Had a quick visit to Magogai Island. Unfortunately the swell was wrapping around so anchorage not so great, due to winds coming up we decided to make our way over the big island of Viti Levu to the west side. Had a night at Naigani Is on the way two nights ago
Had a night here outside of Volivoli resort (Volivoli point) last night (Very cruiser friendly) Heading on our way around to Lautoka. Probably there tomorrow. Would have liked to explore more here but weather not cooperating. Very stark difference in landscape to Vanua Levu. Not many trees, lots of barren dry hills burning away to make space for sugarcane. Amazing jagged mountain range in the background looked great this morn with the sunrise on it.
All well on board. Looking forward to staying still for a few days. When we find a place to do that.
Update soon. Love from the Kozmo crew.
Anchored just out from Cousteau resort. Thanks again Waitui marina in Savusavu it was great. Going to miss that place. All stocked up for another two plus weeks. Off to Makongi island (50NM) early tomorrow morning. Excited! Possible turtles to swim with and giant clams to look at.
Have been learnin how to relax here at Viani Bay.
Taken the tender out to the reef three times for some great snorkeling. Parts of the reef are better than others. Haven’t ventured to the outer reef. Today has been spent fixing toilet fans, making bread and clearing off our old lap top that looks ready to pack it in. Might have been due to getting a bit of salt water on it. They don’t tend to like it. It has been good to clear up the last ten years of our digital world tho. Plus side.
Sean’s next job is sorting the charging system, that means changing out the alternator. Here’s hoping the spare one works. Boat maintenance is never ending.
Will be here a few more days. Looking forward to seeing John and Maria on Soteria. They have much needed beer supplies!
Listening to classic Fijian radio (no adds!!) while playing a round of 31. Had a great snorkel at split rock with the Legacy crew. Going into town tomorrow to pay the $250 entrance fees. Ouch.
On a mooring here in Savusavu for about ten days to explore and find our feet. Loved reading all the Facebook comments today. Much LOVE from the Kozmo crew.
on mooring bouy at Savusavu! We made it! Dreadful stormy night. So glad it?s over. Taking all wet gear off and awaiting customs at 8am. Kids are so excited. Parents are so tired. 14 day trip. Whew. Bula Fiji. Legacy crew are legends. Love to you all. Next pics are from Fiji.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEAN! He got his wish to sail his family to Fiji. Glad we all got to be apart of that. Decided celebrating to be delayed till Fiji arrival. Not skilled enough to bake cake on rocking boat. I?ll puke. Which is only Friday morning if all goes to plan. I?m on first night watch. It?s so surreal to be on a boat at night, when all I can see is the small red light inside the boat illuminating the inside giving me a grounding .I can just make out the horizon, legacys green starboard light in distance. And this beautiful boat rocking away under my feet as it plays with the swell. Warm breeze blowing past .Ed Sheeran on the head phones. stars! so many stars popping out. Phosphorescence sparkling in our wake. Surreal. Love to you all. Kozmo crew. AWOB.
AWOB getting use to the swell again. Left Minerva Reef this morn. No probs. Electric auto helm doing its thing. My shift is about to start at four pm. Winds10-16 knots. Sea state moderate SE. Chat soon. Love from the Kozmo crew. Two boats out here. Midnight sun and Legacy.
getting ready to up anchor and motor to Minerva Reef exit. Legacy crew departing as well. Entertaining evening yesterday with Tauranga boat kittywake needing rescue on the outa Reef. Crayfish gathering was too tempting. However there little engine decided it couldn?t and soon the radio came to life with calls for help. We had just lashed down our tender so I made the call out to the others here in Minerva, most hadn?t heard what was going on. So soon a response was underway. Will from kittywake was playing it cool as usual. Such a hard case guy. Three boats and two tenders later they had him off the verge of the Reef, with foxy lady towing him back in. Just another day on the high seas. Lol.
ok. Last day at Minerva Reef. Sail repair done. Managed to put needle through my hand. Ouch. Sean finished that job. Lol. Yes my hand is fine. And yes I was wearing the sail repair leather and metal glove. Just a funny angle. On a more awesome note Rich from legacy boat decided to make it his mission to fix our electrical auto pilot. Bless his cotton sox! Not sure how to thank him. And being an electrical engineer with a willing Sean helper he has pulled it off with out any swear words at all. Even marveled at the well made electronics, and mentioned they don?t make them like they use to! About to do a test run now. We sail outa here tomorrow at 8 am. Should be in Savusavu Fiji early Friday morn. Woot woot. Love from the Kozmo crew.
Great to spend the night at anchor and have more than two hours sleep and with out a rocking boat! Today is job day. Just turned the generator on to make fresh water out of this stunning crystal blue water we are so rounded by. Main sail repairs to make as we have three sliders that have broken. Rich is coming over to help with a laptop that got wet and getting an autopilot working. Downloading weather to search for the next good opportunity to Fiji. Everybody is great on board. Love from the Kozmo crew.
Just dropped anchor at Minerva reef. Followed Cyndi and Rich (Legacy) in the entrance in the weee hours of the morn. Glad to be still. Celebrating with kombutcha and beer. 6 other boats here. 8 total. Here possibly for a few days wait for good weather to Fiji. Love from the Kozmo crew.
AWOB. It?s been rocky last couple of days. (Why do people do this kind of weather) Reminds me of what it must be like being on Howes moving castle. Quite the ride. Looking forward to stopping in at Minerva Reef. About 35hours to go. So far, passing squalls with hail, moonlight cloud creatures, covered in salt from some great greeners and stuff flying off shelves everywhere. Seans a legend when it comes to riding swell. I?m still learning! Ps so freekin over the swell. Thankfully it?s reducing as we go. I?ll update again after a sleep at Minerva. Probably with the other 50 boats. Love from the Kozmo crew.
all ok on board. Poor Leo?s food won?t stay down tho, he?s eating well and drinking lots of coconut water and hydration salts so he?s fine. Tuli enjoying my audio books and keeping an eye on the horizon. The strong weather we were expecting has come in. We are surfing on top of 3-4 m swells. Gusting to 27-30. Yup stuff flying from shelves. 50% cloud cover. I was at the helm when we had a squall with hail stones, It was just before it hit that I considered how intelligent people take a plane to Fiji. Was exciting tho! last night not so much or this morn! Had a vhf chat with the legacy crew they are all well too. Not far from us this morn. Aiming for Minerva reef before Fiji. Sailing along with partial head sail and second reefed main. I?ll update again soon. Love from the kozmo crew.
fantastic nights motor sail. Wind picking up today. Fingers crossed enough to shut the engine off today. Monitor autopilot doing a great job in light winds. Just got up to 10knots of real wind. Beautiful rainbows. Rocky 2-3 meter swell last night but calmer today. With the wind it?s more comfortable. Much love Kozmo crew.
cold night at the helm, clear starry sky?s made it worth it. Kids slept well and are enjoying the ride. AWOB. beautiful world out here. No dolphins yet.
Over my leaving nerves. Working on all the autopilots now getting the wind vane going. Exciting times. Kids are great. Better sailors than me. Fantastic send off. Last message from mobile range. Onto iridium now.
Cleared Tauranga 2pm thanks every one you full me with such love. Kozmo crew out.
Customs booked. Let’s see if this window stays open. 2pmish departure from bridge marina on Friday. 👍😬🗺⚓️😁
All ship shape and ready to go!
looking forward to a Friday the 22nd departure. Fingers crossed
seeing if I can make the position pic work. Sending this one from the iridium. Identical copy and paste.
seeing if I can make the position pic work. Sending from gmail
sending this from the newly installed iridium external aerial. Weather window on Wednesday this week has possibilities. Getting excited.
all jobs just about ticked off. Water maker parts arrive tomorrow. Possible takeoff end of next week. Here we come Fiji!
sending this from my iridium go. GPS from furno
Watching the boys play with electrical stuff.
Practicing sailing at the dock
Figuring this thing out for my iridium go.
Getting jobs done. Ready for Fiji.
Filling up the kitty and ticking off the list of jobs before departure in 2018.
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