Loki / Blog
2011-31-10 Whangarei Town Basin Marina, New Zealand
The sailing to NZ was very nice. Winds were
from easterly side 10-20 knots so we had an apparent wind angle
of 60-90 degrees, sea was quite slight. The weather resulted a
steady sail of appr 160 miles per day. Only in one night there
was some rainshowers with gusting winds up to 28 knots. The
weather was affected by a steady big high east of NZ, the lows
were passing NZ well in south. The trip took 7.5 days.
Two days sailing from Nukualofa are the
Minerva reefs, we visited inside the North Minerva reef but did
not stop there because we wanted to utilize the existing good
sailing weather. The place in interesting in the middle of
ocean, the reef really kills the swell. The depth inside is
15-20 meters and the diameter of the reef is about 3 miles.
We cleared into NZ in Marsden Cove Marine,
this was done by two persons and was very easy, we had prepared
for that by reading the rules and emptied the boat from non
allowed items. There was an Italian boat clearing in at the same
time, the biosecurity person carried out two big bag of food.
The following day we continued 11 miles up the
river to Whangarei Town Base Marina, this must be done +/- two
hours of high water as the river is very shallow at low tide,
tidal difference is about 2.5 meters. In the marina the depth
sounder shows 1.5 meters at low tide so our keel is well in the
Whangarei area has very good maintenance and
repair facilities for boats. We have about 40 items listed of
what we want to do here for the boat.
2011-10-22 Pangaimotu, Nukualofa, Tonga
The sailing to Nukualofa was fine, moonshine
during the night and sunshine during the day, winds were from
easterly side about 15 knots. We however faced the changes in
local weather as when in anchorage at Haafeva island a small
local low over Haapai area created winds up to 38 knots from
N/NE, it lasted only 8 hours but it was quite rolly as the reefs
were not fully protecting waves from that directions.
When arriving to the Haafeva anchorage there
were two mating whales, we saw them from very close distance.
During the sailing we saw also many whales - blows, fins and
The Haapai islands are quite low with fine
sand beaches and very clear water. Nice area but a lot of reefs.
In Nukualofa we are anchored at Pangaimotu
islands where they have a water taxi connection to Nukualofa
city where all the officials and shops are.
The Nukualofa is a somewhat bigger city with
20.000+ people, lively, hot, dusty and loud so we prefer staying
at Pangaimotu with clear water, nice beach and a restaurant.
Presently there are about 20 boats around
here, the common discussion is the weather and when to leave for
New Zealand. The conclusion of the weather seem to be same for
many boats as today 8-9 boats left Nukualofa. We plan to start
sailing towards New Zealand tomorrow morning. The direct
distance is about 1050 miles so it will be about 8-9 days
sailing. Forecasted winds are from SE/E 10-20 knots, the
challenge will be how the weather will be when approaching New
Zealand after a weeks time i.e. what kind of weather systems
will come from Tasmania/Australia direction.
2011-10-14 Neiafu, Vavau, Tonga V
We finally got the package in our hands this
week Monday and got the the shrouds on place on Wednesday with
the help of Ross from the sail loft at Moorings charter base,
Ross was the person up in mast.
We are now ready to continue sailing
southwards via Haapai islands to Nukualofa, we will leave today
as the winds are forecasted to be from east untill mid next week
when they turn to southerly direction. We plan to ahve one
overnight sailing to Haapai and then few day sailings to reach
Nukualofa. The distance to Nukualofa is 165 miles.
Then it is time to look for a suitable weather
for sailing to New Zealand for the Pacific hurricane season.
2011-10-5 Neiafu, Vavau, Tonga IV
Our stay in Neiafu continues as we have not
yet received the shroud delivery from Sweden.
The post delivery is not the way to get spare
parts here, two weeks ago we got information on the first
delivery that it is in Switzerland, since then no information.
For post deliveries nobody can give a route or a timetable and
the tracking information stops when the package left Sweden.
The second delivery is now on way with DHL, it
was scheduled to arrive to Tonga on October 3rd but it did not
happen, now the new date is for today. The package is anyway at
least in Auckland, NZ.
Even with a courier there was a problem with
the weight of the delivery, the package is 50 kg. The first
information was that the package should be separated into two
and the cost for delivery would be about 1500 eur each. Later
the solution was found through DHL Global Forwarding, the
industrial delivery side of DHL, they could arrange one package
costing about 600 eur.
When the package arrives to Tonga it will
first go to Nukualofa, the capital, and a separate issue is to
get it to Neiafu. There is anyway two flights a day between
Nukualofa and Neiafu and DHL has there own personnel in
Nukualofa and they will arrange the continuation delivery. I
talk regularly with Silei in DHL Tonga .
Meanwhile the time is passing slowly. We
motored for few days in outer islands of Vavau. I sighted only
one whale, even that from long distance. The swimming and
snorkeling is very nice as the water is clear with good
The car culture here is interesting, the
vehicles are quite well used. The car below is still in active
use. The next car is already out from street. There are also
cars in better shape.