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First impressions of Kosrae

17 October 2023
Stephen and Kristina Hall
Luckily, we had all the necessary papers at hand, therefore immigration was not a problem at all.
Since then, we are busy getting Torea clean and ready to go. Small repairs need to be done. We also used quite a bit of Diesel motoring through two calms. When we passed the fuel station three days ago, they didn't have Diesel. This morning we were lucky. The Diesel was transferred from a barrel in a bucket, from there into former vinegar containers of a gallon. And eventually into our jerry cans. Steve helped when help was needed, e.g. he pumped Diesel into the bucket.
He also winched me up the mast to get the Windex. A bird had tried to land on it and since then it was bent.
It is only a few months since we had the water baffle on the starboard tank repaired. Now the one on the port tank became loose... But this repair will have to wait until we are in Pohnpei.
But we also explore the area. We went to Tofol, the main town on the island. There we got a SIM Card. The internet is very slow, unfortunately (that's why this entry is uploaded with quite a delay...). We had a pizza and were able to have a glimpse at a clam cultivation. The owner of the pizza place got three specimen of an almost extinct species from Palau and after five years he has about a dozen 5cm babies.
When we arrived, another yacht anchored in the bay, but they left the same day. But there also was a big ship. "Pristine Seas" was written on the ship and, above that, "National Geographic". That took our attention and when we had to wait for our laundry, I suggested to try to find out, what it was all about. Steve immediately agreed.. Soon after our curious looks a crew member of "Argo" appeared. Wow! This is a research and media/ educational project to save the oceans. We were invited to come on board two days later. It was great to see how enthusiastic all the crew members are. They are very well equipped and can have a major impact on local leaders, by e.g. taking them in their submarine up to 400 m deep. With Paul Rose, whom you may know from BBC documentaries, the crew has a very experienced Project Manager, who not only has a huge knowledge on all the technical matters, but also a good scientific knowledge. We waved them goodbye when they departed yesterday so we now have Lelu Harbour to ourselves.
Today we tried to walk up Finol Boro, Mount Boro, but the path ended nowhere. We also explored the ruins of Lelu. Not much to see though. In 1995 the site was establish, since then no one seems to have taken care of it. The few remaining walls are covered in moss and plants.
Kosrae is not a big island, but there are several things to explore. We will rent a car for a day or two and try to make most of the time. But I already know: Kosrae is a jewel - and so are the Kosraens.
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Vessel Name: Torea
Vessel Make/Model: Bill Couldrey
Hailing Port: New Zealand
Crew: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Extra: Torea was launched in 1966 as an offshore racing yacht. She was designed by Bill Couldrey and built by Keith Atkinson in triple diagonal kauri. Torea competed and finished in the 1969 Sydney Hobart race.

Who: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Port: New Zealand