We’ve been enjoying the beauty of Vanua Balavu for a week now. This morning finds us anchored off Susui Village to fulfill a promise made a year ago. The village has mostly recovered from Cyclone Winston but the church we attended last year is still a pile of rubble. The people are happy and smiling and all seems well here. We came to d [...]
We are anchored in Vanua Balavu after three incredible days of mostly motoring over glassy calm seas and making easy progress eastward! The first night was spent at Paradise Resort on Taveuni. The next day was an incredible 40nm passage along the windward side of Taveuni, viewing all the amazing waterfalls and catching two HUGE Mahi! We dro [...]
The 40nm passage to Taveuni Island today was what dreams are made of. It was so perfect and amazing we can’t even explain with words. So here are some pictures from the day…
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What an intense shakedown sail! We were about 15 miles offshore, bashing hard into the trades in the Koro Sea; hammers down – 2,800 RPM on both engines; making 7.5 – 8.0 knots to windward; taking waves over the bows and the occasional splash into the cockpit; watching the rig intently and loving every minute of it. I asked Alyssa [...]
We are back in the marina taking on the remainder of our tools and gear before heading out later this week. We finally received the vinyl decals for QUIXOTIC! She has a name again! It looks awesome – check it out.
We had her out sailing on the open ocean and she did great! 60 degrees off the wind she was driving hard at 7+ knots under [...]
She’s out of the creek! She’s sailing! She’s motoring! She’s generating power! She has hot water! She has nets! Her keels track straight! Her rudders steer her on a straight course! She’s a fully-functional sailing yacht again! We couldn’t be happier or more proud of her!
Allan and Rina, Alyssa’s pare [...]