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