North Minerva

Tuesday August 30, 2016 Posting by Dennis: 23 39.394S 178 53.962W http://maps.google.com/?z=7&t=k&q=loc:23%2039.394S%20178%2053.962W Hello Just letting you know that we are doing well. We will have some stories to tell of our adventures here but that will follow when we get real internet, not SSB radio and the magic of radio waves sent to a relay station in Hawaii, 4,000 miles from here. Love to all Dennis & Barb S/V Landfall ————————————————- Do not push the “reply” button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this original message in your response. Messages are sent over a very low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW message If you DO use your reply button, be sure to delete the original message text and these instructions from your reply. Replies should not contain attachments and should be less than 5 kBytes (2 text pages) in length. This email was delivered by an HF private coast station in the Maritime Mobile Radio Service, operated by the SailMail Association, a non-profit association of yacht owners. For more information on this service or on the SailMail Association, please see the web site at: http://www.sailmail.com

Passage from NZ to Minerva

Friday August 25, 2016 Posting by Barb: 25 56.635S 179 06.703W http://maps.google.com/?z=7&t=k&q=loc:25%2056.635S%20179%2006.703W We apologize for taking so long to post an update of our passage. Once we left NZ we realized that SSB was not working. That was on our ‘To Do’ list to check prior to leaving but we ran out of time as a very nice weather window became available. Luckily our Watermaker worked as that was on our ‘Check List’ as well. And it was a great passage. Getting out of NZ was a little rough but once we were away from the coastline we started our passage using our Spinnaker. Its the first time we used our newly fixed Spinnaker since we blew it out on our passage from Chile to the Marquesa. For our seven day passage to Minerva we had a gamut of wind speeds and directions so we were able to use all of our sailing options. So we sailed with the 160, the 160 poled out, the yankee, the main reefed, and the spinnaker. Nice way to get back to cruising and getting our sea legs back. We didn’t catch any fish so far but we did snag a piece of an octopus tentacle. Those suckers have super suction!! We arrived in Minerva very early on a beautiful, sunny day. The plan is to stay here until the Monday pending a weather window. Then three days to Fiji! While here in Minerva we plan to test the outboard motor, maybe use the Kayak if we can get the outboard going, search for some Crayfish to eat and basically hang out and relax in a beautiful, clean, isolated, pristine anchorage.

Safe and Sound

Hello everyone, We are sitting in South Minerva Reef, 23 56.673’S 179 06.905’W We had a wonderful passage so far to here. Would have sent out reports along the way but our SSB antenna was broke, fixed it yesterday once we were anchored. It is so wonderful to be out on the water again. I have forgotten just how great it is, and then to come to such a wonderful place as Minerva reef. We were greeted by a big manta ray as we were putting down the anchor. More on all that a little later, Barbs job you know. Love to you all! ————————————————- Do not push the “reply” button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this original message in your response. Messages are sent over a very low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW message If you DO use your reply button, be sure to delete the original message text and these instructions from your reply. Replies should not contain attachments and should be less than 5 kBytes (2 text pages) in length. This email was delivered by an HF private coast station in the Maritime Mobile Radio Service, operated by the SailMail Association, a non-profit association of yacht owners. For more information on this service or on the SailMail Association, please see the web site at: http://www.sailmail.com

Motor onward

Sunday 11/18/2014 26 21.641 S 176 28.236 E http://maps.google.com/?z=7&t=k&q=loc:26%2021.641S%20176%2028.236E Posting by Dennis: It was another day of motoring!!! If this keeps up it will be close if we will have enough fuel. We still have about five days to go and the grib files are saying light winds for most of the trip. Well at least we will not have any rough seas. We even put out fishing lines today but know luck at all. We are traveling in a pack of about five boats so we check with each other and see how everyone is doing. The seas are oily smooth so motoring goes well. It gives us all plenty of time to read books!

Near perfect sailing conditions

Sunday 11/16/2014 22 28.580 S 177 01.436 E http://maps.google.com/?z=7&t=k&q=loc:22%2028.580S%20177%2001.436E Posting by Barb: Winds did lighten up but we have managed to sail with our 160. And it was a beautiful sail with an average speed of about 5.5 knots. There has been very little swell so it was smooth sailing. Becky has been sunning in her bikini all day and Denny was on deck serving us platters of fresh veggies, cheese, salami and olives and then for dessert chocolate ice cream. So life is very very good here on landfall. P.S. We would love to go fishing but have too much meat to finish before landing in NZ.

1st day out

Sunday 11/16/2014 21 29.833 S 177 13.399 E http://maps.google.com/?z=7&t=k&q=loc:21%2029.833S%20177%2013.399E Posting by Dennis We are sailing along doing really well. We did about 150 miles yesterday. We were on a beat in a 1 to 2 meter sea, with winds in the low twenties. So it was fairly choppy to say the least. Both Barb and Becky were not feeling good at all. but today the winds are lighter and we will be motoring soon I am sure. So life is good here on landfall. ————————————————- Do not push the “reply” button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this original message in your response. Messages are sent over a very low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW message If you DO use your reply button, be sure to delete the original message text and these instructions from your reply. Replies should not contain attachments and should be less than 5 kBytes (2 text pages) in length. This email was delivered by an HF private coast station in the Maritime Mobile Radio Service, operated by the SailMail Association, a non-profit association of yacht owners. For more information on this service or on the SailMail Association, please see the web site at: http://www.sailmail.com

Sailing to the Lau Group, Fiji

Wednesday 07/2/2014

Posting By Dennis and Barb:

17 13.222S 178 58.042W

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On Tuesday July 1st (HAPPY CANADA DAY!!) we left Savusavu to sail to the Eastern Lau group of Islands in Fiji. We knew it would be a difficult sail as the prevailing winds are easterly. When we left Savusavu heading for the Exploring Isles the wind was dead on the nose, as predicted, So we sailed a tight beat with only about one knot of our speed going in the right direction. Landfall does not do all that well going to the weather. But it was a beautiful sail with a wonderful fifteen to twenty knot breeze. We put out a fishing line and managed to catch a fish (species unknown until we can get internet to identify). What we can tell you is that it was very good eating. Overnight the winds died down and we managed to motor-sail straight to our waypoint destination. On the second day we caught a Dorado (too little so we set it free) and a little Barracuda, which we also threw back. We arrived at our first destination, Daliconi village where we will do our first Sevusevu. We had to anchor in torrential rain and high winds. It took us 3 tries before the anchor finally grabbed, about the same time as when the rain stopped. We are here with another sailboat, Sea Whisper, which we have previously met in Tahiti and in Bora Bora. They are also Canadians from Vancouver and have family visiting so they have a boat full!! Tomorrow morning we will go to the little village and present our Kava gift for our Sevusevu.Stay tuned for our Sevusevu adventure!!

Here we are in Fiji

Sunday 22/06/2014 20:00

16 46.634 S 179 19.754 E

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Posting by Barb

It feels really great to be sitting here in Fiji, even if it is on a Quarantine buoy! We arrived at 3:30 Sunday afternoon with just enough time to navigate into the bay, get in contact with the marina, arrange for customs for tomorrow and grab a quarantine buoy. Putting aside a few boat maintenance issues it was an uneventful sail. That is not to say it was an easy sail, especially for me, as the winds were strong and we did have to outrun a ‘low’ which promised some heavy rain and wind (which we successfully did outrun). Dennis tracked our course to take advantage of the winds as indicated on the weather grib files. I sometimes, just for a very short second, doubted the direction we were going to, as it was not a straight course to Fiji, but here we are safe and sound and in record time! We didn’t catch any fish on this trip and that is because we didn’t drop a line (just too many other things keeping us busy). So we are off for a good night’s sleep, customs tomorrow morning early, a couple of days of R&R and boat maintenance then we are off to explore Fiji. Yahoo!!

IT goes on and on

Thursday 19/6/2014 20:00 22 23.248 S 178 06.598 E http://maps.google.com/?z=7&t=k&q=loc:22%2023.248S%20178%2006.598E Sailing to Fiji Posting by Dennis We have had a lot of wind these last couple of days. We sailed most of today running down wind in 25 to 35 knots. We did most of it with only a double reefed main. To top it all off we now seem to have a leak in our fuel tank so every couple of hours I have to sponge up the diesel that has leaked into the boat, what a mess. So I know what we will be doing when we get to Fiji. I just hope it does not get any worse before we get there. It is never a dull moment here on Landfall. I should be able to patch it and then have a new tank made when we get back to New Zealand. The list just keeps growing. But we are doing well despite all of this. We should be at anchor late Sunday and be able to check in on Monday. Barb made a great pumpkin soup yesterday and tonight we had chicken pot pies. Life is good!

Slow Going

Tuesday 17/6/2014 06:00 26 19.540 S 178 09.285 E http://maps.google.com/?z=7&t=k&q=loc:26%2019.540S%20178%2009.285E Sailing to Fiji Posting by Dennis We have had a hard night of out here. The wind is not all that strong but it is on the nose and changes direction all the time so you have to constantly be out adjusting things. We have about 600 miles to go but it is slow going when our VMG (velocity made good) is only around 3 knots. Then earlier this morning there was a large bang and one of the bails on the boom had broken so we had to drop the main and make a new one out of line that will have to last us until we get back to New Zealand. Other than that we have been just hanging on for the ride!!