Anui is sailing again after being out of action for weeks. We left the marina like a sling shot – free at last! Big thanks to Bill and Janne Shead for letting us use their berth for free for two nights. We hope to see them at their island home at Lord Howe later in the year or share an anchorage with Cut Loose before that! Seeing our two big cats together would be quite fun.
We have our A frame back, the rigging has been adjusted, the sails tested, we are watertight, seaworthy… Hooray! It has been hard yards. There were times when we felt quite despondent and had to keep reminding ourselves of our wonderful shakedown cruise to Port Macquarie to keep positive. “She sails so well and is so stunning inside and out. We’ll get through this… we’ll get through this” was our mantra.
Wednesday we took off in a 25-35 knot southeast – nothing was going to stop us! We headed to the top of Moreton Island for a night at anchor on our lonesome. It was a bit lumpy but we did not care! Then it was on to Mooloolaba for reprovisioning, vet and medical appointments – our last chores for a while. Bengie, not impressed, tried to hide in a green shopping bag!
Today as we post this, we are sailing north. We intend to spend the rest of April at the Sandy Straits and Fraser Island, to reconnect with nature. You can imagine how good it feels after spending the best part of four months working on Anui.