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18/04/2012
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Hi everyone, Well its nearly time to head out of Noosa and sail north, We are all looking forward to the trip. I would like to mention the message we received over You Tube from Uncle Raggy. He has been following our journey and now would like to write us a song. What a beautiful gesture. I would love you to watch what he has posted so the link is below. It's funny how life's journey just happens, I know now that there is a purpose to our choosen lifestyle even with it's demands and difficult times. It's not all plain sailing you know, but definately worth it. Keep smiling love Jo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzklQpuNadg&list=PLBA2D5FF53C0E8821&index=1&feature=plpp_video
05/03/2012
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  Hi everyone, Well the last couple of weeks have been wet and windy and a little bit frustrating when living on a boat. Victoria is in the midst of massive floods and now south east Queensland is on flood alert. Just hope this weather subsides soon.
I have been fairly busy putting together some videos for our You Tube channel, smithsnoosa, and Adam & I are preparing the boat for our next adventure up north. Mac has fitted back into school life and is currently on a trip to Canberra with his c
24/11/2011
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Well what an adventure we have had since heading south from Lizard Island in early October.  Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting beautiful Sandy Cays, walking deserted beaches for miles and miles, collecting the most amazing shells, catching gigantic fish, spearing huge painted crayfish (Yummy), meeting people from all walks of life and sailing the beautiful Coral Sea.  I think Mackenzie figured out that by the time we reach Noosa we will have travelled over 2500 nautical miles !!! Not bad for a first time Crew !!

At the moment we are sitting at the Keppel’
05/10/2011
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Gliding through the Coral Sea, On a reach carefully held, The wind picks up and the sails creak, Tighten the lines!! Winch to the right!! Shift traveller to starboard, Loosen the sheets, to fill the main. Then winch them back for powerful gain.. Feel the hull move sharply through the Blue, With tell tails flying happliy on cue. Not a cloud in the sky and a gentle swell. She moves with grace and all is well. Watching for changes in the distance with care, An island, a rock, or a sunken wreck ,a reef
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05/09/2011
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Hello everyone, well its certainly been a wonderful trip up the east coast of Australia, and we have had some of the most amazing experiences.  We have reached Port Douglas and are taking the chance to explore the Daintree World Heritage rainforests and Cooktown for the next week or so. It’s really difficult to describe the beauty of this place and the feeling of complete appreciation of our beautiful country.  We have been able to share our journey with some wonderful people, some of whom are our fellow Aussie sailors and others from Canada, the United States and Denmark. One of the most
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02/08/2011
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A time line of our Journey so far:  

!6th May 2011 – Moored at Sanctuary Cove in front of brother Jason’s House. !8th May 2011 – Moored at Tipplers Resort, South Stradbroke Island 19th May 2011 – Moored at Russell Island before power lines waiting for tide. 20th May 2011 – Moored at Bongaree on public jetty at Bribie Island 21st May 2011 – Moored at Mooloolaba Marina 22nd May  2011 – Crossed Noosa Bar and moored in Noosa Woods
23/05/2011
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Hi everyone, we have just arrived back in Noosa Heads and are hoping to stay for about 10 days, then we will start heading to the Great Sandy Straits  and Bundaberg on our journey up the East Coast of Australia. It has been a busy three weeks preparing the boat after Adam arrived back from New Guinea, but we are well and truly on our way! We left Sanctuary Cove on Tuesday the 17th of May and motored up to Tipplers passage, we anchored for a couple of hours and went for a walk around the old Tipplers resort which is desperately in need of repair and found out that Tipplers is to be sav
18/04/2011
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  Hello everyone, Well the real journey is about to begin................. We plan to start our trip up the East  Australian Coast  to the beautiful Whitsundays and beyond in the next couple of  weeks. Somerset Cat has been prepared withnew storm covers, a water catchment system to catch the rainwater, new shower pumps and tap ware (new shower heads for the girls and new mirrors, definitely a must have!!), the generator has had some  parts replaced and serviced, all the safety gear has been tested and upgraded when  needed, new hand held GPS for back up, Epirb
18/04/2011
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Sam has been challenged quite a bit lately, as we have been moving back and forth between family, boat, friends, boat and back again. This has not been  particularly easy for him, as being Autistic means change is difficult, and altering routines can create anxiety, confusion and fear. Sam has been very good considering the unsettled environment at the moment. I find that Sam has days where his Autism is very noticeable, he tends to be in his own world, without much interaction and fiddles with his soft toys picking and pulling at them.  Then there are days where his is acutely aware of eve
30/03/2011
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Dunwich is a town located on the Western side of North Stradbroke Island.  The Island is located approximately one hour ferry ride from Cleveland, it is the second largest sand Island in the world and a very picturesque place.  North Stradbroke Island has a wealth of history, from the early settlers and the local Aboriginal tribes.  There are authentic Aboriginal art galleries and an interesting museum.  We took a stroll through the old cemetery and really felt connected with the early settlers and the hardships they faced, these stories told to us by the worn inscriptions on the tomb stones some as old as the early 1800’s. After some local fish and chips at the café we wandered into the Little Ships Club and enjoyed a few drinks, while looking at Somerset Cat at anch
13/03/2011
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Just an update on our travels and exploration of the beautiful area of South Stradbroke Island just off the Gold Coast, we have ventured across the island quite a few times over the last couple of months and the beauty never ceases to amaze and surprise us. On one journey across the island we drove the rubber duckie to a place we knew as Hargraves, it was originally hom
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10/03/2011
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Mac & Adam entertaining the crew Hello everyone, Well it has been a bit of a busy month, the family travelled  to Noosa to our dear friends Nikki & Jamie for Nikki’s 40th birthday bash and what a time we all had! Nikki hired the Catalina Cruise boat and we bordered at 3.00 pm for a sunset cruise while enjoying the music of the Calypso Band, Wine, food and lots of dancing.  Everyone had a ball…. there’s always something special about a family get together to celebrate a special day!!!! Happy Birthday Nikki !!!!!!!! We stayed at Coco Bay Resort in Noo