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

Last Passage

12 December 2009 | underway
We couldn't put it off any longer- well not much longer, anyway- so we finally left Noumea Wednesday morning and are currently underway to Brisbane, Australia.

We were sad to say goodbye to New Caledonia, both because we have really enjoyed our time there (it wasn't all baguettes and brie, we also visited the impressive Tjibou Cultural Center and got in some good beach time at a couple of nearby anchorages) and also because it represents the end of our south pacific cruising adventure. After we get to Brisbane, there will be no more exciting new landfalls, no more idyllic turquoise anchorages, no more of the generous cruising community camaraderie- probably what we'll miss the most.

But, hey, the upside is that this is our last passage! And as passages go this one hasn't been too bad... so far... knock wood... don't JINX it, dang it! It started off a bit uncomfortable: the swell pushed us around pretty good and it felt like we were inside a giant washing machine. We looked at each other and said, "We're not going to miss THIS!" But the wind was behind us and pretty soon the swell got behind us too- and within 24 hours we were having a lovely fast sail straight down the rhumb-line toward our destination.

A couple of days later the wind died inside of this nice protective high pressure cell that cushions us from any nasty weather... but that was okay, too. The sun was shining, the seas were flat and we have plenty of diesel. John and I have been doing a lot of reading. Maddie and Sophie are spending their time either reading Harry Potter books or playing Harry Potter (complete with self-made quills, parchment, cauldrons and spellbooks).

It's now Sunday morning. We are still without any wind to sail by and the swell is starting to pick up- and it's coming on our beam so we're beginning to roll a bit. But in less than 24 hours we should be entering Moreton Bay on the Queensland coast and 6 hours after that we should be tied up to the quarantine dock completing the clearance formalities... the end of our last passage.
Vessel Name: Meridian
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 48CC
Hailing Port: Napa, CA