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

An incident free night .... well almost

09 June 2012 | 155 miles from Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. The Caroline Islands.
Just as the sun was setting some dolphins appeared and swam around our bow. As we are only travelling at 5knots they quickly tired of us and dissappeared. The sunsets out here away from land in these tropical waters are to be seen. The vastness of the ocean creates a stage for layers of paralel sunsets. In different corners of the unblocked horizon appear cities of clouds all unique and all so far from each other they could be in different provinces or even different countries. Some cloud formations rise up like mountain ranges, others spread out flat. As the sun sets they all capture it's orange light in their own way. Yarramundi leaves a tiny colourful wake as if to say I am here too. A few hours after sunset we got to see a similar scene in reverse as the moon rose directly behind. This time our wake is more visable and the scene is more of contrasts between light and dark instead of splashes from the sun palette.

At 1am I went to bed and Nicky took over. I slept soundly till 6, woke, checked and was pleased to see good progess overnight so settled in for a coffee and muesli with soya milk. Not to mention some Tang. I was brushing my teeth when the satphone rang. Neither of us could answer it in time. No caller ID and no voice mail. As few people have the number and it is an odd time to recieve a call I emailed all the people we have on our emergency list sending an email stating that 'we recieved a call but do not know who it is from. Our beacon has been acting up but we are ok.' About 15 mins later it rang again and it was my father asking if I was ok. When I said yes, we are safe and the boat is fine, still on course. He responded with heavy 'thank god for that.' He reported he had a call from 'US Emergency' saying they got an alert message from us. As it was not AMSA (Australian Maritime) or the Coast Guard I can only assume it was the emergency service connected to our beacon. I spoke to both my parents, reassured them we were ok and then proceeded to write another email to our emergency contacts telling them they might get a call but we are ok. What I did not know was that since recieving the call from 'US Emergency' my mother had contacted my uncle Emmett, who knows about boats, and asked him to call Search and Rescue. I therefore got a call from a friendly AMSA man asking if we were ok. Luckily I did pickup in time to explain or we might have had the Guam and or Yap coastguard out looking for us. It seems AMSA get calls from unlces who know about boats at the request from worried mothers all the time. He was chuckling at the end of the call and wishng us a pleasant journey. Worringly, he did not have the float plan I had lodged with AMSA Search and Rescue prior to our departure. I still have not tracked down entirley the source of the false alarm so that is this morning's little project. We are now less than 30miles from Yap so hope to see the island state in a couple of hours. I have increased the revs from 1,800 to 2,000 so we can arrive before the sun is too low and gets in our eyes. The port entrance is from the east so we will be sailing into the sun until we anchor.

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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Created 22 February 2012
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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