Category Archives: passages

From Brisbane to Sydney

If you follow the position tracker or the Sail Evenstar Facebook page, you know we’ve moved from Brisbane to Sydney. We moved last week, about as late as we could stay in Brisbane. Brisbane is a lovely city and altogether too comfortable, so we got pretty complacent there. One thing Read On..

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Day Six to NZ – Oh Look! More Motoring!

Distance to Arrival: 146 NM Current ETA: 3:00 PM (+/-), Nov. 25th This will be a brief post, I’ve waited until later than usual to get it out there and I need to get to bed before watch. The wind hasn’t filled in much. The prediction is we might see Read On..

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Day 5 to NZ – Motoring, Motoring Now We Go…

Distance to Opua, NZ: 347.5 NM ETA: Some time Wednesday afternoon, 11/25/15 Still no wind. At one point we had a hint of some maybe wind late this morning when it crept up to six whole knots of breeze. But this was from the North, directly behind us. The only Read On..

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Day 4 to NZ – Bye Bye, Wind.

Miles to Go: 516 (Well past half way!) So what I’m thinking is that the front/trough/whatever we hit two days ago was moving a little than predicted. It caught us a day earlier that we expected, and has now disappeared a day earlier than expected as well. That’s my theory Read On..

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Day 3 to NZ – So THAT Wasn’t in the GRIB File!

Distance to go: 694 NM GRIB File: Short for “Gridded Binary”, these are the files that contain weather data that sailors download to predict future weather. There are several sources of them, but the most common are the “GFS” model and the “Euro” model, representing the source of the weather Read On..

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Day Two to NZ – Careful What You Wish For

DISTANCE TO NZ: 803.5 NM No wind, engine running. Keeping it slow to save fuel. There was wind, from the perfect direction, but it was less than eight knots. Usually more like four or five knots. Forget making it to New Zealand by Thanksgiving, sailing in that sort of wind Read On..

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Day One Back to New Zealand – Slow Going

So far, anyway, it hasn’t been a very fast trip. But we expected that. The weather forecast for the coming week shows a lot of “holes” – meaning holes in the wind, patches where the wind would be nonexistent. It’s not ideal, but we left anyway. In a perfect world, Read On..

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Day One Back to New Zealand – Slow Going

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Nice Wind Shift…Not! Day 6 to Fiji

One of the routine parts of passage making is watching the weather. We watch it carefully. We get weather reports emailed to us daily, we download weather model data (in a file called a GRIB) and watch the predictions, we get on the radio to one another and talk aboutthe Read On..

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Why You Should Check Your Oil Every Day – Day 5 to Fiji

Every book on cruising, every engine user manual, every “tips and tricks for not killing your engine” guide, every coastal and cruising instructional course out there says one thing in common: Check your engine oil every day. This is basic, but I am convinced that only the most meticulous people Read On..

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