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.

Lots of Squalls

15 June 2009 | Ao Muang, Ko Yao Noi
Left Phi Phi 9.00 am straight into 20 knots, around the corner, main up with one reef and full genoa. Not long after we were hit with the first gust of 27 knots. Reefed genoa once then again at 29 knots.
We dodged between the worst cells by watching their path on radar. A lunch stop at Ko Hong 8 04.47N, 98 40.80E Did not go ashore - rain and wind. After lucn 7 miles up to Ao Muang, more strong 30 knots on the nose so no sails up. Well we have to give our guests some excitement. David took the helm all day and we think Sue is converted to cat cruising!! Anchor down 3.15 very comfortable even though the wind is howling and the rain pouring.
Talking of excitement, there we were sitting with a sundowner, looked up to see a MacGregor 26 slowly drifting out to sea. No one it sight....obviously a rental! We left it awhile as the rain was sheeting down, then a chap from the other rental yacht came over to say had we seen it drifting away? Well, Stuart & David were already launching the dinghy as there was still no sign of a "skipper". So all three went about 11/2 miles to two it back. Luckily the hire firm phone number was painted on the yacht. I gave them a call to say we had retrieved their boat. Naturally they were most gratefull. However the young mid-euro couple came back from the resort they had booked into and showed very little thanks, in fact were hostile when told they at least owed us for the fuel - never mind the hour getting drenched recovering their boat. Meanwhile the hire firm phoned back and offered to pay us. The end of the story being that the couple came back (after having been contacted by the charter company) and rudely thrust 5,000 baht (about $180) at us. The seemed oblivious to the fact that we had saved them a fortune had the boat been left to drift.

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