We have some exciting news. Mat has just come into a life changing inheritance which has rightly made him question what he is doing sailing around on ‘the old man’s’ boat.
Mat has decided to move on to an exciting new venture of his own, more of which will become know in due course. I think he is making absolutely the right decision despite the fact that it leaves me crew-less.
I still have my heart set on taking Last Vintage to the Mediterranean beginning the voyage later this year.
I need to find a new travelling companion.
In a sentence, someone who would be prepared to take time out from their current lives to have an adventure. To experience something most only dream about.
How long? you ask. Well I don’t know, but two or three years is my best guess. While I have no fixed plans I do want to spend a couple of months in Asia doing some re-fitting work on the way from Australia to the Med via the Indian Ocean and the Suez Canal. Once there I intend to spend three or four years exploring the Aegean, Adriatic, Tyrrhenian, Ionian and all the other seas in the area.
Who and what am I looking for? If you answer yes to most of the following dot points then it is most likely you!
Single & independent. Male or female
Likes the sea and sailing
Fit & healthy
Practical and inventive
Calm in a crisis
Flexible and patient
Able to read and understand manuals
Able to contribute to some of the voyage costs
Willing and able to undertake all sorts of maintenance and repairs
Must have a valid passport
If you think you might like to apply or if you want more information please leave a comment on this site with your contact details and I will be in touch.
We have finally started our voyage. And what a start it was! An incredibly rough crossing of Bass Strait which included a 24 hour layover at Deal Island. Well incredibly rough by our standards but probably only a 4/10 by Bass Strait standards!
Anyway, we made it with little damage, to Eden where we spent a very pleasant 48 hours. We then pottered on up the NSW coast to Sydney where we are now at anchor. From Eden to Sydney we did what we always intended and that was to travel during the day and anchor somewhere comfortable overnight.
We saw heaps of whales and dolphins all the way up the coast which were really amazing to watch.
Last Vintage is now anchored in beautiful Watsons Bay. Unfortunately we will be here for a little longer than expected as Julian ended up in hospital with a bit of a heart issue.
Nothing too serious we hope! Released from hospital today and, hopefully with a clearance from the GP on Monday, we plan to continue north on Tuesday.
Julian’s son Nick, who came with us to Sydney, set-up a time lapse camera which is (hopefully) recording the voyage ‘in brief’. Now that I am out of hospital I will attempt to figure out how to load the vision to this website so you can ‘glimpse’ what we see as we travel.
Work is progressing to schedule. We expect the port side re-build to be completed by Wednesday 13th. Rigging will then be reattached and hand rails reinstalled.
All that remains is to replace the anchor hawse pipes and make repairs to a small section of the forward port side bulwark.
While our brilliant shipwrights, Rudi & Sam have been working on the hull and superstructure Mat & I have been busy finishing off Isabella’s cabin, rewiring, cleaning & repainting the engine room, installing lights in the saloon & galley and getting the sails, winches and halyards ready for our impending departure.
We are expecting to depart Beauty Point some time between July 16th and July 24th.