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Greetings Everyone,

The ongoing saga of our travels. Phil pulled the engine to pieces, dismantled the oil pump, found nothing wrong, put it all together and it went OK. Someone said he had an expensive oil change. We set sail for Bundaberg and on the way we received the news first that my Mum was very sick and then that she had died on Saturday 17th.

We came into Bundy on Sunday afternoon in the teeth of a thunderstorm and entered the channel with 38 knott winds and zero visibility. Thank heavens for radar and GPS. We bedded down the yacht and drove to Brunswick Heads the next day. The timing was good. Our son, Tim, and his family had stayed to support Dad. The funeral is [planned for 10am on Friday. I’m doing the eulogy and want this to be a tribute to the uniqueness that was Mum and thank God for his life.

I had a talk to Mum about death and afterlife earlier in the year and she was at peace and ready to face what would come.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We’re STUCK!! The northerlies have been light and fickle but we managed to edge our way south until just south of Cape Bowling Green we were motor sailing just after midnight when the engine oil pressure alarm went off. We had lost all oil pressure. We are able to sail almost on course to an anchorage at Cape Upstart. When we were just over a mile off we ran out of wind and Phil had to tow the yacht using the dinghy and the 3HP outboard. As there is nowhere to attach the rope on the dinghy he had to pull it by hand for over an hour. He reckons his arms are six inches longer now.

We waited until Friday night until our friend Steve arrived on “Phencara” and he towed us the forty miles to Bowen. It was a very hairy job getting the line attached as there was a 1.5 metre swell coming in the bay and it was very dark.

Phil will dismantle the engine sump and remove the oil pump (not an easy job on a yacht motor) and then hopefully fix whatever is broken. We could be here some time. Ho-hum!! At least it’s a beautiful place to be marooned and we have good friends here.

Keep praying and please don’t ask when we will arrive, anywhere!!

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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