Category: Australia

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…

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”….

February 28, 2020 Peter No comments exist

With the Cordalga trip now just a distant memory and a few trips to New Zealand since the trip, it is now time to seriously think about getting Great Escape somewhere warm for the winter that is fast approaching. There are still however a few repairs that need to be done before we can leave….

October 12, 2019 Peter 2 comments

Saturday dawned overcast and the weather forecast was for rain and thunderstorms. It would be Peter’s last day on Cordalga, he had other commitments and needed to get home. Geoff had planned to leave the Gold Coast but with the weather the way it was, Cordalga couldn’t go anywhere. Before leaving a good friend, Debbie,…

October 11, 2019 Peter No comments exist

“Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”  These are the actual words used by Jack Swigert during the Apollo 13 spaceflight. Hollywood changed them to the now popular ‘Houston, we have a problem’ for the movie. We too can now say ‘We’ve had a problem here’. Another one. The weather on Tuesday was anything but…

October 8, 2019 Peter No comments exist

By Friday night the Skipper was ‘at 95%’ and we were back in business. We had planned another early start on Saturday, up at 03H30 for a 04H00 departure. When the alarm went off at 03H30 the wind was howling and Geoff couldn’t get a clear picture of the bar conditions from the Bar Cam….

October 4, 2019 Peter No comments exist

We’re getting used to these early mornings. It was up at 03H00 again on Thursday for a 04H00 departure from Nelson Bay headed for Port Macquarie. During the routine engine checks the previous day, Geoff noticed that the engine oil level was low which was a bit of a concern. The previous run to Nelson…

October 2, 2019 Peter No comments exist

In addition to the vibration causing Glenn to have a very cold swim in Narooma, while doing a routine check, the engine suddenly overheated. Finding the problem proved elusive, resulting in Glenn having to disassemble and reassemble the entire cooling system. There was no apparent cause for the overheating but the problem disappeared. The initial…

September 28, 2019 Peter No comments exist

“I’ll make it work”. This was the message from Glenn once he received the new alternator which, as promised, arrived promptly on Friday morning. And so between disappearing into the belly of Cordalga and running to and from the local chandler, Glenn set about making it work. The rest of the crew were treated to…