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Jul/14

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Took on 1999 liters of fuel in Tonga

Last Tuesday we sat at this dock for 7 hours.  We had to do two things:  check out of Tonga and fuel the boat.  Things move rather slowly in the South Pacific.

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The first day of our passage was horrible.  Not only did we start out later than planned but the wind was 25 knots most of the first 24 hours and it was right on our nose so we “hobby-horsed” our way.  A bigger boat that had left before us went back because they couldn’t take the discomfort.  We stuck it out, although at times we were only traveling a little over 3 knots.  BUT we made up for all of this the next two days.  The water was totally flat and most of the time we traveled at 7 knots.  We were able to make up the time that we lost and got to Fiji in 72 hours, as planned.

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We have only been here a couple days and we haven’t even received our mooring ball yet, but this seems to be a great stop.  Last night we took the dinghy to shore for a dinner special at Surf and Turf.  A three course meal for $25.00 a piece ($12.50 U.S).  Ken got the roast pork and I ordered the wahoo.  Mine was the best meal I’ve had on this trip.  First course was some kind of snapper soup – absolutely delicious, and second course was the meat and potatoes and vegetables – also delicious, and for dessert was a lemon something with ice cream.  Not a very good description of the meal but it tasted wonderful and looked great too.

We bought an “internet stick” since we will be here in Savusavu for awhile and then we are going to the capital of Fiji, Suva.  So we will get good internet for the next 10 days or so that we will be here.

This morning we have been relaxing on the boat and this afternoon we are going to take a dinghy ride up the creek.

I can’t stop this feeling……………………..

Patty on Oogachaka

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Jul/14

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Arrived Suvasuva, Fiji

7/19/14(their time … Friday for us in the U.S.) “We made it to Suva Suva Fiji at 5:00 yesterday afternooon.  It took about 2 hours to check in and we didn;t get to any wifi until now.  We are at the Copra Shed Marina, which is pretty nice and has two restaurants for Patty to try.  We have already marked Pizza off one menu as it was not very good.  The prices seem more reasonable here – but haven;t bought any beer yet!  Will write more once we figure things out.”

Ken & Patty  OOGACHAKA

Alan Says…here is a picture of the marina and shed taken from the Internet.

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We Got Figety for Fiji

July 14th:  Ken reported “We are leaving for Savu Savu Fiji today at 1:30 (PM) and it will take us about three full days to get there.  We will try to leave position reports via sailmail but we have been having issues with it.”

Ken & Patty  OOGACHAKA

 

Alan says….Here is a map of their next leg…about 300 miles…on this leg, they will cross the Antimeridian which is 180 degrees west or 180 east depending on where you stand on the line (and for the most part, the international date line…they crossed the International dateline when they went to Tonga (it bends westward in that area to come earlier than the antimeridian ).  Geography 101!!

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Jul/14

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Kart Tour Around Tonga

The first day we were here we thought we were really cool buying Tongan treasures right on our boat from our own personal Tongan.  But it wasn’t so cool when he showed up again at 9 the next morning and most mornings after.  He brought us papayas and limes and bananas and we gave him a few small things we had brought along for trade.

We are having a great time here in Tonga.  We have a regular routine:  get up and run the generator, talk to Maki about what he wants to sell us, either make water or do laundry, go to shore and run errands and do internet and have lunch, come back to boat to relax and in the evening we often have activities.  One night we went to a drag queen show, another to a bar for Quiz Nite, and another for a special slow roasted beef night.

We also went on a Kart tour of the island.

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Thru the bush

Thru the bush

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Josh, our guide

Josh, our guide

Grave site

Grave site

This grave site was interesting.  It appears that it must be on their own property since it is the only one there.  It is a big mound and totally covered with flowers.

We plan to stay here a little longer to see if Carolyn and Bill catch up to us, then it is on to Fiji.

I can’t stop this feeling……………………….

Patty on Oogachaka

 

 

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7/1/14:  ”We are officially admitted to the Kingdom of Tonga.  We are having lunch, overlooking the bay where OOGACHAKA is nestled against the far band, about a half mile from here.  So far , so good, but Patty keeps bringing the KING up in conversation and I am afraid it may not lead where she expects it to go  If so, she’s on her own – I like this place.”

Ken & Patty    OOGACHAKA

Alan says….just so that you will recognize the King…he’s the one in the big gold-leafed chair below

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What it is Like in the Ocean

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It has been cloudy the last couple of days with some rain.  But now it is sunnier and very windy with big waves.  We are bouncing all over and it is very difficult to walk on the boat.  In the distance the horizon looks level but every once in awhile you can see a big bump and you know it is a huge wave.  You know it because you have seen one just like it right next to your boat.  A big wall of water will roll toward you and it is enormous.  You not only see the height because it is right there next to you but it’s width extends the whole width of the ocean with more ocean right behind it.  You know you are toast, but then it all dips down underneath your boat.  Not gently, but at least it is going under you and not over.  Each wave seems like a little miracle of fate.

We just finished a ten day ocean passage from Bora Bora to Tonga.

Ken doing sail mail

Ken doing sail mail

We lost a day yesterday but we are pretty sure we will get it back some time in the future.  (International dateline)

This morning Maki came to our boat to see if we wanted some Tongan handicrafts made by his adult children.  We bought a tapa print and traded some rope (for his cows) for some necklaces.  He lost his watch on the way across the bay coming to our boat, so I gave him a watch I had on board.  Ken took Maki and his dinghy back across the bay so that we could get some Tongan money to pay him.

Ken and Maki

Ken and Maki

Since we just arrived here yesterday, we have a few errands we have to do on shore today.  Customs wants to see us and we need to see Immigration and we owe the Quarantine guy a few bucks for taking our garbage yesterday.

I can’t stop this feeling……………………………..

Patty on Oogachaka

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Arrived Tonga!

6/30/14 (no time given) “ We are almost checked into Tonga.  Patty invited the KING to the boat but the officials just laughed and pointed to the two or three BIG navy boats that belonged to him!  Sorry we could not write more while under way – the sailmail would not work for me.  We have to go in and get local currency to pay some fee we still owe and talk to immigration so we will look for an ATM first thing tomorrow and then check out this town – NEIAFU.”

Ken & Patty   OOGACHAKA

Alan says:  Hang in there…July 4th is the Tongan national holiday that celebrates the King’s birthday, so he may show up in his birthday suit.

I had read some good reviews of a pizza place in that town, but more recent reviews have said that it closed down.  Hope you can find another!!

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Jun/14

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Vava’u straight ahead

6/28/14  at 6pm Ken reports that they have about 270 miles to go to arrive at the island of Vava’u in the Tongan group.  He said that “All is Well”, which we like to hear.

Alan says:  When they get to Vava’u, they might want to go fishing for the giant trevally:

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Or, since they will be there at the peak of whale season, maybe swim with the whales (not many places allow this):

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If they are tired of the ocean, maybe Ken can take in a male-only Kava party, where for several hours men sit cross-legged on the floor and pass a cup of this sedative drink around the room and traditionally, the cup is re-filled by an unmarried woman of special charms.

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Or maybe just try to converse with the natives in the Tongan language…..never fear, if they talk too fast, just use this phrase to ask them to speak slower: “Fakamolemole duku ho lea vave“.  Got it!?!

I’m sure that they will enjoy some shore leave after so many days at sea.  I often wonder if they have anything left to talk about to each other!

 

 

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Jun/14

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385 Miles to Go

6/27/14  6 pm their time.  Ken reported his position and that the winds had calmed down from 15 knots to 5 knots and that they had changed the course more southward .  He estimated that they had about 385 miles yet to go (that’s about 3 days and a few hours.   “All is well” according to Ken.

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Jun/14

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Still in transit to Vava’u

6/27/14:  Patty and Ken have reported in on 6/25 and 6/26 via SailMail.  They continue to report “All is Well” and their position, course and speed.  Here is the current map of their progress from Bora Bora to Vava’u.  Looks like they are past the half-way mark.  Sure hope they take some time to soak in the Tonga experience … Patty will probably report on the local pizza after they rest up!

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