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

Lowering our French courtesy flag

23 May 2008 | En Route to Rarotonga
Time to bid adieu to French Polynesia. We've had our fill of poisson cru, bought our share of black pearls and snorkeled a lot of coral heads. But perhaps more importantly our 30 day tourist visa expired May 22, and it is just time to move on. We "checked out" officially on May 19 but the gendarmerie give you a few days grace. The weather was expected to calm down on Wednesday with light and variable winds between Bora Bora and Rarotonga, a Southern Cook Island. We left mid morning on May 21 and had a wonderful sail for the first 20 hours, as the wind moved from our beam to a beat, but with flat seas we were moving well. Then the wind went on our nose, that is to say the wind was coming from where we wanted to go, and lightened to less than 8 knots as well. So we fired up the trusty diesel and have been motoring ever since-30 hours but who's counting? It's noisier than sailing, but it would take us another two or three days to get to Rarotonga if we tacked in this light air. I know we aren't offending Carl Schumacher's spirit because he always said the lack of a genoa was compensated for by our 140 gallons of fuel, and gave us permission to motor upwind in light air.

If you have to motor these conditions couldn't be better. Sunshine, clear skies, flat seas-there is a ridge of high pressure to the north of us and another to the south. A full moon at night that rises about 10:00, so we have time to star gaze for a while. Scorpio is magnificent in the southern latitudes and of course there are new constellations to learn as well. Only traffic we have seen is one freighter bound for Samoa that passed behind us the first night. It's time to make some carrot salad for lunch and think of other ways to use up those fresh fruits and veggies before making landfall.
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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