Month: June 2011

Manta Ray Bay…..More stuff…..

June 28, 2011

June 26-27-28, 2011

Dear F&F, Oh My!

June 26-27 We headed to Waya Island and found it frankly not overly interesting so we continued on to Manta Ray Bay Island to see the Manta Rays….not so much. We anchored next to friends on s/v “Wetnose” and settled in for the night. That night we went on a night dive and it was fun, but devoid of lots of the creatures I would have expected. Kate thoroughly enjoyed it; it was my first night dive in over a decade. I’d forgotten how much I loved them.

That night, a low pressure system came over us and it started to BLOW! 25 knots steady with gusts to 40 knots. Our plan was to move to Somosomo Bay the next morning for protection and when we tried to raise the anchor, all heck broke loose. The “geneker” opened up unexpectedly and tore itself to shreds. It may not be repairable. I’ll find out tomorrow from local sail maker Alan Marshall. The windlass again failed and we could not raise the anchor. We were completely safe and decided to call it a day. I dove the anchor to make sure it wasn’t stuck on a coral “bommie”; it wasn’t. So we will use “lift bags” in the morning to raise the anchor chain and anchor then put it away by hand.

June 28th We got up early, had breakfast and I went diving to buoy up the anchor. No drama and the gals helped me pull it up and stow it away. We’ll have to head back to Vuda Point YET AGAIN to see if it can be fixed or move the stern windlass to the bow.

Upon arrival, Lorenzo of “Baobab Marine” determined it was a bent part on the windlass that was causing the problem. We’ve fixed that and will thoroughly test it tomorrow.

Kate will be going on another catamaran off to Musket tomorrow and off to New Zealand by air the next day, we’ll miss her.

When we came in Vuda Point, we got stuck on our starboard engine with a mooring line. I dove that to remove it…..life goes on.

I’ll keep you posted on repairs and Sandrine and I will most likely head directly toward Savusavu over several days starting in a few days.

My phone was “drowned”, and I’ll get a new one tomorrow.

KIT, Scott with the crew of s/v Beach House (Sandrine and Kate – for one more day)

POSITION REPORT

June 28, 2011

YOTREPS: YES TIME: 2011/06/28 06:49 LATITUDE: 17-40.93S LONGITUDE: 177-23.15E MARINE: NO WIND_SPEED: 6 WIND_DIR: 059T CLOUDS: 20% VISIBILITY: 20 BARO: 1016 AIR_TEMP: 22.8C COMMENT: Beach House – Docked – Vuda Point….more windlass and sail repair, oh joy! Kate leaves tomorrow.

Waya pit stop…Manta Ray Bay Island….

June 25, 2011

June 25th, 2011

Dear F&F,

We left for the trip to Waya Island, most southern of the Yasawa’s early as to travel the 30 miles and get settled. Kate was in “her office” (sun tanning of course) and Sandrine was listening to music. I did my weight workout and all was good. We arrived at Waya around noon and as lovely as it was, we just didn’t feel we wanted to stay. So on we went the last 12 miles to Manta Ray Bay island. We anchored next to s/v Wetnose and Jim came by for a hello.

Kate and Sandrine went snorkeling and I quickly discovered that the internet despite advertisement didn’t work here. The 3G system is supposed to be in, but it just wasn’t happening. So back to good old “sailmail” and that’s how I’m posting this blog.

Kate decided we were going night diving as we had spoken to the local dive guide from Barefoot Plantation Resort and he said it was good right where we had anchored. So, Kate got to do her first NIGHT DIVE. I teased her about the sharks, Sandrine didn’t want to hear about it and in we went.

I was a bit disappointed as despite the lovely coral, the ususal suspects were no where to be found. WESTERN Fiji is not known for it’s diving. EASTERN Fiji (where we will be in about 2 weeks) is. So I’m cutting the place slack for the time being. No moray eels, no octopus, no whitetip reef sharks. It was for me a bit disappointing, Kate of course was jazzed. She dove at NIGHT!

When we got back and cleaned up, Sandrine went up at 9 p.m. in her silks with the deck light on. She’s getting stronger every day.

It’s overcast now and the weather is supposed to start being really windy with some rain over the next few days.

The manta rays are supposed to be in the pass only 250 yards away; they come in at high tide which is this afternoon. We’ll give them a snorkel try then and report back. More diving today too….

KIT, Scott and the Crew of s/v Beach House (Sandrine and Kate)

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