After two nights in a hotel for Kat’s 40th birthday we got back on the boat and tidied up after apparently another bomb had gone off inside, this seems to happen during every passage regardless of how well you think you’ve packed everything away. Our first guests Ellie and CP flew in and we explored […]
Our passage from the Loyalty Islands to Tanna was very fast, I’m still surprised at how speedy the Tambourine Man is. This meant we arrived earlier than expected and would be entering Port Resolution in the middle of the night. Unlike New Caledonia, Vanuatu is not very well charted and lacking in navigational aids. We’ve […]
We left Noumea for the final time and the wind cooperated perfectly. We sailed for two days in two opposite directions (intentional) and the wind was behind us both days! We shot through the first tidal race at Prony and saw a mum and baby whale before being whizzed out of Havannah Passage with over […]
We’ve spent the last three weeks exploring the lagoon on the West Coast of New Caledonia. It finally feels like we’re getting to grips with the ever changing conditions here and managing to be in the right place at the right time to make the most of what’s on offer. We’ve surfed rights and lefts, […]
The SE trade wind is a menace here and due to its direction almost any trip you want to take within New Caledonia will involve battling against the wind and seastate for at least half the distance. It took us a few days to make less than 100 nautical miles from Noumea to Ile de […]
It took us exactly a week to sail from Lord Howe Island to Noumea. We didn’t see a single sign of human life until our final two evenings when passing a cruise and container ship. We did catch a large bird, a small fish, almost a very large fish and had a whale following us […]
This was our second attempt to sail to the Island. Again, currents, winds and swells all worked against us at some point. After five full days and nights at sea we approached under a full moon with an excitable dolphin escort. We spent the night anchored in a narrow gulley between towering cliffs and sailed […]
After lots of planning, saving, fixing and tinkering the Tambourine Man is nearly ready for casting off. See some of the work we have done here.