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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Friday, 22 July 2016

In the Maskelynes

We moved yesterday from Ambrym to the island of Malakula, a 30mm passage to the south west. The breeze was only about 8 knots so we motor-sailed most of the way but the engine power allowed us to run the water-maker for six hours to top up the tank and we enjoyed the attentions of a super-pod of dolphins (possibly Spinner Dolphins, thinks Laura) en route. We caught one fish, a Big Eye Tuna, but returned him as he was pretty small.
We're anchored in a cluster of islands called the Maskelynes at the SE tip of Malakula. You can see us our position on https://www.yit.nz/yacht/maunieofardwall. It's a beautiful spot though the tides run fast between the islands (we had nearly 2 knots of current yesterday) and we saw two sailing canoes in use, one of which had four ladies sailing it between the islands.
We plan to take a few days to explore this area and will then move up the east coast of Malakula. All's well aboard.

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