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The Coastal Passage, issue #32
It's taken 32 issues of TCP to finally get
a chance to feature Alan and Patricia Lucas on this page...
but it's hard to catch a moving target. Soleares makes a great
home and studio for a very prolific writer and TCP is glad of
that as Alan makes time for regular articles of great interest.
Having that fine talent for pointing out the relevant that could
otherwise be missed and for providing instruction in a way that
rewards inquiry rather making one feel lectured to. And known
around the world. Karen Larsen of US mag Good Old Boat commenting
on one of Alans articles in TCP, realising that "He's your
Alan Lucas too, as well as our Alan Lucas". And the body
of work done whilst building.. how many boats..? Our own nautical
over-achievers... what would we do without our Lucas Guides!?
Aussies are EVERYWHERE!!
That's Bob and Rosemary of Halcyon Days (upper left) of WA
and Gail and Stephen of Darwin boat Gone Troppo. But that's
not Threadbow they are standing on. That's Tahtali Dag in Turkey
near Kemer marina! Bob & Rosemary bought their Bavaria in
Spain and have cruised from there while Gone Troppo has done
it the hard way. That's her below in the sling at Marmaris. Betcha
there are some good stories to tell of their adventures so far.
Thanks for the piccys you two crews and stay in touch!
It isn't often one gets to meet
confirmed monohullists who have actually lived and sailed on
a cat and are now going back to a mono. Judy and Bill off
Sciolto are just such a couple.
They have been sailing for 30 years, including a run from Bass
Strait to Darwin, onto Ambon and Indonesia, then back to the
East coast. After selling their boat and becoming landrats for
a time, one look at Sciolto, a 35' Simpson sailing catamaran,
and the need to sail was just too strong. Sciolto now has to
go as Judy has her eye on a Benateau, and Judy should know what
she wants she has lived, worked and crewed on several 100ft superyachts
over the years and has some marvelous stories to tell about the
famous people who own them.
At present Bill and Judy are based at the Bluewater Marina in
Cairns while Bill finishes a fitting contract at a minesite.
After that it's full time retirement and some serious cruising.
I've heard that no one in the marina goes hungry while Bill is
away, as Judy loves to cook, so Jude, bring on those homemade
sausage rolls and hotdogs. The boys sure will miss you when you're
Photo & words courtesy
of Wendy, SY Absolutely
"It's a year and a bit now since our
big adventure sailing up the Queensland coast with our kids,
and I look back and think how glad I am that we did it. We really
did it. It almost didn't happen, was extremely frustrating at
times, but it brought us an incredible mixture of fantastic opportunities
and heart-stopping scary situations. And it brought us all closer
together as a family. A real adventure and a half!" And
so their adventure began... Anyone who has read this paper for
a while knows how much the editor likes to see young families
on boats. A priceless thing to share and a great way to grow
up. That's Leonie and Seine with son Quinnlan and daughter
"This is the water tank that we
hauled / pushed up to the top of the sand dune above the Aframe.
Those involved were Bill, Brad, Dave and Brendan from "Goldrush",
Frank & Kate from "Zuri", Steve From "Felix",
Cate and John from Middle Percy". Steve worked
the chain block while the rest pushed.
The tank will be filled from one of the creeks that run into
the lagoon the next time we get good rain. We plan to get a shower
going again and supply water to the washing up facility in the
Aframe some time soon.
Thanks to all, Cate & John"
Boaties rally around the new owners
of Percy Island. Save our legacy! You can help as well