Cruising on Destiny

02 January 2014 | Bantry Bay
31 December 2013 | Careening Cove, Sydney
18 December 2012 | Sydney
18 September 2012 | Coffs Harbour
14 September 2012 | Rivergate Marina, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
12 September 2012 | Coral Sea
10 September 2012 | Coral Sea
31 August 2012 | Noumea
26 August 2012
22 August 2012 | Port Moselle
19 August 2012 | Port Moselle
17 August 2012 | West Coast, New Caledonia
12 August 2012 | Anse Vata
10 August 2012 | Port Moselle, Noumea, NC
10 August 2012 | Port Moselle
30 July 2012 | The seawall, Vila Harbour
25 July 2012 | Back in Port Vila
17 July 2012 | Port Vila
08 July 2012 | Ashore with Sea Fever
24 June 2012

Cycling out of town

12 August 2012 | Anse Vata
Downtown Noumea is pretty comprehensively closed on Sunday afternoon. Shops, supermarkets, bottle shops, entertainments, all of them. So we hopped on the folding bikes and cycled down to Anse Vata via Baie des Citrons. These are the hub of tourist activity - here are most of the hotels and holiday apartments. The beaches there are coarse buff to brown-coloured sand, and there is of course no real swell as the fringing reef eliminates that all along the coast. But the sands were crowded with local families and overseas visitors. It seems that all of the locals and many visitors were smoking - it is quite a shock coming here and realising how many French people still smoke, and in public places like restaurants and cafes as well.
Today is Monday, and we are going to fill the water tanks, buy some fresh baguettes and head out of this stinky harbour for the week - Tom and Amanda are flying in next weekend so we are going to move out to cleaner, clearer waters, aiming to make it back up here a day or so before their arrival. We may get down as far as the Isle of Pines, as the winds seem set to make that an easy run - we'll see.
So we'll be back on line at the end of the week, hopefully with tales of landing more Wahoo and Mahi Mahi!
Vessel Name: Destiny V
Vessel Make/Model: 45' round chine steel cruising cutter - a Joe Adams design and a very sea-kindly crew-friendly vessel
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: John and Shauna
People ask us: "Are you semi-retired?". Well no, we're semi-working. We love cruising, but the problem is we also quite like what we do in our civilian lives. So, for the last few years, we have been cruising over the southern Winter and Spring. [...]
Our last severalyears of cruising have been spent exploring New Caledonia and the beautiful islands of Vanuatu, an entrancing country with wonderful, uncomplicated, happy and generous people. This winter we are at home doing some upgrades - navigation, rigid cockpit cover, watermaker and sundry [...]

Destiny's Crew

Who: John and Shauna
Port: Sydney, Australia
Sunshine on blue water, twelve knots on the beam.... The trades are blowing gently and we're sailing like a dream..... Sipping from the cup of life and getting mostly cream....
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" - Ratty to Mole in "Wind in the Willows"