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15 October Oyster Island

November 5, 2011
Hi,
Today I moved to Oyster Island.  The first 5 miles I motored against the wind then sailed the last 10 miles. This is a very calm and protected anchorage, and I have very slow but free internet connection. The free connection will save some money, as I need the internet to look for my next crew, and it was quite expensive back at Luganville. If you know somebody with some sailing experience and time to sail from Vanuatu to Australia please let me know (10 days open ocean sailing plus some time in Vanuatu and a stop in northern New Caledonia).
Here is my new position 15deg22.2683S & 167deg11.4350E
Thanks
Michael
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14 October Cave Details

November 5, 2011

 

Hallo
Had 2 loads of laundry, went shopping, and am still looking for crew.
Here are some details on the cave. First we (a cruising couple from Australia, a resort guest named Deti from Austria, and Me)  went by van to the Namble Village. From there we hiked with a guide to the Vanaspef Village.  You only can reach this Village by foot (no street). In Vanaspef we had break and a briefing on the rest of the adventure.   A new guide led us then to the cave (1 hour). On the way we stopped to get our face painted .  Also after the face painting we received the light (LED) and a life-jacket. From there onwards, a 2nd guide carried all our bags so they would not get wet during the trip thru the cave. The next part was the cave. There was a stream going thru the cave so we had to walk in the water. Inside the cave were a lot  of swallows including their nests. We spent 30 minutes walking thru the cave. The cave was long and tall the stream is slowly carving is way in to the rock. It was my first time walking thru water inside a cave, and it was lots of fun.  At the exit of the cave we got our bags back and had our lunch break. After lunch the 2nd guide carried our bags back to the Vanaspef Village and we followed the river by hiking/climbing  and swimming for about 75 minutes. This was even more fun and beautiful than the cave.  There are lots of waterfalls feeding in to the river–just unbelievable.  At the end of the trip we climbed up a waterfall and a trail led us back to the Vanasef Village. At the Village we received coffee (instant) and had time to talk about the experience. After all that, we still had to hike back to the first Village where the tour van was waiting for us to get back to front beach resort (that’s were Larabeck is anchored). It was a muddy and wet day but nevertheless we had lots of fun. You have to be somewhat fit to do this. If you ever get to Vanuatu you need to do this trip.
There will be pictures coming soon on the webpage. Most of the pictures were taken by  Deti from Austria with his waterproof camera. Many thanks to Deti ( I am not sure his name is spelled right, I am sorry) for sharing the photos of our adventure.

alles gute,

Michael

13 October crew change

November 5, 2011

Hi everybody,

There were a lot of things going on today; the details of cave and river trip will come soon, and with pictures, so get ready.

Crew change.  Today we went to Customs and Immigration to take Mari of the crew list. Mari and I have decided that we spent a lot time together and need a change. There are no bad feelings, it’s just time to move on.

Mari is flying back to Fiji and I will sail in north Vanuatu till the end of the month.  Then I’ll sail the Larabeck to Bundaberg, Australia via the north end of New Caledonia. I am looking for crew. If anybody out there would like to join me for the last month on his South Pacific sail please let me or Sharon know.

I want to thank Mari for her help sailing and crewing Larabeck for the last month and I wish her lots of good and safe dives.

Thanks,
Michael

Hei kaikki! (Hi everybody!)

This is the last time I’m writing my bit to the daily mail and just wanted to have a few words before heading to new adventures. It’s been a great trip and I have lots of good memories of it. I learned a little bit about sailing, saw some awesome places that I maybe wouldn’t have visited otherwise and in general had lots of fun. I also want to thank Michael and Sharon for giving me this opportunity to sail and crew Larabeck and I wish Michael good winds on his journey to Australia!

Kiitos! (Thanks!)
Mari

12 October cave and diving

November 5, 2011

Guten Tag,
Today was great day. Michael went first to the Cave and then floated down the river. Mari went diving to see the ship wreck. Michael is putting some more details together for tomorrow.
Have a nice day.
M&M

11 October Santo tour

November 5, 2011

Hallo,

Michael went on a tour (Santo Heritage Tours) along the east cost of Santo to see a plane wreck (B17 I think) and some nice beaches and the Matevulu Blue Hole. For lunch the tour stopped at Oyster Island Resort.  It all was nice except it started raining in the afternoon. The Blue Hole would have been nice for a swim but by then it was raining. Oyster Island was a nice resort–a very low key nice area.

Mari went to town with the hope to get some diving in. However we’ve both been struggling with colds, and hers was was still not gone enough to dive. Maybe tomorrow.

Thanks,
M&M
P.S. During World War II 1942 to 1945 the USA had a big base here in Luganville.
Some people say there were 100 boats anchored in the area.

10 October at Luganville

November 5, 2011

Hallo,

We anchored just west of Luganville; to get here we had to motor again. There is no wind at all.  We’re glad we are not in hurry to get somewhere.

We went to town to check it out. It is a central town for the island with lots of stores etc.

Here our position is 15deg31.4102S and 167deg09.8587E

Cheers,

M&M

9 October musical crew

November 5, 2011

W Green Street, Champaign, Illinois
9 October 2011

Hello from Champaign, Illinois, where 4 members of the landlocked Larabeck crew have congregated to enjoy the crisp fall weather and make some music together.  Sharon and Lynn Fisher drove 100 miles from Springfield and Sharon’s sister Jeannie came 100 miles from the opposite direction, from Lafayette, Indiana to meet up at Cindy’s house, Lynn’s sister.

Our musical journey here has been rich, exploring a number of genres.  We played old-time fiddle on Friday night, with another guest, Champaign Urbana guitarist Jordan Kaye.  Saturday Jeannie arrived and we played 4 part canons (rounds like “Row Row Your Boat”) from three different centuries (16th, 17th and 18th), string quartets from the 19th and 20th centuries, and then back to a few twin-fiddle tunes by Jeannie and Sharon.  We are looking forward to reading more quartets this morning before we return to our busy weekday lives.

Cheers,
Sharon, Jeannie, Cindy, and Lynn
Larabeck Landlocked