Photo Gallery - June 2003
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sleeping on the passage to Iles des Pins.
final leg on the trip to Iles des Pins. It was on the nose the first 25 miles.
The last 5 we were on a lovely beam reach as shown here.
beach at Kuto on Iles des Pins, New Caledonia. Called the "Jewel of New
Caledonia" Iles des Pins is all that and more.
our first night anchored at Kuto.
shot of the beach at Kuto, though technically the bay next door.
trees just inshore from the beach at Kuto.
long, sweeping beach at Kuto under gray clouds.
walking on the same beach the next day.
hooks a Remora. At Kuto we had the constant company of a squadron of Remora.
They would bite anything on a hook and we caught 2 or 3 with bread balls.
Noumea to Iles des Pins ferry at the pier at Kuto. She makes the 40 mile from to
Noumea in less then 2 hours. Similar ferries connect Noumea with Lifou, Mare and
Ouvea of the Loyalty Islands.
anchorage deep at the head of Baie du Prony where we waited for the all-clear as
cyclone Gina threatened New Caledonia. This photo and the next were taken by
of the half dozen or so boats in the same arm of the bay as us.
and dad reading in bed. Notice the warm clothing we are wearing in New
transiting the Woodin Channel heading back to Noumea we passed this container
ship in the narrowest part of the channel. We were moving with the current and
making 9.5k. The freighter must have been doing 15k.
after this photo the batteries on the camera died, so you will not get to see
the close-up shot as it passed us within 75ft or so
at dawn over the entrance to Port Moselle in Noumea. The boat in the foreground
is leaving the harbor.
new favorite game is to swing from the boson's chair. he was influenced heavily
by Jasper from S/V Danza, our next door neighbor at Mooloolaba. Jonah just squeals
with delight as he swings from the halyard.
close-up of Jonah hanging in the chair.
of the harbor from the Queen Jane at anchor in Port Moselle, Noumea.
view of the harbor from the Queen Jane.
memorial to US servicemen who served in New Caledonia during World War II.
Noumea, New Caledonia was the premier US Naval base in the South Pacific
during the war.
memorial was constructed in 1992 and consists of a central earth shaped dome
with continents outlined with a US flag in the back in sections visible from all
Plaque reads "In honor of the US forces who by their presence during the
pacific war from March 1942 to February 1946 insured the freedom of New
Caledonia. Her people are deeply grateful."
cruise ship ("Pacific Sky") departing Noumea. Although difficult to
see in this photo, the tug on its port bow is actually being pulled by the ship
relaxing in the cockpit reading a good book (again, notice the warm clothing).
Although there were several beautiful sunny days in New Caledonia the
temperature was far too cold for the type of activities we enjoy.
through the Southern Lagoon on our way to Havannah Passage and points North.
the Bonne Anse Reef Light on our way to Havannah Passage. Bonne Anse Reef sits
at the mouth of Baie du Prony. Strangely, on this morning as we were leaving New
Caledonia we saw Prony for the first time without a sheath of clouds and rain.
Many cruisers had taken to calling it Baie de Rainy, though you wouldn't know it
from this picture.
Grande Terre receding in the distance the sun sets on the first night of
our passage to Tanna in Vanuatu.
daybreak on the second day the coast of Tanna is green and lush, the weather is noticeably
warmer and the sky remains clear and sunny.
we approach the NE tip of Tanna we prepare to turn toward the point to enter
Port Resolution bay after a gentle 48 hour passage.
point (Yewao) at the entrance to Port Resolution. You can easily see the
breakers on the reef which surrounds the point.
Port Resolution several boats can be seen lying blissfully at anchor.
anchorage at Port Resolution, Tanna.
from the cockpit of Queen Jane anchored at Port Resolution, Tanna.