Fai Tira Blog
Tuesday 13rd July
Savusavu 16:46.70S 179:20.00E
We left Tonga at dawn as the sun
was rising over the local church. We were technically illegal in Tonga.
We should have left the day before but we had trips booked on the karts.
See previous blog.
As we left Tonga a lovely old
sailing boat was on the way in.
We had arrived at Fiji early in
the morning and had to wait outside the pass for the marina office to open.
Savusavu with its Copra Shed
marina. We were the fourth boat to arrive.
A good old British Leyland bus
with a very wiggly gear leaver took me to the airport to meet the arrival of
the fight bringing Judy to see me. I met some fantastic locals on board
and made friends with Levy who later came to visit us on Fai Tira. (The
picture isn’t of him it of a boy on his way to school)
She stepped off the plane
looking gorgeous. I presented her with a BIG kiss and a bunch of flowers.
It was great to see her after all this time.
John and J were busy cleaning
the boat ready for Judy’s arrival.
We were whisked off to our
accommodation by Junior in a 4X4. When we got to the guest house we found
out why. It was up a 1 in 4 dirt track for half a mile.
We have managed to walk up it a
couple of times but did need oxygen when we got to our room.
The mooring at the Copra
We had the welcome party
followed by a brilliant band which allowed us to dance the night away.
Judy thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the crews she met in Antigua and being
introduced to the newer members of the rally.
It was a fantastic
welcome. The strength of the group and the support for each other is
John and J went to watch the All
Blacks beat the Australians at rugby.
There was a fabulous sunset that
The next day we went for a walk
to a waterfall. Not as impressive as some we have seen but gave Judy the
opportunity to see the island and observe the friendliness and gentleness of
It was great to be together.
A very colourful bus for the
Pete, Judy, John and Jeremy.