Travels By Sea

These are short stories of our travels on water.

The Capricorn Coast – Things to do in Central Qld!

Emu Park's Singing Ship

Emu Park's Singing Ship

As we lived on The Capricorn Coast for 14 years, and still visit there as recently as 2010, I think I can still lay claim to have a fair knowledge of the area. In fact I would be quite happy to find a nice place with a view of Keppel Bay and the Keppel Islands and retire there.

Yeppoon, Emu Park, and Keppel Sands are close enough to the Tropic of Capricorn to give rights to the name Capricorn Coast. On 27th May 1770, Lieutenant James Cook, captain of the bark “Endeavour”, came within 3 nautical miles of the mainland here. A memorial to his visit was erected in the 1960s, and The Singing Ship stands proudly on an Emu Park headland. The concrete and steel monument is called the Singing Ship because its structure represents a large white sail, and the rigging consists of fluted pipes that capture the sea breezes for all to hear. [Read more…]

Sailing at Moreton Bay Boat Club – Things to do in Brisbane

MBBC Sailing

MBBC Sailing

We have been members of Moreton Bay Boat Club at Scarborough on Brisbane’s Redcliffe Peninsula since 2000, when we bought a Lexcen 40 sloop in Sydney and sailed her up to her new home.

Obviously we are interested in sailing, but because we use our boat for cruising, we don’t get much involved in the regular fun sails and race regattas at MBBC. Our main purpose of membership is that we own a berth in the excellent marina. It is just so convenient for us to get to any of over a dozen anchorages between Bribie Island and The Gold Coast, and an excellent point of departure to cruise the Queensland Coast north. [Read more…]

Sailing – Things to do on the Sunshine Coast

Aaargh Me Hearties

Aaargh Me Hearties

The Mooloolaba Yacht Club has been conducting and managing sailing activities for 45 years. The current calendar includes events in which visitors as well as members can become involved.

There are regular fun sails on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons for keelboats and multihulls. Members and guests can enjoy a day out on the water without having to be involved in the more serious competition seen on regatta and match racing days. [Read more…]

Bali’s Port of Benoa wins award!

Bali's Port of Benoa

Bali's Port of Benoa

The Port of Benoa on southern Bali has won the “Best Port Welcome 2010″ award by Dream World Cruise Destination Magazine.

The award was presented to Sapta Nirwandar of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at the 2011 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention held at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida on March 16, 2011. The award shows that Benoa Port has met international standards and gained international trust.

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Lake Cooroibah, Lake Catharabah, & the Noosa Everglades

Saturday’s weather forecast looked great, but Sunday’s looked doubtful. A possibility of 15 to 20 knots of SE wind straight into our favourite winter anchorage in the Pumicestone Passage in the morning plus the possibility of showers. What to do for one day?

We had not explored the Noosa Everglades, or the lakes leading to them. Greg and Lynn’s 5.1m runabout would be fine for this shallow water work. By coincidence Greg and Lynn’s son Clayton had already rung asking if he could borrow Karlie to do that very thing, so he and his fiancée Amanda joined us to tow the boat to a launch ramp at Tewantin. [Read more…]

Fishing in the Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island

Last weekend Lynn and Greg, and Eileen and I, motorsailed our Lexcen 40 sloop Mieke from Moreton Bay Boat Club (MBBC) Scarborough, across the 10 or so miles to the Pumicestone Passage. We can not go very far along the passage because of the bridge between Bribie Island and the mainland. We can’t get our 17m mast under it. [Read more…]

Sailing Disaster

In May 2007 Eileen and I sailed on our 12m sloop “Mieke” down the Brisbane River, across Moreton Bay, and on to Mooloolaba. As we sailed across Moreton Bay under sunny skies with the setting sun still shining on the sands of Moreton Island, I said to myself in words that I did not dream would be so prophetic, “Why are we leaving?” [Read more…]