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THE BRISBANE TO DARWIN (AUSTRALIA) STORY, 2007 … 1 of 19 … `Finding Crew’!

ATTEMPT AT SECURING `CREW’: BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND … 6TH APRIL 2007

I made an honest `in depth’ attempt at securing a crew member from the Back-Packing fraternity, in Brisbane.

Having `wheels’ at that stage, I distributed a poster (constructed onboard using Microsoft Publisher … allowing me to insert a colour photo of Tsunami) and spent three (3) hours one night distributing them around five Back-Packer Hostels in Brisbane (what an experience to see how this population live.)

From this exercise came three responses and the only one that `stuck’ was a 20 year old male Swede.  So, we make arrangements to meet at a Pizza/Coffee Shop on the Brisbane River.  “I’ll be wearing a blue Tee shirt … you can’t miss me!” … was his message!  Well, I did miss him the first time, as he was wearing a white Tee shirt!  This should have been a strong enough message to give this young guy the `flick’ there and then … but, I’m a bit slow.  To shorten the story … I picked him up at Mooloolaba a couple of days later … and to shorten the story again `dumped’ him at Bundaberg (with 20 minutes notice) a week later.  This `Kid’ was in Australia `to find himself’ … that statement, again, should have been enough to enlighten me to the type of guy he was … as he was paying $15.00 per day to cover his keep, it seemed, in his mind, he was on a $1,000.00 per day QE2 cruise.  Most of the time he was locked in his cabin reading (my Wilbur Smith books) or, plugged into his iPod listening to music, I guess.  In the meantime, we are sailing through the magnificent `Great Sandy Straits’ … but was this Boy interested … no, too busy `finding himself’!

Well, I did something completely alien to my nature … when 20 minutes out from the Bundaberg wharf … `banged’ on his cabin door … it was 08:30 and you didn’t expect him to be out-of-the-cot just yet … and told him he had 10 minutes to pack and get-off!

I’m hoping that experience added to his ambition to `find himself!’  I would have loved to read his first letter home to Dad … `Treated badly by an Australian Swine!’ … or maybe much better.

From Bundy to Gladstone and dinner with Ellen on the Cat `Sanity’ … Chum was working to save $$$’s for their own cruising intentions.  They have a plan to join the Sail Indonesia Rally from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia … in the near future!

On to Great Keppel Island … Mourilyan Harbour … Middle Percy Island and Mackay.

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THE BRISBANE TO DARWIN (AUSTRALIA) STORY, 2007 … 3 of 19 … `Batteries and Radios, Mackay, Queensland’!

MORE ELECTRICAL WORK … MACKAY, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA … 23RD APRIL 2007

Tsunami/Déjà vu III’s (I still had not performed the De-naming and Re-christening Ceremony) electrical system seemed to be flagging, so a call to my favourite electrician … they are very, very, rare (Patrick, of MME Electrics, Mackay) and found the need for a new 260 amp/hour battery ($750.00 thank you very much … although Patrick didn’t charge me labour for fitting and gave a $50.00 discount on the battery.)

AGM - 260 AMPHOUR BATTERY

* AGM – 260 AMPHOUR BATTERY *

With my O/S trip ahead I didn’t want to find the electronics failing me … and they haven’t since Patrick’s last reshuffle … all has been great from about fifteen months ago!
From Mackay to Brampton Island … Hamilton Island (Whitsunday’s) … Gloucester Passage … Cape Upstart … Cape Bowling Green and on to Townsville.

PACTOR 3 SAILMAIL MODEM:

Although I had fitted the High frequency (HF) radio months earlier at Gladstone, on the way south, I still had a major, expensive job to do in the attachment of a Pactor3 Modem to allow onboard connection to the `Sailmail’ system (which would allow me Global email capabilities.)

* A LONG RANGE `HIGH FREQUENCY (HF) RADIO … WITH `SAILMAIL’ (EMAIL) CAPABILITIES *

Being this far north and east, there was only this one authorised technician in this part of the world to do the job.  With tongue clamped between my teeth, I approached this chap and with some hassle … had him onboard to do the job within two days.  With the modem, license fees and HIS labour charge ($100.00/hour) I left $2,000.00 with him.  BUT … I had `Sailmail’ capability at last and hopefully, I only have to pay for it once?

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* HF RADIO TRANSMISSION IS VIA THIS 7 METRE WHIP ANTENNA! *

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DUNWICH/TANGALOOMA, NORTH STRADBROCK ISLAND, MORETON BAY, QUEENSLAND … APRIL 15TH ’05 –

* It was Arianne’s fault, she found the Bar ... Lloyd and younger daughter. *

* East coastline of North Stradbroke Island … doesn’t get much better! *

* Beautiful North Stradbroke Island ... East of Brisbane, Queensland. *

From overnight at the island to the small town of Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island, then on to Tangalooma, a resort on Moreton Island, directly north from Stradbroke (INSERT MAP) … where some bright spark decided to sink a dozen or so old ships to make an artificial reef, primarily to create a breakwater to smooth out the westerly swell from Moreton Bay … FAIL! 

* A bunch of old ships, sunk to form a breakwater from Westerly winds ... sorry, FAIL! *

We had an uncomfortable, rolly, rocky night following a long walk into the resort where we ended up paying too much for an ordinary beer … and I was grumpy because I had sprained my ankle while walking in the Brisbane CBD … “That will teach you to leave the yacht” did I hear someone say??  The next day, while I continued to grump on-board, the kids had a snorkel around the wrecks and saw many fish of aquarium quality in the wild.

* Bikinis, swimming and Tangalooma wrecks go together for a good time ... just be aware of the strong current! *

Next day was the last sailing day with A&S on board as we were heading for Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.  A great trip along the shipping lane out of Brisbane harbour being reminded of this with a huge orange container ship passing us in the channel. 

* Shipping, Arianne and Moreton Bay all go together! *

Srdjan had to lie down towards the end of this leg as it was a 25 knot day and we were moving fairly fast through choppy water.  The only time with A&S on board that either of them showed any effect from the movement of the yacht … very good I thought.  Says a lot for the Cat yacht also … very stable!

 

 

* Arianne, Srdjan and Tangalooma wrecks, Queensland, Australia. *

 

 

 

 

 

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BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, ARIANNE & SRDJAN: FROM 11TH APRIL ‘05

 

* Srdjan and Arianne ... `Tangalooma Wrecks' Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia *

Arianne and her partner, Srdjan, (A&S) arrived from Perth and I met them at Brisbane Airport.  I had managed to moor Tsunami between two pylons made available by, I think, the Queensland Dept of Transport for $15.00 a night or $50 for a full week, which is excellent value considering you are living in the centre of the Brisbane CBD.  There are yachts moored there permanently with people living aboard treating it as their home … one guy I spoke to, living with his wife on a huge Catamaran, said “Why not live in the centre of Brisbane at $50 per week?”

* Arianne (my younger daughter) ... Brisbane Central, Queensland Capital. *

* Srdjan got lucky whilst trawling in Moreton Bay, out from Brisbane. *

Having arrived too late the previous day and in the dark, the best I could do was `borrow’ a mooring which I hoped was safe and strong (one can never be certain about moorings, especially other people’s). However, it proved to be a Dept of Transport mooring … but, what the heck … they can have it back if they ask nicely!

We liked Brisbane and easily came to the conclusion it was much more interesting than the Perth CBD … some classy as well as ordinary restaurants, a range of retails stores and arty shops which Arianne particularly liked.

* Arianne and Shipping in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia *

I managed to have a script done for new glasses to replace those that went overboard (bloody bugger) and found I am out of pocket $560.00!*#$!@^?  Do you know the feeling?  Have just learnt they will be mailed to a little town called Hervey Bay for my pickup.

APRIL 13TH ’05 – MANLEY MARINA – MORETON BAY

From Brisbane we motored down to Moreton Bay and around to Manley Marina.  It was blowing & raining like hell unfortunately for A&S, as I had hoped to break them in gently to the rocking and rolling.  They were surprisingly OK though so I needn’t have worried. 

* A major `Gateway' Traffic Bridge (now a duel bridge) across the Brisbane River ... on the way from Brisbane CBD to Morton Bay. *

* The original `Gateway Bridge’ … now duplicated with the newer second bridge opened in 2010. Both now called the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges ... crossing the Brisbane River. (Photo compliments Wikipedia) *

The next day we sailed to Peel Island on the east coast of Moreton Bay and with the island in sight I suggested to Serge he throw a line and lure overboard giving us a chance to catch a fish … and we did, a great catch of a 10Kg+ Shark Mackerel (I think) … which made Serge’s holiday and he had only been here 4 days. 

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