A lovely part of sailing is the friendships you make along the way and the reunions with fellow yachties at anchorages. There is something about sharing amazing ocean experiences and crossing paths for short periods that make seafarers’ relationships special. You click, you have a lot in common, plenty to share, you enjoy each other’s company, then you may not see one another again for ages. But that is OK. There is a bond.
During our time at Fraser Island we got together with Trish and Andrew on their catamaran Sengo, and it was fun to spend a few days together. They were waiting to pick up their family for Christmas, we were waiting for the weather to be kind to us and let us progress southward. We met last year in Bermagui and have kept in touch.
Theirs is a big cat: a Leopard 48. They live aboard with their two pussycats. It is huge. Take It Easy at 38ft is diminutive next to Sengo, but we all have fun, we all appreciate nature and love the sailing life.
Other than sharing sundowners and meals together, having cat naps and exchanging sea stories, what do two catamarans get up to when they meet? We could not resist having a little kitty cat race in super light conditions – well more of a turtle race, really – doing anything from 1.7 to 4kn under jib, ghosting downwind along Platypus Bay to Moon Point on the Western side of Fraser Island. No risk of breaking speed records, but plenty of chances to beat your slowest pace under sail though! At 5 tons Take It Easy is a featherweight and does a lot better in these conditions than a 20 ton heavyweight. We were first to anchor at Moon Point. Had it been really windy, Sengo would have had the upper hand, as waterline is king.
Thank you guys for the company and for the pictures of our boat under sail. Enjoy your forthcoming circumnavigation. Pick us up on your way back up the East coast in 18 months! We will be ready to follow for another lap.
For now we have exited the Sandy Straits at the Wide Bay Bar this morning and are in the ocean heading south! We will be riding light easterlies for a day or two then a northerly. With a bit of luck, next time you hear from us we will have turned the corner into NSW.
Merry Christmas everybody.