Resolute left Coffs Harbour and sailed direct to Noumea, where we competed in The Great Lagoon Regatta.  To our great amusement Ressie won the catamaran division – the only non-French crew, the only non-French design, the only all-girl (except captain) crew…. Janice was hugely disappointed when the magnum of champagne went to 2nd place, leaving us to win the fossilised megalodon tooth….  We then explored Southern New Caledonia with friends before the kids joined us for a trip to the Loyalty Islands and back to Noumea. On the trip back to Australia we encountered winds up to 48 knots, and bore away to Brisbane.

PART 1: THE GREAT LAGOON REGATTA

The Great Lagoon Regatta is a New Caledonian tradition.  It attracts about 30 boats the majority of which are multihulls, who race within the Lagoon, stopping each night to party. Janice, her sister Judy, and Gail were the willing crew.  At the briefing, when asked to describe their sailing experience, they all turned to Captain Ken, pointed at him and giggled. Right then. Time to go sailing.[button link=”https://vimeo.com/109076165″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]

 

 

PART 2 – EXPLORING NEW CALEDONIA

Flushed with success at the regatta, we headed south the ‘Isle de Pins’ – described by some as the most beautiful island on the planet.  We met up with Chris and Christine, and then later with Megan and Chris….[button link=”https://vimeo.com/109188874″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]

 

PART 3 – LOYALTY ISLANDS

The kids joined us and we spent the next 10 days exploring the Loyalty Islands. [button link=”https://vimeo.com/108980341″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]

 

PART 4 – NOUMEA TO BRISBANE

Richard, Andrew and Jon joined for the trip back to Australia.  We took a calculated risk and sailed into a trough.  We saw 48 knots and 5 metre waves, with some breaking at the crests.  We settled Ressie down with a triple reefed main and a smidgeon of staysail, plus the leeward engine ticking over, sitting at about 60 degrees to the wind.  She was very comfortable and stable and ambled along at about 4 knots.  Eventually we decided to bear away and head for Brisbane, and off she went!  There is nothing like a warm, dry, wheelhouse in conditions like this.  Magnificent. [button link=”https://vimeo.com/109208210″ size=”small” icon=”arrow-circle-right” color=”silver” text=”dark” window=”yes”]for higher definition, click here[/button]