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Sydney, propeller and more

30 May 2023
Stephen and Kristina Hall
I know that this is a sailblog. We haven’t been sailing for more than eight weeks - the travels are currently more inwardly. I dare to bother you with some of my thoughts…
Yesterday I read an article with an entirely new and interesting interpretation of the “Holy Spirit” (it was Whit Monday). Although not being religious, I hope that we get a pinch of wisdom of a Holy Spirit or what ever - not only today but regularly. When I read the newspaper, I see the world‘s turmoil - or, as Jiddu Krishnamurti put it: the house is burning.
We witnessed a small inferno the day we left Sydney - some teens set a house on fire near the central train station, opposite of where we waited for the Greyhound Bus.
What was going on in their minds? Was it just a “lark”? Or boredom? Or a young mind being in conflict and expressed in such a destructive way? More importantly; how will the social environment react to this teenage “stupidity”? We as adult members of the society are responsible - what do we do with this responsibility? - Well, open questions… Let’s rather face the facts!
Beta Marine sent Steve another alternator that was supposed to solve the alternator alarm problem, unfortunately though, it didn’t. Nevertheless we motored to Iluka ten days ago, where we spent a wonderfully relaxed weekend with our friends. We went for walks daily and were reminded of the power of the water, not only when we walked along the break wall but a wrecked catamaran on the beach gave me quite a fright - not much was left of this vessel once the seas had played with it. The catamaran had been rolled on the Clarence River Bar the day before and luckily the owner survived.

Whilst in Iluka Steve decided to place a light in the alternator excitation circuit to see if it was the issue he suspected. He then turned the engine on and immediately the beeping stopped. Thus it was a problem with the instrument panel.
The following day he arranged to not only return the alternator to Beta Marine, but also exchange the instrument panel since we were heading to Sydney. Whilst in Sydney, we also went to JBC Engineering and Steve was able to ask all the questions he had in mind about various propellers. After a busy day running around, getting missing bits and pieces and one good night sleep, we decided to get the feathering propeller. But before we were able to return to JBC Engineering, Steve had to accomplish the main mission: the interview for the US Visa at the Consulate. I had only just settled down with my flat white in a nearby café, watching the (hectic) world passing by, when he came in with a smile: Visa approved. We then went and placed the order for the propeller.
Leisurely we walked back to the Central Train Station for our overnight bus back to Maclean. As we neared the station we could see a huge cloud of smoke rising into the air just behind the station. Sure enough, seconds later we heard many sirens, saw a helicopter and the traffic soon came to a near standstill. To our surprise we didn’t leave too much later than scheduled and were lucky that we didn’t have to change buses in Coffs Harbour which we were supposed to. Since the bus was nearly empty, the driver allowed us to stay on the bus. Accordingly, we arrived in Maclean at 4:20am instead of 7:20am, way too soon to ask for an early pick up from friends. We killed time in a 24/7 petrol station, had a very early breakfast and walked most of the way to our friends home.
Now we only have to wait for the passport, propeller (that will hopefully got the right pitch) and a few more things we have ordered. And, of course, favourable winds.

(pic of the burning house - found in an Australian newspaper)
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Vessel Name: Torea
Vessel Make/Model: Bill Couldrey
Hailing Port: New Zealand
Crew: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Extra: Torea was launched in 1966 as an offshore racing yacht. She was designed by Bill Couldrey and built by Keith Atkinson in triple diagonal kauri. Torea competed and finished in the 1969 Sydney Hobart race.

Who: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Port: New Zealand