Annecam

28 February 2019 | Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
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22 November 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
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Cyclone Season Down Under

28 February 2019 | Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Clear and sunny
This photo gives an idea of the sheer size of TC Oma as it almost fills in the Coral Sea between New Caledonia and Australia.

Every year where we are located, we have a wet season and a dry season, the monsoon rains slowly make their way south from the equator and almost every year they bring a storm or two. Sometimes the storms are damaging and sometimes they are not, it is like most things in life, it's a lottery.

This time last week we were watching a strong tropical low-pressure system over near Vanuatu that eventually formed into a category 1 cyclone that was named by the Fiji Bureau of Meteorology "Oma". Oma was showing signs that it had the potential to intensify into a serious storm as it zigged and zagged between Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Oma was starting to show strong rotation but was not giving the forecasters any good information as to where it would head and for quite a while, they put us right in the firing line with a couple of weather models forecasting Oma would be a cat 3 or stronger by the time it reached us.

It was interesting to watch and record the four weather model forecasts that I was watching and eventually the fifth being our own Bureau of Meteorology as it tracked into our area of responsibility. They scared the you what out of us as they all agreed that it was heading this way, only to completely change the forecast the next morning.

I guess that is typical of most cyclones as they seem to have a mind of their own and go wherever they want to but this time the early forecasts were proven wrong and Oma stayed well out to sea, about 300 nautical miles out to sea but between Oma and a blocking Tasman high pressure system we did get about four days of strong wind but no rain.

That is enough excitement for us for this year, the weather is back to situation normal with 15 to 20 knot south easterly trade winds and nice clear days almost every day.

This is a short video that I put together that should give you an idea of the weather forecasts we were getting, sorry about the wind noise but I did say we received a few days of it.




Just sailing

14 February 2019 | Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
We don’t get out on the water as much these days but that is about to change.
We are right in the middle of our cyclone season here in Australia so we will be keeping a watch out for any potential systems that might be heading our way, so far so good except we could use some rain where we are.
Plans for Annecam include more day sails with and without crew, a cruise to Fraser Island or up to Pancake Creek might be on the cards and who knows a few days out at Lady Musgrave would be good.
Last weekend I took Annecam out for a few hours, down to Elliot Heads and back, it was good to be on the water once again, it was very relaxing to be out there. I even put a short youtube video together.
The photo is the track I took down to Elliot Heads and back.

We have my eldest daughter, my son-in-law and my two grandsons staying with us and the two boys love spending time on Annecam, who knows we might even take them out for a sail one day.


Anchored for over a thousand days

22 November 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
It was the events of yesterday that prompted me to write this blog entry, it was a squall line from a run of the mill surface trough, much the same as the many we have had before and I’m sure we will see them in the future. It is always a lottery when you see the storm coming, the clouds rolling towards our position, the constant flash of the lightning, the thunder rumbling, growing louder the closer it gets, the driving rain when it arrives and as most boats stay put swinging on their anchors there will be one or two that always seem to drag much to the dismay of the boats in their path.

Not always but we find the odd boat to be repeat offenders and when you see what they are trying to anchor with you will understand why they create the same issue time and time again.

The most common cause we see is the anchor is way too small for the boat they are on and the amount of chain or rode they use is way too short to even give them a chance to stay set and the other cause is the anchor they have is almost always a plough, a plough will only hold bottom if the sea floor allows, if there is no weed, coral, gravel or silt and even then they will move if your boat puts enough force on it and heaven forbid if there is a wind change the plough will sometimes never re-set.

We had a very heavy CQR on Annecam when we first purchased her in Croatia, we had many a broken night’s sleep as we would almost always drag across any and every bay we anchored in. It was embarrassing each time we tried to set that anchor. Just to give you an idea we would quite often drop that CQR in about 5 metres of water, feed out around 60 to 70 metres of 10mm chain and back down to try to get a set and 99% of the time it never held, we were very lucky that we never dragged back into anyone or anything else.

Our second year on Annecam we managed to change our CQR to a Mantus 65. The first time we used it we were amazed at how fast it set and we had a play to see how much or I should say how short our chain could be to still get a set, we were even getting a set with 1.5 to 1 but we still would put out at least 4 to 1 and if there is enough swing room we still put out at least 6 to 1. We have been anchored on this anchor for well over a thousand days in countless bays and anchorages in 52 different countries between Croatia and Australia.

We have had two separate times when our trusty Mantus moved, the first was in the Greek Islands when we fouled it in a discarded foul weather jacket and the second time was in Simpson Bay Lagoon, St Marten in the Caribbean when we dropped it right in the middle of a bunch of clear plastic that most likely came off someone’s dodger from a hurricane the season before.

I was told by an old seafarer a long time ago that chain will not hold you while it’s still in the locker, so if you have the swing room always put out more than what you think you will need.

“Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.”

The photo is our Mantus 65 anchor


On this day.

04 November 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
We have not had a look back at what we were doing on this day for quite some time.

On this day 2012; We had left Annecam tied up in the Marina Dalmatia, Sukosan, Croatia as the previous owner Michael had payed for a marina berth for the year and the sailing season had definitely come to an end in that part of the Mediterranean, we had not been long back in Australia, my long service leave had come to an end, I was back working my job as a wildfire Instructor with the Country Fire Authority in Victoria and Annie was back working at her old job for Clarke Rubber.

On this day 2013; We had Annecam tied up in our winter berth in the Marina de Cala del Sole, Licata, Sicily. We had our dear friend Fiona with us for the second time in two years on Annecam, we had walked across the town and up to the old fort to see the sites, we played the Finish game of molkki with a bunch of other yachties at the cruisers bbq, they were fun times, some of those yachties are still in touch today.

On this day 2014; We had just completed our last blog from Gibraltar, Annecam is all secured in La Linea, Spain and ready for our Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean. We were about to hop onto a plane from Gibraltar to London, spending one night in a hotel near Heathrow Airport and then the next day we started the long haul back to Melbourne via Dubai. This was to be the last time that I would see my father as he left us just after I started the passage to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

On this day 2015; We had Annecam in the Clarkes Court Boat Yard, Grenada. We were doing the hard yards, sanding all of the old ablative antifoul off Annecam's bottom and replacing it with a hard racing antifoul, we replaced the rigging as the original rigging was 10 years old and we replaced our genoa and main sails with a brand-new set from Doyle Sails. Our boat speed wasn't too shabby before but this new set along with the hard antifoul would take us to speeds we never thought possible.

On this day 2016; This would be our last full day at sea, we were on passage from New Caledonia, heading to Bundaberg, Australia. We had hooked and released a huge black marlin, sailed 177 nautical miles for the day and we only had 86 miles to go to make landfall in Bundaberg. I look back at our ships log and we had very mixed feelings, we were excited to know that tomorrow we would be in our home land and sad at the same time as our planned journey was coming to an end. I was good to be back in our own waters.

On this day 2017; We had just tied Annecam up in a berth in the Bundaberg Port Marina, we had just sailed the 130 nautical miles from Great Keppel Island, it was time for us to purchase a car and time for us to start looking for our land base, it was not long and we found our home where we can keep an eye on Annecam.

Today we walked to the port to watch a ship berthing, it was then time to water and weed our garden of veggies and flowers, tomorrow we might go for a sail on our Annecam.

"In life. Do not go where the path leads, go instead where there are no paths and lay a trail for others to follow"

The photo is Annie with our dear friend Fiona in Lacata, Sicily.
The video is our passage from New Caledonia to Bundaberg.

Fraser Island

25 October 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
I took my son Tom and his partner Lauren out for a sail to Fraser Island, the weather was warm, the seas were flat, it was totally glassed out as there was absolutely no wind on day two. We managed to see Whale, Dolphin and a Turtle.

We did not go out to the reef as Tom and Lauren did not have the time to spare. We still had a good time exploring different parts of the Island and it’s always good to be out on the water.

“Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. Be Careful!”

The photo is my son Tom and Lauren on the beach at Fraser Island.

Here is the full video after I cut the raw footage from 42 down to 25 minutes.

We are still here.

20 October 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
It has been about two months since our last blog up-date as we have been a little busy living life as “clods” (Cruisers Living On Land Sometimes) but at least one of us is about to start cruising again and that someone would be me.

As I write this blog one of my twin boys, Tom and his partner Lauren are on the road heading up to where we live and as soon as they get here we plan to head out to the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island on Annecam to see if there are any whales still about. We will stay out as long as the weather is good.

I have been out for a solo sail, to check out the new folding propeller and to make sure that all the running gear is still working, it was. I have installed new macerator head pumps and located and fixed a fresh water leak, there is always something that has to be done on any boat to keep them in fine fettle.
So, watch this space for more on our planned cruise and who knows we might even capture some of it on the video camera.


Vessel Name: Annecam
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Crew: Campbell & Annette Hair
About: Cam has had a long love for the ocean, over 40 years on and off various boats. Annie would love smooth seas and to never to see another winter.
Extra: Rig heavy, reef early, and pray often; for God does not promise us an easy passage, but He does promise a safe anchorage.
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