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

Nice slow start to 2014

02 January 2014 | Bantry Bay
John and Shauna
We are currently anchored in Bantry Bay in Middle Harbour. Here, although relatively close to the city, you could be 300 miles away. There are a few courtesy moorings here but they are rated for smaller vessels only, and in any case we feel happiest on our own tackle, which we trust.
This is a quiet and very sheltered bay, a bit snug as it's quite narrow and has shoals along its shores and at the head, but nonetheless roomy enough not to be hassled by other anchored or moored vessels. We explored Castle Cove and Killarney right up to Echo Point yesterday by dinghy, and found it very pretty but full of noisy water-ski and wake-board boats.
Today we had a late start and on a very high tide went ashore for some bushwalking. We took the Bay Track through Garigal National Park and joined onto the Bluff Track which climbs very steeply to Forestville, then along the edge of Garigal NP to join the very steep Timbergetters' Track down to the anchorage. It was a moderately strenuous walk but was worth the effort for the views and the beautiful native wildflowers and occasional fauna such as goannas and frogs.
We had anchored in a good NE breeze and were happy where we lay but a sudden SSE change made the western edge of the bay a lee shore so we upped anchor and dropped in a more central position in deeper water, so we can relax and sleep well tonight.
Have a look at some new pics - click here
Bye for now! And we hope 2014 is everything all our friends want it to be.
Cheers from us.
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"