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01 August 2008 | Nukualofa

Get set, GO!

03 June 2008 | Rarotonga
Surprise-Susan
It's 11:00 in the morning and we are impatiently awaiting the alternator delivery so that we can leave this rolly harbor. Yes, I know you should be patient in Polynesia, but DHL was so efficient at getting the radar dome to us that we really expected FedEx could live up to its promised Friday delivery. The package arrived over the weekend and needed to clear customs this morning, along with all the other holiday back-up. Sunday morning Susan went to church to hear the renowned Cook Islander singing. It definitely lived up to expectations, with melodic soaring voices in traditional hymns sung in their own language. Then after a brief sermon, the minister paused, and four mama's sitting next to me began a keening chant, their voices so high pitched the children in the upper gallery stuck their fingers in their ears. And it began so suddenly I jumped out of my skin. Their voices were responded to by male voices then the whole congregation would join in. It would die down, then rise up again. It was melodic but not a "song." One woman was so lost in her rapture her neighbor had to tap her shoulder to get her to cease. You can understand why the early Europeans were so taken with the chanting/singing. My neighbor explained that the role of the lead singers rotated among the villages of the parish, and this week was their turn. On Monday we drove around the island again, this time on the old upper road, and finished at the National Stadium, where the holiday inter-village sports competitions were under way. The young men were throwing javelins, and the boys and girls running relay races. This boy was determined to get off to a good start. It's now 15:00 and we are underway! We weighed anchor about 12:15 and are 440 miles from Beveridge Reef, our next destination. Motoring, because once again the wind has gone light, but we were ready to clear out. Breeze is supposed to build by tomorrow morning. We'll see.
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Vessel Name: Surprise
Vessel Make/Model: Schumacher 46
Hailing Port: Richmond, CA.
Crew: Steve and Susan Chamberlin
About: Varies by voyage.
Extra:
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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