Port Resolution, Tanna. 19.31.48S 169.26.77E
Sun 17 Jul 2016 20:25
Tuesday 12 July. After scrambled eggs, strong coffee and a tidy up, we joined the other early arrivals in the Port Resolution Yacht Club, a very basic but functional one room and a kitchen in the most lovely setting. We checked in with Customs and Immigration and the mobile bank, all of whom had come from another part of the Island specially for WARC. David managed to persuade them to clear us in and out so we can leave anytime before the 20 July from here, fantastic as we don't really want to go any further north before NZ. Pm was a visit to the volcano, a not to be missed tour as you are driven down a deeply rutted track, climb the steep sides of the volcano and then get a spectacular firework display of smoke and molten lava from the rim as it erupts. The noise is also awesome!
Wednesday we explored the village and surrounding area and had lunch with the Wishangers and Paradise Found and supper with Carango and Spirit. Spirt leave tomorrow for New Caledonia, Two Fish have already left and we are spending as much time as possible with our friends before we have to say goodbye.
Thursday, 14 July, feast day! We started the day by bringing all the gifts we had purchased in Savusavu to the yacht club, then joined the rest of the fleet in the welcome from the village with a traditional dance ceremony and exchange of gifts, axes, hammers, clothes etc for woven baskets, fruit and vegetables. The children sang three very moving songs and each skipper gave a little speech on who we were, where we had come from and how much we appreciated being here. Hugh of the yellow shirts then officially opened the new teacher's residence, a small house which they hope will encourage more teachers to come to the village. This has been sponsored mainly by by WARC cruisers and the WARC organisation and, needless to say, more money is always needed by the school. Then back to the boat with our gift of limes, papayas, aubergines, snake vegetables, bananas and a green vegetable for stir fries and pretty baskets and out with the Milton and bug spray to prevent insect infestations.
In the evening we returned for the feast of pig, chicken, rice and vegetables, which was a real feast by local standards, sadly rather spoilt by the pig being nearly raw. The skipper's wife definitely suffered the next day from one of the ingredients, but it was a great honour and an opportunity to say goodbye to everyone as they all leave tomorrow for Vila while we stay and wait for the weather window. Finally we joined Wishanger, Paradise Found and Zoom for a farewell drink on Wishanger.
Friday, 15 July. From 07.00 the boats started leaving, with Carango going first. It is hard to describe our feelings as we said goodbye and watched them leaving one by one. There has been so much pleasure and comfort in having all these amazing people around, tracking their whereabouts on the Yellow Brick, knowing they will be at the next rendezvous, knowing they will help anyone in trouble and above all, enjoying their company and sharing this unique experience with them. So by mid morning, after Zoom, the last to leave, was gone and except for Pentagram, who go this evening, there were no more WARC boats in the bay, we were feeling very lonely, making our preparations for the last stage of our WARC adventure. We cheered ourselves up by booking a 4 wheel drive and guide for tomorrow and settled down to watch the weather, with the best window now looking like a Tuesday start.
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