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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Planned transit

Plan to depart Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga for Fiji today at about noon local time. Expect 4 to 5 day transit.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Two days in a row!

Hard to believe but we have had two days of sunshine in a row. Wow! We are actually drying out. So great.

Tomorrow Vava'a gets one of its rare cruise ship visits. This means that the officials will be pretty busy. We plan to sail back to Neifu tomorrow arriving about lunch time. This will give us a chance to spend the afternoon taking care of our pre-departure needs. The plan is then to take off for Fiji the next day.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Swimming with the fishes

After spending a god deal of the day sorting and airing Reboot after days of rain I went snorkeling. Well, sort of. One of my crew lost my snorkel overboard so I was actually masking and finning.

The water in the lagoon is quite clear so visibility was good until the sun went behind the clouds. I only got about 15 minutes of decent snorkeling. I took advantage of being in the water to swim back to Reboot. We had paddled the dinghy over to the reef. It was good exercise. On the way back our friends from Yollata came by in their dinghy so we stopped for a chat. Not the greatest of rewards but good.

The coral here is under stress so a a lot of it has died. Both Al and Julia did see a moray ell. Cool. But it is sad to see so much dead coral in a lagoon in the middle of the Pacific Office.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Happy Birthday Ace!

Not sure if I have the right day. Yes, I know it is the 22nd. As is Trevors. Mine is 11+11=22. We do a lot of 22. (Sorry Spencer, you would be a 22 too but your mom had you early - it was a health thing.)

Note 1: Ace is Al. My parents did not want Ace to be "little Al" so they nicknamed him Ace. This was a good thing considering his height. When he went to Columbia University he switched to Al. So did all his friends. I refused and am the sole person who calls him Ace today. In a way it is convenient. I would call his office and ask for Ace. They never asked who was calling.

Note 2: We are sitting on the date line. We are in UTC +13. This does not exist but is an elegant hack to keep the clock right. But we are on the other side of the date line so it will be Ace's birthday here many hours before it is where he is. I think. I keep getting confused. Once we get to Fiji it gets sorted - the time and date are the same.

Note 3: I am waiting for longitude 180 E/W before officially considering myself a dragon.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Time for plan "B"

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Finally a sunny day

Which means we need to open all the difficult to get to places and air them out. Since they are difficult to get to they are also dirty. This means a lot of cleaning.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Fiji Biosecurity

We are required to notify Fiji Biosecurity prior to our arrival. The email address on Noonsite (yachtinfo@biosecurityfiji.com) fails. Does anyone have a goid email address?

Shoes

This is actually an advertisement for the shoes! From the top of Reboot's mast.

Rain and more rain

Reboot has been caught here in the Kingdom of Tonga between several competing weather systems. The result is that we have had rain every day. There are brief periods of overcast. We use them to swim and visit the shore. Not only does this situation affect Vava'u but also the weather for our planned transit to Fiji. So we are pretty much stuck until the weather changes without the advantage of being able to truly enjoy the islands.

Although our situation is less than ideal I feel sorry for those who chartered for a one or two week. They too have been stuck in this weather but at far greater expense.

We are hoping for a window on Monday to depart.

Fair winds. and following seas :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cold

For the first time since Norfolk Va in November 2015 I am wearing a fleece and sweat pants. It is not so cold as the wind chill makes shorts and a t shirt uncomfortable.