Voyages of Southern Cross DQQ

Narrative and photo account of our sailing experiences on Southern Cross

Vessel Name: Southern Cross DQQ
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 46
Hailing Port: Newport Beach, California
Crew: Richard Dauben, Phil and Carole Quirk
Rich is a lifelong sailor who sailed his previous boat Cerita, a Beneteau 411, down the west coast of Mexico and Central America, through the canal, and up the western Caribbean to Savannah, Georgia. He is now eager to sail south and then west from California to explore the South Seas. [...]
Extra: Southern Cross is named after the CSN song about sailing to the South Pacific. DQ+Q is the name of the above musical trio who hope to sing their way along as they sail and meet sailors and musicians around the world.
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29 July 2018

Richard almost amputates his thumb at Vuda Marina

It is only a one hour cruise from Denarau across to Vuda Marina. I was lucky there was a spot available in the marina as they do not take reservations and this is their busiest time of year. But I was not eager to be single handling my way through the reefs of Fiji, so I decided I would keep Southern [...]

22 July 2018

Return to Musket Cove and Denarau

It was a long motorsail back along the coast of Viti Levu to the Navula Passage. We made good time and expected smooth sailing once we were inside the reef, but once inside we found we had 25 knots of headwind with considerable chop instead of the calm 10 knot winds that had been predicted. So the [...]

19 July 2018

Pacific Harbor and the Pearl Resort

It was a quick one hour motor back across to Pacific Harbor on Viti Levu. The harbor entrance was shallow so we had to cross it at high tide with one foot to spare below the keel. We easily picked up our slip and spent the next few days lazing around the hotel. It was rather large, with several conference [...]

15 July 2018

Beqa Island

We were still hopeful that we could do some SCUBA diving on this excursion through Fiji. So our next stop was Beqa Island where there were also reported to be some nice schools of large sharks. We anchored off the Beqa Lagoon Resort but soon learned that all the shark dive boats were full for the [...]

12 July 2018


Entering the harbor of Suva we were struck by the smell of diesel. This is definitely a large working port with a number of large ships, some wrecked, some anchored, and some in at the docks.

10 July 2018

Levuka, Ovalau

This is the old capital of Fiji. It has a few old colonial style buildings from when the British were in charge of things. The old hotel was the nicest that we saw though there was no-one at the front desk and the place seemed deserted. But most of the buildings were quite run down and there were no good restaurants. The plan to make this into a tourist attraction apparently have never come to pass. After another quiet night, and thank goodness for the calm weather since the anchorage is not well protected, we proceeded onward to Suva.

Good Bye to New Zealand, On Our Way to Fiji!

17 May 2018
The six months we have explored New Zealand have been fantastic. Separate posts with photos and videos will be added to detail where we went and what we did. We have been so busy both traveling and then getting the boat ready to sail that I have not had time to work on the blog. But now that we are heading back to the tropics I hope to work on the blog at a leisurely pace.

We are going to miss all of the friends we have made in New Zealand and the cruisers we have met along the way that we may not see again. Many thanks to Dan on Vagabond and his daughter Lindsay for the many wonderful experiences we had together. And thanks to the members of the Southern Cross Blues Band, Chris from Family Circus on bass with wife Sayo on vocals, Frans from Wind Sang on rhythm guitar, blues harp, drums, and vocals, Karl from Sky Blue Eyes on keyboards, and Grant from Spill the Wine on drums and guitar. We had a blast playing at the Bon Voyage party put on by Jill, Clay, and Briley from Me Too. There was a large turn out from nations all around the world. Thanks to Tony from Mandalay for sharing his extensive sailing experiences. We have also had some great jam sessions with Karl and Julie from Sky Blue Eyes, Chris and Nancy from Spill the Wine, and Jeff and Katie from Mezzaluna. And thanks to Trevor and Kimi on Slow Flight for the great dinners and get-togethers.

But now we are on the high seas about 150 nm northeast of New Zealand and just turning onto the rhumb line for Vuda Point, Fiji. So far the winds have been light and from behind, so we have been mostly motoring on bumpy seas. We hope to find good wind and calmer seas soon. We have two 22 year old "hitchhikers" from France helping Phil and me crew. Cam is a French chef who prepared and froze all of our dinners before we left, and Agustin is a cabinet maker who has already built us two custom cabinets in the aft cabin since we have jettisoned the washer/dryer that we never used and got new lead-crystal house batteries which are much smaller that out previous lead-acid batteries. So we are hoping for a fun and relaxing cruise to Fiji.

More to come once we reach Vuda Point. See you then!
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