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12 November 2007 | Opua, New Zealand
11 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
10 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
09 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
08 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
07 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
06 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
05 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
04 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
03 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
02 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
01 November 2007 | Vuda Point Marina, Fiji
31 October 2007 | Vuda Point Marina, Fiji
29 October 2007 | Vuda Point Marina, Fiji
27 October 2007 | Navadra Island, Fiji
26 October 2007 | Mana Island, Fiji
25 October 2007 | Mana Island, Fiji
24 October 2007 | Musket Cove, Fiji
23 October 2007 | Musket Cove, Fiji

Monday, October 15, 2007 - Yahoo Wahoo

15 October 2007 | Tomba Noloma Bay, Viti Levu, Fiji
Don
There continues to be a dearth of wind today, forcing us to motor-sail to the next anchorage along the north coast of Viti Levu. The landscape is mountainous with lush vegetation on the windward side of the hills but only dry grass and shrubs on the arid, leeward side. There are a few villages here and there along the coast highway and sugar plantations inland. The snorkeling visibility is not good here as there are many rivers bringing silt into the bays and lagoons. There is a large cruise ship anchored a couple of miles from us so we must be approaching the tourist region of Fiji.

A word about the political situation: Fiji has had its troubles in recent times because of a power struggle between the two main ethnic groups which each make up about 50% of the population, They are the native Fijians on the one hand, and the East Indians on the other, who were brought here hundreds of years ago by the British to work on the sugar plantations. The strife seems to be concentrated in the capital of Suva and appears to have little effect on foreigners. When I ask local people about the situation they reply that it does not involve them and that they have become used to the coups d' etat. It does not seem to be stifling real estate and resort development.

This morning I finally caught a fish, a 10 lb. wahoo which makes succulent table fare. We had chilled sashimi on rice with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce for lunch and grilled fish steaks marinated in teriyaki sauce for dinner. There is enough for three more meals.

All else is well onboard. Tomorrow we head to the port of Lautoka, the second largest city in Fiji.
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Vessel Name: Sand Dollar
Vessel Make/Model: Crealock 34 by Pacific Seacraft
Hailing Port: Beaux Arts, WA
Crew: Don Pratten
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Who: Don Pratten
Port: Beaux Arts, WA