The Passage

First off, i am sorry, that you didn’t hear anything from me for such a long time.
The main reason is not that i didn’t have anything to tell you, but that i was on sea for more than 2 weeks and did not have any internet.
Also we have a videographer on board which makes me a very lazy photographer. Why make a picture if there is somebody with a huge camera setup who makes delicious crisp videos.
The downside of this is however, that it will take ages until the videos are all edited and uploaded.

Lets start at the beginning!

Last time i wrote we just arrived in Chuuk the wreck diving place.
We toured in the huge lagoon and pirated some of the Japanese war ship wrecks, as we did not pay a guide.
I experienced a glimpse of island politics, as I met with the mayor and vice-governor of Chuuk concerning our environmental mission.
And although th US is slowly infiltrating their culture it was very nice to see that the Island culture is still existant.
Or as my friend (the first nephew of the micronesian premier minister) said: “It doesn’t matter how many Cheeseburger or Pizza
are in you, you are still a sea goer by blood”

One of our crewmembers got a very bad infection on her leg and she had to fly to the next island to go to hospital.
We took the best wind and followed her in a fast sail.

It took us only 2 days to reach Pohnpei, the home of one of the ancient pacific civilizations, comparable with the roman empire.
The ruins are made of vulcanic balast rock, wich grew in very handy “logs”…the whole complex is over 2km long and completly in between the mangroves.
So everything was build onto the watersurface.
The channels between the different island parcels still exist and give a good impression of how the life must have looked like a thousand years ago.

The next day we decided to spend a night ashore on the top of a mountain near an old Japanese gun station.
We hiked to the top where we had an amazing view over the bay and the tuna fleets unloading their scarce catch.

It is scary talking to the islanders, everybody is talking about the fish getting less and less, smaller and smaller.
Somehow it is a different feeling, reading that China is over “Peak-Fish” and talking to a village chief who tells you the big ships take all our fish.

On our way back from the viewpoint to the camp we found something special.
I thought it only existed in myths or stories but here it was, fluorescent mushrooms.
They made the forest twinkle. At first we only saw a few but after time your eyes could see that the whole forest was full of them.
Pohnpei was fluorescent all over. The bay that we anchored in was lit every time we drove the dinghy. Sadly one cannot make pictures of the algae, but when i swam in it it looked like i was on fire.
The scene in “Life of Pi” was nothing compared to it.

After pohnpei we had a 14 day passage to the next island.
We crossed the equator in our dinghy .
Our filmmaker was filming infinity in the middle of the ocean…videos are coming up some day 😀
Reading a lot, sails up, sails down…passage routine.


Then one day suddenly we arrived in Tikopia.

The island survived the strongest cyclone of the century basically without outside help and no deaths.
The reason, soft leaf roofs and tons of breadfruit.
The island was very idyllic and the huge volcanic lake in the middle just added to the charm. On the island we met a Norwegian family which made a children’s documentary about this little paradise.
They joined us for our Halloween party – the picture many of you have seen already.
But pictures say more than thousand words:

Now we are in Vanuatu.
And its pretty nice…but thats for another time…

So long
Ole

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7 thoughts on “The Passage

  1. Where to start. I love the life of Pi. But I have to agree your pics are far more beautiful. Glowing mushrooms and algae would be like living in a dream. The leaf looked like a great baking dish for a huge meal. O and the waterfall I could swim all day in. It had to be wonderful. Plus the lagoon by the volcano looks so awesome.I would have to look inside. I live so many adventures with you. Thank you.
    Love you kiddo
    Lisa

  2. Sofort aufgefallen! Du hast das Tuch zerschnitten, dass ich dir geschenkt habe; und jetzt tragen es alle Crewmitglieder als Sonnenschutz?
    Die fluoreszierenden Pilze sind echt klasse!! Hast du noch mehr Bilder von denen?? Die sehen ja wahnsinnig schön aus! Das es so was gibt, ist unglaublich!
    Ich würd gerne mal sehen, wie der Feuerball im Meer versinkt, so ein schöner Sonnenuntergang!
    Lass es dir gut gehen:) Liebe Grüße

    • ich hab mich gefragt, ob es dir auffaellt, das tuch ist langsam aber sicher auseinander gefallen und dann hab ich ein paar leute damit gluecklich gemacht.
      Nichts ist fuer immer 🙂
      Ich hab leider nicht noch mehr bilder, aber ich hoffe, dass ich ein paar bilder von den schweden kriege, die haben noch mehr gemacht.
      Ich hab versucht ein paar pilze mitzunehmen, aber das hat nicht so richtig funktioniert 😀

      • Das mit dem Tuch ist ja auch nicht schlimm. Ich weiß ja, dass du immer alles trägst, bis es auseinanderfällt;-) Wie steht’s denn um deine Leder-Palladium?^^

        Ob die Pilze im getrockneten Zustand auch noch leuchten? Wahrscheinlich eher nicht, oder?=)

      • meinen schuhen gehts gut, nur neue schnuersenkel brauchen die 😀

        die pilze sind schon ueber bord geflogen, aber sie haben nicht geleuchtet. ich glaub pilze zu zuechten ist eine kunstform an sich :D, nichts fuer ein boot auf hoher see

  3. Danny Wiggins’ Dad here: thanks for the travel information and great photos- I’ve never seen a glowing mushroom! Please encourage him to take and post more photos. Nagging from all sources it appreciated!! Fair winds Ole, Steve Wiggins

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