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    Ah, glad to hear it. I see a removable hard dodger in Masina's future too.

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    Good to hear everything is working well and you guys having a great time.
    Also I strongly belief in doing your own navigation always with the sun in the right position ,while moving around inside the lagoons and around the reefs.

    While using a local guide may be offered and tempting at times when conditions are not perfect, an extra degree of caution might be advisable.
    I still recall the close call the lead boat had with a corral head in the Tuomotus when the guide turned out to be a visitor from another Atoll.
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    Great to hear from you JB, I enjoyed your photos on FB too. Im reminded of a few things from back when we were there. For one passage we took on a guide, to get us into the very tricky passage through the reef where we were going. When we got there it turned out he'd never been there at all, just wanted to visit his sister. My dad had a colleague in Pacific History, called Bruce. He was really looking forward to visiting Fiji, and hearing his name pronounced MMMBroothay. Devastated when everyone called him Brucy. And finally, a coastal overnight race off Moresby when we were there. Running completely blind, flat out, tacking our way up a passage between reefs. Completely reliant on GPS and wanting to get the most out of every tack. I was on the helm for a while, mostly just focused on indicated boatspeed with half an eye on the telltales on the sails, tacking when called to do so, and sometimes I'd hear but not see the waves breaking what seemed like only a couple of metres away as we came around. Puckering moments.
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    Hey John, just bumping this up,so you can find it, seeing you posted on Bobbys thread. Hoping things are going fantasticagoricamaly.

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    Cheers Phil
    Brief update.
    Viani bay and snorkeling on the various dives, got in the water with manta rays at Rambi island. Lots of outriggers there which is cool. Budd reef interesting but we had 20 odd knots on an 8 knot forecast... quite big waves past the boat at anchor.
    Sickened to be hearing the news regarding Beveridge reef this morning and just learned that what I'd dreaded on first hearing it seems to have happened. Good to hear all are safe , which ultimately is all that matters

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    What news is that JB?

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    Ah, that catamaran - very bad news!

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    Very sad. The big trip gone so bad. Good to hear all is well on Riada. I'm sure the weather forecasts out there are not much better than they were 40 years ago. I remember those outriggers, rather harsh on the topsides eh?

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    Riada's on the move. Looks like crew pickup to me ... or tv withdrawals?

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    I can't really make out where they are. Maybe need more beer?

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    Makogai

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    I thought they might be heading for Suva.

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    We've just arrived at nananu I thake from Naingani and Makongai. Scuse the phonetics.
    Fell into hotel California before that,otherwise known as Savusavu . Our cruising buddies are still there with a windlass issue. It's OK. The parts are in Fiji somewhere with DHL and will arrive tomorrow. Tomorrow of course is a subjective description and means sometime between 5 days ago and a point in the future.
    Makongai was a shock.. I love it there and only started to relax again after 3 or 4 weeks mostly in places I never want to see again. It was badly hit by cyclone Winston last year and has gone from a vibrant small village to a place with 3 houses and one man caretaking. Still....I do love the place. We had Inoke out on the boat for sundowners with the Astarte's and the Navire's. He told me later that it was the first time he'd ever been invited out on a cruising boat and the first time in a dinghy. What a shock to hear that considering the welcome he gives every boat.
    Hopped 15 miles or so to Naigani for the night yestrrday and weaved the reefs all day today up the east coast of Viti Levu to this top north eastern corner. Blustery 25 knots... we made the Navalau passage under about 80 ft of jib and still couldn't do much under 5 knots. It's a buzz. Those reefs are definitely a buzz to navigate.
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    According to my iPad, Riada is doing 0.6 knots this morning. Clearly those Rocna anchors are no good.

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    Terrible things. .. very difficult to get off the ground.
    Crossed Bligh water to Yandua.. a few nice days there. Good sail from there to Saw a I lau in the Yasawsas. Just arrived at Blue Lagoon next island down. Blustery, bad charts,lots of reefs.

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    Which charts are you using?

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    Navionics,c map,Isailor, admiralty paper, Pickmeres paper.
    The issue is the lack of data and incomplete surveys around the Yasawsas . No soundings. Everywhere else has been fine.
    Google Earth is pretty good here but is often missing reefs as they haven't been photographed or are blurred out.
    Eyeball is king.

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    Is that all? Make sure you go better prepared next time!


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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Is that all? Make sure you go better prepared next time!


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    Heh heh heh. Yeah it's every advantage around here. Seriously not fun 5 miles today with 20 25 knots chopping up the visibility. Made it though. Haven't seen Brooke Shields.

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    She's probably not quite what she was in the movie, but may well have aged like a good wine.

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    Dave Perillo's old Navigator just came into the bay loaded up with fresh produce for sale.
    That was a great story but I don't know if it's still on the Web.
    Short version...Dave freighted his Navigator to fiji and spent a few months cruising. Rather than freight it back he gave to a local family.
    Edit... just been alongside and a bit more to the story. The boat was damaged ,sold and repaired... then cyclone Winston badly ripped her up last year and she got mostly a new bottom in her. The owner Toki told me he sailed it to Lautoka with 4 goats and a kid of his own. 8 hrs.
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    Turns out the charts aren't so bad once you get used to ge lack of data. No soundings in most of the Yasawsas means plenty of water so you just look for the rocks and reefs and steer around them. The Google Earth is the best as both navionics and isailor seem to be out 50 metres or so in various places.
    So weve had a look at most of the Yasawa group islands but missed the very north. Shame as is raved about, but then again one of the survivor fiji is being filmed there and boats are being chased away anyway.
    We mosied on down the mamanuca group,crossed the northern reef into the malolo lailai island lagoon and now at the famous musket cove. Interesting and busy.....some people come here , moor,and just stay put for months at a time. Like savusavu but pretty.
    Last night we caught up with some people we met in opua before we left, who had an upsetting experience. Well hell, it upsets me so they're really unhappy.
    A couple of weeks ago they were anchored in the northern anchorage here and a guy t boned them at 8 knots in a 45 or 50 ft catamaran. He'd sailed fom France. ..You'd think he had some clues.
    No, in fact he's an idiot who came into the anchorage on auto helm at 8 knots while he pd around on the foredeck.
    Fortunately the boat he hit, Silver Fox, is a steel ganley and although dented is still ok.
    Of course I can't help but think that was it us or any of our friends in either timber or glass boats ,we would have been sunk or written off at the least.

    Makes me angry.
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    What is it with Frenchmen and their attitude to Kiwi boats?
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    Such an idiot!

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    Idiocy is an international common denominator. But enough of that.
    We just had an amazing experience. No .. not the the beer and pizza at the bar in musket cove. On return to the boat via our friends, we stopped of to see if the watery antics of last night were happening again.
    Yes. Mahia has underwater blue lights to attract fish and apparently those fish include mini fish of the type that manta rays like.
    We just sat there on the transom watching a manta ray doing underwater loops so close it tapped the rudder from time to time. It's a buzz.

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    John, I've been enjoying reading about your voyage and adventures, and want to congratulate you on escaping the wettest winter we've had for years. How did you know it was coming?
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    Thanks Grant.
    I felt it in my bones, plus the thought of any Auckland winter and trying to drive anywhere to try and do anything made me feel ill. This was a mental health trip as much as anything.
    Still at musket cove, have a crew organised for the return trip....waiting for a window, which might be next week.
    Still haven't seen Denarau or Lautoka or Vuda point... something I suppose we should do. We'll have to clear out of one of those anyway.

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    Can't believe it's all over so soon! Have a safe trip home John and crew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Idiocy is an international common denominator. But enough of that.
    We just had an amazing experience. No .. not the the beer and pizza at the bar in musket cove. On return to the boat via our friends, we stopped of to see if the watery antics of last night were happening again.
    Yes. Mahia has underwater blue lights to attract fish and apparently those fish include mini fish of the type that manta rays like.
    We just sat there on the transom watching a manta ray doing underwater loops so close it tapped the rudder from time to time. It's a buzz.
    Just beware of leaving those lights on while Riada is unattended.
    While at the Balboa YC we heard this crazy story about a guy loosing his boat only to find out it had been sighted heading out to sea,when the chase boat caught up with the yacht it was being towed by a Manta Ray wearing a danforth anchor.

    We all laughed the story of until we found ourselves in a tight anchorage weeks later when a Manta got rapped up in the rode and then picked up the anchor and started moving the 41'Island Trader toward a reef .


    I envy you seeing the Yasawas group I heard it is known for its fantastic diving and visibility .
    Wishing you a smooth return passage

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    A straight run home JB?

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    Interesting story ,Tom. These ones arent big enough for that but I'll have fun passing that on tonight.

    Hopefully, Rick. Also hopefully not on the wind for 7 or 8 days. Touch wood.
    The trick is to arrive in NZ between fronts so as to avoid a right royal smacking. Getting that to happen 7 plus days ahead is not easy.

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    Sooo, looking for a 7 day window from next Sunday on?

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    Right now there's a line of highs passing over us and below you. I'm thinking you need to jump onto the back of one as it passes and go hard to escape the predominant SE trades. Of course the issue is - what's behind it? So you have to choose one with a benign trough behind it. Have a look at next Wednesday - too soon to tell what's behind it but it looks promising to this naive eye at this stage.

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    We're thinking Sunday is optimal but you can't clear then,so mon Tues perhaps because thats pretty soft 7 days later in Enzed. One of the guys is onto a guru and he says the same,so we're hooking into that as well. Might get a bit windy getting out of here as there's a compression zone below Viti levu. So we'll go ready for that.
    Up the rig today to check,got a new trysl gimmick where it lives on the boom all ready to go. Storm jib on the inner forestay, repacking the gear..boards away.

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    That's good! Not interfering - just BOOMB tiling the bathroom and thinking (aloud - bad habit) about/vicariously hitching a ride on your wonderful voyage! I'll be very interested to hear how this leg goes!

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