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- Bora Bora to Rarotong 2008
- Sailing from Rarotonga, Cook Islands to Tonga
- Neiafu - Vavau, Tonga - 2008
- Neiafu Tonga to Savusavu Fiji 2008
- Savusavu, Fiji 2008
- Savusavu to Vuda Point and on to Port Villa 2008
- Port Vila - Vanuatu 2008
- Port Vila to Noumea and Noumea 2008
- Noumea to Bundaberg 2008
- Purchasing a yacht overseas 2008
- Weather Info and were to get it. 2008
- 'Blessed Be' Lost at sea 2008
- The End of the Voyage 08 July 2008
- ▼ March (15)
Friday, March 10, 2017
Noumea to Bundaberg 2008
It was near on Monday that we passed the North cardinal marker at the north end of the shallows of
, this is around 22
nms north of the island and you cannot see land. Everyone is looking for the sight
of land because we are so near, however land would not be seen for some hours
later. Entering Curtis Channel then into Fraser
towards Bundaberg the track takes you through the centre so land is not seen
until about 15 nms out from Bundaberg and now it was getting dark. We called
VMR Bundaberg on the VHF radio and informed them of our arrival time, they in
turn informed quarantine and gave us the coordinates for the quarantine buoy
where we had to anchor until the next morning when the Quarantine Officer would
contact us, VMR also informed us that they close down at 1800 hours and
requested us to log off their books at 0800 hours the following morning. The
last 40 nms from the northern marker seemed to take for ever as we got closer
we started to push against the out going tide. The wind had dropped and we had
been motor sailing for some time, when the tide started to work against us I
started the stbd engine to keep our speed around the 7 knots that was when
Murphy came aboard, you know Murphy? Murphy’s Law. As I mentioned in previous
notes that when we got the parts for the stbd shaft clutch assembly in Hervey Bay we decided
that we would not change the parts as the worn clutch was hanging in there.
Well it decided it had had enough and we lost the stbd engine drive.
Fortunately the tide was on the turn so it did not hold us up too much, I had
already given our ETA as 2000 hours, and that did not change. It just meant
that we had to enter the channel at Bundaberg on one engine and anchor with one
engine which is fun with a catamaran because it likes to go in circles when you
go astern. We were about 5 nms from the channel; we could see the marker lights
and the flashing white light on the south head. It was cold and to make things
more interesting it decided to rain, (Good onya Murphy). Fiji
As we approached the channel I took a good look before turning in, I had the waypoints in the GPS and we had CMap running on the laptop, it looked good so we did another night entry. Fortunately the channel is marked very well, it again seemed to take for ever, we entered on a flood tide, and the tide was now coming in. When we finally got to where the quarantine buoy area we started search with the spot light and could not find it, we disturbed a few boats and Nancy called out to one and he shone a light at its location. It was no wonder we could not see it there was about four catamarans and two monohull anchored around it and they were not there for quarantine. We picked a clear area with ample room and dropped the pick, we checked and double checked that it was secure shut the engine down we had a shower and Nancy prepared dinner and guess what? We are no longer at sea so ‘dry ship’ rule went out the window. Out with a beer followed by a wine which was followed by a bottle of Amarula, this is similar to an Irish cream it has an elephant on the label which has some significance.
We did not take much rocking to sleep that night, I woke to my watch alarm at 0600 hours the next morning, this is where the elephant becomes significant, he and his mates were stampeding in my head, and I had to get up and change the clutch assembly so we could go alongside when quarantine arrived at 0800 hours. Anchoring with one engine on a catamaran is a pain, going into a marina berth with one engine is very bloody difficult. Three headache tablets, ten litres of water kept the elephants happy and a cup of tea and I was set to work. I finished the job at 0759 hours, a little slow but got there in time.
VMR Bundaberg called us on the radio, the Quarantine Officer wanted to talk to us on CH81. They directed us to go alongside at a quarantine berth, Red 16. We got out the lines and fenders, weighed anchor and went alongside. Quarantine and Customs Officers were there to meet us once we were secured. They came on board and they were very nice and helpful and have assured me that they will offer all the assistance I require to import the boat into
(At anchor in Port Bundaberg)
It is incredible the rumours and accusations that have been made in regard to these authorities, they could not have been nicer. Some of the statements that have been made to us about the Australian authorities are totally unfounded.
They did take some of our food stuff, raw meet, eggs, cheese etc. We expected that and we understand that it is a requirement to keep our country free of exotic diseases. The horse flu last year is a perfect example to what can happen.
We have to import the boat and that means paying 5% import duty and 10% GST, they have given us two weeks to prepare for that, they have the right to make us do it straight away. I think some people that have caused these rumours about these authorities in the past have probably created what problems they had themselves going on what we have experienced so far and I will give further information in regard to the matter as we go through the process.
Well I think it is good to be back in Oz, we are still in a bit of a daze now the voyage is over, and it is a little surreal, it seems like a dream now. It has been a wonderful experience for both of us and I think you all know by what has been in our blogs that we have met some wonderful people along the way.
We have also caught up with Karl and Sandi on ‘Fantasy 1’, you may remember last year in
Raiatea I loaned them a
GPS for them to get home after a wave had come through their hatch and damaged
their computer and GPS connections. Their boat has been here since their return;
they went home to
but have returned to do some work on the boat. It is good catching up again. Adelaide
Well we have 10,473 nautical miles completed on this marvelous voyage. I have more to post on this blog before I finish which I will do soon.