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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.

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