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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 21:14
by godfather
Here are a couple of short updates from Jack & Jude for you to read.
I'll be posting only the links to their web sites so you can visit that directly and get the latest info.
By the way, Jack & Jude just left Darwin for a six week trip to their next harbour in NW Western Australia.
That's a hell of a ride without getting your feet on solid ground. I wish them very good luck, because it can get very rough in that strech of water.

Hello from Darwin, Northern Territory

Torres Strait to Darwin:
A mighty enjoyable sail after the strong wind passage up the Coral Sea. Laid back, full moon, hardly touching the sails. One surprise, an Aussie Custom's boat crept up on us almost silently, until the hum of his machinery had Jack bolt out the cabin, heart in his mouth!

Bum shoulder:
Whinge, whinge, after Jack tore his supraspinatus tendon in Tasmania last Christmas, seems the hammock we love to sleep in, cramped his shoulders till they ached so bad he became an angry bear. Good news though, the week here in Darwin sleeping in our normal bed, along with copious amounts of anti-inflammatories and a bit of alcohol, has settled him down to being almost liveable again.

Coral Sea Sailing Video:
Our grandchildren wanted to see stormy sailing as they are so used to seeing Banyandah sitting placid like a sleeping giant. So we put together this video of our 660 nautical mile passage up the Coral Sea, driven by gale force winds. We even hauled in a giant fish at the end! Sailing Fast outside the Great Barrier Reef (There's a YouTube version also)

If you haven't seen the short Vid we put online a few weeks ago of Banyandah sailing rather sweetly away from Mellish Reef, its very dreamy.

We used our very long pole to get the GoPro camera away from the boat for a better perspective. Haven't had the courage yet to fly the camera from the kite while at sea....

The on-line version and lots of photos are here:


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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 03 Sep 2013, 22:44
by godfather
Just had another update from Jack & Jude who are present sailing off the coast of the Kimberley's with an injured "Chief Officer" onboard.
It appears that Jude nearly broke her leg during a shore excursion and Jack had to carry the poor girl back to the yacht.

You can read the whole episode here:

Hello from Adele Reef, North Kimberley

Disaster - A Dream Shattered (

We are now adrift in the windless, hot, lonely part of northern Australia. Jude has taken a tumble that has become something of a nightmare because after two weeks of bed rest, she’s still unable to stand. So we are now attempting to reach help by the only means available, sail power.

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We are 100 km from a tower so please forgive any hiccups in our usual high standards :>)

PS: we are celebrating the birth of our 9th grandchild. Jason and Ally home delivered their fifth boy, Ashtyn Jason Binder, a whopping 9 lbs 7 oz. Goodonya - What a memorable event.

Cheers, Jack & Jude
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I do hope that Jude is improving and that you will soon be able to make landfall for some good treatment.
All the best and God speed.

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 14 Sep 2013, 21:26
by godfather
A quick update from Jack & Jude detailing Jude's badly damaged ankle.
Poor girl will just have to struggle on.

Hello from Dampier, east Pilbarra WA
The News is not so good.
It took 7 hours at the Nickol Bay Hospital to hear that Judith has a compression fracture of her left tibial plateau. This was caused when she stepped off a ledge into a hole trapping her leg and fell forward. Her left leg took all her weight and momentum. The side ligaments did not snap, but held her knee together, causing the femur to crush the top of her shin bone. The depression measures approximately 1 cm, meaning her left leg is unstable. Surgery is not an option at this time.
An X-ray and more details on the blog.

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 14 Sep 2013, 21:47
by Lauren
This is the most interesting post and blog I have read for ages I love it and its fun to
read all the news from the beginning to the end.. I`ll have a closer read and take notice
of more information.. the photos are just awesome.. thanks for sharing and letting us
read up about this wonderful adventure.. I also like you Godfather would love to be at
least 30 years younger and be able to do something the same.. but alas my legs wouldn`t stand
it , not now.. so thanks again for sharing.. :biggrin:

Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 14 Sep 2013, 22:05
by godfather
Hi Lauren, it may surprise you that both Jack & Jude are well into their 60's and are grandparents.
They have kept fit through their adventures and obviously love their sailing for months on the water.
It would be a very healthy lifestyle and you would need to be very dedicated to survive what they are doing.

Enjoy their adventures.

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 20 Oct 2013, 22:06
by godfather
Have just received a new update from Jack & Jude on their voyage around Australia.
Haven't had a chance to read it yet and hope that all is well after Jude's accident 10 weeks ago.
Fair winds and good sailing!
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Hello from Monkey Mia, Shark Bay W.A. (
So much has happened this last month that if you've not been following our adventures then there's many new tales of adventure and drama for Jack and Jude.

A Very Nice Omelette Indeed

We celebrate forty-five years of marriage with the full moon on the 19th of October and look back at what has made our union so successful.

Coral Sea Video update: -
Underway, but we need a faster computer to edit the HD footage as it is painfully s-l-o-w....

Death by a Thousand Cuts -

Where has all the seagrass gone?
Six years ago there was a carpet of seagrass covering almost all of Shark Bay. Today there is little, exchanged for murky unclear water. Why we wondered? Here is our report.

Jude's Knee, an update: -
Ten weeks after her accident, read how it's going for her as Banyandah battles headwinds south.

Carnarvon and voyage down from Dampier:-
Life afloat for a lady with a bused knee and her man with a few problems of his own.

The BOSS and Mary Anne
A snippet of our life afloat telling about the dangers of strong winds and anchorages that are doubtful.

Jack & Jude

Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 21:05
by godfather
The latest installment of Jack & Jude's journey around Australia has just arrived.
As always it is a very interesting read. Please enjoy!

Hello from Monkey Mia, Shark Bay Western Australia

New Blog:
Just as Mama Cass sang out so long ago, Jude’s leg is “Getting better. Growing stronger everyday…,” We are sort of semi-permanent residents here at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, and we’re having such a lovely a stay, we’d better blow their bugle a bit. This has to be one of the best places to bring your family. But there is trouble in paradise. World Heritage Shark Bay Marine Park contains the world’s largest seagrass meadows and highest number of seagrass species ever recorded in one place. But a 'marine heatwave' has seen significant changes in the seagrass across the Bay, endangering an estimated 10,000 dugongs, an eighth of all in the world.

October's Blog:
If you haven't been to our website for awhile, you'll find we've shunted October's news onto its own page:

Until next time,
Dream, Explore, Discover
Jack & Jude

Thanks for your regular updates which I read immediately when it arrives.
As I've said many times previously you always seem to find the best spots for your stop overs.

Fair winds and safe sailing!

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 24 Nov 2013, 21:08
by godfather
Some notes from Jack & Jude regarding their progress down the West Coast.
Some very interesting comments and pictures as well as a short video of some ancient rock art.
Please enjoy!

Departing Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, W.A.

We are about to pull the anchor from the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort after a month of headwinds and may lose contact while we’re at sea.
So we thought it best to let you know that we've just uploaded 80 whiz bang photos that we think outstanding, plus a video that epitomizes achievable extreme adventure for ordinary folk.
It also shows the world's earliest rock art some 35,000 years old.
Jude's Knee Brace has NOT arrived. Posted from America on the 4th of October, we can wait no longer. Weather windows for going south are rare events around here.
Fingers crossed we can chomp off a few hundred miles south towards Fremantle.

Printed Books Discounted - For a Limited Time - Our publishers are offering a 20% discount on our printed books from their website only. Sale ends November 15 at 11:59 PM. (Don't know if that date is a print error or not?)
Any book, any quantity - Please Note different format, postage added at checkout.
Go to
Enter coupon: CORNUCOPIA

New Photos – Coral Sea 2013

New Video - Kimberley Rock Art Revisited
Comments are welcome -

Our Blog - Getting Better Every Day

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 20 Jan 2014, 22:58
by godfather
Nearly forgot. Amongst all the e-mails was an update from Capt Jack & Jude which I have copied hereunder.

ARRIVED in Albany, W.A.

New Year gives us fresh hope for a better future and renews the dream that we will face challenges with confidence and conviction.
We wish that this new year be a step forward, leading you to new adventures, with new destinations and new dreams to reach!

In this first week of 2014, we feel fully satisfied when looking back over last year. Better still, as new destinations beckon, we greatly anticipate the coming year.
Jude's Knee is almost as good as it will get, and now she can walk many kilometers over rough ground with just a knee brace.

Her knee is so good that we are going off to help friends with their filming expedition upstream on the Gordon River this summer in Tasmania.

We will be leaving Banyandah here in Albany and flying to Hobart on the 20th of January.
After a few weeks in Tasmania we'll make a stop home to give our latest Grandson a big hug, then return to Albany early in March to continue sailing east towards South Australia.

2013 Vids Online from the website:

Coral Sea Pleasure Sail
Wild Creatures Diamond Islet
Fast Sail to Torres Strait
Kimberley Rock Art Revisited
Fremantle Fishing Harbour Tour
Fishing at Monkey Mia
Monkey Mia Tour
Hitchhiking Sooty Terns
New Photo Album - Coral Sea 2013
Coral Sea Cruising Guide Available

Fair winds and following seas wherever you go,
Jack & Jude

Thanks guys for the update. Silverpeers are wishing you a Happy New Year with lots of new adventures and as always fair winds and fair seas!

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 27 Jan 2014, 00:04
by Lauren
Wonderful reading I really am enjoying this so much .. as there are places I have never been and never will be
able to go so its just great to be able to take part and enjoy their adventures.. thanks so much for sharing..

Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 27 Jan 2014, 00:45
by godfather
Hi Lauren, if you have a look at their website you can buy their books and DVD's at reasonable prices.
Some of the scenery they have captured is just out of this world.

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 27 Jan 2014, 17:02
by Lauren
Thanks Godfather that is what I intend to do this week , pension week . I agree good read ups and videos worth reading and watching is what I like... thanks again and they are just awesome what they are doing .. I love it ..

Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 27 Jan 2014, 21:11
by godfather
Just an after thought Lauren, sometime ago they offered a discount for Silverpeers members. Don't know if they still do but it maybe worth mentioning that you are one of our members.
Good luck.

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 04 Feb 2014, 21:11
by godfather
It seems our two travelers, Capt Jack & Jude are down in Tassie for a few days before flying home to the upper North Coast of NSW for a bit of well earned R&R.
Just received the last update from Capt Jack which I am quoting here under:

Hello from Strahan, Tasmania

Film Making – Gordon River Adventure ( )

Sometimes adventures can become disasters when bad weather, people friction, or bad decisions prevail. Other times, an adventure can flow from one high to an even greater high when the team merges to successfully overcome every adversity, especially when blessed with perfect conditions. Happily this is about one of those events.

There are another 100 photos online ( ... abvkuSw1AE ) showing more of the beauty, adventure and history of the Piners that worked the Gordon River.

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Jack & Jude

Thanks a lot for all the work you guys are putting in to keep as informed of your intrepid adventures.
I believe the number of hits to your posts are increasing which hopefully means that others are following every moment of your journeys too.

Well done & fair winds as always.....godfather

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Re: Capt Jack & Jude and "Banyandah"

Posted: 18 Feb 2014, 21:10
by Lauren
Wonderful Godfather I have contacted Jack and Jude so will see what I can order , meanwhile am reading up their blogs etc.. fantastic couple aren`t they .. thanks for sharing their news.. hugs