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Old 01-27-2009, 02:50 PM   #1
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Hello all, and since I'm new here I must follow Aussie tradition: it's my shout! ("Shouting" in a pub does not mean making a lot of noise, but buying a round of drinks for everyone). Hmm .. and I don't even drink -- such is life!

True, I feel a bit like celebrating. The cruising season in East Coast Australia is about to start and after a year of repairs and refitting, my new old boat is almost seaworthy. I have a home built steel Roberts 53 (G version with some mods, rigged as a sloop) which I have been working on for a year now, grinding, scratching and hammering away surface rust and flakey paint, and the boat is finally going from being an "it" to a "she". Well, after the nice red dress I just bought her, there seems little choice. (only a queen could wear clothes that expensive! Well look at the pic, she needed it!)

I plan on sticking to the Australian coast for the first year's cruising, a kind of shake-down trial .. though I'm not sure it won't be me that is being tested. Next year, the Pacific .. and then the World!
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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Welcome, a 4X for me, please.

There are many lovely places to visit on the Aus. east coast. *Friends from Sydney tell me that when their boys were young they could spend a week's holiday or more just cruising around Sydney Harbour. *We sailed up the Queensland coast twice and found new places each time. *Had we come back to Oz a third time I'm sure we would have discovered even more. *

One of our favorite stops was Maryborough, up the Mary River. *I loved the place, though we went hard aground running back down the river too soon before low tide - the trick was to leave on a falling tide, but not until the ebb had slowed so we would arrive at the mouth of the river on a rising tide. *Whoops! *Didn't, and we were going too fast to correct our minor navigation error in time, laid on our side on a gravel bank for 3 hours or so until the rising tide lifted us off and we could go on our way. *Didn't change our affection for the town or the river.

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Welcome aboard Mate! A VB for me please.

Good to have you here amongst this very international, actively cruising crew.

We hope to hear all about your cruising along the Australian coast.

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Old 01-29-2009, 05:26 PM   #5
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A Swan Gold will suit me.

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Coo-eee Cobber,

Happy cruising. I'll settle for a cold Clipper thanks.



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