We left Panasia this morning for our new destination which is Panapompom in the Deboyne Group - the actual anchorage we stayed at was off Nivani which is right next to Panapompom. We had good winds for the 21NM trip. Again the anchorage is delightful and we are quickly in the water to check out our new surrounds. We are at Panapompom for one of their major events of the year which is the Panapompom Regatta and Sports Festival and we have a busy couple of days ahead of us
|Arriving for the |
|Great Paw Paw|
After the snorkel we all headed for shore for the sing sing and start of the sporting festivities which involved some swimming and canoe races along with a craft and food market in the morning where we made some excellent purchases including bananas, passionfruit to die for, and the obligatory Paw Paw. The big event for the day event was the Sailau race in the afternoon. The competition is pretty fierce amongst the 3 divisions of Sailau’s and the prizes of sails, ropes, tarpaulins and cash are hotly sought after – we had many sailaus competing from the area including one that had come all the way from Sudest which is a 3 day sail away from Panapompom.
|Getting ready for the Sailau Race|
|The Main Event - Sailau Race|
|Our Crew for the Fun Race|
We finished off the day with the presentation ceremony for all the races along with another Mumu (we are certainly getting our fair share of pork and yams on this trip)
|Clinic at Panniet|
|Trading Store at Panniet|
|Waiting for the trip back to Nivani|
New Red Bucket in hand!
29/09We left Nivani and Panapompom on our way to Bagaman which is back in the Calvados Group of Islands (the biggest group in the Louisiades). Not long after we dropped the anchor we had a visit from the famous Chief Gulo who made sure we signed his yachties book and we also gave him some Panadols for his aches and pains (from the discussion we figure he is now around about 85YO although this has also been disputed so who really knows). The next visitors were Jerry the Muster organiser and Joseph. We had a pretty relaxing arvo with a swim and snorkel off the back deck. The people as always were delightful however, as this is one of the most popular anchorages for boats we did find their trading techniques a bit more sophisticated than what we had been used to.
We had a leisure day in Bagaman before the rest of the rally turned up in the arvo. Many of the yachts had spent the 29th in at Kamataal with Jimmy at the yacht club. We are hoping to get their at some stage during the rest of our time in the LouisiadesAUD$10)
|Trading for a Lobster Dinner|
|Getting a Tow by Team Rex!|
3/10Before heading over to Hoba Bay (all of 2NM away) we managed to make a loaf of yummy bread and then wandered over to the reef at Blue Lagoon and had an awesome snorkel with some of the best coral we have seen to date and we got to find another Nemo family.
|Dancing at Hoba Bay|
We went ashore at Hoba Bay and got to meet Chief Bernard who was looking after us for the afternoon. The locals at Hoba Bay put on a great afternoon for us which included some of the best dancing we have seen. The rest of the afternoon was filled with cultural activities whereby they showed us Dim Dims how they make baskets, mats, bagi, light fires which was quite enlightening and was great to get involved. We also got to do some more excellent trading for sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
|The School Bell|