1990 - 1983
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Dates Days Miles Region Locality (Click for log details)
1990 Dec     Coral Sea, Pacific Ocean, Solomon Is,  Guadalcanal, New Georgia Island
1990 Nov - Dec     Coral Sea, Pacific Ocean, Solomon Is,  Guadalcanal, Florida Group, Malaita Is
1990 Nov     Australia, Coral Sea, Solomon Is Cairns, Honiara (Guadalcanal Is)
1990 Aug - Oct     Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea Gladstone, Mackay, Hamilton Is, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Townsville, Cairns
1990 Jul     New Zealand, Tasman Sea, Australia Nelson, Gladstone
1990 Jan     Australia, Tasman Sea, New Zealand Coffs Harbour, Lord Howe Is, Nelson
1989 Dec     New Zealand, Tasman Sea, Australia Greymouth, Lord Howe Is, Coffs Harbour
1989     New Zealand, Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea Auckland, Greymouth
1988 Dec     New Caledonia, Pacific Ocean, New Zealand Noumea, Isle de Pins, Auckland
1988 Sep     New Zealand, Tasman Sea, New Caledonia, Pacific Ocean Nelson, Noumea
1987 Sep     New Caledonia, Pacific Ocean, New Zealand Noumea, Auckland, Picton, Nelson
1987 Jun     New Zealand, Tasman Sea, New Caledonia, Pacific Ocean Nelson, Noumea,
1986 Jun     Australia, Tasman Sea, New Zealand Brisbane, Nelson
1985 May-Jun     New Zealand, Tasman Sea, Australia Nelson, Lord Howe Is, Brisbane, Mooloolaba
1984 May     Australia, Tasman Sea, New Zealand Portland (Victoria), Nelson (New Zealand)
1984 Mar- Apr     Australia, Indian Ocean Freemantle, Albany, Portland
1984 Jan-Feb     South Africa, Indian Ocean, Australia Simonstown, Amsterdam Is, St Paul Is, Freemantle
1983 Nov-Dec     South Africa Atlantic Ocean Simonstown (False Bay)
1983 Sep-Oct 2 77 South Africa Atlantic Ocean Cape Town (Table Bay, Cape Point), Simonstown (False Bay)

1983 September-October            A Star is born!    (from the pen of Kim Bunting)

 27th September 1983    Launch Day.  Table Bay Cape Town

“Star of the West” named after historic pub in Kimberley’s diamond district, as a tribute to her origins in this Northern Cape location, was launched in the yacht basin at Royal Cape Yacht Club, Table Bay, Cape Town @ 1204hrs. Officiated by Maria (Mum of friends Paolo & Denise Sciacca) whose blessing is bound to carry her and her crew through many memorable journeys and cruises.

 22nd October 1983    Table Bay Cape Town            16nmiles

1st Sail!!!! Three frustrating weeks spent waiting for replacement gearbox from UK due to wrong rotation of gearbox sold by Agenda Durban. 16nmiles were logged in Table Bay with Pete Stewart as skipper, Julia his girlfriend, Marlene Smith and myself. Log speed showed 9.5knots under power, sailed beautifully with Yankee, Staysail and Mainsail. Log was obviously over-reading and checked in harbour to be 20% over. Motored into harbour in total fog. Night onboard, Craig and Carol Middleton arrived from Saldanha Bay.

 23rd October 1983    Table Bay – Cape Point – False Bay      61nmiles

Departed at 0730hrs from Table Bay for Simonstown, False Bay. No wind and bumpy seas with intermittent fog till Cape Point, then NW squalls in total fog at Cape Point. Log recalibrated prior to departure in Table Bay but still appears over-reading. Cap shrouds and forestay need to be tightened also. Passed over SW reefs in total fog, headed 180 degrees, reefed main, located breaking seas over Bellows Rocks with lifting of fog by freshening NW’er, headed 035 degrees inside Rocks and rounded Cape Point in clearing skies. Cut motor and sailed approx. 1 hour, log still reading 8kts, (over-reading still?). Arrived in Simonstown in squally westerlies at 1540hrs, 8hrs 10mins from Table Bay. Relaxed with soup and rum, a great day. 77nmiles now on log. Onboard today was, Pete Stewart as skipper, Marlene (who had a few hueys, and a small one yesterday), Jenny (Marlene's daughter) and myself.

November - December Simonstown False Bay

Shake down cruises in False Bay, decision to sail to New Zealand via Australia and readiness for the trip.

1984 January - February, South Indian Ocean, Cape Town to Freemantle 

Details are still to be cronicled of the voyage which commenced from Simonstown on 8th January with crew Jon Holst (Skipper), Marlene Smith, Paul Howe, Tony Dolk and myself (Understudy Skipper) are still to be chronicled, however a summary was published an Anglo American Corporation 44 News publication.

0731hrs 08/01/84 Departed Simonstown

0830hrs 01/02/84 Anchored Amsterdam Island after 24 day voyage, (see map).

1900hrs 02/02/84 Departed Amsterdam Island after 1.5 day stay

1430hrs 03/02/84 Anchored St Paul Island after overnight trip from Amsterdam Island. One of the highlights of the whole trip, nestled from the wind and the waves in the lagoon of a breached volcano forming an island barely 2 Miles in diameter, (see map).

1830hrs 08/02/84 Departed St Paul Island after 5 day stay

1700hrs 26/02/84 Arrived Freemantle Sailing Club after 18 day voyage, (see map).

First voyage; 43 sailing days, 6.5 days anchored, 49.5 day total

1984 March South Indian Ocean, Freemantle to Albany Australia 

Full details to come, crew Jon Holst (Skipper), Marlene Smith, Paul Howe, Tony Dolk, John McCall. (See map). Portland Observer published an article of the storm in the South Australian Bight where "Star of the West" suffered a knock down on 26th March and the subsequent discovery of a sister hotel "Star of the West" in Port Ferry, Victoria, Australia to the one in Kimberley South Africa was published in the Diamond Fields Advertiser.

1108hrs 11/03/84 Departed Freemantle

1130hrs 14/03/84 Arrived Albany after 3 day trip

1115hrs 17/03/84 Departed Albany after 3 day stay

1800hrs 29/03/84 Arrived Portland Victoria after 12 day trip, (see map).

1984 May Bass Strait, Tasman Sea, Portland (Aust) to Nelson (NZ)

 Full details to come, crew John Quaiffe (Skipper), Marlene Smith, Ted and Bob?

0945hrs 02/05/84 Departed Portland Victoria Australia

1400hrs 20/05/84 Arrived Nelson New Zealand after 18 day voyage, (see map).

1985 Tasman Sea Nelson New Zealand to Brisbane Australia via Lord Howe Island

Full details to come, crew Marlene Smith, Jenny Smith, Graeme Anderson, John Quaiffe, myself. (see Map).  

1986 Tasman Sea Brisbane Australia to Nelson New Zealand

Full details to come, crew An Other, myself. (See Map).  

1987 July Tasman Sea/Pacific Ocean Nelson New Zealand to New Caledonia

Full details to come, crew Alistair Muir, Kevin Smith, myself. (See Map).  

1987 September Pacific Ocean Noumea New Caledonia to Auckland New Zealand

Full details to come, crew Alistair Muir, Kevin Smith, Pete White, myself. (See Map).  

1988 September Tasman Sea/Pacific Ocean Nelson New Zealand to New Caledonia

Full details to come, crew Alistair Muir, Kevin Smith, myself. (See Map).  

1988 December Pacific Ocean Noumea New Caledonia to Opua New Zealand

Full details to come, crew Andrew Bunting, Norm Davidson, myself. (See Map).  

1989 December Tasman Sea Greymouth New Zealand to Coffs Harbour Australia via Lord Howe Island

Full details to come, crew Warren Batt, Brian Boustridge, Nicole Thieul, myself. (See Map).

1990 January Tasman Sea Coffs Harbour Australia to Nelson New Zealand via Lord Howe Island

Full details to come, crew Norm Davidson, Warren Batt, An Other, myself.

1990 July Tasman Sea Nelson New Zealand to Gladstone Australia

Full details to come, crew Al McKenzie, self. A prelude to the journey was published in The West Coast Times on 6th July 1990.

Departed Nelson New Zealand 14th July 1990 @ 1030hrs

Arrived Gladstone Queensland Australia 29th July 1990 @ 1106hrs. Two weary bods, having logged 1,991 nautical miles in 15 hard days. As a consequence of the hard trip Al decided life on the ocean wave wasn't for him and returned to New Zealand.

1990 August to October Queensland Coast Australia

6th to 10th August. Gladstone, Keppel Is, Pearl Bay, Percy Is, Digby Is, Mackay. Crew Marietjie, myself.

6th to 13th September. Mackay, Keswick & St Bees Is', Brampton Is, Goldsmith is, Thomas Is, Shaw Is, Hamilton Island. Crew Ann, Christine, myself.

14th to 23rd September. Hamilton Is, CID Harbour, Airlie Beach, Nara Inlet, Whitehaven, Hamilton Is, Stonehaven, Butterfly Bay, Airlie Beach, Earlando Resort, Montes Place, Bowen. Crew Ann, Vanessa, myself

24th to 28th September. Bowen, Cape Upstart, Cape Bowling Green, Townsville. Crew Alan, Ann, Vanessa, myself.

4th to 18th October. Townsville, Magnetic Is (Horshoe Bay), Fantome Is (Orpheus), Hinchinbrook Is (Zoe Bay), (Cape Richards), Cardwell, Dunk Is, Mourilyan, Innisfail, Cairns. Crew Alan, myself.

1990 November Cairns Queensland Australia to Honiara Solomon Islands

14th November @ 1256hrs departed Cairns Australia. Crew Seddon Cripps, Debbie Rose, myself.

22nd November @ 1827hrs arrived Honiara Solomon Islands. 8 day uneventful trip, details to come.

1990 November- December Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal, Florida, Malaita Is')

29th November to 21st December. Crew Seddon, Debbie, Jo Riley, myself. Honiara, Tokyo Bay, Mboli Passage, Anuha Is, Mbiki Is, Sandfly Passage, Roderick Dhu Bay, Tulagi Harbour, Gioto, Gavutu Harbour, Avi Avi Marina, Sioto, Auki Harbour, Laulasi Is, Alile Harbour, Mbuma (Langa langa lagoon), Waisisi & Kio Harbours, Ave Ave Lagoon, Torahira passage (Maroria Is), Marapa Is, Tavani pupu Is (Marau Sound), Graham Point, Honiara. Details to come.

1990 December Solomon Islands Honiara,(Guadalcanal Is) to Morovo Lagoon (New Georgia Island).

25th December, Christmas day celebrations onboard as we departed Honiara, Guadalcanal Island for Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia Island. Crew Debbie, Jo, myself.

26th December, arrived Mbili passage, Morovo Lagoon, met Chief Luten and others from the village of carvers, then moved on to Uipi Resort for New Years Eve via Telina Village (John Wayne carver).