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Heavy Weather Sailing to Fiji – Adventure 39

After an epic few months hanging out in New Zealand it was time to Go! There was a definite chill in the air. We were finally ready with the bilges full of provisions.

Leaving port and going offshore is a decision we don’t take lightly. One that includes pouring over weather forecasts in the week preceding our departure. Analyzing wave heights, swell period, wind and gust maps. Planning for alternate routes and ports. There’s a lot that goes into it. A lot of practice. Perhaps we were a bit out of practice having summered in New Zealand? Sailing in latitudes as far south as New Zealand exposes you to frontal systems. Intense low & high pressure systems. It’s very different than sailing the trade wind latitudes near the equator.

The passage from New Zealand to Fiji is one that includes a point of no return. A point where the only thing you can do is turn more downwind. And that is what we did. Our initial course had us stopping over in a place called Minerva Reef. After three days of bashing into waves with no end in sight and sailing angles that were getting tighter and tighter we pulled the trigger to skip beautiful Minerva reef. So hopefully this video gives you an idea of what bashing can be like and really its not all that bad, but I am not sure we would call it fun. The reward though is fantastic and beautiful and woot we are here!


Frank Tschichholz
July 19, 2018

Hallo Ihr beiden,
ich bin Frank, ein (nicht sehr enger) Freund von Martin und Claudia. Ich habe Martin geholfen, Euer Schiff von Teneriffa nach Barbados zu segeln.

Gelesen habe ich, dass Ben aus Deutschland kommt, daher schreibe ich auf Deutsch. Ich denke, mein Englisch ist schlechter, als sein Deutsch.

Es ist unglaublich, was Ihr mit dem Schiff erlebt, was Ihr für Euch möglich gemacht habet!! Und es ist wunderschön, dass Ihr die Interessierte Öffentlichkeit daran teilhaben lasst!

Habt weiter viel Spaß, passt auf Euch auf und habt immer die berühmte Handbreit H2O unter den Kielen!
Liebe Grüße,

Hello together,
I’m Frank, a (not very close) friend of Martin and Claudia. I helped Martin sail your ship from Tenerife to Barbados.

I read that Ben is from Germany, so I write in German. I think my English is far worse than his German.

It is unbelievable what you experience with the ship, what you have made possible for you !! And it is wonderful that you let the interested public participate in it!

Have fun, take care of yourself and always have the famous hand width H2O under the keels!
King regards,


    July 19, 2018

    Hi Frank. Vielen Dank fur die message! Mein Deutsch is ziemlich schlecht! Martin lebt irgendwie noch weiter auf der ex-Maravilha. Es waren schon mehrere male wo es fast 0 meter auf dem depth sounder lass und war froh das Martin ihn programiert hatte das wir noch eine hand breite haben.

    Wir freuen uns auf morgen denn dann geht es weiter nach Vanuatu. Drei tage wo wir nur segeln und angeln. Perfekt!


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