We are entering the Koro Sea.
In theory we are in Fiji already but oficially that will only be when we clear in in Savu Savu.
That means we have to fly our flag now and the Q flag under the starboard spreader, indicating that we are not cleared in yet.
We will be sailing past some pretty islands but cannot stop until we clear in the official port of entry, which is frustrating since we still have 160 miles to go and the wind has died on us. We are currently motoring with no wind whatsoever.
Do you remember we told you about the shearwater that landed on Lumbaz last night?
Well, it sit in the cockpit until everybody was up for breakfast. The kids thought we should move it to the stern so it would see the sea and fly away. It looked as if it had had a good rest and had been clearing the feathers on its wings so Luna took it in her hands and left it in the stern. Sure enough as soon as it saw the sea it spread its wings and dipped into the sea starting her gracious flight over the waves. That brought us good luck for shortly after that we striked two fish at once.
We saw a big jump and thought it was two mahi mahi but they were yellowfin tuna. Big ones! We lost one but managed to get the other one on board.
This was the biggest fish we have caught on Lumbaz. 40 kgs in weight it was beautiful. After the typical pictures we started filleting it when we something else hit one of our lures. And then a second one!
While Genie and Ainara were working on one Luna and Noa tried reeling in the second one.
We must have been sailing along a big school of yellowfin tuna. After managing to get the second one on board, again 35 kilos we fought for the third one. It was hard to pull her in even though she was close to the boat and then we saw a shark getting closer. The tuna saw him as well and became nuts, jumping seeing her chances getting slimmer and slimmer. The race was on and the shark hit her twice but we finally won it and managed to get the third tuna on board.
No more fishing for the day was the call and Lumbaz became into a fishing factory. Killing the big animals had spread blood all over the cockpit so while some started to clean, others were filleting in the stern while the rest was packing, cooking and freezing the meat. We probably have about 25 kilos of prime tuna steaks and have obviously already started eating it. Hopefully we will be able to show you some pictures if we get online in Fiji.
All good on board, spirits are very high!