ORCV Melbourne to Vanuatu (M2V)
They're Alive. They're Alive!!!
I was so thrilled to see that our members of the Fakawi Tribe, Robyn and George aboard The Secretary, were alive that I had to get this posting up pronto. Robyn filed this one in not too long ago...
"Yes, I know, we've been off the airway for ages now and there's been no news from us, which is always good for family but not so for journos, eh J?!" (She's right - and we cannot wait for the pics of the goods being distributed, either.)
The village of Tasiriki that DaSec has made her final stop at...
"Tonight was a fitting finale for the delivery of the school supplies. We are at the 'end of the road', literally. The road around Espiritu Santo ends here at Tasiriki, the most gorgeous place, where we just happened to anchor off the school and landed on the beach in the late afternoon to be greeted by hordes of children who then happily carried the dinghy above the surf and the goodies up to the school. After the delivery of our final four cartons, the head teacher, Lui Thompson, guided us around to their harbour, which is a stunning alcove between coral caves and fissures, all topped with a tropical wonderland."
"There are people sleeping on the black sand beach tonight and I hope the smell of our barbeque chicken is all heading downwind and not in their direction. They are waiting for the 'ferry' transport in the morning to take them up the rugged west coast to their village. Others will disembark for the bumpy 1-2 hour trip to Luganville, the capital of Santo."
Port Vila at the bottom on Efate and Espiritu Santo at the top...
"We won't be here to see it, as tomorrow early we weigh anchor for the east coast of Australia. Garisenda is already out of VHF range as she continued on this afternoon, while we have made this unofficial stopover to deliver the last of our gifts to the children of Mamara Centre School."
"George has taken a bit too much sun over the last two days pounding the road between the ship wharf and customs, so he is in bed early, which means we will be underway before the roosters start crowing, so I'll keep it brief."
"With the passage before us (apart from an 'unplanned' stop at Chesterfield Reef - French Territory), I hope to be able to report on the amazing trip we have had."
The Coral Sea and Chesterfield Reef in the middle-ish. Hope the French have not got their noses out of whack after the Mice?!
"Hope all is well with you all. Expect to hear from us soon - Robyn (and a snoring George)."
On a completely different note, The 51st Project experienced part of the East Coast Low that has been around my neck of the woods for a while. We had 55kn yesterday and sooooooooooooooooooooo much rain... This is what they managed to get up on their site - "Almost back in Australia...... Spoke to Peewee this morning - they have had the trip from hell on the way home, currently heading towards Coffs Harbour under Tri-sail and by the sounds of it, there's some repair work to be done.... All are well on board - I think Peewee is considering giving up sailing and taking up "lawn bowls"..... :-)"
Sounds like we'll have pics soon enough and we hope all stay well as their voyages continue...
By John Curnow