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

Ready to leave Rabaul

23 July 2012 | 0 N'N:E E'E, Rabaul outer harbour
We have had a productive day. Finally got the installation of the waste tank complete. Also did oil change, filter changes on the engine, fixed the windlass, installed the new thermostat in the fridge, and repacked the galley for the next passage. Wrote up the sail plan through to Mackay Australia and also notified Australian customs of our impending arrival August 13.

We will head in to town tomorrow to clear the boat and get our passports stamped. Will also pick up some gasoline for the tender and perhaps a couple of the local SP beers for the trip. Should be on our way by 10AM.

We will head first to Gizo in the Solomon's 390 miles or 4 days away. A little against the wind so expect it to be slow. Hopefully buy some nice Solomon Island hardwood carvings and then on to Honiara another 235 miles. After refueling in Honiara we have a 1100 mile trip to Mackay. We will head due south into the Coral sea and at some point will turn south west toward the Hydrographer's Passage and enter the Great Barrier Reef there.

We have had the local radio on all day. The new bulletins are all from Australia's Radio national. The music is everything from western, 70s and 80s which are referred to 'mouldy oldies' and some local music. The ads are for everything from local kaikai rice 'favored by the highlanders and the islanders', maggie chicken noodles, anti-human trafficking, HIV resistant condoms, cheap mobile phones with preloaded facebook settings and cameras. A lot of the adverts are done by familiar Sydney radio voices. Lots of SMS messages going into the radio station congratulating the various candidates who have won in the recent elections too. I need to write some of them down. "You are the sunshine of our beautiful PNG and know you will do us proud" was one I remember.

The boat is a total workshop after the last 3 days so tools are now being put away and when done will run the gauntlet of the little thieving rascals on the dock (in photo) and to go to the Rabaul Yacht club for a well earned drink for Adam. Actually the kids have been a lot of entertainment. But we can't leave the boat on the dock because of they will lift anything - even the flag. Yesterday they almost made it out to the Yarramundi on their own home made sailboat. They raided polystyrene packaging from a fishing vessel, stood up on some wood and held the polystyrene up against the wind and sailed almost into us. White poystyrene was going everywhere. When they go far enough the jumped off their makeshift boat and swam to shore.

Finally, our location as I type is on the outer harbor. We had to move the boat as the wind was blowing vast quantities of ash all over us and the rest of Rabaul. It happened yesterday too.

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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