After buying Meridian we decided to get our feet wet (so to speak) by travelling up and down the Queensland coast for a while, learning as we went. These travels are divided into various sections: East Coast for the first 3 years during which we went as far north as Cairns and as far south as the D'Entrecasteau Channel, Tasmania. After that experience, we decided to head off-shore to the closest foreign destination, the Louisiades Archipelago in PNG. In fact, in 2003 we went from Sydney to Tasmania, back to Sydney, on to Townsville, out to the Louisiades and back to the Whitsundays. That was a total distance of more than 4,500 NM, and the first of our Pacific adventures.
Having done that for a few years, including New Caledonia and Vanuatu twice and the Solomons and Louisiades again, we were convinced that we should do the Sail Indonesia Rally by Wal and Robyn on Annwn. They had done the Rally in 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We left Darwin in July 2009 with about another 130 boats, including cruising friends Greg and Janise on Windchimes, and Peter and Donna on "Two Up". The chronicles continue in Points North which starts in Cairns. First challenge was Indonesia, followed by Malaysia and then East Coast and Borneo. From October to December we assisted in the delivery of the catamaran "Truest Passion" back to Mooloolaba. We got off at Bundaberg to stay with Wal and Robbie.
In February Greg Neilsen from"Windchimes" helped me bring Meridian back to Langkawi, a journey of around 1200NM which we completed in 22 days. Judy had surgery in Miri and was unable to travel, so she stayed with friends Andre and Naidene in Kuah, Langkawi.
After getting things organised, we headed north with Windchimes as our guide to the cruising grounds of Phuket, Thailand.
Photos of these voyages are at Flickr.
Last Updated Friday, July 08, 2011