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Back where it all began

Back where it all began

Sunday 30 August 2009 (Bayview, Pittwater, NSW) The night at the CYCA Marina was wonderfully still and we say a big thank you to them for again providing a complementary berth for the night.   There to meet us was Bob and Jim and their supportive wives, Bev and Liz, many of Bob’s family, my brother […]

Safe and sound in Sydney Harbour

Safe and sound in Sydney Harbour

Saturday 29 August 2009 (Rushcutters Bay, CYCA, Sydney) [more photos available – admin] As was the case four months ago, we are once more tied up in the safe, secure, comfortable surroundings of The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, here in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Back in May it was very much a time of anticipation.  […]

Land ahoy!!

Land ahoy!!

Friday 28 August, 9:23 PM (32 50S  152 29E) [check out photos in  return voyage gallery – admin] Wind … no wind … wind … no wind … north west wind, then south west wind, then east, now north … and that just describes the past 48 hours.  The good news, however, is that we […]

Excitement’s mounting

Excitement’s  mounting

Thursday 27 August 7:31 PM (31 S 33   154 E 30) [admin note: see also Don and Meg Macraild’s letter on Lerica’s heart operation] With two sleeps to go before we enter Sydney Harbour the excitement is definitely starting to build aboard Chimere. Terrence braved a shower on deck this afternoon to officially become the […]

Letter from Don re Lerica’s Heart Operat

Letter from Don re Lerica’s Heart Operation

The following letter updates us on Lerica’s story. She was mentioned in the Is Today Saturday and The work is not yet over posts as needing urgent heart surgery. Without Don and Meg and Richard’s persistence and God’s miraculous help it would not have been possible. Graeme. Don wrote: We landed back in Melbourne with […]

Another day of motoring

Another day of motoring

So much for sailing home. At this rate we’re going to drive there. The wind left us last night and in it’s place we were left with a sea that we’ve described as “slop”. A frustrating mixture of waves and swell from all directions. Consequently we’ve been doing the best we can with engine on […]

Three cheers for Kevin

Three cheers for Kevin

Monday 24 August 5:41 PM (27 37S 161 44E) The much anticipated north-westerly wind has finally arrived, after another significant period of (painful) calm. The engine is now OFF and we are doing over 6 knots with the wind coming in from the right – sheer luxury. It’s quiet, tranquil and above all we are […]

Another day on the big blue

Another day on the big blue

Sunday 23 August 5:55pm (26 18 S, 163 28 E) Sailors have a lot in common with farmers. We talk a lot about the weather! Well, we got our much needed wind; sometime last night. It came in from the west-south-west and so now we are chugging along at a bit over 6 knots. Still […]

Oh wind, where for art thou?

Oh wind, where for art thou?

Saturday 21 August (24deg 32min S, 165deg 02min E) There may be Wind In The Willows, but there’s none here. Sailing purists would be horrified to know we’ve had the engine running for the past day and a half. Initially to clear the strong currents off the end of New Caledonia and then to simply […]