With all that has been going on over the past months we haven’t been able to spend any time at sea – something we need badly right now. It has been well over a year since our trip from Adelaide to Wyee and Great Escape has been on a swing mooring at Wyee Point Marina since our arrival. With a little bit of luck we will have the outstanding maintenance items finished soon and as soon as we have a suitable weather window we will head north. The plan is to initially head to Queensland and then further north. Down Under Rally have a rally from Australia to Indonesia scheduled for 2020 and we may well join that rally.
We have become good friends with Geoffrey Tapper, the skipper who helped us sail Great Escape from Adelaide to Wyee Point and since helping us Geoffrey has gone on to become a certified delivery skipper and has delivered a number of boats around Australia.
We met up with Geoffrey at the Sydney Boat Show while he was delivering a catamaran and he mentioned that he was going to deliver a trawler from Lakes Entrance to Airlie Beach. Peter offered to crew for him. It would give him much needed time out at sea and would also be covering some of the area we would be sailing later this year.
We called in at Lakes Entrance while sailing from Refuge Cove to Bermagui.
Airlie Beach is a lovely town in Queensland and a gateway to the Whitsundays and The Great Barrier Reef. In our previous lives we both visited Airlie Beach with Peter’s last visit being on his bike trip around Australia. We certainly plan to spend some time exploring the Whitsundays and The Great Barrier Reef once we get Great Escape there.
Crewing on the delivery should be an interesting trip. MV Cordalga is a 1958 51’ cruiser sterned ex cray fishing boat and it will take approximately 3 weeks for the trip from Lakes Entrance to Airlie Beach. Scheduled departure date 22 September.