CALEDONIA to NEW ZEALAND 2002
14th Nov 2002 - Soren Larsen
arrives home to Auckland! The ship arrived back at Princes
Wharf this morning - see pictures here.
11th Nov 2002 - Soren Larsen
has arrived back to the New Zealand coast. Capt. Tod Thompson
brought the ship in to Opua wharf in the Bay of Islands in
to clear Customs on Friday.
Clearing in at Opua went well. A cameraman accompanied the
MAF official for a TV program (" Border Control"
see it on NZ Tv soon..). With water tanks full we anchored
at Russell for a visit then out in the Bay for the night.
day we explored the Bay and islands before settling in at
Lagoon Bay, Roberton Is. For the evening we were invited to
Jim's and Teri's for a BBQ and tremendous hospitality and
to see his boat- building project.
following morning we shared some people-power to help shift
"Gloriana"(their 100 year old Logan cutter now destined
for the Maritime Museum, Auckland) closer to the launching
ramp then Jim and Teri came on board for moning tea. Jim gave
a talk on compass swinging followed by a demonstration of
the real thing aboard Soren, involving any that were interested.
Whangamumu was our anchorage for the next night, then down
the coast to Kawau Is For a visit to Mansion House Bay Tuesday
ship will arrive home to Princes Wharf, Auckland at 1000 Thursday
14th Nov as scheduled.
7th Nov 2002 -
is just off North Cape New Zealand - and will arrive in to
the bay of Islands to clear customs on Friday! The ship will
then cruise south through the Hauraki Gulf and is due into
Auckland on Thursday 14th to conclude our 2002 Pacific voyaging.
28th Oct 2002
Port Moselle Monday early pm after crew intro's, famils, briefings,
and having all the passports processed at the Australian Consulate
by 1200 for our visas for Norfolk Island.
and line handling enroute to Baie Maa arriving in time for
a swim and a swing. Happy hour was spent with the bar open
and having the new Voyage Crew watching for the green flash
as the sun went down over the lagoon and we then enjoyed a
twilight dinner on deck.
(0730) start, muddy bottom - which gave the crew the chance
test fire pump/hose on the anchor chain as we hauled up! Glassy
calm. Morning was spent at Isle Te Ndu (Signal Is) snorkeling,
swimming and beachcombing the small island. Afternoon sail
brought us back to Anse aux Boeufs for the night. Alongside
in Pt Moselle Wed am for Customs, Immigration, Fuel and fresh
fruit and vegies. Away after lunch and we hauled down the
French flag after clearing the barrier reef via Dumbea Pass.
The four days to
Norfolk included head winds, fair winds, no wind and weak
cold front. Anchored Cascade Bay Saturday night. SSW wind.
had a warm welcome from Norfolk officials Allan and Mitchell
(Mitchell being a "Bounty" First Fleeter from S/L's
past).Everyone having a turn ashore; Cascade Bay still providing
shelter as wind goes SE and today (Monday) calm. Today's plan
is explore island, then all aboard for early dinner and set
off, bound for Opua, NZ.
to NEW CALEDONIA
15th October 2002
Ex Port Vila , Vanuatu.
We have had a scheduled break between voyages for maintenance
and to allow crew a well earned break. After 10 days
in Vila its good to get going again. New Voyage Crew joined
yesterday morning (good to see David P. back again!) and after
taking on some fuel and introducing everyone to the ship we
sailed around to Mele Island in the late afternoon sun. This
morning, several went over the side for a leisurely swim after
breakfast and the plan is to up-anchor after morning tea and
get underway for Tanna island.
lies southeast from Vila and this will involve a motor sail
to windward. the tradewinds consistently blow from the southeast
but we'll try to make it as swiftly as possible to Pt. Resolution
departed Tanna late morning on the 19th with a South East
20 knot tradewind giving ideal winds for the ocean passage
to New Cal.
See Voyage Crew Ian Grieves pictures here
Tanna 1100local time on 19 Oct. We are having good sailing
with a favourable SE 20. Position at 0640 GMT 19/10: 20 00
S 169 11E, 220T
@ 6.5' All's well Tod.
22nd Oct 2002 - Arrived
Noumea, New Caledonia. With a few days still to go on this
ten day voyage, the ship has cleared Customs and Immigration
in the French part of the Pacific. Daphne the Purser has been
ashore to help Capt Tod with the paperwork and change money
at the bank. The ship has sailed from Vanuatu, three and a
half days ago and has made a good time to here.
- Anchored at Amedee now, blowing fresh sunny day back to
the mainland for the night. Arrived Noumea 1330 then there
was some delay yesterday from Port Moselle finding us a berth(
tho' they had an ETA from Vila and a call first thing in the
morning ) Which led to Customs delaying til this am (they
knocked off at 1545!) Good sailing from Tanna.
ideal tradewind conditions allowed consistent hull speed as
Soren sailed downwind on the port tack. We passed through
the south side of the Loyalty islands, on New Caledonia's
east coast and although the pure white beaches and turquoise
lagoons looked inviting we are obliged to clear in to the
country in Noumea. (Soren Larsen was formally placed
under arrest here some years ago for a minor infingement of
this regulation - we beat the rap, but that's another story..)
will spend a couple of days cruising the lagoon at the south
west corner of the country before completing this voyage on
Thurs. We will spend the weekend preparing for the next
passage which starts on the 28th.. an ocean sailing passage
home to New Zealand - our final voyage of this 2002 Pacific