This is why we have been hiding in Grassy for a few days!
This was the weather map at 11.00 am on Thursday; you can see what was coming to Grassy! Severe weather, 40+knot winds, spray flying through the air inside the harbour, train running through the rigging. We are in the Roaring Forties after all!
We are ever so glad we arranged to tie onto a big fat fisherman’s mooring even if this green cray boat behind us looked as if it was going to climb aboard!
In contrast with this weather, our crossing over from Apollo Bay was in very sedate, extremely light conditions. Only 4 out of our 13 hour passage was under spinnaker, the rest was motoring. But we did manage to see a few albatrosses – such magical ocean wanderers.
We stayed on board in Grassy during the worst of the storm, but as the wind moderated, we ventured ashore for a wander and leg stretch. Tomorrow, Sunday, we will sail to the Hunter Group of islands, some 30 miles south of here.
Here are some images of our passage from Apollo Bay and at King Island.