Today is our second night out. Our departure from Fiji got delayed, since after clearing out last Friday we realized that our alternators were not charging properly. We anchored out, checked it and it seemed to work fine. So we left on Sunday to realize again that they were malfunctioning. So we head back into Lautoka, cleared in on Monday, sailed to Denarau were Mark and Theo (Fieldtrip and Et Voila) helped to find out the culprit. A simple regulation of the regulator. It is so helpful in life to have smart friends!!
So back to Lautoka on Tuesday were Customs cleared us out again (they didn’t charge us) and headed to Wilkes Passage. Something like the exit door to Fiji for us, but world famous amongst surfers for it is the site of “Cloud 9” a very famous surf spot.
No wind to get there, 30 knots on the nose when we approached the pass, at high tide and tidal waves all the way through it and past 1 mile into the ocean.
We have had a very confusing sea but strong ESE trades blowing up to 32 kts making for a fast passage. We have hit the 15 knots mark (with 2 reefs in main and furled jib) surfing down a wave and have sailed 200 miles in 24 hours.
But life has been anything but comfortable on board. Now the winds are easing and we count on getting the spinnaker up tomorrow morning in order to make it in time for a Friday arrival and check into Vanuatu, in the southernmost island of Aneityum.
But the real reason to post this message on the blog is due to a discussion we have had on board today.
Some friends and family back home remind us of the fact that we are here on holidays. Extended holidays!
So the discussion was on today, when we asked the kids wether they thought we were on holidays on Lumbaz.
The very first answer was: Do you think THIS (as the big waves smashing on Lumbaz port side, shuttering the boat and crew) is holidays?
But we got in deeper and the consensus was definitely NOT! We are not here on holidays but that it is very difficult for someone who has not lived this life to imagine what our day to day is like.
True, we are not working on a basis of work against money, but we hardly stop working at all.
True, the kids do not attend a school, but they sit and learn everyday,they read everyday, they speak different languages everyday.
True, we spend days, weeks and months in beautiful places but day to day live is not easy and what we take for granted in modern civilized life is not in most places we visit, nor is it on board.
I think none of our cruising friends would say that they are on holidays, despite the fact that we are were we want to be, doing what we want to be. That doesn’t mean it is easy though.
We have to deal daily with variable degrees of uncertainty, insecurity, with our fears and expectations, with our hopes and desires. Maybe not unlike a settled life, but there is a fine line between having it all and loosing it all when you live on the ocean. And that is the life we live on.
We like to consider ourselves as travelers, not tourists. We want to think we are on a journey, not a vacation. We think we are here to learn and experience, so that we become better people.
But we have to admit, there might be a certain degree of selfishness in that thought.
Please, feel free to let us know what you think, it will help us in our discussion.
All good on board.