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

Waiting on the prognosis

31 May 2012 | Faraulep, State of Yap - Federated States of Micronesia. The Caroline Islands.
Excuse the brevity of the last two blogs and the lack of photos. We are desperately running low of satphone points. Andrew has kindly topped us up but I am still not seeing an increase in our balance. Ahh, never a dull moment around here.

I have sent off a detailed description of our repairs including photos to Andrew, his brother Peter who is a very clever engineer, a marine surveyor and Wayne in Guam who has been incredibly generous with his time and managed to get from the boat builder Jeanneau a detailed diagram of the construction of the rudder and the skeg (the thing that holds it on - I just learnt the word yesterday). We are waiting to find out their prognosis. Are we fit to sail to Guam or Yap? Or do we wait till the supply ship comes back in t h r e e w e e k s time and get Yarramundi loaded on her? Aside from the wait we would have to create some sort of crate to make sure Yarramundi is packed properly. Still it would mean we make it and it is better to make it albeit late than not at all. Hopefully we get an ok. We will definately take her for a sail tomorrow to see how the rudder performs and see if we get any leakage and report back to the team.

This evening I have had on my desk a dvd player, a watch with a broken band two invertors and a handheld VHF radio from the islanders for repair. I've managed so far to replace some damaged wire in the dvd player and unbelievably it is working. Just as well I brought the soldering iron.And the watch band was fixed with a paperclip and also some solder to hold it in place. Not sure how to fix the invertors and the VHF seems like it has just had too much water. I remember during school breaks working in the family hardware store and my cousins laughing at me for not know what self taping screws and the like were. I once got the master key and a blank mixed up in the key cutter and striped the master down to nothing creating a very upset customer. Dad had to go to her home with Mr Brooks the manager, apologise and then replace the entire lock. (Sounds a bit like IT support). Anyway after that I think I was confined to sorting nails and washing the trucks. These fix-it skills do not come naturally to me.

I will write about dinner on board Yarramundi with Thomas, the uncoupling from the dry dock and the Gin and Tang ceremony tomorrow when we hopefully have the satphone charged back up with minutes. I am pleased to say however that the karaoke machine we saw yesterday was for a different party being had by the school kids for their graduation and not our ceremony. Happening place this is.

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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