Fiji !! 16:47.872S 179:18.289W

South Pacific Familyadventure 2008
Claes Brodin
Tue 22 Sep 2009 08:55
At 18.15 local ships time we saw Welangilala,the first Fijiisland visible when approaching the Lau islandgroup from northeast.Still being daylight when we saw the island,it was completely dark when passing the island and it´s reefs to port.The lighthouse not working(quite common in these waters),it had a radiobeacon clearly visible on our radar,and with radarsurveillance,we could pass at a safe distance of 2.8Nm.We are now heading for Savu Savu(110Nm further west)one of four ports to clear in to Fijiland.
Sometime tonight we will pass longitude 180W,and enter the eastern hemisphere of the earth being some of the first human beings to start September 23.