Leaving Samoa for the unknown / 15 January 2012
Time is quite a unique concept that we tend to just toss around without much thought, for the most we completely take it for granted but then again we are totally at its mercy when we least expect it.
Four enthusiastic Gaualofa Crew Members left Samoa bound for San Diego. It was only a hop away to Nadi, Fiji, then a huge skip to Los Angeles California and a quick sneeze down to San Diego. Our 4 Crew members James Atherton, Jayde Leota, Natasha Fabricius & Faapa’u Feluai made their way to Shelter Island Marina where the Gaualofa is currently resting for the Winter Break. Miraculously because of time and invisible date lines we can now travel over 1000 miles to visit 3 countries, enjoy 4 meals and a few movies later still arrive at your destination with 2 hours to spare on the same day.
Samoa Departure Date: Saturday 14th January 2:30pm
Los Angeles Arrival Date: Saturday 14th January 12:30pm
We didn’t realize what we had done until we actually warped through it. The common feeling amongst the crew was that of excitement! Faapa’u had been in San Diego last year before the Winter Break so he was quite excited to reunite with crewmembers already waiting. As for the rest of us, it was pure excitement of the unknown!
There is going to be a very long list of “firsts” for all of us. We all know the usual list of “firsts” when travelling to a new country, to experience new cultures/traditions, languages, cuisines and sights etc… This particular journey we will be adding to list a unique method of travelling. We will be sailing our vaa the Gaualofa together with 5 other vaa’s from San Deigo – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Tuesday 24th January, with estimated travel time to be one week. What is not an estimate is the morale and spirit of all of us from Samoa. Although we are plunging into the deep end, head first by the way, without much knowledge of what we are getting ourselves into, we are still all smiles and laughs.
We will be meeting and greeting the rest of the Gaualofa crew plus the rest of the fleet for the next couple of days. This will be followed by sheer determination and focus on the voyage ahead and most importantly the preparations required before departing San Diego.
Until the next installment, we would like to say Talofa to all our family and friends back home. Thank you for believing and for the continuous support. We know you are all living vicariously through us so we will try our best to send frequent updates :)