Off On A Lark!

Sailing Adventures In The South Pacific

Vessel Name: 'Lark'
Vessel Make/Model: Malo 38
Hailing Port: Port Townsend WA
Crew: Brad Nelson and Linda Attaway
Extra: 'Lark' at Lape Island, Vava'u Tonga
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25 September 2014 | From Port Vila, Efate-Vanuatu
25 September 2014 | 13 43.530'S:167 29.348'E
25 September 2014 | Port Vila, Efate - Vanuatu
30 June 2014 | Sola-Vanua Lava Island, Vanuatu
25 June 2014 | 14*18.720'S 167*25.928'E
19 June 2014 | 15*02.163'S 165*05.045'E
04 June 2014 | Oyster Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
19 May 2014 | On Board Lark
26 April 2014 | Funafuti, Tuvalu
26 April 2014 | Funafuti, Tuvalu
15 January 2014 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
17 December 2013 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
03 December 2013 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
19 May 2013 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
31 December 2012 | 7 06.199'N 171 22.381'E
24 December 2012 | 0 28.604'S 173 29.013'E
04 December 2012 | 05*40.431'S 176*07.184'E Nanumea Island, Tuvalu
18 November 2012 | Funafuti Atoll 08 30.823'S 179 11.707' E
17 November 2012 | Funafuti Atoll 08 30.823'S 179 11.707' E
17 November 2012 | Funafuti Atoll 08 30.823'S 179 11.707' E
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Recent Blog Posts
25 September 2014 | From Port Vila, Efate-Vanuatu

A Bit Of Insight

I thought it might be good to give a bit of insight about life in Vanuatu. Guess it also applies to many of the other islands we’ve visited. Most of the island countries are small and scattered about. Not much in the way of economic opportunity that wouldn’t be disastrous to their environment. The [...]

25 September 2014 | 13 43.530'S:167 29.348'E

Tivitwut

Our cruising guide has no information for Tivitwut but since Lytlewut is the next village over and we had some coordinates we headed there. We stood off for a bit assessing the entry and what we could see of the anchorage and as soon as we made the decision to head in, we spotted a fellow seated on [...]

25 September 2014 | Port Vila, Efate - Vanuatu

So Far Behind That I Don’t Know Where To Start

We’ve been in Vanuatu almost 4 months now. It’s been a cultural experience that is almost beyond words. They say that the Ni-Van are the happiest people in the world and I wouldn’t question that for even a minute. You’d be hard pressed to not get a big smile or the raised eyebrow greeting [...]

30 June 2014 | Sola-Vanua Lava Island, Vanuatu

Rockin & Rollin' In Sola

After a memorable week with the villagers on Gaua in Lakona Bay, we had a great sail to Sola on Vanua Lava last Monday. About 15 knots of wind so we were here by mid afternoon. It's good we arrived when we did because the weather went downhill within 24 hours. We've had strong gusty wind, buckets [...]

All In A Day

17 November 2012 | Funafuti Atoll 08 30.823'S 179 11.707' E
Linda
It's Friday, so we're up early. Our first stop 'The Happy Friendship Farm' on the west side of the runway for some fresh produce. The farm was developed for Tuvalu by the government of Taiwan and grows quite the array of veggies. Lettuce, eggplant, green onions, tomatoes, bok choy, papaya, squash, cucumber, peppers and some weird wrinkly cucumber looking things that we remember buying in Tahiti and not liking!

We were welcome to wander through the garden and it was interesting to see how the different plants were being grown. As much as possible is grown vertically to save space and in bags of dirt. Remember we're on top of a coral atoll. No soil to speak of. We met a young agricultural volunteer from Taiwan that had recently arrived for a year and a half stay. Most of what he had to say was that it's REALLY hot here and that the Tuvaluans are REALLY lazy!! Another week or so and I think he'll put that two piece puzzle together!

By 9:00am it's getting hot so we're looking for shade. Next stop the Philatelic Bureau. Yes, that's an English word. Tuvalu is famous for it's stamps plus we've heard they have air conditioning. Yes they do, but we're still dripping as we peruse all the display cases. First editions to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's visit, Elvis, Royal Weddings, Reef Fish, Sports, WWII, you name it! I collected stamps as a kid, so why not continue?

Just a stone's throw away is the National Archive and Library. They only have fans but there are plenty of places to sit and a quite amazing collection of books for such a remote place. One section is strictly books on the S. Pacific so we made ourselves comfortable for the rest of the morning.

Lunch??? We head over to the Filamona Moonlight Lodge and a table in the shade with a little breeze. The cuisine is funny here in Tuvalu. Nearly all Chinese stir fries with some Indian fare available here and there. You can have a meal out for way less than the cost of the ingredients and there's no heat generated by firing up the propane stove on the boat!

Since we got up sooooo early now we're ready for an afternoon nap. The sun awning is up on 'Lark' so if there's a bit of breeze now we're set!
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