Annecam

21 January 2017 | Beauty Point, Middle Harbour, NSW
19 January 2017 | Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
17 January 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
17 January 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
16 January 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
15 January 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
14 January 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
13 January 2017 | Athol Bay, Sydney Harbour.
12 January 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
11 January 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
09 January 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
08 January 2017 | Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
08 January 2017 | Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
07 January 2017 | Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
06 January 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
05 January 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
04 January 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
02 January 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
02 January 2017 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW

Catching up with some of the Go West Down Under Crew

21 January 2017
Cam & Annie "H"

It was a great catch up with some of the Go West Down Under Crew last night at the Spit Marina.

The Split Bridge

21 January 2017 | Beauty Point, Middle Harbour, NSW
Cam "H"
After a very peaceful night in Balls Head Bay we weighed anchor and headed to Middle Harbour to catch up with some of the Down Under Go West rally participants who just happen to be in or near the Spit Marina. To get there we had to wait until the Spit Bridge opened at 1015, we took one of the public moorings for an hour or so just short of the bridge. Just after we went through, we spotted Nogal a USA flagged catamaran with Frank, Marilia, Julia and Sophia on board, we grabbed one of the short term public moorings and took our dinghy over to say hello. We then proceeded to Crag Cove just off Sugarloaf Bay to catch up with Deanne and Paul off Graf Spee. We spent the night there.
Today I started scrubbing all of the ugly growth off Annecam’s hull . we then moved back closer to the Spit Marina onto one of the public moorings to catch up with some of the Down Under Go West Rally participants who are still hanging around this part of the world, we are having a BBQ dinner together. The weather is calm and clear so it should be a good night for it.
Photo is me photo bombing Deanne and Paulon Graf Spee
When life gives you something that makes you feel afraid, that’s when life gives you the chance to be brave.


Just a quickie

19 January 2017 | Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
Cam & Annie "H"
This is just a short blog entry to let you all know that we weighed anchor early this morning and motored around to Iron Cove to purchase some provisions and to pick up a few bits and pieces from the Bunnings at the back of the cove.
Once we had stowed all of our purchases on board Annecam we motored around to Balls Head Bay, we have been here on two separate occasions and this time we have the whole bay to ourselves.
The photo is the P & O Pacific Pearl that we motored past this morning; we keep seeing this cruise ship in the same paces that we have stopped at as we sailed across the Pacific Ocean.
Live your life now, don’t wait until tomorrow.


Video Annecam Sailing Australia

17 January 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
Cam & Annie "H"
This is the second video in the series Annecam Sailing Australia, we take you on board for a little bit more of our journey along the east coast of Australia. We sail from Brisbane down to Iluka/Yamba where we catch up with my Aunty Verna, Uncle Lindsay and one of my cousens, John. We also celebrated Christmas in Iluka with Deanne and Paul off their yacht Graf Spee. We loved our time in the Clarence River and I'm sure we will be back to explore some more.
We are still very new to the production of this type of media, so feel free to make comment on what you would like to see in these videos and we will see what we can do.
Life is like a camera, focus on what is important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things do not work out take another shot.



Communications on Annecam

17 January 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
Cam "H"
This is a common question we get, “How do you communicate with the people who care when you are so far from land”. On Annecam we have several systems that all work and are tested on or near the first of each month plus they are tested before each blue water passage. Our primary communication system our VHF radio, is for short range communications, ship to ship and ship to shore, we use channel 16 as the calling channel and switch to a working channel once we have established contact. This system is great when sailing in range of a buddy boat and sometimes we can contact a commercial ship if they are passing too close. Our VHF radio is equipped with DSC (Digital Selective Calling) where once we have established the MMSI (Maratime Mobile Service Identity) a 9 digit number allocated to a vessel used for identification. We call the other vessel using this MMSI this calls them direct and almost every time they acknowledge and we establish who is going to give way to who, we have had some great conversations with other ships while on passage. Our VHF is just one way we can communicate.
Our second system is our Iridium Go Satellite WIFI router, this is another way we can communicate while on passage. We can have up to five devises logged into our Iridium Go at the same time, we can make phone calls and SMS messages from anywhere. The biggest bonus with this system is we can download real time weather information for routing while on passage and knowing what is coming regarding the weather is the best safety feature we have. The Iridium Go will do a lot more than what we use it for but we are happy with what we do.
Our third system on board Annecam is our YBTracker, I have set our tracker to up load our position including our COG (Course Over Ground) our SOG (Speed Over Ground) and the air temperature where we are at the time. We can also do direct posts to my facebook page from anywhere in the world via the YBTracker. Our YBTracker is embedded into the footer on this blog page, so any time that you want to see where we are just scroll down to the bottom of this blog page to see.
The photo is Annecam anchored in Blackwattle Bay, framed by eucalypt trees looking down Cook Street
In life not everything you try can be done but nothing can be done if you do not try.

Toxteth Hotel

16 January 2017 | Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
Cam & Annie "H"
We walked our legs off this morning trying to find a Reject Shop in this part of Sydney and when we finally found the place they did not stock what we were looking for. We did purchase a few other items while we were there and had the joy of hauling it all back to Annecam. I forgot to mention that we dropped a couple of loads of laundry off just up the road and when I say up it is definitely up a very steep hill that had both of us panting like we had just run a foot race.
On our way back from the shopping trip we stopped in the Toxteth Hotel also known as The Tocky, for a meal and a couple of cool drinks.
The photo is Annie hamming it up with a couple of the drink coasters in the “Tocky” while we were having lunch.
Life has two rules;
Rule 1. Never quit
Rule 2. Always remember rule 1.

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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