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VOYAGING
Words by Hanneke Boon
Lapita 
Voyage: 
Jayapura to Rabaul on 'Lapita Anuta',  
25th December - 12th January 2009
With stage 3 of the Lapita Voyage (Jayapura
to Rabaul) we entered a new phase.
e finally got a chance to meet and study the
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local canoes, one of the main aims of this
At this time we had 5
voyage for James Wharram and myself. The
crew on each boat and
other aim was to discover how the Tama Moana
two were to leave to travel
design sails in all sorts of different conditions and this
overland. At first this was
stretch of the voyage gave us several superb sailing test
going to be Eve and Philip,
opportunities.
but then Rudy became ill
with a serious leg infection
From Jayapura we sailed direct to Wewak in Papua New Guinea
and septicaemia. He
leaving on Boxing Day (26th December). Wewak was our first
needed daily antibiotic
New Guinea port. We had hoped for a rest here in a nice place,
injections for 10 days at a hospital. James was also suffering
but with large waves rolling on to the shore landing was difficult.
from exhaustion and needed a break from the continuous sailing
Also we were told by the locals that we had to be very careful with
regime, so the two of them got flights to Rabaul to await our
security as another yacht had had 'Rascals' come aboard to
arrival.
rob them.
We planned a route to Rabaul via some of the smaller islands
in the Bismarck Archipelago. The first one of these was Karkar
Island as we had heard from Chris Bone of Oceanwatch (www.
oceanwatch.org ) that there were many canoes here. We also
had names of some of the locals, who were Chris' friends.
With little detail of the island on our small scale chart we had to
explore a suitable anchorage ourselves. The two boats, 'Lapita
Tikopia' and 'Lapita Anuta', arrived together and we on 'Anuta'
sailed into the bay in front of the village named by Chris Bone.
We were watched by waving people from the shore, however
this bay appeared too deep for anchoring, particularly in an
onshore NW wind. So we tacked out again, meantime 'Tikopia'
explored the next bay to the North, which had more surrounding
reef and they found shallow water and helpful people. We joined
them there and managed to find a small patch of black sand
amongst the coral to place our anchors in. Immediately we were
surrounded by canoes and many friendly people.
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