TOPtoTOP-Victorinox team 1st in Port Villa

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The people from Vanuatu are really the happiest people so far.

The capital of Vanuatu, Port Villa is the cleanest harbour of in the world. Investors from outside like to build a big fish factory here, Linda, the tourism director of Vanuatu, informed us in an interview. Let’s hope that the prime minister stops it!
In Port Villa Andrea Roner from St. Moritz joined the expedition with a lot of presents from back home. Thank you all! In this beautiful harbour we also med our old friend and captain Jean-Claude from Huahine.

The TOPtoTOP-Victorinox Team won on Friday the 5.10.2007 the Port Villa rally, a race trough the city. Our first runner was Andrea, followed by Jeremy from NZ, than Sabine, than James from Australia and our last runner was Dario.

The family of Samuel invited us last weekend to a ceremony in his village. We never have seen so many presents and so much food.

On Monday the tourist office of Vanuatu showed us good examples to protect the climate and the beauty of the country. The UNELCO company has a wind generator project and the Mele village runs a sustainable tourism project ad the Mele Cascades.
Our clean up on Efate took place ad a long sandy beach in the North East corner of the island.

Yesterday we have been at the teachers collage. After our presentation we have had an interesting discussion with the teachers. The main problem is that the school system is private and the big part of the population can not afford to pay the school, because there is no money. Another problem is that big investors are buying their land. On Efate already 80 % of the land is in the hand of people from outside Vanuatu.
Today we have been in the hospital with Salina to check if she has Malaria, because she has had fever at night. Result: negative.

Last night Annemarie invited us for dinner to party her departure. Annemarie has been nearly 5 month with us. Thanks so much for all! Annemarie is going to help her daughter in Tasmania who has a baby soon. – Good luck Karin! – Annemarie may be back for the leg from Numea to Sydney.
Tonight we will leave for Erromango – and Tanna Island, before we sail to New Caledonia.

We just arrived in Noumea and got the message from our members Corina and Stefan that a new member is born: Seraina, 3.10.07, 3140 g, 47 cm; CONGRATULATION!
Thanks to Noumea Yacht Sevices et Noumea Yacht Charter this report is possible.

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