A sailing catamaran in the Pacific

Vessel Name: Resolute II
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 48
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: The Gibson family
About: Sydney-based, land-loving family. indulging Dad in a Pacific adventure.....
16 October 2014 | Townsville
26 August 2014 | Magnetic Island
02 August 2014 | Gladstone
22 July 2014 | en route to Fraser Island
14 July 2014 | Coffs Harbour
28 July 2013 | Port Moselle
20 July 2013 | Lifou
13 July 2013 | Nouvelle Caledonie
30 June 2013 | Baie de Kuto, New Caledonia
21 May 2013 | Port Moselle
08 May 2013 | Nouvelle Caledonie
02 May 2013 | somewhere in the south pacific
30 April 2013 | Banana coast
29 September 2012 | Fiuggi, Italy (I kid you not)
30 August 2012 | Greenwich, Sydney
26 August 2012 | North of Coffs Harbour
25 August 2012 | About 300 nm ENE of Brisbane
22 August 2012 | Somewhere in South Pacific ..
Recent Blog Posts
16 October 2014 | Townsville


Well, we're back. Inspired, grateful, discombobulated. Three weeks in the Louisiades has been a real highlight of our time with Resolute, not to be forgotten. We sailed with long time sailing buddies, Mike and Prue, and in convoy with sister Georgina and partner Dave, on their Seawind 1160, 'Nimrod', [...]

26 August 2014 | Magnetic Island

Faarrrr North Queensland

Madam Cupcake took off her socks! Must be HOT, DAMM HOT, says I. We're in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island (near Townsville, for those of you about to reach for the chart..).

02 August 2014 | Gladstone

Are we there yet?

We go north-er. Queenslanders become, impossibly, friendlier. Land of pristine beaches, stunning inlets, glorious sunsets, fierce tides and GLADSTONE. Gute Trauer! Endless lines of ships. Coal. LNG. Alumina. Did someone hit the hyperspace button??

22 July 2014 | en route to Fraser Island

The most glorious place on earth

We arrived. We met Queenslanders. They told jokes. To whit ... 'and said God: "That's Queensland, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful people, impressive towns; it is the home of the world's finest artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, explorers and politicians. The people from Queensland [...]

14 July 2014 | Coffs Harbour

In search of sunshine

Don't you love a great quote? How's this: 'Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God' ~Kurt Vonnegut. Way to go, Kurt! Just about sums up this latest trip....

30 July 2013

Rocky start to Masterchef, Season 2.

It's the much anticipated Series 2 Masterchef South Pacific cookoff ... struggling to find form. Where's the spice? Its not looking promising. First up, Glenda, the crowd favourite, failed to show. AVHD, meanwhile, failed to cook. Just barked orders to the kitchen hands from the wheelhouse, for jonah's [...]

Tuesday in Tokoriki

26 June 2012 | Far west Fiji
Ha! I bet that photo got your attention. Really getting the hang of this cruising now. How could you not love it??? Today is a bit out of the ordinary. Breakfast at Musket cove, lunch on Tokoriki island with, ta da .. drum roll, Greenwich friends the Finniecomes, (Liz in photo) and now fast approaching dinner on nearby Navadra Island, a much safer anchorage for Resolute than Tokoriki.

The lovely Liz and Simon F were celebrating 25years of bliss together and we interrupted their 2nd day by anchoring smack out the front of their gorgeous resort and floating in to them by dinghy. How exciting to be so far away from home but sharing a meal with neighbours in far western Fiji. Its a tiny island about same size as Greenwich, far from anywhere other than another zillion tiny Fijian islands.

We've had a couple of active days at Musket Cove .. Bike riding, walking, cafe hopping and a fab finish to yesterday was about 10 singles tennis games with some random I found on Plantation Island. Made me so happy to just have that raquet in my hand and a wee chase of the ball .. and I've lined him up again for 9am Thursday. I thought it would work in my favour to let him win mostly... Sure did. He wants more too. Ok ok.... He just won mostly, but I gave him a run. Its good to report we're eating less, drinking less, reading more walking more and feeling bit less like the L platers that we were 3 weeks ago.

Days are drifting past too fast. Well be gone from Fiji in a week and I'm a bit stunned by that. We know we've only scratched the surface and understand properly now why cruisers and other yachties return here season after season. 4 reasons. Fiji is beautiful. Thats the deal breaker for me. Secondly cruising in a boat here is challenging and a bit fraught, which seems to appeal to men. Captn Ken is gaining confidence and local knowledge daily, thriving on this daily diet of close calls and acquisition of new skills. Thirdly, it's cheap to live in Fiji. We can eat out several times a day for very little which is a bonus and a big attraction to most of these fellow cruisers who all look as they should be attached to some job ..., but apparently are not! Finally the Fijian people seem to be so nice and friendly. Perfect hosts for holiday makers. We wish they had more. Ken is frustrated by the lack of solar panels and wind power - it seems so elementary that these power sources should be harnessed here, but the ordinary Fijian can't afford the kit. 

A big thanks for all the emails. You know who you are!!!! So fab to be in touch. We're in a sheltered cove of Navrada right now with a vividly red and golden tropical sunset. Hope your day has been fun too!
Resolute II's Photos - Main
Trip to Louisiades in September, 2014
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Created 17 October 2014
Resolute receives a full repaint with AWLGrip at Woolwich Dock in January, 2014
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Created 17 October 2014
A week in the Loyalty Islands with the whole family
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Created 20 July 2013
A lazy week with Megan and Chris exploring Baie de Prony and Isle de Pins, in New Caledonia
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Created 29 June 2013
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Created 21 May 2013
Sorcery and mystery with the cast from Gilligan's Island?
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Created 12 August 2012
Sailing from Fiji to Vanuatu, then holidaying on the Island of Efate with kids and our Irish friends - Trisha, Paul and Darragh
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Created 16 July 2012
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Created 27 June 2012
Fun in Fiji
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Created 14 June 2012
Sailing the south coast of Vanua Levu
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Created 3 June 2012
Resolute sailing from Lord Howe to Fiji
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Created 31 May 2012
Sydney to Lord Howe Island with the Gurus
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Created 11 May 2012
Sad but exciting ...
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Created 6 May 2012
From the board of Chris White.... various Atlantic Catamarans
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Created 2 April 2012
Pictures of Resolute in her home town and along the NSW Coast
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Created 2 April 2012
Resolute - An Atlantic 48, designed by Chris White, built in 2005
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Created 2 April 2012
Delivery trip from the Carribean to Sydney in 2011
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Created 2 April 2012

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