Speakeasy, Over The Horizon

The Voyages of Mark & Deanna Roozendaal

24 November 2016 | 26 41.15'S:153 7.72'E, Mooloolaba, Australia
13 November 2016 | 25 54.12'S:153 01.72'E, Tin Can Bay, Australia
12 November 2016 | 25 31.69'S:152 57.91'E, Fraser Island, Australia
31 October 2016 | 24 45.38'S:152 23.72'E, Bundaberg, Australia
30 October 2016 | 23 52'S:153 55'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
29 October 2016 | 23 28'S:156 47'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
28 October 2016 | 22 57'S:159 54'E, On Passage - Noumea, New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Australia
27 October 2016 | 22 40'S:163 13'E, On Passage - Noumea to Australia
26 October 2016 | 22 22'S:166 10'E, On Passage - Noumea to Australia
18 October 2016 | 22 16.60'S:166 26.40'E, Noumea, New Caledonia
17 October 2016 | 21 37'S:168 13'E, between Vanuatu and New Caledonia
14 October 2016 | 19 31.57'S:169 26.66'E, Port Resolution, Tanna I, Vanuatu
14 October 2016 | 19 31.57'S:169 26.66'E, Port Resolution, Tanna I, Vanuatu
14 October 2016 | 19 31.90'S:169 26.98'E, Mt. Yasur, Tanna I, Vanuatu
12 October 2016 | 19 31.58'S:169 29.65'E, Port Resolution, Vanuatu
09 October 2016 | 20 14.36'S:169 46.63'E, Aneityum, Vanuatu
03 October 2016 | 20 14.36'S:169 46.63'E, Aneityum, Vanuatu
02 October 2016 | 19 39'S:172 03'E, On Passage from Fiji to Vanuatu
01 October 2016 | 18 43'S:174 16'E, On Passage from Fiji to Vanuatu
27 September 2016 | 17 40.88'S:177 23.16'E, Vuda Marina, Fiji

Are We Back In BC?

08 August 2016 | 18 41.96'S:174 01.77'W, Port Maurelle, Vava'u Tonga
Mark
Yesterday, we finally left Neiafu Harbour and headed off to start exploring the many anchorages in the Vava'u group of islands.

Before leaving, our first mission was to head to town for some last minute provisioning. Our needs were not great and our expectations were not high, but we were still nearly skunked. First, we wanted some bread. Nothing special, just breadÉ We saw some white bread in a store on the way to the vegetable market but thought that we should hit the market first as the best vegetables often sell our.

Mistake!

On our way back, the bread was sold out! Even the bakery had no bread. In fact, the bakery wasn't even baking any more bread because they were out of flower. We checked every other store in town, but there was no bread anywhere. Eggs, you want eggs, too? You must be a crazy palangi! We haven't had eggs in a weekÉ What were we thinking being so bold as hoping to buy bread or eggs? Mistake number two was not buying the single, yes only one, egg that we saw for sale about a week ago.

Jumping back a bit to our trip to the market for vegetables, we pretty well struck out there as well. You see, Sunday is serious day of rest here. I have surmised that means that nobody picks anything on Sunday, hence no vegetables for sale on Monday. That is our theory at least.

We did find one lady, who must be a lapsed Catholic, selling vegetables in an otherwise barren market. There wasn't much choice, but we did get some tomatoes, bananas, green peppers, beans and, in return, she got all of our money! Some people say that the Tongans are not entrepreneurial, but this shrewd businesswoman clearly understood that she was the only game in town on Monday for veggie's. We are not complaining, however, and take it all in stride. This is all part of the fun and games of being in the remote South Pacific, just as much for the locals as it is for cruisers.

With our small load of gold-plated vegetables, and no bread, we headed out of the harbour to the highly recommended anchorage #7. Isn't that a romantic name for a gorgeous South Pacific Bay with a sandy beach? In actual fact, it is called Fangakima, but most of the names are so hard to pronounce that the cruising guides just go by numbers for each anchorage. After telling someone to anchor off of Tu'ungaskia Island across from A'a Island, off of Fangakima on Pangaimotu, you quickly start to like just saying anchorage #7É

Here we had one of the best experiences of our entire voyage - snorkeling in Swallow's Cave. Check out my recent facebook post for a picture that really captured the essence of the swim. This cave appears to be in eroded limestone. Is is easily wide enough for a dinghy to head inside and is about 50 ft deep. The ceiling soars over 40 feet high in a jagged cascade of eroded pinnacles. The water is deep, dark blue, and full of swirling schools of fish hiding from sea birds. With the sunlight piercing the tall opening, it was truly a surreal experience that I can't do justice with my small vocabulary. There are lots of video and pictures online so you may want to take a few minutes to Google some of them to see what we saw.

Today, as I write, it is pouring rain. This will clearly be a boat day as we wait for a frontal system to pass by. Next up is exploring this area on foot as there are, reportedly, hiking trails on shore. Then, we will be off to the mythical #15 or #16 before visiting the much renowned #13.
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Vessel Name: Speakeasy
Vessel Make/Model: 2007 Manta IV 42' Catamaran
Hailing Port: Victoria, BC, Canada
Crew: Mark & Deanna Roozendaal
About:
In 2005 we were lucky enough to be able to take a one year sabbatical where we sailed from Victoria BC to Mexico and Hawaii in our Catalina 42. We had a fantastic time! As soon as we returned home, we started dreaming about our next trip. [...]
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For our newest pictures, please look on the right hand side of our page under FAVOURITES and click on "2015+ Photo Gallery". This will take you to Flickr where we now store all of our photos.
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Yelapa is a small village on the South shore of Banderas Bay, near Puerto Vallarta. Unless you own a hummer, is only accessible by boat which gives it a nice laid back vibe
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Our furthest South point this year.
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Manzanillo is a huge commercial port between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo. Not that much tourism here which makes it a very authentic Mexican city
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Pictures from Tenacatita and a few other anchorages in the area.
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A few pictures from our Christmas visit to Barra & Melaque
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A quick visit to the small fishing village of Chamela
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Isla Isabella is an island about 20 miles offshore Mexico, between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. it is a nesting ground for a number of sea birds and has been the subject of several documentaries. The birds and lizards on the island have no fear of humans.
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From Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas
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Sailing from Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria, Mexico
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We participated in the rally again this year. Here are a few pics from the pre-start party, the start, and the first leg to Turtle Bay, Mexico. Credit to Dave Tolman for most of the pictures.
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We spend the better part of a week first in Catalina Harbor and then in the opposite side of the isthmus in Two Harbors
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Our time in the big city
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A few pics from our brief stop in this richie rich tourist town
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Morro Bay, California
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Big waves at Morro Bay from a low pressure system that rolled through North of us
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Our side trip to the Delta and Sacramento from the San Francisco Bay
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Prior to our departure, we hauled out at Canoe Cove, BC, Canada.
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"Speakeasy" is a 2007 Manta 42 MKIV Catamaran. We purchased her in 2013 from the original owners. Manta's come fairly well equipped from the factory for offshore cruising. We will be adding the rest of the necessary equipment.
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Port: Victoria, BC, Canada

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