“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.
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.
Shake down cruises in False Bay, decision to sail to New Zealand via Australia and readiness for the trip.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
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).
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).
Full details to come, crew Marlene Smith, Jenny Smith, Graeme Anderson, John Quaiffe, myself. (see Map).
Full details to come, crew An Other, myself. (See Map).
Full details to come, crew Alistair Muir, Kevin Smith, myself. (See Map).
Full details to come, crew Norm Davidson, Warren Batt, An Other, myself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).