08 November 2008 | Vuda Point Marina, Fiji
30 October 2008 | Waya Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji
29 October 2008 | Drawaqa Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
23 October 2008 | Somo somo Bay, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
21 October 2008 | Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
16 October 2008 | Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
14 October 2008 | Sawa-i-lau, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
12 October 2008 | Musket Cove, Fiji
09 October 2008 | Vuda Point Marina
11 September 2008 | Vuda Point, Fiji
03 September 2008 | Musket Cove, Fiji
29 August 2008 | Suva
26 August 2008 | Nadi, Fiji
21 August 2008 | Lautoka, Fiji
20 August 2008 | In transit to Fiji
16 August 2008 | Uoleva, Haapai Group, Tonga
11 August 2008 | Lifuka, Haapai Group, Tonga
07 August 2008 | Haafeva, Haapai Group, Tonga
01 August 2008 | Nukualofa

If this is Tahiti there must be......

09 September 2007 | Tahaa
Susan and Steve
Tahitian dancers! We sailed our last transit of the season from Huahine to Tahaa/Raiatea (both in the same lagoon) a passage of only 23 miles in light winds. Anchoring here is more of a challenge as the lagoon is generally over 100' deep except where it is only 5' deep. Many of the shore facilities have installed moorings for visiting yachts because of the depth. Tahaa is small, about 7 miles across, and we've spent a lot of time looking for places to anchor on the north side without much luck. We returned to the Hibiscus Hotel yesterday for the dinner and show; not a big professional presentation, but much fun. There were 6 boat loads of cruisers, including us, and what the show lacked in polish it made up in energy. The Hotel is a Foundation dedicated to rescuing turtles (now protected everywhere, but still favored here as dinner); they have rehabbed and released over 1200 so far.

The weather has been more variable that we've seen previously; strong wind and rain have been regular visitors over the last two weeks. We got spoiled with the nice conditions over the last couple of months. We are busy making lists of things that need to be done to put the boat away for six months; it will take us about 10 days between storage and helping Davie with the rudder bearings. Surprise should be in top shape for next spring with lots of new bits and fresh bottom paint.
Vessel Name: Surprise
Vessel Make/Model: Schumacher 46
Hailing Port: Richmond, CA.
Crew: Steve and Susan Chamberlin
About: Varies by voyage.
Surprise was built in NZ by Davie Norris at Franklin Boatbuilders in Christchurch in 1997. 2 Pacific Cups, Mexico, B.C. and Alaska. Next stop South Pacific. She is a performance cruiser designed by the late Carl Schumacher and, in racing trim, carries a PHRF of 6. Fractional rig, no overlapping [...]
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