20 June 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
19 June 2021 | 08 45.420'S:137 17.565'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
18 June 2021 | 08 25.251'S:134 33.143'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
17 June 2021 | 08 04.645'S:132 02.891'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
16 June 2021 | 07 47.405'S:129 37.340'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
15 June 2021 | 07 28.231'S:127 29.795'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
14 June 2021 | 07 07.255'S:125 27.880'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
13 June 2021 | 06 35.497'S:123 01.496'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
12 June 2021 | 06 10.013'S:122 20.620'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
11 June 2021 | 05 46.278'S:117 38.692'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
10 June 2021 | 05 18.830'S:114 55.667'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
09 June 2021 | 04 53.353'S:111 51.748'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
08 June 2021 | 04 37.682'S:109 05.337'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
07 June 2021 | 04 20.016'S:106 33.433'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
06 June 2021 | 03 49.728'S:104 21.936'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
05 June 2021 | 03 12.953'S:102 05.669'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
04 June 2021 | 02 38.543'S:99 39.600'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
03 June 2021 | 01 41.208'S:97 38.443'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
02 June 2021 | 00 46.495'S:95 51.030'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
01 June 2021 | 00 03.779'N:94 05.962'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva

Day 29, nous arrivons a Nuku Hiva!

20 June 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
20th June

08 55.038 S

140 05.994 W

Weather; sunny, wind 10- 20 knots, waves 3.5 metres

29 days, 2hours and 50 minutes but who's counting!

This has been the longest sailing passage we have undertaken.

The sails are furled away, the lines are being tidied, the anchor is down, the first beer in 29 days has been consumed and in case you haven't got the gist of it yet we have arrived in Nuku Hiva safely, in one piece still speaking to each other and tired as all hell!

So to back track, yesterday passed in another day of nothing happening except for us bracing and trying to keep the boat bruises to a minimum. The weather was much the same as it had been for the past 3 days or so and we rocked and rolled our way along doing a steady 6 knots. The night was clear for the most part with a half-moon lighting the way to begin the night watches but of course the obligatory black clouds came over at one point and we had a splattering of rain which then affected the wind and we roared along doing 8 knots for a while. As the dawn broke we were treated to a sunny day and the wind was pretty constant at around 17 knots, still to our stern and swinging from side to side. Gerry had the "channels" in other words we were so close to our destination that he was like a cat on a hot tin roof, we couldn't get here quickly enough! The first sighting of land in many days came at around 8 am, a small island that is about 25 NM before Nuku Hiva, so we thought we
would have another 5 hours or so before arriving but the wind and swell had different plans, as they both increased our speed correspondingly increased and we were ripping along at 7 knots for the final part of the trip. As we got close and could see the landmass I thought I could see another sail boat out to our starboard side, but a bit of a way off. I told Gerry who thought I was hallucinating but as we moved on so did the hallucination, I wasn't imagining it, it really was a boat Ð the first signs of life that we had seen in many days, but it was moving away for us and not going our way. Then a little closer there was another couple of boats, one out for a jolly by the looks of things and one that didn't seem to know what it was doing as it came out from the anchorage and then turned around in front of us, putting us on a collision course, and headed back into the anchorage. For the last hour we motor sailed as the swell was slowing us down at this point and as I have a
lready said Gerry had the "channels" and just wanted the passage over and done with. As we followed the other sail boat into the anchorage we were surprised to see that there are quite a lot of boats here at anchor and not all of them are Australian or New Zealand boats heading home. We motored around the anchorage, dropped our main sail and picked a spot to drop our anchor. A huge sigh of relief all round and a special commendation award goes to George, the auto pilot, who has completed the passage with continuous service, mostly uncomplaining and without so much as a hiccough, we couldn't have done it without him.

So here are the stats for anyone who is interested. Our 24 hour distance travelled was 158NM with 1hour of engine time. From 10.15 am until anchor down at 12.50am we covered the final 11.2NM with a further 1 hour engine time.

In 29 days,2 hours and 50 minutes we have travelled 4042.2 NM and during that time the engine has been run for a total of 101 hours. Our average speed over the entire trip, including the extra 4 hours for the clocks going backwards, was 5.78 knots (Gerry worked that out so blame him if it doesn't add up).

Our fresh fruit lasted until last night when we ate the final apple, we still have a couple of onions, carrots and potatoes but not very much else in the way of fresh vegetables. We still have enough meat, fish and tinned goods to last us until Fiji and I still have plenty of baking ingredients for bread and cakes. The coke has just about stretched and made it this far, the beer, wine and rum has lasted as we don't touch alcohol whilst underway but the most important thing is that we have managed to stretch the chocolate out and we still have about 4 squares each left for tonight Ð great rationing on our part but the supermarket here had better be well stocked or we will be causing riots!

There are a number of things that we need to focus our attention on and fix before we leave Nuku Hiva, the prime one being the Gen set and the dirty fuel issue. Sorting out of the forward stateroom leak (not that it has been a problem with no water coming over the bow) There are a number of lines that need end to ending or replacing, some of our canvas needs some repair work but that might have to wait until Fiji. and a sail maker to get done. Then of course there is the regular household stuff that we need to get done like laundry, provisioning, fuel and water stock up and scrubbing the garden and barnacles off of the side of the boat so this is going to be a frantically busy 4 day stop over if we can't extend our visas for any longer period. So now we are down to having something to eat, a shower and sleep in our bed Ð once we have moved all of the crap off of it that was shoved there when there was nowhere else to put stuff.

So I'll let you know tomorrow how we find Nuku Hiva after a 14 year gap. For now you can breathe a sigh of relief and not worry about where we are spending the night tonight.
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 - Sun Sets
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Norman Island
St Thomas
Sunset Charlotte Amalie
Sunset Charlotte Amalie
St Thomas
St Thomas
Boat silhouette at sun rise
No sunset as behind hills but this was sunrise
Fort Pierce: Out the back of the boat
Palm Beach
On Sails, Miami
On Sails, Miami
Bahama banks
Bahama banks
Chub Cay
Chub Cay
Chub Cay
Cliffton Cay
Cliffton Bay
Cliffton Bay
Cliffton Bay: Ski boat at sunset
Cliffton Bay
Farmers Cay
Farmers Cay
Farmers Cay
Farmers Cay
Farmers Cay
farmers Cay
Farmers Cay
At sea
Sailing into the sunset
At Sea
No green flash
Great sky colours
Catamaran at sunset
sunset behind clouds
On route to Betsy Bay
Awesome sky
reflection on water
shimmery moon
Sunset through the sails
Almost gone
Changing sky
Changed to this
Then this
And this
Then this
Finally this
Ball on the water
Changing cloud formation
Sky colour change
rainbow paints the sky
Complete bow over the town
the strangest sunset yet
Clouds at sunset
Could this be Santa
Yellow and black clouds, Blue sky and sun setting
sun behind the clouds
Darkening sky
Luperon sunset
Luperon sunset
at dawn
what a sky
Changing colours
PR sunset
over the town PR
red sky at night
sailors delight
or shepherds!
black clouds coming
look at the water glowing
suns rays captured
ring around the sun
almost a rainbow: couldn
sugar mill chimney at Ensenada PR

Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg