the people that are FREE!
are those that have been met at anchorages or marinas or beaches
or whatever along the way. They are featured perhaps because
they are unique and special or because they are not, rather because
they are just typical examples but of an extraordinary group.
By being cruising boaties, all of these people have stepped off
the well trod path and done something exceptional with their
From The Coastal Passage, issue # 5
& Frank of Escondido
Jane & Frank are both competent & experiences serious
sailors. I hope someday I know the coast & the characters
along the way as well as they do now. They summer in Manly and
winter...well, north of course.
See you next year Escondido!
Jim & crew
Jim (left) found the 30 Wharram cat
unfinished in a shed down south. He finished her up to fine standard
& pointed north (as you do). Friends, Murray, Julia, Jemma,
& Choco the pup, came up from Rainbow Beach to join Jim for
a stroll around the Whitsundays. The accommodation may
have been a little tight, but the spirit on the boat was so good,
you wouldn't care. Not many will sail off the hook at Refuge
Bay in Nara Inlet. Well done Jim!
Ben of Hecate
Ben says, Experience is that thing you remember after youve
made the same mistake twice.
Every season boats make their way up the
coast from Mooloolabah or Brisbane, Sydney, and even a handfull
of mexicans, but bloody few from Adelaide. Ben & Karen sailed
their very tidy 10m with ease. Since Ben is a navigating office
in the merchant navy, they dont get lost very much.
of Sea Wind
...gets a ride of a lifetime...
Young Willem is a familiar face around Breakwater Marina. He
likes to keep an eye on the comings and goings, inspecting each
new arrival by binoculars. The military boat was in getting fuel
when resident nice guy, Dave, asked the skipper if he wouldnt
mind giving a ride to a special lad. Willem got his ride and
was delighted. Those couple litres of fuel the best spent tax
dollars around. Good on yer to the crew!
Caught committing a random act of kindness.
These nice people supplied us with dingy
fuel that saved us considerable trouble, then took offence when
I tried to pay for it! We would like to send them a copy of this
rag, but misplaced their details. Please help us find the crew
of Y Knot, I think from Moranbah.
Miles & Andy are enjoying a leisurely kayaking
voyage from Mackay to Cairns. We caught up with them in Woodwark
Bay, where the amount of gear they managed to stow in their two
slender vessels astounded us. Their brightly coloured ocean going
kayaks are easily spoted, especially when their little sails
are hoisted! Keep an eye out and say GDay if
you spot them on their passage north.
photo & text: Jo Djubal