Cruising on Destiny

02 January 2014 | Bantry Bay
31 December 2013 | Careening Cove, Sydney
18 December 2012 | Sydney
18 September 2012 | Coffs Harbour
14 September 2012 | Rivergate Marina, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
12 September 2012 | Coral Sea
10 September 2012 | Coral Sea
31 August 2012 | Noumea
26 August 2012
22 August 2012 | Port Moselle
19 August 2012 | Port Moselle
17 August 2012 | West Coast, New Caledonia
12 August 2012 | Anse Vata
10 August 2012 | Port Moselle, Noumea, NC
10 August 2012 | Port Moselle
30 July 2012 | The seawall, Vila Harbour
25 July 2012 | Back in Port Vila
17 July 2012 | Port Vila
08 July 2012 | Ashore with Sea Fever
24 June 2012

South to Noumea

10 August 2012 | Port Moselle
It's been a good year for fishing
Last Monday a goodish weather window opened up and we checked out from Port Vila. We expected and got light ESE breezes - and a blessedly low swell! We were able to keep sailing most of the way at an average of 5.5 - 6 knots, with the breeze at about 60 degrees to the bow. As we moved south, the ambient temperature dropped noticeably, but as well the cloud which has plagued Vanuatu this year thinned and disappeared, and we entered Havannah Canal just at slack high tide - perfect as the outgoing tide there can reach 4 knots and can be very rough with overfalls and eddies. As we crossed the 100 metre line we had a strike from a big wahoo, which took about a quarter hour to land. We cleaned and filleted him, and had him chilled by the time we were within the lagoon itself. It was after lunch by then and we decided to overnight at Anse du Pilote, then headed up to Port Moselle after a deep sleep. Anse du Pilote is a perfectly calm but very easy-to-enter anchorage - open water entry and no dangers, good holding in sand and mud, safe in just about any wind direction.
We have been catching up with friends - some whom we have met and others like "Norsa" whom we know from radio skeds and mutual friends. It's fine and warm here, with only a light cloud cover from time to time. Port Moselle have installed a fast new internet WiFi network and it is so good to be able to upload stuff, get weather quickly and Skype friends.
Check the gallery for pics, and we'll write again tomorrow.
Cheers from us.
Vessel Name: Destiny V
Vessel Make/Model: 45' round chine steel cruising cutter - a Joe Adams design and a very sea-kindly crew-friendly vessel
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: John and Shauna
People ask us: "Are you semi-retired?". Well no, we're semi-working. We love cruising, but the problem is we also quite like what we do in our civilian lives. So, for the last few years, we have been cruising over the southern Winter and Spring. [...]
Our last severalyears of cruising have been spent exploring New Caledonia and the beautiful islands of Vanuatu, an entrancing country with wonderful, uncomplicated, happy and generous people. This winter we are at home doing some upgrades - navigation, rigid cockpit cover, watermaker and sundry [...]

Destiny's Crew

Who: John and Shauna
Port: Sydney, Australia
Sunshine on blue water, twelve knots on the beam.... The trades are blowing gently and we're sailing like a dream..... Sipping from the cup of life and getting mostly cream....
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" - Ratty to Mole in "Wind in the Willows"