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Greetings Everyone,

It wasn’t our best crossing.  In fact it was probably our most sustained worst crossing with continual squalls and rough confused seas making it difficult to sleep.  On the second last day the wire on the running back-stay snapped putting the staysail out of action and we limped in with yankee and double reefed main.

Then we had difficulty reefing the headsail and cracked the port side window on our new cockpit dodger.  Sob! Sob!  We cleared customs with difficulty as they had been told to no longer clear yachts from the pilot boat.  Thankfully we had a number of e-mails from the Minister for Health in PNG in which he said he wanted the authorities to facilitate our work.

The last straw was that when we were unloading all Bruce and Dianne’s boxes from the fore cabin we discovered that the new hatch had leaked so badly that everything on the bunks was soaked through from one end of the cabin to the other.

Enough of the bad news.  It’s great to catch up with everyone here.  Bruce and Dianne were delighted to see us.  Yesterday we walked an hour or so to meet the members of the newest fellowship — an enthusiastic group of 12 adult and numerous kids eager to get going.

As we always say, when it’s tough getting here, it’s going to be a good year.

We will be in Bwagaoia for a few days as we have to wait until our bunk mattresses are dry before we head off to Sudest Island where Phil is going to install another HF radio and then to Rossel Island where he will put some lights in the main church building there.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

D-Day today, Tuesday.  We had a quick trip up from Bundaberg with winds up to 30 knots behind us.  We are now more loaded than ever before after picking up seven large boxes plus extras from Townsville for our friends, Bruce and Dianne, who are now living in Misima.

The forecast is for light winds near the coast so we’ll probably wallow around like a lame duck until we get off shore a bit where they are supposed to pick up.

The cargo includes:-

  • Two HF radios and antennas
  • Three generators — one for Misima and two for Rossel Island
  • 15 fluro lights and 1 floodlight for the church and Bible College at Rossel
  • Drums of electrical cable and other accessories
  • Two deep cycle batteries
  • One solar panel
  • Four cartons of medical supplies for the hospital
  • 600 school exercise books
  • 100 pens
  • Several hundred Bibles
  • Sunday school resource material
  • Resource materials and books for Pastors
  • 80 sets of reading glasses
  • Hand tools including mattock, saws, hoes, hammers, etc.
  • 4 guitars
  • 16 tambourines
  • 7 x 50 litre boxes of goods for Bruce and Dianne
  • Other bits and pieces that I can’t recall at the moment but they are buried somewhere on the boat

Please pray for suitable winds and seas for the crossing.

God bless,

Phil and Pam

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Greetings Everyone,

More dramas!! Going up on the slips we got stuck halfway.  The trolley wouldn’t go back into the water far enough.  The operator dived down to see why and said,”The rails are gone!”  The tide was falling rapidly.  Finally a big power boat towed us off and into deeper water.  The slips operator then discovered the rails were still there but under a foot or so of silt from the flood waters.  He water blasted it off at low tide and we went up on the high tide that night with no trouble.

Five days later after many hours of back-breaking work, we were back in the water with the boat looking a million dollars.  Actually the surveyor valued it at $200,000 which pleased us and also reduced his bill, which pleased us further.

We are fully loaded, crawling over three generators and umpteen cartons to get into bed at night and raring to go.  Departure date from Bundaberg for Townsville is Monday the 3rd.  It will be good to be sailing again instead of scraping and painting.

God bless you all,

Pam and Phil

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