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.


29 May 2008 | Lizard Island
Last year some Seawind 1160 owners got together to race in the Hogs Breath Multihull Week at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays. We offloaded wine beer and stuff onto Xtsea which promptly went down about 4 inches on the waterline! Truest Passion of course sat up 4, and with her John Penfold {UK Halsey} Pentax sails we had a great race week, winning the first race by 4 minutes.
Nanette then decided to sail on to Cairns with Stuart on Truest Passion, and XTsea was left behind in Mackay. In Cairns we picked up Richard, Stuarts son and his wife Irene, who had flown out from Edinburgh to cruise to Lizard Island. We stayed 6 weeks! Snorkelling, walking and partying, in that order.
Instead of going back to Mackay, Nanette continued aboard Truest Passion, and soon after put XTsea on the market!
We sailed south to Mooloolaba, where we hauled out and did extensive maintenance, modifications and preparation work for the "Trip of a Lifetime", yes we were going to cruise to Darwin in 2008 and join the Rally "Sail Indonesia", but after that Malaysia and Thailand, then maybe the Andaman Islands (India) and who knows after that! Why not, we are both having a ball. It is a dream that we have both held for many years. SO DO IT. It truly feels good.
After Mooloolaba, we spent a few weeks in Southport finishing odd jobs and collecting the NEW carbon matrix sails from John Penfold {UK Halsey Sydney} These sails are lighter and stronger, and a beautiful shape with no sewn seams, but a special laminated fabric with continuous carbon tapes, see photos.
We left Southport on Monday 28th April on our Northerly trip, picking up 2 friends from Mooloolaba to come as far as Bundaberg, a very pleasant trip.
After Bundy it was press on, and Mackay and Cairns are now behind us as we sit at Lizard Island.
The leg from Cairns was very fast with 20 t0 25 kt winds and then 25 to 30 SE. The new reefing genoa working superbly, and in the heavier wind we carried 1 reef in the main and first reef in the genoa, and then took in the 2nd in that sail. Our top speed was15.3 knots and our average speed from Cape Bedford to Lizard was 10.3 knots
WE are now at Lizard with 8 or9 other multihulls and monos who are all on the Rally.
We are meeting people from all Nations, including Ozkan from Turkey in his 26ft mono, circumnavigating from Turkey. Of all the entrants from around the world there are approx 26 multihulls, we look forward to meeting them all.
We have already covered 1011 nautical miles or 1870klms!! But we are halfway to Darwin!!!!

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