Australia East Coast, launch May 2010, sailing to Queensland until August 2011 departing for the Islands. Returning to NSW in Nov. 2012. This album has 14 sub-folders. Before and after our Pacific passages.
New Caledonia, our first passage, depart Australia August 2011.....crew!! Steve back again :) and Captain Black - Royce. 6 days to Noumea. Big Blue!! at last!! No much room to stay in Noumea...we found Bouloparis ... In 2012 after NZ, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu we were back, but no time before the cyclone :( a quick stop over...
New Zealand albums, 'the place where I kept my boat' - November 2011 till June 2012. Entered NZ in the Bay of Islands - commissioned and fixed /sunny in Whangarei. Various trips ... Auckland and the islands..Great times and friends.
PNG departed Cairns 25 June ... 3 nights 4 days to Samarai Louisiade Islands cruising the group for 10 days 4 days later back in Cairns... Helmut and Russell Geisner crewing. Sailing to Samarai windward... Return passage started from 150NM SE islands... more or lesss a reach 25-35 knots July 14
Build information. It took 3 years to get past commissioning and into maintenance.. Silly things like the Furler was undersize, deck fittings leaking, engines hydraulicing, watermaker falling to bits.... too many Seawind messs ups to menton..
1 Launch May 2010 ... a long process yet..
2 Southport, happy us, in the middle of Surfers Paradise - resort town with everything in front of us.
3 Great Keppel Queensland, this is a great place, the old resort is a bit sad, in the tradition of Queensland big ideas... Nth coast is sheltered from the trade winds and lovely...
4 In that windy alley between Aus and PNG, it is seldom really strong, but, most times requiring 2 reefs and always wondering when to take in the next one
5 Hinchinbrook Island, ocean side fantastic if the trades winds are tame. In this case perfect. Into Zoe bay and hiking up to the best waterfall view in Aus..
6 Free anchored at Taronga park zoo... What harbour city can rival this?
7 Southport Queensland, free anchored in the middle of everything, how does this work? Mirage Resort, Sea-World in the background, awesome..
8 nice graphic :)
9 Vanuatu Sth. Tessa and Moreton
10 Alice at Taronga Park Zoo..
11 Tessa, cave diving Tonga
12 Tonga, some magic place to be found. Like everywher in this part of the pacific there is a SE trade wind on the move most days.
13 Maori Wrass...the Golden retriever of fish!
14 Vanuatu's most Southerly Island...
Mystery Island the stopover for Cruise ships.
A very fast trip from Fij 20NM in a day.
Met up with the Norgeigans Tor, Moreton and Roar...
sailing IMAGINE 50ft Halberg Rassy
15 Thirsty work Tonga.
16 Whitehaven beach, Whitsunday Islands Queensland.
17 These Melanesian craft are double enders, no front and back, always with a carved breastplate.
18 ladies on Bagaman Is (Pana group)
19 Basilaki Island, Bilobilo point and village, without knowing anything was her, it turned into an interesting visit.
20 Helmut and Russell off Misima Island.
22 Barnaba, a special kid on Watts Island
23 This shell decoration was something that move around and had items added, some record of ocean trips to trade marry and no doubt satisify the lust for sailing in their amazing craft.
24 Hummock Island, they didn't have a lot! Helmut in Svetlana had been here in 1986.
25 Aunt Tilly.. hello sailor!
26 dead calm on the Great Barrier Reef
27 Major Kurt Heidecker and the fat lady, Moreton Bay.
28 Steve fore...Jamie Aft...ready to leave Sydney.
29 desteted Island Tonga.
30 NC, kite up what a gal..
31 Jean Michel, crew from NC to Aus...fresh bread
32 zoe Bay Hinchinbrook.
33 Captain Black (Royce)
34 Tor and Moreton on 'Imagine'.
35 New Caledonia
36 Fiji sunset
37 nice day out Vavau...deserted Island
38 Noumea, treat time..
39 Corey, NC...2011 my Japanese Kitchen Rulz!
40 Mum sailing first time ever ... Whangarei NZ
42 Vanuatu - Moreton climbing from ..Norway
43 Vanuatu...Tor..'where I come from you need a gun...polar bears will eat you' Norway
44 Kasi, Germany, crew from Tonga to Fiji.
45 Savu Savu Fiji
46 DC3 flight of history Vavau to Nucu Alofa Tonga
47 Tonga mens walk.
48 The boss ... Bruce Whangarei ..the place where I keep my boat..
49 The bosses boss Joy Belle...NZ
50 Did you hear the one about the pope and the balarina? Mike and Al..leaving NZ for Tonga.
51 Crew incoming... all aboard for Tonga..
52 next stop Mawsons hut.
53 levitating Coconut in Tonga.
54 Larry..Ark Gallery Vavau Tonga.
55 thanks for the lift.
56 Les Girls Bobs nightclub tonga. hmmm :)
57 Vavau Tonga..Rachael Jeremy ..Al
58 Tuna...beating heart .. swallowed..
59 Jee..remy..Jeering fish.
60 Rachel and Jeremy
61 Cool jamming Tongas resident Spaniard.
62 Flying fish for Breakfast.
65 Mooloolaba - more Cats in one placethan I've seen before or since!
66 An army marches on it's stomach. Breakfast Bribie Island?
67 Ahhh..forgot where it was..??
68DCIM\114GOPRO Paula, Alice and Tessa, picture perfect.
69DCIM\114GOPRO Tete e meninhas.
70DCIM\114GOPRO First time snorkelling, Alice, Manly cove ocean beach.
72DCIM\114GOPRO manly boyz
73 Rod and Mel Sydney Harbour
74 Chilling on Australia Day 2013 - Rod Kubyk
75 Mel Bessing the fleet, the Endeavour Replica, Australai Day 2013.
76 oh what a feeling!
78 Tamsin, Catherine, Zeph, JulieAnne
79 Spreken ze Deutch? Whangarei
80 Hoist the colours ... New Caledonia, Steve..
81 first ocean passage comlete NC
82 Fosil shark teeth from 300m deep sea grave for sharks NC.
83 Ilhe de Pins - sunny blue heaven
84 Darren back to work trip NC
85 Antifouling Cold Coast City Marina
86 Southport Gold Coast
87 New Baie de Pronie
88 Under full sail unusual in Louisiade Island waters on passage. The storm jib remains set thru all passages, and, 4th reef is available. yep, no shortage of power..
89 fish caught going into continental shelf waters near Samarai,
90 Watts Island - Louisiade Islands
91 How to win friends... catch a fish and give it to someone in a canoe :) Sideia Islan in the background.
92 Watts Island, Kwalaiwa Island. Russell made their day with soccer and give-away ball.