Starblazer - 22/08/2014 - Back to the Mamanucas and on to the Yasawas
We finally left Denerau on Wednesday and opted for the short trip to Musket Cove on Malolo Lailai.We were very lucky and found the last vacant buoy which saved us having to anchor in water deeper than we are comfortable with!By Friday the wind had picked up to about 30 knots so we decided to stay put.Chez Nous arrived and we managed to grab a buoy for them, we then invited them aboard for Happy Hour and supper.Trillium came inlater during the afternoon but decided it was too windy to moor stern to the pontoon in the marina so anchored outside the mooring field.That night was windier still and a boat just ahead of us broke its mooring and was blown onto a reef.I was sitting in the cockpit at the time and was completely unaware of the excitement though it must have drifted past us.Saturday. read more...
Starblazer - 11/08/2014 - A week in the Mamanucas
We spent three nights anchored off Musket Cove and snorkelled over the reef near to the sandbank twice.On our second visit I spotted a magnificent Lionfish, I managed to get John's attention and we both took several photos.From Musket Cove we travelled northwards inside the reef then made our way to Monoriki, the island where the Tom Hanks film Castaway was filmed.The beach looks really inviting and sweeps across towards a small rocky islet. There is an extensive reef system around the end of the island on on the other side but was far too rough to snorkel over.A tripper boat had dropped off its passengers on the beach and they were snorkelling just off the beach so we followed their example.The coral was quite good and there were lots of fish!The anchorage, however, left a bit to be. read more...
Starblazer - 3/08/2014 - Back sailing.
We returned from Hong Kong with lots of goodies for Starblazer including a 20 metre air hose, first stage and regulator which has already come in handy.Sadly the lovely packet of spare ribs, packaged in the USA, was deemed to be a biosecurity hazard and was taken away at customs.We did know this was a possibility and I had declared food items on my landing slip so there was no problem.The three boxes of breakfast cereal didn't cause any problems so John is happy.We haven't found Shreddies anywhere since Gibraltar and he ran out months ago!I have been laid low with a cold and awful cough but that is now getting better, that is one reason we delayed leaving Vuda Point Marina for another 9 or so days, getting lots of jobs done and waiting in vain for a piece of metal to befabricated. The. read more...
Starblazer - 15/07/2014 - Must do better.
I am so sorry that I haven't written a log for two weeks, somehow the time has disappeared and we have done quite a lot in the intervening days.I'm sure my Report Card would read 'Must do better' under the subject 'Communications'We finally received an e-mailed copy of the missing paperwork early Wednesday afternoon so cast off to make our way to the rendez-vous at Musket Cove.It was great to catch up with friends whom we hadn't seen for several weeks but also sad to have to say goodbye to them. At the dinner on Thursday evening we were given a plaque to record Starblazer's participation in World ARC 2014/15, our final event of the rally.We join up next year with the World ARC 2015/16 rally.On Friday, a day earlier than planned because of a threatened weather system near Vanuatu, the. read more...
Starblazer - 02/07/2014 - Second impressions of Fiji
Everyone we have met has been smiling, helpful and efficient, rather at variance with the bureaucracy.Never mind, we must move on.Quarantine helpfully e-mailed a copy of the receipt....The cruising permits arrived by 0900, quicker than we had been led to expect.Kevin, a friend of Jonathan and Donna, was waiting on the dock for them when we came in on Monday evening.He had a hire car so, first thing Tuesday morning, he kindly took Donna, Elizabeth and me shopping.Most men try to avoid grocery shopping with their wives but Kevin was extremely helpful and patient (he was amused by three women's reactions to seeing a very good supermarket for the first time in months!).After the supermarket we went to a good butchery where he was recognised because he used to live and work here.From there we. read more...