Update for 18th June
It seems a long time since I wrote anything for the various blogs, well here goes!
We have left Tonga and had an interesting sail and transit through the reefs into an isalnd called Vanua Balava, where botht the World ARC and ICA (its the Island Cruising Assoc of New Zealand) fleets were both clearing into Fiji. This normally has to be into a port much further west, Savusavu, Suva, Levuka or Lautoka. However, it seems that the leader of the ICA John Martyn has a great rapport with the Fiji authorities and enabled our joint fleets clearance by flying in the various customs, immigration and health officials. his was a big help since the Lau group of islands in the East of Fiji are vey beautiful and not many people get to see them.
We spent a few days there and then sailed in company (actually mostly motored) with quite a few ICA boats to the island of Taveuni, which is called the Garden Isle. Its very lush and green, maybe thats why its raining at the moment. We had picked up a mooring, but we were too close to the boat behind overnight as the wind increased to near glae force, and so had to move off this and anchor near some coral in about 10 metres of sand, whef, that was a relief, up a;; night fending off the other boat until daylight came. Now sitting on the boat, too far away from the resort ti use the wifi I bought last night, waiting to go ashore later for a meal, then its forecast to get pretty windy again overnight.
At least yesterday evening we had the opportunity to join in the feast at the Paradise resort and celebrate Brians (Brian Eagle our buddy and crewmate) birthday..