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.

Landfall Gove

17 June 2008 | Gove NT
Yesterday afternoon was a very frustrating sail as the wind went round to the ENE as we tried to sail a WSW course - goose winged in very sloppy conditions and speed down to 5 knots at times.
Late afternnoon a pod of several hundred pilot whales appeared and took over half an hour for them to pass in two's three's and four's, darting between the hulls and riding our bow waves. Even rolling onto their sides to look at us. Amazing and thrilling to see so many. A moonlit night in 12-15 knots had us skimming along at 7 knots. Stuart slept like a log after dinner until taking watch from midnight to 4.30am. At 01.19.19 we crossed into the Northern Territory. Nanette still found it hard to sleep with the motion and noise. Dawn broke at 6.30 about an hour after moonset. 30 Miles to go!
We did the 320 mile crossing in 47 hours - not too bad. Into Gove around the huge bauxite plant and anchored in front of Gove Yacht Club just after lunch. Shower and shave then dinghy into the club for a well earned cold beer and fish and chips.
Great to sleep in a quiet non-moving bunk - out like a light for 12 hours blissful sleep.

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