Fulaga to the Big Island

Denarau, Viti Levu, Fiji

By: Kerry

After six weeks completely out of touch with the outside world, we left Fulaga, headed for the ‘real world’ and Denarau, to collect our new house batteries, which had shipped from China and were due to arrive at the end of July.

We finally left yesterday (August 10), having waited about a week for a weather window. We’re currently rocketing along at about 10 knots in glorious sunshine – it’s been a cracking sail, beam reaching under gennaker (since we STILL don’t have a mainsail) 15-20 knots and not much swell. We’re going to run close to cracking the 200nm day, which is pretty good considering we only have one sail up! It’s now 10am and we’re aiming to be at Vananui Bay (south coast Viti Levu) by around lunchtime.

Damian landed a MONSTER mahimahi yesterday – almost as tall as himself! It took him around half an hour to land it (on a redhead lure) and it took me most of the afternoon to process it! The fillets were each over a metre long and we reckon weighed over 5kg apiece. Reckon it will be sashimi for entree, sushi for seconds, fillets for main, fish burgers for lunch tomorrow, BBQ tomorrow night, curry the following … and the freezer is full, too!

August 15: En route, we stopped for the night at Robinson Crusoe Resort, known for putting on the best cultural show in Fiji.

Unsurprisingly, our battery delivery was further delayed, so we were obliged to stay around the western side of the country, which worked out well for picking up Damian’s sister, Davina and her partner, Neil. New to sailing, the Yasawas would provide a gentle introduction…

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