SailBlogs
Bookmark and Share
Cruising the South (and North) Pacific
Avok I and beyond
rob
08/12/2011, Awei I. Meskalyne group Malakula I. Vanuatu

Aloha, Took the dinghy to this tiny little isand on Sunday where 8 villages were having there monthly get together for church. We found a non churchgoer to show us around the island . Guy went to church to see what it was like while I was too shy and afraid a couple of Houlies coming in an hour late to church would be rude if not down right disruptive. There were many people sitting outside the church under the trees where you couldn't see or hear anything?? WTF? Anyway it didn't cause much of a stir . When we got back, there were church goers riding home, about 30 people in a 16 ft outboard. Our friend Geoff on Sub Zero towed them home after their engine conked out from lack of fuel because the bow was so overloaded that the gas can couldn't deliver. I couldn't help but think that you wouldn't dare do that in America for fear of being sued. On Monday, the wind shifted more out of the East putting us really close to the nearby reef ,so we decided to head out to Port Sandwich for the big festival hoping for a good spot in what we expected to be a crowded anchorage. We had a pleasant sail through the East channel and up the 5 nm to Port Sandwich where we found only four other boats there already. We had the anchor down by 1300, and decided to walk the 50 min road trip to Lamap point. Along the way we kept asking people for bread even though everything was closed for Asuncion day. Lamap is french and very catholic. We found John and Rufino, both baking bread in different spots along our route. We arrived at the mission in Lamap where there was a festival going on with soccer and dancing and where we found Stephanie, a peace corps worker from DC who was the festival organizer for the Port Sandwich festival. After a nice chat and more info, we headed back to the boat collecting our baguettes along the way. Rufino was having trouble getting his bread going so we went back to the boat to wait for a signal that our rolls were ready. Finally, 1 and 1/2 hrs @ 7 pm after he said they would be ready, we got the flash and I took the dinghy to shore in a light drizzle to get our rolls hot out of the fire. I thought they would melt through my plastic bag, but I got back OK. Had a nice steak dinner,last of the sirloin with Suesue and Kumala ( sweet potatoe). Stay tuned, Rob

village tour
rob
08/12/2011, Awei I. Meskalyne group Malakula I. Vanuatu

Aloha, Today,13 aug, we visited the small 3 family village on Awei Island. We first met Nasso who was wandering about with three cute little girls Tami, Leichel, and Emile who were his nieces home for the long(3 day) weekend. They usually stay on Lombok I with relatives where they attend primary school during the week,Mon. to fri.. Nasso's brother was "cooking"( drying) copra in a shed with this wood stoked fire covered with a long cylindrical steel siding which speeds up the drying process. apparently they have to keep this fire going for a week to dry the copra for export. After that we went snorkeling and saw our first giant Wrasses a school of about 8 ,8-10 kg fish about 5ft long. Huge, naturally I hadn't brought my spear gun. We then went over to our friends Cheryll and Geoff on Sub Zero for happy hour and puu puus. Tomorrow we go to the village of Avok and perhaps even go to church. Have a great day! The Rose

Wind shift
rob
08/12/2011, Awei I. Meskalyne group Malakula I. Vanuatu

So Hi there, So on the 10th of Aug , Guy and I took the dinghy to "town" Still on epi I at Lamen Bay, and spent the day provisioning. We first went to see Isin a friend of Gene,a fellow guy met in Port Vila., We bought some bananas and melon and cabbage and Taro from him, and then went to see Bennington, a local gardener who sold us long green beans and giant "young" cucumbers that looked like melons. Our first contact Eddis then provided us with paw paw, more melon and some potatoe like substance. We then enjoyed Kava with our new friends from the super yacht Black Pearl and the S/V Eagle from New Cal with Frank and Etiene on board. We got a weather report from Frank, which said the wind would be light out of he SE for the next three days. So, we decided to relax and do a few boat jobs on thurs. the 11th. The much hyped Dugong was nowhere to be seen, so we decided to dinghy out to Lamen I where there are supposed to be several more. On friday,we awoke and noted about 0800 that the win was shifting around out of the SW and getting stronger, so I called the weather station on the Sat Phone since our SSb is gone to find that the wind was indeed moving about to SSW and would be 12- 17 k. which would make our current anchorage untenable. So at 1030am we upped anchor and made a hasty retreat to Malakula I where we are in the Maskelynes along with 5 other boats including the Black pearl. Had a lovely tight reach all the way and arrived about 1500 local time . We caught a 5 and a 4 kg Aku ( blue finn Tuna ) for you nonhawaiians on this cute little feather lure I bought in Fiji. So, tonight we're having Teryaki Aku. Eat your hearts out for you non fish snobs. Got to go, Love same same

Long day 50nm
rob
08/09/2011, Lamen Bay Epi I. Vanuatu

Aloha all, So we had a nice all be it tight hauled sail to Ngouna I.on august 8 th. Arrived late after tacking back and forth until I gave up and motored in the last 2nm to arrive @ 5 pm. It gets dark at 1745 now but the water was so clear you could see the bottom at 1700. We managed to hit a nice sand slit at 50 ft and put out all 200 ft of chain. After a nice steak dinner we decided that neither of us felt like spending the next day hiking up to another crater top to photograph another beautiful view of a bunch of gorgeous islands. So instead we went to bed and arose @ 0500 to sail the 50nm to Lamen Bay, on Epi I. Where they are said to have lots of turtles and Dugongs to swim with. We had light winds all day so were making slow progress. I finally put up the spinnaker and we had a lovely sail for several hours until the wind picked up to 13 k and the $1500. US spinnaker pole decided to let the sheet go flying up the forestay. After much yelling and cursing ,I was able to get the chute down. We arrived at Lamen Bay @ 5 pm which is getting to be our standard arrival time. Not a single strike again today :( so we were forced to eat these huge sirloin steaks with pesto pasta, fresh ground parmesan , and salad :) . Hope you guys did as well today, Enjoyed talking to Lulu, Ava, and Whitney as we were passing by a cell tower today. Miss you all, Love Rob, Guy, the Rose

sail repair
rob
08/06/2011, Esoma Bay-- Efate Vanuatu

Hi Gang, Not much to report today ,spent the day yesterday going up the mast to retrieve the jib Halyard and then replacing the broken webbing at The peak. Guy spent the day recovering and still isn't back to normal yet. Its still windy , but not as rowdy as the day we sailed over here. We were planning to go into the village here. It is a lovely calm anchorage . There are mangroves in front of us so you can't see the village but you can hear the people sometimes. We spent an hour or so writing down our itinerary for the next 3 weeks until Guy leaves on the 30th august. We then decided we needed to keep moving if we want to get to Port Sandwich, Malakula for the festival on august 17th and 18th. Thus, we will head out today for Ngouna I which is about 15nm N of here. Plan to trek up the mtn there before heading off to LAMEN bay, EPI I. I'll keep you informed as the adventure continues all be it with temporarily weakened crew. Love, Guy Rob and the Rose

Havannah Harbor
rob
08/06/2011, Esoma Bay-- Efate Vanuatu

Hi Ya'll, You won't be seeing this blog until We get to Luganville. My SSB is going to Auckland for repairs next week. I got up at 0530 his am to get everything ready for our departure at 0745. We were expecting rough weather in the ocean and we sure got it. 25-30k winds and 10ft seas. Once we got around Devil's point( locals call it Mata pt) wind and waves eased off and we had a pleasant sail up the Hiilliard Channel to Esoma Bay. There are four other boats here and we have been with two of the others in Tanna I. Sub Zero and Yovo. This is a nice well protected anchorage from the N to the S and East,only exposed to the west across the bay. No rolling here. Yeah! Guy is still sick but I am feeling much better now. We spent 9 days at Port Vila, I really like it there except for the customs office which gave me the run around trying to get some duty free booze. 4 days it rained and 3 it blew like crazy( including today). I blame it all on the Tasman sea and NZ that send up one low pressure trough followed by a hi press. ridge one after another. Makes you yearn for HI. Only real problem we had was the foresail( Genoa) which came crashing down when we hit a gust coming into the channel ripping the webbing at the peak. This is after having it in for repairs in Port Denarau just 4 weeks ago to the tune of US$ 300.. Think I need a new sail. Hope you guys are having fun! We sure are! Love Guy, Rob , and the Rose

Newer ]  |  [ Older ]

 

 
Powered by SailBlogs