Souht Pacific CFleet Update 2022-12-31

FLEET UPDATE 2022-12-31

South Pacifc Posse
South Pacific Posse

 “On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open, and the world is full of beauty.” 

— Rumi

 
 

 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

2022-12-31

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South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

TOP NEWS

 

  • 🗿  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
  • ⚠️ ALERT - CHRISTMAS ISLAND  🇰🇮  KIRIBATI CLOSED  
  • 💥 FEB 3RD '23 PARTY IN SHELTER BAY
  • 🎥 ZOOM SEMINARS IN FEBRUARY 
  • ⛵ 26 VESSELS ALREADY REGISTERED
  • 🛂 DOCUMENTS YOU'LL NEED 
  • 💸 CHECK OUT YOUR SPONSORS 

 1)  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE '23
 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

We
believe that you can “Sail at your own schedule”. We want to empower
you to discover the vast Pacific and unique island nations alongside
like-minded cruisers, adventurers and explorers while creating life-long
friendships. We encourage you to do this well informed and at your own
pace. If you join us you will enjoy up to date data,  tracking,
savings and many -many other
benefits. This is your adventure – the South Pacific Posse is here to make your journey a bit easier.

SIGN UP / RENEW

BENEFITS OF JOINING 

✔️ Up to date and verified information by fellow yachts en route

📊 Focused on facts not opinions or unsolicited advice

💰 Save actual money with group and individual discounts

💰 12 Marina Discounts ( participating marina grows you'll save 10 -25 % )

🛰️ Free Fleet and vessel tracking courtesy of Predict Wind

🗺️150 Gb+ Free OPENCPN Satellite Charts

💰  Save Money with a Westmarine Pro Discount 5-25 %

🚩 Free Burgee 

💰 Save Money with a Predict Wind Pro Discount 20%

🗺️ Free Printable Reference Chart as a backup to your electronics

📹 Free Video Seminars on destinations – best practices  

🌩️ Weather routing discount by Ocean Tactics  10 % off

⛵ Community of voyagers kid boats welcome, single-handers, pet friendly

⚓ Peer support in emergencies with escalation procedures

🛈 Fleet Updates via email – free

🏆 Fun Award Categories 

📍 Free access to GOOD NAUTICAL  1,500 South Pacific anchorages – free

☎️ Free Weekly live calls on Mondays via dedicated LINE.me group

💬 Free 24/7 LINE group channel ( requires IP connectivity ) 

🌊 Benefit from  the latest and prior experience of those who sailed there 

🔭 Be part of a fleet of sensor for those who come behind you

🚷 NOT A FACEBOOK GROUP – YOU ARE NOT THE PRODUCT  

https://pacificposse.com/seminar

 

2) SAVE THE DATE 

SOUTH PACIFIC  
&
 PANAMA POSSE  PARTY

FEBRUARY 3rd 2023  

SHELTER BAY MARINA 
PANAMA 

 Afternoon & Evening of Panama Posse and South Pacific Posse seminars  Followed by an evening of RUM and MUSIC Save the date Fri Feb 3rd ’23

Afternoon & Evening of Panama Posse and South Pacific Posse seminars 

Followed by an evening of RUM and MUSIC

Save the date 

Fri Feb 3rd ’23 PANAMA

     

3) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE ZOOM SEMINARS

South Pacific Posse

SEMINAR  DATES - PLEASE PLAN AHEAD 

AND pre-REGISTER*   

MON FEB 6 ’23  20:30 –  22:30 UTC

SAFETY, SECURITY, CLEARING IN AND OUT, COMMUNICATIONS  & TRACKING

 

TUES  FEB 7 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

WEATHER and HEAVY WIND SQUALLS AND ELEVATED SEA STATE STRATEGIES

 

WED  FEB 8 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

PROVISIONING AND MUST SEE AND DO’S

 

THU FEB 9 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

OPEN CPN INSTALLATION , USING  OPEN CPN SAT CHARTS CREATING

 

FRI  FEB 10 ’23  20:30 –  22:30 UTC

LOGISTICS, REPAIRS, CYLCONE SEASON STRATEGIES

 

REGISTER NOW  
TO GET YOUR ZOOM ACCESS LINKS >>

4) ⚠️ALERT 
CHRISTMAS ISLAND 🇰🇮  KIRIBATI 
CLOSED  DUE TO COVID CONCERNS 

Swedish vessel reported 2022-12-29

"Hi
everyone! Just want to give you a heads up so nobody else does the same
mistake as we did. Christmas Island and Fanning Island in Kiribati is
still closed! Don’t sail there! We did, hoping to celebrate Christmas on
Christmas Island with our children. 

We had to sail on. Just arrived in American Samoa after a Christmas at sea.

We got reassurance from Tarawa that Christmas Island was open but it didn’t help."

Kiribati
Route
Sara gage hunt

SY RHAPSODY 🇺🇸 Sarah & Bob - Jeanneau 49'

RHAPSODY BobRHAPSODY Sarah

5) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  
🏆 
AWARD CATEGORIES 

  • BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT ✔ 
  • PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  
  • PACIFIC POSSE YODA OF THE YEAR ✔  
  • THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔
  • MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 
  • HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 
  • SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 
  • GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 
  • SPEEDY AWARD
  • GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  
  • BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔
  • COURAGE AWARD 
Spirit of Exploration

David on SY DREAMER  exploring the under water  world of 🇫🇯  Fiji 

6)  FLEET TRACKING 
FREE FOR PARTICIPANTS 
 

Tracking

 About Tracking:

Designed to give interesting parties  an overview. For specific vessel details including their float plan,
latest updates, changes, positions and specific location related
questions please contact each vessel directly.  If you are on
passage let us know and the fleet can monitor your progress.

https://pacificposse.com/add-to-tracking

7) FREE ACCESS TO GOOD NAUTICAL  

IF
YOU ARE SIGNED UP FOR THE  '23 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  you will
be assigned  access credentials to GOODNAUTICAL South Pacific
regions 

 
 

Good Nautical

CONSIDER MAKING A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO GOOD NAUTICAL 

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/goodnautical

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/goodnautical

8) DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED  

 

Valid Passports 
- with at least 360 days left on the expiration date 

Vessel Documentation 
-
matching the passports or if your vessel is registered as a corporation
a certified letter of ownership / authorization to operate the
vessel 

 

Vessel Operator Certificate of Competence 
-
to operate the vessel - this is a formality but some countries
authorities want to make sure that you have what it takes -  you
can get them from most states
including this free one - testing is done online, or your ASA, US Sailing, RYA or equivalent

Third Party Liability Insurance for Marinas  
- if you plan to stay at marinas you will need 3rd party liability insurance 

Prescriptions
- if you have prescription drugs on board please be sure to have your valid prescriptions to match from your doctor

Pet Vaccination Records

all the docs you can muster plus more – vaccination certificates – 15
digit international chips under their skin – rabies vaccination
certificate  . etc etc.

and most controversial of all ... 

PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION  
-
this may not be mandatory   but it will make your journey a whole
lot easier and reduce quarantine costs, reduce testing requirements, and
reduce frictions at borders (on both entry and exit ) 

AIRLINE TRAVEL ARRIVING ON A ONE WAY TICKET ?
ORDER A REFUNDABLE TICKET FROM EXPEDIA 
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE TO AVOID THE 30 MINUTES OF EXPLAINING 

 

SIGN UP FOR THE 23 SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE  
Tahanea

9)  TWO LEVELS  OF PARTICIPANTS 

 -Active vessels with tracking and all the trimmings   
- Lurkers
for those who wish to prepare and assist those who are actively
underway - the lurker fee will be 50% off the registration fee 

Big Moomas

Big Momma's Halloween & Custom Party 🇹🇴 Tonga '09

10) MEET THE FLEET

ENSIGNS

26 VESSELS HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP 

ELI and AMy

"Amy
is from Australia and loves yoga, circus arts and helping others. Eli
was born and raised in Maine. We love climbing, surfing, spearfishing,
living simply and eating fruit! We are excited to explore the pacific!"

SY WAWENOC  🇺🇸 Amy & Eli - Corbin 39′  Bar Harbor, MA

11) MEET OUR SPONSORS 

  • PREDICT WIND
  • PANAMA CANAL AGENT ERICK GALVEZ CENTENARIO CONSULTING
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS
  • YACHT AGENTS NUKU HIVA
  • OCEAN TACTICS | PACIFIC WEATHER ROUTING
  • SHELTER BAY MARINA PANAMA
  • ENARAU MARINA FIJI
  • NAWI ISLAND MARINA
  • VUDA POINT MARINA
  • COPRA SHED MARINA FIJI
  • CLOUD 9
  • PUERTO AMISTAD ECUADOR
  • RIVERGATE MARINA AUSTRALIA
  • MARSDEN COVE MARINA NEW ZEALAND
  • GULF HARBOUR MARINA NEW ZEALAND
  • YACHTING WORLD MARINA PORT VILA VANUATU

PACIFIC POSSE

SY Seaglub - Chris @ anchor in the  Bay of Islands 🇳🇿 New Zealand 

SEAGLUB Chris

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

South Pacific Posse

south pacific posse communications 
 @ 9811 w charleston blvd 2262 89117 Summerlin LV 89117 USA

 

 


SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 22 | Season 2

FLEET UPDATES

 

 

SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE  23 |  Season 3

 

SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE  22  |  Season 2


Picture of the Year

  • SP CYCLONE SEASON
  • LAUNCH SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SEASON
  • AWARD WINNERS
  • GAUGIN’S LIFE AND CONTROVERSY
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING
  • LICENSE TO KILL
  • MARINA SPONSORS
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS

READ MORE >>


Mo'Orea

  • SAILING REGATTA MUSKETCOVE
  • SAU BAY & TAVEUNI WHITE WALL
  • DREAMER DIVES
  • CAPTAIN RON AWARD ENTRY
  • LOGAN THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE DOG
  • Skål & Nānā
  • SAILING ON LAND
  • WATER CLARITY VARIES
  • MINERVA REEF - AMÉDÉE LIGHTHOUSE - MOUNT YASUR

READ MORE >>


Sunset Ibex

  • THE FLEET CONTINUES WESTWARD
  • KIRIBATI OPENS UP
  • PICTURES OF THE WEEK
  • CROSSING THE DATELINE 180° MERIDIAN 🇫🇯 FIJI
  • FUEL JUMPS 24% in 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA
  • AT ANCHOR IN BORA BORA
  • DRIFT DIVE FAKARAVA
  • WEATHER ROUTING
  • VUDA MARINA 🇫🇯 FIJI

READ MORE >>


Picture of the Week

  • VANUATU 🇻🇺 OPENS UP JULY 1
  • AMERICAN SAMOA 🇦🇸 OPENS UP
  • SOLOMON ISLANDS 🇸🇧 OPENING
  • ENTRY INTO BOAT 🧘🏽‍♀️ YOGA AWARD
  • SUPPLY CHAIN 102 PAPEETE MARKET 🇵🇫 FP
  • HAUL OUT ADVENTURES NUKU HIVA 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA
  • UNEXPECTED EXPENSES 🇵🇫 FP

READ MORE >>





NATURAL CYCLONE HOLES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

      • AUSTRALIA OPENS UP
      • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE GROWS TO 29 YACHTS FROM 12 FLAG STATES
      • THE BURGEES ARE READY FOR HOISTING
      • KAVA
      • CYCLONE HOLES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC
      • THE ISLAND BAR AT MUSKET COVE FIJI
      • SOUTHERN SPARS MOUNTING
      • MEET THE FLEET
      • WHAT TO DO WITH FLYING SQUID ON DECK
      • TRACKING THE 22' PACIFIC POSSE FLEET

READ MORE >>


Galapagos

    • VUDA MARINA FIJI – PORT OF ENTRY (AGAIN)
    • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE GROWS TO 24 YACHTS
    • WEATHER WINDOW FROM MEXICO TO THE MARQUESAS
    • PILOT CHARTS FOR MARCH SOUTH PACIFIC
    • UNINVITED VISITORS INCLUDING THESE HITCHHIKERS
    • MORE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEMINARS
    • KASTOMS IN VANUTATU
    • SOUTH PACIFIC OPENINGS
    • GOOD NAUTICAL ROUTE BETWEEN RAIATEA – BORA BORA

 READ MORE >>


SOMEWHERE IN THE ITCZ

  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE FINAL LOGO
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE GROWS TO 17 YACHTS FROM 9 FLAG STATES
  • WEST MARINE PRO DISCOUNT
  • MEET THE ITCZ
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE PARTIES & GATHERINGS
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEMINARS
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  AWARDS CATEGORIES
  • MARINA SPONSORS
  • SOUTH PACIFIC SPONSORS
  • SOUTH PACIFIC OPENINGS
  • OVERHEARD

     READ MORE >>


South Pacific Posse

  • FREE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEMINAR 
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  AWARD CATEGORIES
  • FLEET TRACKING
  • FREE ACCESS TO GOOD NAUTICAL
  • DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED
  • TWO LEVELS  OF PARTICIPANTS
  • MEET OUR SPONSORS

     READ MORE >>



party

i.e. San Francisco, CA

South Pacific Posse '23 Seminar Schedule

South Pacific Posse  Seminars

MON FEB 6 ’23  20:30 –  22:30 UTC

SAFETY, SECURITY, CLEARING IN AND OUT, COMMUNICATIONS  & TRACKING

 

TUES  FEB 7 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

WEATHER and HEAVY WIND SQUALLS AND ELEVATED SEA STATE STRATEGIES

 

WED  FEB 8 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

PROVISIONING AND MUST SEE AND DO’S

 

THU FEB 9 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

OPEN CPN INSTALLATION , USING  OPEN CPN SAT CHARTS CREATING

 

FRI  FEB 10 ’23  20:30 –  22:30 UTC

LOGISTICS, REPAIRS, CYLCONE SEASON STRATEGIES

 

REGISTER NOW


i.e. San Francisco, CA

INTRODUCTION

GALAPAGOS


Vuda Point Marina

VUDA POINT MARINA 🇫🇯 FIJI - SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

VUDA POINT MARINA 🇫🇯 FIJI - SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

  • Stay 7 days, Pay for 6
  • $100 discount for haul outs PLUS 2 days on the hardstand
  • One night free with any inward or outward clearance from the country
VUDA MARINA

CONTACT

Adam Wade
adam wade vuda marina
Tel +679 666 8214
Email: adam@vudamarina.com.fj
Web http://www.vudamarina.com/

AMENITIES

SERVICES

LOCATION

WEBSITE >>

Vuda Marina

GALLERY


Picture of the Year

FLEET UPDATE 2022-11-01

South Pacific Posse

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
FLEET UPDATE

November, 1 2022

LAST FLEET UPDATE
SEASON 2

  1. SP CYCLONE SEASON
  2. LAUNCH SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SEASON
  3. AWARD WINNERS
  4. GAUGIN'S LIFE AND CONTROVERSY
  5. SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING
  6. LICENSE TO KILL
  7. MARINA SPONSORS
  8. SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS
South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) SP CYCLONE SEASON HAS STARTED

This map shows the tracks of all tropical cyclones in the 2021-22 South Pacific cyclone season.

The season officially starts November 1, 2022 and ends April 30, 2023

1980- 2005

1980- 2005 Historic tracks of the South Pacific Storms

Hurricane Hole Port Sandwich Vanuatu 🇻🇺 Admiralty Chart sounded 1895 !!!

SIGN UP FOR NEXT SEASON

or

RENEW FOR NEXT SEASON
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2) SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SEASON
SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE '23 SEASON
RENEW WITH A $ 25 DISCOUNT
EXTEND YOUR PANAMA POSSE SEASON WITH A 50 % DISCOUNT

Tracking moves to next season (SPP 3) and all perks start including discounts access to Good Nautical and the SPP 3 line group gets activated

Feb 1, 2023
Burgees arrive in NUKU HIVA & SHELTER BAY PANAMA

Feb 3 2023
SHELTER BAY PANAMA
PANAMA POSSE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE MASHUP PARTY

SEMINARS

MON FEB 6 '23 20:30 - 22:30 UTC
SAFETY, SECURITY, CLEARING IN AND OUT, COMMUNICATIONS & TRACKING

TUES FEB 7 '23 20:30 - 22:30 UTC
WEATHER and HEAVY WIND SQUALLS AND ELEVATED SEA STATE STRATEGIES

WED FEB 8 '23 20:30 - 22:30 UTC
PROVISIONING AND MUST SEE AND DO'S

THU FEB 9 '23 20:30 - 22:30 UTC
OPEN CPN INSTALLATION , USING OPEN CPN SAT CHARTS CREATING

FRI Mar 10 '23 20:30 - 22:30 UTC
LOGISTICS, REPAIRS, CYLCONE SEASON STRATEGIES

POSSE LOGO

3) AWARD WINNERS

WINNER OF THE BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT AWARD

TECOLOTE

WINNER

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

AND WINNER OF THE SPEEDY AWARD

TECOLOTE

tECOLOTE WINNER OF THE SPEEDY AWARD

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

SY TECOLOTE 🇺🇸 Michael, Sydney, Lorna - Lagoon ‘450 s

 

TECOLOTE MichaelTECOLOTE Sydney

 

WINNER OF THE GALLEY GOD(ESS) AWARD

SKYPOND

ELVIS

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

SY SKY POND 🇨🇰 Carl & Roxy - Seawind 1160 38′

PICTURE OF THE YEAR AWARD

SEAGLUB

SEAGLUB

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

AND WINNER OF THE
GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

SEAGLUB

Winnner

CONGRATULATIONS Chris Thank you for sharing the Safe tracks in Fiji in Good Nautical

SY SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

WINNER OF THE
SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION AWARD

DREAMER

Dreamer Taveuni

CONGRATULATIONS !!!
David for outstanding reporting on your dives in Taveuni, Fiji

SY DREAMER 🇺🇸 David & Gerne - Caliber 40lrv’

 

DREAMER CrewDREAMER GerneDREAMER David

 

WINNER OF THE THE
CAPTAIN RON AWARD
a.k.a .
if it's gonna happen it can happen out there award !

KISMET

CAPTAIN RON AWARD

"CONGRATULATIONS" on the loss of of forestay en route between Fiji and Vanautu - BRAVO ZULU for overcoming this obstacle - not loosing your rig ...
if it's gonna happen it can happen out there award !

SY KISMET 🇺🇸 Kevin - Passport 41′

Kevin

WINNER OF THE
BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR AWARD

RHAPSODY

boat yoga of the year award

"CONGRATULATIONS !!! "

SY RHAPSODY 🇺🇸 Sarah & Bob - Jeanneau 49′

 

RHAPSODY SarahRHAPSODY Bob

 

WINNER OF THE
COURAGE AWARD

INDIGO MOON

touching life sharks

"CONGRATULATIONS on the crew's courage to touch life sharks and for suggesting this award category !!! "

SY INDIGO MOON 🇩🇪 Kay, Beata & Crew

 

INDIGO MOONINDIGO MOONINDIGO MOONINDIGO MOON

 

WINNER OF THE
HIGHEST WIND RECORDED

IBEX

"CONGRATULATIONS on 53.6 knot"

SY IBEX 🇦🇹 Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

EACH WINNER WILL RECEIVE A
ONE FIFTH GALLON OF RUM RATION
OR EQUIVALENT IN US FUNDS

BRAVO ZULU TO ALL WINNERS
RUM RATION
SIGN UP FOR
THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

or

RENEW FOR NEXT SEASON
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4) GAUGIN'S LIFE AND CONTROVERSY

Tahitia

Post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin prior to becoming the iconic artist lived in Isla Taboga in Panama. Virtually penniless, as he had left his wife and five children in Paris to try and make a name for himself as an artist. He stopped off at the Isthmus of Panama in 1887. While there he worked as forced laborer on the early, disastrous, French attempt to build the Panama Canal.

Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) is one of the true larger-than-life figures in art history. The key feature in his personal mythology is the constant yearning for an exotic paradise. He sought it in the bohemian arts community at Pont-Aven on the coast of Brittany and later on the South Seas island of Tahiti

marquesan-man-in-red-cape.

In his final years in the Marquesas, Gauguin grew increasingly critical of the colonial society. In particular, he believed that missionary work had disrupted the indigenous culture. He argued in his writings for the separation of the French state from the official French religion..

Gaugain

Gauguin undoubtedly exploited his position as a privileged Westerner to make the most of the sexual freedoms available to him. The artist “repeatedly entered into sexual relations with young girls, 'marrying' two of them and fathering children “

Gaugin

In early May, 1903, morally skittish, and weakened by drug-addiction and regular bouts with illness, Gauguin succumbed and died at the age of 54, on Atuona in the Marquesas, where he was subsequently buried.

Mahana No Atua (Day of the God), 1894

Mahana No Atua (Day of the God), 1894

5) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING

For weather routing through the dangerous middle toward s New Zealand or Australia please visit our sponsors
https://pacificposse.com/ocean-tactics

Contact John Martin
admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

WhatsApp / Tel +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

John Martin principal of Ocean Tactics has been assisting skippers with weather and passage planning in the Pacific for many years is now an official sponsor of the South Pacific Posse.

NZ

6) LICENSE TO KILL 🏴‍☠️ CROWN OF THORNS

Crown-of-Thorns starfish

The crown-of-thorns COTS is a large starfish that preys upon hard, or stony, coral polyp. The crown-of-thorns starfish receives its name from venomous thorn-like spines that cover its upper surface, resembling the biblical crown of thorns. It is one of the largest starfish in the world.

It is perhaps most common around Australia, but is a nuisance and reef danger across the Pacific Ocean to the west coast of Central America. It occurs where coral reefs or hard coral communities occur in the region.

COTS

The first recorded outbreak of COTS was in the Ryukyu Islands off Japan in the 1950s

The first COTS outbreak in Australia was recorded in 1962 at Green Island. There has now been between 3-4 recorded outbreaks in Australia.

The Crown of Thorns has only a few predators, which include

  • triton’s trumpet, the white spotted puffer fish
  • the lined worm
  • the harlequin shrimp
  • two species of triggerfish (yellowmargin triggerfish and titan triggerfish)
  • The red emperor, spangled emperor and parrotfish are also known to eat juvenile COTS before the starfish grow their spikes.

COTS

COTS spawn on the Great Barrier Reef between October-March when water temperatures are at their highest. Female COTS release eggs into the water and nearby males release sperm, which then fertilise the eggs. Large female COTS can produce up to 65 million eggs per season.

COTS start off as larval and drift along on top of the water for weeks before settling at the bottom of the ocean floor. They are most vulnerable to predators as juveniles before their spiky spines have grown. At about one year of age they develop spines and begin to feed on coral.

Adult COTS can grow up to a 1 meter ( 3 feet ) in diameter and have up to 21 arms. If they shed an arm due to stress or injury they regrow within six months.

COTS spines are long and sharp and covered with an epidermis containing the venom ‘plancitoxin’. They are toxic to both marine life and humans.

COTS eat by everything their stomach through their mouth and then spreading it out over the surface of the coral using their tube feet. They then digest their food externally.

Adult COTS almost exclusively eat scleractinian. They can survive without feeding for up to nine months.

Predator removal: In the pelagic stage any filter feeder, including hard corals, will eat the starfish larvae. After reaching juvenile stage, fishes such as wrasse, damsels, and snappers will eat the starfishes. But once they become adults very few predators will eat be able to eat the toxic starfishes (except some triggerfish, pufferfish, and large snails like the triton trumpet.) Unfortunately all of theses species are targeted or removed as by-catch in the fishing industry.

Predator removal: In the pelagic stage any filter feeder, including hard corals, will eat the starfish larvae. After reaching juvenile stage, fishes such as wrasse, damsels, and snappers will eat the starfishes. But once they become adults very few predators will eat be able to eat the toxic starfishes (except some triggerfish, pufferfish, and large snails like the triton trumpet.) Unfortunately all of theses species are targeted or removed as by-catch in the fishing industry.

Entrance

HOW TO FIGHT AN INVADING FORCE OF COTS ?

Physical Removal

Experienced divers can use a wooden stick, PVC pipe, metal spear, boat hook or some other easily manipulated rod to remove the starfish off the reef. COTS have the ability to hide in small holes or crevices by using their tubefeet to suction onto the reef. This can make collecting COTS challenging, that is why using a rod or stick to pry the starfish off the reef is the best tool. The collected starfish can be placed in large canvas bags, rice/flour bags or mesh bags and brought to the boat or shore. The sharp poisonous spines of the starfish can penetrate the bag so please use caution. The process can be facilitated by locating a small boat near the divers, with bags of starfish sent to the surface using ropes or lift bags. In shallow water, starfish can be removed by snorkeling, but SCUBA is more effective.

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Chemical Injection

Citric Acid Injections: An Accessible and Efficient Method for Controlling Outbreaks of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

The most common and environmentally safe chemical used currently is oxgall and Bile Salts No.3, as well as vinegar. However more toxic chemicals such as bleach, copper sulphate, sodium bisulphate have been used in the past. Chemicals are held in a sealed container connected to an injection gun with a high pressured hose. The poison is injected with a needle or a continuous injection system at the base of the starfish arms.

This method is more efficient than manual collection of starfish, however; some chemicals are toxic to the environment and other organisms.

injections

7) MARINA SPONSORS

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽 Marina Chiapas – Mexico

🇨🇷 Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica

🇵🇦 Shelter Bay Marina – Panama

🇪🇨 Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador

🇫🇯 Vuda Point Marina - Fiji

🇻🇺 Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿 Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand

🇦🇺 Rivergate Marina - Brisbane - Australia

🇫🇯 Denarau Marina - Fiji

🇫🇯 Royal Suva Yacht Club - Fiji

🇫🇯 Copra Shed Marina - Fiji

🇳🇿 Gulf Harbour Marina - New Zealand

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Biat Yard Vavau

VAVA'U BOATYARD 🇹🇴 TONGA

Tonga’s Borders are open to the South Pacific Posse again!

18° 38.625'  S  173° 59.7483' W

The island groups of Tonga are are some of the most beautiful in the world. But the lack of secure hurricane/cyclone storage has always meant there was that deadline, when cruisers have to leave this paradise far too soon and seek shelter in Fiji or New Zealand. The BoatYard is a brand new yacht haulage and hard stand facility in Vava’u, the first in Tonga, and has turned Tonga into a safe year-round cruising destination!

We can offer your members a 10% discount on cyclone season storage and long time hardstand storage.

Cheers,

JOE

CONTACT The Boatyard Vava'u

+6768816854
+6768816846
info@boatyardvavau.com

27th of September 2022
All visiting yachts will need to submit an Advance Notice of Arrivals form to info@customs.gov.to at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

The island groups of Tonga are are some of the most beautiful in the world. But the lack of secure hurricane/cyclone storage has always meant there was that deadline, when cruisers have to leave this paradise far too soon and seek shelter in Fiji or New Zealand. The BoatYard is a brand new yacht haulage and hard stand facility in Vava’u, the first in Tonga, and has turned Tonga into a safe year-round cruising destination!

GOOD NAUTICAL SAFE APPROACH VAVA'U BOAT YARD


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LOCATION

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Pets

pets

ANIMAL IMPORTATION VIA YACHTS INTO THE SOUTH PACIFIC

We have been going through the pet importation process for French Polynesia. I did not really find any of the posted information easily understood,  blogs etc. So we wrote a blog about our path, from a Mexico perspective. If it can help people out please feel free to share.

SV ANIMAL CRACKER >>

DOGS CATS BIRDS
LEAVING FROM MEXICO  MEXICO HEALTH CERT FOR FP
Mexico Export Permit
   
GALAPAGOS  NOT ALLOWED  NOT ALLOWED  NOT ALLOWED
FRENCH POLYNESIA 🩸🪰🦠 💉👩🏽‍⚕️
French Polynesia Requirements
- Titer test rabies
- Microchip
- Rabies vaccination
- FVRCP Vaccine
- Internal and External Parasite treatment
Pre-approval is required before coming into the country. Information is on the website.
The security offers came onboard, reviewed all the documents, validated the microchips and provided a certificate of importation for the two cats.
KIRIBATI
HAWAII https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/aqs-info/ https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/aqs-info/
PICAIRN
COOK ISLANDS
- Titer test rabies
- Microchip
- Rabies vaccination
- FVRCP Vaccine
- Internal and External Parasite treatment
They were requesting a $1,500.00 NZ dollar bond per animal to bring the cats into the country and they had to remain on board at all times. Note at the time of the approval to bring the cats in, the bond was to be paid in Rarotonga and to receive the funds back you had to return to the island.
We provided the importation certificate from French Polynesia and the vaccination documentation for pre-approval.
After getting approval, we decided not to go. 😟
AMERICAN SAMOA Unless your dog or cat is entering from a country the American Samoa considers as rabies free. (see item #6 for list of countries), your dog will need proof of a current rabies vaccination. Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival. Unless your dog or cat is entering from a country the American Samoa considers as rabies free. (see item #6 for list of countries), your dog will need proof of a current rabies vaccination. Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival.
WESTERN SAMOA
NIUE
TONGA
WALLIS AND FUTUNA
FIJI https://www.baf.com.fj/bringing-catsdogs-and-other-pets-to-fijidr-bhaheedr-sian/ https://www.baf.com.fj/bringing-catsdogs-and-other-pets-to-fijidr-bhaheedr-sian/

- Titer test rabies
- Microchip
- Rabies vaccination
- FVRCP Vaccine
- Internal and External Parasite treatment

For cats, unless you are keeping animals on the island for 6 months, you are not allow to import them into the country. A $1,500 FJ bond per animal is required and they are to remain onboard at all times. Any movement within the country is to be communicated via email to the officer when you are travelling from island to island. 7 day notice is required to receive the bond back prior to your departure.

NOTE: If you are planning to dry dock the vessel, the animals will need to be moved into quarantine. This was an expensive surprise for us as we "assumed" onboard would apply to both water and land and the cats were taken by Biosecurity while we had the bottom paint completed.

VANUATU
NEW CALEDONIA https://service--public-nc.translate.goog/particuliers/sante-social/securite-sanitaire/importation-danimaux-de-compagnie?_x_tr_sl=fr&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp
SOLOMON ISLANDS
AUSTRALIA https://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/cats-dogs/step-by-step-guides https://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/cats-dogs/step-by-step-guides

Australia
- Titer test rabies
- Microchip
- Rabies vaccination
- FVRCP Vaccine
- Internal and External Parasite treatment
We did not receive a warm welcome from the Department of Agriculture and the estimate of costs for the quarantine was approximately $7,000 AU.  The cats would need to arrive in the approved port of Brisbane, flown to Melbourne (estimated cost of $750.00 AU) for 10-days quarantine (estimated cost of $2,500.00 AU per animal) and then once approved flown back to Brisbane (another $750..00)  This does not include any veterinary costs along the way.
Gargoyle has opted to import the cats for a minimum of three months in New Zealand and then import them into Australia with no quarantine requirements.
NEW ZEALAND https://www.customs.govt.nz/personal/move-to-nz-permanently/import-pets-and-animals/
New Zealand
- Titer test rabies
- Microchip
- Rabies vaccination
- FVRCP Vaccine
- Internal and External Parasite treatment
Websites:

https://animalplantimportpermit.mpi.govt.nz/

To assist with the importation and costs of cats in the country, we planned a minimum of six months in the South Pacific Islands. This placed them in Category 2 countries and will reduce the quarantine time to ten days as the cats have been in rabies free countries.

As of September 27, 2022, animals coming via sea are only allowed to enter Opau. From there they will be transported to Auckland for the quarantine period. An importation permit is required and you can apply online(website above). Estimated time for preapproval is 20 days. Two tips for the permit, have a quote from the quarantine facility and submit your GPS tracking as well as country documents to validate the animals have been in the South Pacific Islands for the 6 month duration.

The animals must be transported via quarantine from Opau to Auckland (estimated cost of $750.00 NZ) for a ten day quarantine (estimate $2,400.00 for two cats). You can then pick up the cats in Auckland or have them transported to you in Auckland (estimate cost $250.00 NZ). This does not include any veterinary costs along the way.

Let me know if you need more info!

 

 

 

 

From: Animal Imports <Animal.Imports@mpi.govt.nz>
Date: Fri, Jan 27, 2023, 11:05 AM
Subject: Updated requirements for imports for onward travel to Australia
To: Animal Imports <Animal.Imports@mpi.govt.nz>
Cc: AnimalExports <AnimalExports@mpi.govt.nz>

 

Good evening

 

Update 26 January 2023

Cats and Dogs imported into New Zealand for onward travel to Australia

 

In line with Australia’s updated import requirements, the required residency period for all cats and dogs has been extended from 90 day to 180 days, effective as of the 01 March 2023.

All cats and dogs which have been imported into New Zealand between 02 September 2022 – 01 December 2022 and which are not able to be exported to Australia prior to 28 February 2023 will need to complete 180 days in New Zealand to be eligible for export.

 

All dogs and cats imported into New Zealand since 01 December 2022 will automatically have to complete 180 days residency.

 

All dogs which have been imported into New Zealand require testing for Leishmania infantum prior to entry to Australia.

We strongly recommend that all dogs being imported into New Zealand and which are being exported to Australia at a later date, are tested for the disease before they come to New Zealand.

However, pre entry tests cannot be used for certification requirements of dogs to Australia. Your dog will have to be tested again before it is sent  to Australia. That test must be done after your dog has been living in New Zealand for at least 21 days.

 

Note that Leishmania infantum is an unwanted, notifiable organism in New Zealand. If your dog tests positive for the disease in New Zealand:

  • It is unlikely your dog will be allowed to remain in New Zealand
  • It will not be eligible for export to Australia

 

For further information please check the link below:

Sending cats and dogs to Australia | NZ Government (mpi.govt.nz)

 

And here is the screen snip which would be amazing if you could provide!
details

 NOT ALLOWED + DESTROYED

 

LEGEND
🩸 Rabies Vacc
🪰 Leishmaniasis test
🦠 Titer test
⚡ International Chip
💉 Vaccination Records
👩🏽‍⚕️ Intl Vet Health Certificate
🧪 Lab Test
⛓️ Controlled Quarantine Facility


Mo'Orea

FLEET UPDATE 2022-08-29

South Pacific Posse

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

August, 29 2022

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) GULF HARBOUR MARINA 🇳🇿 NZ 
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 

2) SAILING REGATTA MUSKET COVE 🇫🇯 FIJI 

3) SAU BAY RESORT & SPA 🇫🇯 
MOORINGS AND DIVE CENTER FIJI

 
 
 
 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) ) GULF HARBOUR MARINA 🇳🇿 NZ SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 

GULF HARBOUR MARINA NEW ZEALAND 🇳🇿 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

We
are pleased to let you know that Gulf Harbour Marina will offer a 10%
discount on berthage  plus a welcome gift valued at $200 for
participants upon arrival at our marina.

Lisa de Ruiter Gulf Harbour Marina

Lisa de Ruiter

 
Customer Services Manager

O +64 9 424 6200
lisa@gulfharbourmarina.co.nz

https://gulfharbourmarina.co.nz

The
Marina features a 100ton 8 meter wide travel lift, a paved yard and
many qualified tradesman to assist with haul out projects. It is located
a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland along the Northern Auckland
Whangaparāoa peninsula and just 33nm from Great Barrier Island 

Gulf Harbour

Proximity to some of New Zealand’s best coastal and island cruising

On-site facilities including, power, showers, laundry, wi-fi and pump-out

Within a short  walk of the marina, you’ll find all the amenities you’d expect of a small community:

  •     Supermarket
  •     Liquor store
  •     Takeaways – Indian, Thai, Japanese, fish and chips, bakery
  •     Cafés
  •     Hair, beauty and nail salons
  •     Laundromat
GULF HARBOUR MARINA NEW ZEALAND 🇳🇿 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE VIDEO

The rolling hills near the marina provide good protection off the Hauraki Gulf in North Island NZ 🇳🇿

2) MUSKET COVE SAILING REGATTA 🇫🇯  FIJI 

MUSKET COVE
Muske Cove Sailing Regatta

This "legendary" regatta is one of the exciting fun filled weeks in Fiji - and a good time to join the Musket Cove Yacht Club 

Video of the 2020 Musket Cove Regatta

Video of the 2020 Musket Cove Regatta 🇫🇯 Fiji

Musket Cove

3) PICTURES OF THE WEEK 

Picture of the Week

Moorea, so lovely 🇵🇫  FP

Cooks Bay

Cooks Bay Mo'orea 🇵🇫 FP

Moorea, so lovely

SY CATWEAZLE 🇬🇧   Harriet & Russell - Allures 45′

4) DREAMER DIVES 🇫🇯 FIJI

Dreamer Dives from Sau Bay

Sau
Bay Taveuni is the Diving epicenter for over 21+ dive spots and thanks
to David's effort we now have a new South Pacific Posse sponsor !

5) SAU BAY RESORT, SPA, MOORINGS AND DIVE CENTER 🇫🇯 FIJI

https://pacificposse.com/sau-bay

16° 43’21.9″S 179° 54’13.0″E

FIRST NIGHT ON MOORING IS FREE 

South Pacific Moorings  $10 x day  $ 50 weekly

Sau Bay

SERVICES

  • 21+ Amazing Dive Sites – Including The Coveted “great White Wall”
  • House Reef For Snorkeling And Diving
  • Organized Day Trips (Taveuni Island, Village Tours, Manta Ray Snorkel)
  • Dive Instruction And Certifcation (Padi Facility) With High Quality Gear
  • High End Restaurant
  • Waterfront Private Dining Vale
  • Cultural Dinner Experience (Lovo, Meke And Kava Ceremony)
  • Full Bar
  • Showers
  • Deluxe Waterfront Bures With Indoor/outdoor Showers
  • Full Service Overwater Spa
  • 100 Acres Of Rainforest To Explore
Sau Bay

CONTACT

Leo Rebele

Sau Bay Resort & Spa

Box 62, Waiyevo Fiji Islands

Tel: / Whatsapp +1 (562) 761-9191

Resort Tel +679 603-1003

info@divesaubay.com

www.divesaubay.com

Dreamer @White Wall Taveuni Fiji

Dreamer @White Wall Taveuni Fiji

Soft Coral on the White Wall

soft coral on the white wall 

DREAMER

SY DREAMER 🇺🇸  David & Gerne - Caliber 40'

6) CAPTAIN RON AWARD ENTRY & 

LAND HO 🇫🇯  FIJI 

The Log Book Vs The Big Wave

the log book vs the big wave 

Squall

A wet  and wild ride on the southern route from Bora Bora to Fiji

Souhtern Route

 " the dangerous middle " made even more challenging with some of the maritime areas closed 

LAND HO

LAND HO FIJI ! 

Vuda Marina

THE LAKE LIKE CYCLONE HOLE AT VUDA MARINA FIJI 

Welcome to Fiji

A WARM FIJI WELCOME WITH STAFF SINGING 

Boathouse Restaurant

OUTSTANDING HOSPITALITY IS A FIJI TRADEMARK

Gargolyle Fiji Sunset

SY GARGOYLE 🇨🇦 Kevin & Carla - Beneteau 50′

 7) "LOGAN"  THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE DOG  
LEID IN VUDA
 

Searcher's Blue Heeler

Searcher's LOGAN a Blue Healer getting a proper Vuda Marina welcome lei

SY SEARCHER 🇺🇸  Katherine & Matt + Logan - Tayana 41.8 

8) IBEX, YASAWAS  🇫🇯  FIJI 

IBEX

 The
Sawa-i-Lau Caves are limestone caves located on a Fiji Island called
Sawa-i-Lau or Sawailau, which is a small island off the southern tip of
Yasawa Island. They are famous for being one location for the movie The
Blue Lagoon from 1980 with Brooke Shields.

There
are three different caves. The main cave has a huge chamber with a deep
pool and the highlight of every visit is to swim inside the cave
between limestone walls. There are inscriptions on the wall which have
been examined by archaeologists. It is easily accessible, but it is
necessary to swim into the cave. When the tide is high, you must dive
under a rocky curtain and swim through an underwater tunnel. However,
the water is clear and at 24 °C only two degree cooler than the Pacific
Ocean outside. There are two chambers, first the tall atrium of the
outer cave lit by a huge opening in the ceiling, then the 20 m long
inner sanctum, which has a low ceiling.

The
second cave is Qara ni Bukete (Pregnancy Cave), named so because it
does not allow any woman who is trying to hide she is pregnant. And
finally there is Qara ni Kasivi (Spitting Cave).

Visits
to the caves are offered by several tour operators, typically as part
of a day trip or an island cruise. And it is possible to hire a guide at
the village of Nabukeru. The caves are not closed, but it is
recommended to take a guide, as it is not easy to find them. Beneath the
main chamber there are numerous small caves which are visited best by
boat. However, the cave visits have been a little commercialized during
the last years and so there are official guides waiting when tour boats
arrive.

Around the caves are strange and mystic limestone formations, which are a sight of their own. 

SAVA y Lau

There
are three different caves. The main cave has a huge chamber with a deep
pool and the highlight of every visit is to swim inside the cave
between limestone walls. There are inscriptions on the wall which have
been examined by archaeologists. It is easily accessible, but it is
necessary to swim into the cave. When the tide is high, you must dive
under a rocky curtain and swim through an underwater tunnel. However,
the water is clear and at 24 °C only two degree cooler than the Pacific
Ocean outside. There are two chambers, first the tall atrium of the
outer cave lit by a huge opening in the ceiling, then the 20 m long
inner sanctum, which has a low ceiling.

Caves

The
second cave is Qara ni Bukete (Pregnancy Cave), named so because it
does not allow any woman who is trying to hide she is pregnant. And
finally there is Qara ni Kasivi (Spitting Cave). 

The
caves  it is recommended to take a guide, as it is not easy to
find them. Beneath the main chamber there are numerous small caves which
are visited best by boat. 

30 knots of wind in a dinghy

Florian the dinghy warrier 

UNIVITED VISITOR

Entry into uninvited visitor category 

Mennu at OCtopu Resort

We
are anchoring at Waya in front of the Octopus resort. They allow
cruisers to use all their facilities and join their events. They have
also a dive center and a spa. You can open a tab by handing in you
credit card.

Octopus Resort Fiji Daily Activities Calendar  

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 🗿 GATHERINGS 

IBEX AND SEAGLUB

Chris 🇺🇸 SY SEAGLUB   and Vicky and Florian 🇦🇹 SY IBEX at the Island Bar, Musket Cove

Island Bar

The quintessential island bar at Musket Cove Fiji a hotbed of activities and rumor mill extraordinaire. Characters welcome !

Chris at anchor

 anchored @ Cloud 9 

SY SEAGLUB - Chris - Hylas 46′

10) LEAVING BORA BORA 
SOCIETY ISLANDS  🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA

EMILn BORA BORA

Skål ! and to say good-bye to someone, in FP say: Nānā!

Anchors at full moon

Calm night 

Bora Bora

 MOONSHOT FROM A YACHT

Underway

SY EMELIN 🇳🇴  Eirik & Nina - Malö Yachts 42′

 

 

11) ENTRY INTO BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT 

Entry in to bigges t fish caught

Every inch counts in this competition !

Every Inch Counts in This Competition

I
can truely recommend Tuamotus Kite school  in Fakarava FP. They
are located in the SE corner, Herifa. They are located on a couple of
catamarans. The main instructor is Adrian. They vommunicate on VHF 68.
Super  fun

Horizon Tahiti

Tahiti approach Looks fantastic. Horizon just arrived on Papeete from Makatea.

Horizon

Maybe not the best photo, but definitely the best evening 😊 Great little gathering aboard SY Horizon with crew  Harriet & Russell SY Catweazle in Cook bay, Moorea, French Polynesia 🥂

 

SY HORIZON 🇺🇸   Anders & Anette  - Outbound 46′

12) SAILING ON LAND 
AND THE REASON FOR SATELLITE CHARTS 
 

Sailing on Land

Navionics is way off near
blue lagoon fyi.  It also shows the south pass as < 5m and it
is 25m+ deep. Use sattelite.  Seems to be hit and miss because it
was pretty accurate up here at Sawa-i-Lau (which is amazing btw) 

Kismet Sailing Along

SY KISMET 🇺🇸  Kevin - Passport 41′

     

13) WATER CLARITY VARIES 
🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA

 

INDIGO MOON

Water clarity near the reefs is stunning

Motus

Bora Bora on the Horizon

Run Off

After heavy downpours the river run offs from Raiatea muddy the waters 

Dirty Laundry

could it also be due to dirty laundry ?

SY INDIGO MOON 🇩🇪 Kay, Beata & Crew - Lagoon 42'

Indigo Moon

14) SEVENTH HEAVEN 
  FLOATING RESTAURANT 🇫🇯   FIJI 
 

Broadsword

 Yesterdays lunch on seventh heaven round the corner from musket cove. Highly recommended.

With two large decks of Sun Loungers and an International Bar / Restaurant your day will be complete.

With two large decks of Sun Loungers and an International Bar / Restaurant 

Staff

SY BROADSWORD 🇬🇧 John & Lucy - Allures 45′

15) MUST SEE MINERVA REEF 🇹🇴 TONGA 

MInerva Reef

Minerva Reefs  23° 45' S 179° 01' W

MInerva

A set of of two submerged atolls located  in the Pacific Ocean
between Fiji, Niue and Tonga. The islands are the subject of a
territorial dispute between both nations, and in addition were briefly
claimed by American Libertarians as the center of a micronation, the
Republic of Minerva.

16) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

  BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔
    COURAGE AWARD ✔

*no bill-fish

Gargolyle

SY Gargoly'e picture of a Manta-ray 

17) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING   

weather

For weather routing  through the dangerous middle toward s New Zealand or Australia please visit our sponsors 
https://pacificposse.com/ocean-tactics

Contact John Martin 
 admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

WhatsApp / Tel  +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

John Martin principal
of Ocean Tactics has been assisting skippers with weather and passage
planning in the Pacific  for many years is now an official sponsor
of the South Pacific Posse.

NZ

18) MARSDEN COVE MARINA   
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

https://pacificposse.com/marsden-cove-marina

MARSDEN COVE MARINA 🇳🇿  NEW ZEALAND SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

19) MUST SEE -  THE AMÉDÉE LIGHTHOUSE  
🇳🇨 NEW CALEDONIA 

THE AMÉDÉE LIGHTHOUSE

The
metal components were made by Rigolet in North-East Paris in 1862 and
the tower was constructed in Paris as a demonstration.  It was then
disassembled into pieces weighing  855,000+ lbs and transported
along the River Seine to the port of Le Havre for its voyage to New
Caledonia. 

Îlot Amédée (Amédée Island)

At
56 metres (184 ft) tall, with 247 steps, it is one of the tallest
lighthouses in the world  and it was the first metallic lighthouse
constructed in France. 

Stairs

Its
foundation stone was laid on 18 January 1865 and it was first lit on 15
November 1865, the saint day of the Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon
III.  Its light signals the entrance to the passage of Boulari, one
of the natural passages in the reef surrounding New Caledonia.  

Entrance

The Bottom Entrance - nearby is a surf spot - turtles and of course a beach club

 22° 28.6432 S 166° 28.0739 E

Location  22° 28.6432 S 166° 28.0739 E 

19)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯   Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

🇫🇯  Denarau Marina - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Royal Suva Yacht Club  - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Copra Shed Marina  - Fiji 

🇳🇿  Gulf Harbour  Marina - New Zealand 

🇫🇯   Sau Bay Resort, Spa, Dive Center and Moorings - Fiji 

20) TRACKING THE 22' PACIFIC POSSE  FLEET 
BROUGHT TO YOU BY PREDICT WIND

Tracking

Visit https://pacificposse.com/tracking to view the progress of the 22 South Pacific Posse Fleet. 
To be added visit https://pacificposse.com/add-to-tracking

21) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

  • PREDICT WIND
  • SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT
  • CENTENARIO PANAMA CANAL AGENTS
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS 
  • YACHT SERVICES NUKU HIVA 
  • NOUMEA YACHT SERVICES
  • SAFE HARBOR SOUTH BAY MARINA EVENT CENTER
  • WESTMARINE PRO
  • SAILMAIL 
  • OCEAN TACTICS WEATHER ROUTING
  • CLOUD 9  FIJI

22) MUST SEE 
MOUNT YASUR, TANNA ISLAND 🇻🇺 VANUATU 

Mount Yasur

Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Cargo Cult 🇻🇺 Vanuatu

Mount Yasur

23) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

More info on Sevenstar™s services can be found on https://www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com/

Sevenstar

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT | JULY 01 2022

🛥️ ⛵ SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE

Sevenstar
Yacht Transport is proud to continue as a sponsor of the Panama Posse.
True sailing communities with real world cruising experience, such as
the Panama Posse, always inspire us and drives us to provide regular
sailings on established routes as well as expanding into new markets and
ports. Providing professional logistics solutions for sailors and
cruisers all over the world is our core business and the Posse sailing
communities are a true example of what can be possible this day in age
when it comes to flexibility and connectivity. We thank you for the
privilege to be your logistics supplier.

Seven Star

24) PANAMA 🇵🇦 CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

To
arrange for transit with the Panama Canal Authority please contact Eric
Galvez our dedicated Panama Canal agent and sponsor of the Panama Posse
and the Pacific Posse

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
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25) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

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