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Carnarvon, WA - again! Hi Hannah and Jacqui!
I'll bet hearing that the ship is back in Carnarvon is a bit of a surprise for you. Don't worry, it was a surprise for us too!!!! The weather was rough enough to make sure we couldn't sail south very quickly and to make sure we didn't run out of fuel and food (more important) we had to turn back.
You didn't get to experience much rough weather when you sailed on the ship. Now I know why you got me to come on board - so I could experience the rough weather myself! Do you remember it being really hot when you were on board? Well, it is still quite warm during the day, but it is hilarious watching Kiah and Dirk and Mike and Melissa getting ready to go on watch in the middle of the night now. They have to rug up really warmly and because it has been rough, they also wear their foul weather gear over their clothes! The deck is often awash, so shoes are soaked through, and one time Melissa was out on the jiboom and the ship plunged down a wave and she got soaked up to her waist! Needless to say she was not impressed!!!
There were a few voyage crew that got seasick. They mostly just slept on deck and only occasionally threw up over the side. It looked like the deck was covered in giant slugs when everyone was curled up in their sleeping bags.
Trim says hello and so does Kiah, Mike, Melissa, Dirk and Sarah. I am missing you and hope you will write to me soon and tell me all of your adventures.
Lots of love, Chandler

Carnarvon, WA Hi Jacqui and Hannah!
We've finally made it to Carnarvon in WA. Carnarvon is at the north end of Shark Bay (no, we havenít seen any sharks yet but there is supposed to be good fishing here!) where Monkey Mia is and we will be visiting Money Mia next week to see the dolphins.
Carnarvon is pretty cool. It is very different from places north like Port Hedland and Dampier, where there is a lot of mining for iron ore, salt farms and stuff. Carnarvon is where they grow lots of fruit - bananas, mangoes, other tropical fruit, tomatoes, etc. Although it's not mango season yet, all the travel buddies have pigging out on mango smoothies, mango icypoles, and chocolate coated bananas - yummmmmmmy!
We have had lots of adventures on the last couple of legs, mostly to do with the ship, as we have been doing lots of sailing. It has been very rough, with heaps of water washing over the decks, so there were lots of seasick crew (and travel buddies). We saw whales and a few dolphins and heaps and heaps of turtles (I think they were green turtles) and lots of birds like albatross and shearwater (muttonbirds).
The crew have had a few mishaps with the ship - we got a few tears in the sails, flooded the cable locker where the cables for the anchor live and we nearly ran out of fuel and had to stop at Cape Cuvier for 2 days to refuel. Cape Cuvier is a place where they make salt and there is a HUGE mountain of salt there. When the wind blows, it blows the salt around and it looks like snow!
The thing is we couldnít moor at the wharf (it was too big) so the fuel was put into small containers and thrown off the jetty into the water! Mike and Peter then had to fish them out of the water and into our little zodiac dingy and bring them back to the ship, where we finally emptied them into our fuel tanks! Considering it was quite rough, it was quite an adventure for Mike and Peter.
Now we are in Carnarvon for a few days, making repairs to the sails, cleaning out the cable locker and doing lots of maintenance on the ship (all the travel buddies have been helping). After taking on more fuel, water and supplies (including milo and chocolate!) we will sail for Geraldton and more adventures! We plan to visit Monkey Mia and Dirk Hartog Island along the way.
Bye for now,
Chandler the Courageous!

Broome, WA Hi Jacqui and Hannah and Steve and Nikki!
Hey, you guys were right. It is great fun being on the Windeward Bound.
Mind you, we are still in exactly the same place as when you last saw us - at anchor off the end of the jetty in Broome! Actually we are anchored a bit further away - a bit safer than in the middle of the channel. We had to sail to our new anchorage because our engine wouldnít start. Flat batteries! And we have been waiting for new ones ever since. In fact they have only just arrived on board and today is Friday! Jason is hooking them up right now and heís asked me to go and help him.
So hopefully we will be alongside by tomorrow and be able to go ashore for an explore. Iíll show everyone around because Iíve already seen Broome with you.
I hope you are enjoying Dunk Island. Send me an email soon!
Love, Chandler

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