Annecam

19 May 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
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When good friends drop in.

19 May 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
We have had a fun time over the last few days with long time friends Cate and Brian. They come from our old home town of Horsham, Victoria, Australia and our friendship goes back to almost when the earth was cooling. As they have both recently retired and are traveling around Australia, they just happened to be going past us on their way north, so after communicating on good old facebook over the last few weeks, they had a break from sleeping in their camper trailer and spent a few nights with us in our new home. It was a great opportunity to talk about the good old days and catch up on where all our old friends were. They promised to visit again one day as they were leaving to continue their journey.

We managed to move Annecam on to our neighbour’s private pontoon for a few days after they started their own journey north, they had to return as they were having issues with their water maker, so Annecam is back out in the river once again.

I mentioned in the last blog that it looks like the cyclone season has finished for this season, well I can safely say that the chances of anything developing now are almost zero as the air temperature has taken a dive. We have had a run of over night lows down to ten and eleven degrees Celsius and day time highs of around twenty-five. The water temperature is hovering around twenty-four degrees and that’s way too cool to sustain any major storms.

We are still waiting to hear back from the shipwright and the boat yard to check out what the issue is with Annecam, we will keep you all informed in due course.

The photo is our good friends Cate and Brian with us on the private pontoon with Annecam in the background.

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


We do live in an amazing world

13 May 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
It has almost been a month since our last blog and a lot has happened in that time, some good, some bad and some in-between.
It looks like the cyclone season has finished in this part of the world and by the number of cruising yachts going past us as they head north up into the tropics along the east coast of Australia, there are a lot more people who believe that the season has moved in the right direction.
We are still unpacking our shipping container and working out where our furniture is going, slowly but surely, we can see the end in sight.
It looks like we have some un-planned maintenance to do on Annecam and we are not sure what we are up for until we have her hauled out, we have left the marina here in the port of Bundaberg and have been anchored right in front of our home. We have the use of an almost brand new floating private pontoon with all the bells and whistles as soon as the owner heads north for the season. I take our dinghy out every day and jump on board to check Annecam and at least once a week I lift our Mantus 65 anchor and do a complete re-set to make sure that the wind and the tide have not dislodged the anchor and up to now it hasn’t but it’s always good to be sure. The last anchor re-set that I did I’m not sure what it was but something fouled the propeller stalling the engine with a bang, so it will be a haul out for Annecam just to see if there is any damage.
We drove up to a place called 1770 named by Lieutenant James Cook, later to become Captain James Cook, it was a beautiful day for a drive from Burnett Heads, up through the cane fields and the forest to 1770. While there we caught up with a cruising friend Peter, he was in the marina with us and now he is anchored up there and loving it, as he said this is a great place for single cruisers, we are not sure what he meant but we are sure you can figure something out. We had lunch together and talked about what we’d been doing, it was a great catch up.
Just as we were leaving 1770 we spotted a young couple trying to hitch a ride to Hervey Bay and as we were heading in that direction we offered them a ride as far as Bundaberg. Hannah from Germany and Uri from Israel had only been in Australia for a short time and to make their money last as long as possible they tried to hitch hike instead of paying for public transport. It took no time at all and they were calling us “Mom and Dad”. They told us all about their travels all over the world and what they did before traveling. The were very interested to hear about our journey on Annecam and they were amazed to hear that we have six children and four grandchildren. This morning we received an email from them to say that they had arrived in Hervey Bay safely and they attached some photos that they took as we dropped them of in Bundaberg.
The photo is one that they took with the beautiful Hanna, Cam, Annie and the handsome Uri.
“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 subtlest ways”

Slaves to the weather.

14 March 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
As I’m writing this blog Ex Tropical Cyclone Linda is still making her presence felt along the exposed coastline, we did have a lift in the breeze to 24 to 30 knots and the surge was making Annecam strain her mooring lines and even today we still have some wind and surge but it is forecast to abate as the day passes. Further South the Authorities have closed the beaches as they have dangerous surf along the South-East coast of Queensland and the North coast of New South Wales. As crazy as it sounds we have not had one single drop of rain from this system where we are, there is usually flooding rain associated with a weather event like this.

It does not matter if we are living on land or on the water we are definitely “slaves to the weather” and good old mother nature always dictates what we are able to do on any given day. We all love the nice sunny days, the days that have a nice breeze, the days where one can go for a walk or hoist the sails and set a course without having to dodge the rain squalls. None of us like to play in the rain and the strong gusty winds that we get from the storms. Having said that we just deal with the weather when we are on passage, we just trim our sails to suit the conditions at the time but given a choice we do prefer the nice days.

We watch the forecast from several different weather models constantly and as we are just about half way through the cyclone season in this part of the world, we keep a close watch on any development of a low-pressure system out in the Coral Sea.

We have had some of our family staying with us for the last two weeks, they arrived back in Perth Western Australia yesterday. We have spent most of the time with them seeing the sights in this part of the world. We took them to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, the Hinkle Hall of Aviation and Fairy Mead House, The Bundaberg Port Marina to see Annecam, the Shalom Market, Mon Repos Turtle Sanctuary, Hervey Bay, Bargara, Coral Cove, Bucca, Snakes Downunder and the beautiful Back-Packers memorial at Childers to name a few.

The photo is a screen capture showing what is left of EX Cyclone Linda and where Annecam is located.

“In life, the pessimist always complains about the wind, the optimist always expects it to change and a true sailor adjusts the sails to go to the intended destination”

Keeping our memories

03 February 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
Hi guys, we are back although not back on the water. I did mention that we now have a home base to sail from and back to, so we are just a little pre-occupied with setting up and getting ready for the arrival of our furniture that we put into our own shipping container way back in early 2012.

Our container was meant to arrive this weekend but the weather or I should say the rain is preventing us from getting the truck to the spot we have prepared, so it’s not only while on the boat that we are watching what the weather is up to but here on the land as well.

Annie has managed to gain temporary employment at the Queensland Public Trustee and I have been clearing the jungle in our back yard, making space for the arrival of our container. I have also made the time to re-make our YouTube videos and up-load them to our Sailing on Annecam YouTube Channel. We are trying to preserve our memories, so we can look back in years to come at what we got up to during our journey.

We love this photo of Annecam taken by Tania Macari last year in Fame Cove, Port Stephens, NSW.

“In life, do not go where the path leads, go instead where there are no paths and lay a trail for others to follow”

Here is our YouTube Channel Trailer;

Going through the Panama Canal on Annecam

19 January 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Annie and Cam "H"
As crazy as it sounds, we have managed to re-configure one of our digital hard drives, the hard drive that had a lot of videos and stills of part of our journey from Europe to Australia. We thought that the files were lost as we made the mistake of not backing up in several locations at the end of each day and when the drive that we were using had a hissy fit and kept coming up with an error message we were sure that all was lost.

After several attempts we now have most of our raw video back to fill in the gaps on here and our youtube channel.

Going through the Panama Canal on Annecam was always on our bucket list, one of the must-see places on our journey from Europe back to Australia.

A fantastic transit was had by all, this was a mile stone for us as we were now back in our Pacific Ocean, we had just left the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean behind.

Stay tuned as the re-makes keep coming, all for your enjoyment and for us to keep our memories.

The photo is the last gate on the Miraflores Lock opening up to let us through into our Pacific Ocean, it felt like we were almost home.

“In life, the pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.”

Annecam Sailing the Atlantic Ocean Episode 2

15 January 2018 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H"
Canary Islands to the Caribbean.

We set sail with the same two crew members we had on board for the last passage.

This was our first real blue water passage on Annecam, our first Ocean crossing.

It was a fast rock-n-roll start, slow and calm seas in the middle with a nice finish.

We zigged and zagged our way across, I explain why in the video.

We make these videos for your enjoyment and for us to keep our memories.

The photo is of Sarah in full harness and clipped on with a tether to the jack lines, we have rule on Annecam that everybody stays clipped on while on passage day and night. We also have an MOB alarm activator and safety light attached to the harness. Safety is always the first priority on board Annecam.

“In life, don’t worry about failures, only worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

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.
Home Page: http://my.yb.tl/annecam/quicklink/1183/4050
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