Sail Meridian

The beginning of our Grand Adventure... or folly... we'll let you know!

20 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
14 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
24 December 2009 | Brisbane, Australia
12 December 2009 | underway
22 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
14 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
07 November 2009 | Ile Uere, New Caledonia
05 November 2009 | Espirito Santo, Vanuatu
21 October 2009 | Aore Island, Vanuatu
19 October 2009 | Peterson Bay, Espirito Santo
09 October 2009 | Espirito Santo
25 September 2009 | Tanna, Vanuatu
11 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Viti Levu, Fiji
13 August 2009 | Navadra, Fiji
24 July 2009 | Malolo Lailai, Fiji
29 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
26 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
10 June 2009 | Savusavu, Fiji
27 May 2009
19 May 2009 | Whangamumu, New Zealand

Writing in Sand

22 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
When asked about their future plans many cruisers reply that their plans are written in sand... at low-tide. It's understandable. This lifestyle seems more at odds with schedules and agendas than any other I can think of. Obviously the weather plays a factor. Uncooperative winds or worse can put the kibosh on your itinerary faster than you can say "tropical depression" (an apt description, by the way).

Other distractions can keep one in port longer than planned, or headed out to sea sooner than expected. Home-based concerns and keeping in company with buddy-boats have both played a part in our cruising history.

Last season seemed to be all about easy decisions: just keep going west, following the "Coconut Milk Run" and end up in, I mean New Zealand. This year has been more difficult. Our cruising friends are scattering in all different directions- at all different times. And there is still SO MUCH South Pacific yet to see. Given that this was to be our last cruising season we thought we had a good plan in place: New Zealand to Fiji, then Vanuatu, then New Caledonia and back to New Zealand. But we have found ourselves almost constantly second-guessing our plan: well, we could stay the WHOLE season in Fiji... or we could head north and work our way up to the Marshalls... or we could...??? John and I were essentially scratching our heads and saying. "Duh... where do you want to go?" "Duh... I don't know, where do you want to go?"

Meanwhile our dear friends on Tin Soldier and Airstream kept saying, "Come to Australia, like us! C'mon! All the cool kids are doing it!" The only problem with that idea was that we really LOVE New Zealand... and we didn't have any burning desire to see Australia. (No offense to the Aussies, it's just that their country is so DARN big! How're you ever going to do it justice? Particularly from a sailboat?)

But while we've been gorging ourselves on baguettes and waiting for a reasonable weather window to head for NZ (a passage which has the potential to be a miserable up-wind slog) we started thinking about the land called Oz. Right off the bat it's an easier, downwind passage. (enough said, right?) And with our change in focus (from enjoying another laid-back season in New Zealand to developing an "exit strategy" for getting ourselves back to the states before we run completely out of money), Australia makes more sense.

So we've changed our minds and are heading to Australia. We expect to check out of New Caledonia within the next two days and head west to see the wizard mid-week.

Of course this plan, like all our others, is in writing... the sand.
Vessel Name: Meridian
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 48CC
Hailing Port: Napa, CA