Cruising on Destiny

02 January 2014 | Bantry Bay
31 December 2013 | Careening Cove, Sydney
18 December 2012 | Sydney
18 September 2012 | Coffs Harbour
14 September 2012 | Rivergate Marina, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
12 September 2012 | Coral Sea
10 September 2012 | Coral Sea
31 August 2012 | Noumea
26 August 2012
22 August 2012 | Port Moselle
19 August 2012 | Port Moselle
17 August 2012 | West Coast, New Caledonia
12 August 2012 | Anse Vata
10 August 2012 | Port Moselle, Noumea, NC
10 August 2012 | Port Moselle
30 July 2012 | The seawall, Vila Harbour
25 July 2012 | Back in Port Vila
17 July 2012 | Port Vila
08 July 2012 | Ashore with Sea Fever
24 June 2012

Visitors, and an electrifying experience

17 July 2012 | Port Vila
John and Shauna
The two weeks Matt and Jane were with us passed so quickly, it was over before it began. After we brought them back from Havannah Harbour, they stayed with us for a few days on "Destiny" then moved ashore for a few days to a resort and then came back onboard for a few nights. During that time, Matt slipped an engagement ring on Jane's finger and we had a celebratory dinner at "Watermark" on Iririki Island Resort.
Saturday was Kiwanis Charity Race Day in Vila, so we put on our best shorts and T-shirts and caught a free bus to the "track" which is a temporary affair in paddocks around the Port Vila abattoir. The horses we backed may well have been better destined there - we managed to back a string of second-last place-getters in the "Bet Haos" (the Tote)! But in fact the whole thing is a fund-raiser and great fun - everyone in town goes, and the racing is just a sidelight to music, fun, raffles and lots of cheap local foods on sale provided by various Efate villages. We had great fun.
The World ARC Round the World Yacht Rally arrived over the weekend and filled the harbour to overflowing. About 26 yachts in the fleet, most very expensive recent models of famous marques, some downright opulent. One of them, a 61 footer, managed to motor his mast though the overhead cable providing power to Iririki Island and its resort - there was a loud bang, a brief spark and the cable dropped into the harbour. We were fascinated, sitting in the Waterfront Restaurant, to see the repair crews swing into action and run a new cable across the harbour within six hours and they had power restored to the island within another two hours. The bill to the owner of the yacht will be horrendous - we hope his insurance covers him; there will also be a hefty fine from the authorities.
So at 04:00 Monday we rose, took Matt and Jane ashore, and bade them goodbye. We have spent a little time tidying the boat and in the morning we are off to Lamen Bay on Epi Island. There we will visit the clinic and two local schools - a primary, and the high school for North Epi. We'll be back in internet range in a week or ten days.
Cheers from us.
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Vessel Name: Destiny V
Vessel Make/Model: 45' round chine steel cruising cutter - a Joe Adams design and a very sea-kindly crew-friendly vessel
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: John and Shauna
People ask us: "Are you semi-retired?". Well no, we're semi-working. We love cruising, but the problem is we also quite like what we do in our civilian lives. So, for the last few years, we have been cruising over the southern Winter and Spring. [...]
Our last severalyears of cruising have been spent exploring New Caledonia and the beautiful islands of Vanuatu, an entrancing country with wonderful, uncomplicated, happy and generous people. This winter we are at home doing some upgrades - navigation, rigid cockpit cover, watermaker and sundry [...]

Destiny's Crew

Who: John and Shauna
Port: Sydney, Australia
Sunshine on blue water, twelve knots on the beam.... The trades are blowing gently and we're sailing like a dream..... Sipping from the cup of life and getting mostly cream....
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" - Ratty to Mole in "Wind in the Willows"