Puanani Voyage 2016

28 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
26 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
26 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
24 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
23 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
22 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
20 May 2017
17 May 2017 | Marsden Cove Marina, Whangarei, New Zealand
03 May 2017 | Riverside Drive Marina, Whangarei, New Zealand
28 April 2017 | Riverside Drive Marina, Whangarei, NZ
22 March 2017 | Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
24 January 2017 | RDM
24 January 2017 | Riverside Drive Marina (RDM), Whangarei, North Island, NZ
16 January 2017 | Riverside Drive Marina, Whangarei, North Island, NZ
07 January 2017 | Whangarei, New Zealand
07 January 2017 | Whangarei Marina, New Zealand
31 December 2016 | Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
24 December 2016 | Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
03 December 2016 | Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
03 December 2016 | Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand

"Drogue To" or "Dragging a Line"

28 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

Sorry. No blog yesterday. Heavy Wx issues. Frontal passage is all pau. We are back underway, under sail. Seas are a bit lumpy after yesterday's winds but settling down little by little.

It doesn't seem fair! As soon as the winds pick up the seas build rapidly. When the winds abate, the seas take their time settling down to the new wind direction and speed. Kind of like the relationship between the market price of a barrel of oil and gasoline pump prices in the State of Hawaii. Don't you think?

We basically pulled off the road and parked the boat last night. Initially we tried "heaving to" by backing the jib and leaving the wheel hard over. "Making a living the old hard way." Didn't work! We just turned and settled with a stern quarter to the seas and wind. While a comfortable and quieter point of sail we were making 2-3 knots in the wrong direction. Hence, we deployed our new "Jordan Series Drogue" for the first time. It worked! presented our stern to the wind and seas and slowed the boat to 1.5 to 2 knots. That we could live with. There was a bit of side to side roll though. We only drifted down wind 24.9 NM in a 24 hour period.

No recovering that thing took a lot of effort and about an hour and a half. That was a beast of a different color. I would say it was worth it as we accomplished our objectives: Stop the boat; not lose too much of our hard gained miles; get some crew rest.

Everyone take card and stay well. All our love.

mark rob clay

Careful What You Wish For

26 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

Brief update: We wanted a little more wind. Well, we got what we wished for. Right in the "squash zone" between the high pressure cell we've been stuck in and the approaching low. In store for a bout of strong northerly winds for the next 24 hours or until this low pressure system passes us by to the south.

We've reduced sail and adjusted course for a more comfortable ride so it's really not that bad.

Had a lovely three course dinner this evening. Started with a salad (coleslaw), followed by a tasty mushroom chicken over penne pasta. Finally ending with a desert of "Hawaiian Host" chocolate covered Macadamia nut candies. All prepared and served by Chef Clay. We skipped the pre-supper "sundowners" saving those for a day when we can actually see the sun..

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark rob clay

Goodbye Sand Fly

26 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

We are still on the southern fringe of a high pressure system. The high is moving east but it is also expanding and contracting as it does so. The conditions right now are amazing though. Light winds with slight seas. Almost like sailing on Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. There is a slight south swell running though. About 4-6 feet at 10 seconds. Enough to keep Diamond Head fun, except that you'll have to wait about 10 days for it to get there. You could always fly to Fiji and catch it at Namotu or Cloud Break this weekend if money is not an object.

We are certainly missing all the friends we made in New Zealand. The many Kiwis, ex-pats and other cruisers. Let's not forget all the trades people and marina operators who worked so hard to see that our boats were ready for passages to various points in the tropics and beyond. My heartfelt thanks go out to you all for your professionalism and expertise. Anyone who's been to Whangarei would agree, I'm sure.

One thing I'm not missing about NZ are the pesky little sand flies or black flies. These little gnat sized insects will bite any exposed smooth skin surface and leave you with a little welt that itches like no mosquito bite I've ever had. Not only that, but the itch lasts for days and is only prolonged by additional bites, which there will be. Look them up in wikipedia. Sand flies have been rumored to drive some to near insanity. I can completely understand why.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark clay rob

Gotta Stay High All the Time

24 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

We are doing great when there's some wind to fill our sails. Seems we are in the center of a high that keeps expanding and moving along with us. Last night and through this morning we had some great NW winds that moved us along quite nicely up through a small squall this morning. It's been pretty fickle since. Wind, no wind, wind. Good for the batteries; bad for fuel consumption.

Maybe that's life? Laced with compromises. Oh well! Can't have the good without some bad, right?

Crew is in good spirits. Getting enough rest with shifts of three hours on and six off. It's a rotating watch schedule so nobody gets into a rut but still gets enough quality sleep.

For now, I'm staying in my play pretend where the fun will never end.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark rob clay

Bouncy House

23 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

Small seas (about 2 meters) but confused. Makes for a lumpy ride. Because we are running downwind we are basically getting hit from all directions. Can't set anything down for a second. What ever it is you let go of will get away from you like a scared cockroach. For the record, there are no bugs aboard Puanani.

Wind picked up early this morning allowing us to sail rather than using the motor. A welcome change as we put over 32 hours on the engine since departing. Considering our distance covered, 344 Nautical miles, that's a bit more fuel consumed than we'd like.

Everyone took salt water showers on the swim step. That first bucket was quite shocking but after that it wasn't so bad. Cold, but not freezing cold. Actually, the air temperature seemed colder than the water. At least we're clean and everyone smells pretty, but not too pretty.

Crossed the date line yesterday so reliving it today. But wait! If you call right now we'll throw in an extra day free! All you pay is shipping and handling.

Take care and stay well. All our love

mark clay rob

Cool Change

22 May 2017 | Enroute: New Zealand (NZ) to French Polynesia (FP)
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

It's great to have Puanani back in blue water again. Whangarei was a great town with fantastic people but lounging around up the Hatea River is not the preferable option when the opportunity to get back out on the water presents itself.

The crew is doing great, everyone regaining their "sea legs" in the past 48 hours. I'm always a little wobbly the first day out and it feels good to be back in the groove again. Rob and Clay must great now too as all of us have our appetites back.

The weather is a little cooler than we'd like. Layering up for the night watches seems to do the trick. Day time will see us in shorts and barefoot unless the wind starts whipping. That has not happened yet. We've had light and variable winds for the past 36 hours so we've done quite a bit of motor sailing or flat out motoring.

We were briefly escorted by a whale an albatross at sunrise this morning. First I've seen since departing NZ. Immediately took me back to a line in a popular song, "The albatross and the whales they are our brothers."

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark clay rob
Vessel Name: Puanani
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 393
Hailing Port: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Puanani's Photos - Main
Selected photos and videos from our voyage to and through the South Pacific commencing 2016 04 30 to 2017 mm dd (TBD).
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 5 June 2016