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Our Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about our yacht, Catlypso and our Our Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
  • Details about Catlypso
  • Cleaning/Repairing Catlypso
  • Our Yachting Adventures.
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    Michael and Kelly's 4WD Trips
    Click here for a list of our Four Wheel Drive and Camping Trips.
    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station

    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Our Yachting Adventures
    Catlypso - Michael & Kelly McFadyen's Sailing Adventures

    This page will have links to the various pages about our new Lightwave 38 sailing catamaran called Catlypso (originally named Pieces of Eight). Catlypso was a name we came up with by combining "Calypso" from Jacques-Yves Cousteau's famous boat and "cat" (for obvious reasons).

    Our first major adventure started 3 May 2015 when we headed north from Sydney to Northern Queensland. We arrived back home in Sydney on 26 October 2015.

    We were going to go off again in May 2016 but Kelly decided to keep working till she was made redundant at the end of 2016. We sailed the boat from Sydney to the Gold Coast in September 2016 so we could have some work done, especially the windows. We left her there for the next seven months and drove from Sydney to the Gold Coast in late April 2017. Once we did some work on the boat, we headed off on another trip to Northern Queensland. We arrived back in Sydney on 30 October 2017.

    Our next trip will start in March or April 2019 when we will again sail north to Queensland. We are leaving earlier so we can get to Lizard Island. In the meantime, Kelly is working for a year and in December 2018 we will sail around Cape Horn (on a cruise liner!).


  • MMSI: 503019080

  • Facebook page on Catlypso - this will have immediate updates of location, photos etc. Like it to receive updates.
  • Where is Catlypso? - only works when we are within range of an AIS recording station
  • Where are Michael and Kelly Now? - works via Spot when we are out sailing or four wheel driving
    Only works if near AIS receiver station

  • Facebook page on Catlypso - this will have immediate updates of location, photos etc. Like it to receive updates.
  • Purchase of Catlypso
  • Cleaning and Repairing Catlypso
  • Naming Ceremony and New Equipment
  • Our Yacht - Catlypso
  • Catlypso - preparing for our 2015 trip - Part 1
  • Catlypso - preparing for our 2015 trip - Part 2
  • Ongoing Maintenance
  • Toys for Boys (and Girls)

  • Repairs and preparations for 2017 Trip
  • 2017 - 18 to 30 April - Sydney to Gold Coast (driving) then to North Stradbroke Island
  • 2017 - 1 to 11 May - North Stradbroke Island to Kingfisher Resort
  • 2017 - 12 to 24 May - Kingfisher Resort to Great Keppel Island
  • 2017 - 25 May to 7 June - Great Keppel Island to South Percy Island
  • 2017 - 8 to 21 June - South Percy Island to Butterfly Bay
  • 2017 - 22 June to 7 July - Whitsunday Islands
  • 2017 - 8 to 23 July - Whitsunday Islands
  • 2017 - 24 July to 8 August - Cannonvale to Magnetic Island
  • 2017 - 9 to 27 August - Magnetic Island to Hinchinbrook Channel
  • 2017 - 28 August to 13 September - Hinchinbrook Channel to Keswick Island
  • 2017 - 14 September to 2 October - Keswick Island to Garrys Anchorage
  • 2017 - 3 to 16 October - Garrys Anchorage to Bums Bay
  • 2017 - 17 to 30 October - Bums Bay to Sydney

  • Our First Trip - Gold Coast to Sydney - June 2014
  • Sailing over Christmas 2014 to New Year 2015 - Broken Bay
  • Sailing over 2015 Australia Day Long Weekend - Port Hacking and Botany Bay
  • Sailing to the Gold Coast - September 2016

  • 2015 - 4 to 14 May - Sydney to Gold Coast, Queensland
  • 2015 - 15 to 26 May - Gold Coast to Fraser Island, Queensland
  • 2015 - 27 May to 6 June - Fraser Island to Pancake Creek, Queensland
  • 2015 - 6 to 18 June - Pancake Creek to Pearl Bay, Queensland
  • 2015 - 19 June to 2 July - Pearl Bay to Shaw Island, Queensland
  • 2015 - 2 to 14 July - Shaw Island to Whitsundays, Queensland
  • 2015 - 15 to 26 July - Whitsundays, Queensland
  • 2015 - 27 July to 11 August - Whitsundays to Magnetic Island, Queensland
  • 2015 - 12 to 26 August - Magnetic Island to John Brewer Reef, Queensland
  • 2015 - 27 August to 7 September - John Brewer Reef to Whitsundays, Queensland
  • 2015 - 8 to 20 September - Whitsundays to South Percy Island, Queensland
  • 2015 - 22 September to 3 October - South Percy Island to Garrys Anchorage, Queensland
  • 2015 - 4 to 17 October - Garrys Anchorage, Queensland to Coffs Harbour, NSW
  • 2015 - 18 to 26 October - Coffs Harbour to Sydney, NSW
  • You can contact Kelly and Michael by emailing us at catlypso@michaelmcfadyenscuba.info. We promise to reply to any emails received.

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