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

The rain and the Shimoda Connection

03 June 2012 | Faraulep, State of Yap - Federated States of Micronesia. The Caroline Islands.
We have had 3 days of bad weather now. I readjusted 2 of our anchors this morning so they spread the load around a bit better. The wind is from a constant direction so we are not in trouble of turning around and getting tangled. If we get a decent break I'll pull up our main anchor and move it further out to the middle of lagoon and put a longer rope on it. The problem is I was not expecting to be anchoring in 20 metres (66 feet) of water. To safely anchor you need to have 8 times your depth in rope, or 3 times your depth in chain to ensure the anchor pulls against the sand at a low angle and is not pulled upwards and out. We have combination chain and rope but don't match those multiples at all. I was expecting these lagoons to be no more than 10 metres. We do however have a huge anchor and two other anchors also a little oversized for this boat so I am hoping that makes up for it. So far they have not budged and Friday night we had constant 30knot winds gusting sometimes to 25knots. I know some would say we would be better off taking the chain and rope from one or both of the other anchors and making a really long rhode (the rope and chain combination from boat to anchor). But I somehow feel uneasy sitting all night in this wind on just one anchor and one anchor line. We only need one link to break and....! I am probably too fixated on these anchors and perhaps writing up too much about them. But they are our lifeline so it is a healthy fixation for now. There has been damage on the island with this wind and rain. Enough to knock down some big trees and a lot of breadfruit from them.

Breadfruit is to these islanders what rice is to Asians and the spud is to the Irish. Whilst it is a fruit and grows up on a tree it is remarkably like a potato. Full of complex carbohydrates they can be be eaten boiled, mashed or even fried as we pleasantly discovered. Breadfruit chips are nice. They are a little sweet too. I've been noticing that there are different varieties too. The fruit is about the size of a small water melon and green and a bit spikey. Accordingly the trees grow to a massive size. Not that tall but huge with big black trunks. The older leaves are like large somewhat spikey elephant ears (the plant not the animal) whereas the younger leaves at the top are rounded. As one walks around them in the forest at the back of the village lots of noises can be heard as lizards and large crabs clamber over the burtress roots and into their safe homes. On this mornings walk after Saint Joesph's I came across a young coconut crab doing just that. He could not be bi g enough to crack a coconut so must feed on something else till his claws are bigger. He was not docile either clambering away at quite a rate unlike the older ones which move at a snails pace.

On this island they have decided not to hunt coconut crab except at Christmas time when they share a couple around or when someone is sick and requests one. When the people on Woleai visited and saw the crab population returning and heard about the policy they adopted it too. The use of spear-guns is also banned in the lagoon. Another local policy. They noticed soon after they started using them that the fish become spooked (perhaps a Pavlovian reaction to the sound of spear head hitting coral or rock) and started to even fear the canoes thus were getting harder to catch even with a line.

Jeremiah photographed above visited the other day. He showed me a spear head they use to catch turtles. It was still in it's packet which had Japanese writing on it and a price tag. He asked if I could somehow send some back to them when I returned to Japan. When I looked closer I could not believe to see that the package was from Shimoda my Japanese home town!! What a remarkable coincidence. I retrieved my own fishing tackle which I had bought in Shimoda and sure enough it was from the same shop. Shimoda Gyo-Gu just 150 metres from where I kept Yarramundi. How the hell did something from a Shimoda fishing tackle shop end up here?

Rain has abated a little so time to do some deck work.

Vessel Name: Yarramundi
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Espace 990 33 feet
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: David Devlin
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Andrew and I don’t think he is human – probably some Viking god who has come 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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