Sunday, September 4, 2016

Two worlds collide

There are various challenges involved in the cruising life.

Navigation, especially where the charts are dodgy
Stuff breaking and needing to be fixed
Provisioning and cooking

They all cause their moments, but by and large we get better at dealing with them.

The one I find most difficult, when cruising in the Third World, is poverty and inequality.

After Waya Island, we continued south down the Yasawa Chain to Musket Cove, which is a sophisticated port on the cruising circuit in the Mamanuca Islands, not far from the main Fiji Island of Viti Levu. Fiji is a country which has a GPD per capita of US$4,375. The equivalent figure for Australia is US$67,458. There is a lot of obvious poverty in the villages that we visited. Mere, the wife of our guide up the mountain on Waya Island, worked at a local resort for FJ$2.20 per hour. That is AU$1.40. She serves glasses of wine at $20 a glass.

But Fiji is also a favoured cruising ground for superyachts. Musket Cove is one of their stops.

'Encore'. 144 feet. Approx $50 million. The owners are Australian philanthropists.

I've got more balls than you!

Dragonfly, owned by a senior Google executive.

A Sunreef 60 catamaran

Likuliku Lagoon resort. Overwater bures for FJ$22,000 per week

'Atlantic' a three masted schooner 227 feet long. Available for charter.

Opulent, yes. But she sure does look pretty under sail. Here posing for a cameraman under the umbrella on the beach of a cay. 

A handsome Kiwi ketch in Musket Cove

Sheraton Denarau

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