Whistler is a PDQ Antares 44i catamaran, built in Ontario, Canada in 2007. In the spring of 2015, while docked in New Zealand, she was bought by Margy and Monty. She was renamed “Whistler”, where her new owners met and spent their weekends skiing and golfing.
M&M split their time between S/V Whistler and Whistler, British Columbia. In 2015, they sailed to Fiji and in 2016, to Tonga and Fiji. For the cyclone season, they have kept the boat in New Zealand.
They look forward to another cruising season in the South Pacific in 2017, starting with Tonga.
Margy and Monty hope you will follow them on Whistler and keep in touch by adding a “Comment”!
We were told by our weather router that we had a reasonable weather window for sailing to New Zealand last week. It is still very cold (12-14 degrees) with frequent storms there but we wanted to take advantage of a good passage window if it presented itself. We motor-sailed west from the kiting spot at [...]
In early September, we set out on a daylight passage north from Foa in the Ha'apai Group to Neiafu, Vavau (Tonga) in early September. The distance is about 70NM. A satellite picture of the area in Tonga, with the Ha'apai Group to the south and Vavau Group to the north. Only one piece [...]
On a couple of occasions, we borrowed bikes from the Sandy Beach Lodge on Foa Island and rode to Pangai, a 14km distance on reasonable paved roads. This was a way to get to town to do our inter-island clearance with Tongan Customs and to pick up provisions without moving our boat from our little anchorage [...]
We visited a number of anchorages while we were in the Ha'apai. Nomuka Iki was a convenient day sail from Nuku'alofa and had a reasonable anchorage in normal trade wind conditions. We didn't get off the boat to explore, but I hear there is good snorkelling and a whale-swim operator is just across on the [...]
The Ha'apai Agricultural, Fishing and Craft Fair was held in July. Matafonua Lodge had several guests going, so a few of us yachties piled in the back of a pick up truck with the resort guests for the 14km drive to town. The fair grounds were full of the locals wearing their traditional dress as [...]