Just one more sleep

Monday 5 June 2017
100 miles SW of Port Vila 
lat -19.00931 lon  168.11418

It’s Monday and the last full day at sea for us. The sea has a most intriguing deep blue hue to it yet, the sunbeams seem to penetrate an iridescent aqua blue close to the boat.

We are definitely in the trade winds that so many mariners before us enjoyed. A consistent steady breeze driving us on to Port Vila. It’s a gentle 10 knots so we sail with grace not pace. The boat is quiet and at peace with the ocean.

It is a little sad coming to the end of our trip but that sadness is balanced with an excited expectancy of seeing the land of our destination, Vanuatu.

Today we doused all sail and headed the boat into the wind to heave to (stop the boat). We trailed a long looped line with a fender attached and always leaving one of us aboard, dived into that beautiful deep blue sea for a most refreshing swim. We jumped off the boat, swam around, dived as deep as we dared frolicking like a bunch of school boys. If you are coming this way, I can recommend it as a good spot to stop for a swim, no chlorine, free admission, filled with the purest of pure ocean water. Just go to 19 36.26S 168 06.69E

It is always a welcome sight to see a large seabird that is curious to see who or what has invaded it’s territory. This one was most interested in us, gliding back and forth effortlessly close to the boat, checking us out from every angle,  perhaps we might be an easy meal?

As I write we approach 100NM to run to the anchorage at Port Vila. We will be there by midday Tuesday and another adventure awaits.

Cam and Rob.

We could nearly pick the coconuts

Sunday 4 June 2017
200 miles SW of Port Vila
lat -21.13139 lon 168.16383

Hi everyone

From Rob Lott …  First Mate of Chimere AKA “Captain Happy Days”

We are now passing the island of Mare in the eastern part of New Caledonia. It was good to see land after passing Lord Howe Island and Elizabeth Reef in the dark. It was also good to get confirmation that the GPS does indeed tell the truth!

The crew wanted to call in for croissants, jam and coffee but the captain has only one eye and that is on the Port of Vila. We are sailing  past tall cliffs and hills capped with Norfolk Island Pines and interspersed with white sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms. We have arrived in the tropics. Yeah!

The boat smells like a bakery at the moment with fresh bread in the oven waiting for our jam and and cream. The seas have abated, and we have a gentle breeze from astern pushing us along track to Port Vila. We are not breaking any Chimere speed records but it is comfortable and very pleasant. This mission is really tough today! Certainly making up for the first few days of rough weather.

Only 204 NM to run to Port Vila and if it stays like this we won’t want to stop.

Josh fixed the navigation lights today and is back on his feet. We did not realize he has been suffering a head cold for the last few weeks. When the captain learned this  he put him on a diet of cold and flu tablets  and a day later Josh’s inner ear started functioning again and he made a good recovery. So herein lies the lesson: Don’t go to sea with a cold or flu!

Until next time.

Cool bananas … and we were so close we could nearly pick the coconuts 

Rob Lott