En Route to Rennel Island
10 July 2009
After a knot tying class instructed by the skipper I got a general overview of the brand spankin' new diesel power plant that is right under Chris's bed. He says it keeps him nice and toasty even on the coldest of nights here at 10 degrees south.
We changed our course to head to North Indispensable Reef which is just south of Rennell Island. We've been fortunate with the weather and have had a few days of really good sailing so have a day in hand for what should be a very interesting venue for a Reef Check survey.
July 9th 2009 - Back at Sea
We packed up this morning after a good night's sleep and set sail for Rennell Island . We have 2 Brown Booby hitch hikers who don't seem the least concerned that we're on this boat as well.
July 8th 2009 - Hello Solomon Islands
As we entered Gracioso Bay, Nendo Island from the west through a tight channel we were greeted by a few canoes, a sea turtle, and another pod of dolphins. We anchored outside of Lata to clear into the Solomon's. After clearing with the police in Lata Chris met with John Mwelo, the Senior Education Officer for the Tamotu Province to discuss how OceansWatch could help local schools in the future. Chris also visited the hospital to see how future OceansWatch visitors to Nendo may be able to help (skin creams for fungal infections are the main need at the moment).
If he weren't a more composed man the captain may have thrown the sat phone in the bay today after endless attempts to send and receive email. We need to get a different account for our emails.
July 7th, 2009 - Goodbye Vanuatu
We said goodbye to the northernmost islands of Vanuatu this morning while reworking our rotating duty list (chores!).
A bit of rain and beautiful sailing!
July 6th, 2009 - Sushi!
Fishing attempt successful as we hauled in a ~10kg Dorado. Sushi and steaks.
Alison is SEA SICK!
July 5th, 2009 - Dolphins see OceansWatch off
As the skipper Chris was going over safety procedures Alison spotted some fins far off the starboard side. A few minutes later we were greeted by a pod of dolphins which someone identified as the "Pantropical Spotted Dolphin". We'll be reporting the sighting to OBIS. I practiced being the official Magic Roundabout Pacific Trip 2009 Videographer with the new Sanyo water proof video camera. Check the http://www.youtube.com/user/OceansWatch OceansWatch YouTube Channel for updates. I'll upload new content as soon as I get to the internet.