Hi, we're in Vila now, I'll ask at the waterfront for Pete and say g'day.
We sailed into Luganville, as part of the Brisbane-Vanuatu rally, which does humanitarian work in the northern Banks islands. The people up there really do live at near subsistence levels, very little government money
The crossing was OK, not the nicest weather
was 25 knots by the second afternoon, and didn't drop below 30 kts for the rest of the trip to Huon reef, the wind
gauge recorded a 47 knot
Always felt safe, but a bit noisy. we did a 210 mile day, but then were slowing down for comfort's sake. The main was put away on the second evening, and didn't come out again. From then on we had about 6m2 of headsail out.
From a cruising point of view, Luganville isn't the best port of entry, as much of Vanuatu lies to windward from there. If I was doing it again, I'd probably either clear in at Anytium or Vila. Or stop at New Caledonia
on the way. Lucky our boat sails
to windward pretty well!
access is patchy to say the least, and often very slow, so please understand if I take a while to reply to posts.