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

Still in Fiji!

11 August 2010 | Musket Cove Fiji
First Mate Hels
Hi all! Just a quick update - we are still in Fiji and are finding it hard to leave! It really is a great cruising ground and everything is very easy! We have made Musket Cove a bit of a base which has worked out well with family visitors on board. It is only a 2 hour sail back to the mainland and 15 mins by taxi to Nadi airport so a good spot for guests. The resort at Musket Cove has internet, a good shop, on-shore showers, a great yacht club for nightly "cook your own" bbqs and importantly a great pool for the kiddies and good margaritas for the grown ups! With snorkelling on numerous nearby reefs it really is a fabulous place to hang out! JD even hired a hobie cat the other day and blasted around the bay with a bunch of screaming kids on board. In 25 knot SE trade winds it was a little hair raising to watch them flying a hull and the resort owners looked on in horror at all these Aussie kids without life jackets but JD (nicknamed "Edge" by his Melbourne mates) was in his element and masterfully kept her "just on the edge".
Next up we are planning a little "nip and tuck" and have Nika booked in to have her bottom scubbed and new anti-fouling applied. This is partly to satisfy the Aussie customs officials who are very strict and also the reality is that after 15K odd miles, she needs a clean!
So we will remain here another week or so and then, with weather permitting, we will head to New Caledonia. Must fly - we are half way through Avatar, lent to us by some cruising friends. Not really my cup of tea but everyone else is hooked and I have to say the special effects are extraordinary!
Ciao for now!
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