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New Zealand to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Australia

New Zealand prep to Minerva Reef and Fiji and beyond to Australia.

 

26th May 2015 through to 3rd July 2015

After our second return to New Zealand we sailed overnight on the day of arrival, North to Opua NZ where we cleared immigration. We  left just a day later ahead of a large low  for an 11 day crossing to the Fiji Lau group stopping only one night at minerva reef. The first two days of the passage was 'hectic' big winds on the nose water everywhere over the boat, after that it settled down.

We cleared immigration at LomoLomo Northen Lau with the help of the ICA rally that arrived from Tonga. Then we were off with Paul and Susie on Firefly to dive at Viani then re-stock fruit and veg in SavuSavu. From here a two day trip West to the Fijian Yasawa islands, which we are slowly heading South down currently. We have seen few other yachts apart from in SavuSavu throughout our route through Fiji but we expect to meet more from this years world Rally as we get to Musket Cove in a few days time.

 

4th July - Leave Fiji for Vanuatu

430nm Trip fast downwind sailing. Sailed into Tanna one of he Southern islands worst hit by Cyclone PAM. Port Resolution was the bay we entered. Vanuatu was a really special part of our trip.

 

16th July - leave Vanuatu Port Villa for Mackay Australia. 1162nm arriving 22nd July.

fast Downwind trip again in rough conditions F6 and above for most of the 7 days. We transited the Great barrier Reef at Hydrographers Passage it was still 110nm onward to Mackay, arriving the next day.

 

28th July  - Left Mackay 60nm North to explore the famous Whitsunday islands and the great barrier reef.

We toured the islands with Susie and Paul on Firefly, the islands were stunning especially when the cloud left us and winds dropped in the 2nd week. By the 5th Firefly continued North eventually on their way to Malaysia, we will seee them next near Christmas in the UK !

Pat and I spent a few days in Airlie beach and took the opportunity to fly over the Great Barrier reef off the whitsundays - a special birthday treat for me - although great value. On the 8th August we will depart South again towards Mackay with one planned overnight stop.

 

 

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May to Aug 2015 Season Plan
May to Aug 2015 Season Plan

Approximate route back up to the islands and West to Australia. unfortunately we had to return to UK so our route will now miss Tonga - which we were lucky enough to visit last year.

Minerva Reef
Minerva Reef

800nm North East of New Zealand this is just a lagoon in the middle of the pacific used by sailors to escape the weather on passages. It has one entrance and although no protection from he wind you can anchor and escape some of the wave swell.

Musket Cove marina
Musket Cove marina

May to Aug 2015 Season Plan
May to Aug 2015 Season Plan

Approximate route back up to the islands and West to Australia. unfortunately we had to return to UK so our route will now miss Tonga - which we were lucky enough to visit last year.

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Village welcome
Village welcome

Port Resolution - Tanna

Yacht club
Yacht club

This has been founded and supported by WCC as it provides an income for the locals when Yachts people visit Port Resolution. It was badly damaged in the Cyclone and we helped repair some f the services.

French restaurant
French restaurant

Efata Beach side cafe - this was mostly destroyed during Pam and being rebuilt, we had a good lunch here.

Village welcome
Village welcome

Port Resolution - Tanna

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Vanuatu  Pictures

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Australia 2015 Pictures

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Vanuatu to Australia
Vanuatu to Australia

Not the best of weather for a 7 day trip. This is Baaarney the New Zealand sheep star of a separate blog for Reuben our Grandson. Hanging on in his favorite place by the nav station.

1st glimpse of Australia
1st glimpse of Australia

We entered the Barrier Reef at Hydrographers passage the day before but it took until the next morning before we saw our first glimpse of Australia, one of the islands off Mackay.

Great barrier gopro
Great barrier gopro

Fish-eye view of the Barrier reef.

Vanuatu to Australia
Vanuatu to Australia

Not the best of weather for a 7 day trip. This is Baaarney the New Zealand sheep star of a separate blog for Reuben our Grandson. Hanging on in his favorite place by the nav station.

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