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Moving Forward - Fraser Coast

Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | Views [959]

It’s been three months of full time work on the boat by a great shipwright but silver lady is back together and ready to go.   The decks are brand new, hull re sprayed, new antifouling and the propeller re pitched to let her go faster under ... Read more >

Photos: Fraser Coast

Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Coffs Harbour and North

Sunday, 17 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Family Days Sailing Coffs Harbour to Mooloolaba

Sunday, 17 Jan 2010 | Views [2016]

I flew into Coffs Harbour on New Years Day by myself.   The marina was hosting the Pittwater to Coffs yacht race that needed my berth.   When I had booked in it was on the understanding that I would have the boat out by the 4 th .   I didn’t ... Read more >

Did you see that storm last night?

Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | Views [1012] | Comments [2]

Ok...  So this will teach me to 'Gob Off' in my last entry...... Monday the 14th of December, 2009.  I was up a couple of times in the night a bit apprehensive about navigating our way out through the entrance of port Stephens in the dark.   ... Read more >

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Nelson Bay

Sunday, 13 Dec 2009 | Views [597] | Comments [1]

Dinner with friends at Crown on Thursday night and staying in a Melbourne Hotel before catching a 7 am flight to Newcastle.  With the kids in safe hands until Tuesday this was the first time that Cath had sailed alone in the ocean with me.  Whilst ... Read more >

Newcastle to Port Stephens

Thursday, 26 Nov 2009 | Views [1210]

After two days sitting comfortably in Newcastle the weather was looking a lot better.  I made a decision to give up rough weather unless i get caught out there unexpectedly. with my new philosophy on cruising being that i dont have plans, i dont ... Read more >

To hell and then Newcastle

Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | Views [950] | Comments [1]

From Jim Stynes, Up at 5am, winds were up but Hugh our captain was sure that by the time we got out of Pittwater things would settle. Well that wasn't to be, with the hour it was 3 meter swells and 30 knot winds. Next thing i am hanging over the edge ... Read more >

Sailing to Pittwater

Sunday, 22 Nov 2009 | Views [3343] | Comments [2]

Too long away from the boat!  I had been counting down the days and watching the forecasts in readiness to continue up the coast.  Kerry Murphy and i drove from Mount Eliza and collected Jim and Sam directly to the airport.  With the ... Read more >

Gallery: sydney and north

Monday, 5 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

sailing north
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Exploring Sydney

Monday, 5 Oct 2009 | Views [659]

Thursday lunch time my daughter Rebecca and I flew into Sydney.  As we were ferried out to Silver Lady, i could see that she was absolutely covered in red dust from the recent dust storms that had engulfed Sydney in the previous week.  We weren't ... Read more >


Monday, 21 Sep 2009 | Views [513]

left Bermagui in fine southerly winds after leaving Sam to fly home. Ahead of us 150 miles with just Mick and I.  Sitting about 3 miles off the coast to avoid the southerly running current we had a good look at the beautiful scenery.  Mick new the ... Read more >


Saturday, 19 Sep 2009 | Views [488]

Experiencing the warmth and close vicinity to dramatic coast lines is the reason we put up with all the trials of crossing Bass Straight. Awoke after a great nights sleep and away by 6.30 am. Blue skies and light breezes for our 42 mile run to ... Read more >

Hastings to Eden - The Bass Strait Leg

Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | Views [1320]

This passage took Mick, Sam and I 50 hours. Once my daughter Lilly and Kevin had waved us off we got sailing.  The first day we saw blue skies with a calm 15 knots from the west.  This day was very enjoyable however it fooled us all as all hell broke ... Read more >

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Take two

Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | Views [425] | Comments [1]

Ok,  new engine,  new gear box.  Huge job as everything on a yacht has to be custom made.  Hoping to leave this wednesday. Weather looks very light.

Gallery: Sailing

Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Heading Off - Well sort of...

Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | Views [470]

Bob got dropped off by Joan at the marina and we all had our last shore meal for a few days. Was great to see Joan. We left today at about 2pm. Was a typical freezing Melbourne day. I tried new sea sick tabs that you can only obtain from one pharmacy ... Read more >

Count Down

Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | Views [377]

Boat is ready! Crew is Ready! Nature is Angry....... Last time we ocean sailed in big winds was two years ago. The top photo is us at the start of the Lord Howe Island Race that left from Pittwater in NSW. It blew 40 knots for three days with ... Read more >

Getting Ready

Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | Views [430]

Couple of recent photos of a sail to Queenscliffe from Blairgowrie (im on the beanbag on the left with Bec and Jim). Now this is how i like to do my sailing! Heaps of things to do. Every time I get a boat ready for a long voyage I remember how much ... Read more >

The Beginning

Sunday, 26 Jul 2009 | Views [362]

Welcome to Silver Lady's blog. Silver lady is a 44 foot sloop (single mast) yacht built in 1990. Sleeps 5 in comfort and is what would be classed as a 'go anywhere boat' The Ellis family has owned her since 2007. During that time she has completed ... Read more >



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