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    Merlin's voyage
    by Emmanuelle A Buecher-Hall

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    Le voyage de Merlin (French Edition)
    by Emmanuelle A Buecher-Hall

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Sport award

During a fancy breakfast at the convention celebrating women in sport in Queensland, Clea received a highly commended award for her great results in climbing. She had the honor to have a quick chat with Lucy Stirling, one of the top Australian female climber.

She left with a big smile and a special signature on her harness!

Clea, with Lucky Patterson (a paraolympic gold medalist), Kate McCarthy (an AFL player), Lucy Stirling and her Rocksport team!


Long over-due sail 

Our weekends have been just too busy with some climbing, music, and unfortunately work. Most of the time, we can’t even blame an uncooperative weather for not going sailing. However this weekend had the right tides/winds and weather so we missed the amazing fireworks that we usually go to to shake Merlin’s sails again. For the 1st time while crossing Moreton Bay, we saw some whales. A mother and her calf were swimming leisurely only 100m from Merlin.

Quiet time on board, playing lots of games, eating “crepes”, reading and just relaxing …between some hull-cleaning too for Greg.

The long weekend was aborted due to bad weather coming up: strong winds (30knt) and heavy rains. As the bay can be very choppy with strong winds, we decided to head back to Brisbane only to encounter some happy dolphins.

It was really nice being anchored again, watcing together a nice sunset and a peaceful starry sky. 

Back at the dock waiting for some (also overdue) rain


Two more open water divers

For their birthdays, Victor and Felix had an Open Water diving course. They started with a pool session on Monday and then had their sea dives at Tweed Heads. We all went there (1h ½ south of Brisbane) for 2 days of sea and fun. They had a very entertaining and dynamic instructor who was just perfect.

The sea conditions were not the best especially for the first 2 dives as it was quite windy, so the vis was only 2 meters, making their dives challenging. The 2nd day was less windy and they both ended with a big smile and a new dive certificate – which off course makes their dad really happy and proud too!


Between dives we even went bowling!


When climbing cliffs are so close

The Kangaroo Cliffs, just 5min away, are a perfect way for our climbing crew to train outdoor. Usually this happens Sunday morning before the rocks become to hot. 


Walk in the bush 

Felix started his holidays with a 16km walk through the bush, carrying his full pack (food, tent, sleeping bag etc) … that unfortunatelly got drenched even before he started (thanks to a leaky water bottle).

Thankfully, the sun was out, drying everything quickly. HOwever he then had to boil some water from the lake to have enough to drink. This walk was quite steep and proved quickly that his walking shoes were sadly too small. He came back with few blisters but happy to have ticked the most adventurous requirement of his Duke of Edinburgh project - which for a well trained scout wasn't so hard!

After dropping Felix on Saturday, the rest of us also went for a hike, less challenging but with great views. Just perfect to start these schools holidays.

With Victor we dreamt of more callenging hikes we could soon do!