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

Flat and Blue

09 July 2012 | 4 47.102'N:145 25.931'E, Below 5 degrees North
At 7:10 local time we crossed the 5th parallel. Meaning we are officially out of the typhoon zone and into the doldrums. Such man made definitions are meant only as guidelines however I have to admit that as I was having my coffee and the black dot representing Yarramundi crossed the 5 degree line on the GPS that things started to feel different. Now at 4 degrees and 49 mins the sea is flat flat flat. There was a light sprinkling of rain earlier. At sea, especially in the tropics one gets accustomed to seeing waves and wind with rain. But this was like watching a summer shower on a backyard swimming pool. There is no wind at all and now with the sun back out rays of blue light seem to go on forever. below the boat Indeed it is over 4 kms deep here.

Wefve now covered 11% of the journey to Honiara but have used 17% of the fuel. (Excluding the emergency supply I am supposed to forget about). Distance made good was considerably better than the previous day but that is mainly because I motored 21 hours out of 24. I keep turning the motor off to find us drifting to the west with the current. (We supposed to be travelling South East). The pilot chart shows a current moving 0.75 to 1.5 knots eastward between 3 and 4 degrees. I am now hoping to catch that current if it is there drift for a few days to make up the distance without using any more fuel other than what is required to charge the batteries for the radar and lights.

As a precaution and also so we can catch that east moving current sooner Ifve changed course for more southing toward Rabaul, my backup plan.

Earlier this morning a ship passed by 9 miles to our east on itfs way to Shanghai. Itfs name on AIS was Kiwi Trader. I decided to do a general radio check. gThis is sailboat Yarramundi performing a radio check. Does anyone copy, Overh No answer. Tried again twice. No answer. I then decided to use their MMSI (maritime mobile service identity) number and call them digitally which would force a call through to their radio. No reply. Wondering if my radio was malfunctioning I decided to call them using the shipfs name. gThis is sailboat Yarramundi calling Kiwi Trader, Do you copy?h Three times and still no answer. On the forth and final attempt I ended my call with gOr are you all asleeph. Suddenly I got a response!! I could not identify the accent but the MMSI number was 477794000 which I am guessing from the first 3 digits is an Asian registered ship and not New Zealand. Australian ships start with 503 and Japanese start with 431.

Meanwhile Ifve been keeping myself amused with some movies in the evening. I exchanged a few with David in Yap. Being of a different vintage to me his collection included predominantly World War II movies and Clint Eastwood Westerns. I thought seeing them again for the first time in probably 30 plus years that the Guns of Navarone and the Battle of Britain were brilliant. Or maybe it is because there is nothing else much happening out here. I even enjoyed my dinner of spam, canned mushrooms and powered potato.
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.
Yarramundi's Photos - Main
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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Created 21 March 2012
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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Created 20 January 2012
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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Created 2 December 2011