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Old 10-01-2009, 08:57 PM   #15
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Hi Kirk,

There's been sorta a rebirth of the puddle jump net on 8188 at 1830 UTC for people headed south to Minerva and NZ. It's sort of informal but Tom on Zen is trying to get it organized again for his upcoming passage. There was a good discussion on New Potatoes this morning for people here in Vava'u trying to figure out exactly what they need. It will meet again at 0400 UTC on the same freq. ( I think I got that time right...whatever 5pm tonga time is) but I don't know if it will be only those heading south or others checking in as well. Also, there's been a lot of info on the Rag net on 8173 at 1830. Hope things are getting better up there.

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Old 10-02-2009, 07:19 AM   #16
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Kirk, what did you use to get your report out so quickly? You obviously still had/have connection to the Net.

I have been asked to ask you this so many times.
Power & phones went down immediately after the tusnami - but the Samoa Telcom Internet service remained available throughout this ordeal and we were fortunately able to get the word out with Skype & Email.

US Navy have arrived aboard a Perry Class frigate, American Red Cross has distributed lunch & dinner & water on the dock today. FEMA should arrive any time now. Still no power or water available on the dock we're sharing with 20 fellow cruisers on seven boats.

We are fine aboard Gallivanter and suffered minimal dammage compared to so many others. I've offered my services to drive a Picket Boat for the navy ship starting tomorrow morning. GO NAVY!

Please feel free to contact me for tips on how to surf a tsunami wave in shallow water with a 20 ton yacht... people seem to think I'm an expert now!

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:15 AM   #17
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The tiny Tongan island of Niuatoputapu ( new potato ) was hit badly with loss of life and villages after 3 x 6metre waves struck soon after the Samoan earthquake. Does anyone know of any yachts anchored in the lagoon at the time and how they faired?
Nick Jaffe, 'NickJ' [www.bigoceans.com] has just departed (Sunday 3rd Oct) from Western Samoa with Red Cross supplies on route to Niuatoputapu. He posts regular updated on Facebook and Twitter.

He thinks his passage will take two days arriving Tuesday/Wednesday.

He is sailing a red hulled Contessa 26 called "Constellation" on route UK to Oz.
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The tiny Tongan island of Niuatoputapu ( new potato ) was hit badly with loss of life and villages after 3 x 6metre waves struck soon after the Samoan earthquake. Does anyone know of any yachts anchored in the lagoon at the time and how they faired?
NickJ in "Constellation" arrived on Niuatoputapu one hour ago [21:30UTC]

<h3 class="UIIntentionalStory_Message" data-ft="{"type":"msg"}"> "Nick Jaffe Made it to Niuatoputapu - Island looks quite damaged from the tsunami..."</h3>
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:57 PM   #19
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David, Thankyou for the update on Nicks progress. His web page is also very imformative, well done!

Interested to hear what he finds on Niuatoputapu and how the local people are coping. We visited there way back in 1995 and had a lovely stay after an initial hairy swell ride throught the lagoon pass due to strong tradewinds.
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We are seeking info on s/v WASABI from Long Beach, CA with our friends Brian & Isabelle aboard.

Last we heard they were in Tonga and bound for NZ.

Vessel is a dark blue Oyster 56 with twin wind generators on stern.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-08-2009, 06:24 AM   #21
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Hey Kirk and Family,

This is Mike from Arielle...SO glad to hear you are well....I am in Apia at the moment and have Banyan moored beside me and from their stories it was truly a horrorshow!!! Leaving here for Vavau tomorrow so will see Imagine and others down there.

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Old 10-15-2009, 07:11 AM   #22
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Michael - please leave me a PM with your Email address.

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Just received these pictures of yachts that were in American Samoa during the Tsunami (unfortunately they were just 5 photos amongst some 30 odd that I received showing the results of the Tsunami on land - no names, no named places) Would appreciate any information regarding these five.

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