At Sea Again
04 September 2010
After a very nice stay in Vavau we are heading to Fiji. We expect this to be a 3.5 day trip.
On our last night, we went back to Port Maurelle, our favorite little bay in Vavau, and had a late afternoon soiree on the beach with Na Maka and the crew of Let It Be, a Belgium boat with three young kids. It was a nice farewell to Vavua and our friends. Let It Be will likely stay in Vavua while we are in Fiji, but we may see Na Maka in Fiji. I will email Jerome once we settle in. Fiji is more restrictive for movement than Vavua, so we will likely try to find a nice anchorage for the boat and stay put. We have made contact with Totem, anther family boat out of Bainbridge Island, and will try to rendezvous with them in Fiji. It has been great for the our kids to spend time with other kids. While Sophie misses her friends, she is fully enjoying the adventure of seeing new places and cultures and is working hard on her French to better mingle with other cruising kids. Finn and Freya are having fun but are getting homesick for their friends.
We have actually had calm sailing today, 15-20 kt of wind on the stern. Some forecasts call for 25-30 plus kt of wind tomorrow afternoon and evening, we are hoping to have less than that, but we can deal if that comes. The wind level doesn't bother me, but the seas that will likely come with it may be uncomfortable.
Going to sea is tiring. There is a lot to put away: the dinghy, kayak, sunshade, snorkel gear, etc, and more to get out, and every thing must be secured. Right now I am being reminded every few seconds that I forgot to stuff a towel in with the cooking oils - I'll take care of that before I lay down. In addition to the preparation, adjusting to the motion of the sea makes us all drowsy. I don't get seasick in the nauseous sense, but I do get a light headache and feel more tired. Christine and I both took naps this afternoon to recover and get ready for our night watches. It is bed time for the kids, and it is a typical first night at sea, the kids are wound up and not sleeping. Tomorrow everyone will be tired, but it will be a better day.