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.
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We waited in a safe, sandy anchorage off Ha'apai Beach Resort near Pangai for a couple of nasty troughs to pass through. Buckets of rain fell and gale-force winds briefly whipped up. Whistler's Anchor Watch showing the boat dancing around the anchor counter-clockwise. Once the weather settled, we headed up to Foa Island. In 2017, [...]
We were sipping our cappuccinos on the boat on the weekend in Neiafu, wondering what we were going to do for the day. We had been getting pretty bored lately, waiting for a weather window to leave Tonga. We were thinking of heading out to Mounu to kite. We had been there to check it [...]
Seeking refuge from the southerly swell, we sailed north about 30 miles. We hooked a few fish on the way. This skipjack didn't quite make it to our boat before a large wahoo took a bite! Another mahimahi which Monty released as he thought it was a bit small. It was not our first stop [...]
It is a treat to have an uninhabited tropical island to ourselves. Telekitonga is one of the eastern barrier islands, located 15 miles northeast of Kelefesia and 60 miles north of Tongatapu. Similar to windward islands in the Ha'apai Group, it is low-lying and fringed by reefs. A sandy beach lines the shore and palms [...]
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 [...]