Well, we’ve set off on a trip to the Gold Coast on Sharman. We’re headed to our very good friends 70th birthday at Runaway Bay and Sharman has pride of place on his jetty for the festivities.
It’s lovely to be on the water. We haven’t been out for about 2 months.
After getting the house/dog sitter settled in and the groceries, bait and the all important refreshments, we eventually headed out of the Moolooloaba River mouth yesterday at 12.30pm.
We followed a couple of yachts out for the Wednesday afternoon yacht race.


We were a little apprehensive with all the talk about big seas from Cyclone Winston and thought we’d have an uncomfortable journey south, but we were pleasantly surprised with a lovely comfortable sail to Tangalooma. We anchored up just South of Tangalooma for the night.

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It was a lovely flat night and we had a sleep in and Bacon & Eggs for brekky. It started to get a bit bumpy around 9.30, so we decided to up anchor around 10am.
Well, when you haven’t been on your boat for a while you can be certain that something will go wrong.
Sure enough the anchor wouldn’t come up (of course this is my job). The chain guide had broken off and the chain ended up in a tangled mess.”Help Geoffrey”. After securing the chain with rope so it couldn’t run out and take someone’s fingers with it, much hammering, pushing and pulling and a few choice words we eventually got it sorted and were on our way by 11am.

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Oh the joys of working on a boat. I’m glad he didn’t ask me to get in there.
After all that, what a beautiful day we’ve had, after a very slow start of 1 – 2kn for about 45 minutes, the wind shifted and we sailed at 5 – 6 kn for most of the day. So here we are anchored up at Blakesley’s. Geoff is catching fish, I’m having a glass of wine and the roast pork is in the oven. Life’s good

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