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 …

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 …

NX 25 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WILLIAMSTOWN MAY 2018

This year I had no intent to go to the Nationals. New job, family commitments, etc, etc. Too many “excuses” said our stellar helmsman Matt! In the end we entered just before the cutoff, and put in place a plan where Matt and Reedy towed the boat the 700 km from Canberra to Williamstown while …

NX25 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS MELBOURNE MAY 2016

Yea / Nay? – FRI 15 APR 2016 What started as a joke and the forwarding of a few emails between myself, the Bowman, the Navigator, Waggers, Matt and Reedy has now seen Quo Vadis signed up for the 2016 Noelex National Championships, to be held at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS). The Navigator had some …