Recluses at Sea

As we sail away from Melbourne, we enjoy the return to our cruising lifestyle while practicing self-isolation and social distancing!

Speedy Gonzales!

At long last we have left Wilsons Promontory and reached Lakes Entrance at the Gippsland Lakes on Tuesday night in record time. It was a bit like coming home, the Lakes were after all our home port for many years. But this time Take It Easy turned into Speedy Gonzales, even with reduced sails!

Flat out on Bass Strait

Red sky in the morning at Killiecrankie, sailors’ warning!  Only we got a surprise, not the mean old Bass Strait we know and love, but a sedate, slightly boring, flat as a tack crossing, requiring both engines!  This was our 24th Bass Strait crossing and the most benign of all.

Nearly home!

Full of hopes for a spinnaker run all the way, based on a solid forecast of NE winds, we left Bittangabee at dawn on Thursday. Shortly after Green Cape, Big Red was flying and we were going great guns, into Victoria, past Gabo Island, Mallacoota, and Little Rame Head. 

Hiding again from the southerlies!

“Hide-dash-hide”seems to be our rhythm these days!  After our epic sail to Jervis Bay and a rest day while a weak southerly change passed, we did a dash to Moruya, 65 nautical miles further south when the northerly returned – only just for a day, mind you!

Sea Mammals Series – Bottlenose Dolphins

The star of our second post in the Sea Mammals Series is the Bottlenose Dolphin.  There is rarely a day when we are out sailing that we don’t see dolphins joining us at our bows.  These are gregarious, social, fun, intelligent, agile animals. Invariably as soon as we see them coming towards us, we rush to…