FLEET UPDATE 2023-05-16

South Pacifc Posse '23

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

- Albert Einstein


SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
FLEET UPDATE

2023-05-16

13 Ensigns

63 Yachts from 13 ensigns are signed up !

To join follow this link >>

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

TOP NEWS

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

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

SY WANDERLUST 🇺🇸 Kristin & Fabio - Seawind 52′

WANDERLUST FabioWANDERLUST KristiWANDERLUST Crew

1) ANCHORAGE
BALL BAY 🇳🇫 NORFOLK ISLAND

Norfolk Island

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

Norfolk Island Ball Bay

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

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

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

NORFOLK ISLAND BALL BAY

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

NOrfolkIsland

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

Norfolk Island

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

Burgee Back

South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

Yacht Services Nuku Hiva 🇵🇫 Sponsors the South Pacific Posse

3) PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Traveller DAIsy

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

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

TRAVELLERTRAVELLERTRAVELLERTRAVELLERDeSoto

4) PAN PAN TOMAS

PAN PAN TOMAS

May 8

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

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

IRIDIUM GO

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

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

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

EPBRIB

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

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

SY SAOIRSE 🇸🇪 Tomas - Dufour 40 e’

SAOIRSE Tomas

5) BOISTEROUS WELCOME
🇵🇫 TO FRENCH POLYNESIA

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

Do events after arriving count?

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

Slam

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

Meet the Fleet

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

6) FATU HIVA 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA

Fatu Hiva

Approaching Bay of Virgins Baie de Vierges Fatu Hiva FP

Baie de Vierges

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

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

There are huge basalt pinnacles on both sides of the bay

Upper PLains

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

Waterfall hike

A scenic hike to the waterfall.

Banion Trees

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

Waterfall in Fatu Hiva

Waterfall in Fatu Hiva

BURGEE

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

MONSOON Yeen YeeMONSOON CrewMONSOON Crew
Fatu Hiva

7) SAVE THE DATE
🎉

MEET THE FLEET CELEBRATION

NEW DATE

SATURDAY AUG 26 ’23

NAWI ISLAND MARINA

SAVUSAVUS FIJI

Nawi

artists rendering


RSVP NOW
AUG 26 2023

FREE RUM, MUSIC and
BULATASTIC PORK ROAST

Save the date

Saturday Aug 26 ’23 FIJI

NAWI ISLAND

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

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

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

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

June 2021

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

8) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE GATHERINGS

Panama Posse gatheringa

Another lovely “posse” catchup in Hiva Oa.

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

CERULIANCERULIAN

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

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

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

Hauraki Gulf

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

Whangaparaoa Peninsula

Whangaparaoa Peninsula ~ 15 nm north of Auckland

Cold in NZ

It's time to leave NZ when Fall arrives

SY SEAGLUB 🇺🇸Chris - Hylas 46′

SEAGLUB Chris
Gulf Harbour Marina

10) LAND HO !

LAND HO!

Day 24 Tuesday May 16 2023 LANDFALL

at Atuona, Hiva Oa, Archipel des Marquises

Atuona Harbor, Hiva Oa, Marquesas

Atuona, Hiva Oa, Archipel des Marquises

Inner bay Atuona Harbor

AT lnight

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

PISCIS Mary & Kevin

SY PISCES 🇺🇸 Mary & Kevin Antares 44e’

BRAVO ZULU
Pacific Posse tracking

11) RECOMMISSIONING ON VITU LEVU 🇫🇯 FIJI

Dreamer Vuda

Sunset

Dreamer

Port Denarau Fiji ( Vuda Point at the horizon )

Denaray Dock

Marina Port Denarau Docks

Taking Dreamer up the the Mamanucas and Yasawa islands

Yasawas

Still lush after the rainy season the Yasawas

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

DREAMER CrewDREAMER GerneDREAMER David

12) THE WALL OF TEARS 🇪🇨 GALAPAGOS

The Wall of Tears Windsong

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

The Wall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erick - WindsongJenny - Windsong
Lagrimas

13) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
🏆
AWARD CATEGORIES

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

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

14) "AND THEY ARE OFF"
FLEET TRACKING FOR PARTICIPANTS

Tracking

About Tracking:

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

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

15)
SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSOR
CLOUD 9 🇫🇯 FIJI

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

CLOUD 9 🇫🇯 FIJI · SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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

https://pacificposse.com/cloud-9

Easy approach from Musket Cove or Denarau

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

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

CLOUD 9

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

 View of Sydney Harbour 1836 Artist Conrad Martens

View of Sydney Harbour 1836 Artist Conrad Martens

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

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

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

sYNDEY 1800

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

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

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

AUSTRALIA

17) MEET OUR SPONSORS

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

 

Cocountu Peeler

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

 

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FLEET ARRIVAL

FLEET UPDATE 2023-05-01

South Pacifc Posse '23

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

- Franklin D. Roosevelt


SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
FLEET UPDATE

2023-05-01

14 Ensigns

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

TOP NEWS

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

1) PICTURES OF THE WEEK

 Sunset Alerts in French Polynesia

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

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

more doldrums.

The Milky Way

Becalmed

The Doldrums

SY VIRIDIAN 🇬🇧 Greg & Jan - Northwind 50′

VIRIDIAN JanVIRIDIAN - Greg

2) GOOD ANCHORAGE
PORT SANDWICH - MALEKULA 🇻🇺 VANUATU

Port Sandwich

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

Port Sandwich 16° 26.302 S 167° 47.02 E

One of the good Cyclone holes in the South Pacific

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

Burgee Back

South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

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

4) AWARD ENTRIES
🏆
UNINVITED BUT WELCOME VISITOR

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

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

Entry into biggest fish caught

Biggest Fish Caught

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

DREAMER CrewDREAMER GerneDREAMER David

5) PROOF OF LIFE !
CANCEL BOLO

Tomas

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

SY SAOIRSE 🇺🇸 Tomas - Dufour 40 e’

SAOIRSE Tomas

6) CONGRATULATIONS LAND HOOOO !

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

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

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

SY Cerulean SY Zelda SY Freya SY Mehalah SY Monsoon

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

7) NEW SAVE THE DATE

NAWI ISLAND FIJI

MEET THE FLEET CELEBRATION

NEW DATE - AUG 26 '23

NAWI ISLAND MARINA
SAVUSAVUS FIJI

Nawi

artists rendering


RSVP
PARTY
AUG 26 2023

FREE RUM, MUSIC and
BULATASTIC PORK ROAST

Save the date

Saturday Aug 26 ’23 FIJI

NAWI ISLAND

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

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

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

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

Discover Savusavu

8) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEMINARS ON DEMAND

South Pacific Posse

SEMINARS RECORDINGS ARE ONLINE

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

9) MEET THE FLEET

 Camilla & Santeri

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

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

SY SIPI 🇫🇮 Camilla & Santeri - Nauticat 42′

https://pacificposse.com/tracking

10) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
SPONSOR

 DENARAU MARINA 🇫🇯 FIJI - SPONSORS THE PACIFIC POSSE

11) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
🏆
AWARD CATEGORIES

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

12) FLOATING YOUR ANCHOR CHAIN

FLOATING YORU ANCHOR CHAIN

Floating the anchor chain to avoid coral damage

USE High Quality ABS Fishing Floats

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

FLOATING YORU ANCHOR CHAIN

13) APPROACHES
THE ROYAL SUVA YACHT CLUB 🇫🇯 FIJI

SUVA HARBOR FIJI

SUVA HARBOR 🇫🇯 FIJI

1989

BRITISH ADMIRALTY CHART 1660 SUVA HARBOR SOUNDINGS 1896

Suva

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

ROYAL SUVA YACHT CLUB FIJI 🇫🇯 SPONSORS THE PACIFIC POSSE

FREE 1 MONTH Honorary Membership FOR South Pacific Posse

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Todd R•S•Y•C

ROYAL SUVA YACHT CLUB

Foster Road, Walu Bay 0 Suva City, Fiji

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

+679 992 2921

gm@rsyc.org.fj

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

Tracking

About Tracking:

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

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

PREDICT WIND NOW HAS SATELLITE AIS VESSEL TRACKING

aIS VIA SAT

15) FREE ACCESS TO GOOD NAUTICAL

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

 

Good Nautical

CONSIDER MAKING A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO GOOD NAUTICAL

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

https://goodnautical.com/gma/tonga

Tonga 🇹🇴 in Good Nautical

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

An SOC Seagull at Havannah Harbour Efate 1943

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

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

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

EFATE

A Peculiar State of Affairs

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

Sunken PLanes

Seaplane Base

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

Wrecks

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

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

WWII Museum in the HArbour

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

Coca Cola

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

Vanuatu

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TOP NEWS

 

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

1) PICTURES OF THE WEEK 

cleaning booby poop

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

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

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

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

2) SUWARROW  🇨🇰  COOK ISLANDS 

SUWARROW

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

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

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

Suwarrow Atoll

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

Suwarrow

Entrance waypoints are in Good Nautical 

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

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

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

Suwarrow

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

Suwarrow

Capt. Dietmar on Suwarrow back in '09

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

Suwarrow Quay

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

Suwaroow rules

3) PAN PAN # BOLO 
⚠️ SY SAOIRSE
 @

**** PAN PAN ****

BOLO (BE ON THE LOOKOUT) 

132218Z APR 23

HYDROPAC 1225/23(83).

EASTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.

DNC 06.

M/V SAOIRSE OVERDUE. LAST KNOWN POSITION

IN VICINITY 09-36.00S 120-13.00W.

VESSELS IN VICINITY REQUESTED TO KEEP A

SHARP LOOKOUT, ASSIST IF POSSIBLE.

REPORTS TO JRCC TAHITI,

INMARSAT-C: 582422799192,

PHONE: 689 4054 1616,

FAX: 689 4042 3915,

E-MAIL: CONTACT@JRCC.PF

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

Vessel equipped with:

Life raft

Epirb

Life jackets with AIS transponders

Sat phone and iridium goSITUATION

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

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

Last known location

Saoirse last known Location 

Wed 12/Apr 05:35 GMT

09º  39.39.47' S  119º 57.06' W  

Course:   252° true,   6.9 kts

Swedish vessel ‘Saoirse‘

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

 Tomas Fehrling

 Tomas Fehrling 

 ⚠️ UPDATE FROM SY BELEZA  

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

 ⚠️ DISTRESS SIGNAL 

132155Z APR 23

HYDROPAC 1224/23(21).

EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.

DNC 13.

DISTRESS SIGNAL RECEIVED ON 406 MHZ FROM

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

VESSELS IN VICINITY REQUESTED TO KEEP A

SHARP LOOKOUT, ASSIST IF POSSIBLE.

REPORTS TO RCC ALAMEDA,

TELEX: 230172343, PHONE: 510 437 3701,

E-MAIL: RCCALAMEDA1@USCG.MIL.

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

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Bond Exemption Letter (medical insurance required)

5) GALAPAGOS 🇪🇨 UPDATE

Charles Robert Darwin born 1809 - 1882  & Mary 

ails

Tail of the  Galapagos Marine Iguana

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

Few Facts

1. They feed in the water

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

2. They can’t breathe underwater

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

3. They can hold their breath for a long time

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

4. They turn rainbow colors during mating season

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

5. The only iguanas that feed in the ocean

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

6. They play cat and mouse with Galapagos hawks

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

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

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

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

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

  

10. They sneeze. A lot.

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

Visitors

seal play

VISITORS

UNINVITED VISITORS

Hello all, 

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

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

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

Not terrible, just a nuisance. 

All the best,

In the park

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

6) ENTRY INTO  CAPTAIN RON AWARD 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU EAT THE FLYING FISH OFF THE DECK 

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

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

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

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

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10) THE BEAUTY OF SOUTH PACIFIC CURRENCY 

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

Cook Islands 3 dollar bill 

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

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

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

Old Cook Island Dollars

Cook Island Currency

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11) "AND THEY ARE OFF"
 FLEET TRACKING FOR PARTICIPANTS  
 

Tracking

 About Tracking:

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

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

 
 

12) FREE ACCESS TO GOOD NAUTICAL  

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

13) HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

HONIARA  🇸🇧 SOLOMON ISLANDS  

1967

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

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

Solomon Islands

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

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

Honoria

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

Honoria Solomon Islands

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

Solomon Islands are in Good Nautical

Solomon Islands 🇸🇧 in  Good Nautical 

14) MEET OUR SPONSORS 

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

15) LAST ONE

Solomon Islands

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

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Souht Pacific CFleet Update 2022-12-31

FLEET UPDATE 2022-12-31

South Pacifc Posse
South Pacific Posse

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

— Rumi

 
 

 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

2022-12-31

Burgee Back

South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

TOP NEWS

 

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

 1)  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE '23
 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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

SIGN UP / RENEW

BENEFITS OF JOINING 

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

📊 Focused on facts not opinions or unsolicited advice

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

🛰️ Free Fleet and vessel tracking courtesy of Predict Wind

🗺️150 Gb+ Free OPENCPN Satellite Charts

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

🚩 Free Burgee 

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🗺️ Free Printable Reference Chart as a backup to your electronics

📹 Free Video Seminars on destinations – best practices  

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

⚓ Peer support in emergencies with escalation procedures

🛈 Fleet Updates via email – free

🏆 Fun Award Categories 

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

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

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

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

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

🚷 NOT A FACEBOOK GROUP – YOU ARE NOT THE PRODUCT  

https://pacificposse.com/seminar

 

2) SAVE THE DATE 

SOUTH PACIFIC  
&
 PANAMA POSSE  PARTY

FEBRUARY 3rd 2023  

SHELTER BAY MARINA 
PANAMA 

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

Afternoon & Evening of Panama Posse and South Pacific Posse seminars 

Followed by an evening of RUM and MUSIC

Save the date 

Fri Feb 3rd ’23 PANAMA

     

3) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE ZOOM SEMINARS

South Pacific Posse

SEMINAR  DATES - PLEASE PLAN AHEAD 

AND pre-REGISTER*   

MON FEB 6 ’23  20:30 –  22:30 UTC

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

 

TUES  FEB 7 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

WEATHER and HEAVY WIND SQUALLS AND ELEVATED SEA STATE STRATEGIES

 

WED  FEB 8 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

PROVISIONING AND MUST SEE AND DO’S

 

THU FEB 9 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

OPEN CPN INSTALLATION , USING  OPEN CPN SAT CHARTS CREATING

 

FRI  FEB 10 ’23  20:30 –  22:30 UTC

LOGISTICS, REPAIRS, CYLCONE SEASON STRATEGIES

 

REGISTER NOW  
TO GET YOUR ZOOM ACCESS LINKS >>

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

Swedish vessel reported 2022-12-29

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

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

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

Kiribati
Route
Sara gage hunt

SY RHAPSODY 🇺🇸 Sarah & Bob - Jeanneau 49'

RHAPSODY BobRHAPSODY Sarah

5) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  
🏆 
AWARD CATEGORIES 

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

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

6)  FLEET TRACKING 
FREE FOR PARTICIPANTS 
 

Tracking

 About Tracking:

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

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

7) FREE ACCESS TO GOOD NAUTICAL  

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

 
 

Good Nautical

CONSIDER MAKING A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO GOOD NAUTICAL 

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

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8) DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED  

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Pet Vaccination Records

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

and most controversial of all ... 

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

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

 

SIGN UP FOR THE 23 SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE  
Tahanea

9)  TWO LEVELS  OF PARTICIPANTS 

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

Big Moomas

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

10) MEET THE FLEET

ENSIGNS

26 VESSELS HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP 

ELI and AMy

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

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

11) MEET OUR SPONSORS 

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

PACIFIC POSSE

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

SEAGLUB Chris

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YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

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 @ 9811 w charleston blvd 2262 89117 Summerlin LV 89117 USA

 

 


South Pacific Posse '23 Seminar Schedule

South Pacific Posse  Seminars

MON FEB 6 ’23  20:30 –  22:30 UTC

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

 

TUES  FEB 7 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

WEATHER and HEAVY WIND SQUALLS AND ELEVATED SEA STATE STRATEGIES

 

WED  FEB 8 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

PROVISIONING AND MUST SEE AND DO’S

 

THU FEB 9 ’23  20:30 – 22:30 UTC

OPEN CPN INSTALLATION , USING  OPEN CPN SAT CHARTS CREATING

 

FRI  FEB 10 ’23  20:30 –  22:30 UTC

LOGISTICS, REPAIRS, CYLCONE SEASON STRATEGIES

 

REGISTER NOW


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INTRODUCTION

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

CONTACT

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Tel +679 666 8214
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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 
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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

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