Day 69, Year 2: Overnight Passage to Savusavu
Date: Monday, July 2, 2007
Weather: Drizzing Morning, Partly Sunny Afternoon, Winds E 15-20 Knots
Latitude: 17 Degrees 07 Minutes South
Longitude: 179 Degrees 47 Minutes West
Location: On Passage from Vanua Balavu, Lau Group, to Vanua Levu

We made the break and are well on our way to Savusavu, the “gringo center” of the South Pacific. We may well be in culture shock by this time tomorrow–a real grocery store, a laundromat, restaurants, and somewhere between 40-60 sailboats in the harbor. For the last month we have been anchored in the some of the most out-of-the-way places in the South Pacific, so we’ll have to see how we do at reentering. I look forward to talking to my children via Skype and fresh vegetables. The rest I could
do without, but I’m sure once we arrive, I will enjoy it all.

Our passage started out this morning with unfavorable weather, but the weather has improved as the day continued and the winds have increased. The weather reports we had indicated 10-15 knots from the NE, but we have 15-20 plus from the E. It is a downwind sail, and we are going much faster than anticipated. We have just rolled in the headsail and double-reefed the main so we won’t arrive at 4:30 in the morning. Hopefully this change will slow us down some and we will have an early morning arrival
with light.

It’s time for me to cook dinner, so I’ll make this log a short one. One note–We just got an email from our son Justin indicating that none of our emails from June 29, Day 66, went through. We sent them via Auckland, and this is the second time we have had trouble with that HAM station. We will resend the log tonight and straighten things out when we arrive in Savusavu and have internet connection.

070702 Day 69 Vanua Balavu, Fiji–Passage from Vanua Balavu to Vanua Levu