Panormitis happenings

24 May 2016 | Rodds Bay
24 December 2015
06 November 2015 | Bustard bay
04 November 2015 | Port Bundaberg Marina
27 October 2015 | Port Bundaberg
17 October 2015 | Mele Maat
04 October 2015 | Village of Mele
27 September 2015 | Port Vila
27 September 2015 | Mololo LaiLai
10 September 2015 | Vuda Marina
02 September 2015 | Lautoka
31 August 2015 | Lautoka Fiji
24 August 2015 | Nieafu Tonga
24 August 2015 | Aloft Niue
24 August 2015 | Beveridge Reef
24 August 2015 | Palmerston Island
24 August 2015 | Maupihaa
23 August 2015 | Raiatea
22 August 2015 | Moorea
21 August 2015 | Baie D'Opunohu


24 August 2015 | Nieafu Tonga
A 2 day sail to Tonga had a great start with good winds and sailing conditions but the second night the wind dropped and the iron spinnaker was engaged. We caught 2MahiMahi and a tuna late afternoon so our larder was topped up allowing us to share with 3 other boats, the custom guy, then fed 8 for dinner the day we arrived. Rafted to another yacht to clear in we spotted "Matilda" coming in to do the same. We hadn't seen Andy since St Marteen so of course he and his crew were on the dinner list. Chris from "Aislang" was in the anchorage so he joined us too bringing with him the solar pane l controller he got for us in the US. Like old times with familiar faces. Great fruit and veg markets but Nieafu is still the garbage dump it was last time. We came ashore for a local concert with the tourism minister spruking off but they should be doing something about their rubbish.
Chris came with us to church on Sunday, this time the Catholic one. Last trip we went to the Weslyan and I have to say that altho' the Catholic singing was great, we voted that the Weslyians were better. No music just beautiful voices. Yesterday ( Monday) there were 16 boats to clear in and when you can only fit 3 at a time on the dock the local radio net organiser tried to get some sort of order going to get them processed. Talk about road rage, it was on for young and old, accusations of queue jumping. A local guy ran forms around the anchored boats so they would be ready for their turn and a cafe supplied free pizzas to the staff if they would not take their one hour lunch break. We were still seeing boats finishing into the afternoon....but then they do have Tongan time here...slow! We have had the occasional shower of rain and they need it badly as they are in drought conditions. Next stop will be Fiji.
Vessel Name: Panormitis
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 410S2
Hailing Port: Gladstone Australia
Crew: Gary and Del Whitmore
About: Gary has salt water in his veins and needs to be near or on the water. Del is his wife and his sailing partner.
Extra: We learned to sail together back in 1977 and have enjoyed a variety of yachts since then. We have previously purchased a monohull in Croatia and took 18months to sail it back to Australia. Now we are doing the trip again this time with a catamaran.
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Who: Gary and Del Whitmore
Port: Gladstone Australia