Annecam

01 December 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
29 November 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
28 November 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
27 November 2016 | Tangalooma, Moreton Bay QLD
25 November 2016 | Fraser Island, OLD
24 November 2016 | Station Hill in Platypus Bay, Fraser Island.
22 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina.
20 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina.
19 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
18 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
17 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
16 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
14 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
13 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
13 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
09 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina.
09 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina.
04 November 2016 | Coral Sea, South Pacific Ocean
03 November 2016 | Coral Sea, South Pacific Ocean
01 November 2016 | Coral Sea, South Pacific Ocean

First day of Summer

01 December 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
Cam "H"
Because we are one day ahead of the rest of you in the other half of the world, it is the first day of Summer Down Under. We started the day out with beautiful sunshine and as the middle of the afternoon approached we had a rather nasty looking thunderstorm heading our way, yesterday the last day of Winter was much the same.
The wind is up and the river is flowing out fast with the run out tide, we have rain here in the middle of the city and the almost constant rumble of thunder. Just a few miles south of here they have been hit with hail the size of tennis balls.
The photo shows the rolling clouds associated with the storm.
Cheers to you all as life is still good on Annecam.

Where are we now?

29 November 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
Cam "H"
We have not moved from our mooring in the Brisbane River, in front of the Botanical Gardens. We could not get any closer to the middle of the city if we tried, everything is just a short walk from the dinghy dock, there is a laundry and shower facility about ten paces from the dock and there are supermarkets and all of the shopping one could wish for within walking distance. We were greated by a fireworks display on our first night here, we asked and no one knows what they were for, we said that they were to celebrate our arrival haha.
Annie’s son Dave came and had dinner on board with us a couple of days ago and my youngest daughter Cindy came and had lunch with us yesterday. It was great to catch up with the two of them.
My cousin Debbie came by yesterday and waived hello as she works not that far from where we are, she is heading to New Zealand for a few days and plans to catch up on her return.
There are a few cruisers who we have kept in touch with who we have met on our journey who will be paying us a visit in the coming days, so it is all happening on board Annecam.
Just a quick one for anyone reading this blog, who knows where we can purchase anchor chain at the right price. Please leave a comment with the information, cheers to all.
Photo is Annecam on one of the online AIS tracker sites, as we motor up the Brisbane River.


Wow what a trip.

28 November 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
Cam "H"
We took our time before sailing away from Tangalooma on Moreton Island and we sailed over to the entrance to the Brisbane River. We furled our sails away and motored in past the commercial area where the big cargo ships do their thing.
We had to dodge heaps of ferries and a few tugs pushing barges, there was a strong outgoing tide and you guessed it we also had the wind against the tide making for a rather sloppy ride, it did not matter which way we were travelling the wind seemed to be always wiping the water into something that resembled a washing machine.
There are still a few firsts for us on Annecam, yes this is the first time in over 23,000 nautical miles we have tied up to fore and aft pylons, with the wind and the outgoing tide we had to get help from three other cruisers in their dinghies to push and pull us into position. Thank you to Eric, Michael and the third cruiser we did not get your name, we could not have done this without you all.
Photo is us about to motor under the Storey Bridge, right in the city of Brisbane.
Life is pretty awesome on Annecam.


Back on our anchor

27 November 2016 | Tangalooma, Moreton Bay QLD
Cam "H"
After 217 nautical miles from Fraser Island to Moreton Bay we are now anchored for the night at Tangalooma on Moreton Island. The sail itself was a real mixed bag, we started out with just over 20 knots of wind almost on the nose as we sailed from Fraser up around the Break Sea Spit and the same 20 knots of wind had us sliding along at 9.5 to 10 knots until we got to Indian Head on the East side of Fraser. The wind dropped down to 2 knots leaving us with the leftover seas, this happened right on sundown and lasted until dawn, we then had a bit of breeze that finally filled in for the last few hours of the passage.
Annecam is holding up extremely well, we have not had a breakage so far this year, there have been a few small cosmetic jobs that we have managed to keep on top of but nothing major.
We plan to catch up with one of our daughters ‘Cindy’ and one of our sons ‘Dave’ over the next few days. I have not seen Cindy for several years so it will be good to catch up.
Photo is just one of many of these beautiful creatures that came to play on our bow wave on this passage.
Life is sweet and life is easy on board Annecam.

It’s time

25 November 2016 | Fraser Island, OLD
Cam "H"
It’s time to start heading south to calmer and hopefully safer waters, the season is changing over the Coral Sea with several low pressure systems forming over the last few days. All of these lows have the potential to develop into cyclones. So far these lows have stayed over on the western side of the Coral Sea and have unleashed huge amounts of rain on New Caledonia and it looks like Vanuatu is forecast to receive the next one.
It is only a matter of time before one of these lows will head our way and we do not want to be clobbered by one. It’s time to go.
We spotted our first Fraser Island dingo trotting along the beach yesterday looking like it owned the world. We have also seen a wedge tailed eagle and an osprey, some dolphin are cruising around and there are plenty of fish about, the only one that I have had a solid bite from bit the line straight through and took off with the lure, oh well you win some and you loose some.
In life bizarre travel plans are the dancing lessons of life

Importing Annecam complete.

24 November 2016 | Station Hill in Platypus Bay, Fraser Island.
Cam "H"
We have just received our notification from Border Force that we have our Authority to deal, in simple terms this means we have completed everything that there is to do regarding importing Annecam into Australia.
For anyone out there who is thinking of doing something similar to what we have done, it means getting a valuation on the boat (cost $500.00) contracting an agent to submit the required forms to Border Force (cost $300.00), there is an additional two page form that has to be completed for Border Force and Biosecurity (cost $30.00). We then received an account for 5% duty on the valuation plus 10% GST over the full amount, once paid we received the Authority to deal (the green light) to sail away from Bundaberg.
We are now anchored over on Fraser Island and with the forecast weather it looks like we will be here for a few days before we can start sailing towards Brisbane to catch up with Annie’s son Dave and one of my daughters Cindy.
The photo is our Mantis anchor, ready to be set at Fraser Island.
Here are the official results for the ECG I had a couple of days ago, I think it looks good.
1. No Valve thickening or dysfunction suggestive of carditis or acute rheumatic fever.
2. Mild concentric LVH.
3. Normal ventricular function.
4. No other significant findings.
If only my leg would get better, life would be sweet on Annecam.


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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