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Sep 28, 2016 - Leaving Great Barrier Waters

I have complained many times in this trip journal about the winds being in the wrong direction or too light. Well our trip from Bundaberg across Hervey Bay was yet another “adventure”. With the forecast of NW winds 10-15 kts being the promise of a pleasant sail, we left Bundaberg. Firstly we encountered light winds needing to run our motors. This is quite typical in the morning before the winds build. Then, there were Southerly winds. Hmmmm! By now we were committed to keep going – motoring and bashing into the winds. Fortunately, the wind...

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Jun 20, 2016 - Wet, windy & wild with lots of sunshine and rest

Let me start by saying that we are very much fair-weather sailors. On our last trip in 2008, we took 9 days to reach Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast and on this trip it has taken us 19. Given that we have also spent the best part of a week here as well as a week in Coffs Harbour, it is now likely that we will not make it to Darwin before the cyclone season sets in. Instead, we may have a long and pleasant trip to the Whitsundays and return to Sydney. As Jim has said to me, "This is meant to be a holiday". Of course he is right. There is...

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Feb 4, 2014 - On the Road Again

Well, we are on the road again. After having some welding done under the van yesterday, on some cracks, we felt that the van was safe enough for the trip and we will have the cosmetic repairs done when we return home at the end of the trip. We also had to have a tyre replaced on the van and when they tried to balance the wheel they could not do so, it had warped so badly - maybe in the accident. We had to put the tyre onto the spare wheel instead. I knew I would be feeling a little nervous this morning, especially crossing the Gateway...

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Sep 15, 2013 - 7th Entry

G’day Mates Well, we are into our last two weeks in Australia and has the time ever gone fast. Today is the federal election here and from the looks of it, it will be a landslide for the Liberal-National party to form a new government. As you will recall, the day we arrived here, the party who was in power, the labour party, decided to oust their own leader, Julia Gillard, who was the prime minister and replace her with a former leader who had been ousted by her in a similar manner previously. If you can understand all that, you are doing...

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Jul 9, 2013 - July 10 - Week 2

G’Day mates. Today is Wednesday July 10th. (I think) After a while you lose total track of day and date. The good news is that it stopped raining when we left Brisbane and we have seen the sunshine for a few days. The bad news is, it has started raining again. The locals say they never get this amount of rain in the winter. (Where have I heard that before). We spent a week in Brisbane and although our movement about was dampened by the weather, we were able to spend some great times visiting with family and long lost friends. I will have to...

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Jul 10, 2011 - Opals and Sharks

Our room was fairly aired out this morning. After breakfast, we left the island aboard the ferry. I didn't go outside this time because I was typing up Friday's entry. We waited a while at the luggage pick-up area. Nick, Marie, and I played with sticks whilst we waited. We fenced and flicked and cast spells that had no effect. We broke each others sticks, but no one broke my Elder Wand. We got our luggage and piled onto the bus. We drove into the middle of Brisbane and got off the bus. We walked down the street a couple blocks to an opal...

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Apr 17, 2010 - Cruise on the Pumistone Passage

Laurie and Steve had given Ken a voucher for a cruise at Christmas time. We had been dying to go and use it but because the weather has been so bad we have not been able to. Finally, last Wednesday, we booked in and what a fabulous morning we had. The weather really decided to turn it on for us with a gorgeous sunny day with very little breeze – perfect for being on the water. We drove down to Caloundra (about a 10 minute drive south), enjoyed a nice coffee by the water then headed down to the jetty to find our boat. Upon arrival we found...

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Apr 17, 2010 - April update

Well I have finally got back to the key board to update the blog. It is funny but when we are in one place for a while I kind of slip out of holiday mode and so keep forgetting to update. I guess too, because we are both working there is not much touristy stuff going on so I feel as though there is not so much to write about. I am sure I will make up for that with this posting though! So last time I wrote it was February – 2 months ago. My impression of February and March is pretty much rain, rain and more rain AND terrible humidity. The...

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Jul 26, 2009 - Mooloolaba stay

Mooloombah is Alan’s home port and due to delays his leave pass had expired. I was surprised when he told me he had an extension to Gladstone. I was even more surprised when John told me his leave pass had been expired. His wife was missing him and he had to leave, or was it because he had washed the skippers white t shirts and returned with a load of blue shirts. Anyway it was a sad farewell as we drove John to the airport. Kawana Waters is like most suburbs, a Bi Low, Woolworths, Big W and a marina. Sorry folks, no pics. It was a torrid...

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Jul 26, 2009 - Mooloolaba to Harvey Bay

Mooloolaba to Harvey Bay Leaving Mooloolaba was another step in my trip up north. I had hoped to sail around Fraser Island, The wind forecast was for light North easterley breezes. Not really what was needed for the island attempt. The only other way is through Wide Bay Bar and follow in the footsteps of Errol Flynn and his yacht the Sirocco. Lucky for us the fish I caught at the entrance didn’t entangle itself on the line and in the propellor as did my Errol’s fish. So another night sail, more hours of being cold and sleepless. The...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Alan said "Mooloolaba or Bust"

EAST COAST GIRL MEETS THE COFFS HARBOUR “ASSASSIN” Walking back to the berth, I could hear some guy sounding off to someone else about the shared electricity plug system. When I approached he singled me out with a tirade of abuse. He told me I had no right to park my boat next to his berth. He believed I had removed his electricity plug. He also accused me of touching his boat. John came on deck (he is the one who fiddled with the plugs) the guy continued to abuse me. He said “he would get his brothers down to fixup us up”. The funny side...

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Mar 11, 2009 - More markets

We started the day walking around the market at Eumundi... it is the largest we have seen since Melbourne. It took hours to walk around, we had lunch and Elton got new shorts....Later we travel farther down the coast to Maroochydore, Alexandra and Mooloolaba.. we shopped and walked along the shore again and stayed in Mooloolaba...

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