Before leaving Tanna, Dennis made an early morning trip ashore to give some things to a couple of the men we met. Patrick was in need of some tools and gasoline (petrol) for his weed-whacker. Dennis doesn’t really believe that the thing worked based on what he saw, but we got the fuel to him.
I have emailed a request for rice, powdered milk and canned meats in self-opening tins to the ICA Pacific Circuit Rally boats hoping they can buy some of these things in Fiji and deliver them to Stanley’s clan. He seemed embarrassed to ask, but the desperation showed on his face. He brought his family to the yacht club so we could meet them. We offered to reimburse anyone who needs it if they will just get it to the family.
I packed up all of the self-opening cans of meat, powdered milk and rice I had on board and Dennis made it part of his early morning delivery to shore. Just to make sure I wouldn’t offend him, I had asked Stanley if he would accept the fresh food gifts we had been given at the Welcoming Ceremony and Gift Exchange. Again, Stanley seemed somewhat embarrassed accepting a gift without having something to give us, but he accepted it. I feel better knowing it is being used where needed instead of me trying to figure out what to do with it all.
Mount Yasur was still coughing
and spewing black smoke into the air as we sailed away from Tanna. It was a sunny day with fresh winds off the
starboard quarter so we moved along at 6-7 knots for 50+ nautical miles,
reaching Dillion’s Bay, Erromango, Vanuatu just in time for watch the sun set
and catch green flash Number 18!
|Dillion's Bay, Erromango|