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

Three weeks until D Day...

06 May 2018 | Eyeglass Assist Central - Brisbane Qld
What's happening in the photo is our calibration of a pair of spectacles which are equipped with adjustable strength lenses (in this case negative lenses). They were designed originally as easy-to-fit vision correction spectacles for people in developing countries. However, they are a) expensive and b) not particularly stylish. So we've taken a pair of these and, using the lensometer at Lions R4S headquarters in Brisbane, we've calibrated them. What this means is that when we assess someone as being myopic, we'll have them wear them as they would normal glasses, then they will rotate the adjustable knob (one for each eye) until they assess that their vision is clear. We should then be able to read from the dial the strength required and provide them with a more cost effective and stylish option. Assessment of distant vision issues is often a time consuming part of our work so this idea has potential to save significant time = more people we can help.

And also - after many, many hours of work, Frances has finally finished counting and sorting the glasses today and we now have a final, grand total of 16,002 - this being comprised of 10,777 pairs spectacles and 5,225 pairs of sunglasses. Sorting the glasses is critical in allowing us to access what we need, when we need them. Having so many glasses on board would be pointless if we could not easily replenish our daily requirements. Hats off to Frances.

The next challenge is fitting them on board. ... mathematics say... ummm... probably. But of course it's not's that simple, so stay tuned!
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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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