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Sailing catamaran bar x-ing 2nd time lucky? – Ep 93

Scheduling maintenance before problems occur can prevent costly downtime. Rob had changed the accumulator tank but the pump that fills the tank was sounding a bit iffy. Leave it and face the consequences or exchange it out? Rob chooses the later.
That’s just one of the preventative maintenance measures in this episode. Rob also scoops out the Noosa bar for the outward crossing and we treat ourselves to the most expensive milk we can find for its health benefits down the track.


Luna Keller – I don’t know where I’m going
Patience stripped version – Brooke Annibale – musicbed.com
Patience stripped version instrumental – Brooke Annibale – musicbed.com
David Mumford – Ball and chain

In 1997, after missing out on his Olympic rowing medal dream, Rob decided to row a tiny seven-metre plywood boat, 2500 miles from Tenerife in the Canary Islands to Barbados in the Caribbean. It took 6 weeks and he and his rowing partner, Phil Stubbs, won the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race. His first taste of a blue water ocean crossing.
Skip forward to 2014, and married with three children we invested in Javelot a 43 ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran. Armed only with Robert’s 3 years of racing P class yachts from the age of 11 to 13, and Rachel’s non existent sailing knowledge, we set off to learn the ropes of ocean sailing. We broke stuff, replaced stuff and got to know our boat before heading offshore with the kids, Finn 18, Declan 16 and Ivan 13, in tow. Through trial and error, we have become confident wayfarers, kind of.
Our plan? To sail around the world. Part of the journey will be retracing Rob’s eldest brother Kerry’s travels at sea. Using Kerry’s original letters from the 1970’s we will re trace his movements from Australia through Indonesia and South East Asia to Cambodia where Kerry’s life was cut short after straying into Cambodian waters in 1978. Kerry and two friends were attacked by a Khmer Rouge gun boat, captured, tortured and executed.
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