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

Anchored in the middle of the ocean

01 June 2017
Vandy
Not really, but if you look at our position on Google Earth or Google Maps, it looks that way. It looks that way from SCOOTS' deck, too...nothing but ocean in every direction, except for half a dozen boats who have also decided to anchor here. "Here" is North Minerva Reef, and SCOOTS is anchored in 40 feet of water at 23 37.114'S 178 54.502'W. Zoom in really far, and you might be able to see the 3- mile-diameter ring of submerged coral in which we're anchored.

We arrived just after 1pm local time today, six days after leaving Marsden Cove Marina in Whangarei, NZ. We had to motor into a headwind or no wind for most of the last two days. But we really enjoyed the comfortable conditions we had on passage. Waiting those three weeks for the right weather window served us well.

We crossed the International Date Line last night. Just as when we crossed the Equator last year, it was too dark to see the line when we went over it. I knew we had crossed it when our GPS clicked over from 179 59.999 E to 180.00.000 W. Supposedly we also lost a day, but since our next destination is back on the other side of the date line, we're not going to bother with that.

Our weather forecast is predicting a front to pass over us tomorrow, bringing wind from a direction we can't use, and rain. Minerva Reef seems like a good place to stop and let it pass over. Right now, six other boats are anchored nearby; we know of at least that many more who are on their way here. It'll be fun to see our friends and catch up on how everyone's passage went.

In a few days, we'll pull up our anchor and continue on to Fiji, 450 miles to the NW. For now, we're going to enjoy the peace and quiet, the clear turquoise water, and the warm wind. We're both in shorts for the first time in months. I even painted my toenails in anticipation of wearing sandals or nothing on my feet for awhile.

Here are the numbers: Our position: 23 37.114 S 178 54.502 W Distance in last 24 hours: 154 nm (motor) Average speed last 24 hours: 6.42 knots Distance from Marsden Cove in Whangarei: 819.9 nm Average distance per day: about 136 nmiles
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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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