The boat trip and the arrival of the Brooks'
28.12.2012 33 °C
The Boat Trip
Saint Rebecca of Glebe arose at 6am (but didn't go to heaven) and instead drove Brooksie and Chris up to Nelson bay. A coffee, a quick chat to Steve who organised the mechanic and another biblical encounter with Caleb the mechanic's apprentice whonshowed us how he got under engine the fix it and gave us the special sacred tool he'd designed. A little bit of confusion with Bec's and tipping which made Caleb $50 richer than I'd intended. Anyway Brooksie and I checked in with our mates at VMR Port Stephens (Voluntary Marine Rescue) and we were away.
Pretty much wihout incident. We powered down the coast at about 20 knots and about 7 kms offshore. Just North of Newcastle we came across some bird activity (more than a Saturday night at the Kincumber Hotel) with a heap of bait fish and about fifty dolphins in 7 or 8 pods. We dropped a couple of lures over the side but when flipper and his mates came over to check it out we decided to bring them in, even though dolphin tastes pretty good (but you have to tell everyone it's swordfish).
We waved at Becs as we went past Macs and as we passed the headland the wind blew up a gale. With Brooksie hiding under a towel and me drenched from taking wave after wave. As we went past Lobster Beach there was a sailboat which had run aground and and overturned speedboat on the bar. Brooksie said we should stop but everyone had lifejackets so there didn't seem much point. The helicopter arrived just as we passed anyway.
Back at the marina we did spare a thought for those poor souls, but once we realised the stern gland was leaking again they were quickly forgotten. We prayed to Caleb for the sacred tool and tightened it up.
I (Rebecca speaking now) visited Catherine Wilkinson at Killcare and then picked up the boys (again) with all their stuff. Came back home - unpacked the car with all their stuff (again) and sat down to relax. Maria arrived with the boys and a surprise guest - Alf's favourite - Indie!!!
Alf hasn't stopped barking now for 3 hours but seems longer!