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Day 4 to Australia
09/06/2011, Brisbane

Arrived up the river in Brisbane at 1pm yesterday after a four day sail from Noumea. Did customs etc and then continued another hour up the river to downtown Brisbane at dockside marina. Will try and post some pictures now that I am in the land of fast internet.

09/06/2011 | Doug and Vicki
Congratulations! on your successful voyage. We are very impressed with your handling of "repairing your vessel in exotic dstinations".
Have a great stay Down Under and a safe trip back home!
09/06/2011 | steve and tracy
Great work David, great adventure.
09/09/2011 | Malachi
Congratulations David! It must feel somewhat bittersweet. I heard you already saw destiny, that's so great, I'm jealous. So happy that you and Nath will be reunited soon and will have a chance to tour a bit. We love you and miss you.
09/12/2011 | Orca III
Congratulations David!! Enjoy Australia - I backpacked it for a year many years ago! You and Nathalie will have a grand time touring around!! Cheers , Dionne
Steve says " Well done David! Wish I was with you!"
09/13/2011 | Amy Bright
Way to go, David! I've loved following your adventure on your blog. So happy to know you and Nath will be together later today! xxoo, Amy
Day 3 to Australia
09/04/2011, 26 02S 155 59E

More of the same. Blew a hole in the mainsail while it had 2 reefs in so now only able to use with the 3rd reef in, so going a bit slower. Quite rough last night but much better today. 181 miles to go, 205 miles this 24 hour period.

Day 2 to Australia
09/03/2011, 24 35S 159 23E

The past 24 hours have been on the rough side as we are taking the waves from the side and even slightly ahead. Wind has been close to 25 now for a while. We have two reefs in the main and still moving along nicely. Forecast shows the weather window should last until we reach the coast. Weather can still be a bit winter like here at this time of year. 386 miles to go, 210 miles this 24 hour period.

On to Australia
09/02/2011, 23 21S 162 56E

So we spent a little over 24 hours in Noumea, defiantly a place that needs returning to. If we had not left yesterday the next possible weather window was on the 12th and that would not be a sure bet. We docked right next to our sister ship "Tahina" with Frank and Karen aboard and would like to have spent more time talking with them as well. The country was a pleasure to check in and out off with zero fees. The marina staff were super nice and the rates reasonable. We left at 1300 hr with a nice 17 to 20 knot breeze that lasted throughout the night. This morning it blew itself out so have had the screecher up since. This will be an 800 mile passage with 596 to go after 24 hours.

09/02/2011 | jenny mulligan
Good luck and fair winds, hope all goes well for the last leg, see you on arrival.

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Who: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
Port: Tavernier, Florida USA
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