Zephyr's Travels

Vessel Name: Zephyr
Vessel Make/Model: Ovni 395
Hailing Port: Falmouth
Crew: Colin & Rebecca Campbell
04 July 2024 | 18 05S 159 17E
19 June 2024 | Niue Island
03 June 2024 | 2 days out from Huahine
28 May 2024
12 May 2024 | Anse Amyot, Toau, Tuamotus
11 April 2024 | Marquesas Islands
04 April 2024 | On passage Gambier Islands to Marchesas Islands
29 March 2024 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands
21 March 2024 | Lat 25 00S Long 130 00W
18 March 2024 | Lat 25 13S Long 127 25W
13 March 2024 | Lat 25 54S Long 117 59W
09 March 2024
29 February 2024 | Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
25 February 2024 | Lat 26 18S Long 108 04W
23 February 2024 | Lat 22 45S Long 105 06W
21 February 2024 | Lat 09 23S Long 91 42W
15 February 2024 | Half Way to Easter Island
11 February 2024 | Equator
07 February 2024 | Panama Canal
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04 July 2024 | 18 05S 159 17E

En-route to Oz

Summer will be in full swing back home in Cornwall and while you celebrate the summer solstice we have welcomed the southern hemisphere winter solstice which coincided with us crossing the

19 June 2024 | Niue Island

Time to Pause

I'm writing this on a peaceful Sunday morning in Niue on board Zephyr. No rushing ashore to collect water, provisions or run errands. We are honouring the rules of the island.

03 June 2024 | 2 days out from Huahine

Wild Card Olympian

The island we've just left, Huahine, has an incredible reef circling the entire island, with only a few passes here and there. Beyond the shallows of the reef the sea drops to great depths creating huge waves

28 May 2024

Bikes onboard

Who would have thought back in the winter of 2023 looking at a World map to identify the islands of Polynesia the size of pin heads and barely visible even with a magnifying glass that I would be sat here writing a blog from one of those islands!

12 May 2024 | Anse Amyot, Toau, Tuamotus

A Pocketful of Fish

Our passage south from Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas was delayed a few days while we waited for more settled trade winds but the wait paid off with a lovely 4 day beam reach in a steady 15 knot breeze.

26 April 2024

Nuka Hiva, Marquesas Islands

We are currently anchored in Taiohae Bay waiting for a weather window for our next 500 mile passage to the Tuamotu Islands.

Azores 2022

09 June 2022 | Ponta Delgado
Colin Campbell
We finally arrived in Ponta Delgado, Azores on Sunday 29th after a generally event free passage and with just a day to spare before a nasty depression was forecast to cross the island.

We'd been watching the weather for some time before departure after seeing endless north easterlies too early in the spring for our cruising plan. We finally slipped the mooring in Falmouth on 19th May with a favourable forecast involving a circuitous route to avoid the calm spots.
The passage started off in glorious weather beating westwards skirting north of Scilly out to a point 70 miles west of the Bishop to catch the promised westerlies before two fairly nauseous food free days beating south in a fresh WNW'ly.
No pain-no gain they say, and so it turned out with the pain followed by three solid days of boisterous beam reaching across the rhumb line to catch the next and final conveyor belt well out to the north-east of the Azores to dodge light conditions down the rhumb line and take advantage of settled NE'lies as we got closer to our destination. It didn't go totally to plan with one 24-hour period of calms but still managed to keep a birthday party appointment on arrival!
The boat went well with only a couple of problems, one being an earth fault tracked down to the SSB DSC aerial (earth faults on an aluminium boat are always a worry). The second was a failed ball joint on the autopilot ram. I'd felt very smug after finding the problem knowing I'd just taken delivery of a spare joint before we left, only then to find the system has two slightly different threaded joints. Yes, my spare was the joint on the opposite side of the quadrant. Fortunately a bodge kept the show going.
On the wildlife front, there wasn't anything particularly unusual apart from perhaps the huge numbers of small Portuguese Men of War in floats as far as the eye could see. I can see a sensationalist tabloid press headline now if any of them make it to Newquay this summer.
We had a pit stop from a couple of bees off Scilly who were replenished with honey before heading on their way.
Whale sightings were in short supply although one of the 3 was possibly a Sperm Whale by the shape of the spout. Closer to the Azores we had a visit from a couple of passing Rissos Dolphins and a spectacular feeding display from some pretty big Tuna but again no whales.
The first signs of land approaching Sao Miguel were a moth at 300 miles, a pod of dolphins at 250 mile (who appeared within about a minute of starting the engine for the calm patch) and then the island Shearwaters at around 200 miles. Sadly, various flotsam also started to appear with increasing frequency at about the same time.
On the stats front:
Rhumb line distance Falmouth to Ponta Delgada 1225'
Distance sailed 1425'
Sailing time 10.4 days
Engine run for charging 1 hour (the wind genny and elderly solar panels did a great job)
Engine run for motoring 24 hours
Fish caught nil (3 bites)
We are now in Ponta Delgada for a couple of weeks cycling before heading on to Santa Maria and then the central island group later in June.
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