Cruisers’ Midnight

A standing joke among cruisers, “Cruisers Midnight” refers to the propensity of cruisers to retire when the sun goes down. Since I am an early riser in have noticed that dawn here in Fiji is also early. The sun starts to light the sky at 5 AM.Fair winds and following seas 🙂


Last night about midnight one of the cruisers here at Pape ete Marina had his bag snatched as he was walking back from the bathroom. It and the office are outside the gated area of the docks. Much to his surprise his calls for help were immediately answered by the police. Within 10 minutes they had arrested the thieves. Of course he then had to spend 2 hours filling out reports. The good news is that although they had dumped the bag they had kept his iPhone. Lucky.Fair winds and following seas 🙂

Via Inmarsat:

1902 nm tn go. I struggled to wake for my midnight watch. Rookie had a mug of coffee (the exilar of the Gods) for me. I am life jacketed, PLBed. and harnessed in the cockpit of Reboot standing watch. The Japanese fishing boat showed up again. He made a close pass across our bow and is now a glow on the horizon. He would have rights if he was showing the “fishing” lights (red over white, fishing at night, green over white, trauling at night) but he is just showing normal “vessel under power”. Technically we have rights. However as was pointed out by Thucidies in ancient times “a collision at sea can ruin your entire day”. We have apparently finally escaped the weather patterns of the ITCZ. Another glorious day of blue skies and puffy clouds. I am looking at a proment southern cross in a sky alight with stars. I felt a thump. XO just landed on my lap. Nice to have company but the arrival was a bit of a surprise! We did a lot of sail changes today. We are more confident as a crew. Mainta