OOROO 1's Adventures

13 August 2017
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Day 4 Tonga to Fiji

13 August 2017
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We set the clocks back an hour to 12+ UTC Fiji Time.
On sunrise we saw land and decided to find shelter from 25 knot winds in Kanduva Island at 10:00am for brunch. We departed at 1100hrs with three reefs in the Genoa to reduce our speed which would allow us to make the Malolo passage at first light, ready to clear customs at 10:00 on the 14th at Vuda Marina, Nadi
Still no luck with the fish, OOROO captain and crew all well.
Time/Date: 1200 –13th August 2017 (24 Hrs)
Current Position: 19 04.000S 177 59.000W
Current Water Depth & Temp: 3000m & 25.3 degrees
Safety: All Safe

Wind / Sails:
Wind – 15kts TWS (AVG), MAX TWS 26.2kts, MIN TWS 10.5kts
AVG SOG 4.75kts
Genoa – 22hrs
Genneker 0
Main sail – 0hrs
Distance Travelled: 126nm
Distance Remaining : 90nm (straight line)
Engine Hrs: 2
Where to now: Heading 285 degrees to Vudu Marina Vita Levu Fiji
Fishing and Wildlife: flying fish, Sea birds, No fish
Meals: Spaghetti Bolognaise, Brunch - hash, bacon, eggs and tomato’s for breakfast.

Day 3 Tonga to Fiji

12 August 2017
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OOROO1 -  Tonga to Fiji - 12th August 2017 - Blog 3

A quiet day aboard Ooroo, fishing rigs all set again without any luck. Mike won Scrabble (again). It went from no wind to nearly 25 knots. Kate saw a ship on the early shift and we came within half a mile of a 100ft fishing vessel without its radio on, stayed with us for a couple of hours.  Started the night running the motors and as per forecast at 10pm the wind came on and reached 24.5knots.
OOROO captain and crew are good, Kate is on the mend after yesterday. We will try and get a game of scrabble over Mike before the passage ends.
 
Time/Date: 1200 -12th August 2017 (24 Hrs)
Current Position: 19 48.000S   179 55.000W
Current Water Depth & Temp: 3000m & 24.5 degrees
Safety: All Safe
 
Wind / Sails:
• Wind - 16kts TWS (AVG), MAX TWS 24.5kts, MIN TWS 0.5kts
• AVG SOG 6kts
• Genoa - 14hrs
• Genneker 3hrs
• Main sail - 0hrs
Distance Travelled: 142nm (yesterday should have been 114knt)
Distance Remaining : 200nm (straight line)
Engine Hrs: 7 Due to Doldrums
Where to now: Heading 285 degrees to Viti Levu Fiji
Fishing and Wildlife: Nothing to report...
Meals: Mash and spam, salad, fruit, popcorn and snacks.

Day 2, Tonga to Fiji.

11 August 2017
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In the low light of the afternoon a Marlin or Sail fish spat the hook at around 4pm. Andy had just reset the lures and learnt a lesson about re setting the ratchet. The marlin jumped twice before we worked out which rod it was hooked up on and by the time we got to it it was free. Won't forget to set that ratchet again. Tuna on the BBQ for dinner followed by moonlight cinema on the Flybridge.Three hour shifts for the captain and the crew overnight, smooth sailing without anything notable occurring.
Fishing rigs all set again the following morning and zero action by lunch time.
Morning breeze was light and swell direction changed so we raised the gennaker. 
OOROO captain and crew are good, Kate has some sea sickness.
 
Time/Date: 1200 -11th August 2017 (24 Hrs)
Current Position: 20 26.000S   177 30.000W
Current Water Depth & Temp: 3000m & 24.1 degrees
Safety: All Safe
 
Wind / Sails:
• Wind - 15kts TWS (AVG), MAX TWS 21kts, MIN TWS 6kts
• AVG SOG 4.75kts
• Genoa - 8hrs
• Genneker 4hrs
• Main sail - 0hrs
Distance Travelled: 115nm
Distance Remaining : 342nm (straight line)
Engine Hrs: 0
Where to now: Heading 285 degrees to Viti Levu Fiji
Fishing and Wildlife: flying fish, Sea bird hitchhiking on the stern section of boom for a few hours over night. Big game fish spitting a hook...
Meals: Tuna steaks, Omelette and beans for breakfast, salad, fruit, popcorn and snacks.
 

Leaving Tonga, Heading to Fiji

10 August 2017
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After seeing Floss off at 4am bound for Perth, we moved off the Wharf at Nuku Alofa on the 8th of August at 3:30pm after completing the required paperwork in triplicate. We set off in 20+ knots of wind to find a comfortable point to anchor up on the west side of Atata Island. The Captain making the required anchor check in 10 metres of cool water with Kate already on strike from her duty.... Too cold! We got a good night of rest after a close game of scrabble. The following day was spent preparing to set off with a short snorkel in the coldest water temperature all trip with it dropping just below 23 degrees, brrr.
We set sail on the10th of August from the West side of Atata at 8:30am following a nice barbecued Pork slab, a bit of Rum punch for good measure and another good nights rest at anchor.
Fishing rigs all set and we are away.
Happy days on OOROO captain and crew are in good spirits.
 
Time/Date: 1200 -10th August 2017 (Last 72 Hrs)
Current Position: 20 51.745S   175 58.274W
Current Water Depth & Temp: 2000m & 24.1 degrees
Safety: All Safe
 
Wind / Sails:
• Wind - 15kts TWS (AVG), MAX TWS 18.6kts, MIN TWS 6.9kts
• AVG SOG 4.5kts
• Genoa - 3.5hrs
• Main sail - 0hrs
Distance Travelled: 16nm
Distance Remaining : 457nm (straight line)
Engine Hrs: 0
Where to now: Heading 285 degrees to Viti Levu Fiji
Fishing and Wildlife: a few flying fish, birds and an eel.
Meals: Poached Egg and salad, fruit, snacks.
 

A Great Night Out

08 August 2017
A great dinner and show at Liku'Alofa Resort.

A Tour of Tonga

08 August 2017
Floss
We had a great tour of the island with Wes. Mike is standing here at Captain Cooks landing, I am at Tongas equivalent of Stonehenge.
The soil on this island is so rich, great for growing all sorts of produce including peanuts and I might add they were the best peanuts we had ever tasted.

Nuku'alofa Harbour

07 August 2017
A lonely OOROO tied up in the harbour.

Fakave Island

07 August 2017
A beautiful protected anchorage.

Our Last Days in Beautiful Tonga

07 August 2017
Floss
After a fairly comfortable night anchored off Pangaimotu Island, we took the dingy ashore and eventually checked in with authorities. There was a bit of coming and going as we kept getting "can you please come back later as we are expecting the Crown Prince". We went back a couple of hours later and were finally all sorted and checked into Tongatapu. After checking in we headed to the markets and bought some good quality fruit and veg and then returned to OOROO.

The following morning the weather gribs were forecasting 35 knot winds and rain in two days time, we decided to head for a more sheltered anchorage off Fukave Island.
We entered the lagoon between the two reefs and anchored in two and a half metres of crystal clear Aqua water, what a top spot!

In the coming days we took a walk across the middle of the island to the other side on an established track where we found a few huts, roosters and chickens but no sign of human life.

We snorkelled the reefs but our swims were down to about 30 minutes each time as the ambient and water temperature was the coldest we had encountered in the South Pacific. We even pulled our long pants and long sleeves out of the wardrobe, first time in about four years.

We were happy anchored in this well protected anchorage with beautiful water, a white sandy beach and palm trees for five days, sitting out the wind and rain, only occasionally sighting a local fishing boat and the occasional yacht going past. It was a good time to catch up on a few jobs, our blog and lots of scrabble got played.

On the morning of the sixth day it was like paradise, the sun was shining and it was that calm the ocean was like a mirror. We had to head back to Pangaimotu Island to meet a yacht and pick up a couple of parts that were still outstanding from when we were in Panama. Gary on SY Illimite so kindly brought our parts on from Tahiti to Tonga.

The next day we decided to go and tie up in the harbour as the time was getting closer for me to fly back to Australia for a month and Mike had to organise fuel and a few other things.

We entered the harbour and then had to put the anchor down, reverse back and tie up to the rock wall. Thank goodness Wes the taxi driver was on the wall to catch our ropes and tie off for us.
Wes turned out to be an absolute gem, he spoke great English and was so knowledgeable. We did an island tour with him and he also took us shopping and drove us around to wherever we needed to go and he recommended a great dance and dinner show at Liku'Alofa Resort which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Mike had already decided that since the weather was so cool and there were no other yachts around that he would sail to warmer weather in Fiji while I went home for a month. It turned out that Aussies, Andy and Kate whom we met on Nomuka Iki were keen to do the passage with him. The next couple of days were busy organising fuel and paperwork. Mike had to go to customs to get the form so we could get duty free diesel and since there is no fuel station at the harbour we had to go to the Total fuel station out of town and organise for them to bring 3 x 200 litre drums of diesel down on Monday.

On Sunday, Andy and Kate arrived and they helped us move OOROO over to the fuelling dock so we could be fuelled the following morning. First thing Monday morning Mike had to head back down to Total, pay cash for the diesel and also put a deposit down for the drums. Shortly after he returned the truck rolled up with our three drums of diesel, a long hose and a hand pump. It wasn't too long after, our tanks were full but not without a minor incident. One of the empty drums rolled off the truck and onto our boat taking a chip out of our fibreglass on the port stern side step, not a biggy but annoying. Anyway we got fuel and the ding can be fixed.

Andy and Kate moved out of their hotel and onto OOROO on Monday and on Monday evening after moving OOROO to make room for the whale boat we all went down and had a nice dinner at Bill Fish restaurant.

Next thing I know it's 3am Tuesday morning and I'm up waiting for Wes to come and take me to the airport for my flight back to Australia.

Rescue Mission

31 July 2017
Towing the Fishermen into Nuku'alofa.
Vessel Name: OOROO 1
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 450
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Mike and Leanne Heddon
About:
Team OOROO 1 consists of Mike and Leanne Heddon from Perth Western Australia and visiting friends and family from time to time. Prior to purchasing OOROO our background was predominantly in the West Australian mining industry. It took over 10 years for our sailing dream to come to fruition. [...]
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