S/V Bluebottle

Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island

18 November 2010
Friday 19, 9:45

The relief of having passed through miles of shallow water - sometimes as little as 60 cm under the keel - and close enough to islands to scratch your arm on the scrub, is palpable, and we had a beer to celebrate, as I always do when I drop anchor, even though it's only nine-forty-five in the morning.

Garry's anchorage is quiet, peaceful, bushy, with the sound of cicadas (as if the bush had tinnitus!) and we are here - until the hard sou'easter comes and goes.

I'm delighted - "stoked" - to have good internet again, and I'm amazed you can get Telstra in such out-of-the-way places. That's why I'm checking in with you every 10 seconds.

PS With a boost from the tide we were doing 8.1 knots over the ground for a while!

Pic: S/V Kool Sid at Garry's Anchorage
Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart