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Southeast Sulawesi

Wakatobi and Buton and Bonerate Wangi-Wangi (Wanci), Hoga and Buton (Pasar Wajo), Kalaotoa and Bonerate 12th to 31st August (Above place names may be meaningless to you. We’ve not even touched the main island of Sulawesi, the world’s 11th largest … Continue reading

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Central Molucca

Central Maluku Banda Islands (Neira, Gunung Api, Banda Besar, Run, Ai), Saparua, Molana 1st to 11th August (A note on the names above: Maluku is the Indonesian word for Moluccas; the Banda Islands (the core of the Spice Islands) are … Continue reading

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Indonesia – SE Mollucca

  Kai Islands, S E Maluku (Kai Kecil, Utir, Tayandu) 17th to 31st July  From Horn Island at the very top of Queensland, Australia, we sailed fast enough with genoa alone for the 700 odd miles to reach Indonesia five … Continue reading

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Australia

Cairns to Thursday Island 27th June to 16th July Australia is of course vast, utterly gigantic. After three weeks I’ve seen next to nothing, just a tiny slither of coastal far North Queensland, about 500 miles of it. Not a … Continue reading

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Chesterfield Reef

Noumea to Cairns 8th to 26th June Horrid weather in Noumea doesn’t last long and soon became fine dry sunny weather. And so, with departure paperwork done and a couple of fresh baguettes, I left for Australia. Alas! The wind … Continue reading

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New Caledonia

New Caledonia 18th May to 7th June Windy wet blustery evening in Noumea, New Caledonia’s capital, so a quick update before going west in a day or two…. A few things you might not know about New Caledonia:- It’s French, … Continue reading

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Vanuatu

NZ – Vanuatu, Opua, Aneityum, Tanna, Efate 1st to 17th May After completing usual numerous pre-departure stuff in New Zealand – customs, water tanks, tidy up, shopping, lines for spinnaker pole, preventer, all tied down, empty rubbish, Hydrovane fixed, say … Continue reading

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New Zealand – last phase

New Zealand – Auckland to Bay of Islands 12th to 30th April From the empty bays of Waihiki Island (only empty because of week of rough autumn weather), I sailed into Auckland Harbour. First night, anchored precariously near the harbour … Continue reading

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New Zealand – end of summer

New Zealand, Hauraki Gulf etc 13th March to 12th AprilA month of motley experiences with all the wonders, frustrations, challenges, delights, excitements and mysteries of sailing life, including: perhaps my favourite NZ anchorage (in Whangaroa’s big natural harbour), 19 other … Continue reading

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New Zealand 3

New Zealand, Work and Play 6th February to 12th March It’s pouring with rain, seriously cats-and-dogs rain. As I write, the remnants of Cyclone Hola blow across New Zealand Northland. It’s been deluging with heavy heavy rain all day. It’s … Continue reading

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