Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ready to start a new season in Fiji

We flew in from Brisbane this morning, after a sleepless night. Sieg from Sorceress kindly picked us up at the Nadi airport. The boat looked pretty good considering she has been sitting in the tropical sun for the past 8 months. No bugs, very little mold ("Bounce" sheets tucked in among fabric works wonders at preventing mold). Unfortunately, our house batteries were nearly dry, as the caretaker had ignored our request to top up the water at 4-month intervals.

It is nice to be in Vuda Point again, which feels like a real crossroads for cruisers. We are running into boats we have previously seen in Puget Sound, California, Mexico, and French Polynesia. We're also meeting some interesting cruisers, like the super-adventurous crew of Wizard's Eye, and the environmentally conscious crew of Research Vessel Llyr, on their way to help villages in Vanuatu with sustainable development projects.

It will take us a week or so of work to get the boat back in the water. One reward after a hard day of work is happy hour at the "Boatshed", watching another beautiful Fijian sunset with friends.

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