IOLEA 2017

We are an Australian couple who have been cruising on our Hylas 49 since 2010. We are currently in New Zealand getting ready to sail to Alaska via French Polynesia and Hawaii.

07 July 2018 | Pacific Ocean between NZ and French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Shaw Point, Dnende
01 June 2017 | Shows Point, Nendo
30 May 2017 | Shaw Point, Nendo
22 May 2017 | Marau Sound
16 May 2017 | Honiara, The Solomon Islands
14 May 2017 | Mbili, Morovo Lagoon
10 May 2017 | Mobile, Morovo Lagoon
10 May 2017 | Mbanuta, Morovo Lagoon
03 May 2017 | Matui Island
29 April 2017 | Viru Harbour to Seghe, Morovo Lagoon
24 April 2017 | Egholo, Rendova Island, The Solomons
22 April 2017 | Munda, Solomon Islands
19 April 2017 | Lola Island, Vono Vono Lagoon
10 April 2017 | Noro Markets
08 March 2017 | Kwajalein
02 March 2017 | Bikini Atoll
13 February 2017 | Rongelap Atoll
05 February 2017 | Rongerik Atoll

From the High Seas

07 July 2018 | Pacific Ocean between NZ and French Polynesia
It hs been over a year since our last blog. So much for intentions. I have previously started a couple of posts and odds and ends but they are waiting to be completed. Right now I am sitting in our cockpit and we have been at sea for almost two weeks. Its hard to believe. Passaging is the ultimate groundhog day. Its 2am. The engine is on as we struggle to get east before the southeasterly starts. In the distance are two lumens - indistinct but glowing like the lights of a small town. My first thoughts are of fishing fleets but there is no signature on the radar. Perhaps they are distant storms. Above the engine noise comes another sound. A hissing. I take my headphones off and listen more closely. Its just light rain. Nothing to worry about. Still no wind for sailing. The windometer? flops back and forth to confirm it

When it occurred to me that the distant lights might be storms, I started the Satphone and brought down a satellite image for this region. And while I was at it I also brought down updated weather graphics. It made me think how different this experience is to our Pacific crossing in 2013. While it was possible to get satellite images and basic weather data and maps, we relied upon HF radio and reasonable propogation for access. We just diidnt have it at hand as we do now. The access is great and when it comes down to it being able to monitor the weather more closely does make me feel safer. But, I also feel a loss of intrepidation which I regret (of course we are not compelled to use it).
Vessel Name: Iolea
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: Paul and Kate
About: We are an Australian couple on a 2003 Hylas 49 and have been cruising from the Caribbean to the South Pacific since 2010. We are currently in Vanuatu and heading for the Marshall Islands for the cyclone season
Iolea's Photos - Main
Alaska 2019
27 Photos
Created 18 July 2019
46 Photos
Created 13 July 2017
10 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 13 July 2017
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Created 22 June 2017
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Created 22 April 2017
26 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 26 October 2016
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Created 6 August 2016
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Created 16 June 2015
30 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 20 March 2015
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Created 21 October 2013
22 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 9 June 2013
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Created 14 March 2013
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Created 28 January 2013
Another visit to Minca and 10 days anchoring in Tayrona Park
34 Photos
Created 18 August 2012
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 18 August 2012
6 day hike to Cuidad Perdida (the Lost City) in Columbia
39 Photos
Created 17 August 2012
Today we took a taxi with bob and Vicky from FoxSea to the foothills of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to a place called Minca. It sits in heavy rainforest. Basic concete dwellings ,cafes, and restaurants and music and children everywhere. We visited a local artist, Leila, and her agronomist husband Guillame and I plan to take an afternoon class with her to make paper and build a visual diary - I'm looking forward to it, they are delightful people. Above the town via the stairs next to the church, across the concrete basketball field for the high school and up 200 stairs sits a hostel with hammocks, cold beer and views to the coast. Its run by Stephanie who is English and a refugee from London. Her dog Lola took us for a walk through the forest earlier in the day - very deliberate and well mannered
5 Photos
Created 19 June 2012
The colour of the sunset is not enhanced. That is how it looked - blood red. The remaining three photos are arriving in Santa Marta
9 Photos
Created 19 June 2012
From the top
11 Photos
Created 19 June 2012
3 months in Bonaire
17 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 3 June 2012
Will get to this tomorrow
22 Photos
Created 29 February 2012
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Created 12 December 2011
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Created 12 December 2011
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Created 12 December 2011
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Created 12 December 2011
Life in Chaguaramas
15 Photos
Created 20 September 2011
Grenada friends and tours
13 Photos
Created 19 August 2011
23 Photos
Created 18 August 2011
US Virgin islands to Grenada
90 Photos
Created 31 May 2011
photos of artworks
43 Photos
Created 17 May 2011
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 21 April 2011
Our Boat
16 Photos
Created 16 February 2011
From West End to the South Exumas
93 Photos
Created 16 February 2011
The garage
22 Photos
Created 31 January 2011