We are the People that are FREE!

 Passage people are those that have been met at anchorages or marinas or beaches or whatever along the way. They are featured perhaps because they are unique and special or because they are not, rather because they are just typical examples but of an extraordinary group. By being cruising boaties, all of these people have stepped off the well trod path and done something exceptional with their lives.


 Passage People by edition

 Passage People by boat names

 From The Coastal Passage, issue # 10


Sandy and Julian way are doing life the way they want and doing very well at it. Julian keeps their beaut Grainger simple and low maintenance ...so he has more time to tend to the homebrew!! I can vouch for the quality. No telling where you will find them. “Catchus” is wickedly fast and as Sandy says, “We used to be indecisive but now were not so sure.”


Bob and Anne(left) are along for the ride as they swallowed an anchor recently. We caught them getting their “fix” courtesy of Pattie and Keith. We first met Bob and Anne at the Rendezvous in Bowen some years ago. They were flying along on “Endless Summer” at the time. Patti and Keith you may know from the “Games at Lizard Island.” Just try to get a straight photo of this unruly mob, I dare you. Good thing I didn’t want one.


Tony and Sharon have sailed their (18 year old) Farr 11.6 from New Zealand to Australia via Fiji and lots of other places on the way. The line honours winners of the 2003 Port to Port rally, Port Vila to Port Bundaberg, they say their early arrival in Bundy put the celebrations for the rally fleet into a spin as they had such a quick passage they beat all expectations. Having sailed from Lake Macquarie this year you will see them on their way up the coast, probably passing you.

(Photo & words courtesy of Frank Stoove)


Bob and Sally have trailed from the Gippsland Lakes to the Whitsundays for the fourth year to escape the Victorian winter.

Their beautiful 22ft clinker design hull recalls a more graceful era in yacht design and makes a practical home away from home for the cruising season.

(Photo & words courtesy of Frank Stoove)


If you read the letters section last issue, there was one in there
that ripped me up pretty good....So on a paper delivery outside Bowen a while back...guess who I met! I couldn’t be more pleased. Reasonable people can have a difference of opinion and get on quite well. The more we talked, I think the less we disagreed anyway. I was disappointed only to have missed Stephanie’s crew, her son Joel. Catch you next time mate. We’ll be looking out for “Faraway”


The famous July 4 Cruisers' Party at Double Bay on the Whitsunday Coast owes a lot to this pairs goodwill and generosity. Rupert and Bet have been cruising the area for seventeen years in “Raffles”. The prizes and events at the July 4 gatherings have been provided by them for 16 of the last seventeen years.
Nothing but smiles from the best hostess have made for a formidable reputation, hope we see you both next year too.

(Photo & text courtesy of Frank Stoove)