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Surprise party and boat porn on the Attersee

I love that… when everybody is conspiring and people giggle behiond my back and I don’t suspect a thing…. then I enter the garden of my brother without a hint of an idea what’s going on and….. PFREEEEEEP, TADAAAA !!! Everybody’s there ! Friends from far and from close home, alone or with the whole family. The storm of hugs and kisses catches me unprepared and without a reef in the sails I’m flying up the treehouse where I seek shelter for a minute and wipe away a tear or two.

Grosse Tafel mit vielen alten Freunden (und vielen neuen Kindern)Die LosLocos fluechten sich mal kurz in luftige HoehenBruno darf Wirt spielenLagerfeuer. Mal nicht mit getrockneten Kokosnuessen, sondern mit Buchenholz.

We party till late in the night and tell stories and I’m amazed how many kids there are around me and how big they all are. And more stories and more drinks… A dream !

Ouuh yeah ! Racing !Absoluter traum SegeltagMal nicht Skipper spielen. Auch schoen.7.7kn. Am Wind, bei 3 Bft. Ohne Anstrengung.

To prevent the skipper falling into a depression or getting sentimental, Guenther picks me up on Sunday to go sailing with a ‘proper’ ship. Ok. For living aboard, the Platu 25 would be a bit small but it’s a fantastic feeling to not be the slowest in the field. Actually pretty much all the other sailboats seem to stand still as we overtake one after the next. Only my friends Roland and Christine cheer as they zoom past in their Tornado, probably doing ten knots more than us.

Die Kulisse ist auch ganz gut.Viel Verkehr hier. Vorrangregeln habe ich in den letzten 3 Jahren vergessen..... Zum Glueck bin nicht ich am Steuer. ;-)DA ist der Wirtn !Kurzes Erfrischungsgetraenk zwischendurch...

Yeah, yeah. I agree. Sailing on a lake can also be fun. The weather is perfect, the water has a color that I’ve last seen in the lagoon of Huahine but here you can drink it. The deck isn’t encrusted in salt, we don’t have to shower after taking a bath and there even is a floating bar ! Heh. We pick up a few friends along the way and sail to the other side to have a ‘Summer Spritzer’ Mmmmh. Salzkammergut. Salzkammer VERY good !

Klassisch....und modernSportlich unterwegs...und Vollgas !

 

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The last trip

Oh, the day finally has come. Today in the morning John and Nia from the SY Zeitgeist cast off our mooring lines and we left the beautiful anchorage in Brisbane centre. The timing was important because we wanted to catch the outgoing tide to sail down the 12nm to the river mouth and also because we wanted to arrive in Redcliffe during daylight.

Chillin' in the parkThe botanical garden - our garden for three weeks.Bruno at the playgroundViola in action

So we left at 10:45 with the high tide being at 11:20h. We sailed down through Brisbane in a beautiful, sunny but slightly cold day, took some fuel at the Rivergate Marina on the way out to the bay and started sailing just after noon. The weather was perfect: sunny and a steady 25-30 knots from WSW. We just flew up the bay and when initially we thought we would barely make it in daylight we actually arrived at 3:40h in the afternoon. Most of the time doing 7 to 7.5 knots with double reefed jib. Heh. Cool last sailing trip !

An Iguana in the middle of the cityNot afraid at all (both Gui and the Iguana)Shopping crazyness at Woolworth'sKangaroo meat (nice !)

In the marina (the second we entered in two years) it wasn’t too easy. We got a berth that was at the very end and in a small corner and maneuvering the 15t Suvarov into place took a few helping hands and long mooring lines over winches. But we made it !

Going to town with my beautiful ladySkyscrapers in BrisbaneIn the public libraryLast day at the moorings in the city

Now the Suvarov has reached her final destination, we’re in Scarborough Marina on jetty E1 and here she will stay until her next owner will take her out for a ride. Hopefully soon. And the los locos are emotionally a bit shaken and tired from packing and organizing all our stuff. But everything is in bags and suitcases and ready to go. Tomorrow we’ll clean the boat one last time and on wednesday at 2pm we take the plane to Bankok, then to Istanbul, then Munich. Yay !

Fast sailing in the Moreton Bayleaving Brisbane behindReally nice, really fast sailingRedcliffe, the final destination of the Suvarov

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Dates and numbers on the last trip

This is a post for the sailing nerds – so to say. I like to look at the numbers and as this was our fastest trip of the last three years it’s even more fun.

Crossing the Landsdowne BankApproaching Brisbane (the distance from the lighthouse to the river entrance is about 40nm)Tacking, tacking, tacking. Against 25knots. *rrr*And under engine up the river - at night.

Ok here comes: From Tanna, around NewCal towards Brisbane we travelled a total of 1238nm and it took us 219 hours to do that. This gives an awesome average speed of 5,70 knots ! Top speed (with a wave pushing from behind) was 9.9kn. The daily logs (24hours from noon to noon) were: 141, 144, 150, 126, 136, 142, 125, 130 and 123nm.

Lovely ripple cloudsA tanker passingInto the wind. Always into the wind...3rd reef

The wind on average came from SE with a force of 5. Minimum of S2 and maximum of S9 (measured: 42 knots). We never met more ships than on this trip. Out on the open ocean we met two fishing vessels, two tankers and one cruise ship. And during the approach to Brisbane we met another six ships. The drive up the river was a whole different story. We that we have stayed on tropical islands for these last years and never saw a real city… now suddenly we have to navigate a river with speed ferries zomming in and out, hundereds of ships anchored everywhere, buoys, moorings, jetties…. a lot of current. And everything is so bright ! And the eyes as well as the skipper who hasn’t slept the last 48 hours are a bit overwhelmed… But everything goes well, we find a nice spot to anchor and sleep the best sleep ever. The one of sailors who arrive in a safe harbour after a rough trip.

Oh. And I’ve got a little video too. It’s a bit boring but sailors might enjoy it anyways…

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From Vanuatu to Australia – the pictures

And here come the missing pictures… have fun !

We leave Tanna and wave good-bye to our friends on the SY Kira...past that beautiful beach we've been hanging out a few times...And around the corner where the wind picks upSailing on the wind for many days...

The first sunrise out on sea - and one of the last ones for us.And again: beating against the windUntil everything is encrusted in a layer of salt.The capitana on the wheel during a gust

The cirrus uncius clouds predict more wind !And the wind comes......with frequent squalls...But the kids still have a lot of fun. Heh.

Storm petrels are the other species out here having fun with 40knots of wind.I watch them for hours gliding 30cm above the waves.Finally we aproach the entrance to Brisbane.For the first time since the North Sea (!!) we're wearing the foul weather gear.

Right in the harbour entrance a big freighter wants to overtake.Wow ! A real harbour !...and a real city !!A lot of industry down at the river entrance

But we continue up the river towards the city.Entering Brisbane at nightfallIMPRESSIVE  - especially after two years spent only on tropical islands.A different view in the morning (from the kitchen window)

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A few more pics from Tanna / Vanuatu

A few more pictures that I couldn’t upload when we still were in Tanna. One of my favorites is Viola with the parrot. Enjoy !

Unser Ankerplatz in Port Resolution - 250 Jahre nach James CookDer 'Yacht Club'Zwei Holz-Statuen am Eingang zum DorfEin Teil des kleinen Dorfes

Ein neues Haus wird gebaut...100% Naturmaterialien, 100% recycling-faehigKosten: 0$ (alles waechst in der Umgebung), Dauer bis Fertigstellung: ca. 1 WocheFussball am Fusse des Vulkans

Riesiger Bayan Tree - wer versteckt sich da ?Haensel und Gretel ?Die Dorfschule wurde beschenkt mit zwei grossen Tueten Material aus dem Bauch der SuvarovClaus, Bruno und eine Backpackerin - unterwegs Richtung Yasur

Ein Arbeiter kommt uns aus dem Wald entgegenUnd hat einen bunten, zahmen Papagei mit dabeiDer fluestert Viola irgendwas charmantes ins OhrDie kleine Piratenbraut macht ganz auf lieb

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In Brisbane angekommen

Der letzte Segeltag war feucht, windig und hart und die Nacht aufregend, als wir bei 25-30kn Wind zuerst die Ansteuerung meisterten und spaeter im Fahrwasser einen ganzen Tag lang Richtung Brisbane aufkreuzen mussten. Alle paar Stunden auf Funk die Sturmwarnung der lokalen Wetterbehoerden und wir hacken durch die See und stampfen mit der Suvarov durch die Wellen im hellgruenen Wasser hinter Moreton Island.

Am spaeten Nachmitag erreichen wir endlich die Flussmuendung und machen kurz darauf an der Tanke der Rivergate-Marina fest. Nach nur wenigen Minuten kommen zwei sehr nette Offiziere vom Zoll und klarieren uns ein, ein paar weitere Minuten spaeter gesellt sich noch der Herr von der Quarantaene hinzu. Kurz vor Sonnenuntergang koennen wir die gelbe Flagge bergen und sind nun willkommen, das Land zu betreten. Wollen wir aber gar nicht ! Wir legen augenblicklich wieder ab, fahren in der Dunkelheit eine Stunde weiter den Fluss hoch und um ca. 19h lokaler Zeit werfen wir den Anker in den Fluss – im Zentrum der Stadt ! Umgeben von Wolkenkratzern, nahe dem botanischen Garten. Voellig surreal.

Die letzte richtige Stadt, die wir sahen war Panama City vor ca. zwei Jahren. Und nun – nach Fiji und Vanuatu kommt die westliche Kultur echt ganz schoen schraeg rueber. Aber wir machen natuerlich das beste draus: werfen das Dinghy ins Wasser, paddeln an Land, wo uns ein paar Leute von einer Parkbank aus interressiert beobachten waehrend wir unser kleines Boetchen irgendwie an der Uferpromenade festtuedeln.

Und dann geht’s zum naechsten Diner auf einen lecker Ozzy-Burger mit allem drin und einem grossen, kalten Bier. YAY Australia !!

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Approaching Brisbane

The last 24 hours of sailing…. and it seems we’ll remember those a long time… Up until a few hours ago we sailed as southerly as possible, to have a better angle for the bad weather that was predicted. And then it came: during the last night the wind increased first to 25 then to 30 knots and during the sqalls of which we had about fifteen so far, we got up to 40 knots. But thanks to our southing we could alter our course and now, the last 50 miles we’re going downwind with the nasty weather pusing us towards the north of Moreton island from where we will take the well buoyed sipping lane towards Brisbane.
Right now we’re sailing with the genoa in the third reef and the lighthouse should become visible in 4-5 hours. If all goes well, tomorrow afternoon we should be moored at the quarnatine dock in the Rivergate Marina. Yay !

LATITUDE: 26-52.18S, LONGITUDE: 153-52.27E, COURSE: 278T, SPEED: 5.3, WIND: SE 6(7), DISTANCE TO DEST.: 34nm (+46nm to harbour)

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Tag neun nach Australien

Gegenan, gegenan…. Ist es nun der vierte oder fuenfte Tag, den wir hart am Wind segeln ? Keine Ahnung. Meine Knochen und die Anzahl der blauen Flecken sagen fuenf. Wie erwartet hat der Wind waehrend der Nacht auch etwas zugelegt, was die ganze Sache natuerlich noch schicker macht. Wir sind also mit Genua und Gross im dritten Reff unterwegs und versuchen so, unseren Kurs nach Brisbane zu halten – was auch gut gelingt. Normalerweise(TM) wuerden wir ja so segeln, dass wir tagsueber ankommen, aber bei dem Wetter (und der Wind soll ja nach wie vor mehr werden) vergeuden wir keine Zeit und kommen gerne auch im Dunkeln an.
Ist ja nicht so, wie ein Suedsee-Ankerplatz, wo man hinfaehrt und seinen Anker fallen laesst, nein hier muessen wir erst mal hinter der Moreton Island durch ein Fahrwasser, queren die gesamte Flussmuendung mit vielen Flachstellen und tuckern schliesslich den Fluss rauf bis in die Stadt. Insgesamt ca. 46nm, die aber vermutlich etwas geschuetzt sind.
Naja. Also bleibt’s spannend bis zur letzten Sekunde, heh. Aber so wie’s aussieht, kommen wir wohl kurz vor Sonnenaufgang an und haben dann den ganzen Tag fuer diese Fahrt durch die Flussmuendung.
Sonst alles klar an Bord. Es ist bisher nichts kaputgegangen, und alle sind wohlauf (bis auf die erwaehnten blauen Flecken).

LATITUDE: 26-24.23S, LONGITUDE: 155-03.20E, COURSE: 242T, SPEED: 5.8, WIND: SSE6, DISTANCE TO DEST.: 101nm

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Day 8 towards Australia

A bit rough it was these last hours – or actually days. Now the wind has calmed down and our speed decreased. It’s a lot nicer when the place you live in isn’t shaking and bouncing and banging into the waves every few seconds. And did I mention before: there is more wind coming…
Yesterday the sky was filled with those ‘Cirrus Uncius’ clouds and then at night fall we had a wonderful halo around the moon. Both signs that the weather is about to change. I’m downloading the forcast this moment, let’s see what the grib file says…
We also found a solution to our energy problem: Since we were sailing on the wind all the time, the wind generator was working overtime and even during the night the batteries were at 14.4V, the fridge at 3 degrees, the laptops all charged – where to go with the excess energy ? Loud music is the answer ! Party all the day. Hehehe. (To answer the comments, whether we enjoy our last days out at sea…)

LATITUDE: 24-52.45S, LONGITUDE: 156-39.18E, COURSE: 239T, SPEED: 4.8, WIND: S3, DISTANCE TO DEST.: 218nm

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Siebter Tag auf See, dritter Tag gegenan

Huiii. Auf unserer letzten Reise mit der Suvarov poltert’s ganz schoen. Seit drei Tagen brettern wir hart am Wind gegen vier bis sechs Beaufort an. Genua meist im ersten, Gross im zweiten Reff hetzen wir nach Sued, so weit wir koennen. Das Schiff brettert in die Wellen, die Gischt spritzt bis zum Heck und alles an Deck ist unter einer dicken Salzkruste erstarrt – fast ein bisschen wie Winter. Ach. Apropos: Die Kinder laufen schon mit Socken rum und finden das unglaublich lustig. Der Captain wehrt sich noch dagegen, bekommt aber auch langsam kalte Fuesse.
Oh. Genau und von wegen kalte Fuesse: Soeben hab ich wie jeden Morgen kurz vor Sonnenaufgang die Wetterdaten runtergeladen und das gefaellt mir gar nicht. Ab Anfang der Woche dreht der Wind dann nochmal richtig auf. Auch mit ein Grund, weshalb wir nun jede Meile nach Sued gut machen wollen, um spaeter dann bei 6-7 Beaufort und entgegen laufender Stroemung vor der Kueste nicht gegenan, sondern zumindest Halbwind segeln zu koennen. Nun ja. So der Plan.
Sonst soweit alles Gut. Die Capitana hat auch langsam wieder Appetit und den Kindern geht’s wie immer praechtig. Der Captain kocht fuer alle taeglich Pasta und backt Brot und sonst laeuft auch alles rund.

Latitude: 23-28.54S, Longitude: 158-21.03E, Speed: 5.7, Course: 222T, Wind: SE4-5, Distane to dest.: 341nm

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False alarm

Just in case someone finds a 2m high, yellow man-overbord-buoy with a strobe light flasing on top floating around position 20S, 162E. It’s ours ! A wave tore it from the mounting yesterday in the night.
As for the rest: all is fine. Not much happening as you might expect here in the middle of nowhere. Well – that’s not exactly right: Just a few hours ago during my nightwatch, the cruise ship ‘Paciic Dawn’ was passing by at our port side. I was siting in the cockpit and watched the ship pass while wondering whether one of the guests would look to our side and see those poor little sailors that get shaken and stirred while most on that huge ship wouldn’t take notice of the waves anyway and probably hang out at the casino with a martini in their hand….. I had a little chat with one of the officers on VHF and found out that they were also in Port Vila when we were there and now they’re bound for Brisbane just like us. Except that they probably will be there two days ahead.
Our journey has been quite fast so far, we did 150nm during the last 24 hours and passed all shoals and reefs unharmed. Now it’s open ocean between us and our destination. The wind so far is quite steady and instead of turning to the south as predicted, now it seems it’ll turn more easterly and increase a lot on monday. We’ll see… Maybe we’re already in Brisbane then.

Latitude: 21-51.45S, Longitude: 160-05.02E, Speed: 5.2, Course: 223T, WIND: SE4, DISTANCE TO DEST.: 499nm

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Kurs Brisbane liegt an

Neu Kaledonien und das ‘Grand Recif de Cook’ haben wir hinter uns gelassen und ein paar Stunden lang hatten wir auch ein bisschen weniger Wind in Lee der Insel. Seit einer Stunde ist unsere Antriebskraft wieder in urspruenglicher Staerke (20-25kn) zurueck und wir steuern mit gut sechs Knoten Richtung Suedspitze des Bellona Riffs. Morgen sollten wir die ‘Landsdowne Bank’ queren. Da bin ich mal gespannt, wie sich die See verhaelt, wenn’s ploetzlich von mehreren Tausend Meter Tiefe auf 20-30m ansteigt. Das macht mir ganz schoen mulmige Gefuehle, wenns da so ‘flach’ ist. Naja. Kann man nix machen, da muessen wir drueber. Auf jeden Fall werden wir Angeln, denn so eine Flachstelle ist die beste Chance fuer frischen Tunfisch !
Schoen ist, dass diese Zwischenziele quasi in einer Linie mit Brisbane liegen und wir also nun auf unser Ziel zusteuern. Und mit unserer derzeitigen Geschwindigkeit wuerden wir auch schon in fuenf Tagen ankommen. Aber das kann sich ja noch aendern. Soeben lade ich die neuen Wetterdaten runter…

LATITUDE: 20-03.08S, LONGITUDE: 161-48.54E, COURSE: 216T, SPEED: 6.4, WIND: ESE5-6, DIST. TO DEST.: 642nm

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Inside the ‘Grand Recif de Cook’

Damn that reef really forced us to do a jibe – after three days. We busy sailors…. Heh.
Right now as I’m typing this, we’re right inside the ‘Grand Recif’ and the little motu to our starbord side is called ‘Atoll de la Surprise’. I don’t wanna know what caused that name but I really had to laugh out loud as I read it. So – anyway – we’re ‘past’ New Caledonia now – which means we’re in the reefs and have to navigate with great care. *rrr* This really makes the captain edgy: to sail through reefs in the pitch dark. But there is no other way, the area we have to cross is way to big to do it in daylight. And we have plenty of space, the ‘pass’ is gigantic and the sea state is perfect.
Speaking of: This is the kind of weather that makes a captain smile. – Since we left Tanna, we had absolute rock-stable wind from the east with 20-25 knots. That’s our ideal weather and thus we’re sailing daily runs of more than 140nm. Fast sailing for once !

LATITUDE: 18-47.98S, LONGITUDE: 163-19.58E, COURSE: 242T, SPEED: 6.1, WIND: E5, DISTANCE TO DEST.: 757nm

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Zweiter Tag nach Australien

Auch am zweiten Tag tut sich nicht viel. Und das ist gut so. Denn der Wind passt haargenau, unser Kurs ist perfekt. Die Geschwindigkeit ist super und das Wetter fein. Ich will gar nicht, dass sich hier dran irgendwas veraendert ! Einzig unsere Position. Die wandert jeden Tag etwas nach Westnordwest. Ja. Nord. Ich hatte ja Gestern bereits erwaehnt, dass die Neu Kaledonier ihr Land da mitten in den Weg gepackt haben. Und als ob das noch nicht reicht, findet man dahinter noch jede Menge Riffe und Flachstellen. So segeln wir also nicht den direkten Weg, sondern erst mal eine Schleife um NeuKal herum. Die Entfernung von Brisbane: 840nm stimmt natuerlich auch nicht wirklich, da fehlen ca. 200 Meilen. Aber irgendwo muss man sich ja orientieren, oder ?
Sonst alles gut hier. Die Capitana wie immer die ersten Tage gruen um die Nase, die Kinder dafuer putzmunter.

LATITUDE: 19-13.91S, LONGITUDE: 165-37.95E, COURSE: 297T, SPEED: 6.2, WIND: ESE5, DISTANCE TO DEST: 840nm

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Day 1 towards Brisbane

After waving goodbye to the SY Kira, we left Tanna on sunday afternoon. We first sailed around the south tip and now we’re heading towards the north of New Caledonia. Yeh – sailing to Brisbane isn’t exactly straight forward. NewCal is completely in the way and there are several huge banks and reefs on the way. So we’ll use the ‘Grand Pass’ in the NW of NewCal and then go south, over the Landsdowne bank, around the Bellona reef and finally towards our destination.
We have good wind and make fantastic progress on our final voyage.

LATITUDE: 19-30.87S, LONGITUDE: 168-07.04E, COURSE: 269T, SPEED: 6.5, WIND: ESE5, MILES TO DEST.: 946nm (minus NewCal)

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Letzter Tag in Tanna

Die Zeit verging mal wieder wie im Fluge. Wir hatten viel erlebt, viel Kava getrunken, viel gesehen hier in Tanna. Wir haben Unmengen von Obst an Bord – dank Gui, die unser Schiff durchsortiert hat und so haben wir Taschenweise Medikamente, Schulzeug und T-Shirts an Land gebracht. Als Gegenzug gabt’s 30kg Bananen und Grapefruits, so viel man tragen kann.
Und auch wenn wir gerne noch viel laenger bleiben wuerden, aber uns draengt die Zeit. Unsere letzte Segelreise wartet auf uns: knappe 1000 Meilen nach Brisbane und in ein paar Stunden geht’s los.

Unterwegs sind wir wie immer mittels Kurzwelle erreichbar (Kommentare bekommen wir zugestellt). Und unser Satphone ist morgens an, also ca. 2100-0000h UTC.

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Volcanic activity

Yesterday the time has finally come and at noon we started to walk towards the volcanoe. The ‘road’ leads through thick, lush jungle and a few villages and after about 2-3 hours, we arrived at the entrance to the volcano national park. Our lucky kids got a ride up the volcanoe while Gui and me walked up. All the time with loud rumbling noises and while the floor starts to shake. The earth underneath us is alive !

After two hours of fast walking, we arrive at the entrnce to the volcano national parkThe last few hundered meters up the volcano, the kids hitch a rideThe end of the 'road' - at the slope of Mt. Yasurbeautiful little houses at the slope

The volcano was at the lowers activity level (1) but still – the show was breathtaking ! The noise and the lava that was thrown through the air, the smell, the whole scenery. Quite awesome. ’nuff said, enjoy the pics:

On the rim of the craterA first look into the craterFascinatedThe crater of Mt. Yasur

Everyone getting ready as the sun is settingGui on the edgeAs it gets darker, the activity becomes more visibleA 'blob' of basalt on the ground

Lavaimpressive show after darkExplosions and lava flying through the airA highlight of our long journey

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Tanna ! Wow !!

Crazy, crazy. It seems like an island out of a dream. Unreal. Too beautiful, too exotic. I don’t know where to start… we’ve only been here for a little more than a day. I’m still overwhelmed. And we haven’t even seen the volcano yet ! So… what happened ?

Mont Yusur, while sailing past the coast of TannaClosing in on Port Resolution, Mont Yusur as seen from the eastThe SY Kira and the SY Suvarov meeting for the first time (Tanna, Port ResolutionTraditional outrigger canoe at the beach

Well, our friends from the SY Elhaz said hello and goodbye and left for Port Vila – which made us quite sad. But next morning the SY Kira arrived and we had a good, long breakfast together that continued into a mid-day feast, followed by a walk through the village and a swim on one of the most gorgeous beaches we’ve seen so far. When the sun started to set behind the volcanoe, we brought Gui and the kids to the boat. The men were invited to drink kava with the villagers. People in Tanna are strict followers of the ‘Kastom’ and thus: no women allowed.

Traditional outrigger canoe at the beachThe bay is popular and the villagers have established a restaurant. Heh.local housingHey, SY Thor: Is that really necessary ? ;-)

Der Strand auf der Sued-Ost SeiteWhat a beach ! What colors !!mit Claus am StrandThe ladies going for a walk

All the grown up males gather on a little place in the village and start to prepare the kava by chewing the roots, spitting it in banana leaves , rinsing it with water and finally pouring the brown/greyish liquid in a little coconut shell. The kava here is a lot stronger than in Fiji as it is made from fresh roots and the traditional way. We enjoyed the ritual and the quietness that falls over the village after the first round of cava bowls went around. The sounds are from the waves and the wind to our back and endless zykades in the front, the sound of small, red glowing fires all around and a lot of loud slurping and spitting. The sky is full of stars, no bright lights disturbing our vision. We are welcome in the village and together with our friend Claus with whom we started the voyage three years ago. What a dream !

And although we’re anchored in one of the most historic places (James Cook went ashore in this bay, approx. 230 years ago) we’ve found internet: connected via bluetooth and mobile phone. Slow but steady…

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Anchored in Tanna, Port Resolution

After 28 hours of sailing against the wind we find ourselves 141nm further southeast of Port Vila on the island of Tanna. Under way we talked to SY Drifter as she sailed by and met three other boats, all heading donwind towards where we came from, using the moderate wind with a pleasent 20 knots from behind. – The way we normally tend to sail.
But sometimes you got to fo against. Which means: you don’t feel 15 kn from behind but 25 knots in the face. And it comes with a lot of spray and waves splashing the foredeck. And after a few hours, the whole boat is encrusted in salt (and sometimes in vomit). The movement is not a gentle rocking to the sides but like riding a wild horse up and down the waves. And it doesn’t stop. It never stops. Like the trip from Bora Bora to Moorea, but then we had more wind… No. Nobody really likes doing that – except the Suvarov. Hard on the wind she’s a swell to navigate and once out of the harbour, we set the wind steering and she pretty much does the rest.
During the night we sailed in lee of the island Erromango which made it possible to find some sleep. Behind the island we were protected from the sweel for a few hours but weh had to pay for it during the day when we encountered crossing sea and increased wind as we had to tack in between the islands. In the afternoon we saw him: Mt. Yasur ! As we sailed past it, down the east coast, the kids leaned at the sides of the boat with their mouthes open when the volcano was breathing its clouds into the sky.
Now that the night has fallen, every now and then a cloud north of us starts to glow orange.
During the night, the SY Kira should arrive and tomorrow we’ll have a good, long breakfast and then a look ashore. The only contact to land so far was in form of Tom: a local who rowed over in an all natural outrigger canoe to say hello and ask whether we had some DVDs to lend, heh. More to follow…

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Off to the volcano !

After we’ve been waiting for one week not seems to be the time: For two days the wind will shift to the east and also go down a little in force. In an hour or so we’ll set out towards the south-east, towards Tanna. There we’ll meet the SY Kira, hopefully the SY Elhaz and definately the Mont Yasur: the active (!) volcano of the island.

Also this post marks the end of internet: in the next days and weeks on our final travel to Brisbane, Australia we will only be connected with shortwave radio. So no pictures in the upcoming days. – Sorry…

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