05 July 2012 | En Route Vanikolo, Santa Cruz
Making Kava in Ureparapara
4 July 2012
Happy birthday to a all North American countries except Mexico (no aspersions cast). We expatriots salute you.
5 July 2012
Ureparapara is a remote, blown out volcano five miles in diameter which crater was then filled with water creating passage to the surrounding sea. Anchorage and largest village are inside the caldera with steep walls reaching over 700 meters to a rim that was always shrouded in mist. Look about 70 NM south of this Google Earth position to see it. Way cool.
Village experience at this remote island was perhaps best of all Vanuatu. Bought a carved wood laplap tool, which will remain unused for that purpose and subsequently received godlike status (or possibly not) as an electrical genius repairing one fellow's solar charger with a little solder. We caught them in the midst of an island-wide conclave to settle some disputes so chief Davidson, who nevertheless greeted us with garlands, seemed a touch harried. Being a happy and gentle people no one took particular notice of several boys practicing throwing spears with uncanny skill.
Displaying yet again an often regrettable gullibility toward weather weasel pronouncements, a decision has been made to leave this unique island, give the Torres Islands a pass and beat feet for Vanikolo, Santa Cruz. Next two days are proclaimed to have excellent conditions creating an opportunity for sailing overnight, the intervening 120 NM, and avoiding winds increasing every day thereafter by 2 or 3 knots to over 25, with commensurate seas, until presence necessary for scheduled Solomon's clearance in Lata, Ndendo. Closer is better.