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

And so the day has finally come

27 May 2018 | Moreton Bay, Queensland Australia
We have been working overtime on getting everything ready, which included setbacks such as no water flow to the auxilliary engine and a non-functioning galley saltwater pump valve. Later, a saltwater leak into the hull appeared that turned out to be caused by, what we then realized was, the non-standard replacement valve we bought. Long story of course, Oh the joys of boating.......

BUT, eventually everything is sorted and we are happy that Monkey Fist is ready for the passage - i.e. seaworthy. We've stocked up with six months of supplies and we're heading out onto the high seas. In the end we managed to fit 12,000 pairs of spectacles and 6,000 pairs of sunglasses onto our humble home on the sea. Our good friend Caroline (nurse and sailor) has joined us for the first few weeks and we've been cleared by Border Security to leave the shores of Australia. Currently we're heading north through Morton Bay.

The passage to Lata should take us around eight to nine days of mixed conditions but with a little luck we should be able to sail most, if not all the way, with reasonably favourable winds (and without running into overly severe conditions). That is our plan at least and everyone has to have a plan, don't they.

We'll try and update a few days into the passage and, once we are on the ground in the Solomons, every week or two, which will be fed to our Facebook page. Alas, there is no internet where we are going so our updates for some weeks to come will only be text - the pics will have to come later. Let's face it, when people don't even have glasses how likely is it they'll have internet access? When you are reading our updates we ask you to keep in mind the remote nature of where we will be working.

One saying we often use is " many places may seem like they are in the middle of nowhere, but to the people who live there, it is the centre of their universe". Let's hope they're friendly!

See you in the soup
signed
Crew of Monkey Fist

p.s. Reluctantly we are leaving our 6 week old grand-daughter Isabella behind.

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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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