‘Winedown’ Benateau 39 Melb to Jervis Bay 2016 & Syd to Townsville March ’18

‘Winedown’ Benateau 39 Melb to Jervis Bay 2016 & Syd to Townsville March ’18

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Delivery 1 Melbourne to Jervis Bay

Along with owner Brian and two of his regular racing crew Peter and Tony we set off from Sandringham YC to Jervis Bay. As the cards and backgammon indicate the weather in Bass Straight was mostly benign apart from a short 15 minute 35knt squall just short of Gabo.

We decided to stop over for the night in Bermagui (see pic with yacht amoungst fishing boats) to let a front pass through and set off early the following day for our best days sailing averaging 6-7 knots with full sails and finally no motor. arrived early the following morning to our destination and settled into the new home.

Thank you to Peter and Tony, now seasoned salt water sailors for a great first effort at sea and to Brian for the excellent preparation of the vessel.

Delivery 2 Sydney to Townsville

What a fun trip was had by all. New owners Michael and Judy along with their good friend Dr/Chef Alan and Crewman Clarke, we had two weeks of everything. Weather was from every direction and differing strengths from very little to over 40kts. Rain, sunshine. Fine dining on board (by Chef Alain) and ashore at a couple of our stopovers. Winedown arrived in immaculate condition just as Brian had handed it over. One sticky winch was the extent of our problems over the 1000 miles apart from minor surgery by Dr Alan on Judy’s little toe (superglue and a tissue to the rescue)