South Pacific Posse

Mar 31, 2022

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  FLEET UPDATE 

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

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

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

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

The Bay

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

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

Kevin

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

Kevin
BRAVO ZULU

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

Thursday 24 2022 March 2022 Day 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sea ya,

The happy crew on Sky Pond! 

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

Carl
Roxy

2)  SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WELCOMES  THESE  MEMBERS TO THE FLEET

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

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

South Pacific Posse '22

3) VINI 🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA DROPS THEIR RATES 

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

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

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

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

Map

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

4) YOUR CHART PLOTTER IS OFTEN WRONG 

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

Fiji

Satellite charts are essential here in the South Pacific..

Maps

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

Fiji

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

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

Here is a video of OPENCPN USE CASE and why 

Anchorage

Kadavu Island Anchor check 

SV SEAGLUB 🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

Chris on Seaglub

5) GOOD NAUTICAL NEEDS YOU 

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

fiji is in fgood nautical

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

Track

6) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

    NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

*no bill-fish

7) THE  BARS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC 

Le Bout du Monde

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

 22° 16.6483' N  166° 26.3233' E 
Le Bout du Monde - Nouméa

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

8)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista - USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯  Vuda Point Marina - Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina - Port Vila - Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina - New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  - Brisbane  - Australia 

Apataki

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

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

10) ENTRY INTO BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT

Entry
Catching it

 SY DREAMER -  David & Gerne - Caliber 40lrv’

11) THE ORIGINAL GUNK HOLES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Bay of Islands. Russell, New Zealand 

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

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

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

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

reaty of Waitangi was signed

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

Why did the British Crown want a Treaty?

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

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

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

Tracking

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

Blue Heeler

El Dios del Queso - day 19 update

Thu Mar 31 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne
Alison

13) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

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

Sevenstar

Who is Sevenstar Yacht Transport?

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

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

email: kris@sevenstar-usa.com

web: sevenstar-usa.com

14) PANAMA CANAL AGENT  CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick

15) STRATEGIC PARTNERS  

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

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