A sailing catamaran in the Pacific

Vessel Name: Resolute II
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 48
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: The Gibson family
About: Sydney-based, land-loving family. indulging Dad in a Pacific adventure.....
16 October 2014 | Townsville
26 August 2014 | Magnetic Island
02 August 2014 | Gladstone
22 July 2014 | en route to Fraser Island
14 July 2014 | Coffs Harbour
28 July 2013 | Port Moselle
20 July 2013 | Lifou
13 July 2013 | Nouvelle Caledonie
30 June 2013 | Baie de Kuto, New Caledonia
21 May 2013 | Port Moselle
08 May 2013 | Nouvelle Caledonie
02 May 2013 | somewhere in the south pacific
30 April 2013 | Banana coast
29 September 2012 | Fiuggi, Italy (I kid you not)
30 August 2012 | Greenwich, Sydney
26 August 2012 | North of Coffs Harbour
25 August 2012 | About 300 nm ENE of Brisbane
22 August 2012 | Somewhere in South Pacific ..
Recent Blog Posts
16 October 2014 | Townsville


Well, we're back. Inspired, grateful, discombobulated. Three weeks in the Louisiades has been a real highlight of our time with Resolute, not to be forgotten. We sailed with long time sailing buddies, Mike and Prue, and in convoy with sister Georgina and partner Dave, on their Seawind 1160, 'Nimrod', [...]

26 August 2014 | Magnetic Island

Faarrrr North Queensland

Madam Cupcake took off her socks! Must be HOT, DAMM HOT, says I. We're in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island (near Townsville, for those of you about to reach for the chart..).

02 August 2014 | Gladstone

Are we there yet?

We go north-er. Queenslanders become, impossibly, friendlier. Land of pristine beaches, stunning inlets, glorious sunsets, fierce tides and GLADSTONE. Gute Trauer! Endless lines of ships. Coal. LNG. Alumina. Did someone hit the hyperspace button??

22 July 2014 | en route to Fraser Island

The most glorious place on earth

We arrived. We met Queenslanders. They told jokes. To whit ... 'and said God: "That's Queensland, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful people, impressive towns; it is the home of the world's finest artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, explorers and politicians. The people from Queensland [...]

14 July 2014 | Coffs Harbour

In search of sunshine

Don't you love a great quote? How's this: 'Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God' ~Kurt Vonnegut. Way to go, Kurt! Just about sums up this latest trip....

30 July 2013

Rocky start to Masterchef, Season 2.

It's the much anticipated Series 2 Masterchef South Pacific cookoff ... struggling to find form. Where's the spice? Its not looking promising. First up, Glenda, the crowd favourite, failed to show. AVHD, meanwhile, failed to cook. Just barked orders to the kitchen hands from the wheelhouse, for jonah's [...]


16 October 2014 | Townsville
Captn Ken
Well, we're back. Inspired, grateful, discombobulated. Three weeks in the Louisiades has been a real highlight of our time with Resolute, not to be forgotten. We sailed with long time sailing buddies, Mike and Prue, and in convoy with sister Georgina and partner Dave, on their Seawind 1160, 'Nimrod', at least for the first week or so. Take a look at the video (see link on side bar on right).

Highlights? Beautiful, dignified people, who live in abject material poverty. Cyclone Ita carved the place up in April this year; since then, many communities have been short of vegetables, too, though fresh water is abundant, as are fish for those who live by the water. It is difficult to generalize, but most communities have little or no access to healthcare (to the best of our knowledge there is not one Doctor currently in the Louisiades, even on Misima), there is little or no power on most islands, and there is scarcity in everything from basic clothing to tools.

We're left confused by the role of yachts who visit. So much of what has been given in the past now is junk: torches, solar panels whose battery or charger unit has packed up; fiberglass boats destroyed by being dragged across coral... Some of the islands visited in the past years by the rally (which was sorely missed this year) have developed a culture of what amounts to begging. Certainly our meager efforts seemed to be a particularly ineffective form of philanthropy, and we're left wondering if they'd not be better off if they'd never seen a yacht. Certainly, it is not possible to turn the clock back, and one point of (relative) light is the education system - teachers are paid directly by the central government, and most kids seem to have access to at least elementary education.

Anyway, who are we to judge? There are some amazing people, real unsung heroes, who've committed serious time to working with some of the villages, really helping them build capacity. There are some missions who are providing health and educational outcomes. There is no question that the world has found the Louisiades, and so from here development is inevitable. It is really a question of how, and there are some huge questions. For example, should large scale gold mining be allowed (e.g. in Rossel?).

A lot to ponder.... Meanwhile, we take away some truly unforgettable moments. One: as we walked up the hills of Nimoa, we were joined by perhaps 30 kids, aged from about 2 to 12. The older kids carried the younger ones; we felt like the pied piper. It was a great adventure, us 'dim dims' amusing them endlessly with our lumbering clumsiness. The kids looked after each other; not a single parent in sight. What western parent would allow their child to head off for two hours with random strange adults?

Resolute II's Photos - Main
Trip to Louisiades in September, 2014
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Created 17 October 2014
Resolute receives a full repaint with AWLGrip at Woolwich Dock in January, 2014
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Created 17 October 2014
A week in the Loyalty Islands with the whole family
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Created 20 July 2013
A lazy week with Megan and Chris exploring Baie de Prony and Isle de Pins, in New Caledonia
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Created 29 June 2013
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Created 21 May 2013
Sorcery and mystery with the cast from Gilligan's Island?
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Created 12 August 2012
Sailing from Fiji to Vanuatu, then holidaying on the Island of Efate with kids and our Irish friends - Trisha, Paul and Darragh
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Created 16 July 2012
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Created 27 June 2012
Fun in Fiji
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Created 14 June 2012
Sailing the south coast of Vanua Levu
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Created 3 June 2012
Resolute sailing from Lord Howe to Fiji
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Created 31 May 2012
Sydney to Lord Howe Island with the Gurus
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Created 11 May 2012
Sad but exciting ...
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Created 6 May 2012
From the board of Chris White.... various Atlantic Catamarans
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Created 2 April 2012
Pictures of Resolute in her home town and along the NSW Coast
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Created 2 April 2012
Resolute - An Atlantic 48, designed by Chris White, built in 2005
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Created 2 April 2012
Delivery trip from the Carribean to Sydney in 2011
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Created 2 April 2012