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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28 September 2018

Safe Arrival at Lifou Island, New Caledonia

Departure from Port Vila, Vanuatu, went fairly smoothly. We got four take-out dinners from our favorite Indian restaurant, Spice, which we froze for in-transit consumption. I also got a lot of fresh bananas, apples, and oranges which I cut up and froze in preparation for making fruit smoothies while [...]

25 September 2018

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Our final stop in Vanuatu was at Port Vila, the largest city in Vanuatu and its capital. We were surprised at how modern this city was compared to the very rural and subsistence living that we had encountered in the earlier two outer islands. After a windless night of motoring we entered Mele Bay and [...]

24 September 2018

Erromango Island, Vanuatu

Our next stop was Erromango Island 50 nm north of Tanna Island. The sail there was a nice 6.5 knot beam reach. We anchored in Dillon’s Bay at the mouth of the Williams River. On arrival, David, the head man at the village, paddled out to meet us and we arranged for a land tour the next day. The [...]

12 September 2018

Safe Arrival at Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Two days after Phil returned from the States we set sail for Vanuatu. This was a 450 km sail that took us 4 1/2 days. Several days were good sailing, but then the wind died and we had to motor. I had arranged to have Customs meet us at Lenakel on Tanna Island and they confirmed they would be available. [...]

05 September 2018

Land Travel around Viti Levu

With Phil and Carole back in California for a month I had time to close up the boat and do some land travel around Viti Levu. I first took a four hour bus ride east to Suva to see the Hibiscus Festival, the biggest yearly celebration in Fiji. However, it turned out to be mostly like the Orange County [...]

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 [...]

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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