Michel Soula our new TOPtoTOP member in Wallis was our 1st contact in Wallis. – If you want to say “hello” to our new member; here his email: firstname.lastname@example.org. He was monitoring channel 16 and gave us important information to enter the pass of the lagoon. He was our TOPtoTOP coordinator on the island and organized our presentation in the Lano college.
Thanks to Michel we met Pierre Gins of “voile pour tous“. He is another good example on our expedition: He motivates the local children for sports and environment. Together with handicapped children we made a clean up on outlying islets.
The Wallis group consists of the main island of Uvea and 22 outlying islets enclosed within a single barrier reef that classifies the unit as an almost atoll. Wallis is unaffected by tourists because of their remoteness as well as the fact that they are a Polynesian group on the fringe of Melanesia. That they are French-speaking in an area of English-speaking neighbours seems to isolate them further.
During the start of the TOPtoTOP Climate Expedition we climbed in the Swiss department of “Wallis” Pointe Dufour 4634 m, the highest TOP in Switzerland. Now 4 years later we climbed Mount Lulu 147 m the highest TOP of the country “Wallis”.
Thanks to our friends Chris and Fiona on SY Carelbi (at this moment sailing to Bali); we got in contact with Nicole and Francois Codinach. Francois is the only sergeant on the island. Thanks to him, Sabine was able to do a stage in the hospital and Salina was healed of her rash on the left leg.
On Pachamama the water maker is not working and we have a hard job to filter drinking water. Thanks to Michel and teacher Eveline and Etienne Petit we were able to transport enough water to the boat for the next leg to Fiji.
On the passage from Niuatoputapu to Wallis we damaged our Genoa sail in a big blow. The vibration further damaged our lamps and radar system. Salina is my best personal climbing assistance. We couldn’t fix the problem and have to climb the mast again in Fiji.
On the 22.8.2007 at 7.20 UTC we crossed the meridian 180 E/W and arrived in Savusavu in Fiji at the 23.8.2007 at 7.20 LT.