Vuda Point (Fiji) to Tanna (Vanuatu) – Day One
The seas are very uncomfortable, but, what’s new!? As we motored away from the marina yesterday morning, I prepared pasta, homemade tomato sauce, and even cooked up some chicken (a real treat for us, courtesy of Murar’s Dream). By dinner time, we were sailing well, but too sick to eat anything. Hopefully it’ll be okay for tonight’s dinner, if we’re feeling up for it. Will and I are both quite green, but the cool dark comfort of our aft cabin is doing wonders.
We were both dozing down below this morning. Will pulled himself up to have a look around. He called to me with panic in his voice: “Sarah, I see something up ahead. Get up here quick!”
I poked my head up through the companionway and could also make out a large object ahead of us to starboard. “I can’t see properly – I don’t have my glasses!” I ducked back below to find them, and in my panic, couldn’t. I rushed into the head to put in some contacts.
Will shouted at me from above: “Oh my god, I think it’s a liferaft!”
We neared the object, which was a bright green color. Luckily (or, unlikely, I’m not sure) it was not a liferaft. It was a large container type object floating along in the waves.
Although we would’ve missed it by about three boat lengths, it was very scary to see something like that out here. Major hazard to navigation!!!!!
Okay, time to send this and lie down again…
18 10′ S
174 12′ E
Speed Avg 6 knots
Winds 20 – 23 SSE