Whistler is a PDQ Antares 44i catamaran, built in Ontario, Canada in 2007. In the spring of 2015, Margy and Monty bought her in Whangarei, New Zealand. They renamed her “Whistler”, where they met and spent their weekends skiing and golfing over the previous 30 years.
They split their time between S/V Whistler and their home in Whistler, Canada. Since 2015, they have sailed up to Fiji and Tonga each cruising season and returned to New Zealand for the cyclone season.
They look forward to another cruising season in the South Pacific in 2019, starting with Minerva Reef and Tonga.
They hope you will follow them on Whistler and keep in touch by sending a message or adding a “Comment”!
We left Tongatapu and sailed to Kelefesia, about 50NM north. On the way, we caught a mahimahi. Something for the freezer! Bull mahimahi We found a sandy patch and anchored with plenty of swing room. Saltheart was anchored a little closer in and two more yachts arrived a couple hours later. Ian, Wendy and Amy [...]
Not everyday, but as we approached Latitude 25, and again between Minerva and Tonga, we had some squally conditions. It took our full concentration, watching the skies and radar to try to anticipate their path and maneuver around them. Generally they moved east to west. Our radar screen showing red and green indicating heavy rain [...]
We arrived at the South Minerva Reef on May 6th. North and South Minerva are atolls about 18 miles apart, set roughly 800 miles from New Zealand, 250NM from Tongatapu and 350NM from Suva, Fiji . The reefs are submerged at high tide but provide a spot to take refuge (and do boat repairs) on [...]
As we leave New Zealand we see numerous seabirds like gannets and petrels but as we get further from land, encounters are less frequent. A few hundred miles north, we sometimes see Albatross. This pair of Royal Albatross circled our boat for a while. Always a treat! This albatross flew around our boat for several [...]