Double Bubble

Double Bubble

Sun Jun 16 11:15 2019 NZST
Run: 7.9nm (14.3km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 210.7nm
33 33.660S 151 20.961E

Very sloppy getting to our next left turn in the direction of the sun, nasty black clouds heading into the river.


Sun Jun 16 10:21 2019 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
33 35.813S 151 13.169E
Weather: Overcast - 12 deg, 1kn E 1015 baro

Departing Hawkesbury River for Lake Macquarie eta 1400hrs will meet up again with Alcatraz at sea. Tramps arrived late yesterday and will hang here for a bit more Sol fest! Amazing to have contact from people recognising Double Bubble (Dutch). Never heard back from Sherjk the other builder which was a shame.


The emailed picture Maureen received from friends of her daughter.
Could live here, near Pittwater, very nice!
Suzy on her very first solo row, put in the water herself too!
Not the best looking morning, will chase the sun north bound.
Sat Jun 15 12:06 2019 NZST
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
33 36.205S 151 12.879E
Weather: Sunny - 12 deg, 3kn 1016 baro

Woke up to 7 deg this morning with no sunshine, good thing about a movable home, start the engines and get out to where the sun is shining (ha) so on the move early down to Smiths Creek. Good thing too as a runabout came alongside asking if she was once called Double Dutch, which she was, it was only the Grandson of Hugo & Ricki one of the couples who built her. He remembered following the boat on the truck with police escort down to where she was launched, amazing!


Running out of sun.
We sure are getting some stunners.
Hugo's grandson & family out on the water!

Gday excitement when Mike sent a photo that he spotted Double Bubble. I am one of Hugo,s four children and would love to stay in touch with the owner of Double Bubble as this boat was a big part of how family. Good to see she’s been looked after. Please feel free to email me anytime. Regards Anthony

Hi Anthony! Your dad and Ricky sold Double Dutch to us, Bob and Maureen in 1997. I think I remember you! We lived on board for 11 years before selling on to Kath and Rodney. Bob has passed on, nearly 10 years ago now. He was 67. Kath and Rod have remained my good friends, take great care of Double Bubble and have lived on board now for around 12 years I reckon. I know you father died, Anthony, but how is it with Ricky? I lost touch, last speaking with, I think Michelle? Some years ago after Ricky moved back to Sydney. Bye for now .

Wonderful catching up with builder and being proud of your upgrades Rod !! Also great being part of your trip .
Thu Jun 13 17:21 2019 NZST
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
33 36.050S 151 18.725E
Weather: Cloudy - 21 deg, 8.5kn N 1007 baro

Just leaving Palm Beach having had Garry picked up in motor launch for his awesome sea flight. Sun is disappearing and dark clouds are looming overhead, so here's hoping he has a safe flight back to Sydney. He has left us with various additions to the boat, homemade hammock, a portable clothesline etc, even a kite, so adieu brother & thanks for the memories, cheers


Garry's travels, 1102 nautical miles!
Brothers in beer!
Sister and brother.
Taxi! He collects you from your boat & takes you to the plane.
Garry's trip in.
Da plane! Da plane! (ha)

Lovely seeing your progress darlings, and comments and pics too. Great pic of brother & sister 😊 Auntie 💕
Thu Jun 13 13:55 2019 NZST
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.5nm
33 34.225S 151 18.051E

Being that I' ve had no signal these past few days I have missed uploading some great shots so as we aim towards First Head (& I have reception) will quickly upload some of mine & edit in some of Garry's later.


Dinghy ashore.
Garry on paddleboard.
Picturesque & peaceful.
A waterfall I couldn't climb all the way up to!
My very first catch - a baby snapper! (yes he went back in safely)
Our landing at America Bay Beach.
Thu Jun 13 13:30 2019 NZST
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
33 34.890S 151 15.389E
Weather: Sunny - 24deg, 0kn 1010 bao

Heading around to Palm Beach where Garry is departing via Seaplane to Sydney for a few days touring. We have been tucked in some very scenic little bays.


Super still waters.
Awesome little bays.
Endless rock features.
Bikini clad branch, someone has a great sense of humour!
Gondola rowing skipper!
Little bit!
Tue Jun 11 17:19 2019 NZST
Run: 2324.8nm (4207.9km)
Avg: 94.5knts
24hr: 2268.1nm
33 38.158S 151 10.198E
Weather: Sunny - 25 deg, 0kn 1018 baro

All the little nooks & cranny's of the Hawkesbury River to explore.
Faces in strange places.
Rod's expensive fishing license got us our 1st keeper!
Could live here! Cottage Point.
Misty morning.
Rescued this waterlogged butterfly on the paddle board, back to helm to dry out!
Mon Jun 10 16:43 2019 NZST
Run: 2338nm (4231.8km)
Avg: 79.6knts
24hr: 1909.7nm
Weather: Partly cloudy - 23 deg, 9kn NW

Met up with Alcatraz for fun night yesterday onboard the Bubble & bacon & eggs onboard there's this morning. Currently in Cowan Creek inside of Hawkesbury River, reception is very spasmodic. Our friend & previous owners daughter (Ricki) received an email from her friend, with a picture of Double Bubble taken in America Bay on Sunday seems they remembered her parents boat, - it's a small world after all (sing it)!


Alcatraz
Double Trouble
Serenity
Dinner time.
Just lovely!
Every boat needs this accessory, check it out, his own Helicopter!
Sun Jun 9 11:20 2019 NZST
Run: 136.3nm (246.7km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.8nm
33 49.662S 151 18.500E
Weather: Sunny - 15 deg, 4kn NW 1018 baro

We have departed Manly enroute to the Hawkesbury River eta 1300hrs, we're we get to catch up to Alcatraz for a couple of days, prior to the "Tramps" joining us too! Sing the song - Gypsy's, Tramps & Thieves....ha!


Pretty.
More pretty's!
Going left at North head.
Sat Jun 8 12:16 2019 NZST
Run: 137.5nm (248.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 156nm
35 47.995S 151 16.930E
Weather: Overcast - 13 deg, 0kn 1026 baro

We have just pulled up a mooring in my home town, Manly yippee! The shark nets are still here that I apparently floated over in my duckie! So were off to the shops!


Manly.
Shark nets
Aquarium (used to be) & Manly Pavillion.
Shops!
Turns out they have markets here.
Double Bubble in Manly!
Fri Jun 7 15:07 2019 NZST
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
33 48.613S 151 14.915E
Weather: Overcast - 16 deg, 0kn 1030 baro

We have moved on from Taronga zoo mooring and left "The Tramps" whilst they stay in Sydney to catch up w/ friends, had a great fun night saying goodbye prior to departure today. We have now picked up a mooring at "The Spit" were I have always wanted to live. So I have now baked a cake in my home here with "The Spit" as my address! Can tick that off the list ha! Oh, ps it's raining again!!


A fun goodbye. We hope to meet up again in Pittwater.
HMAS Sydney " A Trig Point"
Grotto Point Lighthouse.
The Spit.
The Spit Bridge.
Bridge opens for traffic through to Seaforth, our old home.

That’s Sydney Kath! More annual rainfall than London. XX
Thu Jun 6 16:56 2019 NZST
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
33 50.807S 151 14.564E
Weather: Sunny - 25 deg, 8kn SSE

We have turned around & gone back under bridge as anchorages a bit to close for comfort in Blackwattle Bay so we have come over to courtesy moorings at Taronga Park Zoo which should give us a much better view of Vivid light show with Opera house in our sights. Weather sure is 100% better than last Monday!


Harbour bridge on Monday!
Mast height to base under Anzac bridge.
Our new home with a lovely little private beach!

On approach, you’d swear you’re never going to make it. But DBubble’s been there before and, surprise surprise, sea level hasn’t risen more than a centimetre or so in decades. It’s even more scary up the Brisbane River..... the Story Bridge.

Great mooring Kath! I can see the Harbor Bridge in the photo but it's very faint. It was trying to hide maybe?😂 Great photo though.
Thu Jun 6 15:12 2019 NZST
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
Avg: 15knts
24hr: 360nm
33 52.372S 151 11.232E
Weather: Sunny - 25 deg,

Gone through the harbour and under the Anzac Bridge (through the gab below) and around to Blackwattle Bay to anchor just down from the Fish Co-op, & Johnno who we met in Eden & again in Bermagui.


Captain Cook Cruises.
City.
Skyline.
Under Anzac bridge & through the gap!
Anzac Bridge.
Johnno who helped us find a mooring in Bermagui.
Thu Jun 6 14:32 2019 NZST
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
33 51.084S 151 21.564E
Weather: Sunny - 25 deg, 8kn W 1024 baro

After days of endless wind & lots of rain we have finally been able to go ashore & collect some supplies & have now departed from Rose Bay passed the Chinese Warships (& ours) into the harbour having just gone passed the Sydney Opera House and under the Sydney Harbour Bridge woo hoo!.


Chinese warship.
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Opera House
Circular Quay.
Lunar Park.
Under the bridge.

Hmm. Heard a rumour, Chinese crew were seen loading boxes of baby Formular on board. Only a rumour, mind.
Sun Jun 2 17:00 2019 NZST
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.6nm
33 51.888S 151 15.977E
Weather: Overcast - 19 deg, 4.3kn S 1017 baro

Arrived in Sydney on mooring in Rose Bay opposite the Sydney Harbour Bridge...woo hoo! Have front row seat's to Vivid Light show on bridge, bit tricky trying to take night shot's with boat rocking.


Our backyard view!
Sydney
Nice trimaran huh!
Pretty!
Lots of changing of colours.
Hard to take shot!

onyas guys -- not too noisy from the traffic i hope? you sure are moving fast up the coast
Sun Jun 2 16:30 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.3kn
knts
Run: 18.3nm (33.1km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 97.6nm
33 49.727S 151 17E
Weather: Overcast, rainy - 18 deg 13 kn SSE

Just turned the corner passed Hornby Light into Port Jackson, rather unpleasant trip, swelly, rainy. Skipper navigating beautifully. Passing "the Wedding cake" beacon.


Hornby light
"The Wedding Cake"
Sydney vista - Centrepoint tower in background.
Manly ferry sandwich!
Sun Jun 2 12:00 2019 NZST
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
34 04.000S 151 08.519E
Weather: Sunny - 21 deg, 15kn SE 1021 baro

Had a refill of fuel, water, shopping, several loads of washing & general clean up whilst at Cronulla marina. Had a fun night with the "Tramps" for Sol's birthday yesterday and are now off to Port Jackson, Sydney harbour!! Eta 1300hrs WOO HO!


Fri May 31 18:14 2019 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
34 03.625S 151 08.718E
Weather: Sunny - 25 deg, 7kn S 1016 baro

Arrived safely at Cronulla marina, end berth for 2 nights. Time for collecting of stores etc. Lovely to have sun & warmth!


Cronulla.
Cronulla Marina.
Big sea's, surf's up!
Rather large sea's when we left Cronulla!
Free boat wash.
Mon May 27 19:42 2019 NZST
Run: 2.7nm (4.9km)
34 05.273S 151 05.922E
Weather: Cloudy - 12 deg, 20NW baro 1003

Tucked in at Sth West Arm, in a lovely protected bay, like a mini Refuge Cove. Had a lovely day of sunshine getting here yesterday, with lots of boats on the water. Went off in the sun this morning in the tender to do a spot of fishing up the creek, half an hour later the clouds came over, temperature fell & the rain started, so the fish are safe today.


Incredibly still night.
Wind & rain coming in, back to the Bubble.
Off in the tender fishing!
Sailing Rod's remote control yacht!
Beautiful picturesque bay.
There's some pretty spiffy rock walls about.
Sun May 26 16:07 2019 NZST
Run: 72nm (130.3km)
34 04.442S 151 08.590E
Weather: Sunny - 24 deg, 9kn W 1007 baro

On the move from Jibbon Beach to Bundeena with their little ferry that goes to Cronulla. Boys off in tender to outragously expensive IGA for supplies, then move over to wait out a nthly front to Sth West Arm, Port Hacking hoping we can fit under cables. Lovely day, warm & sunny finally in shorts. Some amazing properties along waters edge & plenty of speeding boats. Skipper found a house for us, very flash. Lots of elevators etc down from houses to boat launches. Came into lovely little cove away from the maddening crowds, very nice.


Way up high, I like this one!
Little ferry.
Bob Hawke beer!
I'm guessing 10mtr's to spare under cables.
We'd have this!
Our mooring spot for next few days.

Wow! Who’d have thought it was so nice in there. We missed all that! Hope the blow’s not too awesome. It snowed at Jindabyne today; you must be getting that little breeze!

Looks great guys what spoiling yourselves? enjoy
Sat May 25 9:00 2019 NZST
Weather: Clear sky - 16 deg, 6kn NW 1014 baro

Arrived safely in Port Hacking, slow sailing to begin with overnight, then sloppy w/ 20knots on the beam, super..not!


Bit rocky taking a photo of well lit ship, Port Kembla
Sunrise, with planes circling, skipper will be happy!
Nice views for the houses!

WOW! Drum roll indeed - what great progress Kath and Rod. Great to track your journey and the fun and friendship along the way. 😊🌈☆💕 love, Auntie Eva
Fri May 24 18:10 2019 NZST
Run: 54.6nm (98.8km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.2nm
35 05.000S 150 50.000E
Weather: Overcast - 22 deg, 13kn NW 1016 baro

Have decided to bypass Jervis Bay and go overnight straight through to Port Hacking ahead of the next front, then onto (drum roll please) Sydney. We have had a couple more whale sightings & dolphins along the way, they taunt you for photo op's then dive off, little sods! Pretty cool rock cliffs along here, like some weird stepladder. We have just passed Point Perpendicular lighthouse our eta to Pt Hacking 6am tomorrow.


Gotcha!
Lighthouse
A lot of eerie sky's due to controlled burning.
Can you see the whale, click on pic & stretch screen.
Smoke on the horizon!
Opal sky!
Fires are sure making the skies light up!
Ribbon Beach
Fri May 24 9:40 2019 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
35 44.000S 150 17.000E
Weather: Sunny - 10 deg, 11W 1016 baro

Departed 0630 hrs for Jervis Bay eta 1600 hrs. All foggy over the hills, bit chilly, looked quite pretty.


All foggy
Snapper Island, low tide.
Sunrise
Snapper Island sunrise
Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.
Finally got a picture albeit in the distance of a whale!
Thu May 23 19:21 2019 NZST
Run: 45.7nm (82.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.7nm
35 42.484S 150 10.986E
Weather: Sunny - 21 deg, 16 NNE 1019 baro

Arrived safely Batemans Bay, rather pretty. Picked up a mooring (eventually), no lead line on it & can't get boat hook through little eye & slides off plastic, you have to pay $40 for it too, very poor! Picked up 2 more lots of weed around props, both sides, getting to be a royal pain. Saw a few whales splashing about to far for any decent photo's & had a happy pod of dolphins escort us into the bay.


Tollgate Islands
Snapper Island
Nice house!
Pelican with crab, very cool!
Batemans Bay
Bane of my life, trying to get dolphin shot's!
Thu May 23 10:16 2019 NZST
Run: 4.5nm (8.1km)
36 22:500S 150 06.221E
Weather: Sunny - 11 deg, 11NW 1022 baro

Departed Bermagui bound for Batemans Bay eta appro 1500hr. Spent yesterday with domestics. Had general tidy up, re-stock food, fuel etc. Catch up with the "Tramps" & check in with Alcatraz who are now in Sydney. All being well we will spend tonight at Batemans Bay and move on tomorrow to Jervis Bay.


Lots of pelicans getting free feeds from fishermen.
Lots of really big stingrays.
Dodgy mooring, walk the plank to get onboard.
Initial mooring out front of the Har Bar
Tue May 21 17:52 2019 NZST
Run: 47.4nm (85.8km)
36 25.575S 150 04.297E
Weather: Sunny - 23 deg, 10kn SE 1017 baro

Arrived safely in Bermagui, tied up on wharf with much appreciated assistance from Water Police. Saw a number of small whales jumping about enroute and skipper spotted a shark right beside us. Have tied up right out the front of the...wait for it " Har Bar", how clever!


Nice rocks
The Harbour
The "Har Bar", clever!

Oh, well done all of you! I admire your pluck going in that tight little place. We never had the nerve. Guess it was calm? I’m
Mon May 20 20:50 2019 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Partly cloudy - 18 deg, 0 wind 1016 baro

Have had another couple of lovely days, sunny & dare I say it "warm". Had great anniversary day yesterday where Alice worked, Garry went kite flying & exploring in "Ralph", their tender. Rod went fishing with Sol in "Little Bit" ours, and I had a great time yelling on my own at the footy! Go the Power....geez! All ended back on Double Bubble for another great night (poor liver)! Departing 7am for Bermagui tomorrow, warmer weather still to come (colour me happy)!


The Skate whisperer
Go the Power
Getting some great sunsets...pretty!
"Group huddle"
Remote control yacht at play!
Tramp II sunset
Sat May 18 17:58 2019 NZST
Run: 2.4nm (4.3km)
37 05.714S 149 53.180E
Weather: Sunny - 24 deg, 9kn NE 1024 baro

Off "in a cab" ( no more climbing hill's for these knees) to hairdresser & walk back, whilst Garry & the "the Tramps" go to Whale museum to see Old Tom & skipper sorts boat ( read plays with flight simulator)! Move boats off wharf and anchor at Boyd town, get settled & dinghy ride to Seahorse hotel on the beach for tea. Have the best oysters ever here & enjoy a lovely meal in the warmth until you get to go back in dinghy (read - wade in really cold water)


Seahorse Hotel
Welcome wagon
Awesomely restored hotel
Happy Anniversary baby
Altogether now, smile!
Guess who dropped the shackle pin

Congrats guys and hoping you have many many more, im home friday at the kids and yer ex is here toooooo.
Fri May 17 1:41 2019 NZST
No position sent.

Entered into East Boyd Bay in the dark, a bit of concentrated night navigation trying to pick which lights are which, but once leads were sorted the skipper skilfully had Bubble safely anchored after 38hr sail. We arrived with last 4 beers & a bottle of champagne, so 2 congratulatory drinks each, then sleep. Woke up to a lovely morning, in a tranquil bay before moving boat around to the northern wharf where Tramp II rafted up to Double Bubble. Proceed into town up "yet another hill" with rubbish & washing, have lovely brunch whilst machines on, suss out shops & re-stock vessel, catch cab direct to our front gate on wharf, hooray! Have sundowners and lolly gobble bliss bombs, long overdue showers & great nights sleep.


Night navigation into East Boyd Bay, Eden, NSW
The Bay
Very cool fenders...very big!
Tramp II, rafted up to Double Bubble at Nthrn wharf.
All a bit foggy.
Whale museum overlooking the bay.
Thu May 16 23:31 2019 NZST
Run: 67.2nm (121.6km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 134.2nm
37 06.607S 149 55.589E
Weather: Partly cloudy - 15 deg, 11kn W 1022 baro

When we first left we had only one plan, to keep turning left and away from the cold, well woo hoo that day has finally arrived as we have crossed the border into NSW & rounded that corner & are now on our final approach into Eden. We have had very light winds for the last 38 hours, so of course it's picked up now for a pleasant sail, the skipper no longer playing that game!


Vic/NSW Border - Cape Howe
Opal skies
Sunset seen from the east coast.
Thu May 16 11:30 2019 NZST
Run: 168.5nm (305km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.8nm
37 55.151S 149 14.750E
Weather: Still cloudy - 15 deg, 7.9kn NNE 1024 baro

It's been 8 weeks today since we left North Haven SA & I swear we have had like 5 days of full sun in all that time (don't mention the equinox please), check out the sky as we left The Prom yesterday! Our voyage across Bass Strait commenced with relatively calm sea's albeit a bit foggy as Mother nature did her thing culminating in a beautiful sunset. We sailed between some 18 lit oil & gas rigs throughout the night, speed 6kn and approximately 25nm out from Lakes Entrance, we watch the glow as they burn off their spoils. As we approached Point Hicks this morning we saw an equally beautiful sunrise.


Looking back at Refuge Cove as we depart.
Stunning sunset
A somewhat "red"sky in the morning!!

We loved night passages through Bass Strait. It’s a fairyland and you can keep well out of the shipping lanes (I think we did). You must be in Eden by now?! 10.30 am.
Wed May 15 14:05 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.8kn
knts
No position sent.
Weather: Practically all cloud and cold!

Just passed Seal Islands, Bass Strait and thought I would share a few more pics of our time in the Cove. Amused myself whilst there by making a pair of "Happy pants" for Alice who did a lovely painting of Double Bubble in return. Had a great night aboard DB, and impromptu guitar playing sing along, great fun night, topped off with whiskey and a "wee dram or two! The skipper made a wooden plaque he burnt Double Bubbles name into and added it to the "Vessel Board" (a place set up where the cruising boats place a name plate of some description) Tramp II going for a wooden spoon with her name etched in. Garry carved a name plate for Keiths urn to remain in the Prom with the other name plates. As we continue our voyage through the Tasman Sea we will get to pass all the oil rigs that will be lighting up the sky tonight, Bream will be the 1st at approx 9pm.


Halfway chart, then comes the left turn!!
Alice in her new Happy pants!
Double bubble by Alice
Sol having a strum.
Our sign
Vessel Board
The long walk up to Vessel name board (poor knees)!
Wed May 15 10:30 2019 NZST
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
39 02.000S 146 28.500E
Weather: Partly cloudy - 13 deg, 9kn N 1024 baro

And where off, along with Tramp II, out of the "no reception zone" but very beautiful Refuge Cove bound for Eden, NSW, our last "left turn" 220nm and a 48hr sail away, eta 8am Friday. It is a beautiful anchorage, away from the world, the rocks full of colour, the sand thick and squishy! You have to climb up to Telecom rock and maybe get a signal (not Optus) were upon we made new friends with Rod & Judy from Tringriz and met up later on their boat for sundowners along with Tramp II alternating boats & nights, where lots of fun was had by all. They were exceptionally generous upon their departure bestowing us with treats, coffee for Trampi, crackers, eggs, lime, lollies etc as they headed home Sunday to Lakes Entrance.


View from Telecom rock Double Bubble & Tramp II
Awesome rock formations
Mr Mushroom head
Great cove
Beautiful beach
Tringriz
Mon May 6 10:50 2019 NZST
Run: 71.8nm (130km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.7nm
39 11:000S 146 25.000E
Weather: Partly cloudy - 11 deg,

Prior to our departure our friend Alf asked if we could forefil his mates dying wish to have his ashes scattered between Wilson's Prom & Rodondo Island. With our initial onset of drama's upon leaving Adelaide we couldn't help but think that maybe he had a hand in them, but as we approach the southern most tip of Australia, we feel his peace. So it is that we now, in the early hours of the morning, raise our whiskey glasses & bid adieu to Keith Alexander Morrison, aged 52, Alf's friend and fulfil this wish. 39:11.000E 146:25.000S


Gentle breeze
Coming up to the point
Rodondo Is in the background (click on pic)
Sun May 5 22:30 2019 NZST
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
38 33.000S 145 21.600E
Weather: Calm, dark

Departed Cleeland, enroute to "The Prom"


Sun May 5 18:06 2019 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Partly cloudy - 23 deg, 10kn SSW

Finally the day has arrived with the weather looking somewhat hopeful for us to make ready our departure at 2000hrs from Cleeland Bight and head 74nm to Refuge Cove, Wilsons Prom, eta 1000hrs Monday. We've been here 13 days but it has been fun, despite the weather (Cranium who knew)! Tramp II will be travelling with us and hopefully we will meet up again with Alcatraz who left 3 days ago.


Double rainbow
Double Bubble
Squall coming
Wed May 1 16:29 2019 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Partly cloudy - 22 deg, 16kn NE, 1007 baro

All three boat crews came together onboard Double Bubble for sundowners, which kind of grew legs from there. First started with 1 pedicure for Sharne and another 5 to follow. When thoughts of food sprung to mind so did the word pizza with Sharne co-ercing her son & girlfriend to drive 40 minutes with pizza's for all, well done! Someone had contacted the "yit" website when he saw our boat was on the site and forwarded through a couple of shots he had taken from the beach in the morning, so a big "thank you" to Dennis, awesome shots, cheers. Had great yoga session on the beach this morning with the lovely Sue who is an excellent teacher.


Great night onboard the Bubble
Tramp 11, Double Bubble, Alcatraz
Nearly got all three
Double Bubble
Pizza delivery guys, thank you
Pedicure anyone
Tue Apr 30 14:41 2019 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Partly cloudy - 18 deg, 8kn NE, 1010 baro

Have had our friends from Alcatraz join us here at Cleeland Bight and now waiting for appropriate seas to be able to get around Wilsons Prom to enter into Refuge Cove (14hrs away) currently looking like Sunday for departure. Have awesome Chocolate factory here (40min walk), Dame Edna made out of tiny little choc's!


Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Hello Possum's
Alcatraz
Fri Apr 26 17:18 2019 NZST
No position sent.
Weather: Windy, drizzling - 15deg, 40kn SW 1011 baro

Rocking & rolling on mooring, 40knot bullets and pretty swelly. Biding our time waiting for this front to go through, wind generator getting a full on workout. Garry's been amusing himself with the rope we retrieved from the cray pot we had wrapped around our prop & turning it into a hammock, not quite happy with it yet so undone again now & Version 5 commences!


Awesome rainbow
Bit blowy, Tramp II getting bumped around
Garry's hammock, version 3
Thu Apr 25 12:16 2019 NZST
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
38 32.08378S 145 20.53184E
Weather: Overcast - 15 deg, 13kn NNW 1015 baro

Hanging on a Vic Parks mooring in the bay on Anzac day, waiting for the next front to pass apparently 100mtr from Anzacs beach (missed that), will go over & inspect later. Guys got rather wet in the dinghy on their 2 mile jaunt across the bay yesterday to fill some jerry cans for a top up of our tanks, I couldn't take up valuable space in dinghy so had to stay behind, safe & warm!!!


At anchor
Tue Apr 23 14:15 2019 NZST
Run: 94.5nm (171km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 153.8nm
38 34.200S 145 22.380E
Weather: Overcast - 19 deg, 7kn E 1022 baro

Arrived safely after 28hr overnighter at Cleeland Bight, Phillip Island. Caught more seaweed enroute, efficiently displaced by skipper & crew & again, coming into Cape Woolamai. Pretty night sail through Bass Strait with diamonds on the water & sparkles in the sky until moon broke through. A rather daunting sunrise seriously looked like threatening rain, but all good.


Moonlight on water, pretty
Red sky in the morning
Anchor only under yellow sandhill
Mon Apr 22 23:30 2019 NZST
Run: 83.7nm (151.5km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147nm
38 53.570S 143 40.210E
Weather: Cloudy - 15 deg, 7kn SE 1024 baro

Just passing Apollo Bay (& big ship), all good so far.


Mon Apr 22 9:50 2019 NZST
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
38 23.500S 142 15.500E
Weather: Cloudy - 10 deg, 5kn NW

Caught 2 lots of seaweed, 1 on each prop after 20 deg detour for survey ship!


Mon Apr 22 8:30 2019 NZST
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Weather: Cloudy - 8 deg, 0kn 1019 baro

Preparing for departure to Cleeland Bight, with Tramp II waiting for sunrise & tide to change. Here's hoping we have calm winds & smooth sea's around Cape Otway & no craypots or kelp wrapped around props! Eta 1500hrs tomorrow.


Picked this up at Port Mac 3am
Copped this enroute to Robe
Really thick kelp from now on
Sun Apr 21 13:22 2019 NZST
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Weather: Cloudy - 21 deg, 0kn 1011 baro

Waiting for todays front to go through and head off on it's tail in the morning. We have decided to go straight through to Cleeland Bight, Phillip Island and not go into Apollo Bay as there is a another nasty front coming behind us & we could end up stuck in there for weeks. We have spent our time in town at the shops, the markets & a wander down to the beach. 30 degrees here yesterday & the place sure fills up. Garry went on a day trip with our friends off Tramp II to the Tower Hill Volcano & saw an abundance of wild life. We are tied up to the wharf here right beside the boat ramp & fish cleaning tables (& a gazillion fly's) with the majority of our time being taken up with the antics of 1 very cranky bull seal who hangs out here for fish scraps, he has already taken a chunk out of a womens leg last week & we had to call the rangers in to stop the crowds of people harassing the poor thing.


Port Fairy Lighthouse
Henry Night Heron
Cranky Bull Seal - jumps up & out onto Wharf
Just being a bird
Moyne River
Coogee Bear
Onboard Tramp II
Tue Apr 16 16:04 2019 NZST
Run: 28.1nm (50.9km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 133.1nm
38 23.20S 142 14.47E
Weather: Windy - 31 deg, 25kn 1010 baro

Arrived safely Port Fairy averaged 8 1/2kn wind speed max at 35kn, 4 1/5hr sail. All good.


Pretty Port Fairy
Moyne River
Rather large Stingray

Caught up at last! Now I’ll try to keep up! It’s occurred to me on and off these last few years it might be time to change my email address. Typing it in now, publicly, to you makes me see it is well past time. It’s not just clinging to the past, Kath and Rod; it will be a great, painful chore as it’s everywhere. How’s the wind blowing? I’ll get on the blog. Talk soon. Maureen

Sounds like it was a good run. You must be happy 😊 with that. We are sitting on the jetty at Pt. McDonald wondering how you were going. Did not expect to see your posting so early. Good luck. Enjoy. Heather and Brian.

This Brian & Heather for your good wishes, All safe in Port Fairy, stay safe and enjoy the rest of your trip. Crew from DoubleBubble.
Tue Apr 16 11:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.2knts
knts
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
38 21.17S 141 43.48E
Weather: 15knts N, slight seas, partly cloudy, 1012 baro

Departed Portland for Port Fairy, eta was 1400, someone just turned off the wind!!!Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab A on the Telstra Mobile Network


How cool is this! No more puddles under glass
Lady Julia Percy Island
Mon Apr 15 21:11 2019 NZST
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Weather: Cloudy - 18 deg, 3kns 1011 baro

Portland is quite a lovely town, no Bunnings but awesome store that sells all sorts of "stuff" excellent. No matter were we go Rod always meets someone he knows & bumped into his cousin, 3 times, 3 different places over a couple of days, amazing. Our friend Maureen (previous owner) had one of her Women welcome women worldWide group come down to meet us & was kind enough to take us out for a drive to Cape Bridgewater to see the Petrified Forest, blowholes etc & a had a humongous hamburger for lunch & a drive around town, very nice. Have 4 boats from North Haven here, 2 of which were on the slip in Adelaide with us at the same time, Golden Cowrie & Tramp II (with whom we had a most enjoyable evening, albeit late) and Pappion II who is berthed here for next 12 months. Off into town today for a few supplies had lunch & then Garry & I went off for a walk to the Botanic Gardens where they have 181 Dahlia varieties in bloom, very pretty (had to go there as we have a friend called Dalia, cheers).


Wind turbines
Petrified Forest
Botanic Gardens
Our new friend Ann who drove us around
Some great Architecture
Big vibrant Portland
Fri Apr 12 18:54 2019 NZST
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
38 20.771S 141 36.638E
Weather: Sunny, - 27 deg, 5kn SE 1016 baro

Arrived safely in Portland Marina 5pm after 30hr haul, tired and super ready for drinks, feed & showers, flopped in front of telly where the guys promptly fell asleep. Big sleep in this morning. Had alternator collected for testing then gave the girl a big bubble bath and general tidy up. Off to the Richmond Henty for tea tonight and pool tournament continuation. Just got excited about possible trip to Bunnings but alas there's not one here, colour me sad!


Lawrence Rocks
Portland sunset
Double Bubble

Hi mate, just looked you up on the YIN. site. Will follow you with interest and envy. Great bumping into you and Kath. All the best. Stay safe. Heather and Brian
Thu Apr 11 16:41 2019 NZST
Run: 88.2nm (159.6km)
Avg: 16.1knts
24hr: 387.2nm
38 26.737S 141 32.000E
Weather: Overcast - 16 deg 8kn E, 1022 baro. Distance travelled so far approx 335nm.

Heading smack on 090E to Cape Nelson, as we motor past the Wind turbines (there's an irony) as there's been barely a breath of wind since Robe & what there has been, is.....you guessed it, on the nose! Lucky if we get into Portland Marina by 5pm at this rate, distance travelled this run approx 145nm.


Great reading all about your trip. Missing you bot Keep us posted, Gosh Kath,I thought you would have had a coffee machine on board.A necessary acquisition when you reach Portland. Love Dalia

Hi guys nice to hear your getting along nice pic of last rays no marinas and houses in the background hugs alf

You guys are going great what’s your next port of call? Regards Glen.
Thu Apr 11 11:13 2019 NZST
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
38 .17.550S 140 .58.470E
Weather: Overcast -13 deg, 12kn ESE baro 1023

A 15kn nthly was predicted, however despite several course changes throughout the night the wind has stayed on the nose all the way! We are now well past Port Macdonnell & Mt Gambier and have crossed the border into Victoria. Cups of tea & hot cross buns for breakfast, yeah! Our crew has complimented us on his accomodation & has stated he would much prefer a coffee machine rather than the bread machine in his cabin ( had to wait for bread to finish before we unplugged from marina prior to departure, to hot to put away, hence his cabin floor!


Thu Apr 11 3:30 2019 NZST
Run: 89.2nm (161.5km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.5nm
38 01.300S 140 .16.253E
Weather: Cloudy - 10 deg

Just coming up to WPT5 waypoint between Cape Banks & Cape Northumberland SA to change course to heading 115 as several large (read 285mtr)ships are approaching. Counting flashes on lighthouses and confirming whereabouts on chart with Lat & Long checks hourly.


The last few rays
Wed Apr 10 13:44 2019 NZST
Run: 42.4nm (76.7km)
37 .09.40S 139 .45.25E
Weather: Cloudy, 14 deg, baro 1024

Just departed Robe enroute to Portland, eta approx 12pm tomorrow. Quite swelly leaving entrance and getting around reefs, all whilst trying to spot craypots. Robe is a lovely tidy town with neat marina, adjustable cleats & hose runs. Our new friends on "Time Out" have departed behind us enroute back to Adelaide & we wish them well.


Robe entrance
Marina
Mon Apr 8 12:21 2019 NZST
Run: 130.5nm (236.2km)
37 09.673S 139 45.005E
Weather: Overcast,, 21 deg, 13kn w baro 1008

Waiting for fronts to pass prior to our departure for Portland. Gave up on alternator repair for now & put back old one. Had a fun evening on Friday with Peter and Caroline from "Time Out" who are waiting on the same fronts to pass..Garry managed to buy a kite after his homemade one crashed an died so spent Sat arvo flying kite with some locals, who promptly went and bought their own kite. Had a few walks into town, dodging rain squalls, ended up at the Caledonian for lunch yesterday and "Pool tournament" at Robe hotel, back to DB for card comps, really not sure who wins these things as no scoring involved! All good fun.😊


Robe Marina
Garry's new kit
Robe Obelisk, Alcatraz in the background!
Fri Apr 5 18:48 2019 NZDT
Run: 170.4nm (308.4km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.1nm
38 20.771S 141 36.638E
Weather: Sunny, - 27 deg, 5kn SE 1016 baro

Arrived safely 5pm yesterday after a long 30hr haul, ready for well deserved drink, feed & flop in front of telly where the guys promptly fell asleep. Big sleep in this morning, had port alternator collected for testing and gave the girl a big bubble bath & general tidy up. Off to the Richmond Henty for tea & possible pool tournament continuation. Just got excited at the prospect of a trip to Bunnings but alas, not one here, colour me sad!


Thu Apr 4 15:11 2019 NZDT
Run: 42.2nm (76.4km)
37 :09.672S 139 :44.998E
Weather: Pleasant partly cloudy, 24deg

Enjoying Robe Marina, had our friends on Alcatraz join us for 2 days before they departed today for Portland. We have had a diode going dodgy in the port Alternator, and had to freight a new one in, better to be safe than sorry! Lucky I have a Marine Engineer husband & Electrician brother to render any repairs! Still having an issue with our track appearing correctly on this site but I'm sure it will be sorted soon. Have Mike here from Robe council who is incredibly helpful and given us a few lifts into town.


Great seeing and hearing about your progress guys!!! love, Auntie
Wed Apr 3 13:35 2019 NZDT
Run: 143.7nm (260.1km)
37 9.81666S 139 44.29688E
Weather: Cloudy - 14 deg 5kn on the nose 1024 baro

Just departed Robe bound for Portland, approx eta 12.00 pm tomorrow. Quite swelly getting out and around reef, but hey we've had worse! Quite a nice marina, with adjustable cleats & channels for hoses, very tidy town too. Our new friends on "Time Out" are commencing their run back to Adelaide just behind us, we wish them well!


Mon Apr 1 20:06 2019 NZDT
Weather: Partly cloudy, 26 deg, o wind

Arrived safely into Robe marina after 27 hrs non stop sail, shame that you can't say, "stop the bus, I want to get off" (so to speak) when the sea's are dodgy, read as blah!!! All over the shop, sail up, sail down, 5-6mtr sea's at time's luckily not to high a winds between 15kn to 3okn then down to 3kn's on the nose w/ super sloppy sea's. On a brighter note the dawn brought in a lovely sunrise with albatross greeting us into the new day. Relatively reasonable for the rest of the trip with much plotting and verification. Pizza & beer's, showers and sleep to follow. Still not quite worked out getting tracking right, should show Robe!


Daybreak
Bird in flight
Captain at rest.
Sun Mar 31 14:38 2019 NZDT
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72.8nm
35 45.333S 137 50.222E
Weather: Cloudy, 19 deg, 15kn wind, 6.9kn sog

Departed American River, thanks to Katie for trip into Kingscote and great photo xx


Sun Mar 31 13:07 2019 NZDT
Run: 0.5nm (0.9km)
35 47.644S 137 46.179E
Weather: Overcast, 16 deg, 13kn southerly

Preparing for departure shortly (hooray), destination Robe eta approx 10am tomorrow.


Fri Mar 29 18:52 2019 NZDT
35 47.28328S 137 46.47706E

Good luck guys, looks like we timed the weather right for our trip to Lincoln. Cheers, Stu
Fri Mar 29 18:49 2019 NZDT
No position sent.
Weather: Windy - 16 deg, 25-35 knots, white caps in the river, wind on tide, wind generator cranking.

Waiting for this next front to go through!. Beautiful clear 22 deg yesterday, watched crabs & stingrays swimming about, polished stainless, whilst guys get new mobiles up to date & Iridium to work. Cooked up pizza's & soup to freeze for "meals underway' today whilst getting thrown about.


Super clear, Des & Katies mooring
Super clear, Des & Katies mooring.
Wind instrument working woo hoo!
Pretty
Wed Mar 27 17:34 2019 NZDT
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Weather: Partly cloudy - 26 deg

Improved - Collection of replacement wind gear has finally fixed this issue, we now have wind info, hurrah! Awesome shot taken from mast head. Also new mobile phone collected from the big smoke as Rod's S7 died, so an expensive day out. We have now missed our weather window to proceed onto Robe and are now waiting again for next window. Used the time to make fresh water (500 litres) and replenish stocks (read more beer)!


American River, Kangaroo Island
Reinstall of replacement wind gear

Glad to hear all ' ship shape !😁 Nice pic Rod , or was that Garry 🍻💋
Mon Mar 25 18:55 2019 NZDT
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Initially named "Double Dutch" when she was built in Sydney by Hugo & Sjirk in 1998. Then re-named "Double Bubble" by the previous loving owners Bob & Maureen until her sale to us in 2008. She has been lovingly upgraded and maintained and is finally ready for her cruising life. We departed from Adelaide at midnight16/3/19 winds ranged from 3kn - 30kn throughout the entire evening depending on when we put the sails up or not, as is the way. Somewhere in the middle of the high seas the 2 yr 5mth old TickTack Wind indicator MN100-2 decided to die so we could only estimate wind speed/direction. We arrived at 8.45am into Second Valley, and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon with the Catamaran Alcatraz before departing on the 18/3/19 at 8.15am for Eastern Cove, Kangaroo Island, arriving at 12.30pm Rocky Point, KI. We anchored there for 2 nights whilst trying to work out issues with wind indicator eventually sending brother dear up the mast for removal and inspection. As high northerly winds were predicted we then entered into American River on the 20/3/19 and have remained here awaiting an Airbag with a new battery which of course, once received, was not the problem (naturally not long out of warranty). So sending off brother for whole new unit via ferry and bus to Adelaide and hopefully get this cruising show on the road so to speak!


Second Valley with Alcatraz
Rocky Point Kangaroo Island
Fun with Kites - home made when brother dear - bored!
Mon Mar 25 16:29 2019 NZDT
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
35 47.28328S 137 46.47706E
Weather: Overcast 24, approximately 25knots

At Anchor, American River


How's this for a view
Serene
Sun Mar 17 20:45 2019 NZDT
Run: 78.5nm (142.1km)
Avg: 9knts
24hr: 215.7nm
35 47.888S 137 49.581E

Second Valley


Sun Mar 17 12:01 2019 NZDT
34 47.750S 138 28.840E

North Haven


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