Wind, wind go away…
Recently on Pendanablog.com we have, in an attempt to add some quality content, added a ‘Guest Interview’ section. If you have yet to check it out please do so as there are some good laughs to be had! Interviews so far published include the owners of MV Dirona, James and Jennifer Hamilton, Ken and Roberta Williams of San Souci fame and Jim Leishman, Co-Founder and Vice President of Pacific Asian Enterprise the makers of these mighty vessels we all love. The additional content I hope makes not only for great reading but also gives an insight to the folks behind the boats! Coming up later in the week will be an interview with the Jennifer and Mark Ullmann who are currently in the Med aboard MV Starlet, N46.
As well as the new Guest Interview section on Pendanablog.com we have also added a page called, Boat Porn! On this page there are literally 100s of photos of boats. The photos in this section are photos of boats that I have come across over the years that I think are pretty special. The link to new page can be found here: http://www.pendanablog.com/Boat-Porn.
Just one of hundreds! Got to say, that’s a pretty cool way to put the tender away!
‘Scottish Boating’ has recently run a story on Pendana’s trip to the Whitsunday Islands which will no doubt bring with it a little warmth to the folks who live in the northern climates. In the article there is a link to the 360 panorama taken at Hamilton Island Marina which is well worth a look. The link to article can be found here at: http://scottishboating.blogspot.com.au/
So, as some would already know, the good ship Pendana was challenged by an Alaskan Fisherman, who happens to be a Canadian, to battle it out for the title of ‘World Survival Suit Champion’ and while this challenge, which has been accepted, may bring a little joy to all, it is certainly not without its difficulties. The idea of losing to a Canadian is not something I find very palatable. Needless to say, the challenge is on and I will do all I can to win, even if that means calling in the lawyers! Things in the Pendana camp are not looking good as my record time of putting on a survival suit is seven minutes while he is very confident he can get his on in under sixty seconds.
The survival suit challenge will play out on Facebook with Youtube videos provided on July 1st. Why I just didn’t say no in the first place is beyond me!! Link to Pendana’s Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pendana.nordhavn?ref=tn_tnmn.
Also and just as a reminder for those N62 diehards out there like me, the original Nordhavn 62 brochure from PAE can be downloaded direct from Pendana’s website at: http://www.pendanablog.com/
Now, onto more serious matters. I decided that it was time to finally sand back the teak rail on Pendana. While I truly loved the feel and look of the rough and tumble teak it was getting a little ridiculous and after sustaining a wee splitter, enough was enough! Rob from Harbour 2 Hawkesbury Yacht Management got stuck in and I must confess the teak is looking much, much, better. Since owning Pendana many people have told me to get the teak sanded and yet I refused as the rough, tough beauty of the teak was, I thought, really nice. Bottom line, I was wrong, wrong, wrong and as much I hate to admit it, it’s a thousand times better now.
Below are some before and after shots.
Smooth as silk! Good for another 10 years!
Also, in the latest issue of Pacific Power Boat Magazine there is a story on our 2,500nm trip north and while the publicity is great I was thrilled that they wanted to run the story as they are one of the better magazines to read.
Pacific Power Boat well worth reading.
Draft layout of part of the article above.
If you are ever after anything to read, then I can commend Pacific Power Boat Magazine to all, as they go way above to call of duty to ensure the quality of publication and there is always something worth reading in, Pacific Power Boat Magazine.
We have just returned from seven days on Pendana and in all our boating time on the water this was the worst weather we have copped in living memory. Thankfully, as we are now much wiser, we were at anchor in a sheltered bay rather than out to sea facing what were forecasted to be pretty horrendous conditions. Our planned trip to Newcastle would have be do-able but the more we boat, the more we appreciate calm seas and the less we are willing to compromise and while we truly love Newcastle and its marina we do not love it that much! Someone once told me that the only people who think five metres seas / nineteen foot are fun are the clinically insane and those who have yet to experience them. I agree!
With seas building, wind howling at a respectable 25-35kts, wave periods reducing to 5 seconds and a rather large southern ocean low compressing the seas we decided that it would be best to wait until the weather passed. Our first night at anchor saw the wind gauge top 41.4kts and it didn’t get much less than that for the next four days. While I have total confidence in our ground tackle and our lovely Rocna 110 anchor, I did on occasion wonder if it could take much more. That being said, I needn’t have worried as we didn’t more an inch! Go ROCNA!
Claire was keen to get back to Newcastle as her brother had recently moved there with his family from New Zealand. So with Pendana prepared for open ocean and everything stowed accordingly we were all becoming more and more frustrated by what was not only a large cold front, but according to all the news bulletins, a once in a lifetime event. As I looked at the forecasts the following day the entire southern ocean was awash with two major cold fronts whipping up seas to 20+ metres / 75 feet further south. It was clear that this weather pattern wasn’t subsiding anytime soon.
Media reports were non-stop and while a little over the top reinforced our thinking.
The flood of Gale and server weather warnings simply did not stop.
Photo just in of Sydney harbour today. Looks like we made the right call as god only knows what it’s like at sea.
And another shot inside Sydney Harbour. Nasty stuff!
I won’t go on but needless to say we decided not to venture out and head north to Newcastle and Port Stephens as planned and while disappointing we are resolute in the decision made as being the right one and will plan to head north soon. That said, on a previous trip into the Port of Newcastle we did set the camera up and took the following time-lapse as we entered the Port. While it’s hard to capture Newcastle’s beauty it does give some sense of why we were keen to return to what is a very pretty port : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrQkJMsCtak.
So, while the weather didn’t play ball we were able to fit in a few sunsets, chocolate, and the odd game of Uno and electronic battleships as we sat out our time on the water.
I know, I really should promise myself to never take another sunset photo again, but I just can’t resist!
Abi, climbs the conning tower to change Anchor light (bulb). It’s a long way up. She is approx. 9 metres / 34 feet above the waterline at this point with a steady 30+kts of wind blowing in her back!
On our trip to another bay we noticed a few old buildings on the west head of the entrance to Pittwater. As we passed Claire grabbed the camera and took the photo below as we both knew nothing about them but guessed they were from the second World War.
Pill boxes clearly visible in above photo.
On returning home I did some research and found out that, during the Second World War, unlike Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson), Pittwater was not protected by a boom net. As a consequence local militia and later the Australian Army were stationed at the western side of the entrance to Pittwater and were dispersed along the western shore in a network of trenches, pillboxes and gun emplacements. Most defence activity was centred on West Head with two large guns placed at the base of the cliff.
Photo above shows West Head and the ‘X’ marks the location of Pill Boxes.
Refuge Bay (marked with a ‘AA’ on photo above) which as most would know is a Pendana favourite was to my amazement, a top secret training base for the famous, Force Z. Force Z was a team of highly skilled soldiers who executed a number of successful raids on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour during World War II. Amazing what one learns while on the water!
While we were at anchor Rob from Hawkesbury 2 Harbour sent me a text with a photo of a Nordhavn 62 which he had just passed in Sydney. “Celebrate” is the name of the vessel and while she is an early hull number going by the look of the photo she shows no sign of aging. In fact when I returned home and consulted the N62 list, produced by Andy Nemier (N62 Infinity) and myself, I was able to discover that “Celebrate” was hull #12, built in 1999. She’s still looking good that’s for sure. Thanks Rob.
N62 “Celebrate” at The Spit Marina, Sydney Australia.
In closing, sorry that there is not more to this but the weather can be fickle and as such boating is about having alternatives when the weather won’t play ball. While this is proving to be a very difficult pill for me to swallow, as I like to always work from well laid plans, I am slowly starting to cotton on that it is, what it is, so there is no point getting too worked up about it. Did I just say that? Must be losing my mind!
Remember new interview with the Ullmanns due for release on Wednesday the 2nd of July and while I don’t want to give away too much what I can say is that it is well worth reading as you will get a really good feel for both Mark and Jennifer Ullmann through their very open and honest responses to the questions asked. Enjoy! Also on July 1st for those on Pendana’s Facebook page, the winner of the “Survival Suit Challenge” or should I say the video of the event will be posted with the link to YouTube. Odds currently being offered by global bookmakers are Australia 1000/1 and Canada 2/1. While I am not thrilled to see these odds time will tell to see if the Canadian can really don his survival suit in 60 seconds!
Finally, http://360.io/Ta3vsF this link takes you to a pretty cool 360 degree image of the one day when the wind dropped to under 10kts.