10 November 2016 (+11 on UTC)
Dear Friends and Family,

We arrived off the small bay here at 0630 local time. The first issue was that this area is so remote and apparently, the volcanic ash so prevalent that it changes the bottom here often enough that there are actually no depth indications on the charts! Yikes. We’d also heard that the bay was very shallow. It is! We’re anchored in a bay that is 250 yards in diameter and very surprisingly to us – absolutely no infrastructure.

We thought we’d find a small town or a large village, but really, just a few local cottages and the Port Resolution Yacht Club. We suspect the “Yacht Club” may be a backpackers hostile and we’ll see when we go ashore. There is no dock and we’re the only boat here. A “wet landing” (as we call beach landings), will be the order of the day. A local, Patrick, paddled his canoe up to us and fortunately spoke perfect English. He told us where to go (The Yacht Club) to organize a tour to the volcano – hopefully tonight?!

All is well for now, it’s very overcast and we can see the volcano smoking pretty heavily from the anchorage. Fortunately, we’re upwind of it – for now…:-)
KIT,
Scott and Nikki
COMMENT: Beach House – Anchored – Port Resolution, Vanuatu

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/11/09 19:14
LATITUDE: 19-31.57S
LONGITUDE: 169-29.79E
MARINE: NO
WIND_SPEED: 12
WIND_DIR: ESE
CLOUDS: 90%
VISIBILITY: 15
BARO: 1014.2
AIR_TEMP: 25.6C

09 November 2016 (+12 UTC Eastern Hemisphere)

Dear Friends and Family,
We had a lovely easy sail all today and last night. We expect more of the same tonight.
The nice current push we’ve had, around 1-1.5 knots has given us a very nice day’s run of 194 nm.
As such, we’re ahead of schedule and will most likely have to slow down later to insure we arrive no sooner than first light tomorrow morning.

Our electronic charts of the area are a bit sketchy with no detail in this rarely visited, out of the way harbor.
Of note, it can sometimes experience volcanic ash from the very active volcano, Mt. Yasar, only just a few miles away.

No matter who your choice is, it’s election day in the USA and to all our friends, good luck!…:-)

We’ll drop a position report when settled for our expected 1-2 day stay in the land of “John Frumm”.
“John Frumm” as in, “Hi, I’m John From America”. This is the land of the cargo cults, created during WW2.
That’s a whole different story, but for now, just google it. More later….

Cheers,
Scott and Nikki
COMMENT: Beach House – En Route – Fiji to Port Resolution, Tanna Island – Vanuatu

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/11/09 04:01
LATITUDE: 19-00.49S
LONGITUDE: 171-03.70E
COURSE: 250T
SPEED: 7.7
MARINE: YES
WIND_SPEED: 16
WIND_DIR: ESE
WAVE_HT: 0.2M
WAVE_PER: 6
SWELL_DIR: SSE
SWELL_HT: 1.7M
SWELL_PER: 6
CLOUDS: 80%
VISIBILITY: 15
BARO: 1014.3
AIR_TEMP: 28.3C
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08 November 2016 (+12 on UTC)
Dear Friends and Family,

We had a slow night with shifting winds. The winds were strong and light and this morning we went through some squalls. Overall, just a normal day. Today, we’ve had good winds from the port beam and have been flying along.

This afternoon however, both Nikki and I heard what sounded like a large screw fall from the mast!
This does my stomach lining no good. We both looked up and all around and couldn’t find a missing anything and the part, whatever it was, went into the ocean so we couldn’t know for sure if it was critical to keeping our mast up in the air!

About 4 hours later, I noticed that the six screws that hold our boom vang plate to the boom were all loose and one was missing! This is good news.
I tightened three of them, two are stripped and one is gone. That was what we heard “hit the deck”. This is not a serious issue and I can just keep an eye on it till we get to Australia. These were re-installed when we had our boom gooseneck fixed in Tahiti, so they’ve lasted 6000 miles, they should be okay now for another 1500.

If it would have been critical, we would have dropped all sail and motored. Fortunately, it was just a small scare and we’re just truckin’ along.

We’re just under half way to Vanuatu and getting settled into our routine. We hope to arrive at Tanna Island on (our Eastern Hemisphere) Thursday morning, the 10th.
KIT,
Scott and Nikki
COMMENT: Beach House – En Route – Fiji to Vanuatu

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/11/08 04:49
LATITUDE: 17-57.16S
LONGITUDE: 174-05.13E
COURSE: 243T
SPEED: 8.2
MARINE: YES
WIND_SPEED: 18
WIND_DIR: SE
WAVE_HT: 0.5M
WAVE_PER: 6
SWELL_DIR: ESE
SWELL_HT: 1.6M
SWELL_PER: 6
CLOUDS: 50%
VISIBILITY: 20
BARO: 1012.7
AIR_TEMP: 28.3C