Dransfields on the high seas

09 November 2010
03 November 2010 | Somewhere off Port Stephens
26 October 2010 | Brisbane River
01 October 2010
20 September 2010 | Bundaberg QLD
07 September 2010 | Noumea, New Caledonia
26 August 2010
11 August 2010 | Musket Cove Fiji
26 July 2010 | Fiji
17 July 2010 | Tonga
15 July 2010 | Vava'u, Tonga
30 June 2010
21 June 2010 | On passage to Tonga
25 May 2010 | Tahiti,
20 May 2010 | The Tuamotu Islands
07 May 2010 | Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia
26 April 2010 | En route to the Marquesas
19 April 2010 | The Pacific Ocean
16 April 2010 | The Pacific Ocean
05 April 2010 | Galapagos

Day 10 Match Report

02 December 2009 | Atlantic
Dubarry Dean
I was told there would be booze and a pool, it seems a little different.

I read John's comments with perhaps a slightly different view.
After an hour or so of breaking bits, flapping sails, tape, and mangled ropes we hoisted JD to the top of the mast. Reasonable fun for us, less so for him. Whilst the mast is only 18m up it is 3,000 metres down! We are in a pitching sea and John is at the top throwing me a skinny little rope called a rat or mouse, or something, which he claims could change our lives.
This has taken on more importance now that we have lost our furling system and have to take the arcing sail up and down to change speed (previously our man servant just rolled it in). Anyway if I can't catch it in the breeze he will have to come down again and he says someone will have to go up again, I look at Tyler (age 4) he looks at me, we agree on Jesse (age 9). Jesse disappears. John finds all this VERY amusing from the top of the mast and gives us encouragement, in French, rope caught, all good, John ready to come down.

Then a new low, I turnaround to find John in monkey boy harness only, having a shower on the rear transom, photos follow, think Manpower on the Atlantic.

Anyway another test passed and our cruise director assures me nothing like this will happen again.

All good, all here, all in Las Palmas soon, before I return in my now upgraded flight but sorry to leave the good ship NIKA and her marvellous Crew.

Ok back to the washing up.

Dubarry Dean
Vessel Name: Nika
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Skipper JD, Bosun Boy Jesse, Zodiac Zoe, Captain Tykes, First Mate Hels
About: Hail from Curl Curl on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches. Love of adventure, and the good life!
Extra: Saturday 6 November 2010 - we arrive back in Sydney at Middle Harbour Y.C. at 1:00 - the end of the voyage...

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Who: Skipper JD, Bosun Boy Jesse, Zodiac Zoe, Captain Tykes, First Mate Hels
Port: Sydney