Sunday, June 13, 2010

We are at Waya Island, it is the start of the Yasawa Group of islands in Fiji. The scenery is spectacular with towering mountain peaks that lead down to steep slopes from the shoreline, which are covered with palm trees. We are currently anchored off another resort although it is inaccessible because there is a huge onshore surf and we dare not try another dinghy landing. There are 2 other sailboats in the anchorage. With an off shore wind and an on shore surf everyone is really rolling back and forth. We feel slightly superior because we have the "flopper stopper" a device which dampens our rolling so we think we are rolling significantly less than the other 2 boats. We purchased the flopper stopper in San Diego because there are notoriously rolly anchorages in Mexico.

On shore we see the hull of a sailboat formerly known as Moonduster. Moonduster crossed the Pacific the same time as we did, but last year the owner did not heed local warnings and head for shelter when a cyclone was forecast. Now his boat, an S & S 46 lies stranded ashore, after being driven there during the cyclone season last year, it was uninsured. It is a stark reminder of how unforgiving the sea can be.
We had a good sail over to this anchorage, but Barry was on edge the whole time, there are reefs with breaking waves everywhere. You have to be alert at all times and keep an eye on your electronic maps, paper charts as well as an eagle eye out to watch for the reefs. I find myself getting uptight when Barry flits about the cockpit reminding me every 5 minutes about a reef that is still 4 miles off. I guess his vigilance has been rewarded so far as we are safe and sound in another anchorage in paradise. We are hoping another boat will join us here, but so far they do not want to leave the safely of Musket Cove. They were here last year and have already visited these anchorages. It would be nice to have some company but since we only have 3 weeks until Barry's brother Bruce joins us for a week we would like to explore this end of Fiji.