19 June 2018 | Tanga, Fenualoa, Reef Islands
07 June 2018 | Lata, Ndendo, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands
05 June 2018 | 150 miles NW of Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu)
01 June 2018 | Off the southern tip of Chesterfield Reef
27 May 2018 | Moreton Bay, Queensland Australia
18 May 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
06 May 2018 | Eyeglass Assist Central - Brisbane Qld
02 May 2018 | Eyeglass Assist Central - Brisbane Qld
18 April 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
12 April 2018 | Australia
10 February 2018
07 January 2018 | Redland City Marina, Brisbane, Australia
07 December 2017 | Brisbane, Australia
16 November 2017 | Brisbane, Australia
03 November 2017 | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2017 | behind Moreton Island, Queensland
31 October 2017 | Somewhere else in the Coral Sea
28 October 2017 | Somewhere in the Coral Sea
15 October 2017 | South Pacific

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.
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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