After just over five weeks at Yarra’s Edge, the medical saga is over and we have left Melbourne. We are definitely not in perfect shape, but it will do!
The night before departure, we moved Anui closer to the basin’s exit, just under the Webb Bridge, so we could easily back out the next day and not risk being boxed in by another boat! Despite this, as usual we were both still keyed up about our exit – would there be too much tidal flow, too much wind, would we hit the bridge, wedge ourselves against the corner of the quay, collect one of the many rowers paddling past… typical catastrophising, but it all went smoothly. We got out without problem at dawn before the wind picked up and parked along the outside jetty for a few hours while we got ourselves ready for several weeks in the wilderness.
We finally left Melbourne on Wednesday after a last physio session and provisioning.
We did not go very far, just picking up a public mooring in Williamstown for the night, but we were free and it felt good! We then had a slow 32nm motor sail to Sorrento at the southern end of Port Phillip Bay the next day, leaving the Melbourne skyline behind.
Our next 50nm hop is happening as we post this: out of Port Phillip Bay across The Rip and a lovely sail to Cleeland Bight, Phillip Island in very light conditions, something Anui does exceedingly well.
This coming weekend we will use the lull in the easterlies to sneak up to Wilson’s Promontory. We may be there for quite a while or push on to the Gippsland Lakes before the strong easterly winds pick up again! We’ll see what the forecast looks like and how we feel.
The longer term plan
The plan is to get back to Queensland by the end of April for another reef odyssey this winter. We intend to make a few stops along the way at the Gippsland Lakes, Sydney and Port Macquarie, to see friends we could not catch up with on the way south.
We won’t rush, particularly given the catastrophic weather still devastating the East Coast of Australia. Record floods following unrelenting rain are wrecking havoc all along the coast. Between this and the war in Ukraine because of egomaniac Putin, these are times of turmoil for too many people: Refugees everywhere from nature’s fury and from war. How lucky are we to be safe, free and self-sufficient on our floating home Anui!
Thanks for following our ups and downs. We hope to bring you some more interesting posts and photos as we resume our sea wanderers’ life.