Resolute left Sydney in May 2012, sailing to Savusavu, Fiji via Lord Howe Island. We explored Fiji with several friends, then sailed with the family to Vila, Vanuatu.  Our South Pacific sailing adventure continued when we sailed north to Espiritu Santo with more friends, before heading back to Sydney via Coffs Harbour.

PART 1 – FROM SYDNEY TO FIJI

Mike, Bill, John and I set sail from Sydney – our first real trip since the boat arrived in Australia, and the first time without any professional help.  We were fortunate to have a slow start on the infamous leg to Lord Howe Island, with a bit more action after that.  Take a look at the pictures and videos. [button link=”https://vimeo.com/109296429″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]

 

 

Here is the leg from Lord Howe onwards to Savusavu, Fiji – a bit more wind!  [button link=”https://vimeo.com/109294674″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]

 

PART 2 – EXPLORING FIJI

Janice joined us in Fiji with several friends: Noni, Gail, Liz, Tracy (and family). I don’t recall much sailing, but they sure know how to have fun…. [button link=”https://vimeo.com/109215618″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]

 

PART 3 – FIJI TO VANUATU

Our kids, Hannah, Ed and Naomi joined us for the sail from Fiji to Vanuatu, together with Hannah’s boyfriend, Jack.  It turns out Jack is something of a champion fisherman, and once we got to Vanuatu he endeared himself to a local village by free diving to 30 metres and spearing a 40 kg sailfish, which he donated for a local wedding.  Jack and Hannah were adopted by the village! [button link=”https://vimeo.com/109191515″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]

 

PART 4 – EXPLORING VANUATU

Our Irish friends, Trish and Paul Kenny, and their son Darragh, joined us for a few days as we explored Efate, and then Gail and Pru joined us as we sailed north to Espiritu Santo.  These are stunning islands, each with their own story.  At Ambrym, we donated our electronic keyboard to the local school, to the great delight of everyone.  We were gifted ‘Rom’ – a wooden carving with attitude. We thought maybe Rom carried a spirit, but he seemed to bring good luck.  Here are a couple more videos: [button link=”https://vimeo.com/109214127″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]

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PART 5 – ESPIRITU SANTO TO SYDNEY

Some local sailing friends, Glenda, Ian and Andrew, joined me for the trip back to Sydney. We sailed north of New Caledonia, then made our way to Coffs Harbour.  On the way we managed several new records – including ‘fastest shower’ (19 knots)….  It was a fabulous sail.  Here’s the video:  [button link=”https://vimeo.com/109208210″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]