Wonderful Indonesia

Carton of cigarettes: Australia 270 USDIndonesia 17.35 USD
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Australia

A long post… I arrived in Bundaberg, Australia from Fiji in November 2016. I then headed down to Brisbane and finally Sydney where I sat out the hurricane season. A good thing as Hurricane Debbie did a number on the Northeast coast. Finally I left Sydney and headed up the coast to Horn and Thursday Islands by way of Cairns, Gladstone, Airlie Beach, Lizard, Mt Adolphus, etc. I departed to Debut, Indonesia on July 18, 2017. The good:1. The people are wonderful. They are outgoing and friendly.2. I got a chance to enjoy some great culture in Brisbane and Sydney.3. After a year in the Pacific it was nice to have great Internet, semi-decent marine stores, and good public transportation. 4. I enjoyed a class reunion with people I had not seen in forty years. 5. I got to join a sailboat race in Sydney Harbor. Quite the treat!The not so good: 1. I have been sailing for 60 years. I have been sailing around the world for eight. I have never encountered such consistency difficult conditions. Wi
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Need Crew

Need up to three crew:Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia. Depart Sydney late April. Leisurely trip.Cairns, Australia to Indonesia, Island hopping in Indonesia with Sail 2 Indonesia rally. Depart Cairns July 15.Catalina 42 MK IICaptain (me) 30,000+ nm open ocean cruising experience.Contact winchgrinder4@gmail.com
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Hats

Here in Mosman, Australia a lot of the young people attend private school. This means a lot of young people in school uniforms. There are apparently quite a few schools as the uniforms are quite varied. Almost all of boys have ties. A good portion of them also have jackets. The girls have either dresses (styled in the 1950 s) or skirts and blouses, some with jackets.I would most likely not have paid more much attention if it were not for the hats. The boys uniforms hats are almost all “boaters.” The girls styles are more varied. They are so cute!I have always found it ironic that JFK going bare headed ended the tradition of men wearing hats in the USA. Jackie O on the other hand was always impeccably dressed. She always wore a hat.Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Local knowledge – Australia Chartlets

My friend John @ Anglican Church Grammar School pointed me to these beautiful chartlets (free) for Queensland and New South Wales. The links are:http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/Boating-maps/Moreton-Bay-guideshttp://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/using-waterways/maps/boating-maps.htmlEnjoyFair winds and following seas 🙂
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