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

Happy Easter

08 April 2012 | Farallon de Pajaros
We finally arrived in the eTradesf. The trade winds here blow consistently from east to west. Initially we had a 15knot wind abeam and it built up to around 20knots and stayed consistent for about 12 hours. We then got a current behind us and our speed start to really build. We had been sitting on 6 to 7 knots (SOG) but we started to get 7.5, 7.8 then hitting 8. We then started sitting on 8, then 8.5 ? a new record under sail for Yarramundi - and then a couple of times hit 9. We thought it prudent to reef (reduce the sail size) and reefed to our second reef. The wind picked up shortly afterwards and we started getting the same speeds and one time hit 9.5 knots as we surfed down a wave. I kept checking the tension on the sheets (ropes) and they were fine as I could pull on them easily even with my gammy hand. I did not believe we were putting too much pressure on the rigging or the boat. It was simply the strong current that was helping us achieve those speeds.

I cooked dinner while Andrew was on watch. We still had some fresh Danish ham so I combined it with some onions, garlic, tomatoes and olives for a nice pasta sauce. Due to the conditions I wore my waterproof clothing in case the boiling water went flying. It was really getting rough and I could start to see blue out of the port hole in the galley.

It got dark and as the wind continued to build so did the seas. I decided to change our course a bit more down wind to make for a softer ride. The current had also shifted so that it was coming from the east. As we were planning to pass close to an active volcano island called Farallon de Pajaros the change in course would mean we will pass on itfs lee, the safer side so I think it has been a good choice. Especially given that the wind speed and wave size continued to build. (By the time I got up to posting this blog we had arrived at the volcano).

We are actually guessing on the wind speed. Our electronic wind gauge is out. Tried to fix it for a week and have given up. We were using the windex at the top of the mast to judge direction but as it got hot yesterday we put up the bimney (sun shade) and can no longer see it from the cockpit. Steve ? a solo circumnavigator we met in Chichijima said it would make us better sailors learning to feel the wind. I canft help but just look at which direction our Aussie flag is flying in and listen to the sound of the wind generator to judge the wind speed. I know it cuts out at 40knots and last night it kept cutting out!

At one point in the evening I noticed a large white breaking wave to our starboard side. For some reason it made me look over to the depth gauge and it read 75 metres. Our depth gauge only reads down to 180 and after that it just flashes with some random number on it. So if it is flashing it mean the water depth is over 180 metres. It was not flashing. It then read 68, 55, I looked at the plotter (boat navi) chart and it said we were in water around 1900 metres deep, 52, 48, and jumped out of the cockpit ripped off my beany and listened for the sound of breaking waves on a rock but could not hear any, 43, 38, I point the spot light but nothing, 35, 30, I prepared to turn the boat around, undid the gibe preventer, went to bring in the jib, 27, 24, eto heck with the jib, Ifll punch through with the motorf, I reached down to turn the motor on, 22, 18, 15, still no flashing, why is it getting shallower? There is nothing on the chart, there is supposed to be nothing here, I s tarted the motor to force us around 11, 8, 6.5, 3.2, flashing......false alarm..... bloody hell! Meanwhile, Andrew was down below asleep dreaming of what to do with the 12 passion fruit we were were given by Hirose San.

So what to do with Passion Fruit other than put them on a pavlova? No use writing it on the blog as we wonft be able to read it till we reach Saipan. We were given a box and canft think of what to do except make up a juice or eat them raw.

The sunrise this morning was truly magnificent. It reminded me of watching sunrises on the beaches of east coast of Australia when there is a big swell. The tops of the waves and their white crests were catching the warm orange light. I sat on the side of the boat mesmerized by the scene for over an hour.

The inside of the boat is a mess. We are healed over on our starboard side. For the first 10 days we were on our port side so we got used to living that way. When we entered the eTradesf yesterday everything go flipped around. I canft even work out how to cook as I keep falling into the stove. When the weather settles a little Ifll mount a clean-up campaign. Or maybe I should just leave it looking like the living quarters of a couple of blokes for 2 weeks.

Back up on deck - I love it out here.

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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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I've been lucky to have my sister Maria and cousins Holly, Adam, Liam and his wife Zoe visit Japan and sail on Yarramundi
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Why is it that every winter I've seem have had to dive below the boat to fix or retrieve something?
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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.
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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.
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People who have helped fit-out and maintain Yarramundi
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From Shimoda to Wakayama and Mie Prefectures - a 12 day trip with 3 other yachts from TSPS.
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