We're Fiji Bound!
16 May 2012
It is hard to say goodbye to the beautiful Bay of Islands!
New Zealand has been our home for the past 6 months. We’ve enjoyed living in Opua in the Bay of Islands. This country is beautiful and the people are so very friendly and hospitable. We explored the North and South Islands in our campervan and have some wonderful memories and a ton of photos. Winter is now approaching in the Southern Hemisphere and so it is time sail north to the tropical islands. This cruising season we will explore Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia and then we’ll return to NZ again in late October or early November to escape cyclone season in the South Pacific.
We plan to set sail tomorrow on Thursday, May 17 - New Zealand time. There is a good weather window opening up and about 25 boats are leaving with us tomorrow, including our friend Mark on “Merkava”. The wind will be from the SW so it will be behind us and will push us up to Fiji. The passage is about 1,200 nautical miles so it should take us 7-8 days. We may decide to stop at Minerva Reef if the weather is suitable. This is a circular reef where you can enter through the pass anchor in 30’ of water. It apparently feels like you are anchoring in the middle of the ocean! Cool!
Norm will write an update each day while we’re on passage so you will be able join us on our adventure. The weather is cooler now in NZ. We’re wearing jeans and jackets and there have been frequent rain showers. We’re looking forward to sunny weather and warm tropical breezes in Fiji. We plan to make landfall at Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu.