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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...


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...


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...


Jambo - Gotska Sandon
Jambo - Gotska Sandon
18/07/2017

Jambo - Gotska Sandon

After a poor nights sleep we eventually got off our berth poked our nose out the harbour and had a magical sail under the chute up to GSNearly there and hope to see Sammy the Seal tomorrow Jayjust modelling his Baltic range of clothing IMG_0738. read more...


Jambo - Gotska Sandon
Jambo - Gotska Sandon
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 4

Dressing the boat! Tony and I trying to work out the right order. We tried to spell something rude but couldn’t so decided to conform!IMG_20170711_114855 - Copy. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 4
Sea The Stars - log day 4
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 1

Sea the Stars in Warnemunde where the rally startsIMG_20170709_193020. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 1
Sea The Stars - log day 1
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 1

I had a great swim on the beach before we leftIMG_20170709_210309. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 1
Sea The Stars - log day 1
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - Log day 2

We had a 110 miles sail to Bornholm and en route and far from land a sweet but exhausted visitor crash landed on the boatIMG_20170710_161400_4. read more...


Sea The Stars - Log day 2
Sea The Stars - Log day 2
Sea The Stars - log 2
Sea The Stars - log 2
Sea The Stars - log day 2
Sea The Stars - log day 2
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 2

He enjoyed his walnuts before flying off…………..IMG_20170710_162502 - Copy. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 2
Sea The Stars - log day 2
17/07/2017

Sea The Stars - log day 1

We have joined the Arc Baltic Rally!IMG_20170711_165958 - Copy. read more...


Sea The Stars - log day 1
Sea The Stars - log day 1
17/07/2017

Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!

Enjoyed a guided tour of Visby with Peter our tour guide- a very beautiful town Back to Jambo now to get ready for the next leg to Tallinn via Gotska Sandonwhere hopefully we can see a seal colony. Crew may need the cato ninetails as sleeping off beer at lunchtime!IMG_0726 IMG_0727. read more...


Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!
Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!
Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!
Jambo - Ramble around the ramparts!
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...


16/07/2017

Jambo - Sunset on our way to Gotland

Sunsets have been a real treat - this was one as we made our way to Gotland PhilipIMG_0720. read more...


Jambo - Sunset on our way to Gotland
Jambo - Sunset on our way to  Gotland
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 - Mount Yasur erupting at dusk
Misto - Mount Yasur erupting at dusk
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...


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...


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...


13/07/2017

Jambo - Round church

Good tour of Bornholm with Ross which stopped at this churchIMG_0718. read more...


Jambo - Round church
Jambo - Round church

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