Category Archives: South Pacific Logs

Passage Logs: Noumea to Brisbane

June 30 My sailing mates Ellen McArthur and Neil Spencer flew up from Auckland to Noumea Sunday to join me on the 800-mile trip across the Coral Sea to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. A nasty tropical disturbance delayed the start … Continue reading

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My Worst Blunder

While I’ve made a number of blunders in my cruising life, without question the worst would be running aground on Arutua Atoll in the Tuamotus Island group of French Polynesia in April of 1998. I still remember the incident as … Continue reading

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Passage Logs: The Auckland to Noumea Race

June 5, 2004 Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour was a bustle of activity yesterday morning. Fourteen of the yachts berthed there (including Moonshadow), ranging in size from 36 feet to 100 feet, were making final preparations for the 1000-mile race to … Continue reading

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Christmas in New Zealand

Christmas in New Zealand is more social than commercial, just the way I like it. One would have to look pretty hard to find a Christmas tree lot around here, as the Christmas tree of choice down here is … Continue reading

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Great Barrier Island: Holidays at “The Barrier”

  Twin Island Bay, Port Fitzroy The favored overseas holiday destination of many Auckland “boaties” is Great Barrier Island. Just 50 miles by water from Auckland City, “The Barrier” is a different world from mainland New Zealand, and you … Continue reading

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The Coastal Classic: Auckland to Russell

November 08, 2002 The Coastal Classic     The start of the race in Auckland. 2000-odd sailors, 228 yachts, 120 miles of New Zealand coastline, a 3-day weekend and one big party. This is the annual NZ Multihull Yacht … Continue reading

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Passage Logs: Musket Cove, Fiji to Auckland

September 15, 2002 Bula! Here we are once again, sitting on a beautiful South Pacific Island (in this case, Malolo Lailai, Fiji), preparing to sail to New Zealand for the summer/cyclone season/America’s Cup. We had planned to leave this … Continue reading

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Viani Bay and Taveuni

Viani Bay is undoubtedly my favorite spot in Fiji. A large and well-protected anchorage, world class diving, great fishing, beautiful scenery, nearby provisioning and very welcoming locals are just a few of the reasons. Viani Bay is situated about 50 … Continue reading

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Yadua, Koro and Savusavu

My friends Trevor and Mel arrived at oh-dark-hundred on Sunday morning. I was sound asleep and Moonshadow was tied to the marina at Port Denerau. Their three-hour flight from Auckland had been delayed by about sixteen hours but it didn’t … Continue reading

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Cruising the Mamanucas

It has been nearly six weeks since Moonshadow made landfall in Fiji. I have been a bit remiss on tapping out any sort of an update, but there has been no shortage of things to do. Between post rally festivities, … Continue reading

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