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Melbourne to Vanuatu (M2V)
Ocean Race of 1885 nautical miles
 
Race Start is off Portsea Pier at Slack Water, Port Phillip Heads.
 
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Held every four years from 2006, this is Australia's longest Category One race and starts on the first Sunday in July. It was conceived as an idyllic way to escape the Southern Winter and often attracts a strong two-handed division of racers. The race always has a Humanitarian Aid component attached to it and there is a container with medical, school and apparel supplies that accompanies the fleet to Vila. Please see the Notice of Race on this website for the specific starting time.

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That African Tribe.


Our members of the Fakawi Tribe, Robyn and George aboard The Secretary, have just sent in some more information about their return voyage and where they'd like to make land and where they might have to settle for! (As of 1630hrs AEST, 09/08/10)

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"Just left Chesterfield Reef, which was absolutely amazing. Thousands of birds nesting within metres - David Attenborough stuff. We were the only boat there, until a fishing boat arrived just on dusk last night. Leaving, we passed through Ilot du Passage, which is a sliver of water 14 metres deep, between two reefs and islets. Once through, the depth increased gradually to 40 metres, then dropped away to eternity, or so it seemed to our sounder."

"Unfortunately, I haven't worked out how to send photos through the sat phone yet - having enough trouble keeping the nav system working and am trying to fix the issue we have with power to the radar, as we will be needing it on approach to the East coast, to keep an eye on the nasty weather, which is heading our way."

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"Have changed our plans to go direct to Brisbane because of the weather, so will now attempt landfall in Bundaberg. If unable to make headway in the conditions, once the SW hits us on Wednesday morning, we will turn tail and head north to Rockhampton or even further, until we can find shelter. Lady Musgrave (island) might be an option until it passes, assuming we can get in there in the blow. I hope the front slips away to the SE a bit faster than is predicted."

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"Anyway, we're prepared for it. Will let you know when we're safe in harbour."

Stay safe and make land soon. Cheers from all of us.

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By John Curnow

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Santa's Sleigh - Pt II.


It is with many thanks to Cheryl Coombs, of the 51st Project, that we have our initial batch of images of donated items being distributed in Vanuatu. The 'Ocean Grader', nee 51st Project, is currently on the central NSW coast, en route to Pittwater for a spot of cruising. Nice. Enjoy that one, team.

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Cheryl wrote of this image - "Too Cool !!! We gave them hats from the 51st Project which were greatly received by all..."

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Phil Coombs stands by the sign at one of the schools.

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Phil receives ".... gifts from Ruben and his family for the School Supplies we gave them. We were very humbled."

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One of the schools visited as part of the whole Humanitarian Aid Project attached to the 2010 M2V

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Santa's Sleigh all right!!! Pressie time.

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Cheryl comments of this image, "School on Moso Island.... Tassiriki Primary School - handing out our school supplies. A school with 76 children and prior to us arriving, they had just two balls... They flipped out !!!"

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So what do you do when you have unpacked them all? Kick them, of course - "We had too much fun kicking and throwing balls around - it certainly puts a lot into perspective !!! We are so pleased that we gathered up all the items and took them - it was very rewarding for Phil, myself and Chris.

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Not all hard yards, however...

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Well that's a good office view.

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And the view under it all is pretty special too.

 

Once again, many thanks to all who dug deep in sooooooooooooo many ways to make it all happen.

 

 

By John Curnow

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They're Alive. They're Alive!!!


I was so thrilled to see that our members of the Fakawi Tribe, Robyn and George aboard The Secretary, were alive that I had to get this posting up pronto. Robyn filed this one in not too long ago...

"Yes, I know, we've been off the airway for ages now and there's been no news from us, which is always good for family but not so for journos, eh J?!" (She's right - and we cannot wait for the pics of the goods being distributed, either.)

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The village of Tasiriki that DaSec has made her final stop at...

"Tonight was a fitting finale for the delivery of the school supplies. We are at the 'end of the road', literally. The road around Espiritu Santo ends here at Tasiriki, the most gorgeous place, where we just happened to anchor off the school and landed on the beach in the late afternoon to be greeted by hordes of children who then happily carried the dinghy above the surf and the goodies up to the school. After the delivery of our final four cartons, the head teacher, Lui Thompson, guided us around to their harbour, which is a stunning alcove between coral caves and fissures, all topped with a tropical wonderland."

"There are people sleeping on the black sand beach tonight and I hope the smell of our barbeque chicken is all heading downwind and not in their direction. They are waiting for the 'ferry' transport in the morning to take them up the rugged west coast to their village. Others will disembark for the bumpy 1-2 hour trip to Luganville, the capital of Santo."

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Port Vila at the bottom on Efate and Espiritu Santo at the top...

"We won't be here to see it, as tomorrow early we weigh anchor for the east coast of Australia. Garisenda is already out of VHF range as she continued on this afternoon, while we have made this unofficial stopover to deliver the last of our gifts to the children of Mamara Centre School."

"George has taken a bit too much sun over the last two days pounding the road between the ship wharf and customs, so he is in bed early, which means we will be underway before the roosters start crowing, so I'll keep it brief."

"With the passage before us (apart from an 'unplanned' stop at Chesterfield Reef - French Territory), I hope to be able to report on the amazing trip we have had."

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The Coral Sea and Chesterfield Reef in the middle-ish. Hope the French have not got their noses out of whack after the Mice?!

"Hope all is well with you all.  Expect to hear from us soon - Robyn (and a snoring George)."

On a completely different note, The 51st Project experienced part of the East Coast Low that has been around my neck of the woods for a while. We had 55kn yesterday and sooooooooooooooooooooo much rain... This is what they managed to get up on their site - "Almost back in Australia...... Spoke to Peewee this morning - they have had the trip from hell on the way home, currently heading towards Coffs Harbour under Tri-sail and by the sounds of it, there's some repair work to be done.... All are well on board - I think Peewee is considering giving up sailing and taking up "lawn bowls"..... :-)"


Sounds like we'll have pics soon enough and we hope all stay well as their voyages continue...


 

By John Curnow

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Santa's Sleigh.

 

The 51st Project may well be an 'Ocean Grader', but it seems she's also been somewhat of a Santa's Sleigh. I'm pretty sure this posting is from Cheryl Coombs - "Cruising was absolutely fabulous !!! I will load my photos soon... Had a ball giving out school supplies to kids... one school had 76 kids and just two sports balls.... we gave them another 12 balls plus school supplies.... an absolute buzz !!!..."

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Pretty sure this image was taken by Teri Dodds for the Bay Splash event...

Now on the other side of the Coral Sea, are the Samskara Mice and this is what they had to say of what would seem to be their last day at sea.

"There is not a breath of wind and our usual occupation of sailing the good ship Samskara, has been diverted to whale watching, as there are literally hundreds of them out here and a visitation from the Australian Customs plane. We were contacted by the plane on VHF Channel 16 by a lady officer, whose voice belied the fact that she must be very hot. Given that she had her binoculars on us and that she would be unable to look past the rugged handsomeness of all but one (or maybe two?) of our number, there is a clear expectation that she will be on the Quarantine dock at Mackay when we arrive, waiting to meet us."

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Thanks for the mention gang!

"Given that this is our last day at sea, the unavoidable reality is that this is the last position report to be filed by the blind mice and the next time this trail will be picked up, it will be by the Samskara Hammo race week crew. We cannot make any promises on their behalf. I for one, know that most of them cannot read, let alone write. Please forgive their spelling errors and other mistakes if they happen to work out how to turn the computer on."

"It has been resolved that each crew member will have a final word prior to sign off."

  • The Cabin Boy - "I wish people would stop poking around in my things!"
  • Cammy Chameleon - "The aromatic aromas of the coral spunk are permeating my nostrils!"
  • Linda Lovelash - "Call themselves men? - I wouldn't mind a hair wash though. Here's looking up your long and Lat"
  • Alby Mangels - "My white budgies have had quite a week out!"
  • The Stud - "Do you realise that DSB is a registered medical complaint"
  • The Wriggler - "A ripper month. Kissed on the dick from start to finish!"
  • Your Correspondent - "I think I have said enough!"
  • Lieutenant Commander Stoopman RWYS (Southern Command) - " Great Company, Great Food, and a few drinks, Happy Days, Over "

"END OF TRANSMISSION (Possibly to be resumed on the 18th August)."

 

Let's see what turns up next...

 

 

By John Curnow

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Of Mice and Sat Phones.


You know how you have to leave bait around cars and machinery parked in barns on farms, so the Mice don't get in, try to nest and eat all the wiring? Why do they like plastic coatings anyway? So it seems we need to send urgent supplies of mouse bait to the Coral Sea!!! Here is the latest in from the Samskara Mice...

"The day was going perfectly. Something had to go wrong. Having had a sumptuous feast on Kenn Reef, we upped anchor and headed towards Australia. We soon settled in to a much softer sea state than we had been experiencing previously, with a full main, #3 heady and about 17 knts up our clacker. Very nice!" (Ed. About the only time it is!)

"Then, something possessed Alby (their onboard Alby Mangels look-alike) to seek greater volume from our sound system and without warning or discussion, he set about a total reconfiguration of the nav station wiring. Chances are it had something to do with the 43 jugs of fine Bordeaux that he had consumed with every course of our long lunch, including the Apple Pie miraculously created by the Cabin Boy, who had indeed returned from the second spreader (up the mast). The result of Alby's tinkerings weren't ideal. There was no music, no navigation capability and no power to the all-important refrigeration!!! An understandably unimpressed skipper, after a very long silence, came out with a collection of words, which even though were intended to be serious, made the crew of mice laugh uncontrollably, albeit quietly. A number of calls were made on the Sat Phone to Harvey Norman, Leon the incredible, our Encel consultant and before too long, all systems were up and running again!"

"Before quietly retiring for a well deserved snooze, Alby was heard to say, 'There. I knew it wasn't my fault!"

"Soon after, relative calm was reclaimed and the ship's course was set for the Hydrographers Passage instead of The Capricorn Channel, which had been our previous choice to get around the Great Barrier Reef. The Second Watch took control of the ship for the 19:00 - 22:00 session, whilst the First Watch had a rest and kept Alby confined to his quarters. The Second Watch members are your correspondent (Mike), the Stud, The Wriggler and the Cabin Boy (Ed. Poor old Roger). It was our clearest star washed night so far, which led to some very deep discussions about the universe that we inhabit. For anyone who has sat on a boat in the middle of the night on watch with a bunch of people they don't spend alot of time with, they will understand it when I say that you can have some very long conversations, about absolute crap. It was one of those nights!" (Ed. Hello to my mate Andy McKinna and all those poor souls who endured our night watches. Miss you mate...)

"However, one item of interest did emerge. Through something as simple as a fart, we determined that somehow we have managed to neglect the nose when it comes to the measurement of speed. Currently we talk of the 'speed of light', which is all about sight. We talk of  the 'speed of sound', which is about your ears, but we never talk about the 'speed of smell', which we feel is unfair to the olfactory nerve. We will publish on this further, but we currently contend that the speed of smell is somewhere between the speed of light and the speed of sound. This was evidenced by crewmembers smelling other crewmember's farts, before they heard them. Interesting hey?"

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"So, currently our position is 22 14.180S 153 47.365E. The kite is up and we are sailing at about 7kts in 12kts of breeze. We have changed our mind again and are heading to The Capricorn Passage via Bundaberg , one of our spiritual homes. We Have all sung the RWYS songbook version of 'Happy Birthday' to the Ship's Cat and all is well, except for the Ship's Cat who enjoyed her last day of being young."

Life aboard ship, eh?! Just charming. Let us know if it is too much information, but everyone wants to know what goes on on those long voyages... We hope the Mice can make it past their spiritual home and get to Hammo... Kim - get the book out again, please.


 

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