Photo Gallery - May 2003
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S/V Noason with Gene, Robbie and little Allison spent several weeks on our dock
at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club. Their daughter Allison is adorable and she and
Jonah played very nicely together.
and Gene on "Noason". Although originally from California, Alaska was
their last home in the USA. We originally met "Noason" in Vanuatu last
year (see September, 2002).
North from out slip is Brown's Slipway where fishing boats (and the occasional
sailing yacht) haul out for repairs.
to our Starboard for the entire 5 months we spent in Mooloolaba was
another American sailing vessel, "Danza" from Southport, Maine. In
this photo you can see David Nutt the skipper. One of Jonah's bestest friends is
Charlotte, David's daughter.
and his dad goofing for the camera in the cockpit during the long, slow
motor-boat ride to New Caledonia. The calm, flat seas can easily be seen behind
picture of Jonah and his mom in the cockpit on the day we arrived in New
Caledonia. Notice the thick clouds. Fortunately it did not rain on us as we
approached Noumea through the many reefs which dot the lagoon.
photo shows the dramatic scenery of Grande Terre, New Caledonia's principal
"Port Moselle" early in the morning on the day we arrived. This shot
shows the charterboats moored to the sea wall in front of the town market.
sailboat recently arrived in Noumea. The Visitor's Dock is the place to meet all
the newly arrived sailboats which all must dock there for at least one day
(which is free) while clearing customs and immigration.
beautiful (Dutch) Oyster 64 was docked right across from us. Two kids, ages 4
and 3, were playing in the kiddie pool on deck under the gaze of their
live-aboard nanny (yes, a swank boat). Jonah invited himself aboard and quickly
shed his clothes to join the two boys in the pool. "Dad, why don't we have
a pool on our boat?" "Why don't we have a nanny" is all I could
think of in reply.
in a series of photos of Noumea's streets and scenes. Noumea was the site of the
primary US military base for operations in the South Pacific during the Second
good example of colonial architecture in New Caledonia.
and Jonah pose in front of a red store.
pearl shop in Noumea called "Le Maison de la Perla". AKA House of
Pearls. Black Pearls from French Polynesia (Tuomotus and Society Islands) are
featured in all the fancy jewlery stores of Noumea.
visitor's dock at Port Moselle marina. The big catemeran at the end tie is
"Rhapsodie" whom we met in Mooloolaba.
Commander, deep in thought, as we motor into Baie du Prony about 20nm South of
first stop in Baie du Prony, this lovely bay called "Bonne Anse" (Nice
Cove) was calm and peaceful, though we had trouble setting the hook on the
view West from our anchorage at Bonne Anse.
Queen Jane moored at Isle Casy (pronounced "Caazzy"). This small
island in Baie du Prony is a nature preserve but also has a small hotel on it.
Mooring balls are provided and maintained by the government and are free. The
island also boasts several lovely little beaches and great hikes.
anchorage at Isle Casy.
anchorage as seen from the shore.
of the adorable little beaches just opposite the anchorage as seen from the
windward side of Isle Casy as seen from the hiking trail which circles the
with his friends Martin and Basile from S/V Perlianne.
view of the rough and ready windward side of the island.
coming down the trail looking very stylish.
final shot of the windward side of Isle Casy. This beautiful beach had not a
soul on it.
center of the island is a big red sand pit with a landscape that looks more like
planet Mars then earth.
anchorage as seen from the middle of the island. The Queen Jane can be seen on
the right. On the left are two boats that seem to want to be together even
though they are tied to separate moorings.
main building on Casy functions as a combination restaurant, bar, office and
French sailboat "Perlianne", homebuilt by its owners Frank and Evelyn
who live aboard with the two boys Martin and Basille. We first me Evelyn and
Martin while hitchhiking on Wallis island in 2001 where they were living at the
final shot of the anchorage at Isle Casy.