I was surprised to find that about 3/8 of Fijians are of Indian decent. They are the descendents of indentured servants brought during colonial times to work the sugar cane plantations. Quite obvious influence as this store window demonstrates. (Sorry about the glare.) Fair winds and following seas 🙂
Environmentally Friendly lights
At 0510z 29 August 2016 Reboot with Capt Roger, XO, Julia Rimroth, Al Kacoroski, and Matt Zanette crossed the anti-meridan (180 degrees East and West Longitude at Latitude 17 degrees 27 minutes. There be DRAGONS! Fair winds and following seas 🙂
Savusavu anchorage at dawn. We had a delightful 4 day transit from Neifu, Vava u, Kingdom of Tonga to Savusavu, Fiji. Our entire time in Tonga had been accented by almost daily rain. We expected to have rain on the transit. We left under cloudy skies and once out of the island influence the skies cleared. We had beautiful clear skies all the way to Savisavu. Winds were consistently about 20 knots. We set the whisker pole and had a fast downwind run. We arrived early on Sunday morning (bad planning, it meant we had to pay overtime to check in.) We started the engine for the final approach but the winds kept shifting so we were able to sail. Then, for no apparent reason the engine overheated. (Rule 7) We shut it down and continued to sail. At that point the wind died to zero. I took advantage of the calm to go down and see if the engine had overheated from a lack of sea water flow. All of a sudden the boat healed 15 degrees. We had gone from zero wind to 20 knots in 5 seconds with a maj
As we travel through the South Pacific on the coconut route we frequently end up in the same port as other boats. Here is “Do Over” our companion in many of them. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
Plan to depart Vava u, Kingdom of Tonga for Fiji today at about noon local time. Expect 4 to 5 day transit.
Hard to believe but we have had two days of sunshine in a row. Wow! We are actually drying out. So great. Tomorrow Vava a gets one of its rare cruise ship visits. This means that the officials will be pretty busy. We plan to sail back to Neifu tomorrow arriving about lunch time. This will give us a chance to spend the afternoon taking care of our pre-departure needs. The plan is then to take off for Fiji the next day. Fair winds and following seas 🙂