I apologize for not updating for awhile. I have been spending time with my wife here in the Philippines for the last 2 weeks.
After casting off from Hawaii
in March. I sailed 18 days to Majuro, Marshall Islands
Majuro was a good stop for me and meet some great people that I am now good friends with.
While I was there, I made some necessary repairs
to the rigging
and repaired a intermediate shroud
that unraveled from the staylock fitting.
Majuro has several hardware
stores with marine paint
and some fittings.
After Majuro, I sailed 7 days to Pohnpei and anchored in Mangrove Bay. The owners of the resort there built up the place very nice and created a very protected small marina with about 10 slips for yachts. But I anchored just in front of the Hotel
with good holding.
I paid $10 for week and got free wifi
, showers, garbage disposal, and fresh water
. They also have a fuel dock
you can side tie to fill up your tanks
Pohnpei is a beautiful island with lots to see and nice people. No issues with the authorities there and the charges are minimal.
I believe the port charged me $100 and quarantine was $13. Anchorage is free.
After Pohnpei I sailed to Chuuk Island group and arrived in Weno port after 5 day sail. I was warned not to go to Weno, but being the rebel I am, I went anyway.
My experience there was ok with no issues. The Customs
officer was a little over ambitious about looking through my boat but I just let him do his thing and acted friendly to everyone. The charges there are $25 a day at the dock
and $10 per day at anchor
. I was only there for 3 days so was not much for me.
I did go over and met With Bill, the owner of Truk Stop Hotel
. he is very welcoming to sailors but also understands that Weno is not very safe place for yachties. I went to get fuel
and some provisions while I was tied up at the pier with no issues.
After Weno, I sailed out of the Chuuk island group and after 4 days arrived in Lamotrek Atoll. Some yachtie before me was kind enough to install 2 mooring
buoys and so it was easy to hook on after arriving inside the lagoon
near the beach.
This is where I had the best experience of the trip. The lamotrek people are very warm and friendly. After a few hours of introducing myself to the chiefs and some of the families there, they treated me like their own.
I was able to help teach the kids
and fixed some things for the men
Also after trying to fix their radios that they use for fishing
, I discovered all of them were broken, so when I arrived in Yap, I ordered them new ones, so hopefully they have received them already.
I also took about 20 of the kids
out sailing and had a blast, they really loved it. I already miss the Lamotrek people.
I then sailed for 5 days and arrived in Colonia Yap. The bay there is very protected and they do not charge anything to tie up at the pier if you want to stay there overnight, or you can anchor
in the bay for free also.
Colonia is a small town but nice quiet place to hang out at. The Manta
Ray Hotel is a great place to eat also. but there are other good restaurants near by the port.
There is not much on provisions or supplies for your boat in Colonia but they do have a Napa auto parts
there with some supplies like oil
filters and belts.
After spending a few days in Yap, I then sailed the 750 miles and arrived in Surigao, Philippines where I met up with my wife.
The whole trip from Seattle
to Philippines took almost 9 months. I had 2 crew from California
, but sailed alone from Hawaii to the Philippines. My best time of the whole trip was sailing through Micronesia and visiting the islands there. Also the weather
was great after I got to Majuro.
If any of you have questions on sailing in Micronesia just let me know. All the web sites like Noonsite need to be updated as the info there is somewhat outdated.
Happy sailing to all