Adventures on Yarramundi

27 October 2012
22 August 2012 | Trinity Inlet, Cairns
17 August 2012 | Cairns Harbour
16 August 2012 | 14 56.8653'S:148 11.3993'E, The Coral Sea
15 August 2012 | 14 14.19156'S:149 5465'E, The Coral Sea
14 August 2012 | 13 12.0330'S:150 26.6810'E, Still in PNG Waters, Coral Sea
14 August 2012 | 70 miles north east of Australian Waters, Coral Sea
13 August 2012 | N N'N:E E'E, The Coral Sea
13 August 2012 | N N'N:E E'E, Solomon Sea
12 August 2012 | N 'N:E 'E, Solomon Sea
11 August 2012 | 'N: 'E, Solomon Sea
10 August 2012 | N N'N:E E'E, Solomon Sea - South of Deep Planet
09 August 2012 | 'N: 'E, Solomon Sea
09 August 2012 | Blanche Bay 4 miles from Rabaul
08 August 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club
07 August 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club
06 August 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club
05 August 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club

Away for the South

28 March 2012 | Shikine to Hachijo
David & Andrew / WINDY
Hi All, David is busy making Yarramundi shipshape for our longest leg so far, so I am keeping the log today.

We left Shikenojima on Tuesday morning with the main at second reef and no headsail at 8.51 AM to be greeted with a light westerly which transformed the gray and malevolent seascape of the night before to a calmer scene. With the sun shining it was not long before deck chairs were broken out and the off-watch were lolling around in the Sun to drive off the winter chill in the Westerly breeze. David broke out the fishing gear which met with no result. It did interest a few seabirds so was withdrawn later in the day. Later we learnt that most pelagic predators do not surface feed until the temperature is over 20 degrees. It was 14 when we departed and with our dive south was 16 at our destination.

As the morning lengthened the breeze picked up from West settling into a steady 15-20 knots. We felt well balanced with the main at 2nd reef and the genoa at 50%.

The ETA to our next island destination was well past 1AM so formal watches started from 4 PM. The sea state and wind built steadily with occasional breakers (in sets of 3) tripping up an unwary helmsman.
We watched the sun dip below the horizon, a golden orb, with a betting pool quickly in action as to the exact moment it would connect with horizon. None of us hit the jackpot but yours truly got the closest.

A crescent moon with Jupiter in accompaniment had risen at dusk with David and George on watch. The combined star and moonlight barely enough to see breaking seas. The boys enjoyed spotting the shipping traffic on the AIS module.

As the 8 pm watch started it was clear we were well ahead of schedule so preparations were made for entering an unknown port in the dark with heavy conditions. The sky scape was very beautiful with the moon eventually dipping beneath the horizon through cloud cover with a malevolent glare.

David went through all of his charts, almanacs and electronic aids (including Google Earth) to cement the image of Hachijo Island's Kaminato Port. Sails were dropped in the lee of the island and after some spot-light pointing and gesticulating we had the port entrance in sight around 11.15. David guided us through the maze to a whisper quiet anchorage against a sea wall without the surge and chop that had plagued us the night before.

The day on land followed the time honoured ritual of many a yachtie; find a rentacar, find a Laundromat, work through the repair list and in our case squeeze in a luxurious hot spring bath with vistas of the Pacific.
Tomorrow we depart on our last and longest leg in Japanese waters to the mysterious and magical Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Shoto).

Vessel Name: Yarramundi
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Espace 990 33 feet
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: David Devlin
Extra: Yarramundi now lies in Mooloolaba and is occasionally sailed with my son. I do plan to evenutally get her to Sydney.
Yarramundi's Photos - Main
Andrew and I don’t think he is human – probably some Viking god who has came back to earth for a visit. He setup a vodka distribution business in 22 countries and sold it to Diageo retiring at the age of 32. He spent the following 2 years designing and building his 56 foot $6 million boat and has been sailing it for the last 6 years. He sails alone and has been everywhere – including Antarctica. Neither of us have seen anything like the boat – The interior is like an upmarket modern Scandinavian apartment, it has every convenience imaginable (both domestic and maritime), and the outside with it’s teak and stainless steel looks like it just came out of a show room. We certainly did not see Bart cleaning it so are convinced it has been blessed. Or he has some little helpers stowed away somewhere and they come out at night and clean it. In fact we did not see Bart do anything else accept hang around and be cool until he left. He does not use a motor. Despite being in the corner of the harbour he untied his huge floating bachelor pad himself and used only the wind to turn the corner and sail out. We motored out to wave him off and even at full throttle could not keep up. He is off to Kyushu and then Hokkaido where he plans to stay for about a year skiing and photographing the wildlife. He had a coffee table book on board. It was of his boat and it’s Antarctic adventures. Of course he would. Very cool guy - we were privileged to meet him in Chichijima, have dinner with him a couple of times and tour his boat. David
7 Photos
Created 6 April 2012
42 Photos
Created 5 April 2012
37 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Yarramundi is now provisioned with 400 litres of water, 350 litres of diesel, 60kgs of rice and pasta, hundreds of cans of soup, spam, sauces etc to make up more than 800 meals. She is leaning a bit to port side so we will have to do some rearrangement of the contents before taking off on Sunday March 25.
1 Photo
Created 21 March 2012
Weather permitting Yarramundi will depart Shimoda, Japan on March 25 for Saipan on her first leg to Sydney. Following that we will sail to Chuuk (Truk) via Guam, then Honiara, Cairns and onto Sydney visiting many of the remote atolls of the Caroline and Solomon Islands.
1 Photo
Created 5 March 2012
10 Photos
Created 5 March 2012
I've been lucky to have my sister Maria and cousins Holly, Adam, Liam and his wife Zoe visit Japan and sail on Yarramundi
6 Photos
Created 24 February 2012
5 Photos
Created 24 February 2012
1 Photo
Created 22 February 2012
Why is it that every winter I've seem have had to dive below the boat to fix or retrieve something?
4 Photos
Created 22 February 2012
Yarramundi has been taken to Seabornia Marina on the west side of the Muira Penninsula for some major work. We made it in record time within one day thanks to the 30knot wind from the north but little thanks to George who fell asleep at the helm.
5 Photos
Created 22 February 2012
A few friends visited Yarramundi on Seijin no Hi (coming of age day) while she was in Tokyo Bay. A brief sail was followed by a turkey lunch.
10 Photos
Created 20 January 2012
People who have helped fit-out and maintain Yarramundi
7 Photos
Created 26 December 2011
From Shimoda to Wakayama and Mie Prefectures - a 12 day trip with 3 other yachts from TSPS.
24 Photos
Created 2 December 2011