Camper heads back to sea for some downwind trade sailing, meanwhile at the back of the fleet, some 400 miles to go is the Battle of the Bene’s fight for last place.
Wild Days Rum Tours on Waiheke Island – more details here
In this issue:
Laura Dekker – new facebook wall here,
Auckland – Musket Cove, Fiji – where are they now?
Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 -Episodes 8, 9 & 10,
Loïck Peyron – skipper Maxi Banque Populaire V,
Jessica Watson – Arrived in France yesterday to sail with Brisbane sailor Scotty Cavanough on his 6.5m Mini called Skippy – more here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Sail-World Asia – latest issue here,
Sail-World UK – latest issue here,
Sail-World USA - latest issue here,
The Digest – Oracle Racing – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
Fiji has tonight launched an unprecedented attack on New Zealand as Tongan navy boats move to occupy disputed atolls north of New Zealand.
In an unsigned statement on the Fiji Government website, their military government accuses New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully of subverting the path to democracy in the Pacific nation.
The Fiji statement also claims that Tongan navy boats have suddenly shown up in Fiji waters and occupied the disputed Minerva Reefs, between New Zealand and Tonga.
Its understood here, from Tongan sources, that two Tongan vessels are at Minerva.
The statement on the website is so completely out of kilter with previous Fiji Government statements that it raises questions over who now is in control in Suva.
The Fiji statement comes as runaway Fiji soldier Colonel Tevita Mara begins a round of public appearances in Australia.
He escaped from Fiji to Tonga three weeks ago to avoid a sedition charge linked to claims he was trying to overthrow Fiji dictator Voreqe Bainimarama.