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

Lee and Richard

01 July 2012 | 40 miles from Woleai, Federated States of Micronesia. The Caroline Islands.
On Yap not only did I meet David and May but also Lee and Richard from Seattle (pictured on the right in the photo). They are now doing their 2nd retirement cruise in their 70s. They did their first a few years ago and sailed the world spending over a year in Japan. They got back to Seattle and after a few years decided to do it all again. Richard was particularly knowledgeable as aside from many years sailing his most recent job was helping boat owners fit out their boats for cruising. He was great to have around while we were discussing repairs. We all enjoyed a few evenings drinking the home brewed beer at Manta Ray Hotel on Yap after working on the boat as well as one evening on their boat eBeforef eating home cooked chilli complimented by a wine I brought. They gave me a most thoughtful gift for my farewell on my first single handed sail. A packet of coffee - they are from Seattle - some coffee beans coated in chocolate and an alarm clock. Get the theme?

Lee and Richard made the stay in Yap very pleasant and If'll be keeping in touch with them.

Looks like wefll be arriving off Woleai around 7am tomorrow where I can restart the journey once more. Woleai captured my imagination and in some way was one of the inspirations for this trip. About 5 years ago I met a New Zealand couple overnighting on their yacht in Shimoda. Of all the places they had visited they kept talking about Woleai. I then met 3 other couples who had been through there and also said how wonderful it was. Nicky were on our way to Woleai but as it looked like we would arrive in the middle of the night decided to look at Faraulep and the rest of that is now history. Luckily, Woleai is on my way from Yap to Honiara so I have a good excuse to stop there. I had thought of stopping at Faraulep but now as I am about 6 weeks behind schedule and it is 80 miles out of my way I will give it a miss. The thought of going through that narrow dog legs passage on my own also takes the enthusiasm away. I have sent the islanders a thank you package and Nicky is prepa ring one too. Maybe Ifll get there again some day.

As for today it was pretty much uneventful until the evening when a squall came out of the blue catching me with full sails up. As I noticed it I started to put things away but before I could get properly prepared the wind had gone from 8 knots to 27. Pulled a muscle in my side trying to pull the jib in a bit too quickly. Hopefully it will recover in the next couple of days. A night over in Woleai will surely help.

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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