Our Ever-Changing Backyard--Sailing with Scoots

07 June 2021 | Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, NZ
26 March 2021 | Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, NZ
24 March 2021 | Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, NZ
27 April 2020 | Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, NZ
22 March 2020 | Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, NZ
16 December 2019 | Opua, New Zealand
25 November 2019 | On passage from Fiji to New Zealand
21 November 2019 | On passage from Fiji to New Zealand
19 November 2019 | On passage from Fiji to New Zealand
14 October 2019 | Savusavu, Fiji
27 July 2019 | Tavoro Waterfalls, Taveuni Island, Fiji
15 July 2019 | Viani Bay
23 June 2019 | En route to Savusavu, Fiji, from N. Minerva Reef
20 June 2019 | North Minerva Reef

On our way to Fiji!

27 May 2017
Vandy
When a weather window opened up yesterday, we jumped on it. Along with perhaps fifty other eager crews, SCOOTS left the dock, motored out of Whangarei Harbour, put up her sails, and headed north to warmer climes. After we reached the sea, it was fun to look back and see boat after boat after boat popping out of Whangarei Harbour, a parade of white sails, each boat carrying some of our friends.

Today, we're enjoying mostly sunny skies with some clouds here and there, that visit us with showers from time to time, but usually reward us with a rainbow (I've seen four already this morning). The wind is still cold; no shorts yet...we're bundled up in extra layers.

Eric and I were surprised to experience some queasiness for the first few hours yesterday. This is very unusual for us; we attributed it to the rolly sea conditions and having spent the previous six months in port. Dinner was chicken soup and toast; the Indian food I'd thawed was shelved for another night We're feeling better now.

With all those boats in the neighborhood, we kept a close watch on our radar and AIS throughout the night, to make sure we kept track of any boats sailing nearby. We're not used to having company when we're sailing on passage, but it's fun to know that a bunch of our friends are not that far away.

At the moment, we're sailing a course that will take us slightly southeast of Fiji, toward tiny Minerva Reef. This should keep us in the best wind for the trip, and it will also allow us to anchor at Minerva for a day or two, should we encounter weather that would make a direct trip to Fiji unpleasant. If we do sail directly to Fiji, the trip should take about 8 days.

The numbers: Days on passage: 1 Distance traveled: 165 nm Distance to Fiji (as the albatross flies): about 930 nm Fastest speed logged: 9 knots Slowest speed logged: 2.5 knots Average speed: 6.88 knots
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Vessel Name: SCOOTS
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Eric and Vandy Shrader
About: We've been living aboard full time since September 2014. We sailed to Mexico with the 2014 Baja Haha and had fun exploring Mexico until April 2016, when we turned SCOOTS west and headed to the South Pacific. Since 2016, we've been spending our winters in Fiji and our summers in New Zealand.
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