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Old 11-28-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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Del and I have been prepping Chiara Stella the past few days in readiness for the big trip across the Tasman. We plan to go via Lord Howe Island and Nelson, then through French Pass to Christchurch.

I was looking forward to a respite from repairing boats. Hahaha. Well, we've painted the deck, oiled the teak, fixed hatch leaks, repacked the drogue, tested the solar panels and various other tasks. Still to go is a complete inventory of the yacht and logging it all onto the PC for provisioning purposes, and also to be able to find spares in an emergency.

We're having a sendoff party tonight in order to reduce the amount of Scotch aboard for Customs purposes, and the other two travellers - a couple of doctors comprising an American male and a Norwegian female - arrive late next week. Should be off any time after the 7th of December at the first available weather window.
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Oh, best of luck to you! Be safe.

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Thanks B & D. We shall certainly endeavour to do exactly that!

Did the "World Tour of Scotland" last night. Not many showed up due to wet weather, but much guzzling and laughter ensued and there is an array of empty bottles this morning, so mission accomplished.

Watches will be run four hourly from 7pm until 7am only, everyone is going to be around during the day more-or-less. Del and John (the American guy) will alternate on dogwatch (11pm-3am) so that there's always one of them available to be woken in an emergency by either of the less experienced crew on their watch. This should also keep their minds fresher for all the other tasks they need to perform, like navigation.

It looks like I've landed the 3am-7am shift, which will allow me to contact Comedy Net at 7:40am after breakfast. I'll also be trying to maintain contact with some hams at 7150kHz (+/- QRN) on a nightly basis if they're on the air.
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Tracking site:

Live Ships Map - AIS - Vessel Traffic and Positions - AIS Marine Traffic

We're trying to get AIS working via satellite phone SMS/email right now. Should be able to track Chiara Stella across to NZ and beyond. No Spot device, just an AIS and a satphone.
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Good luck with it Guys. We have just got in from a jaunt out into the Tasman. Cleared Hobart for Bluff. Got 2 days out and then got a radio message that my Mother had died. Turned around and thrashed our way back. 600 nm to no where and back. Bit breezy out there at 43 S. Skipr is a great way of reporting your position on passage by email - skipr.net
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Sorry to hear about your mum.

Their skipr.net website is confusing, but apparently there's an annual fee involved to use email via HF or SatPhone. Also doesn't log the MMSI details. :-/
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Rob, you are correct. We have been using Skipr for a while, recently paid $50 and can now update using the Pactor and HF. Don,t use a satphone, so this is a good option for us.
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Another option we've discovered is Yotreps. But they do require an awfully large amount of data to be sent, since it's also a weather warning system. Del got that working with no trouble at all:

http://www.pangolin.co.nz/xtras/yotr...ident=CHIARAST

Still trying to get MarineTraffic to work but tech support is slow.
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Two sleeps to go. The other crew arrived tonight, look like nice people.
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Chiara Stella will be cleared by customs at 4:30pm today. Looking like leaving in the morning. We're going to motor north until we can catch a Sou' Westerly to Lord Howe Island. A bit of last minute provisioning to do today and we're off.
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Thanks HoneyBee! Hope you get to resume your journey soon.
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Anyone heard from these guys? I see they got to Lord Howe and Yotreps shows them still there.
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dunno...hope they're well on their way.
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