S/V Bluebottle

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17 May 2017 | Hobart, Tasmania
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AFTER The Morning After, a Postscript

06 November 2010
Here is a little add-on to the last story, where it is raining - and our friends have not yet returned from the hospital. Since then it has stopped raining, and they have returned, in good form. but to pick up where I left off ... ... ...

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We are alone. Our crew have not arrived back from the hotel where they spent the night, after getting medical attention for Kez. Customs and Immigration officials kindly gave them a fast-track clearance and allowed them to go as soon as we tied up.

At their request I did not mention, until yesterday, Kez's injury; how Kez's hand slipped and she fell back when the boat did a sudden extra big roll, and did something to her shoulder. We were not sure if was a dislocated shoulder joint, although this was what it seemed. Talking about it on the Pacific Seafarer's Net with Paul, he asked me to stand by at the end of the net; and by then he had a doctor on the phone from a nearby hospital on the Central Coast of N.S.W. After many questions and reponses the doctor gave his advice - do not attempt to reset it in case you make it worse, just keep her comfortable and apply cold packs. So began a painful wait, for there were still 4 days to go before we were to arrive safely in Bundaberg.


Since then, I am happy to say, no dislocation or break was found, and Kez is rapidly on the mend.

These lovely people are now on their way back home to Tasmania, and we accomplished something more than a one thousand mile voyage across reefsprinkled ocean - we stayed friends! There are many stories of friends falling out after a cruise in the confined spaces of a boat. Even better - we have deepened our affection. On their part, the ocean passage (a first for Kez) has inspired them to start looking for a boat! I think very soon they will join the few who put their dreams into action, those wonderful, crazy folk who put to sea in small boats!

[Photo: Quent flys his wings - poled-out stays'l and genny, wing and wing]

PPS Colin - I replied to your comment by email but Yahoo didn't like your email address!!??
Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart