22 October 2017 | St Bees Island, Queensland, Australia
20 October 2017 | Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia.
19 October 2017 | Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia.
14 October 2017 | Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia.
09 October 2017 | Townsville, Queensland, Australia
04 October 2017 | Mourilyan Harbour, Queensland, Australia.
03 October 2017 | Russell Island, Coral Sea, Queensland Australia.
01 October 2017 | Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
29 September 2017 | Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
21 September 2017 | Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
14 September 2017 | High Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.
09 September 2017 | Cardwell, Queensland, Australia
04 September 2017 | Townsville Yacht Club Marina
26 August 2017 | Cape Gloucester, Coral Sea, Queensland, Australia.
24 August 2017 | Cape Gloucester, Coral Sea, Queensland, Australia.
15 August 2017 | Shark Bay, Cape Upstart, Queensland, Australia
12 August 2017 | Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia
08 August 2017 | Townsville, Queensland, Australia
08 August 2017 | Townsville, Queensland, Australia
07 August 2017 | Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Cruiser Interviews episode 1

22 October 2017 | St Bees Island, Queensland, Australia
Annie and Cam "H"
We mentioned in our blog just over two months ago about a sailor calling out "when is your next video due" to Annie in the Bowen Boat Harbour.

This sailor is a gentleman by the name of Baz and we met Captain Bazza and his lovely wife Roz at the Shag Islet Rendezvous.

As we completed our last passage from Townsville to the Whitsundays we caught up with Captain Bazza and Roz again, this time they agreed to tell us about how they got into sailing.

Here is the video, enjoy.

The photo is a snapshot of Roz and Bazza from the video.

"In life the less we worry about what people think, the less complicated life becomes".

Episode 54 Annecam Sailing Australia.

20 October 2017 | Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
Townsville to the Whitsundays

This video we sail into the trade winds, beating into the seas. We stop at Cape Upstart and Shag Islet behind Cape Gloucester before anchoring in Cid Harbour on Whitehaven Island in the Whitsundays.

Cid Harbour is the name of a very sheltered bay on the west side of Whitsunday Island.

We give you a quick look at the Townsville Yacht Club Marina and have a look at the forecast weather before we set sail.

For all of this plus more, watch the video.

The photo is our track showing all the tacks we put in sailing into the trade winds.

“In life, challenges are what make each day interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Picking up where we left off

19 October 2017 | Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
The summer down under had come to an end for us, it was April 2014 and it was time to return for our third and final season sailing on Annecam in the Mediterranean, time for us to live another summer and to never see another winter. We both had resigned from our jobs, for me it was time to take all the accrued annual leave and my pay slips finished when the leave finished. This would be the last time we worked in Australia.

It seemed like no time had passed and we were back on board getting Annecam ready for the next part of our journey sailing back to Australia. Our flights back to Sicily took less time as there was hardly any back tracking and less time flying is always a good thing.

We flew from Melbourne to Dubai, Dubai to Rome, Rome to Catania. The only issue we had was our flight landed in Catania too late to catch the bus to Licata where Annecam was located. We had to stay in a Bed & Breakfast for the night before catching the bus to Licata the next morning, I might add this B&B was a beautiful Castle, complete with outbuildings, gardens and grounds that only the Sicilians/Italians would have. The owner of the castle told us that a high ranking German Officer and his staff occupied the building during the second world war and the Allies blew the place apart by aerial bombing trying to remove the German Officer. After the war the family rebuilt it piece by piece, stone by stone, completely restoring it to its former splendor.

Once back on Annecam we discovered that the world’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna had covered everything topside with raw potash, turning our clears into not-so-clears and the stainless steel was almost black but with a lot of elbow grease, we managed to make the stainless shinny again but the poor old clears stayed the same all the way back to Australia. We also discovered a part on the water-cooled exhaust required replacing on our motor, once this was done we said see you later to all our friends in Sicily and set sail for Malta.

The first sail for the new season was a case of motoring almost all the way due to the lack of wind, there was a left over swell out of the east, it was being generated by a weather system not that far from Israel, about one thousand miles away. Without the breeze it was a rock and roll passage. The combination of the rough seas along with the very first sail of the season plus the farewell drinks from the night before with our friends in the Marina de Carla del Sole, Annie was slightly ill, at one stage we had a large playful pod of dolphin on our bow, I was standing up forward filming these beautiful animals and when I called out to Annie to see if she would like to come up and watch them to get her mind of the sea sickness, she told me to go somewhere else and I won’t write what she really said on here

Our first stop for a couple of nights was Gozo, after clearing in and completing the formalities we played tourist and took one of the hop-on hop-off busses around the Island. Our next stop was Valletta on the main Island of Malta, it was one of the most majestic harbour entrances we have ever been in, the ancient fortifications lining the entrance were something else. We had booked Annecam into the Manual Island Yacht Yard to be hauled out for a fresh coat of anti-foul and to check all our running gear making sure she was ready for our Atlantic Ocean crossing the following year. We did have a bit of fun retrieving the tax component that we should not have payed from this yard and after a lot of discussion about what a foreign flagged ship is, a ship that is in transit. It was refunded before we left.

At the time we were subject to Schengen that only allows us to stay for a maximum of ninety days on our foreign passports, from the time we entered the Schengen area. As we wanted to stay on the right side of the authorities we cleared out of Schengen in Malta and sailed to Tunisia. On this passage we anchored on Lampedusa Island to break the passage to two short hops, for those that don’t know Lampedusa is the offshore detention Island used by the Italians for the illegal immigrants that try to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa.

After our overnight stop on Lampedusa we completed the overall passage to Yasmine Hammamet in the North African country of Tunisia, we remember this passage well as we had storm after storm complete with more lightning and thunder than any sailor could wish for and lightning is never a good thing while on a yacht with a tall aluminum mast, pardon the pun but it could be a shocking experience, not to mention what a lightning strike would do to all our electronics. Another reminder of the day as we entered Tunisian waters, it was Annie’s birthday. I remember standing up on the bow saying to Annie, welcome to Yasmine Hammamet and I give you Tunisia for your birthday.

We were also met by sinister looking pirate ships as we entered the port, lucky for us they were replicas of the Barbary Pirate ships, just for the tourists to go out for a day sail on.

After we cleared through Customs and Immigration we were allocated a berth right on the town quay, we couldn’t get over the number of locals and tourists that would stand on the back of Annecam to have their photos taken. We had no idea that this was also the location that Hannibal launched the invasion against the Roman Empire from, I’m sure that most of you reading this would have heard of Hannibal and his army complete with elephants marching over the Alps taking the Romans by surprise. There were monuments celebrating this great military leader in the middle of the city. It was also the location where the movie Star Wars was filmed. We had absolutely no idea about any of this history until after we arrived.

We only stayed in Tunisia for a week before we set sail to Villasimius, Sardinia. This was one of the toughest sails we had done since starting out in Croatia, it all started out okay, that was until a storm front started chasing us down complete with a water spout, we were hardly clear of this nasty weather system and we had a local fishing boat trying to cut us off as we think that they thought that we were going to sail through their nets. They kept shouting to us in Arabic, the same words over and over, getting louder and more aggressive each time, they expected us to understand as they kept saying it again and again, they almost rammed us at one point in the exchange, once they realized that we were nowhere near their fishing nets they tried to give us cans of tuna as a piece offering, we had a laugh as we waived them goodbye.
It was getting dark as we sailed past the Isles Cani light house just off the north-east coast of Tunisia and just after the light house was the very busy shipping separation zone with all the commercial traffic coming and going between the Straits of Gibraltar and the Sues Canal, this was a very stressful part of this passage but the best was yet to come.
There is a wind that blows down through the Rhone valley on the French/Spanish border out into the Gulf of Lion and down across the Mediterranean Sea called a Mistral, it is one of the well-known nasty weather events that has the ability to upset the big commercial ships let along a sailing yacht trying to make way into the growing seas. It was a case of reduce our sail area and batten down our hatches and hang on as Annecam kept racing off the breaking waves and crashing into the next. It was at about this time of the passage that Annie started turning a lighter shade of green and she stayed below hugging her newest best friend, the bucket. Forty-one hours this passage took from start to finish, I was a very tired skipper by the time we were safely anchored on Sardinia, I was tired to the point of hallucinating about top marks on fish farms that were not even there.
It was at this time we notified the authorities that we were a ship in transit eliminating the requirement to have to go through Customs and Immigration as we would have been in breach of Schengen, we stayed as a ship in transit all the way to Gibraltar.
The real highlight in this season for us sailing on Annecam was not just the places we stopped at, not just the history that revealed itself to us but all the people we met and spent time with, we would run out of ink trying to name them all on here. We still stay in touch with most of these people and if you keep following us we are sure you will get to meet them as they sail their own journey, their own adventure as most of them will stop here in Australia to say hello, as they circumnavigate this amazing world on their own yachts.

To be continued……..

The photo is one of the Barbary Pirate ships that came out to meet us as we entered the port.

“Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. Be Careful!”

Our journey begins

14 October 2017 | Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
I mentioned the unfolding story of us escaping and starting a new chapter in our lives, I also mentioned about Michael the previous owner of El Sueno, now Annecam had paid for a twelve-month marina berth which made it so easy to winter Annecam until the following season. I did not mention that this same Michael had arranged and paid for a haul out plus new anti-foul, he or our broker did not mention any of this to us at all. We had just moved on board and were unpacking our bags, getting our clothes and personal items squared away when we got a knock on the back of the boat from a gentleman we had not seen before. He told us that he was there to take Annecam across the marina to be lifted out of the water for work, as we were not sure if he had the right boat I quickly ran over to BlueNautic where Michael the broker called Michael the old owner and we found out that everything was organized and we were to be lifted out for the work and it was all paid for, it was all part of the deal.

It was all a bit of a whirlwind as we were soon up on the hard secured in a cradle with a team of workers cleaning and sanding the hull. The next day the workers were starting to apply the new anti-foul and another guy was inside replacing one of the ball valves on one of the through hulls. Annie and I caught a bus into Zadar to purchase some provisions and on our return, we noticed a group of girls up on top of Annecam, they were cleaning and polishing everything above the water line, they had even taken down and folded all our laundry that we had left hanging on the life lines. All of this was part of the service that was provided and paid for by Michael the old owner. Wow! what a start and it did not end there. We were prepared to purchase new crockery, cutlery, utensils and bedding but we did not have to buy a single thing as the old owner had thrown everything in, he told us as he handed the key’s over that he had removed all his personal belongings and what was left on board was ours to keep or throw out. To this day we are still thankful for his generosity.

At the end of our first season on Annecam in the Mediterranean, Fiona our first guest joined us for a couple of weeks before we left Annecam tied up in the marina where we had found her and flew back to Australia. It was a great way to use my long service leave and as that was ending, it was time to go back to work, time to go back and face the demons that we had escaped. The other bonus for us was 2011 was the last time we did a winter, we managed to spend the summer in the northern hemisphere and return to the summer in the southern hemisphere just in time for the fire season.

Almost as soon as we arrived back in Australia we found ourselves back at work, back on the hamster wheel. Annie was offered her old job back as soon as we arrived back in our old home town and it was only days and I found myself back doing what I had escaped from six months earlier. We were counting the days to get back to Annecam, to do this I applied for my accrued annual leave, this application was not supported by local management so I submitted my resignation. This turned out to be the easiest way for us to get back on board Annecam and I withdrew my resignation at the end of the northern summer to get back to work for another six months. With all of the accrued annual leave that I had and discussing my plans with management in our head office, this was this best way to reduce what was owing to me.

Back to our journey, we spent an additional six very expensive weeks in the Marina Dalmatia to have some additional work done on Annecam, items like solar panels so we could produce our own power without the need for shore power. We installed our brand new Mantus Anchor so we could sleep at night, our old CQR anchor would not hold bottom and we spent many nights dragging in our first season. We sent a heap of freight from Australia to bring Annecam up to speed, items including a new generator, fishing gear, safety equipment, AIS transponder along with a heap of personal items. Once everything was imported and squared away we were off, off to explore Croatia some more.

We also had more visitors join us, there was Shauna then Susie with one of her sons Blaire, all from our old home town, a lovely German couple we met in Croatia the first year we were there, Hieke and Gerd, this couple even got engaged on Annecam. These guests all spent time with us in Croatia. We finally left Croatia and sailed to Montenegro with our buddy boat SplitEnz with Steve, Angela, and three young guests on board with them. We all sailed into the Gulf of Kotor in Montenegro and what a head spin that was for us all, it is very hard to paint the picture for you as one sails into this ancient water way, you are surrounded by shear mountains with what looked like beautiful medieval fishing villages along the shoreline. Then there is the ancient fort of Kotor, we made the climb to the top and we could see why this fort had held strong and had never been breached in its history.

We sailed from Montenegro to Greece, sailing from the Adriatic into the Ionian Sea, it was here that we had Anne and Peter join us to transit the Corinth Canal, sailing from the Ionian to the Cyclades. The Corinth Canal was something that every sailor should experience at least once in their life time, we loved it so much we sailed back through on our way to Italy and on to Sicily to winter Annecam in the Marina de Carla del Sole on the south coast of Sicily at the end of season two. It was here in the Marina de Carla del Sole that Fiona joined us for her second visit, Fiona nick-named by us “Pivo” has managed to join us at least once every year in different locations around the world.

This would be the last time that we would go back to work in Australia. The journey, the adventure just keeps on going.

The photo from left to right is Cam, Annie and Fiona inside Annecam, taken on our first year in Croatia.

“In life, walk away from anything or anyone who takes away from your joy. Life is way too short to put up with fools.”

Episode 53 Annecam Sailing Australia.

09 October 2017 | Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Annie and Cam "H"
Cairns to Townsville.

The build up to the tropical wet season is fast approaching so it is time to start sailing Annecam south. Our plan is to be below the Tropic of Capricorn before the official start of the cyclone season, on the 1st of December.

This video we say see you late to Cairns and we sail down to Townsville, stopping at Fitzroy Island, Russell Island, Mourilyan Harbour, Dunk Island, Hinchinbrook Island, Orpheus Island and Magnetic Island before stopping in Townsville for a couple of nights.

This video was filmed over 9 days and produced 1 day before this blog post

The photo is our cockpit table after a bit of work.

“In life, there are three things you cannot recover: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. Be Careful!”

Episode 52 Annecam Sailing Australia.

04 October 2017 | Mourilyan Harbour, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
Hinchinbrook Island to Cairns.

This is the latest video in our series Annecam Sailing Australia as we continue our amazing journey sailing up the east coast of Australia. We take you to the beautiful Dunk Island, catch up with some friends in Kurrimine Beach, we stop at High and Fitzroy Islands before anchoring in Cairns.

This video was filmed and produced 18 day before the blog post and it's free, we love what we do.

This part of Australia is absolutely stunning, just to walk on the beautiful Islands amongst the coconut palms and to be able to share it all with you as we sail inside the Great Barrier Reef. We could say “wish you were here”.

The photo, how many places in the world do you get the chance to feed the beautiful White Swans on the back of the boat? Like we did in Sukosan, Croatia in 2013.

“In life. Do not go where the path leads you, go instead where there are no paths and lay a trail for others to follow”

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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