Posts in category Fiji to New Zealand – 2016

The Blonde Mermaid Graces the Cover o...

A beautiful woman on the starboard bow of a beautiful catamaran flying a beautiful spinnaker. I was just reminded how fortunate I truly am. Check out my Blonde Mermaid (Alyssa) on the cover of the January 2017 issue of Latitude 38 magazine. Look inside the ‘Changes in Latitudes’ section of the magazine for her write-up on catamara [...]

Fiji to New Zealand – Passage P...

Today marks one week since landing in Opua, NZ. A brief update: it’s cold; it’s beautiful; port engine still down but parts have been ordered (it’s the governor); hikes are amazing; prices are high; found a great mechanic; the marina was expensive and not to our liking so we are out at anchor now off Russell; Alyssa is job-h [...]

We’re in New Zealand!!!! &...

We’re in New Zealand!!!! & Passage Summary
After my last blog update we sailed into the Bay of Islands under double-reefed main and 50% jib. Quixotic rose up and over the big swells as we slid into the expansive bay. The scene on the ocean reminded me of time spent offshore Monterey Bay in California and the rocks off the starboard beam were reminiscent of the Big Sur coast. It was ru [...]

Landfall in New Zealand!!!

Landfall in New Zealand!!!
After a week at sea we have made landfall in NZ – well this according to our instruments as all we can see is driving rain and salt spray. So given the conditions it is highly likely that we are in fact in New Zealand. Our GPS says we are only 10 miles offshore and 25 miles from the opening to the Bay of Islands and Opua, where we will [...]

Day 7 – Fiji to NZ – Port...

Day 7 – Fiji to NZ – Port Engine is Toast
We are only 40 miles from North Cape and we have 6 hours until sunset. We are averaging 8-9 knots. We have sailed 192 miles in the past 22 hours, a new Quixotic record. We are surfing down breaking waves making like a bat-out-of-hell for Opua. The waves are breaking onto our swim steps and the wave heights keep climbing… We are running [...]

Fiji to New Zealand – Day 6 ...

Fiji to New Zealand – Day 6 – Becalmed
We are becalmed! No wind! Rolling glassy seas! Making 7 knots south FINALLY! The weather is warmer and very pleasant! All is well onboard. We have sailed 176 miles in the past 24 hours, making 153 miles towards our destination. We are 900 miles SSW of Lautoka, Fiji and less than 200 miles north of New Zealand. We have 265 miles to go before w [...]

Fiji – New Zealand – Day ...

Fiji – New Zealand – Day 5
We are only 350 miles NNW of the North Cape of NZ. We have sailed 168 miles in the past 24 hours covering a rhumb line distance of 160nm. The major issue is that we have only sailed 100 miles closer to our destination. These headwinds are killing me! They are seriously testing my resolve. They are only about 10-12 knots true so when I sail in [...]

Day 4 – Fiji to New Zealand ...

Day 4 – Fiji to New Zealand – We’re Halfway! …but we have Headwinds…
We’re more than halfway!!  We are 593 miles SSW of Lautoka, Fiji and 508 miles NNW of Opua, NZ. We have sailed 170 miles in the past 24 hours but only covered a rhumbline distance of 120 miles. The wind is back and it’s right on the nose. Yesterday afternoon was idyllic sailing with winds out of the west at 14 knots. We were sitti [...]

Passage from Fiji to New Zealand R...

Passage from Fiji to New Zealand – Day 3 Update
Calm seas! Light winds from aft and motors on. We have made 172 miles in the past 24 hours. We are currently 475 miles SSW of Lautoka, Fiji and 610 miles from our destination of Opua, NZ. We have sailed 530 miles since leaving Fiji 72 hours ago. All is well onboard. We are mostly rested and have our sea legs back. I have the fishing lines out [...]

Day 2 – Passage from Fiji to Ne...

Day 2 – Passage from Fiji to New Zealand
We are currently 775 miles N of our destination of Opua, New Zealand. We have sailed 350 miles in the past 49 hours, that’s about 175 miles per day – not too shabby if we may say so.  We have tried to slow the boat down but she apparently wants to get to NZ!  We had a second reef in the main last night with only 1/3 of jib out and [...]

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