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World ARC 2018-19: Traditional welcome and gift ceremony in Tanna

by World Cruising Club 17 Jul 2018 05:16 UTC
World ARC 2018-19 - Gift ceremony in Tanna © World Cruising

What a wonderful day in Port Resolution! On Thursday morning the World ARC fleet gathered at Port Resolution Yacht Club and took a short stroll into the local village to visit the Primary School. The glorious sounds of the school children singing rang through the air and touched everyone.

Thomas, the headmaster, welcomed the fleet sharing his vision for the school and providing an update on recent improvements that had been made possible by World ARC participants from previous years, in particular new houses for the teachers. This year, participants brought piles of supplies for the children and teachers-including lots of books, backpacks, notebooks, pencils, chalk, crayons, office supplies and even a few musical instruments including a guitar! It was a touching exchange.

Afterwards, many played together in the school field, while others toured the classrooms. Ocean Bird handed out printed photographs taken the day before which was a special treat for the children.

At noon, the fleet participated in a formal gift exchange ceremony which began with traditional singing and dancing. The villagers then distributed hand woven hats, necklaces and fresh coconut water to all participants. Each skipper introduced their crew and shared what country they have come from and presented their gifts. In return, the villagers gave each boat beautiful baskets filled with locally grown fruits and vegetables

The fleet sang Happy Birthday to Miles, crew on Jojo's Circus, in celebration of his 10th birthday. Certainly a birthday for the memory books! Lots of hugs were exchanged with the whole team as Jojo's Circus says goodbye to the fleet in Tanna and begin the next chapter of their family adventure.

The day wrapped up with a bountiful feast at the Port Resolution Yacht Club. The fleet will now sail to Dillion's Bay in Erromango Island before arriving in Port Vila on the main island of Efate.

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