Serena-T

Serena-T

Fri Oct 26 3:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 22.7nm (41.1km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95nm
21 6.853S 149 13.494E

Well we made to Mackay and the motley crew are still alive and kicking but a little wobbly on their feet. Catering by the quartermaster continues to be of high quality, and should be continued on returning to WA. John has had to request additional baggage allowance so he can take his xxxx home with him . A fish was hooked today, but released again as it didn’t seem to like the taste of the lure.

That’s all folks until the next big adventure.


Thu Oct 25 21:16 2018 NZDT
20 47.336s 149 16.425e

Quartermaster has finally worked out the Gin measurements


On the home front. The family is looking forward to catching up with you all, tomorrow night, over dinner.
Thu Oct 25 18:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 36.5nm (66.1km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 109.5nm
20 47.336s 149 16.425e

Anchored at Beautiful Brampton. Resort has been closed for 8 years, and can be yours for $20m. Accommodating 160 guests, two pools, golf course, airport, 56 staff and managers accommodation. Some minor renovation required!


Thu Oct 25 10:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
20 17.857s 149 04.037e

Up and away surfing through Solway on 3 knots tide.


Wed Oct 24 18:45 2018 NZDT
Run: 4.1nm (7.4km)
20 16.879s 149 04.445e

Chaulkies Beach restaurant for tea.


Wed Oct 24 15:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 10.4nm (18.8km)
20 14.410s 149 01.690e

Hill Inlet cafe for lunch


Tue Oct 23 20:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
20 8.172s 148 54.725e

Hobnobbing with the rich people, and crew doing chores


Tue Oct 23 18:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 31.2nm (56.5km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107nm
20 7.946s 148 54.837e

Nara Inlet for the night.

Will photo if there’s internet, but me thinks we will be hidden from the phone waves

Steak for tea, so hopefully not too windy so the Weber gets hot.


Ahoy me hearties, Well boys, you certainly seem to be having a jolly good time. The food and alcohol seem to have been a major factor !!!! Er, how”s the sailing ? Xx
Tue Oct 23 11:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
20 3.594s 148 26.364e

Off to the Whitsunday’s to chase the rentayacht crowd.

Fish cakes last night very good.

Skipper had a bath so smells a little better now.

Wine bottles got smashed!


Mon Oct 22 10:30 2018 NZDT
Run: 82.4nm (149.1km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172nm
20 04.115s 148 26.337e

Arrived at Shag Islet.


Sun Oct 21 23:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 8knts
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)
Avg: 9.3knts
24hr: 223.5nm
19 18.022s 147 28.195e

Cracking along at 8 Knots now.

Quartermaster has now been promoted to cook. Excellent rissoles on tonight’s menu.

We caught our fishes daddy a while ago, but it bit through the wire leader and took off with my lure. That was my favourite lure too. I hope he chokes on it!


Sun Oct 21 18:32 2018 NZDT
19 05.668s 146 52.236e

John’s on the tea at the moment.


Sun Oct 21 18:32 2018 NZDT
19 05.668s 146 52.236e

John’s on the tea at the moment.


Sun Oct 21 17:30 2018 NZDT
Speed: 7knts
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
19 05.668s 146 52.236e

Well Magnetic Island survived our onslaught. And they did not run out of beer, so we have had a rest from the xxxx that John brought on board!

Today we felt a little lethargic, so hiking up to the fort was vetoed, and went in search of coffee instead. Found a place with the greatest coffee in Picnic Bay.

Weighed the anchor this arvo, and heading for Shag Islet, should be there in the morning with current wind forecast.


Sat Oct 20 15:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 25.6nm (46.3km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.8nm
19 06.657s 146 51.536e

Anchored in Horseshoe Bay for night or two. Lookout Maggie the boys are in town!


Sounds as though the winds have been in your favour and you have made good progress. Enjoy your reprieve at Maggie; let me know how the pub's paella compares to Serena T chef's efforts!
Sat Oct 20 11:15 2018 NZDT
Run: 21.5nm (38.9km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 167.4nm
18 48.534s 147 05.136e

The apprentice quartermaster is reinstating his credibility. Fish for lunch. Fish for tea. Fish for supper. Fish for midnight munchies. Yum.


Hi Bob. Tell dad Craig said it's only a baby but good on you...haha. Enjoy the trip xx Gemma

Woa that's a good size fish. I hope you have beer to accompany it. Have fun in the sun .
Sat Oct 20 8:10 2018 NZDT
Run: 86.1nm (155.8km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.9nm
18 32.701s 147 15.514e

Early there. Weaving back in through the reef, first sign of daylight so put the fish catcher out again. Maybe fish for tea tonight.

ETA Maggie @ coffee time.


Fri Oct 19 21:10 2018 NZDT
17 21.445s 146 51.742e

Chicken curry for tea. Fish off.


Fri Oct 19 16:25 2018 NZDT
Speed: 8.1knts
Run: 25.7nm (46.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.5nm
17 21.445s 146 51.742e

Had a fish on, but lost at the critical moment. Quartermaster not only unemployable but also incompetent!


Fri Oct 19 12:30 2018 NZDT
Speed: 8.4knts
Run: 36.4nm (65.9km)
17 01.272s 146 41.715e

On our way out to the deep blue sea, John a little concerned that it’s over 1km deep.

The wind and tide Gods are being good to us this morning, so making good progress.


Thu Oct 18 17:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 24.4nm (44.2km)
16 56.984s 146 8.939e

Left Cairns at 10 this morning, very light conditions. Now at Sudbury Reef. Snorkeling good, beach deserted, beer not so good. Apprentice quartermaster is no longer employable, so off to find a new on at Magnetic Island tomorrow.


Ahoy me hearties, Hope the amber nectar problem has been resolved by now. Put the culprit in Davy Jones locker. Tis bad form indeed. Hope there are no more calamities on board. - Knowing who’s crewing, that’s a tall order. !! Xx
Fri Sep 28 14:30 2018 NZST
Run: 36.3nm (65.7km)
Avg: 9.8knts
24hr: 236.2nm
16 55.070s 145 46.911e

Arrived Cairns. Had a great sail down for a change, nice birthday present from the wind Gods.

Time to clean up and pack up now.

Home on Monday.


Fri Sep 28 10:48 2018 NZST
16 25.881s 145 59.213e

Happy Birthday to Bob.

Had some lovely dives on Norman Reef, couple of nights were a bit windy and bouncy, but generally comfortable enough, and very safe.

Birds had a party on the deck the first night, and did not clean up their mess afterwards, so they got barred from then on. Up went flags, rags, bras and knickers, merrily flapping in the breeze. That worked! Tourist boats probably thought we had diarrhoea and had to launder the underwear every night!

Heading to Cairns today (boohoo, this is the end of the trip). No doubt there’ll be a few shinanigans for the couple of days we are there.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY hope you had a good one and the wine flows late into the nite. Have a good sail back to Cairns John & I will fly up to cairns on Tuesday 16 October arriving late around 10pm request access to serenat that nite Will try call tomorrow when ur back in civilisation Brother Steve
Mon Sep 24 16:10 2018 NZST
Run: 32.1nm (58.1km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.9nm
16 25.881s 145 59.213e

Arrived @ Norman Reef. Diving looks like it should be good. We are on a marine parks public mooring, which is apparently good enough for gales, so we should be OK. Not sure how long we’re going stay, maybe 2 or 3 nights, depends how good the diving turns out to be.

It’s only 5 hours to Cairns from here, so we might stay till Friday??


Mon Sep 24 10:00 2018 NZST
Run: 3.1nm (5.6km)
16 28.522s 145 30.314e

Up up and away again. Heading back out to the reef. Weather forecast not ideal but better than over the weekend.


Fri Sep 21 14:00 2018 NZST
Run: 13.8nm (25km)
16 29.169s 145 27.581e

All secure in Port Douglas “Superyachts” marina. We do apparently just fall into Superyachts category, but at the bottom end of the scale! Very calm, and quite balmy in here, first time we have felt hot during the whole trip, even ended up putting ac on, how bizarre!

Lunch out. Dinner out. All good.

We are here for 3 nights, waiting for the strong winds to blow away, then probably back out to the reef on Monday.


Thu Sep 20 20:00 2018 NZST
Run: 38.9nm (70.4km)
16 17.382s 145 29.937e

Anchored off Snapper Island tonight. Was a long slow slog into wind and tide again today.


Wed Sep 19 15:20 2018 NZST
Run: 21nm (38km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 75.8nm
15 43.738s 145 27.384e

Decided to stop at Hope Island because it looks nice. And it is lovely.


Wed Sep 19 8:41 2018 NZST
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
15 27.294s 145 19.262e

Early morning tide to get out of The Pond this morning.

Cooktown is a sleepy little place, but is obviously full of Capt Cook and Endeavour stuff. One of the main events is the IGA had tonic water in stock, so g&t back on the menu. Replenished a few other fresh food items too, so we have fruit and salad again, oh and back on fresh milk too.

Did a couple of nice walks, including up another one of Cooks famous lookouts.

Heading toward Port Douglas, there’s a big blow coming Friday, so we need to be there by then.


Sun Sep 16 15:37 2018 NZST
Run: 19.1nm (34.6km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.4nm
15 27.884s 145 14.447e

arrived Cooktown. Had to wait a while for the tide to come up so we could get over the sand bar into “The Pool “.

Tea ashore tonight, laundry, shopping and being nosey tomorrow. Maybe a trip up the Endeavour River if time permits.


Hope you’ve managed to re-stock ok. Can’t imagine you going too long without a G&T. Hot news.......Freya George Givney arrived yesterday weighing 8lb1oz. Rach had to have a c section in the end but both are doing well. Went and had lots of cuddles today. She is very cute. Will send some pictures to your phone for when you get in range. Take care xxx

Ahoy me hearties, Put me out of my misery, did you get the tonic ? Stephen now heading home. Xx
Sun Sep 16 11:11 2018 NZST
Run: 4.1nm (7.4km)
15 13.594s 145 23.209e

Heading for Cooktown this morning. Should be there about lunch time, could be a pub lunch on the menu. I think a trip to the shops and laundromat is on the cards too.


Sat Sep 15 16:06 2018 NZST
Run: 38.7nm (70km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 123.3nm
15 13.761s 145 19.497e

Decided to overnight in a nice calm bay behind Cape Bedford. Wouldn’t have got to Cooktown much before sunset, and it’s too crowded in there to faff around in the dark..

Pizza for tea.


Sat Sep 15 8:34 2018 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
14 40.646s 145 25.584e

Well peeps, up and away early this morning. Destination Cooktown.


Thu Sep 13 16:10 2018 NZST
14 39.619s 145 27.010e

So here we are, still waiting for a gap in the wind. Looks like Saturday or Sunday before we will move on. Disaster has struck, we ran out of washing up liquid, but managed to trade for some from “Island Lady”. She saved the day, as we were running out of clean dishes! But a worse situation has now arisen, no more tonic water. This is critical, we may both come down with malaria now! Will just have to hope the gin will keep the mozzies away without the tonic.

We have climbed the big hill to Cooks Lookout, which apparently takes some people 40 minutes to do, but took us an hour and forty. Mind you it is hard work climbing mountains when you have to take a Zimmer frame with you!

We have dived - was OK, but having been spoilt with diving the outer reefs, it’s hard to match with “ inland” diving.

Have snorkeled, and visited the “Reef Research Station”.

The staff bar at the resort has kept us fed watered and entertained on opening nights (3 times per week).

Have met several other yachties, some are waiting for weather like us, others are passing through to the north, and others are just soaking up the atmosphere here for several months each year.

We even had navy/customs here “resting” from the apparently rough weather (20 to 25 knots -really?), for three days. Inappropriate use of Government resources took place, using their high speed ribs for watersport activities!

Anyway, will update in a couple of days as more action evolves.


Ahoy me hearties, An sos has been sent out for a supply of tonic. Awful situation to be in. You have my sympathies..
Sun Sep 9 10:25 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 40.3nm (72.9km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.8nm
14 39.625s 145 27.014e

Arrived back at Lizard Island. Long night, lots of reefs, islands and ships to deal with, but a good result - we can chill now for a few days.


Sat Sep 8 22:09 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 33nm (59.7km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.4nm
14 28.273s 144 52.797e

Oh boy this is a slog. Making about 3 knots towards our destination. Wind and tide are just not on our side at all. Have decided to push on through the night straight to Lizard, should arrive about breakfast time, then off to bed for the day!


Sat Sep 8 12:25 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 19.2nm (34.8km)
14 08.995s 144 30.926e

On our way south again. Wind 18-20 kn on the nose, tide 1.5 kn on the nose. All makes for slow progress


Fri Sep 7 20:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
14 10.569s 144 13.774e

We are still here at Flinders. Looking at heading off in the morning - back to Lizard by Sunday arvo as there is a bit of a blow coming Monday for a day or two.

Caught fresh fish for tea tonight. Crumbed fish and chips on our menu. Hope you are all eating and drinking as good as us.


Hiya Birthday bash went well your sister was gob smacked when I knock on the door and promptly closed the door in my face !!!!! We're both off up north Sunday for a look around old haunts Glad to here the fish are biting one diving up to expectations I've booked flight to cairns arrive on Tuesday 16 October at 9pm can you organise gate pass and boat key perhaps post to me. If needed leave any instructions & a shopping list I'll get while u travel. I think John will travel Wednesday will let u know Happy sailing Steve
Thu Sep 6 20:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
14 10.569s 144 13.774e

Happy Birthday Brother an Sister


Thanks for the birthday wishes. It was a surprise and a half indeed when brother Stephen knocked on the door first thing this morning.. I fell off my perch big time !! The family all managed to keep it a secret. Poor lad is now 💤💤💤. He’s still on Aussie time. He’ll catch up to uk time eventually.
Thu Sep 6 12:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 22.7nm (41.1km)
14 10.569s 144 13.774e

River Safari was too big an expedition, so had to be canceled.

Back at Flinders Island. Much prettier and more sedate.


Wed Sep 5 16:55 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 20.2nm (36.6km)
14 25.713s 144 00.696e

Moved into "The Big Bay" for an adventure dinghy ride up the Kennedy River to spot some crocs.

Bit rough at the moment, will have to wait for the sea breeze to die down, so our River Safari may not be until the morning.


Tue Sep 4 22:25 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 23nm (41.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.1nm
14 12.8481s 144 13.000e

Finally arrived. We were going to stop at several places along the way, but as we got to them, all seemed too early to pull up since the sailing conditions were so good. We had planned to stop in Bathurst Bay about 15 miles to the east of us by sunset, however it was looking a bit uncomfortable for an overnight anchorage, so decided to push on into the night and ended up here in the Flinders group. Arrived in the dark, so who knows what we'll wake up to in the morning.


Tue Sep 4 18:32 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 37.7nm (68.2km)
Avg: 7.7knts
24hr: 185.9nm
14 09.951s 144 33.385e

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Tue Sep 4 13:40 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.6knts
Run: 33.7nm (61km)
14 32.861s 144 57.558e

We left Lizard promptly this morning, as our weather window to get up to the Flinders looks a little short, so we decided to make a mad dash, with a view of being back at Lizard on Sunday. We'll see how this plan pans out - we are at the mercy of the weather Gods now.


Sun Sep 2 18:25 2018 NZST
Run: 14.2nm (25.7km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.5nm
14 39.609s 145 27.005e

Arrived @ Lizard. We are about 1/2 hour late due to drama on the high seas. We lost the dinghy overboard! BUT, of course it floats so we performed the perfect man/woman/person overboard manoeuvre and recovered the lost dinghy. A little worse for wear after it’s ordeal, but now repaired and all is plain sailing again.

We have a little internet here but is very poor, so catching up on e-mails and phone text while we hang here for a day or two.


Sun Sep 2 15:13 2018 NZST
Run: 10.6nm (19.2km)
14 50.794s 145 32.448e

Dived Pixies Pinnacle again this morning, it such a beautiful little bit of reef, there is just too much to take it all in in one dive. No sign of Brucey and his mates today!

Departed the mooring about 11:30, and now on our way to Lizard.


Sat Sep 1 11:20 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
14 55.801s 145 40.483e

Moved to Pixies Pinnacle this morning. Fabulous dive - excellent example of reef.

Did another dive this afternoon - Bob got chased out of the water by a herd? school? shoal? of sharks that seemed a bit too interested!!!!! Weather calm, all good. Probably dive in the morning then head off to Lizard for a couple of days. May have phone coverage there. Over and out for now.


Fri Aug 31 15:05 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.9nm
14 54.910s 145 41.390e

Picked up a bouy at Challenger Bay dive site at south end of Ribbon #10. Dived the bay - its OK. Plenty fish life, but reef a little bleached out. Looks to be recovering though. Sleeping sharks, and not so sleeping sharks!!! Hoping we can get away with staying the night here, and some dive boat doesn't come and kick us off. Will head south a mile to Pixies Pinnacle tomorrow for more diving.

We can see Lizard Island now, only another 20 miles or so to go, which will be Sundays trip. We are still off grid at this stage.

Hopefully these updates are working OK, we can't see them from our end.

Chiou for now.


Hi, Sounds like all is going well. Everything all good here, no baby news yet. The girls and Fletcher came swimming, fletchers first time in the pool. He loved it. Take care, happy sailing. Sarah xxx

Good morning Mum and Dad Thanks for your email Dad wishing you (in case you are unable to phone) A Happy Father's Day have a great day on Sunday Had a great with girls yesterday saw a 🐋🐳 Judy and I had our movie and smoothie night last night Have a 🥓 and egg 🍳 Muffin now for breakfast Going to Hot Wok with James tonight Taking Sunny to RSPCA tomorrow for a bath Missing you both lots 😘 Hope to talk with you tomorrow Lots of Love Sarah ❤️❤️
Fri Aug 31 12:40 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.9knts
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.7nm
15 08.650s 145 40.447e

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Fri Aug 31 11:07 2018 NZST
Speed: 8.4knts
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.5nm
15 19.520s 145 43.281e

Spinnakers up - now we are cracking along - its knocked two hours off our estimated trip time.


Fri Aug 31 10:26 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 1.7nm (3.1km)
15 22.505s 145 45.199e

Under way again. Had some good diving at the Clam gardens - and yes there are clams there - even some pretty big ones, approx 1.5m across.

Heading to Ribbon #10 now.


Wed Aug 29 15:06 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 87.7nm
15 22.753s 145 46.668e

Anchored at Ribbon#5. Winds up a bit (20 to 25 knots) but its a great anchorage. Dived the southern end of the reef this afternoon - OK. We are going to cross over to the Clam Gardens tomorrow.


Hi Mum and Dad Thanks for the postcard 🐠 Missing you both Did well at bowling 🎳 got six x 💖 Lots of Love Sarah
Wed Aug 29 14:43 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.3knts
Run: 33.9nm (61.4km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.8nm
15 23.204s 145 45.494e

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Wed Aug 29 10:16 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
15 52.655s 145 46.474e

Under way again. We were going to hang here for a day or so to do some diving, but although we thought we had all the time in the world, it has dawned on us that we still have a long way to go. Heading to the Clam Gardens dive site on Ribbon #5. We are off grid now, and having a few technical/ operator issues with the sat comm.

If you can see this, 1 it?s a miracle, and 2, hopefully we have our operator fixed.


Tue Aug 28 16:30 2018 NZST
Speed: 1knts
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.1nm
15 52.789s 145 46.615e

Escaped to Escape reef, much calmer, hopefully catch up on some sleep.


Tue Aug 28 15:04 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
15 58.012s 145 47.477e

Too roly, no sleep, grumpy bear on board so moving on. Liz got a dive in this morning, not bad, lots Nemos and Flame Angels. Yummy looking cod too.


Mon Aug 27 15:43 2018 NZST
Run: 2.9nm (5.2km)
Avg: 3knts
24hr: 72nm
15 58.627s 145 49.331e

All secure here for at least 1 night.


Mon Aug 27 14:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 15.4nm (27.9km)
Avg: 7.8knts
24hr: 187.9nm
16 01.000s 145 48.331e

Just checked out Agincourt 5. Looks good dive, but too windy to anchor here tonight. Heading to Agincourt 3.


Mon Aug 27 14:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
16 01.000s 145 48.331e

Just checked out Agincourt 5. Looks good dive, but too windy to anchor here tonight. Heading to Agincourt 3.


Mon Aug 27 12:47 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.6knts
Run: 6.5nm (11.8km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 199.1nm
16 13.468s 145 43.352e

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Mon Aug 27 12:47 2018 NZST
Speed: 7.6knts
16 13.468s 145 43.352e

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Mon Aug 27 12:00 2018 NZST
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Avg: 18knts
24hr: 432nm
16 15.014s 145 37.662e

Just had two humpbacks drift past. One was white.


Mon Aug 27 12:00 2018 NZST
16 15.014s 145 37.662e

Just had two humpbacks drift past. One was white.


Mon Aug 27 11:59 2018 NZST
Run: 9.9nm (17.9km)
16 15.022s 145 37.412e

Calm start, so motor on for an hour, which means we have hot water for showers tonight. Grin.

Wind got up about 20 minutes ago, so off to the reef we go.


Mon Aug 27 11:59 2018 NZST
16 15.022s 145 37.412e

Calm start, so motor on for an hour, which means we have hot water for showers tonight. Grin.

Wind got up about 20 minutes ago, so off to the reef we go.


Fri Aug 24 20:00 2018 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
16 22.864s 145 33.781e

Arrived at Low Isles. Gins brewed. Sun is setting.


Glad to hear the Kites finally drying out try to keep the gin away from it enjoy the sundowners Breezes look good for few days S
Fri Aug 24 19:34 2018 NZST
Run: 4.8nm (8.7km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 128nm
16 22.678s 145 34.364e

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Fri Aug 24 18:40 2018 NZST
Run: 16nm (29km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.6nm
16 25.282s 145 37.808e

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Fri Aug 24 16:06 2018 NZST
Run: 15.5nm (28.1km)
16 37.873s 145 43.886e

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Thu Aug 23 13:37 2018 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
16 50.363s 145 49.023e

We are under way. Heading for th Low Isles. Conditions rather calm, but the spinnaker is hanging out to dry at last!


Thu Aug 2 17:12 2018 NZST
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)
16 55.054s 145 46.903e

Arrived in Cairns just after lunch. All is well.

Clean up and wash down, then home tomorrow.


Wed Aug 1 18:07 2018 NZST
16 55.630s 145 59.224e

Anchored at Fitzroy for a good nights sleep after a good evenings R&R.

Could have made Cairns but we don’t want to yet. Quick hop and a Jump tomorrow to Cairns for clean up and laundry jobs.

Need to hang the spinnaker out to dry too, it got wet today!!! (don’t ask)!


Ahoy me hearties, Who dunked the spinnaker in the drink then ? So you didn’t make it to Wales then, despite the heavy mob escorting you ? Hope this gets to you. It’s been difficult to fathom (‘scuse the nautical pun). Xx
Wed Aug 1 16:37 2018 NZST
Run: 6.3nm (11.4km)
Avg: 47.3knts
24hr: 1134nm
16 55.625s 145 59.224e

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Wed Aug 1 16:29 2018 NZST
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.6nm
16 55.873s 146 4.941e

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Wed Aug 1 15:16 2018 NZST
Speed: 8.6knts
Run: 26.2nm (47.4km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.4nm
16 55.979s 146 12.815e

Change of plan breeze came up to 20 knots. Was going to stop on Sudbury Reef for the night but a bit windy!

Heading to Fitzroy Island for the night. Cracking along at 9 knots.


Wed Aug 1 11:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.7knts
Run: 126nm (228.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.2nm
17 05.482s 146 34.460e

Motoring. Wind 10 kts from behind. Chang is due soon


Tue Jul 31 16:48 2018 NZST
No position sent.

pos : 18 32.005s 147 44.802e reef during tomorrow morning.


Just catching up on your progress the automatic updates don't give any speeds only position. Looks like it's been a slow one so far perhaps you should put some more sail up .... Reefing in 10-15 Knt breeze !!!!!!! Have u tried the kite yet or is the bonded store now open and delaying these sorts of shnanagins ? Have you caught that big fish yet for tea. Sail we'll talk to u when ur back home S
Tue Jul 31 16:48 2018 NZST
Run: 102.5nm (185.5km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 133.9nm
18 32.005s 147 44.802e

pos : 18 32.005s 147 44.802e reef during tomorrow morning.


Tue Jul 31 16:45 2018 NZST
No position sent.

pos : 18 32.005s 147 44.802e reef during tomorrow morning.


Mon Jul 30 22:26 2018 NZST
19 47.864s 148 34.003e

Still trying to work this app out. I think I will stick to navigating, it seems much easier than this.

Chugging along just fine.


Mon Jul 30 22:26 2018 NZST
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.8nm
19 47.864s 148 34.003e

Still trying to work this app out. I think I will stick to navigating, it seems much easier than this.

Chugging along just fine.


Mon Jul 30 22:16 2018 NZST
Run: 1.8nm (3.3km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 172.8nm
19 47.864s 148 34.003e

Automated update from App.


Mon Jul 30 22:16 2018 NZST
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
19 48.752s 148 34.515e

Automated update from App.


Ahoy me hearties, Whales - I thought you were heading for Cairns not Wales ! Jon didn’t realise there are
Mon Jul 30 22:01 2018 NZST
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
19 49.220s 148 34.793e

Automated update from App.


Mon Jul 30 16:12 2018 NZST
Run: 41.6nm (75.3km)
Avg: 356.6knts
24hr: 8557.7nm
19 50.055s 148 35.331e

Automated update from App.


Mon Jul 30 16:05 2018 NZST
20 21.436s 148 54.347e

So we are up and away. Whales, whales and more whales. Conditions close to perfect, although wind is dropping off now. No mackerel yet.


Mon Jul 30 8:00 2018 NZST
Run: 51.8nm (93.8km)
Avg: 1554knts
24hr: 37296nm
20 21.436s 148 54.347e

Automated update from App.


Mon Jul 30 7:58 2018 NZST
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
21 2.521s 149 13.972e

Automated update from App.


Sun Jul 29 19:51 2018 NZST
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
21 6.800s 149 13.438e

So here we go again. Currently I’m Mackay marina, and all set for an early morning departure tomorrow morning. Destination Cairns. Weather forecast ideal from about 0400 tomorrow.


Serena-T - Living the life

We've been everywhere man - Shark Bay, Champagne Beach, Hog harbour, Port Olry, Turtle Island, Blue holes and Oyster Island.
We were kindly guided into Shark Bay by Peter of Lataro Island, which he is currently converting to an exclusive resort, but unfortunately we didn't have time to get ashore there and heck it out. The first aircraft was due to land on the new airstrip this week!
Shark Bay also introduced us to Chief William, and a few of his family, lovely people, so kind and Read more...

generous. We traded a few gifts for fresh produce, just so frustrated - and the paw paw is the best ever. Dived the reef, snorkelled the reef - brilliant.
Champagne beach is very pretty with its white soft sand, but a little commercialised, so we only stayed one night and moved on to Port Olry (recommended by Peter - thanks).
Port Olry is simply Heaven. Dived, snorkelled, ate Lobster, Coconut crab, rubber fish and soggy chicken! Sundowners were fabulous. Boys sailed around in wheelbarrow tubs. Fishermen showed their catch - some of which I would have put in the aquarium rather than eat.
Alfie ended in the dog-house for deleting Bob's photos of sharks, even though they were only small!
Dived Turtle Island reef - awesome, just awesome. Went up to the Ri-ri blue hole, and the local owner and children showed us how to swing in and have a bath in the beautiful blue fresh water. Brilliant. We are enjoying the cocktails and culinary delights of Oyster Island resorts 5 star chef tonight, all rather nice.
Tomorrow we will visit Philips village, after he came and invited us in his dug-out canoe, so if you don't here from us again we have decided to stay and settle in to the "village life".

Coconut cocktails
Coconut cocktails
Sewing
Sewing
Shark Bay
Shark Bay
Heaven
Heaven
Port Olry girls
Port Olry girls
Boys n toys
Boys n toys
Port Olry restaurant
Port Olry restaurant
Port Olry
Port Olry
Laundry ugh!
Laundry ugh!
Oyster turtles
Oyster turtles
Rainy sailing
Rainy sailing
Fish
Fish
Lunch time
Lunch time
Tug
Tug
Backpackers accommodation
Backpackers accommodation
Blue hole relaxation
Blue hole relaxation
Horseplay
Horseplay
Bathing
Bathing
Swinging
Swinging
Washing machine
Washing machine
Skipper
Skipper
Our house & backyard
Our house & backyard
Cooling off
Cooling off
More tugs
More tugs
More fish
More fish

Serena-T - Week 2: in Vanuatu

Well needless to say we have been busy exploring with very little time to keep you updated. So will rectify that without further ado!
So Bob's last update let you know we had arrived safe and sound in Luganville,but unfortunately for us it was on Saturday morning and so we had wait like sitting ducks, albeit old ducks (!), until Monday. Even then,it took us half a day to clear through Customs which was done by 12:00pm. Next stop was Immigration but they had just gone on their lunch break, Read more...

for 1hr and 30mins; l would say we are working in the wrong country!
With all the legal documents completed and accepted, plus two lots of payment, thank you very much, we were finally free to explore.
Provisions needed replenishing, which took us off to the local market. We scouted round the market then went off in different directions to buy the best produce from different stalls.
The chef was given a night off on Monday. We wined and dined at a local resort who is owned by an Australian with 2 brothers that live in Mackay! Food was yum and will most probably return there when we restock for the return passage.
Sailed round to Palikulo Bay and stopped off at Million Dollar point en route. The point provided excellent snorkelling as a number of military vehicles were driven into the sea by the Americans following WW2.So we jumped in to have a look only to be told by a local from the shore line we were required to pay even though we had provided our own transport and equipment!
Palikulo Bay was picturesque. Bright blue clear water and sandy beaches. Met a few locals and started giving away our gifts; the delightful smile on a young boy's face as we gave him a soccer ball will remain impregnated in our memories. Managed to get our first dive in; much of the reef has been damaged by the cyclone, but there was evidence of recovery happening.
Currently, we are moored up at Aore island and have been snorkelling this morning. Just waiting for my dough to rise before I bake some rolls for lunch. So will have to say au revoir for now.

PS There is a prize for the first person who can identify Alfie's bird in the attached photo.....good luck!

Arrival flags up
Arrival flags up
What's this bird?
What's this bird?
Cleared customs
Cleared customs
Blowing the dinghy
Blowing the dinghy
First plonk
First plonk
Headless torso
Headless torso
Surfaced
Surfaced
Wrecked
Wrecked
Wreck diving no tanks
Wreck diving no tanks
Mum & daughter
Mum & daughter
Rolling pin
Rolling pin
Fish
Fish
More fish
More fish
Watching out in front
Watching out in front
More wreck diving
More wreck diving
Arrival brekkie
Arrival brekkie

Serena-T - Birthday at sea

A big thank you to all for the various birthday gifts the girls managed to smuggle on board without my knowledge. Great stuff. Just as well there was nothing requiring declaring to customs, as the declarations have already been submitted! Also many thanks for all the birthday messages, great to get those.
The bubbly will have to wait a couple of days, dry ship whilst on passage, but will make sure it is put into the fridge in plenty of time to chill.
One gift was a pizza stone for Read more...

our little Webber bbq, and funnily enough, Chef Liz has some flour and things for making pizza dough. So homemade pizzas today. Now this is exciting, cos we don't even make pizza at home, so to try it on board a yacht 100's of miles from anywhere is pretty daring stuff. Unfortunately our mushrooms had to be donated to the fish,as they became a little rank, so we have no mushroom for the pizza topping. The pizzas turned out supremo perfecto, the only thing missing was our "delivery boy" James.
What with attempting fresh bread for the first time yesterday, pizzas today, I wonder what tomorrow might bring - cake maybe? (dreaming I think!)
I also received a "ships stamp" for Serena-T ( many thanks Sarah) which has turned out brilliant, so we can now stamp official customs documents.
An odd item that appeared was a dressing gown! Now why would you need one of those on a boat in the tropics? As it happens, I write this sat in the cockpit on the 8-12 watch, in a 12 knot cool breeze, yep you guessed, wearing a dressing gown!!!. It's nice and warm and cosy, enough to make you sleepy on watch. I just hope I don't go overboard wearing it, I think I'll sink like a rock when it gets wet!
So where is everyone, there is nobody else on this ocean? Oh of course, your all busy at work! And for those not working, you are probably sat in front of the fire with a blanket over your knees!
For those following the "updates", you will know we had some illness to deal with at the start which curbed appetites for several days, so after Alfie complaining about the number shown on our scales at home, I am sure if she stood on them now she'd have much better things to say about them!
Fishing so far has been unfruitful, even towing the whizz bang super lures that Tom made for us, but maybe we have been going too fast for much of the time. Was hoping to see a nice Mahi-mahi, as apparently they are yummy-yummy. There's still time, and we will be going a lot slower for the rest of the trip as the wind is fading away to nothing for a couple of days.
Seen plenty of birds, feathered, and lots of boobies too (also feathered)! We even went through a "gang" of birds fishing, but alas, whilst they were busy filling their tummies full of fresh fish, our lures still came up with nothing. I Never have been a good fish catcher!
Alfie was very helpful when the going got slow, she sat on the transom and finned with her feet, which gave us an extra knot, but she soon got tired (or bored) and gave up! No stamina these old ducks!
We seem to have settled into a daily rhythm now, preparing food etc, cleaning up, assessing the weather gribs, tweaking sheets, spinnaker up / spinnaker down, attending to Ray the auto-pilots incessant alarms every time the wind shifts etc etc. All this keeps us busy to the point the days and miles are slipping by really quickly - just wondering when the pace of this "cruising" lark is going to slow down!
Anyway, enough of my babble, Ray is calling for attention again, so will deal with that and then try to work out how to get all this sent into space and bounced back again for you all to peruse.
Many thanks again for all the birthday wishes, oh and James, you shouldn't be so rude to your father, remember your birthday is just a couple of weeks off, and you are not such a spring chicken yourself these days!
Au revoir for now.

Extra horsepower
Extra horsepower
Birthday brekkie
Birthday brekkie
Birthday cake
Birthday cake
Dolphin Play time
Dolphin Play time
Dressing gown.??
Dressing gown.??
Family time
Family time
First bread
First bread
First pizza
First pizza
Goodbye Mackay
Goodbye Mackay
Hopeless Fisherman
Hopeless Fisherman
Washer Man
Washer Man

Serena-T - Underway at last

So we are away.
Forecast is for light winds, but we have a nice sea breeze currently getting us to the SE, so we'll go with it as long as we can.
Nearly ran into a whale within the first 10 minutes of leaving Mackay harbour, a pair of humpbacks surfaced within 15m of us, gave us a bit of a shock, but a nice welcome to the start of the voyage.
All crew are comfortable, no Mal de Mer yet - ginger tablets working their magic.
Having a few hiccups with the blog / photos Read more...

/ position report, but we are learning. I think we time-warped to Brisbane at one stage!!
Customs were great - no problems there, although Sarah was a little spooked by their guns.
So we just need to settle into a lookout routine, and enjoy the breeze whilst we have it.

Will check in again soon

Just read and saw all of the blog. Great news to hear of the Wales. Hope the rest of thrip is as internesting. Love to all

Hiya managed to get some of your blog however system still showing u in Makay assume eating the b/cake was the start of an adventure and not attempt to reschedule ur big 5-0. Date
however either ur navigation is up the creek or the tracking program has not been set up cause ur still in the home port !!!!! Unless os course it a big spoof
Fair winds and happy sailing big brother & sister watching u

How wonderful that I can keep a track on Alfie from my bed with my morning cup of tea! I hope you got nice photos of the Humpbacks! Not a bit jealous ....... Barbs told Johno he is taking you to the Tal Christmas do last night. He will eat your turkey for you. S had his radio active scan yesterday, don't think it was very nice, he will glow in the dark for a week now. Be a good girl and do as you are told (as if) Miss you Hugs xxxx

At last you are finally underway and escorted by the heavy mob no less!!!!!

Serena-T - Captain Bob attending to blown bulb!

Last minute preparations for the big trip to Vanuatu, weather permitting.

Light bulb replaced!
Light bulb replaced!