]Sounds like your having some fun Shaun
Feeling a bit jealous sitting here planning for Van next year. Or maybe the Ambon rally. Whats your next plan mate.
Might have to talk Annette into a short trip.
Well - have just taken out lifetime membership in Kota Kinabalo so we'll keep the ketch up there for the next few years. Going up for 8 weeks mid September and doing a cruise up to the north west of Borneo and over to the southern islands western Phillipines, loop out into the middle of the South China sea and then back down to Kota again. We'll zip up there every 3 - 4 months or so and who knows - if any jobs come up that way we are more than happy to move there on a more long-term basis.
Back in Oz we have Mico on the market but to be honest - we're not sure if we actually want to sell her. She's got new sails, wireless remote steering and is set up to a point where I cannot think of another thing we can do with her. She's set up for single handed and now she's ready to jump aboard and take off at a moments notice.
We really do love her and its a joy every time we take her out. I hear that from a lot of people in this forum who have gotten their vessels to a point where its sheer enjoyment and a delight to head out on the water.
We'll probably do Lizard Island over Christmas and join the yacht/cruiser community that meet up for Christmas Day in Watson Bay. It's a traditon that's been going for more than 20 years apparently. We came across it by accident when we dropped in there on our way round from Perth to Cairns the day before.
We were sitting on the beach and a couple came up and said - you are of course joining us tomorrow for Christmas lunch?'
That sent us into a mad panic as we had not reprovisioned since Gove and were down to dry biscuits and a mouldy carrot. It didn't matter at all and the following day about 14 couples shared what they had on the beach and spent the afternoon floating around in the shallows drinking wine and eating prawns
We've dropped back twice since for Christmas day and no matter who you are - you are welcomed with open arms. For us - that's what cruising is all about.
So drop us a line and perhaps we could cruise in company some time