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Old 19-05-2008, 07:14   #1
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G'Day Folks.

I just joined and want to say Hi from Australia.
I am not looking for anything in particular. I just love sailing my Compass 29.

I sail around the Moreton Bay area out from Brisbane.

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Old 19-05-2008, 08:33   #2
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Hi Jim and welcome!! Plenty of good folks and advice here, seems like a lot of Australians joining up lately. . . . Fair winds!!
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Old 19-05-2008, 08:57   #3
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Hi, Jim.

Welcome to CF--good to have you here! How do you feel about Kiwis?

Just kidding! We've been having a little good-natured ribbing going on amongst the down-under contingent in a couple of the threads!
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Old 20-05-2008, 06:43   #4
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Hi Micmul and Hud.
Yes, I did notice a few Kiwis as I was looking over the site but that is OK.
They DO play Rugby and they have been known to have a beer or two so they must be alright.
Anyway, I hope to pick up a few tips from this site and possibly give a tip or two as well.
This sailing is a lifetime of learning and as soon as you think you have it all down pat, something comes along to prove to you that you are 10% wrong and you have to start all over again or modify your way of thinking.

Thanks for the welcome..
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Old 23-05-2008, 11:59   #5
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Aloha Jim,
Welcome aboard! We certainly have quite a few Australians on the forum. Once I get the boat in the water and head your way I'll know where to come for answers.
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Old 25-05-2008, 22:06   #6
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Hi all, I have just joined the Forum and wish to say hello to all. I am flying to LA in October and am sailing (intending to ) leave La on Ist November and sail to Hawaii. I would be interested if anyone has done the trip at this time of year and could advise the sea and wind conditions they experienced.
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Old 25-05-2008, 22:47   #7
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G'day Jim,
Welcome aboard from a previous Moreton Bay sailor. Remind me where North Point is, it is twenty years since I have been in the bay - used to sail out of Manly and then Scarborough in a 30 ft steel Bollard Starfire. I suppose those sandbanks haven't shifted much in that time - NOT.
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G'Day Jim,
Welcome from another expat.
Accepted the Kiwis have had a good run at Rugby (and indeed sailing also), but when are they going to learn to play cricket, eh?
Hope you find the site as useful as we do.
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Old 26-05-2008, 22:41   #9
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G'day John and Wotname.

Yep...Us Aussies just keep on popping up.

Wotname, The North Point I mentioned is a slip up..
(Another Senior Moment????)

North Point is the current name of my yacht. A Compass 29.
I really mean't North Reef.
It is the reef that is out from Scarborough.
Serge Testa ran aground there as he left Australia for his record breaking trip around the world in the 80's.
I also did it.
In fact if any local who sails seriously denies that he has not done it, we call him a 'fibber'.

The sandbanks have moved a little.
Generally right after you cross safely they move so they get you on the return journey. I have had many a coffee while waiting for the tide to rise a little so I can get off.

I will have a read of your blog John.

Just out of curiosity, are there any members who sail in this area of mine? (Moreton Bay).

Jim.
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Gday Jim

Welcome.

Even yanks can be friendly when in the right mood! I've got a mate down in your neck of the woods. Brisbane is it?

Carry on!

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Old 28-05-2008, 03:44   #11
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G'Day Don
Yep..I live in Brisbane.
On the far north side on the beach at a place called Sandgate.
It is a village atmosphere so far. The developers have only just discovered it.
Believe it or not, we do not have a McDonalds or a KFC.
Just small resturants and coffee shops.
But that will change soon.

Thanks for the welcome mate.

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On the far north side on the beach at a place called Sandgate.
It is a village atmosphere so far. The developers have only just discovered it.
Believe it or not, we do not have a McDonalds or a KFC.
Just small resturants and coffee shops.
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Jim,
You are making those memories come flooding back, I had my boat up in the creek behind Sandgate for a couple of months while refitting the interior back in the early 80's. Not many resturants or coffee shops then .

I must be fibber as I have not hit North Reef but I did come very very close once so does that count . The Tangers ferry refused to give me right away and forced me right up to the edge of the reef. I was a bit grumpy as I drew 6 feet and he only about 3 feet. Of course there was no one at the wheel on the ferry and it was just travelling on autopilot.
I certainly enjoyed "recharting" the sandbanks after long weekend cruising in the bay .
Enjoy CF.
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Old 30-05-2008, 00:47   #13
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Hi CF

Well mate, the ferry has recently been sold and is moving to the Redland Bay area to pick up passengers.
You are right about the ferry being on auto pilot. He kicks it in as soon as he clears teh marina and it is full speed from then on.
Can't say I will be unhappy to see the last of him.

We are having a low in this area right now with torrential rain forecast and winds of 30kts plus.
I am staying home this weekend.

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