| Travel Buddy Logs - Hobo's Holiday
|Carnarvon, WA - again!
Hobo here, back in Carnarvon which feels really weird, because we are supposed to be in Geraldton right now, but strong winds and a big swell on this last leg meant we had to turn back. It also meant there were quite a few seasick people but I was lucky and didnít get sick at all! Looks like we will be in Carnarvon for a few weeks before we can sail south again, this time all the way to Fremantle.
Because it was quite rough, we spent a lot of time at anchor on this last leg. When we were at anchor off Dirk Hartog Island, in Gettison Cove, some of the crew and travel buddies decided to finish working on our torn sail, the Nock Staysail. We unfolded it and escaping out of the folds was a little grey gecko that had crept in at Carnarvon!! Would you believe it!
One of the crew caught it and showed some of the others and then it got away and found refuge in the galley! It wasnít going to starve in there, thatís for sure. Only, figured out that it was there and she spent many hours crushing around the galley looking for signs of the gecko. I think she nearly caught it once or twice, but unfortunately the cook got to it firstÖ or at least trod on him first! The poor squished gecko was given a proper sea burial, but Trim never forgave the cook. Oh well.
Iím going to go and help Dirk do some maintenance around the ship now. Looking after a ship takes a lot of work, but it is sort of like having to look after your own house. At home you have to mow the lawn and wash the car and tidy up your bedroom and stuff. On a ship you have to do lots of cleaning and keep the deck tidy and mend sails and check the rigging and change the oil in the engine and Ö and Ö and Ö lots of stuff.
So Iíll go and give Dirk a hand and write to you again later.
See ya later, Hobo
Hi everyone from Ubobo!
Hobo here, just making sure you haven't forgotten all about me!
We've finally made it to Carnarvon in WA. Carnarvon is at the north end of Shark Bay where Monkey Mia is and we will be visiting Money Mia next week to see the dolphins. We haven't seen any sharks yet but we've already been visited by dolphins since we arrived.
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 - yum-scrummy!
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 best thing I like about being at sea is seeing all the stars at night. There are no other lights around (except for the moon) so it looks likes there are millions more stars than you ever thought possible. And Iíve seen heaps of shooting stars too.
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.
Hobo the Happy!
Hey, itís great that you love the photos. Kiah, who looks after our website, says sheíll be fixing the problem with the canefield photos so you should be able to see them now. I donít think we have any photos of us in Gladstone (Kiah canít find any), but there are lots of new ones up now.
We have finally arrived in BroomeÖ sort of. It was a great trip around the amazing Kimberley Coast with red rocky cliffs and blue water. The best bit wasnít the view though - it was all the whales we saw!! Heaps and heaps of Humpback whales!!! Some were a long way away but some were really close. The first ones we saw, Jason, our engineer, thought it was a log in the water! It turned out to be a huge whale with a newborn calf and she was feeding it. We were so close. It was so cool.
We also made new friends on this trip. Four kids came on with their families - Hannah(10), Jack(6), Hannah and Jacqui(8 - twins)! They played with us everyday and took us to Bigge Island where we explored the caves with aboriginal paintings. One cave even had a bat in it! It was very sleepy. The kids got off in Derby, which was 4 days before we got to Broome, and all the travel buddies are missing them. The twins, Hannah and Jacqui, have sent their own travel buddy on board. His name is Chandler and he already knows heaps about sailing tall ships!
I say that weíve sort of arrived in Broome because we are still anchored in the harbour and havenít been able to go to shore yet. We crashed into the wharf the day we arrived - tide pushed us into the wharf - and then the batteries to start our engine went flat so we have been stuck at anchor for 4 days! New batteries arrive today and so we will try to get to the wharf tomorrow morning at low tide, when itís a bit calmer!
The Pearl Festival is on in Broome right now so I hope we can get off tomorrow and go and watch the parade through the town. There are supposed to be dragons in the parade!
Better go and see if the batteries are on their way.
Talk to you again later,
PS Donít forget to have a look at our photo page to see what weíve been up to. And check out the Newsletters that the crew have put together. There are some cool games to play in it, stories about us, and photos as well!
IT'S ME HOBO AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY WHAT A GOOD TIME IíM HAVING SAILING ON THE WINDEWARD BOUND WITH THE REST OF THE CREW.
THE OTHER NIGHT WE STOPPED AT THIS ISLAND CALLED BARE SAND ISLAND AND WATCHED SOME TURTLES COME UP ON TO THE SAND AND LAY SOME EGGS.
I FOUND THIS REALLY COOL HAT WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT COLOURS ALL MIXED TOGETHER, SO I AM SENDING YOU THIS PHOTO OF ME SO YOU CAN SEE HOW COLOURFUL IT IS.
NOW WE ARE SAILING TO PORT KEATS BUT WE CAN'T GO ON TO THE MAINLAND BECAUSE THERE ROCKS IN THE WAY OF THIS BIG BOAT, SO ONLY FIVE PEOPLE CAN GO TRAVELING IN THE SMALL MOTOR BOAT, CALLED A ZODIAC. AFTER THIS WE WELL BE SAILING TO WYNDHAM, DROPPING OFF THE DARWIN KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THE VOYAGE CREW FOR THIS LEG, AND THEN GOING ON TO VISIT THE KIMBERLEY COAST.
SO I'LL HAVE TO WRITE TO YOU NEXT TIME AND TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT.
SEE YOU LATER ON
Howdy Doody to all of you at Ubobo!
Itís me, Hobo. I hope you havenít forgotten about me since I havenít written in so long. We have been having the best time on the ship. I feel right at home.
We have been in Darwin for ages now, but we also sailed from Darwin for one leg and came back, so none of us are sick of it yet. We finally sail out on Monday for Wyndham, which isnít very far away really, so we should have heaps of time to go exploring and swimming and stuff.
In Darwin we have been to the Mindall Markets lots of times, saw a movie at the Deckchair Cinema and visited a big navy ship - itís much, much bigger than our ship. And we have been out sailing in the harbour too. In fact, last weekend the Leuwin, a tall ship from Perth, sailed with us as well AND they fired a cannon at us. We had lots of passengers on board who loved it.
Iíd better go now. Iíll write again soon!
See ya later, alligator. Hobo
I am about two days from Cairns which is the next place that we stop at. But we had to stop today to fix our starter motor that broke yesterday just outside Mourilyan, Mourilyan is were we picked up some water of our water tanks.
Today I did a log line test with Alex but we got into a bit of a hole when Alex got his hand caught in the line but I did the doctor thing and made his hand feel all better.
Well sorry this is a short letter but I have to set some sails so that we can get to Cairns and get started on my next letter to you all.
Have fun I miss you all love Hobbo.
Hello Ubobo, it's your buddy Hobo here.
Well once again i have had a very busy scheduel and am here to fill you in on all i have been up to.
Well last time i talked to you, i think i was somewhere between GoodWood Island and South Port. We are currently at South Port but i will fill you in on yesterdays events first up.
Well yesterday was very exciting. We went way, way out to sea as we were over a day ahead of scheduel. As we were doing this, a few of us were lucky enough to spot a shark swimming through the water. We are not sure what species of shark it is, but we suspect it was a Tiger Shark. It wasn't a small shark either. It was 8-10 feet long, so as you can see it was pretty big and was very exciting for those of us on board.
I had some photos taken of me at the helm and with a group of friends yesterday. I will try and see if i can see if i can sent to you. YouŪd be proud to see how i am going.
Last night was a really rough night on the open seas. When i was on my way to bed, i had a little accident, and fell down the steps to my bed. It looks pretty bad but it's geting better so no need to worry. IŪll be alright.
We arrived at South Port this morning at around 9:30am and let me tell you, it is hot here. I am not used to this heat but few of my mates and i are heading to the beach later.
We celebrated Matthew Flinders birthday today and it was good as we got to eat cake.
We have a open boat today so we are expecting to get a lot of people comming aboard and checking the boat out. This meant we had to clean the boat from head to toe, and i was the one who got stuck with cleaning the shower. But it was all worth it. The boat looks really good now and is some what presentable.
We are entertaining once again tonight so i am going to have to leave you here and start to get ready. So i will write to you again soon. So until then, bye and donŪt worry about my leg as i'll be fine.
G'Day Ubobo!! I hope everyone is well, as I am having a fabulous time.
We've just had a little break in Brisbane for a few days. I really needed it. I think I could've slept for a whole week I was that tired. We said goodbye to our Voyage Crew on Wednesday. It was very sad to see them go. We all became very good friends in those two weeks, but I have everyone's address, so we can stay in contact. Hopefully by the time I arrive back next year I will have friends from all over Australia.
Our new Voyage Crew arrived this morning, and we are now heading back out of the Brisbane River, ready to make our way up to Bundaberg, where we shall arrive in a week's time. This afternoon we will be stopping briefly at Bribie Island where we will once again be greeted by Polititians, and other locals. For someone who is not very fancy, like myself, I'm getting very good at entertaining fancy, important people.
That's all for now, but I'll write again soon.
your Buddy Hobo
|off Port Stevens, NSW
Hello it's Hobbo here, reporting from the Windeward Bound. i would like to say a big hello to all the kids at Ubobo. HELLO!
So far itŪs day three of our sailing adventure and we are currently just outside Port Stevens. It has been a very bumpy ride so far and lets just say i haven't been feeling too well. You will be gald to know i am starting to feel better though.
We left Sydney Harbour at around 12 o'clock on Thursday and arrived at Newcastle the next morning at around 9 oíclock. Whilst in Newcastle, we held numerous plays proformed by our talented crew and entertained numerous groups of children. After the proformances, we then had to serve cocktails and little nibblies to the very special guests we had on board. After that we all prepared for our departure from Newcastle at 12pm as it is beolieved to be bad luck to leave Port on a Friday.
It is now day 3 andI have been learning and taking part in lots activities surrounding the boat and have also been doing scientific experiments to help find matters surrounding our waterways. As you can see, i have had a very busy first few days and am guarenteed to be in for even more work and experiments.
IŪll try and keep in contact as often as possible to fill you in on updates of my daily activities.
So until next time, this his Hobbo reporting from the Windeward Bound.
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