And they're off, next stop Vanuatu! The World ARC Pacific fleet left Musket Cove, Fiji this morning headed for their next stop, Port Resolution on Tanna Island. It was a clear start under blue skies with a gentle breeze picking up as the boats sailed across the line. First to cross was Escapade, closely followed by A Plus 2 and Seaside. Fourteen boats crossed the line making a beautiful picture as sails filled the horizon framed against the stunning blue backdrop of the Fiji waters.
This is a short leg, approximately 450nm from Fiji to the first stop in Vanuatu, Port Resolution with the first boats expected to arrive from Monday. It should be a fairly good sail with winds predicted between 10 - 15 knots and gusts up to 20 knots.
The boats have enjoyed catching up in Fiji after almost a month of free cruising around the islands and celebrated with a dinner and meke where the fleet waved goodbye to 3 boats leaving the rally in Fiji. There have also been morning running groups, a walking tour around the island and plenty of sunset drinks at the island bar and a highly competitive Pétanque world championship on the beach!