18 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Port Denarau marina , Fiji
16 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Denarau, Fiji
15 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Denarau, Fiji
14 September 2021 | 17 44.915'S:177 22.373'E, Denarau, Fiji
13 September 2021 | 17 44.915'S:177 22.373'E, Quarantine anchorage, Denarau, Fiji
11 September 2021 | 17 14.384'S:178 18.007'E, At Sea to Fiji
10 September 2021 | 17 32.600'S:179 35.350'W, At Sea to Fiji
09 September 2021 | 17 38.382'S:177 8.950'W, At Sea to Fiji
08 September 2021 | 17 39.313'S:174 31.757'W, At Sea to Fiji
07 September 2021 | 17 41.552'S:172 46.613'W, At Sea to Fiji
06 September 2021 | 17 46.129'S:170 58.522'W, At Sea to Fiji
05 September 2021 | 17 49.798'S:169 07.500'W, At Sea to Fiji
04 September 2021 | 17 52.673'S:167 02.855'W, At Sea to Fiji
03 September 2021 | 17 54.373'S:164 33.510'W, At Sea to Fiji
02 September 2021 | 17 54.116'S:161 56.676'W, At Sea to Fiji
01 September 2021 | 17 52.572'S:160 00.239'W, At Sea to Fiji
31 August 2021 | 17 49.491'S:157 48.243'W, At Sea to Fiji
30 August 2021 | 17 45.550'S:155 52.625'W, At Sea to Fiji
29 August 2021 | 17 39.051'S:153 78.784'W, At Sea to Fiji
28 August 2021 | 17 29.170'S:151 30.460'W, At Seato Fiji

Independence Day with noting happening

30 June 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, Nuku Hiva , Marquesas
28th & 29th June

08 55.038 S
140 05.994 W

Weather; rain, rain and more rain , wind N/A, waves horrible swell inside the harbour


Another couple of days when nothing has been happening. The weather has been a bit unfriendly, lots of rain and the sea swell has been wrapping around the bay and rocking the boat pretty horribly, it makes it very tiring as we have to constantly brace and avoid bumping into everything. With everything in the cockpit wet and slippery we have avoided going outside and have been hunkered down doing little more than reading our books. We went ashore to get rid of our trash and had thought we would go to the shop and do a bit of stocking up however when we got to the dock it appeared that everything was closed. The yacht services shack was open so we stopped by to ask Kevin what was happening, apparently everything was closed for Independence Day celebrations. We were a little confused as we thought that the French Polynesian islands all came under the banner of France, then we thought that maybe it was something just for Nuku Hiva but this apparently isn't the case either as all of the Polynesian Islands were closed for the day. So we are still in the dark really as to what independence they were celebrating. Anyway we got rid of the trash and the recycling (yes even here they recycle most things) and then went to the dockside cafŽe which was open and fairly empty of people. We had brought our kindles ashore to try and upload some more books as we are rapidly running out of stuff to keep us entertained, so the cafŽe being pretty empty was a good sign as we were able to get onto the internet there and download enough reading material to keep a small library afloat. Of course we stayed for lunch and made a brief visit to the artisan centre as Gerry had enough cash in his wallet to buy me a couple of sarongs which was good after my disastrous attempt on Friday when I found they didn't have the facility to take credit cards. By the time we had done this, stopped once again at the yacht services shack to ask Kevin another question, it was clouding over quite darkly and about to rain at any minute so we high tailed it back out to the boat just as it began to spit and then the heavens opened completely as we ducked down below into the dry.
The rest of the day was spent doing nothing but reading, oh but I did make a banana loaf with the last 2 "dad" bananas (our dad never managed to get a fresh piece of fruit out of our fruit bowl at home, there was always either a wrinkled orange, bruised and soft apple or a brown/black banana left which nobody but him ever ate so they were always referred to as Dad's bit of fruit). Without dad to eat it I have had to resort to making banana bread on more than one occasion!
Being as there has been a public holiday we have, of course, heard nothing about our request to stay longer or to be granted a permit to stop in Tahiti so at this point we are illegally here in Nuku Hiva, along with half of the harbour. There is still no news on fuel filters but on the plus side Gerry has had contact with the riggers in Tahiti who have been quite helpful, so far, over our standing rigging issue. Gerry has asked if they could make up the shroud and send it to us for him to install (what could possibly go wrong!) if they can't do that then we are going to have to secure the broken shroud as safely as we can and get it fixed in Tahiti, under emergency conditions. It looks like the current weather pattern is going to be with us for the next 3 days or so meaning that we won't be going anywhere until at least the weekend, good job we have more books to read!
Vessel Name: Opal of Queensland
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52AC
Hailing Port: Bundaberg
Crew: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
About: Motley mostly, especially the cat
Opal of Queensland's Photos - Main
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Created 16 September 2021
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Created 14 September 2021
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Created 7 August 2021
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Created 17 July 2021
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Created 12 March 2021
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Created 27 February 2021
plenty of broken bits and things to fix in Colombia
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Created 13 February 2021
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Created 5 December 2020
Wind indicator replacement
12 Photos
Created 24 November 2020
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Created 3 November 2020
leaving Port Louis marina, travelling to Spice Island Marine yard and hauling out to do the anti fouling
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Created 3 November 2020
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Created 29 July 2020
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Created 5 July 2020
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Created 4 December 2019
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Created 4 December 2019
55 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 1 November 2019
The life and antics of Miss Priss aboard Opal
27 Photos
Created 1 November 2019

Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg