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From Bali to Lombok

Greetings to all from Hinewai, currently anchored off Teluk Naruh, a small bay to the north of Lombok (well, as it was when we started this – now being sent from the little island of Labuan off the north west coast of Borneo).Shreck and the PropellerThe end of our last email found us languishing in Bali Marina, Benoa, nursing the disappointment of a broken propeller, but confidently telling you that we’d soon have it off, repaired and refitted.Blah, should have know better.Job # 1 was to…

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From Darwin to Bali

14th June 2008Bali08 44.4S 115 12.8EWritten by Jean and PeterYes – you read right.  Bali.  Not Darwin. Bali!  BALI!  A land of tropical dreams, beautiful people, memories of Bob and Bing, and of long cold glasses of Bintang.And the land where Hinewai now sits smugly in her berth at the Bali Marina in Benoa, preening herself, telling all the other yachts about her very nice trip over from Darwin – and probably complaining a little that we’ve broken her again (but more of that later).Our last…

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Darwin 3

15th March 2008Written by PeterWell, this email was started way back in January, with the opening “Been a bit torn over the last few weeks.  As much as I'd love to do another scribe about our trip, would people really be interested in "here we are still sitting in Darwin…"?But then, the last few days, we've had 4 emails from friends asking how things are.  You know who you are – so it's all your fault if anyone complains.”A few logistics got in the way, like…

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Darwin 2

17th October 2007 Written by Peter Greetings All, And a special Happy Birthday to Peter's Mum. I think today is the 3rd month anniversary of arriving in Darwin – and we’re starting to slip into the life-style here.  Darwin is part of the Northern Territory, or NT as it is abbreviated.  It appears that NT also stands for “Not Today” “Not Tomorrow”– it’s a sort of Aussie version of “mañana” – why do something today or even tomorrow when you can put it off until some…

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Darwin 1

Sunday, 2nd September – 06.00Greetings all,Once again, the more astute among you should now be saying “Hang on!  This email’s STILL being written from Darwin – shouldn’t they be in Indonesia by now?”And, once again, you would be right, but sadly there is now no chance that we’ll be going anywhere for the next six or seven months at least.It turns out that I did a really good job on myself.  Apparently some 50% of broken ribs do not clearly show up on X-Rays – hmmmm,…

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From Thursday Island to Darwin

       Saturday, 28th  July – 17.30 written by PeterGreetings all,The more astute among you should now be saying “Hang on!  This email’s being written from Darwin – shouldn’t they be in Indonesia by now?” And you would be right.  Unfortunately, our trip has been delayed a little due to Peter and the rubber dinghy trying to share the same space and time as a large catamaran – more of that later, but to reassure those of a more nervous disposition, the rubber dinghy and the catamaran are fine.Jean’s…

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From Cairns to Thursday Island

Monday 9th July 2007  Time: 2200 [10pm] - written by Jean Thursday IslandLatitude: 10  35.6S Longitude: 142  14.6EHi all,We finally managed to tear ourselves away from the comfort of Marlin Marina in Cairns on Thursday 5thJuly.  It could be quite easy to succumb to being tied up to an arm of floating concrete securely connected to the shore.A short stroll to the amenities block is no hardship. The ability to use a toilet without the left foot on the floor, the right one firmly planted half way…

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From Sydney to Cairns

4th July 2007 - written by PeterGreetings all – I’ll try and give Mum a call a little later tonight, but in case I miss her, and anyway I like writing these, here’s the next update.And this one’s from Cairns and I suppose the big news is that it looks like I can finally pack my thermal underwear away.  The sky is a strange blue colour, not the unremitting grey we’ve been seeing, and there’s this strange bright yellow thing in the sky.We last wrote from…

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From Melbourne to Queenscliff

25th May 2007 - written by PeterHi All,Finally got away on Friday, albeit later than hoped.  It was lovely - all the staff at the club were out on the balcony waving us off (or checking we had actually gone?).  First stop was the next yacht club up the bay, Sandringham, where we undertook the challenge of the labyrinthine machinations of the pre-pay diesel dock. Well, at least once we'd stopped. We discovered coming in that Hinewai fully loaded (we're carrying about 2 tones extra weight) doesn't like…

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