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

Being tour guides

22 August 2012 | Port Moselle
Well, Tom and Amanda show no signs of wanting to leave the dock so we are being tour guides and showing them the sights. Monday we went to the Musee de la Ville de Noumea - a really interesting coverage of Noumea and surrounds since European settlement. It is in many ways a parallel to European settlement of Australia - similar steam-roller treatmenr of indigenous customs and structures and similar "Terra Nullius" attitude to land ownership.
What is often not realised is the very multi-cultural nature of early New Caledonia. Large components of the developing non-indigenous population came in from Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, and also from Japan and Indonesia. Even today, the Indonesian-origin population here is substantial and influential. Just as in Australia and the USA, local Japanese (even third generation people) were interned without warning or mercy at the outbreak of hostilities in World War 2. Their property was forfeit and many were forced to move to Japan after the war - where they were without roots or assets.
A bit of retail therapy on Monday afternoon then on the bus Tuesday to the Tjibao Cultural Centre which Tom and Amanda found fascinating.
We'll probably hang about the town, staying on the marina, until the kids head off home on the weekend. Don't forget the photo gallery - click here.
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"