South Seas Adventures, Leg 4-1998, Log 12
July 20, 1998 1630
17.46S, 177.11E, Log 17,072, Baro 1010, Air 84, Water 80.4
At anchor, Musket Cove, Malololailai Island, Fiji
Well it's Bula from Fiji and apologies for a long overdue log 12. With
crew newly departed, without even being introduced to the site, and John
Sweden I have a few moments to play catch-up. So lets back up a bit.
American Samoa held no surprises, thank goodness, so after a quick shop at
super Cost U Less store, laundry, fuel, and water it was time to meet the
Sally Tinsley, 52 from Ft Worth, TX,is a R.Nurse who owns a Capri
25. With an
impressive sailing record from the Caribbean to local lake racing Sally's
learning objectives were to increase her skills in navigation, heavy weather
offshore sailing, and to feed her sailing wanderlust.
Joe Wilcox, 54 from Seattle, WA is in the process of outfitting
purchased Island Packet 350. Taking his first summer vacation from teaching
Astronomy Joe's main objective was to experience an ocean passage before
sailing to Hawaii on his yacht.
Don Kauffman, 66 from Phoenix, AZ, has a sailing repertoire that
years as a navigator in the Navy. Involved in the furniture business his
passion for adventure and love of the outdoors lured him aboard.
Al Miller 71, also of Phoenix, is an Orthopedic Surgeon who enjoys sailing.
Joining Mahina Tiare Al plans were to refresh his sailing skills, becoming
more competent in electronic navigation whilst exploring rarely visited
Martin Streibel, 45, from Puerto Allergre, Brazil is a photographer
wished to share and understand what it really means to sail in unknown
waters. Martin also wanted to gain experience on how to make seaworthy
Danny Victor, 21, from Bloomfield Hills, MI has recently graduated
college and was aboard as the launch pad for his 5 month South Pacific
travels. New to sailing Danny hoped to gain knowledge on how to skipper
boat and chart his own course in life.
Departing Samoa on the 30th July we were delayed when the anchor windless
made plaintive groaning noises reminiscent of the whale bone encounter in
Antarctica. Sure enough our surprise had sprung as we'd ploughed up a net
still attached 40 ft below. Martin leaped to the rescue hacksawing the
stringy mess away, to daunting and firmly grounded to salvage.
Joe takes a sun sight while Martin does his trick
at the helm.
We had a stiff 20 knot SE breeze that held until our arrival at Wallis
later. Seasickness reigned apart from Joe who was delighted and firmly
convinced that ocean voyaging was for him. Danny on his first night watch
a little hesitant, you don't see waves this big on a lake! A day of R@R
the fringe motu including instruction aloft and it was of for the Island
tour, not before a five course luncheon ashore including Baked Alaska.
An overnight sail to Fatuna saw the steady SE breeze holding. Sally was
getting to grips with shipboard life while still being under the weather
the results were her awesome perfect helming in all conditions. Due to the
unprotected anchorage our visit was brief but very welcome. Al went wandering
ashore and I'm still not too sure what he did in the rain for four hours.
Fiji here we come, as a great 20 knot easterly pushed us along. Martin,
struggling with seasickness had firmly decided to work hard for a few more
years so that his future sailings will be with a skipper and cook. Paying
overtime to customs on Saturday we cleared into Savusavu and enjoyed the
excellent hospitality of Copra Shed Marina.
Just hangin' out at the Copra Shed Marina.
A quick pitt stop at the capital of Suva then off to Daku Village on
of Kadavu. Our welcome was warm and merry with everyone fondly remembering
our visit on the Women's trip last year. The village upon hearing that both
Cheryl and Cindy have recently purchased new HR's are now eagerly awaiting
their arrival to Daku.
Joe saves the day in Daku Village.
Sunday lunch in Daku Village with Epi, Kata and family.
We had gathered childrens books over the past year to give to the school
library and a special thank you to Karen Radley for her efforts. The books
were greatly appreciated and as a result of a donation from the Women's
crew the school has purchased an electric typewriter to aid in writting the
qualifying examinations for the higher education boarding schools.
We enjoyed the relaxed village atmosphere, even trying our sporting talents
at volley ball while Don surreptitiously entertained the smiling faces of
small children who gathered around him like a magnet.
Donating library books to Vunisei District School.
Sunday 15 August was blast through the night to Malolo Lailai Island.
Falling in love at the sight of Musket Cove Resort Danny decided that this
was paradise found, he can still be found down at the beach under a coconut
Wednesday was fond farewell to a learned and experienced crew at Vunda
Marina where the facilities are a yachties dream.
Amanda and Sally catch yet another Mahi Mahi!
Now it's just me aboard and I'm busy in the
throughs of behind the scene maintenance.....
The sun is shining, the water blue, and friends abound.
To the next log entry Leg 5:
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