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NEWS FLASH: `YACHT CAPSIZE’ … `Wide Bay Bar’, near Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia

* WIDE BAY BAR ON A GOOD DAY ... IT'S WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE THAT DOES THE DAMAGE! *

 NEWS FLASH:  Just received a ‘phone call from yachting friends to say tonight’s TV news revealed a yacht had turned upside down crossing the infamous `Wide Bay Bar’ … the very bar I wrote about a few pages back.  That would be a very, very, very, bad experience!  There is only one area about 150 metres wide which will allow a crossing … it is to be approached on co-ordinates (way points) which will assure correct navigation … that is providing one attempts it on close-to-a-full tide.

* `BILBARA' THE SAME MODEL `LIGHTWAVE CAT WHICH WAS FLIPPED ON THE `WIDE BAY BAR' *

* `BILBARA' FROM THE STAR’BD SIDE ... SAME MODEL `LIGHTWAVE CAT WHICH WAS FLIPPED ON THE `WIDE BAY BAR' *

My friends Bill and Barbara Hastings had been sailing against this very yacht a week previously at a Regatta for `Lightwave Yachts’ on waters off the Gold Coast.  Apparently it was a near new yacht (value over $600,000) and at the time of the `prang’, was being skippered by its owner and girl friend on a trip to Thailand.  For my own education I was itching to learn the `truth’ behind the crash … and as often happens, my subconscious came up with the answer about 03:00am the next morning … contact my radio operator friends at Coast Guard Radio Tin Can Bay.  This is the closest rescue centre to the bar … and they will always be involved in any drama.  I made a point of meeting them after having such good advice from them for my crossing.  

The facts regarding the Lightwave prang are: 

(1)      The Skipper crossed the Bar at Low TideTHE RULE IS:  the only time to cross any sand bar is at high tide, or close to!  He had not checked the tide charts 

(2)     The Skipper chose to cross at night!  Visibility at night has to be nonsense!   To add to his terror he was catapulted from the yacht when the mast dug into the sandy bottom and broke off.

(3)       He chose to cross with both engines powering the yacht, which makes sense … however, his rescuers claim he was driving the yacht too fast. 

(4)     He chose not to make contact with coastal radio stations before his crossing, therefore, when he inverted (a nice way to say … went up-side-down) nobody in the area knew he was in trouble.  He did, however, have the latest digital EPIRP (what’s one of those?) on board … and this sent a message via satellite, to Canberra.  The first anyone in the region knew about the disaster was when Canberra telephoned our friends at Coast Guard Tin Can Bay to ask them to look into the problem.  What did go wrong with the EPIRP was, it sank … and therefore ceased transmitting!?

* JUST STICK TO THE RULES AND YOU'LL BE OK! *

(5)     When the owner obtained a quote for insuring the yacht it came in at $20,000 … you guessed it … not insured!

(6)     The first boat/person on the scene was a professional fisherman and all he could do was nurse the remains of the yacht into the beach on Fraser Island.  Luckily, the TCB crew were able to get a crane onto a barge and tow this to the site and up-end the yacht… then tow it into TCB, where it is presently moored.  The owners, with friends who have come up from the south are cleaning the yacht up to make it habitable and then they will go-back-to-work to earn funds to try to resurrect the unit. 

What a nightmare … in fact the nightmare of all cruising yachties!

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`TIN CAN BAY’, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA … APRIL 27TH ’05

Back to Tin Can Bay after a quick trip to Noosa … and another 4 days at Tin Can Bay … primarily to put Tsunami aground to polish its bottom … she loves to have her bottom rubbed, like most females. The hard sand exposed at low tide prompted me to put the yacht aground alongside the Yacht Club where the sand seemed hardest … I hadn’t found anywhere else along the coast which offered this condition at low tide.

* `DEJAVU’ AGROUND FOR BARNACLE REMOVAL ... AND ENGINE OIL CHANGES! *

As I had done the hard work of scraping off barnacles at Pittwater a couple of months earlier. This time around the job was a lot less painful.

* RACING YACHTS AFTER BEING SHUFFLED AROUND BY THE PREVIOUS NIGHTS TIDE! *

* MORE SHUFFLED YACHTS! *

The Friday I put the yacht aground just happened to be the day yachts started gathering at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club … all 183 of them! It was the annual `Bay to Bay’ (Tin Can Bay to Hervey Bay) yacht race for trailer sailers … plus a class for multihulls, both trimarans (three hulls) and catamarans (two hulls). There were boats wall-to-wall and it was a sensational sight next morning when all were called to the starting line. They were started in five different classes, with 10 minute intervals between starts. Guess what, nobody went anywhere but backwards (incoming tide) for about an hour … no wind!

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TWO DAYS AWAY FROM TSUNAMI … APRIL 24TH ’05 -

* Bill, Barbara and Lloyd at Pomona Homestead, Queensland, Australia. *

Bill and Barbara have a great property and Barbara was fairly quick to let me know they also had a 10’ carpet python snake as a ‘pet’.  That night visiting the `toot’ took on a whole new meaning….  They displayed the discarded skins to prove the point, but they didn’t need to.

To get even a little, I must mention Bill’s never-to-be-forgotten barbecue act on the first night.  To be fair Bill did mention we were in for a pyrotechnics display, although even he didn’t know how realistic his announcement was.  When I first saw Bill’s preparation for the barbecue I was sceptical;  most people would have been, as he had stacked small dry twigs/branches over three quarters of a metre high under the barbecue plate, which was swung back to allow for the all the sticks. 

* Bill, Barbara after the enormous Bonfire/Barbecue ... nearly costing them their house! *

It went up with a huge whoosh and I said “I must get my camera, nobody will believe me!”  At exactly that moment, Bill screamed out to Barbara to grab a hose … quick!  The flames had risen a good 3 metres and set fire to the fibre glass roof over the BBQ area … and as you know, fibreglass loves to burn.  For 5 minutes there was pandemonium as the fire very quickly spread along the BBQ roof line and started to gnaw away at the fibreglass roof of the sunroof sticking out from the house.  Man, I moved too but could only find a bucket with only-God-knows what sort of liquid in it (it couldn’t be petrol, could it?) and I threw that onto the melting inferno … not petrol.  The best thing I could think of next to refill the bucket was to open the pressure  valve of the hot water system on an outside wall nearby (try it one day) and my next bucket full over the fire was hot water; seemed to help though. 

 We were in stitches of laughter afterwards and I insisted on taking a photograph of Bill & Barbara alongside the BBQ fire, which was still a respectable size.  The steaks were delicious but I thought I could detect a taint of a petroleum product … could it have been burnt fibreglass resin?

* A beautiful pond on `Bilbara's' property! *

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