Spring is here

After a very wet August, Spring has finally arrived here in Sydney!

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A week of high and lows

A week of high and lows

East Coast lows that is….

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A weather phenomenon – The NSW equivalent of mini cyclone, one of the most famous East Coast lows did this….

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Which was enough to keep Iolanthe marina bound 😦

 

And the High? 

….We Baked.

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Not only did we bake, but this was our first time baking onboard with our new Omnia Stovetop Oven.

We baked Chocolate Brownies using Carolyn’s recipe and indeed the inspiration for the Omnia Stovetop Oven also came from the great reviews and recommendation on her site The Boat Galley.  For our first try the results were very acceptable. We will keep practising, maybe bread next. 

(For those who noticed yes we were using a saucepan as a mixing bowl. The mixing bowl was ‘borrowed’ by the skipper to catch drips from a leak in the anchor locker 😦 )

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The Mustn’ts

the mustnts

“Listen to the Mustn’ts”

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child.

Listen to the DON’TS.

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS,

the IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS.

Listen to the NEVER HAVES,

then listen close to me…

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.

Shel Silverstein

 

 

 

 

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Winter on Pittwater

Winter on Pittwater

Lazy days sailing on Pittwater………. The new wind instrument and AIS have been installed. Fridge fixed ( again).

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Sundowners in Broken Bay

Sundowners!Relaxing in Broken Bay Iolanthe style.

Corn Chips, Craig’s Gucamole, Rum, ducks.

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A Brief Intro :)

A short compile of sailing the East Coast

A Favourite Spot: Percy Island

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One question that inevitably comes up when we talk to people about cruising the Great Barrier Reef is what spots we absolutely loved.

While there were easily several places in this part of the world that we really enjoyed, one that was certainly right up there is Middle Percy Island.

Pretty infamous in cruising circles Middle Percy Island is the quintessential island cruising experience.

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West Bay is a white sandy, inviting beach complete wih coconut palms and the ” Percy Hilton’ an A frame structure that serves as a meeting point and hangout for cruisers. Full of momentos from passing yachts and complete with the ‘swing’ and hammocks. A decent walk up the hill and you will find the homestead, where the current custodians of the island live. Refreshments and some fresh produce might be available, these guys are doing a great job of looking after the island.

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Frowned on by Alan Lucas in his cruising guides as a uncomfortable anchorage we were lucky during our time there and only experienced some minor swell typical of any island anchorage in this area.

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Warm days at Middle Percy  swimming in clear blue water, cooking fresh fish in coconut and watching a magic sunset every night made it a hard spot to leave. If you wanted to be social there were always other cruisers to get together with.  If not then watching life pass by pleasantly seemed to fill up  day.

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The history of this island is umm well interesting, To find out more it about this fascinaing place visit

http://percyisland.com.au