How much fun could we have? Well, judging by the last month we’ve had plenty! Between Musket Cove‘s Regatta Week, plenty of kitesurfing sessions at the sandbank and now sailing & kiting in the Yasawa Islands we sure have kept busy, entertained and thoroughly enjoying ourselves! Nobody aboard Camara is complaining - that’s for sure ;-)
At the time of our last blog post the Regatta Week had just begun and we enjoyed quite a few of the activities during that week. Even went for a rum run with the kids though I passed on the rum and opted for the water at the drink stations because running uphill in tropical humidity was enough of a challenge - I assure you!
While we would never ‚race our house‘, we did enter the ‚Around Malolo Race’ with some awesome friends aboard as crew for the day. We made it clear to everyone that we weren’t going to seriously race but that it was all about a fun day out on the water!
We lifted the anchor about an hour before the race started to get a few tacks in and everyone comfortable working the sails. Unfortunately there wasn’t much wind AT ALL, in fact we had about 3kts true wind speed most of the course!!! I certainly had instances of raised blood pressure helming at times at a whole 0.2 kts of boat speed while passing reef barely 2 metres away. We’ve also never thought we’d overtake another boat, especially a cat, at 0.5kt boat speed! Our lowest boat speed that day was 0.2kts and our top boat speed was 10.7kts on the upwind leg! We never once turned our engine on, nor did we take any shortcuts on the course. What we DID do was have an awesome day out on the water with some pretty awesome people! Needless to say the rum & cokes never tasted better after a day of sailing and lots of tacking and jibing ;-) Here are some photos...
While there wasn’t much wind for the around the island race, we did get lucky at other times during race week and the weeks that followed to have some awesome kitesurfing. At times the tides didn’t line up for launching at the sandbank though, so we finally tried to launch off the boat! It’s so easy that we don’t know why we haven’t tried it sooner?!? At the moment I’m working on a nice edit of some kitesurfing we’ve done in Fiji but I have loads of footage to go through which is rather time consuming so I don’t have it ready in a hurry! This is why in the meantime I made just a quick little kitesurfing video the other day, check it out ;-)
So yes it’s been a busy few weeks, we’ve done the Regatta week, did a ton of kitesurfing except for the odd provisioning run to Denarau and have been in to apply for our visa extensions to see us through until we depart for NZ where we will sit out cyclone season!
I’ve also updated our website, added updated photos of the refit and added a ‘Sailing Schedule‘ which shows our sailing itinerary for the 2019/2020 cruising season for those interested in joining us for some sailing, kitesurfing, surfing and general adventure & exploring either in New Zealand or Fiji next year! I will add photos of our season in Fiji in the next few weeks as well so make sure you have a look ;-)
We are also very excited to say that our story will be published for the very first time in the next month or two and I will share it with you all once I can. It’s pretty special for us to make our first magazine appearance and further articles & write ups are certainly in the pipeline!
For now though we are up in the Yasawas enjoying our remaining time here and getting in a bit more cruising, fresh fish, kitesurfing and beachcombing! Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog post to read all about it and check out some photos...xx