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Old 16-12-2012, 06:29   #1
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Good Luck Fiji

For anyone in Fiji at the moment it may get a little scary. Hope youre all tied down nice and safe.

For anyone dreaming sailing the pacific. This is one of the few bad things to watch out for.
http://www.met.gov.fj/aifs_prods/gms_vis.gif
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Old 16-12-2012, 18:26   #2
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Expected wind strengths 150knots! Schoolies evacuated as cyclone Evan heads to Fiji | News.com.au
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Re: Good Luck Fiji

Lucky for me, I was originally planning to be around Denarau Island this week (from Sun 16th Dec), but changed my plans the last minute.

Finger's crossed all will be well for them.
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Hope everyones tucked away! Thoughts go to Curly and the folks in Savu Savu.
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Lucky for me, I was originally planning to be around Denarau Island this week (from Sun 16th Dec), but changed my plans the last minute.

Finger's crossed all will be well for them.
Very lucky. One report said it was going to pass quite close to Denarau. Hopefully everyone at nearby Vuda point is are tied in nice and tight.
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For anyone in Fiji at the moment it may get a little scary. Hope youre all tied down nice and safe.

For anyone dreaming sailing the pacific. This is one of the few bad things to watch out for.
http://www.met.gov.fj/aifs_prods/gms_vis.gif
Not working, blown away??
Looking at below it is over the top right now.

Try this one for the purdy colours
MTSAT Infrared Colorized Image Loop - Satellite Services Division - Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution

and some models are showing this.



Good luck to all that are there.
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More info including video here
http://www.facebook.com/AdventuresInFiji

and here http://www.facebook.com/28storms
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Yikes! Best of luck to all those in the area.
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Re: Good Luck Fiji

Very scary.

We put out our hurricane anchors in Suva Harbor during our circumnavigation. Fortunately the storm never got closer than 200 miles.

That satellite picture shivers my timbers!

Good luck to everyone in Suva Harbor - not a very good place to be in a cyclone.
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Great vid eh? There are some photos on the lower right of the boats with their keels buried etc and other prep etc.
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Re: Good Luck Fiji

Glad we got out of there 3 weeks ago! I was surprised actually how many yachties were going to spend the cyclone season there.

However, there are creeks and rivers and plenty of mangroves there where you can hide. Or Vuda Point with the lock gate. Should be some exciting stories coming out of there in a couple of days...
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Almost as it happened. our destination next Christmas

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Great vid eh?
Have to say I was surprised to see he had his shade and clears up still leading me to believe it wasn't that bad.
Would have liked to have see it a few hours later to see if they were still intact.
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Have to say I was surprised to see he had his shade and clears up still leading me to believe it wasn't that bad.
Would have liked to have see it a few hours later to see if they were still intact.
Yes one has to wonder why he has his dodger and bimini still up. Tied stern and bow you know winds are going to eventually rotate to his beam and that could cause a lot of problems.

Guess Vuda Point was not expecting to be in the full furry of this cyclone. But still!
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Re: Good Luck Fiji

We left Rutea at the Port Denarau marina for three months this year while we traveled back to the States but it was not during cyclone season. Still, I was concerned but the marina staff promised that if a tropical storm approached, they'd move our boat to the 'bone yard'. The bone yard is on shore where they dig pits in the ground, line it with used tires and then lower the boat into it. It's a pretty safe way to ride out a tropical storm. Vuda Point Marina also offers this service but I would not want to be in the water at Vuda Point during any storm.

The worst storm to hit Fiji in recent memory was Tropical Cyclone Bebe and it hit on 21 October, 1972 - well before 'hurricane season'.

Fair winds and calm seas.
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