Fiji Time: 12:15 PM on Wednesday 7 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Long trip to Fiji

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WITH $ZAR60 ($F10) in his pocket, some fuel in his boat engine and the company of his brother and father, sailor Garon Ruger left the shores of South Africa bound for Fiji.

The trip, which is the longest he has taken so far, took 14 months to complete, with a total of 150 days out at sea on board his boat Camargue.

The Cape Town local told The Fiji Times that living off fresh fish and occasional tinned food made the trip all the more memorable.

Obviously, the fresh ocean breeze coupled with sunny days and starry nights added to the bliss of the entire journey.

"So, I left South Africa and stopped at St Helena, Brazil, the Caribbean, Grenada, St John, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, through the Panama Canal, to Ecuador, then to Peru, then finally to Niue and then to Fiji," Mr Ruger explained — all in one breath.

His father and brother are staying on a piece of land they purchased earlier on Koro Island and they have all been here for about six weeks.

Mr Ruger is yet to decide where he will travel to next, but is contemplating New Zealand and possibly, Indonesia.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61410.5951
JPY 57.033254.0332
GBP 0.30900.3010
EUR 0.41900.4070
NZD 0.72780.6948
AUD 0.66430.6393
USD 0.47080.4538



Exchange Rate updated on 6th October 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Mum upset
  2. FRCA duo sent home
  3. Fiji thrash Uruguay 47-15
  4. Patel is still in charge at Fiji FA
  5. Applications open for PS posts
  6. Incident prompts new plea
  7. 'Domestic violence affects productivity'
  8. UK buyer still best for our sugar
  9. Authorities investigate fire incidents and death
  10. Call to save fish resources

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rugby outcry Monday (05 Oct)
  2. Tired Wales march on after holding off feisty Fiji Friday (02 Oct)
  3. Fisherman has whale of a day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  4. Man faces further charges of rape, indecent assault Friday (02 Oct)
  5. Botia up for Wales clash Thursday (01 Oct)
  6. Family robbed, fear for lives Monday (05 Oct)
  7. Escapee on the run Thursday (01 Oct)
  8. Court rules on woman's funeral rites Thursday (01 Oct)
  9. The murders and tragedies of Vatuwaqa Tuesday (06 Oct)
  10. Sex offenders top list, taxpayers foot $15,660 per day Tuesday (06 Oct)