Australia to Vanuatu
May to July 2003
I pulled the engine out and had it checked over, rebuilt the wind generator, had the salt water cooling pump rebuilt, hauled out and did the bottom paint.
Our grandson Justin was still in Australia and he and his friend Shaun planned to sail to Vanuatu with me. After the bottom paint we got Camelot V back in the water got our supplies bought carried aboard and stowed.
And shortly after noon on May 20th we had Bundaberg Port Marina on our stern. We powered out through the leads leading into the Burnett River and around the north end of Fraser Island before we got wind. Lovely 10 to 20 knot from the north. With the wind on our beam we made good time for a few day before the wind swung around from the east and then southeast.
Port Resolution is a darling of a place. There is no electricity and only a fair weather road leading to the village and bay.
The truck arrive at 06:00 next morning and we all piled in - 14 - of us. Two in the front with the driver and the rest in the back of a 'small pickup truck' or 'ute' as the Aussies say. The 25 miles to Isangle took two hours. We all got check in, had lunch, did our shopping and had a brief rest. Then time to start our journey back across the island and to stop on the way to see the volcano. The volcano was awesome and we arrived back in Port resolution well after dark. All of us tired but happy. We stayed a couple more days on Tanna Island before leaving on a short overnight sail to Erromango Island.
Another over night run up to Port Vila. This one with 25 to 40 knots so a bit of a rough night. We arrived in port Vila just after daybreak. After getting our anchor down we had wild pig and eggs for breakfast.
Our time in Vanuatu soon came to an end. It was time for Justin and Shaun to go back to Australia to find work.
Friends Tex and Grete arrived to sail the next leg to Tuvalu with me. I said good bye to Justin and Shaun at the air port and the new crew and I started watching weather for a good opportunity to start out for Tuvalu.
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