19 June 2018 | Tanga, Fenualoa, Reef Islands
07 June 2018 | Lata, Ndendo, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands
05 June 2018 | 150 miles NW of Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu)
01 June 2018 | Off the southern tip of Chesterfield Reef
27 May 2018 | Moreton Bay, Queensland Australia
18 May 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
06 May 2018 | Eyeglass Assist Central - Brisbane Qld
02 May 2018 | Eyeglass Assist Central - Brisbane Qld
18 April 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
12 April 2018 | Australia
10 February 2018
07 January 2018 | Redland City Marina, Brisbane, Australia
07 December 2017 | Brisbane, Australia
16 November 2017 | Brisbane, Australia
03 November 2017 | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2017 | behind Moreton Island, Queensland
31 October 2017 | Somewhere else in the Coral Sea
28 October 2017 | Somewhere in the Coral Sea
15 October 2017 | South Pacific

Passage completed - 1,285 nautical miles

07 June 2018 | Lata, Ndendo, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands
After 10 days at sea we made landfall this morning at 10 am local time. For the last 5 hours the wind had turned to the NE and so we were forced again to motor. The last night at sea was black, rainy and squally but Monkey Fist soldiered on very nicely until we blew a seam in the genoa. There's a few hours work. We prefer to sail 100% of any passage but sadly on this occasion we motored 55 out of the 240 hours. Did I mention how HOT is is here!!! Phew, it's a bit of a shock to all of us but we are hoping that it was a particularly hot and still day, around 34 with very high humidity and no swimming here because there are crocodiles.

We completed entry formalities without any problems and, for any yacht considering entering here, there are representatives of all the required departments so basically anyone can do so. The people have been extremely friendly and also rather curious about what all the signs mean on the boat (i.e. Eyeglass Assist)and so after a very short period of time, the whole town knew of our project. Communication is interesting as not everybody speaks English, many preferring Pijin, however we found many people extremely well spoken and articulate. Just because someone lives in a small, remote village and lives a subsistence life style does not mean they are unintelligent or simple, in fact, often we have found it is the reverse. How many of us can speak 3 or 4 different languages? Mind you, a red mouth resulting from betelnut chewing is a little off-putting.

We were uncertain as to whether we would conduct a clinic here in Lata itself but after consultation with Eric, the vision trained nurse at the hospital, there is a great need for us to help out here so we have planned to return on the 4th July to fit and supply several hundred people in the local community with glasses (with the hospital staff's help). Our plan now is to take a couple of days for r & r (rest & repair) before heading out the Reef Islands.

On a different note, on the way into Ndendo we threw out a lure and very quickly caught a huge Yellow-Fin Tuna, at a guess around 28 kgs. We cut a couple of meals off it and donated the remainder to the hospital who were extremely grateful to receive the gift.
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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