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Vietimme isukin nelikymppisiä Blue Lagoonilla Fijin Yasawa saariryhmän pohjoisissa osissa. Hauskaa oli ja hienoa laguuneja nahtiin. Erikoisuutena salmi jossa Manta ja Paholaisrausku uivat edestakaisin, niin etta niiden paalla voi kivasti snorklailla ja ihmetella lahes kolmemetrisia vesieläviä.

Nyt olemme Fijin toiseksi suurimman kaupungin Lautokan huvivenesatamassa Vuda Pointissa. Selvitämme Miljan ulos miehistöstä, täytämme tankit ja nostamme veneen muutamaksi paivaksi kuiville. Nostamme veneen ylös koska haluan korjata skegin joka tuli tehtya Uudessa-Seelannissa liian haavoittuvaiseksi. Johanna kuljetti tyokalut ja tarvikkeet Suomesta joten nyt on hyva alkaa hommiin. Joka paiva on tarkoitus myos vilvoitella poolilla johon on veneelta on matkaa noin 50m.

Sain synttari lahjaksi uuden vedenalaisen kameran jossa on gps ja kompanssi, ilman paineet ja kaikki muut herkut. Pitaa ottaa jossain vaiheessa aikaa ja tutkia mita kaikkia hienoja palikoita netista loytyy ja miten naita tageja saadaan kaytettya hyväksi täällä blogissa. Alla kuvat suoraan google mapissa.


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Johanna arrived to Fiji and we are all very happy about it. She brought a lots of messages and gifts from friends in Finland – thank you very much!

Unfortunately we have been a bit lazy to post coordinates or our blog posts. The problem has been that Fiji is trusting more to cellular networks than wireless LANs and we do not have proper WCDMA/GSM modems we could connect to our PCs. Therefore we use text only version from our satellite phone.

Next we plan to sail to Yasawas. We will send a post from Yasawas, possibly from a famous Blue Lagoon!

NANEA is ejoying nice weather in Mamanucas. We anchored in fron of tiny and unhabited Mociu Island. Island is just north of the Castaway resort in Qualito Island. Otso was especially happy. Kids went to shore by canoe waving their wooden swords. In 15 minutes the island tresures were harvested. We cut open four green coconuts for their milk and kids instructed me carefully how to make a proper straw from native “hay”.

The reef was friendly and beautiful. Home daddy got one mullet and a grouper for our lunch. Our fishing canoe is not so fast but good for spear fishing. It is very stable, easy to drag along and has enough room for the fish bag and fishing/diving equipment.

During the fish cleaning operation three adult humpback whales entered the lagoon. These majestetic marine mammals are wondeful to see. I was wondering why they did not seemed to have calves with them – maybe they were males looking for fish in herd. However, local boys we chasing them with fishing vessel and we did not had a safe change to see if they would like to meet us. Sometimes a torpeedo would be essential equipment in a yacht.

Afternoon, fast boat arrived and let a croup of human females and males on shore. Our kids lost their interest about island and we decided that tommorrow we sail further. Possibly we will sail to monoriki island where Tom Hanks filmed a movie talking with his volley ball. I think the movie was called Castaway? Present day he could have chatted in facebook with all his friends and spent lots of money for transmission costs.

It is amazing how much western tourists these islands have. Where are all those 4 million Chinese whose yearly income is larger than 23 million USD or all super fast Chinese swimmers? Most propably they are at work (as we should be ofcourse). Chinese influence is evidently rising. In Suva we saw massive chinese fishing fleet and a 100 meter long radio research ship. It looked like a white cruising ship expect that the upper deck was not reserved for swimming pools or bars but there was five huge antennas directed straight to sky. I imagined that Chinese space research was utilising Fiji as a home port for their movable earth station in southern pacific. But then they must have similar somewhere in Africa to be able to receive and transmit 24 hours for earth orbiting satellites? Or maybe it was a research vessel for more varied roles….

I was in the custom to clear out when the ship left and enjoyed a couple of funny moments during the departure seremony. Like any other nationality, Chinese were proud about this hich tech vessel and there was a suffcient group of local Chinese ex-pats to cheer and sing when the boat was dragged out of marina by tug boats all waving eagerly Fijian and Chinese flags. But then a Fijian guy picked a couple of flags from the bag of the head of goodbye comittee. He was politely informed that the flags will be collected back after the boat has left – for future use. Well a bit of theather is allright… and it is hard for empty bag to stand upright!

Lazy part of Nanea crew is now at Muscet Cove in Mamanucas Islands. Island has barrier reef and complex entrance. Good place but not yet paradise – how ever we need to wait here for a couple of days to wind settle. Paradise Otso wants to find an island where no-ne lives – lets see how far we need to sail before we find his paradise island.

While Johanna is preparing for oral presentation of her PhD thesis Friday in Aalto University, we sailed towards west in the search of sun and sheltered waters. The passage took only 10 hours as we mostly had to run the engine as the waves were big but wind was light. Again we were lucky with fishing and ware convinced that our friend in Waiheke who gave us three lures is one heck of a fisherman. His red/white Rapala lure is so good that we need to keep it in the bucket in cockpit to prevent fish jumping voluntarily to the boat.

Now we are in Likuri Island which is also called as Robinson Crusoe Island. A funny resort that provides cabaree to western turists – a bit like a Moulin Rouge of Pacific Islands. Entrance is tricky as the sand moves the way that charts cannot keep up. Resort gives guidance by radio – our entrance went good. Northern reef needs to be followed until inside marker is reached then course can be altered towards green roofs on Northwestern bank. Anchorage has 1-2 kn current. Staff is friendly and owner is ex-Aussie-sailor so cruisers are pampered. Kids can use resort services for free. We will boat school, swim and wait a bit before we will move to Mamanuca Island group. Obviously we cannot wait to hear news from Johanna’s big day!

Eilen lapset tutustui Yanucan kouluun. Herttainen 4 opettajan ja 54 opppilaan koulu, jossa istutaan paljon lattialla. Lisaksi pihapiirissa oli paivakoti. Opettaja luki lapsille satuja englanniksi ja sitten sama satu Fidziksi Lopuksi keskusteltiin sadusta. Hieno konsepti! Koulu alkaa samaan aikaan kuin Suomessa 6 – 7 vuotiaina. Milja piti esitelman Suomesta Miinan ja Manun tyyliin. Rehtori antoi meidän lapsille koulukirjat. Lopuksi otettiin leikkimielistä Rugbya pikku vintioiden kanssa koulun hienolla nurmikentalla.

Olemme nyt Begassa Vaga Bayssa, koska tämä on suojaisempi paikka kun Vanuca. Kylän äijät meni eilen yo kalaan sadetakit paalla ja harppuunat veneen pohjalla. Lapset lahti seiskalta kouluun toiseen kylaan. Ukkoskuuroja tuli yolla muttei nyt ihan meidän paalla ja paikka on suojainen.

Huomen aamulla lahdetaan kohti Viti Levun lansipaata. Paatimme lahtea tutkimaan paikkoja sielta paasta ensiksi, koska siella on suojaisempaa – ja aurinkoisempaa! Joka paiva satanut tahan mennessa.

English version:

Kids visited School at Yanuca. A lovely small school with 5 teacher’s and 54 pupils. In addition there was a small kindy. Elmo joined the kids and sang along “twinkle twinkle little star” with other kids. We met briefly older kids before they went to lunch break. Lunch box included healthy “cassawa” snack – every kid are in wonderfull physical condition.

We have moved few miles to east to Vaga Bay in Beqa island. Local fisherman seem to be sporty fellas as they went to night dive yesterday night to thundery weather and told us that there is only friendly sharks. All had wooden spear guns – maybe they are more silent than aluminium ones.

Oona tells: We have been in Fiji and bought all kind of things. We went to look at the Fiji schools.then we went swimming. I saw a tiger fish. well what have you been doing.

Nanea on Yanucan saarella. Suoritimme juhlallisen Sevu Sevu rituaalin. Oikeasti kyläpäällikkö katsoi miehineen rugbyä töllöstä ja samalla otti vastaan lahjamme eli kavapuun juuresta tehdyn joulukuusen näköisen tötterön. Juhlallinen osuus oli yhteinen taputus ja onnen toivotus.

No niin, joka tapauksessa Nanea on ankkurissa unelma lahdella. Kivat snorklailu mahdollisuudet ja hyvät kalavedet. Pari kiloinen Dog teeth Tuna on saatu. Surffareita viedään veneillä riutalle isoihin aaltoihin. Hieman arveluttaa että mitä sieltä tulee vastaan kun passesta mennään ulos.

Viime yönä oli kova ukon ilma ja kieputtin ankkurissa. Tänään näyttää leppoisammalta.

Nanea is anchored in Suva yacht club. Position is 18 deg 07,306S 178deg 25,304E. Everything went very well but we had certain challenges at late stages of the trip.

We had power problems during last days due to failure of alternator. Due to massive frontal system lying on top Fiji we could not recharge batteries with our panels either. We arrived 24th July at night and needed plotter for entrance. Therefore we decided not to use computer or send messages prior arrival to Fiji. Our apologizes to everyone that might have been worried. We will ensure this will not happen again and that our positioning system works better during following months.

Johanna will catch the flight to Helsinki today.

Best regards,

Jussi

Nyt näyttää, että kauan odotettu korkeanselänne tulee Tasmanian merelle viikonloppuna. Meille se tekisi takatuulia ja kaunista säätä. Pari viikkoa sitten vastaavassa tilanteessa syntyi matalankeskuksia joiden takia lykkäsimme lähtöä. Nytkin meidän täytyy seurata tätä kehitystä erittäin tarkasti, koska alla olevassa NZ Met:in 30 tunnin ennusteessa on jälleen vastaavia ennusmerkkejä.

En ole säätieteilijä, enkä matemaatikko joten en osaa muuta kuin lukea itseäni viisaampien arvioita tilanteesta. Uuden-Seelannin meterologian laitos julkaisee rajallisen määrän informaatiota, mutta yleensä tiedot pitävät paikkansa – mikä on sään suhteen tietenkin melkoisen hieno juttu. Jos joku lukijoista lukee tätä blogia valmistautuakseen vastaavaan retkeen eteläisellä tyynellämerellä, suosittelen lähipäivien sään analysointia vaikka vaan harjoituksen vuoksi. Normaalisti rintamat kulkevat 30 – 40 solmun nopeuksilla. Korkeat tuntuvat jämähtelevän, mutta liikkeelä olessaan liikkuvat lähes samaa vauhtia. Matalat liikkuvat huomattavasti hiljempaa – ehkä veneeseen nähden kaksainkertaisella nopeudella. Tämä mahdollistaa matalien kiertämisen varsinkin jos matalan voi jättää itäpuolelle. ASCAT kuvat mahdollistavat tilanteen reaalikaikaisne seuraamisen. Me teemme lähtöpäätöksen luultavasti keskiviikkona.

We will leave on Fiji on XXXth of XXXX. That is what Oona wrote to farewell card yesterday. That is pretty much the most accurate way to put it in these weather conditions.

Northerly winds, rough seas, rain and cold do not invite us to start the journey now. Next week looks better. High pressure system from Australian deserts should occupy Tasman sea and block these roaring forties weather patterns to sweep north…

Johanna starts to have problems with flight schedules so we need to sail faster next week…