4 years ago, we imported Indian Summer into Australia from the Seychelles here into Carnarvon so this place holds a special place in our hearts. We were met by friends from Mandurah Mike & Claire on ‘Crackers’ who are stranded here waiting for a new gear box from Perth to arrive. We had a great night catching up over a few bottles of champagne. We are next door to them in the marina which is fun and we also have access to a car so Claire and I went off shopping while the guys got on with boat stuff. Our new belt from Perth arrived on within 24 hours from Perth – a miracle in our book – so our port engine is now working again. This means we won’t be delayed and will just spend the weekend here as planned. At the club the next day we met a couple of guys who remembered India Summer from her stay here 4 years ago and they remembered the guys who sailed her in for us. This boating world is small! A couple days into our stay, they had the official opening of the new Marina so we all decorated our boats and watched the cutting of the ribbon followed by a great evening at the Yacht club where the CYC put on free drinks and food for everyone. This club is run entirely by volunteers, who do everything from clean the toilets to fundraise for their new marina (with Regions for Royalties matching them) and they really did a fabulous job and worked hard in preparation for this opening. It is an incredible achievement for such a small place and we felt really proud for them. We spent this morning setting up our satellite internet to receive weather and our AIS which is mandatory in some parts of South East Asia now. Other than that, its been great to stop for a few days, we have caught up on sleep and enjoyed socialising but time is pressing on and we are heading off this afternoon for Cape Leveque which should be about a 5 day non-stop sail.
Hi, all looks fine and dandy, will print off and show to Ma tomorrow….and no doubt get the atlas out! Happy sailing, love to you both xxxxSent from Yahoo Ma
Hi Ian and Melian, found your blog at last! Good to see its all going well, apart from the drive belts! Best of luck for the next part of the trip, you are missing some wild weather down here in Mandurah. Cheers Ian & Amanda
Hi Ian and Melian
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Lots of love
Terribly jealous and oh so proud of the couple who had an outrageous dream and followed it into reality! Wish you smooth seas and sailing. Missing you already- please post pics of each spot…ps it’s 12 degrees in Melbourne so enjoy that beautiful weather. Also, I don’t believe you haven’t had a drink in a week xxx