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18 October 2018 | Bay of 1,000 Voices, Choiseul., Solomon Islands
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Christmas Raft up - Isla Partido

25 December 2016 | Isla Partido, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
After leaving the Whale Sharks we headed back up to Isla Partido, just north of Espiritu Santo to get ourselves organized for the Christmas festivities. We formed the "Del Sur/Monkey Fist" raft-up on Christmas Eve, but was officially abandoned late at night due to unforecast brisk southwesteries which made conditions somewhat unpleasant. That wind was not an expected occurrence at this time of year as the Coromuel winds usually occur in summer, or so they say.

A Christmas raft-up was very high on the agenda, so the next day, we managed a 5 boat raft up with Full Monty, Del Sur & Adventurer and then later on Moist. Mike on Easy had been on board Monkey Fist for the previous night's raft-up and had decided that such participation was definitely not on his bucket list at that particular point in time. The following day as it happened, Mike had climbed to the top of a surrounding peak and managed to contact Joseph on Moist as he was sailing past the other side of the island looking for our tribe (or "The Collective" as we eventually called ourselves). Joseph changed course and joined the raft up, thereby making up the 5th yacht.

Christmas Day was just what it should be - feast and fun shared by good friends and family. The conditions were a little windy but the mighty raft held firm and I suppose with 8 anchors out you would expect to be pretty stable. The festivities continued over the next couple of days and included hikes and prolonged jam sessions which resulted in plenty of sore legs and sore fingers. Mike even managed to test Todd's high level of fitness. Todd was impressed.
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Vessel Name: Monkey Fist
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 43DS
Hailing Port: Darwin
Crew: Paul and Frances Tudor-Stack
About: After spending over 20 years in the NT Paul and Frances returned to the sea in 2008. Their first trip was into the Pacific via West Papua and over the top of PNG and then back to Australia where they sold their old traditional boat "Sea Spray" and bought "Monkey Fist"
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