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Going … going …

Tomorrow at 10.00 am we leave Westhaven for Tonga!

Please check one of the following:

Mildly curious
On the bucket list
Absolutely gagging for it
Something in between

Or give us a call. Bruce 021 289 5098, Dinah 021 0355 603

Ready-to-leave Auckland Friday 26 May, that’s in four weeks. ETA Nuks by 12 June.




And then the rough plan is:
Mid May – mid June cruising in Vavau.
Late June/early July – three day passage from Vavau to Savu Savu, Fiji.
Mid/late July – School reconstruction aid work in Taveuni, Fiji
August – Holiday from the holiday in Auckland.
September to November – cruising Fiji.
Early November – Passage Nadi – Auckland.

Fiji with a Twist

What twist? I hear you ask. Well we hope it’s attractive. Come for a sail with us in July in warm, sunny Fiji and help out with the construction of some much needed school buildings on Taveuni.

Taveuni, “the garden island”, the third largest in Fiji and home to about 10,000, lies across the Somosomo Straits from Vanua Levu and an hours’ flight from Nadi.

Last year I joined a small group of weekend warriors on a similar trip. In the course of a week we, and the locals, substantially built a teacher house at one of the schools on Taveuni. It is one of 20 or so planned for schools across the island. Current projects also include classrooms and other school buildings. All these projects are championed by Geoffrey Amos, a retired New Zealander who lives on Taveuni, and are managed through the local Rotary Club.

Teachers House 2016

“Temporary” Classroom


The rough plan is for a team of up to six “weekend warriors” to be on Taveuni for up to two weeks mid – late July this year. There is scope for people to come and go within the period but 6 is the maximum that can be accommodated at one time.

Geoffrey generously provides European style accommodation and some meals at his home adjacent to the Taveuni Airport (TVU) as well as transport to and from the building site/s. Volunteer’s only pay for their airfares which are typically $1000, food and for a house keeper.

The Crew 2016

If you are interested or even mildly curious contact us ASAP

Bruce +64 (0)21 289  5098

Sculpture Te Punga a Maui

We arrived safe and well back to Westhaven on Friday evening tired and happy about completing the circumnavigation. Thanks to all of you who sailed on the good ship Margarita, vicariously or in person, and shared the adventure with us.

If we aren’t totally distracted by Kim and Wills wedding as well as life in the City of Sails a photo diary may follow.

Otherwise posts will recommence late May/early June when we head north to Minerva Reef and Tonga.

Dinah, Bruce, Alex, Dave, Hetty, LLoyd, Nick, Mark, Beryl, Kim, Grant, Will, Jane, Christine, Marjet, Bruce, Sarah, Lyn, Sarndra, Paul, Jason, Martin, Greg and Craig.


craig’s tuna


At last a sailing breeze that looks to take us all the way home! Rounding East Cape we slipped between it and East Island and turned towards The Hole in The Wall on the the other side of the Bay of Plenty. Only one more sleep to go.

East Cape


Craig’s fishing lessons continue with the catch and release of a handsome kahawai.

All’s Well onboard

Da crew


Auckland ad is drawing oh so slowly closer as we work our way north. Today sees us slightly south of Napier and 40 miles east motoring again into a light NNW wind. Only 360 miles to go so we should be in on Friday.

A few miles to the south a seismic survey vessel is busily shooing errant fishers and pleasure craft out of the way. They sound nervous. Perhaps there are protestors at large?

Tonight we dine on tuna caught yesterday afternoon, a welcome diversion from the tedium of motoring hour on hour. The weather is, in some respects, back to front. We have fresh headwinds at night demanding we sail and little to nothing during the day calling for the engines. However tomorrow we will clear East Cape and things will change … for the better.

Da crew.


A fresh breeze from the north and a confused sea made for an uncomfortable night as Margarita fell from one wave onto another. Approaching midnight the first reef line broke and we crashed onward with two reefs. The wind is now light from the SW. We are heading in the general direction of Hawke Bay with the reef line replaced, antenna secured, Craig’s big breakfast stowed and all due some sleep.

Our position is 41:52S, 176:03E. Cape Palliser lies about 35 miles to the WNW and all’s well onboard.

Da crew.


The wind went to bed last nigh but we took turns to stay awake and supervise the engines. It, the wind that is, is a bit here and there and back again. This morning it filled in from the south and is now NNE but we make progress. Our present position is 43:34S, 174:09E or about 50mm ENE of Banks Peninsula making 7 kts more or less to the ENE. Alls well onboard.

Craig, Greg, Martin and Bruce.


Sunday night passed uneventfully as we jogged northeastward in a slowing dying breeze. A cool, cloudless dawn found us off the Otago Peninsular motor sailing for a couple of hours while the wind pondered its future, ours as well. It is now 12 -15 kts from the NW and Margarita, helped along by a favourable current, has lifting her skirts, like the spirited lady she is, and is bolting northward towards warmer waters.

Our position at noon is 45:35S, 171:37E heading NE at 7.5 kts across the Canterbury Bight. Also well onboard.

Da crew

Homeward bound

This morning we leave Oban for Auckland. The weather is pleasant and the forecast promising. All’s well onboard.

Bruce, Craig, Martin & Greg