ENJOYING TONGA

This morning we headed into Neiafu to clear into Tonga, arriving at the main wharf at eight.  Customs opened thirty minutes later and we started the clearing in process.  This consists of completing around ten forms, answering the same questions multiple times.  The whole process took a while, there was a flight arriving and available manpower had … Continue reading ENJOYING TONGA

CHRISTMAS ISLAND / KIRITIMATI TO PENRHYN

I awoke early this morning, it was too quiet.  On deck all was peaceful, the anchor cable was lying soundlessly in the water.  After days of wind this was a pleasant surprise.  I was now too awake to go back to sleep and it was too early to wake Jessica. For the next hour I … Continue reading CHRISTMAS ISLAND / KIRITIMATI TO PENRHYN

FIVE HUNDRED MILES FROM KIRITIMATI

We are now five hundred miles from Kiritimati.  A large area of calms is showing up in front of us and appears to be growing by the day.  This is the ITCZ, an area of calms, thunderstorms and variable winds we need to cross before Christmas Island.  The current weather is overcast with rain, the … Continue reading FIVE HUNDRED MILES FROM KIRITIMATI

MAKING GOOD TIME SOUTH

We have found some clear wind and are now making good time to the south.  The wind prediction and forecast is for easterly wind, we have been experiencing winds between south east and east south east.  This has meant that we continue to sail on a close reach as we try and make some easting.  … Continue reading MAKING GOOD TIME SOUTH

BREAKING FREE FROM HAWAII

Wind holes, rain clouds and general difficulty in breaking free from the Hawaiian Island chain.  This afternoon we are 145 miles east of the Big Island and still in its wind shadow.  Frustration gave way to action at three this afternoon, I started the engine and motored to the south.  After two hours we had … Continue reading BREAKING FREE FROM HAWAII

HAWAII TO KIRITIMATI

Last night was the Waikiki Yacht Club party.  Another great party and I am partied out and ready for sea. Richard departed early this morning, back to the mainland.  Now its just Jessica and myself to undertake the final preparations for the voyage.  First was the US Immigration and Boarder Protection at Pier 1.  The … Continue reading HAWAII TO KIRITIMATI

PREPARING TO DEPART HONOLULU

Last night we attended a great party at the Honolulu Yacht Club.  All the Transpac race boats have now finished so there was a great celebration and lots of sailor stories.  The food, wine and music were excellent with good company. This morning was a little subdued.  We spent the day doing odd jobs and … Continue reading PREPARING TO DEPART HONOLULU

DAY OUT ON OAHU

We all had a wonderful day out on Ohau today.  A very kind gentleman we met at the yacht club, Don, offered to take us the North Shore. Don picked us up shortly after nine and we headed out of town.  Very nice to get out of the city and see some of the countryside … Continue reading DAY OUT ON OAHU

GREAT COMPANY IN HONOLULU

On Thursday, my daughter Jessica arrived in Honolulu.  On Friday, my friend Richard arrived.  So good to have company after being solo since San Francisco.  I haven’t seen Jessica since last December and Richard for a few years so we all have a lot of catching up to do. On Sunday we did some boat maintenance in … Continue reading GREAT COMPANY IN HONOLULU