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

Toward southern skies

12 April 2012
We are on schedule to arrive off Saipan around 6am to meet Border Control at Smiley Cove at 7. They are off after 8 and we are not permitted from our boat until they stamp our passports so we need to be there. Nicky has arranged all 5 agencies to meet or clear us through or at least the latter hopefully. Thanks Nicky! He even has their personal mobile numbers and possibly an escort into the harbor by Don the local dive shop owner. (Ifll appreciate that as it will be my first time navigating in a non-Japanese port and the markers on the chart appear to be different to what I studied in Japan). The agencies include Border Control, Quarantine, the Coast Guard, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, Saipan Port Authority and Customs. The Coast Guard gave us a scare this afternoon. eWithout 4 days notice we can refuse you entry. We will call Guam and see what they say. ...... Oh, that is only if you are over 300 ton. See you tomorrowf

As we are actually a bit ahead of schedule we stopped the boat and practised deploying the drogue and some rough weather techniques in case I need to use them later in the trip. We were in the lee of the most unusual looking island it could have been King Kongfs home! (Will look up its name later as I have forgotten now). As we did so a school of dolphins appeared. I got the best little video of them as I hung off the bow. The largest one seemed to not like having his podfs photo taken, turned upside down splashed me with his tail and then they were gone.

My little boat is just flying along as we now have her so well tuned. Without much wind (guessing 15 knots on the beam) we are doing around 5.8 knots. I cooked up a Japanese style spaghetti with mushrooms, boiled onions and soya sauce and Andrew cranked up the music and we watched the stars. Our last night on this leg and not a cloud in the sky. The first night we are not wearing waterproofs. The view is just amazing looking up at the sky. We were jamming along enjoying the scene, the music and food and the before our eyes, unbelievably, there right in front, toward the south, the Southern Cross! Perhaps only an Aussie or Kiwi would appreciate it. Had no idea it could be seen from this latitude but there it is like a beacon and Yarramundi under sail is pointed right towards it. How cool - life rarely gets better!

I thought by this stage of the trip I would be eager to get back on land but not so.

Signing off to get some sleep before taking the midnight shift and also meeting the 5 agencies tomorrow.

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
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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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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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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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