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SV Secret Agent Man
Eric Rone
07/21/2012

Forgive me for this one. Good times around a fire on a classified Fijian beach.

Vic Maui
07/18/2012

Hello All,
Congradulations to the captain and crew of SV Doubletake. 1st overall, 1st in racing class A, 1st line honors in to Maui from Victoria BC. I know what that feels like and I am proud of you guys. No dramas I trust. A special shout out to Brad Baker and Ryan Helling. To the rest of the crew, Well done.
Eric Rone
SV Secret Agent Man
Taveuni
Fiji

08/20/2012 | Ryan
Hey man! Thanks for the shout out. Just catching up on your blog... it has been a busy summer. Autumn and I just got back from 5 days on the boat in the South Sound.

We had a great race. No big dramas. Lots of fast sailing. Good times had by all.
Good Idea
07/18/2012, Qamea

They might do this in some schools, but none that I have ever been to. They did'nt floss but brushing your teeth after lunch is the truth. I love the girl washing on the right.
Eric

07/18/2012 | Ken & Lori
Eric,

When you get to Australia, please come vist us in Melobourne. We have put down some roots for a bit and have a nice 3 bedroom house with a great guest room and king size bed for you and a friend ;-)

Would love to see ya and catch-up on stories of the South Pacific. We are walking distance to the trains station, so you can travel all over Melbourne and the rest of Australia from our place.

Cheers,

Ken & Lori Newell
07/18/2012 | Eric Rone
King's Cross?
07/19/2012 | Ken
Sure, just ask Paul Kelly.
07/18/2012

Ultimate frisbee International. Sorry Amy but the Belize disc was donated to the elementary school at Qamea.

08/27/2012 | EO
Love the "bee!" Jana and I are getting pretty good. Plus, we got Laura and Joanna into it while we were at Seaside on the beach! Wish you were there... Many tales of fun-cycle lore were told
The Calling
07/18/2012

Some people are travelers. Some people put down roots. I am now a traveler. So is Amy. I feel like my life is less cluttered and is surely less stressful at sea. All I have to do is take care of the boat, make sure we know the weather and have the charts of where we are and where we are going. I may carry on about how much work it is sometimes. And it is work maintaining a sailing boat by yourself. But we get to enjoy places in a way few people ever do. We get to stay put for free, or travel to the next spot for free if the wind is willing. We get to travel in a way that is unique. Why do we go home? This is why. (photo) Mom, Dad, Katie, Ingrid, my unborn niece or nephew... They all live in America. It is a trade off. Like Laura, Kate, and Neil in Australia, we have found something that is great, but it is on the other side of the planet. Thats all I have to say. Amy will give a full report in a few days.
Cheers
Eric

07/19/2012 | Heather Rone
Although the distance makes me sad, knowing you are thriving and that your life is fulfilling brings me more happiness.
Next Phase
07/18/2012

Hello all,
While Amy was back in the US visiting her mom, sisters, and new niece Katie, I have been single handing again. Actually, not so much. I have been moving the boat around by myself, but luckily I was blessed with a great group of friends to travel with. We just today disbanded. Bill on "Solstice" is heading for the Lau group, Vulpia is back to Savu Savu to re-provision in anticipation of the owners coming for a cruise, and I have sailed to Taveuni to await Amy who is flying in in a few days. It was very sad splitting up but that is the way it goes. I agree with something Captain Fatty said once that he never says "good bye". It is a fairly small comunity and Im sure we will see eachother again. I feel very lucky to have been able to spend time with them, and for the most part the time Amy has been away has flown by. After we filmed at the school in Gamea we were a little bit too famous for our own good and we evacuated to an undisclosed tropical paradise (pictured) with our own, private, beach and reef. Thank you so much Bill, Cyrus, Brooke, and Lauren for some of the best highlights of the trip and several beach days that I will always remember.
Cheers
Eric

07/18/2012 | Allison
What a beautiful setting to escape to for a few days! It looks so lush. It must be just as hot here: 90+ for the past ten days! Grandma and Mom visited yesterday and just about melted in the heat (like my poor garden pumpkins, which may not survive a recent ill-advised transplanting). Wish you could have been here with us. Love, Al
07/18/2012

The crew of Vulpia. From left to right: Cyrus, Brooke, and Lauren. Fellow mariners, world travelers, and kindred spirits.

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07/18/2012

These are from a while ago. We stopped overnight in a bay on the south side of Vanua Levu. It had a vast mangrove forest which was home to thousands of Bats. We approached with stealth, however there was a lot of current that carried us right into the colony and they ended up getting an early start on their night flight.

07/18/2012

Dinghy raft up in the "Bat Cave Mangroves"

Culture
Eric
07/13/2012, Qamea School

Hello all,
Yesterday my friends and I filmed at the school here in Qamea. My friends Brooke and Cyrus have an educational outreach program, traveloutreach.org, and Lauren and Bill and I were lucky enough to be part of it yesterday. The Idea is an educational/cultural exchange between kids from around the world. Sometimes the kids teach something they have learned in school, and sometimes it is a cultural exchange. Yesterday was a cultural exchange. We spent most of the day ashore having fun with the kids. They were shy at first but quickly warmed up. They danced for us, I taught them how to play Ultimate frisbee and gave them their own disk, Lauren learned how to play net ball, we sang songs, and Bill and Cyrus filmed it all. Pictured here is Brooke getting funky while singing with the kids. Hit songs included tracks from Justin Bieber and Shakira which the kids had totally memorized. It was extremely high energy and lots of fun. However, I might skip the funeral today and move to boat around the island for some peace and quiet. We are quite famous now and I have had several visits this morning from kayaks full of kids wanting to hang out and have a look at Secret Agent Man. All good fun though. Its just hard to entertain like that as they would stay all day if I didnt have something terribly important to attend to. Hope you all are well. Good luck to SV Doubletake at sea racing to Maui right now.
Cheers
Eric

07/14/2012 | Eric's dad
Enriching the lives of others. Nice giving back to the peoples you encounter. Keep up your spirit of adventure and caring.
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08/15/2012 | sherman sundin
Im writing from Australia and was looking at your blog and I think I owned your boat in the early 80,s if she came from Seattle----not many 33s around in fact there were just two in Seattle back then---we currently sail a Bristol 41
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