ABOUT QUO VADIS

Quo Vadis is a Latin phrase meaning “Where are you going?” which, based on our travels, seemed like an appropriate name for this web site and for our new boat.   You have arrived at the blog of D, V, H and X. This site is primarily set up to share our experiences and adventures with …

NOT SAILING – BUT SNOWING! 22 AUGUST 2020

Saturday 22 August 2020 Not our usual post, but an unusual day, and a driving adventure. Severe weather warning for Canberra, cold and windy weather, with snow falling as low as 700 metres. Most of the day the temperature stayed below 5 degrees C, by lunch time the apparent temperature was – 6 degrees 😦 …

SYDNEY HARBOUR – BOYS WEEKEND 27-28 JUNE 2020

DAY 1 – SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2020 This weekend was all about last minutes changes. The deteriorating COVID situation in Victoria brought with it a decrease in the number of people allowed at family gatherings, to five, putting a real dampner on the mother-in-law’s 80th birthday celebration. With the Admiral heading to Yackandandah for a …

Sydney Harbour – SANITY 19 – 21 JUNE 2020

Day 1 – Friday 19 June 2020 With COVID restrictions now being relaxed, this was the first time we had a chance to get away to have our first sail on Sanity, 14 weeks after we purchased her. When Cabin Boy advised us that he had work shifts on Friday and Saturday evening, and school activities …

We Bought Another Boat!

We’ve now had our trailerable yacht, Quo Vadis, for coming up 5 years. For a light weight 25′ its been great – however we do want to do more, go further, in more comfort and with a greater margin of safety. We charted an 11.60 metre (38′) catamaran, in 2018 and 2019, and loved it …

Hamilton Island Race Week 13 – 27 August 2019

We had talked about “doing” a Hamilton Island Race Week (HIRW) for well over a year. In October 2018, with some strong advocacy from the Navigator, we committed to competing in Hamilton Island Race Week in August 2019. A number of early decisions were made – the Skipper and Spinnaker Trimmer would tow the boat …

WHITSUNDAYS CHARTER 29 JUNE – 7 JULY 2019

I was reviewing the blog over the 2020/21 summer holidays and realised that we had missed out on posting our second Seawind 1160 charter! Sorry for the delay – better late than never! CATAMARAN CHARTER REDUX We had been back in Canberra less than two weeks after returning from our Seawind 1160 Lite charter with …

WHITSUNDAYS CHARTER 3 – 13 OCT 2018

WHY CHARTERING AND WHY A CATAMARAN? With the big “Half Century” birthday coming up, rather than have a large party, I had decided that I would really like to get the family together for a charter yacht experience in the Whitsunday’s. We had thoroughly enjoyed taking the Noelex 25 up the year before, however this …

VALE MATT OWEN 1 NOV 1969 – 7 OCT 2018

VALE MATTHEW OWEN  –  CHAMPION SAILOR AND GREAT BLOKE Sadly, Matt passed away 7 October 2018 at the age of 48, after being told in late 2014 that he might have only 6 months to live.  Matt had been diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder and a secondary cancer in the liver.  He knew …

HAWKESBURY RIVER 2 – 7 JUL 2018

I had done a similar trip up the Hawkesbury River, with my parents and sister on their  24′ yacht, when I was a child and had fond memories of it, so I was keen to replicate it with my family. We had been thinking of doing our own Hawkesbury River trip for a while now, …