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Freycinet underway
At last we are underway and excited about the new adventures that are ahead of us. Hope this site helps our friends travel with us in spirit through the stories and photos.
Brisbane for xmas
Daryl and Carol
Mon/12/12, Chapel Hill

We are home in Brisbane for a while and apart from being ill, everything is good. we were away for 18 months and hardly a sick day. we ahve a trip planned for January to Victoria and after xmas, a few days at the Woodford music festival where Hailey is playing. Camping out, that will be new only this time we wont have to worry about the anchor.
The last week in the Philippines was spent setting Freycinet up on the hard at Subic Bay and doing some maintenace i.e. replacing cutluss bearing and two seacocks. we are also having a lot of cosmetic work done to bring her back up to speck before heading off again in February.

Have a great xmas and new year and we will be back on air early February. If you are in Brisbane over the holidays, drop in and say hi. email is svfreycinet@gmail.com
Regards
Daryl and Carol

Time to fly home for Xmas
Daryl
Wed/11/12, Subic Bay, Philippines

Well we have reached Subic Bay and hauled Freycinet out at Watercraft. It seems strange that we left Australia over 18 months ago and now going home for the first time. Carol has had a couple of trip but first one for me. The Philippines has been fantastic and looking forward to continuing here next year. Not sure after that. We are currently in Angeles City about 10 mins away from the old Clark Airforce base. We will catch an Air Asia fight to KL in the morning and then onto the Gold Coast. Angeles City!! What can you say, google it. I try to explain it away in a cultural sense, but Carol says I am delusional.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone if we can. Plenty of opportunity to fill crew positions next year if anyone is up for some adventure.
Merry Xmas
Daryl and Carol

Puerto Galera
13 20.621'N:120 57.172'E
Mon/11/12, Philippines

We have been in Puerto Galera for three weeks and now moving on. Sad really, fantastic place with great people. Had a good look around, raced in the All Souls regatta, became a regular at some of the beach bars, that's original I hear you say.

PG is very close to Manila so there is a big influx of people come the weekend. The night spot place is Sabang, very interesting to visit. We have been able to get most things here from a food point view but still enjoy our rice.

Will be back here when we return in the new year. The Philippines is a great sailing venue, the best we have seen so far. People very friendly and scenery fantastic. Water is very clear so our new found love of diving fits very well.

On our way to Puerto Galera
Daryl
Mon/10/12, Pandan Island

Had a stop over at Apo reef last night, weird to be out in the middle of nowhere anchored in 10 meters in perfect conditions. Carol did some snorkeling and said hello to a black tip reef shark. We left this morning early and just picked up a mooring at Pandan Island on the west coast of Mindoro. Wll pop into the resort for a drink and a meal later. Going snorkeling now, try and find the turtle that just swam past.

Overnight stop on way to Apo reef
Sat/10/12, Tara Is, Philippines

Departed Coron at 0900today and went through to a group of Islands north of Busuanga. Found an ancorage at Tara Is 12,16,560N and 120,21,701E. Sand with some rocks in 12mtrs. Water crystal clear.

26 miles trip. We are on our way to Apo Reef between Busuanga and Mindoro. The Philippines is a magic place, the best so far.

Philippines
Daryl
Thu/09/12, Near Linapacan Island

We have been in the Philippines now for 2 and a half weeks and love it. We sailed from Kudat in Borneo to the bottom end of Palawan then up to Puerto Princessa. We stopped along the way at Balabac and had a very interesting time. First went into town with John and Pauline for Our Odessey for a look around and our first taste of the Philippines. There were some young guys loading two small head of cattle onto a very small boat for a trip out to one of the islands. The cattle had to jump onto the boat with a little help from the men. Our sailing cowboy, John with many years of experience around stations and animals gave a hand. First one on with John giving some advice to the boys but I think he pulled a muscle in his shoulder and retired hurt. Second one on and we all clapped and got a laugh from the team. I will post some pictures when we get som goo Internet .

Next a quick walk around the town and then discovered a small shop that sold beer. Not just any beer but RED HORSE. We were invited into a small,bar at the side and presented with a beer each, in Litre bottles. We had two and the rest is history. We were then invited to a house up the end of the town for a chat and at the same time met the navy boys who were getting ready to prepare a pig for the off. Boy they squeal when they work out what's next. We were invited to what and again John had some good advice that mostly went unheard.

By by Piggy.

Back to the yachts and then out to the Kareoke for dinner and a sing song. Bot the locals could sing. More later.

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