OOROO 1's Adventures

19 October 2017
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Fun in Baie Maa

19 October 2017

Kayaking

19 October 2017
Mike paddling around Baie Maa

Baie Maa

18 October 2017
Floss
As the wind kept blowing and the forecast for the next few days was to be 30+ knots, we decided it was too dangerous to stay in the congested anchorage at Baie De L'Orphelinat. Many of the yachts are unattended and on suspect moorings and there is a history here of boats breaking free due to decrepid moorings and lines. We pulled up anchor and sailed 7nm to Baie Maa, a very sheltered, shallow bay with good holding, clean turquoise water and a nice beach.

The Bay of Prony to Noumea

15 October 2017
Mike
After spending a few nights in the Bay of Prony and very much enjoying the calm quiet anchorages and our exploration experience to the lighthouse and waterfall we decided it was time to move on. To help with the decision we accepted that we were totally out of fresh produce, the drinks fridge was getting low and the following week was marked for some very fresh winds.

It was up early and head for Noumea, coffees on the way so we could get out of the cyclone hole we were in before the morning breeze. Planning was perfect, by the time we reached the passage to open water at 0700 the breeze picked up to 20 knots which enabled us to achieve a downwind passage under Genoa of 7knots. This made comfortable work for our 30nm passage to the anchorage in Noumea.

Upon rounding the headland into the bay the wind had peaked at 24 knots so we were glad to anchor in time for lunch. What a shock it was to see all the 100s of boats at anchor and buildings, guess we have been very remote for some time now.

From here we will refuel and provision ready for our final passage to Australia. Reality of the overall adventure is hitting us with only 800 miles to go and we will be in Bundaberg, we will be able to speak the language, understand the currency and eat the tucker without fear of its
type and origin. Let's hope for a beautiful weather window, little swell and plenty of fish, the one food we can take frozen into Australia.

Waterfalls

15 October 2017
We anchored in Baie Du Carenage and hiked up to the waterfalls.

Up Hill To The Lighthouse

14 October 2017
It was a steep trek to reach the lighthouse but well worth it, as the view and surrounding colours were spectacular.

Baie De Prony

13 October 2017
Floss
Brett and Theresa on Catamaran Seismic Wave rocked up on our last day on Isle of Pines so we had drinks on OOROO and next morning we pulled up anchor and headed to Baie De Prony.

We had a very cruisey sail and spent the next days checking out different anchorages and doing some hiking.

The colours of this side of the island overlooking the bay are stunning and very similar to that of our Kimberley Coast in Western Australia.

Mining is New Caledonia’s main source of income with very rich mineral deposits including nickel, cobalt, iron, chrome, manganese, mercury, lead, silver and gold.

Gadji A Great Anchorage

10 October 2017

Fresh Wahoo

10 October 2017

Isle of Pines

09 October 2017
Mike
After the Lifou check in, a shop up and another relaxing day at Chepenehe bay we then headed South to the other side of the bay which is called Bay de Santal. Again this was a beautiful anchorage and well protected but mainly a good jump of point for our next destination of Gadji.

There was to be a lull in the weather in two days, the swell was going to drop and the prediction of no wind. For a simple 100 mile run due south into the prevailing swell and wind direction it made good sense to motor overnight and enjoy the ride.

We left the following day and as predicted it was perfect so we just loped along on one motor at 4 to 5 knots. As we cleared the cape of Lifou our Aussie friends on BE and BE showed up on AIS so they ended up accompanying us for the passage. It was a smooth passage and we landed a nice size Wahoo for the freezer but unfortunately lost a big Mahi Mahi at the steps.

Sunrise showed us our first glimpse of Isle de Pines and we headed between the reef into the Gadji anchorage. It is an awesome protected anchorage with good snorkelling and up there with the most picturesque we have seen, it was that good we ended up staying eleven days.

It's now time to head to Noumea via a few islands as food and drink supplies are running low and we must get ready for our passage to Australia.
Vessel Name: OOROO 1
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 450
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Mike and Leanne Heddon
About:
Team OOROO 1 consists of Mike and Leanne Heddon from Perth Western Australia and visiting friends and family from time to time. Prior to purchasing OOROO our background was predominantly in the West Australian mining industry. It took over 10 years for our sailing dream to come to fruition. [...]
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