Don & Deb's Big Adventure Continues in Oz

We are now living in Melbourne, Australia after selling our beautiful yacht 'Buena Vista' in New Zealand. Even so...the big adventure will continue one way or another!

09 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Nine to New Zealand
08 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Seven to New Zealand
07 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Seven to New Zealand
06 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Six to New Zealand
05 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Five to New Zealand
04 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Four to New Zealand
03 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Three to New Zealand
02 November 2014 | At Sea - Day Two to New Zealand
01 November 2014 | At Sea - Day One to New Zealand
31 October 2014 | Momi Bay, Fiji
31 October 2014 | Momi Bay, Fiji
24 September 2014 | Yasawa-irara, Yasawas, fiji
23 September 2014 | Yasawa-irara, Yasawas, Fiji
21 September 2014 | Cololevu, Yasawas, Fiji
19 September 2014 | Cololevu, Yasawas, Fiji
18 September 2014 | Namataya Bay, Yasawas, Fiji
16 September 2014 | Malacati Village, Yasawas, Fiji
13 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Fiji
08 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Fiji
06 September 2014 | Blue Lagoon, Nanuya Levu Island, Fiji

Hot, Hot, Stinkin' Hot and BRAVO ARRIVES!

19 August 2011 | Puerto Refugio, North End of Isla Angel de la Guarda
I was wondering what today would bring...it brought our friends on Bravo! Bravo is also a 46' Peterson sailboat and Adam and Cindi are from Seattle. They will be doing the puddle jump across the Pacific next year as well. They left the BLA area with the same forecast that we had several days earlier...SE winds 14-17. After they arrived they told us by radio that the wind and seas built very quickly and at one point they saw 50 knots! I told you it's crazy out there. It's a combination of things. First, you're moving north in the Canel de Ballenas which becomes more and more narrow for several miles and the wind tends to really hoot through that decreasing gap. Also, well, forecasting up in the Northern Sea sort of sucks. They call it the land and sea affect, so many different land masses and the heating and cooling of the land and the water...well...forecasts are sometimes wildly wrong so you have to be able to handle whatever Mother Nature decides to dish out. Well, Bravo made it but they were pretty buggered when they anchored next to us so I doubt we'll be seeing them for cocktails this evening. I think they were also pretty surprised that about an hour after they anchored next to us a very hot wind from the west pipped up to over 30 knots and blew well into the night. These hot westerlies are pretty well known up here but man are they miserable. Like sitting in a huge blow dryer. The air is hot, the boat gets hot and all you can do is, well, drink water and sweat. OR, jump in the water. I have several ways of coping with the heat, at night especially. I take washclothes and wet them down and put them into zip lock baggies. Then I put them in the freezer and pull them out at night when I can't stand it any longer. I started with washclothes but now I'm up to hand towels. In the morning Don will ask me how I slept and I tell him last night was a 'two hand towel night' and he knows what I mean. To end this on an up note...we sat out last night in the hot wind and looked at the stars...it may have been the best star gazing we has ever done in our lives. Except for Bravo's masthead light, it is so dark so can see everything.
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Vessel Name: Buena Vista
Vessel Make/Model: 46' Formosa Peterson
Hailing Port: Ventura, California
Crew: Don and Debbie Robertson
About: The idea of going cruising started when Deb read the book , "Sell up and Sail" around the time they purchased their first boat, a Catalina 22 and joined Chico Yacht Club in 1994.
Extra:
Last great adventure was traveling around Australia for 12 months in a VW van in 1992, and getting married in New Zealand on the way back to the States. After two years cruising in Mexico, in 2012 we sailed across the South Pacific stopping at many island nations including French Polynesia, the [...]
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Buena Vista's Crew

Who: Don and Debbie Robertson
Port: Ventura, California
I may not have an expensive watch but I've got the time!