FLEET UPDATE 2023-05-16

South Pacifc Posse '23

“We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

- Albert Einstein


SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
FLEET UPDATE

2023-05-16

13 Ensigns

63 Yachts from 13 ensigns are signed up !

To join follow this link >>

There are now 7 posse boats in Tahuata. We should get another group photo later and have a beer or two!

TOP NEWS

  • BALL BAY 🇳🇫 NORFOLK ISLAND
  • 📷 PICTURE OF THE WEEK
  • 📢 PAN PAN TOMAS
  • BOISTEROUS WELCOME 🇵🇫 TO FRENCH POLYNESIA
  • FATU HIVA 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA
  • SAVE THE DATE 🎉
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE GATHERINGS
  • ⛵ LEAD OUT ON THE NORTHBOUND VOYAGE
  • 🏝️ LAND HO !
  • RECOMMISSIONING ON VITU LEVU 🇫🇯 FIJI
  • THE WALL OF TEARS 🇪🇨 GALAPAGOS
  • CLOUD 9 🇫🇯 FIJI
  • HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ SYDNEY COVE
Anchorages

Wanderlust Taioha'e Bay Anchorage, Nuku Hiva 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

SY WANDERLUST 🇺🇸 Kristin & Fabio - Seawind 52′

WANDERLUST FabioWANDERLUST KristiWANDERLUST Crew

1) ANCHORAGE
BALL BAY 🇳🇫 NORFOLK ISLAND

Norfolk Island

A tiny Australian island in the South Pacific Ocean, is defined by pine trees and jagged cliffs. Sandy beaches include Emily Bay, with reef-protected waters. Norfolk Island National Park offers views over palm forests from Mt. Pitt.

Norfolk Island Ball Bay

⚓ 29° 2.9667 S 167° 59.157 E Ball Bay 🇳🇫 NORFOLK ISLAND

Norfolk Island is surrounded by open waters. Landing at Norfolk Island can be very difficult and dangerous at times. There are 3 anchorages depending on wind and swell exposure - which can change rapidly.
BALL BAY - best in NW
SYDNEY BAY best in N
ANSON BAY - best in E-SE

http://www.customs.gov.nf/NLK_Customs_vessels.htm

NORFOLK ISLAND BALL BAY

Norfolk is home to the famed descendants of the Polynesian women and Bounty Mutineers who originally settled on Pitcairn Island.

NOrfolkIsland

After outgrowing Pitcairn, the community made up of 8 family groupings relocated to Norfolk in 1856.

Norfolk Island

2) GET YOUR BURGEE FROM KEVIN
@ NUKU HIVA YACHT SERVICES

Burgee Back

South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

Yacht Services Nuku Hiva 🇵🇫 Sponsors the South Pacific Posse

3) PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Traveller DAIsy

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE GATHERINGS
There are now 7 posse boats in Tahuata. We should get another group photo later and have a beer or two!
Here we are - scattered around!

SY TRAVELLER 🇺🇸 Mike, Daisy , Hannah & Jeb - Jeanneau 52.2′

TRAVELLERTRAVELLERTRAVELLERTRAVELLERDeSoto

4) PAN PAN TOMAS

PAN PAN TOMAS

May 8

I arrived here in Nuku Hiva two weeks ago. And I am sorry that it has taken me this long to provide you all with an update. Particularly since I went 'missing' during my passage and there was a Pan Pan and a Bolo issued on my behalf. In this post I will attempt to describe what this means and how I perceived the situation.

It all started with a rogue wave on day twenty. I was sailing through a squall. Nothing serious. A couple of reefs in the genoa and all was great onboard. Back to the film that I was enjoying. When suddenly, a large wave decided to break against Saoirse's port hull and send a bath tub of water cascading in through an open hatch in her coach roof. All of it landing at the nav station. You could argue that it's stupid to sail with roof hatches open, and in this case you would be right in doing so. But you have to remember that it was piping hot and that this was a freak wave. I was sailing downwind in open ocean and for water to enter the boat the wave would have to break forward of the mast. If not a once in a lifetime, at least a once in a month kind of wave. Things went from wonderful to chaos in seconds, like they so often tend to at sea. But these things don't just happen by themselves. They happen because of things you did or didn't do ten minutes earlier. And it is experiences like this that make you a better sailor. Unfortunately they often come at a price. In this case in the form of a soaked piece of electronic equipment that allows me to download weather information, show people where I am and communicate with the rest of the world. My Iridium satellite router. Not vital to my safety or comfort, but something that makes friends and family more comfortable with what I'm doing and me feel less alone.

IRIDIUM GO

So there I am. In the middle of nowhere, knowing that people will be looking for me and with communications restricted my AIS tracker and VHF. Both needing to be within within line of sight of another radio antenna. With 10 days to any form of land that meant that I needed to find another boat. The only problem was that I had not seen another boat since I left Panamá almost three weeks earlier. I knew from my last Iridium update that one of my buddy boats, Cinnamon, was roughly 60 Nm behind me and on a more northerly course. The only thing I could do was to gybe and change the course so that maybe we would intercept in a day or two. Provided that they didn’t make any changes to their course. The added advantage with changing my heading was also that if my AIS signal for any reason was to be picked up by a satellite or a ship that I didn’t see, it would be obvious that I was still onboard Saoirse.

I didn’t find Cinnamon. Or any other boat for that matter. It took a whole week until a Dutch catamaran, Second Wind, found me. They had been asked by the Tahiti Coast Guard to change heading to get within radio distance and were finally able to report back that all was OK and that I was planning to arrive in Nuku Hiva in a couple of days.

When I finally arrived I was greeted by Mike and Daisy on Traveller in their dinghy. Armed with an anchor beer and a baguette for breakfast. I was told that they had been able to track me all the way via my AIS signal through PredictWind and that they had sent regular updates to friends and family. I’m not entirely sure how that works, but as I understand it I was ‘missing’ for 36 hours before my AIS signal was picked up, either by a ship that I didn’t see or a satellite. In Nuku Hiva I quickly learned that everybody in the anchorage knew about me. Whenever I introduced myself to a fellow cruiser I would hear ‘oh, you are Tomas on Saoirse. We’ve been looking for you’. The reason for this is that there was a Pan Pan with a Bolo issued on my behalf. A Pan Pan is an official emergency call and Bolo means ‘Be On the LookOut’. The difference between a Pan Pan and a Mayday call is that with a Pan Pan there is no immediate threat to life. It didn’t take long for me to get nicknamed ‘Pan Pan Tomas’.

EPBRIB

It’s a little overwhelming to know that there were so many out there that followed my progress across the Pacific. And that so many worried for my well-being when my tracker stopped working and there were no more silly posts on fishing lures, gender observations or reasons for happiness. Fortunately though, people like Mike and Daisy, Rob on Avant and my parents took it upon themselves to ‘find me’ and let people know that I was OK. Often communicating with people that they have never met. In some cases people that I’ve never met. I really can’t thank them enough.

I want to wrap up by saying that I actually do have one more way to communicate with the outside world via satellites. It’s called an Epirb. Essentially an electronic beacon that can be activated manually or that activates automatically when submerged. Truly something that should cause concern for my well-being. A piece of a equipment that I hope I will never have a need for. I’m happy enough to be called Pan Pan Tomas. I really don’t need to be called Mayday Tomas.

SY SAOIRSE 🇸🇪 Tomas - Dufour 40 e’

SAOIRSE Tomas

5) BOISTEROUS WELCOME
🇵🇫 TO FRENCH POLYNESIA

Since arriving we've been hit by an indirect lightning strike that fried all of our electronics, and then hit by a random unforecasted storm that pounded us (onto shore) for 4 hours with sustained winds in the high 60s-70s.

Do events after arriving count?

Foolish us thinking the crossing was the part to be worried about.

Slam

Since arriving we've been hit by an indirect lightning strike that fried all of our electronics, and then hit by a random unforecasted storm that pounded us (onto shore) for 4 hours with sustained winds in the high 60s-70s.

Meet the Fleet

SY KARMA 🇺🇸 Jennifer & Bryan - Catana Bali 39′

6) FATU HIVA 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA

Fatu Hiva

Approaching Bay of Virgins Baie de Vierges Fatu Hiva FP

Baie de Vierges

Hanavave Bay, aka Bay of Virgins this narrow bay is like something out of a combination of Jurassic Park, King Kong and Avatar.

 The huge basalt pinnacles on both sides of the bay reminded me of giant Easter Island statues. The mountainous landscape behind is the very definition of tropical paradise.

There are huge basalt pinnacles on both sides of the bay

Upper PLains

Plunging waterfalls, steep gorges and valleys, and high;and type vegetation along the way.

Waterfall hike

A scenic hike to the waterfall.

Banion Trees

Fatu Hiva is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The island’s lush rainforests are teeming with endemic species, including the Red-tailed Phaeton, the Marquesas Monarch and the endangered Hawaiian Duck. There are wild boars, goats, chickens and pigs roaming free.

Waterfall in Fatu Hiva

Waterfall in Fatu Hiva

BURGEE

SY MONSOON 🇺🇸 Travis, Yeen Yee, Rowan , Everyn - Fuji 32′

MONSOON Yeen YeeMONSOON CrewMONSOON Crew
Fatu Hiva

7) SAVE THE DATE
🎉

MEET THE FLEET CELEBRATION

NEW DATE

SATURDAY AUG 26 ’23

NAWI ISLAND MARINA

SAVUSAVUS FIJI

Nawi

artists rendering


RSVP NOW
AUG 26 2023

FREE RUM, MUSIC and
BULATASTIC PORK ROAST

Save the date

Saturday Aug 26 ’23 FIJI

NAWI ISLAND

Nawi Island is located in the beautiful Fiji Islands.It will feature an International Superyacht Marina, which will have 132 marina berths, including 21 superyacht slips (up to 85m). The marina has been designed and built up to category 5 cyclone resistance rating.

The South Pacific Posse is planning a get together at Nawi on Sept 2nd 2023. A week before the infamous Musket Cove regatta. Nawi will be offering entertainment, markets, kava tasting and discounts on berths, water sport activities, restaurant & bar orders, with Pacific Posse hosting a Pig on the spit and rum delights.

The fully serviced marina will include “plug in” services through utility pedestals to water, sewerage pump out, power, fuel & gas facilities, plus 24hr security, complimentary Wifi, a.m.o..

16° 46.5716' S 179° 19.9533' E - Nawi Island Savusavu 🇫🇯 Fiji

June 2021

Picture by John Martin from June 2021Nawi Island the marina basin

8) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE GATHERINGS

Panama Posse gatheringa

Another lovely “posse” catchup in Hiva Oa.

SY CERULEAN 🇳🇿 Helen & Stephen - Seastream 43 Mk3′

CERULIANCERULIAN

9) LEAD OUT ON THE NORTHBOUND VOYAGE TO MINERVA REEF BY TEAM 🇳🇿 NEW ZEALAND

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEND OFF AUCKLAND HARBOR Video by SY SEAGLUB 2023 May Chris Glubka

The America's cup training grounds in Auckland / Waitematā Harbour extends to the Hauraki Gulf which has the Whangaparaoa Peninsula on the north with our Marina Sponsors Gulf Harbour Marina

Hauraki Gulf

The Auckland Region, the Hauraki Plains, the Coromandel Peninsula, and Great Barrier Island. Most of the gulf is part of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Whangaparaoa Peninsula

Whangaparaoa Peninsula ~ 15 nm north of Auckland

Cold in NZ

It's time to leave NZ when Fall arrives

SY SEAGLUB 🇺🇸Chris - Hylas 46′

SEAGLUB Chris
Gulf Harbour Marina

10) LAND HO !

LAND HO!

Day 24 Tuesday May 16 2023 LANDFALL

at Atuona, Hiva Oa, Archipel des Marquises

Atuona Harbor, Hiva Oa, Marquesas

Atuona, Hiva Oa, Archipel des Marquises

Inner bay Atuona Harbor

AT lnight

Late night encounters on AIS and radar.
We are miles from Hiva Oa, .... where we plan to make landfall. I would like to set anchor at Hiva Oa .... and come in on Tuesday.

PISCIS Mary & Kevin

SY PISCES 🇺🇸 Mary & Kevin Antares 44e’

BRAVO ZULU
Pacific Posse tracking

11) RECOMMISSIONING ON VITU LEVU 🇫🇯 FIJI

Dreamer Vuda

Sunset

Dreamer

Port Denarau Fiji ( Vuda Point at the horizon )

Denaray Dock

Marina Port Denarau Docks

Taking Dreamer up the the Mamanucas and Yasawa islands

Yasawas

Still lush after the rainy season the Yasawas

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

DREAMER CrewDREAMER GerneDREAMER David

12) THE WALL OF TEARS 🇪🇨 GALAPAGOS

The Wall of Tears Windsong

Here are some photos from the top of the Wall of Tears in Isla Isabela Galapagos. Great views of the coast line and interior

The Wall

(Puerto Villamil) From 1945-1959, a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build this wall, stone by stone, in isolation.

This now historical site (El Muro de las Lágrimas), towering at 65 feet (25 m) high, took the lives of thousands during its construction.

This now historical site (El Muro de las Lágrimas), towering at 65 feet (25 m) high, took the lives of thousands during its construction.

Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.

Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.

Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.

SY WINDSONG 🇺🇸 Erick & Jennifer - Downeaster Cutter 38′

Erick - WindsongJenny - Windsong
Lagrimas

13) 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
SEA PEARL GONE FISHING

ENTRY INTO THE '22 SPP CAPTAIN RON AWARD - SY SEA PEARL GONE FISHING

14) "AND THEY ARE OFF"
FLEET TRACKING 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

15)
SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSOR
CLOUD 9 🇫🇯 FIJI

CLOUD 9 🇫🇯 FIJI · SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE BULA BULA – WE WELCOME THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE TO FIJI JUST FOR VISITING US FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU RECEIVE 2 FREE WELCOME DRINKS PER SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE YACHT

CLOUD 9 🇫🇯 FIJI · SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

JUST FOR VISITING US FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU RECEIVE 2 FREE WELCOME DRINKS PER SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE YACHT

https://pacificposse.com/cloud-9

Easy approach from Musket Cove or Denarau

The marvelous story tattoo on the arm of Alexander, our fruit proprietor

Delicious cocktails and Italian Wood Fire Pizza for non-vegetarian and vegetarian. A renowned hub for artisans, underground musicians, lovers and sailors

CLOUD 9

16) HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
SYDNEY ( COVE ) HARBOUR

 View of Sydney Harbour 1836 Artist Conrad Martens

View of Sydney Harbour 1836 Artist Conrad Martens

For as long as it has existed – some 6,000 years – Sydney Harbour has been a source of inspiration. The harbour's first people carved images of the animals they saw and hunted. With the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, European representation of the harbour's landscape, plants, people and animals began.

Sydney Cove For the ship wrecked off Tasmania, see Sydney Cove (1796 ship). For the convict transport ship, see Sydney Cove (1803 ship).

Aboriginal Australians have inhabited the Sydney region for at least 30,000 years, and Aboriginal engravings and cultural sites are common in the Sydney area. The modern history of the city began with the arrival of a First Fleet of British ships in 1788 and the foundation of a penal colony by Great Britain.

sYNDEY 1800

From 1788 to 1900, Sydney was the capital of the British colony of New South Wales. The town of Sydney was declared a city in 1842, and a local government was established. In 1901, the Australian colonies federated to become the Commonwealth of Australia, and Sydney became the capital of the state of New South Wales.

 The Founding of Australia by Captain Arthur Phillip RN Sydney Cove January 26th 1788, a 1939 oil painting by Algernon Talmage

The Founding of Australia by Captain Arthur Phillip
Sydney Cove January 26th 1788
oil painting by Algernon Talmage

AUSTRALIA

17) MEET OUR SPONSORS

  • PREDICT WIND
  • PANAMA CANAL AGENT ERICK GALVEZ CENTENARIO CONSULTING
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS
  • YACHT AGENTS NUKU HIVA
  • SAIL TAHITI
  • OCEAN TACTICS | PACIFIC WEATHER ROUTING
  • SHELTER BAY MARINA PANAMA
  • DENARAU 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

 

Cocountu Peeler

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

 

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FLEET ARRIVAL

FLEET UPDATE 2023-05-01

South Pacifc Posse '23

“To reach a port we must set sail. Sail, not tie at anchor.
Sail, not drift.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt


SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
FLEET UPDATE

2023-05-01

14 Ensigns

63 Yachts from 13 ensigns are signed up.
Participating vessels will share up to date information, scout for opportunities and alert each other

TOP NEWS

  • PICTURES OF THE WEEK
  • GOOD ANCHORAGE PORT SANDWICH / MALEKULA 🇻🇺 VANUATU
  • UNINVITED BUT WELCOME VISITOR
  • PROOF OF LIFE !CANCEL BOLO
  • CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING LANDFALL !
  • NEW SAVE THE DATE
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEMINARS ON DEMAND
  • MEET THE FLEET
  • FLOATING YOUR ANCHOR CHAIN
  • THE ROYAL SUVA YACHT CLUB 🇫🇯 FIJI
  • PREDICT WIND PRO NOW WITH SAT AIS
  • FREE ACCESS TO GOOD NAUTICAL
  • HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
  • MEET OUR SPONSORS

1) PICTURES OF THE WEEK

 Sunset Alerts in French Polynesia

On the downwind run to Papeete Off the wind on this heading by the Marquesas .
Nicely making way

Hope you are well. Just wanted to let you know that Greg and Jan from S/Y Viridian have now arrived in Hiva Oa after 28 days passage from Panama.

more doldrums.

The Milky Way

Becalmed

The Doldrums

SY VIRIDIAN 🇬🇧 Greg & Jan - Northwind 50′

VIRIDIAN JanVIRIDIAN - Greg

2) GOOD ANCHORAGE
PORT SANDWICH - MALEKULA 🇻🇺 VANUATU

Port Sandwich

⚓ Good Anchorage & Cyclone Hole @ 16° 26.302 S 167° 47.02 E
Port Sandwich Malekula 🇻🇺 VANUATU

Port Sandwich 16° 26.302 S 167° 47.02 E

One of the good Cyclone holes in the South Pacific

3) GET YOUR BURGEE FROM KEVIN
@ NUKU HIVA YACHT SERVICES

Burgee Back

South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

https://pacificposse.com/yacht-services-nuku-hiva

4) AWARD ENTRIES
🏆
UNINVITED BUT WELCOME VISITOR

Anything that eats insects is ok in my book, released without harm to keep eating lol

Anything that eats insects is ok in my book, released without harm to keep eating lol

Entry into biggest fish caught

Biggest Fish Caught

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

DREAMER CrewDREAMER GerneDREAMER David

5) PROOF OF LIFE !
CANCEL BOLO

Tomas

Just à quick note to thank everyone for looking out for me when I want ‘missing’. All that happened was that a rogue wave managed to find itself through a rook hatch and dumped a bath tub of water on my IridiumGo. Sorry for the worry I caused but I am overwhelmed by the response from you guys. Thank you so much. All the best from Nuku Hiva. Tomas

SY SAOIRSE 🇺🇸 Tomas - Dufour 40 e’

SAOIRSE Tomas

6) CONGRATULATIONS LAND HOOOO !

  • NAVASANA
  • ZELDA
  • MEHALA
  • WANDERLUST
  • TRAVELLER
  • SAMADHI
  • FIRST LIGHT
  • CERULIAN
  • FREYA
  • MONSOON

Landfall in Hiva Oa 🇵🇫 FP and South Pacific Posse catch up in Hiva Oa.

Posse catch up in Hiva Oa. Cerulean, Zelda, Freya, Mehalah and Monsoon.

SY Cerulean SY Zelda SY Freya SY Mehalah SY Monsoon

CERULIANCERULIANZELDA - HeikkiZELDA - SherylFREYAFREYAMEHALAH GillMEHALAH John
MONSOON Yeen YeeMONSOON CrewMONSOON Crew
BRAVO ZULU

7) NEW SAVE THE DATE

NAWI ISLAND FIJI

MEET THE FLEET CELEBRATION

NEW DATE - AUG 26 '23

NAWI ISLAND MARINA
SAVUSAVUS FIJI

Nawi

artists rendering


RSVP
PARTY
AUG 26 2023

FREE RUM, MUSIC and
BULATASTIC PORK ROAST

Save the date

Saturday Aug 26 ’23 FIJI

NAWI ISLAND

Nawi Island is located in the beautiful Fiji Islands.It will feature an International Superyacht Marina, which will have 132 marina berths, including 21 superyacht slips (up to 85m). The marina has been designed and built up to category 5 cyclone resistance rating.

The South Pacific Posse is planning a get together at Nawi on Saurday Aug 26 2023. A week before the infamous Musket Cove regatta. Nawi will be offering entertainment, markets, kava tasting and discounts on berths, water sport activities, restaurant & bar orders, with Pacific Posse hosting a Pig on the spit and rum delights.

The fully serviced marina will include “plug in” services through utility pedestals to water, sewerage pump out, power, fuel & gas facilities, plus 24hr security, complimentary Wifi, a.m.o..

16° 46.5716' S 179° 19.9533' E - Nawi Island Savusavu 🇫🇯 Fiji

Discover Savusavu

8) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEMINARS ON DEMAND

South Pacific Posse

SEMINARS RECORDINGS ARE ONLINE

  • INTRODUCTION
  • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
  • FRENCH POLYNESIA
  • COOK ISLANDS - SAMOA(S) - TONGA
  • FIJI
  • VANUATU & NEW CALEDONIA '23
  • PROVISIONING
  • LOGISTICS
  • OPEN CPN USE CASE
  • WEATHER and HEAVY WIND SQUALLS AND ELEVATED SEA STATE
  • STRATEGIES
  • PACIFIC WEATHER ITZC
  • SAILING TOWARDS NZ / AUSTRALIA END OF SEASON
South Pacific Posse
SIGN UP
63 vessels

9) MEET THE FLEET

 Camilla & Santeri

We're a couple that left Finland in the summer of '22, sailed down the European coast during the summer and crossed the Atlantic in November 22'.

Love all kinds of fishing (both have a background in competitive fly fishing) and diving.

SY SIPI 🇫🇮 Camilla & Santeri - Nauticat 42′

https://pacificposse.com/tracking

10) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
SPONSOR

 DENARAU MARINA 🇫🇯 FIJI - SPONSORS THE PACIFIC POSSE

11) 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

12) FLOATING YOUR ANCHOR CHAIN

FLOATING YORU ANCHOR CHAIN

Floating the anchor chain to avoid coral damage

USE High Quality ABS Fishing Floats

use 4 - 6 ABS Fishing Floats - find them on the beaches in the South Pacific

FLOATING YORU ANCHOR CHAIN

13) APPROACHES
THE ROYAL SUVA YACHT CLUB 🇫🇯 FIJI

SUVA HARBOR FIJI

SUVA HARBOR 🇫🇯 FIJI

1989

BRITISH ADMIRALTY CHART 1660 SUVA HARBOR SOUNDINGS 1896

Suva

Suva Harbor via 🇫🇯 South Pacific Posse Sat Charts .mbtiles

ROYAL SUVA YACHT CLUB FIJI 🇫🇯 SPONSORS THE PACIFIC POSSE

FREE 1 MONTH Honorary Membership FOR South Pacific Posse

If any members of the Pacific Posse arrive at Suva I am happy to inform you that the RSYC

will recognize them as a bonafide member of a club and grant them the privileges as if they were members of a Yacht/Marine Club!

Any visiting member of the Pacific Posse will be granted Honorary Membership for up to 1 month free of charge. Any visiting yachts can apply for temporary mooring @ FJ$10 / day ( <US$5.00).

Any visiting member of the Pacific Posse will be granted Honorary Membership for up to 1 month free of charge.

Any visiting yachts can apply for temporary mooring @ FJ$10 / day ( <US$5.00).

Patrick Todd R•S•Y•C

ROYAL SUVA YACHT CLUB

Foster Road, Walu Bay 0 Suva City, Fiji

http://www.rsyc.org.fj/

+679 992 2921

gm@rsyc.org.fj

14) FLEET TRACKING &
PREDICT WIND PRO NOW WITH SAT AIS

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

PREDICT WIND NOW HAS SATELLITE AIS VESSEL TRACKING

aIS VIA SAT

15) 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://goodnautical.com/gma/tonga

Tonga 🇹🇴 in Good Nautical

16) HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
PORT HAVANNAH EFATE 🇻🇺 VANUATU

An SOC Seagull at Havannah Harbour Efate 1943

An SOC Seagull at Havannah Harbour Efate ( NEW HEBRIDES ) 1943

With Japanese forces establishing bases on Guadalcanal which threatened the sea route between the U.S. and Australia, Admiral King distributed the joint basic plan for the occupation and defense of Efate on 20 March 1942. Under its terms the US Army was to defend Efate and support the defense of ships and positions. The US Navy's task was: to construct, administer and operate a naval advance base, seaplane base, and harbor facilities; to support Army forces in the defense of the island; to construct an airfield and at least two outlying dispersal fields; to provide facilities for the operation of seaplane-bombers

On 25 March 1942, the Army sent about 500 men to Efate from Noumea, and the 4th Defense Battalion, 45th Marines, arrived on 8 April. Elements of the 1st Naval Construction Battalion arrived on Efate on 4 May 1942.

EFATE

A Peculiar State of Affairs

To say that this archipelago nation found itself with a particularly exceptional state of affairs during WWII is an understatement. When France fell during the Second World War, the French side of the Condominium where technically at war with their other half, Great Britain. The two sides of the Condominium had notoriously been at add odds with each other up until the dissolution of the agreement in 1980 when Vanuatu claimed full independence.

Sunken PLanes

Seaplane Base

A detachment of Seabees also went north to Havannah Harbour to construct a seaplane base to serve the squadron of PBY Catalina’s based there. The Seabees built two seaplane ramps, once again of coral, surfaced with Marsden Matting, and provided buoys for mooring 14 seaplanes. In addition to the ramps and moorings, two small piers, two nose hangars, one 40 feet (12 meters) by 100 feet (30 metres) seaplane workshop, four 5,000 gallon (19,000 liters) underground gasoline tanks, and housing facilities for 25 officers and 210 men in Quonset huts were constructed. By June 1, the PBYs began operating from the new base, bombing Japanese positions on Guadalcanal.

Wrecks

USS Denver (CL-58) with SOC Seagull in Havanah Harbor off Efate 🇻🇺 Vanuatu

The cruiser's paint is heavily weathered at the bow and amidships with a fresh coat of gray paint applied to the stern

WWII Museum in the HArbour

A museum in Havana harbor collects the World War II Cocoa Cola Bottles which Allied sailors chucked overboard while stationed there.

Coca Cola

The bottom of a 1940's Coco Cola Bottle with the embossed state symbol

Vanuatu

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TOP NEWS

 

  • PICTURES OF THE WEEK
  • GOOD ANCHORAGE SUWARROW  🇨🇰  COOK ISLANDS 
  • ⚠️ PAN PAN # BOLO  SY SAOIRSE AND OTHER ALERTS 
  • GALAPAGOS 🇪🇨 UPDATE
  • ENTRY INTO  CAPTAIN RON AWARD 
  • BEAUTY OF SOUTH PACIFIC CURRENCY
  • FLEET TRACKING - NOW YOU KNOW WHY
  • HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC 
     

1) PICTURES OF THE WEEK 

cleaning booby poop

Penmanship was busy cleaning the booby poop never ending!!!  

@PENMANSHIP ⚓️ wow, we must have lucked out, we didn’t see another boat or ship our whole passive. But somewhere between Galapagos and Nuka Hiva, a bunch of class B AIS targets showed up. We couldn’t see another boat or light? Finally my wife saw a bouy in the water, I’m assuming it was a fishing buoy marked with AIS for retrieval later.

Penmanship
caught a number of long lines about 250 west of Galapagos. Hooks stuck
in bow then wrapped around prop. Took an hour in water then got
ourselves free. Only positive is we picked up a couple hundred bucks of
hooks and lines (pleased face)Fisherman came by they were fishing
swordfish.

SY  PENNMANSHIP 🇯🇪 Michael & Charlotte, Kenneth, Duncan, Mirabelle, Andre, Piers & Tommy - Aquidneck Custom Composites 72′

2) SUWARROW  🇨🇰  COOK ISLANDS 

SUWARROW

⚓ Good Anchorage @ 13° 14.958 S 163° 6.476 W  Suwarrow 🇨🇰 Cook Islands  

Suwarrow
(also called Suvorov or Suvarov) is a low coral atoll in the Cook
Islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is about 1,300 km west of Bora Bora
and 825 km northwest of Rarotonga, from which it is administered.

It
was uninhabited when discovered by the Russian ship "Suvorov", which
reportedly followed clouds of birds to the island on September 17, 1814.
It has been only intermittently inhabited since. The Island name
has also been spelled variously as "Souvorow", "Souwaroff" and
"Souworoff". "Suwarrow" is the official spelling adopted by New Zealand.

Suwarrow Atoll

Suwarrow
is possibly the most isolated of all the Cook Islands. 18th
century Spanish galleons have been found wrecked on its reef, and in the
mid-1800's, a salvage expedition uncovered a treasure chest containing
more than 15,000 dollars worth of historic coins from the Americas. ( 5 M
USD today  ) 

Suwarrow

Entrance waypoints are in Good Nautical 

Described
as “Treasure Island” or as “the most romantic island in the world” by
author Robert Louis Stevenson’s wife Fanny, Suwarrow.

 With
one of the best harbours in the Pacific, the reef encloses a large
landlocked lagoon and the pristine islets that form the island are
scattered around the rim. At about one and a half times the size of
Rarotonga.

Author
Robert Frisbie brought his family from Pukapuka in the early 40's for a
short visit and was caught in the worst cyclone of the 20th century.
They were fortunate that they survived, he told about their trials and
tribulations in his book, Island of Desire.

Suwarrow

However,
Suwarrow’s greatest fame comes from the late Kiwi recluse Tom Neale,
who lived on Suwarrow at three separate times during his lifetime
between 1952 and 1977 (a total of 15 years). He spent his time tending
his garden, raising chickens, catching fish and hunting for coconut
crabs. A Kiwi sailor who dreamed of living alone on a tropic isle, he
read about Suwarrow and fell in love with it when his ship stopped there
in 1945. 

Suwarrow

Capt. Dietmar on Suwarrow back in '09

This
“hermit of Suwarrow” stayed on his dream island until he was forced
through ill health, to return to Rarotonga where he died at the age of
75. His tale “An Island to Oneself” about his experience of living on
this remote atoll turned the secluded haven into one of the most
renowned of the South Seas. Fascinating and moving, no doubt fellow
yachties around the world were charmed by his reasons for living this
lonely life - “I chose to live in the Pacific islands because life there
moves at the sort of pace which you feel God must have had in mind
originally when He made the sun to keep us warm and provided the fruits
of the earth for the taking.” To which there is probably no further
incentive needed to discover this island for yourself. 

Suwarrow Quay

Mr.
Rhys Jones, a bird researcher from New Zealand, was commissioned to
make a survey of Suwarrow. Among his recommendations were that an
official caretaker should be assigned to police passing 'yachties', a
migratory bird sanctuary be established and supervised and that a
permanent museum be erected and maintained by the government in order to
have a permanent record of its history.

Suwaroow rules

3) PAN PAN # BOLO 
⚠️ SY SAOIRSE
 @

**** PAN PAN ****

BOLO (BE ON THE LOOKOUT) 

132218Z APR 23

HYDROPAC 1225/23(83).

EASTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.

DNC 06.

M/V SAOIRSE OVERDUE. LAST KNOWN POSITION

IN VICINITY 09-36.00S 120-13.00W.

VESSELS IN VICINITY REQUESTED TO KEEP A

SHARP LOOKOUT, ASSIST IF POSSIBLE.

REPORTS TO JRCC TAHITI,

INMARSAT-C: 582422799192,

PHONE: 689 4054 1616,

FAX: 689 4042 3915,

E-MAIL: CONTACT@JRCC.PF

Single hander Tomas Fehrling aboard, en route to the Marquesas. 

Vessel equipped with:

Life raft

Epirb

Life jackets with AIS transponders

Sat phone and iridium goSITUATION

He
has not checked in with his buddy boats in >48 hours, missed his
usual calls with his mother and his tracker has gone stale . New
satellite AIS received today  confirms boat is moving - if nearby
please confirm comms

atellite AIS received ~5 days ago. Any sightings or information appreciated. 

Last known location

Saoirse last known Location 

Wed 12/Apr 05:35 GMT

09º  39.39.47' S  119º 57.06' W  

Course:   252° true,   6.9 kts

Swedish vessel ‘Saoirse‘

VESSEL MANUFACTURER AND MODEL Dufour 40 e’
 MMSI 265663070 CALLSIGN SD8589 WEBSITE https://sysaoirse.com/

 Tomas Fehrling

 Tomas Fehrling 

 ⚠️ UPDATE FROM SY BELEZA  

SV_Beleza
is en route to pick up Dan & Jeanne from Lucky Dog. They have told
us they will abandon ship. We are communicating with them on our iridium
go and their Garmin inreach. We will meet in the morning, and transfer
safely. Lucky Dog's coordinates approx. 0135 UTC 05 00.242S 129 54.621W
drifting 1.5 kts southwest.

 ⚠️ DISTRESS SIGNAL 

132155Z APR 23

HYDROPAC 1224/23(21).

EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.

DNC 13.

DISTRESS SIGNAL RECEIVED ON 406 MHZ FROM

F/V ALTAR 8 IN 05-14.27N 101-02.00W.

VESSELS IN VICINITY REQUESTED TO KEEP A

SHARP LOOKOUT, ASSIST IF POSSIBLE.

REPORTS TO RCC ALAMEDA,

TELEX: 230172343, PHONE: 510 437 3701,

E-MAIL: RCCALAMEDA1@USCG.MIL.

4) GET YOUR BURGEE FROM KEVIN 
@ NUKU HIVA YACHT SERVICES 

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Bond Exemption Letter (medical insurance required)

5) GALAPAGOS 🇪🇨 UPDATE

Charles Robert Darwin born 1809 - 1882  & Mary 

ails

Tail of the  Galapagos Marine Iguana

Galapagos marine iguanas  are  everywhere – but especially around the water. 

Few Facts

1. They feed in the water

Marine
iguanas feed on algae and seaweed on the rocks under the water. The
adults can dive up to 9ft (2.7 m) to rip the algae and seaweed off the
rocks with their very small, yet very sharp, teeth. Younger marine
iguanas feed at low tide as they don’t have the strength to dive to the
same depths as the adults. Despite their very long claws and sharp
teeth, they are herbivores and use their claws and teeth for eating
algae and seaweed, not tearing flesh.

2. They can’t breathe underwater

Marine
iguanas can’t breathe underwater because they lack gills (like those on
a fish) which are necessary to extract oxygen from water. Instead, they
just hold their breath for a really long time.

3. They can hold their breath for a long time

Marine
iguanas can hold their breath for a staggering 60 minutes, as proved by
Charles Darwin. His shipmate sank a marine iguana over the side of the
boat with a weight and then pulled it up an hour later and it was still
alive; no doubt more than a little annoyed. Marine iguanas normally opt
for shorter dives of up to 40 minutes, which is extremely impressive – I
can barely hold my breath for 30 seconds sitting still.

4. They turn rainbow colors during mating season

Male
marine iguanas turn very bright shades of blue, pink, green, and red
during mating season to attract females. They turn black again once the
mating season is over.

5. The only iguanas that feed in the ocean

Galapagos
marine iguanas are the only iguanas in the world that feed in the
ocean. They swim by pointing their limbs straight back and twisting
their long bodies and tail side to side – like some really funny-looking
mermaids. The raised part from their head to the end of their tail acts
like a dorsal fin, making it easier to slide through the water.

6. They play cat and mouse with Galapagos hawks

The
Galapagos hawk is the marine iguanas greatest natural predator. They
will hunt the adult iguanas, and you wouldn’t think the iguanas have
much of a chance. But these are some feisty little iguanas. Galapagos
hawks have even been seen sitting on top of marine iguanas as the
iguanas run around trying to shake them off – and the iguana sometimes
succeeds. The iguanas are also extremely fast and can quite easily
outrun the hawks if they see them in time. Unfortunately, the young
marine iguanas don’t always have the same good results as the adults.

7. They have a symbiotic relationship with mockingbirds 
Marine
iguanas and mockingbirds have a symbiotic relationship: Mockingbirds
let out a distinctive call when there is a Galapagos hawk in the area.
The marine iguanas recognize this warning call and flee for cover.

8. They can get pretty big 
Adult marine iguanas can reach a length of 5 ft (1.5 m) and weigh  3 lbs (1.5 kg).

9. Their color matters
The
black color of the marine iguana helps it to absorb as much sunlight as
possible. These cold-blooded reptiles get quite cold-blooded after a
dive into the ocean, they lose a lot of their body heat and may only be
around 10°C (50°F). They need to sunbathe to bring their body
temperatures back up, but this slows them down and makes them very
vulnerable. It’s a good thing their black color helps them absorb heat
as fast as possible!

10. They sneeze. A lot.
Marine
iguanas sneeze because they feed in the ocean and consume a lot of
salt. This excess salt is unhealthy for them and needs to be expelled;
violently and all over so they snot all over themselves and any other
iguanas that happen to be close by. This is why most marine iguanas you
see have a white encrusted head and neck – all the salty snot has dried
on them.

  

10. They sneeze. A lot.

Marine
iguanas sneeze because they feed in the ocean and consume a lot of
salt. This excess salt is unhealthy for them and needs to be expelled;
violently and all over so they snot all over themselves and any other
iguanas that happen to be close by. This is why most marine iguanas you
see have a white encrusted head and neck – all the salty snot has dried
on them.

Visitors

seal play

VISITORS

UNINVITED VISITORS

Hello all, 

we
arrived into Galápagos Islands yesterday morning.  Wanted to let
you know just after we had visit around 12:30 from two nice fishermen in
a panga FAR from shore(they asked for drinks and food, which we
provided) and we went on our merry way, shortly after we caught one of
their green corded fishing lines.  They have long line pots out
with floating jugs along the lines.  I wasn’t paying attention and
the line caught across our two skegged rudders (catamaran).  We
dropped sails and pulled up the line on each side of the boat and tied
them off to release pressure on lines against the rudders.  We then
pulled the two together and tied them.  Then cut the loose loop
and let the fishing lines float away.  This was at position N 1
39.577/W 86 29.859     

Then
later that afternoon we caught another line on rudders.  This time
we didn’t spend as much time trying to save their lines and floats by
tying together, so I just cut the line and it slipped off the rudders.

The
next evening two hours after Mary was off watch, at 22:00, we caught
another fishing pot line.  I cut it loose.  Then again caught
another at 22:30…🤬.  I was watching all the ARC boats go by all
around us and a fishing group of boats off to our starboard about 3nm.
I could see the lights on the fishing boats, but nothing on any of
the floats or lines!  We were all motor sailing at this time, so
perhaps the ARC boats props just cut the lines or they didn’t get
caught.   Our position for late night fishing lines was N 0 39.705 /
W 88 10.329. 

Not terrible, just a nuisance. 

All the best,

In the park

SY PISCES 🇺🇸 Mary & Kevin - Antares 44e’

6) ENTRY INTO  CAPTAIN RON AWARD 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU EAT THE FLYING FISH OFF THE DECK 

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Island is located in the beautiful Fiji Islands.It will feature an
International Superyacht Marina, which will have 132 marina berths,
including 21 superyacht slips (up to 85m). The marina has been designed
and built up to category 5 cyclone resistance rating. 

The
South Pacific Posse is planning a get together at Nawi on Sept 2nd
2023. A week before the infamous Musket Cove regatta. Nawi will be
offering entertainment, markets, kava tasting and discounts on berths,
water sport activities, restaurant & bar orders, with Pacific Posse
hosting a Pig on the spit and rum delights.

The
fully serviced marina will include “plug in” services through utility
pedestals to water, sewerage pump out, power, fuel & gas facilities,
plus 24hr security, complimentary Wifi, a.m.o..

 16° 46.5716' S  179° 19.9533' E -  Nawi Island Savusavu 🇫🇯 Fiji

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10) THE BEAUTY OF SOUTH PACIFIC CURRENCY 

Although the Cook Islands operates on the New Zealand dollar, there is still some Cook Islands dolalrs in circulation that is equal in value to NZD.

Cook Islands 3 dollar bill 

Although
the Cook Islands operates on the New Zealand dollar, there is still
some Cook Islands dolalrs in circulation that is equal in value to NZD.

The
$3 note which is more of a collectors or novelty item. These can be
picked up from the Rarotonga Philatelic Bureau or given as change when
paying departure tax.   The official Cook Islands currency is the
New Zealand dollar.  

 In
terms of cost of living in the Cook Islands, its price point is fairly
middle range in that it is a little more expensive than Fiji but a lot
less than French Polynesia and Tahiti. Part of the Cook Islands economy
is the VAT or Value Added Tax. Charged at 12.5% of the price, the tax is
added at the point of sale to almost everything however refunds are
available for tourists upon exiting the country.

Old Cook Island Dollars

Cook Island Currency

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11) "AND THEY ARE OFF"
 FLEET TRACKING 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.

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Importance
of tracking  - with accidents and incidents trackingallow sus to
respond and help redirect vessels to your aid - this provides safety for
particpants as those who come after you can aids - without tracking
this becomes a very difficult task to figuer out where everyone is and
who is best suited to help 

 
 

12) FREE ACCESS TO GOOD NAUTICAL  

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be assigned  access credentials to GOODNAUTICAL South Pacific
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SOLOMON ISLANDS  🇸🇧 IN GOOD NAUTICAL 

13) HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

HONIARA  🇸🇧 SOLOMON ISLANDS  

1967

The
Spanish navigator Alvaro Mendana discovered these islands in 1567,
though it is somewhat doubtful whether he was actually the first
European who set eyes on them. In anticipation of their natural riches
he named them Islas de Salomon. The expedition surveyed the southern
portion of the group, and named the three large islands San Cristoval,
Guadalcanal and Ysabel. On his return to Peru, Mendana endeavoured to
organize another expedition to colonize the islands, but it was not
before June 1595 that he, with, Pedro Quiros as second in command, was
able to set sail for this purpose. The Marquesas and Santa Cruz islands
were now discovered; but on one of the latter, after various delays,
Mendana died, and the expedition collapsed.

Even
the position of the Solomon Islands was now in uncertainty, for the
Spaniards, fearing lest they should lose the benefits expected to accrue
from these discoveries, kept secret the narratives of Mendana and
Quiros. The Solomon Islands were thus lost sight of until, in 1767,
Philip Carteret lighted on their eastern shores at Gower Island, and
passed to the north of the group; without, however, recognizing that it
formed part of the Spanish discoveries. In 1768 Louis de Bougainville
found his way there. He discovered the three northern islands (Buka,
Bougainville and Choiseul), and sailed through the channel which divides
the two last and bears his name. In 1769 a French navigator, de
Surville, was the first, in spite of the hostility of the natives, to
make any lengthened stay in the group. He gave some of the islands the
French names they still bear, and brought home some detailed information
concerning them which he called Terre des Arsacides (Land of the
Assassins); but their identity with Mendanas Islas de Salomon was soon
established by French geographers. In 1788 the English lieutenant
Shortland coasted along the south side of the chain, and, supposing it
to be a continuous land, named it New Georgia; and in 1792 Captain
Edward Manning sailed through the strait which separates Ysabel from
Choiseul and now bears his name.

Solomon Islands

Traders
attempted to settle in the islands, and missionaries began to think of
this fresh field for labour, but neither met with much success, and
little was heard of the islanders save accounts of murder and plunder.
In 1845 the French Marist Fathers went to Isabel, where Mgr Epaulle,
first vicar apostolic of Melanesia, was killed by the natives soon after
landing. Three years later this mission had to be abandoned; but in
1851 work was again resumed. In 1856 John Coleridge Patteson, afterwards
bishop of Melanesia, had paid his first visit to the islands, and
native teachers trained at the Melanesian mission college subsequently
established themselves there. About this date the yacht Wanderer cruised
in these seas, but her owner, Benjamin Boyd, was kidnapped by the
natives and never afterwards heard of. In 1873 the foreign labour
traffic in plantation hands for Queensland and Fiji extended its baneful
influence from the New Hebrides to these islands. In 1893 the islands
Malaita, Marovo, Guadalcanal and San Cristoval with their surrounding
islets were annexed by Great Britain, and the final delimitation of
German and British influence in the archipelago was made by the
convention of the 14th of November 1899.

The Japanese occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. They became independent in 1978. 

Honoria

Honiara
is the capital of the Solomon Islands, southwestern Pacific Ocean. The
town is situated at the mouth of the Mataniko River on the north coast
of Guadalcanal. As a port and communications center it trades chiefly in
coconuts, timber, fish, and some gold (from Gold Ridge in the middle of
the island). Honiara International Airport is located approximately 10
miles (16 km) east of the town. 

Honoria Solomon Islands

Prior
to World War II, Honiara did not exist; it developed around the site of
the U.S. military headquarters. In 1952 it officially replaced Tulagi
as the capital of the Solomons. Government buildings are on a narrow
coastal strip behind Point Cruz. In the 1960s the government, together
with the private sector, began an extensive development program in the
new capital. The first multistory buildings appeared in the 1980s. In
2006, amid an ongoing period of political instability, Honiara’s
Chinatown sustained severe damage in postelection rioting.  

Solomon Islands are in Good Nautical

Solomon Islands 🇸🇧 in  Good Nautical 

14) MEET OUR SPONSORS 

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  • DENARAU MARINA FIJI
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  • MARSDEN COVE MARINA NEW ZEALAND
  • GULF HARBOUR MARINA NEW ZEALAND
  • YACHTING WORLD MARINA PORT VILA VANUATU

15) LAST ONE

Solomon Islands

Some
of the major wrecks of Iron Bottom Sound in the Solomon Islands include
the American cruiser Quincy, the Australian heavy cruiser Canberra, the
Japanese aircraft carrier Kinugasa, the battleship Kirishima and the
freighter Kasi Maru

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Pacific Posse FLeet Update Doldrums 2023-03-28

FLEET UPDATE 2023-03-28

South Pacifc Posse '23


"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky;
 and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by."

- John Masefield

 
 

 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

2023-03-28

14 Ensigns

 

57 Yachts from 13 ensigns are signed up  from now until November '23 they will share up to date information, scout for opportunities and alert each other to threats.

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TOP NEWS

 

  • GOOD ANCHORAGE 🇫🇯 MONURIKI
  • GOOD SAMARITAN 
  • WATER MAKER SAGA 
  • POLLYWOGS TO SHELLBACKS 
  • SAVE THE DATE SEP 2
  • SEMINARS ON DEMAND
  • AWARD ENTRIES
  • BACK ON BOARD 🇫🇯  FIJI 
  • SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  🏆 AWARD CATEGORIES 
  • MANA
  • "AND THEY ARE OFF"
  • SAIL TAHITI 
  • HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC 
     

1) GOOD ANCHORAGE  
MONURIKI, THE MAMANUCAS 🇫🇯 FIJI

Monoriki

⚓ Good Anchorage @ 17° 36.44 S 177° 2.37 E  MONURIKI - THE MAMANUKAS  🇫🇯  FIJI

Fiji Monoriki

Monuriki Island, Fiji. Where Tom Hanks filmed Castaway!

Monuriki Island, Fiji. Where Tom Hanks filmed Castaway!

"...
I had power over *nothing*. And that's when this feeling came
over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive."
Chuck Noland

 I had power over *nothing*. And that's when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive.

2) GET YOUR BURGEE FROM KEVIN 
@ NUKU HIVA YACHT SERVICES 

Burgee Back

South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

Yacht Services Nuku Hiva 🇵🇫 Sponsors the South Pacific Posse 

Yacht Services Nuku Hiva 🇵🇫 Sponsors the South Pacific Posse

I look forward to meeting and helping the participants

Cheers, Kevin

BP 301 Taiohae, 98742 Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

+689 87 22 68 72, YSNukuHiva@hotmail.com

VHF 72, Monday – Friday 0800-1400

Formalities & DOCUMENTATION Yacht Formalities (Customs & Immigration) Duty Free Fuel Authorization Bond Exemption Letter (medical insurance required)

Formalities & DOCUMENTATION

Yacht Formalities (Customs & Immigration)

Duty Free Fuel Authorization

Bond Exemption Letter (medical insurance required)

3) ENTRY INTO ❤️ GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD 
SY ROLLING STONES 

pdate on our rescue of SVRainDancer. We are continuing to Hiva Oa with our new friends.

For their rescue of all souls onboard of SV Rain Dancer 

BRAVO ZULU

SY ROLLING STONES 🇺🇸 Geoff, Meghan & crew - Leopard 45′

Rolling Stones Rolling Stones Rolling Stones Rolling Stones Rolling Stones

4)  PACIFIC CROSSING
WATER MAKER FAILURE 

WATERMAKER FAILURE

SV
Follow You Follow ME  was 6 days out from Puerto Vallarta on our
way to the Marquesas when our watermaker broke, challenging the crew of
four to adapt to ensure we could last another 20 days until landfall.

Adapted from our blog at https://sailblogs.com/member/followyoufollowme

Another slow sailing day was punctuated by one of the great constants of boating – sh*t breaks. 

Last
night, just after daughter Alyssa's long and luxuriant shower, I
noticed that the watermaker was not working.  After yet another
stunning sunrise over the Eastern Pacific, we got busy with the very
comprehensive HRO troubleshooting guide. After some troubleshooting and
much to our bitter amusement, the storage area under the bunk was a
small lake. After removing floating cans of cleaner, wax and assorted
toxic substances, we furtively searched for the source of the leak,
finding water gushing from the high-pressure pump weep holes. Uh-oh.
referring to the manual I found that the one item in the entire
watermaker that cannot be rebuilt or repaired "in the field" is the
high-pressure pump. Do I have a spare? Of course not.

I
pulled the pump apart to confirm the diagnosis, while cautioning the
crew on water usage (no flushing? YUCK!) Meanwhile, in my head I'm
calculating remaining water on board, days to Hiva Oa and figuring out
that worst case we have 15 gallons of water each, more than 2.5x
recommended daily intake of 2 quarts. Factor in cooking and minimal
hygiene and we'll have to be careful, but we are in no danger. 

I
found that the pump had been leaking slowly for some time, based on the
rust marks on the housing, so we rationalized that if we can plug those
weep holes enough to increase the pressure 20 lbs, we might be able to
make water in a pinch until our new crew arrived in Hiva Oa with spares.
I found large flat head screws to plug the holes and used epoxy to seal
them and re-assembled the pump. We let it cure for 24 hours and gave it
a shot but no joy.

In
the meantime we took the following measures: Deferred all showers to
the great Pacific Ocean daily swim. Surprisingly refreshing with a
little soap, not at all like using coastal saltwater to wash down. All
dish-cleaning was done by bucket on the transom. Added bonus, we didnt
have to salt the food any longer! - Brushing teeth via the
ol'cup'o-water routine - Our fancy freshwater flush toilets had to be
neutered, freshwater valves closed and a gallon jug of saltwater
stationed nearby for flushing. We planned to catch rain by chasing
squalls rather than avoiding them, rinsing the deck as the squall
started, then used a towel to dam the water heading to the gunnels to
funnel rain water into the deck plates for the water tanks. - Last and
most importantly, we instituted an emergency water preservation plan by
drinking more beer. We planned to be a dry boat until the equator, but
crew morale factored in here, and yes, we know, alcohol dehydrates the
body.

FYFM

On
day 12 we got our first serious squall and after several design
iterations, finally got the water flowing into the tanks, capturing
10-15 gallons.  The rest of the passage was relatively dry,
however, with only a few opportunities to catch rain.

The
psychology of the situation was interesting, as we all brought
different perceptions of risk to the lack of water. I tended to be
"tragically optimistic" about our options and expect that we would work
our way through the situation with minimal discomfort. As the skipper of
the boat, it was my job to assess the risks, but to think in terms of
possibilities, and not dwell too much on the negatives. Others took
longer to adapt and, in some instances, let the worst-case scenarios
dance in their minds for quite some time. Overall, the crew did adapt
well to our challenges of light winds and little water, and even
commented that our morning saltwater dish washing routine on the stern
of the boat was much preferred over standing in the hot pitching galley
doing the same.

We
got into a regular cadence for the remainder of the passage.  On
the morning watch, the watchman washed dishes, the next one up dried and
puts them away.  Then it was shower time.  If the boat was
stopped, we would swim and wash, and if underway, we would soap up and
rinse with our canvas bucket tied to the back of the boat.  This
worked surprisingly well.  We were clean, refreshed and the salt
water did not make that much of difference except for clothes, which
felt a little crusty once it dried.

We arrived with 60 gallons in our tanks, exactly what we had when the water maker broke.  Not bad.

Comments to our blog were pretty insightful – “Thanks for letting us know the true value of water.”

This entry from the blog summarized our journey best.

"It's
hard to truly appreciate how the crew of Follow You felt after
anchoring in the crowded little Baie Tahauku, and taking in the full
extent of the scenery surrounding us. Every sense was overloaded.
Visually, the stunning green jungle foliage amplified by the sunlight
created an instant contrast to the vibrant blue we have experienced for
the past 25 days. Once we landed, the aromas of the island also
overwhelmed our sense of smell sanitized by the sea. And the sounds of
people and civilization, cars, motorcycles and heavy construction
equipment interrupted our orderly and familiar boat sounds."

We
sat around that first day and just took it all in, relishing the unique
feeling and knowing full well that this special moment would pass as
the new order became familiar. Our first dinghy landing reintroduced us
to solid ground. Unfortunately, our inner ears did not get the message
for a couple of minutes and made for some interesting first steps.

SY  ILIOHALE 🇺🇸 Allan & Rina - Lagoon 450'S 
(currently in the Panama Posse)

FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME AllanFOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME RinaFOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME TivaFOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Le Loo

 NOTE:
The moment Allan realized that water shortages onboard he divided all
drinkable liquids into 4 equal shares - think milk - soda - champagne -
beer - and everyone onboard got to trade these liquids - One crew loves
bubbly so he traded his beers for the bottles of champagnes ( by volume )
- another liked milk over orange juice - one of the exceptional
situations on board FYFW turned into a   liquidity focused  trading floor.

 "....
and most importantly, instituted an emergency water preservation plan
by drinking more beer. (Gleaned from the Corey Wurzner Survival at Sea
Manual)... "

5) FROM POLLYWOGS TO SHELLBACKS

shellbacks

Sailors
who have crossed the Equator are nicknamed Shellbacks, Trusty
Shellbacks, Honorable Shellbacks . Those who have not crossed are
nicknamed Pollywogs, or Slimy Pollywogs, or sometimes simply Slimy Wogs.

Look who crossed the equator

Today
we crossed the equator! We are officially in the South Pacific. We had a
ceremony, promoted ourselves to shellbacks and went for a swim.

Now
we point towards Hiva Oa. With light winds we have the motor running
and likely will for a while. Good news is we finally have a following
current.

Ecuator

Landfall in Hiva Oa 🇵🇫 FP 

Land Ho

Victory Hook Down  Atuona 🇵🇫 FP

Tahuatua

Victory Lap at Tahuata West Side Bays 🇵🇫 FP 

SY ANIMAL CRACKER  🇺🇸  Scott & Tami  - Hunter 46′

BRAVO ZULU

 

6) SAVE THE DATE 

NAWI ISLAND FIJI 

MEET THE FLEET CELEBRATION

SEP. 2nd '23  

NAWI ISLAND MARINA 
SAVUSAVUS FIJI 

Nawi

artists rendering


RSVP NOW
 SEPT 2 2023
 

FREE RUM, MUSIC and
 BULATASTIC PORK ROAST 

Save the date 

Saturday Sept 2nd ’23 FIJI

NAWI ISLAND

Nawi
Island is located in the beautiful Fiji Islands.It will feature an
International Superyacht Marina, which will have 132 marina berths,
including 21 superyacht slips (up to 85m). The marina has been designed
and built up to category 5 cyclone resistance rating. 

The
South Pacific Posse is planning a get together at Nawi on Sept 2nd
2023. A week before the infamous Musket Cove regatta. Nawi will be
offering entertainment, markets, kava tasting and discounts on berths,
water sport activities, restaurant & bar orders, with Pacific Posse
hosting a Pig on the spit and rum delights.

The
fully serviced marina will include “plug in” services through utility
pedestals to water, sewerage pump out, power, fuel & gas facilities,
plus 24hr security, complimentary Wifi, a.m.o..

 16° 46.5716' S  179° 19.9533' E -  Nawi Island Savusavu 🇫🇯 Fiji

Discover Savusavu

     

7) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  SEMINARS ON DEMAND

South Pacific Posse

SEMINARS RECORDINGS ARE ONLINE 

  • INTRODUCTION
  • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
  • FRENCH POLYNESIA
  • COOK ISLANDS - SAMOA(S) - TONGA 
  • FIJI
  • VANUATU & NEW CALEDONIA '23 
  • PROVISIONING
  • LOGISTICS
  • OPEN CPN USE CASE
  • WEATHER and HEAVY WIND SQUALLS AND ELEVATED SEA STATE
  • STRATEGIES
  • PACIFIC WEATHER ITZC
  • SAILING TOWARDS NZ / AUSTRALIA END OF SEASON 
https://pacificposse.com/seminars

8) AWARD ENTRIES

CERULIAN

We caught a fish and had some nice sailing yesterday 

 but
were reminded to keep our eyes peeled because we spotted a small
fishing boat ahead of us 200 miles off the coast of Colombia and changed
course to avoid them.

 They approached our boat but quickly left. We’re now in the doldrums and will cross the equator about 2am!

They approached our boat but quickly left. 

Doldrums

We’re now in the doldrums and will cross the equator about 2am!

 SY WANDERLUST 🇺🇸   Kristin & Fabio - Seawind 52′

WANDERLUST FabioWANDERLUST KristiWANDERLUST Crew

NOTE:
Several vessels are bypassing the Galapagos due to incompatible
policies for on board companions aka domesticated pets .

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9) BACK ON BOARD 🇫🇯  FIJI 

Dreamer

David
Dreamer back on board after a cyclone season on the hard in Vuda
Marina's  Cylone pits  breaking out another gallon of bleach
vinegar and water  

heading in

 SY DREAMER  David & Gerne - Caliber 40lrv’

DREAMER CrewDREAMER GerneDREAMER David
https://pacificposse.com/vuda-point-marina

10) 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 
We Sail

ENTRY INTO THE  '22 SPP PICTURE OF THE YEAR  AWARD - VA WE | SAIL

11) MANA

MANA

Polynesian
mana is a concept that refers to power, authority, and influence that
is believed to exist in all things, including people, objects, and
places, in Polynesian culture. Mana is considered to be a spiritual
force that can be gained or lost, and it is often associated with
leadership, courage, and excellence.

Understanding the significance of mana and how it can significantly improve your interactions with locals. 

Polynesians
place a great deal of importance on respect, so it is essential to show
respect to locals at all times. This includes being polite, using
appropriate language, and following local customs and traditions.

Learning
about Polynesian culture and traditions will help you understand and
appreciate the significance of mana and other cultural practices.

In
Polynesian culture, building relationships is a key aspect of social
interaction. The key is interest in their culture and traditions.

Polynesians
value humility and modesty, so avoid bragging or showing off. Instead,
focus on being respectful and courteous to those around you.

In
Polynesian culture, it is common to offer gifts as a sign of respect or
gratitude. If you have the opportunity, consider offering a small gift
to locals as a gesture of goodwill.

 According
to Melanesian and Polynesian mythology, mana is a supernatural force
that permeates the universe.  Anyone or anything can have mana.
They believed it to be a cultivation or possession of energy and power,
rather than being a source of power. It is an intentional force. 

Lifeforce

However,
there are some cultural differences in the way mana is understood and
expressed. For example, in Maori culture, mana is closely linked to a
person's ancestry and lineage, and it is often seen as a quality that is
inherited from one's ancestors. In this context, mana is not just an
individual quality, but is also connected to one's whakapapa (genealogy)
and the wider community.

In
Polynesian cultures outside of New Zealand, mana may be more focused on
individual achievement and excellence, rather than inherited status or
lineage. Additionally, the specific beliefs and practices associated
with mana can vary widely between different Polynesian cultures.

Tā moko represents a woman’s mana (status or power) and her whakapapa (ancestry and forebears) in society. This is best highlighted by the time when the chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi with their mokos in 1840.


moko represents a woman’s mana (status or power) and her whakapapa
(ancestry and forebears) in society. This is best highlighted by the
time when the chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi with their mokos in
1840.

The
Moko Kauae is a chin tattoo traditional reserved for Māori women with
mana (high status and power) and older women of experience and
achievement.  

NOUMEA NEW CALEODNIA

NOUMEA 🇳🇨 NEW CALEDONIA

12) "AND THEY ARE OFF"
 FLEET TRACKING 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

13) MEET THE LATEST 
SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSOR
 
 

SAIL TAHITI 🇵🇫 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

 
  SAIL TAHITI 🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA

As a South Pacific Posse sponsor of the we offer:


10% discount on Garmin and Harken parts – please email us if you
are underway to get your parts in time for your arrival.

    6%  brokerage fee if you wish to sell your yacht   in the South Pacific and list exclusively with us.

We will be happy to welcome you in our Papeete’s water front office !

David Allouch

GM

+ 689 87 32 88 45

+ 33 6 71 16 21 37

david@sailtahiti.com

14) 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 

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Australia / Queensland is in Good Nautical 

15) HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC 

Russell

Russell 🇳🇿  New Zealand 

In
the 1830s, the town of Russell, which was known as Kororāreka until the
1840s, was a lawless town where drinking, brawling, and prostitution
were rife. The town was called 'the hellhole of the Pacific'. Whaling
ships from around the world would stop at Kororāreka to resupply, and
for their crews to have some rest and recreation.

By
the 1830s, Kororāreka had become the biggest whaling port in the
southern hemisphere. Up to 30 ships, many of them American or French,
were anchored there with up to 1000 men ashore. Kororāreka was one of
the first points of contact between Europeans and Māori – a meeting of
cultures that shocked many observers.

 

Waka

Whalers,
seafarers and merchants mixed with adventurers, deserters and escaped
convicts from Australia. Prostitution was one of the town’s main
industries, and sexual favours were used by Māori in the purchase of
many things, including muskets. Three-week marriages were commonly
negotiated, and many local Māori women bore the tattoos of their
temporary lovers.

There
were various Christian missionaries in the area. Most were Protestant,
but in 1839 some French Catholics, led by Bishop Pompallier, established
their headquarters in Kororāreka. The Catholic missionaries left in the
1850s but Pompallier House remains today.

RUSSELL

After
the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the country’s capital
shifted to Auckland. This, along with a number of new levies imposed by
the colonial government, caused resentment amongst local Māori. Hōne
Heke, the first chief to sign the Treaty, was dismayed to see Māori
losing their land and natural resources.

In
July 1844, he cut down the flagpole he had originally gifted to the
British, which stood on a hill above the town. The flagpole was
re-erected the following year, only to be cut down three more times.
Governor Fitzroy responded by sending troops to Kororāreka and offering a
reward for Heke’s capture.

In
March 1845, Hōne Heke attacked the town with 600 men. The attackers
withdrew after one day’s fighting, in which 20 of the 250 defenders were
killed. A powder keg exploded as they left Kororāreka, destroying much
of the old town. This proved to be the first confrontation in what
became the Northern War, which ended with no clear winner after two
years  of intermittent fighting.

Russel NZ

Today
At the northern end of the beachfront is the Duke of Marlborough Hotel,
New Zealand’s first licensed bar. Russell’s Christ Church, built in
1836, survived the sacking of Kororāreka in 1845, and still stands
today.  

Russell NZ Anchorage in Good Nautical

Russell 🇳🇿  NZ|  Several Anchorages in Good Nautical

16) MEET OUR SPONSORS 

  • PREDICT WIND
  • PANAMA CANAL AGENT ERICK GALVEZ CENTENARIO CONSULTING
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS
  • YACHT AGENTS NUKU HIVA
  • SAIL TAHITI
  • OCEAN TACTICS | PACIFIC WEATHER ROUTING
  • SHELTER BAY MARINA PANAMA
  • DENARAU 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

South PACIFIC POSSE

Surfers in New Zealand ( thanks Alyssa ) Sunrise surf and yoga.Forestry Beach NZ 36°09'56.3"S 174°39'10.0"E 
https://www.instagram.com/alyssa.around.the.world/

Forestry Beach

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tonga vava'u

TONGA VAVA'U PORT GUIDE

The Vava’u Island group in the Kingdom of Tonga is a spectacular tropical island paradise in the Pacific Ocean. It has a year-round climate suitable for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sailing. Some islands are ringed by white sand beaches while others have tropical forests, sea-level caves, and dramatic limestone cliffs with breath-taking vistas.

DOWNLOAD THE 2023 TONGA PORT GUIDE >>

Remote and truly unspoiled, the waters around Vava'u are crystal clear with visibility exceeding 100 feet. Most of the islands are uninhabited, a few have villages, and a few have very small unique resorts with exceptional food. There is abundant sea life with over 100 species of colourful tropical fish, giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and July-October the Humpback whales! Truly a paradise with the only Polynesian Monarchy this is a truly remarkable place to explore.

Services available from Port Officer:

  • Assistance with clearing in formalities
  • Offshore assist via offshoreassist@vavau.to
  • Advanced Notice forms – Fiji/NZ/Australia.
  • Courier package assistance/advice on request
  • Charts/Courtesy flags for the Pacific/Asia • Receiver of recycling/Used Oil/Battery/etc.
  • Harbour wifi provider and free info, weather etc. via a Walled Garden
  • AIS host via www.marinetraffic.com  ADS-B via www.flightradar24.com
  • Laundry: the only frontloading rain water and gas laundry in Tonga. Max 9kg per load. Wash / Dry / Fold / Spin
  • Espresso Coffee/Café/Bread/all day breakfast/lunch/Dinner
  • Provisioning for whales/picnics/passage.
  • Pre shop of supermarket provision items
  • Ice cubes and 2kg solid ice blocks – rain water
  • Drinking water: potable filtered rain water, your container or our 20 litre loan container, free car ride to your yacht at wharf or small boat marina
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Vava’u Deli: meats, delicatessen items
  • Rain water hot shower
  • Retail Store – carvings/maps/soaps/postcards/ magnets/iron on flags/lapel pins/cuff links…
  • Vava’u vanilla/coconut oil
  • Resell TCC/Digicel phone credit
  • Resell Kingdom Koffee. Beans and Ground (to order)
  • Free booking and information service
  • Huge free book swap and reference library
  • TV (11TB) and (10TB Movie (8000+) Documentaries, Concerts, Music, Comedy, Children, Fitness, Christian).
  • www.offloop.net/media password tropo Research and basic shopping cart
  • Overnight computer update/download service
  • Rentals – mountain bikes, kayaks, snorkel gear, tents, cars, scooters
  • Butane Gas tank refill service
  • Local news/info feed Facebook “Tonga Expats and Locals”Gift Vouchers
  • Agents for Boat House Apartments in the harbour
  • Show your support for this information https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tropicana
  • Snail Mail/Courier arrangements –please advise before sending
    Yacht in transit SY Yacht Name

c/- Café Tropicana

Fatafehi Rd (or Private Bag 34 for Postal Service)

Neiafu

Vava’u

Kingdom of Tonga +676 71322 tropicana@vavau.to

 

Port officer’s name: Greg Just

Best way to contact: Cellphone

PO contact information:

Email: greg@vavau.to

Twitter: @tongamazingweb

Instagram: tongamazingcom

Linkedin: tongamazingcom

Viber: +6768812347

Phone +676 71322 (Café Tropicana)

Mobile: +676 8812347 or +676 7512347

VHF Ch: 26

Home Address: Mt Talau

Citizen: NZ/UK/Tonga

Divemaster     IT Manager     Analyst/IT/Fin/Proj

Yachtie       Master Drycleaner (nz)

Website: www.vavau.to/Tropicana

Agent  www.tongasuperyachts.com

For Sale https://cafetropicana.company.site/

Menu  https://cafetropicanavavau.business.site/

Tourism portals

www.vavau.to

www.haapai.to

www.tongatapu.to

www.whaleswim.to

www.whitepages.com

www.sailingtonga.com

www.tongamazing.com

www.tongaholidays.com

 

 

Services available within walking distance:

  •  Hardware : EM Jones, (PTH is out of town)
  •  Laundry: Café Tropicana and Bubbles Laundry
  •  Supermarkets – China Fortune, Neiafu Shopping Centre and various others,
  •  Produce and Fish down at the market on the waterfront
  •  Arts and Crafts market next to vegetable market on the waterfront, also Langafonua next to Tourism
  •   Post Office
  •  Police and Fire Station
  •   Duty Free Shop
  •  Historical – Pounu Park
  •  Scenic – Mt Talau National Park
  •   Cafe/Restaurant/Bar: Cafe Tropicana bar and grill, Kraken Restaurant and Bar, Bella Vista, Sam Restaurant,  Basque Tavern, Falalaleu Deli,  Mango Cafe (re-opens May 2023), Tongan Beach Resort (reopens May 2023)
  •  Transport:
  •  Mountain Bike and Kayak hire in Café Tropicana
  •  Ana Tevunga Taxi Stand: Phone +676 8872525 +676 7519622
  •  Max Taxi Stand +676 8707686 VHF 13
  •  Lulutai Tonga Domestic Airline +676 71115 next to Tourism
  • lepani.baleinausori@lulutai-airlines.to no website
  • Domestic National Ferries – freight/passage - Kelesi (Ko e Kelesi Pe) +676 7770965
  • osimiki@gmail.com No website
  • FISA (Otu AngaOfa and Niu Vaki) +676 23853 friendlyislandshippingagency@gmail.com www.friendlyislandshippingagency.com
  • Tofa Ramsay (Taka I Pomana and Vaomapa) +676 7725972 ramsayshippingcompany@gmail.com No website  Services available in area covered:

 

Superyacht Agencies

Yachthelppacific.com - David Hunt/ Hakula Lodge

Super Yacht Services Tonga – Derek Leonard/Julie Goss

Tongasuperyachts.com - Cafe Tropicana

Slipways

Fishing slipway for smaller monohulls

Pafilios slipway for multihulls

The Boatyard Vava’u - Mono and multihulls on hard storage.

www.theboatyardvavau.com

Water

Town supply water available at Moorings/Riki Tiki by appointment please

Rain water from Café Tropicana

Rain water showers at Café Tropicana

Fuel

Fuel available at Moorings or fuel stations.

Duty free fuel at check-out wharf Min 200litres 70972. Pacific Fuels booked 24-48 hours prior to departure. See page 5 for info

•          Duty Free Alcohol

Leiola Duty Free +676 70148 next to Cafe Tropicana, 24 hours prior to departure pay for order, Leiola will deliver to Customs, you show receipt to Customs at Wharf and check off items, customs will take to your yacht.

•          Trades

-      Rigging/Skipper. See Mary at Café Tropicana

-      Welding/Fabrication. Friendly Island Fabrication Ken 8437123  friendlyislandfabrication@gmail.com

-      Vava’u Shipwrights – The Boatyard Vava’u +8816854

-      Diesel mechanic Tau +676 8731368 +676 8627252 -The Yachtshop Tonga:Chandlery +676 8816855 https://cnmmarine.com/ Shopify

 

Local cruising NET:

•      VHF Cruisers Net VHF Channel 26 8.30am each morning except Sunday. Alternative VHF 06

https://www.facebook.com/vavaucruisersnet

 

VHF Cruisers Net Order of service

Emergency/priority traffic

Check-ins

Arrivals and departures

Weather

Buy/sell/trade

Crew available/wanted

Local special events

Anything else

Brief adverts from local business Local Charts and Chartlets:

•          Sailingbirds Guide to Vava’u/Ha’apai sold at Café Tropicana

•          www.vavau.to/marineguide free pdf for all of Tonga. Created by Cafe Tropicana

•          NZ822 / NZ82 / NZ14605 / NZ14602/ 2691 Fiji A0 charts and laminated A3 Chartlets – sold at Café Tropicana

•          www.vavau.to/weather all the weather in one spot!

•          GigGuide/Calendar with summary of local regulations. The Vaa’u Blue Water Festival is late September, other local events are on the calendar. www.vavau.to/gig guide 2023.pdf   VHF Channels:

•          06 Backup channel for VHF Net

•          09 Beluga dive/Beluga moorings

•          11 Te Pana Island

•          13 Max Taxi

•          16 Hailing ONLY – Mayday/Pan Pan etc.

•          26 Repeater channel – VHF Net and used for long range communication, please be considerate, if you are talking to vessels that are close to you. Be aware this channel is monitored by Customs, Police, Governor and Tourism!

•          71 Game Fishing

•          72 Moorings/Sunsail calling

•          73 Moorings/Sunsail working

•          74 Whale watching operators

•          77 Mounu Island

•          Please be considerate and discrete on all VHF channels, especially the above and move to a non-working channel as soon as practical…

08, 14, 17, 68 Common chat channels, be aware nosy people may follow you and listen in….

Other useful information specific to this area:

•          SPEED limit in the harbour 5 knot – and/or no WAKE.

Be aware of wake for other yachts, swimmers, divers, fisherman turtles, whales! By order Marine and Ports Harbourmaster.

•          Please consider the environment and follow MARPOL rules and go 12 nautical miles to dump septic waste.

•          Please walk on the pavement/sidewalk – NOT the road, this is a LEFT side driving country, the roads, drivers and cars are not very good. If no sidewalk walk on the right side of the road (against traffic so you can see vehicles)

•          Cover and clean any open wounds, flies carry staph bacteria. Stay out of the sea, especially the first 50 metres from shore.

Beware of Alofi a tall Tongan hawker – flag maker/bread/ feasts etc. Rows a dinghy and rides a bike. Report any problems to the Police, or Ministry of Tourism. He does homemade flags from tshirt
material, charges for everything he does and frequently exaggerates about services he offers. Cruises through town on a bicycle to show

you his guest book from other cruisers, AVOID talking to him...

•        Special Management Areas/Fish Habitat Reserve

SMA/FHR are now in place, the legislation is designed to protect the breeding areas and environment. Fees to anchor, snorkel and dive can be levied by the village whose waters are protected. Officers carry ID, give receipts etc.

An old sma/fhr map is available  https://vavau.to/Tonga_SMA-flier.pdf   it is being updated soon.

•        Whale watching regulations 2013

1.Unless you are in a licenced whale watching or whale swimming vessel, you are not allowed to approach any whale closer than

300m

2.    Swimming with whales is prohibited unless you are on a licenced vessel and in the water with a certified guide.

3.    If a whale surfaces near you, you should change the course of your vessel, in a safe manner, and move 300m from the whales at no-wake speed.

4.    Kayaking with humpback whales is prohibited unless the kayak is launched from a licenced vessel.

5.    No jet Skis are allowed within 2km of any whale.

First time offence is a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 18 months

Repeat offence is a fine of between $1000 and $10000 and/or imprisonment of upto 3 years.

https://vavau.to/TongaWhaleWatchingandSwimmingRegulations2013.pdf

•        Do not feed street dogs, they might bite the next person walking by with food who does not feed them….imagine if it is child… Please report dog bites to the Police

Non-Government Organisations/Charities/Volunteering:

•        VVMRA Vava’u Volunteer Marine Response Association

Monitors VHF 26/16 24 x 7, responds to local and EPIRB (via RCC NZ), works with Tonga police, and locals/yachts based in Vava’u for emergency Response www.vvmra.org

VHF 16/26 “Vava’u Radio” emergency, not general enquiries

Cell +8465645 Brian

P O Box 43 Neiafu, Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga

•        VEPA Vava’u Environmental Protection Association. An environmental NGO based in Vava’u. Mangrove, education, turtle and other conservation. Located next to the Bookshop in the middle of town. www.vavauenvironment.org

Accepting volunteers https://vavauenvironment.org/volunteer/

•        Vava’u Public Library The first public library in Tonga and a self-funded NGO.

Accepting volunteers for english story reading Saturday morning and English childrens books Membership $5 a year

https://www.facebook.com/groups/225935794136987

•        VCT/VBWS Vava’u Community Trust. Youth NGO Trust.

Employment, education. Owns Vava’u Blue Water School (Sailing and swimming school),

Accepting volunteers to repair our training vessel SY Lobo and other projects

https://www.facebook.com/vavaucommunitytrust

•        Host A Vet Partners with Vets to conduct Clinics/Surgeries/ Neutering, free medicines etc. See The Yacht Shop for donations etc  https://www.facebook.com/hostavet

•        Vava’u Breast Cancer Committee. Based in Vava’u working solely to assist Vava’uan women with breast cancer. Transport, treatment and accommodation

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100070118191741

Pens, paper, drawing pencils etc,Toothpaste/Tooth brushes,  English childrens books, reading glasses. Accepted and distributed by Café Tropicana, or we can make suggestions if you wish to drop them off yourselves. We can also suggest places to Volunteer your time…

Must See and do in VAVA’U:

  • Sunday Tongan Feast
  • Walk up Mt Talau National Park; magnificent views from lookout platforms
  • Swallows and Mariners cave tour
  • Kava circle at Fire station or any village
  • Sunday church service 10am for amazing singing at Catholic Cathedral, English service at City Impact Church in Toula
  • Talau Cemetery – Palangi Cemetery
  • Pouonu Park – birth place of Vava’u Code
  • Kilikilitefua Wall (Makave) the old census system
  • Catholic Cathedral
  • Beaches (Eneio Private), Keitahi (Private), Talihau Beach, Ano Beach, Holeva Beach
  • Toula cemetery and Veimumuni Caves
  • ‘Utula’aina (Holonga), ‘Esi ‘o Salota (Holonga), Hila Ki Tapana/I ‘o

Mata’aho (Leimatua), Tufutele Pool (Mataika), Rock Island Beach

(Holeva), Vaipua, Ngofe-Reed fields (Tu’anuku), Mo’ungalafa

(Tu’anuku), Longamapu. Lolo ‘a Halavalu (Neiafu), Fa ko Fiem’a

(Vai ko lelea) (Neiafu), Sia ‘o Kafoa (Taoa), ‘Api ‘o Maka (Taoa),

Loto ‘a afitu (Makave), Mapu ‘a Tonga (Makave), Nga ‘unoho

(Talihau), ‘Out Mala (Talihau), ‘Otualea (Ha’alaufuli), To ‘anga’ofa

(Utui) www.vavau.to or www.tongatourism.travel for other tourist information

Map of Vava’u harbour with description:

International Clearance Berthing Note:

Pacific Fuels – Petrol/diesel:

Duty free is available once the vessel is cleared out from the final port. It can be shared to meet minimums. Duty free is a significant saving, Fiji does not do duty free fuel. Fuel bunker is closed for trucks if a bunker boat is in the harbour.  Appointment times are indicative only. Duty free is about 30% cheaper than the retail price at the pump (15% CT/15% Duty).

 

Vava’u

Phone: 70972 NO VHF

Email: tuiaki.kauvaka@p.energy

Website: www.p.energy

Hours 9am to 4.30pm  M to F

GPS coordinates: at Wharf  18°39'6.97"S 173°59'9.03"W

OFFICE Toula fuel Bunker  18°40'36.58"S 173°59'8.61"W

 

Vava’u Minimum 24-48 hours’ notice. Cash Only. Duty free 200litres Min but boats can share. Duty free generally delivered after 10am to the wharf and AFTER customs have given clearance papers. MUST be last Tongan port. Tanker refills petrol stations Monday morning and Friday afternoon.  Nuku’alofa

Phone:   22511 22397          VHF Ch: None

Email: ifalemi.tauheluhelumau@p.energy

Website: www.p.energy

 

Tongatapu Minimum 24 hours’ notice. Cash Only. Duty free 1000litres Min but boats can share. Duty free generally delivered after 10am to the wharf and AFTER customs have given clearance papers. MUST be last Tongan port.

 

Ha’apai no duty free fuel

 

Niuatoputapu no duty free fuel

 

Homegas/Tongagas – Butane:

Gas bunker is closed for refilling bottles if a Gas bunker vessel is in the harbour.

 

Vava’u

Phone: 70319 VHF: NONE

Email: NONE

GPS coordinates:  18°40'37.44"S 173°59'8.27"W

Location: Toula fuel Bunker

 

Vava’u Cafe Tropicana charges $5 a kg and a $5 surcharge – generally next day if not weekly.

 

Nuku’alofa

Phone:   21390          VHF Ch: None

GPS coordinates:  21° 8'33.09"S   175°10'33.57"W

Location Ma’ufanga Bunker

 

Website: www.homegas.to

DOES not have all adaptors – NO CAMPINGAZ fittings!!
Vava’u Taxi from town is $5 each way. Or bring in to Café Tropicana  Hours 9am to 4.30pm  M to Sa

 

TONGA VAVA'U ANCHORAGES


FLEET UPDATE 2023-03-10

 

South Pacifc Posse '23
South Pacific Posse


Good Anchorage @  15° 36.4666' S  146° 20.505' W
Apataki - SE Corner - Tuamotus  🇳🇨 French Polynesia 

Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again. 

― James Cook

 
 

 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

2023-03-11

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🗿  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE REGISTRATION IS  OPEN

⚠️  EMERGENCY NUMBERS AND CONTACTS

 X  OPEN CPN  X UN-MARKS THE CHART

👨 SEAMANS AGREEMENT FOR CREW 

⛵ MEET THE FLEET 

 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  🏆 AWARD CATEGORIES 

🪸 KNOCKING BARNACLES  AND SEA GROWTH OFF 

📄 PASSAGE &  LOG BOOK NOTES 

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PANAMA

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Tel: +507 316 0525

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Telephone +507 316 0525

Alternate #’s +507 520 6299

Website http://www.aeronaval.gob.pa/

SRR:

Tel: +507 315 0472

oficinasarelt@aeronautica.gob.pa

Alternate #’s

+507 315 0541

+507 524 9438

+507 524 9439

Cell Phone: +507 699 70667

Email

oficinasarelt@aeronautica.gob.pa 

SEARCH AND RESCUE AREA FOR PANAMA SAR

COLOMBIA

Buenaventura Coast Guard Station

Tel: +57 (1) 3692000 ext 12704 / 120707

c3iegub@armada.mil.co

https://www.armada.mil.co

MRCC Pacífico SRR:

Tel: +57 315 731 7401 or +57 316 452 1124

copafnp@armada.mil.co

Telephone +57 315 731 7401 or +57 316 452 1124

Email

copafnp@armada.mil.co

ectmcp01@dimar.mil.co

SEARCH AND RESCUE AREA COLOMBIA PACIFIC SAR

ECUADOR

Tel: +593 4 2480812

Alternate:

+593-4-2321602

coguar@armada.mil.ec

Website https://www.coguar.dirnea.org

Tel: +593-4-2505302

guayaquil_radio@armada.mil.ec

Website http://www.dirnea.org

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FRENCH POLYNESIA

SRR FRENCH POLYNESIA –

Organisme d’etudes et de coordination pour la recherche et le sauvetage en mer (SECMAR)

Tel: +33(0)1 42 84 16 06

SEARCH AND RESCUE FRENCH POLYNESIA SAR AREA

4)  OPEN CPN 

X UN-MARKS THE CHART

OpenCPNs
chart management  is challenging - to enable sat charts loaded
into the chart library please focus on the bottom bar

Enable charts

The purple chart selection area on the bottom of the charts make the x ( not enabled to display ) 

Charts

Enabling Charts is sometimes  hard to identify as there is a tiny red x which indicates which charts are not activated 

Charts

- the x it's hard to see  On a PC  as you scroll over the bottom bars it highlights chart availability 

red x in open cpn

As you zoom into an area even more charts become available - but you still need to click the red x to see them  

Chart 2

Example here are 2 sources of charts  for Isla bona 

Chart 2

I use the red x to toggle on and off visibility on the screen

5) SEAMANS AGREEMENT FOR CREW

https://pacificposse.com/seamans-agreement

Please
find attached a copy of the AGREEMENT that I have created for bringing
crew members on board for crossings.  I tried to keep it short
- so as a group we can add points as we come across them 

"OWNER/CO-OWNER/MANAGING OWNER/CAPTAIN’S & SEAFARER/CREW MEMBER/ORDINARY SEAMAN’S AGREEMENT

(version 1.0.2023.03.10 )

This AGREEMENT, dated is between:

... the full agreement lives here >>

SY ALMA FEROZ  🇺🇸 Jose & Alice - Dufour 42′

Alma Feroz JoseAlma Feroz Alice

 

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CERULIAN

 SY CYROLIA 🇫🇷  Alan  - Jeanneau 53′

CYROLIA Alan
Alan

Sailing since 10 years old.  

Owned 6 sailboats.  

Owned the famous Ragtime, 65’ Spencer and raced Transpac in 2005

Mostly Southern California coastal sailing.  

Three Newport to Ensenada races.  

Currently
own two sailboats: 1960 Kettenburg K40 and 2010 Jeanneau 53.   The
Jeanneau is located at Taina Marina, in Tahiti and was purchased in
December 2020. 

Cyrolia
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WINNER OF THE BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT AWARD

WINNER OF '22 SPP THE BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT AWARD - TECOLOTE 

10)  KNOCKING BARNACLES AND SEA GROWTH OFF YOUR  HULLS DURING OUR PASSAGE 

growth

 When
we arrived in the Marquesas after our 20 days mostly rum line passage
our hulls where relatively clean compared to folks arriving from the
Galapagos which had a visible yellow hue near their waterlines 

We
rigged  an old spinnaker sheet to the length of our hull
with stop knots every 12 inches ( 44 of them ) and in good wind
conditions trailed it on the  sides of our vessel from bow to stern
- the wave action removed any waterline growth and  we adjusted
the length every 5 minutes to ensure the knots would slap along the full
waterline - took about 2 hours once a week with good results 

Stopper knots

11) PASSAGE &  LOG BOOK NOTES 

Animal Cracker

Wed Mar 08 2023

We
made it halfway today. The actual days sailing are 12 days, as we
stopped to dive. No line in the water, just a huge expanse of ocean.
It’s kinda like if you stand on a beach a look at the horizon, except
ours is 360 degrees.

We
are starting to pass through the rows of ocean buoys that report the
information that eventually becomes weather forecast. We have seen but
have their position marked via GPS.

We have a friend boat that is really close but we can not see them, maybe later or tomorrow.

Today
the winds are light and the seas much more calm. This gives us a chance
to get some chores done. Scrub the deck, check our gear more closely,
things like that.

Last
night, in my tired state of mind, I turned off the wind sensors so they
did not show on our plotters- don’t ask why I have no clue. Once I got
some sleep I remembered what I did. Good news is the trade winds blow
pretty much the same way, so it wasn’t a big deal.

When we are really bored we bet on how many circles Sissy will do before she does her business.

Boat Stuff

Previous 24hrs we made 129.5NM

Current Heading 206M

Current Boat Speed 4.5-5.5

Wind 12kn at 025

Swell 2M at 15 sec

Current 1.3 out of 060

Sun Mar 05 2023

The
last couple of days I think we have settled into the routine on board.
Everyone is sleeping well, dogs and people business is on a normal
schedule and we are getting really efficient at our sail changes.

Yesterday, for lunch, Tami whipped up some fish taco’s with our fresh Mahin we caught the day before.

Each
day is much like the one before. This is good because by definition
nothing major has broke. We have daily checks and nothing goes
unattended if we have a way to fix it.

We
won the battle with Sid’s Army of Boobies. Not with aggression, I think
we just sailed beyond their area of operation. Less bird shit cleaning!

I
think have arrived at the trade winds. Beautiful puffy cumulus clouds
line the sky. We have very consistent wind, 15-20 knots. The wind
direction has been very stable also. Very enjoyable sailing. I can see
why people like ocean crossings, I do also.

We
are trying a new sailing configuration, pics on Facebook later. We are
flying our 2 Headsails to see how deep towards dead down wind we can
get. If we had a second pole it would be magical. But without are making
great speed at 165 degrees.

John’s boat details!

Last 24hrs we made 121.7 Nm

Current heading 211 M

Current boat speed 5.5 to 7knots.

Wind is 16 knots at 044 true

Current is running port to starboard at around 1.5knots

Following seas at 2M

Sat Mar 04 2023

Yesterday
we put out the fishing. Fishing on our boat is a little wierd. The
trolling and catching part is good. Getting them on board and cleaned is
a bit of dance. Typically looks like a Hollywood murder scene.
Yesterday was no different except we caught out biggest Mahi Mahi ever,
see FB for pics. We have lots of fresh fish!

Thr
Army of Sid did not accept our cease fire. Because we have strong solar
panels defences they attacked from the mast spreaders. This gave them
range to cover the foredeck in guato.

I
got a question on FB messenger regarding why we change our heading so
much. Sometimes it is to stay at an optimal wind angle for speed. Other
times comfort. But mostly we are setting ourselves up to cross the
duldrums at its narrowest point. We leave this decision to our router.
John takes the information below, uses forecasting tools and his
experience to tell us where to point the boat in general.

Yesterday we made 113 NM

Currently

Heading 235M

Boat speed 5-6 kn

Wind 10kn from 147

Current IDK

Swell is maybe 1M at 10 seconds from the north still.

https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AnimalCracker/?mapMode=useGoogle&windSymbol=WindStreamlines&weatherSource=ECMWF&trackDuration=0

read more about their March progress towards the Marquesas here 

https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AnimalCracker/

SY ANIMAL CRACKER  🇺🇸 Scott & Tami - Hunter 46′

KIRIBATI

KIRIBATI 🇰🇮

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14) HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC 

Levuka Fiji

Levuka 🇫🇯  Fiji 

Levuka
is a former capital and town on the eastern coast of the Fijian
island of Ovalau, in Lomaiviti Province. At the census in 2007, the last
to date, Levuka town had a population of 1,131. Levuka was designated a
UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2013, in recognition of the port
town's exceptional testimony to the late colonial port towns in the
Pacific. 

Village near Levuka

The
modern town of Levuka was founded around 1820 by European settlers and
traders as the first modern town in the Fiji Islands, and became an
important port and trading post. A disparate band of settlers made up
Levuka's population – traders, missionaries, shipwrights, speculators,
and vagabonds, as well as respectable businessmen. The US Exploring
Expedition visited in 1840. 

LEVUKA


Levuka remained the capital of fiji  until 1877, when the
administration was moved to Suva, although the move was not made
official until 1882. 

his stone shell was the South Pacific’s first Masonic lodge (1875). This was once Levuka’s only Romanesque building, but it was burnt to a husk in the 2000 coup by God-fearing villagers. Local Methodists had long alleged that Masons were in league with the devil and that tunnels led from beneath the lodge to Nasova House, the Royal Hotel and through the centre of the world to Masonic headquarters in Scotland. This turned out not to be the case.

This
stone shell was the South Pacific’s first Masonic lodge (1875). This
was once Levuka’s only Romanesque building, but it was burnt to a husk
in the 2000 coup by God-fearing villagers. Local Methodists had long
alleged that Masons were in league with the devil and that tunnels led
from beneath the lodge to Nasova House, the Royal Hotel and through the
center of the world to Masonic headquarters in Scotland. This turned out
not to be the case.

Levuka Anchorage in Good Nautical

Levuka 🇫🇯 Fiji Anchorage in Good Nautical

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