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Selkie - Pacific Crossing 2010
Pacific Crossing (4th Leg) Fiji to NZ - Day 4
Mon Oct 25 18:28:31 EDT 2010, Pacific Ocean

Noon to Noon run 164nm - Gary and Nick are really making record time! Hopefully they'll make landfall this weekend. The near New Zealand forecast looks pretty good, with a high pressure system keeping winds steady and light.

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Pacific Crossing (4th Leg) Fiji to NZ - Day 3
Sun Oct 24 18:45:46 EDT 2010, Pacific Ocean

Noon to Noon run 166nm - wow, new record! Last night was really rough with 40kt winds. The forecast is favourable, so the are turning slightly and heading straight for Bay of Islands. At this rate, Nick and Gary will arrive well ahead of schedule (although probably exhausted from the rough sail). They've got plenty of fuel in reserve, so as the winds ease near New Zealand they'll probably have a slow motor. Both households miss the guys and want them home safely soon.

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Sun Oct 24 21:47:47 EDT 2010 | Mum
Way to go, Gary and Nick! Have a safe passage and do enjoy the sail.
Pacific Crossing (4th Leg) Fiji to NZ - Day 2
Sat Oct 23 18:55:33 EDT 2010, Pacific Ocean

Noon to Noon run another 159nm day. Too bad it is so rough because they are making very good progress. The seas and winds are still pretty big and out of the East, so the sailing is pretty rolly. The seasickness is better, but they are looking forward to calmer winds as the head South towards New Zealand.

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Pacific Crossing (4th Leg) Fiji to NZ - Day 1
Fa / Sunny
Fri Oct 22 19:28:35 EDT 2010, Pacific Ocean

Noon to Noon run 159nm - wow! They are making very good progress.

Gary says that it is fast, but very rough (although it is getting a bit better). Normally the guys are pretty immune to seasickness, but Nick has been sick and even Gary is feeling a bit queasy. Let's hope that the winds ease a bit so the guys can get some rest. We want them to come home fast, but safely and having a pleasant journey.

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Pacific Crossing (4th Leg) Fiji to NZ - Day 0
Thu Oct 21 18:37:16 EDT 2010, Pacific Ocean

Gary and Nick left Fiji at first light this morning. The weather forecast predicted perfect conditions for the passage. Unfortunately, it hasn't been quite as expected. Gary texted at noon today, "Very rough 30kt winds. 10ft swell beating straight south. Hoping it will ease tonight." It sounds like our last sail from Suva to Nadi. It seems to always be a bit rough south of Viti Levu. Hopefully as they leave the islands the conditions will improve. Good thing both Gary and Nick love a good sail :-).

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Pacific Crossing (4th Leg) Fiji to NZ
Fa / Hot & Sunny
Wed Oct 20 18:02:02 EDT 2010, Musket Cove, Fiji

Gary and Nick are doing final boat preparations (which I understand includes drinking duty-free gin in the cockpit). They are stocking up on provisions, fuel, water, and propane for the 10-14 day passage. Usually boats must clear from an official Fijian port before departure, but today customs, immigration, agriculture, and health officials are scheduled to arrive from Lautoka so boats can clear Fijian waters from Musket Cove. There are about a dozen yachties leaving the resort before cyclone season destined for New Zealand, Australia, and other safe harbours. Selkie will be doing a daily SSB radio check-in with Tracen J, another boat heading for Opua, NZ. Fair winds to all.

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