The inside story on what its really like to cruise the east coast of Australia.

22 June 2008 | Airlie Beach
20 June 2008 | 'Hammo'
19 June 2008 | Hammilton Island
17 June 2008 | Mackay
16 June 2008 | Curlew Island
15 June 2008 | Middle Percy Island
14 June 2008 | Townshend Island
13 June 2008 | Pearl Bay
12 June 2008 | Yeppoon
11 June 2008 | Cape Capricorn
06 June 2008 | Bundaberg
05 June 2008 | Hervey Bay
31 May 2008 | Mooloolabah
27 May 2008 | At Mooloolaba
26 May 2008 | Tangalooma
24 May 2008 | Sanctuary Cove
15 May 2008 | Hope Harbour Marina
12 May 2008 | Ballina
02 May 2008 | Port Macquarie

The next phase

26 May 2008 | Tangalooma
warm - no wind
Sunset at Tangalooma, freaky!

We met our friends Peter and Jane who flew up from Bowral (brrrrrrr!) to join us for the next leg north. Peter owns an X-42 , X-Yacht, and is a staunch monohull person. Jane, his wife, is a director of a regional art gallery. They were originally planning to sail there X-Yacht up to Qld this winter with us, but work commitments put that idea to rest.

Before leaving Sanctuary Cove we upgraded our 45 lb Manson anchor to a 60 lb anchor, which we bought at the show. We originally tried one of the new Manson Supreme anchors, with supposedly better holding power, but unfortunately it didn't fit our foredeck space.

Almost everyone told us the 45lb would be fine for a 38 foot cat, however we noticed in Sydney we experienced quite a bit of anchor drag, probably more to do with our anchoring technique than a problem with the actual anchor. So the decision to upgrade was made on pshycologic grounds, purely to allow us to sleep better at night when we are at anchor off some island and the wind comes in. And we will be practicing our anchoring techniques.

After powering through the mud creeks of southern Moreton Bay we ended up at Tangalooma resort. There we anchored behind man made breakwater of old rusting ship hulks laid to rest. This made a bizarre sight during the sunset as we motored in, monstrous black shapes against a red sky.

We actually anchored slightly south of this breakwater and had a very roly-poly night. Throughout the night ships were seen on the horizon, and even though the water was glassy smooth, the swells kicked up by shipping gave us our first uncomfortable night. Oh well, I'm sure well have worse in days ahead.
Vessel Name: Andamon
Vessel Make/Model: Seawind 1160
Hailing Port: Cronulla, NSW, Australia
Crew: Jon and Lyn
This is a story about two really nice people who are heading north for the Australian winter. Jon has a background in IT and specialises in talking about sailing stuff to sailing friends. [...]
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Who: Jon and Lyn
Port: Cronulla, NSW, Australia