Sea Cadet Voyage

Members of the largest Sea Cadet unit in New Zealand are preparing for their first international voyage. Follow them here

Vessel Name: Simply Wild
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 510
Hailing Port: Nelson
Crew: Skipper: SLT M Coldren, Mate: Ms K Holmes, Watch Officer: Ens L Murtagh
About: Petty Officer M Schryvers Leading Cadets D Claus, S McFadyen, E Sullivan, L Webster, G Winnington Reserve: Able Cadet G Fisk
Extra: For the first time, Sea Cadets are sailing internationally from New Zealand to New Caledonia. They have been training for a year, and are supported by the fantastic Nelson community
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15 July 2010

Nous avons arrive!!

UPDATE REPORT TEN - 15 JULY 2010

14 July 2010

Shooting stars

UPDATE REPORT NINE - 14 JULY 2010

13 July 2010

Only 350 miles to go!

Name of Cadet Sending Message from Yacht

12 July 2010

Bypassing Norfolk Island

UPDATE REPORT SEVEN - 12 JULY 2010

12 July 2010

Its swell

UPDATE REPORT SIX - 11 JULY 2010

10 July 2010

The end of seasickness

UPDATE REPORT FIVE - 10 JULY 2010

Nous avons arrive!!

15 July 2010
UPDATE REPORT TEN - 15 JULY 2010
FINAL VOYAGE UPDATE

Name of Cadet Sending Message from Yacht
Leading Cadet Laura Webster

Receivers of Message at Nelson
U/O Russell, Cadet Families, and members of the Nelson Amateur Radio Club

Yacht Position
Anchored at 1920 hours - Amedee Lighthouse New Caledonia
Weather Conditions
24 degrees Celsius

Conditions on Board
Everyone happy and satisfied to have reached their goal.

Highlights of the Day
Seeing all the flying fish
Arriving at New Caledonia
Warm weather
Getting ready to eat a roast dinner

Messages from Sail Blog
Zoe read out some messages from the sailblogs website
and personal emails addressed to the crew.

Message from Milo Coldren
Plan to arrive in Noumea tomorrow morning at
11.00 am (local time).
We will visit the French Naval Base and HMNZS Canterbury.
Plan to explore town a little bit and look around.

Milo commented on how everyone has come together,
a great team effort.

Many thanks to the Nelson Amateur Radio Club for making it
possible for so many people to share in the excitement
of following our voyage and allowing those on shore and
on the yacht to keep in touch. Your support is greatly
appreciated.

Rick McNabb conveyed his congratulations to Milo and crew.

Proud parents and family members eagerly spoke to
their loved ones on board.

All those gathered at the radio broadcast shouted
out a collective "Congratulations!" Reciprocated
response from all on board.

"Au Revoir"

Shooting stars

14 July 2010
UPDATE REPORT NINE - 14 JULY 2010

Name of Cadet Sending Message from Yacht
Leading Cadet Laura Webster

Receivers of Message at Nelson
U/O Russell, Zoe Allen, Cadet Families, and members of the Nelson Amateur Radio Club

Yacht Position
Lat. 25° 06' south Long. 167° 21' east

Course
Heading 340 degrees true
168 nautical miles to destination (New Caledonia)

Speed
7 knots motoring

Weather Conditions
Reasonably calm seas but not much wind,
so we are motor sailing

Conditions on Board
Everyone is happy and excited as we are close to
our destination.
Weather is hot and sunny - even enough to cause a
bit of sunburn!

Highlights of the Day
Seeing a green flash at sunset
Sunbathing in the hot sun
Passing the 1000 miles milestone
"Seeing the awesome stars at night and heaps of
shooting stars every night!" says Emma Sullivan

Messages from Sail Blog
Zoe read out some messages from the sailblogs website to
the crew.

Message from Milo Coldren
The wind has dropped off in the last 24 hours as there is a High
approaching, so we are trying to get to Noumea as fast as
possible to avoid the Northerly winds. But it means lovely
weather compared to your chilly winter days!

The crew morale has been fantastic and their skill at steering a
good course in a cross swell is impressive. Fortunately we have
a flat sea now.

Milo thanks all the people supporting them by sending messages
and being present at the radio broadcasts. It means a lot to the
crew to know that the whole community is behind them and has
been very encouraging for the cadets.

The crew are hoping to arrive in New Caledonia late Thursday
evening, and enter the harbour the next morning.

If so then Thursday (tonight) could be the last night for
radio transmission.

Radio reception was not very clear, but enthusiastic family
members took the opportunity to speak to their loved ones
on board.

Only 350 miles to go!

13 July 2010
Name of Cadet Sending Message from Yacht
Leading Cadet Emma Sullivan

Receivers of Message at Nelson
Ens. Ehau, Cadet Families, Mrs Kimberly Coldren and children, members of the Nelson Amateur Radio Club

Yacht Position
Lat. 27° 46' south Long. 168°08' east

Course
Heading 343 degrees true
340 nautical miles to destination (New Caledonia)

Speed
5.5 knots

Weather Conditions
1.5m E swell with a cool breeze
20 knot winds SSE

Conditions on Board
No more sea sickness, everyone is fine now. Crew doing well.
Temperature has warmed up enough to remove shoes, change of latitude, change of attitude.

Highlight of the Day
First time we have all eaten a meal together.


Messages from Sail Blog
Zoe read out more messages from the sailblogs website to
the crew.

Message from Milo Coldren
The crew sail / look after the boat better than him.
Appreciate all the families and supporters present
at the radio broadcasts, very humbling.

Due to the progress being made, Thursday could be the
last night for radio transmission.

Enthusiastic family members were joined by Kimberly and
the children who took the opportunity to speak to their
loved ones on board.

Bypassing Norfolk Island

12 July 2010
UPDATE REPORT SEVEN - 12 JULY 2010

Name of Cadet Sending Message from Yacht
Leading Cadet Grace Winnington

Receivers of Message at Nelson
U/O Russell, Cadet Families and members of the Nelson Amateur Radio Club

Yacht Position
Lat. 30° 2' south Long. 168°29' east
Course
Heading 348 degrees true
Have sailed 778 nautical miles from Nelson

Speed
6 knots

Weather Conditions
2m NE swell (has been up to 3m) and 2m Southerly swell

Conditions on Board
One or two still feeling 'woozy'.

Highlights of the Day
Knowing they are over half way to Noumea.

Waves crashing on the boat ("a couple of splashes in the cockpit
but nothing too much on board" says Milo reassuringly). Happy to
say the cockpit drains dispatch the infrequent boardings very quickly.

Seeing an albatross.


Messages from Sail Blog
Zoe and James read out a total of 8 messages from the sailblogs
website to the crew. All the crew were thrilled to hear these
messages of support - thank you and please keep them coming.
In response to these, quote Milo: "There's a boat load of people
in the middle of the Pacific who feel loved."

Special message to Emma from Heidi who on cue said,
quote ... "woof, woof" (all those present at the broadcast
were impressed with Heidi's response).

Message from Milo Coldren
"Well, we still havent had any conditions suitable for bathing-
been 20-35 knot winds for the past couple of days. The cross
swell is making a few cadets queasy -but they're still standing
watches. Looks like we're going to have to miss Norfolk :(
Watching the weather looks like we're in for some NW if we
dont keep moving. That low we've been skirting behind now
has a storm warning on it, so I dont anticipate the swell
going down anytime soon. We are well away from the centre,
so just enjoying the SE wind it's leaving us.

The boat is sailing surprising well just under the blade,
and makes handling much easier than with a reefed main.
Also handles the gusts up to 40 really well without a hint
of being overpowered.

I am impressed with how well the cadets are steering the
boat in the cross seas - nothing huge, but still up to 3m NE
and 2m S. We are grateful for the way the seas have
increased gradually over the trip, giving cadets time to
develop their skills without being overwhelmed.

I was talking with Kathryn about sailing off Mexico with
her family 10 years ago, and how my wife had discovered
how to bake delicious scones while the galley was moving
around. Next thing I knew, Kathryn was dancing around
the galley whipping some up for the crew (who had been
just trying to find things to hold on to). We're going to
have to double her pay!

The boat is sailing wonderfully, and, while we're sad not
to stop at Norfolk Island, we're sure looking forward to
getting through the pass at New Caledonia!

Our ETA is Friday morning, all going well."

Apologies to the Sullivan family for not stopping at
Norfolk Island.

Enthusiastic family members (not forgetting Heidi)
took the opportunity to speak to their loved ones on board.

Its swell

12 July 2010
UPDATE REPORT SIX - 11 JULY 2010

Name of Cadet Sending Message from Yacht
Petty Officer Maria Schryvers

Receivers of Message at Nelson
Ens. Ehau, Cadet Families and members of the Nelson Amateur Radio Club

Yacht Position
Lat. 32°13' south Long. 169°29' east

Course
Heading 330 degrees true

Speed
6.5 - 7.0 knots

Weather Conditions
2.5 metre NE swell and 1 metre Southerly swell
Wind speed 30 knots, though has been up to 36 knots at one stage today
Have had a few waves on board

Conditions on Board
One or two still feeling 'woozy' and a little tired but all getting into routines.

Highlight of the Day
Girls doing 'make overs' on crew members faces. The male crew members however declined (or should that be refused?) to take part in this.

"The big swells are AWESOME" quote Maria.


Messages from Cadets
Daniel says "hello"
Grace says "take care of Pedro (the parrot)"
Laura says "hello"



Message from Milo Coldren
Conditions on board the boat are great.
Dropped the main sail due to strong winds, currently underway with storm jib up.
Covering approximately 155 nautical miles per day.
230 nautical miles to Norfolk Island, hope to be there Tuesday morning.
Enjoying the delicious food on board.

Milo conveyed special thanks to Zoe and Ben for establishing and updating the Sail Blog, EJ and James for their commitment. Milo says its great to get messages to and from the boat and once again thanked the Nelson Amateur Radio Club for their continued support.

The end of seasickness

10 July 2010
UPDATE REPORT FIVE - 10 JULY 2010

Name of Cadet Sending Message from Yacht
Leading Cadet Grace Winnington

Receivers of Message at Nelson
U/O Russell and members of the Nelson Amateur Radio Club

Yacht Position
Lat. 34°18' south Long. 170°53' east

Course
Heading 340 degrees true

Speed
6.8 knots

Weather Conditions
2 metre swell and 1.8 knot SW, temperature 17° - 18°C

Conditions on Board
Everyone happy

Highlight of the Day
Food! Grace cooked a delicious mango chicken, which to everyone's delight they all managed to keep down. Milo commented how well they are eating.

Message from Milo Coldren
Milo thanked the Nelson Amateur Radio Club for their committed dedication to making these broadcasts possible.
He praised the excellent morale of the crew.

They are also starting to pick up very early trade winds.

At the time of transmission all cadets were asleep apart from Daniel and Grace.

Please feel free to leave messages. We will read out some of the nice comments on the radio to the cadets.
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