14 December 2016 | Iluka/Yamba, New South Wales, Australia
14 December 2016 | Sailing out from the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.
13 December 2016 | Tangalooma, Moreton Island, Queensland
11 December 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
07 December 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
05 December 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
01 December 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
29 November 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
28 November 2016 | City of Brisbane QLD
27 November 2016 | Tangalooma, Moreton Bay QLD
25 November 2016 | Fraser Island, OLD
24 November 2016 | Station Hill in Platypus Bay, Fraser Island.
22 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina.
20 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina.
19 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
18 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
17 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
16 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
14 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
13 November 2016 | Port of Bundaberg Marina
Video, Bindi the boat dog has her very first sail.
29 August 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Fine, dry and sunny
Bindi had been for a couple of rides in the dinghy and has been on board the same number of times, this was her very first sail out on the Coral Sea on Annecam.
Bindi is an eleven-year-old Red Kelpie, an Australian working rescue dog, she has only been with us for three weeks.
This is the story on how Bindi selected us and her forever home.
Annie and our neighbour Kay were on their way home from their weekly game of golf, they decided to drop into the local animal pound just to see what they had in there and what was the process for adopting a dog. We had been talking about getting another dog for quite some time and we both agreed that it would be a rescue dog.
They pulled up in the pound car park, it was then they noticed a friendly Red Kelpie on the back of a ute (pick-up) and as they entered the office to make enquiries they met a young lady that was in the process of surrendering her dog and as they walked back to the car they gave the Red Kelpie a pat, it was then that the dog got excited and it tried to jump off the back of the ute but was hanging by her lead, Annie and Kay lifted her back up onto the tray. Kay walked back in to the office and spoke to the young lady that was surrendering her dog, in no time at all Kay was back at the car opening the back door and she was putting this strange dog on the back seat, all this time Annie was sitting in the car thinking and saying “what have you just done” to Kay, “what is your husband going to say”. It was then that they found out that the dog was called “Bindi”.
Bindi spent one night with Kay and her husband and he said that they already have a dog, there is no way that they can have another one, she must go.
The very next morning Bindi was making herself at home at our place, she settled in very quickly and now the rest is history in the making.
The photo is Bindi in her favourite place on top of the companionway hatch.
“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.”
Where are we now #2
23 August 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Windy, fine and clear
This is another new video from Annecam Productions.
This is a short snapshot of just some of the locations we either sailed to or sailed past between Gibraltar and Panama on Annecam.
This production turned into an epic editing saga, as it took me back through the archives on our journey from the Mediterranean to Australia and to capture the locations, we stopped at was a big ask but here it is.
Sharing our memories with you all, enjoy.
Keep watching this space as episode #3 is on the way.
The photo is Annecam leading the way to Dominica
“In life, it is not the opinions of others that counts, not the ones who point out how you could have done it better. The credit belongs to you, as you are the one out there living the dream”.
Where are we now #1
01 August 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Fine and clear
New video from Annecam Productions
This video is a snapshot of just some of the locations we stopped at on Annecam in the Mediterranean. It was fun little exercise putting this one together, it turned into a trip down memory lane for us and we only wished that we had used the video camera a bit more in the early days.
Keep watching this space as I attempt to create episode #2 covering from the Med to Panama.
The photo is a small part of our track in the Mediterranean.
“I don’t regret the things I’ve done; I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”
Capturing the moment
29 July 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Out of all the passages crossing oceans, sailing between Islands and cruising on Annecam, we have sailed in almost all types of weather systems, some good, some almost dead calm and there have been a few that have been downright frightening.
We have had severe thunderstorms break right on top of us, water spouts run over us and tropical rain squalls try to rip our sails and rigging off but by far the best or I should say the worst weather system we have ever had the displeasure of sailing into was right in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
We had planned to leave the Caribbean Islands, sailing from the west end of Puerto Rico and head straight for the Panama Canal. This was to be about a one thousand nautical mile passage from start to finish, it should have taken us 6 to 7 days to complete.
We had already sailed for just on two and a half days in very calm seas, it was that calm we had to motor sail just to keep moving. The weather forecast we started in was for exactly that, I was obtaining weather up-dates via Predict Wind on our Iridium Go, this was about to change.
Halfway through the third day at sea we received a weather forecast for building winds, up to 35 knots for the next 24 hours and a slight increase on the wind speed for the next 48 hours after that.
Increase it did, as we soon found our selves reducing sail to about 15% of our poled-out genoa and about 5% of our main with a preventer on the boom and after dark we reduced even further as we found ourselves in 48knots with gusts over 70. This produced a gnarly breaking sea state. Annecam just kept flying along on autopilot and never let go once, it kept up at all times even after we had the mast kiss the water on five separate occasions, looking back I still cant believe that we had zero breakages except for one laptop computer that was sent flying across the cabin, smashing into several pieces as it collided with the rear portside head door.
We changed our destination to Cartagena Colombia to escape this system.
This weather system was going to be our best sail ever, as we made over 242 nautical miles in 24 hours, we had an average of over 10 knots and a recorded top of 18.2 knots on almost bare polls. Trying to capture the sea state on video is almost impossible as every time the video makes the sea look like a duck pond compared to what it was really like.
The photo is our reduced sail area.
"Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude."
This is a short video of Annecam crossing the Caribbean Sea.
Just sailing on Annecam
25 July 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Fine & sunny
Making the most out of the good days in this part of Australia and to be totally truthful this day was almost perfect.
It was a quick decision to weigh anchor and head down river to the open water of the Coral Sea, the forecast weather was for 10 knots variable winds, seas less than 0.5 metres, the swell the same and mostly sunny. It did not take long to determine that the wind was 10 to 15 knots south-east and as the day moved on to become very light but from the same direction.
Two weeks ago I found a few whale but this time there were none where I was, I spoke to the crew on another vessel and they found lots up to the north-east of my position, next time I go out they will be down to the south, if I go north.
Without any whale or dolphin, it was still a good day out just sailing around, watching the sugar cane fires and enjoying the warmth.
The photo is the track of Annecam.
"Laughter is one of the best exercises in life, it's like running inside your head, you can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with friends.
Here is the video, Just Sailing on Annecam.
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.”