Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
|LightSpeed Fiji Regatta week 2013|
|Behind us a Lagoon 58 crowds up on a Beneteau 58 and a Deerfoot 64? Luckily all these BIG boats are in our rear view mirror.|
|LightSpeed looking good as she sails away from the fleet of BIG boats, unfortunately this photo was taken from a pretty fast 50' that had a bit of a lead.|
Monday, September 16, 2013
Continuing the our day started with a mini-marathon at 8, followed by beach Olympics running til noon. Next up is the Hobie 16 semi finals. Stay tuned.
Musket Cove Fiji Regatta week 2013
Race course is everything to the left of the yellow start line.
Short race with very lightwind
Dave at the helm and Lucy trimming the jib.
Another shot showing skinny water close to the reef after a less than perfect start in super light wind conditions. We placed
- Yacht racing. 2nd place.
- Hobie 16 sailing. Kathy and Dave won there first match advancing to the semi finals.
- Hairy Chest competition. Dave was 1st place win by unanimous decision by the panel of 5 judges winning a huge bottle of Bounty rum.
- Wet tee shirt contest. Kathy was a contender, but her modesty of keeping her top 'on' prevented a top showing.
- Beer drinking competition. 1st place win with team Seattle comprised of crews of LightSpeed and Sophie.
- Golfing competition. Kathy took top score wining tons of fabulous prizes. Usually high scores in golf don't earn top honors, but this is the super fun Musket Cove regatta week.
- Beach Volleyball tournament
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Monday, September 09, 2013
Fast sailing aboard Atlantic 42 performance cruising catamaran s/v LightSpeed. South coast of Fiji on September 9, 2013.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Saimoni and Bua on their wedding day August 31, 2013
Preparing the grooms traditional tapa cloth robe for the wedding.
Prior to the wedding preparations for the bride and groom take place in different homes. Saimoni's uncle was the host and had rented or borrowed the neighbors home for the brides family to hang out and prepare the bride. Even though we were only feet apart the families didn't mix until after the wedding ceremony at the church.
Since we were guests of the grooms father, Temo from Tovu village on Totoya Island, we had a inside look at the preparations for the groom. Here Saimoni is getting dressed by his mother, grand mother and sister.
Bridal party's table was the only one in the home besides a prep table in the Kitchen
The Presbyterian church in-between downpours.
Kathy with the grooms family
Wedding ceremony Fijian style.
Beautiful couple with incredible traditional tapa cloth wedding dress.
Kitchen with a lovo earthen oven
Wedding party spread
Fried fish with an artistic flare
Center: Dalo (taro) cooked to perfection in the lovo earth oven.
Enjoying the incredible food
Exchange of gifts. Temo with a bundle of Yaqona (kava) and sperm whale tooth on a plaited coconut fiber rope. The whales tooth or Tambu is a gift of the highest order. It was a real honor to observe the exchange between the bride and grooms fathers. Even though we didn't understand a single word of the Fijian you could definitely tell this was serious heartfelt business. This is my favourite digital capture from the event.
Brides father (right) with presenting the Tambu to Temo (left) with bride Bua in the middle.
Cute little girl with some high heels