18 October 2018 | Bay of 1,000 Voices, Choiseul., Solomon Islands
18 October 2018 | Bay of 1,000 Voices, Choiseul., Solomon Islands
15 October 2018 | Bay of 1,000 Voices, Choiseul, Solomon Islands
14 October 2018 | Pelau, Ontong Java, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands
14 October 2018 | Luaniua, Ontong Java, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands
14 October 2018 | Ontong Java Atoll, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands
03 October 2018 | Choiseul, Solomon Islands
02 October 2018
02 October 2018
02 October 2018
27 September 2018
27 September 2018
27 September 2018
27 September 2018
24 September 2018
24 September 2018
24 September 2018
17 September 2018 | Ontong Java atoll
17 September 2018
02 September 2018 | Tanegeu Bay, Santa Isabel Island, Isabel Province, Solomon Islands

500 miles logged - 700 MTG (miles to go)

01 June 2018 | Off the southern tip of Chesterfield Reef
We're not breaking any speed records out here, but we ARE getting there. During the first 36 hours we were plagued by adverse winds from the NE and E as well as extended periods of calm, and this was intermixed with rain showers so we ended up motoring more than we would have liked. The wind gradually filled in from the SE but never with any conviction and we still experienced patches of no wind. Yesterday the wind backed to the SW and on occasion we had 20 knots and were moving along nicely at 6.5 to 7 knots but alas, it didn't last. Most of the time we are doing between 3.5 and 4.5 knots, so unless things improve that probably means an 11 or 12 day passage. Still the weather is nice and the seas are kind and we are generally still sailing - and, regardless, what else can we do? From here we turn more to the North and head directly for Lata, 700 miles (approx. 1,350 kms) away. The colours, as always are magnificent and we share our nights with a huge, bright moon.

Not much sea life, the occasional sea bird and one flying fish. Last night a booby had an unsuccessful attempt at landing on MF but only managed to fly into one of our "clears" surrounding the cockpit which apparently dissuaded him from giving it another go.
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Vessel Name: Monkey Fist
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 43DS
Hailing Port: Darwin
Crew: Paul and Frances Tudor-Stack
About: After spending over 20 years in the NT Paul and Frances returned to the sea in 2008. Their first trip was into the Pacific via West Papua and over the top of PNG and then back to Australia where they sold their old traditional boat "Sea Spray" and bought "Monkey Fist"
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