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Escape the ‘Kaos’ of everyday life

Queensland, Australia:  They have travelled more than 19,000 nautical miles, watched thousands of sunsets and basked in the serenity of some of Australia’s most tranquil anchorages on board their Riviera 47 Open Flybridge, Kaos.

For Narelle and Peter Williams, Kaos has been the ultimate getaway, an escape from ringing phones and the chaos of everyday life.  As they prepare to up anchor and drift away to yet another tropical oasis they recount their amazing experiences over the past four years.

Narelle and Peter’s first ocean journey on board their sparkling new 47 Open Flybridge was a six month cruise, travelling almost 4,000 nautical miles south from Cairns in far north Queensland to their home in Port Stephens on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

Since then they have clocked up 2000 hours on the twin Cummins engines and travelled more than 19,000 nautical miles up and down the Queensland and New South Wales coast.

Sitting in the spacious saloon, Peter recalled their most recent adventure to Lord Howe Island which is located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and New Zealand.

He said the Lord Howe Island cruise was a challenging adventure.

They left Nelson Bay on April 2 and arrived at Lord Howe Island on April 4.

“The first leg from Nelson Bay to Lord Howe Island was the most challenging as it was 400 nautical miles non-stop, we spent 48 hours on board, used 1200 litres of fuel and cruised at 8.5 to 9 knots,” he said.

“I have a cruising tank which carries 3,700 litres of fuel on board so I had enough fuel to do the entire trip.

“It is quite a cruise because it’s 48 hours of nothing compared to cruising up and down the coast where you can nip into a bay or marina or behind an island if the weather turns bad.  When you head directly east and you are half-way, there is no where to hide, it’s just ocean.

“We went with two other boats to Lord Howe Island and there is a lot of safety in numbers, especially when you are offshore.

“The first night was horrendous.  We had a big southerly storm hit us with three metre seas and 30-35 knots of wind but it wasn’t life threatening, it was just very unpleasant.  By 10am the next morning the storm was behind us and we had beautiful weather for the rest of the trip.

“We knew the storm was coming but because it was slightly behind us and it was a southerly, we were positive it would go through pretty quickly so it didn’t stop us from leaving but if we had have been heading into the storm, we wouldn’t have gone.”

From Ball’s Pyramid, a massive volcano that protrudes some 1,843 feet out of the Pacific Ocean they headed 12 nautical miles north to Lord Howe Island where they stayed in the Lagoon for 12 days.

“We left Lord Howe Island and spent one day at Elizabeth Reef before cruising to Middleton Reef about 100 nautical miles north of Lord Howe Island and spent one day there before cruising back to the Gold Coast.

“It was our first voyage away from land so I made sure all my safety gear was 100 per cent and packed.  I had the boat serviced and made sure the motors were mechanically sound.

“We also had a full Raymarine electronics system on board with two GPS (including one on the tender) and a satellite phone so we had good communications.

“The hardest part of whole journey was the 2am to 6am shift because you’re awake all night.

“Everybody on board was a licensed driver and they have all had a bit of experience on board so if something went wrong they just had to wake me.  I guess the biggest danger is someone going to sleep and heading in the wrong direction.”

On the return journey they left Lord Howe Island on April16 and arrived at the Gold Coast on April 19.

Peter and Narelle go cruising every winter.  They usually cruise up the Queensland coast around Fraser Island, Lizard Island, Lady Musgrave, and the tropical Whitsunday Islands.

“Last year we only cruised as far as Lady Musgrave and spent four months cruising around the northen end of Fraser Island,” he said.

“Lizard Island is our favourite reef because it is such a great anchorage with good fishing, diving, snorkeling and it’s just heaven.

“We leave Nelson Bay in April and arrive back in October so we leave the winter weather behind.”

Peter said when they cruise out of the Nelson Bay headland they feel excited to be on the boat and beginning their next adventure.

“There’s nothing like being at a deserted island, no footsteps on the beach and swimming in crystal clear water on the Great Barrier Reef.  Many people dream of it and I am one of the lucky people who can actually do it.  We do have one of the natural wonders of the world up in north Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

“During the summer months at Nelson Bay I game fish for marlin, we catch them and let them go again.”

Peter said his father built a boat when he was younger so he has been an avid boater since the age of about six.

“I am fortunate my wife loves boating as much as I do,” he said.

At the time of publication, Peter and Narelle were enjoying their next voyage to Lizard Island, Cairns, and Cooktown.

Peter’s long-range cruising tips:
If people want to travel to Lord Howe Island, Peter suggests:

  • Choose the right time of year to go
  • Lord Howe Island is run by marine parks so make sure you book your mooring before entering the Lagoon as there is no anchoring there
  • Make sure all your safety equipment is up to date
  • Travel with another boat for added safety and comfort

 

 

 

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Click to enlarge image: Kaos departs Nelson Bay bound for Lord Howe

Kaos departs Nelson Bay bound for Lord Howe


Ball's Pyramid was a spectacular sight

Ball's Pyramid was a spectacular sight


Peter said his trip to Lord Howe Island was one of his most challenging adventures

Peter said his trip to Lord Howe Island was one of his most challenging adventures


Kaos anchored at Lord Howe Island

Kaos anchored at Lord Howe Island


The scenery on the Lord Howe journey was picturesque

The scenery on the Lord Howe journey was picturesque


There was an abundance of wildlife

There was an abundance of wildlife


The tranquil beauty of Lord Howe Island

The tranquil beauty of Lord Howe Island


Peter had a line out whenever he could

Peter had a line out whenever he could


Peter with the catch of the day

Peter with the catch of the day


It was a nice day for kayaking

It was a nice day for kayaking


Lord Howe Island was serenely beautiful

Lord Howe Island was serenely beautiful


Lord Howe Island was a place of rest and relaxation

Lord Howe Island was a place of rest and relaxation


Ship wreck

Ship wreck


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