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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Safely back in the land of cars, buses and internet!

Well we've had an almost perfect 175 mile passage up from Faluga to Taveuni, pretty much a reverse route from our way down but much, much easier. We flew the Parasailor spinnaker for 24 hours non-stop and have just had our last two beers to celebrate dropping the anchor. 

We set off in company with Bravo, a lovely 46 ft American boat who flew full white sails rather than spinnaker and arrived about an hour after us; it was, as ever, good to have a friendly navigation light in visual range throughout the night. The conditions were lovely, though, so we both slept on our off-watches and feel remarkably OK now.

In the anchorage here we are within a dinghy ride of a shop, an off licence, a bakery and a fruit and veg stall so tomorrow morning we'll be beating a path to their doors (it's Sunday afternoon now so nothing will be open). We're also in range of internet again - hurrah - so here's the first photo for a while. Lots more to follow:

Meli's current sailing canoe

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