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06 June 2013 | Savusavu
Mark
After realizing we would not make Savusavu in daylight hours, we slowed the boat down yesterday (something that is very difficult for me) to a crawl so we would arrive instead at first light today. Sailing under over-sheeted double reefed main alone, we were just able to make the boat go at about 4 knots in the 18-20 knots of wind and arrived at Point Reef just outside of Savusavu at precisely 0600. Once behind the point we escaped the incessant swell that we've lived under for the last 8 days and pulled into the river to be met by Aseri from Waitui Marina, who guided us to a mooring (before business hours) and that was that. About 8-1/2 days from Opua, NZ to Savusavu, Fiji and WOW - what a difference! IT's HOT here. IT's downright tropical and what a quaint village. While waiting for Health, Customs and Immigration, Danny and I extracted the dinghy, assembled it and mounted the motor. I charged the batteries, fabricated a paddle for our new paddleboard (aka old free windsurfer) and we got the boat cleaned up. The minute we were all cleared in, Danny and I stripped down to our shorts and dove into the water. You know that feeling you get when you first dive into a clean warm pool at some fancy resort while on vacation? The feeling was sublime and Danny could hardly contain himself. We swam around the boat in the hot morning sun and tested the paddle. It is truly paradise here and you only need go ashore to glimpse back at the movie set of Radiance not 100 yards away from the waterfront with a full on tropical palm tree backdrop. Yes! It is nice to be back in the tropics.
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Vessel Name: Radiance
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau First456
Hailing Port: Seward, AK
Crew: Mark Ward, Laurence
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Radiance is a German Frers designed Beneteau First456 sloop. She has the deep lead fin keel and tall rig. She competes in the local sailing regattas and had taken top honors in all events on multiple occasions. Laurence and Mark have returned from a 2.5 year blue water cruise that essentially [...]
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Seward to Anacortes
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Created 20 July 2020
Pics from s/v Radiance visit to Fiji, 2013
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Created 22 June 2013
Misc photos from Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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Created 18 February 2013
Cruising Bay of Islands and driving about the North Island.
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Created 14 January 2013
Opua, Whangarei, Karikari, etc.
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Created 4 December 2012
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Created 22 November 2012
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Created 1 November 2012
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Created 19 October 2012
S/V Radiance in Niuatoputapu
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Created 19 October 2012
s/v Radiance photos of Fanning
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Created 4 October 2012
s/v Radiance Photos of Suwarrow visit
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Created 3 October 2012
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Created 3 October 2012
Radiance in Palmyra, Aug, 2012
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Created 15 August 2012
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Created 29 July 2012
Photos beginning May 2012, Departing Seward Alaska - heading south.
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Created 10 June 2012