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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
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
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
04/03/2011
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Travelling with Autism has been challenging to say the least. We started Sam on St Johns Wort a natural herb for the relief of anxiety and stress, as his anxiety  attacks seem to be gaining momentum and the adrenalin in his body takes over.  Sometimes his  strength almost triples and the power he has when he hits out is overwhelming. The St Johns Wort seems to be taking the edge off these attacks, and the frequency has been reduced  to about three times a week, although this is still unpredictable and in a bad day he may have three  or more attacks.  So this behaviour is still creating issues for
04/03/2011
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Hi everyone, just an update on the last month or so.  We have based ourselves on the Gold Coast for the last six weeks, moored at Sanctuary Cove Marina, keeping safe from the tragic floods in South East Queensland and the two cyclones up north.  What a devastating month of natural disasters!!  Queensland has certainly taken a battering and so many people lost their homes and even more horrific for the people that lost precious family and friends.  We attended a flood relief appeal in Sanctuary Cove held at Mexi’s Restaurant and Tapas Bar, it was a great day and the enthusiasm and generosity of the crowd was great, raising much needed funds for the families in need. Last Tuesday the 25th of January 2011 we lost a dear family friend Jeffrey Hardwick – our lives have cha
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11/11/2010
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Today, I thought I would share with you some of the issues living with an Autistic adult on board a boat creates and which are ongoing throughout our journey. The most important thing to remember is that Autism is the problem and not the person themselves. I have struggled alot with this and sometimes have to take a step back and look at things differently when it comes to living with Autism. The problem always has been how do you teach someone who does not seem to want to learn! No matter how hard you try they don't give a response!!! Well the answer is you still try and on some rare occassions you get a glimmer of the person inside and this is the proof and the reward for never giving up!! Sam our son has no speech, and very little communication skills, he is not toilet trained and need
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09/11/2010
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Hi to all we now have a face book page it's Smith Family Sailing so have a look. Have posted some photo's. We are still at Mooloolaba getting a little work done on Somerset Cat. We have had a 22 inch digital TV installed and antenna, some new stripes replacing the old ones, so she looks a treat and we have added Noosa Heads as her home port. We have also done some maintenance and a little interior design (some new cushions and bedding etc). We are staying at our friend Bradley's house for a few weeks while the work is being done and then we hope to sail her into the Noosa River for a big farewell party with all our wonderful friends. We are all looking forward to getting underway, but as we have been told many times patience is trully a virtue when it comes to sailing!!
07/11/2010
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From Gary's Anchorage we motored to Pelican Bay a sandy spit with some protection from the South Easterly winds. We tucked in tight by following a small channel that is mostly impassable at low tide and anchored in a lovely deep hole not far from a sand bank. Adam & Mac launched the paddle ski and along went Casper for the trip to shore. We all went for a walk in the shallows and discovered a dead loggerhead turtle, which seemed to have been caught in a fish trap!! The unfortunate creature must have drowned!!! Once back aboard we called Coast guard and they notified Parks and wildlife to investigate. We were all a little apprehensive about our crossing of the Wide Bay Bar in the morning!! At 7.30 am we registered with Coast guard and received information about the condition of the sea