In our quest to head to the tropics, every little bit of progress north helps. We are doing small hops along the South Coast whenever the southerlies blow. But as soon as the northerlies take over, we have to stop!
When the new sounder and cable arrived on 16 May at 2.30pm it took only half an hour for us to test it, confirm it all worked, pay the nasty bill for it, and get out of Paynesville! You have never seen a crew moving that quickly!
It is funny how you worry about time running out, but a few days of solid sailing changes everything. We have made great progress on our southerly journey. We left Jibbon Beach last Friday and 5 days later crossed the Lakes Entrance bar – a 256 nautical mile dash!
It is interesting how after nearly 18 years of sailing together on catamarans, we are still learning! There is nothing like a weather pounding, gear problems and silly mistakes to keep you on your toes and feeling humble. Here is an update on our trials and tribulations.
Sometimes you get caught even when you think you have planned your passage well. The forecast for Wednesday 16 August was for 15-20 knot westerlies close to the shores, strengthening in the middle of the morning to 25-30, and a lot more offshore. The plan was therefore to hug the coast closely. We got out…
Some days are memorable and the last few days stand out as highlights! What made it so was a relaxed pace, the abundance of wildlife and turning the corner into New South Wales!
Recognised instantly by its massive bill and pouch, the Australian Pelican (Pelicanus conspicillatus) is a common sight around wharves and in coastal towns. Its spectacular soaring high in the sky alternating with skimming flight just above the water never fail to impress us, and we are making it the star of our #41 Bird Photography…