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Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa
Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa
Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa
Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa
21/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 193: Fa'a Samoa, the Samoan Way

The Samoan Islands have been populated for 3000 years, but known to the western world for just over two centuries.Archaeologists state that early Polynesians travelled from South East Asia into the Pacific populating the islands of Papua New Guinea to Tonga and Samoa.It was sometime later that they migrated east to the Cook Islands,Nuie, Tahiti and Easter Island before heading to Hawaii and New Zealand. Today Samoans are regarded as the largest full blooded Polynesian race left in the world. Fa'a Samoa (the Samoan way) is the foundation of their culture and heritage, with the Aiga (Extended family) being the core, lead by Matai (Chiefs) and where each family member has a role to play in their Tautua (Service) to the extended family. The only major change in the culture over the 3000. read more...


21/07/2016

Aliena - Jueves 21 de Julio 2016

2º dia de Vanuatu a AustraliaA traves del iridium hable ayer con Elena y me dijo que se le van a caer dos dientes. Estaba contenta porque la va a visitar el ratoncito Perez. Hace fresco y el mar lateral es muy incómodo. Parece que el barco ande a zancadas en lugar de navegar. Hemos perdido de vista a los otros 3 veleros que salieron con nosotros pero aun los vemos en la pantalla del navegador. Tenemos un piquero a bordo y no hay manera de que se vaya. Cada vez que le decimos algo nos mira con sus ojos azules suplicando que le dejemos. Ya hemos hecho 158Nm, estamos a menos de 1000Nm de Mackay.Carmen. read more...


21/07/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 20 de Julio

1 dia navegación Vanuatu AustraliaEl pasado sábado por la mañana llegamos a Port Vila, la capital de Vanuatu en la Isla Efate, Es un pueblo calle con gente normal que nada tiene que ver con los habitantes de las otras islas. Sorprendentemente hay un casino y las casas de palma de los tres cerditos son solo las de los hoteles de lujo. Hoy a las 15 horas con marea alta hemos salido hacia Mackay (Australia), un dia antes de lo previsto por la organización porque no queremos arriesgarnos a no haber llegado el día 28 a nuestro destino porque llegan las princesas. De todas formas no somos los únicos, hemos salido varios barcos porque parece que mañana hará peor tiempo en Port Vila.Carmen. read more...


20/07/2016

Paw Paw - There's Hope for Us Yet

After breakfast Elaine made a number of phone calls to family and friends while Roy headed ashore for his optician's appointment. He had no sooner returned when the trough or low pressure system sitting over the Samoa Islands raised havoc in the anchorage.With torrential rain and high winds about 2/3rds of the yachts at anchor dragged, including Do Over who were not onboard at the time and whose anchor was tripped by another yacht that dragged.While we dealt with a 62 ft catamaran that kept dragging in front of us,sailors from two other yachts managed to get onto Do Over and move her to a shipping mooring while simultaneously dragging the yacht that had got tangled in Do Over 's anchor chain to begin with. That was barely sorted out when Roy had to dash to help another yacht that was. read more...


Paw Paw - There's Hope for Us Yet
Paw Paw - There's Hope for Us Yet
Paw Paw - There's Hope for Us Yet
Paw Paw - There's Hope for Us Yet
19/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 191: Sleeping with the Dead

It's fair to say we both slept like the dead last night.Rather apt considering the actual dead were sleeping just off out port side. Yep, we didn't notice until it was too late; we're right next to the graveyard. After a good night's rest regardless, we headed ashore this morning to get all the officialdom out of the way; a very laborious process involving six different departments - customs, port authority,harbour master, finance, health and immigration. Fortunately we had the yacht fumigated again in Surwarrow at no charge so we didnt have to incur any additional costs to have it inspected and fumigated here. That said though, the officials that assisted us were amongst the most friendly and welcoming we have encountered. It certainly left us with a wonderful first impression of. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 191: Sleeping with the Dead
Paw Paw - Log Day 191: Sleeping with the Dead
Paw Paw - Log Day 191: Sleeping with the Dead
Paw Paw - Log Day 191: Sleeping with the Dead
19/07/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 67. Aneityum. 20 14.310 S. 169 46.65

Hopefully the last blog before we set sail for New Zealand and the last blog to go to WARC, as Tanna was our last official venue as part of WARC and we are now in Anatoma.Saturday, 16 July, with just 3 other yachts in the bay, we manage to entertain ourselves and keep the sadness of saying goodbye to all our friends and fellow sailors by exploring some of the interior of Tanna with our driver, Johnson and guide, Stanley.Both delightful and informative and we had a lovely day.Sunday was get ready for an unpleasant beat to windward day.Tuesday is definitely the earliest we can leave, so we thought a 50 nm sail to Anatoma would use the time and get us that little bit closer.All bilges inspected, rigging and deck gear checked, water maker run for test of the new part and thermal underwear,. read more...


18/07/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Port Resolution, Tanna. 19.31.48S 169.26.77E

Saturday, 9 July. A lovely morning with about 5 knots of wind, not suitable for a sailing start and getting going on the passage to Tanna with light head winds for at least 24 hours, so we opted out of racing.It was indeed motor sailing on a variety of courses, just trying to keep the boat going at about 6 Knots and less than 2000 rpm.We had Meaerra Nieidaand Aliena for company most of the time, but lost sight of them by morning.After that, it was on/off with the motor, going mostly south of the course and hard on the wind, waiting for the wind to fill in from the SW and then S.We did not really get sailing until Sunday evening and then it was a gradual increase in the SSW wind and a gradual improvement in the direction, until we were making good progress with 2 reefs in the main in big. read more...


18/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 190: Back in "America"

We arrived in Pago Pago, American Samoa this morning and not a moment too soon as we are both exhausted. We've definitely started to feel every inch we've sailed thus far and looking forward to our break. After catching up on some sleep this afternoon,we've enjoyed a barbecue aboard, but haven't managed to visit Do Over as yet, although we did chat to them on the VHF radio just after we arrived.It's surprising just how many yachts we recognise in the anchorage, including one that was on the mooring ball next to us in Bonaire two years ago. Small world!As for the anchorage,the holding is not good,but after a few attempts we found a spot that should do.Fortunately the odours from the tuna cannery are bearable and the drone from the generator plant can only be heard when we swing in a. read more...


17/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 189: Pago Pago, Not Your Typical Tropical Island Destination

Earlier today we sailed passed the uninhabited atoll of Rose Island and then spotted "land ahoy" soon thereafter; the eastern islands of American Samoa known as the Manua Islands comprising the islands of Ta'u, Ofu and Olosega. While these islands are inhabited, we have to sail passed them, since the only anchorages available to yachts in American Samoa are on Tutuila Island. This has been a very long 10 days for us since leaving Bora Bora and while we're looking forward to getting into an anchorage,unfortunately Pago Pago is not your typical tropical island destination. Apparently the water is dirty so we won't be able to run out watermaker. A huge Starkist tuna cannery is located in the harbour which belches out odours that smell like rotten cabbage. Mix that with a constant drone and. read more...


17/07/2016

Aliena - Domingo 17 de Julio 2016

El viernes 15 salimos hacia la Isla de Erromango a 50Nm de Tanna. Solo quedamos 15 veleros. Al llegar los habitantes de Dillan Bay nos ofrecieron enseñarnos al dia siguiente la escuela. Este poblado es mas evolucionado que el de la otra isla y las casas ya no son de palma. La escuela, muy bien organizada son varios edificios alrededor de un parque muy grande donde juegan al futbol. Nos enseñan su "jardin" que es la huerta. Nos hacen ir a un edificio que dicen que es el Yate Club. Al llegar vemos que nos han preparado un aperitivo con frutas y pastas caseras y un grupo de cantores. Nosotros sorprendidos y ellos encantados. Nos regalan frutas y nos agradecen que les hayamos visitado. Les damos banderas para que empiecen con la decoración. Creen que con el Yate Club los visitaran mas. read more...


16/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 188: Staying Connected

We had a lovely sail today under sunny blue skies, but we could certainly feel the drop in temperature associated with the cold air behind the storms that had passed over us in Surwarrow. While the sea has been lumpy we have managed to maintain good speeds,averaging a little over 7.5 Kts. Tonight we are more than halfway with just over 200NM to go, sailing on headsail alone after dropping the mainsail tonight for our downwind leg of the passage.SincePago Pago, on the island of Tutuila, is the most western island of American Samoa we should reach the eastern, uninhabited islands some time tomorrow morning. The highlight of our day, however,was chatting to family in the USA and Ireland which always helps us stay connected to the outside world on these passages.. read more...


15/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 187: Pick Your Poison

We woke up early this morning to voices on the VHF radio. Two yachts were hove-to outside the Surwarrow lagoon awaiting daybreak so they could enter. For us though, it was with a big sigh of relief that we were no longer trapped inside and could exit having weathered two winter storms over four days, knowing that the anchorage isconsidered dangerous in anything but calm conditions. Since the holding is not good and the anchorage is littered with reefs, we were very grateful that the rock our anchor chain was wrapped around held.While we have no regrets about visiting this very special place, where one gets a good sense of what life could be like in a world free of all the issues of our societies today, it brought home the fact that, in this sailing season, we're having to pick our. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 187: Pick Your Poison
Paw Paw - Log Day 187: Pick Your Poison
Paw Paw - Log Day 187: Pick Your Poison
Paw Paw - Log Day 187: Pick Your Poison
15/07/2016

Aliena - Viernes 15 Julio 2016

Ayer celebramos el intercembio de regalos con los habitantes de Port Resolution. Para ellos fue todo un ritual y una fiesta importante. Se habian arreglado mucho, incluso los niños y habian preparado el poblado para recibirnos. Nos hicieron bailes propios de las tribus africanas. Como trabajan bien la palma nos regalaron sombreros y los niños cantaron muy bien. Fue una ceremonia entrañable en la que nosotros entregamos herramientas y ropa usada y ellos nos entregaron unos bolsitos de palma con fruta y vegetales que seguramente los amantes del cultivo biologico envidiarian. Es un poblado que tiene una opción de vida sencilla y se les ve felices. Me pregunto si los estamos acostumbrando a algo que ellos no han elegido.Carmen. read more...


15/07/2016

Aliena - Martes 12 Julio 2016

Por la mañana llegamos a la Isla de Tanna, a Port Resolution, donde fondeamos. Venimos aqui casi en misión humanitaria porque nos han dicho que tienen necesidad de herramientas, cacerolas....Aqui hay una aldea donde aun mantienen una de las formas mas primitivas de vida de Vanuatu. Hay un Yate Club sencillo y cuidado y aun asi es la casa mas lujosa del poblado. Tanna es una mas de las islas volcánicas del archipielago con volcan activo, el Monte Yasur, que visitamos al atardecer. La isla tiene una vegetación exhuberante. Al dia siguiente fuera de la hora programada visitamos la aldea y sorprendemos a sus amables habitantes vestidos casi con harapos y los niños mas pequeños desnudos. Una señora nos enseña el "pueblo" consistente en 12 casas hechas de palma, un gran descampado para. read more...


14/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 186: A Generosity and Kindness that is Humbling

After another very unsettling night and no explanation as to the weather we were experiencing having analysed the various forecasts to death and having seen the cloud formations that had signified the passing of the unforecasted cold front from Monday night, we eventually found a synoptic chart buried in the bowels of NOAA's (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) radiofaxes which depicted the actuals. Within24 hours of the first front passing, we had a second unforecasted, more intense one pass over us this morning, neither of which had been shown on any forecast we had looked at prior to our departure from Bora Bora or those we'd downloaded on route and after our arrival, leaving us to believe that we could enter and remain in this atoll for a few days without the risk. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 186: A Generosity and Kindness that is Humbling
Paw Paw - Log Day 186: A Generosity and Kindness that is Humbling
Paw Paw - Log Day 186: A Generosity and Kindness that is Humbling
Paw Paw - Log Day 186: A Generosity and Kindness that is Humbling
13/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 185: Another Wave of Unpleasant and Unforecasted Weather

Today,we baked fresh bread to take ashore for the Marine Park Rangers and we were looking forward to our picnic on the beach.Unfortunately we ended up having to stay onboard due to another wave of unpleasant weather passing over us. While we expected a change in the wind direction due to an outer band of a cold frontpassing hundreds of miles to the south of us, we were not expecting the unforecasted strong winds.The forecasts indicated that the light 5-10 Kts of wind we had yesterday would last until Thursday, not have 20-25 Kts, resulting in a fetch coming across the lagoon that we would prefer to do without.The weather moderated slightly this afternoon, but has picked up again tonight. Given the total unreliability of all the forecasts, we have no idea what to expect tomorrow.While we. read more...


12/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 184: A Very Special Place

It is difficult to explain how we feel about Surwarrow.We could say we're enchanted by it. It is a very special place, but what makes it extra special for us is that we are two of only four people in the entire world that occupy it at the moment. It is a very strange feeling knowing that we are the only people out here, floating in a small lagoon, basically in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.From Paw Paw we can see the entire circumference of the atoll with the small motos dotted along the reef. Today, even after five days at sea, we didn't think of heading to land. Instead we were quite happy to stay aboard, floating just off Anchorage Island and watch the sealife, the birdlife and the most amazing colours of the water.Although The Society Islands had spectacular waters, the difference. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 184: A Very Special Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 184: A Very Special Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 184: A Very Special Place
Paw Paw - Log Day 184: A Very Special Place
11/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 183: Land Ahoy - Treasure Island

At around 0130 this morning we ran out of wind as forecasted, so it was Chicken Chute" down, headsail up, engines on and full steam ahead.We had barely completed the sail change when Roy spotted lights on the horizon directly ahead that were not there minutes earlier.Using the binoculars he confirmed there was a vessel heading straight towards us at about 3NM out. After a quick 15° turn to portthe lights on the other vessel were extinguished. We spent the next hour crawling ahead trying to find the vessel in order to avoid hitting it,but to no avail. We then decided to reset our course and continue on - A strange encounter indeed! This afternoon we arrived in Surwarrow, a marine reserve off the Cook Islands and where the New Zealander, Tom Neale, lived and made famous with his book, "An. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 183: Land Ahoy - Treasure Island
Paw Paw - Log Day 183: Land Ahoy - Treasure Island
Paw Paw - Log Day 183: Land Ahoy - Treasure Island
Paw Paw - Log Day 183: Land Ahoy - Treasure Island
11/07/2016

Aliena - Lunes 11 de Julio 2016

3º dia de Fiji a VanuatuVanuatu es un archipielago de 83 islas situado entre el Este de Australia y el Sureste de Papua Nueva Guinea. Sus origenesn solo se conocen a través de canciones y leyendas aunque hay indicios de que fueron habitadas 3000 años AJC. En 1606 empezaron a llegar los Ocidenteles. Primero el portugues Pedro Fernando Quiros por encargo de la corona española y despues varios marinos conocidos hasta que el Capital Cook en 1774 las llamó Nuevas Hébridas. El único interes comercial fue la madera de sándalo lo que provocó que China esquilmara sus bosques. Sus habitantes fueron llevados como esclavos a campos de algodon de Australia y Fidji lo que provocó que en 1872 Inglaterra en un intento de "protección" se la anexionara a la vez que Francia con intereses economicos en. read more...


11/07/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 65. Musket Cove. 17.46.29S 177.11.59E

Wednesday, 6 July.Spare control unit for water maker arrived and located and on board, hurrah!Take Off family safely on board, bar Jorgen, who is coming later after damage to Take Off fully assessed, fuel tanks filled and we were on our way to Musket Cove at about 11.00.Motored all the way in bright sunshine and apart from the fact that the charted marks bore very little resemblance to the actual marks on the reefs around the entrance to Musket there were no issues.Ship's Boy did a brilliant job of entertaining Alex, the elder of the Take Off children and did her best to reach him as much as possible about navigation during the 2.5 hour trip.It was keel up and a tight squeeze to get Alcedo into the marina itself, with stern to mooring Med style and very little manoeuvring space, but we. read more...


10/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 182: Six Months Ago Today

Six months ago today we set sail on this amazing adventure from St Lucia with the World ARC and to mark the occasion we have had one of our best sails since leaving Panama: Sunny blue skies dotted with fair weather cumulus, 5-7 Ft seas, 13-18 Kts of wind and a 0.5 Kt current with us.While the rest of the fleet are making their way to Vanuatu, a stop we are definitely looking forward to next year,we are underway to Surwarrow, another destination we are looking forward to seeing. With 122NM to go and the "Chicken Chute"still flying, we are averaging 7.5 Kts and expect to make landfall tomorrow afternoon.The wind is forecasted to lighten though at some point tomorrow which means we'll have to motorsail so as not to spend another night at sea. Roy tried his hand at fishing today,but had no. read more...


10/07/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 64. Denarau. 17.46.36S 177.22.93E

Sunday 3 July.With the wind beginning to blow up to 17 knots north of east and into the anchorage in Nalauwaki Bay, we had no reason to stay, so pulled up the anchor at 08.45 and set off for Denearu.Once round the corner and heading south and east,passing Toujours Belle going north on the way, we had a great sail in very pleasant conditions until the wind dropped.Then it was a motor into Denarau and a good berth in the marina recently vacated Spirit and in time for a late lunch.After a small siesta, we enjoyed choosing a restaurant for supper, showering in lots of water and planning a day with a rent a car tomorrow.Mearra Nieida were next to us and helped us with our arrival and we were also pleased to see Sophia, Two Fish and Take Off, the latter about to depart for Musket Cove, a. read more...


09/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 181: Time for the "Chicken Chute" Again

This morning it was time for the "Chicken Chute" again; the first time since our Pacific Ocean crossing.We've been flying along nicely in moderated seas with speeds of up to 10Kts at times.Given that we're more than halfway to Surwarrow with less than 300NN to go, we're hoping it's enough to shave off a night at sea and make landfall on Sunday rather than Monday. If not, we'll have to slow down to make a daylight arrival.In the interim, Elaine is grateful that she's feeling human again after a few days of feeling somewhat "green".Unfortunately the frequency of the south-easterly swell we had was exactly the one that triggers her queasiness, the first time ever since moving ontoPaw Paw and only the second time ever at sea. Thankfully, on this occasion, there was no actual sickness with. read more...


09/07/2016

Aliena - Sabado 8 de Julio

1ºdia de Fidji a VanuatuA las 10,15h hemos salido esta mañana de Malololailai con destino a Vanuatu, a la Isla de Tanna. Poco s poco se han ido quedando barcos por el camino y de los 34 barcos que comenzamos solo quedamos 19. El último Take Off con sus niños, que esta reparando su quilla. Primero chocó contra un pesquero pequeño que hundió y luego le garreó el ancla y contra un arrecife se rompio los tornillos que sujetan la quilla. Tenemos 480Nm por delante y esperamos estar en lunes en nuestro destino a pesar de que no hace viento. Al ir todos a motor no nos hemos perdido de vista. Al menos ha aparecido la maleta de Marta y no tendrá que disfrazarse mas con mi ropa.Carmen. read more...


08/07/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 63. Nacula and Waya Islands

Thursday 30 June.Another lovely day and a short and uneventful motor to Nacula Island just south of Yasawa.Another lovely bay with a very tidy, up together village and another quite brief Sevusevu, this Chief being quite old and apparently quite tired.Then a walk down beach and through the village, meeting the local rugby team in training, while Anthony walked the hills.By afternoon the weather was clouding over and the wind strong enough to discourage a swim, so we watched the children coming home from school from the bigger village in the next bay and walked again in that direction, but avoiding the village as we getting short of Kava.Friday, 1 July.We set off in good time, aiming for a bay on the west coast of Naviti some 17nm away rather than the Blue Lagoon, with very little. read more...


08/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 180: A Small World

In the early hours of this morning we found the wind we were looking for and have been sailing along nicely since on headsail alone at 6.5 - 8.0 Kts with a following sea. The good ol' south-easterly swell, however, continues to preclude us from flying the mainsail. Also, the boisterous seas stuck around a little longer than forecasted so we had a very uncomfortable morning. We think the topography of the outlying atolls of the Leeward Society Islands contributed to the confusion. Once we were past them, things settled down.A highlight of our days are our morning and evening calls into the Mag Net on the HF/SSB radio. It always adds some comfort to the passage hearing other voices out there and knowing there are other yachts around, especially when the Net Controller turns out to be. read more...


07/07/2016

Altair - Altair's Refit activity

Altair’s re-fit is well under way, sails off to the sailmaker for inspections and repairs, mast will be pulled Monday, July 11 for rig inspection, rebuild and service of the Harken Bat Car system and anything else. The engine will be pulled for major service including honing the cylinders, new rings and anything else that may be needed.August, crew members Barbara and Jeff are taking sailing lessons with J-World of Annapolis. We will be put everything Altair back together and breaking in the rebuilt engine. Also the220V 50 Hz Battery charge system will be installed along with the reconfiguration of the inverters to support handle the hot water heater and air-conditioningSeptember and October are for sailing and system checkout. Capt. Joseph W. Reeds/v Altair. read more...


07/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 179: On the Move Again

Roy was up early to get to the supermarket in the hopes of finding eggs that may have been offloaded overnight from the supply ship that had arrived. Unfortunately he returned empty-handed as far as eggs go, but he was laden with freshly baked French pastries - the last that we would enjoy for some time to come.Then it was a quick call to Kiwi Beanz on the VHF radio under the disguise of "Endeavour" asking them if they were "ready to go for breakfast"; our prearranged ploy to let them know we were ready to leave our mooring ball so that they could get to it before everyone else in the anchorage who was hanging around waiting on a ball freeing up - Hens teeth have nothing on mooring balls in the Society Leeward Islands. With the switch over successfully completed we waved our goodbyes to. read more...


06/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia

It was with a heavy heart that we cleared out of French Polynesia this morning and lowered their flag on Paw Paw. It seems like only yesterday that Elaine raised it after our Pacific Ocean crossing when we arrived in Hiva Oa. We did, however, enjoy our last day in Bora Bora with a stroll around town and then watched one of the Heiva pirogue races. We also had plenty of visitors stopping by this afternoon to say goodbye.No sooner had Michelle and Neil from YouNevaKnow left when Kiwi Beanz popped over.Tonight we had another Happy Hour at the Maikai Marina and Yacht Club with Nina to say our goodbyes to them with the hope of seeing them again in either Western Samoa or Tonga.For now though, we pray for a safe passage and look forward to a whole new group of islands to explore and their. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia
Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia
Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia
Paw Paw - Log Day 179: Our Last Day in French Polynesia
05/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 178: Preparing and Resting

Today was a day spent preparing for our passage to American and Western Samoa.We completed the last of our provisioning,rigged the various sails and completed a few odds and ends that needed doing, like Elaine hoisting Roy up the mast to sort out one of our flag halyards.Elaine also managed to complete and upload our latest website article. However, given the amount of information we decided to spilt the article into two parts - Enjoy. Writing it was definitely a trip down memory lane and brought home just how much we've experienced over the past six months. - Incredible really! This evening we enjoyed a Happy Hour with Nina at the Maikai Marina and Yacht Club before they headed off to see a Heiva show. We've decided to enjoy an evening aboard in order to have a few early nights to get. read more...


04/07/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 62. Sawa-i-Lau. 16.50.855S 17.27.941E

Tuesday 28 June.After peaceful night in Yadua, we left for Sawa-i-Lau at about 08.25 for the 54nm sail. Through the open waters south of the reefs that lie between Yadua and Sawa-i-Lau, then through the the Qio Channel using Sail Fiji's way points.With very little wind to start with, we ended up with 2 reefs in the main and a very fast sail across the gap. This was followed by a very rough motor through to narrow gap between the reefs that form the entrance to the bay between Yasawa Island to the N/W, Sawa-i-Lau to the east and Nacula Island to the south.Sawa-i-Lau anchorage is well sheltered with no swell and quite beautiful, plus there are the famous caves, good snorkelling and a very friendly village.We stayed 2 nights with only 2 other yachts both nights, Kevin's being one of them on. read more...


Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 62. Sawa-i-Lau. 16.50.855S 17.27.941E
Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 62.  Sawa-i-Lau.  16.50.855S 17.27.941E
04/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 175 & 176: Awaiting a Weather Window

Yesterday morning we woke to a huge plume of black smoke and flames bellowing out of the restaurant area where the Heiva has been taking place. Within minutes the adjacent building was on fire as well.Since these buildings are constructed using traditional methods, the flames spread like wildfire. By the time the fire brigade eventually got it under control there was little left of either building. It was amazing though, that when we took a walk into town yesterday afternoon there wasn't a single sign of the event.The graders and trucks had hauled everything away.All that remained was the patch of sand where the buildings had stood.You don't see that kind of efficiency in too many places these days!While we await our weather window to set sail, we took advantage of the extra time.Roy. read more...


02/07/2016

Widago - Crossing the Coral Sea

Day 4 underway on our passage from Vanuatu to Australia. We crossed into Australian waters after breakfast this morning, and now have just over 300 miles to the Great Barrier Reef.Not gunna sugar-coat, this passage has been a bit of a doozy. Winds have been consistently in the mid to upper 20s, just abaft abeam. Sea swell has also been abeam at 8-10 feet, sometimes breaking. We've been set up with white sails double reefed and prevented way out, cooking right along around 8kts, and surfing at times well over 10.Needless to say, I have been less than enthusiastic to spend much time in the galley, or anywhere inside. Puking, no - seasick, sort of. It's like being a little bit pregnant, or day two after a nuclear hangover. Nauseous, headache (My name is Ali, and I am a caffeine addict.. read more...



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