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Exploring Savusavu

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

First things first. Obviously we needed to do the normal boat / personal clearance stuff and with those tasks completed we looked for refreshments that others will serve us, cool things to do, markets with fresh goodies, and the stores where we can buy parts to keep the boat ship shape.

Luckily we were anchored next to sv Hotspur who had already been here a week or so. We flagged them down on the our first day here and they came by for the required sundowners. There were shared stories (some lies) about what we’ve each been doing since we last were together (American Samoa). But we also had another motive: pick their brain about the area.

Curley Sharing his Wisdom

Curly Sharing his Wisdom

With new info we set about creating some consistency again to our lives. W/ was going to do morning walks with Meri, W/ and I  would do some of our own walks seeing the Hot Springs that were just on the edge of town, we would attend Curley’s Fiji Cruising Seminar and maybe arrange a trip with the sv Hotspur crew to visit the Sugar Mill in Labasa.

Curly’s seminar is probably the best insurance value you can have in Fiji. He has years of confirmed waypoints into and around all of the anchorages in Fiji. Having lived here for most of 40 years his stories reinforced the need for solid sailing / navigational skills when moving the boat. While we find Fiji much easier then sailing in the Bahamas and the San Blas it is ALWAYS important to be reminded of what one misstep can do. A couple of days ago a Swan 57 went up on a reef and last we heard was breaking up!  Care must be taken.  After the seminar he hawked some hand made fishing lures on everyone with a “guarantee that if you put it in the water” you will catch fish!  W/ couldn’t resist; always a sucker for a good story, so we bought 2.

Every am at 8 Curly (who is also the SSCA cruising station here) runs the VHF net on channel 68. There cruisers can connect with other cruises and share needs and parts, acquire information on the area and hear the latest advertisements for Savusavu enticing cruisers to the various places that will gladly exchange services for our money. We of course love having others do our work; primarily cooking. But; there was one service we had been missing for the last several months; messages.  Curly mentioned a therapist about 5 minutes out of town and W/’s ears perked right up. She copied the phone number down and before the Sun had risen over the mountains she called. Damn!  No answer; but she did leave a message.

A few hours later the Una called back and I arranged massages for each of us two days forward.

Wendy at the Hot Springs

Wendy at the Hot Springs

The hot springs are very….. interesting. Carolyn (Princess on sv Hotspur) had decided to see how warm the water was when it had already flowed the 100 meters to the bay. There she stuck her toe in and yelped a bit as she came very close to being burned. While we were at the springs there were two ears of corn in the husk someone was cooking and another bag in a meal being cooked. Next time I go I’ll take the infrared thermometer and check the temperature of the water. I will NOT stick my toe in it for a check. 🙂

While out and about Dan and Sara on sv Brahminy showed up. We had met them in Tonga awaiting the arrival of the King.  They had skedaddled over here to Fiji to meet up with  Dan’s parents for a weeks cruise before we left Tonga so we had more brains to pick. They rowed over. His outboard was in the shop being repaired and as we had a spare 2 hp not being used we loaned them our un-trusty little Yamaha.  Yep the one that I have cursed and sworn about off and on for the last three years. However; after some sweet talking to it Dan was able to get it started and off they both went smiling all the way, Sara because she didn’t have to row, Dan because Sara didn’t have to row.  Two days later it quit and wouldn’t start. I gave them a new spark plug and the little finicky engine started right up …again. The 2 hp Yamaha seems to eat spark plugs and guzzle gas but again Dan and Sara were happy.

We spent time with them discovering that they were gamers and had just learned to play Cribbage. Sweet. We love Cribbage, especially with 4 people and two teams so we played some on the boat and even went up to the Hot Springs Hotel for a night of dining and Cribbage.  Just to be clear, when they left to head out sailing the rest of the way to Australia where they live, the guys were 3 games won to only one victory by the women who just happened to fall across the line first. Actually the games were so close with both teams being one count away from victory. NOTE: As guys we had to let them get close but Win! Uh-Uh, No Way. We just couldn’t do it.  I’m guessing that when W/ edits this post she may actually add something. Wow, I only received a sly comment from her and she’s not adding any rebuttal. Sorry.

Savusavu Anchorage from the Hot Springs Hotel

Savusavu Anchorage from the Hot Springs Hotel

One day the 5 of us Carolyn, Meri, Jim, W/ and I rose early to catch the van to Labasa. W/ had called and made a tour appointment at Fiji Sugar Corporation. The van arrived at 7:30 and we climbed in. He waited, and waited, and about 8 ish he began to move with almost a full van  But…moving slowly he was able to pick up one more fare. Off we went. By now the timing was going to be close. FJS had called the day before and asked us to arrive an hour earlier then we had planned. Meri, who is the slickest of people, had brought the driver a muffin to start the day off with. He was all smiles when she offered it to him. Now it was time to ask him if he would be kind enough to drop us off at the Sugar Factory. Fortunately he obliged and our anxieties of being later were reduced to zero.

Cane Delivery

Cane Delivery

At the factory W/ and Meri stopped in at reception and acquired our passes, we then walked to meet the tour guide, Lindsey, at the employee gate and he went over the process of making cane into sugar. He went through the entire process  because it was loud in the plant and it was easier to tell us here than yelling over the machinery.  In the time it took us to take the tour and we had watched them dump 3 tons of Sugar Cane onto the conveyor, that cane was converted to about 1/2 ton of pure sugar and molasses. The pulp (called Bagasse) is saved and used in a power plant that is also operated by FSC. The power plant has 2 – 10

Wendy Checking out the Molasses

Wendy Checking out the Molasses

megawatt generators. The Sugar refinery uses about 3 megawatt to power itself and the extra is feed and sold back into the Fiji Power grid. Cool!  They even go so far as to recovering the dirt that comes in on the Sugar Cane. The dirt is then dried and filled into bags and sent back the farms that grow the cane. The relationship with the farms I was not entirely clear on. FSC communicates with the farms in each area and tells them how many loads they can bring to the mill. This avoids the confusion and problems associated with 100’s of tractors and trucks carrying cane to the mlll and having to wait hours to unload it.  By the time our tour was completed and we walked back to Labasa our driver called to tell us we needed to be at the van in 30 minutes. There are no seat guarantees.  We quickly grabbed some snacks and headed off to the bus where we didn’t get our favored seats but they were not the worst either.  Luckily I had a seat with some leg room and as the driver loaded up the bus he noticed I would be in a bit of hurt. He moved the individual sitting in the front passenger seat to mine and me to the front seat. An improvement but still not perfect. The vast majority of vehicles in the world are not made to accommodate someone 6’3″ tall with legs that stretch from Canada to Florida. Two hours later we were back in Savusavu and hungry.

We’ve already tried several restaurants and found a couple much to our liking. This one however is a wee bit different. It’ s NOT fancy. There is no sou chief, the view from the porch would be awesome but from inside the restaurant it makes the average kitchen / dining area look wonderful. However, the owner and the food are awesome. I wanted some Prawns in the Thai dish and they were out of them a few days back. The owner said he would call me when he had them and I gave him my phone number. In the US I would most likely never have received a call. Two days later my phone rang and he said the Prawns were in. Bingo! The following day we arrived at the restaurant for lunch and I had a delicious meal for just about $6 US. So the 5 of us traipsed to Paradise and had great food with more lies than one could guess.

We followed the tasty meal by returning to the boat for some R and R. Tomorrow a  massage would greatly aid in our recovery. We were going to walk there; it was less than an hour to walk, but time crept up on us and we didn’t know exactly where the place was so we grabbed a taxi from town. Up over the hill to the airport and we went and were dropped off at Una’s for all of $2.30 US fare.  She lead us through a tropical garden to her home / office and there we were rewarded with massages in the jungle with birds singing and the breeze blowing gently through her home. She had a wonderful sturdy massage table and both W/ and I were rewarded with an excellent session. Una found knots in my muscles that I never knew I had. When we were through both of us felt another appointment was needed and proceeded to arrange it. I think we’re in Heaven!

Go Slow
Sail Far
Stay Long

Divine St. Lucia

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah; those that know me would say I’ve been imbibing on the local rum just a little too much. That may be so; however, we / I did thoroughly enjoy St. Lucia.  Now that doesn’t mean everything was wonderful. But for the most part we had a great time there.  And I know this blog will be a little disjointed because there is much to tell.  Since there is a lot to say and life isn’t really like a book with one theme I’ll kinda; sorta,  report what we’ve been up to.

Grocer on the water

Grocer on the water

We pulled into St. Lucia and cleared in with Customs, Immigration and the Port Captain. Fortunately the clearance procedures for boaters from the US isn’t like anything like that for foreign boaters in the US. (If I was a non US flagged boat I would avoid the US entirely because of all the hoops that the US government makes boaters go through).  I guess; for the US,  only their citizens are free to move about. But; back to St. Lucia.  Before we were settled for the night a “boat boy”; usually a man doing door to door selling except on the water, stopped by to sell us some produce. We bought mangoes from him the following day.

Once I felt comfortable leaving the boat IB   (from a Tayana V-42 named  Passport) and I went in to complete the necessary paper work. $45 EC later we were legal in the country. We walked a little and I found a Dove bar; had to have, so we wandered back to the dinghy with ice cream bars and smiles on our face.  Of course; the cost I now had to report to my ships purser would be $53 EC for … for  clearance. 🙂

One cool thing was that we had been hearing on the Caribbean Cruisers Net that IGY Marina was offering two free days of

IGY Marina

IGY Marina

dockage and a party for the cruisers in the area. We had just made it in time to Rodney Bay, St Lucia for signing up so we partook of this wonderful gift.  We could use a couple of good days at the dock for cleaning and various other boat projects.  Like all cruisers in the area; those that went to the Marina spend much more then they wanted. One boater we know even ended up spending a few thousand on a new dinghy; another bought a new stove and then some hired local trades people to get their jobs accomplished.

We hired an island yachtsman  for $150 US to clean the hull, we changed all the primary fuel filters, we washed deck on the boat, we did some work on the wind vane, we PolyGlowed the Brown strip on the boat, W/ broke her glasses and we had to find an optometrist to repair them,  and we went grocery shopping (Check out the prices in the pic on the left – remember it is in kg and the prices are in EC;

Check these prices!

Check these prices!

still 🙂 ). All of that took a full two days of work and since we’re not nearly as ambitious as God; after two days work we rested two more days.  On the first day of rest we chose to get a massage from Soothing Touch Massage Spa and signed up with Debra Nicholas. Both W/ and I chose a Deep Tissue massage and we both felt that it was the “Best Massage”  we’ve ever had. I actually wondered if she hadn’t climbed up on a stool to get down deeper into the muscles.  She found knots in muscles that neither of us knew we had, she got under our shoulder blades where we didn’t know there were any muscles and she worked my legs over but good! I only wish we could have spent more time there and utilized her service every week for awhile. Upon leaving the slip we picked up 90 gallons of fuel for about $3.90 US / gallon.  The price is for imperial gallons and I did calculate the cost for the US gallon.

The windvane needed to be cleaned on the control locking rod for the sail and I had neglected to add  (2 years ago when we put it together) a nylon bearing. Obviously; the bearing wasn’t that critical but I took the vane apart and added the bearing anyway.

So after the time in the marina we were sorry we needed to move; again. I’m getting tired of moving so often. My new saying is “Go Slow; Sail Far; Stay Long”; but, this doesn’t seem to be happening as often as we’d like lately. So we left the marina to re-anchor in Rodney Bay and wait a few days for wx to pass. We had checked with NWS and they’re saying a tropical wave was going to be passing through and to expect 3 days of awful wx. So we expected to wait. And having not read the book World Without End by Ken Follett decided this would be a good time. I’ll be hanging out on the boat letting the wx pass and I can consume the book  (that’s how I read, I consume and am totally absorbed by books).

On the following day we had a squall with 50+ knots of wind blow through (reported to us from Bay Pelican) and that created our day’s adventure. Our XYZ anchor decided to go on a walkabout and the boat turned sideways and began heading out of the bay. One reason we stayed on the boat was in anticipation of the inclement wx and fortunately we were here to save our boat and the boat behind us. W/ fired up the Iron Genny (engine) and off we went to retrieve our anchor and reset it. We motored up close to the shore and dropped the anchor to watch it bounce across the bottom for 50 feet or so then catch. I had only about 120′ of chain out before in 25′ of water and so this time; with this wx, I let out about 200′ of chain  in 20-25′ of water and we sat fine the rest of the time.  But; ever vigilant W/,  discovered a reason to stay another day. Water in the engine pan…..it’s NOT suppose to be there!

After our anchor resetting adventure of yesterday, today  I took apart the water pump. I wasn’t looking forward to this task as the pump sits where I can’t see one bolt and have to reach around the engine and fell the nut to remove it. Removing it was to be the easy part. Putting it back on was going to be difficult. I finally removed the pump and found the offending seal; removed the seal and took that and some of the small nuts (I knew I would drop them where I couldn’t find them as I put the pump back on) to Island Water World and spoke with Ian; a wonderfully helpful man. However; after a few minutes he sent me back to the boat to get the water pump cover and thus we’d have a number to look up. Back to the boat I went; back to the store I went and other than getting closer to a working water pump the only consolation I had for this trip was another Dove Ice Cream bar. Finally Ian was able to locate a new seal ( I asked for two!) he only had one. But what  luck; he did have one. Back to the boat – all this by noon – and then to put the pump back together.

After lunch we attacked the reattachment of the pump. I was able to get two out of the four nuts on easily. The one I couldn’t see, and had to twist my wrist and use my fingers to get the nut started and was this ever  giving me problems. W/ tried. Her arms were almost too short. Before she broke down into tears I tried again. Before I broke something on the boat W/ tried again. Finally she thought she had the nut started!  My turn again. I gently put a wrench to the nut and slowly turned it on the stud. Seemed to be working without much complaining. Unfortunately I could only turn about a 1/6 of the rotation so I spent the next 15 minutes tightening down that nut. We then put the last nut on and I snugged them all down. Put the cover on with a new gasket. Oops, I don’t have one.  Take the dinghy back to Island Water World and ask Ian for help. Luckily he was there and gave me some gasket material so I could cut a new one. By 3:30 in the afternoon we were ready to test it out. We started up the engine and after a slight drip; after the pressure built up,  the seal held and I was getting no more water out of the pump. Hooray!

That evening we made about 30 gallons of water and the next day we were to meet on Bay Pelican for drinks and then a trip to a unique restaurant Jambe deBois at the national park. There all the cruisers told some more lies; W/ had the lasagna and  she says the “Best seafood lasagna ever”  We all had a great time. We retired that evening planning on heading S to Marigot Bay.

The following morning W/ again found water where it shouldn’t be. Damn!  was not the only word I know but I’ll start with that

Petite Piton

Petite Piton

one. Too late. Island Water World had only one seal and we’ll have to fix it in Trinidad when we get there. A while later I discovered where this new water is coming from one – of the filters for the watermaker and that will be dealt with before we run the watermaker again.

We left to Marigot Bay and had a lovely sail with only the Yankee out. After all it was only 10 miles. This was where the original Dr. Doolittle was filmed and although it was a lovely place it was filled with moorings and IMHO was just as idylic as anywhere in the British Virgin Islands. We walked a bit, bought some groceries, bought some fruit from one of the boat boys (door to door salesman) and the following day we got our paper work to go to Bequia.  As we had chosen the following day for leaving St. Lucia we stopped at the Pitons.

Sunset Pitons

Sunset Pitons

It was worth the detour. There we picked up a mooring ball for $54 EC for the night and had a splendid sunset next to 100 meters off a mountain that rose almost 800 m  in the air.

Tomorrow we go to Bequia.

Go Slow,
Sail Far,
Stay Long.