19 June 2018 | Tanga, Fenualoa, Reef Islands
07 June 2018 | Lata, Ndendo, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands
05 June 2018 | 150 miles NW of Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu)
01 June 2018 | Off the southern tip of Chesterfield Reef
27 May 2018 | Moreton Bay, Queensland Australia
18 May 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
06 May 2018 | Eyeglass Assist Central - Brisbane Qld
02 May 2018 | Eyeglass Assist Central - Brisbane Qld
18 April 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
12 April 2018 | Australia
10 February 2018
07 January 2018 | Redland City Marina, Brisbane, Australia
07 December 2017 | Brisbane, Australia
16 November 2017 | Brisbane, Australia
03 November 2017 | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2017 | behind Moreton Island, Queensland
31 October 2017 | Somewhere else in the Coral Sea
28 October 2017 | Somewhere in the Coral Sea
15 October 2017 | South Pacific

Beware the circling Booby

28 October 2017 | Somewhere in the Coral Sea
The day after we arrived in Noumea the wind it with a vengeance so we were very happy indeed with our decision. But our stay in Noumea was only very brief a few days and then Frances caught the flu which put her out of action for a week or so and then it was time for the final 700 mile leg back to Brisbane, Australia. For reasons unfathomable, I managed to avoid catching the same lurgy which I was very grateful for. We have learned the hard way that it is a recipe for misery to take to sea when someone is not well.

A couple of days out we were joined by our old adversaries - Boobies, i this case Red-Footed Boobies. 99% of the time it's wonderful to see them skimming over the waves but, in some places, when dusk arrives, some recalcitrant beasts circle your boat, staring longingly at that wonderful perch atop of the mast. Short of shooting them I don't think it's possible to stop them landing and usually if there's one there then others have an insatiable desire to join them. Then, not to put too fine a point on it, the shitting begins.... down the sails and on the instruments atop the mast. One bird tried to land on the solar panels and collided with the wind generator and as you can imagine came off second best. Not much we can do about them but they do make for good photographic subjects.
Vessel Name: Monkey Fist
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 43DS
Hailing Port: Darwin
Crew: Paul and Frances Tudor-Stack
About: After spending over 20 years in the NT Paul and Frances returned to the sea in 2008. Their first trip was into the Pacific via West Papua and over the top of PNG and then back to Australia where they sold their old traditional boat "Sea Spray" and bought "Monkey Fist"
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