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Anthem Adrift
Declining Gingerly
09/30/2011, Navatu Bay, Vanua Levu

Friendly Navatu Villagers

29 September 2011

As Savusavu forecast is dismal, have decided to believe heavy rain and no wind next few days will eventuate (huh?), so this barge is floating west manana for more favorable milieu. Additionally, dearth of faintest zephyr nights has invigorated normally apathetic mosquito community with renewed enthusiasm.

Waitui Marina's $10 Fiji night introduced new taste sensations and effervescent tums that, given stagnancy (real word?) of atmosphere, produced unique and interesting ambiance. Spicy Indian for lunch possible contributor to additional distinctive aura.

30 September 2011

As weather sages seldom are, leaving port with rainy, windless forecast resulted in sunshine and breeze for delightful sail to tonight's anchorage. Enveloping quietude minimally interrupted by giggling yard apes from nearby, but unseen, village. Scary silence made tolerable by tonic and lime mixed with magical substance labeled "Tanqueray". Plan to duck sevusevu by sneaking off AM for Coconut Bay, next stop and site of possible reconnect with new German friends, Lutz & Gabi on SuAn, was potentially thwarted by friendly villagers boating by. Their disappointment insufficient to overcome pervading inertia.

Jack

Scrum, Maul or Ruck?
09/28/2011, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Savusavu Sunrise (as far as you know)

27 September 2011

Rugby is just enough like NFL football to make it completely incomprehensible. A try never fails. Anyway, last night's games, enjoyed (relative term) with couples from Germany and from Seattle (wife was originally Canadian - what's with all these US/Canadian couples anyway?) were good even though Canada drew with Japan and US was almost, but not quite, humiliated by Italy 27 - 10.

Having two beautiful mornings in a row almost makes life worth living... OK, taking your own sailboat through the South Pacific with an enthusiastic partner doesn't suck either, but good weather doesn't hurt.

Useful impending occupation includes stop at butcher as fresh meat ship arrives today and replenishment of rapidly evaporating wine supply.

- Later

Meated and wined, but fickle gods dampened effusive enthusiasm as afternoon subject to periodic deluges. No evidence of ark construction at present, but options remain open. Expect departure for drier (triumph of hope over experience?) side of Viti Levu, through Bligh Water (yes, named after that Bounty guy) Saturday.

Jack

Fowl Ball
09/26/2011, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Savusavu Sunset

26 September 2011

Senescent windings in shower sump pump talked the talk, but weren't walking. Loss of mojo discovered only after laborious clearing of hoses, then eventually installing spare pump. Body sludge again bespoils (real word, probably) pristine ecology of Savusavu.

Being awakened from a dead sleep by full volume doodle-doing, one wonders if roosters really expect to get lucky at 3 AM. Suspect sleeping hens are not so frisky around then, but perhaps high achieving chooks are trying to get a jump (figure of speech) on dawn to get a leg up (figure of speech) on sleep-in cocks (figure of speech).

Exciting World Rugby Cup afternoon/evening awaits as Canada to beat Japan for quarter-final berth and US fans fondly recall trouncing of Russia several days ago to avoid noticing likely drubbing by Italy. Personal vexation to be ameliorated by moderate assimilation of mind altering, grape derived substance.

Jack

Sump'n Special
09/25/2011, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Copra Shed

25 September 2011

Despite logic and standard dart board quesses from best climatologists on the planet, had 18 - 20 knot quartering breeze for beautiful sleigh ride from lovely and interesting Koro Island into Savusavu on the south coast of Vanua Levu. Moored to a buoy off Copra Shed Marina, supposed center of cruiser activity in these parts. Except for dreary weather it appears to be lovely and meets two fundamental criteria for a great anchorage, fast internet and breakfast. If there's also ice cream may stay awhile.

26 September 2011

Following somewhat slow and gentle morning aboard, Jan performed official clear in duties as I was distracted (attention span of a three year old) by cruisers from US & Italy prior to highly desirable and successful search for brekky complete with critical caffeinated beverage. No familiar boats were sighted on subsequent dinghy tour up the creek (no, not that one, plus we have a paddle) so returned home for eagerly anticipated dismantling of clogged shower sump hose. Did anyone mention that Jan has about four feet of beautiful, occasionally red (depends on light) hair? Minimum reflection on upcoming fun induced decision to first take nano-nap after conveying this blabber to an incredulous world.

Jack

Expansive Hospitality
09/24/2011, Koro Island

Church in Nabuna

24 September 2011

Most SCUBA divers put on a mask then stick a rubber thingy in their mouths from which issues compressed air from a big cylinder with maybe over 3000 psi. Strategically engineered valves and diaphragms reduce this so to prevent flying bits of said users as they blow up like Shamu (he's dead now, right?). Jan, who several years ago face-planted over her bike bars onto a parking lot, in order to reduce pressure on rebuilt teeth, just bought a full-face mask. After what has seemed forever for both we got seawater in all our various crevices to test that and new tanks. Good to go on real dive which is anticipated anon.

Enjoyed lovely visit, escorted by Tevita (David) Bolabola (mbola mbola), with Nabuna (Nambuna) villagers who were very gracious and gave us pawpaw, eggplant, breadfruit, taro (surprisingly good, but do NOT eat it as poi) and some other more curious fruits and/or vegetables. He was most helpful and wanted us to help him sell some property on Koro. Beautiful island. Think about it, OK?

Late departure to arrive Savusavu anytime before dark tomorrow as can't check into port until Monday morning. No rush as breakfast buffet not until Wednesday. Entire life currently focused on all-you-can-eat spread at Seaview Restaurant in Hidden Paradise Guest House even though don't want to eat all I can. It's a disease.

Jack

Chook 'is Chicken
09/23/2011, Koro Island

Serious Kava

23 September 2011

With expectation to motorsail with ESE wind, was surprised at SSE direction which would have allowed close reach with more than a cat's paw. Sailed periodically anyway displaying pure contrariness to limit clamor emanating from bilge. Forecast rainless overcast missed by a drop or two. Scant encouragement offered next week from typically unreliable weather weasel. Hope is maintained.

Having now acquired acceptable kava and dressed appropriately, offered proper sevusevu to island chief's spokesman, Watson, who was pulled out of church due our late appearance (see above). Yet to see head guy in two attempts. Assume fear for his security as Jan is suspiciously cute and friendly. Although there may have been reference to eating, felt pretty confident of personal safety as gifts of papaya, bread fruit and taro were graciously accepted before departing toward home for green curry chook, combat cribbage and hot water shower. Mellowness pervades as gentle rocking and copious wine have their effect.

Jack

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