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

Return from Planet Deep to The Land of Volcanoes

30 July 2012 | Rabaul Yacht Club
Safe in Rabaul again

One of the most memorable moments of this entire trip from Japan to Rabaul so far will be without a doubt coming into Blanche Bay yesterday evening. We came out of St George's chanel surfing down 4 metre waves, in a 1.5 knot current and 25 knots of wind behind us to come into the protected bay which makes Rabaul a perfect natural harbor. The wind was on our port side and only 10 knots, the bay was flat and we put the boat on auto-pilot and sailed so peacefully for about 7 miles on a a nice steady platform. The sun was starting to set and about 30 dolphins came to join us for at least half an hour. Adam made a great cafe latte and we were just carried along peacefully by Yarramundi after 6 days of hard sailing, 2 and a half in a storm. Shortly afterwards Rod the WW2 salvage man and tour guide appeared behind us on his boat Barbarain for the final tow to the Yacht club. It was strange coming back here. Barney behind the bar remembered our names and so did a few of the memebers. It was Adam's birthday so after 2 beers - which went very quickly to the head - we went next door to the Travelodge for some large plates of Beef Curry.

Rod did not charge for his tow last night providing I buy him some cold ones tonight. He has offerred to look after Yarramundi for a short amount of time if I need to return to Tokyo for any reason. One of his staff would sleep on Yarramundi and I would pay them for it. It is a big releif to know if I get stuck here waiting on a part for the engine I can get out of Rabaul and leave Yarramundi safely for some time. Potentially I can wait till the weather improves and bring any parts back with me. Might be an opportunity to catch up on work with Colin too.

One of the yacht club members Bruce who joined us for Adam's birthday dinner is an engineer working for Mobil. He has offerred to test our fuel in the lab but has aleady told us he believes we have had some sort of chemical/biological reaction in the fuel tank. The diesel sold here has an additive to break down the 'desiel bug'. Prior to filling the tank we emptied out the last 40 litres but that would not have gotten the very bottom layer of gung. Bruce says that the new fuel would have broken down the grung and it would have floated to the top thereby being sucked into our engine. That is why our fuel seperator went coffee like. Therefore we now have two things to do. Get the engine cleaned up and working again (and hope that it really is only dirty fuel) and then do a proper clean of the fuel tank. That will involve cutting a hole in it and then repairing it afterwards. Whilst we did try and clean the engine at sea it was almost always raining, we had drippin wet hands and hair, and we were rocking around the place. It will be different this time in port. It would be a great satisfaction if we can get it going ourselves today.

I visited customs this morning which was a great waste of time getting out into the dinghy and crossing the hardbor and back checking into the port authority, putting on hard hat etc. As I was arriving at the customs office, Samson, the guy who forgot his key last time was arriving late and as like last time was reading his newspaper as he walked. When I got into the office they said (even though the told us on the radio to visit) that as we did not leave PNG waters we only had to see them when we were leaving. I was typing this as Adam was cooking lunch. It is being served now so need to log off, finish lunch and get into that engine room.

David PS: Planet Deep is an 8,000 metre deep spot in the Solomon Sea and we sailed over it 3 times!
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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