In February this year, Carl and Roxy took delivery of their new Seawind 1160 Deluxe. They christened her Sky Pond and set off for Australia. Taking delivery in Ho Chi Minh City, they cruised down the Java Sea, passing Bali and eventually on to Darwin. Here is Part 2 of their story – cruising Vanuatu:
Vanuatu is remote. And it is also refreshingly tribal – locals dancing the Rom dance where male dancers are clad only in “mambas”, a woven sheath that covers only the groin and is attached to a wide bark belt holding it straight out or erect, while women dance only in grass skirts.
Live volcanos spew ash on the boat while at anchor – an amazing sight (check out the video at the far bottom!).
We have now arrived at the island of Ranon, Ambrym. We got a small tam tam wood carving from chief Joseph, a master carver and chief of a village of amazingly friendly, curious people.
Last night just as the sun set we left Ranvetlam, Ambrym for Vanihe, Ambae, and as it got dark and as the black sand beach disappeared from view, the orange glow of Ambrym’s volcano lit up the top of the island. Later, as it got pitch black, the orange glow was along side the Milky Way, silhouetted by the outline of the island – most spectacular.
We will post new pictures and stories as soon as Roxy and Carl find internet access the next time!