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BARNACLES AND TSUNAMI, PITTWATER, NSW … 12TH MARCH 2005

 

Later that day, I went to see friends, whom I made on earlier journeys to Pittwater, Cath and Roger Manning, (co-owners of a Seawind 1000 Cat, `Orca’).  They had invited me to call on them at their magnificent home overlooking Refuge Cove (a smaller cove than the `Basin’ and about 5 miles from Refuge Bay, Hawkesbury River and the waterfall.)  On arriving and pirating someone’s mooring it was great to have a meal with them and catch up. 

* Roger and Catherine on `SV Orca' ... the Basin, Pittwater, NSW *

 I mentioned to Roger the incredible amount of coral growth (barnacles) forming on the hulls of Tsunami … a bit like an oyster farm under there!  He suggested I beach the yacht on the sand flats in front of their house (it dries out at low tide) apparently the previous owner of Tsunami had done the same thing once!  Anything to try to save a few $$$, so, at next high tide, which was in total darkness just to make it more interesting, with Roger’s help, (he loves messing around with yachts) we backed Tsunami over the flats and anchored forward and aft (back and front – I know you knew that?)

* `Tsunami' almost high and dry in Refuge Cove, Pittwater, down from Roger/Caths Mansion! *

I had imagined Tsunami would rest on her two keels and the hulls would stand proud of the sand.  Wrong!  The keels and rudders sank straight into the sand/mud up to the hulls.  By the time this was evident, I had spent $400 on antifoul and brushes etc!  So turning to plan `B’ … scrape as many ‘oysters’ off the bottoms and polish with scouring brushes.  That took all of the next week to do, mainly because the high tides were getting lower … and the low tides were getting higher.  Each day less area of each hull was being left bare and it became necessary to work underwater. 

* Coral growth ... it loves to grow on anything floating on water! *

* When there's water in it ... Refuge Cove is beautiful and straight down from Roger/Caths house! *

Now I have done some of my best work in the dark, but underwater???

Tsunami went like a scalded Cat on the trip to Lake Macquarie, so I am convinced it was the oysters that had been holding her back before. 

 

 

 

 

* The magnificent outlook from Roger and Catherines balcony! *

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SMITHS CREEK … Hawkesbury River … 3RD NOVEMBER 2004

 

Here’s a special little piece of paradise and a creek I will certainly take Melanie and John to when they come across in December. 

 It’s like a huge menagerie of birds and a peaceful, small tract of water set in a jungle … and hard to believe there are 4 million people living just over the hill in Sydney!  The two mornings I awoke there the water was like glass and again I am sure I have special images of the area. 

Swallows ... they seem to think they own you if you anchor in their territory

* Swallows ... they seem to think they own you if you anchor in their territory and shit everywhere *

Erica at Smiths Creek, Hawkesbury River, (20 Km north of Sydney)

* Erica at Smiths Creek, Hawkesbury River, (20 Km north of Sydney) *

One night I spent with Tsunami rafted alongside a Seawind 1000 `Orca’, owned by Cath and Roger Manning. They are members of the Royal Motor Yacht Club (RMYC) and befriended me, at the time of me inspecting Tsunami for the purpose of purchasing. We raced back to the RMYC but they were too good for me and I ran a bad last … just wait until next time!

Smiths Creek and new freinds Catherine and Roger of SV Orca' ... anther Seawind 1000 Catamaran

* Smiths Creek and new freinds Catherine and Roger of `SV Orca' ... anther Seawind 1000 Catamaran *

THE BASIN … Pittwater, Broken Bay … 6TH NOVEMBER 2004 

I have stayed overnight at the Basin several times.  (The Basin is a small bay off Pittwater, pretty much filled with moorings.  It’s just 30 minutes motoring north from the RMYC and many Members come here).  It is much quieter than the RMYC mooring and very beautiful.  A great place to go ashore for exercise, with a walk along the coast line.  There are regular hourly ferry services to this bay as there are forty or so houses around the shorelines … the residents of which rely on the ferry for transport to and from work each day.  It’s a National Park and hoards of campers come across on holidays and weekends.

LION ISLAND … Broken Bay … 7TH NOVEMBER 2004

Lion Island guards the entrance to Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, from the Tasman Sea

* Lion Island guards the entrance to Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, from the Tasman Sea *

 Lion Island is a huge rock sentinel shaped like a Lion when viewed from the north and south, guarding the entrance to Broken Bay … which is the bay opening from the Pittwater and Hawkesbury River areas, into the Tasman Sea.

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