Time Bandit

Whiling away Covid lockdowns cruising slowly towards South Africa for November ‘21.

18 September 2021
09 September 2021 | Peely Wally Pins Oot For A Walk.
24 August 2021
14 August 2021
02 August 2021
26 July 2021 | Covid safe, full body condom by Gucci
17 July 2021
09 July 2021 | Celebrating our permission to stay
03 July 2021 | Can’t get between a girl and her GS1200
26 June 2021
26 June 2021
12 June 2021
04 June 2021 | Sunset in Beau Vallon
29 May 2021
27 May 2021
14 May 2021
30 April 2021
23 April 2021


29 July 2018
Did I mention we're back in Australia. Land of the long flat white or so the barista's shirt declared. Basically, we are killing time between boats. Can you tell?

And killing time is exactly what I was tempted to do the nights we stayed at Paddy and Carolyn's, just north of Sydney. You see, Paddy has this ancient chiming clock which, during the evening, gives a rather homely, rounded soft "ding, dong, ding dong etc....." on the hour. It also does the whole ding, dong thing in the morning - just as you've finally sunk into a deep sleep, having spent the night wide awake with the jet lag, "DONGGGG!! DONGGGGG" it signalled seven o'clock. At least I think it was seven. It might have been eight but the clock crashed to the street shortly after the seventh chime. At least, in my head it did.

We were up bright and early to catch a flight to Perth to pick up our ride for the next few weeks, a high top 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser. Comfy.

Forty years ago today we said, "I do", packed up our car, boat and tent and headed off for the Nationals with, we're delighted to say, a goodly number of present day Blog followers although perhaps not the most romantic or indeed successful of honeymoons. Sixteenth as I recall. Arthur and Robbie, Stuart and Graham did better.

We treated ourselves to the week of the Nationals in an hotel in Torquay. The Gas Light I think it was called. The second week was spent on our knees crawling around in our tiny orange Vango tent.

I know how to treat a gal.

+*****pic from honeymoon*****

Fast forward forty years and as we sat outside Chez Land Cruiser, having lunch by the roadside, we reflected on how far we'd come.

- In our teens, buying and campaigning our first boat.

- In our twenties, married with three weans.

- In two days we'd come 300k north of Perth.

- In sixty days we'd flown around the world to see these same weans and, their weans.

- In six years we'd sailed half way round the world.

- In forty years.........back crawling around the inside of a camping truck.

Well, as Anne said, at least we're inside. That's progress. Not to mention tolerance.
Vessel Name: Time Bandit
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer 51
Hailing Port: Largs, Scotland
Crew: Anne and Stuart Letton
About: ex dinghy and keelboat racers now tooled up with a super sleek cat and still cruising around aimlessly, destination Nirvana...
Extra: May’21. Now in Seychelles, either ‘till October when we head for South Africa or maybe we do an early side trip to Tanzania. Who knows.
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Time Bandit's Photos - Main
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A few pics of Maldives so far.....
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Created 22 September 2020
Our escape the the wild mountain thyme
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Some pics from Debut and the Kei Islands
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Created 30 July 2019
From the north of Australia to Debut Indonesia
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An interesting perspective on evolution in the Galapagos.
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Mediterranean Spain to the Arctic Circle
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Scraping and sanding hull back to gel coat for epoxy and Coppercoat treatments.
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Created 3 February 2013