Thursday, 30 June 2011
The Lines are cast off
23 June 2011
The passage from Cairns is about 145 nautical miles so our departure had been timed to provide an arrival shortly after sun up. Karen, Mark and I rotated through 3 hour watches through the night while Colin and Milin alternated being with us as we learned the ropes. There was plenty of large commercial shipping about along with trawlers working near the coast so we were kept on our toes. The wind began to pick up in earnest during my 6-9 stint and by the time I handed over to Karen it was blowing a steady 20 knot south easterly. Karen saw this strengthen to 25 to 30 knots during her watch where it has stayed ever since.
Nae Hassle is a sturdy 57 footer and with reefed main alone produced a very handy 7.5 to 8.5 knots through the night and handled the moderate seas very confidently. However being on the stern quarter made things very rollie and not the most comfortable. I had my first experience of sleeping in a bunk with a lee cloth rigged to stop you from falling out of bed onto the deck. Very different to our four poster at home I must say.
24 June 2011
We are currently anchored in Watson’s Bay near the ruins of Mrs Watsons cottage and unfortunately the island is not living up to the glowing image I had conveyed to Karen as the wind has continued to blow 25 to 30 knots with grey skies and passing showers since we arrived. We are boat bound as in these winds we wouldn’t dare launch our Avon inflatable dingy of the stern deck. I’m sure if we tried it would be us that would be launched, parasail style.