The past 6 weeks since starting our life afloat have been a series of confrontations with strong windy conditions that really are making us spin out!The wind is either too strong and we have to hide like arctic foxes and wait and wait, or when it abates the sea is rough with confused swell that makes you emit the most horrible sounds as you chuck your heart out. When it blows too hard, we generally can’t dinghy ashore unless we want an impromptu bath in frigid water. And these last few days on the Crookhaven River, we have discovered the dizzy novelty of spinning on the spot as wind and tide fight the battle of “who shoves the boat the hardest wins”! We kid you not: full 360s in 10 seconds. And all this in generally cold conditions when the only way to keep warm is to pile up the layers like an egyptian mommy. So as Captain Wadie says: “Rivers are fine, but not in strong wind, and winter cruising in cold climes sucks!” Are we having fun yet?
Don’t get us wrong here, we are not regretting to retire in winter and move on board, and we knew it would be uncomfortable to start with. But we had not expected to still be in Southern NSW six weeks into our life afloat. So we feel a bit frustrated and over it!
It is full moon… may be that is the problem. Since ancient times, full moons have been associated with odd or insane behaviour. We indeed feel a little loony.
But we have to remain safe and can’t afford any more close shaves or harrowing tales. So we have stayed at Greenwell Point since last Friday, and have put up with the conditions… another week nearly gone.
But today, Thursday 7 September, we are venturing out, headed for Port Hacking. We might actually get to Broken Bay on Friday night! Don’t despair, Susie, we’re coming!