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FLEET UPDATE 2022-11-01

South Pacific Posse

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
FLEET UPDATE

November, 1 2022

LAST FLEET UPDATE
SEASON 2

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

1) SP CYCLONE SEASON HAS STARTED

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

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

1980- 2005

1980- 2005 Historic tracks of the South Pacific Storms

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

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2) SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SEASON
SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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

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

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

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

SEMINARS

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

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

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

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

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

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3) AWARD WINNERS

WINNER OF THE BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT AWARD

TECOLOTE

WINNER

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

AND WINNER OF THE SPEEDY AWARD

TECOLOTE

tECOLOTE WINNER OF THE SPEEDY AWARD

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

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

 

TECOLOTE MichaelTECOLOTE Sydney

 

WINNER OF THE GALLEY GOD(ESS) AWARD

SKYPOND

ELVIS

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

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

PICTURE OF THE YEAR AWARD

SEAGLUB

SEAGLUB

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

AND WINNER OF THE
GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

SEAGLUB

Winnner

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

SY SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

WINNER OF THE
SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION AWARD

DREAMER

Dreamer Taveuni

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

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

 

DREAMER CrewDREAMER GerneDREAMER David

 

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

KISMET

CAPTAIN RON AWARD

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

SY KISMET 🇺🇸 Kevin - Passport 41′

Kevin

WINNER OF THE
BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR AWARD

RHAPSODY

boat yoga of the year award

"CONGRATULATIONS !!! "

SY RHAPSODY 🇺🇸 Sarah & Bob - Jeanneau 49′

 

RHAPSODY SarahRHAPSODY Bob

 

WINNER OF THE
COURAGE AWARD

INDIGO MOON

touching life sharks

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

SY INDIGO MOON 🇩🇪 Kay, Beata & Crew

 

INDIGO MOONINDIGO MOONINDIGO MOONINDIGO MOON

 

WINNER OF THE
HIGHEST WIND RECORDED

IBEX

"CONGRATULATIONS on 53.6 knot"

SY IBEX 🇦🇹 Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

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

BRAVO ZULU TO ALL WINNERS
RUM RATION
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4) GAUGIN'S LIFE AND CONTROVERSY

Tahitia

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

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

marquesan-man-in-red-cape.

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

Gaugain

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

Gaugin

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

Mahana No Atua (Day of the God), 1894

Mahana No Atua (Day of the God), 1894

5) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING

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

Contact John Martin
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WhatsApp / Tel +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

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

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6) LICENSE TO KILL 🏴‍☠️ CROWN OF THORNS

Crown-of-Thorns starfish

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

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

COTS

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

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

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

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

COTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entrance

HOW TO FIGHT AN INVADING FORCE OF COTS ?

Physical Removal

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

Close UP

Chemical Injection

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

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

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

injections

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8) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS

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FLEET UPDATE 2022-08-29

South Pacific Posse

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

August, 29 2022

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

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

2) SAILING REGATTA MUSKET COVE 🇫🇯 FIJI 

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

 
 
 
 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

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

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

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

Lisa de Ruiter Gulf Harbour Marina

Lisa de Ruiter

 
Customer Services Manager

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

https://gulfharbourmarina.co.nz

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

Gulf Harbour

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

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

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

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

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

2) MUSKET COVE SAILING REGATTA 🇫🇯  FIJI 

MUSKET COVE
Muske Cove Sailing Regatta

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

Video of the 2020 Musket Cove Regatta

Video of the 2020 Musket Cove Regatta 🇫🇯 Fiji

Musket Cove

3) PICTURES OF THE WEEK 

Picture of the Week

Moorea, so lovely 🇵🇫  FP

Cooks Bay

Cooks Bay Mo'orea 🇵🇫 FP

Moorea, so lovely

SY CATWEAZLE 🇬🇧   Harriet & Russell - Allures 45′

4) DREAMER DIVES 🇫🇯 FIJI

Dreamer Dives from Sau Bay

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

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

https://pacificposse.com/sau-bay

16° 43’21.9″S 179° 54’13.0″E

FIRST NIGHT ON MOORING IS FREE 

South Pacific Moorings  $10 x day  $ 50 weekly

Sau Bay

SERVICES

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

CONTACT

Leo Rebele

Sau Bay Resort & Spa

Box 62, Waiyevo Fiji Islands

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

Resort Tel +679 603-1003

info@divesaubay.com

www.divesaubay.com

Dreamer @White Wall Taveuni Fiji

Dreamer @White Wall Taveuni Fiji

Soft Coral on the White Wall

soft coral on the white wall 

DREAMER

SY DREAMER 🇺🇸  David & Gerne - Caliber 40'

6) CAPTAIN RON AWARD ENTRY & 

LAND HO 🇫🇯  FIJI 

The Log Book Vs The Big Wave

the log book vs the big wave 

Squall

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

Souhtern Route

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

LAND HO

LAND HO FIJI ! 

Vuda Marina

THE LAKE LIKE CYCLONE HOLE AT VUDA MARINA FIJI 

Welcome to Fiji

A WARM FIJI WELCOME WITH STAFF SINGING 

Boathouse Restaurant

OUTSTANDING HOSPITALITY IS A FIJI TRADEMARK

Gargolyle Fiji Sunset

SY GARGOYLE 🇨🇦 Kevin & Carla - Beneteau 50′

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

Searcher's Blue Heeler

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

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

8) IBEX, YASAWAS  🇫🇯  FIJI 

IBEX

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

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

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

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

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

SAVA y Lau

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

Caves

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

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

30 knots of wind in a dinghy

Florian the dinghy warrier 

UNIVITED VISITOR

Entry into uninvited visitor category 

Mennu at OCtopu Resort

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

Octopus Resort Fiji Daily Activities Calendar  

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 🗿 GATHERINGS 

IBEX AND SEAGLUB

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

Island Bar

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

Chris at anchor

 anchored @ Cloud 9 

SY SEAGLUB - Chris - Hylas 46′

10) LEAVING BORA BORA 
SOCIETY ISLANDS  🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA

EMILn BORA BORA

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

Anchors at full moon

Calm night 

Bora Bora

 MOONSHOT FROM A YACHT

Underway

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

 

 

11) ENTRY INTO BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT 

Entry in to bigges t fish caught

Every inch counts in this competition !

Every Inch Counts in This Competition

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

Horizon Tahiti

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

Horizon

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

 

SY HORIZON 🇺🇸   Anders & Anette  - Outbound 46′

12) SAILING ON LAND 
AND THE REASON FOR SATELLITE CHARTS 
 

Sailing on Land

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

Kismet Sailing Along

SY KISMET 🇺🇸  Kevin - Passport 41′

     

13) WATER CLARITY VARIES 
🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA

 

INDIGO MOON

Water clarity near the reefs is stunning

Motus

Bora Bora on the Horizon

Run Off

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

Dirty Laundry

could it also be due to dirty laundry ?

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

Indigo Moon

14) SEVENTH HEAVEN 
  FLOATING RESTAURANT 🇫🇯   FIJI 
 

Broadsword

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

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

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

Staff

SY BROADSWORD 🇬🇧 John & Lucy - Allures 45′

15) MUST SEE MINERVA REEF 🇹🇴 TONGA 

MInerva Reef

Minerva Reefs  23° 45' S 179° 01' W

MInerva

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

16) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

  BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔
    COURAGE AWARD ✔

*no bill-fish

Gargolyle

SY Gargoly'e picture of a Manta-ray 

17) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING   

weather

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

Contact John Martin 
 admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

WhatsApp / Tel  +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

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

NZ

18) MARSDEN COVE MARINA   
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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

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

THE AMÉDÉE LIGHTHOUSE

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

Îlot Amédée (Amédée Island)

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

Stairs

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

Entrance

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

 22° 28.6432 S 166° 28.0739 E

Location  22° 28.6432 S 166° 28.0739 E 

19)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯   Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

🇫🇯  Denarau Marina - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Royal Suva Yacht Club  - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Copra Shed Marina  - Fiji 

🇳🇿  Gulf Harbour  Marina - New Zealand 

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

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

Tracking

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

21) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

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

Mount Yasur

Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Cargo Cult 🇻🇺 Vanuatu

Mount Yasur

23) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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

Sevenstar

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT | JULY 01 2022

🛥️ ⛵ SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE

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

Seven Star

24) PANAMA 🇵🇦 CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
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25) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

SIGN UP FOR 
THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  
Vanuatu is in Good Nautical

Vanuatu 🇻🇺is in Good Nautical 

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL · YOUR CREW · YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Vava'u Tonga

Vava'u Archipelago 🇹🇴 Tonga
 

South Pacific Posse

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

 

© 2022 South Pacific Posse / Ocean Posse LLC


Marshall Islands

FLEET UPDATE 2022-08-12

South Pacific Posse

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

August 12, 2022

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) MARSHALL ISLANDS  🇲🇭 CLOSED WITH COVID

2) PICTURES OF THE WEEK  🇫🇯  FIJI TRACKS

 
 
 
 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) MARSHALL ISLANDS 🇲🇭
ON LOCKDOWN FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS
AND COVID STILL SPREADS 

When the global COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Marshall Islands was one of the first Pacific nations to lock down its borders.

Now, three years later, the Marshalls remains one of the few Pacific
countries still closed to visitors, with incoming travelers required to
undergo 10 days of quarantine.

Secretary Niedenthall said the outbreak was "spreading like wildfire" — in fact,
he himself tested positive to COVID the same day as the first cases was
detected. He was currently recovering in home isolation.

"We think the virus has been here had been here for several days before we
discovered it even though we do random testing," he said.

"What we're concerned about is that whole last week, there were all kinds of
boats and planes going to these outer islands and we are getting reports
of people with symptoms."

 
Source: https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/ 

Marshall Islands

2) PICTURES OF THE WEEK & 🇫🇯
 FIJI TRACKS OF THE WEEK 

Seaglub

With many fresh tracks in the Fiji Lau Group and Kadavu added by SY  Seaglub  
everyone is empowered to see this amazing part of Fiji avoiding treacherous reefs and coral heads

THANK YOU !

Fiji Tracks are in Good Nautical

Fulaga Lagoon - Lau Group Fiji - 
 Malokua anchorage  with GPX download link 
https://goodnautical.com/route/fulaga-lagoon-malokua-anchorage

Chris
Chris

Waterfall and natural pools

Lau

Vicky and Chris an a whole new local Seaglub crew Kadavu Island, Fiji

Lau

Lau Group, Fiji 

anchorages

Lau Group Fiji

WHOA

Floating Anchor Chain to protect the coral and avoid wrapping it

Another Great Angle To See Anchor Chain Floats Deployed

Another great angle to see anchor chain floats deployed

Sevu Sevu

Sharing a traditional meal with some of  the friendliest people on earth

Corla Heads

SY SEAGLUB  🇦🇺 Chris  - Hylas 46′

Chris

3) ENTRIES INTO BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT 

BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT !

SY BROADSWORD 🇬🇧  John & Lucy - Allures 45′

TECOLOTE

SY TECOLOTE 🇺🇸  Michael, Sydney, Lorna - Lagoon '45

Tecolote

SY TECOLOTE (A🇺🇸  Michael, Sydney, Lorna - Lagoon '45

5) DREAMER 🇦🇸 AMERICAN SAMOA 

David Hoists the South Pacific Posse burgee in Pago  Pago

David Hoists the South Pacific Posse burgee in Pago  Pago 🇦🇸 American Samoa

Dreamer

David & Gerne in Pago Pago Harbour 🇦🇸 American Samoa 

David @ the bow

Captain at the bow 

SY DREAMER 🇺🇸  David & Gerne - Caliber 40'

5) ENTRY INTO HIGHEST WIND RECORDED 

42.9 kts

42.9 kts !!!

Gargoyle in the Cyclone hole Vuda Point Marina Fiji

Gargoyle in the Cyclone hole Vuda Point Marina Fiji 

Gargoyle in Fiji

SY GARGOYLE 🇨🇦 Kevin & Carla - Beneteau 50′

VUDA MARINA

VUDA MARINA 🇫🇯 SPONSORS THE PACIFIC POSSE

 6) MEET "LOGAN"  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE DOG  
HAPPY BACK ON LAND 
 

Searcher's Blue Heeler

Searcher's LOGAN a Blue Healer ready to play !

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

 7) DREAMERS PICTURES FROM THE SOCIETY ISLANDS 
🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Completing the Check out Process

Completing the Check out Process 

Dreamer

Dreamer's pictures from Bora Bora 🇵🇫 French Polynesia 

Dreamer

Bora Bora 🇵🇫 Lagoon

Bora Bora Recap

Bora Bora 🇵🇫 View from the top

Dreamer

Bora Bora 🇵🇫 Lagoon

Boar Bora

Bora Bora 🇵🇫 from high above

Blue Eyes eels

Blue eyed eels in a river in Huahine 🇵🇫 French Polynesia well trained to eat tuna  

Dreamer

Colorful reef

The Spires

2,385 ft tall Spires Mount Otemanu Bora Bora 🇵🇫 

Tahha

Back in the Tuamotus 🇵🇫 FP

Pinapple fields in Moorea

Pineapple fields in Mo'orea 🇵🇫 Society Islands FP

Octopus

The symbol of the Ocean Posse the revered Octopus 

SY  DREAMER 🇺🇸  David & Gerne - Caliber 40'

8) IBEX 🇫🇯 WELCOME TO FIJI 

IBEX

IBEX IN FIJI - Surrounded by whales

IBEX

Fiji Courtesy Flag 

Ibex Surrounded by Whales

New friends in Fiji

Ibex Sunset alert

We
arrived last night at Savusavu, great service by Coprashed to come out
at midnight with their dingy to meet as at the entrance of the creek and
guide us in, we had an easy ride from Pago Pago, smooth check-in
process today, they did look into our fridge, garbage and select food
lockers, but they did not take anything from us (that’s incl sausage,
bacon, cheese, milk, a basil plant, fruit, vegetables, sourdough), just
had to “promise” to consume everything on bord. They did not look at our
track. We had not to pay any customs duty for alcohol (and we still
have a “few” liters).

Spent the arrival night on anchor, moved to a berth at the marina dock today

IBEX

I don’t think there is a „Provisioning Excellence“ award, but this would
be our entry: our 50 US cents / can Balboa beer purchased in Panama in
January brought us all the way to Fiji, the very last two cans were our
arrival beers today at Coprashed - and off we go to buy reasonably
priced beer again 😃

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian
https://pacificposse.com/copra-shed-marina-fiji

COPRA SHED MARINA FIJI 🇫🇯 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

9) HAUL OUT OF THE WEEK 
MARQUESAS 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA

HORIZON HAUL OUT

We can highly recommend the boatyard in Hiva Oa., they are very
professional. We are now at anchor waiting for a weather window to sail
to Makemo in the Tuamotus

Horizon is now back in the water, Yay 😁 We can highly recommend the boatyard in Hiva Oa., they are very professional. We are now at anchor waiting for a weather window to sail to Makemo in the Tuamotus

Horizon is now back in the water, Yay 😁 

 

SY HORIZON 🇺🇸   Anders & Anette  - Outbound 46′

10) FENUA RIGGING  🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 
 

Had a amazing dice at the south pass of fakarava for the full moon! Thousands of grouper!

Some information from Russ and Harriet on Catweazle that may be of interest
to boats heading for Tahiti who need work to be done.

For rigging, we used Fenua rigging who came recommended to us by Florian on Ibex. Emile is the proprietor and speaks reasonable English, Jerome is his right hand man and is completely fluent as his mother is Scottish. They did
excellent work for us and showed true expertise and knowledge in a field
that has more than it's fair share of charlatans. He's not the cheapest
but he is the best. He is also very busy so you have to work to his
schedule not your own, but I would have no hesitation in recommending
him or using him again myself.

https://fenuarigging.com/

www.fenuarigging.com   fenuarigging@gmail.com

We were lifted at Technimarine for some work on our centreboard. It is a
professionally run, big yard that is able to do everything from a simple
bottom job to building large fishing boats in aluminium from scratch.
They have a 300t lift and a 75t lift. 

 https://www.technimarine.pf/

www.fenuarigging.com fenuarigging@gmail.com We were lifted at Technimarine for some work on our centreboard. It is a professionally run, big yard that is able to do everything from a simple bottom job to building large fishing boats in aluminium from scratch. They have a 300t lift and a 75t lift. The 300t lift is capable of lif...

SY CATWEAZEL 🇵🇦   Harriet & Russell - Fountaine Pajot 44′

11) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

  BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔
    COURAGE AWARD ✔

*no bill-fish

Maewo

Vanuatu awaits

12) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING   

https://metvuw.com/forecast/forecast1.php?type=rain&region=swp&tim=024

https://metvuw.com/forecast/forecast1.php?type=rain&region=swp&tim=024

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

Contact John Martin 
 admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

WhatsApp / Tel  +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

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

13) 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 🇦🇺 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

27° 26.6216′ S  153°06.4666′ E

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

SERVICES

  •     Official Customs / Quarantine Port of Entryin 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, floodlit at night
  •     Clean marina certified
  •     Onsite storage
RIVERGATE MARINA & SHIPYARD 🇦🇺 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

13) SY KISMET @ MAMANUCAS   🇫🇯 FIJI 

Survivor Island Fiji

Survivor Island Fiji

Survivor

The reality TV show has chosen Fiji 6 times as a backdrop - these are the locations 
1. Macuata
2. Mamanuca Islands
3. Mana Island
4. Yasawa Islands
5. Kadavu
6. Savusavu

Survivor ISland

2 meter sharky shark - good boy ! 

Chart Info for Mana Island Pass Fiji

GPX track info for Mana Island Pass Fiji - lacking details - thanks to Kevin we got a track - get it here -> https://goodnautical.com/route/mana-island-pass

https://goodnautical.com/route/mana-island-pass

Save
your chart-plotter track to a Compute rand email it to
registration@pacificposse.com for inclusion in Good Nautical's safe
routes 

1) save your track to an external data card on your chart plotter 
2)  insert the card on a PC or Mac and email to us or if too big - 
upload it to a shared drive - email us for a link 
3) alternatively use opencpn's tracking feature to safe your track  

Kismet at Anchor

SY Kismet at anchor after logging the path above for all !!! Just click the yellow download link !

SY KISMET 🇺🇸 Kevin - Passport 41′

14)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯   Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

🇫🇯  Denarau Marina - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Royal Suva Yacht Club  - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Copra Shed Marina  - Fiji 

15) 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

16) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

Mamanuca  Group Fiji 

17) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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

Sevenstar

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT | JULY 01 2022

🛥️ ⛵ SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE

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

Seven Star

18) PANAMA 🇵🇦 CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
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19) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

SIGN UP FOR 
THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  
Vanuatu is in Good Nautical

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL · YOUR CREW · YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Vava'u Tonga

Vava'u Archipelago 🇹🇴 Tonga
 

South Pacific Posse

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

 

© 2022 South Pacific Posse / Ocean Posse LLC


Catweazle

FLEET UPDATE 2022-07-25

South Pacific Posse

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

July 25, 2022

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) TONGA OPENS  
2) FIJI TRACKS ARE LIVE 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) TONGA 🇹🇴  OPENS UP with 170 Islands

VAVA'U

Nuku’alofa – Cabinet has today approved the progressive opening of the country’s
borders, with conditions and subject to review, from August 1, 2022.

The Prime Minister, Honourable Hu’akavameiliku, and Cabinet met earlier
this afternoon and approved recommendations from the National Emergency
Management Committee (NEMC) on the ‘Open Border Policy Framework for
Tonga’.

“All travelers entering Tonga must comply with all requirements and
conditions that have been approved,” Hon Hu’akavameiliku said.

“While we are progressively opening the borders we must emphasize that
compliance with the conditions is important to ensuring the safety of
all travelers and our people.”

Flights

Flights from and to Fua’amotu International Airport from New Zealand will
increase to two (2) flights per week between August 1 to August 28,
2022. That will increase to three (3) flights per week from August 29 to
October 31 and further increase to six (6) flights per week after that.

Flights from Fiji will be increased to two (2) from August 1 until October 31
while flights from Australia will continue with one per week.

Review of the number of flights and ships, including cruiseliners, will be at the discretion of the NEMC.

Travelers

All travelers aged 12 years old and above must have been vaccinated twice before they will be allowed to travel to Tonga.

All foreign travelers will need to have travel insurance, which can be
bought when purchasing tickets. Confirmation of hotel booking or
accommodation in Tonga must be sent to the email address
travel@health.gov.to 48 hours before flight.

All travelers will also need to have a legitimate vaccine certificate sent
to the email address and have a copy of the same for check in purposes
and on arrival in Tonga.

Passengers who have medical conditions that stops them from having vaccination
will need to provide proof with a written medical report sent by email
to travel@health.gov.to. But the Ministry of Health has the right to
deny boarding of flight to Tonga if they are not satisfied with the
medical report provided.

Tests

All incoming passengers will need to have a negative Supervised Rapid
Antigen Test (RAT) result within 24 hours of departure, including all
those in transit over 24 hours at any airport on the way to Tonga.

Those who do not present the RAT test result will not be allowed to board flights to Tonga.

Citizens who have not completed their vaccination but wish to return to Tonga
must pay for five-days of quarantine at a government approved facility.
This must be communicated via email to travel@health.gov.to prior to
booking. This is subject to review in October.

Tonga Vava'u

Arrivals

Arriving passengers will need to wear face masks at all times when they arrive
at the airport and follow National COVID-19 Restrictions Directions in
place.

All passengers must fill in the Health Arrival Declaration Form and will
also be encouraged to download the Tonga ‘Atautolu contact tracing app.

A supervised PCR test will be required between Day 3 to Day 5 of
quarantine for quarantined passengers, and results need to be sent to
the Ministry of Health.

Passengers who return positive results will need to self-isolate at home for five days from the date of being tested positive.

Tonga is currently Orange under the Tonga COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework.
This is the second highest level. You need to quarantine for 5 days when
entering Tonga. A curfew is in place from 12am to 5am. Tonga has
extended its COVID-19 restrictions nationwide until at least 4 June.
Facemasks and social distancing are required in public, including at
hospitality venues and on public transport. All businesses are open
except for night clubs. Mobile phone and internet connectivity has been
restored within Tongatapu, following the eruption of the Hunga
Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on 15 January, and work continues to improve
communications in the outer islands including the Vava’u and Ha’apai
groups. Monitor media for the latest developments and follow the
instructions of local authorities. A state of emergency remains in place
due to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.to/press-release/travel-advisory-no-6-for-travelers-arriving-in-or-intending-to-travel-to-tonga/ 

SOUTH PACIFIC FLEET UPDATE LOCATION 2022-07-01

Tonga's Anchorages are in Good Nautical 

2) FIJI  🇫🇯   GPS TRACKS ARE READY FOR USE

Thanks to Chris on Lead vessel SEAGLUB and
several other local yachts we have 38 saved GPS track to explore the
over 370 islands in Fiji avoiding the many uncharted reefs 

Just login to Good Nautical / Fiji and look them on Route Listings links.

If you sail in Fiji please save yoru tracks and send them to us.

You
can also download them in GPX form right into OPENCP  this is an
invaluable aid to navigation in addition to the sat carts - overhead
sunny skies and your  depth sounder .

Good Nautical

SY SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

Chris

3)  THE NEW "COURAGE AWARD 

Indigo Moon

we are adding a new award this season based on the feedback of SY INDIGO MOON

Sharks

touching live sharks in the Tuamotus 

Touching Sharks

at any age this is an unforgettable moment which takes COURAGE 

INdigo Moon

A very calm anchorage

Anchor floats deployed

Floating the anchor chain to avoid coral damage

SY INDIGO MOON 🇩🇪  Kay, Beata & Crew of courage -   Lagoon 42′

4) ENTRY INTO HIGHEST WIND RECORDED AWARD

Blue Heeler

Ibex's Entry

Squalls

Squall on Radar 

Ibex

Florian in his Foul Weather Gear

Ibex in Pago Pago

Arrival in American Samoa 🇦🇸  Pago Pago harbor !

SY IBEX  🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky  - Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

5) SY SEAGLUB VISITING THE  LAU GROUP  🇫🇯  FIJI 

Lau Group

Exceptional anchorages and visually stunning anchorages in the Lau Group 

Kadavu

In the  route back from  the Lau Group you can visit Kadavu

Kadavu
still has 75% of its original rainforest cover and a rich bird
diversity, including four species endemic to the island, the velvet
dove, the crimson shining-parrot, the Kadavu honeyeater and the Kadavu
fantaill. Offshore, stringing around the south, east and then away to
the north, is the Great Astrolabe Reef, a large barrier reef that is one
of Fiji's premier scuba diving resorts.

A
7,800 hectares (19,000 acres) area covering the interior of the eastern
part of the island is the East Kadavu Important Bird Area. It contains
populations of the vulnerable Shy Ground-dove, Crimson Shining-parrot
and Collared Petrel.[

LAU GROUP FIJI IS IN GOOD NAUTCIAL

LAU GROUP FIJI IS IN GOOD  NAUTICAL  in GOOD  NAUTICAL 

This
is also a hot spot for bigger species of marine life, with plenty of
schooling fish, sharks and manta rays during the season.

Fruit Bats

flying fruit bats

Shore party in Vanua Balavu

Shore party in Vanua Balavu

 

At anchor in Vanua Balavu

The good crew -  Vicky Power

SY  SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

6) IBEX' LEAVING 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

IBEX

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

7) PICTURE OF THE WEEK 

CATWEAZLE

Picture of the Week

 SY CATWEAZLE 🇬🇧 Harriet & Russell Allures 45′

Catweazle Harriet

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 ✔

COURAGE AWARD  ✔

*no bill-fish

9)  VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Swimming with Giants WE SAIL’s

WE SAIL's YOUTUBE channel  https://www.youtube.com/c/WEsail/  

SY VA 🇵🇦  Erica & Warren -  Fountaine Pajot 44′

VAVA

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING 

 

Weather Routing

South Pacific cyclone tracks 1980-2005 

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

Contact John Martin 
 admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

WhatsApp / Tel  +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

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

10) SHIP WRECKS OF WWII 🇻🇺 VANUATU  

Dive

The SS President Coolidge Wreck one of the top 10 dive sites in the world 
Vanuatu
is up there with one of the biggest accessible shipwrecks in the world
sitting at 198m long and 22,000 tons in weight. Situated a short
distance offshore, all the dives are shore based, with the front of the
boat in just 18 met
ers of water.

The SS President Coolidge Wreck one of the top 10 dive sites in the world Vanuatu

A
large military base and harbor had been established on Espiritu Santo
and the harbor was heavily protected by mines. Information about safe
entry into the harbor had been accidentally omitted from President
Coolidge's sailing orders, and on her approach to Santo on 26 October
1942, President Coolidge, fearing Japanese submarines and unaware of the
mine fields, tried to enter the harbor through the largest and most
obvious channel. A mine struck the ship in the engine room, and moments
later a second mine hit her near her stern.

Captain
Henry Nelson, knowing that he was going to lose the ship, ran her
aground and ordered troops to abandon ship. Not believing the ship would
sink, troops were told to leave all of their belongings behind, under
the impression that they would conduct salvage operations over the next
few days.

Navajo (AT-64) during rescue operations

Over
the next 90 minutes, 5,340 men from the ship got safely ashore. There
was no panic as they disembarked; many even walked ashore. However, the
captain's attempts to beach the ship were thwarted by a coral reef.
President Coolidge listed heavily on her side, sank stern first, and
slid down the slope into the channel.

Sinking

USS Tucker  was one of 18 Mahan-class destroyers built for the United States Navy.

First
assigned to the United States Battle Fleet in San Diego, California,
Tucker operated along the West Coast and in the Hawaiian Islands.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Tucker
was undergoing an overhaul and was not attacked. 

Tucker

 
Soon
afterward, she began escorting convoys between the West Coast and
Hawaii. Tucker was then tasked with escort duty to islands in the South
Pacific.

Tucker
steamed out of port on 1 August 1942, escorting a cargo ship to
Espiritu Santo. They entered its harbor three days later, where the
destroyer unknowingly entered a defensive minefield laid by the US Navy.
Tucker struck at least one mine that tore her almost in two, sinking
her and killing three sailors; the rest of the crew survived. 

SS TUCKER

Captain Dietmar @ Wreckdive of USS Tucker near Luganville / Espirito Santo / Vanuatu

Schools
of snapper and jacks circle the exterior, and under the wreckage you’ll
find huge gatherings of tiny glassfish in the smaller cavities.
Batfish, angelfish and coral trout populate the larger overhangs.

Purple
soft corals cling to parts of the engine, winches and superstructure,
while sea fans brighten up the darker parts of the deck and hull.

https://scubadiverlife.com/five-fantastic-vanuatu-wreck-dives/ 

under water Tank

Million Dollar Point
Located off the southern end of Santo, just 6 kilometres from Luganville, is Million Dollar Point

The New Hebrides
archipelago had been a British-French condominium since 1906. In the
spring of 1942, Japanese troops reached the nearby Solomon Islands . As a
result, American troops landed on the New Hebrides in May 1942 to
prevent a conquest by the advancing Japanese.

Since
nothing had been prepared by the British and French to defend the
islands, the Americans set up two military bases on the islands. The
larger of the two, Buttons on Espiritu Santo, was built by 100,000
soldiers in a short time, which doubled the island's population. Then
large amounts of material were brought to the island in order to supply
the South Pacific forces from there.

In
fact, the quantities required for the war in this region were
calculated too generously, since the New Hebrides were already far from
the front six months later. The airfield, the southernmost of the
American troops in the Pacific, served mainly as a target for flights
with the wounded and as a trans shipment point for combat material.

At
the end of the war there were about nine million tons of material
valued at nearly four billion dollars on the island. [ Because shipping
back to America would have been expensive, there were only a few
soldiers on the island and the material had been damaged after years in
the tropical climate, it should not be transported back. An offer by the
Americans to the condominium administration to buy the vehicles,
construction machinery and other work materials for a fraction of their
real value (ten US cents per kilogram) was rejected because it was
speculated that once the Americans had left, they would be sold Possess
items left behind without paying.  Instead, the Americans destroyed
the devices and sank them into the sea between August 1945 and December
1947. The local population could only watch as the Seabees , the
construction troops of the US Navy , poured material over a ramp into
the sea, an estimated 90% of which consisted of non-military objects and
could have been used by the residents. 

Million Dollar Point

11) YACHTING WORLD MARINA 🇻🇺 VANUATU
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

Yachting World

 Half price for all moorings for a period of up to 15 days during Yacht season 

Marina is closed Jan - Feb - March * cyclone season

Monohull - vt 2,800 /day

Catamaran - vt 3,000 /day  

117.74 VT = 1 USD ( Jul 22) 

 

Yachting World offers cruising and super yachts a warm welcome to Port Vila Vanuatu. You and your crew will be welcome here and we look forward to seeing you on arrival.

CONTACT

Elsie 

Yachting World

PO Box 1507

Port Vila

Vanuatu

Phone/Fax: International + 678 23273

(if a phone call, ask for Lemara, the office manager)

VHF Ch. 16

email: welcome@yachtingworld-vanuatu.com

Efate Port Vila

12)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯  Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

🇫🇯  Denarau Marina - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Royal Suva Yacht Club  - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Savu Savu Marina  - Fiji 

Royal Suva Yacht Club

Royal Suva Yacht Club in Suva Fiji 

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

Tracking

14) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

ripened banana sap is difficult to clean from wgel coat 

15) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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

Sevenstar

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT | JULY 01 2022

🛥️ ⛵ SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE

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

Seven Star

16) PANAMA 🇵🇦 CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
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17) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

SIGN UP FOR 
THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  
New Zealand

New Zealand North Island is in Good Nautical 

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL · YOUR CREW · YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Vava'u TOnga

A maze of islands in the Vava'u group in Tonga
 

Anchorages in the Vava'u group are numbered
South Pacific Posse

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

 

© 2022 South Pacific Posse / Ocean Posse LLC

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Sunset Ibex

FLEET UPDATE 2022-07-01

South Pacific Posse

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SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

July 1, 2022

1) THE FLEET CONTINUES WESTWARD 

2) KIRIBATI OPENS UP 

 
 
 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

1) GO WEST 

As French Polynesia's 90 day visas end the fleet is making it's way out of
French Polynesia - Cook Islands, American Samoa, etc etc QUICK FACT -
There are 10,000 more islands beyond Bora Bora in the South Pacific

 

SOUTH PACIFIC FLEET UPDATE LOCATION 2022-07-01

2)  KIRIBATI 🇰🇮 OPENS UP 

Kiribati

The Government of Kiribati announced, that all international travel to and
from Kiribati will return to normal on the 1st of August, 2022.

Kiribati

The official announcement also confirmed that the Government of Kiribati
has reduced the compulsory in-country quarantine days for all travelers
from seven (7) to three (3) days. 

Kiribati border reopening announcement

Kiribati is not another Tahiti, Hawaii, etc. It has very few visitors, and they
have to be prepared to "rough it." That said, there aren't many
countries where the people are more friendly.

Kiribati Location

KIRIBATI is an island group in Micronesia straddling the equator with 33 atolls.
Kiribati saw some of the worst fighting of the Pacific theater during
the Second World War, including the infamous Battle of Tarawa in
November 1943.

KIRIBATI

3) PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Blue Heeler

Blue Heeler's Rainbow

Blue Heeler

SY BLUE HEELER 🇦🇺 Alison & Wayne - Hallberg Rassy 39'

BLUE HEELER WayneBLUE HEELER Alison

4) CROSSING THE DATELINE 180° MERIDIAN 🇫🇯  FIJI 

Boat Yoga

Taveuni is the third-largest island in Fiji. The cigar-shaped island, a massive
shield volcano which rises from the floor of the Pacific Ocean across
the Somosomo Strait

Bula from Paradise Resort on Taveuni! This month I have made new tracks from Denarau to Yadua to Savusavu to Viani to Taveuni. I've just uploaded them to the Dropbox folder for your consumption. In the next few weeks I'll make my way to Fulaga, Kadavu and Beqa and share those tracks when I can. Safe sailing!

Bula from Paradise Resort on Taveuni!  This month I have made new
tracks from Denarau to Yadua to Savusavu to Viani to Taveuni.  In
the next few weeks I'll make my way to Fulaga, Kadavu and Beqa and share
those tracks when I can. 

TAVEUNI IS IN GOOD NAUTCIAL

Yes Anchorages on and near Taveuni, Fiji  are in GOOD  NAUTICAL 

Taveuni Straight

The waters in the Somosomo Strait are subject to powerful currents as a
vast amount of nutrient-rich ocean water that fuels the region's
astonishing coral growth.  

WHite Wall

The Rainbow Reef on the edge of Taveuni is one of the most famous dive
sites in the South Pacific. The Great White Wall is named because of the
white coral inhabiting the area at depths between 49 and 213 ft

Rainbow Reef

This is also a hotspot for bigger species of marine life, with plenty of
schooling fish, sharks and manta rays during the season.

Dive Sites

SY  SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

5) IBEX' LAST WEEKS IN 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

IBEX

Gold at the end of the Rainbow

Cooks Bay

Cooks Bay - Mo'orea FP

Moorea

Our current anchorage in MO'OREA Cook's Bay FP named after James Cook, despite that he never sailed into here 

Sunset

Sunset Alert 

Fuel Dock Marina Tahina

Fuel Prices will go up 24 % this weekend in French Polyneisa 

Huahine

Island of HUAHINE - French Polynesia 

Huahine

The important thing: once a year the pastor has to bless the vanilla plants - or so I understood with my non existent French

The important thing: once a year the pastor has to bless the vanilla plants - or so I understood with my non existent French

Vanilla Plants in Huahine

Vanilla

Vanilla is a spice derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla. Pollination is
required to make the plants produce the fruit. In 1841, Edmond Albius, a
12-year-old slave child who lived on the French island of Réunion in
the Indian Ocean, discovered that the plant could be
hand-pollinated. 

Vanilla

Three major species of vanilla currently are grown globally, all of which
derive from a species originally found in Mesoamerica.  Hernán
Cortés is credited with introducing both vanilla and chocolate to Europe
in the 1520s. In Europe, vanilla was seen mostly as an additive to
chocolate until the French starting using vanilla to flavor ice cream.

Mont Orohena is a mountain located in the South Pacific, on the island of Tahiti. With an elevation of 2,241 metres (7,352 ft)[2] above sea level, it is the highest point of French Polynesia. Mont Orohena is an extinct volcano

The seed pods are gathered up when mature and exposed to the heat of the
tropical sun, or sometimes steamed in modern production. This damages
the pods' cell walls, and the resulting chemical reactions brown the
pods and create the signature vanilla flavor.

View

View of Mo'orea from Tahiti

Dance

We just watched a Heiva dance presentation 

We just watched a Heiva dance presentation in Bora Bora. If you come this way in July, above is the program.

If you come this way in July, above is the program.

We just watched a Heiva dance presentation in Bora Bora

The Heiva  is an expression of Polynesian culture.  The mythical
stage, the venue for this cultural event, will host song and dance
groups

Bora Bora

During World War II, the United States chose Bora Bora as a South Pacific
military supply base, and constructed an oil depot, an airstrip, a
seaplane base, and defensive fortifications. The base, known as "Operation Bobcat", comprised nine ships, 18,000 t of equipment, and nearly 7,000 soldiers. 

Roast Suckling Pig

Roast Suckling Pig  - traditional fare from Polynesian culture.  

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

7) PICTURE OF THE WEEK 

OHANA

SY OHANA at anchor in Bora Bora, French Polynesia  

Picture of Ohana haulout in Raiatea Carenage

Picture of Ohana haulout in Raiatea Carenage French Polynesia

 

SY OHANA 🇺🇸  Aisling & Darryl  - Lagoon 46′

OHANA AislingOHANA Darryl

8) DRIFT DIVE FAKARAVA  🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 
 

Had a amazing dice at the south pass of fakarava for the full moon! Thousands of grouper!

Had a amazing dice at the south pass of Fakarava for the full moon! Thousands of grouper!

We Sail

Wesail's youtube chanel https://www.youtube.com/c/WEsail/videos

Tetamanu Village south pass Fakarava

Tetamanu Village south pass Fakarava

Pass Drive

SY VA / WESAIL  🇵🇦  Erica & Warren - Fountaine Pajot 44′

VA

9) 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

Sunsets in Vauatu

Vanuatu awaits

10) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING   

Weather Routing

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

Contact John Martin 
 admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

WhatsApp / Tel  +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

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

 Sail South Pacific

11) VUDA MARINA 🇫🇯  FIJI
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

vUDA MArina

With pleasure we are happy to announce the  Sponsorship of the Pacific Posse

Vuda MARINA

Vuda Marina Savusavu Fiji 

Vuda Marina Fiji’s Favourite Yacht Haven

This  season the South Pacific Posse will have:

20% discount on docks.

Welcome national beer

And access to all facilities.

Regards,

Adam Wade GM

Adam

Adam Wade

Skype i.d: vudamarina

Tel: +679 666 8214  +679 666 8215  info@vudamarina.com.fj

Vitu Levu

12)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯   Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

🇫🇯  Denarau Marina - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Royal Suva Yacht Club  - Fiji 

🇫🇯  Savu Savu Marina  - Fiji 

Shelter Bay Marina

Shelter Bay Marina Panama a natural  jump off point for the South Pacific Posse 

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

Gargolye

SY Gargoyle captured a  sunset with the tip of Bora Bora barely visible on the horizon

SY GARGOYLE 🇨🇦  Kevin & Carla -  Beneteau 50′

GARGOYLE KevinGARGOYL Carla

14) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

15) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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

Sevenstar

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT | JULY 01 2022

🛥️ ⛵ SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE

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

Seven Star

16) PANAMA 🇵🇦 CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
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17) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

SIGN UP FOR 
THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  
New Caledonia

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL · YOUR CREW · YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island, NZ
 

South Pacific Posse

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

© 2022 South Pacific Posse / Ocean Posse LLC

 


Dreamer at anchor

FLEET UPDATE 2022-06-13

 

 

South Pacific Posse

 

 

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

June 13, 2022

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) VANUATU OPENS UP JULY 1 

2) AMERICAN SAMOA OPENS UP 

3) SOLOMON ISLANDS  OPENING 

 
 
 

 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

 

1) YACHTING WORLD - PORT VILA  🇻🇺  VANUATU    
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

The
Vanuatu Tourism Office  is excited to announce that Vanuatu will
open its borders to fully-vaccinated international travelers from 1
July, 2022 with no quarantine or arrival caps.

 

Yachting World

 

Yachting
World’s staff is happy to assist you with the same warm friendliness
that we have been offering cruising yachts for more than 25 years.

 

Port VIla

 

Port Vila - Efate -Vanuatu

Yachting World Marina will - hopefully - open

on August 1st -

 

Best regards - Elsie - YW

Phone + 678 23273

(if a phone call, ask for Lemara, the office manager)

VHF Ch. 16

email: welcome@yachtingworld-vanuatu.com

 

Vanuatu Chart 82571

 

2)  AMERICAN SAMOA 🇦🇸 OPENS UP 

American Samoa - Pago Pago

American Samoa - Pago Pago Harbor

Talofa lava South Pacific Posse,

 

Please,
note that American Samoa is currently under a Declaration of Public
Health Emergency for COVID-19 and strict travel restrictions have been
implemented. You can find more information on this website:
www.legalaffairs.as.gov, under "Travel Restrictions" for further
information.

 

In
addition, we will need detailed information regarding the vessel and
crew, and the nature of the vessel's request to enter American Samoa.
Please provide the following information:

 

    ETA:

    Vessel Registration Number

    Vessel Type/Specifications/Color

    Vessel Flag

    Vessel Home Port

    Vessel contact information: email, radio call sign, satellite phone/Inmarsat

    Crew List

    Copies of Crew Passports

    Copies of COVID19 Test results

    Clearance documents from the last port

    Where was the vessel scheduled to go upon departing the last port?

    Cargo Manifest

 

Kindly
submit this information for review.  Understand that this request
for additional information IS NOT an authorization to enter American
Samoa.  The vessel is to remain outside of Territorial waters until
further instructions are given.  As soon as I receive this
information, I will send the request up to the proper authorities for
approval.

 

Let me know if you should have further questions in regard to this matter.

 

Respectfully,

Chester Manaea

chester.manaea@pa.as.gov

Pago Pago Harbor

3) SOLOMON ISLANDS 🇸🇧 OPENING 

Honoria Harbour

Honoria Harbour - Solomon Islands 

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 Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

 Fully
vaccinated travelers aged 18 years and older are allowed to enter the
Solomon Islands under the tourism bubble. Travelers must contact
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from Oversight Committee to enter the country.

Please check the documentation, quarantine, and/or testing requirements before traveling.

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travelers under the age of 18 who are eligible to take their
vaccination can enter Solomon Island; however, they will need to take
vaccination after arrival.

Honoria Chart

4) ENTRY INTO BOAT YOGA AWARD

 

Boat Yoga

 

More boat chores in exotic places. Cleaning the barnacles off the dinghy at 7 knots.

SY  RHAPSODY  🇦🇺  Sarah & Bob
- Jeanneau 49′

RHAPSODY BobRHAPSODY Sarah

5) SUPPLY CHAIN 102 & ROAD TRIP
PAPEETE MARKET 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

After the Tuamotus, Papeete market is a fruit & vegetable paradise 😃

Market

Marché Papeete ("municipal market") or Papeete Market is an extensive market place in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti.

Market

The market sells fruit, vegetables, fish, oils, handicrafts and various souvenir items. 

Market 2

We took the cross island 4WD track today

y, it runs N to S through the center of the islands, can be done by 4WD rental or joining a tour, we enjoyed standing on the benches on the back of a pick up and taking in the amazing views (rather than driving ourselves, as it is steep, windy, pumpy, muddy…) lots of stops incl one up in the mountains at a lunch place.

It
runs N to S through the center of the islands, can be done by 4WD
rental or joining a tour, we enjoyed standing on the benches on the back
of a pick up and taking in the amazing views (rather than driving
ourselves, as it is steep, windy, pumpy, muddy…) lots of stops incl one
up in the mountains at a lunch place.

(rather than driving ourselves, as it is steep, windy, pumpy, muddy…) lots of stops incl one up in the mountains at a lunch place.

Lake Vaihiria

Rather
than driving ourselves, as it is steep, windy, pumpy, muddy…  lots
of stops incl one up in the mountains at a lunch place.

Waterfalls along the road from Mont Orohen.

Waterfalls along the road from Mont Orohen.

Mont Orohena is a mountain located in the South Pacific, on the island of Tahiti. With an elevation of 2,241 metres (7,352 ft)[2] above sea level, it is the highest point of French Polynesia. Mont Orohena is an extinct volcano

Mont
Orohena, an extinct volcano, with  an elevation of 2,241 metres
(7,352 ft) it is the highest point of French Polynesia. 

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky- Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

6) FUEL DOCK & HAUL OUT ADVENTURES 

NUKU HIVA 🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA 

We successfully filled up with diesel in Nuku Hiva 😊 Interesting arrangement not made for cruisers. No drama for us though. We were lucky with calm seas.

We
successfully filled up with diesel in Nuku Hiva 😊 Interesting
arrangement not made for cruisers. No drama for us though. We were lucky
with calm seas.

Horizon is now on the hard in Hiva Oa.

Horizon is now on the hard in Hiva Oa.tight fit, but they are very professional here

Horizon is now on the hard in Hiva Oa.tight fit, but they are very professional here

Tight fit, but they are very professional here

tight fit, but they are very professional here

SY HORIZON 🇺🇸 Anders & Anette - Outbound 46′

HORIZON MichelleHORIZON Christopher

7) PICTURE OF THE WEEK 

Dreamer Picture of the week !

Dreamer at anchor in Huahine with double rainbow

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

DREAMER CrewDREAMER Crew

8) SY ACUSHNET ARRIVES IN 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 
 

We named our boat after the whaling ship that Herman Melville sailed around the world on. 

 named our boat after the whaling ship that Herman Melville sailed around the world on. He set sail in 1839 and in the summer of 1842, Melville and his shipmate Richard Tobias Greene (

He
set sail in 1839 and in the summer of 1842, Melville and his shipmate
Richard Tobias Greene ("Toby") jumped ship at Nuku Hiva Bay… the very
bay we are now anchored in! 

Acushnet

Nuku Hiva:  mission accomplished - South Pacific Posse Burgee 

They're only around three days away from their destination. Since the rules for checking into French Polynesia have changed while they've been at sea, they are now going to check into Hiva-Oa – an island that’s a little closer than Nuku Hiva so they’ve changed course and are heading there. Watch this space!

Since
the rules for checking into French Polynesia have changed while they've
been at sea, they are now going to check into Hiva-Oa – an island
that’s a little closer than Nuku Hiva so they’ve changed course and are
heading there. Watch this space!

LAND HO ACUSHNET

We love how we can simply haul anchor and move whenever we feel like it, and am so excited to explore this new spot.

Last
night we intended to go to a completely different island but diverted
as we heard the main anchorage was full. Going with the flow is what
sailing is all about I guess. Anyone else like this approach to
traveling?

The bay here in Nuku Hiva is large so we have lots of room 

Nuku HIva

Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia  as seen from the Tehaatiki viewpoint

SY ACUSHNET 🇺🇸  Ross & Saskia  - Lagoon 46 

AKUSHNET SaskiaAKUSHNET Ross
BRAVO ZULU

9) UNEXPECTED EXPENSE ALERT  

Two Bags of Laundry Washed and Dried at the Laverie in Papeete

motivation for locals to work on your laundry comes at a  cost 

After two weeks in Fakarava, Gargoyle is making her way 240nm west to the poster-child for paradise, Tahiti. Timing the tides to allow us to slip through Fakarava’s narrow southern pass, we departed at 8:00 AM yesterday. The exit proved easier than anticipated though the appearance of a free diver suddenly surfacing five feet off our bow added a touch of excitement. I didn’t have the heart to yell over and startle them as they only had eyes for the mass of sharks hovering below them however a visible float would perhaps be a good idea when diving a navigational channel. Sharks or gargoyles though, pick your fate. Then we were out and a turn to starboard put us on course for Tahiti’s main port, Papeete. Wondering how to pronounce that? Just sing the line from Southern Cross “on the downhill run to Papeete “. Unfortunately we had zero wind and we motored under a clear blue sky and over a glassy calm sea with just the eternal swell for company. Last night continued calm and we motored slowly towards our destination, hoping for the gods to show us favor and deliver a bit of wind. Finally, as dawn lit the eastern sky the winds settled in enough to allow us to set a sail and make our way, slowly, in the right direction. So as I write this we sail towards towering clouds lit cotton candy pink by another beautiful French Polynesia sunrise. We still have 24 hours to go on our downhill run but journey and destination are in such perfect harmony that we could this run forever.

After two weeks in Fakarava, Gargoyle is making her way 240nm west to the poster-child for paradise, Tahiti.

Timing
the tides to allow us to slip through Fakarava’s narrow southern pass,
we departed at 8:00 AM yesterday. The exit proved easier than
anticipated though the appearance of a free diver suddenly surfacing
five feet off our bow added a touch of excitement. I didn’t have the
heart to yell over and startle them as they only had eyes for the mass
of sharks hovering below them however a visible float would perhaps be a
good idea when diving a navigational channel. Sharks or gargoyles
though, pick your fate.

Then
we were out and a turn to starboard put us on course for Tahiti’s main
port, Papeete. Wondering how to pronounce that? Just sing the line from
Southern Cross “on the downhill run to Papeete “. Unfortunately we had
zero wind and we motored under a clear blue sky and over a glassy calm
sea with just the eternal swell for company.

Last
night continued calm and we motored slowly towards our destination,
hoping for the gods to show us favor and deliver a bit of wind. Finally,
as dawn lit the eastern sky the winds settled in enough to allow us to
set a sail and make our way, slowly, in the right direction.

So
as I write this we sail towards towering clouds lit cotton candy pink
by another beautiful French Polynesia sunrise. We still have 24 hours to
go on our downhill run but journey and destination are in such perfect
harmony that we could this run forever.

When was the last time you had so much fun shopping for groceries that you took a picture? We had a great time stocking up on fresh produce and fish at the local market, which is literally across the street from our marina. As with all of Papeete, it's also filled with amazing people. What a great location!

When
was the last time you had so much fun shopping for groceries that you
took a picture? We had a great time stocking up on fresh produce and
fish at the local market, which is literally across the street from our
marina. As with all of Papeete, it's also filled with amazing people.
What a great location!

Beautiful day for a sail from Tahiti to Mo'orea.

Beautiful day for a sail from Tahiti to Mo'orea.

SY GARGOLYE 🇨🇦 Kevin & Carla  - C.M.P.F. –Beneteau 50′

GARGOYLE KevinGARGOYL Carla

10) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
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HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

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*no bill-fish

Bora Bora awaits

Bora Bora awaits 

11) THE DANGEROUS MIDDLE 
🇨🇰 COOK ISLANDS

The Cook Islands
are in the South Pacific Ocean, north-east of New Zealand, between
French Polynesia and Fiji. There are fifteen major islands, spread over
2.2 million square kilometers of ocean, divided into two distinct
groups: the Southern Cook Islands, and the Northern Cook Islands of coral atolls.

The
islands were formed by volcanic activity; the northern group is older
and consists of six atolls (sunken volcanoes topped by coral growth).

Dangerous Middle

Three options for travelling through the Cook Islands:

Northern Cook Islands only,
approaching from (for example) Bora Bora. Possible stops in order along
the route would be Penrhyn, Manihiki, Suwarrow and then perhaps
Pukapuka.

Southern Cook Islands only, possible stops would be Rarotonga and perhaps either or both of Aitutaki and Palmerston.

Both northern and southern Cooks, starting in Rarotonga, and continuing to Palmerston, Suwarrow and perhaps Pukapuka.

Rarotonga
is a useful first stop because it is the main center for the Cook
Islands, and provisions can be hard to find in the outer islands.
Whether you stop at the outer islands, in particular Palmerston and
Aitutaki can depend on wind direction and draft -- see the notes on the
pages for those islands.

Rarotonga
is a useful first stop because it is the main centre for the Cook
Islands, and provisions can be hard to find in the outer islands.
Whether you stop at the outer islands, in particular Palmerston and
Aitutaki can depend on wind direction and draft -- see the notes on the
pages for those islands.

 

July Pilot Charts Cook Islands

 

July Pilot Charts Cook Islands

 

currents

 

Currents Cook Islands

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Superyacht arriving in Port Denarau

Superyachts in Port Denarau

Chris

Yadua Anchorage photo

Yadua Anchorage
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SY SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

Chris

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TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

1) ROYAL SUVA YACHT CLUB 🇫🇯   FIJI 
2) SY LEEANNE RUDDER FAILURE 
 
 

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grant them the privileges as if they were members of a Yacht/Marine
Club!

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2)  SY LEEANN RUDDER FAILURE 

SY Leeanne Rudder Jury Rig Video

The Story:

You
may have noticed we are back in Mexico and not in our original
destination, French Polynesia. As it is a bummer we didn’t make it, we
are so happy to be back with ourselves and the boat in one piece! Long
story short, we were about 500 miles out and found our rudder tube was
cracked and leaking seawater. The fiberglass tube was delaminating from
the hull of the boat. Not good. Trip over. Luckily we noticed the
problem right before we made it to Clarion island which is the last
possible place to stop for another 2000 miles so we pulled over to get a
good look. It was determined by our shoreside support network of expert
sailors that our only course of action was to drop our rudder, epoxy
the leaks, fiberglass some wood gussets around the tube for support, and
sail 550 nautical miles home with no rudder. And that’s what we did.
Luckily we have a @hydrovane that has its own little rudder that we
could use to help get us home. We could not get it to self steer without
the input of a main rudder so Carson and I had to hand steer the little
windvane rudder two hours on, and two hours off, for 5 days and 550
miles under constant threat of the tube breaking and sinking us the
whole way. This is the very very short version of the story, we will
eventually do a full write up of the whole thing soon. We have a lot of
people to tag and thank for helping us through this which will come with
a full write up. We just wanted to get a short explanation out to all
our friends on here who are wondering what’s going on with us! We are
safe, the boat is safe, and most importantly we are happy as ever! 

 Yes, we did have issues with our rudder. We started to hear “knocking” from our rudder post near the top bearing about a day and a half from clarion island so we stopped there to wait for better wind and do some inspections. When we took a look down at our rudder post we found that the fiberglass tube was delaminating and was seeping seawater. So, with our team of experts we all agreed that the rudder had to come out. With the help of the Mexican navy, we were able to successfully drop the rudder in the water at clarion island. Then we built gussets to stabilize the tube and fiberglassed all around the tube. Once that was set and the tube was more stable, we got towed out to sea, set the sails, and sails back to PV using only our Hydrovane rudder. We had to had steer 2 hours on 2 hours off for 5 days. The seas were big and we fought the boat rounding up every few minutes. We used dragging devices and had the sails reefed the entire time. We are now resting in a hotel in PV getting some much needed sleep!

 We
have spent the last few days doing repairs so that we can safely sail
back the 550 nautical miles.it will take us roughly 5-6 days and we will
continue to update daily. We thank you all for your support through
this journey.

Back in Mexico

We are docked! After 17 days we have arrived safely back in La Cruz, MX .

Yes,
we did have issues with our rudder. We started to hear “knocking” from
our rudder post near the top bearing about a day and a half from clarion
island so we stopped there to wait for better wind and do some
inspections. When we took a look down at our rudder post we found that
the fiberglass tube was delaminating and was seeping seawater. So, with
our team of experts we all agreed that the rudder had to come out. With
the help of the Mexican navy, we were able to successfully drop the
rudder in the water at clarion island. Then we built gussets to
stabilize the tube and fiberglassed all around the tube. Once that was
set and the tube was more stable, we got towed out to sea, set the
sails, and sails back to PV using only our Hydrovane rudder. We had to
had steer 2 hours on 2 hours off for 5 days. The seas were big and we
fought the boat rounding up every few minutes. We used dragging devices
and had the sails reefed the entire time. We are now resting in a hotel
in PV getting some much needed sleep!

Rudder jury Rig

We
are now headed to London!! A big pivot from our South Pacific plans but
we are determined to make the best of it! Getting in a lil belated
honeymoon trip exploring Europe over the next few weeks 🥳 SV LeeAnn
will be hauled out next week, repairs done, put back in the water and we
will return to her whole again! 

We can’t wait to explore a new place! 

With love, 

LEEANNE

With love, 

SY LEEANN 🇺🇸  Jamie & Carson - Beneteau Oceanis 46′

Carson
Jamie

3) ENTRY INTO GALLEY GOD(DESS ) AWARD

Galley Godess

Thought I’d send through some pics for Galley Goddess Award.

Below is Pizza cooked on the Cobb at Punaruku, Makemo, and above Fried Chicken on the Cobb, Fakarava.

BLue Heeler

Cheers!

Blue Heeler update on our time at Fakarava. 

Useful info if you’re heading that way. 

http://blueheelerhr39.com/2022/05/26/fakarava-tuamotos/

WALL OF SHARKS!! Fakarava Tuamotos by Sailing Blue Heeler
Vessel leaving Passe Tiputa at Rangiroa one hour before high tide. Increased swell in region causing strong outflow. The guy on the bow is having fun!

Vessel
leaving Passe Tiputa at Rangiroa one hour before high tide. Increased
swell in region causing strong outflow.  The guy on the bow is
having fun!

Passe Hiria de Tiputa - Rangiroa

Passe Hiria de Tiputa - Rangiroa 

SY  BLUE HEELER 🇦🇺  Ally & Wayne - Hallberg Rassy 39‘

BLuee Heeler
Alison

4) SUPPLY CHAIN 101
 FAKARAVA, TUAMOTUS 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Fakarava Magasin

This
is the Tumoana magasin in Fakarava on Wednesday morning when the supply
ship arrives.  Thirty three boats are in the anchorage are vying
for the limited fruits and veggies at this small table as each box of
items is set out.  Nearly all the fruit/veggies were gone in two
hours.   Same thing happened at the boulangerie south of town at
15:00.  Plan your arrival the evening prior to get into town early.

Magasin

Inside
the atoll is a lagoon.  The atoll is comprised of coral reefs
called motus.  Between these motus are small channels that are
created by seawater coming through the atoll from the ocean.  Carl
and I spend hours snorkeling and floating from the edge of the atoll
into the lagoon.  The channels can be shallow or very deep. This
one was about 200 meters long and 30 feet deep.  Loaded with bright
coral (purple, pink, yellow) and school of brightly colored fish.
Floating with the inbound tide current over these wonders is like
flying in your dreams.  After painting from my paddle board, I dove
in.

ROxy

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

Roxy
Carl
Fakarava

Fakarava, Tuamotus, French Polynesia is in Good Nautical

5) PICTURES OF THE WEEK 

 

The Ibex  Sunset Series

Ibex

Tuamotus  Sunset  1 

Tuamotus Sunset

Tuamotus  Sunset  2 

Tuamotus Sunset

Tuamotus  Sunset 3 

Ibex and the Coconut Oil Factory

Ibex and the Coconut Oil Factory 

rotosieve

Classic Rotosieve add coconut meat on top oil comes out of the front 

End product once packaged

End product once packaged

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Waltraud - Sunbeam 42′

FLorian
Vicky

6) SY RHAPSODY ARRIVES IN 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA 
 

 About
3:00 am. Morning of day 20, graveyard watch as usual. Sarah mentioned
seeing skimming birds feeding at dusk last night when we were just under
100 nm. from land. Birds are always our last send off and first
greeters on passage. Also, as is usual since leaving Panama, a red
footed booby has chosen our bow rail to rest for the night. We marvel at
the flexibility and unwavering tenacity their webbed feet display in
gripping slimy, salted 1” stainless steel pipe bouncing about for hour
upon hour.

4:00
am. The chart plotter shows we are nearing our first possible glimpse
of terra firma since leaving views of San Cristobal, the western most
volcanic landscape of the Galápagos Islands, in our wake almost 3 weeks
ago. UO-HUKA, at the eastern edge of French Polynesia, is for now just a
lurking, dark, blurry shape resting nebulous on the southern horizon
under overcast and moody skies. The waxing half moon set 2 hours ago.
We’ve been getting scattered spit, drizzle, and mini squalls since
sunset causing the need to put away cushions and pillows to dry corners
only to return them minutes later.After 20 days at sea,

Over 3000 nautical miles,

5 trips by Bob into the back lazerette to fix the autopilot

One broken halyard

One Code Zero sail retrieved from the water

3 days of on and off hand steering  Land Ho! 

LAND HO RHAPSODY

Exerts from their blog https://www.rhapsodyontheblue.com  

In
finishing up our passage from the Galapagos Islands to French Polynesia
I asked my family if they had any questions for us. They came up with
some great ones. My answers are in blue, and Bob's are italicized

 

What
was something that you loved that you didn’t foresee and what was
something you were worried about that you didn’t need to be? 

Although
it was not technically on this section of the passage, I loved the
Doldrums. Admittedly we had a motor and so we were not relying on the
wind to get us through, but I loved the stillness of the ocean. The
absolute glassiness of it. The things that I worried about I am not sure
that I didn’t need to concerned about. We worried about them so that we
would do everything we could to stop them from happening. 

Better
than I thought was how fast the time passed, with special thanks to
reading.  I worried that sleep loss could become a cumulative
problem, but that wasn't really the case.

 

How
was your experience extending a strange alternating sleep schedule over
the long time period? Did you ever fall asleep on watch? 

Our
watch schedule is a natural extension of our typical habits. Bob tends
to fall asleep earlier than I do, and thus wake up earlier. We just push
this schedule to its limits and it works well. Bob falls asleep as
early as he can, sometimes as early as 7, then wakes up at 1 or 2 and
takes over from me. I like to stay up reading, so I just push that to
staying up later and later, then I get to sleep in the morning. There
were certainly days that our rhythms were interrupted by weather or
equipment breakage, but then we just take turns napping during the day.

My
experiences on previous passages prepared me well mentally, however on
this passage the motion of the boat was a greater challenge to both
getting and staying asleep.

What would you do differently if you did it again?

I
would download more podcasts, they are great company on nightwatch. I
thought I had done so, but most of them were gone by the time I wanted
to listen to them.

I agree with more podcasts, but if we could find the right person, another crew member would be worthwhile.

What food that you provisioned did you wish you had more of and which food did you never actually eat?

We
would have liked to have more non dairy ice cream but the freezer just
couldn't hold any more. Also more lettuce would have been nice, but it
is difficult to get it to last.

I
agree with the lettuce and ice cream, and would add more hummus. We did
not use many canned goods, but those are really provisioned for our
remaining months before large groceries in Papeete.

Did
you think about people who had made this crossing before access to
technologies you have? Anyone in particular? Did you feel connected to
past explorers and sailors in some way out in the vast open blue? 

Thank
goodness for technology! To do this without GPS, our chartplotter and
our Sat phone would have been a totally different experience,  and
not something that I believe it would have enjoyed. I did think about
those who came before us and how their experiences differed from ours.

Certainly
one cannot discount the advantages of GPS and the security that
knowledge feeds you every day you are out of sight of land. When I think
of the Polynesians, that for thousands of years, explored these same
waters by reading the waves, the wind, and determining their location by
holding their hand up to the stars, I am humbled. 

All
who have gone to sea before us, and all our fellow cruisers today
readily share information. Technology and information properly applied
keeps us safe, and allows us to continue following in the path of the
real explorers.

 

At what point in your crossing did you feel most isolated?

For
a while our text messaging app was not working.  When I wasn't
getting any messages from the outside world I definitely felt isolated.

When
the autopilot had troubles twice in one day, along with battery
charging issues, I felt we could be out there days longer with constant
handsteering and maybe a loss of refrigeration. But isolation is
relative when you know you just have to fix things the best you can and
keep going.

 

What was the most: Fun? Rewarding? Emotionally moving? Boring? Challenging? Unexpected?

Wow,
that's a lot! Boring is easy - the lack of being able to do many things
I love to do, go for a walk, make art, make music. There was just too
much motion of the boat to feel comfortable enough to do the last two.

Unexpected
would be the number of small (4-5 inches) squid that would be found on
deck in the morning at the beginning of the passage. At night I could
shine a bright light into the water and see the light reflecting in the
red eyes of the squid. They disappeared about halfway through the
passage, but on our list of things yet to do is to clean up the squid
ink on deck.

Most
fun was ten minutes with dolphins swimming along in our bow wake. Most
rewarding was finally getting to prove we could do it. Getting the
battery charger and autopilot to work again, thus avoiding minor
calamities was a real emotional lift. Most boring was the first third of
a book by William F. Buckley I gave up on. Most challenging was
remaining able bodied and more or less upright for 20 days straight on a
broken carnival ride. Unexpected, was how quickly the time passed.

Were there times when you were nervous or scared? 

We
have made enough smaller passages that I wasn't really nervous or
scared, but as is often the case, the most nerve-wracking is usually at
the end. In this case in the last 24 hours we had winds up to 25 knots
and 3 meter seas. We have had continuing issues with our bio growth in
our fuel and clogging the filters. We (and by we, I mean Bob) changed
the filters for safety reasons for the last hour before entering the
harbor at Nuku Hiva. The winds we gusting up to 22 knots and the waves
were 3 meters and coming at us from the side. We were motoring at this
point to get into the harbor. At the mouth of the harbor are two very
large rocks they call sentinels that we had to pass between. We were
making plans as to what to do if the engine failed at that point (pull
out the sails and turn back out to sea). For me this was definitely the
hairiest part of the passage. All ended well, the engine didn't die, we
made it past the sentinels, into the harbor and safely set anchor. 

Sometimes the way Sarah looks at me when she's handing me the hammer is pretty scary.

Favorite constellations as viewed mid-ocean? 

Transit of Venus and Jupiter every morning just before first light.

I
loved watching the Milky Way and seeing the Southern Cross, but I have
to admit that for all the hype that the Southern Cross gets, it is
pretty small in comparison to Northern Hemisphere constellations like
the Big Dipper or Orion. I think that the Souuthern Cross must have a
pretty good agent promoting it.

How did the food provisioning work out?

Our freezer is not big enough for everything that we would like to bring, otherwise excellent.

Our
chocolate stash of artesian chocolate from Chocolopagos lasted until
the very last days, then we knew it was time for landfall. We still had
some carrots, cabbage and potatoes left at the end, we did not have to
resort to a totally canned meal.

How do you navigate? Do you shoot the sun just for fun?

We
have no sextant aboard. We rely on satellite GPS, either through our
chartplotter or our handheld radios. GPS is worldwide accurate. Besides,
too many billion cell phone users, militaries, and Uber drivers need it
for it to fail. If by the strangest twist of fate GPS failed we would
fall back to our compass, paper charts, the position of stars and
planets if visible, and dead reckoning. You adapt.

We
plot a course on the chartplotter before we depart and then over the
length of this long passage we attempted to stay on course, often
correcting for the wind and the currents which seemed to want to take us
further south than we wanted to go.

What is the deepest part of the Pacific that you have crossed?

I think about 19,000 ft.

When
we are sailing over the top we can't really tell if the water is
several hundred feet deep or several thousand,  it all looks the
same. And once the numbers go over several hundred feet our depth
monitor just says: depth - - -

 

RHAPSODY ARRIVES

SY RHAPSODY 🇺🇸 Sarah & Bob  - Jeanneau 49′

Bob
Sarah
BRAVO ZULU

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MEET THE FLEET

Retired medical doctor sailing  with my wife Guylène from Marseille to New Zealand with our  42' aluminum sloop.

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*no bill-fish

Clarity of Kandavu Waters

50 feet visibility at anchor in Kandavu 🇫🇯  Fiji 

9) OHANA 🇵🇫 THE OTOGI PASS 
TOAU, TUAMOTUS FRENCH POLYNESIA 

 passe otugi slack Toau - Otugi Pass, Tuamotu Archipel by SY OHANA

Video of  Passe Otugi slack tide Toau  Tuamotus, French Polynesia

Bays

Anchored at Anse Amyot Toau, French Polynesia 15°48'10.5"S 146°09'07.7"W  TOAU

Tuamotu 2

SY OHANA 🇮🇲  Aisling & Darryl - Lagoon 46′

Aisling
Darryl
Anse Amyot Toau in Good Nautical

10) CHRIS  SCOUTN SYDNEY 🇦🇺  AUSTRALIA

Seaglub

Meet
Chris on SeaGlub - Lead Vessel of this season's South Pacific Posse
currently scouting the Australia Routes at select whiskey bars in
Sydney 

The Baxter Inn - Sydney

11) MO'OREA  🇵🇫 WINDWARD ISLANDS 
FRENCH POLYNESIA

Gargoyle

Cooks Bay,  Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia 

Mo'orea

Mo'orea history

According to recent archaeological evidence, the Society Islands were settled from Samoa and Tonga around 200 AD. 

Nine
tribal principalities emerged in the enclosed valleys, which in turn
were subdivided into individual clans. The stratified society was
characterized by a hierarchical leadership whose elite combined both
political and religious power. The leading families of Mo'orea remained
linked by marriage and kinship for centuries with those of the
neighboring island of Tahiti. These connections led to important
alliances, but at other times were also the source of bloody
conflicts. 

The
marae, a stone platform, was where the gods communicated with the
Polynesians and political, social and religious decisions were made. The
marae was tapu—sacrosanct. To violate it was to call down the gods’
wrath.

On
Mo‘orea  the largest collection of maraes is in the Opunohu
Valley. More than 550 structures have been uncovered, including more
than 100 maraes. 

On Mo‘orea, 10 minutes from Tahiti by plane (30-45 minutes by ferry), the largest collection of maraes is in the Opunohu Valley. More than 550 structures have been uncovered, including more than 100 maraes.

SY  GARGOLYE 🇨🇦  Kevin & Carla  - Beneteau 50′

Kevin
Carla

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13) SAMOA 🇼🇸  

Samoan Dancer

Polynesian Samoan dances in Apia 🇼🇸 Samoa

Aggie Grey's

The ancient art of fire (sword) dancing originated  in Polynesia
Taking
his inspiration from the Samoan warrior, a  fire knife dancer
takes center stage twirling, tossing, catching and throwing a flaming
machete at high speeds. 

Fire

Taking
his inspiration from the Samoan warrior, a  fire knife dancer
takes center stage twirling, tossing, catching and throwing a flaming
machete at high speeds.

The
fire knife itself, called “nifo oti," is an ancient Samoan weapon that
features a 14-inch blade with a hook on the end.  Before the
addition of fire, the traditional Samoan knife dancer portrayed the
movements of the warrior at battle. The custom eventually evolved into
performance art, with the dancer slicing objects in mid-air.

nifo oti samoa

Human migration  from Indonesia into Micronesia, Melanesia and  Polynesia 

Cultures

During
Colonial times Samoa consisting of the islands of Upolu, Savai'i,
Apolima and Manono  was a German protectorate from 1900 until the
takeover by New Zealand forces during World War 1

German Colony

The
takeover of Samoa was New Zealand's first military action in World War
I. In late August 1914 with landings by the Samoa Expeditionary Force
from New Zealand on behalf of King George V. The Samoa Expeditionary
Force remained in the country until 1915. 

MAP

Vailima,
a German-style lager brewed in Samoa here are two versions to choose
from, the normal 4.9% strength and the the export-only 6.7%.

Vailima, a German-style lager, has been brewed in Samoa since 1978. There are two versions to choose from, the normal 4.9% strength and the the export-only 6.7%.

14) HOW WE FLOAT OUR ANCHOR CHAIN 

Picture of the Week

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.

Floating your anchor chain over coral explained

Which buoyancy 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.

Floats

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Waltraud - Sunbeam 42′

FLorian
Vicky

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