Zena approached Fiji as a Cat 3 cyclone and we were battened down and ready for battle. Luckily for Fiji and for us Zena took a turn south and also weakened on approach due to upper level shearing winds. She weakened to a Cat 2 then 1 before moving away. We had gusty winds in the anchorage but nothing over about 30 knots. There was lightning all around and dark ominous cloud cover and the heat and humidity in the north wind was oppressive. At daybreak we are enjoying sunshine for the first time all week. We also have winds from the south which will hopefully bring cooler drier weather. We have at least a whole day of work to put all Ellie’s sails and canvas back on. We were definitely over prepared for this one but it could have turned out very differently.
Headed into Suva again to run an errand for our friends and then we will sail out of here tomorrow. Should be a nice sail with moderate trades from the SE. Finally!
Vinaka Vakalevu Mother Nature!