Annecam

26 February 2017 | Bantry Bay, Middle Harbour, NSW
24 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
23 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
21 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
20 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
19 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
18 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
17 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
16 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
15 February 2017 | Athol Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
14 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
13 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
12 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
11 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
09 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
07 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
07 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
06 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
05 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
02 February 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW

Rose, Blackwattle, Iron and Bantry.

26 February 2017 | Bantry Bay, Middle Harbour, NSW
Cam "H"
Yesterday Annie’s daughter Kara and husband Peter came for a quick visit, we met them at the Rose Bay Dock at 0800 and after breakfast we took them for a tour around Sydney Harbour. Even though it was the worst weather we have experienced ever since we arrived they had a great time. We took them up past the Sydney Opera House and under the bridge, up to Cockatoo Island and around and into Blackwattle Bay where we spent the night in the nice sheltered water there.
This morning we took a taxi to the airport at 0515 and said our goodbye’s as they caught their flight back to Avalon, Annie and I caught the train back to Central Station, then the light rail to the Sydney Fish Market and after a short walk we were back at the pontoon where we left Macenna our dinghy and it was a very short ride from there to get back on board Annecam.
We weighed anchor and motored around to Iron Cove to purchase some provisions, from there we motored through the Spit Bridge and we are now on a public mooring in Bantry Bay.
We had just picked up the public mooring and a Maritime patrol vessel came by and reminded us that the public moorings were for 24 hours only, he also asked us if we were aware of the New South Wales Legislation that states that a vessel can be at anchor in the one place for a maximum of 28 days and can only anchor for a maximum of 90 days in a calendar year, if you intend staying in New South Wales waters for longer than the 90 days you must use either a marina or a commercial mooring. I will add that the Maritime Officer was very polite and professional, he even came back when I asked him for the web link to find the information on the time limits so I could pass it onto our cruising friends who are heading this way. He came back and said the rules were in the legislation under, Marine Safety 2016, part 2 division 4, clause 17a.
I looked it up and It states.
17A restrictions on time at anchor;
1. The operator of a vessel must not allow a vessel to be at anchor in NSW waters for more than 90 days in any calendar year.
2. The operator of a vessel must not allow a vessel to be at anchor in any one place in NSW waters for more than 28 days in any one calendar year.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units or $5,500 can be imposed.
We on Annecam must watch the calendar as we will have to either pay for a marina berth, commercial mooring or sail away to another state.
The photo is Myself, Peter and Kara having a morning coffee at the Sydney Airport.
Life is not about how you survived the storm, it’s about how you danced in the rain.

Middle to Rose

24 February 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
Cam "H"
This morning we weighed anchor and motored away from Sailors Bay, through the Spit Bridge in Middle Harbour and dropped our anchor in Rose Bay again. Apart from the wakes created by the constant ferries and the occasional large motor yacht, we love it here as the water is clean, the bottom is good holding sand and there is no sticky mud at all.
We watch the sea planes take off and land, they are noisy and some fly very close as their dock is about 300 metres from where we are anchored. The kids from the Woolarah Sailing Club are also a never-ending source of entertainment, their coaches do a fantastic job as most of these young sailors do an exceptional job.
The photo is the Spit Bridge opening up as we motored through this morning, this bridge reminds me of the bridge into the lagoon on the Dutch side of St Marten in the Caribbean.
Always look to the future because that is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives.

Dodger & Bimini complete

23 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
Cam "H"
Thanks to Sam from Sydney Marine Trimming, our new dodger, bimini and full side clears are now complete on Annecam. It looks good no better than good it is great, we could even say that we now have a conservatorium, an extra fully enclosed entertainment area. Our cruising friends Deanne and Paul of their yacht Graf Spee are coming over for sun downers this evening and we can’t wait to show off the completed job. It is always good to have someone like Sam from Sydney Marine Trimming who shows pride in their work, we can only say that his work is second to none and if any of our cruising friends who are reading this and you need any canvas work done you will find Sam at; https://www.sydneymarinetrimming.com/
Tomorrow we plan to head back to Rose Bay to start scrubbing the hull and get Annecam ready to start heading back up North as we plan to head up through the Great Barrier Reef this winter, only time will tell just how far we get.
The photo is our new dodger, bimini and side clears around and over our cockpit.
Life does not have any hands but it can sure give you a slap sometimes

Distant Shores

21 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
Cam "H"
People are amazing, I was sitting here at the navigation station on Annecam checking emails, news and having a quick look at our facebook page when I noticed a post pop up in my news feed with the heading “How to Make a Million Dollar Sailing Video”. The post was from none other than Sheryl and Paul Shard. This Canadian couple are nothing short of amazing, they started making videos of their adventures almost 20 years ago, correct me if I’m wrong but 1998 is the year that they started. They have been filming the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series ever since they started. The show has been translated into 28 different languages and is watched by millions on television stations around the world. This couple of adventurers have sailed to more exotic places than one could poke a stick at. They built their first yacht as a wedding present to each other and the rest is history.
Annie and I purchased some of their videos, mostly on the places that we planned to visit. The first contact that I had was a message from Paul, while we were crossing the Atlantic Ocean, he asked me what we thought of our Iridium Go satellite communications system, I told him that we loved it and we still do, so they purchased one and quickly took it to the next level including sending photos to their shore based team, so the rest of the world could see what they were up to.
We celebrated my 60th birthday in St Marten with Sheryl and Paul and a couple of days later we all went to the Phillipsburg Carnival and had a blast like you would not believe.
The video is the one made by Sheryl and Paul, have a look and I’m sure that you too will be amazed.
The photo is of an evening regatta here in Middle Harbour that we watched while we had sun downers on Annecam.
Life is good because we are old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway.

Superstitions of the sea

20 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
Cam "H"
Are there any superstitious readers? Do you have one that I have not mentioned on this blog?
Here is a short list of just some of the superstitions that we have heard on our travels on Annecam and I’m sure that there are a lot more where these have come from.
1. Bananas; No bananas on board, bananas have long been thought to bring bad luck, especially on ships. At the height of the trading between Europe and the Caribbean in the 1700's, most cases of disappearing ships were carrying a cargo of bananas at the time. Another theory is that the ship would be overloaded and would sink in an Atlantic storm. Fisherman, say they never catch anything while bananas are on board. Many boaters continue to avoid bananas at sea, some even avoiding banana smelling or branded sun tan lotion.
2. Women; No Women on Board, I love this one but I can’t talk Annie into following it through.
Women were said to bring bad luck if you let them on board because they angered the sea gods, thus causing the seas to become rough as they take their revenge out on the ship with the women on board. To calm the seas all of the woman on board would have to parade on the decks naked, this would then calm and please the sea gods, not to mention the captain and the rest of the crew. It is for this reason that you will see on a lot of the classic ships have a figure of a naked women on their bow, her bare breasts were meant to calm and please the sea gods plus her open eyes would guide the ship to safety.
3. No Whistling on Board; Mariners have long held the belief that whistling or singing into the wind will whistle up a storm or squall, just as well neither Annie or I can whistle.
4. Most of you reading this would have heard the old saying “Red sky and night is the shepherds delight and a red sky in the morning is the shepherds warning’. The sailors version is red sky at night is the sailor's delight and a red sky in the morning means sailors take warning. A red sunset is an indication of a high pressure system and very dry air, usually a beautiful day will follow, while a red sunrise is an indicator of moisture in the atmosphere usually followed by rain and bad weather from an approaching low pressure system, we don’t like bad weather on Annecam.
5. Be aware of a lurking shark, a shark following the ship is a sign of inevitable death on board. We do get to see the odd shark while sailing, they love taking a freshly hooked fish before we can get them on board. However most sharks we come across are the two-legged variety on land and we have had plenty of experience with this type of shark, they usually wear a uniform and disguise themselves as a government official and are only happy when they have consumed the contents of our wallets and purse with big bites out of our credit cards. There is another variety quite often are found in chandlers, we have found that spare parts like oil filters and drive belts are quite cheap when purchased from an automotive retailer and the same item purchased from a chandler when the word marine is included on the product label, it is then marked up by several thousand percent.
6. Never start a passage on a Friday or a Thursday or a Monday, Haha! Fridays have long been considered a bad day to start a passage as this was the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. Thursdays are Thor’s day, the god of thunder and lightning, we do not like sailing in a thunderstorm, who wants to be out on a flat ocean with a tall metal mast just sitting there waiting for a lightning strike, not us. Monday, the first Monday in April is the day that Cain slew Abel and the second Monday in August is the day the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed and who wants to be there when it happens again. Most sailors say that the best day to start a passage is Sunday. We on Annecam have had some of our best sails starting on a Friday.
7. Sighting Dolphin, Dolphin are meant to be a sign of good luck and a safe passage, we love to watch and film the Dolphin surfing on our bow wave on Annecam.
8. Never change the name of the boat; Woops we did. It's meant to be bad luck to change the name of the boat. Boats develop a character and a mind of their own once they are named and Christened. If you do rename the boat, you absolutely must have a de-naming ceremony. This ceremony can be performed by writing the current boat name on a piece of paper, folding the paper and placing it in a wooden box then burning the box. After, scoop up the ashes and throw them into the sea, or you must pay homage to Neptune the God of the sea while christening the boat with the new name.
9. Look like a Pirate; a pierced earlobe on a sailor is meant that he is a circumnavigator or had crossed the Equator. Sailors and Pirates wore gold hoop earrings because they believed it brought good fortune. Some believed that the gold served as a protective and that it would prevent them from drowning. Tattoos are also a sign of good luck. Sailors would tattoo a nautical star on their bodies as the North Star represented a signal that they were nearing home. We on Annecam would have to get the Southern Cross tattoos for our home. Cutting our hair, nail trimming, and beard shaving as they are seen as bad luck, that is why I grew my beard and we look a little scruffy most of the time, just take a look at the photo to see how scruffy we really Rrrrrrr.
10. Death curse; At sea or on the dock as you are leaving, some words must be strictly avoided to ensure the ship and crew's safe return. These include obvious ones like "drowned" and "goodbye". If someone says "good luck" to you, it is sure to bring about bad luck. The only way to reverse this curse is by drawing blood from the one who gave it, so usually a good punch in the nose will do. We are not sure about punching someone on the nose but wishing someone “fair winds” and “see ya later mate” are always nice ones to hear.
These are just some of the sailor’s superstitions, have you heard of any more? Let us know.
The secret of life is to go from mistake to mistake without losing your enthusiasm.

Storms to the left of me

19 February 2017 | Sailors Bay, North Bridge, Middle Harbour, NSW
Cam "H"
Thunderstorms for the third evening in a row here in Sydney, in cricket terms that is a hat trick. It sort of reminds me of that old song we all used to listen to a few years back, “Storms to the left of me, storms to the right of me and here I am stuck in the middle with you”, well not quite the same lyrics but I thought they were suitable for occasions like this. As you can see on the photo there are a few intense storms tracking past us and touch wood they leave us alone once again.
Today we took our dinghy ashore and went for a stroll up the hill from the North Bridge Baths, past heaps of multimillion dollar homes to the North Bridge Plaza for a little retail therapy. We found lots of good shops while there, and a nice place to have lunch. I’m sure that we will be back for some more in the not too distant future.
Tomorrow we are expecting our new gear box selector cable to be delivered, we are living in hope and we will keep you all up to date on our progress.
Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, it is measured by the number of moments that take your breath away.
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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