We were just about ready to leave Queensland and start our journey south but got delayed again! It has been one thing after another. This time it is ships not passing, but rather hitting in the night!
Between appointments for the physio, GP, hand therapist, COvid booster jab and lining up a rheumatologist in both Melbourne and Southport, we thought we had things covered. But Murphy was up to his usual tricks!
We were anchored at Wave Break Island. It is reasonably sheltered in SE conditions however on windy days you do the dance : wind against strong tidal current means the conditions can get lively with all anchored boats moving around a lot. The anchors reset as the tide changes, but if one boat does not play nice, you have problems and of course bad things always happen at night!
The boat of ones of our friends, unoccupied at the time, was anchored originally in the shallows a good distance away from us but with insufficient chain. We happened to be out on deck, checking what was going on around us. In the fresh conditions, our mate’s anchor did not hold and his boat came charging towards Anui. We fended it off at first but then it had another go in the howling wind, this time with too much momentum for us to push it off. We heard this sickening crack as its bow hit us on the starboard hull. It then drifted along our side, hitting again but this time in a glancing blow as we ran around with fenders pushing it off. The offending boat reached the back of Anui and careered forward again, coming very close to ramming us in the stern, but we managed to shove it off and it headed away toward another boat, coming awfully close to it.
We are now at The Boat Works keeping our shipwrights at 143 Boat Building busy. Our friend is picking up the marina and repair tab.
It is not a big job, just a time consuming process because the blows have to be grinded, bogged, undercoated and painted. It will take a few days for the repairs to be done. We are so grateful Ryan is fitting us in at short notice … again! Last time was only a few weeks ago when we damaged a daggerboard at Wave Break (the place is a menace). We had them down to keep us from spinning in the current and ended up with the chain wrapped around the starboard daggerboard. We can’t thank the team at 143 Boat Building enough for accommodating us.
We are hoping to leave Queensland by Christmas Eve, repairs, Covid border rules and weather allowing. By now you can guess we are well and truly over our stay on the Gold Coast and can’t wait to leave. The prospect of visiting friends along the way in Port Macquarie, Sydney, the Gippsland Lakes and Melbourne is really exciting after nearly two years of isolation.