PRRRFECTION - a sailing circumnavigation.

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Sugarcane Time in Fiji

17 July 2008 | Fiji
When we arrived in Fiji, we were pleasantly surprised to see the acres and acres of sugarcane fields - reminded us of the green rolling hills of our home port, Durban. Sugar Cane has been the backbone of Fiji's economy.

The sugar cane here is harvested by hand and they use a machette, that looks a bit different than the Panamanian one we have on board for cutting open coconuts.

The cane is then tied in bundles and loaded on trucks or train trucks and transported to the sugar factory, where a grinding mill extracts the sugar from the cane. All over the roads and fields are small guage railway lines and little "tjoe-tjoes" work from early hours of the morning till late at night transporting the sugar cane back to the mill. Since they started harvesting, the chimney stack of the mill has not stopped smoking and as one enters the town, the sweet smell of molasses hangs in the air. I think you can read between the lines that I am really fascinated with and loving this cane harvesting time! The little train trucks are loaded as high as it is possible and quite often these trucks tumble over and then a road could be blocked by sugar cane for a looong, loong time!!

These days we all wake up at 4am by either the train's whistle or the rumbling and rattling of the wheels over the tracks! and that sets off the dogs...

We are on the Western side of Viti Levu, the big island and the mill is in Lautoka, the closest town to Vuda Marina where we stay at the moment. Lovely marina and worth a mention. It is a cyclone hole, we spent most of the cyclone season here and were very happy with our decision not to brave the lower latitudes and cold weather, going down to New Zealand! Have beautiful well maintained lawns, shop, chandlery, restaurant and bar with one of the best views of the spectacular sunsets. Boabab Marine is the yacht maintenance and repair company and also the Yanmar agent. And we are a few miles away from the lovely Mamanucas and Yasawa Islands; more about those islands later.

We have decided to stay for a while in the Fiji Islands and are currently going through the whole Immigration process. It is possible to stay in Fiji, get all the information on the website

Have lots to tell and lots of information, more about it all later.

"Moce" (Goodbye)
Vessel Name: Prrrfection
Vessel Make/Model: Wildcat 35
Hailing Port: DURBAN, South Africa
Crew: Ronelle, Claude, Mariska & Rochelle
About: Mom Ronelle, Partner Claude and teenagers- Mariska and Rochelle started circumnavigating 2001
After the untimely death of father Deon van Rooyen in 2001, mom Ronelle continued to circumnavigate with her children - Riaan, Mariska and Rochelle. Claude has been her partner for many years, sharing her love of the sea, adventure, new places... The voyage is a sloooowwww one.....each [...]
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grilling fish on the coals
look at our cute dinghy in the background
crystal clear fiji waters...
our panasonic lumix camera with underwater housing
 such a nice picture moment... i could not resist it
rochelle getting it up at Natadola beach
my angels in an  underwater paradise
a germinating coconut
this is Fiji
having communal dinners on the lawns at Vuda
this was just after our Tsunami scare
my family - 2010
waiting at nadi airport for riaan
dearest Riaan during his visit
one of the advantages to living half ashore - is growing flowers and veggies again
the bay is as nice as the beach
we are Not in a swimming pool!
the surfing dudes! (the ho-dads)hahahahah
picnic on the beach
rivers to explore
this sandy spit is exposed at low tide
the girls in their school uniforms..
beaches for picnics...
beautiful  under water scenes
this is fiji
mariska and rochelle painting the mural at the marina
beautiful above the water
beautiful under the water
stripes logos graphics on a boat - that is our job
mariska enjoying the water
underwater fiji
we could not stop taking photos
fish and the mermaid...
a  favourite secluded spot
the other mermaid..
rochelle in her own world
claude getting all arty again
swimming amongst the fish
this is in the sea - it is not in an aquarium - i promise!
musket cove - a view from the top
my job - logos and names and designs....
the entrance to Vuda Marina...and Amigo in the foreground
beaches...palm trees....
making signs...
reflection on prrrfection...
at anchor ...with one of the many spectacular sunsets....
my favourite colours are here as well
the marina
claude with the horses on the beach
horse riding on the beach
Jope and Nunya
Jope and best man - look at the beautiful Masa cloth
Claude taking Amigo for a paddle
having a horse also makes living in Fiji a brighter place...
home at night
friends and fun and laughter
having kava
hindu wedding
friends = fun!!
underground oven - lovo
food from heaven - palm heart - grilled fish...(not the coke)
frangipani fragrance
lovo feast
El Piso - the boat that we use to map/chart anchorages whilst writing the new Fiji cruising guide
Friends, Fun , Food, Fiji.....
dressing up a-la-indian-style
claude at work
claude and the girls - and it is NOT a swimming pool!
Claude and i at a resort
a sure way not to get lost in the dark....
amigo passed out....
Claude grilling freshly caught fish on the beach
beautiful waters
the cousins having fun during cyclone Mick
a traditional Fijian house - Bure
ronel on bow
rochelle weaving palm leaves
rochelle catching ature
rochelle fishing
mariska and rochelle
house boat 2
claude dinghy
claude ronel waterfall
claude animals kayak
backstep splashing
claudes big 51
Prrr was the first catamaran to be hauled out at Vuda Point Marina's new catamaran ramp.
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favourite photos that i brought back due to demand!! thanx
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