Our Ever-Changing Backyard--Sailing with Scoots

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
17 June 2019 | In the ocean, NE of New Zealand
14 June 2019 | In the ocean, NE of New Zealand
13 June 2019 | In the ocean, NE of New Zealand
12 June 2019 | Marsden Cove Marina, Ruakaka, NZ
06 May 2019 | Paradise Taveuni Resort
04 March 2019 | Koro Island
05 December 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ
01 December 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ
30 November 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ

Passage to Fiji Day 1

22 October 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ
Vandy
After nearly a month of waiting for a good weather window, we're back at sea again, for a week or so, on our way from Fiji to New Zealand.

Since leaving the dock at 1130am yesterday, we've enjoyed a mostly downwind sail with very slight seas, which are also behind us. A very pleasant contrast to the two wet, raucous, hard-on-the-wind passages we've had to New Zealand so far.

Generally, when voyaging between New Zealand and the tropics, one waits for a Big Fat High (BFH) to sit over the cruising route and then blasts across it. This time, there is no BFH; there hasn't been one for weeks, and there isn't one in sight. So we're taking a window that is really just a series of good weather between some Lows.

Our strategy for this passage is pretty simple: as we sail south, we pace ourselves to allow two Lows to pass from west to east in front of us, about two days apart, and then blast to New Zealand in the gap before the next one. Simple yes, though it requires careful attention to the weather along the way. Our forecasts indicated that we would have light air for the first half of the trip, followed by stronger conditoins for the second, though the wind is predicted to be from behind us, which is good.

This morning as I'm writing this, several dark petrels or shearwaters are swooping just over the surface of the ocean near SCOOTS, their plumage illuminated by the rosy sunrise. SCOOTS is cruising along at about 5.5 knots in about 10 knots of wind, a beam reach at the moment, with hardly any waves. It's pretty nice.

Miles gone: 98 Miles to go to Opua, NZ: 963
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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. As of late Nov. 2016, SCOOTS and her crew are exploring New Zealand.
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