| Travel Buddy Logs - Matt's Madcap Musings
|Carnarvon, WA - again!
How's it going guys? It's me Matt.
We left Carnarvon last Thursday at around 6.00am and travelled to Monkey Mia. It was great! We went for a swim and we all got to see some dolphins. It was an exciting experience for all of us. All of us travel buddies watched the crew play volleyball. It looked like fun. Next time I come to monkey Mia I hope you could all come, wouldn't that be great?
I was feeling sick. The captain told us not to have seasick tablets so I didn't. Why? Because they say it makes you feel drowsy and more sick. Do you get seasick? It doesn't feel good, I know from experience.
We sat at Monkey Mia for 2 days and when we left we headed to Steep Point. The wind came up and the water became too rough to set the sails and be on our way. We sat there for 3 days! It was nice because I didn't get seasick. That was the great thing. But I wasn't the only buddy that was sick. There were three other sick buddies on board.
Thank you all for sending me on this great ship. I am meeting lots of new people and new travel buddies.
We are now back in Carnarvon because the weather was too rough to go the rest of the way down the coast. And guess what? I survived!
PS I'm going to find some of those choc coated bananas to eat!
Hi to all you kids at Sorrell!
Minty, Matt and Dunstall here, making a group report...
We've finally made it to Carnarvon in WA. Carnarvon is at the north end of Shark Bay (havenít seen any sharks yet!) 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 (Minty's fav), mango icypoles (Dunstall reckons these are just it), and chocolate coated bananas (Matt has eaten soooo many of these) - 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).
We've even started to fish off the aft deck and between Peter the engineer, Kiah the blue watch leader and Anne the cook (and all the travel buddies, of course) we have caught tuna, spanish mackerel and a wahoo!
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.
Catch ya later,
Minty, Matt and Dunstall!
We have had the coolest trip around the Kimberley Coast. Four kids got on at Wyndham for 10 days and they were the best fun ever! Hannah S is 10, Jack S is 6 (he had his 7th birthday on the ship - a few days early - and we got to eat chocolate cake!!!), Hannah C and Jacqui C are both 8 because they are twins. We got to play with all of them heaps - cards games and drawing and stuff on the ship while we were sailing (but not when we were on watch, of course), and collecting shells and exploring when we stopped at Bigge Island.
Hannah S did a story on us (!) for this issue of the newsletter, so you have to go and have a look at it. She even drew a great picture of us, which is in the newsletter too.
So Bigge Island was an excellent time for us, but even more excellent were all the Humpback whales we saw during the trip. Heaps and heaps, some were just swimming, some were slapping their fins on the water, some were leaping out of the water and making huge splashes. That was really amazing!
Now we are in Broome and there is a Pearl Festival on at the moment. Tomorrow there is a big parade through town and there will be giant Chinese Dragons that lots of people stand under (to make the legs) and they hold onto the dragons and make them move. That is going to be so cool.
Hey, is it snowing in Tassie yet? Itís still hot up here, but we canít go swimming because of the crocodiles!
Catch ya later,
Dunstall and Matt
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!
hello everybody, Matt and Dunstall hereÖ
We were just sitting back relaxing on the aft deck watching the sun go down reflecting on the things we've done these past two weeks and thought it would be nice to share them with you.
It is down to the last three days of the voyage now and we are so excited to be able to tell you all about the wonderful things we've done! On the third day of the voyage we arrived at Bare Sand Island where we watched turtles lay their eggs in the sand and it was so much fun because after she had laid the eggs we were able to touch them, which was really cool!
We camped there on the beach over night under the stars and as we were lying there, together we counted at least 5 shooting stars. The next day we returned to the ship and set off towards Wyndham.
On day eight we arrived in Port Keats because Kiah and Jason had to put on a play for the local school kids. That afternoon we both went aloft to have a look at the view which was really beautiful.
We have been to three different beaches in the past three days which were all loads of fun! The best one was the one we went to today because it was full of sand dunes so the students on board from Darwin, in the Northern Territory, raced us down some of them by rolling side ways. Both of us came a dead heat so we won the first race.
Now we are back on the boat relaxing, waiting to lift anchor and head to our final destination - Wyndham! After Wyndham we will be going down the coast to Broome, so hopefully we will have even more exciting things to tell you in our next letter.
We love you all and hope you enjoyed hearing about our adventures as much as we enjoyed telling you!
Matt and Dunstall xoxoxo
Hello everyone at Sorrell Primary!
Matt here, writing to say Hi and make sure you havenít forgotten me.
I am still on the tall ship, Windeward Bound, and we are in Darwin right now, which is about as far as you can get from Sorrell in Tasmania! Up here it is hot and sunny and feels like summer, which is weird because I know you are having a cold winter right now. Has it been raining lots? Has it snowed? I miss the snow.
We have seen lots of cool animals on our tripÖ dolphins, flying fish, bat fish, huge jellyfish, big mummy turtles and little tiny baby turtles, and lots of goshawks and falcons. Iím still waiting to see a shark or a crocodile though.
We are saying goodbye to Darwin and going to sea on Monday. I canít wait! Back to setting the sails and steering the ship and keeping a lookout to make sure we donít hit anything! I think we will even get to go on shore and explore some islands, go swimming, and look for turtles. I want to go now!
I will write again soon and tell you all about it.
Keep happy! From, Matt
|Off Fraser Island, QLD
HI KIDS BABOUT
THIS ISYOUR FRIEND MAT DROPPING YOU A LINE AGAIN WHILE STILL AFLOAT ON THE GOOD SHIP WINDEWARD BOUND, SAILING SLOWLY INTO HERVEY BAY WHERE WE WILL DROP ANCHOR FOR THE NIGHT.
I WILL JUST GO BACK A FEW DAYS WHEN WE LEFT THE BRISBANE WHARF AND SAILED DOWN THE RIVER HOPING TO CALL INTO BRIBIE ISLAND BUT THE WEATHER WAS TOO ROUGH AND SO WE HAD TO SAIL OVER TO THE LEE SHORE OF MORETON ISLAND FOR THE NIGHT AND THE NEXT MORNING WE MADSE OUR WAY OUT OF MORETON BAY WHICH IS QUITE TRICKY AS THE BAY IS FULL OF SHALLOW SAND BANKS ON WHICH A SHIP LIKE THIS COULD QUITE EASILY RUN AGROUND.
ANYWAY WE MADE IT SAFELY OUT OF THE BAY AND LATER ENTERED THE RIVER AT A LOVELY COASTAL PORT CALLED MOOLOOLABAR WHERE THE LOCALS GAVE US A GREAT WELCOME.TRIM THE CAT AND I WENT ASHORE AND HAD A GOOD SHOWER AS WE FIND THE SHOWER ONBOARD A LITTLE CRAMPED.
WE HAD A LOT OF LOCAL PEOPLE FROMTHE TOWN COME ABOARD AND LOOK OVER THE SHIP AND I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW LONG THE SHIP IS, WHEN SHE WAS BUILT AND HOIW IT WAS DIFFERENT TO MATTHEW FLINDERS SHIP, THE INVSTIGASTOR.
POOR OLD MATTHEW DIDNT HAVE A GENERATOR TO PROVIDE ELECTRIC POWER FOR THE FREEZER, LIGHTS , HOT WATER OR THE PUMPS AND ALL THE NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT SUCH AS THE RADAR. ALL THEY HAD WAS KEROSENE LIGHTS, CANDLES A COMPASS, SEXTANT AND A WOOD STOVE TO COOK FOOD ON.
TOMORROW WE HOPE TO GO ASHORE ON FRASER ISLAND AND TO SEE WHERE FLINDERS WENT ASHORE TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO AND MET WITH THE LOCAL NATIVES, COLLECTED FIREWOOD AND FOUND FRESH WATER TO REFILL THE SHIPS TANKS. SHOULD BE A FUN DAY AND I MIGHT EVEN GET TO HAVE A SWIM AS IT HAS BEEN VERY HOT.
WELL KIDS I MUST GO AND GET SOME SHUT EYE. I AM STILL HAVING TROUBLE WITH ALL THE NAMES OFF THE PARTS OFF THE SHIP ESPECIALLY THE RIGGIONG,SHEETS,CLEW,HALYARD,DOWNHAUL, VANG AND THE LIST GOES ON.
THE NEW PASSENGERS THAT WE PICKED UP IN BRISBANE ARE FITTING IN QUITE WELL WITH A FEW OF THE BEING A BIT SEA SICK FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS.
I HAD BETTER GO AND SEE WHAT TRIM IS UP TO AS SHE BEEN SLEEPING AROUND IN DIFFERENT CABINS EACH NIGHT WHICH IS A BIT OF A WORRY!
TILL NEXT TIME, YOUR NAUTICAL MATE MATT.
|Off Byron Bay, NSW
Its Matt here.
I am having the time of my life. I just came down from the mast. I didnít think I would be able to do it but I did.
While I was up the mast I saw Byron Bay on the Port side.
By the time I got down I was exhausted and I had a nap. My favourite part of the deck for a nap is on the starboard side near the ladder.
I am about to go on watch so unfortunately I have to go.
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