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FLEET UPDATE 2024-02-27

South Pacifc Posse
SUNSET ALERT

“There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.....the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.”

― Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo

 

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 
SEASON 4

2024-02-27

TOP NEWS

1) NOTICE OF A RALLY 
SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEASON 4

South Pacific Posse

55 YACHTS ARE ALREADY SIGNED UP  

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
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2) FIGHTING OFF BARNACLE GROWTH ON LONG PASSAGES 

Barnacles

On
long passages it is normal to get some growth including barnacles along
the waterline - life is sticky, but there is a  tip on how to
remove them while underway ... take an old halyard and make stopper
knots every 6 to 8 inches and run it along side your hulls  

links

 run
it along side your hulls for 1/2 hour while underway on each side - the
wave action with knock of the growth along the water line - run when
you are not motoring and on each hull - the sheet will bounce up and
down along the hull and knock of growth mechanically - should not be
longer than your vessel's hull .

knock em off

 

3) MEET THE FLEET  

SY COSMOS 

 MEET THE FLEET SY COSMOS

51/52 year old married couple.  Been sailing the Caribbean for the last few years.  Reside full time in Bonaire.

COSMOS

SY COSMOS 🇺🇸  Christopher & Suzette  – Roberts & Caine Leopard 40′ 43′

CELTCELT
on their way

Prior track from Aruba to Colombia

 

4) BENEFITS OF JOINING THE POSSE 

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get your stuff

with
limited resources in the South Pacific it's key to have the posse scout
for resources such as fresh veggies in FP - yes you can do it alone but
information is key -  the collective brain trust of the South
Pacific Posse at work ... they gonna run out of fresh veggies - and they
run out of diesel ... every season...

 

5) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
PARTY SHELTER BAY MARINA  🇵🇦  PANAMA RECAP

Short video recap of the SPP celebration in Panama 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvAvwj49Aek&feature=youtu.be

https://panamaposse.com/sbrsvp#gallery

An amazing celebration - we apologize we ran out of wristbands !!! 

celebration

Shelter Bay Marina sponsors the Panama and South Pacific Posse 

Celebratiion

Seminars especially how to operate and use OPEN CPN to have a safe passage 

the middle

 

6) EMERGENCY AT SEA 

NUMBERS AND CONTACTS 
SRR 

PANAMA 🇵🇦 

Panama SRR

PANAMA SRR:

Tel: +507 316 0525

oficinasarelt@aeronautica.gob.pa

Telephone +507 316 0525

Alternate #’s +507 520 6299

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

SRR:

Tel: +507 315 0472

oficinasarelt@aeronautica.gob.pa

Alternate #’s

+507 315 0541

+507 524 9438

+507 524 9439

Cell Phone: +507 699 70667

Email

oficinasarelt@aeronautica.gob.pa 

COLOMBIA 🇨🇴

Panama SAR

COLOMBIA

Buenaventura Coast Guard Station

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

c3iegub@armada.mil.co

https://www.armada.mil.co

MRCC Pacífico SRR:

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

copafnp@armada.mil.co

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

Email

copafnp@armada.mil.co

ectmcp01@dimar.mil.co

🇪🇨 ECUADOR 

COLOMBIA

ECUADOR

Tel: +593 4 2480812

Alternate:

+593-4-2321602

coguar@armada.mil.ec

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

Tel: +593-4-2505302

guayaquil_radio@armada.mil.ec

Website http://www.dirnea.org

🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA

FRENCH POLYNESIA

FRENCH POLYNESIA

SRR FRENCH POLYNESIA –

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

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

When should I contact SAR ?

If
you are in distress or need to report an emergency, do NOT send it via
email, contact  The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
(GMDSS) provides a number of additional means for contacting or alerting
SAR authorities. 

TEST YOUR EPIRB AND SET IT OFF IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY 

EPIRB. is a small radio transmitter fitted to seagoing vessels. If the vessel were suddenly hit by any disaster, such as sinking, the EPIRB is designed to float free and begin transmission. This is vitally important when the crew has not been able to send a distress message from the vessel's main transmitter.

EPIRB. is a small radio transmitter fitted to seagoing vessels. If the vessel were suddenly hit by any disaster, such as sinking, the EPIRB is designed to float free and begin transmission.   

7) OPEN CPN  X UN-MARKS THE CHART

OpenCPNs chart management  is challenging – to enable sat charts loaded

into the chart library please focus on the "bottom bar" of charts

 OPEN CPN X UN-MARKS THE CHART

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

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

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

 Example here are 2 sources of charts for Isla bona

Example here are sat charts for Isla Bona 

8) MORE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEMINARS  

https://pacificposse.com/seminars

🐢 Galapagos  

 🇵🇫  French Polynesia 

🇨🇰 Cook Islands 🇳🇺 Niue

 🇦🇸 American Samoa 🇼🇸  Samoa 

 🇹🇴 Tonga

🇫🇯 Fiji 

 🇻🇺 Vanuatu 

 🇳🇨 New Caledonia

  🇳🇿 New Zealand, North Island

Kiribati

SET SAILS TOWARDS THE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLES

 9) SEAMAN'S AGREEMENT FOR CREW

crew

Please check out   a copy of a CREW AGREEMENT created by SY ALMA FEROZ from last season 

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

(version 1.0.2023.03.10 )

… the full agreement lives here >>

SEAMANS AGREEMENT FOR CREW
Crew

avoiding angry crew - as a captain you can set the expectations as to avoid mutiny 

 10)  NEXT ON BOARDING ZOOM CALLS 

Zooms

 NEW VESSELS  ON-BOARDING  ZOOM

   

March 23, 2024

23:00 UTC

16:00 EASTERN TIME

16:00 PANAMA  

15:00 COSTA RICA

14:00 MEXICO  

13:00 PACIFIC TIME

   

 

    Introductions

    Meet your peers

    Values, goals and expectations

    Resources and perks

    Ongoing information

    Participation and involvement

    Social events and   activities

    Check-ins and feedback

    Meet the editor

    Milestones & Awards

    Ongoing learning  

    Q&A

    Blue Sky

Quintessential South Pacific resorts

Quintessential South Pacific Posse Parties 

11) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE '24
 GATHERINGS 🎉 CELEBRATIONS
  

SAVE THE DATE 

SAT AUG 31, 2024 NAWI ISLAND MARINA 🇫🇯 FIJI 

NAWI ISLAND PARTY
EVENT

 16° 46.5716′ S  179° 19.9533′ E –  Nawi Island Savusavu 🇫🇯 Fiji

Eat a roasted pig

Get your roasted pig and free Rum at the party !

12)  FREE FLEET TRACKING '24 🛰️ 

WITH PREDICT WIND  

 “AND THEY ARE OFF”

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

Tracking Support 

https://pacificposse.com/tracking-support

Vessels signed up :

Tracking

French Polynesian Currency - get it from the ATM's in the Marquesas 

French Polynesia Currency

13) 1,000+ SOUTH PACIFIC ANCHORAGES 
IN GOOD NAUTICAL 

Location
Good Nautical
GOOD NAUTICAL

Full
access to Good Nautical with 1000+ hard to find anchorage data compiled
over the last 13 years by participants and explorers.  Here is
French Polynesia 

Nuku Hiva - Daniels Bay
Daniels Bay

The bay, by sailors is known as Daniels Bay and by the locals as 'HAKATEA'.

Waterfall

A bit of a hike from Daniels Bay but worth the effort to see one of the largest waterfalls in the South Pacific. The Vaipo waterfall cascades down from a height of 1150 feet   springing out from the cliff.


14) NIUE YACHT CLUB 🇳🇺 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

19° 03.322’S 169° 55.512’W

NIUE

The Niue Yacht Club welcomes the South Pacific Posse with a 20 % discount off mooring fees

Known as the “Biggest Little Yacht Club in the World”

Niue
Yacht Club has 15 moorings available to use. All moorings have been
recently fully inspected, new ropes and shackles fitted where required
and passed as fit for purpose and safe for vessels to use pending seas
conditions. There are a mixture of single and double blocks that will
all accommodate vessels up to 16 metres pending sea conditions. Larger
or heavy vessels should specifically request a double block mooring.

 

NIUE YACHT CLUB

Contact

Email – nyc@niueisland.com

Channel 16 – Niue Radio/Telecom

Arrivals and Departures

On Arrival in Niue

    Pickup the numbered mooring you have been allocated


Ensure you have read and understood the Notice to Mariners HERE –
and are familiar with the Do’s and Don’t’s for Yachties


Every yacht must contact Niue Radio on channel 16 when within
VHF range. This channel is monitored 24 hrs a day and will contact
Customs and Immigration with your details for your check in process.
Please DO NOT come ashore unless instructed by Niue Radio.

    Check-in and check-out times for immigration, customs and biosecurity are as follows:

    o Monday – 9-11 am

    o Tuesday to Friday – 9-10 am & 2-3 pm

    o Saturday & Sunday – 9-10 am & 2-3 pm *by arrangement and subject to staff availability

    Ensure you have your documentation and your vessel ready for inspection.

    o Niue Vessel Report Form

    o Niue Health Declaration 

    o Niue Biosecurity Declaration


Yachts coming onto the mooring field for shelter and repairs
have up to 24 hours to carryout repairs and/or rest before they must
leave or clear through Customs and pay the departure tax of NZ$150pp.


Head to the Visitor information centre, and they can help you
book transport and activities on the island whilst you are here and
enjoy your time in Niue.

On Departure from Niue 

    Ensure all mooring fees have been paid in full

    Present your departure documents for clearing

    Tell your friends what a great time you had in Niue – and come again!

Fees:

There are fees associated with clearance, immigration and biosecurity.

    Clearance NZ$50 per vessel

    Afterhours Customs Clearance NZ$20.00 per vessel. *by arrangement and subject to staff availability.

    Departure Tax NZ$150 per person

o Free if staying less than 24hrs

o Free for under 12’s

 Amenities

    Daily Rubbish removal (Mon-Fri) and destruction

    Vessel clearing costs – government staff and vessel

    Pet clearance costs

    Use of winch

    Wharf storage for dinghys

CHASM

Must see and Do

  • Matapa Chasm
  • Limu Pools
  • Togo Chasm
  • Talava Arches
  • Aviaki Cavs
  • Utuko Beach
  • Hio Beach
  • Opaahi Landing
  • Taoga Niue Museum
  • Palaha Cave
  • Tomb Point
  • Hikulagi Sculpture Park
Reef

15) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  
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AWARD CATEGORIES 

Pictures of the Week
  • 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 
Look at the rainbow mom

Look at the South Pacific rainbow mom !

burgee

Pick up your SPP burgee in Nuku Hiva FP

16)  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET COMMUNICATIONS 📣 LINE

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  • Monday live LINE calls over IP @ 20:00 UTC
  • Monthly Fleet Updates 
  • 24/7 Chatroom with location sharing / pictures  
  • Emergency Escalation 
  • Local vetted Agents when need 
  • Discounted personalized Weather Routing 

17) HISTORIC PORTS ⚓ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC 

Levuka

Levuka is a former capital and town on the eastern coast of the Fijian

island of Ovalau, in Lomaiviti Province. At the census in 2007, the last

to date, Levuka town had a population of 1,131. Levuka was designated a

UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2013, in recognition of the port

town’s exceptional testimony to the late colonial port towns in the

Pacific. 

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

The modern town of Levuka was founded around 1820 by European settlers and

traders as the first modern town in the Fiji Islands, and became an

important port and trading post. A disparate band of settlers made up

Levuka’s population – traders, missionaries, shipwrights, speculators,

and vagabonds, as well as respectable businessmen. The US Exploring

Expedition visited in 1840. 

Levuka

Levuka remained the capital of fiji  until 1877, when the

administration was moved to Suva, although the move was not made

official until 1882. 

Levuka Maisonic Hall

This stone shell was the South Pacific’s first Masonic lodge (1875). This

was once Levuka’s only Romanesque building, but it was burnt to a husk

in the 2000 coup by God-fearing villagers. Local Methodists had long

alleged that Masons were in league with the devil and that tunnels led

from beneath the lodge to Nasova House, the Royal Hotel and through the

center of the world to Masonic headquarters in Scotland. This turned out

not to be the case.

Levuka Anchorage

Levuka 🇫🇯 Fiji Anchorage in Good Nautical

18) MEET OUR SPONSORS 

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19)  HOIST YOUR FREE BURGEE  

HOIST

Burgees
are  available   in French Polynesia starting in March in
Nuku Hiva - for additional location please arrange and pay for a 8 oz
envelope to be shipped to your preferred intl. location 

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awards 2023


Down in the doldrums…

ITCZ

The Intertropical Convergence Zone

The Intertropical Convergence Zone, usually referred to as the ITCZ, is a band of  unsettled weather surrounding the earth a few degrees north of the equator
where the northeast and southeast tradewinds converge and where the sea surface temperatures reach their maximum values. It is characterized by cells of moderate to strong convection interspersed with areas of flat calm (the doldrums). The convection cells appear as tall cumulonimbus clouds reaching heights well above 20,000 feet. At the surface beneath these cells there is frequent torrential rain with thunder and lightning.

One-year average surface precipitation rates (mm/hr) estimated from the NASA IMERG satellite precipitation product for April 2018 to March 2019.
One-year average surface precipitation rates (mm/hr) estimated from the NASA IMERG satellite precipitation product for April 2018 to March 2019.

Conditions are often squally with winds from any direction. The squalls rarely exceed 35 knots. Unlike the bad weather associated with frontal systems at higher latitudes where they travel from west to east at about 20 knots or more, those in the ITCZ seem to form and dissipate in place, in other words they are stationary systems. Furthermore they can form and disappear over very short periods of time, sometimes less than 24 hours. Seas usually are moderate to small but confused since they can come from any direction or several directions at once.

One-month average surface precipitation rates (mm/hr) estimated from the NASA IMERG satellite precipitation product for March 2019.
One-month average surface precipitation rates (mm/hr) estimated from the NASA IMERG satellite precipitation product for March 2019.

The ITCZ migrates north and south following the sun, lagging it by about two months. The north-south width of the disturbed area varies from none at all to as much as 300  miles wide. The north-south seasonal boundary migration is usually between about 01N and 14N with the northern extreme occurring during August and the southern extreme during February.

During the winter and spring months, when the ITCZ is closest to the equator, cyclonic storms can not form in the ITCZ because there is negligible coriolis force close to the equator. However, small area low level cyclonic circulations (LLCC’s) up to about 120 miles in diameter with winds to 35 knots do occasionally form with very heavy rain and of course confused seas. These have the characteristics of miniature tropical disturbances. They travel east to west at 10 to 20 knots embedded in the southern boundary of the northeast trades. The strongest winds will be found in their northwest quadrant where they enhance the trades.
During the late summer months, when the ITCZ is at its maximum north migration, it experiences a larger coriolis force (actually a conservation of momentum effect rather than a force). This physical situation is an essential component of cyclogenesis leading to tropical storms and hurricanes. It is the principal reason why the highest frequency and the greatest intensities for hurricanes occur during the months of August and September.

 

A band of clouds in the East Pacific Intertropical Convergence Zone as imaged by the geostationary GOES 11 satellite. Image credit: NASA Visible Earth, GOES Project Science Office. > High res figure
High res figure" class="size-medium" /> A band of clouds in the East Pacific Intertropical Convergence Zone as imaged by the geostationary GOES 11 satellite. Image credit: NASA Visible Earth, GOES Project Science Office. 

 

Another tropical weather phenomenon affecting conditions along the ITCZ is the tropical wave. This is a whole subject unto itself so suffice it to say here that if one is prudent and makes passage from Mexico to the Marquesas between mid-March through the end of April, one does not have to worry about them. However, later in the season they could really spoil you day.

Should you be unfortunate enough to be making this passage late in the season then here is the stuff to watch for. Each year on average, we experience about 60 tropical waves moving east to west. They begin their journey along the coast of West Africa and march west at 10 to 15 knots eventually dissipating near the date line. They are north-south troughs lying between about 05N and 18N, about 800 to 1200 miles long. Width is about 300 miles at the surface. They occur mid-May through the end of November so that means a wave passes about every three to four days. Most pass relatively unnoticed to the cruising sailor.

Others cause a significant clockwise wind shift as they pass and some have torrential rain on the back side. A small number, about 16 in all, interact with disturbed areas in the ITCZ such that they become part of a significant tropical cyclone development, i.e. cyclogenesis. In the Northeast Pacific, all tropical storms and hurricanes have at least one tropical wave as a component of their cyclogenesis. Only about half of the tropical cyclones on the Atlantic side have such a component.

Frequently in the transition zone between the stable northeast and southeast trades there is an area of southerly winds of 5 to 20 knots over a north-south distance of up to 100 miles. Northerly winds in the transition zone are very rare. Sometimes there is sufficient separation between the convection cells that one might find a smooth transition between the northeast and southeast trades with the winds never dropping below 15 knots. If one is fortunate enough to find this condition while transiting the ITCZ, it is more likely to be blind luck than astute strategic planning. The convection cells simply form, dissipate and reform in a seemingly random fashion over periods of less than 48 hours which is far too brief a period for a slow moving vessel to effectively steer a course that will assure her of a smooth transit of the ITCZ. The location of the actual convection is rarely right over the convergence zone.

Strictly speaking, the convergence is a zone of wind convergence and the convection cells usually lie on the north side of the convergence zone with their southern boundaries close to the convergence line. This annual migration is illustrated by the climates of those islands lying in the tropics
versus those situated close to the equator.

Isla del Cocos (5-30N 87-00W) and the Palmyra Atoll (5-55N 162-05W) are both situated at about 06ºN. Although they are 4500 miles apart, they both are within the ITCZ for most of the year which is the reason they have average annual rainfalls of about 280 and 180 inches a year respectively. This accounts for the large tropical rain forests on both islands. Isla del Cocos is the more humid of the two because it is situated in the far Eastern Pacific where winds are mostly light while the Palmyra Atoll is in the Central Pacific where the trade winds are well established and consistent.

 

The Galapagos Archipelago (00-30N 90-40W) straddles the equator and Christmas Island (01-55N 157-25W) is only 115 miles north of the equator. Although they are 4000 miles apart, their annual rainfall is similar; about 20 and 35 inches respectively. Annual rainfall in the Galapagos is fairly consistent whereas on Christmas Island it goes through wide swings between moderate rainfall to periods of drought lasting 18 months or more.

Part of the reason is the tendency of the ITCZ to thin out as it progresses west toward the Central Pacific. During a strong El Niño episode, when sea surface temperatures can be two to four degrees Celsius above normal, the trade winds are weaker and the annual rainfall in the Galapagos and Easter Island can exceed five times the average amount. As already mentioned, the recommended period for passages from Mexican ports to the Marquesas is about the middle of March through April. During this period, the ITCZ usually lies between about 03N and 07N. The north-south width of the convection cells tends to decrease towards the west, especially west of about 125W.

Note the thinning out of the ITCZ as one moves west. Of even greater significance is the change in the ITCZ over a very short period of time. These images were taken only thirteen days apart. With that in mind, note the significant shift towards the south and the essential disappearance of any convection west of 130W on March 9. This does not mean the ITCZ is moving south in a predictable manner. It
simply illustrates dramatically the large variations that can take place over very short periods of time. The distribution of convection could easily return to something like what existed thirteen days earlier. Such is the meandering variability of the convergence zone.

 Heating of the tropical ocean surface causes evaporation of water. The water vapor rises and cools at higher elevations in the atmosphere, leading to the formation of clouds. Thus, the region of the Intertropical Convergence Zone is characterized by cloudiness and heavy precipitation. The zone of the Intertropical Convergence Zone is particularly intensely developed in the western Pacific. Here a warm water pool of surface water is found with mean temperatures of about 31o C! The average water temperature in Hawaii is around 24o C. On average, the Intertropical Convergence Zone is also a region of intense atmospheric convection and the wettest part of the tropics.
Heating of the tropical ocean surface causes evaporation of water. The water vapor rises and cools at higher elevations in the atmosphere, leading to the formation of clouds. Thus, the region of the Intertropical Convergence Zone is characterized by cloudiness and heavy precipitation. The zone of the Intertropical Convergence Zone is particularly intensely developed in the western Pacific. Here a warm water pool of surface water is found with mean temperatures of about 31o C! The average water temperature in Hawaii is around 24o C. On average, the Intertropical Convergence Zone is also a region of intense atmospheric convection and the wettest part of the tropics.

The location of the ITCZ is given every six hours in the NWS High Seas Forecasts. The format is a sequence of lat/lon coordinates with comments on where along the ITCZ there is moderate or strong convection. This is useful information but one should not expect it to be current. The reason is that the convection cells can develop as strong thunderstorms and then be completely dissipated over a period of less than 24 hours. Unlike thunderstorms at higher latitudes, where they move from west to east at about 20 knots, those in the ITCZ tend to remain stationary. On the other hand, the latitude or line of the ITCZ, wiggles or meanders like the Gulf Stream. For a given longitude, the north-south position of the ITCZ can vary as much as 120 miles in a 24-hour period. What all this
means is that by the time a vessel receives the ITCZ data, conditions have probably changed significantly. A slow moving vessel can not expect to find a hole in the convection chain based on information received via INMARSAT-C or USCG HF-voice weather forecasts. One might be able to improve one’s chances if one has the capability to receive (real time) the low altitude polar orbiting NOAA weather satellite infrared encoded images directly as they pass over one’s location.

Forecasting the day-to-day meanderings of the ITCZ is for me at any rate impossible. It’s rather like trying to predict which way the rabbit is going to go when I chase him across the meadow. I know he probably will stay somewhere ahead of me, but when and where will he zig or zag? The only charts I’m aware of in the public domain that come reasonably close to forecasting the ITCZ are the streamline charts generated by the USN’s NOGAPS model. But even then, one has to weight or bias them each day based on QuikSCAT scatterometer surface wind data. Computed wind vectors from scatterometer measurements are remarkably accurate. However, one has to be careful not to put too much faith in the data on the edges of the swaths or in the vicinity of very heavy precipitation.

So how does a slow moving vessel make something useful out of ITCZ data? Well, if one plots the coordinates every 24 hours, beginning several days in advance, and if one uses the same piece of paper or electronic chart, then one will have a band that shows the most probable width and location of the ITCZ. To illustrate this exercise I have plotted the daily coordinates given for the ITCZ over an eight-day period. Figure 3 shows these plots. Note the wider swings at the eastern end versus the smaller swings at the western end. Also note that during this brief period of time, the north-south swings range from about 175 to 475 miles. This illustrates my point that a slow-moving vessel can not expect to exploit the ITCZ to advantage. The rate of changes in the ITCZ far exceed the rate of progress of a slow-moving vessel.

Future changes in the location of the ITCZ in response to climate change, as projected by CMIP6 models a, Difference in the probability density function (ΔPDF) of the location of the ITCZ in May–October between the periods 2075–2100 and 1983–2005. In each period, the location of the ITCZ is defined by tracking the location of maximum precipitation and minimum OLR in overlapping longitudinal windows (we use the joint statistics of the two variables; Supplementary Figs. 1 and 2 and Methods). b, Same as in a, but for November–April. c, Same as in a, but the changes in the annual distribution are shown. In all plots, the multimodel mean across 27 CMIP6 models is presented for the SSP3-7.0 scenario; stippling indicates agreement (in the sign of the change) in more than three-fourths of the models considered. Results indicate a robust northward ITCZ shift over eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean and a southward ITCZ shift over the eastern Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Future changes in the location of the ITCZ in response to climate change, as projected by CMIP6 models a, Difference in the probability density function (ΔPDF) of the location of the ITCZ in May–October between the periods 2075–2100 and 1983–2005. In each period, the location of the ITCZ is defined by tracking the location of maximum precipitation and minimum OLR in overlapping longitudinal windows (we use the joint statistics of the two variables; Supplementary Figs. 1 and 2 and Methods). b, Same as in a, but for November–April. c, Same as in a, but the changes in the annual distribution are shown. In all plots, the multimodel mean across 27 CMIP6 models is presented for the SSP3-7.0 scenario; stippling indicates agreement (in the sign of the change) in more than three-fourths of the models considered. Results indicate a robust northward ITCZ shift over eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean and a southward ITCZ shift over the eastern Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

 

The Optimum Intermediate Waypoint
Obviously, based on the above illustrations, there is no precise optimum intermediate waypoint. All one can say is that at this time of year it is most likely to be somewhere between 03N and 07N at about 130W. Generally one needs to remain north of the ITCZ for as long as possible. This means one makes most of one’s westing in the northeast trades. Another reason to elect this strategy is that at this time of year the northeast trades tend to be stronger than the southeast
trades. A third reason is that one is more likely to find spaces between the convection cells the further one is to the west. However, it usually is not worth sailing further than about 132W before diving south; the extra distance isn’t worth it. There is a fourth reason that has to do with the doldrums. During the recommended season, there is a good probability that the further west one goes, the more likely one will find a sharp transition between the northeast and southeast trades. Cutting the corner before the recommended waypoint, i.e. diving south, increases the probability of encountering large areas of calm. If you leave late in the season, say in June, this becomes even more probable. The reason is that the low-pressure systems forming a few hundred miles off Southern Mexico during hurricane season have the effect of markedly reducing the strength of the winds in the far southeastern corner of the tradewind belt.

A fifth reason for making most of your westing in the northeast trades as well as not leaving it too late to depart, is that as hurricane season approaches, the southeast trades in the far Eastern Pacific steadily veer, becoming southwest winds. Not only would these winds be head winds, the severity of the ITCZ weather increases as the winds shift from a convergence situation to one of shear. On reaching the ITCZ most vessels power or motor sail due south so as to cut the ITCZ at right angles in order to transit in the shortest possible time. Once one is finally in steady southeast trades one sets course directly for the Marquesas. Sometimes the southeast trades are actually east winds.

Sailing this dogleg course is about 100 miles longer than the direct great circle or rhumb line route. That’s less than three percent more than the shortest route.
While this strategy minimizes the amount of time one may be exposed to the ITCZ, one should still expect squalls at any time along the route, especially after clearing the Revillagigedos Archipelago. After all, this entire 3000-mile passage is made in the tropics.

by Dr. Donald J. Anderson


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  • PICTURES OF THE WEEK
  • MARQUESAS REDUX
  • SAVE THE DATE
  • SUWARROW 🇨🇰 UPDATE
  • CARGO CULTS &🥥THE COCONUT WAR
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1) FALSE PASS, TOAU, TUAMOTUS
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 TOAU - FALSE PASS Tuamotus Mooring @ -15° 48.188 S -146° 9.2246 W 20.00 ft

⚓ Good Anchorage & Mooring @ TOAU - FALSE PASS Tuamotus

15° 48.188 S 146° 9.2246 W @ 20.00 ft

Clarity

this is the water clarity - bets snorkeling ever - we could see 40 feet down perfectly

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

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2) EPI & PENTECOST 🇻🇺 VANUTAU

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Meet Bennington ( aka Benny - same as she ever was with her amazing garden - note she likes chocolate chop cookies )

David traded a set of knives

Lamen Bay Epi Vanutau

Lamen Bay ⚓ 16° 35.773 S 168° 09.893 E 20 ft Epi 🇻🇺 Vanuatu

Pentcost Vanuatu Land Diving

Land diving is a ritual performed by the men of the southern part of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Men jump off wooden towers close to 90 feet high, with two tree vines wrapped around the ankles. Land diving is done by tying vines to each ankle. According to the Guinness World Records, the g-force experienced by those at their lowest point in the dive is the greatest experienced in the non-industrialized world by humans.

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The origin of land diving is described in a legend of a woman who was dissatisfied with her husband, . It is sometimes claimed that the woman was upset that her husband was too vigorous regarding his sexual wants, so she ran away into the forest. Her husband followed her, so she climbed a banyan tree.

She tied lianas to her ankles and jumped and survived.

She tied lianas to her ankles and jumped and survived. Her husband jumped after her, but did not tie lianas to himself, which caused him to plummet and die. Originally, women did it in respect to the original woman who did it, but husbands were not comfortable with seeing their wives in such positions, so they took the sport for themselves, and it gradually changed from trees to specifically designed wooden towers. The men performed the original land diving so that they would not be tricked again.

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Londot ⚓ 15° 54.789 S 168° 11.277 E 23 ft Pentecost 🇻🇺 Vanuatu

3) PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Song of the Sea in Tahanea

Tahanea, Tuamotus 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

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Anchorage @ Tahanea, Tuamotus 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

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Floating Anchor Chain deployed @ Tahanea, Tuamotus 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

SY SONG OF THE SEA 🇸🇪 Tore & Maud - Najad 46′

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4) MORE PICTURES OF THE WEEK

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

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5) MARQUESAS REDUX 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA

Picture of the week

Marquesas 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

For anyone still in Marquesas or heading there our favorite anchorage was Hanatefau Bay in Tahuata. There is sand and good holding on the north side. The morning light is magical, there are spinner dolphins swimming around the bay most days. Hapatoni village is beautiful and the people are friendly. We got to see a traditional Marquesian performance, pick fruit with a local woman and eat an amazing lunch at her home.

In the next bay up Vaitahu the village is also very nice. We heard it was tough anchoring so we dinghied there. Jimmy a local restaurant owner hosted an awesome cruisers barbecue at his house.

In the first bay valley Baie du Nord there’s a beach and manta rays often come into the anchorage or you can wait just outside the anchorage at sunset in the dinghy or paddle board and you’ll see them.

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Marquesas 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

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Marquesas 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

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Approaching Fatu Hiva, Marquesas 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

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Fatu Hiva is absolutely stunning and when we were there some cruisers organized a type of circus acro yoga performance with the village kids that was really sweet.

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Marquesas 🇵🇫 French Polynesia

Wanderlust Pool

On the north side of Hiva Oa in Baie Hanaiapa there’s a small fresh water pool with a waterfall on a man’s well tended property. He sells fruit & carvings he makes. We met someone who went on a goat hunt with him.

SY WANDERLUST 🇺🇸 Kristin & Fabio & Yoda - Seawind 52′

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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.

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7) UPDATE SUWARROW 🇨🇰 COOK ISLANDS

sland caretakers like Harry Papa'i are chosen by the Cook Islands government every five years to look after the island. Harry's back in 2023 with assistant park ranger Teina Vakapora. Together they're responsible for protecting and managing the environment and wildlife of the island They also act as customs, immigration and biosecurity officers for visiting yachties who help pay for them by way a fee of NZ$50 to anchor in the lagoon. Their home doubles up as the island's cyclone shelter which has recently been renovated. But the caretakers will never be lonely...they share the island with an estimated one million seabirds!.

Island caretakers like Harry Papa'i is back in 2023 with assistant park ranger Teina Vakapora. Together they're responsible for protecting and managing the environment and wildlife of the island They also act as customs, immigration and biosecurity officers for visiting yachties who help pay for them by way a fee of NZ$50 to anchor in the lagoon. Their home doubles up as the island's cyclone shelter which has recently been renovated. But the caretakers will never be lonely...they share the island with an estimated one million seabirds!.

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"Hello everyone, I just wanted to give everyone an update. Voodoo has just arrived at Suwarrow reef. So prior to arrival in Suwarrow I messaged the officials, they stated that you could not check into the cook islands in Suwarrow, bummer. But we ended up sailing this route anyway bc there were less storms and better winds. We figured we would stop in on hopes we could get in. We heard rumors of offics turning all the arc boats away. The rangers could not be friendlier today and check us in to the cook islands today. We have all official paperwork and everyone was very friendly. So yes you can go to Suwarrow and the rangers will check you in. Safe travels everyone

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8) CARGO CULTS &
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THE COCONUT WAR

https://www.amazon.com/Coconut-War-Vanuatu-Struggle-Independence-ebook/dp/B00787DSIE

The Coconut War was a conflict that occurred in the early 1980s between two groups on the island of Espiritu Santo in what was then New Hebrides ( Vanuatu) , a condominium jointly ruled by France and the United Kingdom.

Before the conflict, the New Hebrides was administered as a colonial territory jointly by France and the UK. However, the islands had a unique political arrangement where there were two separate administrations for each colonial power, and local chiefs held significant influence in their respective areas.

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In the early 1980s, there was growing tension between the French-speaking and English-speaking communities, particularly on the island of Espiritu Santo. The French-speaking community, predominantly located in the southern part of the island, sought independence from the joint colonial rule and proposed a plan for the island to become a separate French territory.

On the other hand, the English-speaking community in the northern part of the island wanted to remain under the joint colonial administration or gain independence as part of a united New Hebrides. They were concerned that becoming a French territory would lead to loss of their land rights and cultural identity.

The Coconut War erupted when the Andrew Christopher Stuart was forced to quell a rebellion by bow-and-arrow-wielding cargo-cult devotees on the eve of independence in July 1980.

The conflict escalated when both communities formed paramilitary groups to assert their demands. The conflict became known as the "Coconut War" due to the prominence of coconut plantations in the region.

Amidst the escalating tensions and fears of a full-scale civil war, the leaders of both communities agreed to a compromise. A new constitution was adopted, and on July 30, 1980, the New Hebrides gained its independence as the Republic of Vanuatu, with a government elected by the people. The name "Vanuatu" was chosen to reflect the nation's cultural heritage and means "Our Land" in many of the country's indigenous languages.

CARGO CULT

The Cargo Cult is another interesting aspect of Vanuatu's history, particularly during the colonial era. Cargo cults are a phenomenon that emerged in the South Pacific, including Vanuatu, after the arrival of European colonizers and missionaries. These cults were characterized by the belief that the goods and "cargo" brought by the Europeans were gifts from their ancestral spirits or gods.

The origins of the Cargo Cults can be traced back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when indigenous peoples in Vanuatu and neighboring islands witnessed the vast material wealth and technology possessed by the European colonizers. The indigenous populations often found themselves in awe of the goods, such as manufactured products, clothing, tools, and other commodities, which were vastly different from their traditional ways of life.

To the indigenous people, the sudden appearance of these goods seemed inexplicable and almost magical. They interpreted the arrival of these foreign goods as a sign that their ancestors or gods were rewarding them. Consequently, they developed religious movements, known as Cargo Cults, that centered around the belief that if they performed certain rituals and ceremonies, the gods would provide them with even greater wealth and prosperity in the form of "cargo" from the sky.

CARGO CULT

These movements often involved the construction of symbolic landing strips, control towers, and mock airplanes made from local materials like bamboo and thatch. The believers would gather at these sites, imitating the behavior of the Europeans they had observed, hoping that their efforts would attract more cargo from the heavens.

The Cargo Cults varied in their beliefs and practices from one region to another and were not limited to Vanuatu but were also observed in other parts of Melanesia and Papua New Guinea.

It's essential to understand that the Cargo Cults were a response to the drastic changes brought by European colonization and the overwhelming material disparity between the colonizers and the indigenous populations. They were an attempt by the local people to make sense of these changes within their own cultural and spiritual frameworks.

The Coconut War erupted when the Andrew Christopher Stuart was forced to quell a rebellion by bow-and-arrow-wielding cargo-cult devotees on the eve of independence in July 1980.

Andrew Christopher Stuart was the last resident commissioner * on Santo, the largest of the 80 islands of the New Hebrides, now Vanuatu in the South Pacific. He arrived there in 1978, with the brief of bringing the islands to independence. That he managed to see this through in the face of a local rebellion and machinations by the French was tribute to his smooth operation under pressure.

(*Resident commissioner was or is an official title of several different types of commissioners, who were or are representatives of any level of government. Historically, they were appointed by the British Crown in overseas protectorates amo)

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9) BACK ON LAND

AARON

'To the USCG, Tahiti Maritime team, and the 21 member crew aboard The Baker Spirit I have gotten to know, thank you. Despite losing everything materialistic in my life, you provided me with a beautiful perspective on life I can only hope offers others seeking the same, a chance to SEE too. It’s worth more than all the funds and savings, I lost. While I am not fully sure what details on the events that took place are known by the public yet or what my options are on arrival, I just wanted to post an official update, long overdue as I now found out too. I am speechless on how much support there is now from my friends groups that were set up and new followers on the social media pages for it all. All I can say is I love you all and look forward to sharing so many more details to the story below, many in person soon too. Forgive me, this is my best effort not to push my private beliefs on anyone, yet at the same time share the unique perspective with facts of what happened as I continued on my ‘See Level’ Expedition. The effort to connect the world in a positive way thru humanity while exploring my own spiritual curiosity thru the solo travel. I believe the dates and times are on point but with the official journal and all other notes now underwater remaining in Smiles, the capsized vessel, possibly still floating, this is the best I can recall. Please excuse the gramatical and spelling error sent from my new phone brought to me on arrival from good friend Jeremy Corum who showed up here in Honolulu, to ID me and offer his support out of his own pocket, like many of you have done .

“Be Brave”, the words I heard in my head and wrote down in my Captains log , understanding that I had now lost total power 7 days ago, May 13th , coordinates being 4.31 south and 117 west, roughly 1600 NM from closest land way point of 7.9 south and 137 west, roughly the Marquises. Now the 21st of May, aside from my gifted fixed Epirb and Personal Locator Beacon with built in batteries for emergency use only, I was left with 13 percent battery life on my iPhone and 5 percent left on my Spot GPS tracker. I had been powering on and off the iPhone for the last 8 days, just to write down my coordinates using the offline Navionics app, and continue to do my best rowing in the blind. Calculating the last 8 days of my progress, it was clear that with roughly 1410 miles remaining I was truly on the sought spiritual pilgrimage. Having read the stories of Moses and the Mount, Noah and the rain, Jesus and the wilderness, and David with Goliath, I too was projected to officially be embarking on a similar 40 days with God, from the Ocean. At least that’s what I had told myself anyway, with nothing to lose other than Sanity. I made the deal with God in my head after calculating the 40 miles a day average and 1600 to go onward since the outage in silence. I could also test my faith, as I was not in need of a rescue at that time and had enough basics to make it 50 days or so at least. Just no devices, no communication instruments, no screen time, no internet, no music, no man-made sounds, nothing. Oh, and no sugar left either, just 40 kilos of rice with a few emergency bars and cans of fish if needed. It was also then, after the first week of no success trying to come up with a fix for the surged solar panels, I powered on my Spot Device again and attempted to quickly check my gps location as well send an official satalite message to my point of contact for the expedition, Chris Martin. Spot had been doing a great job tracking hourly for the months prior, but because the battery power was low, I was turning it on an off now, which took some time to find get on satellite, when and if it did in the short time I kept it on. I mentioned the above in my text and that I did not feel I needed a rescue, but wasn’t able to know my locations much longer and this would be my last message until I reach land. I was also noting that each day the iPhone was off, I was still losing battery power, roughly 1 percent per day. Then, on June 1st after 18 days of rowing in the blind with my heading at 190 degrees referenced with fixed compass on deck, I wrote down my final coordinates, before my phone officially died. 5.39 south, 121 west , amazingly I was still on track, with such hope that the Godspeed would save the day, keeping me with a COG I needed at 225 going slightly more miles than expected at 45 NM per day. Over the course of the following 15 days, I continued on. More stories and details for another time, but in short, my daily routine was simply eat, pray, row. Manually making 1 gallon of water for the first hour of the day to survive, catching generally 2 fish daily with the same pink lure I was gifted too, and cooking them with 1 kilo of rice in the solar oven after 4 hours. It truly felt like a devotee fasting to say the least. Offering me something to do to avoid insanity while getting through each SLOW day. Admittedly, life after Cancer had gone by so fast already over the last 15 years it now felt like a blessing to have it slow down. I was also making amends with the vivid memories I was now getting of the past. My failed lines of communication with my poor business moves, my failed efforts with some independent contractors, loss of communications with immediate family, and coping mechanisms thru it all. Putting it to rest in my mind now and making peace with it all. Without that ‘need for speed’, where the only stimulants came from the fresh clean air, a warm sea breeze, and a clear mind taking in the natural beauty of it all out on the Ocean. Something I enjoyed sharing to all of you as well. Overall, it was a pure dopamine hit that offered a daily sweet taste from the rice and cool glass of clean water with fresh fish to compliment. But again, more details for hopefully in person stories at a later time, because now, it’s the morning of June 15th. I estimated I had officially now entered the ‘Marquises Fracture Zone’ with about 350-400 ish NM left before I may see land, another 7 days I expected. I noticed the seas were different than my roughly prior 80 days since my Galapagos departure. It felt like 30 knot plus winds from the south this time, not SE. By now, I also knew that the waves generally increased in size up to 13 times before doing the cycle over again. I believe it was about 9 am as I had the first 3 hours of Sun, made water and fished and had just finished putting my to be daily meal, in the solar oven. It was then I felt for the first time a deadly silence to my right side. Out of my right eye, I was 90 degrees and close to the largest wave crest, I had seen to date. What appeared to be about 4 meters of crest, I knew I was in trouble. I jumped backwards into the hatch and leaned into the approaching wave side, bracing for impact, still harnessed to the deck safety lines attached to my life jacket. Within that next 2 seconds, Smiles (the boat) was toppled and I was now upside down, water coming in. Thinking, did this really just happen? Still attached to the deck outside, with my safety harness and life jacket, I swam out of the hatch where I held onto the boat and saw my world, now upside down. Doing my best to understand the confusion and process it all, I tried to get my bearings, to locate my needed items now under the boat. I spent the next 2 min I believe, trying to upright Smiles with no success. I began to dive under a few times thinking it was the bow, trying to reach the port side but on the starboard, etc. Eventually I got the life raft free, along with my PLB that was fixed near the door of the hatch, next to the fixed Epirb. After 33 days of trying to avoid using unnecessary rescue resources, it was clear I needed help now. I pleaded with God, why? I thought we had a deal? We are only 7 days away from success in faith? Then, lifted the antenna and officially activated the PLB at that time with success. I had tested and pressed the gps check on the device a few times in the prior days in effort it may show that despite I was not activating an emergency, still alive and making progress to land, as I mentioned in my final SMS text. I don’t know if that worked or was received but couldn’t have hurt and with various submarine sounds around the 28th of May and 30th I believed some form of maritime knew I was still making progress. I hoped anyway. I then pulled the painter on the life raft floating a few feet next to me, which inflated. I also attempted to free my safety cable from Smiles but couldn’t untangle the line, with the confusion still lingering around. Concerned Smiles may take me down if she sinks, removed the attached life jacket and jumped in the life raft with only my PLB in hand and my bathing suit on. I then unhooked the painter line which I then lost hold of as the Seas continued to bounce Smiles into the raft, which then left me floating slightly faster down current than capsized Smiles. Knowing the hatch was still open with my life inside, I was faced with the choice of jumping back in to attempt to grab hold of Smiles and also ideally grab my ditch bag containing all my dry box with devices, paperwork, cash, cards, emergency food, passport, etc, or staying put with only my plb and swimsuit to my name. I reluctantly stayed. As Smiles and I drifted apart, thoughts ran thru my head, and I questioned the deal I had with God, telling him it was only day 33, and all I knew about 33 was that was the age Jesus was said to have died, and now wondered if this was the plan for me. Hoping it wasn’t, I now began assessing my new boat, the second hand life raft I recently acquired. I noticed there were small packets of water, a drogue anchor, and small oars. Unfortunately, I also noticed that there was a leak coming in that would leave me bailing out the salt water for my remaining time in it if I wanted to stay floating. Lots of details for another time too but after what felt like an expected 3-4 hours, I heard and saw the first plane I had seen in the 80 days. Speechless on how quick the response was, be it I was in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, in a hard to see life raft. It was the ultimate sight for sore eyes, and despite still bailing water out, did my best to signal distress as I noted the beautiful red and white lettering for the USCG plane. With I believe another 2 hours of Sunlight left, the plane began dropping things from the sky with the hopes I believe of reaching me. Flares to keep things light during the sundown, inflatable rafts I believe as they may have seen my leak issue with the raft, and a barrel of what I guessed was survival coms, food, and more attached to a parachute. Still in complete silence the thoughts in my head were running all over the place, trying to process it all, but managing and staying calm. Was a person coming down next? Did they see the shark circling the raft from the images they may have been able to take? Did they have knowledge of Smiles and eyes on it? The seas were still high and with the items being dropped above the current, I couldn’t seem to reach them, trying to use the oars to paddle closer. I debated trying to swim too, but was still being circled by an estimated 6 foot shark with an odd white tipped fins and with possible a tag on it near the tail for the last few hours. So I stayed with the raft. After the sun went down, I began going into a different survival mode, trying to stay tight in a ball as the temperatures went down. I was sitting in ankle deep water that felt warmer than the air outside, but wet, still bailing water, knowing it maybe a while before I would see a ship the USCG may try to divert and rescue me. I bailed water thru the night, thinking about the floating barrel still and Smiles, which I believed was still floating a few miles away. 20 minute naps was about all I could get as the bailing continued and the sun came up offering warmth. I believe then it was after about 30 total hours, the Baker Spirit Cargo ship came into view. So many more details here too but with the crew of 21 on deck with the captain piloting closer was able to maneuver the ship next to the raft, a miracle to say the least. On the second attempt, I was able to grab the life ring, jump into the cage, and be lifted up. The cheers from the crew when I grabbed a hold of the cage, provided me the strength to hold on to say the least. On arrival, I was immediately offered a warm jacket and unable to gain my sea legs, aided down to the cabin where I was given a towel, sandals, shorts, and two shirts. Clothes from the crew directly and a chance to shower after they took my vitals. I hadn’t had time to tell them anything of my journey yet, and it would be the first time I spoke to anyone in 34 days. I couldn’t believe how clean and proper the ship and team was as I got my senses back a bit more. Coming to my bearings again now processing it all, my all in journey had left me with nothing to my name. Thoughts of what went wrong and if I misread my entire journey purpose? While I could blame it on the weather or the as is boat, I tried my best to make it work with no official sponsors, I felt and still feel, this was my own captain error. No one else to blame but myself who got sideways with the wrong wave and won’t make the same mistake twice, that’s for sure. As for my spiritual pilgrimage, well as I got a quick shower and went to put on the shirt I was offered, I noted the writing on the front and nearly fell to the ground. It read the words, ‘Brave’. Proof in the picture from the crew who will only now know the significance it offered me when they read this post, is below. A wink and a nod from the man up stairs that our deal was still on and it was clear this was meant to be. While making it in the blind after 40 days would be a personal faith success story, this ending is much better. As it is truly other strangers, turned friends, who have connected the dots now, like brothers and sisters. I believe that’s why I am still here, to share the story of faith, humanity, and what happens when one acknowledges the mistakes of the past and leads by action steps, moving forward. ‘Rowing my boat’. Personally, I finally saw what I hoped to SEE, God. While I can’t quote scripture versus, offer a homily to a parish, or claim a perfect past, I hope this story of a simple effort with human power demonstrates a true effort to a purposed life. One others can try themselves in their own life, with their own Ocean and boat. My loss of Smiles and all the items I had is no match to the friends I made and communities I saw and connected with along the way. It was and is my goal to go back and pay forward to various individual and communities, sharing their stories as I like to do best on the now ever growing social media I have seen here now grow. Work with maritime to educate and learn from all the lessons learned, mindful of all the lives risked and resources used on my efforts. Still processing others here now believing in the journey, I believe success is happening on the effort to connect the world in a positive way. I too am reborn, starting from scratch, with a few lose ends to mend now before....

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11) HIENGHENE 🇳🇨 NEW CALEDONIA
& THE KANAK CULTURE

Hienghène

The Kanaks are the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia, an overseas collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific

The earliest traces of human settlement in New Caledonia go back to Lapita culture, about 1000 BC In addition, Polynesian seafarers have intermarried with the Kanaks over the last centuries.

Linderalique rocks on the edge of the lagoon,

Linderalique rocks on the edge of the lagoon

Hienghène, located in the northeast of New Caledonia, is a town with significant Kanak culture. The reason for this is primarily due to its historical significance as a traditional Kanak territory and its geographical location.

Hienghène is also known for its natural landmarks and rock formations, which hold spiritual significance in Kanak culture. For instance, the "Henri S. Milliard" or "Brooding Hen" rock formation is a famous symbol associated with the town, and it holds cultural and spiritual significance for the Kanak people.

Kanak people of New Caledonia.

The remoteness of the region has often served as a protective factor in preserving traditional customs and practices and the Kanak culture is deeply connected to the land and the sea. Hienghène's location, with its lush landscapes, mountains, rivers, and access to the ocean, has played a vital role in shaping the cultural practices and traditional subsistence activities of the Kanak people living in the area.

New Caledonia

These natural resources have supported their traditional lifestyles, such as agriculture, fishing, and hunting, and have remained integral to their cultural identity.

Surf Camp New Caledonia

The Kanak population is traditionally contrasted with two other groups of European descent: (1) the Caldoche, who were born in New Caledonia; and (2) the Zoreille, who live in the territory yet were born in modern France.

NOumea

Port of Noumea with ample yachting services and an advanced mining industry has advanced technical repair facilities for yachts

Nouméa, on the other hand, is the capital city of New Caledonia and is located in the southern part of the main island, Grande Terre. It is a major urban center and the country's administrative, economic, and cultural hub. Nouméa has a cycloen accounts for a significant portion of the country's population. It is a bustling urban area with modern amenities, infrastructure, and a diverse population comprising Kanak, European, and other ethnic groups. As of September 2021, when comparing per capita GDP, which measures the average economic output per person in a country or territory, New Caledonia has a higher per capita GDP compared to both New Zealand and Australia.

HERVE

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NOUMEA NEW CALEODNIA

Chief engineer, then captain on the drilling rigs’ supplies in Africa, he has also been in charge of a navigation’s company agency in Cameroun. His attention then turned to nautical charters where he worked as a skipper on many boats everywhere around the world.

Attracted by the Pacific, he settled in Tahiti and created the API YACHTING company: a naval repair building site with sail and cable-making services. He created a service for large units haul out at the PAPEETE Slipway and dry dock where large yachts (Maltese Falcon, FetutTéa, Askaris, Sorsha, etc) did their refit. He thus gained a good knowledge in solving yachts’ problem and their specific needs. He now offers his services in Noumea which objective is to bring yachts the best and thoroughly exhaustive range of services.

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FLEET UPDATE 2023-05-16

South Pacifc Posse '23

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FLEET UPDATE

2023-05-16

13 Ensigns

63 Yachts from 13 ensigns are signed up !

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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
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  • 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

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South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

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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
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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
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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
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  • 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)
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CLOUD 9 🇫🇯 FIJI

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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

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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

 

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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
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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

Vanuatu 🇻🇺 is in Good Nautical

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
OCEAN TACTICS PACIFIC WEATHER ROUTING

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

South Pacific Posse

ocean posse llc
@ 9811 w charleston blvd 2262 89117 Las Vegas USA

 

© 2023 South Pacific Posse / Ocean Posse LLC

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FLEET UPDATE 2023-04-13

South Pacifc Posse '23


"We have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. 

We are tied to the ocean." 

— John F. Kennedy

13 Ensigns

 
 

 SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

2023-04-13

13 ensigns

 

61
Yachts from 13 ensigns are signed up  from now until November '23
they will share up to date information, scout for opportunities and
alert each other to threats.

To join follow this link >>

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 

Burgee Back

South Pacific Posse '23 BUrgee Front

Yacht Services Nuku Hiva 🇵🇫 Sponsors the South Pacific Posse 

I look forward to meeting and helping the participants

Cheers, Kevin

BP 301 Taiohae, 98742 Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

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

VHF 72, Monday – Friday 0800-1400

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

Formalities & DOCUMENTATION

Yacht Formalities (Customs & Immigration)

Duty Free Fuel Authorization

Bond Exemption Letter (medical insurance required)

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

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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’

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU EAT THE FLYING FISH OFF THE DECK 

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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
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2023. A week before the infamous Musket Cove regatta. Nawi will be
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water sport activities, restaurant & bar orders, with Pacific Posse
hosting a Pig on the spit and rum delights.

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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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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.  

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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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