Monday, 18 August 2014

Looking back on the voyage from Fremantle to Auckland

Haulout at Fremantle for repairs to the skin fitting

 Whales, Skipjack Tuna and Kingfish

Geelong, Melbourne

Jeff Searle left the boat at Melbourne, where he lives with his wife Jill.  Very handy to have a car!  We had a barbeque at Jeff's - a very nice evening.  Next day we picked up Larry Deverick - our new crew member.  We stayed at Geelong Yacht Club Marina.  They were fantastic hosts and could not have been more helpful! Wind against tide leaving Geelong at Melbourne Heads. Huge seas.  Stopped at Phillip Island for shelter.  Left the next day for the Bass Strait.  Awesome sailing for 2 days.  12 - 15 knots sailing speed:)  Best sail we have had! 

Coming in to Sydney Harbour

Arrived Sydney, anchored at Watson's Bay, just inside the Heads.  A local gave us a contact at Rushcutters Bay to get a marina.  Very hard to find availability in Sydney - very expensive.  Steve Taylor returned to Auckland and Steve McCabe and his son Jonny came aboard.  Sailed up to Newcastle to clear customs and stayed for one night.  Left the next day for New Zealand.

Cleared out of Australia - customs were awesome.  30 knots on the nose for the first night then wind died to flat calm crossing the Tasman.  Motored most of the way.  Slept one night at Elizabeth Reef.  Shark swimming round the boat at night.  Towed lures down the side of the reef and caught 3 kingis.  Headed for Wanganella Bank picking up 3 marlin before breakfast.  One landed and released.  Happy crew, worn out Jonny after reeling in his first marlin.  Proceeded to King Bank, Three Kings catching King Terekihi, Giant Blue Cod and Kingfish.  Brent pulled up a piece of coral on his rod.  Next stop - Opua to clear customs.  Down the coast to Tutukaka Marina, Moku Hinaus, Great Barrier, Kawau, Sandspit - where we picked up the girls and Geoff, on to Waiheke and the Viaduct, Auckland.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Auckland Arrival

Emotion2 is arriving home in Auckland this coming weekend

Yes, the journey is almost complete.

We are not sure exactly when, or where yet, the ship will pull in....
but most likely on Sunday.

The boat has just cleared Customs in the Bay of Islands;
from there to Tutukaka for a couple of nights, then to Kawau via the Mokes;
and current plan pending confirmation is Sunday at Westhaven

There are a few people who want to greet her as she arrives;
if you also wish to be there, please leave a message on our Contact Form
and we will keep you posted of the details as they are arranged


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Fremantle to Port Lincoln

Ron and the new crew took the boat to Fremantle where she was pulled out on a travel lift overnight and put back in the water again next day.  Ron was able to fix the leaky skin fitting in the forward crew cabin before heading down the coast.  A big relief! 
With a big storm and 30 knot winds they waited until Wednesday 11 June to set sail for Esperance.  Stopped overnight at Augusta.  Left Augusta Saturday 14 June, arrived Esperance Monday 16 June.  While at the fuel jetty, Ron dropped the card in the water!  Steve Taylor dived to the rescue to get the card out of the water and barely escaped hypothermia!  It is definitely winter and much further south.  So much so that Ron has decided to come home via Sydney and over to the North Island rather than Tasmania then Bluff.  It is too cold! Departed Esperance Tuesday 17 June.
It was always going to be tricky going across the Great Australian Bight and with unheard of storms one after another the boys turned back on Wednesday 18 June to return to Esperance.  With 40 knot winds on the nose in big seas their speed over ground was 3 to 4 knots.  After travelling 30 miles they anchored for the night but dragged the anchor.  60 knot winds were predicted for the next 2 days so they kept going another 35 miles back to Esperance, the only safe harbour.
The auto pilot has started playing up again with an intermittent fault.  Back to hand steering when the auto pilot fails:(  
Friday 20 June - back in Esperance.  Good to get a good night's sleep!
Saturday 21 June - off to the local pub, The Pier Hotel, to watch the All Blacks play England:)
Monday 23 June - left Esperance for Port Lincoln.
Friday 27 June - arrived Port Lincoln.  Stayed at Port Lincoln Yacht Club marina.  The manager of the yacht club kindly picked Ron up from the fuel jetty and showed him where the marina was.  Unfortunately Ron's NZ phone fell out of his pocket and was run over by a car.  If you have been trying to reach him and haven't got hold of him - now you know why!  Once again the Australian hospitality knows no bounds! 

Friday, 13 June 2014

Time to Reflect

I am back home now and find myself reflecting so much on the adventure I have been a part of..... unbelievable and so much more to look forward to.  I intend to keep up with the blog as much as I can with photos and information coming from Ron, so if you are following, there is more to come!
As Geoff mentioned, I would particularly like to thank Jim Poulsen and Benchawan from Lee Marine in Phuket.

Ron and I first met Jim in 2011 with Steph and Sam while on holiday in Phuket.  We arranged to meet for a viewing of Emotion 2 while she was up on the hard.  Several brokers had Emotion 2 listed and I have repeatedly thought how incredibly lucky we were to have chosen Jim to meet with.  From the beginning Jim went out of his way to accommodate our needs and kept in touch with us after we returned to New Zealand.  We were waiting for our business to sell and a pending sale fell through meaning we were unable to proceed with the purchase but Jim kept us appraised of the work being done and almost a year later we talked to him about making an offer.  The vendor is Italian, residing in Italy and Jim made what could have been a difficult process very smooth sailing indeed.  Benchawan, his assistant, is a wonderful person who so kindly sent through videos of inside cupboards, in the engine rooms and helped us with anything we asked.
With the agreement all signed and deposit paid, Jim organised a survey on our behalf, including photographing the haulout and being on board for the survey, sea trial.  
When the time came for us to come over, go for a sea trial and complete the purchase, Jim and Benchawan gave us so much support and local knowledge, from where to stay, where to shop to recommending insurance brokers.  Without this support we would not have known where to start.
When the sale went through, we had a few days to get a couple of things done before accompanying a crew to sail the boat to Langkawi, Malaysia.  Once again, Jim and Benchawan organised contractors to get this done within the short time frame.  
I would have expected that to be the end of Jim's obligations to us but he arranged our clear out from customs, arranged a broker in Langkawi to meet us and clear us in through customs, deregistered the boat from the previous owner and assisted with registering the boat in Langkawi.
It was almost a year later that we returned to Phuket for our daughter's wedding.  Marina berths were very difficult to find and it is only through Jim, we were able to secure a spot at Yachthaven Marina. This time, Jim organised to clear 8 people in through customs and after the wedding, 13 people out.  Benchawan greeted us with open arms.  It was like coming home.
I am sure there are other brokers who offer an amazing service, but for us, buying a boat overseas, from an absentee owner in countries where English is not their first language, Jim and Benchawan went far above and beyond.  We will not forget you or your kindness. Thank you! 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Crew Change

Annie, Geoff, and Mole make way for a new crew to join Emotion 2.....

Brent McLeod and Steve Taylor from Auckland, and Jeff Searle from Melbourne, join Ron and the boat at Freemantle for the next leg of the journey to the south of Australia.

Happy sailing guys and good fishing

Wednesday, 11 June 2014


Just a big thank you to everyone whom has helped us along the way... I know Annie wants to specifically mention some people... but, to everyone we have come into contact with... we are so grateful to you, and it has been an absolute pleasure for us to have met you all... without exception.

Thanks also to all our followers on this website. We hope that you have enjoyed the dialogue, the pics and videos. It hasn't been easy because we only had internet for short periods of time, and it takes lots of time to upload pics and vids, and then the dialogue posts... (we are almost up to date there now).
We know that you have been following us because our website has now had 21,000 page views; and we are now #1 on Page 1 of Google, if someone searches Emotion2. That's really hard to do.

To fellow sailors, who are looking for information from our blog, I hope it is helpful to you. We know also that you are following us because the page views are coming from all around the globe, particularly lower USA and Alaska, so that is just fantastic. Please use the Contact Form on this Home Page if you need any further information.

Rottnest Island

May 31... Steph's birthday

Steph and Sam caught up with us as soon as we arrived at Mindarie, and very kindly dropped a car off for us to use while here.
June 2 is WA Day so a long weekend to celebrate Steph's birthday by getting them on the boat and cruise out to Rottnest Island, just off Perth.

Saturday is a very cold and grey day, and not far out from the marina the sea swell becomes huge. A few people were not feeling that great after a couple of hours. After about 4 hours we approach Rottnest Island,
and sight 2 whales frolicking close to shore. I think it was a mum and calf but the jury is out on that.
Whatever...we got an absolute cabaret show for half an hour, hovering some 150 metres away. It was just awesome. Coincidentally, everyone felt well again. We anchored some distance out at Thomson Bay because the bay was just littered with Riviera's and other similar craft. We reckon that bay was probably holding 50 million bucks!!! At least.

It is bitterly cold and we are literally rugged up like bears, so spend the rest of the day catching up, finishing with a wonderful birthday dinner. I'm not sure why we decided to eat alfresco???

June 1

Nicer morning and warmer, and after a superb breakfast again prepared by Steph and Sam, we head ashore for a tour walk. This is a really cool island, with hundreds of little holiday batches positioned all around the coastline, with magnificent beaches enclosed behind a myriad of reefs. Each bay has a narrow channel that boats can pass through and anchor. We walked quite a distance... maybe 4km by the time we returned to where they sell the best icecreams in the world, a Dome cafe, pub, and hotel. We had the icecream at the start, and returned to the pub for something a little stronger; and more delicious food Sammy just had to order!!! A lovely day on the island in much better, much warmer weather.

June 2

WA Day.. monday. And it is a beautiful morning. A few dolphin nonchalantly cruise about the moored boats.
After another stunning breakfast, we head off at 1030 to return to Mindarie. Steph takes the helm and never relinquished it.... we even cruised for a while sailing with main and jib, but as the day progressed the day got finer and the wind dropped away. It was back in shorts and no shirt again. Absolutely fabulous day.
We cruised into Mindarie at 1600 and Dome Cafe was chocker. Everyone was fascinated as we berthed alongside.
We finished the evening by having dinner at the Brewhaus and Grill where Sammy and I checked out some of the Indian Ocean Brewery beers.

Awesome weekend.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Geraldton, Jurien Bay, Perth

May 23

We had a good sleep, well protected from the westerly overnight, and woke to very cool but calm conditions, and not raining. In fact, we have had very little rain throughout the entire trip.
At 1330, Ron decides to follow the storm down the coast so we raise anchor and head for the exit out of Shark Bay in the SW corner.
As soon as we turn the corner to head out into the Indian Ocean we get a sense of what might lie ahead.
We are heading straight into a strong westerly wind and in the channel the seas are confused around a large swell.

Another night and day (24th) of getting pounded, and due to having to reduce speed we will be arriving late into Geraldton.

May 24

Fortunately, we arrive at the channel entrance just before dark, and even Ron commented as we negotiated the channel... "I wouldn't want to have done this in the dark". Geraldton is a large commercial port, also with a large fishing port, and then a marina with boat ramps.
The channel is well markered for the most part but it twists and turns and at times narrow, and for a good chunk of it we were side on to the huge swell rolling in, so it was good to do it with the last light of day.
Even entering the marina is tricky because as always there are shallow areas to avoid.
However just on dark, we tie up alongside a jetty berth and break out the rum.

I notice there is a Coles directly across the main road, so that's good for provisioning but it is late Saturday,
and nothing is open on Sundays so we will be here until at least Monday afternoon the 26th.

May 26

After provisioning all morning, we head to the fishing port to re-fuel. This is quite impressive with some large boats, haulouts, and shore infrastructure here. As soon as we have re-fueled we leave the lovely and very friendly Geraldton for an overnighter to Jurien Bay. The weather is still not that flash.... still some seas running and at times 20 knots plus but what is most noticeable is that suddenly it is so much colder!!!!

May 27

We arrive at Jurien Bay in the morning and are pleased to be able to tie up inside the marina, protected by the breakwater. There is not much here, but it is a northern getaway from Perth, so there is a lot of batches and holiday accommodation where the "Perthies" come for the long weekends with their boats and head out fishing off the reefs. We are just glad to be stationary.

May 28

After a familiar, not exciting, lumpy 80nm from Jurien Bay, at 1430 we finally pull into Mindarie Marina, Perth.
We are here!!!! Almost exactly 3 months later, from having left Phuket, and almost exactly half way home.

May 20 continued.. Yalobia Passage to Shark Bay... at least that was the plan!!!

We negotiated the 5 Finger reef with such ease that we all sort of relaxed and headed off in different directions about the boat, except Ron of course, still at the helm.
Suddenly, there are these huge waves breaking over the Ningaloo, just 50 metres either side of us as we exit the Yalobia Passage... everyone is rushing for camera's... but I think someone only got one shot.
The weather was glorious again, and watching these breakers so close on both sides was quite spectacular.

We use an IPad with Navionics software, plus the Platinum charts on our in-house nav system, and with the two of them (hopefully operating on a reliable GPS position) we can negotiate these channels and passages with confidence. In this case we passed straight through the Yalobia Passage and the Ningaloo reef and back into the Indian Ocean. There are, of course, markers on land to guide you as well.

It is another light wind day, and not a favourable direction to fully sail... we play with the headsail a bit and motor sail when it works. We are cruising around 6 knots, because that is a good speed to be trolling lures.
And Mole has everything he can trolling behind us....
1600.... Bingo!!!!!
Ziizzzzzzzz...goes the reel, as nylon pours off the reel.
Mole leaps into adrenalin, while I hit neutral (my watch).
Then a marlin does a big tail walk off the stern, and everyone is "YES!!!"

Moley landed the marlin after another good struggle... a blue marlin, not overly large, probably a youngster,
and while we had every intention of returning this beautiful fish to the sea, when we landed it we could see that it had been attacked by a shark on the way in, and would not have survived if we returned it.
So, on the menu, for the next month was blue marlin...
Thank you Moley.

1800 and the weather starts deteriorating rapidly.
Huge swell developing and getting very confused and lumpy. The boat is starting to get that pounding under the wing deck again, and aft on the inside of the hulls. The boat is fine with it. It just makes sleeping off watch very difficult; ok for myself until you get one that lifts you out of bed; but impossible for Annie.

2000 and dark; 20 plus knots on the nose, and getting hammered.
Down to just 3 knots Speed Over Ground (SOG)

Gets worse as the watches change through the night, but notice a shift in the wind to coming offshore now so decision is made to head for land to see if we can find some lee closer to shore.

May 21

0430.. we lay anchor 200 metres off the coast between Red Bluff point and Gantry.
Still in a swell, but much more comfortable, and considered safe here.

1000.. still rough out past the point, and still blowing 20+, so wait until noon to make decision to continue.
We need to decide by then, so as to leave at a time that will get us to next anchorage at Shark Bay in daylight the next day.

Noon.. the wind has dropped, and we decide to go. Still pretty lumpy, but ok.

1800.. 12-18 knots, still on the nose, lighter seas, fine weather approaching Shark Bay.

2030... winds increase again, gets much colder suddenly. We are so used to just shorts and singlet but now I am wearing thermals and full wet weather gear on my watch. The seas start to lump up again like the previous night, so we change course (from heading to Denham) to Cape Peron North.

May 22

0200... we anchor at Guichenault Point, on the inside of the Peron Peninsula, in calm seas, and a light very cold breeze.

I woke before sunrise and went out on deck to a beautiful pre-dawn morning to find swallows flying and landing all about the boat, and dolphins cruising nonchalantly about the bay. I took some pics here but missed the classic one with a dolphin surfacing under the rising sun.

0800... nice day, but still cool... we head once again for Denham. We want to re-fuel there and provision.
Unfortunately this decision meant we would miss Monkey Mia.

Late afternoon, as we enter the 16nm channel into Denham, and get phone reception, we are told that we will not be able to re-fuel there for 3 days, so we do a U-turn, and head for Geraldton.
Fortunately, Annie gets a glimpse of internet reception and gets a weather forecast..... a violent storm heading down the coast overnight.
We check the Navionics and find a place to sit overnight in the lee of a predicted strong westerly.
It was a nice spot, and actually a good rest after the past few nights hammering.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Remembering the Wedding

Steph and Sam have unveiled a few special shots of their very special day...

Click here to go to the Wedding Gallery page to see something truly wonderful

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Right. Time to bring you up to date

From Tantabiddi to Perth

As you now know, we are currently at Mindarie Keys Marina, North Perth, about one hours drive from Freemantle. This is a beautiful marina, and the whole area is reminiscent of Gulf Harbour Marina, Auckland, although much smaller. Also, as you have seen on the Voyage Gallery, we are parked right alongside the Dome Cafe, Waterfront Cafe, Marina Beauty, and also 2 pubs with excellent food (one of which brews its own beer... Indian Ocean Brewery... and it is excellent), an Indian Restaurant, and an icecream parlour. The facilities are just superb (good rubbish disposal, toilets/showers, but no laundry). They are smart here: they charge a low casual rate for 2 days for us to berth here so we make use of what's on offer here.... and that we have. Not only that, but Emotion2 has brought down heaps of wonderful locals whom just love to gaze at the boat, or take photos, some want to talk with us, and some we have invited on board.
There is all the shopping you could possibly want just less than 5 minutes drive away, including Coles and Woolworths.
Martin and all the team at the Marina Office are just sensational: they will do anything they can to help make your stay here as good as it can get. If you are coming to Perth, I highly recommend you stop in here for a couple of nights. It's magic.
I have put a link to the Mindarie Marina in the Links Menu, RHS this Home Page.

So we are at South 31 deg, 41 and East 115 deg, 42... just 6 degrees now north of Auckland.
The temperatures reflect that now. Since leaving Geraldton, it has suddenly got a lot colder, particularly at night, or in a wind. During the day, full sun, little wind... it is like a hot day in Auckland.

May 17 recall....

We were at Tantabiddi at the top of the Ningaloo reef after re-fuelling at Exmouth

May 18

We woke to an absolutely glorious morning, and at 0815 headed out through the reef for Norwegian Bay, about a 9 hour trip, through an area outside the reef popular for swimming with whale sharks. It was just a beautiful day but not enough wind to sail only. I think it was this day that I filmed "Come ride with Us". We made some diversions on the way looking for fish, and while we didn't land any today, we struck a marlin,
a huge mackerel just took the complete leader straight off Mole's rod (as I saw it leap through the air in full flight...magnificent!!!), and another huge hit we have no idea what might have been....

We anchored at Norwegian Bay at 1730.... a good passage entry, and anchorage, for all pleasure vessels.

May 19

0730, we raise anchor destined for Coral Bay..... another pearler day!!!
As we head south, we see a charter boat stationary some distance ahead, so assuming they were on a whale shark we divert slightly to sea toward the charter boat. As we near, we can see that the vessel is constantly dropping 10 people at a time into the water to swim with a whale shark.
Annie rushes down to her cabin and dons her swimsuit!!!
We have to hover nearby until the charter boat has finished before we can move in.
This takes a frustrating 30+ minutes for all of us, but especially Annie.
Finally, the charter boat collects the last of the swimmers and heads our way. The skipper was great... he told us exactly what to do with our engines to attract the whale shark to the boat, and a general good chat,
before he powered off back to base with about 40 very happy campers sitting in the back.
So, we headed to the spot.... but after searching for over half an hour... we could not find the whale shark.
We were all disappointed to have missed such a unique experience.

And so, we head for Coral Bay (and as I look at my diary, it was actually now I take the video "Come Ride with Us".. not yesterday).

We arrive at the entrance to Coral Bay about 1500 but it is a long, narrow, shallow, channel, into Mauds Landing. The markers are also very confusing, appearing to change starboard and ports as we go in.
Mole and I are sitting on the bows calling the depths back to Ron on the helm as we creep in at 2 knots.
The water is crystal clear, and it is difficult for Mole and I to call depths.... we just yell back... "looks shallow here Ron!!!!". We manage to negotiate the channel for about an hour (with just one little skim across some floral coral) and finally lay anchor at Mauds Landing at 1600. (see video "Channel into Mauds Landing" on Voyage Gallery or click Videos on Links Menu RHS this Home Page)

The day is far from over though.... it is a cracker evening, and there is a little town here not far from The Landing, so Ron, Annie and Mole jump in the tender and head for town, while I stay on board and take some more pics and vids as the sunset approaches. Once you have negotiated the channel, this is a beautful spot with plenty of anchoring room and depth. There are a lot of moorings securing charter boats of all shapes and sizes, and as I sit on board many fizzies come in on dusk to the breakwater and launching ramps, to take their catches back home for dinner. The township is only a 100 metre walk from the boat ramps, and has a pub, and good provisioning. Moley took some nice photos here as they returned just on sunset in the tender.

Apart from missing the whale shark, this was a cracker day!!!

May 20

Travelling into the township last evening, Mole, Annie and Ron passed over some beautiful floral coral and the plan was hatched that a snorkel was paramount before leaving Mauds Landing, so at 0830 the 3 of them jumped in the tender again for a coral snorkel. Again some excellent Moley photos on his underwater camera taken here.

At 1000, we raise anchor for a longer journey this time... a good day/night/day trip, back on watches, for Shark Bay... probably THE SPOT for whatever you want to do with the marine life here... whale sharks, turtles, dolphin, diving, snorkelling..............

Instead of going out the way we came in, and after Annie and Ron had spoken with the friendly locals yesterday evening in town, the decision was to pass through 5 finger reef (inside the Ningaloo reef) and exit the Ningaloo via the Yalobia Passage. This would save us hours. All the info says this should only be attempted by the experienced, but we were on high tide, the locals were confident (even with the boat our size) and we are feeling reasonably experienced now and felt confident this was the way to go.
Actually, while the 5 finger is tricky, we negotiated it with ease, and was in many ways easier than the channel into Mauds Landing from the North.
Through the 5 finger, and its hard to starboard and head for a narrow gap out the Yalobia Passage through the Ningaloo reef.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Mindarie Keys Marina

at dawn... after a really good kip!!

We have arrived at Perth

More to come....
Right now we all need sleep
but here's a pic Moley took on his underwater camera at Coral Bay... it's a beauty!

If you look closely, you may see Ron  (click on photo to enlarge)

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Dampier to Exmouth

16 May

We wake at Enderby Island to a misty drizzle with no wind. During the night there was an awesome electrical storm with forks of lightning flashing all over the sky... fortunately, not at us.
The plan is to do a day/nighter all the way to Exmouth, where we will re-fuel and water; then stop for the night of the 17th at the top of the Ningaloo Reef. From there south is where we want to stop and enjoy the marine extravaganza on show.
So at 0730, in the mist, we raise anchor and leave Enderby Island and the very hospitable Dampier, for Exmouth. As we travel the 10 miles out of the Exmouth harbour, the weather gradually clears and becomes quite nice. We are back on watches, but this is now a breeze for us, because they are now only 2 hours up, and also we are pretty used to them now.

There is no doubt that the highlight of today was Mole catching the biggest fish of his life, landing an estimated 80lb Giant Trevalley after fighting the beast for 25 minutes. We sent this giant back to the sea after the necessary photo shoots, but not long afterwards Mole regretted not getting a shot of he holding him in his arms (if in fact he would have been able to!!!!). This fish was a monster.

17 May

After a mixture of nice sailing breezes with main and headsail on a tight reach to close-hauled, to no winds and only under motors, we arrive at Exmouth boat harbour about noon. It's a Saturday, and we cannot reach anybody by phone or VHF....Port Authority, Fuel Provider...and we get frustrated. We decide to enter the marina anyway and look for the bunkering station. Thereafter, the experience changed appreciably, thanks once again to the friendliness of the western Australians.
This is a small but very tidy, efficient marina catering to pleasure and commercial, and with a double launch ramp for the trailer boats. We found the bunkering station to be where a large Prawn Trawler was fueling up; and next in line...a Westcoaster charter boat just returned from a 6 day charter of diving, fishing, snorkelling, swimming with whale name it... They invited us to raft up alongside, and we got some good dialogue going as they cleaned their boat and we prepared to fuel. Heaps more inside local knowledge of where to go as we head down the reef and the coast.
These wonderful guys even let us fuel before them, even though they were ahead in the queue!! I have to say it is so good to hear again the word "mate" spoken repeatedly by an Ozzie, and "No worries".
Starting to feel like being back home.
Just a note, that the water here is still not drinkable, due to the very high calcium content. We are motoring through our bottled water supply.

A couple of hours later, we exit this marina and head out of Exmouth, hang a left to port and 10 miles later find an entrance in through the reef at a place called Tantabiddi. The entrance is marked by leader markers on shore and is a good anchorage at the start of the reef. We arrive late afternoon in glorious weather for an afternoon swim off the boat in crystal clear water. The water temp has cooled a bit since Indonesia but 26 degrees is still very comfortable swimming!!!!

A great few days in a wonderful part of the world.

Friday, 16 May 2014


14 May

We set sail at first light for an all day trip to Dampier. We have been told by locals we have met on the way down that this is a nice spot. We cruise down the channel to an enclosed anchorage just before dusk, and while again we are surrounded by the mining industry, it is indeed a nice spot.
About 1900, we jumped in the tender and sped over to the Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club for dinner. An excellent meal, of large proportions, had by all. Thoroughly recommended. The club had a fishing meet going on this particular evening with a presentation on rigging lures for billfish. Mole and Ron were very attentive. After the meeting, we met Brad, who like Keith at Broome, was very friendly and gave us a ton of local knowledge.

15 May

The topping lift needs to be replaced, so after breakfast it's back up the mast in the chair. Even having done it once before, this is still outside my comfort zone, particularly given it is right to the very top this time. So, I am clinging to the mast for dear life as we thread a new topping lift down the inside of the mast. I took my camera up this time, but didn't take any shots. Just get me back down please.
Back safely on deck, and Mole wants to go up and take some pics.
Well, he went up swinging around in the breeze like a monkey!!!!
He got some awesome shots too which we will post later.

Then it was a cab ride into Karratha to get the gas bottle refilled and do a bit of provisioning. It is about 20 minutes by cab into a compact town with everything one might need... hardware, Harvey Norman, Woolworths, Coles, liquor etc. Wayne the cabbie, stayed with us as we moved about which was good, and he too offered up a lot of local knowledge
We returned to the boat fully laden and at 1530 raised anchor for a short trip to Enderby Island, out off Dampier to stay the night. We dropped anchor at Bluff Point, a beautiful spot with a nice beach, and deep water anchorage. Annie got her swim, which she hasn't had for quite some time!

Tomorrow, it is away early for a day/nighter to Exmouth.

From Port Hedland

13 May

We decide to do a big day sail to West Moore Island, stay there overnight, and start early for Dampier the next day.
This area is surrounded by shallow tidal sand banks, as is much of this coastline, but after some tricky navigation of these shallow spots, we arrived just before dusk at West Moore Island and laid anchor.

Not long after having mixed the first rum, the almost full moon came up over the island, and sent a shimmering glow across the water directly into the cockpit. Many more photos were taken!!!

Annie served up some baked fish for dinner that was of international cuisine excellence. The boys were in heaven. Annie... that was seriously Masterchef top shelf!!!!!!!
It was a beautiful evening.

Moley brought out his CD cases and next thing you know we are listening to some really good music,
way too loud,
and with way too much rum...
well, Mole and I were......

and about the last thing I recall of that beautiful moonlit night was Peter Gabriel


Thursday, 15 May 2014

Vids and Pics

Tour video posted on About Emotion2 page
and some pics and vids also on Phuket to Bali

still going...... before we lose internet for a few days tomorrow...will update that before we leave on the Home Page

Broome to Port Hedland

10 May

We depart Broome for Port Hedland at 1200 on a beautifully fine day and flat seas. It is a day/night/day trip but now we have Mole (Eric) on board so watches are much easier at 2 hours up and 6 hours down, despite not having Bazza our autopilot.

Mole is a very keen fisho (as is Ron) so it wasn’t long before we were trolling 4 lures for some fish.
The marine life here is abundant. We come across intense large workups often without even changing course. So, sometime in the afternoon, we were all tucking into some delicious tuna just half an hour out of the ocean. Delicious!!!! Two more skipjack tuna were caught, one of which we released back to the ocean, plus a Queen fish which we had for dinner. Awesome.
And if that wasn’t enough to be just the perfect day…. along came the sunset.

Broome and this region are noted for the sunsets they have here. I can tell you that what we witnessed this evening was nothing short of unbelievably spectacular. There are lots of photos and vids coming up in the Voyage Gallery

11 May

The weather changed gradually overnight, and once again we were getting knocked about a bit.
Today, the seas were pretty big at times and the winds 25-30 knots. We were fortunate the seas were running just aft abeam on our port quarter so it wasn’t too uncomfortable. Definitely no fishing today though.
Then, about 1600, the winds died away, the seas gradually flattened and once again we witnessed another spectacular sunset.

12 May

We arrive at Port Hedland bunkering station at 1330… re-fuel and water then anchor just outside the port for drinks and lamb racks for dinner while these massive iron ore freighters sail by every 30 minutes. With no watches tonight, we enjoyed a lovely relaxing evening.

Bali to Broome

Just got a bit of internet..... here at Danpier
Will try to upload as much as possible before leaving tomorrow at noon....

5 May                                                                 

After a massive final night in Sanur, and way too many Marguerita’s, I returned to the boat just after dawn to start getting her ready to set sail. We had to clean the inside of the boat from top to bottom as there was a thin coating of fibreglass dust everywhere; and the outside also.
I then set to stowing fenders and ropes etc.. The main halyard had been used to lift the new hardtop into position and was attached to the side safety lines. I decided to re-attach the halyard to the mainsail. Unfortunately, I made a total cock-up of this and suddenly the main halyard attachment is swinging in the air about 2 metres from the top of the mast…some 25 metres above me.
There was no other option than for me to be sent aloft in the bosun’s chair, hauled up by the forward Code Zero halyard. This was a pretty nerve-racking experience given the state of my physical health. However, I managed to retrieve the halyard without plummeting to the deck, and re-attached it to the main.

While the boat was being repaired at Serangan, a bolt of lightning struck the beach within metres of the boat and this essentially blew the navigation systems, including Bazza the Autopilot. After several hours of phone calls and emails to the techo’s we managed to get radar and GPS systems working again. Finally, at 1730, we decided to leave without our extra crewmate Bazza, and we departed Bali.

The first 3 days were very rough, and sailing the boat manually was very challenging. We were straight back into our watches; the boat was getting pounded: a tough introduction back to our journey. The final day however, as we approached Broome, was beautiful and Bali seemed just a memory.

We arrived at Broome at 1400 on 9 May.

For our fellow travellers:

Travelling from Bali, with the intention of sailing down the west coast, we obviously chose Broome as our port of entry into Australia. Entry into Australia is renowned for being tough, and especially in the North with the problems they have had with Indo boats arriving there.
You should advise Customs early of your intended arrival, with a crew list, and passport copies. As you arrive, you will need to contact the Port Authority, Customs, and Quarantine. The wharf here is a commercial wharf, and tides range between 6 and 10 metres, so it is not ideal for pleasure yachts to tie up here. You will need fenders running lengthways along the entire vessel.
Customs will follow you in as you arrive by plane, chopper, and vessel.  You will have to anchor where they tell you until PA can provide you a berth to tie up to. Quarantine may take all your fresh produce and any meat that is not Australian packed; milk and cheese OK but eggs gone if not hard boiled, so be prepared to lose your provisioning. Re-provisioning at Broome is good, about 10 minutes by taxi from the wharf.
You can re-fuel here but again you will have to book in advance with West Kimberley Fuels and it will only happen on weekdays. Not sure about water supply here. Given it was a weekend for us we chose not to wait until Monday to re-fuel here.
Next fuel and water option heading south is Port Hedland. A mining port, it is not pretty but it is impressive nonetheless with huge freighters full of iron ore leaving every 30 minutes. It is the largest port in the world in terms of tonnage turnover, loading 250,000 tonnes of ore in 30 hours into these massive ships.
Again it is tidal here, and again you will need PA clearance to enter the port and to berth at the bunkering station. The berth is much more user-friendly to pleasure yachts. The water has very high calcium content and not recommended for drinking by the staff here.

We used 1650 litres of diesel from Bali to Port Hedland.

Safe travels to all our followers   

Monday, 12 May 2014

We are in Ozzie country

Yes....  we have left Bali and arrived at the great country

We have lots of tales to bring you, and lots of vids and pics
but this will take time, as we have only just secured our Oz Sim cards,
and uploading these to You Tube, and to web albums takes forever;
and we only have internet for maybe one night, or a day at a time between
moving down the coast to our different ports of call.

Quick update is that we left Bali on the 5th at 1650 and arrived Broome on 9th 1400.
3 hours with Customs and Quarantine, 4th crew Eric boards the boat, and we anchor
on dusk.
Departed noon 10th for Port Hedland arriving here today at 1330 with 500 litres diesel
left in all the tanks and we have re-fueled this afternoon.
Staying here tonight for an Annie lamb racks dinner (you had to be here to see how she
charmed Dan the Quarantine man to let her keep those on board!!!), a relax, before heading
off again tomorrow....

Rough weather to begin with from Bali... last night/day beautiful..more later.

Boat is sound; some minor little things, and hardtop is great.

I promised when I set up this site that we would give you a tour of the boat...
I am uploading a video now to You Tube to fulfil that promise albeit somewhat late...
we have had many requests to do this will be first on the agenda

Happy Birthday Sammy... we love you!!!!

Just one extremely funny tale to conclude this post....

Night Shift
Annie on watch
Ronnie asleep nearby on alfresco table squab opposite side of boat
His pillow folded in half......

A flying fish soars out of the surf
flies past the back of Annie's head at the helm
directly into Ron's open ended pillow on the other side of the boat....

squabs and pillows are flying as an inert man suddenly jumps out of his dream
thinking he's being eaten by rats

Very funny for us.

Goodnight, and love to all

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Counting Down

We are at Rumah Franjapani in Sanur but our days are numbered now,
both here and in Bali.
We have to be out of this beautiful villa, which drops bowls of frangipani's daily, on the 30th.
What a fantastic week it has been here.....

All going to plan, Emotion2 will be back alongside Port Benoa Marina
and we can move from this villa and step once again (4 weeks later) on to the boat once again.

We will have to load 1600L of diesel off a barge.... that sweaty messy job;
load all the stuff Annie and I have bought here;
and then load all the provisioning we will need for the trip to Broome.

To be honest, realistically, we don't see ourselves sailing down the Bali Coast until the 1st or maybe
the 2nd of May.

Bali.... I will be back

Sunday, 27 April 2014

A night out in Sanur

After Steph, Sam, Mark and Mary left, we had 3 nights in for dinner in our new, cheap and cheerful villa.  But tonight we splashed out and had dinner in Sanur....
See video clip in Voyage Gallery

Monday, 21 April 2014


April 18

As we were not able to get to Broome as planned, where Steph, Sam, Mark and Mary were going to join us for an Easter cruise of the Kimberley's, they have joined us here in Bali instead.

So once again we move back to Seminyak, this time Villa Bima, just round the corner from where we were last here at Villa Capri. There are now 7 of us again.
I have included a new link to my Vimeo videos on the Links Menu, or if you prefer You Tube, click here;
and I have posted a video of Villa Bima on the Voyage Gallery page. A wonderful villa.

Meanwhile, the trolley to haul the boat up the beach has been built so as to fiberglass the bottom of the keels; and the decision has been made to get these excellent boatbuiders to also construct a fiberglass hardtop for the cockpit, replacing the cloth Bimini top.
Doing this here saves about $ 10-15k if we did it back in NZ

So we have paint and antifouling being couriered from Jakarta, and hatches on the way from Singapore to incorporate into the hardtop; the boat is up; work is underway; and we anticipate re-launch to continue the voyage around the 28th April .....

It is going to be tough getting back into the voyage after three plus weeks of living in Bali .......!!!


11 April

We move from Seminyak across to the other side of the peninsula to Sanur, and check into the Golden Villas. It is just the 3 of us again. Sanur is closer to the boat, and Ron is going there daily to project manage the work being done.

We will be here for a week, coinciding with a full moon, and high tides.
The moon down the beach at nights has been especially wonderful for me.

There are many ceremonies going on at this time, as the locals give their offerings.

Annie and I have both been doing some more shopping here.
We have been enjoying excellent food, and have made some good friends here

Sanur is quieter than Kuta and Seminyak but certainly no less attractive.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Great Day

We are at Villa Capri in Seminyak, Bali ....
got up about 8am, had a swim, shower, shave, Usana pampered and VITS / MINS
then wandered up the lane to grab a scooter for the day ($ 5) ....

went down to Bodyworks to book a massage with hot stones for 5pm
and then shot round to Potato Head to take a look inside
this was the place with all the shutters on the exterior you will have seen Earlier ...
pure decadence!!!!   yes that is a swimming pool that runs right across the front on the beach front
had a Marguerita and took some shots;
then took off to Kuta to buy some art (got a nice piece)
then the silver Jeweler next door (got 2 nice pieces ... one for my girl)

back to the Villa via the coast road ... unbelievable
little lanes that only scooters can go ... and just eatery after eatery for miles
riding on roads, narrow cobbled lanes, sand ...

Got home at 4pm .. had a swim, shower and shot down to Bodyworks for a 90 minute massage
that simply defies description
I nearly fell off the bike when I was leaving the place
and was really wobbly on the journey home

Had to shoot back to the shop in Kuta jewellrey Because We Realized the piece was too small for Jade
its dark now, got lost, nearly ran out of gas .. saved by a local who shot up to a mate to get some 4 me ...
finally got home had a swim, drink, then got tarted up for the 3 of us to head to Nirvana for dinner
last pic is having a swim when we got back from the most amazing meal at Nirvana ....

Another great day in Bali

(Please excuse the grammar ... its all in the translation thing)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Yes, we are still a sense

the only way you can bog up keels is to get the ship out of the water....
this is a big ship

We found an amazing bunch of boatbuilders here whom have placed the boat on sandbags on the beach
in front of their yard, and have been fibreglassing up all the dings.

The problem at this Latitude are the tides are not like back home... 6 in 6 out...
so we have to enjoy this hedonistic lifestyle for another week until we get a tide to refloat the girl

Goodness me.... will we cope?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


We have updated the About Us page, and almost up to date with the Voyage gallery

More on boat status later tonight. Steph and Sam flew back home this morning

We are missing them heaps already

Sweet 16

Happy Birthday to our Jadey Baby ... 16 tomorrow

getting her learners license the next day

then just for some exhiliration ..... going skydiving on saturday

you are amazing kiddo ... we all love you so much

mwah mwah big time hug xxxoooo

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


2 April

We have arrived at Bali, berthing at Port Benoa, south of Denpassar at 0900 local time.

The sail throughout was far more pleasant, sailing at an angle where we could also set the #2 jib for nearly 3/4 of the trip, as well as the engines running at lower rpm. Having the sail up also helps steady the ship.

So, we are now back live in real-time, and as I write this, we have arranged accommodation at a lovely villa;
packed our bags, and just sitting here waiting for news from the slipway as to when we can pull the boat out of the water.

Bawean to Kangean

31 March

A distance of about 230nm.... our biggest leg to date, so we raised anchor at 0600 and headed ESE.

The seas on this journey were the largest so far, and very confused, creating very steep short waves.
It appeared as though the main swell was coming from the east, about 1/2 to 1 metre at times, but there was also a swell coming from ENE and another from ESE. This is logical given how the Java Sea opens up to the Celebes Sea in the north, the Banda Sea in the east, and the Timor Sea above Australia.

The result was that this all over the place chop was impossible to set a heading, to get the most comfortable ride. So,all day and all night it was just bang bang bang as waves crashed against the hulls and the underside of the wing deck forward of the mast.

Just after dawn, the bilge pump alarms started going off and a quick inspection of the starboard bilge revealed a much greater flow of water. We slowed the boat to a crawl, suspecting that the hammering we took overnight may be pulling that keel away from the boat. Kangean was in sight, and as we crept along at 5 knots Ron set up a second pump for that bilge. When that was all sorted, we stopped the boat and Ron dived over to take a look.
He came back extremely relieved that there were no cracks showing between keel and hull, and all was well to resume at 2000rpm to Kangean.

What in fact was happening is this....

The keels are fibreglass and hollow inside. By hitting the reef we had punctured the keel and water was driving into the keel and hydraulicing up through seams in the plug at the top of the keel and into the bilge.

It was becoming clear that we would have to either beach the boat somewhere, or haul it out at Bali to repair the puncture permanently before we could sail to Broome, WA.

We arrived at Kangean at 0900 whereupon Ron started getting out the dive gear to have a really close inspection of what would be required to do. He had his swim, we had ours, then tried to position to get internet but without success. Annie did manage to get a few calls in to set ourselves up for a haulout at Bali.

So at 1400 on the 1st April, we set out for a 240 miler direct to Bali.

Night Watches

30 March

The distance to Bawean was a little shorter than the past few biggies, but because we left Karimunjawa later than planned we were in for another all-nighter.

The watches are as follows, starting at 1600 in the afternoon...
0700-1000...Geoff   etc etc

Notice how we cleverly have Annie's watch placed around brekky and dinner times!!!

We arrived at Bawean at noon, and again the locals came out to see if they could sell some diesel.
Again the rate was $1 kiwi so we loaded another 345L in the same way. It takes time, and again we didn't get a swim except off the back of the boat.

Free Parking at Karimunjawa

29 March

We spent most of yesterday afternoon loading diesel. This is hot messy work despite the elaborate pumping system Ron has devised to make it as easy as possible.
When we left Langkawi, we loaded 2 x 200 litre drums into the cockpit locker and 5 x 55L into 2 forward deck lockers. This gave us an additional 675L on top of the vessels 1500L

When we get diesel other than a marina, the locals fill the 55L drums ashore and bring them out to us in their boats or canoes. We then pump into the main tanks and the 200L cockpit drums.

As a result of not getting a swim that afternoon, we decided to head to an island this morning, get a swim and relax, then leave for Bawean after lunch.
Sailing nicely out the channel when suddenly the boat bounced over some rocks, then suddenly slammed to a halt.

Free parking at Karimunjawa...... high and dry on a coral reef for 3 hours.

Ron and Annie got their swims.... lots..... as they snorkelled around the keels and rudders, making sure we kept the boat at the right angles, away from some big bombers close by. There was a strong current running so we did this by my being in the inflatable, driving against the side of the ship.

Then BINGO! back she went off the reef. Thankfully the tide was coming in when we parked up.

Thankfully also we sustained no structural damage and no damage to hull or props, but the keels are pretty banged up and we lost a short lower piece of one rudder. We were taking on some amount of water (via the keel setup) but not major... the pumps were coping.
Still, we decided to effect some temporary repairs to slow the leaks, before finally departing for Palau Bawean at 1730 for another sail through the night.

I'm thinking we might be getting a few comments below on this post hehe......

Friday, 28 March 2014

Internet again...

We have travelled a few miles since crossing the equator... and we are now at a lovely group of islands
with a huge cell tower just a mile away. So, all 3 of us have jumped on to the web to check emails etc.

As mentioned earlier, we crossed the equator approximately off Palau (Island) Kentar on our way to the bottom of P. Lingga. The next day, we raised anchor at 0700 for a 240 miler non-stop to Belitung,
Working on an average speed of 7 knots, we expected to reach Belitung mid the following day.
We set up watches of 3 hours up, 6 hours down, starting with Ron, then Annie, then myself.
We also had a busy shipping lane to cross in the middle of the night. The wind was between 10 and 16 knots
on the port beam all the first day so sailed with no motors making exactly our desired average of 7 knots. The seas were quite lumpy so there was a bit of rocking and rolling.
We motored all through the night and Ron's watch 0100 to 0400 had some excitement for him in the middle of the shipping lane but he got us through safely.

We arrived at Belitung about 1500 but on low tide and we couldn't enter the estuary until 1700, sitting on the mud until the tide came in. While we were waiting 2 other cats arrived.. lovely people from New Caledonia doing a similar trip to us but in the opposite direction.
Eventually, we all entered the estuary and parked up for the night in an intriguingly picturesque environment.

We were getting low on bread, fresh milk and veges, so the plan was laid that Annie and I would go ashore the next morning while Ron took the boat back out before the tide got too low. Ron dropped us ashore in the inflatable, and we set off in search of supplies.
It is difficult to describe this experience.... firstly the huge fresh food market, the people all in awe of us (nobody spoke English), but possibly best described by our passing a school. As we walked past the school in single file, on a busy street, a few children about 6-8 years of age came out of their classroom; smiling and waving and very very excited. Next thing a swarm of children came pouring out of the school, moving toward the fence that separated them from us... all with huge beaming excited smiles, waving and excited chattering. As we walked they all followed us along the fence line until we came to a corner of the school grounds where there was no fence. Naturally, Annie stopped and must have greeted personally probably half of them. It was amazing.

We found no bread, milk or meat; nobody spoke English, and clearly we were something strange to their way of life.

Our next leg was another biggy of 250 miles so we decided to break it up by finding a nice beach at the south of Belitung for a swim and walk in the sand. We arrived at Membalong at 1630 and had an amazing swim in water crystal clear, deep, and must have been 30 degrees. Awesome.

Yesterday, 27 March we raised anchor an hour before dawn at 0500 and set out for Palau Karimunjawa
on the same watches as before.
This time however, the sea was like a millpond, no wind... as if we were in the doldrums.
These conditions remained the same for the entire trip so we motored all the way. On my watch from 0700 to 1000 this morning we motored into this group of islands, reefs, and shipwrecks...laying anchor 2 1/2 hours ago at 1100.

On Sunday March 23 we were at 0 degrees 00'. Today we are at just short of exactly 6 degrees South,
at Longitude 110 deg 25' in the Java Sea.
Tomorrow we have a 150 miler to Bawean, then a little bit longer trip to Pulau Kangean, and then finally to Bali. So, it's quite a bit of watches sailing coming up in the next few days!!!!!

For the rest of today.... it is relax, hopefully score some diesel from the locals at a good price, and prepare ourselves for some big trips. Oh, and get some provisions for Annie's galley. She feeds us so well!!!!!

Hopefully catch you again at Bawean. Now to update the Voyage Gallery

Monday, 24 March 2014

Equator update

We sailed all day today under the #1 headsail, across a short steep swell, with the wind on the beam to aft quarter. Wind ranged from 6 to 14 knots. At 14 knots it was quite pleasant; less than 9 we were rocking around a bit. Average speed was down around 6-7 knots so we didn't respect King Neptune until 1330.
We did everything according to custom...Ron even dressed for the occasion. Pics and vids later

Due to slow progress, we did not anchor until just before sunset at the southern tip of Pulau Lingga, much
later than we had planned but we saved a lot of diesel with that option.
We calculated tonight that running port and starboard engines at 2000rpm most of the time, we are using
11 litres per hour per engine. Price up here is around $1 per litre, although at Nongsa they stung us at $1.45

Tonight we have been setting ourselves up for a big leg of 31 hours if we average 7 knots, to Belitung in the Java Sea. We have organised a roster of 1 up for 3 hours, then down for 6. We have also looked at some safety issues for a day/night/day continuous leg. We plan to raise anchor at 0700 and reach NW Belitung early afternoon the following day. 2 more similar big legs follow this week to reach Bali.

We are only just getting internet here so we will be off air for at least 31 hours... hopefully we can re-connect at Belitung; if not you might not here from us until close to Bali

Love to all

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Crossing the Equator today

We are all good here and having some wonderful experiences
weather and sea have been kind to us so far
yesterday we sailed with no engines for three quarters of our leg doing 9 knots average
it was really cool.

Have just about caught up with pics and vids on the various pages.

We will be crossing the Equator today just before lunch so will be doing the customary
offering to King Neptune, if the weather allows. It's a bit rough at the moment.

Local time is 0815 and we are at Latitude North 0 degrees.32 minutes
East longitude 104 degrees.22 minutes

If you search Pulau Kentar, Indonesia on Google Maps, (bottom eastern tip of the island Sebangka
in the South China Sea) that is where we will be when we cross the equator

Bit rough this am so do not think I'll be staying down here in my cabin for too much longer.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Live Action..1000 hours Thursday 20 March

We are crossing the shipping lanes in and out of Singapore, as we leave the SW tip of Malaysia, heading for Batam, Indonesia. The amount of shipping is mind-blowing.

Not sure how long we will be Able to sustain Malay internet. It will be the next Indonesian internet.
We expect to clear Indonesian Customs, and get visas's late this afternoon.

Bugger ... just ran too far from Malaysia before I could get it up ...

so it is now 1700 hours local time and we are berthed at Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia ...

but not without some drama on the way .... more to follow on that later tonight

off on a scooter now with a marina guy to get some Indo sim cards .. on the marina wifi to quickly get this post up.

love to all

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Day 3

We have just set off at 0730 on the 3rd day of our voyage down the Malaysian coast leaving Pangkur and heading for Port Klang .... an all day leg.

We got away Friday from Langkawi eventually, to Penang the first night.

Weather is good .. made average 9 knots all day yesterday, with a headsail up half roomates engine revs dropped from 2000 to 1700rpm
We finally have some internet the the the the which is good but we are moving away from the mainland as I write.
All 3 of us are using a Malay Sim card to provide our data .... very very cheap ... 3 gig for 30 days for less than 20 kiwi
Problem was in Langkawi, we had no cell phone coverage at Telaga Harbour, so we had to use the free wifi Various restaurants, but even that was frustrating, with the internet cutting in and out all the time.

We are still having some problems with the autopilot but Gradually we are getting to know the sophisticated systems on board.

Hope to get some more pics and videos up before we lose cell coverage

Love to all

N: 4 deg.02
E: 100 deg.36

We have left the nest

Click on photos to enlarge

Goodbye Langkawi. We have left the nest. The adventure begins... Ron, Annie, and Geoff head for NZ.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Some wedding shots

Thanks to some amazing skill and patience by Annie we have a video clip in the wedding gallery (page).

We are getting better at this as we go....

Sunday, 2 March 2014


Well, it has been longer than anticipated to get this post up.....

We have had some internet connection problems, plus a few issues to sort on the boat before leaving Phuket, but we set sail Tuesday morning as planned for the island hopping cruise to Langkawi.

We arrived Phuket Wednesday 19th...nice warm sunny morning 27deg, Set up our nests on the boat, then dinner at a lovely Thai restaurant at the Marina.
Thursday, all the girls took off for a 3 hour spa, some of the boys went go-kart racing. That evening Steph and Sam had arranged a beach BBQ dinner at Skyla. About 15 couples have come over from Perth for the wedding and here was where everyone met up over coctails and a superb meal. We had to walk about 300m along the beach..Skyla the last restaurant on the beach (see Phuket page).

From here the boys set off to Petang to celebrate Sam's last night being single. What a night!!!!
All I can say is a lot of shots went down in a lot of bars all in one street, a lot of stunning women (although one had to check for signs they were actually women) and we all got totally trashed. I managed to get back to the boat by 6am. Sam got back to his hotel about 7.30am...still in his bikini I believe!!!!

Friday was a pretty quiet day

Saturday...the most amazing wedding starting at 4.30 pm. We got back to the boat about 3.30am and some were again totally trashed. Thankfully Benglar Rd was closed as some of the girls wanted to find out what all the lads were on about.

Sunday was a pretty quiet day

Monday, everyone came from their haunts and descended upon the boat for a day trip before many returned home....about 40 people. We cast off at 0930 and set sail for Hong Island....where we laid anchor for some swimming, snorkelling, bbq...and lots to drink. We returned back to Phuket as the sun sank magnificently into the western horizon.

A magnificent wedding celebration!!!!!

I will now try and get some photos onto the Phuket page.... I am currently sitting at a Langkawi Marina bar,
it is 1915, sun is setting, it is about 30deg and the Tiger beers are going down pretty easily.

HOT TIP coming up about best way to internet connect....

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Bookmark "Emotion2"

Make sure you bookmark (or add to Favourites) our site "Emotion2" so you can keep up to date.

There is a lot happening in the next 2 weeks.... a wedding in Phuket, sailing with family to wonderful places from Phuket to Langkawi, Malaysia. I'm sure there will be lots of posts and pics.

Jade and I, Rod, Myfil and Amber are all on the same flight out, late Tuesday night 18th Feb.

Lots to do in just a few days

See you in Spring!!!!!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Sean Rasmussen Learn How To Blog

Thanks also go to Sean Rasmussen of Webvision2020

A fantastic guy (and he's Ozzie, so that's high praise) who has taken me to places with
Learn How to Blog that's just amazing.

This site would not exist if not for what I have learnt from Sean Rasmussen
...unless someone else in the family did it of course

You too can set up your own blog (website), controlled by you, in just a few hours..
Go to Links on this Home Page, right hand side...  click Learn How to Blog,
or just click on the image Learn How to Blog below the Links menu,
or easier still click here

cheers Sean... be thinking of you in Bunbury, while I'm cruising the Kimberley's....
Should be in Perth about May sometime... I'll give you a buzz


Sumant Walter Rao Photography

Many thanks also to Sumant Walter Rao......

If you want to see some stunning photography, or look directly into the eyes of a lion,
please see the Links Menu on the right hand side of this Home Page, visit his site,
and comment on any post if you are moved. Be sure to visit his "Older Posts" also.
Comments will help Sumant Walter Rao Photography with his Google rankings for his site....
and mate, in my book, you are # 1.

Thank you my friend

37 South Yachts

Many thanks to the total professionals at for getting all the paperwork in order for us, so we can cruise some lovely islands. Phil, Allan, and team.... thanks heaps.
See the Links Menu to take you to their website or simply click on the link above