Position 21:06S 149:13E
We arrived in Mackay early hours of 17th of
August. We were rather pleased to get here as it was a bit rough at times.
Wind and confused seas first half of the passage
followed by no wind and calmer seas so we had to motor – it seems one or
A few boats had problems.. Fai Tira had to be towed
by Blue Magic through the Hydrographers passage as the engine would not start.
Aspen suffered a total power
failure – Generator packed up and then the engine did not charge the
It ended up with Enchantress coming aside and tying
up and passing two of their batteries over in mid ocean..
We had a bit of a scare.. Our bilge alarm went off
within seconds of the engine starting half way and we had water spraying over
We found the cause, another rusty jubilee clip and
fixed that but then our batteries would not charge and the fridge stopped
working but eventually we managed to get this sorted.
This really demonstrates why we are a part of a rally.
Since we have been here, we have had the new
generator installed. The old one came out and it was very rusty and obviously
leaking all over the place.
We sort of knew that as the bilge alarm kept coming
on when we used it (as the automatic bilge pump switch was not working) and we
kept having to pump the bilge when the generator was running.
The new one is wonderful and now the boat smells much
better as well.
We went on a daytrip to Eungella park where we saw a
Platypus, and lovely scenery including a waterfall. We also went to Sydney where we stayed with
Geoff and Anna (Surrey Hash) and we saw Raelea. We had a wonderful time, went
round the city, went to the opera house to watch Pirots of Penzang, had a meal
up in the revolving tower and went sailing in the harbour under the famous Sydney bridge. To top it
all we had a day out in the Blue Mountins also. We only stayed 4.5 days, but it
felt much longer and was a very welcome break from the boat. This is the first
time we have stayed in a house since we set off and first introduction to
European way of life for a while..
Island Kea is now out of the water and we are working
hard on painting her bottom and various maintenance jobs. The only drawback is
that it is a long ladder down and a fair way to use toilets etc..
We are now half way round the world more or less and
we have now completed our Pacific crossing.
It is with some relief and regret as we have really
enjoyed our time and have seen some lovely places and met some wonderful people
and seen a very different way of life and cultures.
Pictures to follow in a separate post..