23 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
22 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
22 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
21 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
20 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
19 August 2017 | Bora Bora
12 August 2017 | Bora Bora
04 August 2017 | Tahaa
31 July 2017 | Huahine Island
21 July 2017 | Papeete Marina
21 July 2017 | Papeete Marina
21 July 2017 | Cook Bay, Moorea Island
12 July 2017
02 July 2017 | Papeete marina, Tahiti
01 July 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
01 July 2017 | South Pacific Ocean
28 June 2017 | Tuamotos
26 June 2017 | Tuamotos
25 June 2017 | NW pass anchorage, Makemo atoll, Tuamotos
23 June 2017 | Makemo atoll, Tuamotos

Day 4 Bora Bora to Suwarrow

23 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
Another calm night with lots of sleep to be had and a glorious sunny morning with light winds. We have been trundling along at 5 knots with 10 knots of breeze but surprisingly managed 140nm in the last 24 hours. Not much going on here. Lots of reading, Neil playing the ukulele and one bonito tuna caught and thrown back to sea.

Day 3 Bora Bora to Suwarrow

22 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
All alone again on this passage. Not a boat or bird to be seen. But the night was calm and the day even calmer, with the swell eased right back. However, that didn't stop a jug of water doing a somersault and landing upside down in the open fridge, with 2 litres of water everywhere! Much cursing as you can imagine! The wind died for a while this morning so we used the engine for a few hours, and now we have a steady breeze of 15 knots and are going at about 6.5 knots. Yesterday we sailed a total of 133 nm.

Day 3 Bora Bora to Suwarrow

22 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
All alone again on this passage. Not a boat or bird to be seen. But the night was calm and the day even calmer, with the swell eased right back. The wind died for a while this morning so we used the engine for a few hours, and now we have a steady breeze of 15 knots and are going at about 6.5 knots. Yesterday we sailed a total of 133 nm.

Day 2 Bora Bora to Suwarrow

21 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
As usual on the first night of passage, neither of us slept, but we have caught up during the day, and hopefully we will sleep better tonight. The wind never got more than 20 knots and during the day it has eased to about 13 knots. The swell is still a bit uncomfortable and at one stage last night Neil and the cushion he was sitting off flew off the seat and landed on the floor! No injuries thank goodness. Meals have been simple - a tin of Cassaulote for dinner (beans and duck sausage), muesli for breakfast, and tomato sandwich for lunch. Tonight we will eat one of our favourite passage meals - chicken and barley. We saw one yacht on the AIS last night but otherwise not a boat to be seen. Looks like another peaceful night tonight. Yesterday we did 146nm and currently we are sailing with a poled out jib, wing to wing, with 13 knots of wind behind us. Our speed is about 5 knots.

Day 1 Bora Bora to Suwarrow

20 August 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
We were at the Gendarmerie office promptly at 9am to pick up our clearance and have our passports stamped. A quick stop at the store to grab a fresh banquette and off we went, after stowing the outboard and dinghy on board. Expecting 20 knots or more we put two reefs in the main before heading through the pass and found 18 knots max and now only 12! The sea is pretty confused with some big swells ever so often. But otherwise all good. We have the jib poled out and we currently are sailing at 5.5 knots, having just passed the island Maupiri on our starboard side.

Suwarrow here we come!

19 August 2017 | Bora Bora
Gillian
A week of strong gusty winds and big swell kept us here at Bora Bora. Not that we are complaining - a nice lazy time to be had with lots of reading including Tom Neale's autobiography 'An island to oneself' - the story of a New Zealand who lived alone on Suwarrow island for a total of 16 years. We are off to Suwarrow tomorrow as well as many other yachts, and although Tom Neale is long gone, there are two rangers who look after Suwarrow, which is now a National Park of the Cook Islands. So - the weather looks good, the swell has eased, and we are topped up with diesel, water, wine, beer and food. The trip should take us 5 nights and we leave tomorrow at about 11am once we have had our passports stamped. Goodbye French Polynesia! We have enjoyed the banquettes, pate, cheese and wine, and have loved the beautiful islands, clear water and happy friendly Polynesian people!
Vessel Name: Silver Lining
Vessel Make/Model: Hanse 400
Hailing Port: Auckland
Crew: Neil and Gillian
About:
We are from New Zealand and have enjoyed sailing around the Hauraki Gulf and the Bay of Islands. We sailed the South Pacific Islands in May 2011, our first offshore trip on our 34 ft Van DER Stadt. [...]
Home Page: http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/SilverLining
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