Just took the Customs officials back to the Lautoka wharf and now have all my official outbound clearance papers stamped and signed so I have officially left Fiji! WOW! What a set of awemazing experiences and people! Every bit of it good and I can only recommend that if you’ve never been or not recently, do your best to get here to see and experience for yourself.
I’ve not got the dingy and everything else all lashed down and stowed, the fridge, freezer and cupboards are full with one last round of great fruit, vegies, meat and wine from Fiji. It was a gorgeous sunrise this morning and other than a lot of ash falling from the sugar cane burning going on it is a perfect day to set sail. Wind looks good according to the forecasts and we’ll see what it is like once I get out clear of the reefs to the west later on today.
Thank you Fiji for treating Ruby and I so extremely well and the lifetime of fond memories we are leaving with. Thanks to each and every one who so sincerely and fully befriended both Ruby and I as you are what truly stands out from all our experiences.
While there is a bit of melancholy in leaving a place I’ve been in for so long and got to know so well, I’m equally excited about getting back to sailing, anchoring in secluded bays, new people and experiences and being back out on the open ocean again. Should be about 4 days passage from here to Aneityum or Anatom island as it is sometimes known, the southernmost island of Vanuatu and about 480nm from here in Lautoka. Winds look like they will cooperate so it should be a pretty much straight run from here to Anelghowhat Bay and I’ll keep you posted with updates along the way. Be sure to check out the new SPOT Adventures site at http://www.findmespot.com/spotadventures/index.php/view_adventure?tripid=312876 (see previous posting for details) which I’m hoping will make it easy for you to see our tracks along the way as they are automatically uploaded to the map and satellite images.
And with that, we are off! Vanuatu and more amazing experiences up ahead and glad to have you along for the ride!
Wayne & Ruby the Wonderdog,
aboard the good ship Learnativity
currently anchored near Lautoka Fiji
17 36.061 S, 177 26.442 E
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