New Zealand>Fiji - Day 0 (2014-07-22 03:00 UTC - 35:50.2S 174:28.2E - DTF 1200nm)
After we spent more than 1 1/2 years of hard labour and a small fortune and even enduring some moments of stress on a complete refit of Aquamante in New Zealand, we're at last off to Fiji. Departure today 22/7, a good weather window for a safe passage in one of the trickiest sailing areas in the world, due to the quickly variable weather patterns. Total distance to Savu Savu on the island of Vanua Levu some 1200 nm, which should take us some 7-8 days. Updates on the trip and future blogs posted on www.aquamante.com, it is possible to subscribe to an RSS feed to receive updates automatically.
Although we cannot wait to leave, we feel there is no place better than NZ to do what we have done. Sweet, honest and laid back people, who nonetheless do what they commit to. In fact not one bad experience, any issue, which you're bound to have with such a job, especially in the marine industry, was dealt with professionally. Whangarei, even if not the most charming or dynamic place to be, was the perfect spot with all services available in close proximity. Many thanks to all those who assisted us.
And now finally time to continue our voyage and enjoy the good life. A horrific event like the crash/downing of MH17 makes you all the more aware of the fact that life can be unexpectedly short for the craziest of reasons, and that it should therefore be lived to the fullest, whatever that may be for each of us. Thus far our trip definitely qualified in that sense for us, we hope it'll only get better and better!