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23/06/2017

Lexington - Namena Island

We left Savusavu Copra Shed Marina this morning after a three night stay. We have come to Namena Island inside a large reef that extends from Vanua Levi, a large island of Fiji. We are on a mooring ball just on the northwest of the island. We have had a very relaxing afternoon and evening. I took the dinghy around the island, about a mile long. It is a nesting area for birds. I saw many birds on their nest. I think I saw male birds feeding the females on the nest. I think I saw one young bird sticking its head up. I did not have binoculars so I am not for sure. It is a lovely mooring with a gentle motion on the water to rock me to sleep. May fair winds fill your sails with gentle rocking! Bob. read more...


23/06/2017

Lexington - Produce Market in Savusavu

 Photos of the produce market in Savusavu . read more...


23/06/2017

Lexington - 6/22/2017. Savusavu

We are in the Copra Shed Marina in Savusavu, Vanua Levi island which is part of Fiji. We rented a car so we drove to the other side of the island in the morning. We went to a town called Labasa. The other side of the island is flatter. For that reason they grow sugar cane and vegetables there. We saw numerous loads of sugar cane on the road. On the other side of the town was a large sugar mill with probably 100 or more trucks waiting to unload their cane. We also saw a lot of log trucks loaded with logs of pine and hardwood. There were numerous gardens growing vegetables, kava growing, oranges, kasava (tapioca). I will attach photos from along the way. May fair winds fill your sails with fun and adventure! Bob    . read more...


23/06/2017

Timshel - Onwards in Fiji

The fleet intended to separate leaving Vanua Balavu in the Lau group.3 boats set off the day before, then on Friday we set off at first light with a group of 6 heading for the hurricane hole on Quamea island, and another 5 set off for an Atoll called Waligilala Is that was a bit nearer and looked interesting.Things are complicated as most place names seem to have 2 or 3 spellings, none of us know how to pronounce them and and many of them sound the same. In the event we had a good sail although worried rather that we might not get there in time in the good daylight required for Navigation. especially as the faster boats arriving first had decided to go on further to an anchorage in the bay at the North of the island.But we made it and Atla invited everyone over for sundowners so we. read more...


21/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Savusavu

We rented a car today to tour the island. As we were driving along I offered to give a young lady walking along the road a ride. She was carrying a couple of bags. She asked us what we were doing and then offered to stay with us for several hours talking about what we were seeing. She had worked as a tour guide before.We had a nice drive around an area of the island. We ate lunch at a very nice resort where one of her friends worked. All she would accept is the lunch. We dropped her back off at her grandmother's house where she was going in the first place. She was taking her grandmother two bags of fruit.We all had an enjoyable afternoon. I think she enjoyed our company of more normal people than she deals with at her resort. We enjoyed her perspective.First is a photo of the three of. read more...


20/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Kapteinen er alltid tidlig på an, så klokka 7.30 var vi i dinghyen på vei mot nye eventyr. Han tenkte ikke på at det var 12 timer siden vi kavet for å komme oss gjennom korallrevet. Nå var vi i nesten samme situasjon, men denne gangen i dagslys. Det gikk jo greiere enn sist, og nå begynner vi å lære hvordan vi skal te oss. Taxisjåføren var på pletten. Vi hadde bestilt ham til kl.8, men han var der allerede da vi dro dinghyen på land.Så kjørte vi på austsida av Taveuni. Det var ikke lenge før veien gikk over i grusvei, og vi humpet oss gjennom landsby etter landsby. Også her har husene strålende farger, noen har fått seg murhus, andre har trehus eller blikkskur. Klesvaskene hang på snorene rundt omkring, og hvitt tøy var ikke alltid hvitt.På Fiji er grisene i bur. De har satt buret på. read more...


Misto - Yesterday and Today - Ros is straddling the dateline in Taveuni.
Misto - Yesterday and Today - Ros is straddling the dateline in Taveuni.
Misto - The first Tavoro waterfall
Misto - The first Tavoro waterfall
19/06/2017

Misto - Days 160-163 June 16-19: Paradise found on Taveuni, Fiji

We departed Bay of Islands for Welagilala, the only true atoll in Fiji. The wind was blowing strongly in the mid to upper 20's, the seas got up somewhat and it was a beautiful beam reach and we revelled in a fantastic sail. However we were to be disappointed in our destination. Probably a beautiful option in settled weather, the seas were breaking heavily over the reef and so the Owl and the Pussy Cats (Laura Dawn, Sumore and Misto) along with Tula Mohr, decided to press on to Matangi. The horseshoe shaped anchorage on the north of Matangi is described as idilic.Arriving as the light was starting to go Laura Dawn explored the anchorage but found it infested with coral and certainly not suitable for 5 boats to find safe anchoring in those poor light conditions. So we pressed on again to. read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - Enjoying the Fiji Feast

The two fellas in the photo are from Australia. They have come to this resort for several years. They were extremely engaging and fun to share dinner with. They are brothers. . read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos of Fiji Feast and Kava Party

Here are photos from the Fiji Feast and Kava Party . read more...


19/06/2017

Lexington - Fiji Feast and Kava Party

The resort put on a Fiji feast and kava party. The food was cooked in an earthen oven. The fire was made over stones which were then covered with banana leaves. The meats were wrapped in banana leaves and the whole thing was covered with banana leaves. Everyone at the resort were seated at long tables. After dinner they had dancing. The dancers were the employees and their children. It was a real family affair. Later everyone danced on the lawn while the tables and chairs were cleared for everyone to sit on woven mats. We were served Kava drinks.  Kava is a drink made of water and ground kava. The Kava drink is made from the dried and ground up roots and stalks of the Kava plant. It is ground into a powder and then mixed with water. It has a little narcotic or intoxicating. read more...


19/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 19. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Hvilke opplevelser! Vi gir oss ende over! Klokka er 21.15, og vi er i seng! Dagen begynte på Qavea, og vi hadde avtalt med Shamal å gå derfra kl.08. Shamal er et riktig fartsfantom, og vi hadde nok med å holde følge med dem. De kom først til Taveuni, selv om vi motorseilte, og mot slutten hadde vi til og med 9,5 knop innover mot bukta vi nå ligger i. Det lå en 4-5 båter oppankret her fra før, så vi tenkte det var gode grunner til å være her.Vi hviler aldri lenge, så vi var i land allerede 10.30. Da stod vi utenfor en resort (et hotell) og lurte på om vi kunne ha lunsj der. Det kunne vi ikke! Det var kun for hotellets gjester. Vi ville gjerne dra på coastal-walk, den med alle fossefallene. Noen damer utenfor hotellet sa det skulle komme en buss vi kunne ta dit, men vi (Aurora. read more...


Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 -  World ARC 2017-2018
18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 12.-15. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det gikk som planlagt! Vi kom inn i atollen Vanuana Balavu, og gikk til Lomolomo. Der ventet toll og immigrasjon på oss. Vi trodde de skulle komme om bord, og jeg hadde hatt et svare strev med å rydde opp etter seilasen. En del saker og ting har en tendens til å fly rundt når vi stamper av gårde i slik vind vi har hatt de siste dagene. De speedet imidlertid opp den prosessen, så kapteinen for av gårde med alle papirene til «Laura Dawn». Der fikk han ordnet både immigrasjon og internett for oss.Senere gikk vi i land i den lille fiskerlandsbyen som minner meg litt om en vi besøkte i Las Perlas. Her var det imidlertid litt ryddigere, selv om Lomolomo var ramponert av syklonen Winston i februar 2016. De fortalte oss at bare i denne landsbyen var seks mennesker omkommet. De hadde fått noe. read more...


18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 11. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Det begynte med sol og fint vær, og vinden rett på nesen. Etter hvert snudde den mot nordvest, og vi kunne seile. Det økte på utover ettermiddagen, og vinden dreide sør/sørvest. Det begynte å bli veldig ubehagelig, med skikkelig «bausing» og jumping, og jeg kjente at jeg måtte være ytterst forsiktig med aktiviteter, ellers kom jeg til å bli sjøsyk.Vi nådde igjen de andre båtene som hadde gått litt tidligere enn oss, så nå er vi i nærheten av hverandre – fem båter i alt – det føles godt!Nå, nattestid, har vinden roet seg noe, og vi har fullmåne. Det gjør det ekstra fint å ha nattevakt! Tidligere i dag hadde vi gråvær, og noen av båtene hadde regnbyger. Vi har hatt mest sjøsprøyt!I dag fikk kapteinen en sværing på kroken! Snella raste ut, og stanga var aldeles krumbøyd. Da han rakk bort. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos

  Here are some more photos.. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - 6/17/17 Taveuni, Fiji

We are on the island of Taveuni, Fiji. We came to the southwest area of the island to Paradise Resort. They have free mooring balls for visiting yachts and they are extremely yacht friendly. They came out to help us tie to their moorings. When we went ashore they were there to greet us and give us a tour of their facilities that we were free to use. We all had dinner there. We are three boats, Skyelark, Aurora, and us. They brought out a birthday cake at the dinner for one of us that they had picked up that had a birthday. They have excellent customer service and were rewarded by us booking a diving trip, snorkeling trip and a tour of the area. Four more ARC boats are coming tomorrow because of what we told them. I am going to send more photos of our tour yesterday. May fair winds fill. read more...


18/06/2017

Lexington - Tour 6/17/17

We took a tour today. World Cruising had arranged it for everyone. That is one of the things that World Cruising does very well. We had a bus (very old) to take us to Ene’io Botanical Gardens. The owner was a very nice native Tongan who had devoted his land to a botanical garden. He was well educated, with a agricultural degree from the University of Hawaii. He had been the Commissioner of Agriculture. He had about 500 species of plants. They also had a demonstration on the uses of coconut, weaving palm leaves, making a cloth type material from tree bark and making kava powder for a mildly intoxicating drink. After the demonstration we had a very nice lunch with local dancers performing. I did not remember everything but I will try to name off what we were offered. We had a salad, baked. read more...


18/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga to Fiji Arrival Vanua Balavu

We came up with and talked to Aurora during the day and agreed to go into the island pass together.Managed to sail for a few hours, until wind died and headed us.Even managed to tack - a long time since we've had to do that.More motoring through the night, Owl and Misto came up, Tulla Mhor hove to off the pass, at day break waited for a squall to pass that blotted out the visibility Skylark and Zeeland came up , also Altair appeared and Exit Strategy behind.Finally entering the pass at nearly 11, following Aurora with Skylark and Zeeland in line behind, Owl, Misto and Altair ahead.We were carefully following the waypoints provided by WARC having been warned that in this area (and most of Fiji) that both electronic and paper charts might be wrong.Most of the beacons marked on the chart. read more...


18/06/2017

Timshel - Fiji Vanua Balavu

We elected to stay in the Lomolomo anchorage on Monday having things to fix - e.g. the Lewmar hatches as two hinges one on the fore and one on the aft had broken in quick succession.Most of the other boats set off for the other side of the island which was much more sheltered.But we did spend a very convivial evening as we were invited aboard Zeeland by Bianca and Edwin.Tuesday we set off in convoy with cats Laura Dawn and Sumore, Andrew in LD piloting us in the lead (Stefano was also aboard) and us in the middle, having entered the 20 or so waypoints provided.Lovely day, beautiful scenery but even following one did have to concentrate on the navigation with reefs all around.Eventually we arrived and anchored off the village of Dalicoli with the rest of the fleet.Ashore at 5pm for the. read more...


18/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 15.-18. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

I “Bay of Islands” lå svært mange av våre ARC-båter. Vi ble ønsket velkommenav dem der vi kom inn og la oss til rett før solnedgang. Neste morgen droalle de andre videre, og vi og Shamal ble liggende igjen. Vi ønsket åutforske bukta før vi dro videre. Det vi da gjorde, var å ta dinghyen ut oggå med den langs land, rundt øyer og bortgjemte viker for å fotografere ognyte synet av alt det ukjente. Der var øyer som så ut som sopper, og allesammen var helt tilgrodd med vegetasjon. Tok vi borti fjellveggene, måtte vivære forsiktige, for de var kvasse som nåler. Nedi sjøen så vi massevis avnydelige fisker i alle slags farger, og noen av vikene hadde turkis farge ogvar innbydende å bade i.Omtrent midt på dagen, dro vi tilbake til båten for å gjøre forskjelligeting, og rundt kl.15 skulle Shamal. read more...


Misto - Entertainment in Daliconi village Vanua balavu
Misto - Entertainment in Daliconi village Vanua balavu
Misto - Sunset in the Lau Group
Misto - Sunset in the Lau Group
Misto - Visiting Joel and his family on Vanua Balavu
Misto - Visiting Joel and his family on Vanua Balavu
Misto - The beautiful exploring islands on Vanua Balava
Misto - The beautiful exploring islands on Vanua Balava
16/06/2017

Lexington - More Photos From Taveuni

Here are a few more photos from our tour. . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - Taveuni Island Tour

We are on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. All three boats hired a van and took a tour to several waterfalls in the south end of the island. We had two long walks to see various waterfalls. I am sore and tired from walking. We ended up having a pizza and then coming back to the boat. I will send a couple of photos. May fair winds fill your sails with enough energy to walk to your next waterfalls! Bob . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - To Taveuni

We are headed to the island of Taveuni which is part of Fiji and west of Bay of Islands on the island of Vanua Balavu where we were last night. Exit Strategy, Skyelark of London and Lexington are traveling together. This is free sailing time so we will go our various ways and end up in Musket Cove to begin the next leg. As usual it was down wind sailing and we used our twin head sails. We have come to the northern tip of the island. We are in the bay near Naselesele Point near the village of Matei. We are anchored in about 20 feet of water well off from land because there is a broad reef which is very shallow at low tides. We all came together because Dan from Skyelark has been here before. So we pooled our knowledge and followed Dan. We are going into the town tomorrow to do a tour. read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - 6/13/2017 Daliconi

By now you have figured out that I am crazy or lying. And you figured that an old man like me must be lying. But I don’t have that much money. The photo in the previous post was real. It was from another boat that actually has a tub built into the steering well of the boat. As you can imagine it is a very nice boat. Now I will include a photo or two from the village. May fair winds fill your sails with island memories! Bob . read more...


16/06/2017

Lexington - 6/13/2017 Daliconi Village Meal

We went to the village of Daliconi for a dinner cooked by the local villagers. Their school was destroyed by typhoon Winston. They fixed the dinner for all our boaters and we paid a fee for the meal. It functioned as a fund raiser. They had dancing and music. They have a very nice clean village in a bay on the west side of the island. So here is the interesting dichotomy. The people were doing their traditional music, singing and dancing. During one of the songs, their traditional “farewell ” song, I took a picture of one of the singers holding a cell phone with the words to the song scrolling along as they sang. A real mixture of culture and technology. The only other thing to share was a visitor to our boat. On one of the islands a young lady wanted to hitch a ride to the next island.. read more...


16/06/2017

Misto - Days 156-159: June 12-15 Vanua Balavu, Lau Group

Following the waypoints around the island, and keeping a sharp lookout for rocks and reefs, we made our way north to Mbvatu Harbor. Rather like a fjord, this deep anchorage is surrounded by steep, undercut cliffs covered in vegetation.After a couple of abortive attempts at anchoring in slightly shallower water we dropped all our chain in around 65' of water.That evening we had a great party aboard Exit Strategy.Early the next morning we set off in the dinghy to the jetty on the far side of the anchorage.There we climbed a winding staircase of about 350 steps up the hillside.At the top the devastation wrought by cyclone Winston was apparent, with many downed coconut trees and others just stripped of their vegetation.On the advice of a local lady we followed a path across the plateau and. read more...


12/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017

We are anchored in an area called Bay of Islands. It is on the other side of the island that we checked into. The trip around was slightly challenging in that the charts are not that accurate so Sam stood watch at the bow for most all the trip. We left at about 10 a.m. and got the anchor down at about 3. The charts can be off about 1/2 mile. A good portion of the markers are not there. We were just trying to be careful and it is confusing when you do not know whether the next mark you see is the next mark on the chart or totally missing. There are several other boats here. One couple came up to us in their dinghy to ask if we knew someone. The someone was a skipper of Hanna, a boat from Sweden whom we knew. These people are from Germany. It is a small world. We are going to the next. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob : 6/12/2017
11/06/2017

Misto - Days 150-155: June 6-11 Across to the Lau Group in Fiji

We spent the last couple of days in Tonga in Neiafu as the weather was rainy.In fact on our last day there the heavens opened and there was a deluge of rain for several hours that made the roads into rivers for a while.We stocked up on fresh produce at the local market and welcomed Cecilie from WCC on board for the passage to Lomaloma on Vanua Balavu.We departed on June 9 in calm conditions that we hoped would yield some wind suitable for sailing.However, we eventually motored the whole way apart from a few hours of sailing on the second day.We were warned that charts of the Fiji area are not entirely accurate and we found out that our electronic charts are about 0.5 nm out and displaced to the North East.We utilized the waypoints WCC had supplied without mishap but it is very. read more...


11/06/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 6/11/2017 Lomaloma

So we are in Fiji at a village named Lomaloma. It rained hard last night and was raining some this morning. I decided to go to church to get a taste of Fiji church life. The service lasted 2 hours and the seats were very hard with straight backs. I did not understand a word that was said. There was lots of very nice singing which I enjoyed. As I left one gentleman invited me to have lunch with them. At first I was a little too shy to go but after talking with a few other men who also invited me to join them I decided to join them. We first sat on a mat behind the church cross-legged and talked. Then we retired to an adjacent building where the food was all set out on the floor mat. All the men sat around the floor mat and we served ourselves from the dishes that had been set out. We had. read more...


10/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 10. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Klokka 10.20, slapp vi bøyen vi lå på, og satte kursen ut fra Tonga mot Fiji. Det hadde vært ei hard natt å komme gjennom for kaptinnen. Kapteinen var så utslått at han sov som en stein, og kaptinnen holdt på å kveles i varmen. Det var ei svært stille natt – ikke et vindpust, og i tillegg regnet det, slik at alle luker måtte stenges. Airconditioningen var på, men av en eller annen grunn funket den ikke. Klokka tre om natta, ble den skrudd av. Da hadde temperaturen gått opp fra 27,3 til 28,5 grader. Kaptinnen var helt kokt! Hun forsøkte å åpne takluka, men da regnet det inn. Så lukket hun den delvis, bare for å få litt luft. Nattelufta kunne tilby 2,5 grader kaldere enn det som var inne i kabinen. Da måtte hun i tillegg ha viftene på! Til slutt må hun ha sovnet, for hun våknet av at hun. read more...


10/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 9. juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Dagen for utsjekk av Tonga, fylling av drivstoff og påmontering av roret! Etter frokost, kom Shamal og la seg inntil oss. Siden vi var uten styring, måtte vi la oss lede inn til utsjekk og drivstoffylling. Det gikk veldig fint! Marcel er en dyktig kaptein, og han la oss fint og forsiktig inn mot Q-kaien (kaien for toll og immigrasjon). Senere kom Ashia og fortøyde seg utenpå der igjen, så vi lå 3 båter side ved side, men vi lå innerst mot kaien.Vi trodde vi kom til å få roret tilbake kl.10. Det viste seg at den tidsplanen sprakk nokså tidlig. Vi ble liggende ved tollkaien fra halv ni til tolv, og roret kom ikke før kl.14. Da var vi litt i manko på hjelpere, for de hadde også en tidsplan basert på at jobben skulle gjøres rundt kl.10.Steven og Elisabeth fra Sumore, var likevel på pletten.. read more...


09/06/2017

Lexington - 6/10/2017. One Day Out of Fiji

It is just after midnight on Saturday 6/10.  I am on watch.That is when I do most of my posts.We have essentially no wind at all.We have been motoring for about 24 hours. With no wind you have no seas so the ride is comfortable.There is a full moon so it is very light out at night, sort of like twilight all night. We could not tolerate this for too long but we have full fuel tanks. Before we left Tonga, World Cruising had arranged for a fuel truck to come to the pier and fill up each boat that wanted additional fuel. It was only a short leg of about 250 miles but it is always nice to leave with full fuel tanks.So next I am going to share some thoughts on me and the trip. It is just me thinking and rambling. It is in response to someone asking if I was enjoying the trip or not. They. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga to Fiji Day 1 and 2

Very little wind so we set off under engine.At 21.00 managed to set sail wing and wing, but only making 3 kt or so, gave up after 6 hours when boat speed down to less than 2 kt and wind at 5 kts and motored.And motored, wind getting less and less all day by evening a glassy calm.Spectacular sunset in front of us with the full moon rising behind.The moon makes the night passage so easy almost as bright as day.We slowed a bit to conserve fuel as we are obviously not going to get there in daylight Saturday so plan for Sunday morning arrival at Vanua Balavu in the Eastern Lau group of Fiji.. read more...


09/06/2017

Lexington - THE NEXT CHALLENGE

We are 150 miles from the north east portion of Fiji. We are going to a village named Lomalomawhich is in the Lau group or eastern group of islands. From what we hear Fiji is not as wellcharted as most of the other areas that we will visit on our trip. Most of the time our chartsare right on and our GPS shows us our position on our accurate charts. With that informationwe will sometimes enter areas in less than ideal circumstances. In Fiji we will need to bemore cautious. In and around areas where reefs are or might be, we will move in the daylightwith someone on the bow to look at the depth of water. Another tool that we will use is GoogleEarth and Google charts. These are satellite photos that have been geo-referenced. That meansthat we can look at a photo which should coincide with. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Tonga

Our time in Tonga was all too short but we had a great few days.Snorkelled on the reef at Coral Gardens, fantastic fish and coral, but we should have waited for the tide to come in to make it easier to start off over the reef.Tulla Mhor and Taistealai came over for curry that night, next day we went anchored at Port Maurelle and took the dinghy into the spectacular Swallows cave, and then back in to shelter from heavy rain.We had a great visit to the Botanic gardens with demonstrations of Tongan culture and handicrafts and a wonderful Tongan feast (with roast suckling pig) and Tongan dancing. Wednesday was mainly taken up with getting clearance out with Customs and getting fuel, I also managed to get my hair cut, then we had a great dinner at the Mango cafe, with entertainment from local. read more...


09/06/2017

Timshel - Arrrival in Tonga

The 2nd day of the passage started off as Wednesday 31 May and finished as Thursday 1 JUNE, we crossed the International date line at 16.20 and celebrated with scones and jam for afternoon tea.Managed to keep sailing wing and wing, gybing just after midnight on Friday.We could see Vav'au, Tonga as it got light, and Shamal overtook.Closing the land the wind died so we motor-sailed the last bit to the finish line, ironically having crossed the line (at 11.40) we were able to then sail most of the way to Neiafu.Stefano and also Martin and Helen (of Laura Dawn, just transferring to Owl) were on the dock to take our lines, the officials started with the Quarantine man and then Customs, but it did not take long, then we could move off to find a mooring, inflate the dinghy and go ashore for a. read more...


08/06/2017

Lexington - Tonga Prize Giving Party

We had the usual prize giving party that is at the end of a leg. It is just a good excuse to have a party and give a few prizes. It is usually a festive atmosphere as everyone is anxious to get on with the next leg. I will add a photo of three of our sailors who decided to get a Fiji cloth ( lava lava ) which is a wraparound skirt that Tongan men wear. One fella even had his boat logo put on the bottom edge. The biggest news is that we won two prizes. We guessed closest to our arrival time and came in first in our division.  I am sure there are much better sailors in our group but we had a pretty good sail with winds that were strong enough to make our twin head sails work well. We also gained a little by being able to sail directly on the rhumb line (straight line to the. read more...


08/06/2017

Aurora Polaris - 4.-7. Juni 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

4.- 7.juni 2017 World ARC 2017-2018Vi hadde bestemt oss for å gå fra havna til ei av øyene, siden det var søndag og første pinsedag. Alt er stengt på søndager, for da går alle i kirken. Terje var borte hos Shamal for å informere dem om hva vi hadde tenkt å gjøre, og kom tilbake med beskjed om av vi skulle gå i kirken. I mitt stille sinn syntes jeg det var helt OK. Vi kledde oss med tildekkede skuldre og knær, slik de gjør her på Tonga – ikke bare i kirken, men også ellers.Den nærmeste kirken var katolsk. Ikke helt som i Europa, men mønsteret var det samme. Mange bibelske bilder på veggene, men her var det ikke så mange helgener og Mariaer. De fleste bildene var av Jesus. Det føltes nesten som om vi satt midt i kirkekoret, for det var kraftig sang rundt omkring oss. Dirigenten stod framme. read more...


05/06/2017

Misto - Days 144-149 May 30-June 5 Across the date line and into Tonga

We were able to fly the parasailor from Niue to Vava'u in Tonga with very little motoring.At last we caught a fish and landed a 11lb Mahi Mahi. On this leg we crossed the date line and are now ahead of the USA which is very confusing. We arrived around midday and checked in without any issues - we just had to wait to the afternoon for Customs and Immigration as a P&O cruise ship was in Neifau - apparently this only happens once a month.The Vava'u group in Tonga has a different geology compared to the other islands we have visited before. The land has been formed by volcanic activity that has uplifted the sea bed.Tectonic plates have collided, one is being pushed under the other forming the deep Tonga trench to the east resulting in fairly low islands of corraline rock (limestone) and. read more...


04/06/2017

Taistealai - Suwarrow & Niue

We are just having the best time on the World Arc visiting amazing places with amazing friends its such unique event. Lots of photos on our blog https://my.yb.tl/yblogtaistealai cant believe we are almost half way around the world !  . read more...



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