Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Arrived in Fiji

We arrived at the town of Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu in Fiji, from Samoa, on July 12th, 2010 after a passage of 574 nautical miles (1068 Km) that took us 4 days and 3 hours for an overall average speed of 5.8 knots. It was a relatively smooth ride if it wasn’t of the rainstorm we encountered during our trip and yet another piece of our boomvang that snapped. Fortunately the storm lasted only about 2 hours and the wind gusts were only up to 27 knots so nothing to be too worried about other than the fact that the cockpit was all wet after that. As of the boomvang it seems that this is the story of our life in the Pacific. Every pieces of this equipment break one after the other, even the main cable, which was rated for up to 16,000 lbs, snapped on our last passage to Samoa. There is so much tension in this equipment that every time something breaks it comes with such a huge BANG that Danielle now calls it the boombang! This time it was the shackle holding the base of the lower block that snapped from fatigue. It took only 10 minutes to fix but this is really getting on our nerves. The plan is to change the whole thing once in Australia with much stronger parts in the hope that after that we will be able to straighten our main sail without worrying that the whole thing falls apart at every wave! On a different topic we hope you find our courtesy flags nice for since Panama we stopped buying the flags and started making them ourselves with our turbo Sailrite sewing machine. Fiji was quite a challenge and the result may not be perfect but, all things considered, is not too bad.One last thing to tickle your brain. We left Samoa on July 7th, 2010 and arrived 4 days later on July 12th, 2010. Do the math and you’ll see that something is wrong. The reason is that during this passage we crossed the date change line (180° longitude) and since we were sailing west we never saw the day of July 9th, 2010. Since we cannot travel in time the question you have to answer is where did this day go? Please send us an email with the answer. For the purists let’s assume we crossed the line at exactly midnight, but this is semantic.