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21/08/2019

Selkie - Sweden for Selkie

Left to Right: Tristan, Nick, Rory, Lily, Mara, and me behind the camera. Here we hike and forage for berries ashore. -- Maggie Magdalena Hirt   "Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul."                           -Isabel Allende IMG_5242.. read more...


Selkie - Sweden for Selkie
Selkie - Sweden for Selkie
21/08/2019

Selkie - Sweden for Selkie

   Sweden was like Candy Land for us. In Stockholm, the Vasa and the Junibacken, which is a kid’s museum based on Swedish children’s books, kept us enthralled all day long. Though Nick had to stay behind and fiddle with the engine, the kids probably had the most fun day of the entire Baltic. Nick and I let loose later in the night, when we rented scooters and zoomed all around the city, which landed us at a delicious steakhouse.     In the Swedish Archipelago, we had to motor against the wind and waves a lot dodging and weaving between rocks in the fairway, but we found so many nice anchorages and marinas. We explored the forests foraging berries and meeting mythical white cows, we fed the ducks and explored peninsulas of the mainland by biking and hiking, and we. read more...


18/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 215 August 18, 2019

A lovely calm night for sleeping in Horseshoe bay gave way to a beautiful morning. Because we have such great WiFi here using the iPhone as a hot spot, I was posting on Facebook and received a message from a friend we hade made in while overwintering in Ipswich 18 months ago. What a fantastic gift from the universe! Maree from Red Roo was in Townsville working for a couple of months, and recharging her Schengenprivilege! What a fun reunion. I kayaked ashore, picked up a bus to the other side of the island where the ferry comes in from the mainland, and met her there. We had a lovely time catching up, came back to Horseshoe bay on the bus together, met Lars in the beach, and before she left, she gave us a goodie bag full of Australian yummies! One of the chief joys of our life is the. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 215 August 18, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 215 August 18, 2019
18/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 214 August 17, 2019

The approach to Magnetic Island was fascinating. There are beautiful bays all around it, and a wonderful giant cairn of rocks piled up beside it.It is called Orchard rocks. There was a lot of small boat traffic; local tour boats, a rescue boat zoomed past us doing 22 knots, and many sailboats. We rounded the north east point and came into Horseshoe bay. Such a pretty place. Lots of room for boats to anchor behind the local boats on moorings. After a “second breakfast”, and being sure the anchor was holding, we kayaked to the lovely beach. We walked across the boardwalk, found a convenience store with a friendly chap that directed us to the Koala Park. It was a pleasant walk to get there. Huge trees full of noisy cockatoos and melodic magpies graced both sides of the road, a sign. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 214 August 17, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 214 August 17, 2019
16/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 213 August 16, 2019

It was a lovely morning on the hook at Airlie beach after a wonderful quiet night. We put everything away, tied everything down, raised the anchor out of the thick grey clay and sailed out across the bay in 18 knots of wind. At 14:30, we had to turn almost directly downwind, so Captain put the pole up for the Genoa, and we flew along wing on wing for three hours until the wind headed north. Then we put the main and Hoyt away and managed to sail for 12 hours overnight with just the Genoa up. It was a nice sail. This part of the world is so interesting to sail through, so many little pretty islands, good wind, great weather, and perfect temperature!image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 213 August 16, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 213 August 16, 2019
15/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 212 August 15, 2019

We had turned in early, and slept through a most blissfully calm night at Nara inlet, so Captain decided as we were both up early, to head for Airlie beach. The motor through the passage was smooth, but as soon as we were out in the open, a big squall hit us broadside from the port side. Woohoo! This produced great winds, (and a perfect full rainbow!), so, under a single reefed main and full Genoa we had a rollicking wild ride to Airlie harbour. Here we encountered over two hundred boats participating in the last day of the Whitsunday races. Dragonflies zipping along at impossible speeds, monohulls with huge spinnakers flying in the 25 knot wind, carbon fibre fancies dancing across the swell. It was an exhilarating sight! We managed to set the hook in 18 knots of wind on the first try,. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 212 August 15, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 212 August 15, 2019
15/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 211 August 14, 2019

Today we sailed from Whitehaven beach up through Hook passage, past myriad numbers of boats of all types, and into Nara inlet on Hook island. Here we found a nice spot towards the east side almost at the end of the bay. Tumi came in and anchored on the west side. We ate lunch, then kayaked over to see if Paul and Debra wanted to visit the cave paintings with us, but as it was all quiet at their boat, and neither of our crews had slept much the night before at Whitehaven, due to the incessant rolling surf, we figured they might be sleeping, and went on without them. We paddled over to the little beach where a flight of stone steps leads up to a wonderful walkway, complete with informational signage. It is really well presented, and the mini-cultural experience was quite lovely to enjoy to. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 211 August 14, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 211 August 14, 2019
15/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 210 August 13, 2019

In the morning we paddled to the magnificent beach, climbed to the lookout, marvelled at the stunning views, saw two big goana lizards, climbed back down, and played another round of beach paddle ball in the pristine, squeaky, soft sand. We kayaked back to the big boat, accomplished a few chores, had a delicious lunch and took a short nap. In the afternoon we had a terrible fiasco of a dinghy trip to the north end of the beach. The wind was howling again, and the surf was big enough to ride in...not good conditions for a rib. Captain dropped me back at the boat, and continued over to a snorkel spot, I couldn’t get the generator to start to make hot water, so gritted my teeth and took a cold shower to wash all the gallons of salt water off from the terrible wet dinghy ride. Lars came back. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 210 August 13, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 210 August 13, 2019
13/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 209 August 12, 2019

Another champagne sailing day. We lifted the hook in Roylen bay at 08:30, sailed wing on wing to Solway passage, where we put away the main and Genoa, turned on the engine and came through and around to Whitehaven beach. What a stunning vista greeted us. The best part was reconnecting with Paul and Debra on Tumi. We anchored just aft of them in the wide, shallow, sandy bay.After being sure of our set, Captain buzzed around in the dinghy while I oiled the snaps and zippers of our cockpit closure. Then we kayaked ashore, had a fast round of beach paddle ball, walked in the squeaky sand, then paddled back to the boat via Tumi. The wind, which had been howling a steady 20 knots, laid down at sundown, and we had a lovely, calm evening on our Sweet Dream. image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 209 August 12, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 209 August 12, 2019
13/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 208 August 11, 2019

The most perfect cruising day ever! We let go the lines in Mackay marina at 09:30, with Cole and Marge sending us off with waves and good wishes. We sailed with just the Genoa in 15-18 knots of wind almost to our destination at Goldsmith island. Talk about champagne sailing! It was the most delightful journey we’ve had in months! Captain sat on the bow and spotted some dolphins. We anchored in 18 feet of water on a good sand bottom. As we were backing down on the hook, a huge turtle appeared just above where we’d dropped. It took a breath, tucked it’s head down, surfaced, took another breath and looked directly at me as if to say, “yep, it looks good, now I’ll dive on it to be sure”, and went down. We sighted it several more times after that while we waited our hour to be sure of the. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 208 August 11, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 208 August 11, 2019
11/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 207 August 10, 2019

Our last day in Mackay. I went to the Mackay organic farmer’s market with Marge from Aussie Spirit, the boat next to us on c dock. Such beautiful fruit and veggies. One of the most wonderful joys of our lifestyle is meeting new, interesting people. When we arrived back at the marina, Lars suggested that I go purchase some pies from the coffee shop to stock up the fridge. Yum yum! I have an agenda to eat pie every day while we are in Australia. So far, I’ve met that goal! Captain cleaned the outside of the boat and I caught the laundry up. In the evening we had Cole and Marge over for happy hour. They shared lots of great local knowledge with us on anchorages, tides and currents. Jopie and Chris, from Sky came over as well, and we had a nice evening. After our guests had left, we had a. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 207 August 10, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 207 August 10, 2019
10/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 206 August 9, 2019

Today we spent in the airport.....our flight from Sydney to Brisbane was delayed seven hours. In about 45 minute increments. Lars watched a Netflix on the computer and I read Dan Brown’s new thriller, Origin. We finally made it to Brisbane and had a three hour layover before we headed back to Mackay. A long long day. We made it back to our boat at midnight.image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 206 August 9, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 206 August 9, 2019
10/08/2019

Selkie - Finland for Selkie

The Finnish Archipelago started out slow and easy with hikes and berry picking amongst the islands at anchorages. We were the first to squeeze into Helsinki, and I knew that we loved the marina and the town straight away. The best part of getting around were the glorious electrical scooters. Blekholmen, the yacht club island we all docked at, had beautiful weddings all weekend. After Helsinki, we went back out amounts the islands hoping for the best. We were quickly humbled on day one. The islands and rocks are everywhere, and we managed to go straight towards one. Locals quickly helped us, the mysterious beauty became a dangerous, stressful one. Don’t get us wrong, we rated Finland as one of our top three favorite countries right from the beginning, but everyone has to be very. read more...


09/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 205 August 8, 2019

Our last day in Sydney. It went by way too fast. Started the morning with a tour of the lovely old Endeavour ship replica. Like going to Mecca for us wooden boat junkies. We’ve been sailing in the wake of Captain Cook for five years. How amazing to be on his replica Endeavour. A very sweet treat! Then we had lunch in the beautiful legal districts a street cafe. From there, we enjoyed a tour of the magnificent Sydney opera house. What a piece of art it is!! We strolled through the streets, found a yummy Turkish take away place to grab a delicious dinner at, and savoured this beautiful city one last sundown.image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 205 August 8, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 205 August 8, 2019
09/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 204 August 7, 2019

We started the day sorting out our phone/WiFi situation. This culminated in the purchase of an I phone 8. Nuff said. From there we explored The Rocks district, climbed the pylon tower look out on the Sydney bridge, strolled throughthe Park, caught a ferry to Manly Harbour. We fell head over heels in love with this quaint sea side town. The golden beach is framed by majestic pine trees, and a lovely boulevard walk for miles along its gentle curve. When we came back on the ferry we explored the Queen Victoria building after dark.image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 204 August 7, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 204 August 7, 2019
09/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 203 August 6, 2019

We awoke at 04:00, jumped in a taxi at 05:15, jumped on a plane at 07:30, and were happily ensconced in our Ibis room a little after 14:00 in Sydney. It is a beautiful , vibrant, clean, city. We are in Cockle bay at Darling Harbour and are extremely spoilt for choice on eateries, tourist venues, and lovely streets to walk. A perfect holiday for us.image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 203 August 6, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 203 August 6, 2019
06/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 202 August 5, 2019

In the morning we availed ourselves of a couple more hours of WiFi, then attended the skipper’s briefing. Due to the big swells generated by the high winds of the past few days, we decided this was a perfect time to hop on a plane and visit Sydney for a few days. The boat is safe in Mackay marina, the weather window for Sydney is brilliant, and it just made sense to book it. We leave at 05:00 tomorrow morning! Today was spent packing for our little adventure, rolling out the entire anchor chain, flipping the attachments at the ends, remarking, and re rolling in in again. In the evening we attended the Bon Voyage party for Andrew And SWade. How we will miss them! image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 202 August 5, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 202 August 5, 2019
04/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 201 August 4, 2019

Wallabies on the beach, prize giving and delicious dinner, and bittersweet fellowship.It was a full day! At 05:00 we were on the bus to Cape Hillsbouroughwhere we watched a bunch of wallabies jumping, boxing, and eating in the predawn light. Just amazing! Then we enjoyed breakfast at the camp there. When we returned to the boat Captain scrubbed, sanded, polished and then touched up varnish. We packed up and came to the Clarion Hotel to use the WiFi, enjoyed the best WARC dinner of the entire journey, laughed and cried through the prize giving and came back to the hotel room to partake of more WiFi. A wonderful day!image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 201 August 4, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 201 August 4, 2019
03/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 200 August 3, 2019

This was a “free” day. We slept later than usual and after breakfast I went back to the coffee shoppe of yesterday to purchase two more bazzmzn pies and a loaf of bread. Too bad, no pies until Monday!! I was very sad. Then we went to find the bus stop. Here we met two lovely folks from further south in Australia that invited us to share their taxi ride to the shopping mall. At Caneland shopping mall we had reverse culture shock. Here we were back in a firstworld country! Wow! The most amazing shopping day ever! We set out with our list, and lo and behold, at the end of just three short hours we had found every single item on the list! Unheard of! Fantastic! We came home via taxi and put all our stuff away. Debra from Tumi came by and dropped off a world famous pinnacle pie. A really nice. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 200 August 3, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 200 August 3, 2019
02/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 199 August 2, 2019

Border force...checkBio security ....checkSniffer dog....checkCustoms...check Immigration...check10:00a.m. Legal in Australia! All that cleaning and staging was worth it....they went over the inside of the boat with a powerful flashlight. We passed. Not one thing had to be removed! Afterward, we had to move the boat to the outer dock in 22 knots ofwind! SWade came onboard to help us, and a whole village of folks on the dock caught us. Captain did a masterful job of getting us alongside in that huge crosswind, and our friends rallied and caught lines and tied us up. Yahoo! Once the boat wassecured, we explored the options on land; chandlery, laundry, coffee shoppe with bazzmanpie! Yum! We caught up with Ed from Aurora B and Glen from Danica 1.After lunch we walked the lovely beach just. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 199 August 2, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 199 August 2, 2019
01/08/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 198 August 1, 2019

05:14 ....29 knots of wind on the port bow, two knots of current in our favour. Every little bit a wet dog shake wave rushes across the bow. We are drinking coffee and attemptingto cheer each other up. We are making good speed..6.8 knots, and really enjoying watching the helicopters bringing the pilots to and from the big ships. We timed it right, riding the flood tide all the way til 11:00. By then, we were far enough in that current was negligible. There was the most magnificent army of squall system clouds coming from the south east. All day long they formed ranks, marched across the sky, blew 25-30 knots of wind that sent usgalloped along in, and dumped big drop rains on our salty boat. We were very happy for the beautiful rain washing a lot of the salt off. Of course, more waves. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 198 August 1, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 198 August 1, 2019
31/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 197 July 31, 2019

We have settled on a target time to tackle the enormous tidal flow at The Bond entrance to the Great Barrier Reef.( somehow I’m thinking we need Helen Mirren calling the shots here and bringing Bruce Willis as back up...oops or maybe I have my movies mixed up...flying cars and “shaken, not stirred” anyone? ) At any rate After much research, deliberation....feels a bit like a high school debate team sometimes....we have decided to make a go of the incoming tide at around 03:45 a.m tomorrow morning. Our hunch was gloriously backed up by Aurora B’S statement that they were aiming for the incoming tide at 16:00 Vanuatu time this afternoon. That puts us 12 hrs 45 minutes later as we are using OZ eastern time. Anyway it confirms that our calculations were correct. Yay! Especially after hearing. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 197 July 31, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 197 July 31, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 196 July 30, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 196 July 30, 2019
30/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 196 July 30, 2019

A “pose” for meditation on the 196th day of our circumnavigation....Time is a strange concept; it is six o’clock, no it is five o’clock, it is yesterday in my hometown, while now I am traveling in the land of tomorrow . My thoughts are arrested by the key word, “now”, now is the constant, the great forever. What matter the numbers we have ascribed to time in an effort to delineate it’s parameters, control it’s influence, dictate our motions in it? There is truly only now. Now it is daylight or now it is night, now it is the in-between of dawn or twilight. Now is eternal, immortal, an illusion sublime.Now is this place, momentarily mine. Oh my goodness, somehow, I’ve gone and written a poem!But it is only half poetry, the other half, prose. What to call that,now? With great amusement I. read more...


29/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 195 July 29, 2019

It is 06:00. To the east a slim smiling sickle moon peeks out of a teeny window in the clouds. At this point in it’s cycle, Sirius is outshining it in a bit of sky that is not overshadowed with condensed water particle vapour. On the horizon there is a sliver of light between the cloud bankand the edge of the dark sea. Not enough to matter yet; we have moved far enough west so as to be quite east, and the sun takes it sweet time rising in this place. The wind is erratic, alternating between howling in the rig at 22 knots, and allowing the main sail to flap when it drops down below 11 knots. Our speed vacillates from 8 to 5 knots depending on the strength of the wind. The waves however, are unrelenting in their consistency. Every five to six seconds one rolls under or against the side of. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 195 July 29, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 195 July 29, 2019
28/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 194 July 28, 2019

Morning radio net brought sobering news that Danica1 was having some medical issues. The bright side is that in true excellent seamanship andkindness, Alora was shadowing them and standing by to put one of their crew onboard if necessary. All day we galloped along. Captain did research about our engine, ssb radio, and Mackay. I grimly hung on and cleaned up the salon. Each day of this whirlwind journey has found me battling grime in out of the way places like bilge access covers, cubbyholes, and hard to reach corners, as well as scrubbing floors, ceilings and walls. The goal was to do one room a day. I’m almost on track; having completed three and a half rooms in four days. All this toil is because rumour has it The Australia border patrol is quite picky, and a clean boat should help. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 194 July 28, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 194 July 28, 2019
27/07/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 193 July 27, 2019

All day we romped along on a screaming beam reach. The wind went from 16-22 knots, just perfect for our heavy boat. The only unfortunate bit is that the waves, which have had several days of over 20 knot winds to kick them up, are directly on the beam. It’s a very rolly, wet, ride. Occasionally we get a wave not quite in synch with its neighbors, that leaps at the bow like an unruly puppy. These waves tend to splash all over, just like a wet furry dog shaking itself. We are so happy for our silly “solarium” enclosure. The deck is getting a salt water bath, but we are snug and dry. At 17:00 the squalls started again. This is the third evening in a row that it has rained! The wind went up to 26 knots, so we tucked the reefs back into the main and Genoa. The wind clocked a bit to the east. read more...


Sweet Dream - Day 193 July 27, 2019
Sweet Dream - Day 193 July 27, 2019

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