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

Land touring

26 August 2012
Driving with our guests
We decided to hire a car so that we could see something of the inland areas of New Caledonia, and look at some of the anchorages we have stayed at, but from the land viewpoint. We were offered a Peugeot 107 but instead took a 207 - wise choice as even the 207 was barely up to the steep mountainous road grades. We headed off North-East to Yate, across the central mountain range, via Mont d'Or on the coast.
This led us through steep mountains, upland lakes and waterfalls. The mountains are so high, steep, rugged and primitive looking: really awe-inspiring and unlike anything we have experienced. Around each bend in the road, looking down from the edge of the shoulders with no guard rails, we could see spectacular drop-offs to jagged valleys and rivers. The descent to Yate on the other side of the mountain range was just beautiful, and we could see every coral head and sand-bank in the bordering reefs and anchorage entrance from the road above. But also we saw some disturbing views of the scarring being caused to the terrain by the nickel mines - they are really extensive in the south, and they are denuding the mountaintops and exposing the orange-red sub-surface layers to erosion and collapse. However, New Caledonia has a significant proportion of the world's nickel and this isn't going to stop soon - in fact, it's expanding...
Tom and Amanda took a flight home on Sunday, and of course there were tears all round but we spoke to Tom after his arrival in Sydney and this calmed things down a little at this end.
Further driving took us north to Boulouparis and into the "Cowboy" belt - lots of cattle, farming, and fusillades of recreational rifle fire in the hills - deer hunting, presumably. There is a pretty bay up there called Ouenghi, where some pretty upscale development is taking place - wealthier French from the city building holiday or retirement homes there - an a tiny but lovely little marina which seems to have enough depth for substantial production boats. We had lunch there and really enjoyed the area - so much nicer than "Port Moresmell".
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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"