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

11AM Departure Becomes 4PM

09 August 2012 | Blanche Bay 4 miles from Rabaul
The only good thing about the toilet breaking this morning was it happened in port and not at sea during a storm. Fixing it delayed departure.

I pulled out 40 minutes ago and motoring doing a nice 5.4 knots at 2400 RPMS. I have bought a bunch extra fuel containers – 2nd hand cooking oil tubs for $3 each – and lashed them to the starboard gunnel so am carrying a total of 400 litres and have the luxury of motoring the entire way to Cairns if I have to. This leg is no longer a sailing trip but pure and simple boat delivery as easy and as quick as can be. I’ll certainly sail when the wind permits and when it is faster to do so but right now and for the next 36 hours I’ll be heading into the wind if I am to take the most direct route through the St George’s Channel.

Once out of the channel I intend to head SSE and then make a couple of small course changes to go through the Jomard Entrance before changing course to SW for about 450 n.miles to Cairns with the intention of entering the Great Barrier Reef at the Trinity Passage. Anticipated arrival is Friday August 17. Based on a 4.5 average speed arrival would be at 5pm which is a bummer. The Australian government charge a $600 fee on top of the $250 clearance fee for clearance after hours or over the weekend so will try to bring up that average speed.

The Tasmanian yacht which sailed in 3 days ago also left today at around 10:30 and are heading in the same direction. They are not in a hurry so I hope to catch them up by early morning. Will be nice to have company along the way. It is just remarkable that they had 1 spare part – an injector nozzle - that was absolutely essential to getting this engine working. And also good that they were prepared to part with it! They also had some spare fine fuel filters which will help avoid the same problem happening again.

Just had a look in the engine room and things look ok. It does smell of something burning but am hoping that is just some oil which was spilt during the rather messy oil change. I lost my engine oil removing device in Yap. It was in a plastic garbage bag and think it was thrown out accidentally. I therefore had to borrow Steve’s. Everything Steve has is old, under modification, out of the garbage or a combination of the three. So it was a lot of oily effort to get this thing working and pumping oil out of Yarramundi’s engine. The other reason I am 5 hours behind schedule today. Still very pleased to have been able to have his device to do the oil change.

Speed has slowed to 4.9 knots as we have a head wind but that is to be expected and suggests the wind might be favourable once we turn 90 degrees into the channel 10 miles from now. Let's hope so.

Photo is of 3 of the many volcanoes. The small one is the troublesome one.

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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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