Adventures of Whistler

June 13, 2019

Passage Moments

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: 2019-Tonga|

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 [...]

South Minerva Reef

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: 2019-Tonga|

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 [...]

Birds on Passage

By |June 8th, 2019|Categories: 2019-Tonga|

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 [...]

May 29, 2019

Social Side of Bay of Islands

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: 2019-New Zealand|

Opua, Bay of Islands Lots of cruisers were now assembled in Opua looking for a window for sailing north to the tropics or west to Australia. A few informal meetings were scheduled to discuss cruising [...]

Cape Reinga

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: 2019-New Zealand|

We took a Saturday off from boat jobs and drove from the Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga. It took a long time (about 4 hours). We had been told by a friend to take [...]

Boat Projects (Opua)

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: 2019-New Zealand|

We headed north to the Bay of Islands, anchoring for a night midway at Mimiwhangata Bay. Don't get tired of the Mauri names! Approaching Hole in the Rock at the entrance to the Bay of [...]

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