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02/12/2013
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Hi everyone, Things have been very busy here at South Pacific Resort, which is great. The resort has had a few record months in a row so we must be doing something right. It still isnt anything like the joy of sailing with your family, but atleast I do get to work in a beatifull place. Joanne and I have also been busy looking at houses with the aim of getting back into the property market before it climbs again and whilst interest rates are low. We were lucky enough to come across a lovely 5 bedroom house on 4.5 acers of farmland near the township of Eumundi (about 15 mins from Noosaville). It actualy settles this week, we plan to rent it out in the new year as we are still required to live onsite at the resort for the next 6-12 months. It is a long term goal to have a place to call
05/05/2013
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Hi All, Well it has been three months since a started here at the South Pacific Resort min beautiful Noosa. As I said last time it is certainly a huge change for the whole family from living the cruising life. Not that it is that bad, just different. Mac has slipped straight back into school life, his grades have not  suffered so sailing didn't do him any harm at all. He is still not a big fan of homework, but who is? He is loving his music and has been upgraded to one of the second violinists in the school orchestra, not bad considering he probably pick his violin up 3 or 4 times when we where sailing and was thinking of giving it up. Jo has also bought him a cheap 2nd hand keyboard and he has been teaching himself the piano and lucky for him we have a baby grand at the resort that h
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17/02/2013
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Hi all, We arrived back a Noosa around the 24th of Dec after a bit of a wild crossing of the Wide Bay Bar the day before. Completely my fault, left the run to late and had the second hour of the run out tide against the incoming swell, was all good until the last 10 min's of the crossing. Near the most    seaward way-point for those of you that know the bar. We had 5 odd metre waves breaking over the boat and I think at one point Jo was saying a prayer! The boys where inside watching a movie and besides it being a bit rough, they did not even know. We where never in danger, but I was glad to be
31/10/2012
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Well hello everyone, We have had a wonderful 6 weeks cruising from Port Douglas to Lizard Island twice. Our first trip was with our dear friends from Noosa, Nikki, Jamie, Hamish, Monique and Trent. Yes we had 9 people on board for three weeks!  It was a wonderful trip, we had calm weather on departure, so decided to stay at magnificent Mackay Cay for the night and enjoyed a walk on the beach, a snorkel around the coral gardens and a champagne on sunset. It was the perfect start to the trip.  The next day we sailed to Irene Reef, just below ribbon number One. We dropped anchor in abo
05/09/2012
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Hi all, Well we have been very lazy on he blogging front. It must be the laid back lifestyle here in FNQ.  Not that it has been that laid back in fact we have been quite busy, between sailing, fishing, Cray hunting, snorkelling, kite boarding, walking, paddle skiing, playing cricket on the beach, flying the stunt kite and generally enjoying lizard island it has been hard to stay up past 8.30 at night. We are having a bit of a rest day today. The rest of the fleet, Double Shot and Obsession have headed over to Eagle Island to go kiting for the day (we went over a couple of days ago and had a kite there
08/08/2012
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Hi All, Just a real quick blog. We are all safe and well and enjoying Lizard Island. We had a great sail up here, caught a heap of fish and had a safe night out art the reef. We got to Lizard about a week ago. Mac and I have been learning to Kite Board in the Blue Lagoon. It is a great place to learn, clear warm water and strong winds. Mac is doing better than me, he is kiting both directions and getting better every day. It has been a bit harder for me, I am getting launched a bit but a few days and I should be kiting. We have been hare about a week now and have enjoyed snorkelling on the reefs andy catching up with the other cruisers that are calling this beautiful place their home. There looks like there is a drop in the wind later this week so we may take the opportunity and head
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24/07/2012
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Hi again, Well since the last blog we have spent a few days in the Marina at the Yacht Club at Port Douglas, the sail up was eventful, there was a call on the VHF from Cairns VTS, there was two people in the water off Double Island and they where looking for assistance. We where about 4 miles from the island so we radioed back and said that we would assist. We turned back towards where the last reported sighting, belting back against the 25 knot south easterly that was blowing. The long story short was that we got to where the two guys were to see them pulled out of the water by the rescue helicopter, it put us an hour behind but it was good to here that the guys where safe and well. Not quite sure why they where out in a ski boat in 25 knot winds, crazy stuff. We got to Port Douglas
23/07/2012
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  Hi All, Well its never dull aboard Somerset Cat. Last Thursday we took the boys along with the crew from Tres Amigos to the Cairns Show. It was a long and very tiering day, we did it all, ate Dagwood dogs, saw the wood chopping, the pole climbing, visited with all the farm animals, wondered through side show ally and of course there was plenty of rides to go on. I only went on one ride with Mac and Liam, it was called the Sky Walker and it was a bad idea, you spent most on the time either upside down or being flung around 40 odd mts in the air. I felt like throwing up and was a bit doughy for a while, the kids seemed ok!! We also got to see some freestyle motocross, which was pretty cool. Sam was good all day except right at the end during the motocross he had a big anxiety at
17/07/2012
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Well as you know from our last blog, we where worried about Casper as he was showing signs of a paralyse tick bite, after the nights sleep and as we where sailing towards Fitzroy Island we decided the we would bypass Fitzroy and head straight the Cairns and get the dog to the vets just in case. I set up an appointment, booked us into the marina and kept the dog as quite as possible. It was a very good decision as the vets diagnosis was definitely a paralyse tick bite. Casper by this stage was breathing very heavily and walking like he had had a couple too many beers. The good thing was that we got the tick off early and that he was at the vets before he was fully paralysed. He spent the night on a drip at the vets and was going to spend the weekend there. The next morning the vet rang and
17/07/2012
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Hi All, Well it has been interesting to say the least, we stayed anchored in the creek at Hinchinbrook for 4 nights, it was a great safe place to be with the strong wind and rain that we have been having, but in the end we had no crab pot bait left and we where all ready to move on. So on Wednesday the 11th we headed out of the creek and set course for Mourilyan Harbour which is a sugar loading facility at the mouth of the Moresby River around 60 miles south of Cairns. Great sail with some steady south-to-south easterly winds we got into the anchorage after lunch and dropped anchor and Mac and I grabbed Jason and his boys and headed to shore. There was a small servo just up the road and we where going to grab some bread and milk. And fuel for the tenders. There was a local gu
14/07/2012
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Well more Bloody Wind, We are safely anchored in number 1 creek at the northern end of Hinchinbrook Island it has been a wild few nights since we left Magnetic Island 5 days ago. The first night we spent in North East Bay on Great Palm Island, we anchored there just before dark and got in as close to shore as possible without getting to close to the bit of reef. Jason and Michelle had headed north to moor around the corner at the top of great Palm but found it to difficult to find a safe anchorage and headed back to where we where. It was very windy all night and our anchor dragged and we had a pretty rough night, but no major dramas. The next stop was Hazard Bay at Orpheaus Island, this is where the Resort is located, unfortunately the tide was so low that the reef becomes exposed and
14/07/2012
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Hi again, Well we have had a great few days a Magnetic Island, second day we put the boat on the beach and gave the bottom a bit of a clean as it was a bit green and horrible from being in the Noosa River over the summer. We scrubbed the bottom of the boat and I fitted new anodes on the prop shafts as well.  On the third day went for another walk along the beach and then decided to get the Knee Board and Wake boards out and take the kids for a board along the beach. It was a bit of fun but I am still very disappointed with the new 30hp 2 stroke outboard on the duck as it does not get on t