Category Archives: New Caledonia

Rum racing in Auckland

    Formula One. After five months and five thousand miles of sailing last cruising season, what exactly do I do in the “off season.” For many cruisers, it’s time for visits back home to the see family and … Continue reading

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Noumea to Auckland, Day 1

We departed Noumea, New Caledonia at 1400 hours on Thursday under sunny skies with no wind and the Caledonian lagoon was like a mill pond. Cate, MaiTai and I are sailing with our Kiwi mate Graham Jones, who flew up … Continue reading

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Bonjour from New Caledonia

We arrived at Port Moselle in the city of Noumea on Monday afternoon after an excellent day sail from Baie du Prony. Prony is situated on the south end of Grand Terre, the main island of New Caledonia. We had … Continue reading

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Rally to Tanna, Vanuatu

Early Sunday Morning, we sailed out of Noumea and stopped in the spacious and well-protected Baie du Prony. Prony is situated just inside the barrier reef from Havannah Pass, the main shipping route into New Caledonia’s huge lagoon from the … Continue reading

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Spearfishing in New Caledonia

The return trip from Ile des Pins to Noumea was too far to make with good light in a single day, so we stopped for the evening at Ilot Mato. Ilot Mato is a small island, surrounded by coral … Continue reading

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Isle of Pines

Bonjour all! We just arrived at Ile des Pins, or the Isle of Pines, which is about 70 miles east/southeast of Noumea. It was so named by Captain Cook because of the of Norfolk Island pines scattered about the island. … Continue reading

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Isle of Pines

Bonjour! We’re anchored in beautiful Oro Bay on the northeastern side of the Ile des Pins (Isle of Pines). A low pressure system passing to our southwest has given us our first bit of weather since we arrived in New … Continue reading

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Departing Lord Howe for Noumea

We departed Lord Howe Island, bound for Noumea, New Caledonia, at first light this morning. At this writing, our position was 30 degrees 58 minutes South by 159 degrees 37 minutes West, or about 45 miles northeast of Lord Howe, … Continue reading

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Noumea to Sydney, Day 1

November 6, 2000 Family and Friends: Everybody talks about the weather-especially cruisers. It more or less runs our lives. It dictates where we go, when we go, when we get there and how much fun we have once we’re there. … Continue reading

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