After two (mostly productive) weeks in busy Suva the unsettled weather is forcing us to retreat north. We have one more day of easterly trades before the SPCZ descends on us and with it brings tropical depressions and the potential for another cyclone. Currently Windy.ty is forecasting a 996mb low pressure circulation; and that’s enough to get our attention. Its forecast to hit here Tuesday and we don’t like the protection in this anchorage and we don’t know the holding down there so we’re out at first light. We will sail direct to Savusavu, an overnight run of 140 nautical miles. Tomorrow will be a tough and wet bash into 20+ knot trades but after the first 40nm we can fall off and put the wind just slightly forward the beam and it should be a decent overnight sail north. The current forecast is calling for heavy rain overnight and then the wind to slack off almost completely by Sunday morning. Hopefully there is enough to keep our sails up so we don’t have to motor while getting tossed around in the remnant swells.
We’ll write from Savusavu and let you all know how it went. Wish us luck and good weather.
Oh, and NO BIKES yet. We patiently waited the first week for the container to be released, we impatiently waited the second week and now I give up. I know it’s Fiji time but come on! We will wait for the phone to ring asking us to come get the bikes, THEN we’ll come back to Suva and pick them up. It’s been a frustrating introduction to shipping companies here. Next time I’ll wait to receive word via a floating coconut before eagerly coming to Suva like a kid on Christmas morning.