Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

18 February 2018 | Colonia - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
18 February 2018
18 February 2018
10 February 2018 | Carina's Typhoon Anchorage - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
09 February 2018 | Carina's Typhoon Anchorage - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
09 February 2018
09 February 2018 | Colonia - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
07 February 2018 | Colonia - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
07 February 2018
07 February 2018
29 January 2018 | Colonia - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
29 January 2018
29 January 2018
29 January 2018
29 January 2018
24 January 2018 | Arrived in Colonia-Yap-Micronesia
22 January 2018 | On Passage to Micronesia - N.Pacific
21 January 2018 | On Passage to Micronesia - N.Pacific
20 January 2018 | On Passage to Micronesia - N.Pacific
19 January 2018 | On Passage to Micronesia - N.Pacific

Polynesian Style Canoeing in Micronesia

18 February 2018 | Colonia - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
Andy & Sue
Three evenings per week, the local Yap Paddlers meet to take two French Polynesian outrigger canoes for an outing. The traditional local canoes are made from wood, although very similar in concept. The wooden examples require more maintenance than these GRP examples brought from Tahiti. Photo shows Andy learning the knack of maintaining a stroke when the foremost paddler shouts "Hutt." and the crew behind respond with "Ho." This is to coordinate the seven person crew when the side on which the paddle is used is switched, and one's leg position is simultaneously changed. It is quite surprising how fast these slender craft can be propelled when the whole crew synchronise their efforts. There is a short video clip, see link below....

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18 February 2018
Here is a dawn view from the local hill overlooking the harbour. A ship is departing from the wharf area; to the right of the peninsula is where Spruce is anchored. On the peninsula and the immediate hinterland is the town of Colonia, the main town on the island of Yap. Elsewhere are much smaller villages.
Canoeing is an activity that supplements our frequent hikes up a local hill (from where this splendid view can be had) and along the local stone pathways. Our get-fit programme is coming along nicely. Often a tropical climate is uninspiring for physical exercise and the absence of definite trails makes it difficult to engage in meaningful hikes. Here in Yap, a regular trade wind breeze and the surrounding ocean maintains a bearable temperature. Next week we shall walk the ancient Tamilyog trail.

18 February 2018
From the same vantage point, this is a view to the northeast. The middle of the three finger-bays on the left is where we anchored for the recent tropical depression. Within Yap the waterways, the seabed and the reefs are all privately owned. The inheritance laws apparently make it difficult to know who owns where. This is not ideal for a visiting yacht that may need to shelter from bad weather at short notice. The previous photograph that pictures Colonia also shows the zone over which the Harbour Master has control. The water to the left of the Peninsula is around 30-metres deep, to the right is around 13-metres deep but contains many shallower reefs. The shallower zone is also exposed to any wind from between slightly east of south and southeast. Beyond the departing ship, the fringing reef can be seen.

Glad to See the Back of It!

10 February 2018 | Carina's Typhoon Anchorage - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
Andy & Sue
This morning the weather is grey and rainy, but smiles are abundant aboard Spruce today. The middle of the night brought gusty winds, rainsqualls but nothing beyond a typical English Channel summer-depression. Tropical-Depression-02 past to the south of us (180-miles), more than double the earlier predicted distance, and it had not intensified as much as originally thought. The picture shows this morning’s position at the start of the dark blue-line well south of our position. This line shows the latest predicted track. We are quite surprised at the wide variation in potential tracks that come from successive prediction cycles. These beasts are clearly very unpredictable.
The research done before we came here, indicates we have probably had an atypical experience. These disturbances rarely form in February, but sometimes they do. Usually they start much further east, so have intensified more by the time they reach our longitude; La Nina conditions have pushed cold water from Central America and out into the Central Pacific, causing the warmer water zone for cyclogenesis to be farther west. Although, the few out of season systems over the last 40-years were shown as passing along this southern route at up to 250-miles south of Yap, so that was typical.
This morning’s forecast has predicted intensification will now take place. The Tropical Depression has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm and is now estimated to pass just south of Pulau (200 miles to the east) at 4pm local time today; earlier predictions had it moving north of them. They are now forecast to suffer 55-knots Gusting 70-knots. The maximum winds predicted are when the system will be 90-miles from a landfall in the Southern Philippines, where the winds are forecast to be 75-knots and Gusting 90-knots. We have been pardoned, but our thoughts are with the people over to the East, some of whom will have very unpleasant weather coming their way.
Thank you to all our family, friends and readers who have provided wonderfully supportive messages during this quite worrying period, we very much appreciated reading them.

Ready and Waiting

09 February 2018 | Carina's Typhoon Anchorage - Yap - Federated States of Micronesia
Andy & Sue
Spruce is moved and now anchored in the sheltered location arranged by Glen. A tandem anchor of 20Kg is laid out ahead of the main 35Kg anchor with an additional 85m of chain veered in a water depth of 15-metres. The photo shows our tandem anchor prepared on the foredeck and connected to the main bower anchor located in the bow roller. We need more practice at using this arrangement before we arrive in northern waters later this year, the last time we used it was several years ago.
The latest tracking report is giving maximum winds of only 35kn gusting 45kn and we are tucked behind a low peninsula. All is looking good. Even if the approaching weather system does strengthen above the present forecast. This close to its arrival-time and our confidence in the predictions not changing too much is improving.

09 February 2018
It is interesting to look at our plot of weather updates. Forecasting weather is clearly a more sophisticated science than in the pre-satellite era. In spite of refined models, there are still many uncertainties. The four coloured plot lines show the predicted tracks over the past 24 hours. Our location is shown by the red blob. Yesterday morning the green line was the expectation. At six-hour intervals, the updates showed the yellow line, followed by the grey-line and this morning’s update gave us the red line: a closest point of approach of 60-miles. Once the disturbance moves beyond Palau (the island shown bottom left) it is forecast to intensify further to 50kn gusting 65kn as it approaches the Southern Philippines. Not so good for them but we are relieved it is not now expected to become more intense until it is past Yap.
For now, we just wait until the peak winds, whatever they may be. They are due to arrive at approximately 1am local time on Sunday morning. These things always seem to happen in the middle of the night, why is that?
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Huge spider!
View of the bay of islands from the look out.
Batava pig roast evening
Our host family in Vulaga( Fulanga) Koro , Luvo and bettinnia
Our fare well kava night
Tea party on board Spruce.
Sue with Gale and Tara weaving partners and teachers.
Sue ans Jasmine
Sue serving Kava to the ladies.
Flower decorations being made for the visitors.
Ba working with the sewing machine
Ann Sy Charisma teaches the ladies how to quilt.
Jasmine , Koro and Gale.
Walking into the village
Lo, Jasmine and Bettinia
The village from one of the look outs.
One of the village houses.
Andy shows the children the film he is taking.
Nicholas makes a coconut fibre rope.
Soko waits outside the cave of skulls.
A view from the look out.
View from the look out.
A king fisher keeps an eye on us.
Children keen to watch the visitors.
Women from the other village
John and Andy at the fund raising Meke
Learning to dance
Meke dancing
Meke dancing , the chief in the back ground
We sit with the chief as his guests for the fundraising event
In search of shells.
Andy and John
Dog toothed Tuna
Andy found a beautiful cowrie, alive so he put it back .
shell seaker
Lime stone islets
Spruce anchored near the spit.
A ghost crab
Sue with the printing pupils
John and Ti with the mornings catch.
preparing the pandanas reading for drying.
in the cave of skulls.
Smoked fish in the village.
Mini one of the wood carvers, making a mask for us.
Tea on the porch.
A village view
We meet the chief.
Limestone islet.
Andy tucks into a dressed crab
Sunday lunch with the family
The choir
Joe beats the drums for church.
Children learning how to march at Draviuni school
Keeping cool
On the beach
from the top of the hill
Carole wearing her formal chumba to the Sevu Sevu ceremony
Andy drinking Kava
Sue drinking Kava
Mahi Mahi for dinner, tea , breakfast....
A clown fish
Makai and Macey with Sue
Beautiful coffee  made by Macey and Makai.
Makai and Macey
My coffee
Sues Sketch of Makai and Macey, done from  photogragh
Houses on stilts near a river flood plain
Sugar cane
Details of the carvings at the Hindu temple Nadi.
Andy and Sue dressed in appropriate attire to visit the Hindu temple
Andy Carole and Jimmy
1/2 kilo bundles of Kava ready to give as gifts for the chief of each village we visit.
The guard at the president
part of an Indian painting at the museum
Part of a very busy Indian painting.
Fijian Masi bark cloth material.
Wedding dress made from Masi
Masi tradition dress for the installation of a new Chief.
Traditional necklaces some made with Whale teeth.
Face painting designs
Masi decorated in traditional patterns.
The last remaining part of the Bounty
one of the last canoes.
Canoe under sail.
A canoe bailer
Fiji lifestyle
Kava lady . the bundles of Kava already packaged ready to give as gifts.
partaking in the Kava at the market
The kava root being prepared ready for buy.
Andy discusses Kava
Lovely veggies at the open market Suva.
Tumaric fresh from the ground.
Pandanas for the making of straw hats
Eggs anyone?
 
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