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Old 23-09-2015, 00:41   #211
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Thanks guys.

Les Powles - clearly a member and survivor of the "go-now-club"
Well, you sure as heck aren't going to do it any younger. Not you, specifically, Wotty, but anyone.

I'm glad to hear Mahi's skipper is safe at last, till next time he's unsafe.

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Old 23-09-2015, 00:55   #212
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So sorry to sound dumb, but does mean we actually have confirmation that he's safe on dry land? (Well, as safe as any pedestrian in QLD traffic... which is probably less safe than 300 miles from shore.)


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Does anyone else recall the englishman... aged in his mid 70s?.... who left NZ without clearance (back when they were applying their laws to foreign boats) and sailed directo to the UK via Cape Horn?
I had read his book and a mate was describing an old Englishman moored beside him at the Fremantle Yacht Club in Western Australia who turned out to be Les.

He was eating up big to recover from running out of tucker on the way across the Indian Ocean. Rigging failure had prevented him from making one of his scheduled landfalls and by the time he got to Carnarvon he was so weak from hunger that he could not work the boat and needed to be towed into port.

Having read the book I was aware of his propensity for excessively long voyages on minimalist supplies and jokingly offered to pack up a carton of baked beans and a large bag of rice and label it "For Emergencies Only" he declined stating that he would avoid the supply problem in the future having been caught a couple of times already.

We went to a fish and chip shop a number of times and I asked him why he did not fish for food. He explained that whilst he was fond of fish he could not bring himself to kill them.

When he made it to Britain and was asked why he did not go into a South American port for food he explained that NZ had a thing about not clearing out yachts unless they carried Cat x safety equipment and since he neither had it nor could afford it he just departed without attempting to clear out and was then afraid to stop in South America because the corrupt beggars would use it as an excuse to hold him or his boat to ransom.
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Old 23-09-2015, 04:03   #214
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So sorry to sound dumb, but does mean we actually have confirmation that he's safe on dry land? (Well, as safe as any pedestrian in QLD traffic... which is probably less safe than 300 miles from shore.)


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The last we knew was this morning police were preparing to go out and help him in, but so far no result from that.
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In that case my diet remains finger nails for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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GOOD NEWS day

He's five miles off Stradbroke, police are this moring preparing to go out and get him and tow him in as he's pretty exhausted. What an incrediblly resilient man
There are two Stradbroke Islands with a shallow bar between them. He wouldn't be coming into Moreton Bay between them. It is also unlikey IMHO, that he would enter Moreton Bay between North Stardbroke and Moreton Island, especially in the strong southery weather that is current today.

That leaves a long haul north to Cape Moreton before the longish trip across Moreton Bay to home.

RC, any idea where in Brisbane / Moreton Bay he might go? The western side of Moreton bay is quite long
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Old 23-09-2015, 05:24   #217
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Well, you sure as heck aren't going to do it any younger. Not you, specifically, Wotty, but anyone.

I'm glad to hear Mahi's skipper is safe at last, till next time he's unsafe.

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While Ann specifically states here that she does not mean you wotty...

But....


Pretty elated at the news of "nearly safely in"...
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Old 23-09-2015, 05:35   #218
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There are two Stradbroke Islands with a shallow bar between them. He wouldn't be coming into Moreton Bay between them. It is also unlikey IMHO, that he would enter Moreton Bay between North Stardbroke and Moreton Island, especially in the strong southery weather that is current today.

That leaves a long haul north to Cape Moreton before the longish trip across Moreton Bay to home.

RC, any idea where in Brisbane / Moreton Bay he might go? The western side of Moreton bay is quite long
ok, I don't know the area at all. Never been there. But I've been informed police have been to him tonight and it was too rough to take him under tow so they threw him some more diesel and food and told him to head to the customs dock, wherever that would be. Eventually I suspect he will be heading to Montys Marina at Caboolture.. That's where he set off from apparently. He's expected in tomorrow.
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GOOD NEWS day

He's five miles off Stradbroke, police are this moring preparing to go out and get him and tow him in as he's pretty exhausted. What an incrediblly resilient man
Great! I guess St. Elmo was looking out for him.
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ok, I don't know the area at all. Never been there. But I've been informed police have been to him tonight and it was too rough to take him under tow so they threw him some more diesel and food and told him to head to the customs dock, wherever that would be. Eventually I suspect he will be heading to Montys Marina at Caboolture.. That's where he set off from apparently. He's expected in tomorrow.

Great to hear. Will keep hoping for his safe arrival.


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Old 23-09-2015, 14:44   #221
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I guess I was a bit premature.

If it's too strong from the S to SE to get him under tow, he could go take refuge at Yellow Bluff, on the northern tip of Moreton Is. Get a good rest.

The shortest route in would be through the Kianawah channel at high water, then along the West side of the island, bashing into the southerly, but eventually, he can crack off, and head towards the mouth of the Brisbane river, the Customs Dock is at Rivergate Marina, not too far upriver.

If he gets too tired, he can inform the authorities it is unsafe for him to continue, alone at night, etc., and he could anchor in the lee of Mud Island, planning to go in early in the a.m.

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Yes, that makes sense Ann as it can be a very sloppy place on the approaches to the river on a southerly change.

There is also a Pilot Station just at the beginning of the river, where he could probably get cleared back in and assisted, before going to the marina.
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Any updates this morning? I am hoping to hear he has dry feet.

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No there isn't.

We are only guessing that he's reached shore, but neither he nor police have passed on if he has. Understanably family arn't that impressed.
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. Understanably family arn't that impressed.


I guess they aren't!

No disrespect to family or the skipper but methinks the family aren't impressed with the whole saga, especially the apparently "permanent" move to Fiji.
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