Whistler participated in the 35th Fiji Regatta Week at Musket Cove. It was our second time at the regatta. Close to 100 boats gathered for the festivities.
Our kite instructor, Warren, and his friend, Dr. Lizzie, took in some events with us.
Warren kindly took my place in the Hobie Cat Challenge with Monty. Winds were very light on the morning of their heat. Monty was told he missed the coin toss to have a choice of the Hobie Cats which was a little fishy.
It was a close race for a while but they lost to a local gal who runs the dive shop and her partner. Perhaps “local knowledge” made a little difference when there is almost no wind or was #4 a “dog” of a “cat”? Well fought, guys, in challenging conditions!
Later that day, Whistler went in the Sandbank Race.
Warren kept busy trimming the code zero and directing the helm to maximize our speed in 2 knots of apparent wind! It was not easy telling us what to do, but he was very tactful! Margy said, “What do you mean, we can’t use autopilot!” 🙂
The race committee kindly moved the final mark closer so some boats could finish, but the race was really over as the winds dropped to near zero!
Of course, Monty and I had to enter the golf tournament. First time we had played golf in 2 years. We were instructed by the organizer that it was a “fun 9-hole competition”, with each foursome sharing one half set of ancient men’s clubs. We lost several balls, duffed a few shots and had a laugh! Somehow I managed to clench the lowest score for the ladies (with a field of 3 in that category)! The prize included a shopping bag of pop and water bottles and a gift box of Fiji soap and oil. Right back in the “swing” of things!
We took in most of the sponsored events, which were good value. Some entertainment was provided on a few evenings, but the lineup of bands was not as good as we recalled in 2016. We managed to hook up with some cruisers like Havachat we had not seen in a year or more. Overall, a worthwhile well-run event for the yachties!
We leave you with a sunset in Musket Cove.
Looks like a great race week. Just completed a 2 week sailing charter in Croatia onboard a new Sunsail 454 cat, excellent boat with all of the options. Strong winds & sunny skies everyday. Now flying to Rome for a week before heading home ( 40 days away & successfully completed the TMB ( Tour Mont Blanc) 14 day unguided hike around Mont Blanc. Cheers see u guys skiing at Whistler. My cousins Duncan & Caroline just completed their 5 year sailing navigation around the world home to Australia yesterday. Capt John
The light breezes make it tricky but at least the crew were not to exhausted to enjoy the off-water activities judging by the photos!! Kite surfing is probably not the best preparation for a Hobie Cat race in light airs. Laura and I may have been rubbing shoulders with your friend John as we were also on the TMB walk at the beginning of September and just got home after 3 weeks travelling around Nth Italy. Always love reading of your adventures!! Brad
Small world! Whistler prefers more wind than we had on that race day. Her crew could use more practice too. Not done much sailing this season! Preparing for passage now. Weather here in Fiji is crap and will be for a while. Time to go. If we can find a good window, we will be off. Snow in Whistler Village already, we see.