02/26/2014, Horsham, Victoria, Australia
We are both still busy with work; at least the cruising budget is looking a little healthier for now. We actually have the day off together tomorrow, you may ask how come we can have a day off in the middle of the week, well Annie works every weekend as I have been for the last few months, so our days off fall in the middle of the week.
The expectant Grandmother is positively glowing, yes any day now Annie will become a Granny for the first time. Good luck and Gods speed to Kara and Peter the soon to be new parents.
Annie did manage to spend a few days with her daughter Kara last week starting with the traditional baby shower, the giving of gifts from friends and family for the new baby. While Annie was down in Melbourne she managed to catch up with Louise and Caterina Alleway our lovely neighbours we had on their yacht Janner from Croatia then down through a fair bit of Greece last season and in the Marina Dalmatia the season before.
We are still sorting what we will be taking back over to Annecam, the type of useful items that will assist with the upcoming ocean passages that are a lot easier to obtain from home than they would in Europe. Items like our new Yellowbrick sat tracker/communicator, GPS Epirb we now have two registered with AMSA that we will be carrying on Annecam, a current Mediterranean Almanac, cruising guides for the Caribbean and the Pacific, watch out 'Dave' the secret weapons in the fishing lure department is now quite extensive. I'm not sure how much clothing will be in my checked luggage, but I know what the priorities will be for me anyway.
Counting the days down to the time of our departure, yes forty to go and look out Licata, Sicily here we come.
The staff and management in the Marina di Cala del Sole have been fantastic, keeping us informed, sending photos and obtaining quotes for maintenance for Annecam.
The photo is of Caterina, Louise, Kara and Annie enjoying the catch up.
Life will so much more relaxing back on Annecam
01/25/2014, Licata, Sicily
Our yacht Annecam is in Sicily, we are still here in Horsham, Victoria, Australia. Our blog posts will look
something like this, using our Yellowbrick Tracker. We have less than 70 days
to go now before we are back on board.
Weather here in Horsham;
Wind ENE 9kts
Sea Flat there is none at Horsham
01/21/2014, Horsham, Victoria, Australia
We are counting the days until we get back on board our beautiful Annecam, yes we do have only 75 days to go until we leave Australia and start the journey back over to Sicily.
At the moment we are very busy with several major fires that have been ravaging the communities not that far from where we live, the Grampians, a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and the Big Desert are just a couple of locations where major fires were started by lightning. Even though both of these places are National Parks they have a number of communities and farm land that were involved with a many homes, out buildings, cars, farm machinery and livestock either damaged or totally destroyed. A big thank you goes to all of the emergency services involved in stopping these fires from damaging more properties and the lives of the people who live there.
So for the next few weeks we will be kept rather busy with work and the arrival of Annies first grandchild, yes they are planning a baby shower as I write this blog and the expectant Granny isn't half exited!!
Every chance I get I am watching a couple of our friends who are sailing across or who have sailed across the Atlantic, yes Nicha and Matt-Lau 111 you are being watched, we check your progress and also check on the locations that you are stopping at to help with the planning of our own crossing this year.
Over the last two years we have sailed 4,962 nautical miles. Our longest passage has only been 180 nautical miles and we sailed this in an even 23 hours from Montenegro down to Corfu Greece, with an average of 7.82 knots. Our slowest passage was a mere 47 nautical miles and that took a whole 10.5 hours with an average of 4.4 knots. Since we left Sukosan Croatia, we have sailed 3,058 nautical miles and visited 5 countries on our way to Sicily.
Just a bit more on the statistics; the strongest wind we had in 2013 was 54 knots and in 2012 it topped out at 63.8 knots, we had 3 to 5 metre seas on the nose in the straights of Messina and our top speed was 10.7knots approaching Kortula Croatia.
This is a photo of our journey so far;
Life is still good but will be a lot better back on Annecam.
01/09/2014, Horsham, Victoria, Australia
We have had a full on festive season with all of my children and grand children here for Christmas along with Kara, Annie's daughter and son in-law Peter here for a few days just after, unfortunately David, Annie's son couldn't make it from Western Australia.
That nasty four letter word "work" has kept the two of us busy since we arrived back in our home town, Annie with her customer service job and me with lots of fire investigation as part of my employment with the Country Fire Authority.
The weather has been mostly nice apart from a few cool days the temperature is set to soar into the mid 40's for the next week or so, we are all holding our collective breaths that we don't have any new fires start with this forecast heat wave.
The last few weeks we have been house sitting for a friend and her family and I might add that it's a beautiful home, nice quiet neighborhood only a short distance to work. Oh! Did I mention that it also has a very nice swimming pool with a really neat out door living area? Plus they have a lovely dog called Tilly, she takes me for a very long walk each morning.
We are not counting but it is now only ninety days until we are back on Annecam over in Sicily, so we are busy collecting all of the things that we will require for the next part of our voyage, from Sicily around the Med and across the Atlantic on our way back to Australia over the next couple of years.
Life is great on and off Annecam.
12/15/2013, Horsham, Victoria, Australia
We had a great evening, wining, dining and telling stories with all of the crew we had from our home town of Horsham, Victoria, Australia. There was Shauna who sailed with us for just over a week on the Adriatic coast, from Zadar to Skradin and back to Sukosan, plus Susie and Blair who sailed with us from the time we left Sukosan to the port of Cavtat where we cleared out of Croatia on our way to Montenegro.
The stories went something like, the stars are so bright by Shauna and have you seen my hat by Susie. We did have a great time together and plan to sail together again in the future.
Annie and I are almost settled back into the routine of life on land. After my first full two weeks back at work and with Annie starting back at her old job it is starting to feel like we have never left this life of routine, getting up each morning and fronting up to the same job at the same time every day. My timing was a bit like being in the wrong place at the wrong time with thirteen fires in the first few days; the largest was over four hundred hectares (1,000 acres) and they all involved high value crops. This is not a good start to the harvest and the land owners alike.
If you are still reading this Simon, Annabel and Bill and Linda it is good to follow your progress so far, well done on your great passage to the Canaries and fair winds for the Atlantic crossing on Nicha, plus safe passage to you Bill and Linda with the yacht delivery from Queensland to Melbourne, we're following you all the way.
Life is very different off Annecam
12/01/2013, Horsham, Victoria, Australia
It's almost three weeks since our last blog and it has almost been as long to get over the jet lag we both seem to have this time.
A lot has happened in these last three weeks, we are now driving a car we have borrowed from one of my twin sons (thanks Tom). We have been successful in finding a unit to live in for the next few months, this Tuesday is the big move in day and my other twin son is going to help after work with his new 4wd (thanks Brad).
We have been house sitting for my uncle and aunty for five wonderful days out on their farm in the hills.
I started back at my old job with the Country Fire Authority and Annie starts back at her old job this week.
Most import is the catching up with some of our friends and some of our Horsham crew that sailed with us this year, we still have lots more to catch up with.
We even purchased fishing licenses and tried our luck in a few of the local lakes and the river, it was great to be out there just to feel the tranquility but no fish were harmed in the process.