Archive for June, 2007

West Coast Fun

Monday, June 18th, 2007

This is awesome. Helming Berlin Express to the west coast, I had mixed emotions about the potenial mass tourism which may wait for me but it’s quite different. Yes, there are tourists and backpackers but it’s great. Hardly any other sailing boats and it never feels packed. Just the right number to meet new people, have a good party and still be on your own when schnokling or walking a few paces to the next beach.

Anchoring 100m off the finest beachcompers we just jump into the dingy and join the others for a cold beer. Its the whole thing, palm trees, relaxed music and all that jazz ;-) Moved from Muscote Cove to Mana and now to Beachcomber island. It only got better each time.

Only downside maybe is the lack of surf. The only working spot is private and I haven’t found a real alternative yet. Will work on it. Just one more last big night, more healthy from then on… promise!

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

After 1530 nautical miles in about 13 days of constant sailing, we arrive in Suva, the capital of Fiji, on the main island Vitu Levi. The air is humid and being on the south eastern side of the island we also have the occasional shower… but who cares? We made it.

Our friends from the immigration department let us wait for 8 hours but then we finally can toast with a cold beer at the Royal Suva Yacht Club to a successful passage. We start chatting to other sailors from all over the world and have a great night in the club.

Fiji feels so good as it is completely different to Australia or even Lord Howe. It’s wild, hot and smells of adventure. Will have to do some more paperwork but then provision ASAP to get outof the big city to the sunny islands on the west for perfect surf, perfect beaches, perfect water, great people… well, that’s the idea of it… we’ll see if Fiji holds up to its reputation ;-)

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