Today started with a big disappointment. We began the day with a few hours
of squall evasion therapy after which we realized that it was a bad day to
visit Minerva Reef, it being 100% overcast with roving rain squalls to
contend with. Further, land based weather forecasters (whom I am in touch
with via HF radio) forecast that we should expect NorthEasterly wind
starting on the 10th, so if we were to put in to Minerva we would most
likely be stuck there till after the SE wind returned, which could be a
In any case, we decided to skip it and here we are at 8pm on Wednesday
still at sea. The crew's spirits, however, are very high and we are all
excited about visiting Savusavu again (esp. Jonah who remembered the
fabulous pizza right where the dinghy dock is).
Most of the day we have been motor sailing as the wind has been very light
(less then 10k) and from the SSE giving us wind on the stbd quarter, a
slow point of sail. Whenever the wind has picked up to 11k or more we
sailed and then went back to motor sailing when our speed dropped below 5k.
Currently we are sailing nicely in 10-14k from the SE and are making about
6k over ground.
Our first potential landfall in Fiji will be the Southern islands of the
Koro Sea (an area bounded to the North by Vanua Levu, to the West by Viti
Levu (Fiji's two largest islands) and to the East by the Lau Group (aka.
the forbidden group). Most of the islands in the Koro Sea are part of the
political subdivision called the Lomoviti Group (the Central Group)
however several of the islands in the Southern part of the Koro Sea are
politically part of the Lau Group and are therefore also off limits to
It is now 3am and we are making 6-7k in about 15k wind from the SE. All is