• Who We Are

    In April 2006, Bill and Susan Grun purchased a J/160, a 52-foot high performance sailing vessel built for speed and designed to cruise the oceans in comfort and style.  W [...]

  • 1100 Nautical Miles to New Zealand!

    Finally, finally, after nearly 3 weeks of cooling our heels anchored off the coast of Fiji waiting for a good weather window to sail to New Zealand, it is looking good for us [...]

  • Why is it so HARD to sail to New Zealand?

    It’s over 1000 ocean miles from Navula Pass, our final reef exit upon leaving Fiji, to the Custom’s Dock in Opua, New Zealand. That’s a good 7-day crossing f [...]

  • Farewell Beautiful, Friendly Fiji

    Summer in Telluride! As usual, a busy time with mountain activities as well as visits from family and entertainment with friends. To our joy, we twice were able to visit with [...]

  • Berlin Returns to Fiji

    Saturday, July 8th – 0530 – Here she is! A slightly blurred photo, but how does one capture an exuberant 14-year old in action? Still at the age where the mind can [...]

  • Exploring the Mamanuka Islands, Fiji

    Granddaughter Berlin is arriving soon for her second visit with us here in Fiji. We have about a week available for cruising before heading into the marina to pick her up. Tha [...]

  • Patience! Patience! This is Fiji.

    Thanks to The Captain, our trusty weather routing service, Commander’s Weather, now refers to The First Mate as “Nordhaven” Sue.  A Nordhaven is a motor yach [...]

  • Les Îlots de Nouméa

    Saturday, June 10th – Cleared officially into New Caledonia, we were pleased to find that one of the marina’s small number of visitor berths is available. The usua [...]

  • Passage to New Caledonia – 2017

    Sunday, May 28th – We arrived at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly in the early morning to pick up Avante and sail her back to our friend Stephen Everett̵ [...]