Australia Oct - Nov 2008

Nov 4, 2008

12:00pm here and we are on the hard stand, have our rental and we will head to the hotel near the airport. Fly out at 8:15 am.

Martha


Nov 1, 2008 8:48pm

We are getting things done, cleaning freezer, fridges, packing ect. Boat will be pulled out of the water 9:30am Wed, at that time we have to be OFF. We go into an area that is secured and no one can be aboard. We'll rent a car and drive in the airport direction for the night.

Martha


Nov 1, 2008

We are on our way to Scarbourgh Marina 8:30am will take us a few
hours........that's IT for this year short cruising season for us, but a great
one. SOOOOOO looking forward to seeing all of you, we have a lot to do this week, boat, few social engagements then off on the 6th.

Martha


Oct 31, 2008 11:45am

It's 11:45 and we are cleared into Australia,  arrived at the marina at 6:am
slept for a hour or so before officials came to boat. No hassel at all. We will
stay here tonight and move to Scarbourgh Marina tomorrow moring. Tomorrow
afternoon, John and Susan "Silkie" are coming to visit.

Martha


Oct 31, 2008 4:00am

We are in the bay and will be heading up the river to the check in marina in
Brisbane shortly. 27*18'.262S/153*12'.794E we are following a boat that has done this many times  ( you know how we are about going in the dark someplace we've never been) so we feel comfortable about doing this. I think we will move to
Scarbough Marina tomorrow.
We have had a glorious couple of days, glad we didn't come in all beat up .
Will talk to you all soon. Hope we will have wifi so we can scype. I'm sure
we'll be sleeping once docked. Jim has been up most of the night. I napped for a
while and am fresh.

Martha


Oct 30, 2008 

We can almost see the kangaroos hopping. Another great trawler day on the water, now we have a incredible sunset. 26*49'.210S/154*07'.030E   257* @ 7.5kt  41.71 nm to go. We're both doing good, Jim is down sleeping so he can navigate the coast later.
Look forward to meeting up with the boats we have been on the radio with for the
last few days. Some are ahead and others behind.

Martha


Oct 29, 2008 10:34am

All is well, 306 miles to go, sailing in the blue now, just that one afternoon
and night of bad stuff. 25.43S x 158.54E, will arrive for check in fri in
brisbane.

Jim


Oct 29, 2008 1:30am

We're having a good night, making good time 7.3 at the moment 335.3 to go. It's
1:30am. Stars are all out, no moon, sound of the waves is so soothing. We are ready to be there. Hope the weather holds for us.

Martha


Oct 28, 2008

We headed out on the 26th at 7:30am from Noumea, New Caledonia.
Weather looking really good for the passage to Australia. Was a little bumpy at
first then yesterday it just turned nasty. Certainly not what we bargained for,
I've been a bit laid up but am doing better. Jim pulled an extra long one last
night and now that I have rallied he's sleeping. We made a turn during the night
more to the west for a better ride, now we are back on course, have 437.7nm to
go.

Martha and the sleeping one


Oct 27, 2008

23*46'.116S/163*33'.200E we are good, I'm not eating regular yet, but not bad.
Making good time 6.7kt 243*
Just received emails for the 1st time in several days, hope you have been
getting ours.  Adelia is in Australia, Priscilla left New Cal this morning, we
think should talk with them around noon.

Martha


Oct 26, 2008

We finally left new cal this morning, seas big but long, so not best ride but ok,
will be better as days pass, really expect to be good passage. several boats
making passage, so kinda have some company, 22.5 S  X 166 E.

Jim