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Adventures on Yarramundi
Against the winds
Sun Jul 8 21:17:00 EDT 2012, 90 miles SSW of Woleai

Having a frustrating time here with the wind. Between when I left Woleai yesterday at 13:50 and 10:00 this morning 104 miles had been recorded by the boat's log. I actually was only 87 miles away from Woleai and only 67 miles closer to my waypoint in the Solomon's.

My course is 120 degrees and that is precisely where the wind is coming from - as weak as it is. To make matters more frustrating I am also going against a sizeable current so unless I motor I can only get to a speed (SOG) of about 1.8 knots - too slow for the autopilot. Motoring at low revs only gets me up to 4.2knots but not in the direction I need to go. I planned to average 8 hours a day motoring due to the light winds but have fuel to do 12 hours a day or a little more. But in the last 22 hours I've motored for 18. Can only hope for a change in wind and current in the comings days so I can reel back that average. Failing that my next stop will have to be Rabaul in PNG to refuel.

Rabaul is 870 miles from my current location and in these conditions I could motor all the way there. Honiara is approximately 1300. Not keen on visiting Rabual. Heard it is a dirty mining city which was somewhat destroyed by 2 volcanic eruptions and today ash still spews out of them. And the bars are full of roudy expats from the mining community so Honiara is still the plan.

The windex is also out again despite being replaced and the marine toilet is starting to make funny noises. I do have an overhaul kit but not looking forward to that job.

Otherthan that in fine spirits and healthy and lots of bananas and coconuts to keep me company in the cockpit.


Mon Jul 9 2:42:35 EDT 2012 | Per Knudsen
Great blog David. Safe Sailing - Per
Dinghy full of supplies for 2 week journey
Sun Jul 8 0:03:00 EDT 2012, Woleai - South Village

No shortage of bananas, coconuts and papaya for the journey to Honiara

It will take 14 days to get to get to Honiara. I will come within 100 miles or so of several islands and have the choice to stop off but after my first 4 days solo find it not too bad. On the other hand entering an unknown lagoon, putting down an anchor, explaining what I am doing and then having to pick up the anchor is a lot of hard work. Especially when Yarramundi's anchor windlass (electric winch) is broken. Still it was not too bad this morning - taking around 40 minutes to get the dinghy stowed and the two anchors off and in the anchor well securely.


Departure Day
Sat Jul 7 23:58:00 EDT 2012, Woleai - South Village

Given some farewell gifts. Combination of ceremonial and practical.

Departure Day
Sat Jul 7 16:04:00 EDT 2012, The microsoft desktop island

Unfortunately it is time to leave Woleai. What a wonderful place with great people. It is also raining so I need to wait until it clears so the sun can light up the lagoon and I can see the chanel. Will go on shore once more to say good bye. Some of the younger men and going to come out and help me with the anchors.

The drinking circle
Sat Jul 7 5:21:00 EDT 2012, Woleai Lagoon, Federated States of Micronesia. The Caroline Islands.

Of the southern village of Woleai

1 Solar Powered Fishnet Tracking Station put to a new use
Fri Jul 6 21:40:00 EDT 2012, Woleai Lagoon, Federated States of Micronesia. The Caroline Islands.

The next 4 blogs are in sequence 1 through 4 and I am posting them backward so one can scroll through in order.

Raymond found washed up on shore this week a solar powered beacon used to keep track of fish nets in the open ocean. He asked me if we could rewire it so he could use it to power his father n elawfs 12 volt HF Radio. His father in 'law is the retired captain of the also retired Micronesian Star - the cargo ship which serviced the outer islands prior to H1. He now monitors Woleiafs VHF and HF radios and answered my call when I arrived giving me guidance through the atollfs channel.

We opened the device up to find 4 solar panels, two lots of circuits and two 9Ah batteries solidly encased. The wiring to the batteries was also encased so out came the machete to expose the wires.

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