Sailing away from Tonga.

The sails are set and we’re heading towards Fiji. The forecast is good and we have two crew members on board who have just completed their work placement at the Vava’u Environmental Protection Agency. The girls are all feeling positive for their longest crossing so far. We will update our position and status daily through our satellite phone and this can be followed on our website

The adventure continues…

It is with mixed emotions that we prepare for departing Tonga to sail to our next destination in this adventure. We are all excited for the future experiences that Fiji will bring, yet we are a little sad to leave a country that we have grown so fond of over the last 7 weeks. I have so many good memories of this time that the most efficient way will be to write them in a list. So, in no particular order, here are some of my highlights of my time cruising in Tonga, living aboard Tangoroa: Continue reading  

Antics in Vavau Tonga

So firstly an update on my patented ‘A Schellens Peach puree lure’ which I humbly created a few weeks ago. I was trawling said lure on our crossing up from Tongatapu to Vavau when I had an almighty strike and the drag begun reeling out line very fast. I lept to the auto pilot and round up into the wind to slow Tangaroa down, I then pounced on the reel to tention up the drag, the line was still reeling out fast and as the tention came up my very sturdy rod began to bend hard. Continue reading  

And they sailed away for a night and a day … and another day .

We completed our first overnight ocean passage as a family and reached the destination that we set out to reach. From my very limited experience, ocean passages seem to be a bit of an endurance test, similar to a long haul flight where an hour can feel like half a day, except that on a flight you can count down the time to destination and on a yacht the time to destination is in the lap of the wind, and engine, gods. Continue reading  

Land Ho!

Mahimahi!Yesterday Morning we awoke to the sight and smell of TongaTapo island, the first land we had seen since our last sighting of mainland New Zealand 7 days earlier. Left on the middle of a Saturday and arrived exactly 7days later in the middle of the next. No land nor other boats or ships to be seen for the entire passage. Continue reading