MINERVA REEFS

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

PICTURES FROM SV CARINTHIA


Floatin Chain

FLOATING THE ANCHOR CHAIN

Where and why we float the chain: At anchorages with (lots of) coral heads to avoid the chain tangling on those coral heads. If the chain would tangle on the coral heads it would have a couple of adverse effects: the catenary effect of the chain is reduced (or even eliminated if tangled very close to the bow of the yacht), lifting the anchor might be difficult or even impossible without diving, the galvanization of the anchor chain chafes off faster, more coral gets destroyed. The adverse effect of floating the chain is obviously to loose the friction of the part of the chain which is floating. The way we position / deploy the buoys we end up with some 10m chain on the seabed. There is obviously a residual risk of even that chain tangling, but less likely given of the length of the chain thereafter and rather stable wind direction of the trade winds.

Which buoyance devices we use: When we arrived in the Tuamotus we started off with fenders as we did not carry anything else. The disadvantage of fenders is that they compress if they submerse, one gets growth on them, etc. Those hard plastique pearl farm buoys are much better. Some people say, they are washed ashore everywhere in the Tuamotus. Well that was not our experience. Kauehi was our first atoll and in any reasonable distance from the village the shore line was cleaned by the locals. Nevertheless, many villagers have their stash of pearl farm buoys in their gardens. So we simply walked to one obviously very friendly fellow and asked whether we could have four of them. He actually picked the four nicest he had, of the same color, including lines attached to them and did not even want to have anything in return. We put on clips/little carabines to the ends of the lines for fast attachment / detachment to/from the anchor chain and were ready to go.

 

What kind of clips we use: We use little stainless steel carabiners, the size is basically driven by the diameter to fit through a chain link, i.e. it needs to be sufficiently thin (we have a 10mm DIN chain, so carabiners end up being like 4-5cm in length), we use different sorts, i.e. whatever we found in our related spare part bag

 

Where we position the buoys: Our approach is to put the first buoy typically / normal conditions at 10m plus water depth from the anchor, then a buoy every 5m of chain, after the fourth we let out another 7-8m of chain and then hook the bridle. There are other recommendations which take a multiplier to water depth (like 1.5x or 2x water depth), but we just find that not suitable to accommodate for all ranges of water depths. The 10m basically decides how much chain ends up on the seabed, one could do less if the sandy patch is really small or more if there is a larger sandy patch to anchor (in case one sees that at all).

With this approach we end up with a few meters more chain out than based on our non-floating chain length rule under normal conditions (we apply waterdepth plus 30m) – in bad conditions we obviously deploy more in both cases (non-floating and floating).

 

How we deploy the buoys: First we explore to find the spot we want to anchor as usual. If possible we would look for a sandy patch for the anchor itself, but despite the clear water, when anchoring in deeper water we are not able to see for good and/or be able to drop the anchor that accurately. We put out as much chain as we feel comfortable to “drive in” the anchor. Then we pull up the chain again to the first spot for the first buoy (the 10m + water depth), then put out 5m chain, attach a buoy, etc. (lifting the anchor is as usual, just stopping at every buoy and unclipping it, it does not really delay the process once one gets the hang of it).

 

How we clip on the clips: For us it is exactly the same as putting the chain hook / bridle on. So in our case we have to bend over the pull pit and downward to clip them on, but as said, that’s the same as we do with the bridle as well and “normal procedure” for us. If we had a set-up where the chain hook would come through the bow roller, the clips could go through as well as they are way smaller than our chain hook and in our case it would be easy to get a clip and line from the front through the bowroller back on deck. Difficulties I could only see arising if it was – due to bow design / set-up - tricky to get to the chain outside of the bow or the clip from the front through the bowroller back on deck or into the chain locker, but that’s set-up specific, hard to comment in general (in the worst case I would deploy by dinghy).

 

General experience: In general, the boat swings easier than with a non-floating chain, due to the missing friction of the chain length towards the yacht. In places where the wind is dominant anyways and is stable trade wind from the same sector all the time, that’s no issue at all. In places, where swinging is dominated rather by current or tide, one obviously has to check for the space.

In our case only the buoy closest to the yacht is floating on water level in a low wind situation, the others are submersed. We actually measured in one instance the depths of the clips on the anchor chain on an anchorage where the anchor was at 11.5m depths: the clips of the buoys were at 7m, 4m, 2m and 0m water depth respectively (starting from the anchor) at low wind.

Floatin Chain

BY IBEX FLorian and Vick SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE '22


Picture of the Week

FLEET UPDATE 2022-05-13

South Pacific Posse

blovck

May 13, 2022

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) FRENCH POLYNESIA 🇵🇫  FULL RESET

2) NEW ZEALAND 🇳🇿 OPENS JULY 31

3) FIJI  🇫🇯  FREE WELCOME DRINKS AT CLOUD 9

4) COOK ISLANDS 🇨🇰  OPENING 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) FRENCH POLYNESIA 🇵🇫  FULL RESET 
  

🇵🇫

UPDATE ON PORTS OF ENTRY FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Bonjour,

I
have just recveid an email from the DPAM showing that the requirement
to request permission to enter has been lifted according an order from
the High commissioner’s office.

The
DPAM no longer requires nor will they treat any requests to enter
French Polynesia.  Below is the translated text from the DPAM.

This
also means and I have a confirmation that the restriction on entry
ports has been lifted.  It will take a week or more for the other
islands to be aware of this change.

 

I hope you all are as happy about this news as we are.

 

Cheers, Kevin.

 

Kevin

Yacht Services Nuku Hiva  Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

YSNukuHiva@hotmail.com +689 87 22 68 72 

Bay

Hello,
You will find attached the order HC 917 CAB of May 9, 2022 amending the
order HC 7934 CAB of November 15, 2021. This order deletes IV of
article 36 relating to reporting obligations and authorizations prior to
the arrival of pleasure boats. As a result, entry clearance requests
put in place for the COVID crisis are no longer required and will no
longer be processed. Cordially,

Hello, You will find attached the order HC 917 CAB of May 9, 2022 amending the order HC 7934 CAB of November 15, 2021. This order deletes IV of article 36 relating to reporting obligations and authorizations prior to the arrival of pleasure boats. As a result, entry clearance requests put in place for the COVID crisis are no longer required and will no longer be processed. Cordially,
French Polynesia

2)  NEW ZEALAND 🇳🇿 OPENS JULY 31

New Zealand

From
31 July 2022, New Zealand’s maritime border will reopen to currently
prohibited foreign flagged vessels including cruise ships, recreational
craft, and specialist vessels.

Further information about arriving in New Zealand via sea from 31 July will become available on the Ministry of Health website.

COVID-19 update for Private Yachts on C4G/Temporary Import entry (TIE)

In
January 2022 Customs sent out a reminder notice that the COVID-19
extension for vessels in New Zealand on C4G/Temporary Import Entry
concludes on 30 June 2022.  Customs accepts that under the current
environment there have been some that are unable to comply.
Customs has taken this into consideration and the date has now
been extended for a further 12 months.

OPUA

OPUA PORT OF ENTRY NEW ZEALAND

RESTRICTIONS  
WHAT YOU CAN NOT BRING INTO NEW ZEALAND

MAF

New
Zealand Customs Immigration and Biosecurity Officers are very friendly
but will remove all prohibited items and destroy them 

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4) COOK ISLANDS OPENING 🇨🇰  

LAgoon anchorage

COOK ISLANDS ARE OPEN VIA RAROTONGA AVIATU  

must be vaccinated 

meet normal requirements for maritime entry

meet normal immigration requirements

https://goodnautical.com/cook-islands/port-of-entry/avatiu

"Our
extremely high vaccination rate has given us a very high level of
protection against Covid, with an incredible 98% of our eligible
population aged 12 and over having had at least two vaccine doses as of
this week, along with 80% of our 5-11 year-old population." 

Kia orana tatou katoatoa, e kia manuia.

Hon Mark Brown Prime Minister, Cook Islands

Prime Minisiter

5) PICTURES OF THE WEEK 

Ibex

A beautiful sunset on our light-wind and no-waves sail to the Tuamotus ibex

MArquesas

The Spires of Ua Pou

In
1791, American Joseph Ingraham passed through the northwest group of
the Marquesas on his way to China,[  but without setting foot
there. He gave the island of Ua Pou, visible in the distance, the name
"Adam" or "Adams Island" after Vice President John Adams.

It
was also formerly known as Trevenen Island. The name Ua Pou means "two
pillars" and perfectly reflects its orography. It has also been written
as Ua Pu, Hua Pu and Ropo.

It
is considered that the real European explorer was the French
circumnavigator Étienne Marchand (1755-1793), who arrived shortly after,
on June 20, 1791, anchored with his ship Solide first in Vaiehu Bay, on
the west coast, and then off Hakahau. He remained off the island for a
total of three days, but contacts with the inhabitants during the brief
excursions ashore were limited. Marchand named the island "Île
Marchand," after his own surname.

The
arrival of the U.S. whaling ship Tuscan from Nantucket on March 4,
1835, was a prelude to other encounters with whalers, adventurers, and
someewhat shady traders in the following years, who brought firearms and
alcohol to the tribes. 

The
year of Ua Pou's final submission to French rule is considered to be
1880, when Rear Admiral Abel Bergasse Dupetit-Thouars  forcibly
removed the last resistance. The Marquesas then became a French colony.

 

It
is located about 28nm  south of Nuku Hiva, Marquesas. The island
is characterized by four high basalt pillars  the tallest Mount
Oave rises 1,230 m (4,040 ft) above sea level and is the highest
elevation in the Marquesas. 

Ua Pou
When you are the only tourists in a 100 people village, everyone knows you after 1-2 days 😀 (Kauehi Atoll / Tuamotus)

When you are the only tourists in a 100 people village, everyone knows you after 1-2 days 😀

When you are the only tourists in a 100 people village, everyone knows you after 1-2 days 😀 (Kauehi Atoll / Tuamotus)

(Kauehi Atoll / Tuamotus)

(Kauehi Atoll / Tuamotus)

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Waltraud - Sunbeam 42′

Vicky
FLorian

6) SY VA ARRIVES IN 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 
 

As many times as we have probably wanted to kill each other while living on a boat we have also become a little better and a little stronger because of it. Okay maybe A LOT stronger, even if there are a few more grey hairs amongst us LOL! But despite the obvious challenges created by living on a small, isolated, susceptible, floating home that is always trying to sink, break, or kill us, we wouldn’t trade this life for anything. Reality check: Life on a boat is hard, life on a boat with your significant other, well yeah it’s fucking harder. 24/7 togetherness isn’t always rainbows and rum punches. We argue, we yell, we fight just like any other couple would on land. We have been married 4 years, and on the boat it feels more like 10. Many people who choose this life, generally speaking, have been married already for a lifetime, and have had time to figure each other out before putting themselves in a situation like living on a boat, but for us we sorta just packed it all in for our first 4 years of marriage. But it’s worked, and it’s working, and we are figuring it out together. At the end of the day we are partners and we just have each other!

WE
officially made it! After 34 days, 2400 miles, 80 eggs, 30 avocado, 50
tomatoes, 10 banana breads, 4 soaking squalls, 8 rolls of toilet paper,
and 2 bags of rice. We caught 11 fish and successfully brought on board
3.5 and possibly had the shortest record setting doldrums crossing (that
we know of)

WE have made it to The Marquesas.

Our
Pacific Ocean passage was unlike anything else. We had a solid crew and
spirits were high every step of the way. We hope you were able to
follow along on our tracker with daily blogs of our time at sea.

We have so much to catch up but for now we are eager to get our feet on some terra firma.

WE SAIL ARRIVES

WE SAIL aka "SY VA" with their South Pacific Burgee

There
is very little that could compare with the feeling of sailing across
the worlds largest OCEAN under your own skills and canvas, being at sea
and then having these islands be the first place you see. 

We Sail

Arrival in the Marquesas

LOG ENTRY  Day 36 Tue Apr 19 2022  04:30 GMT 10º 30.721 S  138º 41.362 W Course: 243° true, 0.0 kts 

LAND HO

Today
I complete something that I have worked towards for several years, and
dreamed about for many, many more. I have had the pleasure of sailing
across the worlds largest expanse of open ocean, aboard a sound and
solid vessel with able crew that took on each day and every obstacle
with grace and courage, not a complaint or doubt among us. The lessons
have been numerous, only outnumbered by the moments of wonder and awe,
with mother nature and the gods of the ocean coming together to grant us
pass, and to shine on us with not just good fortune, but the best of
fortunes during this, the largest of undertakings… I won’t be the first
to write this and it’s no secret to explorers, but its clear that the
more that one is willing to put on the line and risk in his endeavors,
the more he stands to gain, and looking back I suppose we definitely put
a lot on the line and went out on a few branches, but it’s equally true
that we’ve always been paid back in spades and this experience has been
no different. It’s been WAY more than I could have ever asked for, and
I’m honored to have followed in the footsteps of the great explorers who
risked way more than we ever did. My final parting thought is this: now
that we don’t risk jinxing things by mentioning them I can say this -
OK first the doldrums: it’s unbelievable that we got through them in the
lightning speed that we did, thanks Aelous & Neptune/Possidon, much
appreciated and we won’t forget it. Secondly, the boat and her hardware
weathered every and all storms with only a few small items to address
and no major failures or losses, thanks VA and the Universal magic that
clearly watches over us all! Lastly thanks to the sea for sharing a few
of her ancient secrets, the ones that cannot be told, sold, or traded,
but must be claimed in person, I will keep them close to heart for the
rest of my life.

VA's Track

SY VA 🇵🇦 Erica Thomas   - Fountaine Pajot 44′

Erika
Thomas
BRAVO ZULU

7) GOOD NAUTICAL NEEDS YOU  

Over the last 12 years we have added over 7,000
anchorages into Good Nautical - and   are looking to enhance this
information with first hand accounts from you - please add pictures,
details and updates as you see them.
 

Minerva Reef

The iconic Minerva Reef Yacht Club Anchorage

MINERVA
REEF -  Please email us your anchorages and tracks to safeguard
them for those who will attempt them after you please email your tracks (
any format )   to
registration@pacificposse.com 

North MInerva Reef Entrance

 The
Minerva Reefs (Tongan: Ongo Teleki) are a group of two submerged atolls
located in the Pacific Ocean south of Fiji and Tonga. The islands are
the subject of a territorial dispute between both nations, and in
addition were briefly claimed by American Libertarians as the centre of a
micronation, the Republic of Minerva. 

MInerva Reef

The
reefs were named after the whaleship Minerva, wrecked on what became
known as South Minerva after setting out from Sydney in 1829. Many other
ships would follow, for example Strathcona, which was sailing north
soon after completion in Auckland in 1914. In both cases most of the
crew saved themselves in whaleboats or rafts and reached the Lau Islands
in Fiji. 

The
reefs were first known to Europeans by the crew of the brig Rosalia,
commanded by Lieutenant John Garland, which was shipwrecked there in
1807. The Oriental Navigator for 1816 recorded Garland’s discovery under
the name Rosaretta Shoal, warning that it was “a dangerous shoal, on
which the Rosaretta, a prize belonging to his Majesty's ship Cornwallis,
was wrecked on her passage from Pisco, in Peru, to Port Jackson, in
1807”. It noted that it was “composed of hard coarse sand and coral”, a
description that must have come from Garland’s report. It also said that
“from the distressed situation of the prize-master, Mr. Garland”, the
shoal’s extent could not be ascertained, and concluded: “The situation
is not to be considered as finally determined”. It cited different
coordinates from those given by Garland: 30°10 South, longitude 173°45'
East.  The reefs were put on the charts by Captain John Nicholson
of LMS Haweis in December 1818 as reported in The Sydney Gazette 30
January 1819.[3] Captain H. M. Denham of HMS Herald surveyed the reefs
in 1854 and renamed them after the Australian whaler Minerva which ran
aground on South Minerva Reef on 9 September 1829. 

MInerva Reef Wrecks

A wreck inside the Minerva Reefs

8) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

    NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

*no bill-fish

9) MEET THE FLEET 
SEA PEARL

MEET THE FLEET

Hello South Pacific-Posse, 

We are Luisa and Matthias sailing on our 2008 Dufour 455 GL. 

We
started our present journey in August 2021. Since then we traveled the
Mediterranean westwards and hopped over Madeira, some of the Canarian
Islands and Cape Verde to the southern Caribbean Islands. Since then our
course was northwards with a touring point in Eleuthera/Bahamas. We are
now on our way back south to Panama and are planning the canal crossing
mid of June to sail on-wards into the big Pacific. 

Bays

We are looking forward to meet you guys and share our experiences along the way. 

Personal
facts: we are 28 (Luisa) and 34 (Matthias) and have been dinghy-sailing
since our childhood on Bavarian inshore lakes. We are both German and
our journey shall last a total of two years, so we are planning to
return to our normal lives by end of August 2023.

Tracking

10) CHRIS ON SEAGLUB GOT THE BURGEE

Seaglub

Meet
Chris on SeaGlub - Lead Vessel of this season's South Pacific Posse
currently scouting the Fiji - New Caledonia - Australia Route 

11) LANDFALL IN 🇵🇳 PITCAIRN  

Pitcairn

Pitcairn
is the least populous national jurisdiction in the world. The Pitcairn
Islanders are a biracial ethnic group descended mostly from nine Bounty
mutineers and a handful of Tahitian consorts – as is still apparent from
the surnames of many of the islanders. The mutiny and its aftermath
have been the subject of many books and films. As of January 2020, the
territory had only 47 permanent inhabitants. 

The Landing

Horizon landed in Pitcairn today. 2700nm in 17 days from the Galapagos. We felt
like we were on the  "Cream Run". Beam Reach all the way. We were a
little worried that the engine would not start after 14 days (but it
did :-) . Life is good and Pitcairn and the people here are amazing.

SY  HORIZON 🇺🇸  Anders & Anette - Outbound 46′

Annette
Christopher
BRAVO ZULU

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Wallis and Futuna

Roasted pigs of Wallis and Futuna on St. Chanel Day

Festivals and dance Wallis and Futuna

Numerous
festivals are celebrated in Wallis and Futuna throughout the year; on
St Chanel Day, pigs are roasted and placed in the sun, and dancing
performances are held. The Wallis and Futuna Festival is put on in
Noumea annually. Flae fones are community feasting and meeting
structures. 

There
are at least 16 types of dances (faive), their differences based upon
location, occasion, number of dancers, gender, accompanying instruments,
and other modifiers. Most dances are accompanied by singing and some
type of percussion instruments as dancing without drumming is considered
unusual. The kailao (paddle-club dance), however, has no song and only
includes percussion.  Wallis and Futuna dancers perform across the
Oceania region at festivals. 

 There
is not much tourism in the two islands. The natural heritage of the
territory is largely preserved; there are not many recreational sites in
Wallis and Futuna. 

Souht Pacific Posse

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14) PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Picture of the Week

view from Makemo dinghy dock

SY KISMET 🇺🇸 Kevin - Passport 41′

Kevin

15) ARANUI 5 SUPPLY & CRUISE SHIP 
🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA

Our „intimate“ Aranui 5 experience in Kauehi 😀

M/V
Aranui 5 is a dual passenger/cargo vessel that entered service 12
December 2015 between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. With a homeport
of Papeete, French Polynesia, the Aranui 5 replaced the Aranui 3 which
entered service in 2003.

Our „intimate“ Aranui 5 experience in Kauehi 😀

Like
its predecessor, is registered as a passenger ship under the
International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), for
international operation.

Apart
from supplying cargo to the six ports in the Marquesas Islands, Aranui 5
also operates a passenger service and tourist cruise as part of its
14-day itinerary. It also stops at the islands of Rangiroa and Fakarava
in the Tuamotu Islands before returning on its 13th day to Bora Bora in
the Society Islands. 

Supply landing craft
Arnui 5

Vessel particulars:

    Flag: France

    Length: 126 m. Breadth: 22 m. Draught: 5.2 m. 

    Cruising speed: 15 knots

    Propellers: 2

    Freight: 3000 tons

    Capacity: 230 passengers – 103 cabins

Aranui 5 in Tahuata

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Waltraud - Sunbeam 42′

Vicky
Floria

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MArquesas

UA
HUKA is one of the smallest islands of the Marquesas French Polynesia.
Home of the “great house” of gods overlooking the ocean, this wild and
deep universe offers a preserved nature with steep slopes and desert
plateaus.

The
population lives mainly horse breeding in the highlands, because there
are more horses on the island than people, fishing and coprahculture.

They live around Vaipaee, capital of the island which has an archaeological museum located in the local authority.

Ua
Huka is also the place whre the Marquesas’ most ancient archeological
sites can be found. The preservation of cultural heritage and
environmental protection are very important for the local population.
You can visit the site Meiaute with red stone tikis, the cave “Pas”, the
bird’s island, petroglyphs of vaikiki and many others.

Traditional
arts, seen in “tapa” factories or monoi fabrication places “Kumu Hei”
are also preponderent in wood or stone carving.

Horses
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FLEET UPDATE 2022-04-30

South Pacific Posse

April 30, 2022

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) SY BLUE BERYL MMSI 244021961 DISMASTED

2) FIJI DROPS PRE-ARRIVAL COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENT

3) MARINA DENARAU SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) SY BLUE BERYL MMSI 244021961 DISMASTED  
ETA 20 DAYS TO MARQUESAS 

NOv
Charlie

Flying the international maritime signal flags NC ICS November Charlie 

Blue Berryl

SY BLUE BERYL MMSI 244021961 DISMASTED

Alex and Yvette are safe and well, however their 44ft sloop is dismasted and sailing under jury rig using a spinnaker pole.

Blue Beryl is on passage between Galapagos and Marquesas and SOG 3.3 knots

 SY BLUE BERYL is not part  of the SPP but as many of vessels are along the route we are able to assist if need be.

from blueberyl  4/26/2022, 16:51 UTC

"Many
thanks for your quick professional response. I've just got an e-mail
from KAWAINE II  (SPP#23) . That they heard about a Pan Pan
... Nevertheless I wanna thank you to be so professional and look
after other people on the sea.

You
did a good job and I'm really thankful. After we where dismasted a
couple of days ago it's nice to know that people are close. Everything
well on board Blue Beryl. We do a good speed with a jury rig. And will
arrive in Nuka Hiva in 3 weeks.

Have a good night!

Alex,

Blue Beryl"

2)  FIJI 🇫🇯
DROPS PRE-ARRIVAL COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENT

Fiji https://sailwiththeflo.files.wordpress.com

29 April 2022: Effective 1 May 2022, fully vaccinated visitors to Fiji
will no longer be required to produce a pre-arrival negative COVID-19
test prior to entry, a move that reduces costs and lends greater
convenience to those traveling to the country. 

 

The change applies to all visitors entering Fiji by air or sea who were
previously required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or
rapid antigen test (RAT) prior to their arrival to Fiji.

 

This step is in line with best practice for entry requirements among highly
vaccinated societies and follows countries such as Australia and
Singapore who have also removed COVID-19 testing as an entry
prerequisite. 

 

The current requirement to book an in-country pre-COVID RAT test, prior to
departing for Fiji, remains. The test must be done within 48 - 72 hours
of arrival. In-country tests must be booked prior to arrival to Fiji on
https://entrytestfiji.com/. 

 

Commencing 1 May 2022, the vaccination requirement for entry into Fiji has also
been widened. All visitors above the age of 16 years must now display
proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering the country. 

 

The lowering of the age requirement for the vaccine prerequisite comes as
more children globally are granted access to vaccines. Fiji’s key
visitor markets have considerably high coverage of vaccination amongst
those below the 18-year age threshold. 

  

All other existing conditions for entry remain applicable and can be reviewed at https://www.mcttt.gov.fj/.

 

These moves follow Fiji’s continued effort to strengthen its in-country
testing programme and wider community surveillance efforts designed to
ensure the safety of visitors and Fijians alike. 

 

The COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce will continue to review Fiji’s entry
requirements and COVID safe measures, with a focus on strengthening
community surveillance and the robustness of the in-country testing
digital platform, supplemented by the already high vaccination
rates. 

Fiji FLag

3) MARINA DENARAU FIJI 🇫🇯
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

Port Denarau Marina

Bula ! We welcome the South Pacific Posse to Denarau Marina and Fiji !

Cynthia Rasch

Cynthia Rasch Port Denarau Fiji

Denarau Marina

As a benefit to you our sponsorship of the South Pacific Posse provides you with


  • 15% off on berthing for vessels staying 3 nights or more in the
    marina subject to availability and payment in advance
  •     Boatyard discount for Rally participants who need to carry out repairs & maintenance works a 3 day bundle deal
  •     F$75 day pass package at Radisson Resort which includes :
     

    • Welcome experience (drink, neck lei and Bula welcome), breakfast is included at Blue Bar & Grill Restaurant, Spa –
    • 10% off from available Spa menu, activities – non motorized available activities, motorized at
    • 10% off less jet skis, use of pool and available facilities
    •  For
      those who would like to get their land legs back for a little while, we
      have been able to secure 40% off on room rates at the Radisson Resort

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4) ENTRY INTO CAPTAIN ROW AWARD 

FUELING IN NUKU HIVA 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Captain Ron Award

We knew it would be an adventure, and we were not disappointed. So we
lifted our anchor in Taioha’e bay and made the short distance towards
the cargo = fuel dock. For a yacht to fuel up there, the mooring is med
style, or roman catholic as we also say in Europe, which is also called
„vaticano“ for short. Dropping bow anchor, going stern to with two stern
lines
to the dock. While we are used to the maneuver coming from the meds, it
is still interesting with swell and wind on the beam and and a high
concrete dock. Hence we need help from the dock, which is simply not
there. That’s due to dock hand equal the petrol pump attendant and
currently fueling cars. 

FUEL

So we go in circles in front of the dock for like 15 minutes, then a small
power boat comes, which obviously gets fuel before us, as it would be
faster. Then the guy explains us what to do, we ask whether he would
help with the lines, yes of course. We start the maneuver, drop the bow
anchor, go stern to, the only one missing at this moment is the guy on
the dock, he went back to fueling cars. So we try to keep the stern
close to the dock, despite swell and wind from the side for another 15
minutes, yell for the guy, and nothing happens … until the guy comes
back. Throwing lines, one and two, great, we are tied up. Then throwing a
third line, for the guy to tie to the nozzle to be pulled over to the
yacht, ideally without lowering the nozzle into the water. We keep like
~3-5m distance to the dock to avoid damage on the yacht. The good news:
the throughput of the pump provides 100l/minutes, way too much for our
little boat and thin hoses. The flow can be regulated to some extent at
the nozzle, but if the flow gets too low, the pump on land switches off
by itself. While trying to keep some flow, while not overdoing it for
our hoses and spilling the lot, we notice that our anchor is not holding
anymore.  After the first tank is filled, a quick discussion
whether we should hand back the nozzle, untie and re-anchor or go ahead,
while stabilizing the boat with the engine, we just think: the guy
probably never comes back again.  

IBEX FUEL

So we divide and conquer: Vicky tries to keep the boat from damaging the
concrete dock, while Florian fuels the second tank of IBEX. While this
should be quick with 100l/min, there it happens, regulated to low at the
nozzle, the pump switches off. Where was the pump attendant again?
Well, not here. Once, IBEX is at an angle of like 45° to the dock, the
anchor seems to hold again. Hence this entire scene looks really
awkward, but it works after all. We hand back the nozzle via the extra
line, untie the sternlines, lift anchor and make a run. Payment is a
different story, we first joined the Posse line call, before going back
by dinghy, it would have been impossible to pay while there.

 

Cheers

Vicky & Florian from IBEX

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Waltraud - Sunbeam 42′

Vicky
FLorian

5) SY DREAMER ARRIVES IN 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 
 

SY DREAMER

South Pacific Burgee - French Flag - Marquesas Flag & French Polynesia Flag 

Dreamer's Track

Dreamers looong track to FP

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

Gerne
David
BRAVO ZULU

6) GOOD NAUTICAL NEEDS YOU  

Over the last 12 years we have added over 7,000
anchorages into Good Nautical - and   are looking to enhance this
information with first hand accounts from you - please add pictures,
details and updates as you see them.
 

 Tjibaou Cultural Center at the heart of Kanak culture

The
iconic Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, an art center,  museum,
performance space,  library and a landscaped park 

NEW CALEDONIA 🇳🇨  Please email us your anchorages and tracks to
safeguard them for those who will attempt them after you please email
your tracks ( any format )   to
registration@pacificposse.com 

New Caledonia is in Good Nautical

 
It is home to the largest lagoon in the world. It is registered since 2008
on the World Heritage list of Unesco. The lagoon of New Caledonia has
the second largest barrier in the world after the great barrier reef of
Australia, and its marine biodiversity is exceptional.

Reef

The lagoon,  with varied landscapes of dense green forests to red-earthed mountains.

The lagoon, with varied landscapes of dense green forests to red-earthed mountains.

New Caledonia staunchly defends it's maritime borders from Chinese longline Fishing vessels 

"Maritime border dispute flares up again

Sea border dispute between Vanuatu and New Caledonia has resulted in the
arrest and conviction of a Chinese boat captain and members of his crew.
New Caledonian maritime surveillance authorities claimed the long line
vessel was fishing inside its territorial waters and slapped it with a
US$5.5m fine. Hugues Gossvin of Navimon Fishing Company said the Hu Yu
911 ship was seized by the French Navy in December last year. He told
reporters who attended an European Union funded Tuna workshop in Noumea
that although the longliner was licensed to fish in Vanuatu waters, it
was found fishing however within New Caledonian waters, a claim denied
by the boat captain and the Government of Vanuatu.

“The catch and the ship has been confiscated and the crew are still
negotiating their fate with the authorities,” said Gossvin. Crew members
of Hu Yu 911 were still on the boat in Noumea when Islands Business
toured the Navimon operation last February. Gossvin said New Caledonian
authorities had considered selling the vessel. However the state of the
vessel might not meet the high phytosanitary standards that the French
demands of New Caledonian vessels. The fishing industry in this French
territory only had long line fishing vessels and all are locally owned.
“We do not have any distant water fishing nations’ boats fishing in our
waters,” he said. It is understood the captain of the fishing boat was
prosecuted in a Noumea court, found guilty of fishing illegally and
fined."

With 40 tonnes of tuna and 4 tonnes of shark fins in its holds, the Hu Yu 911 was boarded on October 30 between Belep and Vanuatu in the north of Grande Terre. Since Vanuatu decided to grant fishing licenses to Chinese companies, the number of boats that come to illegally take advantage of the wealth of Caledonian waters seems to be increasing sharply.

With 40 tonnes of tuna and 4 tonnes of shark fins in its holds, the Hu Yu
911 was boarded and detained   between Belep and Vanuatu in the
north of Grande Terre. 

7) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

    NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

*no bill-fish

8) THE BAYS OF NUKU HIVA 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

 Taioha'e Bay

Taioha'e Bay

Gargolye in Daniels Bay

Gargoyle in Comptroller  Bay Nuku Hiva French Polynesia 

Bays

 Hakatea Bay - Nuku Hiva

bAY

Comptroller   Bay Nuku Hiva French Polynesia 

bAY

Amazing anchorages await in Nuku Hiva 

BAY

Some Bays of Nuku Hiva: Taioha'e, Anaho, Hatiheu, Hakatea, Hooumi, Hanga Haa

Ha atuatua-bay

Ha'atuatua Bay with an impressive view of the magnificent falaises to the south. 
A small creek runs over the southern end of the beach

https://goodnautical.com/gma/french-polynesia?field_gma_value=PF

All the bays in Nuku Hiva are in Good Nautical 

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Waltraud - Sunbeam 42′

Vicky
Florian

09) ADDITIONAL PICTURES OF THE WEEK BY IBEX 

IBEX

Marquesas 🇵🇫  French Polynesia

French Polynesia

Marquesas 🇵🇫  French Polynesia

🇵🇫

Marquesas 🇵🇫  French Polynesia

After 3145 nautical miles and 21 days at sea we have arrived in Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia. We now look forward to a good night sleep without waves crashing against the hull.

After
3145 nautical miles and 21 days at sea we have arrived in Nuku Hiva,
French Polynesia. We now look forward to a good night sleep without
waves crashing against the hull.

10)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯  Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

🇫🇯  Denarau Marina - Fiji 

Marquesan

MARQUESAN CULTURE

11) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

12) MORE PICTURES OF THE WEEK 

GARGOLYLE

 MARQUESAS 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Atoll entrance into the lagoon of Fakarava. The atoll's highest elevation is 53 feet not including the height of the coconut trees!

Atoll entrance into the lagoon of Fakarava. The atoll's highest elevation is
53 feet not including the height of the coconut trees!

Back in the clear blue waters again! Time to go do some exploring.

Back in the clear blue waters again! Time to go do some exploring.

Gargoyle relaxing after the 5000 nautical mile sail, planning to spend a week to 10 days here taking in the sights.

Gargoyle relaxing after the 5000 nautical mile sail, planning to spend a week to 10 days here taking in the sights.

Arms in the air is a welcoming sign where are arms down signaled aggression. One up, one down......no one seemed to know.

Arms in the air is a welcoming sign where are arms down signaled aggression. One up, one down......no one seemed to know.

 SY GARGOYLE 🇺🇸   Kevin & Carla - Beneteau 50′

Kevin
Carla

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

Tracking

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

14) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

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

Sevenstar

Who is Sevenstar Yacht Transport?

Sevenstar
is the world’s leading provider of yacht shipping services on a
lift-on, lift-off basis. Sevenstar has access to the Spliethoff fleet of
over 120 company owned vessels. With an impressive 1,500+ transports
per year, they are calling over 100 ports in more than 40 countries
worldwide.

For a quote with the Panama Posse discount please contact 
Kris Caren

email: kris@sevenstar-usa.com

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15) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick

16) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

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YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Local hunter and his trusty side kicks. They hunt the wild goats left on the islands from the 1700 and 1800 sailors who needed a provisioning after the long sail across the Pacific.

Local hunter and his trusty side kicks. They hunt the wild goats left on the
islands from the 1700 and 1800 sailors who needed a provisioning after
the long sail across the Pacific.

South Pacific Posse

south pacific posse communications 
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© 2022 South Pacific Posse / Ocean Posse LLC


ua pao french polynesia harbor anchorage

FLEET UPDATE 2022-04-09

South Pacific Posse

April 9, 2022

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1)  GARGOYLE ARRIVES IN NUKU HIVA

2) VANUATU 'S SOFT OPENING 

3) VUDA MARINA INTEL

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

THE HEART OF VOH 🇳🇨 NEW CALEDONIA

The Heart of Voh

The Heart of Voh is a natural clearing formed by mangroves.  
Vook” in the local Kanak language is found on the west coast of Grande  Terre, 300km from Nouméa, in New Caledonia.
In
1999, the photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand made it the cover photo for
his book, Earth from Above, a UNESCO-sponsored inventory of the world’s
most beautiful landscapes. 

1) SY GARGOLYE 4,000 nm, 30 DAYS
DIRECT FROM COSTA RICA TO  🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Kevin and Carla Arrived

Arrived in Huku Niva. 30 days! Thanks for all of the support and information, as always! 

SY GARGOYLE 🇺🇸  Kevin  Carla & Ron  - Beneteau 50′ arrived Sat Apr 02 2022 0800 Local Time

4,000
miles and 30 days later, we’re here. We dropped the hook at 0800 local
time and we are just adopting to the feeling of stillness. A lovely
island though a busy anchorage with a portion of the Oyster World Rally
at anchor as well as a large number of other cruising boats. And of
course a sign that civilization has returned post covid, a cruise ship
is in as well.

So
for now we’ll enjoy the calm of the anchorage and get some rest before
we head out to explore. With a chilled glass of champagne in our hands,
this is Gargoyle signing off for this passage.

Cheers,

Kevin, Carla and Ron

Kevin
Carla

A FEW EXERTS FROM GARGOYLE'S SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE CROSSING 
LOG ENTRIES 
Under a Forever Sky

Sun Mar 20 2022

Tonight
we are once again motoring at our most fuel efficient rpm as we
continue to hunt for wind. Our forecast and weather router all told us
today we have wind that would allow us to sail in the general direction
of Nuka Hiva. Sadly all were wrong as our winds were 100° west northwest
of predicted. Not that big a deal really, if our destination was say,
Tokyo.

So
we spent the day sailing slowly in the wrong direction, all the while
hoping for a wind shift that never materialized. After dinner we tossed
that plan overboard with the leftovers and decided to again use our
precious remaining diesel to forge further southwest in hopes of finding
the elusive trade winds.

Now
we motor slowly under a spectacular sky awash in stars. The sky here is
different from anything I’ve seen elsewhere. Everything from the sheer
horizon to horizon span to the towering clouds to the brilliant
constellations seem to dwarf what we’re used to seeing. Add in the still
brilliant light of the waning moon on a calm sea and its pure magic.

I wait in this fairy tale
setting for a wind to fill in from the east while the engine sips
gently and Gargoyle rumbles through the night, searching. The crew is
asleep. I am alone, waiting.

Nuku Hiva

A Symphony at Sea

Wed Mar 16 2022

As we close our 2nd week at passage I wanted to invite you to join me at the helm

A
spectacular sunset has finally faded just off our starboard bow as we
make a course of 260°. The wind is ten to fifteen knots with gusts to
twenty and we are sailing downwind under a poled out
Genoa at 145° apparent. Speed is consistently over five knots with surges to seven when the gusts kick things up.

Sitting
to starboard, having enjoyed the sun’s last display of color, the first
thing you notice is the rolling motion. As is their tendency, sailboats
will roll when generating power from a large sail poled out to one
side. To counteract the roll I have a small amount of mainsail rolled
out. Not enough to block or cover the front sail but enough to add a
touch of stability. Does it stop the roll, no. But as a friend just
pointed put, imagine beating into these same twenty knot gusts and the
roll becomes much more tolerable.

The
cockpit is lit in red from our instruments on the port and starboard
helms. In addition, both helms have compasses that glow red at night as
well. It’s time to log our hourly readings and I don my trusty headlamp
to light the log book and record our position, heading, speed, wind
single/speed and barometric pressure. I then walk the cockpit and spend a
few minutes scanning the horizon on all sides and to stern for shops
lights. Then a scan of our instruments for AIS targets or the sharp
silver line of a ship on radar. All clear as expected so far from land.

With
the hourly work completed its time to settle back and enjoy the
symphony of a sailing vessel running across the ocean at night. The air
is cool and the breeze over my left shoulder brings the low hum of our
hydrogenator at work punctuated every 12 to 18 seconds by the two meter
southerly swell slapping our ass with a gentle push before rolling under
our keel. The sea state remains a bit confused so I’m surrounded by the
sound of water but it’s a welcome sound reminding me of where am I am
in the moment.

The
genoa up front pulls us forward with only an occasional ripple as the
wind and roll get out of sync for a moment, then with a snap of dacron
the rhythm is back and we resume our graceful glide. There’s also the
accompanying creaks of taut sheets, topping lift and vang all adding
their own notes to this wonderful harmony.

I’m
often asked what music I listen to for different sea states and tonight
its Diana Krall and the lush sounds of Live in Paris. The moon is
nearly full and hangs ripe over our stern, lighting the sea and a
distant line of clouds that surround on all horizons. There’s always a
chance of a squall but that just changes the key of this magic ocean
symphony. Night watch on the Pacific. A study in sensory perfection.

Made it
BRAVO ZULU
Track from Costa Rica

For more info videos and log entries visit https://www.svgargoyle.com/

2) VANUATU 'S 🇻🇺 SOFT OPENING 

MAEWO VANUATU

MAEVO ISLAND - VANUATU 

Vanuatu will begin reopening its border starting next month.

The
Director-General of the Ministry of Health, Russell Tamata, said this
is possible because high vaccination rates have been achieved on Efate
and the outer islands.

Tamata also says hospitalization rates and deaths have remained low.

Vanuatu's vaccination program, access to rapid testing, social distancing, and mask-wearing are paving a way forward.

From
May 1 to the end of June there will be a soft opening  for over
5,000 Vanuatu nationals and residents who are stranded overseas to
return home.

OPening

Tamata
says reducing restrictions on travel to Vanuatu will provide a stimulus
for economic recovery and free up health resources to focus on
vaccination and future planning.07 April 2022  20,400 Moderna
COVID-19 vaccine arrive through COVAX for booster doses

Vanuatu welcomes the arrival of 20,400 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine supplied through the COVAX Facility .

This
is the first lot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines received by the country.
Moderna would be the fourth vaccine to be used in Vanuatu, apart from
AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and the single-shot Johnson and Johnson (J&J)
vaccines.

Efate Island, Vanuatu

Efate Island, Vanuatu 

VANUATU

VANUATU IS IN GOOD NAUTICAL - 83 Islands and hundreds of  anchorages 

Vanuatu

3) VUDA MARINA, FIJI  🇫🇯 CYCLONE HAUL-OUT INTEL 

Gathering
intel and living aboard here in Vuda. Great owners and staff, you can
get just about anything you need done to your boat here, there's a yacht
shop, cafe, mini market, and excellent restaurant.

VUDA MARINA

Vuda Marina tucked  in Cyclone Hole

VUDA MARINA

Zazoo and Seaglub next to each other 

Placed in mudholes in VUDA MARINA

Cyclone storage in the tire lined pits at Vuda Marina

It's a location for your yacht

So
after several days of being here in the Vuda Marina, getting to live a
little here, meet with the owner / operator and walk around to get a
good view of the place, I have a VERY HIGH opinion of this place for
storing your boat. I've included several pictures. There are 60 pits but
they go fast so call or email NOW to make a reservation. I only
see one open right now. Monohulls can also sit on jack stands and
catamarans sit comfortably almost directly on the ground then tied down
to buried cement blocks. The entrance is straight forward. I came in at
extreme low tide (5' tide swing) during a new moon and had just 1 foot
beneath the keel but I probably could've timed it better. I draw just
over 6' or 190cm. There's a new basin being added with docks but you'll
likely med moor to them with help from the staff. In the circle you will
definitely get help from the fantastic staff as they get you tied off.
The downside in the circle is getting on and off the boat requires a bit
of gymnastics. There's a marine store, a cafe, market, and restaurant
as well bathrooms, showers, washing machines. 220 power is available, I
use a step down and works great. I believe power is available at some of
the pits as well.

SV SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

Chris on Seaglub
https://pacificposse.com/vuda-marina

4) MARQUESAS, FRENCH POLYNESIA 
  🇵🇫 REPORT FROM SKY POND

Marquesas

The
unofficial flag of the Marquesas Islands was first raised on December
14, 1980, upon the opening of the airport on Nuku Hiva, and has been
regularly used since 1994. A simplified version, without the tiki
design, is sometimes flown. 

All is well here. 

Kevin,
the agent here on Nuku Hiva is excellent and we would recommend him to
everyone .  He’s not only an agent, but a “fixer” ..meaning either
he will get what you need done or knows someone who can.  

We three got our shell back tattoos in the style of French Polynesian tattoo designs. 

We
have a great photo album documenting our trip, including the Pollywog
ceremony, but haven’t had the bandwidth to publish it publicly via
iCloud. 

Setting
sail from Nuku Hiva tonight for one of the most southern Marquesses
islands then crossing to the Tuamotus a few days later.  

Rainy season starts here in a month according to the locals.  

I
also recommend provisioning dried eggs.  It can be a week or more
between egg availability here.  Eggs were a rare find the first
time we sailed south pac six years ago so this time I brought a big bag
of dried eggs.  Glad I did.  The main veggie market in Nuku
Hiva is pretty well stocked daily and what they don’t carry the 4
magazines do..but it requires diligence to find fruits and vegetables.

The
Oyster rally arrived this week.  I spoke to the advance team and
they said that they all used the provisioning delivery service out of
Tahiti to get re provisioned.  I don’t know how they delivered
those provisions to the island to coincide with the 34 boats’ arrivals.

Thanks for the email response.  Hope all is going well for you.  

Roxy 

Sky Pond

toasting the arrival in Nuku Hiva 

SKY POND'S ENTRY INTO BOAT YOGA POSE

Boat Yohga

SKY POND'S 3 ENTRIES GALLEY GOD(DESS) AWARD

galley goddess
SKY POND'S ENTRY INTO GALLEY GOD(DESS)
SKY POND'S ENTRY INTO GALLEY GOD(DESS)

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

Carl
Roxy

5) GOOD NAUTICAL NEEDS YOU 🇹🇴

Over the last 12 years we have added over 7,000
anchorages into Good Nautical - and   are looking to enhance this
information with first hand accounts from you - please add pictures,
details and updates as you see them.
 

Anchorage @

Tonga 🇹🇴  is in there and most important we will collect and display tracks. Including the infamous Niuatoputapu reef
passage. To safeguard them for those who will attempt them after you
please email your tracks ( any format )   to
registration@pacificposse.com 

TONGA IS IN GOOD NAUTICAL

Anchorage @  Niuatoputapu 15° 56.436 S  173° 46.077 W 

Track

The snaking path to go through the reef in Niuatoputapu, Tonga 🇹🇴 

6) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

    NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

*no bill-fish

7) THE  BARS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC 

Danny Doolans Auckland

Danny Doolan’s Auckland Harbour 🇳🇿   NZ

 36° 50.56' S 174° 45.8233' E 

Danny Doolans

One of the top sailing bars in the South Pacific  
Maybe a suitable setting for a South Pacific Posse Rum Party ? 

8)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯  Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

Hauled Out The Boat Yard / Vava’u, Tonga

Haul Out in TONGA 🇹🇴 The BoatYard Vava’u 
From @ https://www.sailingcalypso.com/the-boatyard-vavau-tonga/

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=external&v=1483391155030863

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

10) PICTURE OF THE WEEK 

Entry

UA PAO - MARQUESAS 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

 SY KISMET 🇺🇸  Kevin - Passport 41′

Kevin

11) THE ORIGINAL GUNK HOLES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

LEVUKA 🇫🇯  FIJI

Levuka

Levuka Signpost and town entrance

Levuka

Levuka is a town on the eastern coast of the Fijian island of Ovalau. 
Up until 1877, it was the capital of Fiji. 

Currently
this strangly haunted town has a population of about 5,000. It is the
economic hub and the largest of 24 settlements on the island.
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 

Levuka view from the Anchorage

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

LEVUKA Historic streets

Much of Levuka's unique heritage is in its wooden architecture (highly vulnerable to fire).

Levuka

The South Pacific's first Masonic Lodge is Levuka's only Romanesque building. 

It was built in 1913 and housed the Freemasons that were established in Levuka by Alexander Barrack in 1875.  

The South Pacific's first Masonic Lodge is Levuka's only Romanesque building. It was built in 1913 and housed the Freemasons that were established in Levuka by Alexander Barrack in 1875. Plenty of myths are surrounding the Freemasons and the building.

There
is much controversy about the Masonic fraternity in Fiji, the dominant
traditional Christian faiths consider Masons to be
devil-worshipers. 

 It was burned down in the 2000 Fiji coup d'état

 The Lodge contained priceless historical artifacts and records of Levuka's history dating back to 1875. 

The arsonists have yet to be identified and prosecuted.

Levuka Anchorage

A stunning anchorage behind the reef 

Admiralty Chart No 905 Suva Harbour to Levuka, Published 1960

Admiralty Chart No 905 Suva Harbour to Levuka, Published 1960
Nautical
chart of Suva Harbour to Levuka, Fiji Islands. From surveys by Captain
H.M. Denham 1855-6; Lieutenants L.S. Dawson and W.U. Moore 1875-7;
Lieutenant G.E. Richards 1881-2; and by Comdr. J.S.N. Pryor, 1959. 

Not current - not to be used for navigation!

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

Tracking

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

13) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

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

Sevenstar

Who is Sevenstar Yacht Transport?

Sevenstar
is the world’s leading provider of yacht shipping services on a
lift-on, lift-off basis. Sevenstar has access to the Spliethoff fleet of
over 120 company owned vessels. With an impressive 1,500+ transports
per year, they are calling over 100 ports in more than 40 countries
worldwide.

For a quote with the Panama Posse discount please contact 
Kris Caren

email: kris@sevenstar-usa.com

web: sevenstar-usa.com

https://panamaposse.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/new-panama-canal-graphic.jpg

14) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick

15) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

SIGN UP FOR THE '22 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  

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YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Locals

In the Emae, Vanuatu local residents will visit your yachts and insist on flying your drone

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 @ 9811 w charleston blvd 2262 89117 Summerlin USA

© 2022 South Pacific Posse / Ocean Posse LLC

 


The Heart of Voh

THE HEART OF VOH

20° 56.223' S  164° 39.5066' E

The Heart of Voh is a natural clearing formed by mangroves.

Vook” in the local Kanak language is found on the west coast of Grande  Terre, 300km from Nouméa, in New Caledonia.
The Heart of Voh
In 1999, the photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand made it the cover photo for his book, Earth from Above, a UNESCO-sponsored inventory of the world’s most beautiful landscapes

Natural swathe of mangrove vegetation in the shape of a heart, with a trail to a hilltop lookout.

EARTH FROM ABOVE


FLEET UPDATE 2022-03-31

South Pacific Posse

Mar 31, 2022

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) The Spearhead of the South Pacific Posse Fleet arrives in Nuku Hiva
2) South Pacific Posse grows to 33 yachts from 13 flag states
3) Vini French Polynesia drops the rates just in time for the cruising season 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

TAIOHA'E BAY · NUKU HIVA · MARQUESAS · 
FRENCH POLYNESIA 🇵🇫  PORT OF ENTRY 

The Bay

Image of Taioha'e Bay · Nuku Hiva · Marquesas · French Polynesia 

1) THE SPEARHEAD OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE ARRIVES IN NUKU HIVA 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Kevin

SY KISMET 🇺🇸  Kevin - Passport 41′  arrived Fri 25/Mar 00:46 GMT 

Kevin
BRAVO ZULU

The
combination of the Bravo and Zulu nautical signal flags, i.e., Bravo
Zulu, also referred to as "BZ," is a naval signal, typically conveyed by
flaghoist or voice radio, meaning "Well Done" with regard to actions,
operations or performance

Thursday 24 2022 March 2022 Day 19

After
2911 nautical miles, or, 19 days 8 hr 21min, Sky Pond and her crew
dropped her anchor on the island of Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia in
Taiohoe Bay at 16:31 today, gmt-9:30. Sky Pond now has sailed 32,911
ocean miles in six years!

When
asked each of our favorite parts of the passage, Risto enjoyed being
under fast sail for 19 days, Carl enjoyed morning coffee pow-wows, and
Roxy enjoy updating our blog and interacting with our friends and
family.

Once
anchored, Brett and Garry from Bula dinghied over and we had a little
happy hour on the bow, sharing tales of the passage. Bula set sail from
Cabo San Lucas two days ahead of us and we stayed in touch during the
passage via satellite texts.

The
peace and tranquility of our boat and home anchored in a quiet bay
tonight will be fabulous as we’re all beat and ready to crash. Despite
this, Roxy still made Alfredo sauce, salmon and pasta from scratch and a
Mediterranean salad with our remaining veggies, all washed down with a
bottle of Pino Noir.

We
cherished our time together as a well-formed team and we are deeply
appreciative of everyone who followed along. Having land based support
is one of key elements of passage morale. Do not underestimate how
important those email interactions were!

And now for a hot shower, fresh sheets, and a contiguous night’s sleep. Tattoos tomorrow!

Sea ya,

The happy crew on Sky Pond! 

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

Carl
Roxy

2)  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WELCOMES 
THESE  MEMBERS TO THE FLEET

32 SY ACUSHNET  🇺🇸   Ross & Saskia - Lagoon 46‘

33 SY SAUCESEA  🇺🇸  Wes & Susan - Catalina ’42 MKii

South Pacific Posse '22

3) VINI 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA DROPS THEIR RATES 

South Pacific Posse burgees - Avail for Pickup in Nuku Hiva French Polynesia or Shelter Bay Panama https://pacificposse.com

Over the last year VINI the main cellphone carrier has dropped their rates drastically 
lower than data in Mexico - less than 20$ for 10GB 
2000 XPF for 8GB anytime + 2GB weekends.

In
French Polynesia there is Vini and Vodaphone. I think they may publish
their own coverage maps but trust them only if you will. In FP coverage
around villages that actually show up on Google maps is likely. On the
backsides of the Marquesas and other less populated areas there will
likely not be coverage. 

In
the Tuamotus don't count on coverage anywhere except major villages.
Faaite, Fakarava and Rangiroa (I think it's these three) share a wifi
network you can buy into when you arrive but again coverage is not
great. Once you arrive in the Societies you will have coverage just
about everywhere. And here's the most important thing: it's $80usd for
10GB and until the Societies a lot of it is very slow 3G. Think email
and weather, not zoom calls.  

Map

check coverage by carriers and network here  https://www.gsma.com/coverage/#

4) YOUR CHART PLOTTER IS OFTEN WRONG 

I
continue to be a big fan of recording tracks with the Nav instruments
connected via wifi to my tablet and then recording the actual data.

Fiji

Satellite charts are essential here in the South Pacific..

Maps

Just check out how far off this reef pass actually is on Navionics

Fiji

This is sailing on land where you can not use the charts as a sole aid to navigation 

OPENCPN USE CASE >> https://youtu.be/eZS1XOw-ftg

Here is a video of OPENCPN USE CASE and why 

Anchorage

Kadavu Island Anchor check 

SV SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

Chris on Seaglub

5) GOOD NAUTICAL NEEDS YOU 

Over the last 12 years we have added over 7,000
anchorages into Good Nautical - and we are looking to enhance this
information with first hand accounts from you - please add pictures,
details and updates as you see them.
 

fiji is in fgood nautical

Fiji
is in there and most important we will collect and display your
tracks. To safeguard them please email your tracks ( any format )
to registration@pacificposse.com 

Track

6) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

    NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

*no bill-fish

7) THE  BARS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC 

Le Bout du Monde

Le Bout du Monde - Nouméa - Literally "Bar @ THE END OF THE WORLD"

 22° 16.6483' N  166° 26.3233' E 

Le Bout du Monde - Nouméa

One of the top sailing bars in the South Pacific  
Maybe a suitable setting for a South Pacific Posse Rum Party ? 

8)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯  Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

Apataki

Haul Out in the Tuamotus French Polynesia  @ Apataki Carenage Tuamotus
Yachts and Cats  up to 20 tons and max 2 meter draw

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

10) ENTRY INTO BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT

Entry
Catching it

 SY DREAMER -  David & Gerne - Caliber 40lrv’

11) THE ORIGINAL GUNK HOLES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Bay of Islands. Russell, New Zealand 

 is
an historic spot, dating from the early 19th century and known until
the early 1840s as Kororāreka. In the 1830s it was a lawless trading
center where whalers, seafarers and merchants mixed with adventurers,
deserters and escaped convicts from Australia. 

Russel

Towering
above the township is Maiki Hill, topped by a flagstaff. In 1844–45 its
signal flagstaff was cut down by Māori four times in a protest against
the government.  

This view of Kororāreka from the Bay was drawn by Captain Clayton on 10 March 1845, the day before the town was attacked by the forces of Hōne Heke and Kawiti. The ships in the foreground are the Hazard, Victoria and Matilda. The contested flagstaff can be seen at left atop Maiki Hill.

Pressures
on Māori from European settlers  Europeans settled permanently in
New Zealand and wanted to buy land for farms and houses. Most settlers
did not understand Māori land tenure processes and Māori law concepts,
or structures for social cohesion and due to these misunderstandings
many skirmishes – some quite bloody – occurred.

reaty of Waitangi was signed

On 6 February 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi
was signed at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, North-land New Zealand
by Captain William Hobson, several English residents, and between
43 and 46 Māori rangatira / chiefs 

Why did the British Crown want a Treaty?

The
British Government was considering establishing a form of civil
government in New Zealand because of the increasing number of British
people who were coming to live in New Zealand. However, a plan for
private settlement by the New Zealand Company forced the British
Government to act. The government instructed Captain William Hobson to
act for the British Crown in negotiating a treaty on the grounds that it
was necessary to obtain Māori consent before establishing any form of
government.

Reasons
why chiefs signed the treaty included wanting controls on sales of
Māori land to Europeans, and on European settlers. They also wanted to
trade with Europeans, and believed the new relationship with Britain
would stop fighting between tribes

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

Tracking

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

Blue Heeler

El Dios del Queso - day 19 update

Thu Mar 31 2022

Still
heading on a course of 280 to stay with the 1.5kn current. we’ll alter
to a westerly course maybe tomorrow, then sail a direct 260 course to
Marquesas. Our ETA is still likely the 11th of April. Our day’s tally is
164nm, and overall distance to date 2552nm, with approx. 1545nm
remaining.

Day
19 presented a lovely blue sky and good sailing conditions. Skipper ran
the watermaker and I took the opportunity to rinse some clothes after
washing them in seawater. The steady wind allowed us to fly the spinny
for a few hours, but when the clouds appeared, we took it, and the
washing, down - with only one on watch it’s not worth the hassle if the
winds increase. The wind did increase and we had a drop of rain, so
dousing it was a good idea. Riding the current we’re still zipping along
between 6-7kn.

And
a bit of good news. Buried beneath meats in various stages of expiry,
jars of garlic and curry paste, and a half-tube of Sikaflex 291, a lone
sealed packet of New Zealand Anchor cheddar cheese! The cheese God has
smiled upon me…

All is well out here. Hope it’s good where you are.

SY  BLUE HEELER   🇦🇺   Alison & Wayne - Hallberg Rassy HR39 ‘

Wayne
Alison

13) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

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

Sevenstar

Who is Sevenstar Yacht Transport?

Sevenstar
is the world’s leading provider of yacht shipping services on a
lift-on, lift-off basis. Sevenstar has access to the Spliethoff fleet of
over 120 company owned vessels. With an impressive 1,500+ transports
per year, they are calling over 100 ports in more than 40 countries
worldwide.

For a quote with the Panama Posse discount please contact 
Kris Caren

email: kris@sevenstar-usa.com

web: sevenstar-usa.com

14) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick

15) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

SIGN UP FOR THE '22 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

On the Transoms

In the Galapagos local residents will visit your yachts and insist on fresh fish

South Pacific Posse

panama posse communications 
 @ 9811 w charleston blvd 2262 89117 Summerlin USA

© 2022 South Pacific Posse / Ocean Posse LLC


Tjibaou Cultural Centre New Caledonia

FLEET UPDATE 2022-03-17

 

 

South Pacific Posse

 

Mar 17, 2022

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) NEW CALEDONIA OPENS UP 
2) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE GROW TO 
31 YACHTS FROM 13 FLAG STATES
3) RIVERGATE MARINA 🇦🇺 AUSTRALIA
 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

 

1) NEW CALEDONIA  🇦🇺  OPENS UP 

 

Tjibaou Cultural Centre

 

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre Noumea designe by Renzo Piana 

 Our maritime borders to New Caledonia which boasts 
 the worlds largest continuous barrier reef are finally open!

Forms needed for entry:

-Medical Health declaration

-Border control temperatures to be sent back to us 48 hrs and 1 hr prior to arrival

-Every person should send us their vaccination certificate prior to arrival.

A test will have to be done 2 days after arrival (48hrs)

Tests can be done in a pharmacie (drug store)

Download the forms here: https://pacificposse.com/new-caledonia#documents

 

Noumea Light House

 

Amedee Lighthouse 

Audrey

+687 70 90 09

Nouméa Yacht Services

40 ter Rue Austerlitz

B.P 1263

98 845 Nouméa Cedex

Contacts: +687 24 01 23      Gsm: (+687) 79 56 01

Email: nys22s@hotmail.com

Website: www.noumeayachtservices.nc

The beauty of the New Caledonia lagoon islands from the sky

The beauty of the New Caledonia lagoon islands from the sky 

2)  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WELCOMES 
THESE  MEMBERS TO THE FLEET

30    SY MARIA   🇳🇿 David, Nicolas, Naomi & Aisha - Bavaria 46′

31    SY ALOA TOA   🇬🇧  Tim  - Wharram 30′

 

South Pacific Posse '22

 

3) RIVERGATE MARINA 🇦🇺  AUSTRALIA
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

 

Marina

 

We are exited to welcome the Pacific Posse to Australia and offer a 10 %  discount off marina fees and no live-aboard fee.

Andrew

GM Andrew
 
Office             +61 7 3907 1600
Dockmaster  +61 421 585 027

Email              info@rivergate.com.au

7 Rivergate Place, Murarrie QLD 4172 Australia

 

Rivergate Marina

 

Brisbane is striking distance of the renowned  Tangalooma Ship Wreck Bay l and Moreton Island

Tangalooma

4) ENTRY INTO BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT  

Seaglub's FIsh

To put the catch in perspective Chris lies next to the fish head

SV SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

Chris on Seaglub
Seaglub

Captain Chris this season's lead vessel SY SEAGLUB currently sailing in Fiji 

5) PUERTO VILLAMIL 🇪🇨 GALAPAGOS

Puerto Villamil is a small port village sion the southeastern edge of Isla Isabela in the Galapagos Islands.

Trafficjam in Villamil

Traffic jam in Villamil Galapapgos.
On
the southwestern edge of town a boardwalk was created by the park with
assistance of US Aid. At the end of the walkway is the Tortoise Breeding
Center  which was built in order to help preserve the many species
of Isabela Tortoises. 

Puerto Villamil is a small port village located on the southeastern edge of Isla Isabela in the Galapagos Islands.

 It leads through mangrove environments passing along saltwater lagoons
filled with flamingo, black-winged stilts, Hudsonian whimbrels, Bahama
pintails, and  gallinules that search the lagoons for shrimp. 

Villamil Flamingos

 Poza de los Flamingos is a lake in the western part of the town where flamingos can be observed. 

 

Puerto Villamil is a small port village located on the southeastern edge of Isla Isabela in the Galapagos Islands.

 

The untouched shore of  Isla Isabela

White Tipped sharks

To
the southeast of town are a series of small islets including one known
as Las Tintoreras where a colony of white tip sharks can often be seen
resting in the lava channel

 Las Tintoreras

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky - Sunbeam 42′

Vicky
Florian

6) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

    NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

*no bill-fish

 Bora Bora Yacht Club 16°29'20.6

The Bora Bora Yacht Club 🇵🇫

 16° 29'.3433' S    151° 45.5783' W 

A suitable setting for a South Pacific Posse Sunset Rum Party  

Sunset in Bora Bora

Sunset in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

7)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista, USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯  Vuda Point Marina - Lauotka - Fiji 

🇻🇺 Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿 Marsden Cove Marina - Northland - New Zealand 

🇦🇺 Rivergate Marina and Boatyard - Brisbane - Australia

 

 Rivergate successfully managed a six month refit of the vessel, which included a complete exterior refinish, teak deck refurbishment and overhaul of stabilisers.

 

Advanced yacht services available in Australia.
Rivergate’s
shipyard carries out more than 500 haul-outs per year, making it one of
the busiest shipyards in the Southern Hemisphere

8) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

9) MEET THE FLEET 

Meet the Fleet Kevin

SY KISMET 🇺🇸 Kevin - Passport 41′
currently at 02º  28.261 N  124º 07.788 W 

Kevin
 

Kismet

 

10) TRACKING THE 22' PACIFIC POSSE  FLEET 

 

Tracking

 

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

11) THE BEAUTY OF SOUTH PACIFIC CURRENCY 

Cook Islands 3 Dollar Bill

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

12) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

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

 

Sevenstar

 

Who is Sevenstar Yacht Transport?

Sevenstar
is the world’s leading provider of yacht shipping services on a
lift-on, lift-off basis. Sevenstar has access to the Spliethoff fleet of
over 120 company owned vessels. With an impressive 1,500+ transports
per year, they are calling over 100 ports in more than 40 countries
worldwide.

For a quote with the Panama Posse discount please contact 
Kris Caren

email: kris@sevenstar-usa.com

web: sevenstar-usa.com

13) QUINTESSENTIAL ANCHORAGE #13 🇹🇴TONGA

Hunga

Hunga / Valetoakakau  Vava'u Tonga aka Anchorage # 13

The Pass

During World War II many lagoons and closed harbors where blasted open to allow vessels to enter 

Valetoakakau

The
tight Pass into Hunga Valetoakakau ( # 13)  is 30 foot wide - 12.5
feet deep cut at high tide. Located at 18° 41.7216' S  174°
08.1816' W 

Wayward Wind

Wayward Wind a 11' draft schooner made it in with help from Captain Kurt.

Anchor inside a dormant volcanic caldera in the large depression formed after a volcano erupts and collapses.

The Moorings map of vava'u

The
archipelago of Vava'u - a hand drawn Moorings map which uses numbers to
make identifying locations  easier for Palangi's . Ta
pan-Polynesian term for a white person or Caucasian. The term has gained
widespread use throughout much of western Polynesia including Tonga,
Tokelau, Tuvalu, 'Uvea and Futuna.

Vava'u

Aerial view of a portion of the Vava'u Archipelago   in northern Tonga 

Don
Francisco Mourelle de la Rúa, commanding the Spanish frigate Princesa,
was the first European to come to Vavaʻu, which he did on 4 March 1781.
He charted Vavaʻu as Martín de Mayorga, naming it after the man who was
the Viceroy of New Spain at that time.  Captain James Cook had
known about the islands a decade earlier, but the people in Haʻapai had
told him it would be no good for him to go there. they told him there
was no harbour. ( THIS WAS A LIE ) They may have told him this to
dissuade him from going there; but Cook heeded their advice.

As
it turned out, Mourelle found excellent anchoring, in Vavaʻu, which he
desperately needed, because he had failed to find a harbour at the last
two places he had tried to land, Fonualei (Bitterness island) and Late.
He gave the harbour at Vavaʻu the name Port of Refuge, although his original port of refuge had been the bay on the west coast of the main island, near Longomapu.

Twelve
years later, in 1793, Alessandro Malaspina visited the area for a
month, following up on Mourelle’s investigations, and formally claiming
the islands for Spain. 

Captain Cook and the 'Friendly Islands

Captain Cook and the 'Friendly Islands

13) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick

15) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware


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YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

 

Notice of a rally

 

 

Hello

 

SY Reflections on approach in Lamen Bay  Vanuatu

With few cruisers in far flung places friendly rendezvous' on each other's yachts are the norm - prepare to be boarded ;-)  SY Reflections on approach in Lamen Bay  Vanuatu 

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

© 2022 South Pacific Posse / Good Nautical Inc


Brisbane Harbour

RIVERGATE MARINA & SHIPYARD 🇦🇺 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

RIVERGATE MARINA & SHIPYARD 🇦🇺 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
27° 26.6216' S  153°06.4666' E

RIVERGATE MARINA & SHIPYARD

We are exited to welcome the Pacific Posse to Australia and offer a 10 %  discount off marina fees and no live-aboard fee.

GM Andrew

 

SERVICES

  • Official Customs ad Quarantine Port of Entry for Australia in South East Queensland
  • Berths and deep water access for vessels up to 90M
  • 24/7 on-water high-speed fuel facility and fuel bunkering
  • Single and 3 phase power up to 400 amp
  • Secure gated site monitored by patrols, CCTV cameras and floodlit at night
  • Clean marina certified
  • Onsite storage

AMENITIES

  • Concierge service 7 days a week
  • Service berths with vehicle access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Two Cafes

CONTACT

Alexander Binks
Marketing Coordinator
 
M  +61 (0) 4 5226 3318
T   +61 (0) 7 3907 1600
E   marketing@rivergate.com.au
7 Rivergate Place, Murarrie QLD 4172 Australia
rivergate.com.au

RIVERGATE MARINA & SHIPYARD
RATES 

Berth rates in AUD
Daily  Weekly Monthly
Up to 40 74 394   874
Multi Hull 85 492 1,231
41-50 80 457 1,022
Multi Hull 97 555 1,475
51-60 96 530 1,376
Multi Hull 125 702 1,992
61-66 119 658 1,787
Multi Hull 154 848 2,342

 

Live Aboard Fees:
$10 per day $275 per month

 

Berth Rental: Prices are in Australian dollars and are GST inclusive.
Berth Rental must be paid in advance.

A “Credit Card Authorization” form must be completed upon arrival.

All fees will be deducted from the nominated credit card.

All fees paid in advance are non refundable.

Marina Agreement:
A “Marina & Shipyard Agreement” must be completed upon arrival.
Insurance:
All vessels must have full comprehensive Insurance.
Wi-Fi:
A pass-code will be issued by the marina office on arrival and after payment of berth fees.
Security Access Keys:
Keys will be issued upon arrival and must be returned prior to departure.
If they are not returned, a $50.00 replacement fee will be charged per key.

Power:
All berths are powered and some have 3 phase power.
Berths with 3 phase or metered power are charged on consumption based on the meter readings.

Credit Cards:
A service fee applies to all credit card payments
1.3% MasterCard and Visa, 1.8% American Express and 2.5% Diners Club.

Direct deposit, cash and cheque payments do not attract this fee.

 

LOCATON

OFFICIAL WEBSITE >>
https://rivergate.com.au/about-us-index

 

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  • Queensland Maritime Museum
  • Commissariat Store Museum
  • Queensland Museum