SV Sänna

Blogs from our sailing vessel Sänna. Eastwards from England to New Zealand... & sailing circumnavigation.

23 April 2020 | Vista Mar, Panama
17 February 2020 | Bahiá Ballena, Costa Rica
17 January 2020 | Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica
16 December 2019 | Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica
11 December 2019 | San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
28 November 2019 | Puesta Del Sol, Nicaragua
08 November 2019 | Amapala, Honduras
28 October 2019 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador
02 October 2019
29 September 2019 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador
23 April 2019 | Bahía Del Sol, El Salvador
11 February 2019 | The Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador
30 December 2018 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvadore
10 November 2018 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador. Posted from the UK
09 August 2018 | Paradise Village, Banderos Bay, Mexico
08 June 2018 | La Paz to San Carlos, The Sea of Cortez, Mexico
30 May 2018 | Ensenada to La Paz, The Sea of Cortez, Mexico
04 May 2018 | Ensenada, Mexico.
16 April 2018 | Ensenada, Mexico

South...

18 October 2011 | Whitsunday Islands to Brisbane
Dave
Photo: Paradise in the Great Barrier Reef.

Marie didn't much believe my account of our passage through the Whitsunday Islands. She came back onboard Sänna in Mackay and, with the wind from the south east again, we beat the forty miles or so back up to the Lindeman Island anchorage in the southern Island group. We dropped anchor in the dark as usual but it was good to be back together again. I miss her so much whenever she's back in the UK, but Henry needed to be in school. Our three month adventure with Henry around Australia had been fantastic and I was growing to love the frontier feeling of this country, even though we thought Queensland no match for the deserted shores and desolation of the Northern Territories. Now we were back to our normal intimate crew of two and there was a job to be done; Sänna had to be out of Australian waters by November so we needed to make our way southward to Brisbane and be ready to depart for New Zealand....

I had promised Marie that we would return to the Whitsundays before working our way down the Queensland coast to Brisbane. It was relaxed, good sailing and fantastic! The Islands were nearly deserted and the fleets of charter boats gone. We found anchorage after anchorage to ourselves and our magical relationship we both relish devoured us. My head was in a good place and Sänna was in a magnificent mood too. She reared her bows, flaunted her sails and slid effortlessly southwards through easy seas, wanderful islands and treacherous reefs. These were treasure days and I didn't want them to end. We tracked the Queensland coast with good winds but then a threatening storm forced us into Gladstone Harbour for a few days shelter. It was good too. Then we threaded our way through the Fraser Island shallows and Brisbane was not so far away...

We are now moored in the centre of Brisbane making ready and provisioning for the long voyage to New Zealand. We need a favourable weather window as the Tasman Sea and the Southern Ocean can be demanding and unforgiving. But we have received word that Fat Annie has already arrived in Whangarie, having themselves sailed their way south from Vanuatu in the Pacific.

She is waiting patiently and she knows we'll be there soon...
Vessel Name: Sänna
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean 50 (Bavaria)
Hailing Port: Poole UK
Crew: Dave & Marie Ungless
About:
We have sailed together for over ten years now, leaving the Mediterranean to head eastwards. Our destination was Australia and New Zealand which we achieved in 2012 before attempting a full round-the-world circumnavigation across the pacific and back to the UK. [...]
Extra: Sänna is a hybrid Bavaria Ocean 50, custom built for deep bue water ocean cruising. The build and re-fit specification is high and to date boasts over 56,000 miles of ocean cruising. For more information visit our main website at www.sanna-uk.com.
Home Page: http://www.sanna-uk.com
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