I made it to Oz today after getting caught in some nasty weather en-route from New Caledonia. It was tough times indeed and I even resorted to drinking rum at the darkest hour. Stayed at sea for a few days until waves had calmed down enough to safely get across the south setting current and SE wind. My strange track alerted the Aussie border police who thought I was up to no good. Got escorted to harbour and four officers boarded the boat this afternoon. But they realised I'm just a weary solo sailor in need of some sleep and let me go. Hello Australia!
After a couple of days at the Blue Lagoon we sailed a few miles south and anchored today off the small village of Somosomo on the island of Naviti. Our gift of Kava root was accepted by the 97 year old village chief who then granted us permission to explore the local area. We later joined these kids for some ball games on the way back to the boat. Good times in Fiji.
Half way round cheers! Reached a bit of a milestone on passage here to Fiji so couldn't resist cracking open a beer. Having travelled 14,125 nautical miles since leaving Yarmouth in May 2016 I reached the other side of the world. 🌎⛵️