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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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 - Fiji
Photos 1 to 75 of 75 | Valiam (more albums below) (Main)
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my posh sari
and again
boys at computerised embroidery place
embroidery machines - see little Valiam logo
Valiam out on the travel lift Vuda Point
friendly operator
Bill minus beard
capn Bill on travel lift
Bravo on the reef
entrance to marina
our friendly taxi driver in his
pool at First Landing resort
Bill, Bronwyn and kids outside the market Lautoka
Linda and Bronnie and kids outside the market Lautoka
market
window display
and again
Jtendra our tailor- note the Singer sewing machine
Tailors daughter and friend
arent they pretty?
which one?
more elegance
Bronwyn in her sari
Vuda Point Marina - look how close the neighbours are!
in she goes!
on the way to Vuda Point - typical SE weather
early morning photo after arriving Vuda Point marina
there
navigating down the channels
Nananu-i-Ra jetty
NZ couple Ron and Val have been visiting Nananu-i-Ra for 30 years. We helped celebrate Val
Friendly Aussie John welcoming us to Nananu-i-Ra with a cold beer
mmmm needs a bit of work!
Makongai Island
Mountain ranges along the channel to Vuda Point
Us on the bow taking photos of La Barca whilst they photographed us on the way to Savu Savu
Gorgeous Valiam sailing along to Savu Savu
On the bow again
on her way home
Jack thanking Linda for the Samoan shirt
sunset Savu Savu
Bill - sunset Savu Savu
Bill enjoying a red with his favourite mug
the island fire at sunset
Amy with pink sari
La Barca flare!
Amy and Jack with the Indian shop ladies
Diwali!
at Watui curry house
Amy and little Fijian girl
kava circle
officials baording La Barca
Little Fijian enjoing curry next to us
relieved to be here Savu Savu - moored in the river
looking towards the approach from the harbour
Copra shed marina  facilities
Savu Savu street scene
Savu Savu main street
Bill the tourist
Valiam in river Savu Savu opposite park
View from Copra shed bar - Valiam in distance
Clearing into Fiji - friendly official wearing lava lava
outside Coprashed marina clubhouse
rainbow before the storm
peaceful conditions at sea - La Barca in distance
relaxing en route
calm enough to be on the bow
La Barca viewed from Valiam
Both on the bow - Mona Lisa steering!
view from the bow
Bill talking to Adam on La Barca
beautiful conditions
Bill on the bow
200 miles from Fiji
 
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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