Sailing Nandji Video Archive...
Welcome to the Archive of all the Sailing Nandji Episodes! Scroll through and watch what we have been up to since we began this crazy journey, or go to the bottom and binge watch them all from day one. We started this adventure knowing nothing about sailing and just throwing ourselves into the deep end. What better way to learn about sailing, our boat and ourselves. We have endured some difficult times and faced some challenging decisions along the way. But we have experienced some of the best times of our lives and witnessed things we only dreamed of. Taking the plunge and entering into the live aboard life was not an easy decision, but a decision we have no regrets about. So strap yourselves in, get the popcorn and get your self comfy for one crazy and perhaps silly, but definitely one adventurous time! YEW!
With engine issues plaguing our progress on departing Port Vila and leaving the cyclone prone area, we are pushed to breaking point, how much more can we take?! The experts come on board and we are delivered some news that will ultimately impact our futures. With everything invested into this journey, only time will tell if the correct decisions are made...
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, We leave Tanna island around lunch time and sail 130 nautical miles to Port Villa, Efate island, Vanuatu. We leave in a good breeze at our backs and have some exciting fishing on the way. Three Marlin take the bait and give Yosh some challenging and emotional fishing. We head into the night with a 25 knots on our backs, then two hours later have none. The wind disappeared for hours and we lay ahull bobbing around aimlessly in the middle of the ocean...
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we check out of New Caledonia and set sails to a new country. We leave Noumea with some challenging trade wind conditions. Strong winds force us to hide away for the afternoon and night sail to reach anchorages to wait for tidal currents to allow us to exit reef passes. We need all the elements in our favour to move in the right direction! We sail across the deep Hebrides trench. This trench is over 6000m deep in places! We finally arrive to our destination of Tanna Island, Vanuatu. It was a 3 day and 2 long night journey, hand steering 250 nautical miles with just the two of us.
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. With plenty of Coconuts on offer, we create a few rum nuts!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we start to enjoy the cruising life and head off exploring the Southern Lagoon of New Caledonia. Then setting sails south and into the southern lagoon. We experience strong winds and spend a sleepless night on anchor watch. Yosh celebrates his birthday, so we find our own private island and cook some fish that we speared in a fire on the beach. Heaven.
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.
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 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 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 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. 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.
In this episode of Sailing nandji we are preparing the boat for our first overseas voyage. Some of the jobs are taking the bimini down, installing a new salt water pump, installing the Iridium Go and re-inforcing the back davits. We announce the winner of our Patreon competition where a Lucky Patreon gets the chance to sail from Mooloolaba to The Gold Coast!! Yeww!!
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!
Our motor is broken and we are stuck in Port Vila, Vanuatu. We are waiting on parts to arrive in the post which can take weeks! Rather then letting these tough times get us down, we head out and play tourist, conquering some fears. Bonita is terrified of heights and I have never ridden a horse and are quite intimidated by there presence. What better way to take our mind of the boat problems then to go and scare ourselves!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we rise at 2am to climb one of the world's most active volcanoes. Mt Yasur on Tanna island, Vanuatu. We climb to the top of the crater in the pitch dark and look down into the depths of the earth. The volcano spits lava, volcanic ash and sulphur into the sky. This level 2 activity that we witness means there could be an explosion at anytime and the volcano could spit lava as high as the crest of the crater. Exactly where we were standing...
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we try to sail south east from the greatest surf spot in New Caledonia. We finally have a plan for our future and this involves heading to the city of Noumea to check out of the country. We have some challenging trade winds to negotiate whilst day sailing for 3 days to return to Noumea. Once back in the big smoke it is time to prepare Nandji for our future adventures. We plan to sail north and to more remote areas, therefore we have to make sure Nandji is ready to do this. We fix any minor issues and try to eliminate any problem for the future...
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. 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.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we had to return to Noumea for yet more repairs to Nandji, hopefully they will be the last ones for quite some time!! Whilst at the marina, we were lucky enough to cross paths with the greatest of all time solo sailor, Jon Sanders. This man is an absolute legend. He is currently on the last legs of completing his 10th circumnavigation at the young age of 78.
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.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we depart on our shakedown sail from Mooloolaba to the Goldcoast and take our patron winner, Ben 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.
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.
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 end of boat work.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, Captain Yosh goes away for work and and Bonita and Marley work on small jobs to get Nandji ready for their first offshore cruising voyage. We receive a huge package of rigging from the most generous people, Billy and Brittany in Floria to replace our standing rigging. I show you some of the purchases made to complete our first aid kits and our grab bag.
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.
In this episode we have been having motor issues and get the experts around to inspect Nandjis motor. We initially thought we had a majour rebuild on our hands but with a closer look it may not be as bad as what we first though. We order new parts to eliminate the problem. Rather than sitting on our hands we decide to go on adventure with our new friends Corey, Jess and Chris to the Cascades waterfall, Efate Island.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we check ourselves into Vanuatu at a small village on the west coast of Tanna island, Vanuatu. We have a little explore and head out to drink some kava. With a rolling anchorage, we get frustrated and sail into the strong trade wind for 13 hours to the other side of the island where we find a beautiful anchorage. We then go for a crazy island car ride across the island returning to Lenakel to visit the local markets. We drive past the furious volcano and get our first glimpse of this beast...
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.
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. Then hoisting some sails once more, we leave the lagoon and sail 50nm to Ilse de Pins. Whales breaching close by and we were greeted with the biggest pod of dolphins we have ever seen. Dolphins are the king of froth!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, after fixing our engine issues it was time to explore. We head out into the lagoon and out to Dumbea Passe to have a surf. We go diving and shoot our first fish and find a really cool ship wreck to dive on. It is Bonitas bday so find our selves a little sand island to drink Pina Colodas! Its party time!
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.
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.
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.
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 we are preparing the boat for our first overseas voyage. Bonita makes a new sail cover for Nandji. We take off our sails and visit Aaron at Kore sails where he teaches Bonita how to repair sun-damaged stitches. Bonita repairs the mainsail and we put it back on the boat, along with the new sail cover!
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.