Author Archives: Amanda

Here We Go Again!

By | May 30, 2019

I think we left Melbourne at the right time!  Winter has well and truly set in now with wind, rain, hail and even snow. And it’s COLD downsouth!!  Sunshine and 25 degrees up here. We are now on the water enjoying a rest … and the sunshine!As per the previous four years, we left The Bossa… Read More »

It’s all over now … take two!

By | November 9, 2018

Take two!  I’m trying to improve on my layout for you email subscribers. This is what your post update should have looked like … It’s that time of the year again … when we swap ‘homes’.  Our 2018 sailing season has come to an end. We have arrived back at Boatworks and packed our boat… Read More »

It’s all over now …

By | November 9, 2018

Take two!  I’m trying to improve on my layout for you email subscribers. This is what your post update should have looked like … It’s that time of the year again … when we swap ‘homes’.  Our 2018 sailing season has come to an end. We have arrived back at Boatworks and packed our boat… Read More »

5 Years Today!

By | November 3, 2018

It was on this day 5 years ago, when our Bossa Nova slowly glided down our driveway, behind a monstrous truck. It was such a memorable day! After three years of blood, sweat and tears building our Fusion 40, our baby was finally leaving our paddock.  A big truck entered our work yard, backed under… Read More »

Lady Musgrave Island

By | November 1, 2018

Lady Musgrave Island is probably the most well known coral cay in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.  Day tour boats visit from Bundaberg and it’s a popular stopover anchorage for yachties on the way north and south.  It’s approx’ 35 nautical miles from Pancake Creek, south of Gladstone. We had visited Lady Musgrave a few… Read More »

Fitzroy Reef … day two!

By | October 31, 2018

We loved Fitzroy Reef.  The lagoon has a white sandy bottom, such clear water and so much reef to explore.  I had snorkeled every day for a week now I think. Was I snorkeled out yet? Nearly. If Heron Island was all about big fish, Fitzroy was about the little fish. After a long 2-hour… Read More »

Fitzroy Reef … loved it!

By | October 30, 2018

Entering the Fitzroy Reef lagoon entrance on dead low tide made it quite spectacular. Once inside, it was a glass-out! Not a breath of wind.  Absolute perfect outer reef weather … whoopee! After a 3-hour motor on flat oily water from Heron Island, we followed Take It Easy through the somewhat narrow Fitzroy lagoon entrance, with both… Read More »

Heron Island and Wistari Reef

By | October 28, 2018

After a calm night at anchor at North West Island we woke to glassy water and a blue sky. It was a short motor hop to Heron Island and Wistari Reef. Fortunately, the two moorings were free so with TIE and The Bossa securely attached, it was snorkel time, once again taking advantage of the midday… Read More »

first stop … North West Island

By | October 27, 2018

We left Great Keppel Island at day break (5 am) and arrived at North West Island at lunchtime, after 7 hours of motoring (remember, we didn’t want wind). An uneventful 43 nautical mile trip, our longest passage, until we leave Lady Musgrave Island at the end of our Southern Reef adventure. North West Island is a large… Read More »

Southern Great Barrier Reef

By | October 26, 2018

In my last post I mentioned we were heading out to sea. We have just spent the last seven days in the Southern section of the Great Barrier Reef, at the Capricorn and Bunker Groups of islands. Why haven’t we visited here before??!! I suppose Lady Musgrave Island counts, but I also think perhaps we are… Read More »

my underwater world … part two

By | October 20, 2018

I hope I haven’t bored my readers with this endless collection of underwater snaps yet?! We are venturing out to the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef very early this morning.  Maybe more underwater photos that even “gazump” this collection? There will be no phone reception out there so my next post will be… Read More »

my underwater world … part one

By | October 19, 2018

Snorkeling has become my number one activity when I’m on The Bossa.  I’ve mentioned how disappointing and sad the state of the Great Barrier Reef is around the Whitsundays.  The silt and algae, along with the damaged coral, will be having a big impact on the tourism there.  However, back south, here at GKI, it… Read More »

Great Keppel Island

By | October 19, 2018

Each morning we get up in anticipation.  The weather forecast! We are planning to hop down the coral cays of the Southern Great Barrier Reef with Take It Easy. We need light winds, clear sunny skies, neap tides, a low tide in the middle of the day and a favourable wind direction to get us… Read More »

Southward Bound!

By | October 13, 2018

We have arrived at Great Keppel Island (GKI). The northerlies finally arrived so several yachts departed the Whitsundays around the same time, all southward bound.  I counted 30+ yachts in a few of our anchorages. It is approx. 200 nm from the Whitsundays to GKI so its usually a 4-day passage.  We had a brilliant weather… Read More »

one more time …

By | October 12, 2018

We hopped down south to Plantation Bay, Lindeman Island. An unexpected treat was another ‘last snorkel’.  Little did I know I would finally see some Anemonefish. Here’s a few pics …

2018 … “cruising blues”

By | October 3, 2018

Friends (non-boating ones) often ask … “what do we do?” We sail, we fish, we read, we walk, we talk and we just love the cruising life.  But, it’s the people we meet along the way that have the biggest impact on our cruising life. Lasting friendships are formed. We are beginning our southern journey… Read More »

my last snorkel here …

By | October 3, 2018

My last snorkel in the Whitsundays! While the reef here is not what it used to be, there’s still plenty to see under the water.  While the bottom is covered with a layer of brown murky sediment and the water somewhat cloudy, seeing the bright fish life and the new corals, is still my favourite… Read More »

the highs and the lows

By | September 23, 2018

It has been a rollercoaster ride over the last few weeks here in the Whitsundays. There are a few ‘safe havens’ in these waters.  When the wind blows too hard, we yachties look for shelter (contrary to what some think … we don’t like strong wind either). Nara, Macona and Gulnare Inlets, along with Cid… Read More »

Back in the water …

By | September 18, 2018

It’s so good to be back in the water. However to date, I’ve only managed to get to the fringing reef around the islands.  The outer reef is hopefully not too far away … we are waiting on a ‘weather window’! The popular Whitsundays snorkeling spots here have been the likes of Blue Pearl Bay,… Read More »

A Must Do!

By | September 4, 2018

Wow … Wow … Wow! We picked a day with a clear sky forecast and then a time with the sun overhead and also low tide. We booked a one-hour Reef and Islands flight out of Airlie Beach.  The day was perfect with little wind and no clouds.  My last experience on a small plane… Read More »

12 days …

By | September 3, 2018

We have just enjoyed 12 days of glorious weather, but more importantly, 12 days of family time with Abbey on board. First stop … Whitehaven.  THE best beach! After many visits to the Whitsundays over the years, on our last visit here in 2016 we actually visited a bay we hadn’t been to before. Waites Bay… Read More »

Back in the Whitsundays!

By | August 20, 2018

It has been a few weeks since my last post.  We are anchored in Gulnare Inlet, near Hamilton Island, ready to collect Abbey tomorrow. We have had such a run of great weather. Clear blue skies, warm and gentle sailing breezes.  We’ve even had super calm days without a breath of wind.  We do treasure… Read More »

the big and the small …

By | August 9, 2018

The big … While we have seen so many whales on our trip north this year, I’m still hoping for that ‘special’ shot of a whale breeching.  We have seen some acrobatics, but way too far away.  We’ve also had whales close, sometimes too close, but they’ve been simply heading north like us. We have… Read More »

Magnetic Magic!

By | August 8, 2018

Did you know … Magnetic Island was named by Captain Cook, whose compass played up when he sailed past in 1770? Visiting Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island is a bit like visiting a friend.  Familiar, easy, friendly, secure, pretty and calm (its protected from most wind directions) … a ‘yachties paradise’ Neville would say. It is… Read More »

Island Tragedy

By | July 27, 2018

While our 2018 visit to the Whitsundays has been a brief one to date, we have already seen some of Cyclone Debbie’s destruction and the its lingering consequences. We stopped at Hamilton Island to re-provision, to South Molle Island for a walk to the lookout and we are now anchored off Gloucester Island, a favourite… Read More »

The Percys

By | July 22, 2018

A perfect day for updating my blog! We are anchored at Shaw Island with Pas De Chat (pronounced pa—da-cha). It’s blowing 20+ knots so it’s a day on board, but we have blue skies and 24 degrees … and internet … so who’s complaining? We left The Narrows two weeks ago for Great Keppel Island. It… Read More »

The Narrows

By | July 6, 2018

Let’s mix it up. We think some of our blog ‘followers’ might enjoy this little side story. We are a sailing boat, so yes, we always want to sail. If we need to, we motor-sail, which is a combination of sailing and motoring (usually because there’s no wind). And then there’s motoring, which we don’t really want… Read More »

Pancake Creek

By | July 4, 2018

One of the bonuses of the cruising life is visiting places that are only accessible by water and are also not on the ‘tourist’ run. Yellow Patch on the northern side of Curtis Island not far from here comes to mind and also where we are now, Pancake Creek. The anchorage ‘hops’ up the east coast… Read More »

Byron to Bundy

By | July 1, 2018

This is our fourth year on The Bossa and our third cruising the east coast. Our trip north this year began slightly differently … we joined friends at Byron Bay and celebrated my entry in to the next decade with a 3-day land interlude.  (My biggest concern was spending this occasion under our boat with… Read More »

We’re back …

By | June 19, 2018

We are back! Not sure where we should call ‘home’ these days but sharing our time between our home on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria AND on our catamaran bossa nova certainly works well for us. We have had discussions about one or the other … but we like it both ways! So after a grueling… Read More »

It’s all over now!

By | November 12, 2017

This will be my last post for 2017.  With our cruising adventure now over, its time to enjoy our land life. I have added two links to my blog that may interest … My New Caledonia 2017 – Amanda’s Slideshow showcasing the lagoons of New Cal and the underwater life in photos … And Neville’s… Read More »

Back to where it started …

By | November 8, 2017

Welcome to … such a lovely place … We are back ‘home’ … at The Boatworks.  It all started here way back in April and it’s finishing here too. Time for our 6 months’ adventure on land now. 3,500 nautical miles on the clock and 145 days away. 2017 will be remembered for the Go… Read More »


By | November 3, 2017

The Rumline to Bundy … yes I think a few rums were consumed by the guys on their return to Oz. Our “tribe” have all arrived now … Aqualibrium, Supa Trooper, Zofia, Easy Tiger, Sans Souci, Skellum and finally Cruising Kitty.  All with stories to tell! I returned to The Bossa after my 10-day sojourn… Read More »

The R(h)um(b) Line to Bundy!

By | October 21, 2017

We are back in Australia! It certainly isn’t feeling like the tropics with constant heavy rain and strong winds here in Bundaberg. After I flew home home to visit family and catch up with friends, Neville and his crew sailed The Bossa from Santo, in Vanuatu, to Bundaberg, Australia.  Sailing 1,000 miles, five days and… Read More »

Espiritu Santo!

By | October 7, 2017

We spent our first five days in Santo on a mooring in the ‘front yard’ of the Aore Resort on Aore Island, opposite Santo’s main town, Luganville. Bliss, no anchor to worry about. The Segond Channel that separates Aore Island and Luganville (our clearance port of departure) is extremely deep and with the current running… Read More »

Vila to Santo

By | September 29, 2017

We now have a timeline.  My flight is booked for the 9th October and our two crew, Jim and Greg, are flying in to Santo on the 8th October. We always planned on approximately 30 days in Vanuatu and our 30 days are up on the 11th October.  Neville has extended his 30-day visa; in… Read More »

Port Vila

By | September 20, 2017

Port Vila is one place we knew what to expect.  In 2014 we visited with friends John and Denise BCP (before Cyclone Pam).  We spent a very relaxing two weeks seeing the sights, with our friends showing us Efate by road (many of which we remember being in a state of disrepair as well as… Read More »

ni-Van village life on Eramango

By | September 19, 2017

We are now at the island of Eramango, 50 miles from Tanna.  Port Vila is next. As we entered Dillons Bay after a brisk sail with following seas (with our kite getting a gig), we were greeted by local ni-Van villagers in their dug-out canoes. Children and adults. Before long soccer balls and dinghy oil… Read More »

By popular demand!

By | September 19, 2017

Cats in the Rally … By popular demand … Neville’s “unoriginal musical score with original words” performed to the tune of Harry Chapin’s ‘Cats in the Cradle’.     Johnny Eyebrow planned a rally just the other day To sail to New Cal in the usual way But there were boats to prepare and bills… Read More »

Mt. Yasur … an active volcano!

By | September 16, 2017

Apart from the island of Tanna being one of the shortest passages to Vanuatu from New Caledonia, the main reason we chose Tanna as our destination, was its volcano, Mt. Yasur. Mt. Yasur is an active volcano and is accessible by 4WD followed by a short climb.  Many of our rally yachts had already visited,… Read More »

We have arrived in Vanuatu!

By | September 16, 2017

We have arrived in Vanuatu! After 31 hours at sea, we entered Port Resolution on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu at 7 am. Sunday.  Hearing the village roosters and seeing the steam rising from the cliffs, we knew we were in the right place. We had departed Ouvea at midnight on Friday so we… Read More »

Ouvea … Waow!

By | September 8, 2017

Ouvea … Loyalty Islands We departed Toupeti at 5 am one week ago for the Loyalty islands, leaving Grande Terre behind us for the last time.  It was a vigorous sail to Ouvea averaging 8.1 knots, arriving at midday, much earlier than we anticipated.  Nothing better than a quick passage! Waow!  Ouvea. Turquoise waters, 25… Read More »

Newcalademy Awards

By | August 29, 2017

After a few weeks of cruising with Easy Tiger, Sans Souci and Cruising Kitty, we all decided to share our New Cal photos.  This came about when we got together one night after one of our walks.  We ‘airdropped’ (a brilliant way to exchange photos thanks to Apple) each others photos to our various devices. … Read More »

Coral Gardens

By | August 23, 2017

I have found that every venture in to the clear blue water here in New Cal has offered something different.  But a few things have been constant, making the barrier reef here quite exciting. The Grand Terre (mainland) is surrounded by its barrier reef creating a large lagoon.  It’s the largest lagoon in the world… Read More »

Southern Lagoon

By | August 21, 2017

Every stopover here in New Cal has something to offer, above and below the water. We only had an overnighter at Ilot Brosse, an island not far from Kuto and we didn’t snorkel, but we had a lovely beach for a walk and enjoyed one of the best sunsets so far from the beach.  We… Read More »

Kuto … until next time!

By | August 11, 2017

We left Kuto on Ile des Pins this morning.  A bit sad really. Amazing what a bit of peer pressure can do … we walked up the mountainous Pic N’ga Track (262 m), the island’s highest point.  Fantastic views!  We chose the day well as a cruise ship was in port, along with its 4,000… Read More »

Clowning around?

By | August 7, 2017

I’ve learnt to spot my favourite clownfish now, by catching that flash of orange. Here at Gadji I’ve been lucky enough to see a variety of different species of clownfish.  But a few snorkels ago, I spotted another fish that I have not seen before. It has the most amazing colorful patterns. It’s called a… Read More »


By | August 7, 2017

Gadji is such a beautiful spot!  Has to be one the best anchorages we have not only seen in New Cal, but anywhere! We are back at Ile des Pins, anchored at Gadji in the ‘inner’ anchorage, with Sans Souci and Easy Tiger.  It is times like these that we cats appreciate our shallow draft. … Read More »

Two Great Walks

By | August 1, 2017

We have spent the last few days in Baie de Prony – Ilot Casy and Anse Majic with Easy Tiger and Sans Souci.  We have visited Prony before. It’s a picturesque bay with multiple anchorages for any weather, about a five-hour sail from Noumea. It is also the site of a large nickel mine that… Read More »

Noumea … it grows on you!

By | July 31, 2017

Thought it was time to mention Noumea.  As my sister says, “Noumea strangely enough, grows on you”. Noumea has been our only port to restock, refuel and shop.  While we have been keen to get in and out of there as quickly as possible, because there’s so many better places to visit, Noumea has served… Read More »