Annecam

29 September 2016 | Denarau Beach, Viti Levu, Fiji
27 September 2016 | Vuda Marina, Viti Levu, Fiji
24 September 2016 | Sawene Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji
23 September 2016 | Sawene Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji.
22 September 2016 | Sawene Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji
18 September 2016 | Nananu-i-cake Island, Fiji
17 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
17 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
16 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
16 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
16 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
15 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
15 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
15 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
14 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
14 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
13 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
13 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
13 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji
13 September 2016 | Savu Savu, Fiji

The answer to our last blog

29 September 2016 | Denarau Beach, Viti Levu, Fiji
Cam "H"
Just to cut a rather long story short, we had had Annecam hauled out and we have cleaned her bottom, given her a fresh coat of anti-foul and are now back in the water. This little job (bloody big job) has always been part of our plans, to make sure we have a very clean boat when we arrive back in Australia. We just happened to be in the right place at the right time to pay $50.00 for a haul out and splash in the Vuda Marina here in Fiji, the only extra we paid for was the yard fees, and the hire of a ladder so we could climb up onto the cockpit at the end of each day.
We were lifted out on Tuesday at about lunch time and we finished the sanding by that same evening. Wednesday we finished the painting and were ready to go back in the water but we decided to wait until today to re-launch just to make sure that the paint was nice and dry.
We have joined the Down Under Go West Rally; I will tell you more about this event in the coming days.

Video Fiji on Annecam

27 September 2016 | Vuda Marina, Viti Levu, Fiji
Cam "H"
Welcome to episode 28 for 2016, Sailing Annecam from Savu Savu to Vuda Marina Fiji. We had a ball putting this youtube video together for you and finding internet fast enough to complete the upload is always a bit of a challenge.
As you will see in the video we are now in a the Vuda Marina, watch this space to see why and all will be revealed.
We have not been everywhere on Annecam but it is on our list

The journey on Annecam so far

24 September 2016 | Sawene Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji
Cam "H"
Most of you reading this would already know that our journey on Annecam started over 4 years ago in Sukosan, a small village in Croatia. Since the early beginnings of this adventure we have witnessed the good and the not so good in the people and some of the places we have been to. I must add that 99.99% of where we have been too and the people we have met have been very good.
We spent the first 3 seasons floating around the Mediterranean, an absolutely amazing place if you want to experience history that goes back for thousands of years and we would not trade any of the memories we have of our time spent there for anything. As far as the sailing goes in the Med’ it was hard work, most passages we either had the wind on our nose and lots of it or we had no wind at all and had to motor just to get to the next port. The food and the wines were great and not very expensive, but best of all we made a lot of friends in the time that we were there.
On New Years Day 2015, I set sail with 2 extra crew to help from the Rock of Gibraltar to cross the Atlantic Ocean via the Canary Islands. Annie opted out for this long blue water passage, one crew member ‘Sarah’ was a fantastic help and the other member quickly became just a passenger. Annie resumed the voyage in the British Virgin Islands and we stayed in the Caribbean for just over 1 year before crossing the Caribbean Sea to transit the Panama Canal to start our Pacific Ocean crossing. Annie also opted out of the longest passage from the Panama to Tahiti where she joined me for the rest of the journey back to our homeland Australia.
So here we are anchored in beautiful Fiji, the only country that we have sailed to that we have been to before. Our journey crossing the Pacific Ocean has gone way too quickly as we only have a short weather window to get back below the cyclone belt before the season closes out. You could say that the biggest ocean with the most to see, the most Islands to stop at must be completed in the shortest time for our safety and the safety of Annecam.
Our journey so far we have sailed over 21,000 nautical miles (over 38,000 kilometres) to get to where we are and we have less than 1,500nm (2,730km) to go to be back in Australia. We have been to 50 countries and with a bit of luck we still have a couple more to get to.
As in life a journey like this is not measured by the miles we have sailed or the number of countries that we have been to but by the friendships we have made along the way.


We visit Lautoka

23 September 2016 | Sawene Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji.
Cam "H"
Yesterday we walked over to the Vuda Point Marina from Sawene Bay where we are anchored on Annecam and today we jumped on a bus to Lautoka. Our first impressions of this city were all good, the people were friendly and helpful, the streets were clean and we managed to get most of what we went there for, so all up we liked the place. We caught up with Jane off Nora J and Debbie off Oddity and had a nice lunch together.
To get back to where we had secured our dinghy we decided to get a local taxi, the driver was courteous and the fare that he charged us was more than reasonable at just over $11fjd, about $7aud and he dropped us off almost right where our dinghy was. That is always a good thing when we have a heavy load of provisions.
On Annecam we travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.

Navigating through the reefs on the West coast of Fiji

22 September 2016 | Sawene Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji
Cam "H"
I mentioned in the last blog that we sailed away from Savu Savu to Nadi Bay just a few days ago, stopping the first night in Nadi Bay and the second night at Nananu-I-Cake Island.
The next morning, just as we were getting under way we caught up with Kiwi Beanz, a catamaran with a young family on board, we have been seeing quite a lot of them over the past month or so and on their suggestion we spent the night anchored alongside each other in the Vatia Wharf Slot Anchorage, a very sheltered spot right on the North side of Viti Levu. We were the only two boats anchored in there for the night.
Annie managed to hook up to and land a nice trevally, I released it to fight again another day, Annie kept reminding me that the score is one nil. I tried but only managed to have the line shredded by something with very sharp teeth, oh well tomorrow is another day.
The crew on Kiwi Beanz and us have agreed to get under way at 0800 local time, as that should give us enough sun light to be able to see the reefs and the isolated coral heads we have to navigate through as we travel along the West coast of Viti Levu.
Kiwi Beanz kept going to Denaru Island and we stopped in Sawene Bay just South of Lautoka. We anchored alongside Oddity with Debbie and John aboard, its always good to catch up with old friends.
The photo is most of the crew off Kiwi Beanz, Lowen, Theo, Reuben and Sarah.
Life is pretty awesome on Annecam with the safe arrival of a new granddaughter Vanessa.


We are moving again.

18 September 2016 | Nananu-i-cake Island, Fiji
Cam "H"
We sailed away from Savu Savu on Vanua Levu Island yesterday morning and navigated through the reefs to Nadi Bay still on Vanua Levu Island and today we sailed south west to Nananu-i-cake Island just on the north side of Viti Levu the large Island in the Fiji group.
We are only day sailing as there are way too many nasty coral reefs to navigate through after sun down and as always the only safe time to pass through these reef systems is when you have plenty of day light to see the coral outcrops and bombies that would destroy Annecam if we got it wrong.
Tomorrow we plan to sail through more reefs on the west side of the Island to either Vuda Point or to Musket Cove.
Life is a journey and the stories we have are the mile markers on Annecam.



Vessel Name: Annecam
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Crew: Campbell & Annette Hair
About: Cam has had a long love for the ocean, over 40 years on and off various boats. Annie would love smooth seas and to never to see another winter.
Extra: Rig heavy, reef early, and pray often; for God does not promise us an easy passage, but He does promise a safe anchorage.
Home Page: http://my.yb.tl/annecam/quicklink/1183/4050
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