Archive for ◊ July, 2012 ◊

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
14/07/2012
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Hi Every One, We are currently sitting at beautiful Magnetic Island off Townsville (28th June). We left Woodwark Bay on the 25th of June and headed off to Gloucester Passage and Montes Reef Resort, the sail was uneventful and we got there in time to have a good walk on the beach and then a couple of cool drinks at the resort. The resort reminds me a bit of the old Tipplers Resort on the Gold Coast, a bit old school but very friendly. In fact I like it there much more than the glitz and glitter of Hamo, and the beers are half the price! It was a great afternoon, just before dark Tony and Karen from SV Double Shot sailed in as well, it was good to catch up with them and swap sailing and fishing stories. In the morning we decided that we would head off north to Cape u
14/07/2012
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Hi All, Long time no Blog, Well a bit has happened since last time, we have caught up with Jason, Michelle and their boys Liam, and Kyle, they where hanging in the Whitsunday’s waiting for us to catch up. We caught up with them on the 18th of June and spent the day at Butterfly bay on the northern end of Hook Island. We also ducked around the corner to Manta Ray Bay and had a great snorkel with a couple of big Maori Wrasse that we where hand feeding and a couple of Big GT’s that where hanging around, very cool! We still had Mac’s best mate Ricky with us and I think he enjoyed the time