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
About:
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.
Recent Blog Posts
20 May 2018

Half way from Opua, NZ, to Vuda, Fiji

Except for a general lack of wind everything has been proceeding smoothly aboard Southern Cross. Seas have been calm and we have had only a few light showers. Air temperature is slowly rising, so coats are no longer needed and we are looking forward to the warm waters of Fiji. We have been making [...]

17 May 2018

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

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 [...]

12 January 2018

New Zealand Update - What a Great Place!

Soon after we arrived in Opua Phil headed back to the States to spend the holidays with Carole and the family. I remained on the boat here in the Bay of Islands Marina and spent the next six weeks doing a considerable number of boat repairs, maintenance, and upgrades. About once a week I have sailed [...]

20 November 2017 | Opua, New Zealand

Safe Arrival in New Zealand

We ended up waiting at Minerva Reef for five days for a good weather window for sailing to Opua, New Zealand. The problem is that this passage is notorious for gales (winds to 35 and sometimes 45 knots with 15 to 20 foot seas) occurring every five to seven days. We estimated our passage would take [...]

09 November 2017

Minerva Reef

We had wonderful wind for sailing down to Minerva Reef, 20-25 knots abaft the port beam, so we were on a broad reach doing 7+ knots most of the time. The seas were a bit rough but gradually calmed down. Sasha and Jenny are seasoned sailors who have done a lot of long distance sailing, so they were [...]

28 October 2017

Big Mamas Yacht Club, Pangaimotu Island, Tonga

We next sailed south from Vavau, Tonga to the islands of Haapai, Tonga. After a restful night in an anchorage at Haano we proceeded on to Pangai, Lifuka Island. This is the only town in Haapai that has a restaurant and a few stores. Otherwise the islands are all very rural. The people are very friendly, [...]

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

17 May 2018
Richard
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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