Dransfields on the high seas

09 November 2010
03 November 2010 | Somewhere off Port Stephens
26 October 2010 | Brisbane River
01 October 2010
20 September 2010 | Bundaberg QLD
07 September 2010 | Noumea, New Caledonia
26 August 2010
11 August 2010 | Musket Cove Fiji
26 July 2010 | Fiji
17 July 2010 | Tonga
15 July 2010 | Vava'u, Tonga
30 June 2010
21 June 2010 | On passage to Tonga
25 May 2010 | Tahiti,
20 May 2010 | The Tuamotu Islands
07 May 2010 | Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia
26 April 2010 | En route to the Marquesas
19 April 2010 | The Pacific Ocean
16 April 2010 | The Pacific Ocean
05 April 2010 | Galapagos

News from the Little Crew

20 May 2010 | The Tuamotu Islands
Bosun Boy Jesse, Zodiac Zoe and Captain Tykes
Bosun Boy Jesse - Well here we are at the Tuamotu Islands or the Dangerous Islands as sailors used to call them. Luckily we now have good things like radar and GPS and so no reef crashing - yet! Never thought I'd be here! Lots of atolls with palm trees and tricky reef passes to get into big lagoons! Once inside the lagoon it is kind of like Robinson Crusoe eat your heart out! On passage from the Marquesas Dad and I finished my model catamaran! It has two hulls 45cm long and a 75cm mast. It has a blue fathead mainsail that is extremely powerful and the whole thing is amazingly light with balsa wood hulls. We used an icecream container for the rudders and beer cans for the chain plates. We have called her Ocean Rider and she is really fast!Sometimes we have to quickly grab Nikorina to fetch her as she takes off into the sunset!

Zodiac Zoe - Yesterday we went to a pearl farm and after a tour to see how they take the pearls out Mum and Dad bought us each a small pearl! Mine is bluish black and it is beautiful. Tyler got a pear shaped one and Jesse got a dull black one. I watch mine every morning and night. The other day we put on a little concert with some friends from another boat. Tyler did a knot demonstration, I did a ballet dance and Jesse a puppet show. Then we all did a play together. Mum and Dad came over to the other boat for the concert for sundowners to watch - they loved it. We even did programs and they had to buy tickets - we served popcorn for half time!

Captain Tykes - When can we launch the dinghy? When can we launch the dinghy? Dad - we need to go now!! We need to check that Nikorina's engine is working properly - just a little go please Dad!
Vessel Name: Nika
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Skipper JD, Bosun Boy Jesse, Zodiac Zoe, Captain Tykes, First Mate Hels
About: Hail from Curl Curl on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches. Love of adventure, and the good life!
Extra: Saturday 6 November 2010 - we arrive back in Sydney at Middle Harbour Y.C. at 1:00 - the end of the voyage...
Nika's Photos - Main
13 Photos
Created 5 November 2010
Aussie Cruising in paradise
10 Photos
Created 5 November 2010
Approaching Bundaberg on our final leg from New Caledonia to Australia.
14 Photos
Created 20 September 2010
Photos of our 6 wonderful weeks in Fiji
17 Photos
Created 26 August 2010
Richardson / Sloan's with Nika in Tonga
12 Photos
Created 16 July 2010
Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tahiti and surrounding islands
31 Photos
Created 30 June 2010
The amazing sealife of the Galapagos islands
17 Photos
Created 29 April 2010
San Blas Islands, Rio Chagres, Panama Canal and Panama to Galapagos
17 Photos
Created 6 April 2010
cruising on passage to Panama
10 Photos
Created 2 February 2010
shots from the Caribbean
12 Photos
Created 30 December 2009
start in Las Palmas Canary Islands through to Rodney Bay St Lucia finish
13 Photos
Created 30 December 2009
7 Photos
Created 8 November 2009
some piccies of life at sea
17 Photos
Created 8 November 2009
6 Photos
Created 28 October 2009
19 Photos
Created 8 October 2009
All of Nika's routes
8 Photos
Created 2 August 2009
Photos of the glorious crew
3 Photos
Created 2 August 2009

Nika Profile

Who: Skipper JD, Bosun Boy Jesse, Zodiac Zoe, Captain Tykes, First Mate Hels
Port: Sydney