Our Latest Episode... Number 63...
Squall Sailing to the Solomon Islands
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, with our 54 extra litres of diesel we got from selling rum to the police of Nendo island, we depart the Santa Cruz group of islands and head to Honiara where we are due to collect our dog Marley. Sailing on schedule is never a good idea, as it creates extra stress and pressure. With little wind for days and limited fuel, we jump from squall to squall, utilising the wind from each weather system. With long patches of no wind then a head wind for 4 days, we pound our way up the Indispensable straight towards Honiara. Arriving in the nick of time with plenty of diesel to spare!
HUSTLING with POLICE!! Remote Santa Cruz Islands
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are at the beautiful Nendo island in the Santa Cruz group in the Solomon islands. We try to check in with customs and of course meet a few troubles. We have engine issues and then have no money and no fuel. Another day in the life of Nandji... The only way out is to get our hustle on.
King Neptune Loves Rum! Sailing to the Solomons!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we leave the waters of Vanuatu and sail north for 3 nights and four days, arriving to the small town of Lata on Nendo island in the Santa Cruz group. The 350nm sail was slow at first, then we had some amazing sailing for a couple of days before we needed to have a chat to King Neptune to see what he was thinking. On passage, Yosh hooks a monster and endures an epic battle for the ages.
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Track Nandji as we Sail around the South West Pacific...
We made it! We completed our first offshore passage, sailing across from Australia to New Caledonia. It took us 9 days at sea to arrive safe and sound. Nandji took a bit of a battering and things didn't always go as plan, but that it is all part of the journey. We dealt with any problems that arose together and worked well as a team to complete our first offshore voyage. The adventure really begins when things go wrong...
PROBLEMS AT SEA & 50 KNOTS!
Our first Offshore Ocean Passage
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We take on our greatest challenge yet and attempt to cross the Coral sea. This is our first offshore blue water sail and the longest sail we would have attempted yet. The 800nm sail we expected to take roughly 8 days at sea. The journey was full of challenges from dealing with 50 KNOTS! broken halyards and broken starter motors. We had rough weather and we had calm winds. The adventure was filled with all things good and bad. An adventure really begins when things dont go to plan. We accept every challenge and work together to get the job done and safely arrive to Noumea in New Caledonia. What a trip!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We travel back from Isle of Pines and sail to an island off of the southern point of New Caledonia and hide from strong winds for the afternoon. We adventure to land to the small village and are greeted with the whole community out and about as we discovered we had arrived at the end of a wedding! Yosh some how scored some bread, before setting off on a night sail back to Noumea. We loaded up for another adventure, this time heading north up the West coast in search of some overdue waves. We stop at two different passes and Yosh gets some of the best waves of his life. Unfortunately the locals were not as friendly and did not want us to film, but Yosh got a couple on camera before being asked politely to put the camera away. Whilst filming on her paddleboard, Bonita had a close call with a sea snake! A little too close a call really as it chose Bonita's leg as the place it wanted to hang out!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We sail around to the North Western tip of Isle of Pines to an area called Gadgi. This piece of earth is one of the most pristine wonderlands we have ever adventured too. We have magnificent weather with no wind and are forced to kick back, relax and enjoy our environment. Yosh splices some ropes and makes Nandji a new coconut holder that he nicknames, "the nut sack" We take the tender exploring and pull into a few rock barrels! What is a rock barrel? Watch and learn children... We have been away for a few weeks by this stage and our supplies are getting low, so we look for a village and load up on coconuts. With plenty of nuts on offer, we create a few rum nuts! Swim off Nandji and generally enjoy ourselves in this beautiful landscape.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we explore the beautiful Ilse of Pines, New Caledonia. This island is the most southern island of New Caledonia and it is something straight out of Jurassic park. Covered in beautiful forrest and of course pine trees. The pine trees are amazing to look at, reaching 100ft high in the sky. Tall and skinny and towering over everything else. We trek around the island, climb the tallest peak, go swimming in the most pristine natural swimming hole that resembles an aquarium and go sailing on a traditional outrigger boat through Baei D'Upi. You are only allowed in this bay by catching a lift on one of these fishing vessels turned into a tourist vessel. Ilse de Pins is an amazing island and a little slice of paradise worth visiting.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We adventure further south into the worlds largest lagoon. Island hopping through this paradise from Ilot Uatio to Ilot Kouare. We head out to the fringing reef and try to find a new surf spot. With no luck, we return to our island paradise and go diving with a pod of dolphins. Then hoisting some sails once more, we leave the lagoon and sail 50nm to Ilse de Pins. It turns out the day was a shocker and was rained non stop all day, but we had some amazing encounters along the way. Whales breaching close by and following Nandji along then we were greeted with the biggest pod of dolphins we have ever seen. Thousands and thousands of dolphins all playing, surfing the bow and doing flips and all sorts around the boat. An amazing experience to watch these creatures enjoy our company. Dolphins are the king of froth!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we start to enjoy the cruising life and head off exploring the Southern Lagoon of New Caledonia. We first use a bit of wifi at the luxury resort on Ilot Maitre island and go get a few little waves on the outer reef. Then setting sails south and into the southern lagoon. We experience strong winds and spend a sleepless night on anchor watch. Nandji didn't budge a bit though. Yosh celebrates his birthday, so we find our own private island with not another boat in sight and cook some fish that we speared in a fire on the beach. Heaven.
Music Credits - Jordan Merrick - Travellin'
Fugitive & the Vagabond - The Wild
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we arrive safely into Noumea, New Caledonia, after a mammoth week of hand steering and things going wrong at sea. We nearly reach harbour but have quite the scare on arrival. Our engine room started to puff out smoke and upon inspection a serious fire was smouldering. With quick thinking from Bonita, we isolated the energy source and controlled a very serious situation from turning even worse. We decide to relax for a day and enjoy the fact we had arrived after 9 days at sea before tackling the issues on Nandji. This time was wise and allowed us to think clearly and work through the damage and resolve all the issues! With that being done, it was time to enjoy this little slice of paradise. It is off to fulfill a few dreams and make them reality!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, our boat work is completed. We finalise everything that we thought Nandji required to complete our first overseas passage. With Nandji ready, Bonita took her old man food shopping and completed the provisioning. Loading up on as much food as she could and filling 3 shopping trollies.
We explain to you the reasons why unfortunately Marley can not join us on this part of the journey. With strict quarantine laws, it is essential that he is ready to be able to travel with us.
Watching the weather closely for weeks, we finally find a weather window suitable for the crossing. It is then delayed as the weather does what the weather does, it changes. But we check out from customs and set sail towards New Caledonia! Let the adventure begin!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we have motor issues and are rescue towed to the boatworks on the gold coast. We had previously arranged for a haulout to re-antifoul Nandji and replace the cutlass bearing so had her hauled out as planned. The mechanic couldn't work on the motor until she was back in the water so we carried out the work as planned. We antifouled the yacht, re-fibreglassed sections and replaced the yachts cutlass bearing. Nandji was put back into the water where a mechanic was able to assess the motor. We find out the fate of the motor and weather we will be able to continue to sail or not...
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we depart on our shakedown sail from Mooloolaba to the Goldcoast and take our patron winner along for the ride. We had starter motor issues before departing and were able to solve the problem and sail away. We sailed into the afternoon and as the winds were dropping out, decided to anchor for the night at Moreton Island. We rose early the next morning to continue on the journey only to realise that the starter engine issues had now become motor issues. We attempted to leave the island sailing but with light winds were unable to sail past the headland. We dropped our Patron Ben off on the island where he was able to catch a ferry back to the mainland. We spend several days stranded on the island with beautiful glassy days and no wind. When the wind becomes good, the current is against us, so we wait it out for the correct combination. We finally set sail again, making it out past the headland and down the coast to the Goldcoast. We arrange for Volunteer Marine Rescue to come out and tow us to the boatworks.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we tell the story of our friend Ginny. She is an amazing women with a great story of inspiration. Bonita spent a lot of time hanging and learning from her wisdom and Ginny is too kind to share her brains with us.
We get a new headsail fitted from the legendary Ben from Quantum sails. Then it is time to get our lucky winning Patron to come on an adventure and come sailing with us! It was great to meet Ben and take him on our first sail with Nandji for months! It was exciting to load the boat up ready for adventure times again. Learn more about these in the next episode!
We use our muscles to save a few pennies and fill Nandji up to how we plan to sail overseas with her. Trying to match the weight in the way she will handle when we plan to make our first crossing! Nandji is looking good!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are preparing our boat for off shore blue water cruising. We get a delivery of technology gadgets from Digital Yacht and we bring Nandji up to the 21st century. Installing a long range wifi antenna and router, a new wind sense on top of the mast and an AIS system. Bonita has been studying and completed the long distance marine radio certificate. After many comments on a previous video, I remove the cap shroud connectors and get new mast connectors fabricated and installed.
After nearly ten long years with Grandpa, our car, we give him a clean and put him on the market. It is sad to say good bye to such a reliable old vessel but we do not need wheels where we are going!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we install our new Harken furler. To do this we had to spend some time on a marina. Assembling all the pieces on the deck and then hoisting them up with a little bit of help from Marleys friends. Yosh was pretty nervous about the length of the forestay being correct and Bonita was just generally nervous that Yosh wouldn't make any mistakes! Our old furler, we think was home made. It was a night mare to furl the sail and to attempt to sail with a reefed sail was impossible. Therefore we thought it to be a nessacity to replace the old girl.
Slowly our beautiful Nandji is taking shape. She is nearly ready to set sail and we are growing with excitement and anticapation every day. We can not wait to get her moving again and start to enjoy what we have been preparing for. Adventures!! Yew!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are preparing our yacht for blue water cruising. Nandjis rigging is old and rusty, we broke a shroud a few months ago sailing so for blue water cruising it needed replacing. We decide to do it ourselves to save coin and also learn more about our boat. We are extremely lucky to have Billy and Brittany as followers as they sent us over all the turnbuckles we need to do this job, making it an affordable job for us. Thanks guys! We take down a few wires at a time and take it to a rigger along with the turnbuckles. We measure and cut wire and he forges the ends on. It is daunting at times measuring the wire as a wrong measurement could be an expensive mistake. One by one, we replace the wires over 5 days!
Nandji is looking a million dollars and its such a great feeling knowing our rigging is strong and Nandji is solid! Yeww!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are preparing our yacht for blue water cruising. We prepare the deck for a fresh coat of non-skid using KiwiGrip. Bonita sands the deck and then cleans it using water and then acetone. Yosh then re-seals the fittings with new silicone. We primer around the outside of the deck and get stuck into applying the kiwi grip. The product is a yoghurt like consistancy, we are a little nervous at first to use it but after a practice run on cardboard, soon find our rhythm. We roll out the KiwiGrip and wait 3 days for it to dry hard. We take off the dodger and Bonita sews on a new zip. Yosh completes the fibreglassing job on the aft, port side to strengthen our davits. We have a rainy few days which allows us to check for leaks. Yosh pulls up the staircase to inspect the bilge underneath. We get some new toys and give an update on our upcoming voyage.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, Bonita gets sick of the ongoing boat work and decides she needs a little nature to help her relax. She takes a hike up the Glass House Mountains and watches a beautiful sunset. I return from working away and are greeted with the best gifts, chocolate cake and beer. What a woman!
With no time to spare, it is heads down, bum up and into the boat work. It has felt like we have been living in a constant constuction site and it is a good feeling to think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Bonita finishes some jobs at Kore sails, with the help from Pedr, we tackle tasks on the donk and continue with all those other little jobs in between.
In this episode, Bonita heads on over to Kore Sails with a box of solar panles and the bimini off of Nandji. With a little help from Aaron, she positions and sews our new panels in place. Returning to Nandji, we install the bimini and then I take you through the wiring and installation process, also giving some information about our new flexible solar panels.
Another job complete and a step closer to having Nandji ready to cross oceans. Exciting times ahead!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, our work on preparing Nandji for our big voyage is interupted by a little storm called Cyclone Debbie. Luckily we were 1500km South from where Debbie made landfall, but we still managed to get the aftermath of Debbies wrath. We had winds predicted of 40 knots and it peaked at 55 knots! We are very happy with our decision to head into the marina and lucky to get the last berth! With Nandji safe, we head over to Koresails to continue with our sail bag construction. We have a birds eye view of
Nandji whilst she copes it sweet from Debbie. Hope you enjoy!
Music Credits - Jordan Merrick - Untitled #1, You Gotta Go
- Fugitive & the vagabond - Talkin' City Blues
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are busy little bees in getting Nandji ready for our first overseas crossing. Some people think this stuff just happens... Really it is alot of hardwork and dedication towards the goals we set, that really make this lifestyle possible. In this episode we get lots of little jobs done, sort the important paperwork for us to sail overseas, paint the cockpit of our vessel, check out the donk and then we are forced to prepare for extreme weather. Cyclone Debbie hit the North Queensland coast and we got the remnants of the storm. We put Nandji back together and prepare for what is to come.
Music Credits - Fugitive & the vagabond - Talkin' City Blues
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We are preparing our sailboat for her first ocean crossing. With the list continually growing, Yosh is back from work and we get busy on crossing off items on the list! We send Bonita up the mast for the first time to measure for a new headsail. We follow on from our last episode as Yosh fibreglasses and paints over the huge hole in Nandji where rot had been cut out of the deck. We do not have a water maker on board, but with the heavy Queensland rains, Yosh gets inventive and fills our tanks the old fashioned way.The sun returns and we measure up for a new main sail bag as our old one is struggling to hold together. Also to make Nandji safer when we need to lash down the main. We then head to the local sailmaker in Mooloolaba, Kore Sails to begin making it.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We sail into Mooloolaba as Yosh has been offered a job working on a local boat. We show you around Mooloolaba and give a tour of the area. Yosh dosnt hear back from the job and decides to pull out the tools and start working on Nandji. We are preparing for our first overseas voyage and take part in an Offshore cruising course run by The Island Cruising Association. We sit down with John and Lynn from the ICA and they answer a few of our questions about offshore cruising.
Music Credits - Stork
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we pack up our lives and leave Brisbane. We say goodbye to river life and sail north up the coast to Mooloolaba. Chasing an opportunity for work, we head out in rough stormy weather and have a great sail north. Battling a gusty breeze because of the rain squalls, we rolled in the swell and sailed at max speed to our new home. Entering into the seaway in the dark, Nandji did her job well.
Music - Vancouver Sleep Clinic
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we adventure around the city of Brisbane on the free bikes. We meet with friends in the Brisbane river and plan our festive season adventure time. We sail around Moreton Bay together, secretly racing everywhere of course. We dive on the Tangalooma wrecks, check out Amity Point on North Stradbroke island and dive for some Razorfish. The best beer drinking food ever! I even let you in on Grandmas secret receipe to pickle Razorfish. Not quite grandmas receipe, but it does alright!
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Andrew Rothschild - http://aroths.com/
Old Man Friday - http://www.oldmanfridaymusic.com
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we continue our 3 day and night sail from Bundaberg to Brisbane. We enter the Brisbane river and are hit by a server weather warning. We find shelter at an unused jetty and wait out the weather. Luckily it blows over quickly and we are able to continue sailing up the river to our new home at the pile-ons. Its a massive change for us moving to the city. We show you around and also put on our new anchor.
Music Artists: Nic Cassey:
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we depart Bundaberg on a long 3 day/night sail South to Brisbane. We navigate the maze like Sandy Straits. This is a stretch of water between Fraser island and the mainland of Australia. The water is shallow and ridden with sandbars that are constantly shifting. Yosh managed to successfully do this at night! We rest up waiting for the tide to rise, then cross the notorious Wide Bay Bar. This sand bar has caught many a boat out. We battle the strong currents and swell and successfully charge through the waves to the safety of the open ocean. With all the drama behind us, we settle in for an overnight sail to Brisbane.
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- Simon Doe - https://www.facebook.com/simondoemusic
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we meet some fellow sailors that happen to have scuba tanks on board. They invite us to go diving with them. So we did what anyone would do, stay for another two days, hang out and go scuba diving! We then set sail south and hand steer 55nm to Bundaberg. Here we pick up some packages. A new head unit for our autopilot, so no more hand steering! We also collect our new Anchor from our friends at Manson. This beauty means no more sleepless nights! Yew!
We give you guys a big run down of what is happening in our crazy lives and tell you about our future goals!
Music - Clint Wilson - https://m.facebook.com/clintwilsonmusic/
- Andrew Rothschild - http://aroths.com/
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we enjoy life living in the coral cay that is Lady Musgrave Island. This place has been one of the favourite places we have visited along the coast and definitely the coolest island. We explore what Lady Musgrave island has to offer, walking around the beaches, frolicking in the forrest and swimming in the shallows. We then head outside of the lagoon and dive all around the outside of the reef. We were treated with a massive spectacle of marine cretures. From eels to octopus, sharks to Eagle Rays. The wild life was stunning. Of course we played with our new drone toy Darryl and took to the skies to get a birds eye view of this slice of heaven.
Music Credits: Mitch King - www.mitchkingmusic.com.au
Cesare - www.facebok.com/cesaremusic
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We were faced with weeks of strong wind from the wrong direction. After spending some time in 1770, it was time to leave and head out to Lady Musgrave Island, but of course when ever you want to do something, the weather does not allow you. After two previous attempts of trying to cross the bar and rounding the headland of Roundhill creek, only to head back into the safety of the anchorage. The third time around, we managed to get through the waves and had a good wind that allowed us to set our course out to Lady Musgrave Island. There we chase some waves and begin to enjoy the beauty of this Great Barrier Reef paradise.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are challenged with some heavy weather. Buckets of rain, hectic lightning storms and strong winds. This treacherous weather caused Nandji to drag anchor more than once, keeping us on our toes and with weary eyes. Not getting much sleep as we were constantly worried about Nandji. We managed to scrape through some how unscathed and once the weather cleared, we got to do some exploring. Walking through the magical Paperbark forrests on the out skirts of Agnes Water. After all the rain, the trees and foliage were thriving, it was a magical place.
Also the Captain sorted out our toilet issue. Installing a new macerator pump. Not a nice job to do, but now we wont be stuck up the creek without a paddle!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we reach a massive milestone for us and adventure out to Fitzroy Reef. Fitzroy Reef makes up part of the Souther Great Barrier Reef. The lagoon oasis is roughly 40 nautical miles from land, in the middle of the ocean. There is a skinny natural entrance into the lagoon, via a tiny channel in the coral. Once inside Fitzroy Reef, the lagoon is calm and protected from the open ocean swell and wind. The depth is shallow enough to anchor and you are protected from the elements. An amazing place that blew us away.
The beauty of this paradise and the time we spent playing in the natural wonderland, left us with smiles ear to ear.
Music Artists: Tia Gostelow
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we leave the white sand and palm trees of West bay. Sailing to the other side of Middle Percy island to the more rugged and untouched Whites Bay. Marley got to cut sick and chase around his favourite toys in the world, Coconuts.
With a good wind one morning, added to the fact we had no food left, we decide to set some sails south and complete our first overnight sail to Yeppoon and Great Keppel islands. The wind gradually
disappeared and the motor had to be turned on. We had some Whale visitors that swam by and really put on a show for us. Launching themselves out of the water only 50m from Nandji. Amazing!!
Music Artists: Miss Max
Old Man Friday
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we arrive to the stunning Percy Isles. Since sailing down the coast, we have been looking forward to this stop off. The Percy group of islands are remote and alone, along way from the nearest main land town. Middle island has a very colourful history that we learnt all about from the current caretakers. The island has four permanent residents and rarely do they go to the mainland. Some of the stories they told were very interesting.
One week before our arrival, a fellow yachtie had done himself a mischief and ran aground on the rocks. Losing everything. His sailing boat wreck is prominent in the distance from the anchorage. We go check it out and see what can happen when things go horribly wrong.
Lots of sailing boats come and go during our visit. A popular destination with still so much seclusion. We loved this place so much we want to sail back there now!
Music Artists : Jay Hoad
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we continue on our journey south towards the Percy Isles. With so many islands in between, we have lots of stop offs along the way. we were blessed with lots of good sailing weather, so we made the most of it and sailed over 100nm. Stopping off at Brampton Island, then to St Bees Island, then to Scawfell Island, then to Digby Island. Lots of little day sails were done and we managed to squeeze in some diving. When we sailed into Digby Island, there were fish jumping every where so the Captain through out a lure and caught a big Queenfish. We then sail away from Digby Island and set course to the Percy Isles.
Also, we draw some prizes for our lucky patrons!!!
Music Artists used: El Moth
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In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we prepare Nandji for our grand departure of Airlie Beach. We begin sailing south, island hopping our way along. With some strong winds from the South East, we hid behind Thomas island for a bit and installed our new fridge/freezer. Ah, the luxury! The weather cleared and we could start sailing south again. So we hoisted the sails, and sailed on down the coast. Planning on heading to Goldsmith island, but we kept sailing and stopped at Brampton island instead. We saw whales jumping, Yosh caught our first fish trawling, which turned out to be a shark. Our island hopping adventure has begun and we are loving all the sailing and the new places discovered.
Music artists used: Fugitive and the Vagabond
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In this episode of sailing Nandji, we leave the beautiful Gloucester Island and return to Airlie beach. The forecast of Northerly winds encourages us for a quick turn around. We load up Nandji, ready to begin our journey south. We have a time with no wind and get creative to entertain ourselves. We attempt our first night sail and head south to Thomas Island.
In this episode we are waiting for northerly winds to blow us down the coral coast. We are greeted with strong trade winds and decide to take it on and sail up the coast instead! We stop at Maureens cove on Hook island for a night and downwind cruise to Gloucester Island.
We find an amazing restaurant with a bar called Montes which was perfect after a long day of Sailing.
We also draw the competition winners from our last video.
In this episode we invite you to join us on a tour of Nandji. We take you into our home and show you around. We take a helicopter flight around Airlie Beach and its competition time!
Competition time!! We are running a comp for your chance to win you and three friends a Spinnaker watch each! Prize is valued at over one thousand Australian dollars!! Click the link below to check it out!
This is our first episode of Sailing Nandji. Nandji is our Roberts 40 yacht we bought two months ago in Airlie Beach. We are from South Australia and are learning how to sail. We love to try new things and adventure. This episode is about our journey leaving Adelaide, travelling across the country and moving onto our new vessel. We had a few surprises when we arrived but managed to take her out for our first sail.
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