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Welcome to the 'Eye of the Wind' newsletter No. 4

Quite a number of people told us they enjoyed the last newsletter, and reading the latest on the movements of the ship, the crew, past and present, and those who sail with us- Thanks to everyone who encouraged us to continue. We like to keep in touch, and we welcome any items of interest

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Sept to Dec 1986 ..... ended with 'Eye of the Wind' actually going over the top. The Barrier Reef and those splendid isles north of Cairns set the stage for the first five weeks. They provided plenty of good cruising, exploring, diving and relaxation before the long voyage to Fremantle. Deserted islands, coral sand beaches, magnificent reefs and ideal weather made us consider the area between Cairns and Thursday Island as potential cruising grounds.

Some of the highlights visited were .... Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation .... Michaelmas Cay, a home for 30,000 terns. Lizard Island was a great favourite with everyone. A splendid playground to hike, dive, explore and laze .... The Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef No. 9 on the edge of the open ocean displayed all the wonders of the Barrier Reef .... Raine Island with its history, turtles and thousands of seabirds was a real gem .... The Flinders islands offered great scenery and galleries of wonderful Aboriginal rock paintings .... Somerset, the once planned Singapore of Australia was an interesting slice of history on the way to the very top of Australia; Cape York, where everyone made a ritual of standing on the northern most tip of the continent.

Cleared the anchorage at T.I. under sail and with a favourable trade wind and a tide under us, headed westward. Beneath squaresails we sailed across to Coberg Peninsula, to visit the ruins of Australia's first northern settlement at Port Essington. A glimpse of our early history.

From Darwin to Fremantle we battled head winds for most of the way. n square rigger's nightmare, but fortunately, there were some spectacular landfalls. King George River was explored with the inflatables. It is a magnificent waterway lined with towering red cliffs. In Yampi sound the mining town of Koolan put on a wonderful welcome for the ship. We were lucky to be able to participate in the local's festivities. A memorable port of call, despite the problem of a 27 foot tide to contend with and two 8 foot crocs under the wharf!

The ship also called at Port Hedland and the Montebello Islands, where the first British 'A' bomb was tested- The area is considered safe now, but nevertheless, still quite spooky. Thankfully, none of the crew glowed upon their return that night! Perhaps one of the most memorable stops was in Monkey Mia in Shark Bay, where all went swimming with the dolphins which frequent the shallows.

Once again that well known Tour Leader Extraordinaire Ms Wendy Walsh had a field day - guide book clutched under her arm.

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The arrival of 'Eye of the Wind' in Fremantle was quite an affair, with 'Leeuwin' the new Sail Training ship of Western Australia coming out to accompany us in from Gage Roads. The skipper of 'Leeuwin' was Richard Grono, former Captain of 'Eye of the Wind'. It was a grand welcome and a wonderful sight to see the two vessels sailing together. A friendly rivalry between the 2 ships quickly developed, and we are looking forward to renewing these friendships in Hobart when we rendezvous with 'Leeuwin' again for the Tall Ship's Race.

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January 1987 .... While the ship was in Fremantle, she has invited to participate in a traditional ship's race. It turned out to be an eventful day, with lots of dastardly deeds between the competing ships. Some of the other vessels involved were 'Leeuwin', 'Lena Marie', 'Cambria', 'Aquarius' and 'Evening Star'. In all, 14 classic designed vessels took part in the race. The disguised crew of 'Eye of the Wind' made a commando raid on 'Leeuwin'. They kidnapped the First Mate, sent Frogman Rick Officer down to photograph 'Leeuwin's' secret keel, and practised their intimidation tactics. In retaliation, the 'Leeuwin' crew captured our multicoloured pennant, which they boldly displayed from their masthead. Our crew rigged a funnellator sling shot between the shrouds and wreaked havoc bombarding the other vessels with water filled balloons.

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Jan .... The Albany trip was a mixed bag of treats and setbacks. Although there were the headwinds which seem to prevail on the West Coast, there is some magnificent scenery, and Albany and its coast offered many points of interest. Out of Albany we encountered huge seas and headwinds, and the ship was forced to shelter from a bad blow in Bremmer Bay. Whilst there, we were joined by the restored steam yacht 'Ena', on her way to the Cup. One of the highlights was a calm day at Haul Off Rock, where most of the ship's company braved the chilly waters to swim in the lagoon with a colony of seals.

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Feb.... The America's Cup
'Eye of the Wind' commenced day cruises during the trials and the challenge. It turned out to be an interesting sojourn for the ship. Our distinctive tan sails stood out among the massive fleet of spectator craft - you may have seen us on the T.V. coverage

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March ....'Eye of the Wind' farewelled Fremantle and lots of new found friends, then pointed her bows to the Roaring Forties and Hobart. It took 5 days to clear Cape Leeuwin. On the first day of favourable winds, a course was set for Hobart. One of the trainees slipped when entering the galley causing injuries which forced the ship to power back to Albany against N.E. winds. The ship had to beat to Eastward once again after Albany, finally catching the Roaring Forties (which didn't really roar). In fact the ship sailed with stun'sls before a slow moving high. However, Roaring Forties sailing was experienced for a 12 hour period - 112 miles in 12 hours!

We called in at Maatsuyker Island where Tim and Linda Nossiter were looking after the light house. This brief stop provided us with the opportunity of looking over the lighthouse, with the original prisms and its mechanism - as this is now irreplaceable, the prisms of the light have been valued at over $3,000,000.00. Needless to say, the brass was sparkling!
Q: What clothes does a lighthouse keeper wear??
A: A trenchcoat, so he can always flash!

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April ... owing to our late arrival in Hobart the ship's season was limited. However, we sailed to the S.W. wilderness area, and caught up with old friends like Denny King and explored the grandeur of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. 'Eye of the Wind' also cruised around Tasman Island to Maria Island, Wineglass Bay and Schuten Island.

Whilst in Hobart, the ship was hauled out for her annual survey, which also included hull, machinery and rigging. As per usual, the ship passed survey for another year's operation.

What looked like a promising year with an interesting cruising schedule, began to distintegrate on the Thursday prior to leaving Hobart !!

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Ar-be-dah - that schooner boy Wayne Chimenti got caught aback and is now under tow by a trim little packet. Wayne and Nicole are sailmaking and sailing with the East Coast American schooners.

Babies are all the rage this year for a number of ex Windies! Stella is going to add another nipper to the Clarke household sometime in October. Lyn Matthews (Creaney) gave birth to a baby girl early in May .... Dr. Trish Holway who was aboard for 3 years as our Marine Biologist, will be giving away her CSIRO laboratory to tend a nursery in August.
News Flash ..... Word has just reached us that Lys Toohey is expecting a visit from the stork as well ...or is it an albatross that delivers to sea people?? Lys and Jono will be awfully busy with both a new baby and a new boat !

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We were sorry to loose Rick Officer from the crew. Rick has returned to university to complete his studies.
Pauline Wright is at present exploring Africa. We could possibly see her in Sydney for the Bicentennial big day.
Duncan Richards (recently wed to his lovely wife Louise) has been selected to compete in the three peaks race in U.K. - pretty tough ordeal of sailing and mountain climbing. Good luck Duncan. Bryce Bathe is in Sydney sitting for his Masters ticket Grade 4, and handling the engineering side of Matilda cruises. Kate Edwards is mate on the Thames sailing barge 'Marjorie', sailing around the Thames Estuary.
Liam Walsh is back on board and doing a great job cleaning out our water tanks.
Don McLeod returned to Canada after six months on Pitcairn Island and got married. Good luck Don to you and your wife. He also met up with Marge who sailed with us from Panama to the Galapagos Islands.
One of the first people to ever sign on for the first voyage to Australia in 1976 was Jan Brack. He paid us a visit in Fremantle. It was a great surprise to see him again.
Ex Operation Y.E. Annie Wotten popped in for a visit from the Philippines where she has been working on a film.
Paul Harrison, who only returned from his travels after Op. Drake came sailing with us to Albany, where he grew up.
Julie Molloy, another old friend of the ship from Op. Drake was in the west selecting the young Australians who will sail out on the British gift ship 'Young Endeavour'. Julie has been working for the Bicentennial Authority.

We have heard that Tim Morris and Our Swedish Galley Girl jumped ship on their way to the U.S. Some sort of mutiny? Where else but Tahiti could it happen??

Another of our very first voyagers, Robert White and Katie Godwin finally took off on their yacht for the seas of the world. Good luck to them and Bon voyage!!

"Eye of the Wind" has had a fair share of ex Antarctica personnel aboard. Going back to the white wastes again is Dr. Lloyd Fletcher, who found the desert where he was working less interesting than the cold South.
Dan Parrott rejoined the 'Eye' in Fremantle for another term at sea. He is returning to the States but will no doubt tread our decks again, if he is not lured by the financial advantages of International marketing.
Joining us in Fremantle was Robin Hicks who with his father Barry rigged the 'Leeuwin' and they also resized our main shrouds. No less than five of the 'Leeuwin' crew sailed with us from Fremantle. One was Mitch Macuipa who was skipper of 'Svanen' for six years, and a great help to the ship. Whilst aboard he re-caulked the poop deck for us. We were all sorry to see him leave to fulfil a prior commitment to join the First Fleet on 'Tucker Thompson', but hopefully we will see him aboard again.

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We would like to wish the ships of the First Fleet all the best for a successful voyage. As a matter of interest, the Commander of the Fleet is an old skipper of 'Eye of the Wind', Mike Kitchenside, who is accompanied by his daughter Miranda. His secretary, Claire Taylor (nee Downham) is another former crew member of EOTW.

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Pitcairn Island.... There has been a great response for the proposed voyage to Pitcairn Island to celebrate their Bicentenary. Details of cost and duration will be available sometime late in '87.

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