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.

Friday 13th !

13 August 2010 | Sandakan
Dawn saw us lifting the anchor and setting off for Sandakan Yacht Club. An uneventful motor sail, straight into the wind, but only 23 miles. Our arrival to anchor outside the YC was interesting.......well the stench of fish and unmentionables to start with, and then the floating rubbish, most of which appears to be either polystyrene or disposable nappies , these things should be TOTALLY BANNED. There is not a mile of ocean up here without this disgraceful mess floating past. We think that all this part of the world should start by educating the children at school, and in time this would get back to the parents. The worst offenders of all are the huge stilt villages built over water, where everything is just thrown over the side. At low tide the plastic and stinking mess is appalling.
While I am on my soapbox, perhaps I should also say here that the Tourism Minister and the Immigration Minister should get together to sort out the awful time wasting, and frustration felt by yachties over this constant checking in and out of every port in the same country. In Kota Kinabalu it reached a peak of absurdity, when having tried for a visa extension at the immigration on arrival, and being refused. We then had to take an expensive taxi ride to the main office. At said office, three different members of staff told us three different rules of application. No one knows how to deal with yachts!!! Most yachties that we know have spent thousands on our visit to Malaysia, we have been now over the entire coastline of the country, and travelled inland to visit some great spots. I would say that we spend more here than any other sort of tourist. This, please must be fixed, one simple procedure, say every 90 days????

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