Farewell to Canadian visitors

Haulback under tow through the Channel towards the barway
Haulback under tow through the Channel towards the barway

Recently St Helens hosted visitors from Canada. Jan and Jim are sailing around the world from their Canadian departure. Note the Canadian flag flying behind the mast. Their yacht ‘Haulback’ has so far traveled the Pacific ocean and came to St Helens via New Zealand. The next port of call is Eden on the NSW coast. The journey will then take them up the Barrier Reef, through Torrens Strait and on to Indonesia.

Jan and Jim would like to thank the community of St Helens for their hospitality. They were wax  lyrical about this part of the world. Marine rescue played an active part in escorting them into Georges Bay and their departure across the notorious barway. The photo to the right is Haulback under tow from the Break ‘O Day. In order to meet the high tide on the barway a tow was employed to reduce the time across Georges Bay.

On  behalf of the East Coast community we wish them well on their journey.

Mariners are again reminded the volunteer St Helens Marine Rescue is available to assist/advise in all matters relating to marine safety in and around St Helens. Contact can be made via VHF radio on channel  (one six) 16. This is in operation from 0755 hours until 1910 hours daily. Outside these times mobile contact can be made on 0408 817 359. Email sthelensrescue@bigpond.com