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Old 05-28-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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Deciding that there might be a little more to life than what a regular pay packet and an overdue video library card might offer, we sold up, moved out and hitched our thumb on the breeze to rebuild and sail (hand steered - sob!) a 25' Swarbrick sloop (2' being bowsprit!) from Perth to Cairns. Best 'career' decision we ever made! Perth, Exmouth, Broome, Kimberleys, Darwin, Cape York to Cairns we braved the terrors of sailing journals and posts of other intrepid yachties who had gone before, and to our surprise arrived safe, trim, fit and tanned 10 months later in Cairns.

Fast forward almost 3 years (still in Cairns) and finding ourselves osmotosed back into the joys of modern life - work, business, mortgage and stubborn asthmatic lawnmowers - we find ourselves whilst still tanned - somewhat in arrears in the 'trim, taut and terrific' area - sitting in front of a design computer will do that to you!

Fearful of further 'depreciation' we purchased a veteran of a many long of ocean voyages - a beautiful 33' Alajuela cutter 'Mico' and once more find ourselves in the process of shedding the bulky apparel of urban life to dip our toes into the briny again. Formerly 'Mi Columpio' our trim vessel now sports new wiring, radar, holding tanks, pressurised water AUTO-HELM! and a heap of other updates that now find us God Parents to our bank manager's kids and major shareholders in the local chandlery!.

While we have sailed Mico up and down the Queensland coast, in March next year we head out into the unknown to try our hand on a more ambitious project - Blue Water. Our plans are to spend a month sailing down the coast from Cairns to Bundaburg, then take a left and swing up to New Caledonia, onto Vanuatu, Solomons, Luisades and back down the Cape to Cairns again.

While we figure 6 months at a leisurely pace we are also aware that we are Blue Water babes and would love to hear from any others with a lot more experience than us. Advice, hints, warnings, recipes and fishing tips - we don't mind - all will be gratefully received. Better still, an offer of sailing in company on any of the legs would ensure your immortality by having our grand-kids named after you!

Thank you for allowing us to join your family and we look forward to hearing from you.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:09 PM   #2
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Folks, Wow ! "25' Swarbrick sloop (2' being bowsprit!) from Perth, Exmouth, Broome, Kimberleys, Darwin, Cape York to Cairns" Hand steering the whole way ! Plus the coastal cruising off eastern Australia - we salute you & gently submit that you are already seasoned blue water cruisers. There is no doubt that the most difficult sailing is when land is close by.

Ray Richards' Alajuela designed cutter has the deserved reputation as being a very good offshore cruiser. Send us some more pictures as you get ready for the next chapter in your lives.


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Old 05-29-2008, 07:18 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard "Mico" - great to have you with us. That fantastic intro makes us want to hear MUCH more!


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Old 05-29-2008, 05:18 PM   #4
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and yes it was a fantastic introduction. I can only imagine your humor while enjoying a sunset, or two. I had to laugh with the title of the lawnmower. When we moved ashore 3 years ago, but kept the boat. I cursed that lawnmower just walking past it while going through the garage........BEST WISHES in getting back out there!!!!!!
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Yes...yes...great "trim" intro and welcome aboard! Do you have any photo albums you can share of the new vessel?
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