East...

Blogs from our sailing vessel SV Sänna. Eastwards from England to New Zealand... & sailing circumnavigation.

08 August 2016 | Hoonah, Alaska
27 July 2016 | Sitka, Southeast Alaska
10 July 2016 | British Columbia, Canada
27 June 2016 | Port Townsend, Washington State
06 June 2016 | Port Townsend
09 May 2016 | Anacortes, Washington State.
28 January 2016 | Anacortes, Washington State
26 November 2015 | Anacortes, Wahington State
10 October 2015 | Vancouver, British Columbia.
30 September 2015 | Vancouver, Canada
10 August 2015 | Pruth Bay, Calvert Island, British Columbia (Canada)
30 July 2015 | Vancouver, British Columbia
23 July 2015 | Shearwater, British Columbia
19 July 2015 | Butedale Cove, British Columbia
30 June 2015 | Port Edward
20 June 2015 | Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
07 June 2015 | Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
21 May 2015 | Glacier Bay, Alaska
17 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
14 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska

South...

18 October 2011 | Whitsunday Islands to Brisbane
Dave
Photo: Paradise in the Great Barrier Reef.

Marie didn't much believe my account of our passage through the Whitsunday Islands. She came back onboard Sänna in Mackay and, with the wind from the south east again, we beat the forty miles or so back up to the Lindeman Island anchorage in the southern Island group. We dropped anchor in the dark as usual but it was good to be back together again. I miss her so much whenever she's back in the UK, but Henry needed to be in school. Our three month adventure with Henry around Australia had been fantastic and I was growing to love the frontier feeling of this country, even though we thought Queensland no match for the deserted shores and desolation of the Northern Territories. Now we were back to our normal intimate crew of two and there was a job to be done; Sänna had to be out of Australian waters by November so we needed to make our way southward to Brisbane and be ready to depart for New Zealand....

I had promised Marie that we would return to the Whitsundays before working our way down the Queensland coast to Brisbane. It was relaxed, good sailing and fantastic! The Islands were nearly deserted and the fleets of charter boats gone. We found anchorage after anchorage to ourselves and our magical relationship we both relish devoured us. My head was in a good place and Sänna was in a magnificent mood too. She reared her bows, flaunted her sails and slid effortlessly southwards through easy seas, wanderful islands and treacherous reefs. These were treasure days and I didn't want them to end. We tracked the Queensland coast with good winds but then a threatening storm forced us into Gladstone Harbour for a few days shelter. It was good too. Then we threaded our way through the Fraser Island shallows and Brisbane was not so far away...

We are now moored in the centre of Brisbane making ready and provisioning for the long voyage to New Zealand. We need a favourable weather window as the Tasman Sea and the Southern Ocean can be demanding and unforgiving. But we have received word that Fat Annie has already arrived in Whangarie, having themselves sailed their way south from Vanuatu in the Pacific.

She is waiting patiently and she knows we'll be there soon...
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Vessel Name: Sänna
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean 50 (Bavaria)
Hailing Port: Poole UK
Crew: Dave & Marie Ungless
About:
We have sailed together for over ten years now, leaving the Mediterranean to head eastwards. Our destination was Australia and New Zealand which we achieved in 2012 before attempting a full round-the-world circumnavigation across the pacific and back to the UK. [...]
Extra: Sänna is a hybrid Bavaria Ocean 50, custom built for deep bue water ocean cruising. The build and re-fit specification is high and to date boasts over 56,000 miles of ocean cruising. For more information visit our main website at www.sanna-uk.com.
Home Page: http://www.sanna-uk.com
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