Savu Savu

Sunday September 4, 2016 Posting by Dennis: 16 45.239S 179 21.058E We have made it to Savu Savu. Had a pretty quick trip,at least for Landfall. It was a bouncy ride with the waves slamming into the rear quarter. Makes doing anything a real chore. Just moving around is a lot of work. Tomorrow we will go into the marina and do customs. We managed to catch a nice Dorado it was about five feet long. Cleaning it while you are rolling around is not the most fun either, but now we have fresh fish and lobsters tails in the freezer. We should have internet in a couple of days so we may be able to do a posting then. Until then hope you all are doing well.

North Minerva

Tuesday August 30, 2016 Posting by Dennis: 23 39.394S 178 53.962W 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:

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:

Passage from NZ to Minerva

Friday August 25, 2016 Posting by Barb: 25 56.635S 179 06.703W 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.

2015 – A Year of Family Time

Some very special and important family events made us realize that 2015 would be a year away from our home on ‘Landfall’, away from the sea and the cruising life and closer to family in the U.SA and Canada.

DSC_7578We spent the first quarter of 2015 in New Zealand. Pat came for a visit and each morning we enjoyed our morning ‘Flat White’ coffees and harassing Denny. Denny enjoyed his morning Diet Coke and put up a brave defense to the harassment but to no avail. We worked hard on the boat and  Landfall now has beautiful varnished Teak, a new transmission and other new  mechanical ‘Denny’ projects.

Mount Doom
Mount Doom


Dylan came for a visit and we did some fantastic road trips which I already posted. But I  have to say visiting some of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ filming locations was special to both of us as we are both huge J.R.Tolkien fans. Dylan seemed to fit in quite well in Hobbiton despite his height. Tongariro – Land of Mordor hike was spectacular. My only regret was not able to have the physique to scale Mordor although Dylan tried hard to convince me that I could do it!!

With such famous Tolkien quotes, which exemplify our lifestyle “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” and “Not all those who wander are lost”. How can you not be a huge fan of J.R. Tolkien!!

DSC_8486IMG_0303In May we left our little home high and dry on Dockland 5 and headed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for our first important family event. We wanted to attend my daughter Allison and her partner, Mike’s University Convocations. We were so proud to watch them both walk up on stage to receive their Bachelor of Science degrees. So congratulations to Allison the Dietician and Mike the Kinesiologist.

lobster in Maine



While we were on the Eastern Coast we decided to do a few road trips. Denny and I explored the Nova Scotia coast line and made a stop in Peggy’s Cove, the touristy, quaint little fishing village. We took the opportunity to do a 4 day road trip with Allison to Maine. The highlight would be the lobster meal and our hike in Acadia National Park.



DSC_8893 By June Denny was back in Minneapolis and I went on a fishing trip with my best friends in the world, my two sisters, Caroline and Karen, and of course Karen’s husband trip As they would say in Newfoundland ‘We were havin’ a time’!! What more could a girl ask for but ‘Good fishing, Good food, Good drinks and Good company’. I, of course, would ask that Denny could be there too, maybe next time!DSC_5678

DSC_5717From fishing in Missinabi it was off to Cornucopia, Minnesota, for the Corny marina 30th anniversary celebrations. This was Landfall’s home port and where Dennis started his sailing adventures. DSC_8981I traveled there in style in Caroline and Vic’s massive RV. Dennis was waiting there for us and he arrived in his new BMW motorcycle. It was a special time for me to meet all of the local Corny boaters and see Landfall’s home base.  We did a great motorcycle ride to Madelyn Island with Caroline and Vic on their red, hot spider and us on our BMW. DSC_9000Our time there was also an opportunity to be with more family. Caroline’s daughters Leanne and Kaitland made an appearance and together we did a few short hikes around the coastline of Lake Superior. DSC_9014Denny’s daughter Becky and her friend Peter also made it to Corny and we took them for a boat ride to the well known Caves on Pat’s little Power boat. We let Pete and Becky drive and navigate the power boat. So it was a full throttle ride around quite an impressive coastline..

We wish we could have more time to  play with family and friends in Corny but everybody had everyday lives to go back to.DSC_9021a

DSC_5740We hung around for the July 4th holiday and celebrated it on Gay and Dan’s boat ‘Anthem. ‘Dan and his crew of children took us on some gentle day tours on Lake DSC_5755Superior. Gay was the perfect hostess and kept us fed and happy. The day ended with spectacular fireworks which we watched while anchored off Madelyn Island.


After a couple of weeks of some great motorcycle day trips around Minneapolis and to Pat’s beautiful cabin nearby Cornucopia  it was back to Canada for me and off to South Dakota for Dennis.





Allison came to visit my parents and me in Ontario and we spent some quality time together. My mom and dad chauffeured us around and showed us some nearby sites and stuffed us with good food.




Meanwhile, in the U.S. , Denny bought his Dad’s cabin in South Dakota and started new landscaping and cabin renovations. Busy hands, happy heart!! Well it wasn’t all work. It was some quality family time as well



DSC_5944I joined Denny in Minneapolis and we hopped on an Alaskan bound cruise with our friends Yuki, Eric, Jane and Carl . We danced the nights away, ate to our hearts content and made a few day trips. One specific shore stop took us on another little boat trip to watch Humpback Whales ‘bubble’ feed. What a spectacular sight to see these large mammals burst out of the water to feed on the herring that they rounded into a group using air bubbles. We also witnessed the salmon run up the river to spawn, learned a lot about the history of the ‘Alaskan Gold Rush’ and hiked to the glaciers. We both agreed that it would be something to be able to sail ‘Landfall ‘to the less populated, isolated beauty that Alaska has to offer.

In September we celebrated the second important life event, the wedding of Denny’s daughter Jenny and Tyler. It was a memorable occasion and we cried, laughed and enjoyed every moment of the special day. Tyler was handsome and calm, Jenny was breathtakingly beautiful, and Denny was a proud papa!jenny and tyler

DSC_9258DSC_9276While in Minneapolis we took advantage of the great dance instructors at the twin cities Cinema Ballroom. I just enjoyed the lessons but Denny took it to a higher level and participated in the yearly, well known Cinema Production show. So he became Woody from Toy Story and then morphed to Luke from Star Wars. It was a memorable show!

On October 10th we celebrated 2015’s third important life event, our own Wedding. Yes we finally decided to get married. We love each other  and e have fun together so we made that big, huge, mammoth, colossal next step. We were married at Tempest Landing on the shores of Lake Superior. We chose to only have our children present. We wanted our new family to be there all together. So to introduce the new McIsaac – Ommen family. Starting from the left Denny’s daughter’s Becky and Jenny and then my children Dylan, Allison and Mike (Allison’s partner). Missing from the picture was Jenny’s husband Tyler who could not make it due to work commitments.


For Christmas I was back in Ontario with my family and Denny was in Minneapolis with his. We are both looking forward to being back in New Zealand on January 1st, at least for a month or so

We would like to wish our friends and families healthy, happy, fun 2016.




Road trip with Dylan, Tongariro Alpine Crossing

March 11 – 15

35 44.393S 174 20.339E,-174.20339,12z

Posting by Barb:

Tongariro Elevation chart

Tongariro Elevation chart

DSC_7981My turn and I of course would pick a hike. Tongariro crossing is something I wanted to do since I arrived in New Zealand. It wasn’t something Denny was keen on doing with the trouble he has been having with his knee. The hike is just short of 20 km and it traversed over a glacially carved out valley and quickly started ascending to the highest point called the Red Crater before starting the long descent to the car park.

Mount Doom

Mount Doom

The day started at 6 am and we had to drive to the end point of the hike where we took a 20 minute shuttle bus to the beginning of the track. I did feel like an ant climbing the ant hill as hundreds of people were being dropped of by shuttle buses and we all walked single file through a well groomed and stepped trail. Regardless of the vast number of people it was a stunning hike! We could see Mount Ngauruhoe in the distance and this was the site for Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings!

Let's go to the top Mom

Let’s go to the top Mom

There was a side trip we could take to climb to the top and Dylan was very excited about doing that. I was adamant about not doing it as I knew we still had quite a long hike back to the car and my knees were feeling a little shaky already.

As we approached the

At the top on Red Crater

At the top on Red Crater

Red Crater we could smell the sulphur and saw pockets of steam rising from the ground. I found it invigorating to be walking in an active volcanic area. There had actually been a small eruption in 2012 so there were lots of warnings to be vigilant and to obey all warnings! They did have red flashing lights installed which waned people to quickly exit the track if flashing. The track continued from the red undulating red ridge to brilliant emerald lakes. It was a feast of

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake


colours but there were long lines for the best picture spots. From there it was all downhill and I felt the stress on the leg muscles. We practically sprinted down the hill to catch the 3:30 shuttle bus and save us another kilometer walk to the car. We arrived at 3:35 and decided to finish the walk versus waiting and hour for the next shuttle. Spectacular hike that I could tick off my ‘to do’ list.

Have arrived in New Zealand

November 24, 2014

Posting by Barb:

We arrived in New Zealand, Marsden Cove at 6:00 am this morning. We have cleared customs and bio security left our boat this morning with a full garbage bag of our goodies. They even took the frozen Chili that I made and the spaghetti sauce that Dennis made. Cooked and frozen but still a hazard? Oh well, we caught a Yellowfin and we now have some nice tuna steaks in our freezer.

We had a great easy passage. All is well on board. We will be doing some road trips in NZ with Becky before her return to Minneapolis on the 11th of December.

We will soon update the blog with stories of our trip to Fulaga, the most beautiful place in Fiji.



Single sideband out of action

Position as of Nov 20, 21:00 Z (3 p.m. Central): 28 53.153 S, 175 59.444 E

Dennis reports the SSB radio broke in a different way today, proving again that the sea really does hate electronics. They’ll fix it in New Zealand, but can’t post to the blog in the meantime. The wind is southerly, so they’ve slowed down. Remaining time en route is 4 – 8 days depending on wind direction.

Otherwise, all is well.

Motor onward

Sunday 11/18/2014 26 21.641 S 176 28.236 E 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 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.