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The Saga of Ursa Minor
Moving North (Slowly)
Bryan
09/17/2009, Waya Lai Lai, Yasawa Islands

We left Navadra in between rain squalls this morning and moved north into the Yasawas. Fortunately, both our paper and electronic charts were good enough to allow us to safely navigate the areas of reefs for which we would have preferred to have had good visibility. Enroute we caught a two-meal tuna which Judy immediately converted into fish tacos upon arrival. Tomorrow, when the weather clears a bit we'll head into the main village to pay our respects to the Tui Waya, or chief; maybe pound down some kava and shoot some pool with him. We understand that feasting upon 'long pig' is no longer the custom here, as the locals couldn't eat up the missionaries fast enough to make a dent in the infestation.

Moving North (Slowly)
Bryan
09/17/2009, Waya Lai Lai, Yasawa Islands

We left Navadra in between rain squalls this morning and moved north into the Yasawas. Fortunately, both our paper and electronic charts were good enough to allow us to safely navigate the areas of reefs for which we would have preferred to have good visibility. When the weather clears a bit we'll head into the main village to pay our respects to the Tui Waya, or chief; maybe pound down some kava and shoot some pool with him.

Navadra
Bryan
09/14/2009, Mamanutha Islands, Fiji

We've wanted to get to Navadra ever since arriving in Fiji. Remote, uninhabited, almost primeval in appearance. Wow, what more could you want for a skinny dip. Of course, while we were first and only, three more boats arrived within an hour.

A Very Short Trip
Bryan
08/26/2009, Robinson Crusoe Island

Yesterday, we left Robinson Crusoe with the idea in mind of sailing to Suva for the end of the Hibiscus Festival. A day of bashing into 3 meter seas and 25 knot headwinds convinced us otherwise, so we returned to Likuri Harbor today. The reinforced trade winds that have set in have pretty much scuttled our plans to get to Suva by sea and on to Tonga. But that's cruising rule number one - be flexible.

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Ursa Minor's Crew
Who: Captains Bryan Lane (callsign NP2NH) and Judy Knape
Port: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
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