Prize Night

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IMG_9394 Last Friday was that night of nights, where some fun prizes were handed out, as well as the draw for the major and minor prize in the raffle for a Mariner Boating holiday to the Med! The major prize went to Graham Camier and the minor prize to Garry Holder, congratulations!

For Tim Armytage, a very satisfying part of the night was the "bucketing" of King Neptune.

For the full series of photographs of the night, have a look at the album in the centre column of this page (slideshow here). As usual, photos by Jim Cormack.

And of course thanks to Mariner Boating for a great prize!

By David Roberts

clip_image002Just after midday on 30 December, Janet, our friend Graham Wells and I departed RPAYC for Port Jackson. The wind was about 12 knots from the south at the time of our departure and the barometer was reading 1026. By the time we arrived at Barrenjoey the wind had increased to 20 knots and so we had the wind on the nose all the way to the harbour. After anchoring at 17.20 hours at Quarantine Beach we settled for the evening and had a pleasant meal.

Prawn Cook Off Recipes

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Prawns are being seved  (Photo Leon Wilson) From the now famous Prawn Cook Off at Lake Macquarie, here are all the recipes:
(download in PDF format).

Thanks to everyone for sharing your culinary secrets. For a full description of the event and the winners, see our previous item.

[A special thanks to Rob Starkey for collating these]


By Margot Rathbone

Medusa  under way This year's cruise started with a strong show of discipline - a 4am departure on the second day of 2010 from Barrenjoey to fit in with a high tide for the bar and, in particular, the newly dredged but still very shallow channel into Lake Macquarie. Dawn brought good N/NE winds of between 10 and 15 knots and it was a very pleasant sail until we encountered the forecast showers as we neared our destination.

A Wet Christmas

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IMG_8646-1Well, it was wet for someone last Friday! 

Jim and Adrene put on a great performance, together with Keith, as you can see in the album (centre column) or by watching the slideshow below. And yes, a few of us took a bath, even though we didn't even get close to the equator.

There were some interesting "door" prizes, good food and great company. Yes, we had a ball...

Later in the weekend, we had a bunch of boats at Smiths creek, where Jim Cormack and friends did their best to set a rafting record.

Anyway, Jim, Andrene and Keith were a class act and thanks to the others who helped make it a great night, particularly Janet Dell and Ann Asker. And of course a super special thanks to Jim Cormack for the fabulous pictures.

Storms and Yeomans

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After the Storm Margot Rathbone reports:

As you will know, a storm hit our area (Church Point and Bayview) last friday. There was a lot of damage to property and trees across the bay from us but luckily we sustained only minimal damage.
This boat at Holmeport marina - just around the corner - was not so lucky! I took this snap on the way to Yeoman's Bay for the get-together with the cruisers. The numbers were well down because of the weather forecast but those of us who braved the heat and wind had a marvelous get-together on Saturday night. One boat owner was heard to comment that he thought it was only house-boats that had that much fun!

P1020443 Almost three weeks since my last note - once you get into a routine not much exciting happens. It's just everyday life and there's not much to write about it! However, since then we've both been back to Sydney for the weekend to be at Andrew's 40th birthday party which was absolutely marvelous. It was also a real treat to catch up with family and friends before returning to Bundaberg.

Of Flares and Life Rafts

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Flares_8109 At First Friday in September, we enjoyed letting off some flares at RFD's expense. Their representative, Jason Browne gave use some sound advice regarding safety equipment and brought a bunch of flares for us to try.

Luckily we normally get little experience in actually using the flares which we have on our boats. It was an excellent opportunity to get some practice in letting off some flares.

After the meeting Jason sent us some further information regarding the Plastimo Cruising Life Raft range, which can now be downloaded from here.

September Photos

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September was a good month. We had a very sociable First Friday, a very successful raft-up and of course it was the opening of the sailing season. So we have a bunch of great photos for you here . And as a special bonus, click on the slide show below. The crew of Nirvana's Kitchen and Hebe Haven in the first of our online cruise training series, showing how to attach a stern line (no doubt the YouTube video of this will go viral).

Janet Dell's account of the Jerasalem Bay weekend follows:

Fishing fleet in Coffs Harbour Dame Margot has been sending regular dispatches on her way North. The first two letters can be downloaded here:

Dame Margot - The Adventure Begins.pdf and
Dame Margot - Marina Life.pdf

For Cat lovers, Richard Branson's multihull which she talks about can be seen here. The rest of Margot's photos  are below.