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

Luxury Yacht TV

18 July 2012 | 0 N'N:E E'E, Rabaul
The quarantine and hygiene officers turned up this morning demanding their money saying the fee was non-negotiable but they did give me some beers as an apology for it costing so much. Port and customs did not charge anything so all up the total fee was not too bad.

There is semi-retired commercial diver living here and doing search and salvage work on WW2 vessels. Mostly helping families "of all nations" bring closure to their loss. He has found countless planes and ships sunk around the waters here. He uses a very cool sonar which is dragged behind the boat and feeds information to a laptop. The images he showed me were incredible. And the reason for my visit on his vessel was the software had stopped working and he had found out from someone I was into IT. The software license had expired and he could get the new one to upload. A few minutes, a coffee and some scotch finger biscuits later I got it working for him. His staff are now doing my laundry which I think is a good trade. Actually I helped some of them create gmail accounts while onboard. Interestingly they did not know their birth-dates. "January 1986, it was a Saturday. In the afternoon".

A 76 metre luxury yacht arrived in the harbor this morning. It's name TV (MMSI No. 319840000) and in the picture above. I was on the dock when the customs officer was dropped off by their tender boat. He was wearing surgical slippers over his boots and said, "They made me wear these so I would not get their ship dirty". When I enquired a bit about the where it was from and who the owner was he could not respond much. He was simply overwhelmed by the size and the luxury of what he had seen. He did say they had come in from Gizo in the Solomon's, were dropping off a couple of passengers tonight to fly out and more would arrive tomorrow. When I enquired which flight he said, 'private jets'. Dumb of me to ask. They are visiting as there is a cultural show on this weekend at the next town so we might go and visit it prior to leaving. too.

The "we" I refer to is not Yarramundi this time but my cousin Adam who arrives this afternoon at 4:30. He is bringing with him a very important piece of equipment which we'll install prior to departure - A waste tank for the toilet. The toilet system currently does not have a holding tank. Raw sewerage goes straight out. However boats entering Australian waters must have a holding tank. I was supposed to pick one up in Honiara but as it looks like we might not make it there now so asked Adam to bring on with him.

Adam will join me for the rest of the trip to Cairns and looking forward to sailing with him and having him onboard. I've got the solo sailing thing out of my system for now. It will be good to go back to a watch system and get some sleep while at sea. We'll chose the course to Cairns over the next couple of days as we talk to other yachties and look at the wind is doing.
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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