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Marnie left Virginia Beach early January 2008 for a Pacific crossing to New Zealand. The 'coconut milk run' adventure took 11 months and was filled with spectacular sailing. All senses were evoked as we journeyed 10,000 miles.

Oceania » Vanuatu » Ambrym September 1st 2009

A fabulous couple of weeks exploring the islands to the north of the Vanuatu group. From Port Vila we visited Havannah Harbour - a mere 20 miles where we had a pleasant time with the chief of the village and his family. Onto Lamen Bay on the island of Epi next where there was reported to be a dugong - a manatee with a different tail shape renowned for his friendly nature. There we met up with Joanne and John aboard Feisty (from Oz) and Bungee, Jill and Sue aboard Bloomers (from NZ). We spent a super few days ashore exploring with them and searching for the dugong who was sighted on many occasions, but alas he didn't make himself available for swimming buddy. The overall purpose of our trip was to go to the Rom ... read more
At last fresh veg and fruit
Crabs for sale in the market
favourite reading spot

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila August 2nd 2009

On leaving Lautoka, where we cleared out of Fiji, we headed for the most southerly reef pass in light winds. On passing between the islands at 18.30 we encountered fairly heavy, confused seas for the wind conditions which were surprising but a couple of low pressures south of us were affecting the area. Day two turned the seas a little sloppy but we had good winds and by day three it was a little more comfortable - we were flying along with the genniker at around 10 knots much of the time and enjoying a thrilling ride! Landfall was made in Port Villa on Efate at midnight which was a touch unnerving but we had reliable GPS coordinates to guide us in. On dropping the anchor we noted that our friend Leigh on Mi Querida was ... read more

Oceania July 26th 2009

After one month in Fiji, we have visited the areas of interest and clear out from customs in Lautoka tomorrow. The three day passage from Savusavu took us through the Bligh Sea and the Northern Passage of the Yasawa's Islands and into the first most idyllic, tropical paradise, which we had to ourselves for nearly a week. Heavy plant equipment was sitting on the hillside poised to develop the area with hotels and 50 waterfront properties, so the local chief advised. We had arrived just in time to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Three boats joined us after a while and on downloading the weather the next morning we saw that the weather coming would be directly out of the north and we wouldn't be protected where we were. We loaded the rowing boat, ... read more
Musket Cove
The islands of Fiji
Dinner time

Oceania » Fiji June 28th 2009

After a magnificent 7 night sail from Auckland, with South Easterlies on the stern quarter, we arrived safely on 25 June. feeling great. First saw land about 120 miles from our destination of Savusavu as the sun rose behind the island - stunning. Camelia and Matt, the crew we picked up in Auckland are currently looking for another boat possibly onto Vanuatu and we're heading east to Viani Bay to catch up on boat jobs and enjoy the dive sites. The weather here is delightful with a washdown early in the morning, sunny days in the uppers 80's and cool evening. We made insect screens and have them at the ready but thankfully, so far, haven't been inundated with mozzies. We're off exploring the island band have taken a few exploratory excursions in the dinghy to ... read more
Fiji landfall

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » North Shore March 23rd 2009

Since our arrival back in Auckland we have occupied much of our time with live music at The Bunker, a folk club venue on Mount Victoria in Devonport, which is near the marina at Bayswater and in Ponsonby, another suburb of Auckland. In addition we've been spending our days at the Auckland Traditional Boatbuilding School where we're finishing off a clinker dinghy. The purchase of the said vessel came about after discussions with our friends John and Judy Salthouse, whose boatyard built Marnie in 1985. Judy's brother, Robert, runs the boatbuilding school at Hobsonville Airfield and on meeting with him he advised that the original dinghy to accompany Marnie was built by Snow Waters, a now deceased local dinghy builder who had been their next door neighbour for many years. Coincidentally, the last dinghy he'd been ... read more
Snowy Waters before finishing
Sanding project on Snowy Waters
New seats and floorboards

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » North Shore March 21st 2009

A fews days driving through wonderful high desert landscape through Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, displaying the terracotta coloured adobe housing landscape and cactus galore. We had a great time in these towns, which were fascinating in that most of the inhabitants were artists and musicians providing lovely entertainment. A short, turbulent flight to Silver City for a week on a dude ranch called Double E, a working cattle ranch. Here the cowboy spirit was able to surface as we penned calves, did mounted shooting and explored canyons and high desert land on horseback. Within hours of arrival we donned our hats, dusters and boots and were ready to round up cattle. The last few days were spent back in Oakland near San Francisco. Time in Alcatraz, San Francisco - for those who have visions of ... read more
A slight injury...not horse related
A visit to the Pueblo Indians
Painted animal skins

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 21st 2009

After an eight week roadtrip around the US, we are back to enjoy the height of summer in Auckland. We arrived at 05.15 on 21 February having lost a day in transit. It seemed a lengthy flight from San Francisco but we found Marnie looking pretty good after her time of abandonment at Bayswater Marina. At the very least I thought my first job would be a few coats of varnish, but despite the thin ozone, only touch-ups around the cap rail were needed. The plan is to investigate possibilities of new sails, sail covers, davits, sheets, dinghy and outboard, a paint job and new fridge/freezer. How much of this can be accomplished within three months remains to be seen. If not now, then perhaps when we reach Asia. So, the details of our winter whirlwind ... read more
The giant redwoods in Muir Woods, California
10 years later ....
Warming up to be a cowboy

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