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Friday, December 2, 2016

Bundaberg to Scarborough

This was a very weird passage. After crossing Wide Bay Bar I started to head South. I was becalmed for about 3 hours and the wind picked up and Reboot was sailing nicely. At about 10 pm local I hit the anchorage near the NW Channel Buoy into Brisbane. This required a lot of course changes. I tried to fire up the radar but it chose not to work. At that point the wind died again and I was making about 1 1/2 knots. A fishing boat came up from my stern and almost hit me. He started blowing his horn and cursing. I of course was going nowhere. As he passed me I tried to tack away..I heard a crash and the radar and it's mounting bracket hit the deck. Fortunately it did not go overboard. Then I realized there was a second fishing trawler also very near. So I am not sure if the two fishing boats were getting in each other's way and the one cursing was being pushed into me. I will never know. After trying to avoid them for another 15 minutes without much success I started the engine and bear feet in retreat. By the time I had motored to the top of the entrance channel I was pretty wiped so I found see shallow water and anchored until dawn. With a pretty morning and light winds I motored down to Scarborough in the am.

Fair winds and following seas :)

The ponytail is gone

After three years of not bothering to get a haircut Steve and I were walking through a mall in Scarborough and I decided it was time. My hair is now 1/2 inch long on top.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NW approach buoy, Brisbane

After leaving Wide Bay Bar Reboot proceeded down the coast. Basically becalmed for 3 hours, good wind, and then on approach to the Brisbane channel becalmed again. As I am doing about 0.6 knots a fishing boat almost hits me and then starts cursing at me. Since he came up on my stern it was his problem, not mine. I decided that with all the work lights and Reboot running with a tricolor he never saw me until almost too late

I threaded my way through about 20 anchored boats, dealt with the crazy fisherman, and then was picked up by Brisbane VTS (vessel traffic services.) They worked me around a number of arriving and departing ships. It was nice that they also told the ships where I was.

Anchored for the night. Reboot is rolling like mad but that beats threading the needle in the dark.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Wide Bay Bar

This morning Reboot joined the parade to cross Wide Bay Bar. I took advantage of local knowledge and followed Chandara out. It was quite an experience. First, we (about 6 boats) had to fight the current from the incoming tide to get out to the bar. I wondered why we did not wait. As I turned onto the charted course for the bar Reboot started experiencing 8 foot rollers. Wind against tide would have been devastating. The reason for leaving just before high tide also became clear. The depth was oscillating with the waves. At the bottom I was seeing 8 feet, well below the charted depth. But wait, there's more. In addition to the knives.... About half way out I looked to starboard and noticed 12 to 16 foot breaking waves. Wow. My surfing friends need to see this place. I have the sails up in very light air and am ghosting along. If the wind does not pick up as forecast I will have to shake out the reefs in the main.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mini Transit

At S 25 48.85 E 153 02.17 Wind ENE 15 Wave N 1 ft. Sky 60% Bar 1019 - 1. At anchor north end of Tin Can Inlet in preparation for early departure tomorrow to cross the bar and head south.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tin Can Bay Yacht Club.

Steve, Shawn and I are having lunch at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club. This is just off the public dock where Chandara was tied while Steve got his hand fixed. Nice place, reasonable prices.

We took the dinghies up to the Tin Can Bay Marina. A nice facility but not very welcoming to transients. I will go back up to buy fuel but that is it.

Stevie has gone back to the dirt world for a while.


Fair winds and following seas :)

Re: Happy thanksgiving

We're in New York.  By now it's tomorrow for you, so Happy Day After Thanksgiving.

When we get to California at the end of next week, the time zone switches so that you're five hours behind us - the same difference as New York-London.  Except for that date line, of course.  So our three in the afternoon will be ten in the morning for you, all right - tomorrow morning.

On Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 2:46 AM, Roger John Jones <rogerjohnjones@gmail.com> wrote:
Since I think we are all in the right time zone for this to be the day, unless Ace and Sally are in California, Happy Thanksgiving from Tin Can Inlet, Queensland, Australia.

Fair winds and following seas:)

Re: Happy thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Mate!  Put some shrimp on the barbi.


On Nov 24, 2016 2:46 AM, "Roger John Jones" <rogerjohnjones@gmail.com> wrote:
Since I think we are all in the right time zone for this to be the day, unless Ace and Sally are in California, Happy Thanksgiving from Tin Can Inlet, Queensland, Australia.

Fair winds and following seas:)

Happy thanksgiving

Since I think we are all in the right time zone for this to be the day, unless Ace and Sally are in California, Happy Thanksgiving from Tin Can Inlet, Queensland, Australia.

Fair winds and following seas:)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Good Samaritan

I walked into downtown Tin Can Bay this morning to go to the store. It is about a 20 minute walk. On the way back I stopped in the local marina restaurant for breakfast. When there I had a conversation with three guys at the next table. They were in the area 4 wheeling and having a good time. Since I was carrying groceries I asked if they minded driving me back to the dinghy. Their answer was "no worries." We chat, we get back to Steve Johnson's boat and my dinghy and after a brief tour they had back up the dock. I drop my stuff on the boat and head back myself. What do a find but they are helping a guy load a full size refrigerator into his truck. What great guys.

Fair winds and following seas :)