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

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01 June 2012 | Faraulep, State of Yap - Federated States of Micronesia. The Caroline Islands.
Nicky here. Had a chance meeting with Chief Pius on Faraulep, (Feshaiulap - Local spelling) yesterday and we thought some of you might find it of interest. It was the last day of school before the summer break - yes, they have a small school - so I went in for my last "class". Have gotten to know some of the kids fairly well. While taking a stroll around the island afterwords, I came upon Chief Pius, whereupon he invited me to have fish and rice with him. A very nice gesture as I had earlier thought him to be somewhat aloof. We sat down in his hut and began a conversation, which brought a few surprises. He asked some questions about Rota and Tinian, my island realm, and mentioned how he was impressed by David and I speaking Japanese. He wanted to know about our utilities costs and things like that. After some very tasty fish, he brought out an opened coconut for me to drink, and then told me that his eldest son is in the police force in Hawaii!! And his 2nd son fought for the US in Iraq. Then he showed great pleasure that David had been able to fix his 3rd son's dvd player (at the time we had no idea it belonged to the Chjef's family). He brought the conversation to his pig, which is getting quite large. I asked if he would be eating it soon (as all the other islanders do); he laughed and said never, and that one day it will be bigger than the island itself. I said his island might then sink, and this caused him to ask for my thoughts on global warming and when the seas might rise. This atoll will be completely submerged when it comes. He thinks it might happen before he dies. The conversation took another quick turn when he asked if I knew how to use chopsticks (hashi).

Wait wait!! Chief Pius has just come to our boat as I write! Guess we've made a friend.

Back to the hashi - I promised to give him some and teach him how to use them. He was very pleased at this, because he heard they were good to use with ramen and sashimi, and he only knew how to poke with one. David has just presented him with two pairs of very nice Japanese hashi from Kanazawa. As David is left-handed it will probably be me who needs to teach him; but for now he's promised to go in and show him how while fixing the chief's VHF radio. David has become a veritable electronics fix-it shop here.

Such small moments are so very great treasures. The hashi teaching will get passed on to the others and become very useful to the village (and they can make their own). Just as what happened to me last week. I was resting on the island at my favorite place, what I call Coconut Grove. No huts or people at this end of the island. Lots of cool shade and breeze. No flies. Melvin, one of the 9 year old boys in the class I visit, found me there. He sat down but didn't say anything. I offered him the rest of my trail mix, which he liked (particularly the M&Ms). He then said something I couldn't understand, went off and climbed a nearby coconut tree, sat atop it and knocked down 2 green coconuts. Climbed back down and handed one to me while he kept the other. I thanked him but was perplexed about how to open it up. He threw his on the ground, upon the coral rock, and then at a tree. To no effect but I got the idea, and managed to finally break open both his and mine by banging them on the stones.Apparently you have to hit the right part of the coconut. He used his teeth to peel the hard husk back to reveal the nut inside, and then I used a stone to open it up so we could drink. To think, a 9 year old boy comes along and shows me how to open up a coconut with no machete or knife. I felt such an achievement, as I imagine Chief Pius will feel when he knows how to use his hashi.

We learn more and more about these wonderful people, but in small increments. Little bits at a time it seems. There is no hurry among them for information exchange, it just comes out by chance. You can't prod it out of them, but then out of nowhere a nugget comes forth if you pay attention and be patient. And they are a very knowledgeable people we have found.
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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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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