Sailing in my Sarong Around the World

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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
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Salvage in my Sarong

Bras for Fiji

23 May 2017
When Lahnee sailed off into the sunset with her man and two babes she didn't think she would find her calling in Fiji.

An ex nationally qualified gymnast she's found her calling while still living their dream on board their yacht Eos11. Lahnee volunteers teaching exercise classes to the locals in villages. They love it but the larger women need bras to be comfortable.
Check out the mighty Eos blog

She asked me 'Do you still work in the op shop?' I don't but as soon as I realised why, I suggested we advertise among all the women we know including the Facebook group Women Who Sail Australia. We then decided to hold an event at Mooloolaba Marina our home port.

So if you are in Mooloolaba on Friday 26th May come along bearing Big Bras, some bubbles and nibbles.

Lahnee will show us a few exercises and explain her volunteer role with Aerogym. Then we can reward ourselves with a glass of champagne.
Yes blokes are welcome too.
Mooloolaba Marina lawns
Friday 26th May from 3pm.
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Mooloolaba entrance shoaling

17 May 2017
LATEST REPORT :
Warning issued for boats entering Mooloolah River (Mooloolaba)
24 May 2017
Maritime Safety Queensland has issued a warning to boaties entering and leaving Mooloolaba that there has been severe silting on the eastern (Port Cartwright) side of the river.

According to an article in the Sunshine Coast Daily, there is less than 0.3 metres of water at the eastern side of the breakwater at low tide. The article quotes Mooloolaba Coast Guard's Rod Ashlin saying his organisation had been asked to guide an 18m fishing trawler in from 20 nautical miles out to sea yesterday, the skipper of the trawler unwilling to take a gamble on the bar crossing.

Mr Ashlin told The Daily the silting had been occurring for some time, but once it had started, the shoal built quite quickly, as waves began breaking across it, compounding the problem.

He warned river users if they came in over the leads, they'd be going straight across the shallowest part, which Maritime Safety Queensland assessed to be as shallow as 0.3m on low tide, on the eastern side of the channel.

"It was breaking pretty badly (on the bottom half of the tide)," Mr Ashlin said of yesterday's conditions. "There was surfers and boardriders out there again, coming off in front of boats."

Maritime Safety Queensland warned the centre of the channel was as shallow as 0.8m on low tide at present, and advised the deeper water was to the west.

"Masters of smaller recreational boats, personal watercraft, and passive craft like kayaks and canoes must remain mindful of the heightened risk to larger vessels navigating the river entrance and coastal bar," the official State Government warning read. "Except for entering and departing the river, these smaller vessels and passive craft should keep well clear of the coastal bar and not use it for recreational purposes."

Dredging is expected to take place to correct the situation, but in the meantime yachties heading north for the winter are advised to enter at high tide and to contact Mooloolaba Coastguard on telephone (07) 5444 3222 or on VHF channels 16, 21, 67, 73 or 80 between 06:00 to 22:00, or on channel 16 after 22.00 through to 06.00 the next day, before entering.


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My earlier post: The entrance to the Mooloolah river is shallow on the eastern side. Two boats that I know of have hit the bottom coming in, one sustaining damage. Deep keel yachts should avoid low tide so be careful. Always head for the beach, do a dogs leg and come in towards the western breakwater following the leads. The channel is often dredged so the pilot boats can get in and out so its not usually a problem for yachts.
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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Valiam 's Photos - Panama Canal - Colon to Balboa
Photos 1 to 107 of 107 | Valiam (more albums below) (Main)
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Valiam anchore Mi Playita Panama city
Safe softfall for playground?
KUNA inidian threading on my bracelet
Bronwyn and Linda´s matching kuna bracelets
Little ship big ship see Valiam?
Anchored Panama city
Infinity and Valiam
Valiam adn launch
in the locks
Linda and James
Valiam from La Barca
little ship big ship
Gatun
Gatun
sailing into Colon
All tyred up ready for the Panama canal
Valiam sailing into Colon
passing the ships
Valiam from La Barca
Kuna Yala anchorage
capn Bill
this should be in the San Blas album! Linda and Bill with jack and Amy
LInda and bill
us again
Linda
vice capn Linda in the Panama locks
all tyred up
our advisor jumps on board
capn Bill
Valiam and Panama canal crew
Gatun lake buoy
Glad its all over but hey what an amazing experience!
Our line handlers with skipper - James,Kathy, Bill and Nick
Entering Miraflores locks
Mraflores
Ooooh we got a bit close there! Miraflores
still a bit close
Thats better - La Barca, Infinity and Valiam nested together
Miraflores
Miraflores
going down - these are out of order
here we come
Miraflores
The 3 yachts
can you see us?
On the lake - little ship Valiam
getting ready to go in
Gatun lock - see our masts behind the ship
on Gatun lake
see the 3 masts behind the ship
herewe go - too close to that wall!
Gatun lock
3 buddies
dum di da - here we go
going down to the Pacific
one of the bridges
Infinity ahead
If we go in a straight line - not far to Oz (less than 8000m!)
The Pacific Ocean!
This is it - hello home The Pacific!
In the last lock
Miraflores lock
Open Sesame!
Nick - Miraflores
tourist watching us Miraflores
Kathy
Panama canal built more than 100 years ago. water going down....
The ´monkey fist´
James passing rope to Mike on Infinity
Keeping fenders in place Nick and Mark (skipper Infinity)
Mark and Nick, Kathy
Panama line handlers - long way up!
she´s a close fit - Valiam and Infinity
Panama liner handler
happy captain
Mark and Crew
Advisor with helmsperson Lee
Party on the lake Linda and jenny
the girls Bronwyn, Lee, Linda and Jenny
Big ship little ship Valiam
Adam´s pina colada
cosy together
James
First lock gates Gatun
Infinity and La barca already rafted waiting for Valiam
Our companion ship in Gatun lock
Bill motoring in lake keeping out of the way of ships
making the canal wider
waiting at the flats anchorage
Off we go
La Barca - note tyre fenders
Gatun lake
Baby bear (La Barca), Papa Bear (Infinity) and Mama Bear (Valiam)
Valiam following
Tyres on ready to go
Shelter Bay Marina. Valiam amongst the cruising cats
typical well endowed manniquin - Colon shop window
The Aussie catamaran stting off on its fateful journey to the canal. Broke down and stuck in Gatun Lake with Bill on board...
Approaching Colon Harbour
La Barca sailing into Colon
 
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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