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The trip back was a mixed bag.  We started off with hardly any wind, had two days of too strong wind (up to 38 knots) and finished off with just the right wind.  I felt like Goldilocks eating porridge!

As we arrived at Townsville we had three breakages which could have been very awkward for us had they happened earlier.  Firstly a block on the aft runner ( supports the mast where the staysail attaches) broke (it is an almost new one) ( I can imagine the lethal weapon it would have been flying about in the thirty knot winds), then the sheeve at the top of the jib furler broke and then the freezer compressor died.  We only had it replaced before leaving Bundaberg this year.

We are anchored in the Ross River waiting for parts for the furler before we go any further.  We have quite a lot of maintenance to do this year as the doghouse needs replacing as do the house batteries as well as the compressor on the freezer.  Most of these we will do at Bundaberg but will delay our travels south until the New Year.

We’ve had a productive year with Phil setting up the radio communications and surveying the lands for the different local churches; and me teaching Sunday School courses.  We have a great DVD of the Youth Conference which shows the energy and commitment of the young people.

We thank you all for your prayers and look forward to catching up with as many as possible in the New Year.

Have a happy and holy Christmas,

God bless you,

Pam and Phil

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A note from the Administrator:

Maranatha is currently in Townsville. Phil and Pam expect to be there for a couple of months doing maintenance work (see next post) before heading south to Bundaberg.

The site passed the “1000 views” mark over the weekend.

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