Just outside the anchored and moored yachts we headed up to drop sail. All was going smoothly until a main sheet traveller line got caught between my toes. As I kicked the line off my foot I inadvertently kicked the edge of the cockpit seriously bloodying a toe in the process. Uttering some colourful sailor expressions we flaked the main sail and anchored the boat. I threw a band-aid on my toe and we jumped in the dinghy heading to shore hoping to catch a few shops before they closed for the day.
Our shopping venture was unsuccessful as the Yacht Shop closes at noon on Saturdays, but we did stumble upon the Hibiscus Festival going full swing at Albert park. It's a week long event with a carnival, food stalls and tons of live entertainment. Since we were getting hungry, this was a great find and we sampled many of the offerings of the 50+ food vendors. The carnival rides included none less than 8 Ferris wheel, so you pretty quickly get the idea this is a huge event, maybe the biggest event of the year for Suva. A taxi driver told us the entertainment runs 24 a day until next Saturday at midnight. That's a lot of partying!
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My toe was definitely not right, but it wasn't until I got in bed last night that it really started to throb. This morning it hurts worse to walk, it's black and blue and now 'buddy taped' to the next biggest toe for the next 4-6 weeks to heal.
My toe and our LightSpeed mat from Tovu (Toe-vu).
On Monday we hope to haul LightSpeed out of the water on a +1.8 meter high tide here at the Royal Suva Yacht Club slipway. Nothing serious, just maintenance like disassembling the sail drives and replacing the shaft seals, renewing the coatings on the Yanmar SD20 saildrives, painting the bottom with anti-fouling paint and waxing the hulls. We have almost exactly three years to the day and I'd guess over 10,000nm on our antifouling paint. It's International Ultra hard anti-fouling and we're putting the same on again. The paint is pretty hard so you can scrub the bottom without losing too much paint in the process, plus it doesn't wear off at higher sailing speeds like a self polishing ablative paint would. For the saildrives I will be stripping them to bare bright metal with a 36 grit paper to provide a nice mechanical key for the four coats of Interprotect 2000E to be followed by 3 coats of International Trilux anti-fouling which is suitable for the alloy saildrives.