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 saved…….Yeah!….so we can’t wait to come back and visit when it is reopenend later this year.

From Tipplers we cruised up Canipa Passage and moored the night near Slipping Sands and then woke early to pass Russell Island and under the power lines on low tide.  Then sails were raised and we made the journey across Moreton Bay through the shipping channels and stopped the night at the public jetty at Bongaree on the southern End of Bribie Island.  What a lovely little township, with great walking tracks a modern Bowls Club, a couple of restaurants and interesting little giftware places. The mooring was quite rough during the night as the Southerly wind picked up and rocked the boat!!! Not much sleep unfortunately!! On Thursday we sailed to Mooloolaba, the wind was not favorable (mostly southerly averaging 8 knots) so we had to tack all the way, which was a little teadious but good experience.

Finally we arrived, docking at Mooloolaba Marina about 3.00pm just in time for sundowners! You guessed it it started raining and raining, so we washed and cleaned for a day and then prepared for the sail to Noosa Heads.

Ready for Departure early Saturday morning from Mooloolaba Marina after picking up a few friends for the trip. Welcome aboard Athena, Karen, Ricky, Dante and Bradley our extended crew for the day!!!! Adam contacted Noosa Coast Guard on the condition of the bar and we headed off.  On leaving the smooth water of the Marina the boat glided over the 2.5 mtere swell with ease, but the rolly motion meant we had a few seasick sailors….poor things…..We raised the main sail and headed up the coast for the three hour journey……..How exciting…….Oh by the way Karen decided to eat Blue Cheese and crackers on the journey up, which didn’t sit well with a few of the sea sick crew!!!!

Rounding the Heads into Laguna Bay we surfed the swell and positioned the boat just off the Noosa River Bar.  We waited for Coast Guard Noosa to sound the entrance and give us the ok to proceed.  This took about half an hour as we stood off watching the swell, all waiting, life jackets on, in anticipation…..  Coast guard gave the all clear and kindly escorted us over the breakers, through the channel and round the rock wall.  We only just touched bottom once but it certainly was an exhilerating experience!!!!!!!!!!We had an a captive audience on shore and all waved and cheered as we entered the river mouth…What an achievement….We are now anchored in Noosa Woods catching up with friends and set to cross the bar in about 10 days time, depending on the tides and sea condition, but we are in no hurry to leave………………..

 

 

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  1. Leanne Dew says:

    What a great visit we had!
    So good to catch up and see you all, fun times, plenty of laughter, wine and music and the footy with hot dogs, what more could you want. I hope this Qld weather is kinder to you then the last 5 months you have endured. Good luck Carl and Lee
    Ps we love Jasper he rocks!!

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