About the boat "Quinco"

Quinco is an Adams 40 skippered by David and crewed by the Admiral, Rose. Quinco is a wishbone cutter rigged sloop. She was built in Fremantle in 1978. Sailed to the Cocos Islands then moved home port to Pittwater, from there, onto Melbourne then we are where we are, cruising that is! Constructed from "Airex" foam core sandwiched GRP with a ply deck, she weighs in at 12 Tons. Powered by a Nanni 4 cylinder 50 HP diesel engine.


29 November 2010

Coffs Harbour.

Left Iluka for a run down to Coffs Harbour, uneventfull downwind sail, arrived Coffs 1630hrs so anchored in the outer harbour before entering the Marina the following day Saturday. Will be here a few days before venturing out again for a trip to Port Stephens.

19 November 2010

Maclean NSW after traffic disruption on the Pacific Highway!

We have the "Green Light" to proceed, hope there's no road rage with the motorists waiting for us slow boats to get under the bridge!

                                                                                       Welcome Swallow under the Harwood Bridge. Quinco is next!

Well, it was a while ago we left Gladstone, since then we have moved down the coast to Bundy, Sandy Straits, Mooloolaba, Lucinda Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Bums Bay, Iluka and now in Maclean before leaving for Coffs Harbour when the weather improves. To get here from Iluka, we go up the Clarence River and under a bridge which takes the traffic on the Pacific Highway. We had to book to get the bidge opened, 24 hours notice is required for this traffic disruption!

15 October 2010

In Gladstone Marina

Been here a while looking, as usual, at the weather. We are going South as soon as the weather allows. The plan is to be in Sydney by years end, let's hope it happens.

07 October 2010

Out of Mackay - Into Gladstone via the Narrows

At last! The weather was kind to us and we did an overnighter from Mackay to Great Keppel Island. Anchored for the night (Tuesday) and onto the Narrows entrance to anchor for the night and keep the sand flies (no see ems) entertained. We are now safely moored in the Gladstone Marina and hope to be on our way south on Tuesday (weather permitting of course).

Below are some pics from our transit through the Narrows around the Cattle Crossing. This part of the waterway dries to over 2 metres at low tide, so it is not a place for a lunch stop!

Below shows how it is good to go with the tide! GPS showing 7.2 knots (actual speed), Log 3.8 (speed through the water).

25 September 2010

Mackay Marina - Weather waiting, waiting, waiting!

Still here in the marina waiting for the rain and wind to abate. Wind is still SE, the direction we want to go. When it drops below 10 knots or swings to the North we will get moving again. Waiting, Waiting.

08 September 2010

Bowen Harbour

Well, since Newry we have been around the Whitsundays for a while where we came across a lot of whales, so far the tally is about 40. Next, onto the Gloucester Passage and the Eco Resort, now in Bowen on the piles. Had another good look around Bowen and stocked up with everything. If the "Blowin at Bowen" slows a little we may be off tomorrow (Thursday) and head back to the Passage and then back into the Whitsundays for a while.

On the piles in Bowen Harbour.

Tugs at the pier, Port Denison, Bowen.

16 August 2010

Port Newry

This poor little crayfish was half under the rock at low tide. Not alive any more.

Is this the original "Dot Art"?
The crabs have been doing this for centuries!

07 August 2010

Whales near Mackay

We had a fast sail from Curlew Island to Mackay yesterday, Friday, came across a few whales doing the things whales do, leaping out of the sea and displaying their tales like standing on their heads. All pretty spectacular.

21 July 2010

Keppel Bay Marina

Panoramic view of the Marina from high.
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17 July 2010

From the Top - Of the Dune

From the top.

Some of the cruisers at Happy Hour.
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14 July 2010

Some Views of Yellow Patch

Some striking colours on the beach below the sand blow.

The skipper below the blow.

Rose with the 1300spahire hat, courtesy of Russell.

13 July 2010

Yellow Patch

Moved to Yellow Patch this morning - A great anchorage, flat calm, no roll!

12 July 2010

Cape Capricorn - On the Tropic of Capricorn

Sailed here from Gladstone after a nice rest, well, lots of walking and a couple of free "Industry Tours" which were well worth it. Now after crossing the Tropic of Capricorn we spent the night here at Cape Capricorn, a real nice spot, but a real rolly anchorage, but just one night here.

05 July 2010

Jenny Lind Creek and the Larcs.

Went for a walk up to the Bustard Head Lighthouse and further to Jenny Lind Creek where we spotted two Larcs. Amphibious Larcs that is.

The Panorama is looking down on Jenny Lind Creek.

04 July 2010

Pancake Creek

Arrived in Pancake Creek Friday afternoon, the 2nd of July 2010. A great place to anchor for a few days. Caught up with Captain Col of the good ship Lady Marlen, he's been anchored here for a couple of months. After here next stop Gladstone. It's cold here, but the sun is shining and all is well.

22 June 2010

Kingfisher Bay, Great Sandy Straits.

A mass of Crabs and a pretty big Sea Star on the shore outside the Kingfisher Resort.

21 June 2010

Going down the Mary River

Heading down the Mary River from Maryborough on a misty morning.

19 June 2010

Maryborough Train, the Mary Ann.

We had a ride on this train from Queens Park. See how they boil the billy?

Still in Maryborough

The pictures are of a ute parked outside the marina, this is Queensland folks!

P L Travers is the author of Mary Poppins, born in Maryborough.

18 June 2010

Up the Mary River

Rose, Jan and Bevan at Queens Park
Maryborough Marina (below)
Well, we are now in Maryborough after an interesting 20 miles up the Mary River. At the beginning the chart did not quite match the marks on the river, but we overcame this small glitch without running aground (just). We are on a mooring provided by the marina, the marina couldn't accommodate us so the mooring is fine. Been for a walk around the town, quite a decent size place with all the usual shops and facilities. Found a car exhaust place that made up a piece of stainless tube to fix our leaking exhaust, all good now at a car price, not a boat price, even better. We plan to spend a week here doing the tourist thing as we have never been in Maryborough before. The rain is patchy so not too bad, we get some sunshine in between which helps with the battery charging.
Till next update.

09 January 2010

A Night at the Perth Motorplex

We spent a few days in Perth for Christmas and visited the Motorplex. The fastest time for the standing quarter mile was an incredible 4.7 seconds at over 500 KM / H.