|Chris and Phil
Arrival in Bali, Indonesia
Hello from Bali! We arrived Tuesday, 1:00 pm after 6 days of sailing from Dampier. Great to be here. Phil went to shore to deal with the clearing in procedures, where he was taken by motorbike around to all the officials...harbourmaster, navy, customs, immigration and quarantine. It took 4 hours! He also managed to get a local phone card so we can use the internet.
I stayed on Basanti and did some post passage cleaning and organizing and launched the dinghy.
Six days at sea... We were extremely fortunate to have idyllic conditions...maybe a couple of knots more wind would have been nice at times, but we aren't going to complain. When the engine runs we make water out of the beautiful clean ocean so we were all able to enjoy our showers at the end of the day.
Through the nights we did two hour watches. When we had to jibe or when anyone had to leave the cockpit and go forward on the boat, we were awake. Mostly it was pretty peaceful and moonlit...the person on watch kept an eye out for ships with the AIS (what a Godsend) and made any necessary adjustments to sails or our course. During the day we prepared meals and did a few jobs. Phil was busy making a pen/pencil holder for the chart table and when he was drilling away on the block of wood it was so incongruous with our location in the middle of the ocean. Floors got scrubbed, little items were repaired and we read about our destination as well as a number of novels.
Food was great on board. There were no sea sickness issues to deal with, so cooking was fun. We had beautiful fresh Coral Trout one day, and some steaks with Spanish rice and refried beans another day. A couple of curries were made and a chicken stir fry rounded out the evening meals. Phil made pancakes a few times and for snacks we enjoyed his rum fruit cake...yum.
We saw so many whales in the first day!! Sometimes they were just swimming along or resting on the surface, other times they were slapping the surface with fins or doing other odd whale things. About 2 days out of Bali a huge pod of dolphins raced over to us (leaping through the air) and swam at our bow for about 20 minutes...great fun to watch.
Finally, on the 6th morning, when the sun came up we could see land ahead. We were pretty close then...about 25 miles out, but it seemed to take forever to do those last miles because of the very strong currents that run south through the Lombok Strait.
Phil raced over to shore in search of Bintang. I'm supposed to write the blog and I'll post a few photos when they return with the camera.
PS. Goodness me...when I logged into the computer to do the blog, everything was in Indonesian!!
|Elevation Website - Paul and Jill Carter
||Paul and Jill had their dream world-cruiser built to their specifications in NSW and then helped sail her via Bass Strait and
the Bight to her home in Fremantle in early 2007. After careful preparation and planning, they slipped their pen moorings in April 2010 and headed North. Their blog tells their story.
|Cockatoo II Website - Paul and Tracy Bushell
||Paul and Tracy maintain a very detailed log of their voyage, including photos, items and
topics of interest to Cruisers, and even stuff for sale!
|Stolen Kiss Blog - Cheryl and Peter Ainsworth
25 Aug 2013
Peter and I departed Bundaberg mid July and headed up to the Whitsundays.
We had lightish winds from the south to start with but north of Yeppoon, ridging
High pressure systems fed and strengthened the SE trades. The seas get very
uncomfortable very quickly, especially with wind against tide. For 10 days we
hid behind various islands. Following the blow we have had winds under 10 knots
for the last 3 weeks, with a mild blow over the next few days.
Unlike the west coast, it's all been day sailing do far, with so many
protected anchorages and temperatures around 25 degrees!
We arrived at Airlie Beach amid their race week. What a pleasure to be
welcomed by the club as a cruising yacht and see the excellent sailing
participation and the way in which the Airlie Beach Sailing Club ran the event.
Made me think of the way FSC was 20 years ago.
The reason for being at Airlie was to meet Hitchhiker who had been trucked
10,000 km here by Dave McCready (aka Macka who is a long standing FSC member)
for the 30 th Hamilton Is Race Week. Hitchhiker won the inaugural Hamilton Is
Race week 30 years ago. Although she sails under the RPYC banner, her owner
Peter Briggs is a life member of FSC. Macka loaded her on the truck at FSC, her
journey and purpose going unnoticed. She will be unloaded there in about two
weeks time. Hitchhiker won the First Fleet Division and came 3 rd in her wider
Performance Racing 2 division. The last 3 races saw her sail over the line ahead
of a Whitbread 60! A fabulous result, especially given the light winds!
Although there are hundreds of yachts cruising up and down the east coast,
it does not seem crowded. Our plan is to enjoy the stunning Whitsundays for
another week or so, then head south to the Great Sandy Straits for a while and
on to Sydney by December.
We have cruised international waters for over 10 years and we find one of
the best cruising grounds on our doorstep!
Westward II - Steve and Selena Steddy
Blog (to Dec 2009)
|Steve and Selena departed FSC in 2008, taking the scenic route up the west coast of WA and through the Kimberley. They have since
been making their way towards New Zealand via North Queensland, PNG and the Solomons.
|Mischief - Bjorn and Christina Gilgren
||Bjorn and Christina departed FSC in April 2008, with carefully crafted plans for world domination. In early 2010
Mischief is in the Mediterranean sea awaiting favourable winds of the new season. Bjorn and Christina also have an
|SV Biscayne Bay - Gary, Lisa, Jacob and Anastasia Cross
||Gary Lisa and the kids did something that many people dream about. Bought a big cruising yacht in the US and started their world
cruise from there. Sadly, in September 2009, their dream voyage turned into a nightmare. Their blog tells the dramatic story and makes gripping reading.
|Eloise - Tristan and Jasmine Yuswak
||Tristan and Jasmine departed FSC in 2008 to explore the world. They also have an online photo gallery
|Dreamcatcher - Glen and Henry Taylor
||Glenys grew up in Perth and met Henry in the USA from whence they started their worldwide voyage in Dreamcatcher
|Steel de Breeze
Bill and Caroline Porter, with their yacht Periwinkle, were active members of the Cruising Section for some years before taking
a year off to go sailing along our west coast. Their boat has now found a new owner and Bill and Caroline are living
in Dubai, saving up for Periwinkle II.
Caroline and Bill dedicated a website to their S&S34 SV Periwinkle before they sold her in 2005. It provides a
pictorial chronicle of their 13 months of cruising the WA coastline.
|Mithril (Peter Maxwell and Geraldine Foley)
||Peter Maxwell and Geraldine Foley are veteran cruisers who presented a fascinating Topics Night in April 2007. Their website provides an interesting collection of photos and articles chronicling their decade-long global meanderings.
|Shanghaied (Will Duiker and Trish Bates) - Blog Link
||Will and Trish joined the 2007 Abrolhos cruise as part of their round-Australia voyage from
South Australia in their Trimaran Shanghaied. For those of us who enjoyed the company of this lovely couple
before and during the Abrolhos Cruise, here is their blog so we can keep up with their news.
||Beth and Evans Starzinger - legendary circumnavigators who wintered at our club in 2003 after sailing non-stop from Tierra Del Fuego (8,000 nautical miles). They write extensively for yachting magazines, and Beth has several books about blue-water sailing to her credit.