Land Ho!

Mark & Sue Owen
Mon 27 May 2019 22:30

18:46.45S 179:34.57E

I passed the outlying island of Matuka earlier this morning, my first sight of land for over two weeks, and very resplendent it was with the morning sun rising majestically behind it. I still have another night at sea before I reach my chosen port of entry, and will be clearing in to Fiji at Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu, but the seas are placid, the winds light but favourable with a stunning cloud free sky, so the final leg will not be a chore. With luck my final approach and arrival here will be a lot more comfortable than the last few days.
It will have been over two weeks with only limited contact with the outside world, and I wonder what has happened during my time away from the sensory enslaught of modern day life.
It is difficult to describe to anyone the feeling of absolute insignificance and vulnerability that you get alone on a small boat way out at sea. To treasure the pure simplicity of life itself, with nature providing most of the stimulus and entertainment.
I think inevitably we all lose sight of the most important things in life as we get caught up in day to day dramas, but time away is a chance to reboot and refresh, so we can focus on what truly matters.
I am looking forward to making landfall, a market with fresh fruit and veg and a good nights sleep. It has been an emotional journey for me with some really dark moments along the way, and I am still undecided on what to do next, but for now I will just enjoy exploring a new Country.