Reveille II

Our plans have suffered a minor setback as Marj has been in hospital with a severe chest infection. She was discharged yesterday and will need a few weeks to recover but hopefully we will be able to leave by the middle of the month [September] – the weather down south is not all that nice anyhow!

Reveille II

We are planning to leave Bundaberg early Sept and will be returning to the West the hard way – around the bottom!! Will keep a good eye out for 34’s and keep you posted. Hope to be in Freo Jan/Feb but only as visitors as we want to go up to the Kimberlies for the winter.

Lala Salama – 25th May 2005

Arrived Panama City, Pacific Ocean, Saturday 21st May,1400,apox…
Very happy to get through the canal, almost in one piece, an oil seal went with about 10 miles to go, but managed to keep going with a very oily bilge. The trip through took 20hrs, I went with an Aussie boat ‘Diego’, a 48 Jenneau, We went through the locks rafted up together, which all worked out well, only one moment when we were heading for the lock wall on my side, let me tell you they are very solid, but managed to avoid it, thank the good Lord.

 It is an amazing bit of engineering. You are lifted 85 feet in 3 locks, then cross Gatun Lake, about 30 mls, to the Pacific side, where you are dropped, gently, the 85ft, back to sea level, also in 3 stages. Continue reading

Lala Salama – 11th March 2005

Presently I am in Venezuela, hoping to leave shortly for Panama via ABC Islands and Columbia en route to Brissie, a long haul by myself, at least I have a great boat for it, after 30000 odd miles I should know!!!

I saw ‘Miss Cath’ on the hard in Trinidad, but I never saw anybody on her, she was all closed up. If you hear from the owners tell them she looked OK, although a little lonely.