The Imere 2007 International Kite Surfing Challenge was Vanuatu's first such event and was held on the peninsular near Hideaway Island on the 23-24 June. It was a great success with riders from Vanuatu, Australia, New Caledonia, France and New Zealand participating. The spectator turnout was fantastic with hundreds of people showing up on both days to watch the competition and other activities being held in conjunction with the event. Australians Andy and Keahi took first and third places (Andy winning a flight with Air Vanuatu to return and defend his crown next year), and Sebastian from New Caledonia took second place. A big thanks from John Abraham and Thomas David to all the sponsors, the riders, and all the helpers from Mele in making it such a great event.....look out for next year!
The new Sebel Hotel - on the main streen in Port Vila. While not officially open the doors are, so we are starting to get a look at this magnificant hotel - a first for Pt Vila. Stay tuned for further updates.
Aerial photo by Glen Craig - Helicoptor pilot Simon (Iceman) Bothamley.
Another one of the local girls from the Polynesian dance troupe.
Notes from the dancers:
The name of the group is Hokulani, meaning stars from heaven in Hawaiian & we have been up and running for two years. Consists of various dancers from various ethnicity - Ni-Vanuatu, Wallisian, Chinese, Japanese, Tongan.
Background of the dances performed: Polynesian dances from Hawaii and Tahiti and a knife dance from Kiribati.
Available to perform: private functions, birthdays, weddings etc... With the money that we receive this goes towards our costumes, music and an ex-gratia payment to our girls for all of their efforts in training.
This lady may have come last overall, but she was greeted with huge applause and admiration for her effort in completing the 3200 metre event. She is 74 years old and won the Over 70 category. Well done.
Enjoying the entertainment.
Entertainment was provided on the beach by dancers from Malakula Island - here shown doing the "Canoe Dance".
Once a year Port Vila hosts the Kiwanis Race Day - this year on July 14, a huge event for local ex-pats and ni-Vanuatu. Horses that have enjoyed an otherwise laid-back year are dragged kicking and screaming into condition so that they might win a prestigious event. This photo was taken 15 minutes ago at my back door on the second lagoon, where some of these horses from Club Hippique are being conditioned by local horsemen. Giddy up!
No, not Rory, thats 35kg of Yellowfin Tuna muscle - known for their fighing ability these fish hit hard and go deep. This Yellowfin was caught at the Devils Point FAD on 15kg line in the annual Marlin Classic.
Over 100 photos of the Rossi and the people who were there 1998-2005 in a beautiful hard back book. A must for anyone who wants to remember the Rossi or reflect on the history of "La Tentation". Click below to preview.