Going Home! (April 2014)

Vessel Name: Nirvana
Vessel Make/Model: 37' Irwin Ketch
Hailing Port: St. John US VI
Crew: Marc and Eric
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29 September 2013 | Near Redland City Marina, Australia
06 September 2013 | Brisbane Australia
05 September 2013 | 103 miles ENE of Brisbane
04 September 2013 | 236 miles ENE of Brisbane
03 September 2013 | 353 miles ENE of Brisbane
02 September 2013 | 474 miles ENE of Brisbane
01 September 2013 | 601 miles NE of Brisbane
31 August 2013 | New Caledonia
30 August 2013 | 8 Miles from pass into New Caledonia
29 August 2013 | 128 Miles NNE of New Caledonia
28 August 2013 | 250 miles NNE of New Caledonia
27 August 2013 | Luganville, Vanuatu
24 August 2013 | Luganville, Vanuatu
22 August 2013 | Ambrym Island, Vanuatu
19 August 2013 | Port Vila,Vanuatu
16 August 2013 | Tanna, Vanuata
15 August 2013 | Waisisi Bay, Tanna, Vanuatu
15 August 2013 | 83 miles ENE of Tanna Vanuatu
14 August 2013 | 223 miles ENE of Tanna
13 August 2013 | 376 miles ENE of Tanna Vanuatu
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29 September 2013 | Near Redland City Marina, Australia

Last night on Nirvana at anchor

We left the mooring in Brisbane this morning about 10am. We had a very good last night in Brisbane as there was a huge festival called Riverfire. Brisbane set up barges full of fireworks all along the river in the city. At 7pm they had the most spectacular fireworks I have ever seen. All around us [...]

06 September 2013 | Brisbane Australia

Arrived in Brisbane

We arrived yesterday morning in Brisbane after sailing 1163 miles from Vanuatu. The last day was very pleasant as the wind slowly backed off and turned more east as we approached Brisbane. We caught two big mahi, 50 pounds and 35 pounds just at sunset so we will have fish for some time here. The weather [...]

05 September 2013 | 103 miles ENE of Brisbane

Day 5 to Australia

We sailed 134 miles yesterday with an average speed of 5.58 knots. Wind was still up yesterday gusty 20-30 knots and we still have the third reef in the main adjusting the genoa according to conditions. Seas calmed a little don to 8-10 feet and not quite so angry. Winds are about 20 knots this morning [...]

04 September 2013 | 236 miles ENE of Brisbane

Day 4 to Australia

We sailed 118 miles yesterday with an average speed of 4.92 knots. As predicted, conditions have been very poor with 25-30 knots of wind, higher gust around squalls, and 12 foot seas. Not the worst conditions we have been in but close. The beam reach makes these conditions very wet and uncomfortable. [...]

03 September 2013 | 353 miles ENE of Brisbane

Day 3 to Australia

We sailed 129 miles in the last 22 hours with an average speed of 5.86 knots. I am writing this update a couple of hours early as I am up and the weather has calmed some for the moment. The heavy weather arrived yesterday about 5pm with winds up to 30 knots. It is still dark but I would guess seas [...]

02 September 2013 | 474 miles ENE of Brisbane

Day 2 to Australia, calm before the storm

We sailed 141 miles yesterday averaging 5.88 knots. Wind started to die off last night as predicted and turn south so Eric started the motor last night. We are motoring now in about 5 knots of wind out of the south in calm seas. We have continued on our course of about 200 degrees and have a 230 degree [...]

Great sail!

18 November 2012 | The Saints Guadeloupe
Marc
We had a great sail today from the West side on Guadeloupe down to the Saints. 22 miles of nothing but wind. We had the spinnaker out for the last part of the sail. I thought it would be after Trinidad before we would have it out. The Saints are absolutely beautiful. Went snorkeling after we arrived. Many new fish we have not seen before. Hopefully the underwater photos come out ok. We should be in Dominica on Tuesday. I am posting a picture of the wahoo we caught off Montseratte as we didn't catch anything today :-(
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Nirvana's Photos - Main
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Created 14 June 2013
65 Photos
Created 3 April 2013
Pics taken at Shelter Bay Marina, Colon Panama
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Created 5 March 2013
Pictures yaken of Nirvana on our way to colon Panama
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Created 28 February 2013
Pictures taken on our way to the San Blas Islands and some of after we got here
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Created 11 February 2013
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Created 19 January 2013
These islands were unique in that they were only a 1/2 mile apart but one was in the Grenadines and the other in Grenada. We visitted Petite Martinique part of Grenada without clearing customs from the Grenadines as this is common practice. Lovely island without tourism influence, a fishing community.
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Created 24 December 2012
Absolutely spectacular anchorage. There are more photos on the other camera and I will get them uploaded shortly. If you are sailing through this area, don'y miss it!
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Created 24 December 2012
Almost two weeks here with a very close friend giving us the time of our lives!! Thank you Vicki & Sam!!
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Created 17 December 2012
Good times with fully grown people playing in mud!
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Created 17 December 2012
good hunting in Bequai
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Created 17 December 2012
While the guys were out diving I got a personal tour...
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Created 17 December 2012
Just a few pictures of our day sail.
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Created 17 December 2012

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