Annecam

25 June 2017 | Svendsen Bay, Great Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia.
22 June 2017 | Gladstone Marina, Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia
21 June 2017 | Gladstone Marina, Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia
20 June 2017 | Gladstone Marina, Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia
15 June 2017 | Pancake Creek, Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia
08 June 2017 | Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
01 June 2017 | Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
26 May 2017 | Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
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

Having fun in the sun

25 June 2017 | Svendsen Bay, Great Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
We are back in the tropics after crossing the Tropic of Capricorn yesterday, as we approached Hummocky Island. Today we sailed just a little bit further north to Great Keppel Island to anchor in Svendsen Bay on the north-west side of the Island. So far this seems like a very sheltered anchorage.
Every time that we set sail we log in with the local Marine Rescue or the Coast Guard, we give them our vessel name, registration number, the number of people on board, our mobile number, our planned destination plus our estimated time of arrival at our planned destination. We log off when we arrive. Yesterday we had to go to plan “B” to log off, we were out of range for our VHF radio, we did not have any reception for our mobile phone but we did have a very weak mobile wifi signal. To log off we sent a message via facebook messenger to my daughter Amanda and our friend Jeff in Horsham, Victoria. We asked them to try to call the Yeppoon Coast Guard and see if they could log us off the system. Amanda messaged us back and said that she received an engaged signal and a voice message that said they were only manned on a certain number of days. Jeff managed to get a mobile number to call, he called and managed to log us off. So, a big thank you guys for having a go for us, we called the Coast Guard this morning and all was sweet with the log off.
The photo is a Hummocky Island sunrise captured just before we set sail for Great Keppel Island.
“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity in our lives for growth.”

New video

22 June 2017 | Gladstone Marina, Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia
Annie and Cam "H"
Welcome to the next video in the series Annecam Sailing Australia. This is Episode 44. We sail from Fraser Island to wherever we end up.
We are getting closer to the tropics once again, you will see some crazy dolphin having a ride on our bow wave and we have included the waypoints of the anchorages we stopped in.
We are looking for your feedback to improve the way that we produce these videos, feel free to leave us your comments either on this blog or on our YouTube page or even on our facebook page Sailing on Annecam.
The photo is a capture from a video the day that Casey off the Main Event took us to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery.
“There is only thing that stands between you and your dream, it is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.”

On this day

21 June 2017 | Gladstone Marina, Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia
Annie and Cam "H"
We have not had a look back at where we were and what we were doing on this day for quite some time, so here we go
On this day in 2012 we had just purchased Annecam in the Marina Dalmatia, Sukosan, Croatia. Our broker Michael from BlueNautic made the whole deal very easy. We had just sent all the documents required to AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) to change the registration from an Austrian flagged ship to an Australian flagged ship. This whole process took weeks to add a couple of letters. We had just moved aboard but could not go sailing until the formal boat papers were in our possession.
On this day in 2013 we were anchored a small bay between Zdrelac and Kukljica on Opcina Mali Pasman and Otok Ugljan in Croatia (I know that most of you reading these names will be having a hard time with the pronunciation, we were there and we did also). We had just installed our solar panels and were more than impressed with how great they were.
On this day in 2014 we had just arrived in Villasemius, Sardinia after a very hard sail from Yasmine Hammermat, Tunisia. We were replacing two battens that broke in our main sail on that passage. We had just met Gary the Australian Skipper of the Black Swan; the Black Swan is a very large sailing catamaran. We also met Viv and Frank an Australian couple sailing on their catamaran Dominos. An English couple Chantal and David who came into the slip alongside Annecam on their sloop Seaclusion, we would be spending a lot more time with them further west in the Med as they lived in Spain.
On this day 2015 we were tied up inside the Rodney Bay Marina, St Luca in the Caribbean. We had our most regular guest with us, Fiona we affectionally call “Pivo” as her surname is Beer and the first time that she was a guest with us on Annecam was in Croatia and they call beer pivo. We were like drowned rats as we had been to the 20-20 cricket and the game had been washed out by a heavy tropical squall as we walked back to the marina in the rain, it was a fun night.
On this day in 2016 we had just filled all of our diesel jerry’s and our fuel tank for 0.81c aud per litre in the Marina Taina, Tahiti, as a ship in transit we could purchase the diesel duty free. This same evening, we had 12 on board for sun downers, Debbi and John, Paul, Jeanette and Neil, Rita and Gary, Kevin, Lynne and Eric plus the two of us makes twelve, so far that is our record for bodies in the cockpit. We had to wait in Tahiti for a new credit card to arrive from my bank in Australia, I could have thought of quite a few worse places to be waiting.
Last but not least this day 2017, we are tied up in the Gladstone Port Marina, there is almost no wind, the water is like glass, it’s nice and warm but not too hot. We have a little business to take care of and a new youtube video to up-load, if we can find a solid internet connection, before we start planning our next move up into the tropics, so until next time, take care.
The photo is Annie having a little fun inside the ferry terminal here in the Gladstone Marina.
“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them.”

Back in civilization

20 June 2017 | Gladstone Marina, Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia
Cam "H"
After a lovely quiet, eight days anchored in Pancake Creek we are now back in civilization, in the Gladstone Marina. Our first night here we managed to find our way up into the city and into the Reef Hotel where we had a belated birthday dinner for Annies birthday.
The passage from Pancake Creek to where we are now involved contacting the Gladstone Harbour Control before entering the shipping channel, we made contact via VHF channel 13, it is a safety requirement as they gave us the number and names of the commercial ships that we will be sharing the shipping channel with, we had several of these monster bulk carriers to stay clear of as we sailed into the port. As Annie said that these ships are big scary buggers, they don’t change direction as fast as we do but they move at about twice the speed as us.
Yesterday we jumped on board the marina courtesy bus to do a little shopping, we were dropped off along with several other cruisers at one of the many shopping complexes here in Gladstone and after a stroll around through the usual Kmart, Target and Coles supermarket we stopped for lunch at the Burger Urge, one of the many eateries inside this shopping complex. Our objective for the day was to restock our food supplies on board Annecam and were in the right place to make this happen. Our bus driver Graham was a real nice guy, he said that he loves boats that much that he owns several of them, from what he calls his small creek boat to a yacht, he loves his fishing, shooting and all thing outdoors.
Our rough plans are to leave here this week to keep moving north, up into the tropics as we are now only about 24 nautical miles south of the Tropic of Capricorn. So we will be soon up where the crocodiles live and among a host of other nasty critters that we can find here in Australia, note to self, keep the GoPro handy to make sure we capture the moment, haha.
The photo is a capture of a video we took as we sailed into the Port of Gladstone.
“We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives. Some lessons are painful, some are painless but all are priceless.”

Remote locations

15 June 2017 | Pancake Creek, Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia
Cam "H"
Happy birthday to my Admiral, this is the day five years ago we signed the contract of sale for Annecam and Annie still says that it is her best birthday present.
It has been a while since our last blog post and a lot has happened in the last week. We weighed anchor and sailed across Hervey Bay and into the Port of Bundaberg, anchoring in the Burnett River for the first night before moving into the Bundaberg Port Marina. Believe it or not we were allocated the same berth as we had when we first made landfall in Australia just over six months ago. That same night that we anchored in the river our dear friend Eve on her beautiful ketch called Auntie came in and tied up to the fuel dock, the next morning she was allocated the same berth that she had when she arrived at the same time as us. Onno on Songo d Azul was still there, Rob and Jenny on Il Silenzio were anchored just up the river from the marina. Giovanni turned up on Best Explorer and Chris and Chris came in the day before we left on Scintilla. It was almost like we were home again to be in the same slip with some of the same sailors that took part in the Down Under Go West Rally, a great time catching up was had by all.
While in the marina we caught up with the crew off the Main Event, we used to catch their dock lines as they docked each night over six months ago as they returned from their daily tour of Lady Musgrave Island and the reaction we received from Casey and her ship mates was priceless as we were there to catch their lines again. Casey took us to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery on her day off so we could do the full tour and wow! What an eye-opener it was, we had been to several rum distilleries in the Caribbean but there was nothing that compared to this one here in Bundy. Thanks Casey for a great day out.
After leaving Bundaberg we have anchored in several very remote and very beautiful locations. The positive side of where we are, is it's nice and quiet, the fishing is not too bad and it is getting warmer but the down side is the mobile phone coverage is not that great, sometimes we don't have any service at all, maybe that is why we find it nice and peaceful.
We plan to keep moving north, back up into the tropics as we are now only about 40 nautical miles below the Tropic of Capricorn.
The photo is our current view over the sparkly sea.
"In life, it's good to know that when you truly want success, you'll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get."

Video, episode 43

08 June 2017 | Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
Annie "H"
This is the latest video in the series Annecam Sailing Australia.
We take you along for the ride from the heart of Brisbane to Fraser Island, stopping at the Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island, Laguna Bay at Noosa Head, Wide Bay, Tin Can Bay and Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island as we sail north on our east coast.
We give you the waypoints of the places we stopped at and our track.
The photo is one very happy Skipper after a successful crossing of the Wide Bay Bar
#In life, “Walk away from anything or anyone who takes away from your joy. As life is too short to put up with fools.”
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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