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Sebastien Destremau - Route change - Skirting coast of Erromango

It looks like Sebastien was heading towards Port Villa, then suddenly turned South. Did he have to get within radio range to find out what the situation was regarding Covid and visitors? His route Southwards took him towards the North West corner of the island of Erromango.
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Erromango has two airstrips. These are at Cooks Bay on the East Coast and Dillon's Bay on the West Coast. Europeans brought diseases for which the population had no immunity. Some missionaries were eaten by cannibals in 1839. The island was a source of sandalwood which was depleted by 1865. Much more here: Erromango

At one point I thought he was sailing away but since then he sailed down the West coast to Dillon's Bay, where he slowed right down to take in the views and maybe record a video.
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Two photos of Dillon's Bay. I wonder if there is any volcanic activity at the moment.
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Lock down at Noumea is not due to be lifted until around Tuesday next week, at the earliest. Perhaps he will sail West to the islands of New Caledonia and record the experience without landing anywhere else first.
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The following tracker map is out of date and shows arrival near the island. It usefully shows the relatively low number of vessels. At least vessels with AIS. There may be other small craft about without AIS.
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It seems to me that whatever the situation, he will at least try to sail by the islands and record his experience before either getting clearance to enter Nomea next week or heading on to his next destination, which should be France, though I suspect he may have a small list of en route options.

I wouldn't go near countries in the Indian Ocean as it's a hot bed of Covid at the moment.
 
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Sebastien Destremau - Grand tour ;-p

Yesterday Sebastien sailed close to the island of Erromango before heading towards the islands of New Caledonia. Here he is sailing to the South of the island of Mare. Apparently it is a raised coral atoll.

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Lets zoom in a bit:
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Maré Island
Travel to New Caledonia - Maré
Mare Island - 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - Tripadvisor

One obvious thing to do, if he is waiting to find out if Noumea will be open to him next week, is to sail past Lifou, Ouvea and the Atrolabe Reef, before sailing down the other side of Grande Terre to Noumea. It depends on weather, time, safety, any advisories etc. Perhaps the reef is best seen from the air though.

New Caledonia Protects Remote Reefs, Helping Thousands of Species
 
Sebastien Destremau - Arrival at Noumea

Yesterday we watched Sebastian sailing to the South of the island of Mare. He didn't turn North immediately after Mare but continued west to Grande Terre and up to Noumea. We know Noumea was in lock down, so I'm guessing the French authorities have agreed to his arrival provided that he has been in quarantine on his boat and undertakes a test? It was while waiting, quarantined on a pier in New Zealand that Sebastien started sending updates, so we can but hope he does an update soon.
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There's more to Noumea than a little name on a map.
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Yes, it looks like he is moored away from anyone else, for quarantine and testing before being permitted to moor up in the marina. His justification may be reportage, his specialism nautical history. Perhaps he can fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of the situation on the ground, how Covid is affecting the islands in terms of health, economy and isolation.
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Are these coral reefs that Sebastien has had to sail through? Yes they are. In fact "New Caledonia is surrounded by the largest lagoon in the world" The coral reefs
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Wow!
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Sebastien Destremau - New Caledonia Covid situation


While looking for any updates on Sebastien Destremau I found this article on Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Vendée Globe by the numbers >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Sebastien Destremau's yacht, Merci, is still in quarantine as far as I can tell. March 22nd was due to be the last day of the two week lock down. However, flights are being banned until 31st March due to the ongoing situation and limited hotel space for quarantine. Sebastien has obviously brought his own quarantine accommodation. As regards the rules on vessels:

Commercial and leisure vessels​

The entry of ocean liners, fishing boats and leisure boats arriving from abroad into New Caledonian waters remains prohibited. This does not apply to container ships, ore and oil tankers, or ships already in New Caledonian waters that depart and return to the territory, so long as they do not stop in any other port of call outside of New Caledonia and the crew has no contact with individuals on board another ship coming from international waters.

It may be that Sebastien has special arrangements, as he is nominally not a tourist ie he didn't set out to go on a yachting vacation. This may come under profession ie journalism.
New Caledonia: Coronavirus (Covid-19) safe travel destination ✓
 
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Sebastien Destremau - Short video; Ari Huusela update

The video appears to be of Sebastien sailing past an island, presumably some days ago, with some verse and music. It's only a few minutes but you can enjoy the views.


Ari posted a new entry on his website on 21st March. This is about the influences, partners and sponsorship that made his race possible.

TOGETHER WITH SPONSORS AND PARTNERS​

TOGETHER WITH SPONSORS AND PARTNERS | Ari Huusela Ocean Racing
 
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Sebastien Destremau - Update of sorts from the quarantine mooring

Sebastien published a pictorial news update 11th April. He is still moored in quarantine by the look of it. His yacht, Merci, attracted the attention of thirty or so junior sailors from Noumea. No update however on his case for being there. It's a mystery.

"VERY GOOD …
In Les News
Visit of around thirty real little sailors in short breeches from the SRC Nouméa Sailing .. too nice to see them discover the Vendée Globe with so much enthusiasm."

Trop bien ... - Merci avec Sébastien Destremau

Noumea has strict biosecurity measures in place which have to be followed and now of course quarantine.

New Caledonia | Noonsite

Coronavirus New Caledonia​


Last updated: 12 April, 2021
The borders to New Caledonia remain closed. The New Caledonian government has made this decision to ensure the safety of its local population.
► All flights to New Caledonia are suspended until 31st October 2021, with the exception of repatriation and freight flights, subject to authorisation.
► All international travellers are advised to postpone their travel.
► The entry of ocean liners, fishing boats and leisure boats arriving from abroad into New Caledonian waters remains prohibited (except French government or military vessels).
Of the 29,182 tests conducted since 18 March, 2020, New Caledonia has reported 121 cases of COVID-19.
63 cases reported since 7 March, 2021, and there have been zero deaths.


New Caledonia: Coronavirus (Covid-19) safe travel destination ✓
 
I was wondering what had happened to him.

Some interesting statistics, given that New Caledonia has had no Covid deaths:

10% over 65, so quite a large proportion of the at-risk age group while major infectious diseases are bacterial diarrhoea and malaria. I wonder whether either of these are a natural defence against Covid. I confess to expecting that the population would have been prone to outside diseases much along the lines of Spaniards/smallpox/Incas.

 
I was wondering what had happened to him.

Some interesting statistics, given that New Caledonia has had no Covid deaths:

10% over 65, so quite a large proportion of the at-risk age group while major infectious diseases are bacterial diarrhoea and malaria. I wonder whether either of these are a natural defence against Covid. I confess to expecting that the population would have been prone to outside diseases much along the lines of Spaniards/smallpox/Incas.

In fact I believe that was indeed the case. Here is a reference: "Europeans brought new diseases such as smallpox and measles, which caused the deaths of many natives.[16] The Kanak population declined from around 60,000 in 1878 to 27,100 in 1921, and their numbers did not increase again until the 1930s.[20]"

Westerners were at risk of disappearing, through widespread cannibalism.

New Caledonia - Wikipedia
 
I thought this was more likely to find the right mark here, rather than in the Dead Pool thread.

RIP Peter Warner: fair winds and a following sea. It seems to have occurred while he was going what he loved; I just hope it was quick.

'Sailing legend and three-time Sydney to Hobart champion Peter Warner has died aged 90 after a boat he was on capsized.

'The death of Mr Warner, who was also known for rescuing a group of marooned Tongan teens from a desert island in 1966, was confirmed by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

'NSW Police said the incident that took Mr Warner’s life happened on Tuesday morning at Lighthouse Parade in East Ballina on the NSW north coast.

'Emergency services were called there at 8.45am by bystanders who said two people were in the water after a boat capsized while crossing the Ballina Bar.

'A 17-year-old boy dragged Mr Warner to shore, and a member of the public tried performing CPR, but the man’s life could not be saved.

'The boy was uninjured, police said. A crime scene was established, and police said they would investigate the circumstances around the death before preparing a report for the coroner.

'Mr Warner devoted his life to sailing after taking to sea as a teenager. As a skipper aboard the yacht Astor, he won the Sydney to Hobart race in 1961, 1963 and 1964.

'Two years after the final win, he encountered the group of shipwrecked Tongan boys and performed the rescue that would become one of his life’s enduring legacies.

'Passing by the tiny island of Ata at the southern end of the archipelago that makes up the nation of Tonga, Mr Warner noticed through his binoculars a burnt patch.

“In the tropics it’s unusual for fires to start spontaneously,” he told The Guardian last year.

'When he went in for a closer look, a boy leapt into the water and came towards him, and more followed. It turned out the six boys had been stuck on the island for 15 months.'


 
I thought this was more likely to find the right mark here, rather than in the Dead Pool thread.

RIP Peter Warner: fair winds and a following sea. It seems to have occurred while he was going what he loved; I just hope it was quick.

'Sailing legend and three-time Sydney to Hobart champion Peter Warner has died aged 90 after a boat he was on capsized.
Thanks for posting that. What an interesting guy he was.
 
I thought this was more likely to find the right mark here, rather than in the Dead Pool thread.

RIP Peter Warner: fair winds and a following sea. It seems to have occurred while he was going what he loved; I just hope it was quick.

'Sailing legend and three-time Sydney to Hobart champion Peter Warner has died aged 90 after a boat he was on capsized.

'The death of Mr Warner, who was also known for rescuing a group of marooned Tongan teens from a desert island in 1966, was confirmed by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

'NSW Police said the incident that took Mr Warner’s life happened on Tuesday morning at Lighthouse Parade in East Ballina on the NSW north coast.

'Emergency services were called there at 8.45am by bystanders who said two people were in the water after a boat capsized while crossing the Ballina Bar.

'A 17-year-old boy dragged Mr Warner to shore, and a member of the public tried performing CPR, but the man’s life could not be saved.

'The boy was uninjured, police said. A crime scene was established, and police said they would investigate the circumstances around the death before preparing a report for the coroner.

'Mr Warner devoted his life to sailing after taking to sea as a teenager. As a skipper aboard the yacht Astor, he won the Sydney to Hobart race in 1961, 1963 and 1964.

'Two years after the final win, he encountered the group of shipwrecked Tongan boys and performed the rescue that would become one of his life’s enduring legacies.

'Passing by the tiny island of Ata at the southern end of the archipelago that makes up the nation of Tonga, Mr Warner noticed through his binoculars a burnt patch.

“In the tropics it’s unusual for fires to start spontaneously,” he told The Guardian last year.

'When he went in for a closer look, a boy leapt into the water and came towards him, and more followed. It turned out the six boys had been stuck on the island for 15 months.'


RIP Mr Warner. Fair clouds.
 

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