SAILAWAY

22 August 2016 | Musket Cove
14 August 2016 | Musket Cove
12 August 2016 | Denarau
04 August 2016 | Musket Cove
23 July 2016
20 July 2016 | Suva
19 July 2016 | Suva
18 July 2016 | RSYC Suva
17 July 2016 | RSYC Suva
16 July 2016 | Levuka, Ovalau.
15 July 2016 | Levuka
12 July 2016 | Makogai
12 July 2016 | Makogai
11 July 2016 | Makogai
10 July 2016 | Makogai
02 July 2016 | SavuSavu
30 June 2016 | Fawn Harbour
29 June 2016 | Naqaiqai
25 June 2016 | Viani
23 June 2016 | Fawn Harbour

Musket Cove

22 August 2016 | Musket Cove
Penny

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14 August 2016 | Musket Cove
Penny
Am back to blogging after a month unable to post photos or comments and other general difficulties. I have been blaming 'sailblogs' but today used Firefox found it was all because of Microsoft Edge which I have been using recently as I was told it wasted less battery power. It will take some time to catch up but will get there eventually.

Denarau

12 August 2016 | Denarau
Penny
Spending a few days in Denarau to get our generator repaired. While there caught the dollar bus into Nadi to shop for meat and vegetables. The meat was good but the market not as good as Suva or SavuSavu. Although repairs successful we hoped to stay a few extra days as the weather forecast was for heavy rain over the weekend but we were told that our berth was needed for another boat. so returned to Musket and a mooring. We went to a nice wine tasting at Victoria wines sponsored by Selini (Hawkes Bay) managed to also consume a large amount of Palma Ham and cheese. We also came away with a dozen bottles of wine, I wonder how long it will last?

Musket Cove

04 August 2016 | Musket Cove
Penny
Gentle overnight trip along the coast from Suva, some beautiful sunsets and arrived earl morning in time to grab a mooring near the marina. Fully stocked up so no need to rush ashore to shop but looking forward to walking around the island and sunbathing by the pool

SevuSevu

23 July 2016
Went out to Beqa for a few days as we have to wait in Suva area until Chris's dental appointment on Wednesday. Very blowy in anchorage, swirling around a lot but seem to have anchor well dug in. Chris a little worried that we were wrapped around a bommie. The village had some quite nice houses and a few tin sheds but everyone was very friendly and we presented the yac to the chief. Although we did not get a SevuSevu ceremony we had an audience with the chief and were granted 'freedom' of the village with permission to anchor, fish and walk around the area. In practice it is not quite 'freedom' as someone always appears to accompany you. We left earlier than intended as the generator packed up so needed to get back to find someone to repair it.

Suva

20 July 2016 | Suva
Penny
Love wandering around Suva, it is a busy dirty town, but always plenty to see and eat. You can get a good size portion of fish and chips or a curry for less than a pound. It is a predominantly 'Indian ' town with loads of shops selling exotic jewellery and wedding outfits, richly embroidered in gold threads and beads. l love wandering around the shops here where you can always find unexpected items such as onions or chutney in the hardware shop or car tyres in a dress shop. Pawn shops rub shoulders with a shop selling plaques, doing photocopying and selling tombstones and you get your ears pierced in the mobile phone shop. The maze of tiny shops is so much more interesting than the shopping malls at home, although they have those here as well. Nearly every shop is belting out music and 'pop' competes with traditional music and bollywood film trailers which run constantly in the video shop doorways to temp you in (although I thought the noise level was quite high enough in the street) add to this the traffic noise and the assault on your ears is beyond belief and am surprised that there is not a high incidence of early onset deafness. At night back at the boat it looks peaceful enough but the docks never sleep and shipping is coming and going all night
Vessel Name: Esprit de la mer
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau
Hailing Port: Milford Haven
Crew: Chris and Penny Bates
About:
Chris Bates is a Haverfordwest GP retiring at the end of March after 28 years at Winch Lane Surgery. Penny is a nurse in outpatients at Withybush Hospital and retires at the end of June. [...]
Extra:
Capt pictured here with his pet seagull says 'Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it is lovely to be silly at the right moment' and thinks it is far more important to find him a name so we are running a competition to find him a name and guess the miles he will have sailed by [...]
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