Well haven't I been slack. Quick recap time.
1) I've updated all my home systems from CentOS 5.6 to Scientific Linux 6.0. Its the same code base as CentOS - however the release of CentOS6 has been slipping and slipping. I've been more than happy with the results at this stage.
2) I did a solo navigation exercise from Melbourne to Brisbane a couple of weeks ago. Clocked up 19.7 hours command time. Was an awesome trip and great experience. Did most of this using just the magnetic compass and my watch - nothing beats the basics.
Thats about it for me at this stage, now back to work ;)