Yearly Archives: 2015

Our turn! Eeeek …

By | November 17, 2015

When Leanne suggested we (Neville and I) have a turn at collecting the crab pots … and getting the crabs out of the pots … and getting the crabs in to the bucket … Neville and I looked at each other … and went eeeek!!! We can do this! Here’s my first try at a… Read More »

All a bit crabby here

By | November 15, 2015

We are anchored in the Great Sandy Straits near Fraser Island sitting out another few days of unsettled weather.  Big thunderstorms here last night with lightning illuminating our boats well in to the early hours of the morning.  But we are snug and in the company of several other boats. With bad weather boredom can… Read More »

Waiting for the weather

By | November 15, 2015

We knew it would be difficult to top our Lady Musgrave visit but we have found that each new destination, anchorage and even marina, all have something to offer. We left Lady Musgrave for Bundaberg thinking we would keep moving south. However, the strong southerly weather meant we stayed a week in the Bundaberg marina.… Read More »

Hooked on fishing!

By | November 10, 2015

The long passages up the coast can be quite monotonous and a tad boring at times. Neville can read which keeps him entertained (his speed reading has hammered our Kindle account though), along with his card playing on his iPad. However, I like many people get motion sickness. So what do I do on these long… Read More »

Lady Musgrave Island … wow!

By | November 7, 2015

Lady Musgrave … where do I start? We left GKI with Easy Tiger at daybreak in order to make the high tide at the shallow crossing in The Narrows – Gladstone (you can’t get through without the high tide). With an ambitious thought overriding the sensible one which was staying the night at Gladstone, we… Read More »

Great Keppel Island

By | October 31, 2015

We arrived at Great Keppel Island a week ago and we have been fortunate enough to enjoy calm winds and sunny days here, even though the constant northerlies have somewhat restricted our choice of anchorage each night. Did someone flick the switch?! GKI is part of the Keppel Island Group. The aboriginal people called Great… Read More »


By | October 25, 2015

We have left The Whitsundays. We are officially heading south … home! After dropping Tim at Hamilton Island for his flight home, we were eagerly waiting for that ‘N’ to appear in the wind forecast.  Eventually it came. A week of northerly and easterly winds.  Time to head south. We provisioned in Airlie Beach (the… Read More »

Sunset Strip …

By | October 20, 2015

The sunsets all the way up the coast and now in The Whitsunday’s have been beautiful. Here’s a few of my favourites … (Don’t forget you can ‘touch’ each photo to get the full size version.)

F F & O

By | October 13, 2015

We have been away now for 20 weeks, reaching The Whitsunday’s 10 weeks ago.  While we haven’t planned every stopover and how long we were going to stay at each, we have surprised ourselves that we have stayed here for this long.  But, this is truly a beautiful part of Australia and sharing it with… Read More »

Snorkeling in the Whitsunday’s

By | October 12, 2015

Or, go directly to the Track Us page and you will find the same “Comment” section at the bottom of the page.  I haven’t written much about our snorkeling here. With friends and family on board we have been keen to show them the good snorkeling spots. We have just spent a day in Blue… Read More »

Sailing with Easy Tiger

By | October 2, 2015

When we met Easy Tiger way back in March in Paynesville we had no idea they would become our sailing buddies during our trip north. We were heavily in to preparing our boat for our trip in between finishing our new house back in Somers. We unfortunately didn’t have much time to give them in… Read More »

A visitor … many times!

By | September 29, 2015

We were lucky enough to pick up a mooring in Stonehaven on Hook Island yesterday lunchtime before the school holiday ‘crowds’ swamped the anchorage. Gentle breeze, clear water and an approaching low tide meant we were feeling pretty good.  (The sun we have found is always shining so no need to mention this yet again.)… Read More »

Anchor Watch!

By | September 25, 2015

I’ve mentioned many times “it’s all about the weather”, but the temperature really hasn’t changed for weeks, usually around 25-28 degrees (sorry you Melbournians), so it’s really all about the wind. When we visited the Whitsunday’s the first time way back in ’87 we had little help and little knowledge.  We were in our twenties… Read More »

Travelling North – Gloucester Passage

By | September 15, 2015

We have reached our northern most destination for our 2015 trip north – Gloucester Passage. So another four days at Gloucester Passage, the home of the SICYC – Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club.  As mentioned in an earlier post we enjoyed this year’s SICYC Rendezvous, particularly it’s location, so we always thought we’d return. We… Read More »

THE best beach view ever!

By | September 9, 2015

When we “arrived” at The Whitsunday’s with Lynn and Greg on board some 5/6 weeks ago we revisited old places that we four had visited in 1987 on our first trailer sailer. The last week or so, we have done the same with daughter Abbey and sister Joanne. Both have been here before on our… Read More »

Been too busy!

By | September 5, 2015

Has been a while since I visited this space. Been too busy! We returned home for 12 days. A few commitments and an opportunity to catch up with family and friends. We left our boat in Mackay.  Great service with a lift to the airport included. Thank you Cameron. Even our ‘Wilson’ survived our absence… Read More »


By | August 9, 2015

Just anchored off Thomas Island on our temporary journey south. (We are heading home for a short period). Lovely sandy beach.  3 metres of depth. Neville loves the shallow anchorages, less anchor chain to put out. This is a short post … wanted to add these pics of the whales that came close to 50… Read More »

How Time Flies!

By | August 9, 2015

Well, back to time on our own! We have been cruising around the islands with our friends Lynn and Greg for the last week … visiting the usual Whitsunday haunts.  After 14 days of fun, laughter, card playing, fishing, swimming and conversation … and sailing … we dropped them at Airlie to reluctantly return to… Read More »

We made it!

By | July 29, 2015

We are now feeling a sense of ‘achievement’! We are tied up at Hamilton Island, the Whitsunday’s.  We made it! 1,704 Nautical miles. Lakes Entrance to Hamilton Island.  Departed May 23rd July.  Arrived 27th July. 3 years building our Bossa Nova (not to mention the many years of convincing me to take on the building… Read More »

Family matters

By | July 16, 2015

We have our son Tim on board for a week! Selfie photos, Go Pros, iPad tweeks and dinghy bursts! One of the things we have really enjoyed about this trip are the passages.  Creeping our way up the coast has been very different to the sailing we have done in the past. While we have… Read More »

Sandy Straits

By | July 11, 2015

What a great day! Time to reflect on a busy few days in the Sandy Straits and Fraser Island. We motored up the (very muddy) Mary River with the tide to Maryborough early in the week. A very old town that was once thought likely to be the Queensland capitol. A busy port once upon… Read More »

Timing the bar crossings

By | July 7, 2015

We did manage to leave the Manly marina okay. We have noted that we need to clarify a few points when we book a marina berth. It’s not just fitting in to a berth, it’s also about whether we can get in and then get out. Fortunately or unfortunately, the trimaran opposite our berth at… Read More »

The mayhem of the day!

By | June 28, 2015

We woke the usual time this morning.  Looked through the hatch, yes blue sky. It’s always a great start to the day on a boat seeing sunshine. “It’s Sunday”, announces Neville.  This means eggs for brekky.  Neville has mastered the art of poaching eggs. So at anchor in a calm Lazarette Gutter we enjoy our… Read More »

Goodbye …

By | June 24, 2015

How lucky we have been. We have just said a sad goodbye to our ‘new’ friends on Easy Tiger. Easy Tiger has been hauled out for two weeks of maintenance.  Rather than give them a hand (it was suggested … but we declined) we are continuing to head north. Last night at our ‘goodbye’ dinner… Read More »

Half way!

By | June 19, 2015

We arrived at the Gold Coast this morning at 12.30 am.  A long sail from the Clarence River. 15 hours at sea. The sun is setting here so early. Dark by 5.30. So lots of hours sailing in darkness. No moon, cloudy sky, pitch black. We crossed the Gold Coast Seaway bar in darkness and… Read More »

Plans drawn in the sand …

By | June 16, 2015

We have been anchored here in the Clarence River – Iluka for three nights now.  Beautiful!  It’s such a great place to stop before reaching Qld.  The facilities for the yachties are great.  Mostly the flat water! And we were ready for some quiet times. A few days earlier, we had pulled up anchor at… Read More »

The people we meet

By | June 10, 2015

We arrived in Camden Haven yesterday afternoon after a long motor.  Easy Tiger also sailing with us. Lovely sunny day so no one was complaining about no wind.  We dropped anchor just off the Laurieston public jetty in flat but tidal waters. Cruising can be a lonely experience.  Out at sea during the day and… Read More »

Great sailing!

By | June 6, 2015

Time to catch our breath. After a few days in the picturesque Hawkesbury River area, we sailed on to  Newcastle, then to Port Stephens the following day. Caught up with brother Brad then an early morning departure for Forster-Tuncurry this morning. Forster-Tuncurry is a pretty spot. So good that we think we’ll stay a few… Read More »

Muffins a must!

By | June 2, 2015

We have spent two nights in the Hawkesbury River and Cowan Creek. How cold those nights have been!  It was freezing this morning. The little bay we were in was beautiful and cosy. Steep embankments covered with gums and rock, the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, but no early sun!  Thank god for our terracotta pot!… Read More »

1985 … wow that’s 30 years ago!!

By | May 29, 2015

Here we are at the CYC (Cruising Yacht Club) in Sydney … again!  Way way way back in 1985 we were here on our first yacht, a 23 foot trailer-sailer. Many memories. I ‘flash backed’ today to a few memorable moments … Singing along to a new Pretenders tape (yes a cassette tape in my… Read More »

Hello Sydney!

By | May 26, 2015

After 70 hours and 38 minutes we’re tied up safely at the Cruising Yacht Club in Sydney Harbour! What started as a hairy trip to Eden then turned in to quite a comfortable journey into Sydney. Over the trip we averaged 5.4kn, hitting a max of 14.7kn! Going against the tides at stages meant the 374.8nm… Read More »

24 hours from Sydney

By | May 25, 2015

After a very uncomfortable overnighter from Lakes Entrance to Eden, but we are now in flat water and calm seas.  At this pace maybe only 24 hours from Sydney heads. Bickies and cheese passing Conran, autopilot doing all the work.  One reef in for the night as a precaution.  Turned out to be a very… Read More »

We’re off!

By | May 23, 2015

Bossa Nova crossed the Lakes Entrance bar at 11.45 am today. Excitement and nerves all rolled in to one. With crew on board – Steve and John – we have headed for Sydney. Making 6.5 – 7 knots with main and jib.

Going North

By | May 10, 2015

Bossa Nova is heading north … very soon. Lots of planning happening now (we are good at planning … and lists). Three years building our Fusion, 18 months of ‘playing’, 12 months of building a new home (yes, we are crazy), now its time to head north and find some sunny weather. We recently met… Read More »