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  1. #1891
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    Cleared out!
    Sad to leave Fiji but looking forward to the trip back to Enzed.

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    Have a great run - bon voyage!

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    Looks like SE, not too strong, right through till Sunday.

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    I'm seeing a boat speed of 0.00 in the middle of nowhere just now. Presumably a technical glitch with normal programming to be restored shortly.

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    7 knots faster than that now.

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    Close to halfway now - every time I look they're doing around 7 knots. Looks like a great run. Wind just on the forward quarter.

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    Wind NE by Saturday , perfect !

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    Yes but pretty light. Going to hit a new NW, fairly breezy, Saturday night. That ought to hurry them along! What a great run they're having!

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    Looks like they are heading for the Bay of Islands. I wonder if they registered with Russell Radio.

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    Trucking along at 6.2 this morning, nearly there.

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    Roaring in with 20 knots right up the ah, transom. What a run!

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    7.5 this morning. Wow that boat knows how to move!

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    They can see the barn door.

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    Was a long weekend, but good.

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    They're in the bay. Customs and immigration is in Opua, so I guess that's where they are bound.

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    Welcome home and congratulations Riada!

    What did you miss most?

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    Wrote this last night but fell asleep before I could hit the post button hahaha.

    Cleared in at 7.30 this am after a lovely night 4 sail reaching in light weather. Getting out through the local convergence zone in fiji was tough... down to 2 reefs and not much jib punching out for a day and a half or so into 20 through 30. Found a great mode with rolled jib,double reefed main and reefed mizzen. When it got tough we just dropped the mizzen so great range. Mostly 160 and one 175 mile day.. not too bad considering we were sailing 35 through 50 degrees apparent most of the time for 4 days. As Kirsty says ..I thought weren't sailing on the wind this trip. Yeah right.
    A few light patches we motored.. some 25 to 30 for 3 hours yesterday morning but from aft so easy and fun sailing. Short seas so no big surfs though.
    Getting into NZ is primarily about the right window here so yo don't end up beating into a SW gale. So I'm really pleased we got that right.
    1 mahimahi which lasted 2 days..I left the lures in after that. Had to eat all our fresh food and Fiji meat.eggs . Ate like kings as Ray on Mahia said.
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    Looked easy on the tracker! Welcome back and we'll done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Welcome home and congratulations Riada!

    What did you miss most?

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    Reefs.

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    Thanks guys.
    We did miss the reefs ..not in the coral club yet. But we did get presented with something that is not on charts or visible on Google Earth between saweni bay and lautoka which caused a right angle turn and had the most potential for aforesaid club membership. It just shows you how fraught the area is.
    What else I miss. The family and a new niece I haven't met yet. Otherwise.... nill.

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    Winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Looked easy on the tracker! Welcome back and we'll done!
    Yeah, the tracker can't lie - we know it was easy!

    For us.

    Rick

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    Great to hear Riada and the whole crew are back home safely".
    Probably would be hard to plan another comparably memorable cruise after what you just experienced?

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    Welcome back to the cooler weather JB - I’m guessing it may take you a little while to wind down after such a great trip, what’s next?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thad View Post
    Winter?
    Winter it was in the islands, and the worst here for decades apparently, but spring now and not too bad to acclimatise to,Thad.
    We had some gasping nights up there but not too many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Yeah, the tracker can't lie - we know it was easy!

    For us.

    Rick
    Several people have commented on us going over land. We had to explain that it sends a position on the hour.
    My sister explained to one of her daughters how she has the tracker set to satellite, and if you zoom in you can see the boat,and zoom in further you could see us waving.
    Similar sense of humour to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auscruisertom View Post
    Great to hear Riada and the whole crew are back home safely".
    Probably would be hard to plan another comparably memorable cruise after what you just experienced?

    Generally pleased how the boat and us went ,Tom. We had pretty tough passages and Kirsty is not put off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Welcome back to the cooler weather JB - I’m guessing it may take you a little while to wind down after such a great trip, what’s next?
    Not too bad,Greg, a little bit cold but it's shorts and t shirt in the middle of the day anyway.
    I suppose the crunch will be going to work.
    We're talking about a short trip to New Cal next year... maybe 3 months but get back in November.
    Still lots to see in Fiji though.........biiiiig hole in the middle of that track, and across the top.

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    Thanks for sharing it all JB. It was really interesting watching your progress via the tracker.

    Rick

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    John a few questions for whenever, if I may.

    How did the fridge go? And the solar power supply overall?

    How was the watermaker?

    Theres discussion on the Antipodean thread about stack packs. I seem to recall you were happy with yours.

    Riadas headsail seems to function well partially furled. Is that all about the rope in a sock, and laminate cloth?

    Bruce towed his inflatable all the way from Brisbane to Adelaide. Crazy bugger. What was your dinghy and what did you do in terms of stowing/towing?

    Tell us about teak decks and a dark blue hull in the tropics. Balia, with teak decks and a white hull gets quite warm inside on a hot day. I've been on board a fibreglass boat with a foam cored deck moored right next to Balia on a hot day in Sydney Harbour. Balia was a sauna. The glass boat was comfortable.

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    Welcome back, both of you, and congratulations!

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Generally pleased how the boat and us went ,Tom. We had pretty tough passages and Kirsty is not put off.
    Those windward passages are always challenging when the trades are active ,great to hear Kirsty copes well.

    We found the Isle of Pines area spectacular when stopping of on a cruise ship, with navigation probably similar to the Northern Fiji Yawassa Group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Thanks for sharing it all JB. It was really interesting watching your progress via the tracker.

    Rick
    See you up there somewhere in Masina eh Rick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    John a few questions for whenever, if I may.

    How did the fridge go? And the solar power supply overall?

    How was the watermaker?

    Theres discussion on the Antipodean thread about stack packs. I seem to recall you were happy with yours.

    Riadas headsail seems to function well partially furled. Is that all about the rope in a sock, and laminate cloth?

    Bruce towed his inflatable all the way from Brisbane to Adelaide. Crazy bugger. What was your dinghy and what did you do in terms of stowing/towing?

    Tell us about teak decks and a dark blue hull in the tropics. Balia, with teak decks and a white hull gets quite warm inside on a hot day. I've been on board a fibreglass boat with a foam cored deck moored right next to Balia on a hot day in Sydney Harbour. Balia was a sauna. The glass boat was comfortable.
    Fridges were great but we evolved into turning the chilly bin/esky unit off at night. The retrofit unit into the freezer has run since 2015... I don't turn it off.

    Solar is substantially less efficient than here so you need more or need to run the motor. We need another energy source for passages at night... I'm thinking watt and sea because we can't put a wind gen on.

    Watermaker is a must have unless you can carry a lot or are prepared to beg it off other boats.
    It rained enough to catch twice in 5 months. The islanders were short of it and the ports had pretty suspect stuff.Ours broke like they all seem to do but we got parts pretty quickly and weren't badly effected by it.

    Stack packs. We have them but I just couldn't stand the things waving around so I took them off the lazy Jacks but left them on. Works like a dream.. don't notice they're there with the sail up and super convenient to cover when stopped.
    We ended up with the trysail furled on the boom too.Ready to go... never used it.

    That jib is amazing, we carried it furled to about 50 Sq feet and everything in between, a lot on the wind furled. It's all about the fat rope in the pocket behind the luff which flattens it as you furl it.
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    I've towed dinghies for 30 years and have never lost one, we towed a lot between groups or short passages in moderate or benign weather. Long passages it went on the cabin top, medium or local it goes on the foredeck, local it goes on the foredeck right way up and with outboard on. Nights it gets hoisted up the gunwale and just sits there out of the water,quietly.

    The teak and the blue were hot but not a deal breaker, we just need to be more active with covers, get better ones that you can still get good airflow around even if it drizzles. We have a list of improvements and that's one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    Welcome back, both of you, and congratulations!

    Dave
    Thanks Dave, feels good, feels like an accomplishment.

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