Solomon Islands


The Pacific Crossing Guide


Thursday 17 November 2016

The latest edition of ‘The Pacific Crossing Guide’ written by Kitty van Hagen and published by the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation has hit the shelves. We were pleased to be able to contribute to this voluminous work which not only covers places to visit in the Pacific but provides a wealth of information on…

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Leaving the Solomons


Tuesday 28 July 2015

After getting the all clear on the health front for Tom, we hopped on a plane and left the soft creature comforts of Brisbane behind as we headed back to the Solomon Islands. Adina had to endure her second cyclone in our absence. This time it was Cyclone Raquel – a freak cyclone, out of…

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Update from Brisbane


Wednesday 1 July 2015

Tom continues to improve every day and is now up and about as normal. He has had a lot of tests and assessments since we’ve been in Brisbane and the good news is that his heart has been declared ‘normal’. The bad news is that he has had to lose a tooth that was harbouring…

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Sailing Today ‘Sailor of the Year’ nomination


Friday 26 June 2015

In the midst of our worries from Tom falling ill, it was a very pleasant surprise to learn that we have been nominated for Sailing Today’s ‘Sailor of the Year’ Award for our work in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam. We certainly didn’t expect this and using Adina to help the people in Vanuatu was…

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Not part of the Plan


Thursday 25 June 2015

Tom suffered a severe infection last week whilst we were in the Morova Lagoon area of the Solomon Islands. Following initial assessment in Gizo Hospital and input from doctors overseas we have left Adina and flown to Brisbane, Australia, for him to have some further tests and checks. Unfortunately there are concerns that the infection…

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The Russell Islands – a scam and a bunch of good folk


Wednesday 17 June 2015

Having left the comfort of the Florida Islands with Jonny Ruka and his lovely family, we headed 65 miles north-west to the Russell Islands. En-route we landed a good-sized Barracuda. Barracuda have a reputation for carrying the fish poisoning ciguatera, although the Solomon Islands is meant to be ciguatera free. We elected to keep it…

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Hanging out with Jonny Ruka in the Solomon Islands


Monday 15 June 2015

We had not planned on visiting the Florida Islands, a small group of islands that sit just off Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. They’d had some bad press for demanding high anchorage fees from yachts, presenting lists of goodies requested to be brought to the chief and even petty robberies. But again and…

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