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

Tango in Tonga

15 July 2010 | Vava'u, Tonga
Malo e lelei from the Kingdom of Tonga! Aaaah Tonga - what a brilliant cruising ground this has been. We have just spent a delightful 3 weeks around Vava'u, the northern island group of Tonga. With the Richardson/Danks crew followed by the Sloanes, Nika has been the hostess with the mostess and thankfully she has performed beyond expectation!
Amongst the many highlights we have: snorkelled some great coral reefs, eaten superb Tongan feasts, enjoyed many a G&T, sighted 3 humpback whales, one of which had swum right into the anchorage at 7am, had the kids swinging on halyards and climbing the mast, baked and baked some more, played a bunch of card and board games and generally all had a great time. Our kids have enjoyed hanging out with their Aussie friends and particularly having a well earned break from schoolwork.
We leave today for Fiji which should be a 3 day passage with good conditions predicted. We plan to be quite vigilant on this passage with our navigation as apparently there are two types of cruisers in Fiji - those who have hit a reef and those who are about to hit a reef...
Aaah Tonga - you've been really good to us!!! Over and out for now and next up Bula from Fiji!
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 Profile

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