Published on 20-08-2006 12:17 AM
Vessel: 37ft foam-filled fibreglass monohull.
Skipper: Leon “Paddy” Dimond.
Crew: John Neller.
Pax: Paul Walbridge (Leader & organizer), Brian Russell, Seb Pardo, Chris Barnes, Chris Sanderson & friend Danica, Tina Manners, Bill Manners, Norbert Roeder, Joachim, Kantelhart, Tony Scriven.
A High over the Tasman Sea extended a firm ridge along the east Queensland coast, with a weak frontal system traversing the southern parts of the state. The winds in the week leading up had been mainly SE-NE 10-20 knots. On the day, light variable winds, with a north-easterly onshore breeze to 15 knots in the afternoon. Little cloud cover with bright Spring conditions during the morning with excellent visibility, cloud increasing during the afternoon. Barometer 1020 hPa, air temp. to 25°C.