41.094' EBegonia
Day 5 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -35.4367, 154.6991

Progress: [We've made [561.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [334]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [102.7]nm (through water). We have moved [88.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A frustrating morning yesterday when the motor was put to intermittent use (we kept getting wind and stopping the motor, only for the wind to quit again). Eventually the wind was reliable, but pretty much exactly from where we are trying to head (but at least we're sailing). Now the wind keeps toying with us, leaving us thinking it is safe to un-reef and once we've done so, letting us know 'not yet!'.]

General Comments: [Aside from the wind conditions frustrating us, we had two other issues yesterday. The first was with our AIS (which tells other ships where we are) when it decided it no longer knew itself where we are - its GPS unit seeming to fail. Kyle fiddled with that for some time, found a lose wire to 'fix' and it briefly worked again (but for less than a minute). We use the same GPS for our chartplotter so were using our phones as our guidance system for a while (we eventually switched to the chartplotter's internal GPS). So for now our chartplotter is fine, but our AIS isn't sending out our signal to other ships (Since there are no other ships that isn't an issue right now, but we'll have to fix it ASAP). Later in the day as Kyle was busy inspecting stuff, he found a tiny bolt on the deck (oh-oh!) and after some time with binoculars discovered it had once been the set screw in one of our upper sail cars (the bits that hold the sail into the track that slides up the mast. He was concerned that if we lowered the sail to reinstall it, then the 'bit' it was holding in would simply drop out (and overboard) once the tension was off it. Thankfully he kept the tension on until the sail was mostly down and that perilous part did fall, but kyle managed to chase it across the deck until it was safely in his hands. All reinstalled with extra loc-tite and minimum swearing. Our speed has dropped significantly but everything is warming up and we feel like we're fully used to the watch schedule now.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 01-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 22.3C (72.14F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 20(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:12Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
over 2 years  agoShow

36º 49.044' S154º 5.022' EBegonia
Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -36.8235, 154.0870

Progress: [We've made [458.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [414]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [130.5]nm (through water). We have moved [128.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [From strong winds most of yesterday we now have practically calm, along with some rather sloppy seas causing the sails to slap and spill their fill. Yesterday we had a significant current with us for the most part, right now it seems to be against us adding to frustrations - Kyle just started one of the engines to keep us moving.]

General Comments: [We are over half way distance-wise, but forecast conditions mean that is not the case duration-wise. Aside from the frustration with the wind all is well aboard, and the calmer conditions should make cooking & living aboard a little easier.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 29-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 19.3C (66.74F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 10(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.4kt, Wind:4Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 2 years  agoShow

37º 54.066' S151º 46.062' EBegonia
Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -37.9106, 151.7764

Progress: [We've made [328.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [538]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [192.7]nm (through water). We have moved [180.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Strong winds with both sails fully reefed, big waves with occasional one finding its way into the cockpit. Kyle describes it as a 24 hour earthquake… Things finally seem to be calming down (or at least heading in the right direction).]

General Comments: [Sea and air is getting warmer and we have found ourselves in the east Australia current (a back eddy giving us a nudge). Another beautiful night sky full of stars to ponder. A few birds, but otherwise no wildlife. Until now we've been very wrapped up - getting dressed takes 20 minutes and we do all possible to avoid needing a pee with so many layers and the safety gear to remove (this issue should be resolved as the weather gets warmer the more north we reach). Our goal:Lord Howe island, has the worlds most southerly coral reefs and (we are hoping that when we arrive) the weather to match that..]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 28-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 19.1C (66.38F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Course: 61(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:29Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:3m (to:E)
over 2 years  agoShow

40º 20.004' S149º 28.002' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -40.3340, 149.4695

Progress: [We've made [135.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [717]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [135.5]nm (through water). We have moved [122.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Very mixed wind conditions. We started off with strong gusts, had 6 hours of calm (2kt winds, variable direction), and have returned to strong winds again. There were a lot of reefing and unreefing going on yesterday. Outside it is cold and we are well bundled, inside warm but it is a bit of a wild ride.]

General Comments: [We left Wineglass bay at first light, and with a beautifully streaked sunrise. By the time we felt we were 'at sea' we spotted 5 of the other boats also departing. During the calm we had birds sat in the water barely concerned about us, just paddling around.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 27-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 15.3C (59.54F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Course: 45(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:24Kt(from:WNW), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1005hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:E)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 10.392' S148º 18.492' EBegonia
At Anchor: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -42.1732, 148.3081

Sail From: Fortescue Bay, Tasman National Park To: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

We travelled [64.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [60.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A downwind day with a mix of spinnakers and jib as the wind varies (lots of sail changes). Seas were quite big so we were glad to be going downwind, we found ourselves surfing from time to time too. Anchored in 7.3m depth.]

General Comments: [Back in Fortescue Bay we found our way ashore to do a 8 mile return hike to Cape Hauy (Pronounced 'hoy' and is part of the Three Capes Trail) and the very point we'd previously spotted the tightrope walker (no sign of them, nor their equipment any longer). Today day started gray and drizzly, things soon improved as we had an almost constant stream of dolphin visitors, leaping and frolicking all about (just never quite in front of the camera!). Kyle even spotted a little penguin & the coastline continues to impress (although the dolerite columns have now switched to impressive sculpted orange tinted sandstone(?). By the time we made it to anchor the sun was even out (although we are still wearing multiple layers and glad for the heating aboard Begonia).]

At: 18:28(AEDT) 20-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 17C (62.6F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 18C (64.4F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 8.388' S147º 57.702' EBegonia
At Anchor: Fortescue Bay (Tasman National Park) (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.1399, 147.9617

Sail From: Safety Cove,Port Arthur To: Fortescue Bay (Tasman National Park)

We travelled [26.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A lovely day of mostly sailing, wind variable and died a few times (so a bit of motoring). Anchored in 8m of (hopefully) sand in the main bay. We had hoped to anchor in the little protected corner of Canoe Bay, but another boat beat us to it today.]

General Comments: [We had a great day ashore at Port Arthur (where we very well treated by some lovely locals AND we did all the sightseeing we had hoped to). Today we moved on around the coast! What an AMAZING day. Blue skies, the dolomite column scenery was spectacular, we had several pods of dolphins join us, and we sat and watched a rather unexpected tightrope (slackrope?) walk across from the main trail to the frighteningly high and isolated 'Candlestick' by The Lanterns at Cape Hauy. We've no idea if the walk was sanctioned or subterfuge, but it was quite the feat and certainly kept us entertained for some time! Now we are safely at anchor, were hoping the weather will hold out and we can enjoy one of the marvelous trails into the Tasman National Park from this beach: there are several partial, single and multi-day hikes and plenty of hiker activity ashore (we'll aim for a shorter one).]

At: 15:44(AEDT) 18-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 18.1C (64.58F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 10.992' S147º 51.522' EBegonia
At Anchor: Safety Cove,Port Arthur (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.1832, 147.8587

Sail From: Wades Corner,Crooked Billet Bay, Tasmania To: Safety Cove,Port Arthur

We travelled [41.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At anchor in 8m depth in this pretty cove (a few empty mooring balls nearer to shore).]

General Comments: [We spent the day aboard back in Wades Corner (catching up on chores). The passage today was a sightseeing tour, with beautiful organ-pipe cliffs (Cape Raoul), and plenty of birds and dolphins. By the time we made it to the anchorage we even had blue sky and sunshine (long may it last). From here we are hoping to visit (at least one of) the 'Remarkable Cave' and/or Port Arthur Penitentiary. Note: Port Arthur is also the site of Australia's worst mass shooting; horrific and devastating it was an event that triggered changes to gun regulation throughout Australia).]

At: 15:06(AEDT) 16-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 15.1C (59.18F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 7.35' S147º 43.68' EBegonia
At Anchor: Wades Corner,Crooked Billet Bay, (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.1225, 147.7281

Sail From: Constitution Dock, Hobart, Tasmania To: Wades Corner,Crooked Billet Bay, Tasmania

We travelled [30.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At Anchor in view of 'White beach' in 8m of sand. Today's passage was very mixed, starting with spinnaker sailing, and ending with triple reefs and 30kt gusts. We're expecting some more strong wind conditions while we are here but have plenty of scope out.]

General Comments: [We had a fantastic time in Hobart and crammed our time with plenty of sightseeing and tastings (beer, wine, whisky and more). We move on now heading anti-clockwise (slowly) around Tasmania and getting a bit of a rest.]

At: 18:22(AEDT) 14-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 52.968' S147º 20.01' EBegonia
At Marina: Constitution Dock, Hobart, (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -42.8829, 147.3335

Sail From: Sykes Cove, North Bruny Island, Tasmania To: Constitution Dock, Hobart, Tasmania

We travelled [17.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Tied to wall (alongside) - a very gnarly wall (mussels and broken wooden beams against a stone wall. Great price though at less than $150 for a week - right in the center of Hobart]

General Comments: [A light downwind sail with the Spinnaker to make it to Hobart at last. We are very excited to be here and start some tourist fun (and to take a proper shower, clean the boat, do laundry, etc.. Hahaha!).]

At: 13:46(AEDT) 07-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 16.9C (62.42F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 8.988' S147º 19.698' EBegonia
At Anchor: Sykes Cove, North Bruny Island, (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.1499, 147.3284

Sail From: Randalls Bay (within Garden Island Bay), Tasmania To: Sykes Cove, North Bruny Island, Tasmania

We travelled [18.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m of mud (per chart). There are two different club moorings but still plenty of room.]

General Comments: [A much colder, wetter, and windier day than we expected made for a quick (but chilly) sailing day. We hope to go ashore tomorrow (where forecasts are for sunshine!) to the 'House of Whisky' - Kyle is especially excited!]

At: 14:26(AEDT) 05-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 14.8C (58.64F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 14.688' S147º 7.398' EBegonia
At Anchor: Randalls Bay (within Garden Island Bay), (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.2448, 147.1233

Sail From: The Pigsties, Recherche Bay, Tasmania To: Randalls Bay (within Garden Island Bay), Tasmania

We travelled [24.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.7m of sand, A downwind sail east, with occasional frustrating wind shadows and swirls, and additional strong gusts (Starting with 40kt winds) to keep things interesting.]

General Comments: [While at Recherche we managed a long day ashore and a 14mile walk in beautiful sunshine, at anchor here in Randalls Bay we hope, while here, to get to the top of the nearby Echo Sugarloaf (a small hill at 197m) - fingers crossed that the weather cooperates!]
At: 14:52(AEDT) 01-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 21.4C (70.52F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 32.028' S146º 53.922' EBegonia
At Anchor: The Pigsties, Recherche Bay, (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.5338, 146.8987

Sail From: Bramble Cove, Port Davey, Tasmania To: The Pigsties, Recherche Bay, Tasmania

We travelled [74.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [41.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.9m of mud, well sheltered.]

General Comments: [We were unlucky not to get more 'summer' weather on the exposed west coast. Every inch we travelled east today the weather improved . We now have a warm breeze and sunshine. After an early start (at first hint of light) we had great winds and following seas for a relatively fast passage. Kyle even has a signal on his phone - he is with Aldi/Telstra (although I don't - with OVO). We are still in protected park areas, but there are now minor roads and the odd building and campsite dotting the shoreline. Lots and lots of birds for almost all the passage today (they don't seem to care about the weather like we do).]

At: 17:40(AEDT) 29-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 19.278' S145º 59.898' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bramble Cove, Port Davey, (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.3213, 145.9984

Sail From: Moulters Inlet, Bathurst Harbour, Tasmania To: Bramble Cove, Port Davey, Tasmania

We travelled [11.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.8m of mud, nice cove with white sand beaches ashore and hills aplenty.]

General Comments: [More rain, and wind, and cold. Two black swans are swimming by and we are considering if we want to go ashore (we are sure to get wet during the dinghy ride, and it is still very chilly for us, but we are also getting a bit stir crazy - decision pending). Forecast continues to suggest more of the same for us so we'll have to brave it all sooner or later if we want to spend any more time ashore.]

At: 12:10(AEDT) 27-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 15.1C (59.18F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 15.4C (59.72F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 22.692' S146º 13.068' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Moulters Inlet, Bathurst Harbour, (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.3782, 146.2178

Sail From: Rowitta Harbour, Bathurst Harbour, Tasmania To: Moulters Inlet, Bathurst Harbour, Tasmania

We travelled [3.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.7m of mud, narrow entrance, following deeper water into the inlet. Mt Fulton to our west]

General Comments: [Strong winds and heavy rains for the last few days have had us hunkered up in the boat, watching movies and ticking off boat chores. Various sewing projects mostly. We moved today in the hopes of some nicer weather but so far the forecast does not agree. The stb engine water pump belt was loose so Kyle had to fix that before we set off today (so that the engine can be cooled). With the current water and outside temperature definitely not feeling it's 'summer time' here, thankful for our heating and the great views outside the window (from the protection of the cabin). Wildlife also keeping well hidden.]

At: 10:46(AEDT) 26-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 14.6C (58.28F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 15.9C (60.62F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 19.122' S146º 11.31' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Rowitta Harbour, Bathurst Harbour, (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -43.3187, 146.1885

Sail From: Frogs Hollow, Bathurst Narrows off Port Davey, Tasmania To: Rowitta Harbour, Bathurst Harbour, Tasmania

We travelled [7.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m, good holding, in anticipation of some strong winds and heavy rain over the next 48 hours.]

General Comments: [From Frogs Hollow we motored towards Melaleuca Inlet and at the head anchored for a short visit to Clayton's corner (from 1950-1976 the basic, isolated and remote home to Clyde and Winsome Clayton). After a look around the simple house, and up to 'TV antenna Hill' for the views, we then moved Begonia off to Rowitta where we plan to enjoy the 360 degree views with plenty of scope and swinging room given the rain and winds the forecast is promising us. Black swans nearby. Currently warm with lovely blue skies but the barometer is dropping.]

At: 12:02(AEDT) 22-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 20.832' S146º 6.138' EBegonia
Safely arrived at Frogs Hollow, Bathurst Narrows off Port Davey, Tasmania - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 7 of NSW, Australia Passage From:Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney To:Frogs Hollow, Bathurst Narrows off Port Davey, Tasmania. Our position: -43.3472, 146.1023

Progress: [We've made [816.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [51.1]nm (through water). We have moved [44.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We motored most of the day in either calms or head-winds, but were happy to arrive with plenty of daylight. Anchored in 4m of mud in view of Mount Rugby.]

General Comments: [Amazing mirror calm waters this morning and we were able to enjoy the coastline views as we pushed south for Port Davey. By the time we made it to Port Davey we had the sails up again, and were joined first by a fur seal (?) and later by a pod of dolphins. Amazingly once we entered the Bathurst Narrows the temperature(water and air) jumped and we found ourselves needing to remove hats and layers as other boaters motored in the other direction in shorts and t-shirts. We'll get a good rest tonight and be ready to explore in the morning. Scenery is lovely, with vegetation struggling to hold on to the hills and plenty of rocky bald patches.]

At: 17:14(AEDT) 19-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 19.7C (67.46F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 53.49' S145º 18.648' EBegonia
Day 7 of NSW, Australia Passage From:Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney To:Bathurst, Tasmania. Our position: -42.8915, 145.3109

Progress: [We've made [765.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [46]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [112.7]nm (through water). We have moved [100.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [High winds yesterday afternoon, otherwise light and variable. Sailing/motoring into waves reduces our speed.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we had the main sail clew slug pulled out of the boom (the clew is the bottom, aft corner of the sail). It is very confusing and we can't work out why. Kyle had inspected it just in the morning when there was no sign of any strain/issue. Currently the sail is fine with the outhaul keeping the clew in place so this is something for our 'to fix sometime' list. Overnight we saw the glow of multiple fishing boats on the horizon (all directions), but my attempts at fishing yesterday bore nothing. We expect/hope to arrive this evening in good time to avoid the strong winds forecast for Monday evening.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 19-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 13.9C (57.02F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 14.9C (58.82F), Course: 154(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.3kt, Wind:4Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1m (to:N)
over 2 years  agoShow

41º 29.88' S144º 3.198' EBegonia
Day 6 of NSW, Australia Passage From:Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney To:Bathurst, Tasmania. Our position: -41.4979, 144.0534

Progress: [We've made [652.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [148]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [124.6]nm (through water). We have moved [97.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Once we turned the corner of NW Tasmania we've had headwinds and bigger seas (all expected), overnight the wind died (unexpected, the forecast was for 20kt) so we motored to keep our progress and to be sure to avoid some (forecast) miserable weather headed our way in a few days.]

General Comments: [Once we reached the Fleurieu Group of islands (NW Tasmania) we spent our time surrounded by large groups of birds. More dolphins joined us from time to time, but the biggest 'news' was blue sky! The wind was mainly from the south and it must have pushed away any smoke. It still seems very cold since South Island NZ, and heading to cold places in summer seems quite wrong (but hopefully worth it).]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 18-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 14.1C (57.38F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 15.9C (60.62F), Course: 145(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.1kt, Wind:10Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
over 2 years  agoShow

40º 11.508' S145º 19.782' EBegonia
Day 5 of NSW, Australia Passage From:Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney To:Bathurst, Tasmania. Our position: -40.1918, 145.3296

Progress: [We've made [527.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [244]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [123.6]nm (through water). We have moved [97.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Another very mixed day, rough seas, squall, headwinds and (eventually) tail winds. Currently sailing with the spinnaker, in relatively calm seas. Yesterday pm we had a mix of currents, winds and waves all conflicting and the only plus was the deck was cleared of any ash.]

General Comments: [Not the nicest os sailing days, but the evening was made special when a pod of dolphins hung out at the bow for 40 minutes performing various twisting and leaping acrobatics. The water and air (and wind) all seem very cold. We didn't put on the enclosure before we set off (should have!) so spend our nights pretty wrapped up (complete with scarves and gloves .A hot bowl of porridge is a perfect breakfast.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 17-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 15.2C (59.36F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Course: 289(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:W)
over 2 years  agoShow

39º 36.738' S147º 18.618' EBegonia
Day 4 of NSW, Australia Passage From:Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney To:Bathurst, Tasmania. Our position: -39.6123, 147.3104

Progress: [We've made [404.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [344]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [128.9]nm (through water). We have moved [132.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A mixed day of strong and no wind, downwinds and headwind, and finding a route between oil rigs and cargo traffic]

General Comments: [A day and night of poor visibility (between the smoke, and now fog). Neither of us slept well last night as the boat was in light headwinds and rolly seas slamming the sails about. It is also feeling much more cold and damp (not exactly summer-like) as air and water temperatures fall. We have another day in the Bass Strait to 'enjoy'. We currently have headwinds (for the day) and are expecting that to switch to good tail winds by early evening.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 16-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 16.7C (62.06F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 17.8C (64.04F), Course: 235(degT), Speed Over Ground:3kt, Wind:7Kt(from:WNW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:SW)
over 2 years  agoShow

38º 4.68' S149º 20.472' EBegonia
Day 3 of NSW, Australia Passage From:Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney To:Bathurst, Tasmania. Our position: -38.0779, 149.3411

Progress: [We've made [275.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [476]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [139.0]nm (through water). We have moved [145.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mostly downwind still, currently sailing wing on wing. Expecting light headwinds later tonight.]

General Comments: [No sign of the overturned 'Showtime' boat. We are now (for sure) in the Tasman sea, and saw plenty of Albatross yesterday soaring around. We turned around the corner of Australia, and since 4am are now fully in the lee of the sate of Victoria, the smell of smoke is the strongest we've experienced (like sitting at a campfire), and visibility is reduced (but still about 3nm). It is impossible to know the actual cloud cover since the smoke blocks out the sky.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 15-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F), Course: 237(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:19Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:SW)
over 2 years  agoShow

36º 4.11' S151º 1.578' EBegonia
Day 2 of NSW, Australia Passage From:Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney To:Bathurst, Tasmania. Our position: -36.0685, 151.0263

Progress: [We've made [136.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [627]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [136.5]nm (through water). We have moved [135.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A slow start with expected winds not arriving until mid-afternoon, and then increasing. We are currently back to the spinnaker though and making good time.]

General Comments: [It still looks like we can make it all the way to Tasmania with the current weather forecasts. We are aware of a yacht (Showtime) that lost its keel last week, and turned upside down; the crew were rescued but the yacht is still 'out there'. It hasn't been sighted for a while so it is possibly sunk, but most likely just floating around partially sunk so we are keen not to 'find' it, especially in the evening dark before the moon comes up. We've seen plenty of birds, and a couple of dolphins. Two other American sailboats seem to be going in the same direction as us (Tregonning and Silhouette) along with regular cargo traffic passing in both directions. Quite cold (especially at night), but otherwise all is well.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 14-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 21.5C (70.7F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F), Course: 201(degT), Speed Over Ground:7kt, Wind:16Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2m (to:SW)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 48.72' S151º 17.172' EBegonia
At Anchor: Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.8121, 151.2862

Sail From: St George Marina, Drummoyne, Sydney To: Quarantine Beach, Manly, Sydney

We travelled [7.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10m (all 3 public moorings occupied)]

General Comments: [After visiting the marina dock for water, cleaning, etc, we set off towards Manly while awaiting our departure from Sydney. This area has penguins on the coastline which we'll keep an eye out for, and the lovely Q-Station ashore with all sorts of options for keeping any visitor occupied. We came to visit the 'Muse' family before we head off South.]

At: 15:22(AEDT) 11-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 51.138' S151º 9.858' EBegonia
At Mooring: St George Marina, Drummoyne, Sydney (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.8524, 151.1643

Sail From: Farm Cove, Sydney To: St George Marina, Drummoyne, Sydney

We travelled [3.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At marina mooring ball, 6.6m depth ]

General Comments: [We were very lucky to find a marina with space for us this time of year, whew!]

At: 13:26(AEDT) 01-Jan-2020, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 51.6' S151º 13.218' EBegonia
At Anchor: Farm Cove, Sydney (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.8600, 151.2203

Sail From: BlackWattle Bay East Anchorage To: Farm Cove, Sydney

We travelled [1.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.6m depth, Farm Cove is just off the Opera House and Mrs Mcquaries point - prime location for the fireworks on NYE (if we can survive the chaos) - so far there are only 2 other boats, one of which does not seem likely to be staying until NYE]

General Comments: [After a couple of days in healthy walking distance to Sydney Central and making the most of that, we've retired to the tranquility of an anchorage (that is even closer, but with no real shore access to leave the dinghy) - time to catch up on some jobs so we can be ready for the new year.]

At: 14:16(AEDT) 29-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 26C (78.8F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 52.308' S151º 11.142' EBegonia
At Anchor: BlackWattle Bay East Anchorage (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.8719, 151.1856

Sail From: Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour To: BlackWattle Bay East Anchorage

We travelled [5.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.2m, anchorage is a bit tight but luckily we know the neighbours: Mahana! Moved here today via White bay (Baileys Marine) for fuel top-up (and usual stuff)]

General Comments: [Another lovely sunny day, with clear skies, we expect (hope) to spend 2 nights here and then move on again.]

At: 15:20(AEDT) 27-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 25.8C (78.44F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 51.888' S151º 15.972' EBegonia
At Anchor: Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.8648, 151.2661

Sail From: Athol Bay (of Taronga Zoo/Gardens), Sydney To: Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At public mooring ball *yay, there was one free!*]

General Comments: [We spent our Christmas day at the Taronga Zoo enjoying the animal, and were lucky enough to get a sunny, bright day (amazing after all the smokey overcast days weve had recently! We've relocated now so we can get ashore to watch the Sydney-Hobart race tomorrow (on boxing day). In the meantime our 'Christmas dinner' is Kyle's favourite: Potato soup!]

At: 18:30(AEDT) 25-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 50.838' S151º 14.532' EBegonia
At Anchor: Athol Bay (of Taronga Zoo/Gardens), Sydney (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.8473, 151.2422

Sail From: Manly Cove, North Harbour, Sydney To: Athol Bay (of Taronga Zoo/Gardens), Sydney

We travelled [4.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10.1m (all public moorings occupied)]

General Comments: [We spent the moring with Phil (from Muse) and then made our way over to the zoo anchorage again. Even had a light drizzle on the way.]

At: 17:06(AEDT) 24-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 48.048' S151º 16.8' EBegonia
At Anchor: Manly Cove, North Harbour, Sydney (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.8009, 151.2799

Sail From: Athol Bay (of Taronga Zoo/Gardens), Sydney To: Manly Cove, North Harbour, Sydney

We travelled [25.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m (all the public mooring balls taken when we arrived)]

General Comments: [An amazing day aboard. We picked up old friends (who happen to be visiting Sydney) and took them for a sail-about in Sydney harbour. They generously provided lunch and snacks and the weather behaved - it was lovely. Moved over to Manly to find the boat Mahana already here (who we also shared an anchorage with yesterday!)]

At: 20:12(AEDT) 23-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 21.3C (70.34F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 50.958' S151º 14.502' EBegonia
At Anchor: Athol Bay (of Taronga Zoo/Gardens), Sydney (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.8493, 151.2417

Sail From: The Basin, Pittwater To: Athol Bay (of Taronga Zoo/Gardens), Sydney

We travelled [29.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 11.5m (very crowded with party boats)]

General Comments: [Departed at first light under sail, and made our way down the coast and into Sydney Harbour. Yep - Sydney Harbour!!! There is plenty of traffic, ferries, pleasure boaters and several of the Sydney-Hobart race boats out practicing. We took a tour around, to see the iconic opera house and bridge, went under the bridge and around Goat Island, and back again, out to the zoo/gardens and anchorage. Wow, It's the weekend, and there are a mass of boats here, all over loaded with partygoers and many with their swim decks under water. It will take a while for our senses to stop alarming.]

At: 13:50(AEDT) 21-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 36.108' S151º 17.868' EBegonia
At Anchor: The Basin, Pittwater (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.6019, 151.2978

Sail From: Bayview, Pittwater (via Jerusalem Bay) To: The Basin, Pittwater

We travelled [3.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Public moorings all taken, so we've 'borrowed' a club one and will move to a public one once free]

General Comments: [Kyle's back had a relapse yesterday so we were not terribly adventurous today - just moved out of the busy bay view and into the protected cove for anticipated strong southerly winds tonight. Smoke has returned and visibility is poor. Temperature is expected to be HOT today, so I anticipate a few jumps into the water to cool down (not an option for poor Kyle and his back!).]

At: 12:40(AEDT) 19-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 39.318' S151º 17.868' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bayview, Pittwater (via Jerusalem Bay) (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.6554, 151.2978

Sail From: America Bay, Cowan Creek, Broken Bay To: Bayview, Pittwater (via Jerusalem Bay)

We travelled [14.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored among the moored boats (by the shallows) in 1.7m, mud bottom]

General Comments: [Kyle was feeling much more mobile today, so after a short tour of the anchorage at America Bay, we towed the dinghy around to Jerusalem Bay and went for a walk along the trails there. Koalas have vanished from this area in the last 40 years, and the birds were keeping well hidden, but the views were spectacular (Kyle naturally wanted to climb to the viewpoints). We've been fueled by the mass of chocolate muffins I made for Kyle's birthday and accidentally doubled a recipe that was already doubled! The sky was actually blue (not sure if this means the fires are getting under control, or that the wind was just coming from a different direction?). After returning to the public mooring ball, we set off to Pittwater in the hopes of finding somewhere to anchor and we managed it (thanks to Phil from the catamaran Muse for the many tips!). This whole swath of water if absolutely full of marinas and moorings, we haven't seen so many boats since ... I'm not even sure when -not for a long time (maybe in San Diego? 37,000nm ago!). As an aside: today seemed like a mini-tour of the world as we started in America (bay), went off to see Jerusalem (bay), and on the way to our anchorage passed Scotland (Island) :-)]

At: 18:24(AEDT) 17-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 23.8C (74.84F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 35.76' S151º 15.522' EBegonia
At Anchor: America Bay, Cowan Creek, Broken Bay (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.5961, 151.2586

Sail From: Hunter River, Stockton, Newcastle To: America Bay, Cowan Creek, Broken Bay

We travelled [66.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [48.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Unable to find the public mooring in the mass of empty mooring balls, we eventually picked up one of the many club ones and called it good. Well protected from all winds. Nestled in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park]

General Comments: [Underway before 3am, for this long day, with mostly light winds until mid-afternoon. Arrived 30 minutes before sunset (whew). Today is Kyle's birthday, his back is still recovering, and he is on very light duties, so it wasn't much fun for him - we plan to celebrate officially tomorrow. Very large jellyfish in the water here although I think they are harmless to us, or at least not deadly which is the best you can hope for in Australia, called the Jelly Blubber.]

At: 19:12(AEDT) 15-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 23.8C (74.84F)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 35.76' S151º 15.522' EBegonia
At Anchor: America Bay, Cowan Creek, Broken Bay (NSW, Australia). Our position: -33.5961, 151.2586

Sail From: Hunter River, Stockton, Newcastle To: America Bay, Cowan Creek, Broken Bay

We travelled [66.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [48.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Unable to find the public mooring in the mass of empty mooring balls, we eventually picked up one of the many club ones and called it good. Well protected from all winds. Nestled in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park]

General Comments: [Underway before 3am, for this long day, with mostly light winds until mid-afternoon. Arrived 30 minutes before sunset (whew). Today is Kyle's birthday, his back is still recovering, and he is on very light duties, so it wasn't much fun for him - we plan to celebrate officially tomorrow. Very large jellyfish in the water here although I think they are harmless to us, or at least not deadly which is the best you can hope for in Australia, called the Jelly Blubber.]

At: 19:12(AEDT) 14-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 23.8C (74.84F)
over 2 years  agoShow

32º 43.062' S152º 10.68' EBegonia
At Anchor: Shoal Bay, Port Stephens (NSW, Australia). Our position: -32.7177, 152.1780

Sail From: Jimmys Beach, Port Stephens To: Shoal Bay, Port Stephens

We travelled [2.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Trial Mooring Ball (For better protection of the sea grass) in 1.2 - 2.8m]

General Comments: [Moved to other side of Port Stephens bay for better protection re forecast winds and hopefully a trip ashore. Dolphins swimming around anchorage.]

At: 14:22(AEDT) 10-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F)
over 2 years  agoShow

32º 41.1' S152º 10.5' EBegonia
At Anchor: Jimmys Beach, Port Stephens (NSW, Australia). Our position: -32.6850, 152.1750

Sail From: Sugarloaf Bay, Seal Rocks To: Jimmys Beach, Port Stephens

We travelled [32.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3-5m of sand]

General Comments: [Another start before sunrise, and a slow, sedate, uneventful journey south mostly sailing with the spinnaker. Amazingly no dolphins spotted today, but we did have a few petrels hanging out with us for much of the first 1/3rd of the journey. I'm loving the local town names and we are currently just 1km from one called 'Winda Wopper'.]

At: 12:44(AEDT) 08-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 23.3C (73.94F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 24.1C (75.38F)
over 2 years  agoShow

32º 26.022' S152º 31.932' EBegonia
At Anchor: Sugarloaf Bay, Seal Rocks (NSW, Australia). Our position: -32.4337, 152.5322

Sail From: Tuncurry/Forster (Public Mooring Ball) To: Sugarloaf Bay, Seal Rocks

We travelled [21.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off beach in (6.2-7.1m)]

General Comments: [A relatively relaxed passage today. No luck fishing but we did see a whale spouting and fin slapping (probably a humpback). We had very little wind so Kyle motored most of the way with occasional attempts to sail that didn't last long. However for at least a 3rd of the time we seemed to have dolphins with us, all playful at the bows so we were quite distracted from our motoring v sailing issues. No luck fishing (despite a new lure), mostly because we kept reeling the thing in as there were too many things going on. I've never heard of a dolphin grabbing at a lure, but we didn't want to risk it. Dolphins always bring joy - so another lovely day at sea.]

At: 12:34(AEDT) 06-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 22.7C (72.86F)
over 2 years  agoShow

32º 10.728' S152º 30.12' EBegonia
At Anchor: Tuncurry/Forster (Public Mooring Ball) (NSW, Australia). Our position: -32.1788, 152.5020

Sail From: Laurieton (Public Mooring Ball), Camden Haven Inlet To: Tuncurry/Forster (Public Mooring Ball)

We travelled [39.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [35.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Another free mooring ball (thank you) - although it may take a while to relax as there is a strong current and we are just beside a bridge that will swipe off our mast if we drift from the mooring ball (2.2m)]

General Comments: [Another very early start to depart (from Laurieton), conditions great for some more spinnaker sailing, dolphins visit us again (although we were too slow for them to stay and play with us).]

At: 13:38(AEDT) 03-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
over 2 years  agoShow

31º 39.042' S152º 48.102' EBegonia
At Anchor: Laureton (Public Mooring Ball), Camden Haven Inlet (NSW, Australia). Our position: -31.6506, 152.8017

Sail From: Hastings River, Port MacQuarie To: Laurieton (Public Mooring Ball), Camden Haven Inlet

We travelled [25.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A free public mooring, well protected, 2.8m]

General Comments: [A lovely calm sea in light winds to depart the mooring (under sail) and navigate the bar exiting Port MacQuarie. At sea we made several tacks in light winds, with the occasional dolphin escort as we sailed south. Entry into Camden Haven brought more dolphins, and conditions remained straightforward even with a 2kt flood current running. Very peaceful anchorage.]

At: 13:16(AEDT) 01-Dec-2019, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
over 2 years  agoShow

31º 25.53' S152º 54.438' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hastings River, Port MacQuarie (NSW, Australia). Our position: -31.4255, 152.9073

Sail From: Coffs Harbour International Marina To: Hastings River, Port MacQuarie

We travelled [68.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [68.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At Free 24hour Public mooring in river (3m)]

General Comments: [A choppy sea today but sailing downwind with the spinnaker and with a good current to further assist. We had dolphins come and play as we approached Port MacQuarie but we were a little too slow for them to fully enjoy us. While at Coffs Harbour we had TWO computer v wine failures (yes, apparently we didn't learn our lesson) - so we spent $$$ on a new PC which I've yet to get setup and luckily were able to make a working Mac from our spares. Ugh! We will celebrate USA Thanksgiving now we are secure - happy Thanksgiving to all.]

At: 13:38(AEDT) 29-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
over 2 years  agoShow

30º 18.282' S153º 8.85' EBegonia
At Anchor: Coffs Harbour International Marina (NSW, Australia). Our position: -30.3047, 153.1475

Sail From: Coffs Harbour (Public Mooring Ball) To: Coffs Harbour International Marina

We travelled [0.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At the dock in the Marina, very windy and quite tight quarters, but Kyle docked like a pro. They also sent 3 hands to come and assist which was helpful!]

General Comments: [Moved into the marina so we can do laundry and other chores, collect packages, and take a sightseeing day (car rental) to balance it all out. We'll remain here for a few days as wind is predicted to switch around about over the next day or so.]

At: 11:44(AEDT) 26-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 24C (75.2F)
over 2 years  agoShow

30º 18.258' S153º 8.598' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Coffs Harbour (Public Mooring Ball) (NSW, Australia). Our position: -30.3044, 153.1434

Sail From: Iluka Bay, Clarence River To: Coffs Harbour (Public Mooring Ball)

We travelled [52.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [54.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At one of two public mooring balls (24hr limit) in 4-5.5m depth]

General Comments: [Another day with mostly spinnaker sailing (switched to jib once wind strengthened). The departure sky was dominated by nearby bush fire, and even 5nm out to sea we had ash falling on the boat. Arriving in Coffs Harbour we find the catamaran 'Mi Corazon', and owner Hans Peter dinghied over to greet us (we last met in Suwarrow in 2017!). I've planned to rent a car and visit some nearby parks, but so far fires have closed them all - so will be looking for alternate plans (winery?). ]

At: 17:10(AEDT) 25-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 22.5C (72.5F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F)
over 2 years  agoShow

29º 24.792' S153º 21.108' EBegonia
At Anchor: Iluka Bay, Clarence River (NSW, Australia). Our position: -29.4132, 153.3518

Sail From: Richmond River, Ballina To: Iluka Bay, Clarence River

We travelled [34.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [34.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m within protected bay]

General Comments: [An odd day of sailing, we started out with a bit of Jib until we could get out of the Ballina bar and turn south, put up the spinnaker and soon realized we were going too fast and would arrive at the next bar entrance (Yamba/Iluka) too soon. We took all sail down thinking we might use a furled jib only, but without any sails we were still headed south at 5kt (7 when surfing) - crazy - that is with just the boat windages (Yikes). Kyle turned the boat off the wind for a bit which left us with in a swelly parking position while we waited for the worst of the ebb current at the bar. Wind and waves slowly increased all day - and we snuck in over the bar a little early (after taking advice from the local marine rescue service) and are glad to be safely at anchor now. The skies are crazy dark with smoke from nearby fires. The parks and rainforest trails ashore are all closed due to fire risk, so we should have a quiet time here. We're told the local fisherman's co-op does an impressive fish and chips! Maybe we can find a more traditional bar too ;-)]

At: 13:56(AEDT) 23-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 22.8C (73.04F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 24.1C (75.38F)
over 2 years  agoShow

28º 52.182' S153º 32.472' EBegonia
At Anchor: Richmond River, Ballina (NSW, Australia). Our position: -28.8697, 153.5411

Sail From: Terranora Creek, Tweed Head South To: Richmond River, Ballina

We travelled [42.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [41.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.6m just west of mooring balls]

General Comments: [Another early start, and once clear of the bar and out to sea again we were able to deploy the spinnaker for a fine sail down the coast. We sailed passed Byron Bay and Cape Byron Lighthouse with good views. The sand bar entrance at Ballina was calm and straightforward and with a pod of dolphins to greet us. We'll spend a couple of nights here to reset/explore before continuing south.]

At: 13:10(AEDT) 21-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F)
over 2 years  agoShow

28º 11.118' S153º 32.772' EBegonia
At Anchor: Terranora Creek, Tweed Head South (NSW, Australia). Our position: -28.1853, 153.5462

Sail From: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands To: Terranora Creek, Tweed Head South

We travelled [21.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [20.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m sand]

General Comments: [Today was an early start (underway around 4:30am, and the sun already up), we crossed two bars (one out to sea, the other inshore again) and also crossed the state border from Queensland to New South Wales. We need to change our clocks again since NSW has 'summer time'. We see people swimming in the water and Kyle's thinking of taking a swim to clean the bottom slime off the paint.]

At: 10:18(AEST) 19-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 52.458' S153º 24.102' EBegonia

At Anchor: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands (QLD, Australia). Our position: -27.8744, 153.4016

Sail From: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay To: Paradise Point/SovereignIslands

We travelled [31.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Today had very slight headwinds so we had to motor a good distance before we were finally able to use some sail. Anchored off the luxury development of Sovereign Islands in 4-5m of mud]

General Comments: [The journey today was meandering around sand spits and often in narrow channels of Southern Moreton Bay Islands National Park. Lots of traffic (It's the weekend) too. For much of today we additionally had the definite smell of smoke along with poor visibility. Right now the skies seem to be hinting at some rain and the forecast is for thunderstorms later (although most likely still not sufficient rain to reduce the current fire threat here in Queensland).]

At: 13:30(AEST) 17-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 26.4C (79.52F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 30.282' S153º 21.882' EBegonia
At Anchor: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay (QLD, Australia). Our position: -27.5046, 153.3646

Sail From: Hamilton Reach, Brisbane River To: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay

We travelled [31.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We departed Brisbane with both current & wind against us - so it was motoring until we were out of the river, and then a bit of motor sailing until we were finally around all the obsticals and able to move under sail alone. Anchored (under sail) in 8m. ]

General Comments: [Leaving Brisbane we had a 'farewell' from Mahana, and swung by Lola (our 'twin' Athena) for a photo op. During the sail in the bay we cut through a race (where all the sailboats had giant spinnakers up in pretty strong winds) and made it to the anchorage in time for sunset. I made the mistake a week or so ago of calculating our underway v motoring times and Kyle is now a bit too aware of our stats and is keen to try and reduce the numbers (I unleashed a beast). We had a lovely few days sightseeing in Brisbane (after the anchoring fiasco) but lost some of our fun time to more repairs (water pump) and of course our trouble getting an anchorage we felt safe to leave the boat at, so unfortunately we won't be going ashore at Peel island. Peel island has various conservation statuses (Teerk Roo Ra National Park and a Marine Park too) It has a stunning big sandy bay, and ashore are the remnants of an old lepracy colony. Maybe on the way north we can rectify this loss.]

At: 16:50(AEST) 16-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 26.478' S153º 3.51' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hamilton Reach, Brisbane River (QLD, Australia). Our position: -27.4413, 153.0584

Sail From: Northshore Riverside Park, Brisbane River, Brisbane To: Hamilton Reach, Brisbane River

We travelled [1.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Motored back upstream after prior anchorage proved too tight in strong gusts and wind against current - we now have PLENTY of space, but are not quite so convenient to get ashore.]

General Comments: [Our anchoring escapades are turning into a comedy of errors, Bribane river had not been easy on us (or we've been terribly unlucky). We did get to meet up with fellow Athena owners aboard Lola though - so that’s a plus - now maybe we can finally get ashore and explore]

At: 13:56(AEST) 13-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 26.778' S153º 5.148' EBegonia
At Anchor: Northshore Riverside Park, Brisbane River, Brisbane (QLD, Australia). Our position: -27.4463, 153.0858

Sail From: Central Business District, Brisbane To: Northshore Riverside Park, Brisbane River, Brisbane

We travelled [2.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [After anchoring in downtown we found with currents and other boats we were just too close to everyone. We tried reanchoring several times, several locations, and eventually gave up and found a good place with plenty of room out of town but miles from any good dinghy landing. Today we nudged a little further out of town Just up stream of the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge(s). Anchored in 6-8m - took a few tries to set but we have good holding eventually]

General Comments: [We've moved to this area for shore access, and to meet up with another Athena owner that so far we've only 'met' on-line. Finally we also hope to get ashore and actually explore some of Brisbane.. Gees… this has been ridiculous hard work/bad luck so far.]

At: 10:14(AEST) 13-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 31.3C (88.34F), Humidity:32%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 28.092' S153º 1.968' EBegonia
At Anchor: Central Business District, Brisbane (QLD, Australia). Our position: -27.4681, 153.0328

Sail From: Pelican Bay (off Inskip Point at south end of Great Sandy Strait) To: Central Business District, Brisbane

We travelled [135.73]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [99.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [An overnight sail in mixed winds offshore to Moreton Bay, and then through channels to Brisbane River. A nice river tour up the river to the Central Business District (CBT) where we found a place to anchor in 8m, we'll sit and watch all is well for a day before going ashore.]

General Comments: [Entrance to the Brisbane river was very industrial (although not busy), eventually the river meanders and narrows and there are beautiful homes and lovely riverside walks for miles. Brisbane is the 3rd biggest city in Australia and it is quite amazing that you can anchor in 'downtown' (although we've yet to verify how to get ashore).]

At: 12:32(AEST) 12-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 28.2C (82.76F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 49.11' S153º 3.792' EBegonia
At Anchor: Pelican Bay (off Inskip Point at south end of Great Sandy Strait) (QLD, Australia). Our position: -25.8185, 153.0632

Sail From: Off Turkey Island, in Great Sandy Strait To: Pelican Bay (off Inskip Point at south end of Great Sandy Strait)

We travelled [17.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Sandy anchorage (4-6m) with good winds and sunshine today after a short hop both downwind and with the current.]

General Comments: [Surrounded by sandy spits and low scrub ashore - we even had some black and white pelicans swimming about - very apt for 'Pelican Bay']

At: 10:26(AEST) 08-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 28C (82.4F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 31.572' S152º 56.172' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Turkey Island, in Great Sandy Strait (QLD, Austalia). Our position: -25.5262, 152.9361

Sail From: Bundaberg, QLD, Australia To: Off Turkey Island, in Great Sandy Strait

We travelled [65.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [54.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We sailed most of the way under spinnaker (with a few gybes as we meandered). The great sandy strait is a channel between Fraser Island and the mainland and we've made it about half way through.]

General Comments: [Our time at Bundaberg Port Marina went well. We completed our key jobs (we now have a functioning wind generator again), met some new cruising friends, and were entertained royally whenever time allowed. We also WON a free haul out which we can put to good use, a prize that more than covers the cost of the rally. Big win. We left a very tight spot at the marina at first light and (thankfully) without incident. Kyle did a great job of slowly and carefully turning us and backing out while we were surrounded by hazards in very tight quarters. Whew! The sail south was mostly through the sandy shallows and islands between Fraser Island and the mainland, thankfully there are plenty of navigation markers to show the safe passage through. On route we've been reading about all the things that might kill us off while we are here (new to us, we now also have to worry about being gorged by wild pigs when we go ashore with several very nasty encounters reported in our guide books)]

At: 15:24(AEST) 07-Nov-2019, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 2 years  agoShow

24º 45.642' S152º 22.968' EBegonia
Safely arrived at Bundaberg, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 7 of South Pacific Passage From:New Caledonia To:Bundaberg, QLD, Australia. Our position: -24.7606, 152.3829

Progress: [We've made [820.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [152.6]nm (through water). We have moved [138.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We sailed right up to the entrance channel for Bundaberg, and then motored up the river (1hour before slack, with about 1kt ebb current still), anchorage by marina crowded (and given it is night/dark) we decided to anchor across the river, at least until morning when we can establish instructions for clearing in.]

General Comments: [We made it. And we've almost finished the Bill Bryson book 'Down Under' which was our passage book to put us in the 'mood' for Australia. We have our yellow (quarantine) flag up to show we have yet to clear all officialdom - now time for some sleep before what we assume will be a hectic day tomorrow. Lots of other boats arrived in the days before us, so we are not sure if they are also waiting to be processed, or if they are all done and we'll be next in line. Still... for now.... sleep!]

At: 03:14(AEST) 30-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

23º 26.472' S154º 27.678' EBegonia
Day 6 of South Pacific Passage From:New Caledonia To:Bundaberg, QLD, Australia. Our position: -23.4411, 154.4614

Progress: [We've made [667.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [142]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [106.8]nm (through water). We have moved [105.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Winds reduced more, we were sailing with the spinnaker and main, until the spinnaker collapsed and got caught on a spreader and ripped. Since then we've been sailing with main and jib (even slower than we'd hoped)]

General Comments: [Around 6:30am yesterday we completed 50,000nm underway, this is according to our instruments (which were all replaced and reset to zero about a month after we purchased the boat) - so another milestone. 50,000nm is about 92,600km and 57,000 'statute' miles. The circumference of the earth is just 40,000km, so with Begonia, we've sailed the equivalent of twice around the world and change (you've most likely done more in your car). Of course, we still have a long way to go to actually complete a circumnavigating of the earth (current plans suggest we might actually do that sometime in 2022, but, you know..., plans...). When we passed (about 20nm south) of Cato island we had a host of noddies (birds) around us swooping about and looking like they were enjoying life.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 29-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F), Course: 282(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.9kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:75%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 2 years  agoShow

23º 38.04' S156º 21.96' EBegonia
Day 5 of South Pacific Passage From:New Caledonia To:Bundaberg, QLD, Australia. Our position: -23.6341, 156.3660

Progress: [We've made [560.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [246]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [108.8]nm (through water). We have moved [123.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Winds reduced further (including a few lulls). We are currently in a lull (but forecast 'promises' more wind soon). We've been sailing with the spinnaker for almost 2 days now.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we had a tropic bird circling the boat for an hour (cool). Amazingly (so far) we've yet to see a albatross. Last night, around dusk, we had a boobie (bird) circle and make multiple attempts to land on the boat. It kept picking on the 'roof' of the spinnaker to attempt to land, and then would slide down seeming quite perplexed (it was hilarious to watch its numerous attempts). Eventually it decided to land on the spreader (A Spreader is the solid horizontal bars that hold out the shrouds, A Shroud is one of the guy wires that hold up the mast). It managed to hold on up there all night (despite the rolling, and a midnight gybing of the spinnaker). It was so cute and had its beak tucked under his wing, quite happy to just ignore us and disregard the noise and motion. It finally untucked its head and stretched its wings (morning exercises!) at dawn, and eventually left us for a search for breakfast. It also left quite the deposit on the deck, but brought so much joy we've forgiven it. ]

At: 06:00(AEST) 28-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F), Course: 272(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.7kt, Wind:4Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
over 2 years  agoShow

23º 25.812' S158º 36.0' EBegonia
Day 4 of South Pacific Passage From:New Caledonia To:Bundaberg Port Marina, Bundaberg, QLD Australia. Our position: -23.4302, 158.6000

Progress: [We've made [452.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [362]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [133.7]nm (through water). We have moved [134.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Seas Calmer (wind reduced, still sailing downwind). We've been flying the spinnaker since noon yesterday.]

General Comments: [Kyle found and fixed our chartplotter issues quickly yesterday (no obvious problem, but he simply removed and reset wires until the signal returned). We are soon to cross the Tropic of Capricorn (will be the 5th time). So far we've seen only 3 other boats (on AIS), and all these were cargo boats.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 27-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 265(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:10Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 46.17' S160º 55.368' EBegonia
Day 3 of South Pacific Passage From:New Caledonia To:Bundaberg Port Marina, Bundaberg, QLD Australia. Our position: -22.7694, 160.9229

Progress: [We've made [318.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [489]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [186.6]nm (through water). We have moved [175.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We continue to sail downwind (about 120 apparent) and have made an average speed so far (7.07kt) much faster than our usual. We expect to start slowing down today given the forecast.]

General Comments: [Dark (moonless) sky overnight gives Kyle the chance to see some amazing bioluminescence during his watch (in my watch they generally haven't risen to the surface yet). Kyle managed to spot the 'green flash' with the sunrise this morning too ( a very rare moment). Seas appear to be calming. Our passage is going well (uneventful) and so far the weather has been good (no rain). Yikes I spoke too soon, the Chart-plotter is just complaining it has no data from a bunch of instruments (sigh - off to help Kyle investigate on that!).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 26-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Course: 247(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:19Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
over 2 years  agoShow

21º 54.378' S163º 56.928' EBegonia
Day 2 of South Pacific Passage From:New Caledonia To:Bundaberg Port Marina, Bundaberg, QLD Australia. Our position: -21.9063, 163.9488

Progress: [We've made [131.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [665]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [131.6]nm (through water). We have moved [134.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We left the mooring ball under sail and headed for the pass. Once out we put up the spinnaker in place of the jib and used that for several hours. By evening we were back to the jib, and eventually the main too. We've headed a little north of our original intended route in order to catch some favorable currents.]

General Comments: [We seem to have settled into being at sea quite happily. I had a fishing line out all day yesterday with no luck (which is my usual luck). Thankfully we have plenty of food aboard and don't need to rely on such skills.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 25-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.4kt, Wind:19Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 19.542' S166º 19.008' EBegonia
At Anchor: Ile Nge / Ile Laregnere (Nature Reserve), main lagoon, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.3256, 166.3168

Sail From: Baie des Citrons, Noumea, New Caledonia To: Ile Nge / Ile Laregnere (Nature Reserve), main lagoon, New Caledonia

We travelled [9.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We are secure to one of the provided mooring in nature reserve (by pass). Sharing anchorage with pilot boat and some nature reserve officials. Depth 3.1m. Note originally we'd planed a stop at a different island, but latest weather suggested this would make for a better sailing angle to depart the mooring. ]

General Comments: [An early start didn't materialize into an early departure, but once we left the anchorage we did collect our laundry and depost our remaining trash, etc. We then sailed across the lagoon and are set in a great position for an early departure in the morning - heading for OZ in the morning!]

At: 11:34(NCT) 23-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 17.76' S166º 26.142' EBegonia
At Anchor: Baie des Citrons, Noumea, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.2961, 166.4356

Sail From: Ilot T'Ndu, New Caledonia To: Baie des Citrons, Noumea, New Caledonia

We travelled [18.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.1m of sand along with 4 other rally boats]

General Comments: [We spent several days at T'Ndu - mostly preparing the boat (deep cleaning) for Oz, but we did manage a hike and a snorkel too to help balance it all. Today we moved back to the marina, almost, apparently our place on the reserved list didn't help us - so after getting fuel we relocated to Lemon bay and will try our luck again tomorrow (unfortunately there are plenty of others also trying). It will be much easier for us if we can be at the marina to do our clearing out and last minute shopping and sightseeing - but we may not have that luxury... We'll see if our place on the waiting list (we MUST be at the top) is worth anything.]

At: 15:30(NCT) 20-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 10.29' S166º 16.962' EBegonia
At Anchor: Ilot T'Ndu, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.1715, 166.2827

Sail From: Tenia Island (Ile Ténia), Nr St Vincent Pass, New Caledonia To: Ilot T'Ndu, New Caledonia

We travelled [21.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [21.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m of sand (good holding), just off Tiare on the Main Island (well protected)]

General Comments: [Kyle is on a roll and again lifted the anchor without the motor (manually cranking - lets hope is back lasts!), we were soon undersail and when almost at our target we had a rain shower and then the wind stopped, making it an easy decision to motor into the anchorage. Ashore on the main island there appears to be several new home developments, many with docks in the back yard, but closer still for us there is the uninhabited island of T'Ndu to explore. We're going to take a few days to both relax and to catch up with chores and planning for our sail to Australia.]

At: 13:40(NCT) 14-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 0.108' S165º 56.442' EBegonia
At Anchor: Tenia Island (Ile Ténia), Nr St Vincent Pass, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.0018, 165.9407

Sail From: Signal Island (Ilot Te Ndu), main lagoon, New Caledonia To: Tenia Island (Ile Ténia), Nr St Vincent Pass, New Caledonia

We travelled [28.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [26.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2-3m of good sand (although we are quite a distance from the island as the wind is expected from all directions over the next day or so).]

General Comments: [We left Signal Island just before 7am, once again motor free, and after a quick rain shower we soon had the spinnaker up again which brought us all the way NW to our new anchorage. This is most likely the furthest North in the lagoon we'll get before heading slowly back towards Noumea for our eventual departure.]

At: 12:22(NCT) 12-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 17.628' S166º 17.412' EBegonia
At Anchor: Signal Island (Ilot Te Ndu), main lagoon, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.2938, 166.2901

Sail From: Amedee Island, main lagoon, New Caledonia To: Signal Island (Ilot Te Ndu), main lagoon, New Caledonia

We travelled [15.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Secure on a mooring ball (provided in marine reserve) in 8.5m]

General Comments: [We loved Amedee island, with white sandy beaches, plenty of turtles, and the beautiful lighthouse. We also recovered our boat hook, so Amedee was an all-around hit. Today we mortored NW to Signal Island (with such low winds for 90% of the journey that Kyle wasn't even tempted to turn off the motor). We found Signal island moorings almost full - we were the 10th sailboat (it's practically the weekend!).]

At: 10:56(NCT) 11-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 28.602' S166º 27.858' EBegonia
At Anchor: Amedee Island, main lagoon, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.4767, 166.4643

Sail From: Ui/Uie/Ouie Bay, New Caledonia To: Amedee Island, main lagoon, New Caledonia

We travelled [20.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Secure on one of the free moorings (the only boat here!) in 5m of water depth. A bit choppy right now but forecast to die off whispers of wind for tomorrow.]

General Comments: [As the only boat in a large bay, it was easy (aside from the cranking) to depart under sail today from Ouie Bay. Kyle really wanted to continue the no motor policy once we arrived at the mooring field in Amedee, and we were lucky that no other boats were here so we had our choice of balls. However with the 20kt winds and quite the chop we kept missing the chance to catch the loop on the ball with the boat hook, or we got a line partially threaded before it was pulled out of our hands.. We lost 2 boat hooks and so far have recovered only one (a swim in in order right now!). We must have failed at least 9 times before Kyle eventually agreed to use the motor, and THEN we secured the boat first time (we'd had a lot of practice I guess). He gave this no-motor thing a good try, bless him, and I didn't kill him either so all is well. Ashore on Amedee Island there is New Caledonia's tallest lighthouse to visit, and the promise of snacks AND some good snorkelling. I'm pretty sure I saw a dugong on one of our passes and we did see a very large turtle too (all before the snorkelling even starts).]

At: 15:08(NCT) 09-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 20.658' S166º 45.108' EBegonia
"At Anchor: Ui/Uie/Ouie Bay (Various spelling), New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.3443, 166.7519

Sail From: Casy Island moorings ($0), Prony Bay, New Caledonia To: Ui/Uie/Ouie Bay, New Caledonia

We travelled [16.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.5m of good holding in Ui/Uie/Ouie Bay (Various spelling). Large bay with (so far) no other boats nor signs of life. Classic red New Cal hills and plenty of pines to dot the landscape along with a ridge of wind turbines. Expecting some nice hikes ashore and possibly a dinghy trip up the river.]

General Comments: [A day without the motor, we left the mooring ball under sail, rounded the southern point through the Woodin Channel, and anchored in the bay - all under sail. Kyle is feeling very smug.]

At: 13:34(NCT) 08-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 25.7C (78.26F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 21.378' S166º 50.49' EBegonia
At Anchor: Casy Island moorings ($0), Prony Bay, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.3563, 166.8415

Sail From: Carenage Bay, Prony Bay, New Caledonia To: Casy Island moorings ($0), Prony Bay, New Caledonia

We travelled [3.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [This is a protected area and to protect coral mooring balls are supplied for use of visitors, thankfully there was one ball available when we arrived (5 other boats here) - depth about 10m and a short row to the dock to get ashore and explore the island]

General Comments: [With such a short distance to move and needing the motor to lift the anchor, we motored using just the port engine to this lovely little island where we plan to enjoy some more hiking.]

At: 12:14(NCT) 06-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 18.222' S166º 50.622' EBegonia
At Anchor: Carenage Bay, Prony Bay, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.3036, 166.8436

Sail From: Kuto Bay, Ile des Pins, New Caledonia To: Carenage Bay, Prony Bay, New Caledonia

We travelled [46.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [39.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.5m of good sand (murky waters), avoiding shallows and local private mooring balls.]

General Comments: [Spinnaker sailing today, as we charted a course heading west back to the main island. Our time in Ile des Pins was LOVELY with beautiful turquoise bays and long white sand beaches (and lots of tall skinny pine trees for which the island is named). From where we are now anchored we are hoping for some short hikes and maybe find the hot springs too (sounds nice after a hike?).]

At: 13:08(NCT) 04-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 39.588' S167º 26.472' EBegonia
At Anchor: Kuto Bay, Ile de Pins, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.6598, 167.4411

Sail From: Ndo Island/Ilot Ndo, main lagoon, New Caledonia To: Kuto Bay, Ile de Pins, New Caledonia

We travelled [44.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [26.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in lovely shallow sand. Many islands and anchorages cruisers have been told to avoid, so this one is extra busy (19 boats) ]

General Comments: [A lovely sail again today, plenty of sunshine. Ile de Pins (Island of Pines) has already won our hearts for the great view from the anchorage, white sandy beaches, and a hill for Kyle to climb. Our friends aboard Devana were here to give a welcome wave on our arrival.]

At: 13:04(NCT) 01-Oct-2019, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

22º 40.74' S166º 58.308' EBegonia
At Anchor: Ndo Island/Ilot Ndo, main lagoon, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.6791, 166.9718

Sail From: Baie des Citrons, Noumea, New Caledonia To: Ndo Island/Ilot Ndo, main lagoon, New Caledonia

We travelled [37.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [37.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 14.5m of (hopefully) sand. Anchorage is not nearly as favourable as we'd anticipated based on the guides, quite narrow area with deep (uncertain bottom) and walls of reef to the surface on either side. Thankfully forecast is for very light winds overnight.]

General Comments: [Some easy sailing (occasional spinnaker, but mostly jib/main) on the beam, weaving our way through the islands and islets in the lagoon. Splendid sunshine, and calm seas made for some spectacular views for the day.]

At: 14:44(NCT) 30-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

22º 17.79' S166º 26.088' EBegonia
At Anchor: Baie des Citrons, Noumea, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.2965, 166.4349

Sail From: Mato Island, main lagoon, New Caledonia To: Baie des Citrons, Noumea, New Caledonia

We travelled [30.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [25.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Downwind sailing (jib only) in choppy seas and gusty winds. Anchored in 7-8m of sand (exposed to some wind, but forecast is for wind to stop shortly). Anchorage is suspiciously empty, but all documentation we have verifies it is an official anchorage (outside of swiming areas, and military zones).]

General Comments: [We've moved back into town with the hopes to meet up with friends from way back in time (From Maryanne's time with LITS in the UK). We're not yet sure where (if) it is safe to leave the dinghy ashore and are hoping someone else comes along to anchor and leads the way for us. While our previous marina was in central Noumea, it is this bay where all the tourists and nightlife are (should be 'fun' on a Saturday night!).]

At: 11:50(NCT) 28-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 23.7C (74.66F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

22º 32.952' S166º 47.91' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mato Island, main lagoon, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.5492, 166.7985

Sail From: Ua Island (5 islands), main lagoon, New Caledonia To: Mato Island, main lagoon, New Caledonia

We travelled [10.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Downwind sail today, easy seas, anchored in 4-5m of good sand, sheltered from waves by surrounding reefs/corals]

General Comments: [Our anchorage at Ua was the typical tropical paradise (minus the coconut palms). We saw dolphins, turtles, and even an Osprey, and spent some time with the crew from Muse. Water temperature is such that a wet suit is definitely preferred - and with it we thoroughly enjoyed the coral at Ua. We're not sure yet how long we'll spend here at Mato, but there is a hill to climb and snorkelling to be enjoyed while we are here.]

At: 16:06(NCT) 25-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 22.4C (72.32F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

22º 42.462' S166º 48.48' EBegonia
At Anchor: Ilot Ua (5 islands), main lagoon, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.7076, 166.8080

Sail From: Ile Redika, main lagoon, New Caledonia To: Ilot Ua (5 islands), main lagoon, New Caledonia

We travelled [19.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A much nicer sail today, mostly due to the much reduced chop (and a slight shift in the wind direction in our favour). Anchored in 11.5m between scattered bommies]

General Comments: [A lovely sail through the reef in sunshine, with a few tacks mostly to avoid mini islands and coral bommies close to the surface. Water looks beautiful (but still a little on the cold side for us). Naturally we had a heavy rain shower right when we needed to set the anchor. Still the view is spectacular. One other (Charter) boat here, and Muse on its way to join us - looking forward to some fun and relaxation!]

At: 09:50(NCT) 24-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 22.3C (72.14F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 22.3C (72.14F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

22º 30.93' S166º 36.42' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Ile Redika, main lagoon, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.5155, 166.6070 Sail From: Port Moselle Marina, Noumea, New Caledonia To: Ile Redika, main lagoon, New Caledonia We travelled [39.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Location Comments: [A rough sail up wind in quite the chop. We made a hard won 17nm but that took us over 7 hours and we travelled over 2.5 times that distance with tacking. We felt every bounce. Anchored in 11m in lee of island (protection from waves, not so much the wind).] General Comments: [After a busy few days in Noumea, we've ventured out into the lagoon and so far made it (a bit short of our intended destination) to this tiny deserted island. Water temperature isn't great so I'm dithering regarding taking a snorkel. I really should, but brrrrrrr…. The passage was rough, but sweetened with baked goods kindly provided by the young Hannah from the boat Muse (Yummy).] At: 16:20(NCT) 23-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F) ----- At 23/09/2019 05:20 (UTC) our position was 22°30.93'S 166°36.42'Ealmost 3 years  agoShow

22º 16.608' S166º 26.4' EBegonia
At The Dock: Port Moselle Marina, Noumea, New Caledonia (South Pacific). Our position: -22.2769, 166.4401

Sail From: Port Boise, New Caledonia To: Port Moselle Marina, Noumea, New Caledonia

We travelled [36.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [29.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [YAY - we won the lottery and nabbed a place at the visitor dock (Noumea has way more boats than space - so this wasn't a given) - Kyle is off to do paperwork for our official entry as soon as the motor was stopped.]

General Comments: [A wonderfully relaxing sail in calm waters with a spinnaker for most of it - Kyle was so happy and thoroughly enjoying the sail today compared to our passage to New Cal (long may it last). We also sailed by our friends on Muse and had a VHF welcome from the family aboard (it's becoming a tradition!)]

At: 11:28(NCT) 19-Sep, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

22º 21.138' S166º 58.14' EBegonia
Safely arrived at Port Boise, New Caledonia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 5 of South Pacific Passage From:Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu To:Port Boise, New Caledonia. Our position: -22.3523, 166.9690

Progress: [We've made [597.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [70.7]nm (through water). We have moved [51.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The rest of today was easy sailing. We were planning to go through the pass around 3pm, but noticed a boat ahead of us managed it just fine at 2pm so we went ahead and all was well for us too (around 2:30pm). This gave us time to get to a reasonable anchorage in daylight. We'll rest well tonight]

General Comments: [We're at anchor - always feels good after a multi-day passage. The sun is shining and tall, skinny, pine trees dot the landscape, with mountains in the background. We've arrived! Tomorrow we'll have a long day moving the boat on to Noumea for our official entry, but for now we are safe, cozy, and can sleep well. ]

At: 16:14(VUT) 18-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

21º 45.798' S167º 37.962' EBegonia
Day 5 of South Pacific Passage From:Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu To:Noumea, New Caledonia. Our position: -21.7634, 167.6326

Progress: [We've made [526.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [87]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [169.4]nm (through water). We have moved [160.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [By late afternoon yesterday we were able to start our turn (from headwinds to abeam), This improved conditions aboard and increased our speed (less pounding into the waves). Water and air is getting cooler by the day (Yuk). We will need to slow down to enter the pass after flood. Overnight poor Kyle found himself reefing in a brief rain storm, but generally conditions have been dry.]

General Comments: [We are now within New Caledonian waters. The little radio chatter we've heard is in French again. In the early hours of this morning we passed through the Loyalty Islands (which we'll need to beat back up to, or through, later). Due to the distance once inside the main reef of the clearance port at Noumea (along with currents etc) we are permitted to anchor inside the reef overnight on the way to Noumea and we'll most likely do that later today, moving on to Noumea the following day. In the meantime we are busy eating up all our fresh provisions which will otherwise be confiscated once we arrive in Noumea and meet the bio-security team.]

At: 06:00(VUT) 18-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 20.6C (69.08F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Course: 200(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:10Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:W)
almost 3 years  agoShow

19º 8.1' S168º 10.482' EBegonia
Day 4 of South Pacific Passage From:Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu To:Noumea, New Caledonia. Our position: -19.1350, 168.1747

Progress: [We've made [356.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [248]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [124.7]nm (through water). We have moved [128.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Rough conditions remain (with occasional temporary reduction in wind), yesterday we had winds upto 30kt (apparent), currently in the low-mid 20s, but it is the seas that are the most annoying; we're sailing into waves with a very short period so plenty of pounding and misery remains. We are at least now moving in a straight line (no more tacking).]

General Comments: [An uneventful day. We finally left Vanuatu waters. Overnight It is nice to have a (just) full moon, and Kyle spent an hour overnight trying to outwit a boobie that wanted to land on the mast. ]

At: 06:00(VUT) 17-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 22.6C (72.68F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F), Course: 175(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:21Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 59.652' S168º 5.94' EBegonia
Day 3 of South Pacific Passage From:Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu To:Noumea, New Caledonia. Our position: -16.9941, 168.0991

Progress: [We've made [232.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [375]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [125.9]nm (through water). We have moved [57.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Rough conditions (definitely using our life jackets to tack and reef), headwinds and miserable waves, really not ideal]

General Comments: [We continue our zig-zag passage through the Islands of Vanuatu as we head towards New Caledonia (We should be done with the zig-zagging now). We expect today to be our roughtest day, and then for things to calm (relatively). Occasionally yesterday we had the lee of an island to calm the seas. We also got to enjoy a brief dolphin encounter yesterday as we passed (Malakula). You may have noticed I reported the wrong position yesterday (I said we were 16 deg and 15 minutes south, but actually it should have been only 5 minutes south) - oops.]

At: 06:00(VUT) 16-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 190(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:24Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:27%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 5.388' S167º 47.652' EBegoniaDay 2 of South Pacific Passage From:Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu To:Noumea, New Caledonia. Our position: -16.0898, 167.7942 Progress: [We've made [106.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [472]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [106.3]nm (through water). We have moved [49.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Sailing Conditions [A day of headwinds and little actual headway (all as forecast), heavily reefed. Lots of drizzle/rain along with the odd wave to catch us. Ugh!] General Comments: [As you will see from our position, we are still very much in Vanuatu (but further South). It feels like frustrating progress (and time that may have been better spent at anchor), but the forecast didn't show a better day to leave (and our visa had expired, etc). Kyle's hair looked especially cute (unfortunately it was due the select waves he took in the face).] At: 06:00(VUT) 15-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 210(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N) ----- At 14/09/2019 19:00 (UTC) our position was 16°05.39'S 167°47.65'Ealmost 3 years  agoShow

15º 31.38' S167º 9.828' EBegonia
At Anchor: Beachfront Resort, Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu (South Pacific). Our position: -15.5230, 167.1638

Sail From: Aisari Bay, Aore Island, Vanuatu To: Beachfront Resort, Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu

We travelled [7.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.5m off resort (with 4 other boats), a little breezy, choppy, but hopefully this will be a reasonable place until our departure from Vanuatu (To be Verified)]

General Comments: [At our previous anchorage (Aisari bay) we did manage to fix a few odds from the to-do list, but mostly chilled. Snorkelling was cloudy and unrewarding. Just as we were preparing to leave this morning a local boat came and requested 5000 VTU for anchoring (that is around $42US) - thankfully we were able to apologize and say we were about to leave. We've no idea of the validity of the claim, and the local boat didn't go out to the others in the anchorage, but were grateful we hadn't planned on stopping there longer.]

At: 11:48(VUT) 10-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

15º 34.41' S167º 12.27' EBegonia
At Anchor: Aisari Bay, Aore Island, Vanuatu (South Pacific). Our position: -15.5735, 167.2046

Sail From: Norsup Bay, Port Stanley, Malekula Island, Vanuatu To: Aisari Bay, Aore Island, Vanuatu

We travelled [35.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [31.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in breeze, but behind reef in 9m of water - no phone signal]

General Comments: [Another early start, and an easy, fast sail (beam reach). We are our furthest north for the year so far. No other boats here and (hopefully) some nice snorkelling for later]

At: 11:54(VUT) 07-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 3.672' S167º 23.58' EBegonia
At Anchor: Norsup Bay, Port Stanley, Malekula Island, Vanuatu (South Pacific). Our position: -16.0611, 167.3929

Sail From: Gaspard Bay, Sothern end of Malekula Island, Vanuatu To: Norsup Bay, Port Stanley, Malekula Island, Vanuatu

We travelled [43.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [34.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A good mostly downwind sail with the spinnaker for much of the time (resorting to Jib when the wind became stronger). Anchored in 6m of sand]

General Comments: [Back in Gaspard bay we saw Dugong (but only rarely and at the surface), and did plenty of kayaking both into the mangroves at high tide (amazing) and out into the main channel between islands (dolphins!!). We've jumped north now and see locals tending nets on the beach and plenty of buildings ashore (will explore in the coming days).]

At: 15:50(VUT) 04-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 28.092' S167º 48.78' EBegonia
At Anchor: Gaspard Bay, Sothern end of Malekula Island, Vanuatu (South Pacific). Our position: -16.4681, 167.8130

Sail From: Uliveo Island, Maskeelyn Group, off Malakula Island, Vanuatu To: Gaspard Bay, Sothern end of Malekula Island, Vanuatu

We travelled [6.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We motor-sailed the short distance to Gaspard Island (choosing our timing to be with the current). No cell signal deep into the bay (but OK on entrance). We are anchored in 6.5m]

General Comments: [Our time in Uliveo was really magical. The village of Lokienuen (Sangalai?) has the most basic living we've seen in all our travels, they still actively make (and use) dugout canoes /outriggers. In other villages (even elsewhere in Vanuatu on our travels to date) the dugouts are sitting rotting and overgrown in favour of fiberglass and outboards, but these cost money, a dugout can be made (with huge manpower) for free. The village has around 150 people living there, but also is home to primary, middle and secondary school for the surrounding villages (with over 200 kids at the school). The village adults were friendly, curious, and welcoming to cruisers (not pushy nor expectant). The kids seemed happy (even those we found doing their maths homework); their natural playground has them swimming, paddling in the dugouts, and climbing among the mangrove trees, they were especially excited to be able to trade fruit for t-shirts (which another boat thought to bring) and other goodies. We left on the local Fathers' Day, with special meals planned, and the children organizing some group songs for their dads. What a wonderful village experience. Separately we went on a trip to see Dugong (with a rather pushy guy called Tom from another village who rowed out to us at anchor), the trip was really nice but the price fluctuated and increased after the fact. The locals all warned us against Tom, but only after we'd already committed to the tour. For any that follow we recommend using the guys from the local village to arrange any tours.]

At: 10:46(VUT) 01-Sep-2019, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 31.89' S167º 49.758' EBegonia
At Anchor: Uliveo Island, Maskeelyn Group, off Malakula Island, Vanuatu (South Pacific). Our position: -16.5316, 167.8293

Sail From: Lamen Bay, Epi Island, Vanuatu To: Uliveo Island, Maskeelyn Group, off Malakula Island, Vanuatu

We travelled [24.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A short sail north (with the spinnaker), anchored in 17m (hopefully sand)]

General Comments: [We delayed our departure from Epi by a few days to witness a 'Kastom' circumcision ceremony this morning (the part after the boy has had the operation and been staying with an uncle healing, waiting for this big celebration and him formally becoming a man) - it was impressive (more later) and involved a huge number of people and lots of gift giving between them. We arrived in Ulivio and were greeted with dugout out-riggers and a warm welcome. We have some maintenance to do today and will go ashore and on the search for more dugongs tomorrow (Fingers crossed as Kyle has yet to see one).]

At: 14:20(VUT) 30-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 35.718' S168º 9.858' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lamen Bay, Epi Island, Vanuatu (South Pacific). Our position: -16.5954, 168.1643

Sail From: Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu To: Lamen Bay, Epi Island, Vanuatu

We travelled [90.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [69.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Overnight Passage, rough and choppy (especially clearing Efate), mostly beam seas/beam reach the whole way (a bit of a washing machine ride). Anchored in 5m of sand. Two other boats at anchorage on our arrival (plenty of space for 15 boats!). Nice protected anchorage from likely winds.]

General Comments: [Sailing this overnight Passage was well lit: with the glow behind us of Efate's lights bright for 50nm (until the moon came up) and the glow of a volcano on Ambrym Island ahead. Kyle had dolphins join him too around 2am (just as he was becalmed in the lee of Epi, so they didn't stay long, but still... COOL!).]

At: 07:06(VUT) 26-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 44.478' S168º 18.708' EBegonia
Safely arrived at Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of South Pacific Passage From:Ponamias Bay, Erromango Island, Vanuatu To:Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. Our position: -17.7413, 168.3118

Progress: [We've made [83.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [5.0]nm (through water). We have moved [4.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [No obvious moorings free, and boats behind us VHF chatter indicated that at least some had reserved a mooring ball - so we decided to anchor. While this isn't the best anchorage, we found an OK spot and tested the holding fully - so we should be OK (provided nobody anchors in front of us.]

General Comments: [We arrived before the marina opened, and the town traffic and ferries to the nearby island are already busy shuttling around. We are in the 'big' city! We recognized a few boats on the moorings too. We'll take today to rest aboard, and then begin exploring tomorrow]

At: 07:34(VUT) 21-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 46.152' S168º 14.538' EBegonia
Day 2 of South Pacific Passage From:Ponamias Bay, Erromango Island, Vanuatu To:Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. Our position: -17.7691, 168.2423

Progress: [We've made [78.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [4.6]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [78.1]nm (through water). We have moved [69.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Sailing under spinnaker all the way, until it was clear we'd arrive before sunrise (and the wind picked up), then Kyle switched to a reefed jib to slow us down.]

General Comments: [Amazingly during our 3 days in Erromango we only saw no yachties and just two local boats, and I guess we were such a novelty that they both stopped by us to see who we were. We departed Erromango just before sunset, and we are currently approaching Port Vila (one 'L') with the sunrise. A fast and straightforward passage. A beautiful clear night for star-gazing with the milky way and 1000s of stars clear to see (at least until the moon rose).]

At: 06:00(VUT) 21-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 22.5C (72.5F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 359(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.4kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:65%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
almost 3 years  agoShow

18º 37.8' S169º 2.748' EBegonia
At Anchor: Ponamias Bay, Erromango Island, Vanuatu (South Pacific). Our position: -18.6300, 169.0458

Sail From: Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu To: Ponamias Bay, Erromango Island, Vanuatu

We travelled [71.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [59.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Solid winds and 2m seas for this passage, it was great to be going downwind again! We sailed with the spinnaker much of the way to the east coast of Erromango, conditions were certainly borderline for the spinnaker, but Kyle was thoroughly enjoying himself. Once we started to explore possible anchorages we switched between motoring and using the jib.]

General Comments: [We sampled a number of small bays (possible anchorages) on the east coast of Erromango (now known to us as the 'cave coast'), but we were not able to find anything we'd be comfortable anchoring in. This was a shame since we acquired a welcome party at one bay, and we had to abandon the anchoring and just leave. Ashore here from our anchorage at Ponamias Bay there is a river running down to the sea and a small (temporary/pig/fishing?) structure just behind the pebble beach. There are no signs of life so far, but I expect there might be people around if we venture inshore. We'll have a great sunset view for tonight (and no cell phone signal to tempt us to distractions)]

At: 16:56(FJT) 17-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

19º 31.632' S169º 29.76' EBegonia
Safely arrived at Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 5 of South Pacific Passage From:Denarau Marina Moorings, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji To:Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Our position: -19.5271, 169.4959

Progress: [We've made [562.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [19.2]nm (through water). We have moved [17.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4m depth, 8 other boats already at anchor (no obvious rally boats).]

General Comments: [Rough arrival, drizzly and overcast. We've been feeling the (relative) cold and figure we'll need our wetsuits (Thanks Carla) for any snorkelling in Vanuatu. We are hoping to get some sleep today, stay aboard, and officially clear in in on our original schedule (TBD).]

At: 09:18(FJT) 13-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

19º 41.958' S169º 45.162' EBegonia
Day 5 of South Pacific Passage From:Denarau Marina Moorings, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji To:Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Our position: -19.6994, 169.7526

Progress: [We've made [543.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [18]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [125.2]nm (through water). We have moved [115.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind died for much of yesterday afternoon, and returned and shifted by late evening. We are now sailing downwind with jib alone (while brining the main down our lazy jacks broke - a chafe point gave we were unaware of)]

General Comments: [Should arrive today, after the front passed last night we feel the cold/wind and have rain.]

At: 06:00(FJT) 13-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F), Course: 306(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
almost 3 years  agoShow

20º 0.972' S171º 46.14' EBegonia
Day 4 of South Pacific Passage From:Denarau Marina Moorings, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji To:Port Resoultion, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Our position: -20.0162, 171.7690

Progress: [We've made [417.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [132]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [151.4]nm (through water). We have moved [137.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind continued to back, and we're now on a close reach. We've had good winds/conditions and some fast speeds (considering). There is a reasonable chance we'll arrive on the 13th, a day early (but still not guaranteed). Winds are expected to reduce today.]

General Comments: [Yesterday afternoon we passed close to a large whale (Possibly a pilot whale?), it seemed to ba alone and mostly just sat laying at the surface. We pulled out our Vanuatu flag (so colourful). Passage otherwise uneventful, no boat seen, very few birds so far either.]

At: 06:00(FJT) 12-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:93%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.7kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (to:SSW)
almost 3 years  agoShow

19º 58.068' S174º 12.87' EBegonia
Day 3 of South Pacific Passage From:Denarau Marina Moorings, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji To:Port Resoultion, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Our position: -19.9678, 174.2144

Progress: [We've made [266.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [275]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [148.8]nm (through water). We have moved [145.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The wind did indeed continue to back (and lighten), from early afternoon yesterday we've been flying the spinnaker. Seas also have been easier - we are having a rather gentle passage.]

General Comments: [More clear skies (and star-gazing) overnight. No boats sighted. We have settled into our watches (feeling well rested) and all is well.]

At: 06:00(FJT) 11-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F), Course: 230(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:9Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:WSE)
almost 3 years  agoShow

18º 31.14' S176º 16.338' EBegonia
Day 2 of South Pacific Passage From:Denarau Marina Moorings, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji To:Port Resoultion, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Our position: -18.5190, 176.2724

Progress: [We've made [117.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [389]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [117.8]nm (through water). We have moved [77.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Leaving the Reef of Viti Levu we had light headwinds and flat seas. We needed to tack quite a bit before we finally reached the pass. Since then we've been on the same tack as the wind slowly starts to back (we're currently at 85 degrees apparent). We expect the wind to continue to back throughout the remaining passage.]

General Comments: [In the most recent moving about the marina we finally reached 10,000 hours of sailing with Begonia. That works out to 416 days (and change) of constant sailing, of course we didn't sail all that time - but our travels with Begonia began on 11-June-2012 (2612 days ago)- so that averages to about 3 hours and 49 minutes a day since we've owned the boat... I think we're getting our monies worth from this boat ownership. Back to this passage: We've had mostly clear skies overnight (great for star gazing), and as the clouds start to extend we had a nice sunrise this morning. There were a few Chinese fishing boats around overnight, but otherwise we've had nothing to concern us since we left the pass. Based on Radio chatter, we know of at least 3 other sailboats that left Fiji yesterday bound for Vanuatu although they are all ahead of us.]

At: 06:00(FJT) 10-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 235(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.3kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 46.2' S177º 22.878' EBegonia
At Denarau Marina Moorings, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.7700, 177.3813

Sail From: Denarau Marina docks, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji To: Denarau Marina Moorings, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji

We travelled [0.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [So lucky - we managed to get a mooring ball at the marina - trick is to keep asking at the office until they are aware of one of the privately owned mooring balls being vacant - they you kind-a pay cash outside the system]

General Comments: [We are so happy to have a mooring ball as the anchorage is a very long way out from the dinghy dock - this way we can pop ashore several times a day without care!]

At: 11:24(FJT) 06-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 46.362' S177º 22.992' EBegonia
At Danarau Marina docks, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.7726, 177.3832

Sail From: Musket Cove, Malolo Lailai Island, Mamanuca Group, Fiji To: Danarau Marina docks, off Viti Levu Island, Fiji

We travelled [18.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Marina Docks (among the Mega-Yachts)]

General Comments: [Sail and motor to marina - the only space was among the mega yachts for one night after a cancellation - time to do laundry, scrub the decks, and a trip to the store for the heavy groceries (beer!).]

At: 14:40(FJT) 05-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 46.278' S177º 11.142' EBegonia
At Musket Cove, Malolo Lailai Island, Mamanuca Group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.7713, 177.1857

Sail From: Mana Island, Mamanuca Group, Fiji To: Musket Cove, Malolo Lailai Island, Mamanuca Group, Fiji

We travelled [9.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A short hop in sunshine south to Musket Cove, all moorings taken so we anchored outside the pack (along with many others) in 15m depth]

General Comments: [Arrived and find ourselves right next to Muse again - and they are already notifying us that freshly-baked, warm bread is ready to collect (they are so awesome!). Here we hope to actually eat out and relax a bit, while also starting to plan our departure from Fiji next week.]

At: 11:10(FJT) 03-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 28.2C (82.76F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 40.788' S177º 6.738' EBegonia
At Mana Island, Mamanuca Group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.6798, 177.1123

Sail From: Vanua Levu/Navadra Islands, Sacred Islands, Fiji To: Mana Island, Mamanuca Group, Fiji

We travelled [41.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Rough and windy seas to start (ugh) but we managed to sail/tack until the pass into the lagoon. Anchored in 11m, with reef close by (very close)]

General Comments: [Despite the conditions, it seems most boats are headed towards the main ports for departing Fiji (as are we, slowly). On this passage we passed close to Monuriki Island (where Cast Away was filmed) and knowing this, we'd deliberately watched the movie last night so we'd be familiar with it (we didn't stop, but we did see quite a crowd of tourists had been dropped off at the beach). There was an obvious bush fire on Malolo Island on route. (roughly where we are headed next). Good news is the the phone data signal is the best we've seen yet in Fiji (LTE). I'd planned the rest of the day for housework and accounting, but we were just called by a fellow boater who is soon to arrive in our same anchorage - plans, as always, must be flexible. ]

At: 14:38(FJT) 02-Aug-2019, Outside Temp: 27.4C (81.32F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 27.54' S177º 2.718' EBegonia
At Vanua Levu/Navadra Islands, Sacred Islands, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.4590, 177.0454

Sail From: Nalauwaki Bay, Waya Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji To: Vanua Levu/Navadra Islands, Sacred Islands, Fiji

We travelled [16.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Motored on another calm day, anchored in indent in reef (alongside Sea Angel)]

General Comments: [We left Waya in drizzle and gray skies and slowly the weather changed to bright sunshine. As we continued down the island chain there were more dramatic peaks to sail by. We've arrived at the 'Sacred Islands' which are uninhabited and we'll explore - but it is HOT and humid - thankfully the water is close by.]

At: 13:16(FJT) 31-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 32.3C (90.14F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 16.428' S177º 7.02' EBegonia
At Nalauwaki Bay, Waya Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.2739, 177.1170

Sail From: Somosomo Bay, Naviti Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji To: Nalauwaki Bay, Waya Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji

We travelled [23.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Calm conditions, arrived and anchored in 8m of good sand]

General Comments: [We knew we'd cross paths on this passage with our good friends on Lalamanzi - once we actually crossed, all plans changed and we anchored together and are planning dinner tonight with a wahoo that they just caught. We are so happy to meet up again]

At: 12:04(FJT) 30-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 28.4C (83.12F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 5.07' S177º 16.638' EBegonia
At Somosomo Bay, Naviti Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.0845, 177.2774

Sail From: Off Nunya Island Resort (Nunya Lailai Island), Yasawa Group, Fiji To: Somosomo Bay, Naviti Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji

We travelled [12.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Choppy seas and a headwinds - so we motored for this short hop south. Anchored in 6m of good sandy holding]

General Comments: [Long sandy beaches, and turtles to look forward to here]

At: 11:56(FJT) 27-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 56.55' S177º 22.05' EBegonia
At Off Nunya Island Resort (Nunya Lailai Island), Yasawa Group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -16.9425, 177.3675

Sail From: Sawa-i-Lau Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji To: Off Nunya Island Resort (Nunya Lailai Island), Yasawa Group, Fiji

We travelled [12.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 15m depth, between other boats and resort traffic.]

General Comments: [A short hop south along the Yasawa group, yet we still manage to sail between anchorages. We are looking forward to seeing the resort side of Fiji after all the remoteness (we already have 3G signals on our phones!)]

At: 11:48(FJT) 24-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 27.6C (81.68F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 50.538' S177º 27.858' EBegonia
Safely arrived at Sawa-i-Lau Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of South Pacific Passage From:Ship's Cove, Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu Island, Lau, Fiji To:Sawa-i-Lau Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji. Our position: -16.8423, 177.4644

Progress: [We've made [236.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [14.1]nm (through water). We have moved [12.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [When we arrived, the winds were 20kt from the SSW and 3 other boats were already in the anchorage (all pulling hard on their tackle) - we attempted to squeeze in, but with the depth, the scope required, and the reefs - we struggled, and the anchor refused to set twice. Eventually we moved closer to the village (more exposed) but we managed to get the anchor to set. Water very churned up - no idea what the bottom looks like.]

General Comments: [The closer we got the stronger the wind and bigger the waves, the anchorage is quite bouncy right now (forecast for wind to swing again to 'normal' overnight). We found our friends on Muse anchored and receied a nice welcome (smiles and waves). Being Sunday and after watch keeping, we'll take it easy today and hope to start exploring in the moning.]

At: 10:28(FJT) 21-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 26.4C (79.52F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

16º 58.818' S177º 37.542' EBegonia
Day 3 of South Pacific Passage From:Ship's Cove, Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu Island, Lau, Fiji To:Sawa-i-Lau Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji. Our position: -16.9803, 177.6257

Progress: [We've made [222.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [13]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [94.4]nm (through water). We have moved [81.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Ugh - a day of light winds (and too light) - with more motoring that we care for. Overnight though (on Kyle's watch) there was really heavy rain, and wind swirled around from all directions (frustrating!). Right now we are waiting for daylight to make our way through a particularly hazardous patch of reef]

General Comments: [A beautiful day yesterday - sunshine, calm seas and several sightings of pilot whales. At one point we were sailing in light winds when two other boats joined us (motoring), once they passed us they too (feeling the shame?) put up their sails too. We are currently sailing through 'Bligh water' of captain Bligh fame.. after being set adrift from the Bounty Bligh made his way to Fiji, but didn't dare stop given the multitude of cannibals here at the time. Thankfully we don't have that worry.]

At: 06:00(FJT) 21-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:90%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 285(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.7kt, Wind:6Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:N)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 23.418' S178º 59.25' EBegonia
Day 2 of Fiji Passage From:Ship's Cove, Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu Island, Lau To:Sawa-i-Lau Island, Yasawa Group.
Our position: -17.3904, 178.9875

Progress: [We've made [128.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [100]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [128.0]nm (through water). We have moved [115.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Downwind sailing with the Spinnaker alone - with 3 hours of motoring when the wind completely dropped out in the early hours of this morning. If forecast holds out light winds remain]

General Comments: [We departed The Bay of Islands at 6:36am yesterday, and had a great day of sailing. We once again crossed the longitude that switches us from W to E so we have to pay special attention when we record our position. Overnight poor Kyle had both rain and a loss of wind, but we are back sailing now. We have fresh papayas for breakfast. The narrow and convoluted passage between the main two islands is just ahead of us (we'll have good light and we've downloaded the latest satellite pictures).]

At: 06:00(FJT) 20-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 279(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:8Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 10.602' S179º 0.918' WBegonia
At Ship's Cove, Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu Island, Lau, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.1767, -179.0154

Sail From: Daliconi Village, NW Vanua Balavu Island, Lau, Fiji To: Ship's Cove, Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu Island, Lau, Fiji

We travelled [5.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in tight quarters (rocks) but stunning location (may want to set a stern line to shore) - depth at 6.5-7.5m]

General Comments: [This is the area we came to this island to see - a really small patch for sure but of stunning rock formations and we look forward to some fun poking around and snorkelling too. Amazingly we've arrived in a weather window that is just perfect, calm seas, little wind... Wow! Ship's cove is named after one of the coral islands that kind-a looks like a ship.]

At: 08:52(FJT) 16-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 13.248' S178º 57.96' WBegonia
At Daliconi Village, NW Vanua Balavu Island, Lau, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.2209, -178.9660

Sail From: Bavatu Harbour, Vanua Balavu Island, Lau Group, Fiji To: Daliconi Village, NW Vanua Balavu Island, Lau, Fiji

We travelled [10.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchor took a bit of effort to set, but anchored in 7-8 of hard bottom (probably coral) - hopefully we'll recover anchor without incident.]

General Comments: [We are planning so spend some time just north of here in the 'Bay of Islands' and must come to the village to do 'sevusevu' and get permission. We'll anchor here overnight and move in the morning. We have beautiful calm and clear weather and motored over the top of the island to get here - looks like there should be some great snorkelling if the weather holds (as forecast). For the route here we used the waypoints provided in our 'Sail Fiji' App - and realized on route that they took us over shallow coral (yikes) - a quick reminder never to trust anyone else's coordinates!]

At: 16:04(FJT) 15-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 29C (84.2F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

17º 11.052' S179º 0.162' WBegonia
At Bavatu Harbour, Vanua Balavu Island, Lau Group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -17.1842, -179.0026

Sail From: Oneata Island, Lau Group, Fiji To: Bavatu Harbour, Vanua Balavu Island, Lau Group, Fiji

We travelled [96.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [80.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchoring was a bit problematic, it is hard to find a spot less than 20m - and when we did, we dragged on testing, so we toured the whole harbour looking for the right spot, and even considered setting anchor and a stern line to a tree for a while. There were 3 other boats already here and several floats to complicate the process - but all is well now]

General Comments: [A beautiful overnight sail through several tight passes overnight with a full moon - we were glad to have plenty of satellite images to verify the route we had plotted. We have a letter of introduction (from Copra boat shed) for the plantation here and hope to go ashore tomorrow and introduce ourselves, and explore. Today is Sunday, and we'll rest from the passage. No cell phone service in the harbour so any updates on that front will be further delayed. Amazingly on departing Oneata, before even exiting the lagoon we caught a 38"" King Mackerel fish - so that is our dinner sorted out for a few days :-). I belive this is our FIRST fish this year!]

At: 09:54(FJT) 14-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

18º 26.1' S178º 28.83' WBegonia
At Oneata Island, Lau Group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -18.4350, -178.4805

Sail From: Komo Island, Lau group, Fiji To: Oneata Island, Lau Group, Fiji

We travelled [22.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A boisterous passage North today with double reef in main and jib. Anchored in 2.3-3.3m of sand over coral(?) in a well sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay a bit of a dinghy ride west along the shore, followed by a hike to the village for sevusevu]

General Comments: [We had a nice stay at Komo Island (No fee) their exported craft being coconut twine which we got to see in all stages of creation. We went into the village 3 times and felt very welcome (we were apparently only the third cruising boat to visit as yet in 2019). The boat 'Oyster Reach' was anchored when we arrived and we went in and did sevusevu together and shared a day ashore. On our last day at the village, another boat arrived 'Slice of Life'. We continue to meet boats that have arrived in Fiji as part of one of the several rallies - and these have been able to complete customs etc within the Lau group (saving that bash back out that we had to do). Most boats are heading from North to South while we are now heading north through the Lau group. We need to rush to do sevusevu ashore on Oneata as it is quite a distance to get to the village from the anchorage.]

At: 12:54(FJT) 11-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

18º 40.662' S178º 37.482' WBegonia
At Komo Island, Lau group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -18.6776, -178.6247

Sail From: West end of Namuka-I-Lau Island, Lau group, Fiji To: Komo Island, Lau group, Fiji

We travelled [18.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.5-7m of sand (over coral)]

General Comments: [A short passage and a nice fast sail today - no fish caught (surprise!), when we arrived we found 'Oyster Reach' anchored here and we plan to go ashore together for Sevusevu]

At: 11:42(FJT) 08-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 27.4C (81.32F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

18º 50.802' S178º 40.248' WBegonia
At West end of Namuka-I-Lau Island , Lau group, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -18.8466, -178.6708

Sail From: Main Village Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji To: West end of Namuka-I-Lau Island , Lau group, Fiji

We travelled [23.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Entering on the North pass, we made our way to a good sandy patch with a 3-4m range.]

General Comments: [We departed Vulaga with the high tide. As we headed towards the pass from our anchorage a Fijian Navy boat arrived and anchored (I've no idea how many they have). As we passed by, it called us on the radio and asked for some basic registration information which we were happy to provide. By the time we reached the pass we had our sails up and I was spotting on the bow as Kyle maneuvered us through the narrow pass. The Navy boat sent out a rib full of crew and demanded we stop - they wanted to board us! I've no idea why the could not have notified us before we found ourselves in the middle of the narrow pass - we'd have happily delayed in calmer waters. There was no way it was safe for us to come to a stop in the pass, we'd be pushed to one wall or the other and find ourselves aground within a minute - so we (finally) managed to communicate that we'd delay the stopping until we were outside the pass. They had one official board us (from customs), he inspected our cruising permit and passports, asked a few questions and looked in all rooms of the boat, then left - he was very easy going an not at all perturbed by our delay in his boarding. Amazingly the rib then proceeded even further out to sea to catch up with the boat Devana (who had left just ahead of us) and perform the same boarding and inspection on their boat - those are some salty Navy guys! Otherwise the passage was easy and uneventful. We again didn't catch any fish. Ashore we need go go and do sevusevu, and it is a 45 minute walk to town, so we need to get going in order to return before to the boat before dark (and then we'll be free all Sunday to explore).]

At: 13:24(FJT) 06-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

19º 8.928' S178º 34.062' WBegonia
At Main Village Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -19.1488, -178.5676

Sail From: Picnic Beach Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon To: Main Village Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji

We travelled [2.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Back at Village (Muanaicake) Anchorage - anchored in 7m of sand]

General Comments: [The village festival is on and TODAY… so change of plan (4th time) - and supply ship still not here (the reason for all the prior cancellations - We got lucky I think - we'll stay in village today and depart for Namuka tomorrow]

At: 08:52(FJT) 05-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: C (25.5F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

19º 8.25' S178º 32.118' WBegonia
At Picnic Beach Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon (South Pacific). Our position: -19.1375, -178.5354

Sail From: Main Village Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji To: Picnic Beach Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon

We travelled [1.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Another stunning location with great protection from predominant winds and lots of beautiful mushroom coral islets - another WOW spot, especially at low tide - anchored in 4m sand]

General Comments: [The village festival is further delayed since the supply ship is still to leave Suva. We've congregated with the other cruisers for a shared 4th July beach PotLuck. Note beach is only exposed at lower tides (which it is now).]

At: 14:56(FJT) 04-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

19º 8.94' S178º 34.05' WBegonia
At Main Village Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -19.1490, -178.5675

Sail From: Just east of pass Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji To: Main Village Anchorage, Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji

We travelled [1.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Back at Village (Muanaicake) Anchorage - anchored in 6m of sand]

General Comments: [Today the plan was to snorkel the pass. The slack water was later than we expected and really short (but at least followed by flood, so we were only going to be washed back into the lagoon. It seemed at least 5 other boats had the same idea to snorkel the pass today - so it was a little crowded with people towing dinghies; that feels mighty odd after having an anchorage to ourselves for a few days. Snorkel was good though, and Kyle got to rescue a fellow boater who had drifted onto the reef in their dinghy when looking in the other direction. We've returned to the village so we can be ready for breakfast in the morning with our host family, AND to attend the traditional dancing organized as part of pre-school week - very excited. However we just learned that the school festivities has been delayed until Friday (due to supply ship delays, that is due to weather issues) - so now we are not sure if we are expected for breakfast or not - it seems rude not to go, and yet I'm uncertain if they will still be expecting us so early? We'll go and take along enough food to feed us all regardless and hopefully that will cause no issues. We've already delayed our departure for the festivities so we'll delay one extra day and keep our fingers crossed.]

At: 17:10(FJT) 03-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
about 3 years  agoShow

19º 7.758' S178º 32.562' WBegonia

At Just east of pass Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -19.1294, -178.5426

Sail From: NE Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji To: Just east of pass Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji

We travelled [0.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Temporary anchorage in 4.5m of sand (great base to snorkel/dive the pass)]

General Comments: [Temporary relocation so we can swim the pass later today]

At: 08:32(FJT) 03-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 3 years  agoShow

19º 8.358' S178º 32.748' WBegonia
At NE Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -19.1394, -178.5458

Sail From: Near Beri Island, Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji To: NE Vulaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji

We travelled [2.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2-3.5m of lovely sand - with spectacular views all around.]

General Comments: [Finally the sun has shone and WOW, WOW, WOW, we've pottered about the Lagoon and are just pinching ourselves at how beautiful it is. Today we snorkelled about (near our Beri Island anchorage). Tomorrow we hope to snorkel the pass before returning to the village for the Pre-School week celebrations. Life is good, very good.]

At: 15:58(FJT) 02-Jul-2019, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 3 years  agoShow

19º 8.232' S178º 34.548' WBegonia
At Beri Island, Veluaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -19.1372, -178.5759

Sail From: Main Village, Veluaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji To: Beri Island, Veluaga Lagoon, Lau, Fiji

We travelled [1.85]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [4-5m of sand, surrounded by stunning 'mushroom' coral islands - spectacular]

General Comments: [We had a lovely introduction to the Chief and our Host Family in the village (Mere-Lowe & Jone). We've temporarily relocated due to expected wind and rain over next two days.]

At: 09:36(FJT) 29-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
about 3 years  agoShow

19º 8.928' S178º 33.99' WBegonia
Safely arrived at Vulaga Island, Southen Lau Group, Fiji - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of South Pacific Passage From:Namena Island (off Vanua Levu) Fiji To:Vulaga Island, Southen Lau Group, Fiji. Our position: -19.1489, -178.5665

Progress: [We've made [378.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [25.3]nm (through water). We have moved [8.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We completed our tacking to get to the island and near the entry pass (easily visible) - then motored in. Anchored in 7-8m near beach to land dinghy. Another 8 or so boats scattered about inside the reef.]

General Comments: [A 378nm passage to go just 125nm - zig-zagging is no fun. However once in the reef we have lovely calm waters (compared to outside) and stunning coral scenery all around. This place is beautiful (we've already forgotten about the upwind misery).]

At: 10:38(FJT) 27-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
about 3 years  agoShow

19º 4.188' S178º 41.232' WBegonia
Day 4 of South Pacific Passage From:Namena Island (off Vanua Levu) Fiji To:Vulaga Island, Southen Lau Group, Fiji. Our position: -19.0698,-178.6872

Progress: [We've made [353.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [13]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [133.9]nm (through water). We have moved [56.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [More headwinds, so more tacking (zig-zagging towards our goal) - we continue to make actual progress towards the goal slooooooow. Seas starting to build and we are keen to be in the protection of the reef before the stronger weekend winds arrive]

General Comments: [All looks good for arrival today (thankfully). Sailing downwind is so much nicer - but (if the plan works out) this will be our only upwind passage for our Fiji season - we're getting it over with in one go! We continue to munch our way through the bananas and Papayas (pawpaws)]

At: 06:00(FJT) 27-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 45(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 31.812' S179º 29.958' WBegonia
Day 3 of South Pacific Passage From:Namena Island (off Vanua Levu) Fiji To:Vulaga Island, Southen Lau Group, Fiji. Our position: -18.5302,-179.4994

Progress: [We've made [219.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [82]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [145.1]nm (through water). We have moved [72.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind is exactly from the wrong direction and tacking is like climbing a chalk board. To optimize our progress we keep the maximum sail up possible, but that means reefing and unreefing regularly - Ugh!]

General Comments: [Overnight we've struggled to cross over the north of Navutu Reef and its surrounding shallows (we're still not done). This is just one of the obstacles we have to navigate on our route. Progress is frustrating and we've had to accept we will not arrive today. We expect to arrive overnight and hang out until suitable light before entering the pass at Vulaga. We are disappointed, but what-ya-gonna-do? We were lucky enough to enjoy have a beautiful sunset at sea last night.]

At: 06:00(FJT) 26-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 192(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.9kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
about 3 years  agoShow

17º 46.53' S179º 31.14' EBegonia
Day 2 of South Pacific Passage From:Namena Island (off Vanua Levu) Fiji To:Vulaga Island, Southen Lau Group, Fiji.
Our position: -17.7755,179.5190

Progress: [We've made [74.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [140]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [74.4]nm (through water). We have moved [46.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Tacking to get up wind, waves slowly building but so far no too bad. We departed Namena by sailing off the mooring ball and through the pass (making Kyle very happy)]

General Comments: [We are eating bananas and papaya as much as we can (breakfast, lunch, snacks and smoothies) and still have plenty to go.]

At: 06:00(FJT) 25-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 26C (78.8F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 165(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.1kt, Wind:12Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

17º 8.118' S179º 5.37' EBegonia
At Namena Reef (by South Pass) (South Pacific). Our position: -17.1353,179.0895

Sail From: Namena Island (North side of Western tip) To: Namena Reef (by South Pass)

We travelled [0.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in patch of corral rubble/sand]

General Comments: [Swam around inside and outside of patch of reef wall - lovely/OK - snorkelling back in through the pass was the best.]

At: 11:10(FJT) 24-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
about 3 years  agoShow

17º 6.762' S179º 5.55' EBegonia
At Namena Island (North side of Western tip) (South Pacific). Our position: -17.1126,179.0924

Sail From: Off Lesaieccva Point (near Cousteau's Resort) on Vanua Levu Island, Fiji To: Namena Island (North side of Western tip)

We travelled [23.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [20.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [The island's sole mooring ball was free so we picked it up (& gave it a good test). From here we can go ashore and find the marine wardens to pay our marine reserve fees.]

General Comments: [A lovely fast sail across, and an easy pass to enter (North save-a-tack pass). Bright sunshine and plenty of time left in the day to explore the island, tropic birds flying overhead as we arrive… another slice of heaven!]

At: 13:32(FJT) 21-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
about 3 years  agoShow

16º 48.972' S179º 16.83' EBegonia

At Off Lesaieccva Point (near Cousteau's Resort) on Vanua Levu Island, Fiji (South Pacific). Our position: -16.8162,179.2804

Sail From: Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji To: Off Lesaieccva Point (near Cousteau's Resort) on Vanua Levu Island, Fiji

We travelled [4.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.8-3.9m of sand, plenty of wind but protected from waves.]

General Comments: [We enjoyed our time in Savusavu. We topped up with fresh provisions, new outfits, and Kava for the villages to follow (Kava at $120 FJD - about $47US - per Kg was a bit of a shock!). The Kava does come quite uniquely wrapped with newspaper and ribbons (like a maypole). We filled diesel and water (water with help from the lovely folks aboard Muse who helped us rig a filter system as we didn't entirely trust the water). There are some nice places to eat in the very small town, and everything is easy. The staff at the Copra shed were all wonderful. On our last day we took a trip to the nearby Flora Tropica Botanical Gardens (small but filled with lots of beautiful corners) - $20pp for a self guided tour well worth it, and the trails are all wooden walkways so no worries about mud.]

At: 13:58(FJT) 20-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
about 3 years  agoShow

16º 46.638' S179º 20.022' EBegonia

Safely arrived at Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of South Pacific Passage From:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga To:Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji. Our position: -16.7774,179.3336

Progress: [We've made [428.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [12.6]nm (through water). We have moved [7.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Arrived - at Copra Shed Marina Mooring ball #11. Awaiting officialdom.]

General Comments: [We had a welcome from Muse with a drive by from their dinghy as we passed Cousteau Resort, and an email welcome from Resolution III who must have been following us on CruiserSat.net's Fiji Net (Yay - it works!). After officialdom, then time for some sleep (maybe not…, far too excited!). Thankfully the rain had stopped in time for us to pick up our mooring.]

At: 09:24(FJT) 17-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 3 years  agoShow

16º 53.652' S179º 21.672' EBegonia
Day 4 of South Pacific Passage From:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga To:Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji. Our position: -16.8942,179.3612

Progress: [We've made [416.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [14]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [143.2]nm (through water). We have moved [133.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mostly downwind over the last 24 hours, but seas OK so reasonably comfortable. Light rain much of the night, just turned to heavy rain and a very overcast sky suggests more.]

General Comments: [Almost there! We are still uncertain if we'll need to anchor (in 20m) or get lucky and find a free mooring ball in town. It seems the officialdom begins quite quickly once we arrive so we'll have to prep the boat and ourselves for that. We see on AIS we have old boating friends in town to catch up with too.]

At: 06:00(FJT) 17-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1m (to:NW)
about 3 years  agoShow

17º 49.128' S178º 31.332' WBegonia
Day 3 of South Pacific Passage From:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga To:Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji. Our position: -17.8189,-178.5222

Progress: [We've made [272.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [148]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [170.0]nm (through water). We have moved [164.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Seas and wind continued to yesterday, and have finally started to reduce again. Sailing broad reach with following waves]

General Comments: [Overnight we started winding our way through the islands of the Lau group (we are unable to stop here, until we first clear in in Savusavu - we plan to sail back here). The Australian sailboat Ambler II was spotted around 15nm North of us several times on the AIS yesterday - they are also headed for Savusavu. We look good to arrive tomorrow. We need to dig out Fiji appropriate clothing before we arrive (long skirts for me, long trousers for Kyle), no more shorts for a while (at least not in public).]

At: 06:00(FJT) 16-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 267(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 12.852' S175º 39.768' WBegonia
Day 2 of South Pacific Passage From:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga To:Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji. Our position: -18.2142,-175.6628

Progress: [We've made [102.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [308]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [102.8]nm (through water). We have moved [97.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Slow start, with wind and seas (and boat speed) slowly increasing. It is nice weather and a good point of sail (broad-reach)]

General Comments: [Back at sea, after a month in Tonga it will take a few days to get back in the swing of watches. We left with a bunch of fresh fruit (coconuts, mango, water-melon & banana) which we'll be feasting on to have all eaten before we arrive in Fiji. I (Maryanne) am currently listening to a climate change podcast called Warm Regards, Kyle's been working through his usual list too. Night watch is made easier for me with a full moon. A line of 3 Taiwanese fishing boats ahead of us (visible only on AIS so far).]

At: 06:00(FJT) 15-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:90%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 289(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.5kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:45%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 41.28' S174º 1.362' WBegoniaAt Mala (Anchorage #6), Vava'u, Tonga (South Pacific). Our position: -18.6879,-174.0227

Sail From: Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga To: Mala (Anchorage #6), Vava'u, Tonga

We travelled [4.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We're back at Mala - since from this anchorage we have a clear shot west to Fiji and only need to use the motor to lift the anchor.]

General Comments: [We officially cleared out of Tonga, picked up the last of our fresh bred and vegetables and a bottle of duty free whisky. We've plenty of fresh water after the recent rains and are excited to be heading west. (That water came in handy to clean the boat after the very muddy customs dock area.).]

At: 14:00(TOT) 13-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 39.54' S173º 58.89' WBegoniaAt Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga (South Pacific)

Sail From: Mala (Anchorage #6), Vava'u, Tonga To: Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

We travelled [4.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Beluga Mooring #13 - a short row to restaurant dock.]

General Comments: [We've moved back to town and will start preparing for our departure (in a lazy way) later in the week. It is a bit busier here than when we left since the ARC rally has arrived in town (which may mean extra activities are arranged for our fun too?)]

At: 14:16(TOT) 09-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 41.25' S174º 1.392' WBegoniaAt Mala (Anchorage #6), Vava'u, Tonga (South Pacific)

Sail From: Langito'o Island, Vava'u, Tonga To: Mala (Anchorage #6), Vava'u, Tonga

We travelled [10.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Shallow water anchorage (3m) and lots of coral patches (bommies) around so picking the right spot needs good light (which we had just at the right time). Weather is overcast with occasional brief light shower, and occasional sunny spells. It is windy outside of the shelter of the islands and there were even a few white caps out today. We just motored given the short distance to move and windy nature of our path.]

General Comments: [On Route today we took a slight detour and stopped at Mariner's cave where we each took some time to swim over and enjoy the cloud formation and dissipation in time with the waves entering and receding.. Pretty cool. This anchorage is a place we visited previously and from here we plan to take the dingy to Swallows cave during our stay.]

At: 15:30(TOT) 05-Jun-2019, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 43.518' S174º 5.418' WBegoniaAt Langito'o Island, Vava'u, Tonga (South Pacific)

Sail From: Avalau Island (Anchorage #40), Vava'u, Tonga To: Langito'o Island, Vava'u, Tonga

We travelled [3.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of sand between Vakaitu and Langito'o islands (approach from North)]

General Comments: [We've been to this very spot before and enjoyed some nice snorkelling in the immediate area. We are a short dinghy ride from the 'Coral Gardens' which we missed last time and plan to explore this time around. Weather is good (hot), scenery remains stunning... Life is good.]

At: 12:32(TOT) 30-May-2019, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 45.102' S174º 4.89' WBegoniaDestination: Savusavu about 3 years  agoShow

18º 45.102' S174º 4.89' WBegoniaAt Avalau Island (Anchorage #40), Vava'u, Tonga (South Pacific) Sail From: Maninita Island (Anchorage #31), Vava'u, Tonga To: Avalau Island (Anchorage #40), Vava'u, Tonga We travelled [12.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Location Comments: [Maninita was lovely and we managed to get ashore both days, however while the anchor was very well set - it was disconcerting being so close to the reefs - so we decided to move on. We sailed over to Avalau (?) This island seems to have multiple names - Navionics charts call it Avaldu, and the Moorings Chart is marked Avalau (as is Google Maps), but the Moorings Index/Key calls it Ovalau - as does Wikipedia - We are going to assume Avalau is correct). Whatever it is called, it is another picutre postcard perfect spot, with white sand, coconut palms, beautiful blue waters, and birds flying around. Oh - it is now also drizzling with rain - so we'll not take an excursion ashore quite yet!] General Comments: [On passage today I baked some fresh bread, and a new Kyle favourite Cheese and Jalepeno Muffins] At: 15:02(TOT) 26-May-2019, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F) ----- At 26/05/2019 02:02 (UTC) our position was 18°45.10'S 174°04.89'Wabout 3 years  agoShow

18º 51.39' S173º 59.868' WBegoniaAt Maninita Island (Anchorage #31), Vava'u, Tonga (South Pacific)

Sail From: Kenutu Island (Anchorage #30), Vava'u, Tonga To: Maninita Island (Anchorage #31), Vava'u, Tonga

We travelled [11.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [All eyes for this reef strewn passage to the southernmost Vava'u Island. Only space for one boat to anchor, and we have to be very wary of the conditions here as it can be dangerous if waves/wind get higher, we are tucked in between some shallow reefs with little swing room (but put out the most scope that we dare).]

General Comments: [We arrived at this picture perfect island to find it full of various birds (to explore later)]

At: 12:34(TOT) 25-May-2019, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 42.03' S173º 55.77' WBegoniaAt Kenutu Island (Anchorage #30), Vava'u, Tonga (South Pacific)

Sail From: Ofu Island, Vava'u, Tonga (Anchorage # 28) To: Kenutu Island (Anchorage #30), Vava'u, Tonga


We travelled [4.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A short motor between heavy rain patches, and meandering through shallow reefs. Anchored in 6.6m of sand.]

General Comments: [Our new location (Kenutu Island) is on the exposed eastern side on Vava'u, and right now the eastern shore and the gaps have some dramatic high breaking waves with spray pouring across the top of the ends of the islands - we are very happy to be on lee side of the island and in tranquil, calm waters. Back at our Ofu anchorage, we had a lazy few days and our first snorkel in Tonga this year. There is a new small eco-type resort(www.mandalaisland.com) opening on Fetoko Island (the little island between Ofu and Mafana) - the people there are lovely and the location great for some sunset cocktails and a meal (opening in July 2019!) - we even saw a pair of Pacific Kingfishers on the island. Weather has been breezy, overcast and with occasional drizzle - which has been welcome really as it keeps things a little cooler while we adjust back into a tropical climate.]

At: 10:24(TOT) 22-May-2019, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 41.382' S173º 57.42' WBegoniaAt Ofu Island, Vava'u, Tonga (Anchorage # 28) (South Pacific)

Sail From: Tapana South (Anchorage #12) Vava'u, Tonga To: Ofu Island, Vava'u, Tonga (Anchorage # 28)

We travelled [4.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting

Location Comments: [A short motor around reefs and Islands to this more westerly anchorage]

General Comments: [It is Sunday here, and this means no work (in Tonga) - so aside from relocating we plan just that! Weather is overcast and breezy so it keeps the temperature very comfortable. There seems to be a busy village ashore on Ofu. We're expecting rain over the next few days so we'll plan any exploration around that.]

At: 10:38(TOT) 19-May-2019, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 43.38' S173º 59.49' WBegoniaAt Tapana South (Anchorage #12) Vava'u, Tonga (South Pacific)

Sail From: Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga To: Tapana South (Anchorage #12) Vava'u, Tonga

We travelled [17.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Great wind and beautiful sunshine for a day of sailing (mostly tacking) away from the 'big city' and out into the remote anchorages for some decompression time]

General Comments: [Having finally completed all our officialdom in Neiafu, along with SIM cards, Fresh veggies and a couple of nice meals out - we have escaped for some quiet time (and time to fix all those little bits that need doing from the recent passage). We are looking forward to chilling, and snorkelling, and relaxing in the sun and breeze... This place is beautiful!]

At: 12:46(TOT) 16-May-2019, Outside Temp: 29C (84.2F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 26.3C (79.34F)
about 3 years  agoShow

18º 39.492' S173º 58.95' WBegoniaSafely arrived at Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga - PASSAGE COMPLETE.


Day 11 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [We've made [1438.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [40.9]nm (through water). We have moved [35.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We managed to sail all day - right until just shy of the customs dock when we turned on the motors - sailing and weather conditions are great, water is warm (although we've not yet taken the plunge) and skies are blue.]

General Comments: [We arrived! The last leg of the passage was winding our way through the many islands of the Vava'u group up to the main town of Neiafu. We arrived around 3:20pm local time (14:20 NZST) and needed to squeeze in 4 lots of officialdom visits to the boat before we could move to the mooring area. We finally made it (with one official deferred until tomorrow) - time to catch up on some sleep. Slight problems with our bank card which currently refuses to give us our money (a recurring issue despite completing all the advance notices) - but hopefully this can be resolved by morning when we'll try again.]

At: 16:18(NZST) 13-May-2019, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
about 3 years  agoShow

19º 15.198' S173º 57.882' WBegoniaDay 11 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [We've made [1397.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [41.6]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [144.8]nm (through water). We have moved [142.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Conditions continue to calm, and weather is WARM (we both feel too hot, it will take some getting used to again). We managed to get a current in our favour most of yesterday (??).]

General Comments: [Yesterday we approached 3 strange AIS signals in a line. They were each moving in random directions and we figured we'd come across some fishing vessels - but as we got closer we could see nothing - so now we assume they are some kind of scientific buoys recording ocean conditions and (somehow) tethered to the bottom. I spent ages adjusting course to keep out of their way and watching out for them... The big frustration yesterday was some major disagreement between the fridge, the chartplotter and the autopilot. Once the fridge is on (it generally cycles on and off, being 'on' a couple of times a day for an hour or two at a time) suddenly the chart plotter would spout random anchor/depth/warning messages - and often as not change the time on the clock and disengage the autopilot. That kept us on our toes for a few hours until the fridge finally was cold enough again! So far today - so good, but this will need some additional research and fixing (something else to keep us busy in paradise!). The good news is that we expect to arrive today (whew) so we can worry about all this from anchor and possibly with a beer in hand!]

At: 06:00(NZST) 13-May-2019, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F), Course: 355(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
about 3 years  agoShow

21º 37.308' S173º 44.178' WBegoniaDay 10 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [We've made [1252.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [183]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [189.9]nm (through water). We have moved [175.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [In the early hours things started to calm down, the wave period has increased and the waves are now down to 3m and given the last few days seem comfortable (we've also turned for a better angle) - forecast is for the weather to continue to decrease/calm.]

General Comments: [We crossed the Tropic of Capricorn yesterday (we are now in the tropics for REAL!) Right now we are crossing over the Tonga Trench - 10km deep (2nd deepest in the world). Yesterday was another day of misery aboard - this has been a wild ride to Tonga. Basically the waves are big enough that they slam under the bridgedeck of the boat - and they slam hard. While we were attempting to enjoy our desert last night we both suddenly smelled electrical burning. We quickly sniffed our way to the problem and found that our little USB socket in the bedroom was the culprit. It is tucked away at one end of a shelf that runs along the bed and was under water!!!! Trust my luck after just proclaiming yesterday we had no leaks. It turns out the water slamming under the bridgedeck can find its way IN one of the drain holes for the propane locker - the force has been so high that we get quite a spout of water here - which jumps up enough to land on the steering pole that connects the two rudders - in turn it flows along the pole and deposits itself at the foot end of that very same shelf and drains towards the head of the shelf... Once we'd fixed the electrical issue (disconnected it all) Kyle cleaned up and spent some time working out how to block any further water from using that same path - at least for now). The *stupid* fire alarms that go off all the time when I'm cooking - were silent (I guess they would have gone off if we hadn't noticed the smell so soon) and I am still a little shaken to think we could have had a fire aboard in the middle of nowhere - and had to resort to our little life-boat in such miserable seas. Thankfully all is well - the weather will only improve and YAY we are in the Tropics again.]

At: 06:00(NZST) 12-May-2019, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Course: 355(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.5kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:3m (to:NW)
about 3 years  agoShow

24º 26.022' S174º 34.758' WBegoniaDay 9 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [We've made [1062.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [353]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [183.2]nm (through water). We have moved [157.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Yuk - seas and wind continue to be rough on us (all as forecast) - we also seem to be constantly against a bit if current (??). If we can believe the forecast things will start to improve this evening. We continue to curve more downwind, bit, by bit, which also helps.]

General Comments: [Normally an offshore passage is rather dull, and sailing is mostly like driving on an empty motorway - cruise control for days on end. This passage is WORK. Just watching the waves is quite stressful. We are constantly overreefed (so at least we are not reefing and unreefing any more), but it is a trial to simply stay sat in the helm seat, let alone moving around the boat and preparing food. There is plenty of sea water finding its way on deck (and even in the cockpit at times) - I'm so happy all our hatches are dry, so no water gets into the boat. We've scooped up a few flying-fish too and just keep tossing them back into the sea in the hopes they may survive. Still - we are almost there!!!]

At: 06:00(NZST) 11-May-2019, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Course: 26(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.7kt, Wind:20Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:3.5m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

26º 45.768' S175º 56.34' WBegoniaDay 8 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [We've made [879.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [502]nm (along route) to go. Since last posting we have made [147.8]nm (through water). We have moved [138.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Very rough seas - not nice - lots of pounding - and we expect a few more days of this. We deliberately pushed east of our rhum-line and this at least puts on an a reach and as we get closer we'll be slowly turning to downwind sailing.]

General Comments: [ We knew by the date of our departure that this passage was going to expose us to some 'miserable' weather. Ideally we'd have left 3 days earlier, but we'd have needed to know that a week before in order to change our marina and car rental dates. By the time our departure date came - the next 'nice' weather window was so far ahead it would be after our visas expired (since we were not granted the 7 months we initially requested) - sigh - so we went with the forecast we had and knew we'd need to suck-it-up. We are now in the suck-it-up phase. On the good news side of events - the temperature is getting much nicer - Kyle sat his night watch in a T-shirt (with the enclosure on).]

At: 06:00(NZST) 10-May-2019, Outside Temp: 21.5C (70.7F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 34(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.9kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:45%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:3m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

30º 18.492' S179º 14.4' WBegoniaDay 6 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [So far we've made [591.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [761]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [148.5]nm (through water). We have moved [140.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We are slowly bearing off the wind, but the wind is also getting stronger, and seas getting a little choppier (so things balance out) - Kyle had a frustrating night of winds seeming to stabilize at 24kt, only to drop to 8kt for long enough to lull him into unreefing (oh, and it rained too). In the last 24 hours we've averaged 6.19kt - our best day yet!]

General Comments: [We crossed from the Eastern to the Western Hemisphere last night. There has been dramatic displays of bio-luminescence for the last couple of nights too (oh - and some meteor shows too!) - so night watches (when not reefing and unreefing) have been quite the spectacle. Not quite half way there yet, after 6 months of mostly short hops, this seems quite the passage (it is as though the longer passages we were once used to have slipped from our collective memories)]

At: 06:00(NZST) 08-May-2019, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Course: 39(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.2kt, Wind:11Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
about 3 years  agoShow

31º 48.63' S178º 39.582' EBegoniaDay 5 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [So far we've made [443.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [890]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [134.2]nm (through water). We have moved [128.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Consistent winds (but still sailing upwind) - forecast expects the same for the next 24 hours]

General Comments: [We are still wearing jackets and hats overnight and in the mornings. Kyle manages a t-shirt by afternoon. Overnight there is generally a lot of cloud so we've had two spectacular sun-rises in a row. Before we departed we fixed a troublesome sail-car - at least we thought we'd fixed it - it came off the track yesterday with the sail up and reefed - so now it looks as if the track is worn in one patch (ugh!). For now Kyle has removed it and all seems fine (for this passage at least!).]

At: 06:00(NZST) 07-May-2019, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Course: 39(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.9kt, Wind:12Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1025hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

33º 29.79' S177º 4.62' EBegoniaDay 4 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [So far we've made [308.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1020]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [127.9]nm (through water). We have moved [120.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The ocean is definitely rougher in this last 24 hours. We sail with a couple of reefs, and occasionally the wind lulls to 5-8kt for 20 minutes or more, only to shoot back up to 20+kt for no obvious reason - so our passage has seen some variable speeds especially overnight, and we delay any unreefing more than normal.]

General Comments: [Neither of us feel quite used to our watches. It is chilly out here also - so getting out of a warm bed when still sleepy is a struggle. Kyle was hoping to see some of the 'Eta Aquarids' Meteor Shower last night - but it was too cloudy (maybe tonight?).]

At: 06:00(NZST) 06-May-2019, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 41(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.5kt, Wind:11Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:85%, Pressure: 1025hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 17.94' S175º 59.778' EBegoniaDay 3 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [So far we've made [181.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1139]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [112.8]nm (through water). We have moved [58.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [All the last 24 hours have been spent tacking east - with very slow easterly progress and even slower progress to our destination. We are finally done with getting East and heading Northerly again - so progress to our goal should actually begin to show from now.]

General Comments: [Sunny weather, and wind increased too (great for the batteries). No moon last night so more great star gazing (Kyle especially enjoying the Magellenic clouds which Kyle warns will hit us in 2 billion years - watch out!]

At: 06:00(NZST) 05-May-2019, Outside Temp: 18C (64.4F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 350(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:7Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1026hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:SW)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 2.772' S174º 51.27' EBegoniaDay 2 of South Pacific Passage From:Opua, New Zealand To:Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga

Progress: [So far we've made [68.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1159]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [68.2]nm (through water). We have moved [39.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A mostly slow, mostly upwind sail so far - no chance of any records being broken.]

General Comments: [We departed the Bay of Islands with a farewell from the local dolphins. We had Cape Brett in view for some time as we (slowly) sailed away - Farewell New Zealand. Little boat traffic, but we were passed by MUSE, which is also headed for Tonga. The last sliver of a moon overnight, along with clear skies made for a dramatic display of the stars, and the ribbon of the milky way - a beautiful night for star gazing.]

At: 06:00(NZST) 04-May-2019, Outside Temp: 17.5C (63.5F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)Course: 139(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:5Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1027hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 19.05' S174º 7.158' EBegoniaAt Dock in Bay of Islands Marina, Opua, Northland, North Island (New Zealand)

Sail From: Orokawa Bay (off Manawaora Bay, Bay of Islands), Northland, North Island To: Bay of Islands Marina, Opua, Northland, North Island

We travelled [13.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Gusty and windy passage, but Kyle smoothly maneuvered into the dock]

General Comments: [We're back in Opau - last chance to provision and prepare for our NZ departure - and last chance to eat out as it is a lot of on-board cooking once we set off!]

At: 13:18(NZST) 30-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:46%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 15.33' S174º 11.85' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Orokawa Bay (off Manawaora Bay, Bay of Islands), Northland, North Island (New Zealand)
From: Motuarahi Island (Paihai, Bay of Islands), Northland, North Island To: Orokawa Bay (off Manawaora Bay, Bay of Islands), Northland, North Island

We travelled [10.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored with a handful of other boats in 7-8m of mud.]

General Comments: [Kyle thoroughly enjoyed himself departing our mooring ball under sail (although our nearest neighbour rushed out to check we didn't drift into him, everything was in very slow motion so we were able to have quite the chat with him as we drifted/sailed by!). We sailed and tacked our way into Manawaora Bay and had some sail-car problems when we wanted to bring down the sail (sigh). Something else to fix before we depart NZ!]

At: 14:18(NZST) 27-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 17.178' S174º 6.12' EBegoniaAt Mooring at Motuarahi Island (Paihai, Bay of Islands), Northland, North Island (New Zealand)
From: Moturoa Island (Bay of Islands, Northland), North Island To: Motuarahi Island (Paihai, Bay of Islands), Northland, North Island

We travelled [6.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Picked up mooring ball belonging to ENOLA whom we met in Marlborough Sounds. Tide range 1.6m-3.3m - so hopefully not too much wake here.]

General Comments: [Another sunny day and an opportunity to sail (despite the short distance). From here we hope to go ashore tomorrow and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and grab some fresh provisioning before heading back out to see more of the Bay of Islands]

At: 12:51(NZST) 24-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 23.8C (74.84F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 12.282' S174º 4.968' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Moturoa Island (Bay of Islands, Northland), North Island (New Zealand)

From: Te Pahi Islands (Bay of Islands, Northland), North Island To: Moturoa Island (Bay of Islands, Northland), North Island

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.7-11.6m - moorings closer to shore - private island (No shore access)]

General Comments: [We relocated a little ahead of schedule since Monday is forecast to be rain all day - just motored a very short distance for a change of scenery!]

At: 15:44(NZST) 21-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 23.3C (73.94F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 10.92' S174º 4.818' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Te Pahi Islands (Bay of Islands, Northland), North Island (New Zealand)
From: Waiiti Bay, Motukawanui Island, Cavalli Islands, Northland, New Zealand To: Te Pahi Islands (Bay of Islands, Northland), North Island

We travelled [22.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [12.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4-7m of good sand - plenty of mini islands and rocky reefs around - makes for stunning scenery.]

General Comments: [We're finally back in the Bay of Islands (but still yet to cross our path and officially complete a circumnavigation). Easter is turning out to be overcast and drizzly which may have kept some of the boaters away, but there are still plenty out and about - we are back in the land of sailors for sure. AND we were able to sail (upwind) most of the way here today - so a fine sailing day.]

At: 13:52(NZST) 20-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 23.7C (74.66F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 0.462' S173º 55.938' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Waiiti Bay, Motukawanui Island, Cavalli Islands, Northland, New Zealand (New Zealand)

From: Whangaihe Bay, Northland, North Island To: Waiiti Bay, Motukawanui Island, Cavalli Islands, Northland, New Zealand

We travelled [13.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5-7m with a sandy beach and arm of rocky parawanui reef just behind us (at a safe distance).]

General Comments: [A refreshing upwind sail south to the Cavalli Island group. Yes, actual sailing at last (it seems like forever ago we did anything but motor). This required a fair bit of tacking, but was actual fun. We are starting to see sailboats departing New Zealand and heading North to the tropics, reminding us that our time in New Zealand is close to an end, but since we are still visiting new-to-us locations we feel we have plenty more to enjoy here.]

At: 11:48(NZST) 18-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 20.3C (68.54F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
about 3 years  agoShow

34º 59.772' S173º 48.972' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Whangaihe Bay, Northland, North Island (New Zealand)
From: Waihi Bay (Whangaroa), Northland, North Island To: Whangaihe Bay, Northland, North Island

We travelled [4.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in bay with beach and rocky arms (4-6m)]

General Comments: [We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Whangaroa with plenty of exploring activities and a good dose of eating out. Today we made a short hop down the coast as we continue to head south. We are anchored with a view of a picturesque chain of rocky islands extend from this bay which we plan to explore by Kayak shortly. The sun continues to shine and a swallow is sat on the lifelines - oh boy - now there are 5 of them... we may have a cleaning project ahead of us. ]

At: 09:08(NZST) 16-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 19.4C (66.92F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 1.17' S173º 44.742' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Waihi Bay (Whangaroa), Northland, North Island (New Zealand)

From: Oakura Bay (Whangaroa), Northland, North Island To: Waihi Bay (Whangaroa), Northland, North Island

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Another location with stunning scenery - anchored in 10.5m]

General Comments: [Motored the short distance to our next anchorage. Will get out the Kayak and explore while water is so very calm!]

At: 11:26(NZST) 14-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:49%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 2.43' S173º 44.052' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Oakura Bay (Whangaroa), Northland, North Island
From: Rere Bay, Pekapeka Bay, Northland, North Island To: Oakura Bay (Whangaroa), Northland, North Island

We travelled [3.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored outside other boats (a bit crowded and full of moorings) - in 4-6m of mud - just a across from local Marina and town.]

General Comments: [A short motor through more of the stunning local scenery. An early start so we can enjoy a full day here.]

At: 08:52(NZST) 12-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 17.6C (63.68F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 0.522' S173º 43.842' EBegoniaDestination: Opua

At Anchor at Rere Bay, Pekapeka Bay, Northland, North Island
From: Maitai Bay, Northland, North Island To: Rere Bay, Pekapeka Bay, Northland, North Island

We travelled [23.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5-7m of good sticky mud.]

General Comments: [An easy motor south with some great coastline to see. Tried fishing but we just caught/tangled with some seaweed. Arrived in Whagaroa Harbour (western arm) to stunning hills lit by great sunshine - this place is a Disneyland of geological formations - Spectacular. Hope to get out and explore soon. Chance of rain forecast for tomorrow (hopefully nothing to deter us).]

At: 11:54(NZST) 10-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:48%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
about 3 years  agoShow

34º 49.752' S173º 25.482' EBegoniaSafely at Anchor at Maitai Bay, Northland, North Island Passage Complete.

Day 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Apihara Bay, Northland, North Island To:Maitai Bay, Northland, North Island

Progress: [We've made [138.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [26.5]nm (through water). We have moved [24.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchorage picturesque, but took a few tries to set, lots of mini-rocky-islands for the birds. Anchored in 4-6m of patchy sand.]

General Comments: [Good News: We were joined by a pod of dolphins as we approached. Bad News: I lost my fav. 'wooly' hat as I started to prepare to anchor, and then we discovered we lost a boat hook somewhere on this passage :-( - We'll rest up here for a couple of nights and enjoy this pretty bay.]

At: 11:26(NZST) 08-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 23.1C (73.58F), Humidity:50%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
about 3 years  agoShow

34º 28.962' S173º 10.578' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Apihara Bay, Northland, North Island To:Apihara Bay, Northland, North Island

Progress: [So far we've made [111.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [24]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [111.9]nm (through water). We have moved [41.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Until the most recent turn to head south again, we've been downwind sailing (with a bit of wing-on-wing even) - now we have some headwinds. We had a few sprinkles of rain, but only ever for a few short minutes. No dolphin sightings.]

General Comments: [There were plenty of fishing boats (no fishing lights) hanging about/drifting on the North coast of North Island for Kyle to dodge overnight. North Cape light did not appear to be working (thankfully we have a chartplotter to guide our path)]

At: 06:00(NZST) 08-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)Course: 129(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:15Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 10.302' S173º 7.668' EBegoniaSafely at Anchor at Apihara Bay, Northland, North Island Passage Complete.

Day 4 of New Zealand Passage From:Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island To:Apihara Bay, Northland, North Island

Progress: [So far we've made [397.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [12.6]nm (through water). We have moved [7.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Motored to anchorage, anchored in 8m of good sandy holding. Expecting South winds and therefore protected for our stay here.]

General Comments: [Arrived to a beautiful bay, calm waters and splendid backdrop of hills in crystal clear skies. No surfers in sight today (good news for us!). Welcomed and reassured we're in a good/safe location by local fishermen.]

At: 09:58(NZDT) 05-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 13.188' S172º 59.712' EBegonia"Day 4 of New Zealand Passage From:Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island To:Apihara Bay, Northland, North Island

Progress: [So far we've made [384.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [9.8]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [130.1]nm (through water). We have moved [123.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Spinnaker sailing for almost all the last of the 24 hours.]

General Comments: [Almost there - weather report continues to look good for us to anchor at Apihara beach (this is most unusual), so we'll wait here for a good window to head over the North of the island.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 05-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 17.6C (63.68F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)Course: 355(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.6kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:1m (to:N)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 14.562' S173º 30.492' EBegoniaDay 3 of New Zealand Passage From:Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island To:Apihara Bay, Northland, North Island

Progress: [So far we've made [254.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [134]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [107.5]nm (through water). We have moved [102.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [There was more 'crazy' winds and seas yesterday morning, but for most of the last 24 hours we've had very little winds (frustrating). Seas have calmed at least]

General Comments: [Despite being so far offshore, we've been joined by a host of house and other flies (Yuk!). The light winds we have don't match the forecast, but we're hoping we find the wind again soon. No boat traffic this side of NZ it seems (since we passed the Gas Rigs). Water temperature has been steadily increasing, this makes us happy.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 04-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 18.2C (64.76F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)Course: 357(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.6kt, Wind:1Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:1m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

38º 57.228' S173º 32.838' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island To:Apihara Bay, Northland, North Island

Progress: [So far we've made [146.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [236]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [146.9]nm (through water). We have moved [132.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We started with such light winds I considered using the Spinnaker (thankfully Kyle talked me out of it). Last night was miserable, with strong winds and very choppy, high, seas. (for a few hours we had an apparent wind in the 30s constantly, and 3m seas with a very short period). In the last half hour things are calming down to 'normal'.]

General Comments: [Overnight I felt the boat was simply a cork in the drainage system after a flash flood, the only positive being that we were being taken the direction we wanted to go. Huge thank you to the autopilot that never let us down. Neither of us managed much restful sleep. Thankfully today's forecast should have things getting easier and easier.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 03-Apr-2019, Outside Temp: 15.2C (59.36F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)Course: 0(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:19Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1023hPa, Swell:3m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 5.358' S174º 14.382' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island
From: Burney's Beach, East Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island To: Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island

We travelled [6.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Motored over to a bay with North Wind protection. Again we find the chart depths are wildly different (shallower) from depths found (much deeper) - so finding a good anchor spot was problematic.]

General Comments: [This is (yet another) bay where Cook and the Endevour spent some time. Today is glorious and sunny and we hope to go ashore for a short hike (up hill) and stretch our legs.]

At: 12:56(NZDT) 30-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 10.578' S174º 17.31' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Burney's Beach, East Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island
From: Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, South Island To: Burney's Beach, East Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island

We travelled [17.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Motored and tried for several bays - each time we gave up since the only places to anchor were where yacht club mooring balls were placed, leaving us to anchor in water so deep that the scope we'd need would conflict with the moorings anyways… Ugh… We sure wish there was an easy way to pay/join for short term visitors (especially since we are in the off season and all these mooring balls are sitting empty).]

General Comments: [We had a very windy and rainy day at Lochmara (indeed the whole of the South Island of NZ suffered terribly from major flooding damage). We had lots of gusts in the mid-30's and a few in the mid-40s (kt). Glad that is over! The plan for today is to consider jumping in the water and cleaning the hull a little of the slime that is accumulating - if we pull out the wetsuits, we may as well go for a snorkel I guess! We also need to do some fixes to our jib sun cover before our next passage - which means we'll have to remove the sail and get out our sewing machine. Thankfully the sun is shining!]

At: 10:16(NZDT) 28-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 17.6C (63.68F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 16.3C (61.34F)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 13.182' S173º 59.982' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, South Island
From: Kumototo Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, South Island To: Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, South Island

We travelled [5.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Motored in patch gusts to this picturesque anchorage (full of mooring balls) but managed to anchor in the middle in 7-7.5m.]

General Comments: [We're expecting a rainy afternoon and rain all day tomorrow - so we've found ourselves a nice patch of protection (hopefully) and a good cell phone signal so we can catch up with admin odds. For now the sun is shining.]

At: 12:20(NZDT) 26-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 22.1C (71.78F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 16.8C (62.24F)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 12.48' S174º 3.678' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Kumototo Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, South Island

From: Tawa Bay, Onepua Bay, Marlborough Sounds, South Island To: Kumototo Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, South Island

We travelled [9.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We motored a little more west and into the sounds (Queen Charlotte), picked up a mooring ball.]

General Comments: [Arrived in this little cove to find a host of bird calls from all directions, and the sun shining despite showers earlier. There appears to be a trail but it seems all up-hill for about 1.5km - we're both contemplating and procrastinating over it.]

At: 11:40(NZDT) 25-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 15.768' S174º 12.258' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Tawa Bay, Onepua Bay, Marlborough Sounds, South Island
From: Hakana Bay, Port Underwood, Marlborough, South Island To: Tawa Bay, Onepua Bay, Marlborough Sounds, South Island

We travelled [45.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A mixed sailing day with plenty of wild gusts to contend with (especially in the Cook Strait). We slipped through the narrow and busy Tory Channel Entrance between traffic, and once we reached the bay picked up a mooring ball for the night]

General Comments: [An early start and a borderline KP forecast had us crossing our fingers at possibly a last chance to see the southern lights - no luck, not least because of a beautiful bright full moon (Kyle says technically it was gibbous moon). A sunny day made for a picturesque passage through the sounds. Our first sighting of North Island in a while. You will notice we've only moved the boat a couple of miles from last night - but it took us 9.5 hours to do that… I guess we could have walked it, but dragging the boat over those hills might well have taken longer - so we took the long way round and made it easy on ourselves!]

At: 15:22(NZDT) 24-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 17.8C (64.04F)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 17.682' S174º 11.07' EBegoniaSafely at Anchor at Hakana Bay, Port Underwood, Marlborough, South Island Passage Complete.

Day 3 of New Zealand Passage From:Te Ana Marina (Lyttelton), South Island
To:Hakana Bay, Port Underwood, Marlborough, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [256.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [34.8]nm (through water). We have moved [35.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A calm day with fog descending and clearing. Motoring. The bay we are anchored in is peaceful and wonderfully protected (just in case any wind decides to arrive) - anchored in about 10m of water.]

General Comments: [The fog clearing and returning made for an interesting ride and we were glad to make use of our radar just in case! We had several more dolphin visits - both from Hectors dolphins and common dolphins) and the coastal scenery was wonderful whenever the fog lifted. We are now anchored in glorious sunshine - go figure!]

At: 13:30(NZDT) 23-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 53.238' S174º 13.602' EBegoniaDay 3 of New Zealand Passage From:Te Ana Marina (Lyttelton), South Island To:Port Underwood, Marlborough, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [222.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [43]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [113.3]nm (through water). We have moved [72.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [By 11pm yesterday the wind had died completely and we've been motoring since (a bit of a NZ theme!).]

General Comments: [We had several dolphin visits yesterday - most likely from groups of Dusky dolphins. On Kyle's watch he had them leaping from the water (no photos). On mine it was nighttime but with a full moon so another impressive display. This more than made up for the motoring! It was an odd day with patches of dense fog (with wind), and some rather dramatic low clouds on the coastal mountains in some otherwise crisp light - spectacular.]]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 23-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 14.9C (58.82F), Humidity:91%, Water Temp: 15.4C (59.72F)Course: 24(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:1Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1025hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
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42º 57.312' S173º 28.578' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Te Ana Marina (Lyttelton), South Island To:Port Underwood, Marlborough, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [108.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [116]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [108.7]nm (through water). We have moved [51.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds all the time so far - as expected, but not really appreciated. Lots of distance sailed for not so much gained towards our goal.]

General Comments: [Weather was clear most of yesterday. Too choppy to really enjoy. Expecting more of the same]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 22-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 15.9C (60.62F)Course: 111(degT), Speed Over Ground:6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1028hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:SW)
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43º 36.312' S172º 42.882' EBegoniaAt Dock at Te Ana Marina (Lyttelton), South Island

From: Ripapa Island, Lyttelton Harbour, South Island
To: Te Ana Marina (Lyttelton), South Island

We travelled [2.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Tied up in the Catamaran Dock (A68)]

General Comments: [A short relocate across the harbour from anchorage to Marina. They are not open on Sundays so I'm not sure if we can get out (or back in again) as of yet - we may have to wait until Monday.]

At: 13:06(NZDT) 17-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)
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43º 37.29' S172º 45.102' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Ripapa Island, Lyttelton Harbour, South Island
From: Flea Bay, Banks Peninsula, South Island To: Ripapa Island, Lyttelton Harbour, South Island

We travelled [35.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Island remains closed after earthquakes etc, but we are anchored in 3.5-5.5m of sandy bottom. In the morning we will proceed into Te Ana Marina (Lyttelton)]

General Comments: [Wow - what a lovely day. Firstly we had winds and could sail (Kyle had been concerned it would be a windless day). Best of all however was hours of company from Hectors Dolphins - almost constantly playing in the bow waves - just magical!]

At: 15:26(NZDT) 16-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 18.8C (65.84F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
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43º 52.23' S173º 0.318' EBegoniaSafely at Anchor at Flea Bay, Banks Peninsula, South Island Passage Complete.

Day 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Otago YC, Dunedin, South Island To:Flea Bay, Banks Peninsula, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [160.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [55.9]nm (through water). We have moved [56.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Most of the day we had light downwind sailing and frustratingly slow progress, eventually the wind switched to headwinds and our speed doubled - whew. At anchor in Flea Cove in 7.5-9m of sandy bottom]

General Comments: [We finally decided (based on weather and timing) to anchor at Flea Bay. This is a marine reserve and has a small farm, in the valley and in the water there were plenty of Little (blue) Penguins to greet us. Expecting a drizzly day tomorrow, but if it holds off we hope to launch the kayak for a look around.]

At: 17:52(NZDT) 14-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 15.5C (59.9F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 15.4C (59.72F)
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44º 41.922' S172º 21.81' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Otago YC, Dunedin, South Island To:Akaroa, French Bay, Banks Peninsula, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [104.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [61]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [104.5]nm (through water). We have moved [104.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Departing Dunedin we had headwinds and by noon we had a very rough sea with strong winds from astern most of yesterday, and are now struggling to keep the boat moving (light winds from astern) - Ahhh sailing. It was Kyle's watch with the dramatic wind change - he had a long wall of cloud (a shelf cloud?) pass us and that changed the situation from strong headwinds to stern winds in around 1 minute - thankfully he saw it coming. ]

General Comments: [We've decided to try and make it to Akaroa tonight (and save Lyttleon for some future date) - but this will only remain the case IF we can get to Akaroa before dark - we'll see. As usual for this area there were plenty of albatross following us all day. Happy Pi Day!]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 14-Mar-2019, Outside Temp: 12.9C (55.22F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 10.5C (50.9F)Course: 28(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.9kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
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45º 52.302' S170º 31.608' EBegonia"Safely at Anchor at Otago YC, Dunedin, South Island Passage Complete.

Day 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Sydney Cove, Ulva Island (off Stewart Island) To:Otago YC, Dunedin, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [163.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [47.2]nm (through water). We have moved [24.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The journey along the coast and up the harbour were splendid. The winds were good enough we could sail all the way to the entrance. There are two giant cruise ships also visiting (docked in Port Chalmers) - so there must be plenty for the tourists here]

General Comments: [Sunshine and clear views as we approach the ocean entrance to Dunedin, and the tiny little Hector's dolphins came to say hi too. Now we've made it all the way up the river, we were greeted by Barry the caretaker, and handed a pile of parcels with a smile. Whew! Now we are here for at least a week to relax and explore (and shower, and do laundry, etc)]

At: 13:56(NZDT) 02-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 13.9C (57.02F)
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46º 16.692' S170º 30.168' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Sydney Cove, Ulva Island (off Stewart Island) To:Otago YC, Dunedin, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [116.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [48]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [116.8]nm (through water). We have moved [105.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Cold, Cold, Cold, Waves calming as we head north. So far we've been downwind/broad reach sailing]

General Comments: [Kyle had a small pod of dolphins with the boat most of the night, and he reported they looked amazing with the bioluminescent trails as they swooped about. As a cruise ship passed us, they left us (presumably for the much faster boat?). Things look good for us to arrive today (maybe even a little earlier than forecast).]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 02-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 12C (53.6F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 8.3C (46.94F)Course: 50(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:13Kt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1032hPa, Swell:2m (to:NE)
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46º 55.638' S168º 8.088' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Sydney Cove, Ulva Island (off Stewart Island)
From: Golden Bay, Oban, Stewart Island To: Sydney Cove, Ulva Island (off Stewart Island)

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [anchored in 6.5-7.5 bottom marked as Weed]

General Comments: [A very short relocation to Ulva Island in preparation for a morning walk through the nature trails. We had a lovely day in Oban, and managed to meet up with some of the racers in the RNZ 2019 sailors!]

At: 19:08(NZDT) 28-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 14.8C (58.64F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 12.5C (54.5F)
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46º 54.27' S168º 7.398' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Golden Bay, Oban, Stewart Island
From: Whalers Base, Prices Inlet, Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island To: Golden Bay, Oban, Stewart Island

We travelled [3.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8-10m of mud/silt inside of Lona Island]

General Comments: [A short relocation, now the weather has calmed down a bit, to be closer to town (Oban). Aside from sightseeing we hope to meet up with some of the crews of the Round New Zealand race who just ended leg 2 here over the last few days - one of whom is one of our Kiwi Friends (Dave) - we're excited to be able to congratulate them all on their rather miserable passage south to get here.]

At: 08:04(NZDT) 28-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 13.2C (55.76F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 12C (53.6F)
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46º 54.678' S168º 2.862' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Whalers Base, Prices Inlet, Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island
From: Oyster Cove, Port Adventure, Stewart Island, NZ To: Whalers Base, Prices Inlet, Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island

We travelled [21.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.4-7.8m of mud. ]

General Comments: [Finally - a day of wonderful sailing in calm seas! Anchored in preparation for a few days of strong NW through SW winds and lots of rain over the next few days. We arrived at low water revealing many of the old whaling equipment and a lot of beautiful rocky outcrops. Weather will most likely keep us aboard for a few days and then we'll relocate and visit Oban (the main town - village? - here in Stewart Island).]

At: 12:26(NZDT) 25-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 17.4C (63.32F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 12.9C (55.22F)
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47º 4.02' S168º 9.498' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Oyster Cove, Port Adventure, Stewart Island, NZ
From: Sylvan Cove, South Arm, Port Pegasus, Stewart Island To: Oyster Cove, Port Adventure, Stewart Island, NZ

We travelled [40.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [26.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6-9m of mud in this long cove. Wide enough to avoid a stern line.]

General Comments: [A sunrise departure in fair weather (only occasional drizzle) moving a little more west on the island. On route we put out a fishing line and caught a barracuda so dinner is going to include some fish dish! Lots of albatross and other seabirds followed us again today, and we again saw more penguins (these are not the fiordland penguin but a yellow eye penguin we now believe). We had miserably strong gusts in Pegasus cove and didn't get to go ashore among all those amazing rock formations - so we are hoping for suitable weather that will allow us to at least get off the boat and explore Port Adventure a little.]

At: 16:16(NZDT) 23-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 16.1C (60.98F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 12.9C (55.22F)
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47º 13.962' S167º 33.768' EBegoniaSafely at Anchor at Sylvan Cove, South Arm, Port Pegasus, Stewart Island Passage Complete.

Day 2 of New Zealand Passage
From:Otago's Retreat, Coal Island, Preservation Inlet, Fiordland
To:Sylvan Cove, South Arm, Port Pegasus, Stewart Island

Progress: [So far we've made [118.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [25.8]nm (through water). We have moved [5.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Lovely big anchorage, anchored in 7-10m in Sand. ]

General Comments: [The entrance to Pegasus Cove is full of stunning scenery. We were really lucky to have sunshine and chinks of blue sky. We even spotted a Fiordland Crested Penguin (?Some time of macaroni type penguin ??). When we arrived in Sylvan Cove we spotted our first fellow cruiser since Able Tasman - 'Hornpipe' a Kiwi Couple who reported they have been here for 3 weeks of rain and gales - we are VERY lucky to have sunshine on arrival! Kyle needs a nap, and then we'll be off to explore the nooks and crannies!]

At: 10:22(NZDT) 21-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 17.7C (63.86F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 12.9C (55.22F)
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47º 19.038' S167º 32.688' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage
From:Otago's Retreat, Coal Island, Preservation Inlet, Fiordland
To:Port Pegasus, Stewart Island, New Zealand

Progress: [So far we've made [92.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [12.3]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [73.8]nm (through water). We have moved [80.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Overnight passage with a full moon - perfect. Beam Reach/Downwind sailing with 4m swells to spill out wind readily from the sails…]

General Comments: [We remain wrapped up from the cold (especially overnight). There are LOTS of seabirds around for the whole passage and we seem to have a constant view of at least one Albatross as they swoop about. We are hovering outside Port Pegasus entrance awaiting a more favorable current.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 21-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 13.4C (56.12F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 12.5C (54.5F)Course: 127(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.2kt, Wind:8Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
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46º 8.13' S166º 37.692' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Otago's Retreat, Coal Island, Preservation Inlet, Fiordland
From: Lake Cove, Edwardson Sound, Off Chalky Inlet, Fiordland To: Otago's Retreat, Coal Island, Preservation Inlet, Fiordland

We travelled [19.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5-6m depth just inside sound.]

General Comments: [Preservation Inlet is the last of the Fiord inlets as we head south (and our most southerly point ever to date). There are plenty of albatross around, and ashore Kyle is convinced he can hear Kiwi (on Coal Island). We have arrived to sunshine and an anchorage windy enough to be (so far at least) bug free) but we'll most likely not be going ashore. Maryanne has hurt her back so today Kyle did EVERYTHING. From lifting anchor to setting anchor while Maryanne remained in bed.]

At: 11:10(NZDT) 18-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 18.1C (64.58F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 14.4C (57.92F)
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45º 51.912' S166º 42.3' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Lake Cove, Edwardson Sound, Off Chalky Inlet, Fiordland

From: Astronomers Point, Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Sound, Fiordland
To: Lake Cove, Edwardson Sound, Off Chalky Inlet, Fiordland

We travelled [46.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 15m of water, but sides of basin slope up. We have 75m of scope out and no sign of any other vessels.]

General Comments: [Another rainy, overcast day, distracting from the potential views. A rather long passage into the head of the sound - hopefully we can enjoy the views on the way out.]

At: 16:56(NZDT) 15-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 15.7C (60.26F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 12.9C (55.22F)
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45º 47.76' S166º 34.422' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Astronomers Point, Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Sound, Fiordland
From: Second Cove, Breaksea Sound, Fiordland To: Astronomers Point, Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Sound, Fiordland

We travelled [19.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [This narrow cove, we've set the anchor in about 8m and backed down into the cove (the stern in about 2m depth) and set a stern line of each side to the trees ashore. There is a river (Cook Stream) flowing into the cove and it adds a little current to complicate matters (not too bad).]

General Comments: [A very heavy rain and and overall grey day today so the expected views in Breaksea Sound and the Acheron Passage to Dusky Sound were lost to us! Kyle even needed to use the radar for some of the trip so we were definitely not sightseeing today! The sun does seem to start shining by afternoon (at least from our visit experience) - and today too we finally have chinks of blue sky and sunlight now we are at anchor (and also more sandflies). This anchorage location is yet another from Captain Cook's visits - this time he spent 6 weeks here to conduct a Transit of Venus was in 1773 (apparently). I wonder if there were sandflies when he was here? ]

At: 13:04(NZDT) 14-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 16.3C (61.34F)
over 3 years  agoShow

45º 33.078' S166º 48.36' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Second Cove, Breaksea Sound, Fiordland
From: Blanket Bay, Secretary Island, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland To: Second Cove, Breaksea Sound, Fiordland

We travelled [32.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [The passage was another downwind sail in big seas, but we made good time. As we headed South the 'Carnival Legend' Cruise ship passed by us headed North. Here at breaksea Sound, Second Cove is an all weather anchorage and to our surprise 2 sets of mooring balls and stern lines have been installed. We've made use of them and hopefully that is OK. ]

General Comments: [We departed Doubtful sound with a gift from the local fishermen of 3 freshly caught Crayfish (Spiny lobster) any one of which would have made a good meal for the two of us. Despite their 3am start today, they were happy as it is the last day of the season for them, and after dropping off the catch for the helicopter were headed home. I've cooked up the crayfish on the passage and we will be eating various lobster dishes for the next 2 days (delicious!). When we finally spied our anchorage there was one other boat already here (a nice cruising power boat) but we've seen no sign of life (presumably hiding from the sandflies). This is the first fellow cruiser we've seen since we were up in Able Tasman.]

At: 13:36(NZDT) 13-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 15.9C (60.62F)
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45º 18.018' S166º 58.608' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Blanket Bay, Secretary Island, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland
From: Deas Cove, Thompson Sound, Fiordland To: Blanket Bay, Secretary Island, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland

We travelled [40.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [This anchorage area has a number of bow and stern line combinations to pick up each with plenty of depth (10m) - available on a first come first served basis. As we arrived a helicopter was departing from the dock/structure on the little Island where the local crayfish boats unload their catch. (So don't go anywhere near the dock as helicopters seem to come in regularly to deliver the catch as fresh as possible both to NZ and much further afield (current big market is China!). Sandflies around and seagulls landing on the boat.]

General Comments: [Wow - at the start of the day we had swarms of sandfiles, then heavy rain - It was hard to see why anyone really bothers with the hassle of getting a boat here - we were both feeling trapped and miserable. Kyle had planned a sightseeing motor about some of the Doubtful Sound and in particular the Hall Arm so we set off anyway (well covered). By the mid-day the sun was shining, there was wind enough to keep the sandflies away, AND the scenery was spectacular - the earlier rain making sure that the fiord walls were full of waterfalls. We are all happy again. Once we arrived at the anchorage one of the local boats was very kind and explained the various mooring options - and warned us he'd be off at 3am.]

At: 16:28(NZDT) 12-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 22.5C (72.5F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F)
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45º 11.688' S166º 58.5' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Deas Cove, Thompson Sound, Fiordland, New Zeealand.

From: Alice Falls Anchorage, George Sound, Fiordland To: Deas Cove, Thompson Sound, Fiordland

We travelled [38.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Large (4m+ seas) today, but with good downwind conditions. "Anchorage" has a fixed mooring line to tie to (with several loops to pick up and secure to boat or own lines) so no need for an anchor here (4.5-6.2 m depth). So far we are the only boat.]

General Comments: [We left Alice Falls amid a cloud of Sandfiles (thankfully we still have our Australian fly nets for our heads/hats). On route we had originally planned to stop at Caswell Sound and see Styles Island and its population of Fiordland Crested Penguins, but the seas were too rough to get close enough and even with our binoculars we could see no sign of any penguins in the sea, nor on the island. We did however make this Thompson Sound anchorage in good time with much of the day left to explore. Currently there is plenty of wind so no sandflies (fingers crossed they won't descend on us once the wind finally dies off).]

At: 13:40(NZDT) 11-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 15.9C (60.62F)
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44º 58.602' S167º 25.998' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Alice Falls Anchorage, George Sound, Fiordland
From: Deepwater Basin, Milford Sound, South Island To: Alice Falls Anchorage, George Sound, Fiordland

We travelled [65.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Good wind at sea for downwind sailing with just the jib, but lots of gusts and lulls in the sounds - very difficult to pick a sail or a tack once in the sounds - so lots of motoring for our tour of Bligh Sound on route. We are anchored by Alice Falls - There is a line across the little cove with two (rather slimy) stern lines with loops on the ends to secure to the boat stern cleats, and we have an anchor set forward. (No need to deploy the dingy or the kayak - we could back up to the stern lines and then pull in some of the anchor chain).]

General Comments: [Milford Sound was spectacular with sunshine both days that were were exploring. We managed several short hikes, and a trip to the underwater observatory with a private tour just for the two of us (there aren't many people show up in their own dinghy!). There we were able to see the (white) 'black coral' growing (without us having to get wet to do so). Departing Milford Sound - we had an early start for a day sail to George Sound and were joined by a large cruise ship that came into Milford flying a Q flag, but then turned around and headed south along the coast well ahead of us. On route south we diverted into Bligh sound for a 4 hour tour in and out. It was overcast but pretty cool to see. Once we made it into George Sound we had lots of strong gusts (and lulls) and at times the wind alone was pushing us at 7 knots with bare poles. We had a group of perhaps 3 dolphins joins us for a while as we motored along in the sound (always nice). In Alice falls we are all calm and the falls are running light and gentle. There is (currently) no wind in our cove but plenty of sand flies! We're expecting several days of heavy rain so we'll wait out here before moving further sound - if the weather allows we'll take a few tours about the sound and possible hikes to enjoy the local scenery (only way is UP hill). There is no sign of any other boats in the sound.]

At: 19:12(NZDT) 08-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 15.4C (59.72F)
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44º 40.89' S167º 55.548' EBegoniaSafely at Anchor at Deepwater Basin, Milford Sound, South Island Passage Complete.

Day 4 of New Zealand Passage From:Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Roadstead, Tasman Bay To:Deepwater Basin, Milford Sound, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [461.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [79.4]nm (through water). We have moved [71.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We made it well before dark after some nice downwind conditions - YAY!!! - We were directed to a mooring ball (the one on the far right as you enter) by the local lobster company (VHF 62) so no anchoring issues. Once we were settled on our mooring ball though - a cruise ship came and told us we were on their mooring and directed us to a different one - no doubt the one we should have had all along in the far SW corner of the harbour, a different ""right"".]

General Comments: [The seas and wind slowly calmed all day, and just as we approached Milford Sound entrance, we were seeing little chinks of blue sky. By the time we made it to the basin - WOW - spectacular. Sun is out, sandflies and mosquitos are not (not too bad anyway) - waterfalls flowing everywhere from the recent rain. We're in time for a good night sleep and we'll be up and at 'em tomorrow to explore ashore. Amazingly no cell phone service in the small tourist town.]

At: 19:12(NZDT) 05-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 18.1C (64.58F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 12.9C (55.22F)
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43º 31.782' S168º 21.132' EBegonia"Day 4 of New Zealand Passage
From:Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Roadstead, Tasman Bay
To:Deepwater Basin, Milford Sound, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [381.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [78]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [97.6]nm (through water). We have moved [96.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [After some significant motoring - since 2pm yesterday we again have enough wind to sail (with MUCH more to come tonight, we're also expecting rain).]

General Comments: [We are so very close, but will most likely hold off and hold off our entry into the sound until Wednesday morning. Yesterday we still saw no ships - but we did spot a lone large shark at the surface. The water temperature continues to dive (and the air overnight) but according to one thing I read, Milford Sound is well worth such discomfort (it also has over 180 days of rain a year).]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 05-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 16.7C (62.06F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 15.9C (60.62F)Course: 193(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 57.408' S168º 48.69' EBegoniaDay 3 of New Zealand Passage From:Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Roadstead, Tasman Bay To:Deepwater Basin, Milford Sound, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [284.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [175]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [110.7]nm (through water). We have moved [98.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Things slowly calmed, and calmed, until just before midnight we started motoring. Forecast says wind due again sometime this afternoon.]

General Comments: [There have been plenty of birds on this passage (including a host of different albatross types?). The wind indicator keeps teasing us. We have yet to see a single boat of any type since we left Tasman Bay.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 04-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 15.5C (59.9F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)Course: 192(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.8kt, Wind:1Kt(from:NNW), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1025hPa, Swell:1m (to:NE)
over 3 years  agoShow

40º 46.218' S170º 19.872' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Roadstead, Tasman Bay To:Deepwater Basin, Milford Sound, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [173.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [265]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [143.3]nm (through water). We have moved [125.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The seas north of Farewell Spit turned into a mess, indeed most of the day we were close hauled and beating into choppy 3m waves (Yuk). No traffic of any kind spotted (even on AIS). We are currently headed SW paralleling the coastline.]

General Comments: [The wind instrument decided to start working or 12 hours or more yesterday - then went back to dead. It was nice while it lasted. In its absence we have to go outside the cockpit with our little hand held and take readings and approximate direction (apparent). We had 2 reefs in and borderline conditions to reef again most of last night - but with the forecast 'promising' winds would decrease we held out and crossed our fingers for 4 hours until finally the wind decrease came at around 11pm.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 03-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 15.8C (60.44F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 19.7C (67.46F)Course: 220(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.9kt, Wind:5Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1026hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 3 years  agoShow

40º 28.332' S173º 2.868' EBegoniaDay 1 of New Zealand Passage
From:Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Roadstead, Tasman Bay
To:Deepwater Basin, Milford Sound, South Island

Progress: [So far we've made [30.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [362]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [30.28]nm (through water). We have moved [24.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Kyle says it sucks! The crossing of Golden Bay was rough with short, steep seas and plenty of gusts and sail changes. Quite the work out for his first watch. Things have calmed down for now - now that we've rounded Bush End Point and are heading more west.]

General Comments: [My watch starts with a lovely sunrise and a cup of coffee made and ready for me.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 02-Feb-2019, Outside Temp: 16.5C (61.7F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.9kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

40º 53.1' S173º 3.072' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Roadstead, Tasman Bay
From: Waikawa Bay, Tasman Bay To: Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Roadstead, Tasman Bay

We travelled [38.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [34.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A fair passage with pretty calm seas and some good winds for sailing (with patches of motoring). Anchorage is alongside a beautiful long sandy beach and with plenty of foot traffic along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Anchorage within Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Anchored in 6-9m of sand with a handful of other boats.]

General Comments: [Another early start so we could be sure to do the passage in the day. We arrived ahead of schedule, to glorious sunshine and a beautiful beach.]

At: 14:10(NZDT) 30-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 25.3C (77.54F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
over 3 years  agoShow

40º 57.63' S173º 48.552' EBegoniaDestination: Dunedin

At Anchor at Waikawa Bay, Tasman Bay
From: Waihinau Bay, Pelorus Sound, Marlborough Sound To: Waikawa Bay, Tasman Bay

We travelled [29.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We had planned to anchor just east of French pass, and pass through tomorrow - but when we arrived the anchorage was filled with moorings and the pass was 'just right' so we went through. We've anchored on the Able Tasman side, and found a small bay - anchored between a mussel farm and the rocky coast in about 8m.]

General Comments: [A glorious sunny day had all the sights looking spectacular. Aside from a few hobby-fisherman we had the place to ourselves again. The water in our anchorage is much warmer than before so, given the heat, I'm anticipating some swimming will be enjoyed.]

At: 15:44(NZDT) 28-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 22C (71.6F)
over 3 years  agoShow

40º 56.268' S173º 57.96' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Waihinau Bay, Pelorus Sound, Marlborough Sound

From: Chaffers Marina, Wellington, NZ To: Waihinau Bay, Pelorus Sound, Marlborough Sound

We travelled [67.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [42.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Location Comments: [A rather blustery and bouncy start - with strong winds and 3m+ seas. Once we left Wellington Harbour we were able to be downwind for the worst of it, and conditions gradually calmed through the day. ]

General Comments: [We made it - we're in South Island, and the huge cruising ground of Marlborough Sounds. Here the bays drop to deep water close to shore, so anchoring is a challenge and we had several unsuccessful attempts. After a long, long day (early start) we plan 2 nights here so we can have a fun day between passages.]

At: 17:30(NZDT) 24-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 21.3C (70.34F), Humidity:45%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)
over 3 years  agoShow

41º 17.328' S174º 46.998' EBegoniaSafely at Doc at Chaffers Marina, Wellington, NZ Passage Complete.

Day 3 of New Zealand Passage From:Napier (Hawke's Bay), North Island To:Chaffers Marina, Wellington, NZ

Progress: [So far we've made [260.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [124.6]nm (through water). We have moved [77.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We motor sailed all yesterday (with occasional attempts to just sail) - but there are Gale and Storm force winds arriving - and we needed to keep moving. We made it - safely at the marina.]

General Comments: [Arrived early - just after daylight to a busy Wellington harbour (tug boats, cruise ship, and ferries - not surprising no other sailboats out there!) - we can now rest and prepare for exploring. The dock was a little complex - missing a cleat and a bit narrow in the wind - but Kyle made it look easy and I was able to jump down to the dock first time to secure lines. No witnesses... LOL.]

At: 06:22(NZDT) 19-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 18.1C (64.58F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)
over 3 years  agoShow

40º 53.61' S176º 25.11' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Napier (Hawke's Bay), North Island To:Chaffers Marina, Wellington, NZ

Progress: [So far we've made [135.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [109]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [124.2]nm (through water). We have moved [85.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Once out of the main bay we had head winds and big, choppy seas to bash into. By early evening we had mirror calm seas and have been motoring (motor-sailing) on and off ever since. This is not ideal 'sailing' conditions but our only weather window to head south.]

General Comments: [We continue to find it amazing how few other sail boats we see (aside from within the marinas) now we've left the Auckland area. We see 2-3 cargo ships a day, and no sailboats daily. We installed the enclosure on the boat before departing Napier and this has been appreciated and kept us dryer and warmer than we would have been without it.. Summer doesn't seem to have quite reached this area and we have further south to go (probably why there are not so many boats around). We might try fishing again today!]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 18-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 17.1C (62.78F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)Course: 212(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.2kt, Wind:3Kt(from:NNW), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

39º 33.582' S177º 4.62' EBegoniaDay 1 of New Zealand Passage From:Chaffers Marina, Wellington, NZ To:Chaffers Marina, Wellington, NZ

Progress: [So far we've made [11.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [199]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [11.23]nm (through water). We have moved [9.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Sailing SE to get past Cape Kidnappers. Seas are a bit mixed and washing machine like, but we're on our way.]

General Comments: [A very early start (just before 4am) to be sure (hope) we arrive in Wellington before the strong winds arrive later on Saturday. In Napier we installed a new autopilot sensor and our autopilot is working well again.. We pick spares for the wind instrument in Wellington once we arrive.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 17-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 17.9C (64.22F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F)Course: 134(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:10Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

39º 29.01' S176º 53.46' EBegoniaDestination: Wellington

Safely at Anchor at Napier Sailing Club Passage Complete.

Day 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Hicks Bay, Gisborne District To:Napier Sailing Club

Progress: [So far we've made [195.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [56.1]nm (through water). We have moved [51.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mixed wind for most of the day - we've had spinnaker and various sail combinations on the go. Finally motored for the last 2 hours to be sure we arrive in daylight and have time to explore]

General Comments: [The day started with an actual fish caught (and secured, and eaten). Another Albacore Tuna. We had Ceviche for lunch and tuna steaks with salad for dinner. Timmy was delicious! We've made it to Napier (famous for its Art Deco) and plan to spend a few days to explore the town and local area.]

At: 18:44(NZDT) 10-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 27.6C (81.68F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
over 3 years  agoShow

39º 17.658' S177º 58.782' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Hicks Bay, Gisborne District To:Napier

Progress: [So far we've made [139.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [54]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [135.7]nm (through water). We have moved [104.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Lots of downwind sailing in the last 24 hours with strong winds and a fair chop to the sea. We currently have calm winds and a much smaller sea (and our boat speed has dropped).]

General Comments: [We sailed passed Penguin Rock in the dark (shame) we had another dolphin visit yesterday and a bit of drizzle. But the highlight? We caught a fish (A 2' long Albacore Tuna) - Catching any fish is such a rare event for us and I was so excited. I landed it on our back step and went to check the catch regulations - and it hopped off the hooks and returned to the sea (Doh!). Kyle did manage to snap a picture so we have evidence of our very rare semi-success. It turns out there are no limits for this species and oh, it would have made for some lovely food! I guess we just keep trying... At this rate I'll tell you about the next one that got away in about 6 months time.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 10-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 19.8C (67.64F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)Course: 212(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.6kt, Wind:8Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

37º 34.848' S178º 24.012' EBegoniaDay 1 of New Zealand Passage From:Hicks Bay, Gisborne District To:Napier

Progress: [So far we've made [3.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [173]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [3.6]nm (through water). We have moved [4.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Departed just before 4am (still dark). Very light winds currently, expecting NE winds slowly increasing over the day.]

General Comments: [Beautiful misty mountain views on a very calm sea - quite spectacular. Land and sea breezes fighting among themselves! Dolphins currently headed our way.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 09-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)Course: 82(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.4kt, Wind:2Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:S)
over 3 years  agoShow

37º 35.412' S178º 18.528' EBegoniaSafely at anchor after overnight passage...

Day 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Graveyard Bay, Whangaparapara (Great Barrier Island) To:Hicks Bay, Gisborne District

Progress: [So far we've made [185.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [21.9]nm (through water). We have moved [17.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [From our last post - a short hop (sail) around Matakaoa Point and into the protection of Hicks Bay.]

General Comments: [We made it - with dolphins leading the way (Yay!), and with a reasonable cell phone/data signal once we arrived (double Yay). The sun is shining but the water temperature has significantly dropped (yikes).]

At: 10:04(NZDT) 07-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)
over 3 years  agoShow

37º 28.578' S177º 58.65' EBegoniaDay 2 of New Zealand Passage From:Graveyard Bay, Whangaparapara (Great Barrier Island) To:Hicks Bay, Gisborne District

Progress: [So far we've made [163.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [21]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [163.3]nm (through water). We have moved [144.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wow, after a frustrating start, the wind built, and built, and built (reports from nearby White Island in the mid-40s). Thankfully Kyle had pushed us more west than we originally planned, so we could be more downwind for the worst of it (we had one hour at avg. 9.48kt and peaks (with surfing) of 16. Wind calmer now, but still a bit bouncy. Whakaari (or White Island) is an active/smoking volcano - but we saw nothing of it as we passed by at night on a new moon.]

General Comments: [Since leaving Great Barrier, we've only spotted a couple of sailboats, but quite a bit of cargo traffic. No dolphins or whales which we were looking out for, but maybe they'd be easier to see in calmer conditions.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 07-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 20.6C (69.08F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)Course: 105(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 14.958' S175º 23.562' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Graveyard Bay, Whangaparapara (Great Barrier Island)
From: Man o' War Bay (Waiheke Island) To: Graveyard Bay, Whangaparapara (Great Barrier Island)

We travelled [33.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [34.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A wonderful sail across. Anchorage is the only one nearby protected from the forecast winds, and is a bit small/busy but we made it. Anchored in 14m.]

General Comments: [We had a lovely sail over (after a very early start). We arrived only just ahead of Dave on Parera so we have good company for our stay!]

At: 13:54(NZDT) 03-Jan-2019, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 47.322' S175º 9.468' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Man o' War Bay (Waiheke Island)
From: Viaduct Harbour Marina (Central Auckland) To: Man o' War Bay (Waiheke Island)

We travelled [22.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in a busy new year crowd of boats - in 6m. A fair, light-wind sail ]

General Comments: [We had a lovely few days in Auckland (Viaduct Harbour Marina), and our dock had a prime view of both the fireworks atop Sky Tower and the light show on the Auckland Harbour Bridge - perfect for New Year's eve]

At: 13:02(NZDT) 01-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 50.568' S174º 45.642' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Viaduct Basin Marina (Central Auckland)
From: Takutairaroa Bay (Motuihe Island) To: Viaduct Basin Marina (Central Auckland)

We travelled [10.4]nm (GPS) on this trip. We have moved [9.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A choppy motor sail south into Auckland. Marina is in a great location (no facilities) and requires lifting of a pedestrian bridge to enter/exit. Pretty cool!]

General Comments: [We're here for New Years Eve and very excited. Kyle is still struggling with his back, but this marina makes getting about easy.]

At: 11:34(NZDT) 28-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Humidity:50%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 48.282' S174º 56.802' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Takutairaroa Bay (Motuihe Island)
From: Huruhi Bay (Waiheke Island) To: Takutairaroa Bay (Motuihe Island)

We travelled [5.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A very windy motor to a much more protected anchorage (from the SW winds) after a bouncy Christmas night. On departing today we lifed a very tangled lump of chain (the bight between boat and bridle). Anchored in 6m of sand/mud. ]

General Comments: [Kyle continues to suffer and very slowly make progress with his back, so Christmas day (yesterday) was a stress free couch day.]

At: 13:50(NZDT) 26-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 47.94' S175º 1.272' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Huruhi Bay (Waiheke Island)

From: Arles Bay (Whangaparaoa Peninsula) To: Huruhi Bay (Waiheke Island)

We travelled [29.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Upwind sailing and against a current much of the way, doused in drizzle with rain forecast until after Christmas. Anchored in 3m (avoiding power cable)]

General Comments: [A rather miserable day for sightseeing as we tacked across to Waiheke in near constant rain. We'll hunker down here out of the hussle until after Christmas. Kyle's back is worse so the rest time will be good.]

At: 13:16(NZDT) 23-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 20C (68F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 38.562' S174º 45.162' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Arles Bay (Whangaparaoa Peninsula)
From: Okoromai Bay (Whangaparaoa Peninsula) To: Arles Bay (Whangaparaoa Peninsula)

We travelled [2.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At anchor in 4-8m, only one other boat here, expecting winds to be more northerly during our stay.]

General Comments: [At Okoromai Bay we had a day of sunshine and managed to explore Shakespear Park (yes, Shakespear without the last 'e'), and a day of heavy rain hunkered down and catching up with photos, blog, Christmas, etc. Kyle is 90% recovered regarding his back. Already the Auckland Marinas are full which is messing with our NYE plans (oh well). We suddenly seem busy again and appreciated the rain time to catch up.]

At: 12:50(NZDT) 21-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 22.7C (72.86F)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 37.08' S174º 48.468' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Okoromai Bay (Whangaparaoa Peninsula)
From: Tiritiri Matangi Island (Hobbs Beach) To: Okoromai Bay (Whangaparaoa Peninsula)

We travelled [4.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5-5.5m Of mud/sand, tucked in behind high cliffs and expensive looking houses - but with a sneak view of Sky Tower in the far distance.]

General Comments: [We had a fantastic sunny day ashore at Tiritiri Magangi Island. Blue sky, lots of birds, and stunning displays of the coastline dotted with the the New Zealand Christmas Tree (the Pohutukawa tree which has a stunning red floral display this time of year). We'd have liked to have spent longer, but moved on since there are unfavorable winds forecast.]

At: 17:12(NZDT) 18-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 36.18' S174º 53.07' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Tiritiri Matangi Island (Hobbs Beach)
From: Kawau Island (Bon Accord Harbour) To: Tiritiri Matangi Island (Hobbs Beach)

We travelled [12.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At anchor in nice sandy cove (3.5-5.5m) Just off Hobbs Beach. Thanks to a nice clear day, we have a distant view (maybe 16nm away) of the Auckland Skyline and Sky Tower (tallest building in Southern Hemisphere)]

General Comments: [Our last anchorage (on Kawau Island) was mostly spent with Kyle recovering from a bad back while celebrating his birthday. Thankfully we were rescued from going completely cabin crazy with a visit from our good boating friends Lyndon and Dave - who also brought us fresh Scallops for today's lunch. With the expectation that Kyle will be mobile enough to go ashore tomorrow, we've moved on to Tiritiri and hope for some walking and bird spotting ashore. The island name (Tiritiri Matangi) means 'tossed by the wind' and we are hoping this doesn't apply during our time here.]

At: 16:38(NZDT) 17-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 23.7C (74.66F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 22.7C (72.86F)
over 3 years  agoShow

36º 26.46' S174º 50.382' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Kawau Island (Bon Accord Harbour)
From: Hen and Chicken Islands (Boulder Bay: between Lady Alice and Whatupuke Islands) To: Kawau Island (Bon Accord Harbour)

We travelled [30.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5-7m of good sand, close to Smelting Cove and Kawau Island Boating Club)]

General Comments: [A nice sail with the ""new"" spinnaker. Dolphins passed all around us at one point (with no care to stop). No rain so plenty of time to enjoy the views. Unfortunately Kyle's back has gone out in a big way - so he's suddenly an invalid (normally takes 3 days to pass), so I'm not sure how much of this stop we'll get to enjo.]

At: 18:26(NZDT) 13-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 53.532' S174º 44.508' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Hen and Chicken Islands (Boulder Bay: between Lady Alice and Whatupuke Islands)
From: Urquhart Bay (Whangarei Harbour) To: Hen and Chicken Islands (Boulder Bay: between Lady Alice and Whatupuke Islands)

We travelled [12.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Very light winds meant a day motoring across to these Scenic Reserve Islands. We saw so few boats it is crazy! Anchored on a rather rocky bottom in 5-7m)]

General Comments: [We had a fantastic time at Urquhart, exploring ashore (seeing various beautiful flowers, trees, and birds, and getting some altitude exercise!). We were anchored alongside the resident Roger Henry (of Alvah Simon's - North to the Night - fame)]

At: 14:34(NZDT) 12-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 22.8C (73.04F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 50.688' S174º 31.908' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Urquhart Bay (Whangarei Harbour)
From: Whangarei Town Basin Marina To: Urquhart Bay (Whangarei Harbour)

We travelled [9.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [12.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 11m just outside mooring field. Gusty sail with lots of headwind, we sailed with just a reefed jib (since we have our Christmas lights up, and we didn't want to take the all down to sail)]

General Comments: [Strong/gusty wind - hoping for calms so we can go ashore tomorrow - a beautiful little bay that we've never visited by boat before. ]

At: 13:58(NZDT) 10-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 20.6C (69.08F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 43.5' S174º 19.65' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Whangarei Town Basin Marina
From: Norsand Boat Yard (Launched into slipway) To: Whangarei Town Basin Marina

We travelled [1.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Easy motor in light winds, whangarei bridge open on demand - tied to the catamaran dock]

General Comments: [Yes - we are free of the yard (hopefully for at least a year, Kyle hints at years) - now the fun can begin.]

At: 09:16(NZDT) 07-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 19.2C (66.56F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 44.07' S174º 21.018' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Outside Norsand Boatyard, Whangarei
From: Whangarei Town Basin Marina To: Outside Norsand Boatyard, Whangarei

We travelled [0.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A short hop back to Norsand in preparation for our haul out tomorrow. Anchored in 2-4m of good mud]

General Comments: [Another opening and passage through the destinctive Whangarei bridge. We've moved now and can start preparing for the haul out - fun very shortly about to end (for a short while) - yard work never fun - but we already know a bunch of other boaters that will be there and have beers arranged :-)]

At: 11:28(NZDT) 26-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 23.3C (73.94F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 43.512' S174º 19.662' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Whangarei Town Basin Marina
From: Outside Norsand Boatyard, Whangarei To: Whangarei Town Basin Marina

We travelled [1.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A short hop up river to the marina (on the dock)]

General Comments: [We made it to the marina and were instantly welcomed by a host of boats we've met on our travels. Forecast is for a rainy weekend - but since everything is so easy to get to, we are not so worried. A time for a break before the chaos of the haul out.]

At: 10:00(NZDT) 24-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 44.418' S174º 20.958' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Outside Norsand Boatyard, Whangarei
From: Pacific Bay (Tutukaka Habour) To: Outside Norsand Boatyard, Whangarei

We travelled [29.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A mixed day of slow sailing and a bit of motoring once we hit the skinny channel (at least for parts of it). Currently anchored in 2.5-5m of good mud (with several others) - just outside Norsand Boat Yard]

General Comments: [We had a beautiful sunny day, and blue skies to round Bream Head and enter the Whangarei basin. We're all set to go through the bridge and into the Marina in the morning for a weekend of fun before we hit the yard!]

At: 17:08(NZDT) 23-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 22.8C (73.04F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 28.2C (82.76F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 36.972' S174º 32.1' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Pacific Bay (Tutukaka Habour)
From: Oakura Bay (off Whangaruru Harbour), Northland, New Zealand To: Pacific Bay (Tutukaka Habour)

We travelled [18.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We had a nice fast sail south, and are now anchored on the edge of the mooring field]

General Comments: [The sail south was a mix of bright blue skies and overcast grey. We had several instances of the sea bursting into a boil with a mess of fish - who knows what was going on down there. Kyle insists it is Thanksgiving Day today (this side of the date line) and as such Potato Soup is on the menu (otherwise I'd have been fishing for sure!).]

At: 11:34(NZDT) 22-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 21.5C (70.7F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 23.232' S174º 20.958' EBegoniaDestination: Whangarei

At Anchor at Oakura Bay (off Whangaruru Harbour), Northland, New Zealand
From: Whangamumu Harbour To: Oakura Bay (off Whangaruru Harbour), Northland, New Zealand

We travelled [11.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Sailed south, and anchored in 4-7m of good sand.]

General Comments: [Kyle declared another early start today in an attempt to beat the rain (I'm not a fan of anchoring in the rain). We're nestled near the sandy cove with a line of very different homes just up from the shore (holiday homes?), a backdrop of rolling hills and with little rocky islands all around us. Yesterday at anchor we even had a hailstorm (thankfully after our explore ashore) - we are certainly being reminded that we are no longer in the tropics. The cockpit enclosure and cabin heating are appreciated aboard and hats, scarfs and socks are out!]

At: 09:44(NZDT) 21-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 16.1C (60.98F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 24.3C (75.74F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 15.06' S174º 17.772' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Whangamumu Harbour
From: Oruruhoe Bay (by Tawiriwiri Island) To: Whangamumu Harbour

We travelled [10.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Sailed with just the jib around Cape Brett to the outer coastline. Mild seas, easy sail. No other boats (at least not yet) we are anchored in 4-6m.]

General Comments: [We exited the main bay and headed seaward, In a long loop that took us just 2.5 miles from where we started (as the crow flies). We are now anchored in Whangamumu Harbour which is very protected, has no roads (just a hiking trail out to cape Brett) and is the site of an old whaling station. Rain is forecast but we had an early start and hope to get ashore to explore.]

At: 09:36(NZDT) 20-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 19.7C (67.46F), Humidity:49%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 13.638' S174º 15.372' EBegonia"At Anchor at Oruruhoe Bay (by Tawiriwiri Island)
From: Matauwi Bay, Bay of Islands (near Russell) To: Oruruhoe Bay (by Tawiriwiri Island)

We travelled [8.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Sailed against the slight current with just the jib (we were in no rush) to this very picturesque anchorage.]

General Comments: [After a lovely sunny day exploring Russell yesterday, today we have moved the boat towards the Bay of Islands exit, positioning ourselves for a the journey to the South in the morning. Today is drizzly and overcast. We are surrounded by tiny islands covered in oysters at low tide, and topped with lots of green - quite the Maine (USA) vibe here.]

At: 11:50(NZDT) 19-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 20C (68F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 27.2C (80.96F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 16.398' S174º 7.53' EBegoniaAt Anchor at Matauwi Bay, Bay of Islands (near Russell)
From: Matauwi Bay, Bay of Islands (off Russell) To: Matauwi Bay, Bay of Islands (near Russell)

We travelled [2.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Motored from the marina to this nearby anchorage, the next bay around from Russell. The place is littered with moorings, but thankfully good shallow mud for some ways beyond]

General Comments: [We escaped the marina in hopes of having some tourist time in the islands. We're starting with Russell - the historic little town once considered for the place as capital of New Zealand. It remains a tiny town and top tourist attraction so it is time to explore!]

At: 13:20(NZDT) 17-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:40%, Water Temp: 27.7C (81.86F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 18.84' S174º 7.362' EBegoniaDay 8 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:South Minerva Reef To:Opua Harbour, New Zealand

ARRIVED!

Progress: [So far we've made [817.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [54.9]nm (through water). We have moved [53.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Despite us having positioned ourselves quite far east to catch the wind and sail in - we still had to motor in patches. We deliberately dawdled and enjoyed the scenery once we entered the bay - as we didn't want to arrive too early at the Quarantine dock (we can overnight here, sleep well, and do all the officialdom in the morning, and only start paying for the marina dock tomorrow!).]

General Comments: [A beautiful sail with just enough sunshine to give us the great views of the islands on the way in. We were welcomed on the radio by Lalamanzi, and had Red Max follow us in all the way to the Quarantine dock. All is well.]

At: 18:02(NZDT) 12-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 27.7C (81.86F)
over 3 years  agoShow

34º 42.912' S174º 55.98' EBegoniaDay 8 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:South Minerva Reef To:Opua Harbour, New Zealand

Progress: [So far we've made [762.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [56]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [111.9]nm (through water). We have moved [114.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Finally a whole 24 hours of sailing AND moving (not motoring). Seas are fiine, but overcast all day.]

General Comments: [It looks obvious we'll be there today (possibly even before Sunset). Yesterday, around 4pm, we passed quite the milestone - 8766 hours of being underway aboard Begonia - that is over a year of sailing since we purchased her in June 2012. On the VHF Radio we've been receiving (weak) weather notices from the NZ stations. While the colder weather is an unpleasant shock, the longer days are already being appreciated.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 12-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 16.9C (62.42F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 25.3C (77.54F)Course: 236(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1024hPa, Swell:1m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

33º 34.872' S176º 47.022' EBegoniaDay 7 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:South Minerva Reef To:Opua Harbour, New Zealand

Progress: [So far we've made [651.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [171]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [83.3]nm (through water). We have moved [92.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Another day of light winds, and a mixture of slow sailing and later motoring. I'm not sure if Kyle is glad to have missed a rough passage (which is more the norm) or so very frustrated that there is not more wind. Either way his favourite phrase is 'stupid wind'.]

General Comments: [Kyle spotted two whales in the distance yesterday (behind us), but otherwise we were quite uneventful. Our wind meter remains turned off and when not motoring we continue to have power issues interfering with our Chartplotter and autopilot - it keeps us alert!]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 11-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 18C (64.4F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)Course: 191(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.7kt, Wind:3Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:1m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

32º 3.72' S177º 3.078' EBegoniaDay 6 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:South Minerva Reef To:Opua Harbour, New Zealand

Progress: [So far we've made [567.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [246]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [107.7]nm (through water). We have moved [112.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Light winds and motoring for much of yesterday evening (poor Kyle), currently sailing with the Spinnaker, gentle seas again]

General Comments: [The NZ airforce plane ORION was in radio distance yesterday - we didn't see it but we heard it call several boats (but could not hear their replies). Our HAM radio is working on the informal Net, but very weak - this time in NZ we really need to get it fixed!]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 10-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 18.7C (65.66F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 27.7C (81.86F)Course: 181(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.8kt, Wind:5Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1m (to:S)
over 3 years  agoShow

30º 11.772' S177º 7.152' EBegoniaDay 5 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:South Minerva Reef To:Opua Harbour, New Zealand

Progress: [So far we've made [460.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [344]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [162.4]nm (through water). We have moved [152.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Another day of good wind, with the swell feeling much less choppy now.]

General Comments: [Air and sea temperature continue to drop daily as we head south - I guess that should be expected, but it still remains a shock. We have been listening in to the informal SSB Net daily (with fellow cruisers heading to NZ from Tonga and Minerva) - we can hear most people, but our radio isn't so good and people can rarely hear us. We are also having a host of power issues. When the fridge kicks on - the autopilot goes a little crazy - Kyle is convinced it isn't a battery issue, but it is definitely something we'll have to get fixed sooner rather than later. We ate up the last of the salad yesterday (I forgot to mention salad in our last post), and are doing well on the food front I think with that fine balance of having plenty, without having too much of anything that might be confiscated on arrival in NZ.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 09-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 18C (64.4F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 28.2C (82.76F)Course: 165(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:8Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

27º 42.09' S177º 39.45' EBegoniaDay 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:South Minerva Reef To:Opua Harbour, New Zealand

Progress: [So far we've made [297.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [489]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [165.8]nm (through water). We have moved [137.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Finally - yesterday morning the wind arrived and we could both sail and move at a fair speed again. Last 24 hour average is 6.9kt - much better. Seas are bouncy, and we reefed - but it feels good to be moving properly again]

General Comments: [Each day I sort through a different food tub/locker looking for foods that need to be inspected on arrival, and making sure nothing has escaped my notice/memory. Yesterday we used up the last of the bell peppers, and the last of the bananas. We only have carrots and onion remaining as fresh veggies, and we'll have no trouble eating them during this trip.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 08-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F)Course: 198(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.9kt, Wind:14Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

25º 37.362' S178º 43.89' EBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:South Minerva Reef To:Opua Harbour, New Zealand

Progress: [So far we've made [131.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [629]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [62.9]nm (through water). We have moved [74.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Light winds occasionally stopped. We spent just 2 hours motoring yesterday and another 2.5 overnight (mostly to stop us going backwards). Finally the wind has arrived and we are sailing with a reliable speed (but into a swell - so quite bouncy)]

General Comments: [With the calm conditions of yesterday life aboard was easy - I made some yogurt and cooked up a fish chowder (fish kinly donated by Pogeyan). We had some really appreciated help from Ludger (Green Duck) with instructions to help diagnose the fault with our Wind Meter (Kyle will look at that on his daytime watch), but for now are still sailing without it.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 07-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 20.4C (68.72F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F)Course: 190(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

24º 43.008' S179º 40.362' EBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:South Minerva Reef To:Opua Harbour, New Zealand

Progress: [So far we've made [69.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [699]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [69.0]nm (through water). We have moved [80.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Light winds and a gentle swell, make the close hauled sailing slow but straightforward.]

General Comments: [With our wind speed indicator broken means we can't set the autopilot to sail to the wind, but constantly have to tweak the direction we are sailing to avoid luffing the sails and stalling the boat. With calm seas and light winds at least make using the hand held wind meter easy. It certainly feels cooler and even with the enclosure we need a jumper/sweater or a jacket at night. No need to try fishing as a fellow cruiser, Pogeyan, gave us a very large helping of Trevalli (a white fish) to enjoy.]

At: 06:00(NZDT) 06-Nov-2018, Outside Temp: 20C (68F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F)Course: 175(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.7kt, Wind:6Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

23º 56.61' S179º 6.858' WBegoniaAt Anchor at South Minerva Reef
From: South Minerva Reef To: South Minerva Reef

We travelled [1.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Motored South in the reef for better protection from expected winds.]

General Comments: [We've had several days of snorkelling mixed with minor boat chores (including cleaning the boat bottom). Aside from an overnight visit from the NZ catamaran Katariana we've been the only boat here, while we understand that today there was 10 boats at North Minerva. Not sure how boats decide which reef to anchor in - but we are enjoying the feeling of it being 'our' reef for now. It will still be several days (early November) before we depart for NZ.]

At: 16:48(TOT) 29-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 25.5C (77.9F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 33.1C (91.58F)
over 3 years  agoShow

23º 55.512' S179º 5.982' WBegoniaAt Anchor - South Minerva Reef

Progress: [So far we've made [291.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [5.3]nm (through water). We have moved [2.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Safely at anchor on sand shelf (6m)]

General Comments: [We made it - we delayed our entrance a little more to avoid the worse of the sun (our anchorage was basically into the sun from the pass). No sign of any other boats here, nor at the North Reef as we passed by.]

At: 08:44(TOT) 25-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F)
over 3 years  agoShow

23º 52.722' S179º 5.592' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Big Mama Yacht Club, Pangaimotu Island, Tongatapu Group, Tonga To:*South* Minerva Reef

Progress: [So far we've made [286.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [5]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [137.8]nm (through water). We have moved [149.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Passage continued to be rather bouncy. At one point we we had nearly everything unreefed, but then realized we'd need to slow down so as not to arrive in dark, so sailed much of the night on just a reefed jib. We can see the lighthouse entrance (to S. Minerva) and breakers, so should be anchored well before noon.]

General Comments: [I was assuming we were headed for North Minerva Reef, until I paid attention the route named Kyle had assigned - and finally realized we were headed for South Minerva Reef (the one that looks like a drunken figure 8). We've seen no other ships on our passage, and few birds. All is well.]

At: 06:00(TOT) 25-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F)Course: 233(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.5kt, Wind:14Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

22º 21.132' S176º 57.642' WBegoniaDestination: Opua

Day 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Big Mama Yacht Club, Pangaimotu Island, Tongatapu Group, Tonga To:North Minerva Reef

Progress: [So far we've made [148.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [154]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [148.7]nm (through water). We have moved [124.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A rough and bouncy ride, slowly calming a tad. We've been mostly sailing with double reefed main and jib and are slowly starting to unreef, we've averaged over 7kts despite the waves.]

General Comments: [We departed Tonga at a civilized time, and were followed later by Carpe Mare (which we expect to see in Minerva). Kyle had installed the enclosure for the passage and overnight I was especially grateful for that. All is well aboard, and we have plenty of fresh fruit and veggies for our passage and our time at Minerva.]

At: 06:00(TOT) 24-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F)Course: 232(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

21º 7.482' S175º 9.762' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Big Mama Yacht Club (bar) Pangaimotu Island, Tongatapu Group, Tonga
From: Kelefesia Island (Ha'apai/Nomuka Group Group, Tonga) To: Big Mama Yacht Club (bar) Pangaimotu Island, Tongatapu Group, Tonga

We travelled [52.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [44.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Large swell and beam reach for a fast and furious passage. Quite rough to exit the island pass at the start. Anchored in 7m of sand at Big Mama'a. ]

General Comments: [We'll be here for several days, awaiting the next window to depart for New Zealand. We were here last year, and even from the boat at anchor, the damage is obvious at Big Mama's from last years cyclone. The dock is gone. There are also a number of new wrecks since last year in the outer harbor area (commercial vessels). As we approached the island we were called by Lalamanzi, our South African Cruising friends who were unfortunately departing as we arrive; we managed a quick chat on the radio and a wave as we sailed by each other - they will lead the way to New Zealand.]

At: 14:14(TOT) 17-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 33.6C (92.48F)
over 3 years  agoShow

20º 30.108' S174º 44.442' WBegoniaDestination: Nuku'alofa

At Anchor at Kelefesia Island (Ha'apai/Nomuka Group Group, Tonga)
From: Nomuka Iti (Ha'apai Group) To: Kelefesia Island (Ha'apai/Nomuka Group Group, Tonga)

We travelled [21.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Motored the whole way against headwind (short hop), anchorage behind the shelter of the island and reef (in 10m of sand with scattered bommies)]

General Comments: [I tried fishing again this trip - no luck again. We'll hang out here for several days as we wait out some stronger winds (from S/SE) expected over the next few days.]

At: 11:06(TOT) 14-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 35C (95F)
over 3 years  agoShow

20º 16.692' S174º 47.91' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Folifuka Island (Vava'u Group, Tonga) #14 To:Nomuka Iti (Ha'apai Group)

Progress: [So far we've made [110.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [2.6]nm (through water). We have moved [2.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Good beam reach sailing, we had to reef and then hove-to in order to avoid arriving at dark. There was a lot of lightning all night (distant), and Kyle got a heavy downpour and lots of sail changes on his watch. On approach the anchorage looked littered with bommies, but once closer we found a giant patch of good sand in 6-7m.]

General Comments: [A fine sail, we are now anchored off Nomuka Island (home of an old prison), Kyle saw a whale on approach (long gone now). We will rest up and most likely depart in the morning to get further south.]

At: 07:24(TOT) 13-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:90%, Water Temp: 34.5C (94.1F)
over 3 years  agoShow

18º 42.768' S174º 8.352' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Folifuka Island (Vava'u Group, Tonga) #14
From: Langito'o Island (Vava'u Group) To: Folifuka Island (Vava'u Group, Tonga) #14

We travelled [4.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Short motor sail at high water to next planned anhorage - Good sand holding (10-11m).]

General Comments: [Easy entry in morning light and with OpenCPN and sat photos to be double sure. Plenty of signs of life on island (scattered houses/huts). No other sailboats currently, more snorkelling planned, supposedly the best!]

At: 09:16(TOT) 10-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
over 3 years  agoShow

18º 43.53' S174º 5.4' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Langito'o Island (Vava'u Group)
From: Nuku Island (Vava'u Group, Tonga) - #8 Anchorage To: Langito'o Island (Vava'u Group)

We travelled [5.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Unable to find a free/suitable mooring around Lape Island or Vaka'eitu Island - we motored about and found this nice anchorage spot (Shallow sand shelf). We are just outside a protected area, and with a nice reef nearby to swim on - we plan to take the dingy over to the famed Coral Gardens once we are sure the boat is settled and safe in all currents.]

General Comments: [We spotted a turtle swim by as we were busy looking for some place to anchor and are looking forward to some more snorkelling]

At: 09:32(TOT) 07-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
over 3 years  agoShow

18º 42.798' S174º 2.232' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Nuku Island (Vava'u Group, Tonga) - #8 Anchorage

From: Neiafu (#3 Anchorage) To: Nuku Island (Vava'u Group, Tonga) - #8 Anchorage

We travelled [6.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Light winds - motor sailed between anchorages - arrived to find Green Duck already here, staging for a trip to Fiji!]

General Comments: [After a hectic string of activities and busy evenings with the ""Blue Water festival"", we've moved to one of the nearby tranquil anchorages for some downtime and snorkelling]

At: 14:32(TOT) 05-Oct-2018, Outside Temp: 30.8C (87.44F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
over 3 years  agoShow

18º 41.238' S174º 1.368' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Mala (Anchorage #6), Vava'u Group
From: Neiafu Mooring Field To: Mala (Anchorage #6), Vava'u Group

We travelled [5.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Vava'u Island Gropu anchorage #6 in Tongan charts: Mala - looks like we can expect some nice snorkelling]

General Comments: [Mooring balls are full and we had to vacate ours for the charter fleet - we've relocated to a nearby anchorage for a few days - but plan to return to Neiafu (presumably to anchor) in time for the Tongan Bluewater Festival to start (this weekend)]

At: 15:02(TOT) 25-Sep-2018, Outside Temp: 28.2C (82.76F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

18º 39.42' S173º 58.938' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Neiafu Mooring Field

From: Neiafu Customs dock To: Neiafu Mooring Field

We travelled [0.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Completed customs - moved to town mooring]

General Comments: [Will go ashore and get cash and SIM cards etc once we can prep the dinghy - fun can start after that!]

At: 10:10(TOT) 24-Sep-2018, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

18º 39.138' S173º 59.112' WBegoniaDestination: Neiafu

Day 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Alofi (Niue) To:Neiafu (Vava'u, Tonga)

Made it!

Progress: [So far we've made [263.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [49.7]nm (through water). We have moved [29.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Arrived at the customs dock (welcome from Ma'he, customs security - says to expect clearance at 9:30am tomorrow) - amazingly none of the other boats are here (maybe anchored nearby?) Once we had the island in sight we had light head winds - so we motored much of today (Kyle was not so happy)]

General Comments: [Lovely calm seas around the north of the island, not much traffic, and no whales spotted.]

At: 18:52(TOT) 23-Sep-2018, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

18º 27.102' S173º 30.438' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Alofi (Niue) To:Neiafu (Vava'u, Tonga)

Progress: [So far we've made [213.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [43.5]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [121.7]nm (through water). We have moved [119.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [All day we continued to have an easy down wind sail with occasional (light) squalls. Since midnight all has changed. The wind has swung from all directions, mini-squalls are frequent and not-surprisingly seas are very mixed.]

General Comments: [We still expect (hope) to arrive later this afternoon in the main town - where we can wait at the wharf for clearance in the morning.]

At: 06:00(TOT) 23-Sep-2018, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)Course: 268(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:11Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (to:SW)
almost 4 years  agoShow

18º 38.22' S171º 24.882' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Alofi (Niue) To:Neiafu (Vava'u, Tonga)

Progress: [So far we've made [92.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [163]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [92.0]nm (through water). We have moved [88.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Downwind sailing (jib alone) in some choppy seas (but mostly with the swell). We don't want to arrive before late Sunday afternoon so are not rushing.]

General Comments: [We departed Niue for Tonga the same day as 4 other boats - the customs dock will be crowded when we arrive with just our boats! Weather is cool enough on watch to require a jacket at night. Today we'll try fishing again just in case. We've had a little rain on this passage, but mostly it's been dry. Nothing of significance to report.]

At: 06:00(TOT) 22-Sep-2018, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 35.5C (95.9F)Course: 287(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:15Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:W)
almost 4 years  agoShow

19º 3.282' S169º 55.488' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Beveridge Reef (Niue) To:Alofi (Niue)

Progress: [So far we've made [156.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [40.9]nm (through water). We have moved [37.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Arrived at mooring (Ball #13) - only 3 other boats here, and supply ship due in tomorrow. We have arranged to clear in in the morning.]

General Comments: [We managed to fly the spinnaker for the whole way - just changing to the jib about 1.5nm off the mooring field so Kyle could get in some practice and pick up the mooring ball under sail. I wasn't so keen - but I should have given him more credit - no issues!]

At: 14:40(NUT) 10-Sep-2018, Outside Temp: 28.2C (82.76F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

18º 55.11' S169º 17.238' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Beveridge Reef (Niue) To:Alofi (Niue)

Progress: [So far we've made [116.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [42]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [116.0]nm (through water). We have moved [109.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We've been flying the spinnaker since we departed the pass at Beveridge. Great downwind sailing. Swell OK.]

General Comments: [Attempted some fishing (no luck, even with our new lure) - will try again once daylight begins. A large motor boat/yacht approached Beveridge just as we departed (but didn't enter the pass) we had a short radio chat. Last night Kyle witnessed a pretty impressive meteor - as it entered the atmosphere it left behind a glow for several seconds - must have been HUGE!]

At: 05:00(NUT) 10-Sep-2018, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 34.5C (94.1F)Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
almost 4 years  agoShow

20º 0.762' S167º 44.94' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Beveridge Reef (Niue)
From: Beveridge Reef (Niue) To: Beveridge Reef (Niue)

We travelled [0.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Short relocate]

General Comments: [Relocate to be nearer to Ganesh (for dinner invite)]
almost 4 years  agoShow

19º 59.622' S167º 44.592' WBegoniaArrived and at anchor in Beveridge Reef (Niue)

Progress: [So far we've made [563.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [62.9]nm (through water). We have moved [46.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [It felt touch and go - but we DID make it safely anchored well before dark. We'll be here for around a week and there is expected to be quite a bit of wind during our stay (great for the wind generator, not so good for swimming)]

General Comments: [As we approached Beveridge reef we noticed just one boat on the AIS - Ganesh. This boat happens to be the boat of Fatty and Caroline Goodlander - long time heroes of Kyle for their cruising stories in the magazine Cruising World and Captain Fatty's books - the are coming over for lunch/snacks tomorrow and Kyle is very excited. It is the ONLY boat that could be here and not make him feel upset he doesn't have the place to himself. No sign of the 2017 wreck Avanti, and we're not sure if it has broken up or been towed out and sunk at sea. For now, we rest up and reset our sleep patterns for our stay in Beveridge Reef. Air and water temperatures cooled a bit as we sailed south!]

At: 17:15(NUT) 26-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 33.6C (92.48F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

19º 47.718' S166º 57.222' WBegoniaDay 5 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands) To:Beveridge Reef (Niue)

Progress: [So far we've made [500.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [54]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [118.7]nm (through water). We have moved [105.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The wind finally picked up after yesterday's dismal progress - although most of yesterday was slow also, we are now making good speed again. Seas have risen and are now calming again. We've been bouncing around a lot.]

General Comments: [Last night the gooseneck (the hardware that connects the boom to the mast) lost its pin and hardware. Luckily we had a long carriage bolt that is temporarily doing the job (hopefully it will last until NZ). We are hoping we make it in daylight today (if not we'll have to hold offshore pretty much all night - it will be a close call time wise.]

At: 06:00(NUT) 26-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 34C (93.2F)Course: 258(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:10Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
almost 4 years  agoShow

18º 37.278' S165º 33.492' WBegoniaDay 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands) To:Beveridge Reef (Niue)

Progress: [So far we've made [381.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [155]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [57.3]nm (through water). We have moved [65.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [As forecast we had very little wind (especially after noon and through the night) - we had several sub 1nm hours. Also the wind swung around a lot, but thankfully the swell was quite light (low with long periods). We are hoping that the wind will return by dark today, maybe earlier. We look forward to it.]

General Comments: [When we departed suwarrow we caught our chain on a bommie AND this seems to have broken our windlass. We had to hoist the remaining chain by hand (and had assistance to unravel our chain from the lovely Nick from Unicorn). Once we arrive in Beveridge we'll need to just drop the chain manually (easy) and then (hopefully) we'll have some time to fix the windlass before we depart. If we are lucky there won't be too many new jobs to add to the list by the time we arrive!]

At: 06:00(NUT) 25-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 35.5C (95.9F)Course: 204(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.1kt, Wind:3Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
almost 4 years  agoShow

17º 35.1' S165º 10.992' WBegoniaDestination: Alofi

Day 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands) To:Beveridge Reef (Niue)

Progress: [So far we've made [324.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [211]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [165.6]nm (through water). We have moved [150.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind is reducing, and swell is much more comfortable this morning. Winds for the next 24 hours are expected to be frustrating.]

General Comments: [When Kyle unreefed the main last night, a flying fish fell out of the folds (Ewwwww). All is well aboard, and we may even try to catch a fish with our new Lure (courtesy of Nick on Urchin)]

At: 06:00(NUT) 24-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 25.5C (77.9F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 35.5C (95.9F)Course: 200(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.8kt, Wind:10Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
almost 4 years  agoShow

15º 17.07' S164º 8.472' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands) To:Beveridge Reef (Niue)

Progress: [So far we've made [158.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [355]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [158.6]nm (through water). We have moved [127.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A great start to our passage - boisterous seas, and lots of rain overnight (not so great), we are sailing with heavily reefed main and jib. We expect the rest of the day to remain rough (per forecast)]

General Comments: [After another amazing stay at Suwarrow, with basket weaving, snorkelling, manta rays and lots of sunset socializing (and music), we finally move on for Beveridge Reef (just as we did last year).]

At: 06:00(NUT) 23-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 201(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.4kt, Wind:20Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:W)
almost 4 years  agoShow

13º 24.93' S163º 6.6' WBegoniaDay 6 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Maupiti (off Pauma Town) To:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [724.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [5.1]nm (through water). We have moved [11.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored! When we arrived there were 11 other boats already here, and one just a little further out to sea waiting to enter - Still lest crowded than a week ago, but it took us some time to find an anchor spot we were happy with (actually, we never did, we just kept lowering our standards until we met with what was available.). We are anchored in 9m of water with lots of bommies (Kyle is about to go add floats to the chain once we've done our paperwork).]

General Comments: [Once the sun was good and up we entered the pass and then spent some time (an hour) looking for the perfect spot to anchor (which didn't exist). Today is forecast to be good weather but then rain for the following 2 days - so we'll have plenty of time to recover before we explore much.]

At: 08:44(THAT) 11-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

13º 13.818' S163º 4.98' WBegoniaDay 6 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Maupiti (off Pauma Town) To:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [719.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3.4]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [149.8]nm (through water). We have moved [145.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind and swell slowly backed to come from the stern. We arrived outside the island and are now simply waiting for daylight to enter. Given that we slowed down and are now stopped - we've had another great sailing day (distance wise)]

General Comments: [We've no idea how busy Suwarrow is but Kyle is convinced he can see lights for at least 9 boat (and no doubt there are more hidden by the island). We're looking forward to arriving and being able to get our sleep clocks back in sync.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 11-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)Course: 198(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.7kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1m (to:NW)
almost 4 years  agoShow

13º 12.372' S160º 35.58' WBegoniaDay 5 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Maupiti (off Pauma Town) To:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [569.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [150]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [115.4]nm (through water). We have moved [100.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Rain! Lots of drizzle and occasional downpours, and the wind shifts, lulls and gusts to go along with it called for plenty of reefing and un-reefing. Yesterday was a frustrating day with a few hours of less than 1nm. If the forecasts are correct we can now expect good winds for the rest of the passage (just one frustrating day isn't too bad)]

General Comments: [All is looking well to arrive at Suwarrow on Saturday (tomorrow). Early this morning Kyle was joined by a large patch of bioluminescence about the size of the boat and just a couple of meters of the boat to one side. He's not 100% sure what it was but something very big travelling very fast alongside the boat (possibly a whale, but no spouting - a mystery of the deep. ]

At: 06:00(THAT) 10-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 25.7C (78.26F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 37.4C (99.32F)Course: 269(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.1kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
almost 4 years  agoShow

13º 24.96' S158º 53.208' WBegoniaDay 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Maupiti (off Pauma Town) To:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [454.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [250]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [151.0]nm (through water). We have moved [143.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Winds have been calming, and seas are smoothing out (but we are still making good speed). Light rain has just started and we expect rain for the next day or so as a front passes us.]

General Comments: [Aside from keeping watch and managing the sailing (which takes only occasional effort), we've been occupying ourselves with our podcasts and books (even Kyle is reading). We have yet to see any other boats, planes, etc - nothing but birds. A second day of trying to fish produced 0 results.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 09-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:S)
almost 4 years  agoShow

14º 6.75' S156º 31.86' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Maupiti (off Pauma Town) To:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [303.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [389]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [182.0]nm (through water). We have moved [173.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Waves are big and wild enough to make for a bouncy ride (rolling and lurching), but weather has been clear and nice (warm). We are making a fantastic average speed of OVER 7.5kt)]

General Comments: [We've seen no boats nor whales so far on this passage - only a mix of occasional birds. The sunsets have been spectacular, all is well, although Kyle did have to fix a leak that had saltwater dripping at the bottom of our bed.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 08-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 297(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.6kt, Wind:13Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (to:SW)
almost 4 years  agoShow

15º 26.118' S153º 52.722' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Maupiti (off Pauma Town) To:Suwarrow Island (Cook Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [121.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [553]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [121.2]nm (through water). We have moved [112.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Good Sailing wind so far - backing from around 60 degrees point of sail to 120 so far - we continue north of our ideal line to allow for changes to the wind expected later in the passage]

General Comments: [We left Maupiti earlier than expected (we were just all ready and thought we may as well depart) - the pass was a picture of calm on the way out. We are adjusting still to our sleep patterns, but all is well.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 07-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 307(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.7kt, Wind:23Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (to:SW)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 26.778' S152º 14.568' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Maupiti (off Pauma Town)
From: Bora Bora (off Motu Ahuna) To: Maupiti (off Pauma Town)

We travelled [26.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A day of light winds (Spinnaker!) which were a just light enough to be frustrating for the first 4 hours. The pass into Maupiti was quite dramatic (due to the big swells that hit that direct area), and we needed more RPM that Kyle normally feels comfortable with to push in and make way against the current.]

General Comments: [Mooring balls reported to exist appear absent so we anchored in 3.1m of sand. We'll hold out here for a few days until the forecasts for the passage on to Suwarrow suits us (and the pass here in Maupiti is safe to exit).]

At: 16:24(THAT) 03-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 29.16' S151º 46.248' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Bora Bora (off Motu Ahuna)
From: Bora Bora (Viatape Town Quay) To: Bora Bora (off Motu Ahuna)

We travelled [1.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in a great patch of sand (3.3m) along with Nemo and Savanah]

General Comments: [We finally managed to get fuel, and water before departing Viatape and are now set at anchor with the laundry air drying - ready to depart in the morning. Electronic issues continue to taunt us, Kyle's watch no longer keeps the right time for more than a few hours (then just jumps around the clock to random times), his phone finally died when attempting some last minute updates and we have made progress but still don't have a functioning Mac computer (just one that will finally boot up, but without any of our apps and data on it as of yet)]

At: 13:08(THAT) 02-Aug-2018, Outside Temp: 29.4C (84.92F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 37.4C (99.32F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 30.438' S151º 45.12' WBegoniaAt Dock at Bora Bora (Viatape Town Quay)
From: Bora Bora (Bloody Mary's Restaurant) To: Bora Bora (Viatape Town Quay)

We travelled [2.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Tied to town dock - wakes make it very choppy towards the corner, so we hope to move along once some of the other boats depart]

General Comments: [We attempted to get our Duty free fuel today - but were unable to do so without our exit paperwork - so that will be our next job.]

At: 11:22(THAT) 31-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 31.638' S151º 44.688' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Bora Bora (Bloody Mary's Restaurant)
From: Bora Bora (Pt Tepuhoro, Motu Farone - far SE motu) To: Bora Bora (Bloody Mary's Restaurant)

We travelled [10.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Returned to Bloody Mary's mooring - we'll spend two nights here (it isn't open on Sundays so we'll be a customer on Monday!)]

General Comments: [Today's sail was #300 in our Begonia Logbook - we'll celebrate (as if we need an excuse!). After a lovely day sailing in the dinghy and snorkelling, we've moved back towards the town and finally plan to go ashore in Bora Bora in the morning!]

At: 12:22(THAT) 29-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 32.622' S151º 42.6' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Bora Bora (Pt Tepuhoro, Motu Farone - far SE motu)
From: Bora Bora (Off Pt. Tuiahora) To: Bora Bora (Pt Tepuhoro, Motu Farone - far SE motu)

We travelled [6.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in large sand patch (1.9m)]

General Comments: [We attempted to head to the far south of the main island, but it was shallow and most areas blocked from anchoring by the fancy hotels - so we settled for this area. We have a good breeze to keep cool and keep the power up and there is apparently some good snorkelling to be had here.]

At: 11:16(THAT) 27-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 29.418' S151º 42.462' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Bora Bora (Off Pt. Tuiahora)
From: Bora Bora (Toopua - Sting ray area) To: Bora Bora (Off Pt. Tuiahora)

We travelled [8.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.8m of sandy bottom]

General Comments: [We've motored around to the NE corner of the island, past many beautiful luxury hotels - mostly with thatched apartments over the water, steps down to the sea and a private freshwater swimming pool on the deck… Oh wow! We are anchored near where we can expect to see manta rays and as we arrived we saw a small group of rays frolicking just ahead of the boat. All is well aboard, although computer woes are causing much frustration and time-wasting. Ugh!]

At: 12:26(THAT) 25-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 31.38' S151º 46.722' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Bora Bora (Toopua - Sting ray area)
From: Tahaa (by Paipai Pass) To: Bora Bora (Toopua - Sting ray area)

We travelled [23.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At anchor in 8.5m of sand with scattered larger bommies]

General Comments: [We moved to Bora Boar this morning (early start) and are anchored near the sand shelf famed for its sting rays. The local tour boats feed them, and depsite the official area being a bit of a swim away, we've already seen some from the boat.]

At: 12:18(THAT) 23-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 39.162' S151º 32.61' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Taha'a (by Paipai Pass)
From: Raiatea (Uturoa town) To: Tahaa (by Paipai Pass)

We travelled [6.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A short motorsail to Taha'a (within same fringing reef as Raiatea) - odd gusts and calm waters. Rain showers continue (and the forecasts indicate that this will continue for the rest of the month! I'm missing the blue skies)]

General Comments: [After a short stay at Uturoa for provisioning we decided to move on to Taha'a rather than spend the night in the town. We hope to get in some snorkelling (between rain showers) before moving on to Bora Bora in a few days time. ]

At: 15:08(THAT) 21-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 43.722' S151º 26.61' WBegoniaAt DOCK at Raiatea (Uturoa town)
From: Raiatea (SE Corner, on sand shelf by reef) To: Raiatea (Uturoa town)

We travelled [10.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Tied up to town wall. We are quite uncertain regarding the rules and security (with mixed and worrying notes in our guide books) so not sure if we're here just to provision, or to stay the night… Our French neighbour says all is fine and we are good to stay overnight - we'll test out the vibe!]

General Comments: [We thought we'd get to sail here, but the expected winds just didn't arrive - even the outriggers abandoned us as we were too slow to draft/race with.]

At: 10:30(THAT) 21-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 51.93' S151º 20.628' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Raiatea (SE Corner, on sand shelf by reef)
From: Huahine (Fare) To: Raiatea (SE Corner, on sand shelf by reef)

We travelled [24.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored on giant 2m sand shelf - protected from waves, but with plenty of wind.]

General Comments: [We left Huahine with outrigger races all around us - quite the sight. We are now in Raiatea and plent to spend a couple of days at anchor catching up on odd chores and enjoying the sunny weather the forecasts promise (hopefully they are right and the rain squalls are done!)]

At: 16:38(THAT) 18-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 28.1C (82.58F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 42.732' S151º 2.328' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Moorea (Opunohu Bay) To:Huahine (Fare)

Safely at anchor!

Progress: [So far we've made [92.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [20.1]nm (through water). We have moved [12.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Made it to anchor between rain showers after our overnight sail. We're anchored in 4m of sand and close to the dingy dock (we can row ashore readily - once we've rested up and cooled off)]

General Comments: [Although we've visited Huahine before, we didn't visit the town of Fare - so we'll be here for a couple of days to explore. We have a sandy beach in front of us, and there are 20+ boats anchored here and to our west on the other side of the channel.]

At: 12:36(THAT) 15-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 45.312' S150º 49.698' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Moorea (off Papetoai Town) To:Huahine (Fare)

Progress: [So far we've made [72.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [17.6]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [70.2]nm (through water). We have moved [72.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mixed winds (mostly downwind) - and another rip in our Spinnaker (this time small and in a different area) so we are back to wing-on-wing until I can make the repair and with the rolling seas keep spilling our wind from us - frustrating, but headed in the right direction!]

General Comments: [Warm, muggy, with rain showers. The overnight passage is taking longer than we'd hoped but we should still easily arrive today. We are sleeping as we need to in no official shifts and all is well aboard. We left with 4 other boats heading for Huahine, but they all left us early on as they are motor-sailing (or just motoring) and we're persisting with the sails.]

At: 09:00(THAT) 15-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)Course: 293(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
almost 4 years  agoShow

17º 30.93' S149º 51.108' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Moorea (Opunohu Bay)
From: Moorea (off Papetoai Town) To: Moorea (Opunohu Bay)

We travelled [2.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A short motor around the corner and deep into Opunohu bay.]

General Comments: [After a snorkel on the (modern) tikis at our anchorage we set off around the corner for our next adventure. No need for sails - just an easy motor, and if the weather is good - a hike up a hill tomorrow.]

At: 13:50(THAT) 13-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

17º 29.298' S149º 52.8' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Moorea (off Papetoai Town)
From: Moorea (off Haapiti Town) To: Moorea (off Papetoai Town)

We travelled [16.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Short but tough sail - mixed winds and swells with us and heavy against us. We motorsailed most of the way and found a spot to anchor in good sand]

General Comments: [A wet sail with plenty of pounding and spray, but we're looking forward to some fun snorkelling. We are anchored in quite the jet ski/dive boat thoroughfare - so it's plenty busy.]

At: 15:16(THAT) 12-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 28.4C (83.12F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

17º 34.89' S149º 51.96' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Moorea (off point Opaura)
From: Papeete Town Marina - Tahiti To: Moorea (off point Opaura)

We travelled [25.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Once clear of the protection of Tahiti - we were in 25-30kt of wind today and sailed across to Moorea with 2 reefs in the Jib. Big waves/swells (3m+) so quite the adventure!]

General Comments: [We left Tahiti only after the bakeries had opened and we could collect some baguettes. We picked up some duty-free fuel at Tahinea before leaving Tahiti and set sail across to Moorea. Once arriving at the Matauvau pass, we were joined by a few dolphins - always a pleasure, but it was hard to fully appreciate them as we were being bombarded with big waves and making sure we navigated the entrance to the pass without incident. We are anchored in the sand banks in the lee of the fringing reef with 3 other catamarans and a ketch. Very windy so we'll have plenty of power, but probably won't be cooking up the lovely Tuna we purchased in Tahiti on the back bbq tonight, but will stay hunkered down in the cabin (with plenty of power). Once the wind actually calms down we should be able to get some good snorkelling in.]

At: 11:58(THAT) 10-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

17º 32.382' S149º 34.212' WBegoniaAt the dock at Papeete Town Marina - Tahiti
From: Point Venus - Tahiti - French Polynesia To: Papeete Town Marina - Tahiti

We travelled [7.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [The dock - and two other sailors came to help us with lines once we arrived. We were concerned that there may not have been space as reservations are not taken - but thankfully there were still several spaces big enough for us.]

General Comments: [After an early morning rain shower were pulled up the anchor and moved to the downtown marina in Papeete. From here we can reprovision and dabble in the Heiva entertainment.]

At: 11:22(THAT) 02-Jul-2018, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
about 4 years  agoShow

17º 30.0' S149º 29.808' WBegoniaArrived and safely at anchor in Tahiti (Point Venus)!

Day 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Rotoava Town - Fakarava Atoll To:Point Venus - Tahiti - French Polynesia

Progress: [So far we've made [265.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [11.2]nm (through water). We have moved [9.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Motor the last 12 miles or so into the anchorage (anchored off the Lighthouse in 7-8m of water charts indicate it to be good sand/mud holding)]

General Comments: [We're back in Tahiti - now off for a nap!]

At: 08:12(THAT) 28-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)
about 4 years  agoShow

17º 26.7' S149º 21.048' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Rotoava Town - Fakarava Atoll To:Point Venus - Tahiti - French Polynesia

Progress: [So far we've made [254.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [10.5]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [128.7]nm (through water). We have moved [121.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We had great wind until the land breeze started up as we made it to the North of the actual island - we are just 10 miles from the pass and not much further to our anchorage at Point Venus - Almost there!]

General Comments: [Another easy day sailing and the night sail made so much more comfortable with the full moon in place. We should be at anchor well before noon.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 28-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 268(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.8kt, Wind:5Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
about 4 years  agoShow

17º 9.948' S147º 15.54' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Rotoava Town - Fakarava Atoll To:Point Venus - Tahiti - French Polynesia

Progress: [So far we've made [126.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [131]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [126.0]nm (through water). We have moved [115.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Easy Downwind sailing, mild weather and mostly clear skies - Loving it!]

General Comments: [We left Rotoava with two other boats, and after exiting the pass we soon separated, and with no sign of other boats so far it felt light we had the ocean to ourselves all night. The full moon and easy conditions make for perfect night sailing. We're making good progress to Tahiti.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 27-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 240(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:11Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:W)
about 4 years  agoShow

16º 3.87' S145º 37.11' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Rotoava Town - Fakarava Atoll
From: Hirifa Atoll - Fakarava To: Rotoava Town - Fakarava Atoll

We travelled [31.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored near town with at least 21 other boats including some very large sailing boats (all free moorings taken)]

General Comments: [A beautiful day sailing - protected from the waves and with a great wind - Kyle was happy to make some great speeds as we headed north to the town. We are also looking forward to Pizza for the first time in way too long (so long ago we can't recall - possibly as far back as New Zealand?)]

At: 13:32(THAT) 23-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 30C (86F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)
about 4 years  agoShow

16º 26.97' S145º 21.972' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:SouthEast Motus - Tahanea To:Hirifa Atoll/Village - Fakarava

Progress: [So far we've made [58.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [47.6]nm (through water). We have moved [45.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4.5m of water in good sand - protected from winds with any East - rare coral patches easily avoided and plenty of palm trees]

General Comments: [An overnight passage mostly spent under bare poles and trying to slow down to await daylight to enter the South pass with a slight flood. Anchorage at pass was crowded so we continued on to Hirifa and will spend a few days here in more tropical bliss.]

At: 07:56(THAT) 20-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)
about 4 years  agoShow

16º 51.012' S144º 41.598' WBegoniaAt Anchor at West of Pass - Tahanea
From: SouthEast Motus - Tahanea To: West of Pass - Tahanea

We travelled [10.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Lots of bommies so hard to find a clear patch of sand - anchored in 10.5m with floats on chain]

General Comments: [Moved to be nearer pass for our departure in a few days, but the journey and anchoring was in regular rain squalls. We arrived to find 9 other boats already there (2 leaving and one just about to arrive at the slack water). This was especially helpful when one of our chain floats managed to break free - and both SHERIG and FORTUNA LIGHT kindly offered to go fetch it for us as it drifted off into the atoll. BIG THANKS!]

At: 11:22(THAT) 15-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
about 4 years  agoShow

16º 58.26' S144º 36.468' WBegoniaAt Anchor at SouthEast Motus - Tahanea
From: South motus - Tahanea (Tuamotu Islands) To: SouthEast Motus - Tahanea

We travelled [5.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [With a forecast of winds from SSE we've moved to the corner of the island (along with 4 other boats). Anchored in 3.8m on sandy shelf with plenty of swing room.]

General Comments: [The colours of the sea and sky and sand are just so perfectly tropical. To date we've had anchorages to ourselves and we've done very little except relax, eat and swim. Forecast is for a few days of rain and we may finally be ready for a few boat jobs. And while it isn't raining we can continue to enjoy the views.]

At: 11:22(THAT) 12-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)
about 4 years  agoShow

16º 58.38' S144º 41.628' WBegoniaAt Anchor at South motus - Tahana (Tuamotu Islands)
From: 7 Anchorage Tahana (Tuamotu Islands) To: South motus - Tahana (Tuamotu Islands)

We travelled [4.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Light winds and stunning views - anchored in 2.8m of water on sandy shelf with islands and small reefs in easy swimming distance.]

General Comments: [We moved just a little around the Atoll for a change of view, but it is still white sands and turquoise waters with backdrop of palm covered motus - heaven!]

At: 10:54(THAT) 10-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)
about 4 years  agoShow

16º 57.108' S144º 44.622' WBegonia** MADE IT - AT ANCHOR **

Day 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hao (Tuamotu Group, French Polynesia) To:Tahana (Tuamotu Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [278.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [47.8]nm (through water). We have moved [35.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Safely at anchor in 4-7m of water at #7 anchorage (so named since it has a sandspit in the shape of a number 7)! We plan to stay at the atoll for about a week, although we might move around to some of the different anchorages.]

General Comments: [Arrived after motoring most of the day. There are a few other boats in the Atoll, but all so far apart as to feel totally private. While looking for an anchor spot we already spotted the small black tip sharks we expected. The water is REALLY clear and all is well.]

At: 16:10(THAT) 07-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 30.7C (87.26F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 37.9C (100.22F)
about 4 years  agoShow

17º 4.788' S144º 8.928' WBegonia** Correction - passage is from Hao! **

Day 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hao (Tuamotu Group, French Polynesia) To:Tahana (Tuamotu Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [230.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [42]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [105.4]nm (through water). We have moved [100.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Last night was a mix of squalls and shifting winds, until the winds decided to drop to a 2kt headwind and leave the sails cracking in the swell. To ensure we make our destination today Kyle started the motor. Forecast is for very little wind for the next week!]

General Comments: [In the first of the rains we managed to top up our shower buckets that we use after swimming, and extra water for some laundry too. Motoring is always a disappointment, but at least we can expect to be at anchor today again. This window to sail across turned out to be shorter than we expected, but at least we managed to sail most of the way.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 07-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)Course: 308(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:2Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

17º 4.788' S144º 8.928' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To:Tahana (Tuamotu Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [230.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [42]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [105.4]nm (through water). We have moved [100.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Last night was a mix of squalls and shifting winds, until the winds decided to drop to a 2kt headwind and leave the sails cracking in the swell. To ensure we make our destination today Kyle started the motor. Forecast is for very little wind for the next week!]

General Comments: [In the first of the rains we managed to top up our shower buckets that we use after swimming, and collect extra water for some laundry too. Motoring is always a disappointment, but at least we can expect to be at anchor today again. This window to sail across turned out to be shorter than we expected, but at least we managed to sail most of the way.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 07-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 37C (98.6F)Course: 308(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:2Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

18º 8.718' S142º 47.04' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To:Tahana (Tuamotu Islands)

Progress: [So far we've made [125.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [136]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [125.5]nm (through water). We have moved [106.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Kyle says: Stupid waves! We're sailing downwind in light wind and rolly seas and it is frustrating. Forecast is for stronger winds, but rain, so we are not sure what we'd prefer. Do I need to say we are missing our spinnaker?]

General Comments: [We really enjoyed our time in Hao, so many spectacular tropical views and just enough of a town to provision from and a daily bakery for our French Baguettes! As we left Hao, 4 new boats were waiting to enter the pass and the two boats that were planning to leave with us decided to delay to another day (that should leave Hoa full as far as dock space is concerned with the 9 boats rafted up to each other). Yesterday our Autopilot broke. We rely on it so much as it allows the person on watch to not be constantly tending the helm (we can make a snack, take a trip to the bathroom, etc, without worrying). Amazingly Kyle took the thing apart at the guts of the arm that connects to our steering bar and (after much diagnosing and testing) found a corroded wire that he cleaned and reconnected - and presto - our Autopilot is back and functioning. I'm HUGELY proud of him, and very happy to have it fixed.]

At: 06:00(THAT) 06-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 25.8C (78.44F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 385(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.9kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

18º 5.928' S140º 54.732' WBegoniaDestination: Hao

Day 6 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To:Hao (Tuamotu Group, French Polynesia)

Arrived at Hao!

Progress: [So far we've made [509.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [16.6]nm (through water). We have moved [2.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Tied to the Dock in the old/abandoned Navy harbor. 3 other boats here, but quite, sunny and a light breeze. One of the other boats came and took lines and gave us a nice welcome.]

General Comments: [Arrived! Time to relax (I may take the bicycle in town to source some French bread too)]

At: 10:14(AKST) 01-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)
about 4 years  agoShow

18º 3.552' S140º 53.622' WBegoniaDay 6 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To:Hao (Tuamotu Group, French Polynesia)

Progress: [So far we've made [493.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [14]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [52.5]nm (through water). We have moved [59.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Nice easy sailing conditions continued, but by nightfall we were under bare poles to aim to progress as slowly as possible. We are just a short distance from the pass now, awaiting the right light and conditions to enter. A cargo/supply ship has arrived overnight and entered in the dark (but they must know the pass and the route inside the atoll very well).]

General Comments: [With the great moonlight and calm conditions Kyle cried 'Land-Ho' just after midnight! Since then we've been holding off and skirting around the atoll slowly drifting towards the pass. We'll arrive today and are uncertain yet if we'll be able to find a dock (at the abandoned French Navy base) or if we'll be at anchor once we arrive. This will be our first arrival in 6 months at which we are NOT required to check in with any officials (Since we are already cleared into French Polynesia)]

At: 06:00(AKST) 01-Jun-2018, Outside Temp: 25.8C (78.44F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 296(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.4kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

18º 36.108' S140º 1.482' WBegoniaDay 5 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To:Hao (Tuamotu Group, French Polynesia)

Progress: [So far we've made [440.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [73.4]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [106.2]nm (through water). We have moved [109.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [We continue to sail with tail winds. We won't arrive today in time for the two key criteria (light conditions and a suitable current at the pass) - so today will be a deliberately slow sail ]

General Comments: [Cloudy conditions continue to hamper power generation via the solar panels. After several days of this, Kyle eventually stated the motor to bring the batteries back to full charge. Kyle was aghast yesterday to learn that 200 boats have registered as crossing the pacific west bound this year (he dislikes crowds, and expects to find them all in any anchorage at the same time! LOL).]

At: 06:00(AKST) 31-May-2018, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 293(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.6kt, Wind:10Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2m (to:NE)
about 4 years  agoShow

19º 12.462' S138º 12.48' WBegoniaDay 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To:Hao (Tuamotu Group, French Polynesia)

Progress: [So far we've made [334.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [182]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [92.2]nm (through water). We have moved [88.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Light winds all day yesterday with sloooow progress. Last night the also switched from head to tail winds, and we passed through several rain squalls. We are at last pointing directly towards the goal (with a few atolls more to weave through)]

General Comments: [Last night, the sunset was quite the show - there was barely a sliver of light between the dark low clouds and the distant horizon - but in that sliver, silhouetted by the red of the sunset was band after band of rain - quite the show (and we were headed towards it). With yesterday's slow sailing and calm seas I decided some baking was in order (Bread and muffins). We have plenty of fresh lemons so I planned on making lemon and poppy-seed muffins. However they used not even a whole lemon and it turns out my poppy-seeds were no more after being confiscated in New Zealand - so we had lemon muffins and I'm still left with a bag of lemons! ]

At: 06:00(AKST) 30-May-2018, Outside Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 36.5C (97.7F)Course: 283(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:10Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

19º 51.96' S136º 48.228' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To:Hao (Tuamotu Group, French Polynesia)

Progress: [So far we've made [242.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [270]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [136.6]nm (through water). We have moved [126.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Wonderful moonlit, clear night with calm seas (calmer than some of our recent anchoarges). The dead calms forecast yesterday didn't arrive (yay!), so we continue to progress to our destination.]

General Comments: [Lovely sailing (although we are still pushed north of the line we'd like to be taking). We have plenty of fresh fruit aboard (now all tropical, pomplemouse (grapefruit), oranges, coconut, lemons and limes). Still no luck catching a fish. All is well aboard.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 29-May-2018, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 36C (96.8F)Course: 287(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.8kt, Wind:7Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:E)
about 4 years  agoShow

21º 47.742' S135º 52.908' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To:Hao (Tuamotu Group, French Polynesia)

Progress: [So far we've made [105.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [372]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [105.8]nm (through water). We have moved [93.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [A great start leaving the main atoll, but by dark we had light winds on the nose and were heading much more north than we wanted (but very slowly). After hours of 4-5kt of wind, we had a brief squall and gusts of 26kt (just for variety!)]

General Comments: [Underway again! But this should be our longest passage now for several months. We finally managed to use the last of the bananas (and to Kyle's relief, the last of the eggplant/aubergine). Night has the benefit of relatively clear skies and an almost full moon. While we are headed to Hoa - we have to string a path through numerous other atolls and islands at which it is not possible to anchor (but keep us alert as our route changes in the shifting winds).]

At: 06:00(AKST) 28-May-2018, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 35.5C (95.9F)Course: 323(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:10Kt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 8.718' S135º 2.988' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Anganui Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers)

From: Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers) To: Anganui Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers)

We travelled [0.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Slightly larger bay but still on NW side of island - anchored in 14m of good sand]

General Comments: [A relocate just a short distance away to get a little better protection from the west winds]

At: 11:32(AKST) 25-May-2018, Outside Temp: 26C (78.8F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 35.5C (95.9F)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 9.042' S135º 3.3' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers)

From: Rikitea (Mangareva Island, The Gambiers, French Polynesia) To: Oneaea Bay (Taravai Island, Gambiers)

We travelled [10.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A small bay we have anchored in a patch of sand and close to reefs all around (great snorkelling spot, but only room for one boat)]

General Comments: [After getting the chores of officialdom, laundry and provisioning completed, we escaped the tiny main town and plan to hang out for 3 days totally away from it all. No schedule, no distractions. The sun is shining and all is well - we have a boat full of fruit and other goodies, and from the cockpit are just a short swim from the palm fringed shore and the lush hills of the island.]

At: 12:32(AKST) 24-May-2018, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 35C (95F)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 6.78' S134º 57.99' WBegoniaDestination: Rikitea

Day 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Pitcairn Island To:Rikitea (Mangareva Island, The Gambiers, French Polynesia)


Progress: [So far we've made [338.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [11.9]nm (through water). We have moved [6.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Anchored on the far E of the anchorage but close to shore so an easy row to land (followed by a short walk to the centre of the town).]

General Comments: [Arrived! The sun in shining, the hills are lush, and there are about 18 other boats in the anchorage]

At: 09:26(AKST) 22-May-2018, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 34.5C (94.1F)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 4.83' S135º 4.35' WBegoniaDay 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Pitcairn Island To:Rikitea (Mangareva Island, The Gambiers, French Polynesia)

Progress: [So far we've made [326.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [10.2]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [77.2]nm (through water). We have moved [71.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Calm seas and light winds.]

General Comments: [We've had land in sight since around 11am yesterday, but with the realization that we would not make it anchored by dark, we held back and spent the extra hours moving around the island to the better marked NW channel - arriving there for first light. We are soon to start the motor and make our way in.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 22-May-2018, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 35.5C (95.9F)Course: 181(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.2kt, Wind:9Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:W)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 39.252' S133º 55.68' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Pitcairn Island To:Rikitea (Mangareva Island, The Gambiers, French Polynesia)

Progress: [So far we've made [249.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [75]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [107.9]nm (through water). We have moved [95.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [More downwind sailing but winds were very light for much of yesterday afternoon.]

General Comments: [ We are travelling just 13nm south of the tropics. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day, so much so that Kyle took off our enclosure, this means we still wear shorts at night but now with a jacket. Being more cloud free has given us some beautiful night skies. Unfortunately the lighter winds put us at risk of not making it to the anchorage before dark today - so we may have to hold off outside the pass (feels like Pitcairn all over again).]

At: 06:00(AKST) 21-May-2018, Outside Temp: 23.7C (74.66F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 35C (95F)Course: 261(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 4.41' S132º 14.928' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Pitcairn Island To:Rikitea (Mangareva Island, The Gambiers, French Polynesia)

Progress: [So far we've made [141.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [171]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [141.1]nm (through water). We have moved [131.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Good downwind sailing with OK swell and clear-ish skies. Happy sailors (but missing the spinnaker)]

General Comments: [We departed Pitcairn at first light after a fantastic day ashore, and loaded with fresh fruit, veggies, and salad stuff from the locals gardens. I gave the local store a general "if you can spare it I'll take some fresh produce" and a price limit - and when we finished our day hiking we were given two large boxes of produce and two very healthy stalks of bananas (some ripe, some not). We must have 100 bananas, and 30 oranges and a LOAD of other stuff - we are in danger of vitamin overload. Yesterday I had to search out a recipe for our 20 Aubergines (Egg Plants) - and we discovered Caponata (a middle east meets Ratatouille dish) and loved it! Our fellow cruising boat Nemo departed ahead of us in the night and we expect to meet them in Mangareva. We are all looking forward to a calm and protected anchorage where we can sleep somewhat stress free after all our recent open anchorages.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 20-May-2018, Outside Temp: 22.7C (72.86F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 35C (95F)Course: 309(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:13Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 3.888' S130º 5.748' WBegoniaDay 10 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1312.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [6.3]nm (through water). We have moved [4.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Safely at anchor - in 12m with a good bit of wind and swell (and this is the protected anchorage)]

General Comments: [After circumnavigating the island overnight we made it to anchor at daybreak - now to go through the checklists and see if we can get ashore.]

At: 08:22(PST) 17-May-2018, Outside Temp: 22.6C (72.68F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 34.5C (94.1F)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 7.188' S130º 8.22' WBegoniaDay 10 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1306.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [4]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [115.2]nm (through water). We have moved [90.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [So close - but we had sight of the island in daylight but were not able to reach the anchorage before dark (just an hour and half short)… So we've been pottering about the island overnight waiting for first light. Mixed seas and wind.]

General Comments: [Once we were finally in radio range we received a welcome to Pitcairn from both the Deputy Mayor (Charlene) and a fellow cruising boat (Nemo) - now all we have to do is get anchored and get ashore (and at some point maybe sleep too). Apparently the supply ship is also due in today so it will be a busy day on the island.]

At: 06:00(PST) 17-May-2018, Outside Temp: 21.5C (70.7F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 34.5C (94.1F)Course: 80(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.5kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:3.5m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 5.478' S128º 28.08' WBegoniaDay 9 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1191.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [88]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [123.0]nm (through water). We have moved [116.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Another frustrating day of sailing. Mostly because of the lack of progress when we really want to be sure to arrive in Pitcairn before dark today (or we'll be holding off just off the island in some rather miserable seas just to wait until daylight), but also because of the very variable winds (again) in both direction and power. Lots of reefing, unfreefing, gybing, etc - and in the rain. ]

General Comments: [Frustration and anticipation are building as is the uncertainty of if we'll be at sea or safely at anchor and sleeping soundly this evening. For now we have a good speed and being at anchor tonight is a possible - but it's bouncy and we need to tweak the sails regularly (reef and unreef) to maximize that speed. Crossing fingers and toes (just in case).]

At: 06:00(PST) 16-May-2018, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 34C (93.2F)Course: 271(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.6kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 54.99' S126º 19.662' WBegoniaDay 8 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1068.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [205]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [155.7]nm (through water). We have moved [138.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [We are making good speed, but we are still uncertain if we'll make it to Pitcarin in daylight tomorrow. If we don't make it then, and get to anchor safely, we are not sure if the conditions will allow for our arrival the following day (Thursday) so we are tweaking sails and doing all we can to arrive before nightfall on Wednesday.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we sailed by (within three quarters of a mile of) Ducie Island. Plenty of birds flying everwhere (seemed to be mostly petrels with a few boobies).]

At: 06:00(PST) 15-May-2018, Outside Temp: 22.7C (72.86F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 34.5C (94.1F)Course: 234(degT), Speed Over Ground:6kt, Wind:13Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 1.128' S123º 47.172' WBegoniaDay 7 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [912.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [350]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [145.6]nm (through water). We have moved [109.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Another very rough day aboard yesterday (bouncing and banging) - finally the headwinds have backed and we now have tail winds and things have smoothed out - we are expecting more rain (tomorrow). Based on current forecasts, we need to get moving on to Pitcairn and so will now just ""drive by"" Ducie and Henderson.]

General Comments: [Starwatching over night has been a pleasure with the milky way popping out of the night sky so clearly.]

At: 06:00(PST) 14-May-2018, Outside Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 34C (93.2F)Course: 288(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.3kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 42.12' S121º 54.672' WBegoniaDay 6 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [767.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [471]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [116.7]nm (through water). We have moved [107.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Wind has picked up again and we are into headwinds with wind and swell against us (conditions are getting rougher). Kyle tells me we'll be back to tail winds by the end of the day… Oh for the trade winds again. I'm also advised to expect rain again later today.]

General Comments: [We found time yesterday to call around the family. The connection wasn't perfect, but its still impressive that we can chat away from so remote a location. Eight years ago today we were just arriving in Bermuda (our first exotic location!) on route to Ireland.]

At: 06:00(PST) 13-May-2018, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 34C (93.2F)Course: 242(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:15Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:2m (to:E)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 22.77' S119º 57.882' WBegoniaDay 5 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island


Progress: [So far we've made [650.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [568]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [145.5]nm (through water). We have moved [127.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [Seas and wind calming down (and boat is slowing down, but still making a reasonable speed), although we are expecting more wind and RAIN from tomorrow. We headed a little north of our expected line yesterday (and are expecting southerly winds later in the trip so we're OK with that)]

General Comments: [We will be sailing past the Pitcairn islands of Ducie and Henderson on route. If conditions allow we may stop at one or both of them, although for now forecast makes it prudent to get to Pitcairn itself and be in its lee before the really strong winds arrive. Decision pending.]

At: 06:00(PST) 12-May-2018, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 33.6C (92.48F)Course: 278(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:13Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:W)
about 4 years  agoShow

26º 31.572' S117º 58.968' WBegoniaDay 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [505.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [687]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [184.6]nm (through water). We have moved [156.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [We continue to make great speed, but swell has meant we've had to gybe out track a little. It is warm enough (with the enclosure) to be wearing shorts at night again).]

General Comments: [Water clearly has more life - even the night-time bioluminescence display is starting to look more like fireworks.]

At: 06:00(PST) 11-May-2018, Outside Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 33.1C (91.58F)Course: 342(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.8kt, Wind:17Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1024hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

26º 29.802' S115º 4.158' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [320.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [840]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [180.6]nm (through water). We have moved [169.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]Sailing Conditions [We are making fantastic speed (it feels like forever since we had a 24 hour period this good). We've had steady winds but the big swell remains. Forecast appears to be more of the same at least for the next day or so.]

General Comments: [We are back in the land of flying fish for sure and in the mornings go around the boat and toss back any bodies that have made it on deck. Once the swell calms I think we should actually be able to go fishing successfully (who am I kidding?).]

At: 06:00(PST) 10-May-2018, Outside Temp: 21.3C (70.34F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 33.1C (91.58F)Course: 280(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.2kt, Wind:24Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:3.5m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

26º 56.472' S111º 57.168' WBegoniaDestination: Adamstown

Day 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island) To:Pitcairn Island

Progress: [So far we've made [139.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1009]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [139.8]nm (through water). We have moved [135.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mixed/choppy seas. A lot of rain yesterday and overnight (it's great to have the enclosure). Wind has shifted in our favor but the old swell remains and makes things uncomfortable still.]

General Comments: [On departing Easter Island at first light - we managed to lose a boat hook overboard - thankfully it floated and Maryanne went in for a swim to recover it. Yesterday Kyle discovered that the bedroom hatch wasn't closed properly when a wave made its way to him while he slept (oh boy!). As we exchanged watches last night we were suddenly both alarmed by an electrical sparking sound coming from the cockpit. Kyle immediately went to investigate, the sound stopped and he couldn't find anything. It started again and this time Maryanne found the source - a flying fish had landed in the cockpit and as it fluttered its wings in an attempt to escape it made that very sound. The fish was returned to the water and we were relieved nothing worse was afoot. ]

At: 06:00(PST) 09-May-2018, Outside Temp: 21.5C (70.7F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F)Course: 278(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.1kt, Wind:19Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:3m (to:NE)
about 4 years  agoShow

27º 8.658' S109º 26.148' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Hanga Roa (Easter Island)

We have moved [9.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored again in deep water (it is exhausting, and we had to reset the anchor when we realized we'd swing too close and possibly into the no go area… Hopefully some time to go ashore today but slim chance.]

General Comments: [Back in Hanga Roa - we'll clear out tomorrow and depart the following morning early (once we've lifted the anchor - that takes a while!)]

At: 15:18(EAST) 06-May-2018, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F)
about 4 years  agoShow

27º 7.698' S109º 15.96' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island)From: Vinapu (Easter Island) To: Hanga Hotuiti (Easter Island)We travelled [8.7]nm (through water) on this trip.

We have moved [7.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]
Location Comments: [Anchored in 24m in a large patch of sand (no other boats today) - with a stunning view of the Ahu Tongariki Moai with The Raruku Crater/Mountain behind. There is a small harbor here that we should be able to get ashore from with the dingy (apparently good for all weather conditions)]

General Comments: [We moved really because landing didn't look so straightforward at Vinapu and the view wasn't so pretty there - from here, it will be much harder to get into town, but the shore access and view more than makes up for it]

At: 11:46(EAST) 01-May-2018, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F)
about 4 years  agoShow

27º 10.71' S109º 24.06' WBegoniaAt Anchor at Vinapu (Easter Island)From: Hanga Roa (Easter Island) To: Vinapu (Easter Island)

We travelled [8.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]


Location Comments: [Anchored in this small anchorage at the end of the airport runway (views of gas tanks) but at least the wind forecast for the next few days will push us off shore. We could have stayed at the previous anchorage but in an abundance of caution we moved to this around the point to be a little better protected. (Unfortunately there is little sand and still a bit of a swell and we've yet to establish how easiy it will be to get ashore]

General Comments: [We had a lovely day ashore with the last of the arrival admin and a nice hike up to a volcanic crater (Rano Kau) and an old ceremonial village ('Orongo) - all just stunning. We even had a couple of dogs adopt us for the walk. After so long at sea the time ashore was really appreciated - and the views were pretty spectacular too.]

At: 17:50(EAST) 30-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F)
about 4 years  agoShow

27º 8.58' S109º 26.238' WBegoniaArrived at Easter Island!

Day 20 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [2295.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [43.1]nm (through water).

We have moved [29.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [At Anchor in 24m and luckily it set first time (we have a trip line just in case). SAG (Agriculture Officialdom) have visited us aboard and given us our paperwork after checking our potatoes and onions and looking for wasps (all clear!).]

General Comments: [We have arrived! The deep water makes anchoring a bit of a pain (lots of scope and hard work joining lines and chain etc) so arrival was a bit of a stress (Will hopefully soon be forgotten once we open the wine). Forecast is not great and we'll have to move tomorrow evening (but hopefully get to stay around the corner a few days at least). We'll spend the rest of the day today getting the boat in order and resting up for a full schedule tomorrow - but YAY, we are HERE. There are 4 other sailboats here and a cargo ship at the same anchorage. We can already see some of the famous Easter Island statues (moai) from our anchorage.]

At: 13:34(EAST) 29-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F)
about 4 years  agoShow

27º 5.772' S108º 52.932' WBegoniaDay 20 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [2252.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [36.8]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [162.7]nm (through water).

We have moved [151.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [More rough seas, but wind calming (main is up now)]

General Comments: [We should be there later today (not sure if we'll get ashore today or just sleep). With a full moon the night sails have been a little easier but right now it is still dark - no sign of land as of yet.]

At: 06:00(EAST) 29-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F)Course: 313(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:17Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
about 4 years  agoShow

27º 8.148' S106º 2.49' WBegoniaDay 19 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [2089.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [188]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [136.0]nm (through water).

We have moved [131.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Big swells and choppy seas. We've the main down and the jib heavily reefed and sailing downwind ]

General Comments: [Well the wind finally became consistent - leaving us a constantly boisterous ride aboard. We each had quite the white knuckle ride which we are not quite sure if we've seen the worst as of yet. Through a sleepy haze last night I heard Kyle yell "HOLD ON!. (followed by a swear word)" and I did indeed brace myself in bed waiting for the worst - but this monster wave just passed gently under us as calm as anything. We've had a few slam into us and a few land on us (Kyle was stood on the cabin top putting the main away early when a wave wet him to his waist). Still - we are almost there! Yesterday before the strong winds arrived, Kyle was busy checking over things and preparing for the worst. As he lowered the mainsail a washer fell on deck with a "Tink" sound. It is small (so thankfully not for any rigging) - and we have no idea what it is from, Kyle spent ages with binoculars looking to see where it might have come from without luck. Indeed we even posited that our sailing friend from Virginia has found us with a drone as he is in the habit of dropping springs and screws on the deck of fellow boaters just to mess with them.]

At: 06:00(EAST) 28-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F)Course: 273(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.3kt, Wind:23Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:4m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

26º 53.532' S103º 36.378' WBegoniaDay 18 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1953.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [319]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [98.1]nm (through water).

We have moved [84.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [If I mentioned the wind had been frustrating before - I was so wrong. For the last 12 hours it has really kicked up on the frustration scale. Wind has been variable in speed and direction - spending just enough time at any state to trick us in to believing it might be settled. We've reefed - only to find the wind drops to 4kt for the next hour (and with the big swell that means the sails slamming from side to side). Our course has been a constant saw shape and even had us going at 7kt in exactly the wrong direction from time to time overnight... According to the forecast the wind should settle from ESE, but in the meantime it continues to tease us (oh, with rain too).]

General Comments: [Ready to be there (anywhere really).]

At: 06:00(EAST) 27-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 20.4C (68.72F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F)Course: 252(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.9kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

26º 26.73' S102º 7.182' WBegoniaDay 17 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1855.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [400]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [103.5]nm (through water).

We have moved [99.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We motored much of yesterday to cross the calm and are now in head winds (at least for now). We expect tail winds for much of the last stretch to Easter Island (can't wait!).]

General Comments: [This week I've tried fishing a couple of days - and so far all I have to show for it is one lost hat.. This is more like I'm used to!!!]

At: 06:00(EAST) 26-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 22.1C (71.78F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F)Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:11Kt(from:NNW), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 29.37' S100º 37.158' WBegoniaDay 16 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1751.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [490]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [53.7]nm (through water).

We have moved [69.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [No wind! We are in the middle of a large calm and Kyle is actually motoring through it (at least for now). We've already been motoring for almost 3 hours - which shows that most of the 70 miles we actually moved yesterday was current.]

General Comments: [We found a can of apple pie filling that was quite rusty. I figured I had to use it before the contents found a way out and made a crumb cake. I think even with our best efforts it is going to take at least 3 days to finish it - but it tastes good :-)]

At: 06:00(EAST) 25-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F)Course: 208(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:3Kt(from:WSW), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:1m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 31.122' S99º 55.02' WBegonia"Day 15 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1598.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [543]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [36.7]nm (through water).

We have moved [133.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Forecast continues to predict more frustrations.. Sigh. We have turned south to cut across an area of calms and get to strong winds on the other side.]

General Comments: [We had a good dose of sunshine yesterday and hope for more today (the batteries really like it)]

At: 06:00(EAST) 24-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 21.5C (70.7F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F)Course: 222(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.9kt, Wind:10Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 11.742' S97º 57.612' WBegoniaDay 14 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1561.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [672]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [130.1]nm (through water).

We have moved [122.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Forecasts have been shifting and yesterday we again turned NW (rather than WSW towards Easter Island). Clouds are starting to lift, but calms are forecast in our future (and also with heavy rain)- Frustrating]

General Comments: [Even with the clouds it is starting to get 'too hot' by afternoon and Kyle has been removing the side panels of the enclosure to let in some air (which we put back at night).]

At: 06:00(EAST) 23-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 21.3C (70.34F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F)Course: 245(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 14.862' S95º 44.712' WBegoniaDay 13 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1431.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [783]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [121.3]nm (through water).

We have moved [118.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [More of the same (although those easier seas I reported yesterday soon turned mixed again). Depending on the model there may or may not be a calm patch between us and Easter Island.. Swell is increasing]

General Comments: [Another day without us noticing any birds (!??!). Its been cloudy for days but so far this morning looks reasonable (hopefully that means we'll get a good dose of solar power?)]

At: 06:00(EAST) 22-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 30.6C (87.08F)Course: 263(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.8kt, Wind:10Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 7.038' S93º 35.958' WBegoniaDay 12 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1310.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [899]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [118.5]nm (through water).

We have moved [106.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We have turned towards Easter Island (this time hopefully for good), we are at the edge of the trade wind belt so a little variable, and the chop has gone so the ride is a little easier]

General Comments: [The birds have thinned out over the last few days. Kyle's chin/jaw is much recovered but he tells me is still is a little painful when he bangs into things (!!)]

At: 06:00(EAST) 21-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 30.6C (87.08F)Course: 281(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 25.35' S91º 42.18' WBegoniaDay 11 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1191.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [993]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [121.6]nm (through water).

We have moved [116.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The forecasts and predictions are pushing us more North than we were expecting (!!), we are now in the Tropics (not expected). The point of sail and the chop/mixed seas along with shifting winds make for frustrating sailing (we sure miss our Spinnaker)]

General Comments: [We have sliver of a crescent moon for a few hours each night now. The forecasts have been very disappointing. It looks like we will arrive much later than we had hoped, and also that the winds will require us to anchor in a different part of the island.]

At: 06:00(EAST) 20-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F)Course: 286(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:10Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:99%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 3.06' S89º 42.078' WBegoniaDay 10 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [1070.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1089]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [143.4]nm (through water).

We have moved [131.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We continue in mixed and choppy seas, but are maintaining a good speed (with a bouncy ride)]

General Comments: [Yesterday we had two large fishing boats pass ahead of us about 2 hours apart. The first one called and introduced themselves, and were very friendly/chatty (in Spanish, so our responses were limited) they were a Spanish crew who worked for 3 months at a time on the boat (with one month to go). The second boat called us well ahead of getting close, and insisted we should not alter our course or speed (in Spanish) - but then proceeded to head directly for us. We think he was just overly curious to 'see us' but the chartplotter was indicating it would pass within 30 feet of us (or less) - way too close. Normally such a boat would pass behind us and nothing like that close - but he was definitely aiming to pass DIRECTLY ahead of us - eventually I pulled up and stalled the boat - so we wouldn't be of any risk of hitting into the side of his giant boat, and he called on the radio to complain... LOL (aaaghhh...) - Everyone came out to wave at us - they looked very excited to see us, and then we were bounced around by the wake for a few minutes... Just crazy. Kyle hurt himself yesterday when a winch handle came free while he had his full force on it, and it swung up and hit him in the face. He was immediately screaming that he'd broken his jaw (but in such clear speech that I knew he hadn't) - but boy that winch handle must have hurt (and still does).]

At: 06:00(EAST) 19-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F)Course: 283(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 39.582' S87º 23.01' WBegoniaDay 9 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [926.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1204]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [140.6]nm (through water).

We have moved [136.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Good speed in mixed seas (downwind sailing is not stable in such messy seas)]

General Comments: [Water and air are warming up nicely, but we are looking like we'll arrive much later than we expected - And the weather when we arrive isn't looking too great either. All we can do is hope and keep trying?]

At: 06:00(EAST) 18-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 20.4C (68.72F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F)Course: 311(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:20Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:3m (to:W)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 19.038' S84º 58.53' WBegoniaDay 8 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [786.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1326]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [131.2]nm (through water).

We have moved [132.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We had a great speed day yesterday (certainly compared to the previous 4 days), we also had great sunshine yesterday (especially in the morning), but are still waiting on sunshine for today.]

General Comments: [Birds remain our only visitors - but we actually spotted a fishing boat on the AIS and its lights at a distance last night. The starscape overnight was fantastic (what a pleasure to be able to actually see the stars). All is well but the passage appears slow.]

At: 06:00(EAST) 17-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 20.3C (68.54F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)Course: 278(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 24.048' S82º 32.088' WBegoniaDay 7 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [654.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1455]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [76.2]nm (through water).

We have moved [84.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We still wait for the stronger winds and will be glad for some days with more than 100nm/day (hopefully). We continue to sail mostly downwind and mostly west (waiting for those winds!)]

General Comments: [Yesterday Kyle discovered a pack of tuna following us. We didn't need any fish yesterday so we didn't drop a line, but if they try that game again I think we'll be fishing (trying). This morning the clouds appear to have broken up a little and we are hoping for sunshine and solar power today.]

At: 06:00(EAST) 16-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 27.7C (81.86F)Course: 284(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.4kt, Wind:7Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 29.298' S80º 58.542' WBegoniaDay 6 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [578.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1504]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [86.1]nm (through water).

We have moved [74.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Winds continue to reduce (we hope to have good winds by this evening for the rest of the passage). We finally made the turn west last night so at least we are pointing in the right direction for now.]

General Comments: [Night watches have been DARK, and much of the night we can't even make out the horizon line. It has been constantly cloudy - we haven't seen the sun or the stars for the leat 3 days! We continue to have battery issues (Kyle thinks they are not getting as charged as the instrument indicates) - we have run the motor for a couple of hours for each of the last few days to assist (something that we probably only needed to do twice in the whole of last year) - we are looking forward to tomorrow which promises both wind and sunshine. ]

At: 06:00(EAST) 15-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 26.8C (80.24F)Course: 286(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.3kt, Wind:4Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

26º 0.732' S79º 43.122' WBegoniaDay 5 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [492.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1624]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [86.7]nm (through water).

We have moved [90.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A frustrating night - the wind changes direction and speed about every 20 minutes, requiring gybing each time. We made way less than 100nm progress yesterday, and the island group (The 'Miserable Group' of San Ambrosio and San Felix) that we approached last night is still in sight this morning.]

General Comments: [Despite the frustrating sailing - we did put out a fishing line yesterday AND catch a fish (Fish curry for dinner). This is how fishing seems to be for everyone else - it feels so good to decide we want fish AND actually catch one. We are having some battery level problems, (cloudy days and light winds), But even if we get them fully charged during the day, they don't seem to last the night. Once they are at low voltage the chart plotter starts with lots of fake error messages needing a response every few minutes. Kyle suspects a problem with the fridge, it could be that they are not actually getting recharged fully, or a host of other issues (To be investigate). In one of the sail gybes of last night we had a small storm petrel come and land on the boat and hang out with us for a while. The last 24 hours have seemed busy!]

At: 06:00(EAST) 14-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 17.8C (64.04F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 27.2C (80.96F)Course: 324(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:2m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

27º 25.68' S79º 8.622' WBegoniaDay 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [406.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1714]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [129.1]nm (through water).

We have moved [129.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind remains steady - downwind sailing continues]

General Comments: [We've seen no sign of any other boats since we left Robinson Crusoe, nothing but birds and the occasional squid landing on deck. It's been very overcast and we've had to start the engine for a couple of hours to keep the batteries topped up enough to keep the chartplotter and fridge going.]

At: 06:00(EAST) 13-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 17.8C (64.04F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 26.3C (79.34F)Course: 345(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

29º 31.338' S78º 33.63' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [276.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1843]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [164.6]nm (through water).

We have moved [152.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We continue to sail mostly north - since we are aiming to avoid a giant patch of calm that sits between us and Easter Island. By going North and then west (rather than directly there) we hope to keep in good wind all the way to Easter Island. We expect to continue north for another couple of days. Kyle has had some inspiration, and developed a new setup for using the jib downwind (necessity being the mother of invention and all...)]

General Comments: [Yesterday morning, on our wonderful downwind sail - our spinnaker finally gave out with a dramatic rip the top corner peeled away from its sides like a banana skin! It took a while to recover the giant sail from the water. The sail was old when we got the boat, and we've certainly worked it hard over the last few years - but what a loss. We should have expected it was 'due', but we'll definitely miss that sail until we can find a replacement (which will most likely be a while). The loss of this sail means we have an added worry - we MUST reach Easter Island by the end of the month. If we don't - Maryanne's visa will mean she can't legally stay in Chile and we are uncertain if we can even make landfall to officially clear out - weather is already a factor in 'if' we can land in Easter Island, now time adds to it. Additionally Maryanne had a cold before we left mainland Chile - it has long gone, but left behind a lingering and noisy cough. If she is so visibly ill when we arrive at Pitcairn we'll not be allowed to land (with the very small community there), so currently it feels as though both Easter Island and Pitcairn are at risk - Ugh! Fingers crossed.]

At: 06:00(EAST) 12-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 17C (62.6F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 25.8C (78.44F)Course: 350(degT), Speed Over Ground:7kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1023hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

32º 3.528' S78º 36.852' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Bahia Cumberland, Robinson Crusoe Island To:Easter Island

Progress: [So far we've made [112.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2020]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [112.3]nm (through water).

We have moved [97.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We departed Juan Fernandez with strong winds, and quite the swell knowing it would calm - once the rain caught up with us and passed. The rain did pass and we are now in reasonable downwind conditions (Spinnaker up)]

General Comments: [Another passage.. All is well and we head for Easter Islands in the hopes of calm conditions once we arrive (so we can actually go ashore)]

At: 06:00(EAST) 11-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 16.7C (62.06F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)Course: 358(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:14Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:75%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:2m (to:NE)
about 4 years  agoShow

33º 39.66' S78º 54.9' WBegoniaDestination: Hanga Roa

Leaving for Easter Island this morning...
about 4 years  agoShow

33º 38.412' S78º 49.422' WBegoniaArrived (Day 4)! Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez, Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [432.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [59.7]nm (through water).

We have moved [59.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We pushed today with the Spinnaker set to be sure we arrived before we lost the light. We just made it (in time to anchor in the rain) - but we're here and safe.]

General Comments: [The island appeared in light cloud and before that even was plenty of radio traffic. We're at anchor and will relax, eat and sleep before going ashore in the morning. Glad to be able to rest as tomorrow is supposed to be a splendid day to be ashore.]

At: 19:20(CLST) 02-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 19.2C (66.56F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)
over 4 years  agoShow

34º 26.562' S78º 7.77' WBegoniaDay 4 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Valdivia, Chile To:Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez, Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [372.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [60.5]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [145.6]nm (through water).

We have moved [151.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Seas calming (and wind), we are now sailing with a full jib. We are hopeful that we may arrive this evening, but if we don't look like we'll get there before dark, we'll slow down and arrive in the morning.]

General Comments: [We had a short visit from a large group of dolphins yesterday, and we have the regular birds. However no boats (even on AIS) for the last 36 hours]

At: 08:00(CLST) 02-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 16.7C (62.06F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 25.3C (77.54F)Course: 327(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:18Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
over 4 years  agoShow

36º 31.992' S76º 24.36' WBegoniaDay 3 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Valdivia, Chile To:Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez, Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [227.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [211]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [140.0]nm (through water).

We have moved [147.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Seas are rough, ride is bouncy, and we remain well wrapped up. Jib is at 2 reefs and it is not looking like we'll be letting any sail out soon.]

General Comments: [I woke Kyle up with a mini Easter Egg (Happy Easter). We remain wrapped up. Chart plotter seems to act up every time the fridge comes on (??!!) - it decides to tell us we are in 4m of water, or that we have arrived, or something odd and proceeds to turn off the chartplotter - Ugh!]

At: 08:00(CLST) 01-Apr-2018, Outside Temp: 15C (59F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 19.5C (67.1F)Course: 326(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.9kt, Wind:24Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:Nm (to:3.5)
over 4 years  agoShow

38º 32.958' S74º 38.46' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Valdivia, Chile To:Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez, Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [87.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [358]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [87.4]nm (through water).

We have moved [99.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Strong winds off port quarter has us moving well enough (no main, just a heavily reefed jib). Seas are big and choppy and we are getting a push in speed due to current (thankfully we are travelling with it all!)]

General Comments: [We departed Valdivia later than planned (3pm) as we squeezed out the last opportunity for wifi in an effort to fix our spare computer issues (no luck). We were waved off by our marina buddies from 'ata 'ata and Sea Rover II (a lovely warm feeling - thanks guys). It always takes a day or two to adjust to the sleep routine required, but since we've been at the dock for so long it definitely feels alien. The rough motion makes it difficult to get about the boat, but at least we are with the current (getting an extra 1kt + over the bottom). It's cold so we are wrapped up and grateful for the enclosure, but all is well aboard.]

At: 08:00(CLST) 31-Mar-2018, Outside Temp: 14.2C (57.56F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 20.4C (68.72F)Course: 325(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.5kt, Wind:29Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:75%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:Nm (to:3.5)
over 4 years  agoShow

39º 50.94' S73º 18.96' WBegoniaDestination: Robinson Crusoe Island

Day 1 of Pacific Ocean Passage From:Valdivia, Chile To:Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez, Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [0.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [460]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [0]nm (through water).

We have moved []nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Leaving Valdivia]

General Comments: [Leavng Valdivia]

At: 14:00(CLST) 30-Mar-2018, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
over 4 years  agoShow

39º 50.94' S73º 18.96' WBegoniaRemain in Valdivia, Chile over 4 years  agoShow

39º 50.94' S73º 18.96' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Bahia Hueihue, Chiloe to Valdivia, Chile

Progress: [So far we've made [148.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [49.8]nm (through water). We have moved [43.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [More downwind sailing with a slight current, motoring once we made it into the bay]

General Comments: [A beautiful coast to sail along and once in the bay plenty of birds, and boats (mostly ferries, local fishing boats and tour boats) and 3 old Spanish forts to check out as we sail by. - We are now tied up to the marina, but nobody here to direct us (so we may be asked to move in the morning)]

At: 20:20(CLST) 02-Mar-2018, Outside Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 25.8C (78.44F)

Course: 52(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:Kt(from:), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:m (to:)
over 4 years  agoShow

40º 18.24' S74º 3.72' WBegoniaDay 2 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Bahia Hueihue, Chiloe to Valdivia, Chile

Progress: [So far we've made [99.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [50.5]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [63.1]nm (through water). We have moved [69.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Good downwind sailing, large-ish swells, making good progress. Again we see no other boats on passage !!??]

General Comments: [As we left the harbor we had a short dolphin visit, and once out at sea we saw plenty of (distant) whales spouting (most likely blue whales) – This time we had the current with us passing through the Chacao channel and Kyle played dodge the seaweed all the way through.]

At: 09:00(CLST) 02-Mar-2018, Outside Temp: 14.8C (58.64F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 17.5C (63.5F)

Course: 29(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:17Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
over 4 years  agoShow

41º 27.54' S74º 6.228' WBegoniaDestination: Valdivia

Day 1 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Bahia Hueihue, Chiloe to Valdivia, Chile

Progress: [So far we've made [35.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [129]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [35.82]nm (through water). We have moved [37.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchorage/Marina comments go here]

General Comments: [General comments go here]

At: 20:00(CLST) 01-Mar-2018, Outside Temp: 19.8C (67.64F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 20.8C (69.44F)

Course: 353(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:2m (to:E)
over 4 years  agoShow

41º 53.82' S73º 31.332' WBegoniaFrom: Isla Anihue
To: Bahia Hueihue, Chiloe

We travelled [28.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [28.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [This bay is very protected, but has an extremely narrow entrance (which happens to have a fishing boat anchored in the middle) and is best entered at high tide. We're looking forward to seeing what the entrance looks like at low tide (it may not even exist) – we are anchored in what should be 5.7 – 11.4m, we'll see what happens at that low tide!]

General Comments: [A gentle sail/motor-sail north, gaining in sunshine and warmth as we travelled.]

At: 14:28(CLST) 26-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 19.5C (67.1F)
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42º 19.368' S73º 15.33' WBegoniaFrom: Isla Caguache
To: Isla Anihue

We travelled [10.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [An anchorage (4m at low tide) among a cluster of islands (we should be protected from all directions), a sunny day, and clear sky. A few clumps of kelp about.]

General Comments: [On leaving our last anchorage our windlass (the little engine that lifts the chain and anchor – decided to detatch itself from the mounts. First inspection seems to show that the frame walls (where the bolts screw in) have corroded and broken away at all 4 bolts. We will need to spend the rest of the day coming up with a temporary solution until we can find a machine shop (or replacement windlass) – in the mean time we are happy for a shallow (ish) anchorage – at high tide we'll be just over 8m.]

At: 13:08(CLST) 23-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 21.5C (70.7F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 16.6C (61.88F)
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42º 27.84' S73º 17.148' WBegoniaFrom: Rilan, Chiloe
To: Isla Caguache

We travelled [24.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Another short hop to get us in a good place to continue N – overcast and chilly (but at least no rain today)]

General Comments: [From this anchorage point, we have a beautiful view of small islands with the distant Andes as backdrop – not bad!]

At: 15:46(CLST) 22-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 15C (59F)
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42º 31.668' S73º 37.98' WBegoniaFrom: Castro, Chiloe
To: Rilan, Chiloe

We travelled [18.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A mid-size bay which we're sharing with several fishing boats and a large mussel raft/farm. ]

General Comments: [After a rather mixed stay in Castro (we hired a car and had some great fun exploring, but one night were boarded by – presumably – some opportunistic petty criminals who fortunately left once we turned on outside lights, and started making some noise. The Armada were very good to us regarding this matter) we've now relocated to a quieter anchorage in anticipation of some rain tomorrow – a day to hunker down.]

At: 20:24(CLST) 20-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 20.9C (69.62F), Humidity:49%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)
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42º 28.692' S73º 45.462' WBegoniaFrom: Marina Quinched (Caleta Linlinao, Chiloe)
To: Castro, Chiloe

We travelled [7.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Moved a short distance up the estuary into the main town of Chiloe. We are the only sailboat here – confused!]

General Comments: [Drizzly and overcast with brief spells of sunshine. Plenty of penguins and sea lions (possibly leopard seals) sitting atop the various floats of the mussel farms. Looking forward to a few days around town, and fingers crossed for a good experience with the Armada (another good chance to use our Spanish)]

At: 15:00(CLST) 18-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 18.4C (65.12F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 17C (62.6F)
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42º 34.698' S73º 45.36' WBegoniaFrom: Estero Pindo, Isla Quehui, Los Angeles
To: Marina Quinched (Caleta Linlinao, Chiloe)

We travelled [17.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A short sail into strong headwinds through narrow channels filled with mussel floats – lots of reefing/unreefing and tacking! ]

General Comments: [A bit overcast and drizzly – but a very warm welcome at the Marina Quinched]

At: 15:02(CLST) 17-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 16.6C (61.88F)
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42º 37.038' S73º 29.598' WBegoniaFrom: Estero Pellu, Isla Apiao
To: Estero Pindo, Isla Quehui, Los Angeles

We travelled [15.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [12.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Light fog for most of the short passage, and no wind – so Kyle actually motored! We've used so much fuel (compared to the passage here)]

General Comments: [An anchorage with 2 other international Sailboats (still to contact – the first foreign cruising yachts we've seen since arriving in Chile) – a medley of mooring balls and floats (which we avoided, although the other sailboats have picked them up, so probably OK) and the promise of a bar/restaurant/grocery along with some nice hikes (and rain)]

At: 15:30(CLST) 14-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 22.4C (72.32F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 16.6C (61.88F)
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42º 36.618' S73º 13.08' WBegoniaFrom: Estero Quintupeu
To: Estero Pellu, Isla Apiao

We travelled [92.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [46.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in busy little sound, with locals rowing back and forth.]

General Comments: [A long overnight sail, with mixed winds, and a few fishing pots to dodge around – we finally arrived at the island in beautiful sunshine. Overnight I managed to lose my phone overboard – and have dug out my old, old, old iphones to see if any might still work (time will tell). Will set off and explore tomorrow, and simply rest up for the rest of today. Neptune won this time!]

At: 13:38(CLST) 13-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 19.2C (66.56F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 15.4C (59.72F)
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42º 10.212' S72º 22.11' WBegoniaFrom: Caleta Porcelana
To: Estero Quintupeu

We travelled [44.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [With lovely sunshine, light headwinds, and little time pressure, Kyle got to enjoy tacking up the sound all day (hence the much longer mileage) – the views were great so tacking just gave us all the more variety and (aside from a single passing ferry) we were the only boat out there.]

General Comments: [The good news at the thermal pools (Caleta porcelana) was we found ourselves the only boat there this morning AND the fee was only $700 pesos to enter (just over $1US). After a plunge and a soak in the hot springs (it took a while to find the pool with the 'just right' temperature, we decide to make the most of the afternoon light and make a start on our sail north – enjoying the spectacular mountains. This means we're back at Quintupeu for the night – but as we entered this sound we were joined by 8-10 dolphins – our first Chilean dolphins. What a day. Now off to enjoy a small dinner and reset up for tomorrows passage.]

At: 21:16(CLST) 11-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 17.1C (62.78F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 16.2C (61.16F)
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42º 27.882' S72º 26.928' WBegoniaFrom: Estero Quintupeu
To: Caleta Porcelana

We travelled [25.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A beautiful anchorage, surrounded by mountains, and on the edge of a (national?) park. We picked up a mooring ball (motor yacht 'Discovery' indicated to us that this is allowed – we hope so). Nearby is a hot spring, we'll have to decide if we can brave the outside temperature in order to enjoy the hot pools. We are also uncertain what the fee is (we think there is a park fee, one old guide book indicates that it is $120 US, we hope not)]

General Comments: [No wind, so we motored down the Estero Comau with spectacular scenery (the Andes as a backdrop), and the odd penguin to entertain us.]

At: 12:26(CLST) 10-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 14.6C (58.28F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 15.8C (60.44F)
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42º 10.2' S72º 22.128' WBegoniaFrom: Puerto Montt (Chile)
To: Estero Quintupeu

We travelled [59.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [49.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [An overnight passage through light winds and rain to make it to this beautiful 'sound'. We share it with a salmon farm and a motor yacht with a helicopter]

General Comments: [Currently very calm, swirls of mist in the mountains all around us, and penguins popping up every once in a while. We will stay here anchored for 2 nights (maybe try to catch up with the blog?)]

At: 10:56(CLST) 08-Feb-2018, Outside Temp: 14.4C (57.92F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 22C (71.6F)
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41º 29.592' S72º 59.04' WBegoniaDay 46 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [6380.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [99.5]nm (through water). We have moved [38.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Arrived. A little rain on the way inside the bay, but not too bad. Arrived to a very helpful and friendly Chilean guy on night watch – officialdom will follow in the morning (in 2 hours!)]

General Comments: [We made it. It turns out not all boats are required to have AIS and there were plenty of boats in the bay to dodge and weave around. We could see the distant Andes Mountains once we were inside the Channel and they were beautifully sunlit. But once we were through the channel it was dark so we've yet to see that the local area is like. Time to explore once we've caught up on our zzzzz's and officialdom.]

At: 23:48(AKST) 29-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 13.7C (56.66F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 23.4C (74.12F)
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41º 45.438' S73º 45.798' WBegoniaDay 46 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [6281.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [62.6]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [106.0]nm (through water). We have moved [97.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We had a good sail and have arrived at the Channel just a as the flood ends (too late) – we'll now have to wait until dark for the next flood tide, and from there can make our way to the marina.]

General Comments: [We have land all around us :-), and Kyle just spotted a seal pop up beside us. We are 'in' Chile, although yet to make it to the Marina (most likely tomorrow am). We are eating our way through the last of the fresh produce (onion gone, last 2 eggs to eat up today, etc). Last night we made good progress, but not good enough to make the flood tide this morning (so disappointed to be so close). We have beautiful sunshine and no swell in the channel, but that is likely to change later today as rain is expected, so we'll be traversing the channel in the dark.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 29-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 18.8C (65.84F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 14.8C (58.64F)

Course: 83(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.9kt, Wind:8Kt(from:WSW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:m (to:)
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42º 17.718' S75º 50.088' WBegoniaDay 45 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [6175.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [171]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [152.0]nm (through water). We have moved [158.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We had the spinnaker up all night last night, we still have, although I'm not sure it is that helpful – the wind has practically left us. We wait for it to fill]

General Comments: [There is so little wind that we just had an albatross float by us. It is also warming up (air and ocean) and neither of us bothered with a hot water bottle last night (progress). Yesterday I cooked up a large batch of beans (that would otherwise need to be discarded on arrival) and today I plan to do the same with some chick-peas, while I have Kyle nibbling on our remaining nut supply. We are hoping that sometime tomorrow we might actually be able to see land (but now we have to wait on the wind), but even when we enter the channel there is still 75 miles to the marina (and this is in an area of strong currents) – so it will still be some time before we make it to the marina at the port of entry. Yesterday we saw another cargo ship on the AIS (this one off to China), but we have yet to see any sign of fishing or other boats. Our wind instrument keeps popping back to life and failing again (which encourages us to believe it may be a simple connection fix), and this morning Kyle found one of our new bilge float switches has failed (but don't worry, we're not flooding, he was just testing it as part of our boat inspection rounds).]

At: 06:00(AKST) 28-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 20.9C (69.62F)

Course: 68(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.6kt, Wind:4Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:2m (to:E)
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43º 10.698' S79º 12.852' WBegoniaDay 44 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [6023.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [322]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [155.2]nm (through water). We have moved [153.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Things calmed down enough to have the spinnaker up for much of the afternoon (and again this morning). The swell remains from the weather system behind us, which has created some 'nice' surfing (Kyle once saw over 15kt). But it is now clear and sunny and we are making great progress. We're looking good to arrive in Chile in advance of the next ugly weather system (but we are likely to have heavy rain on our arrival to the Chilean channel).]

General Comments: [We are now seeing more birds (currently we have a dozen petrels swooping about us). Excitement aboard is growing as we feel our imminent arrival. We have passed the longitude of Charleston (South Carolina,USA) and sun wise we are in the Eastern USA time zone now.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 27-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 19.2C (66.56F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 18.5C (65.3F)

Course: 71(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.4kt, Wind:16Kt(from:WNW), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:3m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

44º 0.342' S82º 33.99' WBegoniaDay 43 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [5867.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [476]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [161.5]nm (through water). We have moved [155.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A rough day of sailing yesterday, but this morning things are definitely calmer. If we are fast enough, we'll have these conditions now until we arrive, but there is a storm due just as we arrive in the Channel for Puerto Montt (hopefully we arrive before it does)]

General Comments: [Rain, wind, gusts, rolly yesterday – we are finally glad to be relatively comfortable again today. Yesterday I didn't even bother to try and cook, but I fed Kyle the last of our camping meals for dinner. The wild waters of yesterday were quite fun to watch, and those crazy birds were just loving it (unlike me). I was unable to sleep for more than about 10 minutes for over 24 hours. Of course I still had to do watches to relieve Kyle, but finally last night I was able to rest effectively (feels much better as I awake this morning). A SHIP is on the AIS this morning (our first proper AIS sighting since day 23) and looks like it will pass within 3 miles of us (we are now pretty much on the great circle route from Cape Horn to Sydney, so we were expecting to see someone soon.)]

At: 06:00(AKST) 26-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 16.4C (61.52F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 18C (64.4F)

Course: 73(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:3m (to:E)
over 4 years  agoShow

44º 18.84' S86º 8.532' WBegoniaDay 42 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [5706.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [630]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [182.7]nm (through water). We have moved [179.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The front arrived (no rain yet), the wind is building, as are short and steep seas, there white caps everywhere, and the boat is taking lots of spray and wave hits. It is bouncy and wild and fast (we are fully reefed). ]

General Comments: [We are awaiting the rain, after which we should have a wind shift which should make things a little smoother. Sleep for the off watch is not so easy. The gap on the map is getting smaller, Kyle says we only have a thumb length left on our pacific chart (we started with a distance elbow to fingertip)]

At: 06:00(AKST) 25-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 16.1C (60.98F)

Course: 78(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.5kt, Wind:28Kt(from:NNW), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

44º 52.518' S90º 16.35' WBegoniaDay 41 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [5523.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [809]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [172.0]nm (through water). We have moved [163.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A great day sailing yesterday, even a little sunshine. Forecast storm (rain and gusts) expected in the next day or so.]

General Comments: [Mild weather with plenty of albatross visiting, I can hardly believe we are day 41 now, hopefully not too many more to go, the gap is closing. Kyle is wanting me to mention that we ONLY have 3 onions left in our supply of onions. I think we'll manage]

At: 06:00(AKST) 24-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 17.7C (63.86F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 15.2C (59.36F)

Course: 81(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:11Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1023hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 4 years  agoShow

45º 15.558' S94º 5.97' WBegoniaDay 40 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [5351.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [973]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [116.2]nm (through water). We have moved [113.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [All as expected per forecast. Wind has filled in and is expected to be without further lulls for the rest of the way. Seas expected to decrease for a day or so before increasing with the passing front expected (25th) that will also bring the rain.]

General Comments: [We are now less than 1000 miles to go. That helps the psyche! I've been taking a hot water bottle to bed with me for some time now, Kyle finally caved in and was grateful to have one last night. The last couple of days we've had gentler seas so its been easy getting about and functioning aboard. Kyle says he spotted a different type of seabird this morning (possibly a booby), and we are expecting to see other boats sometime soon.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 23-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 17C (62.6F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 15.4C (59.72F)

Course: 83(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:14Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:85%, Pressure: 1024hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

45º 51.852' S96º 39.03' WBegoniaDay 39 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [5235.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1082]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [160.8]nm (through water). We have moved [154.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mostly sunny, but cold. The large swell continues (but not too bad), the wind moved enough that we now have both sails up and full. Forecast is for the reasonable conditions to conditions to continue, but there is lots of rain in our future (but we have a few days before it arrives)]

General Comments: [We haven't actually seen a ship for 22 days, and the last one we picked up on the AIS was over a week ago (and 130nm away!), we've had only ourselves and the odd bird for company. We mentioned it is cold (at least it feels it to us!). Overnight we had a GPS issue, and in an attempt to investigate our beautiful old barometer got knocked off the wall and the glass is cracked (It was my grandmothers and was in perfect condition when we received it, I'm so sad).]

At: 06:00(AKST) 22-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 13.6C (56.48F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 14.6C (58.28F)

Course: 107(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:10Kt(from:WSW), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1024hPa, Swell:3m (to:NE)
over 4 years  agoShow

45º 1.908' S100º 7.872' WBegoniaDay 38 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [5074.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1237]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [151.2]nm (through water). We have moved [148.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Its COLD again. Large swells from a storm to our south, but motion not too bad. Good sailing conditions aside from the swells. Spinnaker down as of yesterday evening, currently sailing under jib alone, hoping to put main up later.]

General Comments: [I was woken by someone wearing ALL of Kyle's clothing (including several layers of winter hats). It was so nice to have the spinnaker up for just over 24 hours, but we didn't want to risk it overnight as the forecast was for the wind to increase just a little too much. Kyle reports there was an albatross circling the boat as the sun came up today (about 2:30 am boat time). During my 'day' I've been busy getting the paperwork ready for Chile (primarily lists of all our electronics). Our longitude is the same as Amarillo Texas now, and our nearest land is finally in Chile!]

At: 06:00(AKST) 21-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 15.3C (59.54F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 15C (59F)

Course: 111(degT), Speed Over Ground:6kt, Wind:17Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:99%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:3m (to:E)
over 4 years  agoShow

43º 30.318' S102º 50.28' WBegoniaDay 37 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [4923.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1363]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [126.3]nm (through water). We have moved [131.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday's forecast verified that we could expect light winds from behind for a while, so we pulled out the spinnaker (We didn't expect that down here!). So far we've spent almost 24 hours in a (relatively) smooth swell with her. We expect in a day or so the wind will shift and we'll need to switch back. Unfortunately it is looking like we can expect a miserable storm as we get close to Chile (great! traffic, rocks and a wild ride!)]

General Comments: [The wind instrument appears to be working for now (at least most of the time, but we still won't trust it for the autopilot). Yesterday I finally realized (remembered) that Chile has similar restrictions on food imports to NZ – much of that reprovisioning I did in NZ was – well – a bit silly of me. So now my meals will be focusing on beans and grains and the things we are a risk of having confiscated on arrival.

At: 06:00(AKST) 20-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 14.7C (58.46F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 15.8C (60.44F)

Course: 138(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:13Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1022hPa, Swell:3m (to:NE)
over 4 years  agoShow

42º 23.01' S105º 25.242' WBegoniaDay 36 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [4797.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1488]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [134.3]nm (through water). We have moved [128.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Light winds with an annoying swell so progress is slow. Forecast for more of the same.]

General Comments: [Blue skies and sunshine – YAY (that helps mitigate the frustration of sails banging). The recent weather has created some new leaks aboard. Nothing too bad, but annoying, including one in our food locker (luckily everything is in plastic tubs so water finding its way to the floor is away from our cans!). I finally managed to clean up all the giant tub of breakfast cereal in I'd tossed around the boat in a big wave previously! On passage we keep to a 'boat time' which is generally some way between departure and arrival points, this journey is of sufficient distance and direction that each of our watches shifts in it's daylight quota significantly. Most of my watch time is in the dark now, yuk! Despite knowing we have one, we are unable to find our Chile courtesy flag.. seriously where do these things go?]

At: 06:00(AKST) 19-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 17.8C (64.04F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 19.5C (67.1F)

Course: 125(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.4kt, Wind:8Kt(from:WSW), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:E)
over 4 years  agoShow

40º 59.322' S107º 36.18' WBegoniaDay 35 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [4662.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1622]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [148.8]nm (through water). We have moved [147.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [The winds and seas both rose yesterday afternoon and evening, and our wind instrument decided to visit cuckoo land, mostly reading 0, sometimes reading between 0 and 4 kt (when we knew it was way more). Luckily we have a hand held instrument so were able to monitor the changing wind speed, but that meant leaving the cockpit to do so. Kyle believes the worst is now over and conditions will continue to get better (now our course is set on the search for wind in the coming days – for now we still have plenty). Max apparent wind observed 41kt while surfing/travelling at 18 downwind with a scrap of jib (we spent much of the night with bare poles). ]

General Comments: [Despite the larger seas, we have birds swooping around the sails at the bow of the boat and in their element, reminding me of dolphins playing about the boat bows. A little too rough to cook up anything yesterday (so we had leftovers). We are now off our South Pacific – western portion chart now so Kyle only has one chart to plot our daily position (rather than the two he's been using). There was a LOT of sail changes (reefing and unreefing, and gybing) last night (luckily for me on Kyle's watch). Since the wind was building the waves are steep and close together, they look quite dramatic. We've had no sunshine for days and the boat feels damp, hoping for sun soon.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 18-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 17.7C (63.86F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 20.4C (68.72F)

Course: 137(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:28Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:3m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

40º 34.182' S110º 47.52' WBegoniaDay 34 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [4514.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1742]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [144.4]nm (through water). We have moved [149.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We have choppy mixed seas with plenty of white caps but not breaking (for the most part). A rough ride but tolerable. We expect these conditions to slightly worsen over the next day before a bit of respite]

General Comments: [Still no ships, we are sailing downwind with a reefed jib so this helps ease things (relatively). No ships or anything of interest to report. This passage is now already our longest (in duration) ever to date. We are now east of the longitude of Phoenix (hi Mom!)]

At: 06:00(AKST) 17-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 23.4C (74.12F)

Course: 98(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.1kt, Wind:23Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

40º 35.208' S114º 4.092' WBegoniaDay 33 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [4369.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1870]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [142.7]nm (through water). We have moved [136.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Overcast, foggy, misty, light winds with a small swell, we continue to push ahead, expecting to be on the edge of strong storm conditions (30, gusting to 45) in a couple of days (luckily we should be getting the winds, but wave heights will be bigger than we've had so far)]

General Comments: [Kyle wishes to report 'this ocean is big', we've already sailed further than NY to London and are not yet 3/4 of the way. Our ETA date seems reasonable, and we are starting to think we are almost there now we have less than 2000 miles to go (we may need to reset our expectations!).]

At: 06:00(AKST) 16-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 19.5C (67.1F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F)

Course: 91(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:11Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:S)
over 4 years  agoShow

40º 41.058' S117º 3.27' WBegoniaDay 32 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [4227.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2000]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [141.0]nm (through water). We have moved [134.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A BEAUTIFUL day to be sailing yesterday (Kyle was even in shorts), this morning we have fog and continue to press on (hopefully) to skirt the coming storm]

General Comments: [Still no luck fishing (although this isn't exactly a fish rich area of the ocean). Amazingly we had a ship pop up on our AIS display that was 130 miles away... there must have been some tropospheric ducting as VHF is normally line of sight (for us that maxes out at around 20 miles). All yesterday evening we were able to use the autopilot on wind (the earlier problem seems to have vanished for now). My new wide mouth thermos (just purchased in NZ, and great for yogurt) has decided to start rusting already... Doh! We are now into the start of our second month at sea now, and are now reading Bill Bryson's 'Down Under' book (again) as our together book. The calm conditions have things much easier aboard over the last few days.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 15-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 18.4C (65.12F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F)

Course: 104(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:11Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1023hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
over 4 years  agoShow

40º 50.232' S120º 0.048' WBegoniaDay 31 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [4086.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2136]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [159.7]nm (through water). We have moved [155.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Another quite reasonable day aboard, and the storm we're expecting is going more slowly (now predicted to find us on Thursday) – hopefully the forecast will continue to adjust in our favor.]

General Comments: [After so much cold and humidity, things aboard are feeling damp, but the sun has decided to shine already today so everything feels a little better. We have now crossed the longitude of California (i.e. we are now west of California, and, of course, a long way south) – our target longitude is at about at Boston (USA) so we still have a while to go. Kyle reports another clear night for great star gazing, with an eerie glow from the navigation instruments and lights.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 14-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 18.4C (65.12F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)

Course: 67(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:11Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1027hPa, Swell:1m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

41º 40.65' S123º 15.018' WBegoniaDay 30 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [3926.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2258]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [140.7]nm (through water). We have moved [138.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

(** If you notice this number adjusts in an illogical way, it it because Kyle keeps adjusting our route due to weather so the number jumps about **)

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday was so welcome, sunshine, gentle swell, and steady winds from abeam. We have another few days of this before a larger storm catches us (Monday and Tuesday). ]

General Comments: [We attempted fishing again yesterday (no luck dragging line for 50nm), and did some real cooking again, and it was finally calm enough to wash my hair – that feels good! The sunshine was really welcome and it was actually pleasant to do some housework.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 13-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 15.6C (60.08F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 18.5C (65.3F)

Course: 75(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:11Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1023hPa, Swell:2m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

42º 26.772' S126º 11.25' WBegoniaDay 29 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [3785.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2452]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [182.4]nm (through water). We have moved [178.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Rough conditions continued until yesterday evening, and finally started calming over night to current state, it was nice to shake some of the reefs out.]

General Comments: [We've had so much water thrown over us lately, that the emergency light on our lifesling (a special float we can throw in the water if either of us goes overboard that makes it a little easier to haul in someone) – Well at least we know the light works! We know of two other boats that have recently left NZ for the passage to Chile so good luck to those guys (hopefully the don't have to go quite so far North or South as we've managed). Yesterday was so rough (again) I broke out some of our left over camping dinners (add hot water and wait 10 minutes), but I'm really looking forward to cooking some rice today, we normally have it at least twice a week and we're definitely behind on our rice consumption! Both of us are 'getting through' the passage rather than enjoying it (at least on the rough days) – but we keep thinking of that crazy French guy Bernard Mortissier (?Spelling) that after much worse conditions decided he loved the sea, couldn't face people, and just went all the way around again! That is definitely NOT for us. In the meantime HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kyle's MOM Carla!]

At: 06:00(AKST) 12-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 14.3C (57.74F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 16.6C (61.88F)

Course: 65(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.4kt, Wind:15Kt(from:NW), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

43º 14.688' S130º 5.04' WBegoniaDay 28 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [3603.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2617]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [173.4]nm (through water). We have moved [166.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Amazingly the seas calmed somewhat and we had a nice day of fast sailing yesterday... before they got nasty again and we've been having a fast, miserable and rather frightening rollercoaster ride. Kyle says forecasts predict more of the same for a while.]

General Comments: [Wow, enough calm to make pizza for dinner, but today will need to be something much simpler. After a salad for lunch we've now used all our fresh veggies (only potatoes and onions remaining). We finished 'Minerva Reef' a tale from 1962 of a group of Tongan men who were shipwrecked on the reef on route to New Zealand. So resourceful were they that they managed to build a boat (yes, a boat, not a raft) from planks of wood and a few nails. Rescue only came after 3 of them made it to Fiji. Our current book is 'True Spirit' the tale of 16 year old Jessica Watson who circumnavigated around the world SOLO and without stopping. Our little seas of misery are nothing compared to what she had to contend with. This will be the last of our sailing themed books.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 11-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 14.7C (58.46F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 16.1C (60.98F)

Course: 83(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.2kt, Wind:24Kt(from:NNW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:SE)
over 4 years  agoShow

43º 32.022' S133º 52.668' WBegoniaDay 27 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [3429.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2784]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [117.4]nm (through water). We have moved [109.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We had really strong winds yesterday morning, and then it all died out in the afternoon and evening. The big swell further worked to spill any wind we could catch so we had a few 1 and 2 nm hours yesterday. Forecast is still for increasing winds (but who knows)]

General Comments: [I had planned to make pizza yesterday, but things were so bouncy I bailed. We are in full foul weather gear too. Today seems a little better so I'll probably give that pizza another try.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 10-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 13.2C (55.76F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 16.1C (60.98F)

Course: 71(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.2kt, Wind:14Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (to:NE)
over 4 years  agoShow

43º 31.83' S136º 23.61' WBegoniaDay 26 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [3312.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2755]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [192.1]nm (through water). We have moved [182.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Strong winds and bouncy seas make moving about the boat (or even standing) quite the challenge. The wind will be a little more from behind and a little stronger so we're expecting more of the same for the next 2 weeks! Great progress but Ugh!]

General Comments: [The wind instrument remains unreliable, we've not managed to identify the problem, maybe once we're in Chile we can research and fix. With the ride is miserable and cold, and a little frightening, a bit like driving in a blizzard. I'm especially not enjoying the night watch with no moon it is pitch black, and impossible to see what is coming next. The birds continue to enjoy themselves. Kyle reports that last night we entered one of the 3 areas on the planet where you can be more than 1000 nm from land – we've now been to all 3! Our line of latitude is about 15,000 miles long as it circles the earth and is broken only in 2 places by less than 500 miles of land total (South America and New Zealand).]

At: 06:00(AKST) 09-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 13.3C (55.94F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 16.1C (60.98F)

Course: 109(degT), Speed Over Ground:9.5kt, Wind:24Kt(from:WSW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 4 years  agoShow

42º 1.608' S143º 26.64' WBegoniaDay 24 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [2970.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3086]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [133.4]nm (through water). We have moved [132.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Overcast and drizzly, winds reasonably consistent, but just around the reefing zone so we reef and unreef (keeps us occupied!). Forecast looks like more of the same for the next couple of days.]

General Comments: [We finished “And the Sea will Tell”. The book is in two separate sections. While we loved the first section, the second (in the courtroom) was less easy reading and the Bugliosi we loved in the first half, we found annoying and egotistical in the 2nd.. Oh well. We are midway on our next book “Minerva Reef”. We continue to make good use of hoodies and hand warmers on watch... brrr..]

At: 06:00(AKST) 07-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 13.1C (55.58F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 17.5C (63.5F)

Course: 78(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.9kt, Wind:10Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1027hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
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42º 26.172' S146º 22.662' WBegoniaDay 23 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [2836.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3194]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [133.3]nm (through water). We have moved [133.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We seem to be experiencing reliable wind now, but also more swell from the system to the south of us. We hope to eventually be able to sail downwind (currently still close hauled). Our coldest night so far (hand warmers and hoodies)]

General Comments: [Yesterday morning we spotted (on AIS) another Maersk cargo ship headed for NZ, but it still seems quite empty out here. I've been having fun making bread and yogurt, and still learning Spanish (as much to remind myself of what I've already learned, that I keep forgetting). We don't consider our wind instrument reliable, but it seems to be only a problem when close hauled (a mystery).]

At: 06:00(AKST) 06-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 13.1C (55.58F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 17C (62.6F)

Course: 75(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1031hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
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42º 22.758' S149º 23.988' WBegoniaDay 22 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [2703.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3316]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [119.8]nm (through water). We have moved [119.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Forecast is for some stronger winds In about 3 days time (those 3 giant storms that we're in between right now). For today we proceed more of the same (gaining easterly)]

General Comments: [Our wind instrument is playing up again, Kyle again re-crimped all the wires last night, but he thinks we are still having problems (hopefully it is just the light winds). The instrument shows the reading from the instrument at the top of the mast, and also is input to our autopilot. When it glitches/fails we have to change the autopilot to steer by the compass (or steer by hand) until it's fixed. So far this has only taken 20 minutes, but it seems to mostly occur just at Kyle's bed time. We had a fishing line out most of yesterday but without luck. As we enter week number 4, it's frustrating to see we are no where near half way.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 05-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 14.1C (57.38F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 17.5C (63.5F)

Course: 80(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:6Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1030hPa, Swell:1m (to:N)
over 4 years  agoShow

41º 40.698' S151º 54.858' WBegoniaDay 21 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [2583.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3435]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [100.6]nm (through water). We have moved [58.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Lots of light winds again yesterday, but this morning the wind finally filled in. Kyle is pleased we have got south as 3 different weather systems are about to squeeze us, and we'll hopefully be able to slip through the gaps between them from here.]

General Comments: [I've decided to make better use of the oven and yesterday baked a quiche. I made too much egg mix so we overdosed on eggs yesterday and we also had Spanish tortilla for lunch. The good new is the Oven is working fine although temperature control is a little finikity!]

At: 06:00(AKST) 04-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 14.5C (58.1F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)

Course: 121(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:10Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1030hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:N)
over 4 years  agoShow

41º 10.17' S153º 2.112' WBegoniaDay 20 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [2483.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3494]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [104.1]nm (through water). We have moved [97.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Light winds and low swells, we continue south for the next few days (heading for at least 43 degrees south, possibly 45)]

General Comments: [We've pulled out the 2nd quilt for the bed, and the hand warmers for the night watch. The water is cold enough that there is no way either of us will volunteer for a swim. Yesterday we had an albatross with the boat for a while – such long wings – it was great to just watch it swooping about so effortlessly.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 03-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 14.3C (57.74F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)

Course: 82(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.8kt, Wind:7Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1032hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:N)
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39º 35.25' S153º 33.312' WBegoniaDay 19 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [2379.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3561]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [137.0]nm (through water). We have moved [127.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind from E / ENE prevents us going to the SE, and we are headed more South (not bad, but would prefer to be making east as well). Based on forecasts we are headed below a storm – maybe aiming for mid 40s (brrrrrrrr...)]

General Comments: [It is getting cold. We are now fully south of mainland Australia. Thank goodness it is summer here. We were very excited yesterday evening to have a boat call us by name. Our first received call simply because another boat has seen our AIS signal from our new AIS transponder. It turned out to be a USA tuna fishing boat from Seattle. After a short chat he turned on his AIS and we could then see him on our systems. We never saw him by eye, but were really pleased to have our new equipment finally in full use.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 02-Jan-2018, Outside Temp: 15.3C (59.54F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 20.4C (68.72F)

Course: 174(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:13Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1032hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
over 4 years  agoShow

37º 42.042' S154º 49.278' WBegoniaDay 18 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [2242.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3670]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [153.0]nm (through water). We have moved [142.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We continue to sail close hauled heading mostly SE – aiming to get south of a large depression forming (We are possibly headed for 43 degrees south – way further than we'd ever expected)]

General Comments: [Happy New Year! I waited until Kyle had actually got up for his midnight watch before blasting the party noise maker at him. Not surprisingly it gets cooler as we head south. The days are getting longer also. During the day its mostly sunny, batteries are doing fine. All systems appear to be working well.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 01-Dec-2018, Outside Temp: 17.2C (62.96F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F)

Course: 165(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.2kt, Wind:17Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1024hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 4 years  agoShow

35º 50.67' S156º 39.588' WBegoniaDay 17 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [2089.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3804]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [135.3]nm (through water). We have moved [130.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A slow start to yesterday, the boat finally picked up speed in the early evening and we've been making great progress since then (feels good). Weather is fine, seas a little mixed, we're sailing at about 50 degrees (apparent) to the wind and expecting more of the same for the next few days.]

General Comments: [A stunning sunrise this morning, and a cargo ship passed 5 miles behind us last night – aside from that – Nada! (Nada is Spanish for nothing). Temperatures continue to drop (air and water), but we're still snug as long as we remain inside the enclosure. Kyle is thinking of Greece as we find ourselves almost exactly opposite one of the many beautiful islands we've visited there.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 31-Dec-2017, Outside Temp: 17.5C (63.5F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 24.3C (75.74F)

Course: 152(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:13Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:W)
over 4 years  agoShow

34º 6.288' S158º 14.712' WBegoniaDay 16 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [1953.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3928]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [29.6]nm (through water). We have moved [34.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday was mostly mirror calm seas and occasional 2kt winds (from various directions, mostly from where we wanted to go), current caused much of our motion. Today's forecast expects winds that are light but usable and steady, and we'll continue to push SSE]

General Comments: [A beautiful clear night, with bright moonlight and a huge canopy of stars, and with the calm seas made for a memorable night. If only our progress was as heavenly! Forecast is for reasonable winds as we progress today – so we are hoping for better numbers this time tomorrow.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 30-Dec-2017, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 25.8C (78.44F)

Course: 169(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.8kt, Wind:5Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
over 4 years  agoShow

33º 32.898' S158º 25.842' WBegoniaDay 15 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [1924.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3954]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [108.6]nm (through water). We have moved [103.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A rough start yesterday, but conditions calmed as we turned South. Heading south does little for our 'miles to go' progress (and for a while it seemed we were practically doubling back to NZ), but there is a rather nasty large tropical storm to the east of us that we need to avoid, and getting south now means we don't need to do it later. Still, it's not easy to look at the dots on our little chart and see so little distance gained to Chile.]

General Comments: [We saw (and spoke with) another boat last night (cargo ship headed for Auckland). Finally conditions aboard are calmer, seas are very gentle (& progress is very slow). Although the temperature is a little cooler, without the winds things are pleasant, and we're enjoying the break from the bouncy week we've just had, but by the end of today no doubt we'll be frustrated with the very light winds.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 29-Dec-2017, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 26.3C (79.34F)

Course: 94(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.3kt, Wind:6Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:NW)
over 4 years  agoShow

31º 58.2' S157º 34.89' WBegoniaDay 14 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [1815.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3973]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [145.4]nm (through water). We have moved [97.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Miserable conditions yesterday – some tacking and some changes of plan had us making little actual progress. Seas are very disturbed (but not crazy high) and life is very bouncy. It also rained all day and visibility was poor. Not the type of day that makes you want to spend more time at sea... oh well.]

General Comments: [After being freshly greased in our recent haul out, and never doing this before, the steering shaft is now 'squeaking' regularly. That and the wild ride is not helping the person trying to sleep. To grease it again requires we disconnect the steering and the conditions have been too rough to consider this.. we have a list of small jobs for when it is calm. :-( Nothing else happening, no ships (With the poor visibility we put out a radio call every hour to any ships in radio range, no response.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 28-Dec-2017, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 26.8C (80.24F)

Course: 196(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:19Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:W)
over 4 years  agoShow

30º 26.718' S158º 13.452' WBegoniaDay 13 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [1670.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [4076]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [103.1]nm (through water). We have moved [77.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We spent most of yesterday tacking upwind so life continues to be bouncy. It's been cloudy for several days, and the headwinds are pushing waves towards us so we have mixed swell (which aside from being uncomfortable, also slows us down). Forecast wise, we expect to stay at this latitude for 200 miles before we *finally* head south through a few days of easterly winds to catch the westerlies.]

General Comments: [Boxing day yesterday, and without the business of Christmas things suddenly seemed rather dull. No sign of any ships, birds are much rarer, but our Spanish is improving (at least we think it is). Kyle tried his first (and last) wasabi anchovy, luckily I found them quite delicious so helped him finish the packet.]

At: 06:00(AKST) 27-Dec-2017, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)

Course: 99(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
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29º 54.12' S159º 34.788' WBegoniaDay 12 of Pacific Ocean Passage from Marsden Cove Marina (New Zealand) to Puerto Montt (Chile)

Progress: [So far we've made [1567.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [4151]nm (along route) to go. Since last position report we have made [136.7]nm (through water). We have moved [118.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Seas continue to get a little smoother each day, we *finally* tacked and are now headed more south, looking to *try* to reach some westerly wind between the next systems before it dies out.]

General Comments: [Christmas Day seemed very busy. It started with a fantastic treat of a beautiful sunrise and a 10 minute visit from a pod of dolphins, playing about the bows (very special!). Aside from the hourly log and general boat checks and watch keeping, we squeezed in present opening and calls to family and friends. The connection wasn't great, but it was still nice to hear from 'home'. We've since decided that possibly the phone does not do so well an hour either side of sunrise, and while we haven't exactly done a scientific test, we'll avoid that time in the future. We had Christmas cake (purchased in NZ) and potato soup (Kyle's go to celebration meal), wore silly Santa hats, played Christmas music, and exchanged some nice and some silly gifts (Kyle is not a fan of the wasabi coated anchovies I found for him...)]

At: 06:00(AKST) 26-Dec-2017, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)

Course: 136(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.3kt, Wind:9Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:96%, Pressure: 1009hPa,