We have decided to leave Samoa tomorrow, headed for Suva in Fiji. It is Independence Day in Samoa on Tuesday and while it would be interesting to see the celebrations everything will be closed from this afternoon until Wednesday morning. We don’t have the time to wait here for another 3 or 4 days so we cleared customs yesterday (all of the Government offices are closed on the weekend) which gives us 48 hours to leave.
Another boat arrived today and as luck would have it, it was Richard, who we met in Hawaii. He had a friend who joined him on the leg from Honolulu to Palmyra Atoll and then through to Samoa, which would have been wonderful after doing the California to Hawaii leg single handed. It was great to see him – we thought that we had missed him but would perhaps catch him in Fiji so this was a nice surprise. We enjoyed catching up and sharing stories over a few drinks. He’ll stay in Samoa for a few days and then continue on single handed to Suva, where we may well see him again.
We will have our tracker on but after our last effort we're not expecting it to work... The trip to Suva is only about 650 miles so we should arrive in about 5 or 6 days (wind dependant of course - fingers crossed for no doldrums!). We will cross the date line on this leg so will finally be on the same day as Australia - getting closer and closer to home!