Arriving in Port Resolution on Tanna in Vanuatu

Take Off
Jörgen Wennberg
Tue 11 Jul 2017 04:12
After 3 days of rough, bumpy and wet sailing we arrived in Port Resolution on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu! The finishing line yesterday evening was one of the most spectacular we have ever experienced: an active volcano ahead of us and a full moon behind us leading the way.

However once we approached more calmer sea and the boat was finally up straight after the 3 day hard sailing the bilge pump started to pip …. we through ourselves down in the boat seeing that we had been taking in a LARGE amount of water. So where did this water come from? The keel? The rudder? Yes we had now a long list to work on … already.

We woke up in the morning to a whole armada of fishing boats around us. Amazing to see with what primitive tools these fishermen manage to make their living. 



Then when we turned around our heads towards land we understood how close we were to the volcano Mt Yasur!


First thing Jörgen did was to get on land and check us in… which took the whole day. Just sitting and waiting. However this got him the chance to socialise and to get to know the other boats, our new friends for this second part of the World ARC. Jörgen also went to the “bank”, which was a desk at the Port Resolution Yacht Club. There are of course no cash machines so we could only exchange the money we had. The World ARC had arranged a bank contact to come to Tanna in order to help us exchange the money we needed for our stay on Tanna.

And this day, 11th of July, was a true fixing day! There were so many things that Yacht Help in Fiji had missed to do, forget to do or did it wrong! So now we start our list again…
- Try and locate the water leak: coming from the keel or the rudder or what else?
- Repair the kick: put in washers that were missed
- Repair the foot of the mast: distance material missing
and so on and so on….