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- February 2021
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Flying High at George TownSailing Tomorrow ~ Have to be swift. Tomorrow, we’re sailing off into the never-never. Goodness knows when we’ll have communications again. Next stop the fabulous Furneaux Group of islands in Bass Strait off Tasmania’s Northeast tip. We’ve notched up plenty of sea miles since our last report. Starting with a fast overnight voyage from Strahan to Grassy Harbour on King Island, dodging shoals off Tasmania’s northwest tip as the Southern Cross drew overhead, and then passing east of Reid Rocks to take advantage of the forecast morning wind shift to sail straight into Omgah Pass under full sail. Once on the island, we enjoyed a few marvellous days with family-like friends and had one heck of a dinner party. [MORE]
- January 2021
We cannot change the past, but the future is within our reach.
A Year Like No OtherWhen you last saw a shooting star, did you make a wish? Or wonder what it’s like to zoom towards Earth at a zillion miles a second? Well, it’s something like that around here right now! A new adventure is underway. A new book planned. And our website continues to reflect these wondrous events. And like a new bub, it’s alive and chucking out surprises.
Our first surprise was a pleasant one, finding our veteran craft sitting perfectly on her waterline after a Tasmanian winter, and inside, smelling sweet and untainted. Even better was finding our main battery bank of three truck batteries fully charged and crackling with energy. We had left them connected to the solar panels instead of isolating each battery.
After that discovery began the heavy work of removing the equipment we’d stored below - like our six-man life raft, 5 HP outboard, and sails. Late that first evening and weary from our travels, we started the long process of storing the fifty kilos of clothes and equipment brought with us.[MORE]
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Our African Honeymoon began a most amazing journey.
Overland through Alkebu-lan, “the mother of mankind.”
Next stop Australia, where we built a sailboat
while creating a family.
After that, we took our two sons
around the world in ever-increasing circles.
We called them voyages of education,
our life for sixteen years.
A lot of tough miles and hard lessons
resulted in heaps of wonderful stories.
With nearly two-hundred thousand miles under our keel,
we stopped to establish a base.
Then set sail again for another fling.
Around Australia, again and again.
Interrupted by a voyage deep into the Coral Sea
in search of sunken treasure.
Tasmania has taken our fancy these last 5 years.