2017 January – Melbourne to Whyndham Marina

Posted by on March 29, 2017


Total Sailing time : 3h59m (239 minutes)
Travelled distance : 31.77 km (17.15 nm)
Average Speed : 7.97 km/h (4.30 knots)
Peak Speed : 12.13 km/h (6.55 knots) on 2017/01/02

2017-01-02 - FROM Melbourne TO Whyndham Marina

Trip start : 2017/01/02 09:18:40 (Adjusted Local) (2017-01-01T23:18:40Z UTC)
Trip end : 2017/01/02 13:18:32
Trip Duration : 3h59m (239 minutes)
Start Point : 144.940948,-37.819538
End Point : 144.708023,-37.968269
Travelled distance : 31.77 km (17.15 nm)
Average Speed : 7.97 km/h (4.30 knots)
Peak Speed : 12.13 km/h (6.55 knots)
Straight-line Distance : 26.291 km (14.196 nm)
VMG Average Speed : 6.60 km/h (3.56 knots)

After seven months at dock, the start of a new year heralded the restart of our journey. Some goodbyes to the friends we had made at d’Albora Marina, some last-minute shopping, and we were off. Although work on repairing the floor of the saloon had not been finalised, we intended on taking advantage of Whyndham Marina’s $250 for a month introductory offer to complete the job.

As we sailed, we received a phone call from David’s father suggesting that Mum’s health had taken a turn for the worse. Increasingly frail and in constant pain, she had developed a very bad cough and was admitted to hospital. Tests and scans were scheduled.

We drove to Shepparton to be with her and the rest of the family. Her cancer had spread, and the bones in her spine were again compromised causing her great pain due to pressure on her spinal column. A driver syringe eventually allowed her pain to be managed, but caused her to sleep most of the time. It was decided that further treatment was not worth pursuing.

She wanted to be at home, and the smile she managed as she arrived home after a painful ambulance trip was worth the cost. Over the next few days there were opportunities to care for her and sit with her and hold her hand and I am grateful Colleen and I were able to be there.

She passed away on the 15th.

The funeral service packed out the Numurkah Town Hall, and organising the presentation took my mind off things which was good.

Cancer is a bitch and life is too short. Treasure those you love.

Love you mum

Love you mum

Love you mum.

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