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The Coastal Passage, issue #35
Passage with SY Westerly Seranade
Frank Holden is a name that was regular in
Aussie boating press but he got fed up with it so he decided
to go sailing.. to South America.. I mean really South, in South
America! And he somehow finds sailors willing to crew! But there
are benefits. You never run out of ice for drinks...
Hope you readers enjoy the pics as much as I do.
Thanks Again Frank!
Just back from a recent 2 month spin down through the Canales
Patagonicos. Usual stuff, coolish, wettish but lots of centolla
( crab) and lots of fun. Finally found a crew that is happy living
at ambient... The Kiwi sheila is Jo Mahoney..... an old
Spitzbergen hand. The bloke from Cairns is Geoff Crowther..one
of the Crowther mob... I reckon he caught the wrong 'plane...
Bali...Chile...its an easy mistake
That is a small fraction of the crab we scored this trip... in
this case one of the fishermen had a massive tooth abscess so
we traded antibiotics and painkillers.. it was a feel good sort
of a day.
Heading up the Atlantic coast to the River Plate this autumn
to dry out ( the boat) and get some work done.
Frank Holden, SY Westerly
Taking a sundowner at an anchorage not to
be revealed... I watched from my perch next to my esky, a woman
approaching a dinghy well up from the tide. I was about to offer
a hand and then a set or wheels popped out of the dinghy and
presto! She was at the waters edge ready to go! Hey! Wait a minute...
I rushed over to make acquaintance. Annie Hill is the
name.(wait.. I know that name.. Annie Hall? no no..) She laughed
and the penny dropped! Annie has written a few books, Voyaging
on a Small Income is one of them. She got in the boat and
rowed straight out without missing a lick. Kay and I visited
later aboard Iron Bark and there met Trevor. In conversation
Good Old Boat came up and it turns out Iron Bark was on perhaps
the most dramatic cover GOB ever had.. with the steel boat enveloped
in ice of the glacial Arctic background! We had a delightful
visit and learned much about this duo and if you wish to know
more, Annie keeps a very interesting blogsite, just pop the name
in a search engine. Trevor and Annie have a wealth of cruising
knowledge and share very generously....
We are Tony, Lisa, Grace and Emma
and have lived on TONIC, our 10.6m Exodus cat, for
over three years. In that time, weve sailed from Hervey
Bay, over the top to Exmouth, Western Australia where we were
living. Six months later, we had sold everything and were enjoying
the slow road north around to the east coast. Weve spent
most of last year in the Whitsunday's and are currently in Sydney.
We will be cruising back north soon to spend the rest of the
year cruising "somewhere".
Thanks for that Lisa and crew! In the
photo above taken by PJ Halter in Sydney are from left, Emma
(8) and Grace (10) and Lisa and Tony.. The photo under sail is
supplied from the crew.