Back at last

“A Row”, Westernport Marina, Hastings, VIC

Wednesday 8 November 2017

The last “Official” Ships Log from Refuge Cove titled “One more sleep and Chimere is home” did kind of leave things up in the air a bit.

Well, as Cam’s brief mission-by-numbers post confirms, YES we did make it back to Westernport Marina; our old berth once more.

Before officially tying up, however, there was a brief stop at the Marina Service Wharf to unload a trailer load of gear, including lifejackets, wet weather gear, clothing, bedding and all that stuff that accumulates tropical salt and stickiness and which needed a good hose-down on the Hills Hoist at home, or wash in the machine.

Here’s a photo of the return crew. The “After” shot of the gang of four, me, Edith, Bruce and Ray.

It took six days to get back from Sydney. Not quite your Sydney-Hobart jaunt, but if Chimere was a car, she’d be more in the Holden Kingswood class, or maybe even a Ford F100, whereas yachts that enter ocean races are more along the lines of a Formula One, or a V8 Supercar. That said, I’d rather be transporting medical teams around the islands of Vanuatu aboard Chimere than Brindabella or Wild Thing; so each to their own I suppose.
For a brief summary of the MSM Vanuatu Mission 2017mission you might like to click on the following link

As life gets back to ”normal” … my bed has stopped rocking, the lawns at home get cut and the daily commute to the office resumes … it’s time to thank all the many, many people who contributed to the success of this year’s mission.

We set ourselves some very ambitious goals this year, and as I’ve said before, there were a lot of “moving parts” to the program, any one of which could have derailed us if it had not gone to plan.

The analysis of the data for the National Oral Health Survey will continue for a further 6 months or so, with this set to become a lasting legacy from this year’s mission. A report, produced in conjunction with the Vanuatu Government’s Ministry of Health that will inform the establishment of a National Oral Health Plan. Hopefully this will go some small way towards arresting the unfolding national health-disaster caused through the adoption of an increasingly sugar-based western diet.

As we enter this time of Advent, with the busy-ness … not to mention the business of Christmas well upon us, may you find time to enjoy life’s simple blessings, and have a safe and joyful time.

Smooth seas, fair breeze and back at last

Rob Latimer

MSM Mission 2017

Where is the Chimere now?

Using predictwind GPS

Using Marine traffic GPS tracking – not available in open sea

As the Chimere sails, the map below will show its position track its route using Marine traffic GPS tracking.

  • Wait until map has stopped loading
  • Enjoy the glimpse of marine activity in Europe as it flashes past 🙂
  • Zoom in or explore some of the links to see more details.
  • To track Chimere’s route, click on the ‘Show previous track’ link in the bottom right corner.

Click this link for more details

Using SPOT GPS tracking – Click on this link to see a full screen map.

As the Chimere sails, the map below will track its route using SPOT GPS tracking.

  • Wait until page has stopped loading
  • Click on the  << icon next to the word ‘Map’ to hide the list and see more of the map.
  • Hover mouse over map and use mouse scroll wheel to optimise view of map
  • If the map shows Seattle, USA and there are Chimere messages in the list then click the ‘refresh’ icon just below the << icon.
  • If there are no messages in the list then there have been no messages from Chimere in the last week.

Click on this link to see a full screen map.



As the New Year gets under way in earnest, planning for a return sailing mission to Vanuatu is starting to step up a notch !!
This will be Medical Sailing Ministry’s 4th sailing mission in eight years with volunteers now being recruited for each of the 8 Stages between May and November; in areas of dental, medical, optical and sailing.

Maybe you’d like to join us?! Well now is the time to apply.

Download a copy of the full 2017 Mission Plan.

We invite you to join us at the Volunteer Information Night Invitation on Friday 10 February? Click to download further details.

And simply click to read a copy of the latest Dec 2016 MSM Member Update

We thank you for your interest and welcome your support and encouragement. 

If you are not able to volunteer but would still like to enjoy something of the grass-roots Vanuatu experience then you might be interested in joining us on the 11 day  2017 Vanuatu Supporters Tour in October.

By joining the Supporters Tour you will not only be contributing to local employment and village development but you will also be assisting Medical Sailing Ministries as they coordinate a National Oral Health Survey of Vanuatu; the first ever. A survey that will encompass 1% of the population (approx. 3,000 people), across 5 different age groups in both urban and rural locations on more than 30 of the country’s 63 inhabited islands.

It’s a big undertaking and with the recent withdrawal of Australian Federal Government funding to this vital, long-standing Vanuatu health program, it’s something we are seeking to do solely through volunteer-contributions, private donations and fundraising.

Again, we value your interest and support and encourage you to get on-board – in whatever way you can.

Smooth seas, fair breeze and look forward to hearing from you


Rob Latimer

MSM Co-ordinator,


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