Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been in Tonga a month already. This is definitely the type of place I could stick around for a long time. I haven’t got a blog post up in a while as we’ve been mainly doing more of the same. Lots of playing music at different bars and on different boats, lots or racing, lots of snorkeling and unfortunately lots of rain.
This place has been the rainiest spot since leaving the Pacific Northwest. Apparently they were having drought conditions before we showed up. This did inspire me to make a new awning replace my old UV damaged sailcloth one. I was really disappointed in how quickly the UV broke down the old awning. It really only lasted a year. This year I’d had to repair every couple of weeks. So I finally got around to using the 5 yards of sunbrella that I’ve been toting around with me for 2 years. It took a good solid three days effort, but I’ve got a great new awning now complete with side curtains and a water catchment system. I got it up just in time to catch a massive deluge where I collected 28 gallons of water in 4 hours. Since then I’ve been able to keep my tanks topped off all the time and even take fresh water showers on board.
The other new addition the last week or so has been Greg’s penchant for Kava. He’s been getting it in powdered form from the local market and doing post coffee Kava mornings. Personally I can’t quite stomach the stuff and the only sensation I get is a mild post dentist’s office novicane mouth, but I’m not drinking nearly enough. Apparently you need to drink 8 or 9 bowls to really feel something, and I can’t do more than 3.
I just said goodbye to Greg and Bonnie this morning. They’re off to Fiji to haul Willow and deliver a 57 foot catamaran to Thailand. We’re definitely going to work out a way to meet up next season, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting Willow down to NZ this year. They’re certainly going to leave a big void in my life out here, but fortunately my good buddy Tate and his Gold Tone banjo are flying in tomorrow, and so the party goes on!