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

Departed Rota

12 May 2012 | Off the coast of Guam
We left Rota's beautiful little protected harbour today at 1345. I had a quick swim in the harbour to cool off after the strenuous work of filling up our water tank with 20 litre container one trip at a time. There was a tap just 50 metres from the boat - thought it seems further when carrying a 20kg tank.

We had an amazing time here - hosted by the local doctor who is originally from South Africa. Doc has an incredible story and a philosophical and most inquisitive mind so I will write about him in a separate blog.

We were invited to Docs house for dinner looking over a beautiful bay. We brought the lobster caught the night before. Another guest bought half a small cow. The dinner room was outside and the steak was cooked over a fire. No cutlery - we tore the meat of the bones with our unwashed hands and ate until full. I remember at one point the provider of the meat saying, "I loved that cow. I was really upset after I shot her"

The following day we went on a small boat spearfishing with Doc, Donn and two others. The team caught a rather large barracuda, several parrot fish, coral trout, rabbit fish, imperial angel fish - which would cost more than $200 in a pet shop - an emperor wrasse and small tuna. All I did was take photos and carry a hand spear to ward off any sharks excited by the killings. Fortunately that was not necessary. I got to watch Donn in action, diving to 90 feet, lying in front of the mouth of a cave and waiting for fish to come in range of his spear gun. I would dive down to about 60 feet, go back to the surface and dive down again while all the time he was just waiting for his prey. Needless to say the visibility was over 120 feet or 40 metres. The hunt was to be all day and as I wanted to see some of the island I showed my hat and shirt into the back of my bathing suit, used my flip flops as hand paddles and snorkelled to shore, climbing over a reef and up a cliff and then walki ng back to town. It took me about 4 hours but was well worth it. Rota is beautiful. Very tropical, very dense vegetation, lots of fruiting trees and as you walk the paths and road you are always aware of the blue sea surrounding the island. And EVERYONE waves and talks to you.

The sea hunters, myself and Nicky met up at the local pizza bar and grill. One of 3 eating places in town. All too tired to cook any fish we drank beer and had pizza. When the word was out of the successful catch a number of locals appeared and Doc haggled and sold off most of it with a Corona beer in hand. The catch paid for the beer and fuel and there was still plenty left over.

We are now on the way to Woleai in the Federated States of Micronesia. It has a population of about 200 about 400 nautical miles from Rota and we expect to arrive on Tuesday around midday. As I write there is no wind at all so we are motoring at low rev to conserve fuel. We can motor along at 2200RPM and do 4.5knots using no more than 1 litre per hour. That gives us a range of over 1,100 nautical miles with current stock. Hopefully we will be able to sail instead of motor at some point!

I'll put up some photos later when things settle down.

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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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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