To make a long story short…..we had planned this weeks ago to have lunch with the Vuda sailing school here in Fiji. Navi, the sailing school instructor, had been serving us at the restaurant for almost 2 weeks while we were on the hard and mentioned he taught sailing on Saturdays. Trevor and I immediately wanted to do something for them as we love to sail and love that Navi was taking his time to teach local village boys and girls to sail. So we offered to have the school come aboard Slow Flight for lunch. After many phone calls and text messages, we could not host the lunch on our boat due to liability issues and of course we understood (maybe it was a good thing as we would of had 12 boys and girl, plus 4 adults). So we decided to treat the kids to lunch at the Vuda Marina restaurant, The Boat Shed which worked out perfectly!
The day….After moving our boat 4 times…we finally got into a slip at the Vuda Marina. We met the school in the morning to meet everyone and introduce ourselves. We proceeded to take orders for the kids so that lunch could be ready for them when they got back. We watched them set up the rigs (part of the lesson) and then left them to go sail for about 3-4 hours.
Trevor and I then headed into Lautoka to do some provisioning and get a passport photo for our New Zealand visas while the kids completed their class.
We were back for lunch and helped the staff get lunch served and drinks.
Birthday cake! It was Navi’s 37th birthday the day before and when we asked him what he wanted for his birthday….he replied “Cheesecake”! So we made it happen.
After lunch Kimi thought it would be a good idea to make the boys dance with her and then we sat under a tree and Trevor was asked a bunch of questions about our trip and sailing in general.
Trevor giving his perspective on sailing…being a jack of all trades, a problem solver, and knowing your limits…a proud moment for me! After that the eldest boy stood up and spoke for the group thanking us for the lunch etc.They needed to head back to the village in a bit but I suggested they come to Slow Flight to check her out. They agreed willinging and we hung out on Slow Flight with more sodas to be drank (we are now empty of sodas lol) and the boys loved the hatches!
It was time for them to go home but I had to get one more group photo.
Thanks to Navi, Lisa Wade (Adam wife – Adam is the marina manager) and the staff and chef who made all this possible…Vinaka!!!!! (that is Thank you in Fijian)