Janice & Mick on Zoa

Vessel Name: Zoa
Vessel Make/Model: FWM 39
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Janice & Mick Johnson
About: Janice & I have recently retired to try out the Cruising Lifestyle on board our Yacht Zoa, a Fairweather Mariner 39.
21 June 2019 | Tanga Tanzania
19 June 2019 | 91 miles to the passage
19 June 2019 | A bit over 200 miles to Zanzibar
17 June 2019 | Over half way
17 June 2019 | 416 miles from Mahe
16 June 2019 | 265 miles from Mahe
15 June 2019 | Off Lady Dennison Pender
14 June 2019 | Off Silhouette Island
06 June 2019 | Beau Vallon
05 June 2019 | Eden Island Marina
01 June 2019 | Ansi Volbert Praslin Island
30 May 2019 | Ansi Lazio Praslin Island
29 May 2019 | Beau Vallion W
28 May 2019 | Eden Island Marina
17 May 2019 | Victoria Harbour Seychelles
15 May 2019 | 118 miles to go
15 May 2019 | 211 miles to go
14 May 2019 | 300 miles to go
13 May 2019 | 384 miles to go
12 May 2019 | 470 miles to go
Recent Blog Posts
21 June 2019 | Tanga Tanzania

Arrived safe and sound

20190621 Tanga Tanzania Lat 05 Deg 03.451 Lon 039 Deg 07.034

19 June 2019 | 91 miles to the passage

Pretty Windy

0190620 91 miles to the passage Lat 05 Deg 58.039'S Lon 041 deg 03.567E

19 June 2019 | A bit over 200 miles to Zanzibar

Smooth Sailing

20190619 A Bit over 200 Miles to Zanzibar That was a great 24 hours, I managed a lot of good sleep last night, still only 20 min at a time, but I was nodding back off straight away, and I kept it up for about 12 hours, today has been reaching at 6 to 7 knots all day, I have all rag up and its a pretty flat sea, so straight out of the Boucher. But that's about to change I expect to be in 20 knots tomorrow, however the waves are not forecast to be so high, and hopefully no rain squalls. So all going well I will get there some time Friday, but I wont start counting my chickens yet. So alls just fine here, except the wind generator hasn't managed to keep up with the demand in these light winds, so I might have to start the engine.

17 June 2019 | Over half way

Wind has backed off for a while

20190618 Over half way

17 June 2019 | 416 miles from Mahe

Cleared up for a while

20170617 416 Miles from Mahe Lat 04 deg 58.714'S Lon 48 Deg 30.741'E Cog 270 Sog 7.2 Knots headin for Lat 05 Deg 3.414S Lon 09 Deg 36.180'E

16 June 2019 | 265 miles from Mahe

MiserableDay

20190616 265 miles from Mahe Lat 04 Deg 47.725'S Lon 051 Seg 00.77'E Cog 268T, Sog 6.3 Knots

Arrived safe and sound

21 June 2019 | Tanga Tanzania
Mick
20190621 Tanga Tanzania Lat 05 Deg 03.451 Lon 039 Deg 07.034

Well I made it here safe and sound, it was a hell of a trip. It's hard to believe I'm actually in Africa, it's a pretty yacht club, very quiet, but I did leave at 5 pm as I had no money, I was hoping to get a meal, but it looks like I'm cooking, which is ok after eating pretty basic last night, we were bouncing around too much, So baked Beans was the go. The trip was not particularly rough, It just hard going, a couple of days were really nice, but mostly a bit more wind than you need. We never got knocked down or have anything nasty happen, just beam reaching in 20 to 25 knots is fast and you bounce around a lot, plus there was often a 2 to 3 meter swell on the beam. Zoa handled it all really well, I was trying not to push her to hard. Immigration and customs never showed today, so I need to get that done in the morning, then get some money and have a look around. I feel quite excited about being here.

Pretty Windy

19 June 2019 | 91 miles to the passage
Mick
0190620 91 miles to the passage Lat 05 Deg 58.039'S Lon 041 deg 03.567E

Well after a great night last night, the wind has picked up all day so its a bit blowy now. Everything is going well, the only problem I had was the gas bottle cupboard was full of water, due to a blocked drain, cleared that and its ok now, I will have to give the bottles a good rinse though. It will be good to get there, its been a lot of work this trip, I don't know how many times the reefs have been in and out. I should be anchored by tomorrow afternoon I hope. Thats about it now I have to do a radio sked

Smooth Sailing

19 June 2019 | A bit over 200 miles to Zanzibar
Mick
20190619 A Bit over 200 Miles to Zanzibar That was a great 24 hours, I managed a lot of good sleep last night, still only 20 min at a time, but I was nodding back off straight away, and I kept it up for about 12 hours, today has been reaching at 6 to 7 knots all day, I have all rag up and its a pretty flat sea, so straight out of the Boucher. But that's about to change I expect to be in 20 knots tomorrow, however the waves are not forecast to be so high, and hopefully no rain squalls. So all going well I will get there some time Friday, but I wont start counting my chickens yet. So alls just fine here, except the wind generator hasn't managed to keep up with the demand in these light winds, so I might have to start the engine.

Wind has backed off for a while

17 June 2019 | Over half way
Mick
20190618 Over half way

After quite a windy stormy night last night it turned out to be a lovely day. The wind has also been dropping, I took the second reef out at 15:00, and we have been cruising nicely a 6.5 knots or so. It has been a clear sky all afternoon but there are a few clouds around now, I don't think they are much, and I'm hoping for a nice easy night. A bird came and landed on the pulpit today and stayed for at least an hour, he was coping a fair bit of spray but he stuck around. There is still quite a swell running, so its a bit rolly, but it has settled down a lot. The wind is forecast to pick up again in a couple of days, which should be my last day I hope, 2 or 3 days to go with any luck. Not much else to report, everything is fine, and looking forward to a quiet night, and nice dinner.

Cleared up for a while

17 June 2019 | 416 miles from Mahe
Mick
20170617 416 Miles from Mahe Lat 04 deg 58.714'S Lon 48 Deg 30.741'E Cog 270 Sog 7.2 Knots headin for Lat 05 Deg 3.414S Lon 09 Deg 36.180'E

Today started off cloudy but cleared up a bit for a little while, it is raining again now though. It was pretty straight forward day really, about 18 knots of breeze on the beam, then a dark cloud will pass over and the wind increases to a bit over 20. I only have a double reefed main and staysail set, which is a bit small, but perfect when the clouds pass over, there are some pretty big swells passing through, but we are just going up and over them, every now and then you get a bit of spray back in the cockpit, with the occasional bucket load. It's not bad sailing, but the luff of my main is fluttering and driving me mad, I have tried all sorts to stop it but no luck yet. We are nearly half way, I had expected to be over half way by now, but I'm sailing pretty carefully, I could be going a knot faster if I wanted to, but still setting an Ok pace, I have been over 6 knots all day. That's about it, alls well, the wind generator even seems happy at the moment.

MiserableDay

16 June 2019 | 265 miles from Mahe
Mick
20190616 265 miles from Mahe Lat 04 Deg 47.725'S Lon 051 Seg 00.77'E Cog 268T, Sog 6.3 Knots

Well the wind has piped up today about 20 knots, Alls going well though, Ive got the boat well ballanced and trimmed nicely the Autopilot is doing just fine

It's a horrible day though, those clouds are still about, and some rain. Its one of those grey sort of days, were making good progress tough, the only time its hard is when a cloud comes over it adds 5 or so knots to the winds peed which is not really needed, I've been doing a fair bit of hand steering just to give the auto pilot a break, plus I can see the waves coming and get around them. Thats all for today I want to get back up on deck. Everything is fine except the wind generator is making a strange sound so I shut it down, which is a shame as its kept the batteries fully charged.
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