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||1 Sept 2003
Ocean , Tuvalu
With a crew of 3 aboard, (#1 son James his friend
David Haynes and I) Illywhacker completes the last
leg of our passage - this time across the Coral Sea
from Luganville, Vanuatu to Townsville in North Queensland,
for a larger view
Enough crew to set the MPS!
|To the casual observer, the
passage from Vanuatu to Townsville would be a SE aft-of-the-beam
run. So it was except for the imperceptible dip in the isobar
E of Townsville. The Low in the Southern Ocean gave Sydney
a dose of strong winds and behind the associated Front, rain
was falling. We were largely unaffected but the Trough that
continued north gave us a change in direction from SE to
E then NE. Prior to that, winds were SE from 15 to 25kts.
600nm from Vanuatu our route took us past Mellish Reef. We
were all set to investigate a possible stop and dive but
our ETA ocurred in darkness so we pressed on. The electronic
chart showed no deep entrance so we really needed
good weather with a high sun. The weather deteriorated soon
after - it would have been an exciting stop.
aboard was comfortable with 3. We kept 2 hour watches and used
a hot-bunk system when conditions precluded use of the forward
cabin. At such times, the bunk mattress on the saloon floor was
the most comfortable if one ignored the sloshing of the water in
the tanks below.
A realisation that Australia's Quarrantine
laws would prohibit us keeping meat, fruit and vegetables, fish,
nuts, eggs and honey on arrival in Townsville created a different
concern. Could we eat it all in on week? Lyndall had provisioned
the boat for months of cruising so we had the task of consuming
a good deal of the ship's stores. Breakfast, morning tea, afternoon
tea, happy hour, dinner and snacktime became serious occasions
- at least to the skipper although often meals were accompanied
by groans of "not this again" from the spoilt crew.
As we entered Flinders Passage at dawn
on Sunday 31 August we felt we had arrived, we were inside the
Great Barrier Reef, a familiar cruising ground and home was just
60 nm away. The 1194nm passage from Luganville was completed in
8 days 10hrs, an average speed of 5.9kts.
We anchored out in the holding pen overnight
with permission from Customs then came alongside the Breakwater
marina fuel dock to clear Customs at 0700 1 Sept. We were home.
Illywhacker waits at anchor n Luganville as we sip a beer or 2 looking out from the Beach Resort
| View of the straits at Luganville
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