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s/v Code Blue — Arrived Opua, New Zealand, 3am Nov 12, 2014 November 11, 2014

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2014.

Code Blue Folks, 11-12-14 5:22am

Left Nuku’alofa, Tonga 9:33am 11-3-14
12381 miles
3182.0 Engine Hours,

Arrive Minerva Reef 3:59pm 11-5-14
12673 miles
3189.1 Engine Hours
Left Minerva Reef 4:34pm 11-5-14

Arrive Opua, New Zealand, 4:00am 11-12-14
13756 miles (less 163 GPS function error as below)
3239.6 Engine Hours

1375 Miles, less 163 GPS function error for, 1212 miles total
57.6 Engine Hours so rough guess is 300 miles motoring, 912 sailing.
8 days, 18 hours, 27 minutes

We’re not in the tropics anymore, with 59 degs F air temp, 57 F water temp, sprinkles on the way in but clear skies now, moon is out with stars and flat calm water for a change, on a dock no less. Judy says to mention the barometer is really low at 1000.4. I’ll add up the motor and sail miles later. We’re a bit tired and need to get up early for the customs folks in the morning. Here’s some notes from another boater about customs.

They look EVERYWHERE even cockpit lockers, under beds etc. they appreciate it if you have out what you know they’ll want:

Any beans (not canned), popcorn, nuts with shells, all fresh fruit and veg, eggs, all meat (except canned), mayonnaise (they took Colombian, left American), and honey. Sea fish are fine, fresh water fish (non canned) are not.

They also want to inspect rice, lentils etc for signs of weevils, they take if there are any, and want to see all dairy products including long life and powdered. They inspect baskets and carved wood for pests.

No sign of sniffer dogs here. They weren’t very interested in shells collections by the way.

They’re polite and professional, no asking for rope for the cows!

Steve and Judy
s/v Code Blue
Opua, New Zealand, Quarantine Dock
S 35* 18.784′
E 174* 07.339



1. John & Daleen Reed - November 11, 2014

Congratulations on your arrival to New Zealand!! What an adventure you both are on and we love traveling along with you.
All is good here. We had our first frost last night but the sun feels good…Since Sept 20 the weather has changed to fog, showers & for the month of Oct lots of rain, after one of the most gorgeous summer’s in record here in the Seattle area.
Be safe and continue enjoy the areas you both have traveled so far to see. Hugs & Bunches of love,
John & Daleen s/v Omega

2. lumbazander - November 11, 2014

Congratulations Judy and Steve,
those of us left in Nuku’alofa followed you on your way down. Seems like we will be following very soon. Regards from the Lumbaz family!

3. Marie & Greg - November 11, 2014

Great to hear that you have arrived safely. Now you’ll have to let everyone know just how your customs experience goes. Keep the updates coming. Marie & Greg

4. Russ Cudmore - November 11, 2014

Steve and Judy

great to hear you have arrived safe in NZ; what a fantastic journey. you need to write a book

keep sending updates love to hear about your journey and places you visit.

Best regards
Russ Cudmore

5. Susan & Ken - November 11, 2014

Congratulations you two!! 🙂
Susan & Ken

6. Jerry Stephenson - November 11, 2014

Congratulations!!! Happy to hear you arrived safely. Keep the great stories coming

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