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24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 24. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Nåhar vi gjort en slags vareopptelling, og funnet ut at vi har en del kjøtt igjensom må spises. Vi har antakelig to dager igjen av seilasen mot Australia, og nåtakket generatoren for seg. Enten trenger den ny impellar, eller så er deralvorligere ting på gang. Vet ikke om det er nevnt før, men nå seiler vi utenkjøleskap, vannmaker og generator! Kapteinen er ikke lysten på å gå i gang medreparasjoner undervegs, for endelig har kaptinnen fravristet ham hemmelighetenom hvorfor han klarer seg så bra på havet uten å bli sjøsyk. Det handler både omvilje, og å sitte i ro og la kaptinnen ta seg av alle ærender som handler om åbevege seg rundt i båten under seilas. Så nå vet alle det!Nå er han igang med carbonaralaging, for han hadde så skrekkelig lyst på det, og det lagerikke kaptinnen!Vi beveger. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 22.-23.. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Vi seiler fortsatt, og vi gjør bra framgang. Ligger ikkelenger først, for nå har Arabela tatt forbi. Han vant de fleste premiene overAtlanteren, og er ei hard nøtt for oss. Kapteinen heter Sergej, og eieren erAndrej. De er noen hyggelige karer, begge russere. Hver gang Sergej tar over,skyter Arabela fart. Andrej var litt bekymret for om han hadde nok rosévin framtil Australia. «Hæ, drikker du vin når dere seiler?» «Det er ikke vodka», skjøthan beroligende inn, så det skulle ikke være noen fare! Når vi andre rever,benytter de anledningen og seiler forbi. Nå har kapteinen lagt seg, og kaptinnenstyrer skipet. Vinden ligger på mellom 10 -13 knop fra sørøst, og vi har en fartpå ca.7kn SOG.Disse to dagene har vært nokså like. Vi har gjort unna endel sjømil, men seiler ikke med direkte medvind. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 21. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Utovernatta stilnet vinden, og vi har gått på motor store deler av dagen. Vinden harsnudd fra å være midt på nesen i går, til rett bakfra i dag. Regner med at dener tilbake til min vakt igjen, i alle fall er det slik det pleier åvære!Nå gjelder det å finne fram mat vi må spise opp før vi nårAustralia. Det gjelder stort sett frisk frukt/grønt, frø/nøtter og kjøttmat.Likevel var det fisken jeg tok fram i dag. Det er jo fredag, og da spiser jegfisk! Gammel vane vond å vende. Vi vet begge at det vi ikke nå klarer å spise,blir haimat. (Eller så må matkontrollen ta den med seg for å destruere.) Jeg harsagt at jeg heller vil spise frukt og grønt enn å ete all brødmaten, så fårkapteinen ta seg av den! (Brødmat var visst heller ikke noe problem.) Det som nålikevel gjelder, er at vi skal hjem, og. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 20. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Pågrunn av tidevannet, gikk vi ut av havna et par timer før start av leg 7. Velute av revet som omgir Efata Island, fikk vi nok en overraskelse. Da vi kom innher, var det opprørt hav, og nå er det blikkstille. Vi har gått på motor i entime nå, og bryr oss egentlig ikke så mye om det. Det er nesten vindstille, ognå er det viktigere for oss å komme fram, enn å vinne enkonkurranse.Utpå ettermiddagen økte vinden på, og vi kunne til slutt slåav motoren helt. På min vakt gikk det så det «kvein» rundt ørene. Vinden låmellom 15-17 knop, på tvers, så vi fikk god fart! Jeg justerte seilene littinnimellom når jeg syntes det gikk for seint.Vi forsøkte å få tak isvigerfar der hjemme, for 20.juli fyller han år. Dessverre virker ikkesatelittelefonen vår så godt i det sørlige stillehavet, så vi måtte gi. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 19. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Utsjekk igjen! Den ble foretatt på formiddagen. Etterpåvar det dronetrening for kapteinene på Aurora Polaris og Ashia. Ashia haddebestilt en helt lik vår, og den kommer til Australia om en ukes tid når deresdatter kommer på ferie til dem. Dermed måtte de finne ut hvordan de skullehåndtere den. De fikk tatt noen fine bilder fra havna, slik at vi kan se båteneovenfra.Proviantering igjen – denne gangen med merkelapp fra Australiaeller New Zealand, slik at vi ikke må kaste alt når vi kommer fram. Mestepartenav det vi kjøpte var langtidsholdbart.Om kvelden hadde vi middag på en fin restaurant vis avis der vi lå til kai. De kan virkelig mat her på Vanuatu. Vi fikk servert delekreste retter. Det er ingen grunn til å la være å feriere her, for alle deresom trodde at Fransk Polynesia eller Fiji. read more...


24/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 18. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Terjeble med 12 andre dykkere på dykkertur i morges. Jeg ble i båten, og så komtollvesenet for den siste innsjekken på Vanuatu. Det viste seg at vi egentligikke var helt innsjekket likevel. Da var det jo godt at jeg var her!Omkvelden var det pricegiving (prisutdeling) for de som hadde utmerket seg på noevis. Her er både priser for moroskyld og for de raskeste båtene. Denne gangenfikk vi 3.pris for vår klasse båt. Det var et koselig kjøkkenhåndkle medVanuatu’s alarmclocks (haner) på, og ei sjokoladeplate.#end. read more...


23/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 4

Good progress again but wind up and down and direction varying too - sometimes on a60 deg close reach sometimes 120 deg broad reach.Hydra will steer both these but difficult to get set up in between - or perhaps it is the waves pushing us about.Also doing what Emma on Cesarina (I think) referred to as Hokey-Cokey with the sails - in, out shake it all about (as the wind changes).Trying to keep up at least 6 knots or more, hand steering when necessary, we are undoubtedly last in the fleet, but it would be nice to make the finish before the closing deadline, and possibly even clear customs on Friday and not have to pay the 80 dollar overtime.We are managing to just about cook but only a small flame available and forget about having 2 burners on at once so it takes a while, rather envious. read more...


23/07/2017

Lexington - 7/23/2017 Passage to Australia

It is 04:00 and I am on watch. We are making really good progress for a sail boat. We have 15-19 knots of wind from the southeast which is allowing us to make about 7 knots most of the day. That gives us a moderately bumpy ride but good time and no one has vomited. Beth is queasy at times. We are at 161 degrees east. We started at 60 degrees west. That means we have done 139 degrees out of the 360 degrees we will need to complete. It is a long ass trip for an old farm boy who is a homebody. We have two long legs where we will tick off a lot of degrees. Crossing the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean will add a lot of degrees. I am looking forward to Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. I am trying to read some while sailing to know where to go and what to see. We could probably. read more...


22/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 3

Good progress with stronger winds and reach during the day.Shark (towed charger) now making power with the increased speed, with this and wind charger batteries up to 100% by afternoon despite cloudy day reducing the solar input.Arrived at waypoint N of d'Entreceux Reef at time of evening roll call then hardened up onto course for Finish line at Hydrographers passage.Instructions say MUST pass within 5nm of waypoint, but looking at positions one yacht maybe taking the pass through the reef instead.Of course on the last leg all but one boat took an alternate reef passage to the recommended one, but there was no MUST in that instruction.Hydra steering nicely on the new course, wind freed a bit.If this continues maybe we will make the closing time which would be good, also to get in on. read more...


22/07/2017

Lexington - In Search Of....

Bob asked Terry and I to send you some words about our experience on Lexington in the Pacific to post to the blog, here goes... "There is a giant tropical Towery (sp?) tree deep in the forests of the island of Erromango in the Vanuatu archipelago. At least that is what I am led to believe , for I have only seen a bit of its canopy from a distance. Early one morning last week Mick and Helen (of Owl), Terry, and I set out with our local guide Gilchrist in search of this tree and found that like so much of life it was not the destination of this storied tree that we would treasure but the journey we would have in search of it. Over roads, rural tracks, up hills, and across ridge lines of barren red clay we learned from Gilchrist of the people and places that make Vanuatu a special place in. read more...


22/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 2

Gentle sailing for most of the day wing and wing with the pole but at least we are sailing if rather slowly.Later wind came round again so that we are on a reach, with 3 white sails (main, yankee, staysail) and making much better progress.Good sunset with green flash.Shame we dont have a moon for this passage.By morning had to reef, difficult to get the hydravane to steer in these conditions as a small difference in heading or wind strength alters the apparent wind so much.Cooker is still sort of working and we can find no leaks, everything e.g boiling the kettle takes ages and probably not strong enough to use oven or pressurize the pressure cooker. Just about to try making stove top bread.. read more...


21/07/2017

Lexington - Leg to Australia

We left Port Vila yesterday morning. We have had moderately lighter winds but comfortable sailing for our new crew. The winds are likely to build to 15 knots for the remainder of the trip. Hopefully we will have a speedy transit to Mackay, Australia. My next task is to read what we have for learning about the Great Barrier Reef. That is my biggest fault in that I did not read and study enough. Hopefully I will have some good photos later in the trip. Bob. read more...


21/07/2017

Timshel - Port Vila, Efate

Most did the 80 mile trip overnight as you had to get in before 16.00 to get moored on the dock at the Yachting World Marina, and the Tour of Efate started at 08.30 on the Monday morning.When we set off from Dillons Bay in the last of the light on Saturday afternoon, there was no wind, but eventually the promised 20 kts plus hit us.By this time we main and yankee set up wing and wing, we reefed down but ended up going far too far downwind with this sail plan and had to be practically closehauled at the end to get to the port.However the tour was well worthwhile, first we went to a Custom village, everyone in traditional dress, ancient lore was explained by the very erudite spokesman (apparently to check whether fish is OK to eat you first see if ants will eat it!), dancing, firewalking,. read more...


21/07/2017

Timshel - Vanuatu to Australia Day 1

I can't believe this is our last passage for this half of the rally.Sadly we left behind Misto who are cruising more of Vanuatu and New Caledonia before heading south to NZ for the Cyclone season.Fortunately we will catch up with them (and others) next year as we are taking a year in Australia and all joining next years World ARC rally to finish the trip.So rather a depleted fleet left Port Vila and started the leg, as Skylark and She who must not be named (TBC) are starting from elsewhere.It was great that on the first evenings SSB sked (Net controller Cesarina) Taistealai and Sandvita came up, they are sailing in company direct from Fiji as they were both delayed due to illness, and will catch up with us in Mackay.Much badinage between the fleet over the VHF while all still close. read more...


21/07/2017

Timshel - Erromango

Left Port Resolution early on Friday morning, following Lexington out so 2nd in fleet for a while. The wind came up giving all a brisk sail, we went wing and wing.Dillons Bay was a good anchorage and plenty of room for everyone.Lexington went ashore and Cap'n Bob took the lead arranging things with the local village, Unpongkor.4 people went on a walk starting at 07.30 to see a very large tree.The rest met up at 0900 on the beach and guide David took us (this involved a dinghy ride first then a short walk and some scrambling) to see the Cave of Skulls - quite amazing to see the bones and skulls laid out.Then David wanted to take us on a tour of the village, and it seemed rude to refuse, but as we found later we should have declined and gone back to the boat to finish and get the food for. read more...


Misto - Arrays of local vegetables in the market at Efate
Misto - Arrays of local vegetables in the market at Efate
Misto - Mud treatments at the sulphur springs, Efate
Misto - Mud treatments at the sulphur  springs, Efate
Misto - Fire Walking on Efate
Misto - Fire Walking on Efate
Misto - Howard and David at Dillon's Bay yacht club
Misto - Howard and David at Dillon's Bay yacht club
Misto - Pot-luck Dillon's Bay style.
Misto - Pot-luck Dillon's Bay style.
19/07/2017

Misto - Days 189-193 July 15-20: Dillon's Bay, Erromango and Port Villa, Efate

We departed Port Resolution at 3 am for the 55nm sail to Dillon's Bay.Setting 2 reefs in the main we made fast progress in 25 knots of wind and with quite a large swell from behind. Dillon's Bay is a large open bay with good anchoring in about 20' of water. Access to the village is via the river across a shallow bar - which is only really an issue at low tide.A Pot-Luck lunch with the local village had been arranged which turned into a feast of gigantic proportions with a laden table of local dishes plus those provided by the WARC fleet.We were made incredibly welcome by chief Jason and the villagers, who we enjoyed talking with, as well as hearing the children sing. Those boats that had arrived the day before also experienced a walk to caves and a tour of the village.Here we also met. read more...


19/07/2017

Lexington - Tour-Blue Lagoon

We also went to a touristy swimming hole called Blue Lagoon. I will attach a photo of a crazy man too old to swing on a rope into the water. One was me and the other was Dugal from Scotland.  Bob . read more...


19/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 18. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Terjeble med 12 andre dykkere på dykkertur i morges. Jeg ble i båten, og så komtollvesenet for den siste innsjekken på Vanuatu.. read more...


19/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - 12.-16. Juli 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Jeg trodde jeg skulle skrive blogg på overfarten fraErromango til Port Vila. Det var jo en sjøreise estimert til 14 timer, ogspørsmålet var om vi skulle gå kl.4-5 om morgenen, eller mellom 17 og 18ettermiddag/kveld. De fleste valgte det siste, dermed gikk jeg også med på det.Det innebar nattseilas, med ankomst om morgenen. Det er noe av det mestubehagelige jeg har vært med på! Heldigvis ble jeg ikke sjøsyk, men vi haddevind fra øst, sørøst, opp i 35 knop, og høye bølger. Døra som TV-en henger på,fløy av og havnet i senga vår. Overalt i båten var løse ting på videvanke, ogdet så ut som ei slagmark! Da var det godt å legge til kai i Port Vila,hovedstaden til Vanuatu!For en kontrast! Første stedet vi kom til, Tannamed vulkanen, der de bodde svært enkelt, og her i hovedstaden, med bystandard. read more...


17/07/2017

Lexington - Port Vila tour

We went on a tour that was optional thru World Arc. Most all the people went on the tour. It was very tourist oriented but enjoyable. We went to an area that was to demonstrate a typical village. They had good demonstrations on village life and how they use natural resources to survive. They used spider webs wrapped around forked sticks to catch small bait fish. Then they made a type of fish hook out of chicken bones to catch fish. The hooks were not hooked in shape or barbed. They let the fish swallow the hook deep in their gut before they attempted to bring in the fish. They made fishing line out of twisted tree bark. They also had a fire walking demonstration. I am sure there are a few tricks that I did not pick up. They walk across hot lava rocks. He was careful to hold his toes up.. read more...


16/07/2017

Lexington - Dillon Bay

Here are some more photos of our lunch at Dillon Bay . read more...


16/07/2017

Lexington - Williams Bay Village

 We anchored in Dillon Bay near a village called Williams Bay. Their chief, Jason, was very nice and receptive. They actually wanted to have their village a formal stop for the Arc. The Arc has stopped at a nearby village called Resolution Bay and has given a lot of support for the village and school. I am sure this village sees this as a good possibility for them to also benefit. World Cruising had contacted them just to get permission for us to have a potluck on the beach. The village escalated it into offering tours and a meal with the village. One tour was to caves where they used to leave their dead. There was a second cave where the bones of past chiefs were. This was all done before the missionaries changed their practices. I will show some pictures. Bob. read more...


Misto - Mount Yasur erupting at dusk
Misto - Mount Yasur erupting at dusk
15/07/2017

Lexington - Mixing of Cultures.

So I will probably show some of my ignorance, but I tend to notice things that do not fit the picture. Like the first grade lessons of looking at five objects and picking the one that does not fit. We were at the volcano and the people running the tour were doing their best to present their culture. They had dancers dressed in grass outfits doing native dances. It was very enjoyable. The "no fit" was several of the westernized workers of the tour company joined in dressed for work in westernized outfits. At another event with similar dancing and grass skirts etc there were examples of westernization. I spoke with someone who had been to the same event for the World Arc two years ago. At that time the dancers wore nothing but their traditional leaf wrapped around their penis and. read more...


Misto - We received beautiful woven hats as parting the gift giving ceremony
Misto - We received beautiful woven hats as parting the gift giving ceremony
Misto - Gift giving in Port Resolution. We received beautiful baskets of fruit and vegetables as well as woven bags (in the background) in exchange for our gifts.
Misto - Gift giving in Port Resolution.  We received beautiful baskets of fruit and vegetables  as well as woven bags (in the background) in exchange for our gifts.
Misto - Horse riding Vanuatu style.
Misto - Horse riding Vanuatu style.
Misto - Dancers in Port Resolution
Misto - Dancers in Port Resolution
Misto - Gift giving at Port Resolution school
Misto - Gift giving at Port Resolution school
14/07/2017

Lexington - 7/14/17 Leaving Tanna

We are underway, headed to Erromango Island, part of Vanuatu. We will anchor in Dillons Bay where we will have a pot luck lunch at noon tomorrow. Terry and Ben seem to be doing extremely well. We could not ask for better crew. They have fit in with the other boats as well as us. I am sending a couple of parting photos of a few of the children of Tanna. May fair winds fill your sails with happy children! Bob SVLEXINGTON . read more...


14/07/2017

Timshel - Fiji to Vanuatu Day 3 and arrival

Another nice day for sailing, but the wind got up again so we were charging along reefed down for our 3rd night at sea.I think the first boat got to Port Resolution, Tanna at 20.00, others arriving during the night, we finished at 05.28 in the morning, just behind Cesarina with only Ain't Fancy (who joined at Fiji and is now the smallest boat) still to come.We anchored in the dark at the back of the fleet, but we got up again after a very short sleep and moved much closer in next to Misto, then went ashore to do Customs clearance and money exchange at the Port Resolution "Yacht Club".I reckon that was 2 days 19 hours 28 minutes for the 450 nm passage and we had some good daily runs of 155 and 168 nm (by GPS as having been reset as under reading the log is now over reading).. read more...


14/07/2017

Timshel - Tanna Port Resolution

The early arrivals at the head of the fleet got to do the volcano trip on the Tuesday afternoon.The slow coaches had a lovely guided walk around the village.It is a beautiful setting, they have lovely gardens but they are rebuilding after the destruction caused by cyclone Pam 2 years ago.Most of the houses are built of plaited palms, easy to replace.We went to a beautiful beach - white sand beach (as opposed to the black sand at the anchorage) and several of us booked to eat at the little restaurant there the following night.It was great meeting the children as they came out of school.Next day Steve took Ros (from Misto) and I over to the cliffs in the dinghy to see if we could get a warm swim near where the hot springs came out of the cliff - and indeed we found a warm pool among the. read more...


14/07/2017

Misto - Days 186-188 July 12-14: Volcano, gift giving and the Holy Hill

Mount Yasur is billed as the world's most accessible volcano. The adventure starts with a 4 wheel drive in pick-up trucks across very rough tracks through the bush. Regrettably, it was drizzling and trying to rain so those in the back of the truck got wet!We crossed expansive, impressive ash plains. According to the available guide books and experiences of past visitors it would be an unsupervised walk up to the crater rim. However Vanuatu is starting to try and develop itself as a tourist destination and so it is being "developed". There was a short display of dancing and kava giving, however for me it lacked authenticity. One aspect of the development which was welcome was the provision large yellow raincoats. We drove further up the mountain and then walked up a steep, concreted. read more...


13/07/2017

Lexington - 7/13/17. School Visit and Gifts

We are still in Tanna. We had a full day today. The first thing we did was to visit the school and present gifts that several of the boats had brought. We had managed to get 8 laptop computers for the school. Sam made contact with Lexmark who were willing to donate the computers that they had retired from service. Terry and Ben were able to transport the computers thru customs and overweight baggage to get them to the island. The school had 5 computers on their wish list. They were most surprised to see 8 laptops delivered in one gift. They already had computers but we surpassed their wishes. I will send a photo or two. May fair winds fill your sails with acts of kindness! Bob. read more...


Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018
Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) -  World ARC 2017-2018
12/07/2017

Lexington - Tanna Volcano, More Photos!

Here are a couple more photos of our volcano tour. Bob . read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - Tanna Volcano

We had a tour to the Mount Yasur volcano on Tanna that has been erupting for the past 800 years. It is a tourist attraction on Tanna. World Cruising had arranged the tour. Unfortunately it rained off and on. Fortunately sailors do well contending with weather and no one complained. We rode in pickup trucks to the site near the volcano and then hiked up to the area where we could see eruptions. It was an impressive site. I will attach a couple of photos. May fair winds fill your sails with benign eruptions! Bob. read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - 7/12/17 Vanuatu

We are enjoying the day. We have a tour lined up to go to the volcano this afternoon. It is supposed to be the main attraction. I walked around the village a little today. I visited the clinic that was sponsored by the Methodist Church. They had a nurse who was from the village and retired back to the village after having worked in a larger village and hospital. They had a delivery room and beds for 4 overnight patients. If the patients were very sick they were transferred to a bigger village. If that was not good enough, then they could be flown to a large facility. The first photo is the delivery room. The next is nurse Nancy. May fair winds fill your sails with people as nice as Nancy! Bob . read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - 7/12/17 Children of Vanuatu

Here are a few more photos of children in the village. The first is a boy with a bread like item made of yams. Next is a little girl eating rice at a big group meal that is common. The last is children pumping water from the well.   May fair winds fill your sails with happy children! Bob . read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - 7/12/2017 Village Tour

We went to the village on Tanna. One of the villagers took us around while providing a little information about the village.    BobThis photo is of ovens that were built by an NGO that were made from local materials of clay, sand, and empty beer bottles. We were told that you cook on top.This next photo is a restaurant which seated 8-15 depending on friendly you were. This last photo is a great contrast on technology. In it is a piece of cabinetry salvaged from a yacht, wood that was sawn with a chainsaw and a thatch hut for a home.. read more...


12/07/2017

Lexington - 7/12/17 Tania Island, Vanuatu

We are on the island of Tania which is part of Vanuatu. We had a very nice day getting familiar with the island and village. I am sending a photo of Terry and I.  Bob. read more...


11/07/2017

Aurora Polaris - Bilder fra Vanuatu (1) - World ARC 2017-2018

Noen bilder av hva vi har opplevd og sett på Vanuatu de første dagene.Dette blir bare litt av inntrykkene vi har de første to dagene.#end DSCN8459 DSCN8543 DSC_7616 DSC_7613 DSC_7648 DSC_7697. read more...



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