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Making Memories with a little help from the Down Under Rally

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Back in 2017 Paul and Sue of the catamaran Supa Trooper had for some time been dreaming of "sailing off into the blue"in search of adventure and new experiences.

 

 

 Paul and Sue also attended our First Aid for Cruisers Course at the  Boat Works Gold Coast  and brushed up on their skills - just in case. 

Paul and Sue also attended our First Aid for Cruisers Course at the Boat Works Gold Coast and brushed up on their skills - just in case. 

We met them in February 2017 when they attended the Down Under Rally Offshore Cruising Preparation Course to learn skills and gain confidence in preparation for their first offshore cruising adventure. They subsequently joined the Down Under "Go East" Rally and in May 2017 sailed with the rally from Australia to New Caledonia.

 2017 Go East Rally participants sharing stories and enjoying each others company aboard  Supa Trooper

2017 Go East Rally participants sharing stories and enjoying each others company aboard Supa Trooper

 

After a successful voyage Paul and Sue spent almost 3 months cruising and exploring the pristine anchorages and islands of the lagoons of  New Caledonia often in company of other 2017 Go East Rally Participants.

 

 Provisioning in Vanuatu in preparation for the voyage to Australia

Provisioning in Vanuatu in preparation for the voyage to Australia

 

They sailed onwards to Vanuatu and once again in the company of other rally participants spent just over 2 months visiting many of the islands and experiencing the culture of the local people in the Vanuatu group. 

 

 

 Paul choosing his runner to enter into the Mudcrab Races in Byndaberg during the welcome week

Paul choosing his runner to enter into the Mudcrab Races in Byndaberg during the welcome week

Before leaving Vanuatu to return home to Australia "Super Trooper" decided to join the Down Under "Go West" Rally and sail into the port of Bundaberg to join in all the fun of the "Go West Rally Welcome Week (for Paul and Sue it was "Welcome Home Week")

 

 


Five months later Paul, Sue & the good ship Super Trooper had achieved their goal having sailed around 4000 nm in just under 5 months. Yesterday (3rd January 2018) Paul & Sue emailed me with this to say:

Hi John & Leanne,
A big Happy New Year to you both! 
The videos below were taken by our passage crew Paul & Leah Waterston.  
You can tell we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but most of all, learned an awful lot when you see the difference in confidence, knowledge and the state of the boat, between the outward bound and homeward bound trips!  
A big thank you for organising the 2017 Down Under Rallies and we would recommend them both to anyone wishing to sail offshore for the first time.
Cheers
Paul & Sue

"OUTWARD BOUND" aboard s.v Super Trooper

SAILING FROM AUSTRALIA TO VANUATU 2017

"HOMEWARD BOUND"aboard s.v Super Trooper

SAILING FROM VANUATU TO AUSTRALIA

Video by Paul Waterson

 

Coincidently Paul Waterson, who made these videos & his wife Leah contacted the Down Under Rally in March 2017 asking if there were any rally participants looking for crew. They subsequently joined Paul & Sue aboard Supa Trooper for both the passage from Australia to New Caledonia and the return voyage from Vanuatu to Australia. 

The Down Under Rally says:"Well done team Supa Trooper" and thanks for sharing your experiance with us.