“TANNA” the movie invitation from MSM Vanuatu – 7:00pm, Fri 1 Sep 2017

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries 



As Mission 3 gets underway to the islands of Pentecost & Maewo, for those in Melbourne (or able to get to Melbourne) – plus their friends and family of course – we extend an invitation to a very special Vanuatu Night on Friday 1st September.

After receiving personal permission from the director and producer Bentley Dean, we are really pleased to be able screen the film TANNA and invite you along!

Details can be found in attached flyer   and below:

VANUATU NIGHT – TANNA the movie & much more

A night of entertainment, fun & inspiration

Friday 1st September, 2017 7.00 p.m.

North Ringwood Uniting Church, 14 Dickson Crescent, North Ringwood

Evening highlights…

– Acclaimed movie Tanna

– Latest news from MSM Mission 2017

– Uplifting stories from “The Clinic Files”

– Last minute “Supporters Tour” invitation

If possible … RSVP to Rob at msmvanuatu@gmail.com  … if last minute, then just come along anyway. The more the merrier.

Donation at the door.   


View the trailer (and extra bits) here …


Producers Background to the making of the film Tanna

Tanna Movie – What do the tribe members think?

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 https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4999839/mmsi:503054450/imo:0/vessel:CHIMERE

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, msmvanuatu@gmail.com


DONATIONS: If you feel able to make a [NON deductible) donation to the work of MSM, we would greatly appreciate your support:

Bank Transfer: CBA North Ringwood – NRUC Medical Sailing Ministries A/c BSB: 063885 A/c No.: 10291497

By Cheque: Pay to – “NRUC Medical Sailing Ministries A/c” Post to – MSM, 29 Wonga Rd, Ringwood North, 3134