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Tuuletar is a 44ft Nauticat pilothouse cutter-ketch built by Sitala yacht in Finland 1984. Mark Pitman is the fourth owner having purchased the boat from the previous owners in February 2013 in Scarborough, Brisbane.

Starting in late 2013 Mark & Cat sailed her from the Whitsundays to Hobart; across the Tasman to Bluff in March 2014; up the west coast of NZ through Fiordland and then to Fiji and back to NZ for the 2014/15 cyclone season.

Previously Tuuletar resided in the USA until it was sailed across the Pacific over the course of three years from 2009 to 2012.


Mark Pitman


Raphaela Pitman

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Last full night at sea

This should hopefully be our last full night at sea. At sunset we have 140nm to run to Barbados, so if we keep up a 6 knot average then we should be…

21 Dec 2021 by: Mark

290nm to go

Apologies for missing a log entry yesterday. The conditions have been so incredibly consistent the days are just merging into each other and you los…

20 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Rolling away

Another day just rolling toward our destination. We are now nearly 500nm from Barbados. Viola was the star of the day steering through a 40-45 knot …

19 Dec 2021 by: Mark

In the groove

Just now we passed a very large pod of whales and sailed right through the middle of them. I'm quite sure they were a pod of around 12 or more sperm…

17 Dec 2021 by: Mark

845nm to go

Nothing special to report for yesterday and today. The wind was stable between 15-20 knots and we were able to roll along quite comfortably (still…

16 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Easy days

We just passed the point with 1000nm to go. For the first time since departure 12 days we have made a change in our angle of sail to the wind and ma…

15 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Conditions easing

Conditions overcast and squally overnight, clearing late-morning this morning and we ended with clear skies and a nice fresh 20-25 knot breeze with t…

13 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Riley's birthday

Tonight we pass the half way point by distance with 1325nm to go to Barbados. It was also Riley's birthday celebrating his 32nd in the middle of the…

12 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Slow squally day

Conditions remained favourable today, although we had overcast conditions in the morning which brought more rain with associated squalls. The patche…

12 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Easy day

Conditions eased today with the wind dropping to around - and at times less - than 20 knots. The sea state also improved quite dramatically with the…

11 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Rolling downwind with a stiff breeze

The poled out staysail, tripple reefed main and milk crate drogue worked well last night. We could have easily got by without the milk crate, as mos…

09 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Slow day but more wind incoming

We have joked that the good thing about our spare Genoa we have up is that us it breaks we can easily fix it with some UHU glue and toilet paper. It…

08 Dec 2021 by: Mark

Guestbook Send a message

If you see Diomedea up the coast do say hello. We are from Australia also and currently cruising the Lofotens. You might also see Freydis, another Aussie flag boat who will be heading south toward yo…

David McKay

Dear Cat and Mark I heard you on the radio this morning (Radio 24/7) and could understand that you have become parents. Congratulations! That is amazing news and so nice to hear. We hope You are doi…

Christina Skytte

Just read your blog on the Kimberlies trip and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for the effort of producing it. Lots of information for us as my wife and myself are going there from Perth with our cat…

Robert Whyte

Hi. I enjoyed reading you Darwin to Broome logs. We plan to be doing the same run in April (weather permitting). Would like to ask you a couple of quick questions

Brendan Bradley

Hi Cat and Mark Has she arrived or does she still hide inside Cat? We just want to thank you for your awesome presentation of your journey and live. Just how we would like to live. You might find i…

Per Christiansen

Just want to wish you both a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year! With a baby on the way, 2017 will be very memorable for you.

Brian Clark

thinking of you! How are you? How is babygirl? We want pregnancypictures!!! Are you planned to go to Australie after the baby is born, or will you be around? We will love to come to you when the bab…

Jeannette en Hajo de Boer

Dear Catherine and Mark Welcome to Denmark. I've read a number of your logs and it is very interesting for us. My wife Ulla and I have retired a bit early and are now preparing for our life's bigg…

Kjeld Pedersen

Congrats on the baby news! Another grandchild for Grant and Anne to cherish :)

Jan Drury

Hi Cat! You are one amazing women!! I envy your out side the box life :-) :-) :-) I love your blog and I wish you many more adventures. Feel free to invite me on your boat!!

Kasia Piskorz

Welcome in Holland!! Last week we were at Sixhaven, now we are on the IJsselmeer in Enkhuizen. Lovely town for a stop...but there are so many!! This Sunday we will have our "coming back home" party.…

Warren & Maria Elzinga

Thanks for the inspiring message you sent the Nauticat Group. We winter on Local Knowledge, a 30-ft motorsailor in the Bahamas, but dream of cruising further some day on a 38-ft Nauticat. Thanks for …

Frank Davis