|We made 600L and poured it into 20L containers|
Our first stop was to Taveuni Island to what we soon discovered was not a yacht friendly wharf. The organisers for distributing aid on the island arranged to meet us with 2 utes and were there to help us tie up. Ron put the anchor down and tied the stern to the wharf. A group of young Fijian boys jumped aboard and created a line to pass the bags of aid along. Made short work of it!
|Aid for Cyclone Winstone|
From there we anchored the night in Viani Bay 4NM across the Somosomo passage to Vanua Levu. We were welcomed by a pod of pilot whales that I first thought were dolphins. But they were black and their fins and tails were wrong shape. Viani Bay is a beautiful spot and a safe anchorage. It is reportedly very good snorkelling but we decided to continue our journey to the Northern Lau group with the intention of returning on our way back.
|Unloading at Taveuni Island|
We carried on around to Sau Bay where our friends, Cathy and Harry, recommended and thought we might stop there. The wind was blowing straight in and we were not that comfortable anchoring for the night so, we once again decided to press on.
From Sau Bay we crossed back over the Somosomo passage and rounded the top of Taveuni. There is an island on the Eastern side called Qamea Island where we anchored in a bay about halfway down called Naiviivi Bay. It has a very shallow entrance with a narrow channel to the anchorage behind but it is well marked and a very beautiful spot.
|Sea Mercy Flag|
It was a good sail back with the wind behind us and we were able to sail most of the way over 2 days, getting our big Code Zero sail out. Fabulous! Got into Savusavu at 6.00pm with a storm hot on our heels! We will stay here until we get a better weather window and make for the passage through the reef out of Vanua Levu to destination unknown until we see what the wind is doing.