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

Lunch with the Chief

02 June 2012 | Faraulep, State of Yap - Federated States of Micronesia. The Caroline Islands.
I don't know where today went. Got only a couple of chores done such as repairing my thongs - that is flip flops for North Americans. But the chief visited requesting I visit him and try and fix his VHF radio. As we have had bad weather on and off we moved the boat so we are now in the middle of the lagoon. That means getting to shore now takes about 20mins. To make matters worse in last nights wind we lost our good paddle. So going to visit someone and having to make small talk along the way (at sea and on land) means a round trip of at least 2 hours. My visit with the chief coincided with lunch. As Nicky earlier wrote he had tasty mackerel when he visited. I got stewed turtle and boiled breadfruit while showing the chief how to use the Kanazawa chopsticks I had bought with my sister Maria a year or so ago. As we shared the chopsticks and he practiced using them there was no escaping those big oily morsels of turtle. Fortunately he had sparred me the tripe and although I did not know it at the time it had been caught in the morning and not the day before so my stomach should be ok. The thought that the meat had been sitting for a hot day in a fly covered pot was more powerful than my ability to discern it's flavor but I now recall it tasted pretty good.

We have had almost no contact with any of the women here.(And one of the reasons there are no photos on the blog is that they are nearly always topless so I don't feel comfortable taking their photo)! It was therefore pleasant to watch at lunch when the chief translated everything I said for his wife. He genuinely wanted her to know what I was saying. In fact many times I felt I was being explained to her rather than being part of any conversation.But it was the first time here where I saw a woman being included in something. She was drinking Japanese tea so when I returned a couple of hours later with a VHF radio still no not working I brought along several bags of English and ginger tea to make up for it. I also brought some fish hooks from Shimoda....more on the Shimoda fish hook connection tomorrow. And yes I have not forgotten I still have not written about the Gin and Tang ceremony but for now back to today's lunch..

Thinking that was the end of the turtle I walked back to where I had tied up the kayak and Thomas saw me and said, I am cooking your share from this morning's catch. "When we catch a turtle all families must share it so I have your share with me". Very nice to be considered one of the local families I must admit. While I looked on at the stew being prepared he lent me his machete so I cut open a coconut and we drank together while he explained how they brand their chickens.

Chickens run all over the island. They are not penned in. How does one family know theirs from anothers? Well a chicken has five toes, or is that claws or toes on a claw - I had not noticed this. Check next time you are at dim sim. Each family has their own five claw code and the chickens claws are cut accordingly. Thomas' family claw code is 2, 4. That is digits 2 and 4 are severed. For his neighbor it is 2, 3. What a convenient way to avoid a squabble with one's neighbor. I am no mathematician but I am guessing providing you don't mind chopping off up to 4 of your chicken's digits that there are enough combinations for a couple of islands before you have to start creating codes for left and right feet.

I made it back to the boat with a parcel of food and Nicky picked at it. We then got around to rethinking our anchors as there is a typhoon forming east of the Philippines and a tropical depression also south of Yap. This would be explaining the bad weather we have been having. I decided to reset our 16 kg danforth anchor so it could share the load a bit more with our big 22 kg plough anchor against winds from the east. We pulled it up, lengthened the rhode a little and I rowed out with it and let it go. We are in 20 metres (66 feet) of water and I am pleased that finally today after a couple of weeks of diving below the boat I was able get down on a breath and not only touch the bottom but do some work like move the anchor around so it sets properly. We also put out the dinghy anchor so with 4, I mean 3 and a half anchors all really well set and sharing the load I am sure Nicky will get a good nights sleep. And we are still getting no more than a cup a day leaking from the crack.

We are now just standing by for some good weather to do a test sail with the repairs and watch what happens.

David Photo is of Chief's hut. On left is Saipan Rotary donated salt maker. Plant in foreground is local tobacco.
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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