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The Adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants!

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

Current Position - click on positions for log entr

Linda's books "Sailing in my Sarong" or "Salvage in my Sarong" are A$39.95 each + A$10 postage in Australia for up to 4 books. Other countries please email Linda : valiam1@hotmail.com
Number of copies of each book you would like
Salvage in my Sarong
13 January 2017 | Lord Howe Island, Pacific Ocean, Australia
12 January 2017
05 January 2017 | Lord Howe Island
04 January 2017
01 January 2017 | 31 31.429'S:159 03.025'E, North Passage, Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea
31 December 2016 | 29 41.80'S:156 38.42'E,
26 December 2016 | Mooloolaba, Qld, Australia
26 November 2016 | Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands
24 November 2016 | Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands
05 November 2016

Back in Mooloolaba after 77 hours from Lord Howe Island

22 January 2017
A mixed bag of conditions and wind strengths/ directions got us the 425 nautical mile trip home eventually with the help of our iron sail - the motor. Much slower than our trip there. You might as well say 4 days instead of 3. Twelve gorgeous days on Lord Howe ended with a forecast southerly.

After untangling the 2 twisted mooring lines we set off an hour before high tide to get through the pass. After motoring in overcast conditions for 7 hours, the southerly finally came. At 5pm just like Predictwind said it would. It lasted all night which meant we didn't burn fuel or put up with the noise. But then it fizzled and it became calm.

The birds, mutton birds and or noddys I think circled and followed us for at least half the trip home. Venus was big and beautiful in the sky after sunset and the moon rose not that long after.

Our passage sea legs came back but I noticed mine are slower than 2 years ago. Swallowing stugeron 3 times a day kept seasickness away except one morning at 4am I woke with a splitting headache. I was in the main cabin and it was a bit like a rocking horse. Oh dear the vomit bucket several times. Poor Bill had been awake since midnight and had to be nurse maid too. Eventually stematyl worked but it took 7 hours before I could function again. Then all was ok again.

Gentle easterlies turning north meant we motor sailed for another day. Then the northerlies became stronger. But we knew that and hoped to be nearly home before they became too strong. Luckily Valiam sails well to windward sailing heeling over with her starboard rail in the water at times. A few pesky waves tried to wet us in the cockpit if we were on watch. Valiam was working hard but then we were slowed to 4 knots by the current. But by Wednesday morning we were passing the Gold Coast. Hooray! Bill decided to aim close to Moreton island to gain shelter from the northerly which was now coming from the north west. Yuk!

The last day, the engine worked hard into the wind to get us home. White caps but luckily not a big swell. 20 knots coming at us now but we had enough fuel. With just the mainsail and engine we were outside Pt Cartwright at 4pm on the 18th of January. The wind and waves were starting to pick up to a boisterous level. After the main was down I called the Marina office for assistance to tie up.

As we entered the river all was calm! And how lovely was it to have a welcoming committee on our dock. Thanks guys! So after almost a 2 year sojourn, Valiam did her stuff and got us to a beautiful island paradise and back. With the expertise of Captain Underpants of course!

See Gallery for photos of magical Lord Howe

Leaving Lord Howe for Mooloolaba

13 January 2017 | Lord Howe Island, Pacific Ocean, Australia
The wind is blowing strongly from the north and the tide is high making life on board uncomfortable as we rock n roll on our mooring. We were allocated the first mooring right next to the reef so when the water covers the reef we are exposed to the ocean swell. The currents flowing in and out the pass affect the way Valiam behaves also. A local mooring ridiculously close kept bumping and tangled itself around our dinghy's prop. Tying the dinghy alongside was too animated last night causing more bumping and dings. Bill then tied a long floating rope on the dinghy and watched to see if it avoided the close mooring buoy. It did. The dinghy we brought is the big wooden one which has been great to get ashore and explore the lagoon. Just a pain to look after.

We are ready to leave and the forecast for tomorrow Sunday 15th January is for a southerly to arrive mid morning. Bill will have to dive down to untie one of the ropes from the mooring buoy chain. Yesterday's calmer conditions were good for us to get our bicycles back on board. Due to the rocking and rolling I have already stowed most things away!

It's great to be ashore to enjoy cafe breakfasts and wifi. Best of both worlds! We are still the only visiting yacht here. There is a motor boat called Tantrum here as well. It's been a fabulous 2 weeks in a beautiful pristine place. I have loved watching the baby terns and their parents perched in the branches of the pines
Vessel Name: Valiam
Vessel Make/Model: Valiam: Lidgard 45 (Single chine plywood) designed by Gary Lidgard. Built by Bill Anderson and Steve Thornalley. Lati: 31ft 1967 Kim Holman built in Barcelona. Original name Latigazo
Hailing Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Crew: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
About:
Bill and Linda fufilled a 30 year dream to sail around the world. First they built a boat in a paddock in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Qld, Australia in 1994 with the help of friend Steve. [...]
Extra:
CIRCUMNAVIGATION ON VALIAM: We left Mooloolaba on the 7th November 2007, sailed to Townsville, leaving Australian waters on 26th November 2007 for PNG, Palau, Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia,Singapore, Cocos Keeling islands. We crossed the Indian Ocean to Rodrigues, Mauritius,Reunion and South [...]
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The Adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants!

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

Current Position - click on positions for log entr

Linda's books "Sailing in my Sarong" or "Salvage in my Sarong" are A$39.95 each + A$10 postage in Australia for up to 4 books. Other countries please email Linda : valiam1@hotmail.com
Number of copies of each book you would like
Salvage in my Sarong
"You just sit on the boat, pull a few strings and you get there." Bill Anderson aka Captain Underpants