Annecam

25 May 2017 | Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia
24 May 2017 | Tin Can Bay, Queenslend, Australia
21 May 2017 | Pelican Bay, Queensland, Australia
19 May 2017 | Tangalooma, Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia.
18 May 2017 | Brisbane River, Brisbane City, Queensland Australia.
17 May 2017 | Brisbane River, Brisbane City, Queensland Australia.
15 May 2017 | Brisbane River, Brisbane City, Queensland Australia.
15 May 2017 | Brisbane River, Brisbane City, Queensland Australia.
12 May 2017 | Brisbane River, Brisbane City, Queensland Australia.
09 May 2017 | Bums Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
05 May 2017 | Coomera River, Gold Coast, Queensland Australia
30 April 2017 | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
24 April 2017 | Clarence River, Harwood, NSW
23 April 2017 | Clarence River, Maclean, NSW
22 April 2017 | Clarence River, Maclean, NSW
20 April 2017 | Clarence River, Maclean, NSW
17 April 2017 | Iluka Bay, NSW.
14 April 2017 | Port Macquarie, NSW
09 April 2017 | Port Macquarie, NSW
07 April 2017 | Port Macquarie, NSW

Video, episode 41

25 May 2017 | Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia
Annie and Cam "H"
This video we take you along with us from Port Stephens to somewhere up North as we sail further back up the east coast of Australia. We stop at as many different locations along the way, so long as the river bar crossings are safe. We become River Boat Pirates as we head up the mighty Clarence River and explore the Scottish Heritage town of Maclean, love this place.
The photo is one of thousands of Soldier Crabs we come across at low tide on the sand flats in this part of the world.
Some of the greatest pleasures in life is doing what others say cannot be done.

Second Honeymoon

24 May 2017 | Tin Can Bay, Queenslend, Australia
Cam "H"

We are finding it hard to come to grips with how time flies, as this is our second time in Tin Can Bay. It only seems like yesterday that we were here on our honeymoon, it was 2009 and this would be the last coastal town we would stay in before we headed back to our home town of Horsham, down in Victoria. We tied the knot that same year just north of Cairns on Clifton Beach under the swaying palms and believe it or not it was the 9th of the 9th 2009 and in a photo, we have, it clearly shows on my wrist watch that it was 9 minutes past 9 as we exchanged our vows.
We took a stroll around the town and not much has changed at all, it seems surreal as we recognised most of the places we frequented eight years ago. The same bakery where we had breakfast, the same ATM at the same bank to withdraw the cash required to purchase breakfast, we even purchased a few provisions from the same IGA supermarket and we were greeted by friendly hello’s wherever we went. We loved this place then and we still love it now.
The big difference from eight years ago to now, is we had a trailer boat, a Barcrusher 6.4c and we were staying on land in the holiday parks as we travelled from one location to another. The last time here we had to launch and retrieve our boat, this time we sailed in and anchored right in Tin Can Bay itself.
The photo is us on our wedding day standing on Clifton Beach with Double Island in the background.
In life don’t count the days, make the day’s count.
Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia
25 54.553S:153 01.009E

Heading North for the warmth.

21 May 2017 | Pelican Bay, Queensland, Australia
Annie and Cam "H"
After a good night’s sleep anchored in front of the Wild Dolphin Resort at Tangalooma on Moreton Island we weighed anchor and started our journey north once again. The breeze was light so it was a day of motor sailing up past Mooloolaba, on to Noosa Head where we anchored for the night in Laguna Bay. We almost had the pleasure of being the catch of the day as we entered the bay we had to alter course to dodge the shark nets that run along the eastern end of the bay. We found a way to get in behind the nets to drop anchor, these nets only have small orange buoys and lack a top mark or light to warn vessels of their location. It was after dark when we spotted another yacht heading straight for our location and we had to call them via the VHF to warn them and direct them around the hazard.
The very next morning we set our course north once again and we sailed to Double Island Point where we anchored under the beautifully coloured cliffs in Wide Bay to have lunch. We still had to negotiate our way across the notorious Wide Bay Bar on the south end of Fraser Island and the best time to do this is in the last two hours of the run-in tide. We hit the new leads just before 1600 as the top of the tide was at 1700 this would assure us the smoothest water over the bar, our crossing was all going well until I noticed a lot of breaking water in front of us as we turned on the second lead line. As discretion is always the better part of valour we turned back to a safe location on the first lead and called the Tin Can Bay Coast Guard to verify the correct marks and I had made the mistake of not double checking the marks I had put in the chart plotter, with the correction in and an escort by another yacht we had a good run for the rest of the crossing.
Here we are anchored in Pelican Bay, just around the corner from Inskip Channel that separates Fraser Island from mainland Australia. It is good to be anchored in a nice quiet spot out of the ocean swell, we are both looking forward to a good night’s sleep. We do notice the temperature slowly rising, you could say we are heading north for the warmth.
The picture is the beautiful coloured sand cliffs above Rainbow Beach that protect the southern side of Wide Bay, this was a good spot to stop for lunch.
We all attract people by the qualities we display. We keep them as friends by the qualities we possess.

See ya later Brissy.

19 May 2017 | Tangalooma, Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
Today we untied our mooring lines and said see you later to the city of Brisbane. It was a dirty day to be starting a passage, we had rain and plenty of it as we seemed to sail for quite some time under the same heavy rain squall as we crossed Moreton Bay. Our visibility was down to less than one nautical mile at times.
We had a very nice call via our VHF radio from the pilot on a container ship as we crossed Moreton Bay , he thanked us for having our AIS transmitting our course, location and speed, he said that us having an AIS transponder made his job a lot safer for all and it is good to be seen and to be able to see what other vessels are up to.
We are now anchored in front of the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on the inside of Moreton Island, tomorrow we plan to sail further north, let’s hope that the weather clears by the morning.
The photo just goes to show that Annecam is very popular with the birds as we had several swallows perched on our boom almost every morning in the heart of Brisbane City.
In life we can’t go back and start again but we all can start today to make a new ending.

Video #40 Annecam Sailing Australia

18 May 2017 | Brisbane River, Brisbane City, Queensland Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
This is the next video in the series, this time we take you back up along the New South Wales coast from Sydney to Port Stephens, we take shelter from Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie and a very strong frontal system that passed over us at the same time. We stopped in the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, the history unfolds as we filmed this video.
We are heading north again and each day is a new adventure to who knows where. We do have a rough plan and that is to keep sailing up and into the tropics again. Somewhere a little warmer, somewhere where the coconuts grow, somewhere along the Great Barrier Reef. It will be to wherever we can find a nice safe anchorage, somewhere not too far from civilisation and somewhere not too close and overcrowded.
The photo is a plaque dedicated to the Z Force commandoes who sailed from Refuge Cove during the second world war on the MV Krate.
In life honesty is a very expensive gift, don’t expect it from cheap people.

The next video

17 May 2017 | Brisbane River, Brisbane City, Queensland Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
Yah! Team, we have finally found a wifi hot spot fast enough to up-load a few videos that have been waiting on our hard drive for a long time.
This youtube video is part of our journey from Europe to Australia, episode 39 is the Pacific Ocean section and we have included all the waypoints along with our track that we took from Panama to Bundaberg Australia.
Keep watching as we will be posting more videos in the coming days
Life is what we make it, always has been and always will be.
Vessel Name: Annecam
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Crew: Campbell & Annette Hair
About: Cam has had a long love for the ocean, over 40 years on and off various boats. Annie would love smooth seas and to never to see another winter.
Extra: Rig heavy, reef early, and pray often; for God does not promise us an easy passage, but He does promise a safe anchorage.
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