Our Ever-Changing Backyard--Sailing with Scoots

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
29 November 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ
28 November 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ
26 November 2018 | Port Denarau Marina, near Nadi, Fiji
18 November 2018 | Makogai Island, Fiji

Fiji to NZ Day 2

28 November 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ
Vandy
We had another beautiful day of sailing, with sunny skies and warm weather. All kinds of pelagic seabirds flew nearby, many of them chattering, which is unusual...they're usually silent as they swoop by. We're moving through a LSH �- a Little Skinny High, the opposite of the BFH that I've talked about here �- which means that we're encountering winds moving around a narrow, vertically-elongated circle. As the day progressed, the wind diminished and slowly moved from behind us to in front of us: first a broad reach, then a beam reach until, after dinner, just as Eric began his first watch, we turned on Yanmar the Magnificent to keep us moving in our desired direction. The seas have been less than 1 meter high throughout our trip, which has made things very comfortable.

For most of the trip, we've been two or three miles from our friend, Dave, on s/v Rewa, who's making the trip single-handed. After a night of motoring along slightly different courses, we're about ten miles apart now; not within view anymore, but easily within VHF range. So we have a little chat from time to time, just because we can. We're traveling in a very loose flotilla of about half a dozen boats, spread out over the thousand miles between Fiji and New Zealand. Some, like us, have HF radios, on which we're keeping a twice-daily radio net, so people can check in with their positions and weather, and anything else they might want to talk about.

We're all keeping our eyes on the progress and strength of the Low that I mentioned yesterday, figuring out where to cross the cold front that it's flung out in front of it. Should we slow down more? Speed up? Has it weakened enough that it doesn't matter? Out here, thanks to Eric having set up the technology, I receive graphical forecasts and weather faxes over the HF radio once a day, when propagation is good, and real- time photos from NOAA weather satellites, so I have my ways of finding out. Though I miss the smorgasbord of online weather materials that are easily available to me when we're near shore, I must admit that I when have access to them, I have a tendency to over-indulge, especially when we're planning a passage.

As I'm writing this, it's 430 am, and I'm on my second watch of the night. The sky is still dark, and filled with stars, but Venus is just rising in the east, the bright Morning Star, bringing with it the promise of the coming dawn. Soon after, Eric will get up and I'll lie down for a snooze.

You can follow our progress at Sailblogs or at Yachts in Transit www.yit.co.nz <http://www.yit.co.nz/>. I plan to post an update there each day.

Miles gone: 231 Miles to go: 833
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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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