We're back in at Yanuca and enjoying the first few days of sun in what seems like a long time. We're not complaining about the rain though - it's been keeping it nice and cool here.
We're looking for a weather window to get to NZ, but as usual, Legacy is tiger bait again. We feel like the last boat left in Fiji. I know that's not true, but we've been away from the "pack" this season - mostly off on our own. Now it seems like the "pack" is in NZ We'll get there eventually.
We're just hanging out in Pacific Harbor (again) while the wind blows (again). We'll go back to Beqa (again) and then back here (again) until it's time for the slow pokes of Legacy to head to NZ (again).
We did it! We just completed our circumnavigation! (Of Viti Levu!) We're anchored at Yanuca, which completed the 250 or so mile loop. I know: Small potatoes, but we had fun.
At Robinson Crusoe for the night on the way back to Beqa and Pacific Harbor.
We made it out of Denarau Marina. Not very far out of Denarau, but we cut the cord, and after only 8 days!
During that time, we replaced our cap and intermediate shrouds and cleaned and waxed the hull. Not bad I think.
It was hard to make the break. Marina life is so easy, even with all the boat work. We especially like Denarau with all the great places to eat.
We're going to cruise around the west side for a few days and then head back to Beqa.
Boat work and restaurants in Denarau, oh boy! We'll be here for about a week.
Volivoli is a lovely, cruiser-friendly resort with great food and really nice people. We're going to hang out here and go diving with them later in the week.
We've been covering some ground the last few days on our way, eventually, to the west side. We are really having a great season.
We went to Lami and only stayed a few days. We were uncertain about the mooring buoy we were on and with the very heavy rain, the water turned to mud so that we couldn't make water. We decided to move back to Pacific Harbor. Here, we're tied up in a berth with a hose right at our bow. Fresh water and security, what more could we want? OK, the great restaurants nearby are a nice bonus!
We're back at Lawaki Resort's mooring for our last night at Beqa. Tomorrow we're heading back to Suva, then up the east side and over the top of Viti Levu.
We've had an amazing time at Beqa and especially at Lawaki. Highly recommended.
We're tired up at a berth in Pacific Harbour in front on the Pearl Resort. Interesting. We'll update you as we learn more
Wow, what an incredible little resort here! We might stay the rest of the season ;-)
Having a nice, relaxed time at Beqa. Two really peaceful anchorage so far. We hope to do some diving while here, just not with their famous sharks.
We're in Beqa! After about a week in Suva to resupply boat and bodies, we left this morning on phase seven of our Fiji season - the Beqa area. So far, all I can say is beautiful!
Still having an amazing time in the Kadavu area. We posted a video of our manta adventure here: http://twoatsea.com/mantas-at-vurolevu-island/
Back in Kavala for a wind shift tonight. We have had the most amazing time in the Kadavu area! This morning, we dove Alacrity Rocks. Yesterday we snorkeled with 5 mantas including one GIANT one. Sometimes, we really are living the dream!
What a beautiful place this is! It's sad to leave after only a night but we're moving up Kadavu this morning.
Continuing to explore Kadavu and having a great time doing it.
Anchored of Yabu. Beautiful. This should be the quiet anchorage I've been craving for a while now.
We're in Suva! Food! Dentist! Yay! We recently found out that there's a Fat Burger here. That's a favorite of ours from Los Angeles. Here we come!
Tried to go to Wakaya and were chased out of the bay by resort staff. They said it's a protected bay and there is no anchoring. I don't believe them, but it isn't a very pretty bay anyway and we were happy to leave.
We're now anchored in the noise and fish smell at Levuka and it's actually nicer than Wakaya! Less rolly too! Tomorrow maybe Leluvia if the wind's not to strong.
We had dinner at the private island resort on Matagi last night. Very nice. We were going to head for Wailagilala today but it looks like the wind will be up too much over the next few days so we'll do who knows what instead. Wow, I love the freedom out here!
Nice anchorage for the conditions. The swell is a little north of east so it's a little hard to find something out of the roll. The reef here blocks it nicely. We'll probably spend a few days here.
Hanging out in paradise for a while (Paradise Taviuni Resort). It's wonderful here.
We got out of Savusavu yesterday bound for Eastern parts of Fiji. Spent last night at Cousteau and are in Fawn harbor tonight surrounded by turtles. Had a humpback next to legacy this morning. Life is good.
We did it! We're in Savusavu at a mooring, waiting for a visit from the Fiji officials for clearance. It was our fastest passage yet with an average of just over six knots since leaving Tauranga. That's flying for our little boat! It would have been nice to arrive to bright sun and warm tropical breezes but it was not to be. Instead, we arrived in squalls with winds up to 35 knots and cold, pouring rain! We don't even have any alcohol aboard to ease the pain!
Plugging away. Not exactly comfortable but far from bad. We expect to be in Savusavu tomorrow morning about 8 AM if all goes well.
We left Minerva Reef yesterday morning about 9 am and have had a pretty nice day at sea. When the winds clocked and dropped a bit, we had to roll the headsail and turn on the engine as the seas were too rolly to keep the sail filled. We've been motoring since about midnight. We're hoping the wind comes up a bit and we can sail today. With any luck, we'll be in Savusavu Friday morning. All's well on board Legacy.
Spent a nice day here at Minerva with a short walk on the reef and some snorkeling, but alas, no lobster (cray fish). We're planning to head off to Fiji on Tuesday morning, weather permitting. I think there are about 10 boats here now and it sounds like at least a few are planning on a Tuesday departure.
1021 We're hook down at Minerva Reef. We arrived at first light this morning and anchored amongst about 10 other boats. Kozmo got here at the same time we did. We both made it from Tauranga in six and a half days. Not bad. It's beautiful here! The color of the water is spectacular.
oops, meant SSE winds on my last post. I have Passage Brain!
Getting close to Minerva where we'll stop for a day or two or six. Life is much nicer on Legacy today. Yesterday was rough, noisy and hard.
Saw gusts to 40 knots just an hour ago but they didn't last long. It was behind us so not too bad. It's kind of a rough ride. We're hoping it's a lot better in the morning. We should be at Minerva sometime during Thursday night or in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Talked to Kozmo on the radio today. They were 30 miles due west of us at about 2 PM. They're hand steering but Pam sounded great.
At 2:17 PM NZST, Legacy crossed the Tropic of Electromotive Convection. This is the magical line where Cyndi and I simultaneously exclaim "It's hot in here" and turn on the cabin fans. This year the TEC was located at 29° 05.091 South.
All is well aboard (if a little warm).
Ruff, ruff! Oh wait, that's "rough, rough" in human-speak. I guess I'm getting a little (more) punchy out here. The wind's up but we're grateful that it didn't go as far north as predicted (yet?). We've been making good progress towards Minerva and still have room to turn down wind a bit more if we need to.
Thanks to Bob McDavitt for the great weather advice!
Just turned off the engine after 48 hours of motoring. It's been a great ride so far. Heading due north now so we can fall off as the wind heads us later today and tomorrow.
Nice first day of our passage, motor sailing in pretty light winds with diminishing seas. Cold though!!! We've been running our hydraunic diesel heater almost full time.
Kozmo is right behind us. Last we talked (9 this morning), they were doing well. So are we.
We're ready to get underway for Fiji, probably with a stop at Minerva Reef. It's been a great stay in NZ!
About a month ago, we moved a few docks north. That's our big cruise for this cyclone season. We're enjoying "land life" in NZ with the purchase of a nice used car and a gym membership.
Eventually, we'll head to Fiji. That might not happen until mid June.
We're home! We're in a berth at Tauranga Bridge Marina for the cyclone season. We've been going, and going, and going, for so long! It'll be good to get a break. For the next five months, it's not a boat, it's an APARTMENT!
We had a long motor today - about 75 miles from Waiheke island to a little island just off Slipper Island. We'll head to Tauranga tomorrow! It's been a nice mini-cruise getting here.
A couple of hours ago, we left a great little anchorage on the back side on Kawau, bound for Waiheke, and wine!
We rode out the blow just fine here in Whangaruru. We saw 44 knots last night but I suspect there we're gusts to 50 when the instruments weren't on. We'll head forget south on Sunday.
We made it out of town only five days after arriving from New Caledonia. Not bad, especially considering our track record ;-)
We'll hold up here in whangaruru until the strong low passes and continue on to Tauranga when the seas settle.
Legacy - Still in Suva
We're still in Suva, but we have a plan. We are hoping to leave for New Caledonia on Wednesday. From there, Nelson or somewhere in Australia, who knows. -Rich
Legacy - Sitting in Suva
Cyndi and I are sitting in Suva, waiting for weather to sail to Nelson, NZ. You can find out more about what we're up to on our blog at www.twoatsea.com.