Archive for December, 2018

Buca Bay

Monday, December 17th, 2018
We sailed around to Buca Bay where our friends have some “sfuff” stored. There we hoped to finish the installation of the humidifier we gave them. It was not to be. Lewis had purchased a used container that was owned by a jeweler. I tried to drill a hole in the floor. No good. Not even with a carbide bit. I needed a hammer drill and we don’t carry that on the boat. Then I tried to drill from the inside out. All I did was make a hole in the inner wall. Oh well. Nothing more to do here.
 
Buca Bay Ferry Dock; Fiji

Buca Bay Ferry Dock; Fiji

Buca Bay is a major jump off point of the ferry to Taveauni; the Third largest island in the Fiji group. Twice a day a car / people ferry arrives and departs. Two times a day a people / supplies only ferry stops. Additionally; there are smaller panga’s that transport up to a dozen people with limited supplies from various villages nearby. Considering we’re 2 hours by car from Savusavu and a days sail by boat, this was a hopping place.

 
And some days it would be more so. A place called the Mission has been build here by some quite successful US physicians and several times / year various physician groups do outreach. Our cruising friend John had considered having his cataract replaced here but the need was so great he choose to wait. Dentist; oral surgeons, Optomitrist, Opthamologists and many other specialties use the world class facility here. Tomorrow; we head back to Viani Bay.
Go Slow
Sail Far
Stay Long
 

Out and About: Fiji

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

I’m getting so long in the tooth with my blog I’m not sure where to start anymore. I would like to just write short ones but once I get chattering away it seems to go on, and. on…. and on. It’s been 10 years now and truth be told I’m getting a bit tired. To make a normal full length one takes about 5 hours; editing my writing takes a lot of time as well as the thought i put into . Choosing, timing and optimizing pictures so the load fast on the web adds to it to.
In an effort to keep things shorter I’ll begin today.

We spent a week out and about in Fiji. Sailing Fiji seems to be an oxymoronic description. Day one, we headed NE towards Buca Bay. We hoped to get as far a Vianie Bay and we did. But; while I tried on three separate times to put out any sails, not one of those times was a sail out for more than 5 minutes. We motored for almost 10 hours. Yuck.

 

Photo by W Kall. Viani Bay, Fiji.

In the North finger of the bay we found a tolerable place to anchor in 60’ of water. It is quite a pretty bay but very, very deep. As the evening wore on Semele; the care taker of the place kayaked out to chat. We noticed some vegetable aboard and as we were finishing our “chat” he offered them to us. We of course want to be as fair as possible and asked him how much he wished for them. There were a dozen bananas, 4-5 Limes and 4 Papaya. He refused any pay. That is what the Fijians are like.

 


Go Slow
Sail Far
Stay Long