Sailing Away

19 January 2017 | Bribie Island
18 December 2016 | Hope Island
15 December 2016 | GOld COast
06 December 2016 | Wide Bay Bar
06 December 2016 | Fraser Island
04 December 2016 | Fraser Island.
01 December 2016 | Bundaberg
29 November 2016 | 1770
28 November 2016 | Gladstone
25 November 2016 | Port Clinton
19 November 2016 | Mackay
19 November 2016 | Mackay
19 November 2016 | Mackay Marina
12 November 2016 | Whitsunday Passage
11 November 2016 | Airlie Beach
08 November 2016 | Cape Upstart
24 October 2016 | Brisbane
16 October 2016 | Leyte
16 October 2016 | Leyte
16 October 2016

A new beginning

19 January 2017 | Bribie Island
After a magical Christmas/New Year with family and friends we are now homeless!!!! the last few weeks have been filled with lots of fun with the grandchildren, 2 of whom we had on board with us having the best time. We've also been very busy organising the sale of SeaQuill which came out of the blue - we hadn't started to think about moving on so soon, but after an email arrived asking if we were interested in selling we thought very seriously about it. So here we are all packed up into boxes and staying with Jane on Bribie Island for a few weeks. Then we will do a spot of house sitting which will keep us housed for a couple of months. After that it's a trip to the UK to look at Canal Barges and go into stage 2 retirement!
Thank you for your comments over the last 3 years, it's been a great sailing experience and nice to know someone was watching. I will start up a new blog once we settle into the next phase.

Hope Island

18 December 2016 | Hope Island
We're settled here on a private jetty. Ready to fly off tomorrow for our visit to Melbourne. Merry Christmas to all our followers. We hope you have a safe and happy festive season. See you next year.!!!

Gold Coast

15 December 2016 | GOld COast
After crossing the Wide Bay Bar we made it to Mooloolaba in the late afternoon. trying to find an anchoring spot was near impossible but we eventually found somewhere. we had intended to stay for 2 nights and do shopping and laundry, but the weather was about to change again so the next morning we set offf early and stopped at the jetty at the VMR to fill up with water, only to find they have turned off the tap!!! Mooloolaba is becoming very unfriendly - the marina is only taking 2 week bookings at present so we couldn't stop there. Not too happy Jan!!.
So we went to Bribie Island where we were greeted with great enthusiasm by our friends and were able to borrow Richard and Lisa's mooring buoy which helps keep us safe from the very strong currents that run through the Pumicestone Passage. We took Richard and Lisa for a sailon Monday which was great, and then we departed on Tuesday morning, called into Raby Bay to fill up with fuel and water and then headed down to Russell Island for the night. We're now on the Gold Coast and tomorrow will be going to our jetty mooring at Hope Island ready to leave the boat for a week while we travel to Melbourne. Spending Christmas with Sarah and family this year. Then we are going to bring the 2 oldest grandchildren back with us to spend a few days on the boat and do cousin stuff.
Yes. it's another sunset!!!

Finally

06 December 2016 | Wide Bay Bar
We were able to cross Wide Bay Bar this morning - Biaha leading the push - setting off at 0530. Not a bad crossing, just a bit swelly, but otherwise ok. 3 others followed us out. Mooloolaba here we come!!

Fraser Island

06 December 2016 | Fraser Island
We are choking on smoke from the fires on the Island, and bits of ash are floating down all over us. Biaha was almost shrouded in smoke, and they were only a couple of hundred metres from us. The wind arrived mid afternoon and thankfully cleared it.

Fraser Ablaze

04 December 2016 | Fraser Island.
We half expected there to be a bush fire on Saturday night during quite a wild electrical storm - we were anchored opposite South White Cliffs - but we looked out last night and the island was glowing. We are inclined to think they are doing a burn off - a couple of the walking tracks at Kingfisher have been closed due to fire danger.
We can't win with the wind - it's either too little or way too much. Waiting now for Wednesday when we will cross Wide Bay Bar and scoot down to Mooloolaba. Then we have to high tail it across to Newport and hide out the next lot of strong South Easterlies. We were hoping to go straight to Bribie to pick up our mail from Jane's, but it looks like we'll have to back track a couple of days later. The life of a sailor is not easy!!!!!
Vessel Name: SeaQuill
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 421
Crew: Tony & Sue Colpus
About: We are newly retired, novice sailors, about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. We are expecting some fantastic, exciting experiences as we learn all about our brand new catamaran.
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