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Exploring Mooloolaba
July 16, 2009, 9:51 pm, Mooloolaba

The following day Jim got the bikes out and we went for a short ride along the beach front. It's been 15 years since Jim has been on a bike so it'll take a while to get used to 21 gears (we only had three in Holland), and there will inevitably be some sore bits, so ' a short ride' seemed like a good idea. We also caught up with Gary and Linda, friends we made on last year's trip, and inspected their new boat 'Layla' a 40 ft 'Jeaneau'. They won't be leaving for a week but we have no doubt that our paths will cross again in the next few months.

Sailing to Mooloolaba
July 16, 2009, 9:46 pm, Moreton Bay

The trip to Mooloolaba can be described with one word...'COLD'. (Actually two words provides a better description!!) We had on wet weather gear, fleeces, beanies and gloves and we were still cold. I have no idea how yachties cope with the Southern coastline let alone Tasmania, and I'm in no hurry to find out. My idea of sailing is cloudless skies, blue seas and warm balmy winds preferably 10-15 knots. The trip was also remarkably uneventful. With 11,000 whales migrating up the coast, we thought we would be dodging them left, right and centre but all we saw were a couple of dolphins and they didn't even come near.

We made terrific time (especially with Ian at the helm) averaging 6 knots in a 15 knot following wind and tied up at Mooloolaba Marina just after 2pm which gave Jim and Ian plenty of time to down a few whiskeys before Ian grabbed a lift home with Mike and Kathryn.

While the boys were drinking, I went for a ride and directly across the road ran into my nephew Michael and his friend Nina who'd been enjoying a day at the beach. I invited them back to take a look at the boat and marvelled at how convenient it was that neither Jim nor I are 190cms tall; you do a lot of ducking when you're that tall.

Heading Off
July 16, 2009, 9:42 pm, Manly

At 3am, on a very cold winter's morning, we finally left Manly for warmer waters. It was a month later then planned but our departure date is always at the mercy of the cat and the house, both of which need looking after. We found a lovely couple with a beautiful dog who wagged her tail the moment she met Mina and thus confident that all was well on the home front, we added fruit and vegies to our already well stocked larder; stored the car at Mum's; convinced Ian he'd enjoy a day's sailing; and prepared to leave.

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Who: Jim Stevens (Skipper), Susie (The Admiral)
Port: Port of Bundaberg, Australia
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