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Getting ready for the new trip...
We promised last year the people from Anuta, Tikopia and Asumboa that we will come back.
Thankfully we received in the last few month some donations from readers of our Blog, friends and family. 500 Euro. sounds like not much but a good start for us to buy the most of the needs for this small communities out there.
We go hunting in second hand shops, visit doctors and sail maker. Soap, hand tools, sail material and a special skin cream is needed.
The departure is coming closer, Wakataitea gets ready....new anti fouling, new auto pilot, new anchor, and... new dodger! We will try all these new "add on" tomorrow, drinking a cup of tea, well sheltered from the cold New Zealand winter's wind, under the dodger...
It is already July 2011 in New Zealand. Getting cold here...
The new canvas dodger. made by Isabelle.
not a comfortable anchorage...
Isabelle visit the school, to hand over some photograph we made last year from the every school kids. last year...after giving them paper and pencil, everyone wanted to give as a drawing on the way home.
please look at the boy on the left. he has a skin disease called bakua. the skin reacts with the "cheap" nylon closing that the kids wear some times. the demand on the island for soap to wash clothes and body is supporting the disease to spread fast under the kids.
on the way again. with us the priest, a spokes man and villagers. there is a church meeting in Santa Cruz. these guys need a lift.
now a playground for the kids. the boat needs work too but the 4 chiefs in Tikopia can not come together to get a team ready to sail the boat to Santa Cruz for refit. Island politics... why should they be different here than everywhere else on the world...?
the Asumboa village people see our sail from far and get the canoes ready to welcome us...
hand tools as planner, hand drills, chisels, hammer, files and sharpening stones, complete set of wood drills. bushman saw, clams, measurement tools etc...
The new school in Asumboa village. named after me (my nickname) Schelmi School. they built it with the tools and material we brought last year after receiving donations.
some of the seamen ask me about teaching them how to read charts, Compass and the route planing of a offshore voyage. no problem, a class of 8 people is coming together. Next day we start a Navigation Training in the new school building.
teach to plot positions and explain Magnetic and geographic north.
they really loved it... great students.
this doesn't happen often, people from different islands and villages are working together... the people from Asumboa supply food, shelter, wood and tools to help the boy's from Anuta to fix their boat.
we told the people from Anuta that they have to come with us to Asumboa. i wanted them to get friends and learn from each other. the Anutan's are very experienced in offshore sailing. the deal was, after rebuilding the boat in Asumboa, they would take and teach seamen from Asumboa on their Lapita canoe. They would start a trading relation ship with betel nut, tobacco, matt's (handicrafts) and wood.
the precut timber for the rudders.
Time goes by fast. the repairs are mostly finished. the two islands started a real friendship and will continue on there own. it is time for us, the Cyclone season is soon. we have to move north.
a great farewell party and many presents do not make it easy for us to leave.
we are on the way again.
this was not a "good bye" for ever. no, we will go there again. we / you have friends there now...
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A small step for us can be a great one for the mankind....
thanks a lot
Isabelle and Hans