Annecam

19 August 2016
19 August 2016 | Port Maurelle, Vava'u Group. The Kingdom of Tonga.
15 August 2016 | Neiafu, Vava'u Group, The Kingdom of Tonga.
13 August 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
12 August 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
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07 August 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
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04 August 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
01 August 2016 | ¤Avatiu Harbour, Rarotonga Cook Isalnds
30 July 2016 | Avatiu Harbour, Rarotonga Cook Islands
29 July 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
28 July 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
26 July 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
19 July 2016 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
15 July 2016 | Bora Bora, The Society Islands, French Polynesia
10 July 2016 | Lagoon de Punaauia, Tahiti
04 July 2016 | Tahiti

Cruising around Tonga

19 August 2016
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
¤We spent a lovely three very wet nights and days in Port Maurelle, you might ask how come wet is still beautiful. We still went for a walk across the Island, slipping and sliding in the red mud, jumping out of the way when semi wild pigs came out of the jungle and go charging by, yet this part of the world still has a beauty all of it's own. It's still nice and warm, the fish are still biting, we have managed to fill our tanks with lovely fresh rain water and we are swimming in unbelievably clear water plus there are still plenty of humpback whale hanging around.¤We have just sailed back around to Neiafu to purchase some provisions, watch the local regatta and the rugby that I mentioned in the last blog. ¤Life is still very nice on board Annecam.

Exploring the Vava'u Group of Islands in The Kingdom of Tonga

19 August 2016 | Port Maurelle, Vava'u Group. The Kingdom of Tonga.
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
¤We spent 3 nights on a mooring in Neiafu, while there we completed entry clearance with all of the Government officials, we are now free to explore this awesome group of Islands. We sailed the 7 nautical miles from Neiafu to Port Maurelle, this is not actually a port as we know them it is an anchorage on Kapa Island, I might add that it's a very popular anchorage here in this part of Tonga.¤We plan to stay here for a few days before heading back to Neiafu to watch the rugby final between New Zealand and Australia, we have a few Kiwis here on their boats who will be no doubt barracking for the All Blacks, so we should be in for a good time, go the Wallabies.¤Life is very peaceful anchored on Annecam.

Ship transit

15 August 2016 | Neiafu, Vava'u Group, The Kingdom of Tonga.
Annecam admin pip & Tom
are now officially cleared in through Customs, Immigration and Health here in the Kingdom of Tonga, we can now step onto land, you know the stuff that does not move, we can't really complain about the beautiful calm anchorage we happen to be in but it's always good to be able to go for a stroll and get rid of the sea legs. ¤The officials told us that we did the correct thing by staying as a ship in transit and clearing in on the first working day of the week. They told us that if we had tried to clear on Saturday the day that we arrived we would have incurred overtime fees.¤We are now free to explore, to go on tours like whale watching, we can now go to as many of the marked anchorages as we can safely get to and if we want to we can sail to the other groups of Islands here in Tonga.¤We had a look at the local market here in Neiafu and we both loved the hand crafted jewellery, the tappa cloth and the carvings in both wood and whale bone. Annie did a fantastic job to not purchase tons of the lovely items, she did manage to find a really cool fridge magnet of a turtle.¤Life could not be better on Annecam.

Back in calm waters

13 August 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
85 miles in 11 hours and the last 17 in 4, we had such a cracking sail going over the first 11 hours we would have arrived well and truly in the darkness and we always try to avoid coming into a strange place in the middle of the night, we deliberately slowed Annecam down to arrive just as the first rays of sunlight were lighting our way.¤We were first greeted by a lone dolphin lighting up the bioluminescence in the water, then the humpback whales that Tonga is famous for came from all directions to say g'day. We are having a well earned rest, catching up on some sleep, all of the crew is very well and for a change we don't have any boat bumps from this passage.¤We are now tied to a mooring in a very calm bay, the first thing that we both noticed was that nothing's moving, there's no swooshing sound of the water rushing past or the constant roll as the ocean swells try to change our heading as we fly through them.¤Life's less bumpy in a quiet bay on Annecam.

Niue to Tonga day 1

12 August 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
Annecam admin Pip & Tom
¤132 nautical miles sailed over the last 24 hours, 130 rum line miles with 102 to go.¤This passage started off with almost no wind at all, our cast iron top sail was given a good solid workout until we found the wind or it found us.¤This passage takes us over one of the deepest ocean trenches in the world, the Tonga Trench is only a couple of metres shallower than the Mariana Trench, there is several kilometres of water underneath us as I am writing this blog.¤Just a little tip for anyone who is sailing through this part of the world, the fishing is exceptional, there's plenty of Mahi Mahi, Tuna and a mixed bag of other fish just waiting to be caught, I don't think that they have ever seen a lure before. We have some very nice fillets in our fridge.¤Life just gets better on Annecam.

Goodbye Niue, Tonga here we come

10 August 2016 | South Pacific Ocean
Annecam admin pip & Tom
We have completed all of the official paper work, our passports have the exit stamps, we have our certificate of clearance and we are ready to set our sails for the Vava'u group of Islands in Tonga, we leave just after 1200 local time.¤This passage should take us about 1.5 days to complete with fair winds but it's going to take at least one extra day because of something called the International Date Line we will be crossing just before we get there. We recommend to all of our fellow cruisers who are heading this way to make Niue a definite stop, you will be amazed by the friendly and very helpful officials, we had a young gentleman by the name of Rodney who cleared us in and out. The locals without exception are the friendliest and always happy to see you people we have met so far. The Niue Yacht Club is another must visit for all, they have the most secure moorings we have ever had Annecam on. The whole Island has left us with nothing but good memories.
Vessel Name: Annecam
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Crew: Campbell & Annette Hair
About: Cam has had a long love for the ocean, over 40 years on and off various boats. Annie would love smooth seas and to never to see another winter.
Extra: Rig heavy, reef early, and pray often; for God does not promise us an easy passage, but He does promise a safe anchorage.
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