26 April 2010 – Cowan Creek,
Drifting into Cowan Creek after spending 3 months in Sydney,
preparing Kanaloa to get ship shape again is a great way to unwind and relax
before setting out to sail up the East Coast of Australia.
Anchored off Cottage Point, we had a great celebration
for Valerie’s 61st with good friends, Sharron and Norbie
Wyzenbeck, and Ros McCririck and unexpected ones:
Carl had arrived by seaplane with his girl friend to
propose to her at the same place, same day!
He is Sharron and Norbie’s youngest son.
Alan and Geraldine Lear with their two sons, Rowan and Jack had just
finished their circumnaviation of Australia and arrived in Sydney a few days
before. Ros and John McCririck had received the news, and made sure they
came along too. We had all sailed across the Pacific at the same time in
2000. Since then, Alan and Geraldine have made their fortune, with various
business which he made into franchises. Their new boat, a 24 metre power
catamaran called Black Gold powered by bio-fuels which Alan processess on
Here’s Black Gold in Mooloolaba where we joined up with them
again to celebrate their return to home base and the arrival of the young 16
year old Australian girl Jessica Watson after her circumnavigation.
This kookaburra seems pretty non-plussed at the audience he has, just
as well he decided not to land on David’s head!
Great Sunrise in Jerusalem Bay gave us the warming of strong winds
that day, before we set off for Newcastle, but all we got was a large 3 metre
swell from the Tasman sea, where the wind was further south.
A fishing boat coming around the heads into Sydney in calm weather is
a the way we prefer to see it!