Tuatara

Alan and Jean sharing our cruising news with friends, family.

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18 December 2013 | Auckland
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27 October 2013 | Vavau Tonga
12 September 2013 | Samoa
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08 April 2013 | Shelter Bay marina, Colon.
28 March 2013 | Belize
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03 March 2013 | Panamarina, Panama

A CHALLENGING LIFESTYLE!

23 August 2007 | 8.30S 121.47E
JEAN
Maurole, Flores Is. 8. 30S 121.47E

Selemat Siang

There is a saying among cruisers that cruising is fixing boats in exotic places. 110 yachts on the rally, an average of 60 at each official stop so far which means there often seems to be someone fixing or needing help to fix boat parts or body parts. While some of us enjoyed a quiet relaxing Sunday at Loweleba, others were repairing and maintaining boats. Yachts anchored near Talitha were having furlers repaired, oil leaks discovered and stopped, Alan tinkering with our outboard .again, a gearbox causing problems further along the anchorage and I am sure many more we did not hear about. As we continue west some of these challenges continue, some are fixed and of course different ones occur. Thank goodness we have not had anything major so far, the outboard is a nuisance, we just try and anchor closer to shore so we don't have to row so far. A few yachts have had some major breakages and that's when the advantages of traveling in the rally in these isolated places really come to the fore. The VHF gets busy with calls of help, suggestions, offers of parts and expertise. This does not only refer to yacht calamities but also when body parts are suffering, in the case of a dislocated shoulder, a cruiser and the local medicine man(they were sent there by the hospital) were more help than the local hospital. The lady who broke her leg was fortunate it happened in Kupang so she was air lifted back to Darwin. Considering the number of people in the rally there haven't been too many medical concerns. Some tours we have been on an ambulance or two has completed our little motorcade. Here at Maurole there is a medical hut set up with an ambulance in attendance. A crew member off Monte Cristo broke a piece of a tooth yesterday so off in the ambulance he went to the dentist, tooth fixed plus lunch and one free shirt later he is back on board all courtesy of the local government. The human body seems easier to fix here than the yachts. There are no haul out facilities between here and Singapore, maybe at Bali but no one seems sure about that, so Icey Red dried out on the beach at Maumere. A broken propeller strut had meant Icey Red had been towed for a couple of days, its along way to Bali with little wind so Ian decided something had to be done. A generator, welding set, rods, expertise all appeared from within the fleet. Icy Red was taken into the beach, Ian winching her drier and drier during the night. During the morning low tide he welded a temporary repair which with fingers crossed will get them to Bali. Getting a beached yacht back into the water is not an easy thing even when the tide is full. Eight dinghies pushing and pulling, a cheering squad of village kids and ropes being adjusted Icey Red was reluctant to move from her center stage position. The big muscle was bought in, with one pull from another yacht and with great relief, Ian and Sue saw their floating home popup and float out into deeper water. This made possible by the help and generosity of the rally fleet. Today fan belts, a watermaker pump, an Australian phone number needed for parts are some of the requests over the radio, and so we continue west towards Bali and Singapore where breakdowns hopefully wont seem too bad. We are looking forward to getting a new outboard, Alan is tinkering once again. I am about to fill in my day washing clothes by hand, cleaning out the fridge, which involves virtually standing on my head to get to the bottom, a swim or two, .. cook lunch. We are eating out a lot as it is very inexpensive, $4 for both of us last night, so we have lots of nice vegetables to use up. Stir fried veges for lunch, I think we will forgo the rice, enough of that ashore. This cruising life is a daily challenge but after 3 months we are still managing to cope!!!

Sampai jumpa lagi, see you later.
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Vessel Name: Tuatara
Vessel Make/Model: Alan Wright 51
Hailing Port: Opua NZ
Crew: Alan and Jean Ward

Sailing in the Pacific

Who: Alan and Jean Ward
Port: Opua NZ