This blog covers our adventures in Allusive from 2013 to late 2015.
In 2013 we made a voyage up the East Coast of Australia to Cairns then with the Ecosustainability Rally to the Louisiades Archipelago (PNG) and the return voyage to Tasmania.
In 2015 we cruised to Vanuatu via Sydney, Lord Howe Island and New Caledonia with a return to Bundaberg in Australia in August 2015
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Noumea South to Isle of Pines
Friday 19th June
We made our final departure from Noumea this morning after
an early start to collect fresh fruit and veges from the local market.
Chloe is a young lady who helps out visiting yachties with
clearances and money exchange. She picked up our passports and papers this
morning as well as delivering some Vanuatu currency which we could not get as we
don’t have an airline boarding pass or local bank account!
We had a great run South East down the lagoon for 30 miles
to Proney Bay, the last 10 mile under 1 reef and no.3 headsail, where we picked
up a mooring at Isle De Casey.
one of the many abandoned houses
This is a 40 hectare island with an abandoned
resort, lovely beaches and forest walks and a resident guide- a dog! who is the
only resident on the island. He greets every boat and takes the crew on a
guided tour- I kid you not! In return the visiting yachties supply him with
tasty treats. He waits on the jetty for the new arrivals.
On our arrival we walked the track around the island and
caught up with Darren and Chris and boys from Freyer. Our sundowners on the
jetty were interrupted by a shower of rain so it was back to the boat for the
rest of the evening
Saturday 20th June As usual we were up at sunup and made a quick trip ashore to
feed the pooch his breakfast then let him take us on a walk.
He soon tired of
us when we returned to the jetty as a large school of fish was sitting below
the walkway and, if they are big enough he will dive in to grab one. Apparently
he had eaten too much breakfast because today he just stood there staring at
the fish below.
We were underway by 8.30 for the 40 mile trip to L'Isle Des
Pins (Isle of Pines). This is usually a bash to windward into the trade winds
but we were lucky as there is a lull at present and we motor sailed the
distance in a North Easterly of less than 10 knots and smooth seas.
The Isle of Pines is an island of about 150sq km with a
population of 1900. There are two easy bays to sail to which have good shelter
from the prevailing trade winds and these are also the main tourist destination
with half a dozen resorts scattered around the edge of the bays.
We dropped anchor at 2.00pm and quickly had a swim off the
back of the boat then a shower as we were both feeling the heat. The inside of
the boat is now 27 and the water temp 24 degrees. This is what we came for!
After lunch we checked out a couple of the resorts and
enjoyed sundowners at the bar on the beach next to the anchorage.
We have started a 6.00pm sched running on 4483 with other
Aussie boats and tonight we had 6 starters all logging in with their positions
and chat. HF is great for this type of comms.
Sunday 21st June
Up early as usual and hired a couple of bikes so we could
see a bit of the island.
Outboard in need of a service!
The ride is along the Southern coastal strip and our
destination was Ova about 7 km away where we checked out the local church
service and some of the spectacular scenery.
Monday 22nd June
The highlight was catching up with Jeff Gordon who spotted
us in the bay and rode a bike 20k to have morning tea on board with us. We hadn’t
seen Jeff for many years and were school mates many years ago
After lunch we set sail for the island of Lifou which is the
middle of the three main islands in the group. This was a very easy 100 mile
downwind sail with the speed kept low so we would arrive in daylight.