Double Bubble

Double Bubble

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
No position sent.
Weather: Cloudy - 8 deg, 0kn 1019 baro

Preparing for departure to Cleeland Bight, 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
No position sent.
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 11 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
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
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
No position sent.
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 11 (with whom we had a most enjoyable evening, albeit late) and Pappion 11 who is berthed here for 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, 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
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!

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!
Wed Mar 27 17:34 2019 NZDT
No position sent.
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

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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