Éowyn is presently in
Musket Cove resort and marina, Fiji, in position 17:46.307S 177:11.586E
After leaving Nananu, we
received an email message from rally control that we could do our inward
internal clearance at Musket Cove rather than Lautoka. With that information we
together with Thor VI and Noeluna changed our plans and headed for Vuda Point
Marina, further South.
This turned out to be an
excellent choice with a first rate chandlery, convenient fuel dock and a
modestly priced launderette.
We spent 2 nights here and one
day went by taxi to Lautoka where we found the best vegetable and fruit market
since we left St Lucia. The taxi driver also gave us a mini tour of the
Rui & Anna at Lautoka
I took the opportunity to
change the engine oil in such a convenient location. The only disappointment
here were the 2 restaurants where the grub was mediocre at best.
Next stop was Musket Cove
where for the first time we were in a marina with full resort facilities. Being
able to charge everything to the yacht may prove to be a blessing in disguise
when we check out tomorrow!!
World Cruising arranged 2
functions, a barbeque and then a Fijian Feast (much like a Tongan Feast!)
Chessie has rejoined the group
having had extensive repairs in Tahiti. we learned that several (9 in total)
yachts have grounded in these badly charted waters including J'Sea which was on
its side and put out a Mayday call!
The Fleet at Musket Cove
We knew we were to say goodbye
to Noeluna here but sadly Dreamcatcher and Ronja have decided to leave the
rally. Dreamcatcher has several weeks of repair needed after the Tsunami damage
in Galapagos and they will now cruise this area for 2 years and pick up the
next World ARC. Ronja have decided that a half circumnavigation is enough
of an adventure and will send Ronja back to Europe by ship. Sadly that means we
say goodbye to all of our junior sailors photo'd below. However, the Ronjan's
plan to drive from Mackay to Darwin in an RV so it is not quite goodbye
Mike with Ronja's Vilde and the Young Ones from
Noeluna and Ronja
Today, the 2nd July, Maggie
& Bob from Ocean Jasper, Stephen from A Lady and Lars from ronja made a
14,000 feet tandem parachute jump here at Musket Cove. They all loved it - not
for me thank you very much!!!
Tomorrow we set sail for
Vanuatu where we plan to haul out for a couple of days scheduled maintenance.
Hopefully the Customs paperwork there will fall short of the 58 pages we
completed in Fiji!!!