South Pacific Posse

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
FLEET UPDATE 

August, 29 2022

TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

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

2) SAILING REGATTA MUSKET COVE 🇫🇯 FIJI 

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

 
 
 
 

South Pacific Posse 13 Particpant Flag States

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

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

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

Lisa de Ruiter Gulf Harbour Marina

Lisa de Ruiter

 
Customer Services Manager

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

https://gulfharbourmarina.co.nz

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

Gulf Harbour

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

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

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

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

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

2) MUSKET COVE SAILING REGATTA 🇫🇯  FIJI 

MUSKET COVE
Muske Cove Sailing Regatta

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

Video of the 2020 Musket Cove Regatta

Video of the 2020 Musket Cove Regatta 🇫🇯 Fiji

Musket Cove

3) PICTURES OF THE WEEK 

Picture of the Week

Moorea, so lovely 🇵🇫  FP

Cooks Bay

Cooks Bay Mo’orea 🇵🇫 FP

Moorea, so lovely

SY CATWEAZLE 🇬🇧   Harriet & Russell – Allures 45′

4) DREAMER DIVES 🇫🇯 FIJI

Dreamer Dives from Sau Bay

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

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

https://pacificposse.com/sau-bay

16° 43’21.9″S 179° 54’13.0″E

FIRST NIGHT ON MOORING IS FREE 

South Pacific Moorings  $10 x day  $ 50 weekly

Sau Bay

SERVICES

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

CONTACT

Leo Rebele

Sau Bay Resort & Spa

Box 62, Waiyevo Fiji Islands

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

Resort Tel +679 603-1003

info@divesaubay.com

www.divesaubay.com

Dreamer @White Wall Taveuni Fiji

soft coral on the white wall 

DREAMER

SY DREAMER 🇺🇸  David & Gerne – Caliber 40′

6) CAPTAIN RON AWARD ENTRY & 

LAND HO 🇫🇯  FIJI 

the log book vs the big wave 

Squall

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

Souhtern Route

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

LAND HO

LAND HO FIJI ! 

Vuda Marina

THE LAKE LIKE CYCLONE HOLE AT VUDA MARINA FIJI 

Welcome to Fiji

A WARM FIJI WELCOME WITH STAFF SINGING 

Boathouse Restaurant

OUTSTANDING HOSPITALITY IS A FIJI TRADEMARK

Gargolyle Fiji Sunset

SY GARGOYLE 🇨🇦 Kevin & Carla – Beneteau 50′

 7) “LOGAN”  THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE DOG  
LEID IN VUDA
 

Searcher's Blue Heeler

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

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

8) IBEX, YASAWAS  🇫🇯  FIJI 

IBEX

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

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

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

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

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

SAVA y Lau

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

Caves

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

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

30 knots of wind in a dinghy

Florian the dinghy warrier 

UNIVITED VISITOR

Entry into uninvited visitor category 

Mennu at OCtopu Resort

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

Octopus Resort Fiji Daily Activities Calendar  

SY IBEX 🇦🇹  Florian & Vicky– Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

9) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 🗿 GATHERINGS 

IBEX AND SEAGLUB

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

Island Bar

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

Chris at anchor

 anchored @ Cloud 9 

SY SEAGLUB – Chris – Hylas 46′

10) LEAVING BORA BORA 
SOCIETY ISLANDS  🇵🇫 FRENCH POLYNESIA

EMILn BORA BORA

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

Anchors at full moon

Calm night 

Bora Bora

 MOONSHOT FROM A YACHT

Underway

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

 

 

11) ENTRY INTO BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT 

Entry in to bigges t fish caught

Every inch counts in this competition !

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

Horizon Tahiti

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

Horizon

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

 

SY HORIZON 🇺🇸   Anders & Anette  – Outbound 46′

12) SAILING ON LAND 
AND THE REASON FOR SATELLITE CHARTS 
 

Sailing on Land

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

SY KISMET 🇺🇸  Kevin – Passport 41′

     

13) WATER CLARITY VARIES 
🇵🇫  FRENCH POLYNESIA

 

INDIGO MOON

Water clarity near the reefs is stunning

Motus

Bora Bora on the Horizon

Run Off

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

Dirty Laundry

could it also be due to dirty laundry ?

SY INDIGO MOON 🇩🇪 Kay, Beata & Crew – Lagoon 42′

Indigo Moon

14) SEVENTH HEAVEN 
  FLOATING RESTAURANT 🇫🇯   FIJI 
 

Broadsword

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

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

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

Staff

SY BROADSWORD 🇬🇧 John & Lucy – Allures 45′

15) MUST SEE MINERVA REEF 🇹🇴 TONGA 

MInerva Reef

Minerva Reefs  23° 45′ S 179° 01′ W

MInerva

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

16) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
AWARDS CATEGORIES 

 

HERE ARE THE  CATEGORIES 

    BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 

    PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  

    SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  

    THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 

    MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 

    HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 

    SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 

    GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 

    GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  

  BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔
    COURAGE AWARD ✔

*no bill-fish

Gargolyle

SY Gargoly‘e picture of a Manta-ray 

17) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE WEATHER ROUTING   

weather

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

Contact John Martin 
 admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

WhatsApp / Tel  +64 27 242 1088

John Martin

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

NZ

18) MARSDEN COVE MARINA   
SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

https://pacificposse.com/marsden-cove-marina

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

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

THE AMÉDÉE LIGHTHOUSE

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

Îlot Amédée (Amédée Island)

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

Stairs

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

Entrance

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

 22° 28.6432 S 166° 28.0739 E

Location  22° 28.6432 S 166° 28.0739 E 

19)  MARINA SPONSORS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE 

🇺🇸  Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista – USA

🇲🇽  Marina Chiapas – Mexico   

🇨🇷  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica   

🇵🇦  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇪🇨  Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇫🇯   Vuda Point Marina – Fiji 

🇻🇺  Yachting World Marina – Port Vila – Vanuatu

🇳🇿  Marsden Cove Marina – New Zealand 

🇦🇺  Rivergate Marina  – Brisbane  – Australia 

🇫🇯  Denarau Marina – Fiji 

🇫🇯  Royal Suva Yacht Club  – Fiji 

🇫🇯  Copra Shed Marina  – Fiji 

🇳🇿  Gulf Harbour  Marina – New Zealand 

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

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

Tracking

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

21) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SPONSORS 

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

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

Mount Yasur

Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Cargo Cult 🇻🇺 Vanuatu

Mount Yasur

23) SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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

Sevenstar

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT | JULY 01 2022

🛥️ ⛵ SPONSORS THE SOUTH PACIFIC  POSSE

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

Seven Star

24) PANAMA 🇵🇦 CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
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25) STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 

SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Panama Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

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