L'Esprit de la Mer
Dr Chris Bates
Thu 31 May 2018 21:08
We sailed from Vuda on Tuesday . Hot and sunny , little wind . Sailing North and then West inside Fiji's vast reef system .Helped by now accurate e charts on my wheel display easy . What a change in 4 years . Still required intense concentration . Thing is the water is muky vfrom rivers running into the reef and most of the marks were removed by the last few cyclones . We anchored overnight off a disused mining quay ar Statia . Next day we started early only for the gps plotter to play up . Frequently rebooting itself . I suddenly realised how impossible navigation is here without satellite . Retured to base and reset the plotter . We waited untill the following day at anchor making sure all was well before setting out yesterday in windy conditions to reach the sheltered anchorage at Rakiraki . It i cloudy and wet untill Sunday so we stay in this corner of paradise untill then