Passion for Cruising

Vessel Name: Truest Passion
Vessel Make/Model: Seawind 1160 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Southport
Crew: Stuart Simpson & Nanette Black
18 May 2012 | Mooloolaba
02 November 2011 | Mooloolaba Marina
30 October 2011 | Sandy Straits
29 October 2011 | Bundaberg
27 October 2011 | Pancake Creek
26 October 2011 | Great Keppel Island
25 October 2011 | Pearl Bay
24 October 2011 | Middle Percy Island
21 October 2011 | Mackay Marina
16 October 2011 | Mackay Marina
14 October 2011 | Goldsmith Island
13 October 2011 | Turtle Bay Whitsundays
12 October 2011 | Gloucester Passage
11 October 2011 | Bowen
10 October 2011 | Rattlesnake Island
09 October 2011 | Haycock Island
08 October 2011 | Hinchinbrook Channel
07 October 2011 | Dunk Island
06 October 2011 | Fitzroy Island
02 October 2011 | Half Moon Bay Marina
Recent Blog Posts
18 May 2012 | Mooloolaba

Good News-Bad News

Hello to all our yachtie friends, it is so long again since I have posted a blog, but the moment has at last arrived that I can talk to you all.

02 November 2011 | Mooloolaba Marina


The last lap, so we left Garry’s Anchorage at 5.50am to catch the incoming tide to cross the bar. No wind at all. We started down the “mad mile” towards the bar crossing – not for the faint hearted today, it was like a washing machine, however the largest wave we saw was about 3 metres. Finally [...]

30 October 2011 | Sandy Straits

Yankee Jack Creek

Off yet again at 5.45 am, I was almost sleepwalking as the skipper did his usual, go, go, now.........

29 October 2011 | Bundaberg

Nearly Home

We had a lovely quiet day in the creek, we even played cards and Scrabble, beaten again!!!

27 October 2011 | Pancake Creek

Dawn Start

Up at 4.30am [we must be mad]! To get to Pancake Creek before tomorrow, when a S Easter is forecast, means a very long haul today. We will pass Cape Capricorn at about 10am before sailing down the outside of Curtis Island and Gladstone etc.

26 October 2011 | Great Keppel Island

Another Ripper!!

Another day, this time up at 5am and underway at 5.40am. The water is like oil, not a breath of wind. The clouds are quite heavy at present, but it is very early yet.


22 July 2010 | Miri Marina
On the 20th we caught up with washing and chores, plus lots of chat. On the 21st we took a hire car with the Bunnies, and drove to Niah National Park, and then walked miles into an enormous cave, where the " Bird Nesters" climb impossibly high to collect Swiftlet's nests { soup}. We then walked through this cave into the pitch black depths. I was in a panic { as Richard and Irene will remember}. We had head torches, and climbed down and down and along a tunnel for about a kilometre! Water and guano was dripping on us, and I felt quite giddy and sick. I must be MAD? We emerged into more incredible forest and walked another kilometre or so on a very rickety boardwalk {old and rotten}. This would NOT pass workplace health and safety! Up more steep steps, and up and up into another cave with Neolithic drawings on the walls. A bit disappointing as we were fenced off rather far back.
Then, the return trip, yes, back through the black cave and yet another walk back through the jungle for 4 kilometres. Wonderful birdsong, and we saw a troop of monkeys high on the limestone cliffs. Exhausted, we got back to park headquarters and a chalet for the night, probably half a star for that?
A meal in the cafeteria was of similar standard. Today we left again at about 9 am and drove back about 70klms and into Lambir Hills Nat Park. We dragged our stiff bodies out and had another tramp through rainforest, over streams to a waterfall and back again. This time only 1 and half hours. Into the car, back to Miri, and the welcome of TP, tired, but I am sure, it was good for us?
Five minutes after our arrival, we were invited to a Marina cocktail party??????? It was bring a cocktail, enough for ten friends............. well everyone did, and I will leave to your imagination. We left a long time before all went quiet!

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