Additional info. on cruising the Whitsundays

Great advice, thanks Alan for the update on some fantastic cruising grounds. The increase in traffic of on water craft in this region over the last 10 years is sad but unavoidable. It is necessary for the members of the Noelex and other groups to be informed and your article does that. Not to take […]

Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic relaunch

The Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club is relaunching the Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic on the 22nd of January 2012 after 4 years of low water on the Lower Lakes and Murray River. The race is open to trailerables, vintage river boats and OTB. The race forms the highlight in the inaugural Goolwa Regatta Week which […]

Book: sailing and spy thriller.

I have recently read a terrific spy story in the form of a sailing adventure called “The Riddle of the Sands” It starts with a simple invitation to the narrator to join his friend Davies on a yachting expedition in the Baltic. It is the beginning of an extraordinary and dangerous adventure for our narrator, […]

Toilets for cruising comfort on

It always seems strange to hear charter companies in the Whitsundays advise skippers on VHF radio when finishing their bareboat charter and returning to Abel Point marina at Airlie Beach to “Please ensure your holding tanks are emptied before reaching Pioneer Rocks” ( in the passage and about 4nm from Airlie Beach). Doubly strange since […]

New generation anchors on “Sure Thing”

This is not an endorsement or recommendation for any anchor but represents a very limited experience in a specific location with specific tackle on a Noelex 25 trailer-sailer yacht. Very happy with our upgrade to a Manson Supreme 15lb anchor following cruising in the Whitsundays through September & October 2011. It set immediately every time […]

Boarding ladder for inflatable tender

Having been frustrated for many years by attempts to discover an easy way to climb back into our Zodiac tender after snorkelling, it was a revelation to come across a simple and effective device manufactured by St.Croix Marine Products Inc, Minneapolis, USA. It was a revelation to see a 95kg person climb unassisted into our […]