Mischief - 10th September 2018 Mischief Darwin to Lombok
Mischief SobThe lack of wind did not suppress the enthusiastic atmosphere as we crossed the start line, rest of the fleet behind on our cruise to Lombok.Sadly, it is not a race so prizes for this achievement , all be it under engine will not be recognised.C'est la vie.The crew spirits were lifted by the Maddi's waves of farewell and encouragement from the quayside. Love you Maddi we'll struggle without our tour guide.Good luck in all your new adventures in Australia.Pirates of the Timor Sea.We soon settled into routine watches, meals and sail changes in that order much to Skipper Mabel's annoyance.For those who have forgotten Mabel is the real skipper on board.She is a pretty little ships mouse with the heart and soul of a lion.Her two main crew consisting of her husband Miguel, and. read more...
Mischief - Mischief take to the road. 1st September 2018
Kakadu National ParkFirstly, we need to welcome Unc to the group, known more formally as Nigel, who has thrown himself into the deep end, literally, to complete his first ocean crossing as a beginner to sailing.We wish him a pleasant crossing and hope he doesn't spend too much time over the rails feeding the wildlife.The lad from Wolverhampton couldn't live further from the sea.Mark and Unc have replaced Charlie but we're not sure it's enough.Unc arrived in from the UK and we immediately despatched him on a road trip to the Kakadu National Park promising him a cocktail of mischievous adventure. It was decided by group agreement that the trip should start with a challenge for each person in the party. A serious discussion conducted last night, fueled with several of Australia's. read more...
Mischief - Mischief gets "Snappy"
Sadly we have had to say our goodbye's Charlie Baynes.An awesome sailor, fit athlete, chef, prolific blog writer and poet.Needless to say the blogs will no longer read as well or be in such detail. We'll miss you Charlie.Oh and by the way Mark Curtis joined us.Nothing to live up to shipmate!!!!The worlds largest salt water crocodiles, known locally as "salties" entertained the crew this morning.The huge reptile, (males of this species can reach sizes up to 6.30 meters and possibly up to 7 meters in length)were snapping at meat tied to a pole held out by the boat operator.We were all safe behind metal railings on the good ship "Salty come play".We did wonder how the skippers job description read and what qualified him for this precarious way to earn a living out on the stern of the boat. read more...
Mischief - Up to Mischief : Final Log 76 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes
Sunday, 26th August 2018 - Approaching Darwin, Northern TerritoriesWe were still motoring but hopeful of a bit more breeze would fill in, so Dave and I went up on deck at 3 am to stow the spinnaker pole, but the promise of wind soon rescinded. We have now motored since 9 pm last Thursday and looks like we shall be for the rest of the passage into Darwin. We did however get a couple of hours of positive current and were making over 8 knots, but we went around our next waypoint which put us into a different tidal stream and we had it against us again! The nearer we get the harder it seems to get there, as usual in my experience. WE wont be in until gone 4 pm at this rate.When we do get there, we are required to moor up against the fuel pontoon outside Cullen marina where divers are. read more...
Mischief - Mischief making : Log 76 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes
Friday, 24th August 2018 - Passage to DarwinIt looked set for a 'ground-hog day' in the early morning as there was again no wind with the sea flat calm, no ships or anything else for that matter. So at first light I just set up the fishing lines for something to do and lo-and-behold half an hour later there was a 'bang' from the stern and a fish had taken the lure. Dave and I hauled it in as the ladies took refuge in the cabin, and we produced a lovely 7lb tuna, just the right size. It is the first fish we have landed for ages. We hung it over the stern to allow it to bleed out therefore taking the risk that a shark may come along and nab it but Dave dragged it aboard after 20 minutes and fileted it. Whilst occupied with the fish we saw a massive sea snake swimming along on the surface,. read more...