Common folk caught in uncommon circumstances.
Dorothy, Swiss and Jim, US born, have many years of sailing
behind them and much adventure and joy to show for it but since
entering Australia are now branded as criminals by Australian
Customs. Their very uncommon response to this has been to stand
and fight. That takes amazing courage in these difficult times.
But sometimes that is what it takes to make important changes,
a couple of common people of uncommon courage and determination.
Make no mistake about it, this fight is one that will directly
affect many of you reading this and all of us in a way. Big fights
can be a lonely business. If you are in Bundaberg Mid Town, a
word of support wouldnt be a bad thing.
Keith Sutherland of Carisbrooke
has been a regular fixture in the
seasonal migration for many years and many of you may have been
asking where is the little boat with all the flags flying?
The answer is Keith has a little health issue that has put paid
to his solo sailing days but he is still very active around his
home port of Coffs Harbour. He catches a Wednesday sail when
crew is available and keeps himself busy by serving the community.
One of the valuable things he does is help new cruisers with
information such as the article he contributed in this issue.
So for anyone who has missed him up north, drop by Coffs and
look for the flags, they are still flying!
So with a Boden 40 called Sunburn
your dinghy has to have the name Blister. Living
aboard with kids requires a sense of humour and a penchant for
adventure. I caught up with this family right across the jetty
from Time contributing to the chaos. Anyone who has
read TCP for a while knows how much I like to see kids on boats,
so this is a kind of chaos I enjoy. Thats Brendan and
Di with Sophie and Finn. Caught in the act of having fun
at Mackay Marina.
This is all in fun!!I had a couple of perfectly
normal family shots all done and all of a sudden the devil came
out! I was having such a good time with this family. Everyone
a genuine character. Caught in the act of raising a little hell,
the crew of the 42 foot Swanson Time are... David
and Fiona (mum and dad) and Andrew, Gabriel, Mia, Isobel and
Josie. Hanging around the Whits for a while before heading
around the place is security as he is the default
mayor of Tin Can Bay Marina. So naturally Kay and I caught his
attention wandering around and within a minute or less I had
a beer in my hand! Hey, thats worth an unlimited range
of discussion about anything for me but when he offered to give
us a spin about the Straits in his very sharp looking stinker
sometime... well, thats worth a picture in the paper!!
Im gonna take you up on that Alan... and soon!
A barge mounted crane at Mackay Marina
fell over onto the cat First Kiss and
brought out a crowd of people to help save the battered craft
whose owner was away at the mines. (Pictured is Annette of
Boutique Marine one of people at the scene) Its great
to see a community pull for one of its own.
Thanks to Petrea of Talisman
for a series of stunning photos.