Dream Caper

Follow Steve & Portia on their 42' Catamaran

13 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia

Wobbegong Shark

13 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
This is a Wobbegong Shark of which we saw a few during our two dives. These sharks spend most of their time sitting on the ocean floor blending in with their surroundings.

On Friday at 5:45 am, we walked to the next marina, East Coast Marine, a 1/2 mile walk from our boat to get on a dive boat for a two-tank dive. We carried with us our masks, fins and thin dive skins, and also a few whistles, a dive knife and a dive sausage (a 3' orange vinyl tube that is inflated to attract the attention of the diveboat if we don't make it back to the boat). Australia has the strictest safety requirements for diving, probably because the movie "Open Water" was based on a true story where 2 divers were left behind while diving off Australia. After a one hour ride we were outside the bay entrance in the open sea at a place called "Flat Rock". Even with our full length wetsuits, the 73 degree water felt icy. We saw minimal coral (some dark purple soft ones), a huge grouper, a very large black bull ray, two lion fish and two Wobbegong Sharks very similar to the above photo. Upon our return, we were very pleased that the diveboat let us off at the slip directly behind our boat. Thank you, Mates!

Glow Worms

12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
These are glow worms as they look in the cave. Because we were not allowed to take photos and our camera probably wouldn't have gotten this great image anyway, we did not take this photo. In the cave, only a dim red light is used by the guide to show our way. It is like looking up into the sky and seeing stars everywhere. The bio-luminescence is caused by a chemical reaction inside the larvae. When they are hungry, the light is brighter.

Glow Worms

12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
On Mt. Tamborine above the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia is a man made cave in a rain forest where glow worms are nurtured. They grow wild in Australia and New Zealand. This photo (not taken by us since no photo taking was allowed on our visit because the worms are super sensitive to light and air movement, even breathing at close proximity) shows the snares which are similar to spider webbing that they make which hang down to catch insects. If they get too much food to eat they turn off their bio-luminescence which attracts the insects.

Gold Coast

10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
This part of the huge beach that makes up the Gold Coast is called "Surfers' Paradise". The powdery sand beach was gorgeous but the high rises everywhere were a bit distracting. The beach is so large that there are flags that are 100' apart every so often that shows the area the lifeguards will monitor.

Mt. Tamborine, The Hinterland

10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
This large lizard obviously enjoyed sunning himself on the picnic table, but we didn't feel like disturbing him or sharing a lunch with him.

Mt. Tamborine, The Hinterland

10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
This is Portia leaning against one of the many huge "fig" trees in the rain forest on Mt. Tamborine, some 50 miles south of Brisbane, Australia.
Vessel Name: Dream Caper
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot, Venezia 42 - Catamaran
Hailing Port: San Rafael, California
Crew: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
About:
Portia and Steve sailed out of San Francisco Bay, California in 2003, on their 42 foot catamaran, Dream Caper. They cruised in the Sea of Cortez and down the coast of Mexico for 2 years. [...]
Dream Caper's Photos - Main
We had planned to stay one night at this island before leaving for Australia, but because the weather was not conducive for crossing, we were happy to spend some time at this delightful island.
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Created 19 October 2011
This is the capitol of New Caledonia and a beautiful French city.
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Created 12 October 2011
This was one of the loveliest islands we have visited.
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Created 12 October 2011
We arrived from Vanuatu at this remote island in the Loyalty Islands. The waters of the lagoon were aqua blue almost everywhere with whote powdered sugar sand on the beaches.
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Created 12 October 2011
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Created 24 September 2011
Progressive photos of the process of redoing Dream Caper's Hulls and Keels
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Created 22 September 2011
Dream Caper Haulout, Port Vila Produce Market, and Apartment View
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Created 6 September 2011
This is Dream Caper all cleaned up and pretty.
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Created 6 September 2011
We stopped for one day and 2 nights at this resort which is at the SW end of Viti Levu Island, Fiji before leaving for Vanuatu.
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Created 27 August 2011
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We cruised from Port Denarau on Venua Levu Island to the Mamanuca Islands and then north to the Yasawa Group Islands.
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The whale watching tour was fabulous! We swam within 20' for these huge docile creatures. The mother whale with her calf stood still enough for us watch them for several minutes.
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Created 14 July 2011
Underwater shots and funky La Paella Restaurnat
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Created 12 July 2011
Beautiful Tonga! Lovely islands, friendly locals, no big hotels and lots of pigs.
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Created 4 July 2011
It was a rough 2 days.
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Created 4 July 2011
Just a few photos from our 8 day stay in Pago Pago, American Samoa
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Created 28 June 2011
7.5 Days Out to Sea
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Created 22 June 2011
More photos
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Manta Rays, Fish swarms, kayaking in the lagoon
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Created 7 June 2011
We left Papeete, Tahiti on April 29, 2011, via Moorea, Huahine and Tahaa, arriving Bora Bora on May 11, 2011.
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Created 27 May 2011
Dream Caper was hauled out via an unusual method.
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Created 18 August 2010
We spent 10 days in beautiful Moorea.
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Created 18 August 2010
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Created 18 July 2010
We cruised to a number of anchorages on this beautiful island
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Created 30 May 2010
19.5 day crossing from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas, making landfall at Fatu Hiva. We then moved on to Hiva Oa and Tahuata Islands.
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Created 19 May 2010
We returned to California to take care of some business, buy boat parts, visit family and to do some skiing!
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Created 17 March 2010
From our 15-day trip to China in mid-September 2009
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Created 28 February 2010
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Created 22 February 2010

CAPTAIN & FIRST MATE

Who: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
Port: San Rafael, California
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