Annecam

11 July 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
17 June 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
06 June 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
30 May 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
23 May 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
19 May 2019 | Lady Musgrave Island, Queensland, Australia.
28 February 2019 | Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
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Whale watching on Annecam

11 July 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Calm, fine and clear

A short, day sail turned into a spot of whale watching on Annecam.

It is almost the middle of winter here in Australia and it just happens to be the best time to be out on the water in this part of the world, the wind was hardly strong enough to ruffle the water, the clouds were light and fluffy, it was nice and warm and we found whale, or I should say they found us.

As I was leaving the port, I gave Marine Rescue a call on our vhf radio to be placed on their watch log. It is a courtesy to log each intended voyage with the name of the vessel, the registration, the number of persons on board, the intended location where we will be sailing, contact details and the estimated time back in port. It was at the end of the radio call that the Marine Rescue radio operator informed me that they had a report of a whale sighting off Kellies Beach at Bargara, so that was my destination.
The lack of breeze would turn a short 5 to 6 nautical mile journey into a painful 2.5-hour sail. It was on with our cast iron topsail and I was down there in an hour.

It did not take long before I spotted the first whale, I had sailed past it without spotting it, I had to turn around and make my way back. I positioned Annecam about 200 metres abeam to the whale, the rules state that you can get as close as 100 metres and only from the side, never in front or from behind but someone forgot to tell the whale. This beautiful Humpback slid below the waves and popped up about 75 metres away, I quickly tacked to increase the distance but the whale turned again to be a little closer, we played this game of cat and mouse several more times before I spotted a very young calf ridding on top of it’s mother. I turned away again and headed south and it did not take long before I found another one resting on the surface, this second one was a bit shy and disappeared below the waves when I was still about 300 metres away.

I managed to capture some video of these majestic creatures, so here it is.

The photo is the calf riding on its mother.

“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.”



Family and friends sailing on Annecam

17 June 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Overcast and cool
We have our Western Australian family, sister in-law Ann, nephew Pete and dear friend Fiona staying with us, they came over to help celebrate Annie’s 60th birthday on Saturday. They have been here before, so it was time to show them something a bit different, like a sail on Annecam.

We weighed anchor this morning and motored down the Burnett River towards Hervey Bay (not the town on the south end of the bay) and out into the Coral Sea, which is part of the Pacific Ocean.

We logged on with Marine Rescue Bundaberg (VMR Bundaberg), giving John in the radio watch room our vessel details, persons on board, mobile phone number, our planned sail and our estimated time of arrival back in the river.

It was a nice breeze about 15 knots from the south-west but it was a cool breeze, we were all glad for the side clears and the fully enclosed cockpit, The sea state was almost dead flat with a swell less than half a metre from the east-north-east.

We planned to sail over towards Fraser Island to see if we could spot any early season whale that have been sighted over there, John at Marine Rescue Bundaberg said that there were a few dolphin about and as I was below communicating with Marine Rescue, Annie said than a boat approached to say hello. A short while later we received a call on the VHF radio from the same boat and it was Tony, a fellow member with VMR Bundaberg on his boat WIKSTAR, he said it was a bit sloppy out in the bay.

As all the crew on board were not sailors, it did not take long before one was not feeling well, so after only a few miles sailing we made the decision to turn around and head back into the river.

Any sail is a good sail and I got the chance to clean the barnacles off the bottom of Macenna our dinghy.

The photo is the track of our short sail.

“We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives. Some lessons are painful, some are painless. but all are priceless.”



Honeymoon on Lady Musgrave

06 June 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Fine

As you most likely have worked out by the last three blog entries, Britt and Jack Hambrecht were on board Annecam for their honeymoon. The rest of Jack’s family Judy, Casey and Brett were also on board and it all worked out fine.

Britt and Jack only just married a few days before they came aboard Annecam, they are a delightful young energetic couple and it was a pleasure to have them sail with me. They are on an adventure of their own and you can follow what they are up to on Instagram @Bold_notold.

We had been planning this adventure for quite some time and the only spoiler was the weather. The first couple of days out in the coral lagoon was nice and calm, it was warm with a gentle swell coming over the reef at high tide. From the second day onwards, It started blowing a Hooley, we recorded a top of 34 knots (62kph) of wind that made it hard to do anything off Annecam, it stayed the same for most of the week that we were out there, it was all good onboard Annecam as we hardly moved, even at high tide.

We did manage to do some fishing, thanks to the Lady Musgrave Experience for giving us permission to use their sleep on the reef mooring and their dive boat “Sea Cat”, we managed to take Macenna our dinghy over to the Island a couple of times to explore and stretch our legs.

The name of our dinghy “Macenna” is Annecam spelt backwards.

The photo is the newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Hambrecht

This video is a collection of stills and some video of Britt and Jack having a good time from their wedding day to Lady Musgrave Island.

“In life always follow your dreams”




Drone’s eye view of Annecam.

30 May 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
This short video is the result of a quick visit from Britt, Jack and Judy last week. Britt and Jack just happened to bring their drone along to get some overhead shots of Annecam out in the river and as you can see it is a team effort to take the stills and video.

They were planning to use the drone out on Lady Musgrave Island but the only day that would have been suitable was the first day that we were there, after that the wind shut down any chance of safely flying the drone, so good on them for making the effort and for going out of their way to do what they did.

Since we started sailing on Annecam we have met some very special people along our journey and this young couple are definitely no exception and I mentioned in the last blog post that you can follow their own amazing journey on Instagram @bold_notold. I’m sure that this won’t be the last time that we get to spend some time with this inspirational couple.

The photo is Britt and Jack controlling their drone and capturing the moment.

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.”




Lady Musgrave on Annecam

23 May 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Warm and clear, wind SSE 15

This is what we all got up to on Lady Musgrave, fishing, fixing, exploring, swimming with turtles and the passage back to Bundaberg with the Hambrecht’s, Judy, Brett, Britt, Jack and Casey. Watch the video to see for yourself how much fun they had on Annecam.

This was part of Britt and Jack’s honeymoon, check out their Instagram @bold_notold to follow them on their own adventure of a lifetime, these two lovely young adventurers will surprise you what they are up to.

The sail back was a real slog as the wind was forecast to go to the east giving us a nice beam reach all the way but it stayed south and that is where we wanted to go, we finished up sailing 76 nautical miles tacking our way back into a sometimes gnarly sea state making for slow progress, it took us just over thirteen hours with an average SOG (speed over ground) of just under six knots.

Thank you to The Lady Musgrave Experience as Brett gave us the use of the Sleep on the Reef mooring, the reef dive boat, Sea Cat for fishing and for the provisions delivered to us on the Reef Empress the tour boat that brings the tourists out to the reef.

It was quite a job putting this video together, with several cameras and phones taking shots and capturing the many moments from all directions we ended up with several hours of footage to edit to the finished product.

Keep watching this space for more.

The photo is Jack and Britt on Lady Musgrave Island.

“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them.”



Annecam Sails Again

19 May 2019 | Lady Musgrave Island, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"

This is the youtube video of our short passage to Lady Musgrave Island out on the Great Barrier Reef. This Island and coral lagoon are just over 50 nautical miles from where we live.

The crew on board were a special bunch of friends, the Hambrecht’s, Judy, Brett, Britt, Jack and Casey. Britt and Jack were married only a few days earlier so this was part of their honeymoon. Check out their facebook page Bold notold to see the adventure they are creating for themselves.

I loved every minute with them on board Annecam and to my surprise we did not have any sick at sea, as soon as we secured Annecam on the Sleep on the Reef mooring, they were in the water, kayaking and snorkelling over the coral, checking out the turtle and many different fish that were just as interested in them.

A big thank you goes out to The Lady Musgrave Experience as Brett gave us the use of the Sleep on the Reef mooring, Sea Cat for fishing and for the provisions delivered to us on the Reef Empress a big beautiful tour boat that can carry over 170 people from the Port of Bundaberg to the Island.

We all had a ball putting this video together, all the crew contributed to the finished product, either by staring, filming and cutting to the finished video.

Keep watching this space as the second part of this journey should be finished by the end of this week.

The photo is the crew on Lady Musgrave Island.

” In life always be thankful for friendships old and new, be prepared to help even if it’s not obvious at the time, life will repay you ten times over in the most subtle ways”




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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