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

A good week for cruising in the lagoon

31 August 2012 | Noumea
Warm and sunny!
After getting the boat tidied up, and scrubbing the beard that has been forming along the waterline since we have been in tropical waters, we headed out into the lagoon again.
For the first two days we had "Memphis" as company and then we were flying solo. Warren and Alison are good people and great company - he is a builder and ex-cop from Auckland and they have been aboard "Memphis" for four years but are heading home now. We visited two new anchorages on islands we had not previously not seen.
Ilot Te Ndu (also known as Ilot Signal) is a fairly good-sized sand and coral island which is a renowned bird-nesting area and there were a huge variety of quite un-shy birds there, including a couple of large eagles who looked pretty much like the owners of the joint as they circled over us, as if to decide whether we should be allowed to stay or not.
We moved on to Ilot Mbe Kouen and spent a couple of days there in isolation, which was very nice. It is a tiny handkerchief of a sand and coral islet, but has two protective arms like the ends of a croissant that protect it completely from swell. The trade wind still comes in but as the boat is facing steadily into the breeze, comfort is complete. The water is clear to the point of almost seeming not to be there, with the boat just floating in space. We were in 5 metres over sand and holding was superb - although the water was very shallow, we had dolphins coming in at dawn and dusk, hunting for bait fish, and they were quite friendly and seemingly very pleased to see us, chat a bit and show us a few tricks.
We are back in town now and will be in touch again within a couple of days. Don't forget the pics - click here
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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
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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 V's Photos - Main
Sydney Summer on the water
25 Photos
Created 31 December 2013
3 Photos
Created 26 December 2012
Closing the circle on the cruising season, 2012
5 Photos
Created 18 September 2012
Heading southwards again
90 Photos
Created 10 August 2012
Port Vila and beyond
79 Photos
Created 3 July 2012
44 Photos
Created 6 June 2012
Destiny sets off North again
22 Photos
Created 9 May 2012
Off again
1 Photo | 1 Sub-Album
Created 14 February 2012
Family matters keep us at home - spending money!
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 14 February 2012
This is becoming a habit!
1 Photo | 15 Sub-Albums
Created 14 February 2012
Return to Simple Sanity
1 Photo | 10 Sub-Albums
Created 14 February 2012
Our first year cruising "Destiny V"
1 Photo | 14 Sub-Albums
Created 14 February 2012

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"