Travels By Sea

These are short stories of our travels on water.

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...]