Author: Peter

June 5, 2021 Peter 1 comment

After 16 days at sea we finally arrived in Coffs Harbour on Thursday 3 June 2021. To say that it has been an eventful passage would be an understatement. What should have been a passage of 6 to 8 days turned into a passage of 16 days. During the passage we lost both sails and…

May 15, 2021 Peter No comments exist

As planned, Geoff arrives on Tuesday 11 May and immediately gets to work getting to know the boat. On Tuesday morning it still looks like we have a weather window for a departure on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. By Tuesday afternoon the weather has turned and there is some nasty weather developing in the south….

May 9, 2021 Peter No comments exist

With Dean and I on the boat and Geoff still stuck in Sydney, everyone was very glad when New Zealand again opened the border with New South Wales from midnight on Sunday 9 May. Estelle is at the Bay of Islands Marina and Geoff should arrive here on Tuesday morning. The Bay of Islands Marina…

May 7, 2021 Peter No comments exist

Life has a way of dealing unexpected surprises. Out of the blue I received an email from Geoff Tapper (the Skipper who helped us get Great Escape from Adelaide to Lake Macquarie) asking if I would be interested in crewing on a yacht delivery from the Bay of Islands in New Zealand to Coffs Harbour…

May 1, 2021 Peter No comments exist

One of the things we enjoy doing is visiting fish markets. We have been to a few around the world with Pike Place Fish Market being one of our favourites. Pike Place Fish Market is world famous for the throwing of the fish. The Sydney Fish Market is second only to the Opera House when…

April 24, 2021 Peter No comments exist

Antifouling: The process of protecting your hull from marine growth by applying a protective paint layer to the bottom of your boat. It has been a while since Great Escape was taken out of the water and even longer since the boat was last antifouled. We could see the marine growth at the water line…

May 23, 2020 Peter No comments exist

Investopedia defines ‘Main Street’ as, “a colloquial term used by economists to refer collectively to America’s independent small businesses. It gets its name from a common name for the principal commercial street of small towns across the country. In England, the equivalent term is High Street.” ‘Wall Street’ on the other hand refers to, “big…

May 11, 2020 Peter No comments exist

As the world grapples with the fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, one thing that is abundantly clear is that international travel is at the back end of re-opening economies. Those countries that have managed to, using an overworked phrase, successfully flatten the curve and get their numbers under control will be loathe to suddenly open…

May 6, 2020 Peter No comments exist

The world is already drowning in debt and governments are now borrowing and spending as if there is no tomorrow. The amount of money being spent is eye-watering. Where is it coming from and how are we (or more likely future generations) going to repay it? The Institute of International Finance calculate that global debt…

April 29, 2020 Peter No comments exist

Virus: A micro-organism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apart from a living cell. A virus invades living cells and uses their chemical machinery to keep itself alive and to replicate itself. (www.medicinenet.com) This Covid-19 virus simply sees the human race as “chemical machinery to keep itself alive and replicate itself”….