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Taking the Ferry to Tasmania

I am writing from one of 10 decks on the Spirit of Tasmania – a large ferry ship from Melbourne to Tasmania. We left just an hour or so ago to visit the this beautiful island south of Sydney off … Continue reading

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Dolphins and Rain

Last week as we sailed to Port Stephens from Broken Bay, I mentioned we had some dolphin visit us and dance off our bows for a while. Yesterday I finally got around to processing the photos. There were about 20 … Continue reading

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Rough Seas

No, we are not out sailing right now. In fact, we have been holed up in rainy Sydney for over a month and we are itching to get moving again. When we meet up with other folks who are not … Continue reading

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Sydney’s Rainiest Summer

Well, we knew the weather hadn’t been ideal. And yesterday was the first time we had sunshine and got off the boat in 5 days! We have been cooped up on the boat for most of the last half of … Continue reading

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Down to Broken Bay

We had a less than ideal weather window to leave Yamba on Wednesday afternoon, but decided we were ready to make tracks towards Sydney. So, we decided to head all the way down to Broken Bay. Nearly 300 nautical miles … Continue reading

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Slow Passage South

We had a good passage from Southport making 100 nautical miles south to Yamba Bay on Sunday. We had more sailable conditions than forecasted and actually sailed about 50% of the trip (we had expected almost no sailing). Yamba Bay … Continue reading

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Next Leg to Yamba

We have a brief 24-hour window of calmer weather, so we are leaving Southport before dawn to make our way 100 miles further south to Yamba. The east Australian current (the one the turtles were riding in Finding Nemo) will … Continue reading

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Waiting for a Weather Window

We are in Southport, Australia waiting for a weather window so we can continue south. The forecasts do not look good at all. Yesterday the front we had been expecting came through and we had rain and strong southerly winds … Continue reading

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Boating Life: Blue Water Passages

One thing we are often asked about world cruising by sail boat is whether we are frightened by going on long passages across the ocean. The thought of going out to sea alone on a small boat hundreds or even … Continue reading

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Aneityum and Mystery Island

In our last post, I mentioned we had arrived safely at “Anatom”. While that name is technically correct – it is the French version of the name. English is the official language in Vanuatu, so the local people prefer their … Continue reading

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