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

Final stretch to Rabaul

15 July 2012 | 0 N'N:E E'E, Bismarck Sea
Yesterday I wrote that this Bismarck Sea is eerie. Perhaps it is a result of a personality crisis from the mismatch of names places here have been given by various peoples. New Ireland, New Britain, The Duke of York Group, Cape Gazelle (do they have Gazellefs in PNG?), New Hanover, Schlieinitz, Bagabag, Bunbun, Sing Singe, Sag Sag, Lak Lak, Ting Won and Ting Tong. To name a few. The feel here is no less eerie at night. I took my first nap around 10. Before doing so, set two radar guard zones up to the alarm. One 2- 4 miles out for small boats and one 10 to 12 miles out for larger ones. As we are now near land I canft set more than 12 miles. There was nothing on the radar. Every night so far there has always been some rain activity somewhere so I was a little concerned the radar might be acting up. It also was not picking up the land 15 miles away. Perhaps it was just very flat land. I watched for a while and after convincing myself there was no rain activity and that the r adar was fine I went to bed for an hour. Before the hour was up the radar guard zone alarm went off. A boat I thought. No, lots and lots of rain all around showing up on the radar. Where did it come from so quickly? I readjusted the guard zones to keep them on but out of the way of the rain and went back to bed. That was useless ? went off after 5 mins with even more rain in the area. Off came the guard zones off I went to slept in the cockpit. Around 1 I noticed another ship about 3 miles away. As I watched the radar I surmised it was not moving. Another fishing boat perhaps? The one I had seen during the day made me think I am a little vulnerable out here so I decided to give this one a wide berth, turned all the lights off and kept a careful eye on things. Sure enough as I watched on the radar screen I could see it was not moving. When it was out of site and well off the radar screen I turned the lights back on and went to sleep again.

By this time the rain activity was producing lightening. Lots of it. It looked like a far off bombing scene in a war movie. I could not hear it at all. Nor could I see the lightening bolts. Just the clouds which kept getting lit up. I got out the car jumper leads again, attached them to the mast and put the ends in the water. The idea being if we get struck by lightening the current will travel around and over the hull through the leads and not through the hull itself. Cannot say I have tested it yet.

I kept napping on and off. The lightening stopped but then the sound started. Again it was like a bombing scene out of a war movie. Lots of explosive thunderous sounds but this time no lightening. Very weird.

All this time we never got a drop of rain on the boat nor any wind! By 6 am the thunder had stopped and daylight was filling up the sky.

At 10am local time each day I have been writing the ships log, checking distance covered, fuel usage, distance to go and the weather. Ifve become extremely concerned about being able to make it to Rabual before running out of fuel. This mornings calculations have raised that concern. We have been motoring nearly 20 hours a day on average day for nearly a week. Yesterday it was 22 hours. My fuel calculations conclude that we have 80 litres left for the 141 mile journey. Should be enough providing we donft have to motor too hard. After lots of recording and calculations we have worked out that Yarramundifs yanamar 24HP motor uses only 1.1 litres an hour at 2,000 RPM but nearly 3 times that at 3,000 RPM. With just 80 litres clearly we wont get there motoring all the way at full speed. Keeping revs at 2,000 or below should not be a problem. However as we approach Rabaul we have to go through the St. Georgefs Channel and if there is a current and a headwind Ifll have no choic e but to open up the throttle. To make maters worse, 80 litres on the fuel gauge should show a little more than half full. The gauge is reading a little less than half full so I have to assume we have only 60 litres making a slow passage there on motor alone now difficult.

There was a little wind this morning which I thought great ? now we can get some miles under the hull without the engine! Unfortunately it was short-lived and left an unwelcome choppy sea slowing us way down. And I donft like the idea of the chop disturbing the bottom of the fuel tank as we drain down to the bottom of it. Ifve been cleaning the fuel filter/water separator daily now as the fuel in Yap was dirty.


While writing the above passage I heard the wind generator kick in. Meaning wind! I hoped up top to set that sails and am very pleased to report that with a steady 12 knots from the south we are doing a respectable 4.8knots (SOG) against the current. If we can get a good 20 or 30 miles covered with this wind getting through St Georgefs channel should not be a problem. Herefs hoping it stays longer than the last wind.

Finally, learnt over the weekend that my mother has bought some tickets to travel to New York and Broadway in September. That sounds exciting and not a bad trip for someone who is ....y/o. I wonft say. Good for her.

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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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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