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.

Lumut- Onwards

02 December 2008 | Pulau Jerejak
From the 26th to 28th we were anchored off Lumut, which is basically a Naval town. The Y C was very disappointing and obviously struggling. Again a huge 50mtr pool, but just a barn of a club. The formal dinner was held down the road in a Hotel ballroom, very good food but a dreadfully out of tune lady singer! The group of dancers doing local cultural dances were very good however.
We had a bus tour the next day which took us around the area, but we were not impressed, least of all by the "Snorkelling Park "!! Yes a big hole in the ground which had been concreted, with green murky water which would have almost NIL Visibility. This was surrounded by garish concrete figures of dolphins crabs squid etc. Not one client was to be seen learning to snorkel!!
We left the river on 28/11 and went to Pulau Pangkor which was just offshore. This was much better, good beach and many tourists 80% local and some Europeans. However the open drains did run into the water? A good cheap restaurant was on the waterfront as were the usual stalls, plus resorts.
Our main job was to clean the hulls which were weed and barnacle encrusted, with a brown greasy waterline from all the pollution. Stuart dived using his compressed air pump going, while I donned a short wetsuit etc and set to on the waterline, {water temp 30C}. Stuart was down 2 hours the first day, but I was exhausted after an hour hard scrubbing on the top 8 inches. That evening we had roast lamb on the BBQ and shared with Richard and Susan {Sea Bunny}.The next day was a repeat of the scrubbing and cleaning.
After all that the people from the 4 other boats anchored around us in the bay came on board to celebrate Kathryn's Birthday [The Southern Cross a 44ft St Francis Cat]. After drinks we all went ashore for another good meal. Stuart and I both had an omelette, chips and salad $ 3.00 each, the first Euro food ashore for ages.
On to today the 2nd Dec, we all left at about 6am in the dark to catch the tide north. It is now 11.30am and we are over halfway of the 70 miles for this leg. We will anchor up at a spot between Penang Island and Jerejak, this is to enable us all to sail under Penang Bridge in convoy tomorrow. Then we will have net coverage so that I must post this blog.
3pm First boat in by 2 hours. Anchor down right alongside the main road and Airport, TOP SPOT!! The photo is Stuart and Dave [ Freebird Grainger 43 USA] at Pangkor.

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