Pacific Odyssey 2010/2011

Follow the Larsens from Seattle to Australia and back.

14 February 2011
16 November 2010 | Australia
14 November 2010 | Ballina, NSW
10 November 2010 | Scarborough, QLD
02 November 2010
22 October 2010 | Brisbane
16 October 2010
15 October 2010
14 October 2010
08 October 2010 | Vanuatu
01 October 2010 | Noumea, New Caledonia
28 September 2010
28 September 2010
26 September 2010
25 September 2010
23 September 2010
21 September 2010 | Lautoka
19 September 2010
18 September 2010 | Musket Cove, Fiji

Leaving Samoa

06 August 2010 | Asau, Savai'i
Eric
After a very pleasant week anchored off the Va'i Moana resort, we are ready to move on. The bug started to set in a couple of days ago. We are finding we consciously need to slow ourselves down. We have the time in our amended cruising schedule, and part of the goal is to take in the local culture.

It took a few days before we really started to engage. We quickly met the resort guests, but have also gotten to know the staff by name, and have conversations with them as we wait for meals. (We are not being charged to anchor off the resort, and use their beach and showers, so we try to have a meal a day in their restaurant.) Yesterday Sophie visited the village school and spent half a day with them - I am hoping she will write a post and describe this in more detail. Joanna from the resort invited us to attend church with her on Sunday, but I think at this point we do need to get moving again. The longer we stay in a place though, the deeper the experience.

The snorkeling here has been great for the kids. Lots of very colorful fish in shallower water to build their confidence. Across the bay there is a coral island that used to be the airstrip. The ocean side of this island is the best snorkeling we have had on the trip so far. There are also fantastic shells on the island, I believe left there by the birds.

Our next planned stop is Niuatoputabu, a Northern island of Tonga. We will either leave tonight if the winds are fair for loading the dinghy and transiting the pass, or more likely at first light tomorrow. This should put us in on Sunday. We can't clear in on Sunday, but it will be a short wait until Monday morning and a little isolation time to tidy the boat and do school work will be nice. If the weather is unsettled as we approach Niuatoputabu we will continue on to the Vavau group, arriving around Tuesday. As always, this could change with the weather.
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Vessel Name: Jenny P
Vessel Make/Model: Hans Christian 33T
Hailing Port: Seattle, Washington
Crew: Eric, Christine and family
About: Sophie 10 Finn 7 Freya 5
Extra: After sailing in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years, we are preparing to sail to the South Pacific
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