Neiafu to Suva

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Richard Clennett
Sun 31 Jul 2011 04:19
19.15 S    177.27 W
We spent an enjoyable few days in Neiafu after Barb and Andrew left, until leaving there on saturday morning for the 480 mile passage to Suva, Fiji. We have just ticked over 200 miles, so making good progress and expect to get in to Suva on tuesday morning. The first 30 hours has been interesting in that inspite of the SE 10-15 kts forcast, we have had just about everything else! Squalls and 30+ knots from every other direction, now settled into 20kts from the NE! Main reefed, shaken out and reefed again, never a dull moment. We are sailing in company with another Australian catamaran with a professional skipper, two paid crew and the owner on board - we're holding our own, and of course there is just that hint of competition. The AIS is a great way to keep tabs on what their heading   and boat speed are!
Caught up with many boat jobs while on the mooring in Neiafu, met many expats and had some fun at the Aquarium Cafe, including spending an evening wining and dining and listening to 6 X 6 minute talks (with powerpoint presentations) - three from local people and three from"Palangi" (foreigners). Another insight into life n the Vava'u group and how people end up in such places.
Fortunately Mike from the Aquarium  Cafe, bought several boxes of our excess grog, so the boat is now lighter and we are getting ready for entry to Australia!
Also caught up with others in the anchorage we had met since coming through the Panama Canal.

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