just spent the last 5 days on Rare Bird, the 50' cruising proa, sailing her
up to Coffs Harbour from SW Rock (35 miles) for a big clean up. She was looking
pretty forlorn having sat on the mooring for over a year unused, except for the
swallows who have used her for a rookery. The will (diseased estate) is
being sorted so she can now be listed with a broker to sell. She looks her
old self again.
sail up was fairly slow with light winds on the nose but the trip back was a
blast. It started off light but got up to 15 knots from the west giving us 15
knots of boat speed. She is a delight to sail and a lot of fun. I had a very
impressed Australian Multihull journalist onboard so a test article is
coming. His wife was even more impressed (she wants one).
Mark Stephens .