Underway to Airlie Beach. The forecast is for winds from the South. I am heading Northeast. Of course the winds are from the Northeast. Quality. Fair winds and following seas 🙂


Wind, waves and the forecast (not to mention my fuel state) are conspiring against making port in Bundaberg. Am heading north to Gladstone.I will miss Bundaberg. It was my first port of call in Australia. Fair winds and following seas 🙂

Departure (delayed)

(Thunderstorms in forecast. Delaying until risk passes.)Leaving Sydney today. Heading north. May stop to see Aimee in Bundaberg. ETA Bundaberg 8 days. 3 pob + 1 cat. Daily position report via sat phone to WINLINK. Fair winds and following seas. :)Roger Jones/Sailboat RebootUS Doc 1046300/Sail # USA 60493Radio WDB8435/W2ZDB

Gale warning

This morning the forecast was for gale force winds in Sydney Harbor. I decided to spend the day off Reboot. When I returned in the afternoon it was quite calm. The wind as since picked up, fortunately from the South where Reboot is most sheltered.They have dropped the gale warning to strong winds but the wind has picked up from earlier. XO doesn t like strong winds at anchor so he is being needy.I expected sunny days here. Most of what have seen is wind and rain.Fair winds and following seas 🙂

After the wind

I pointed out yesterday the the weather forecast greatly underestimated the wind speed. It peaked at about 35 knots. The big concern is of course that the anchor will drag. To a lessor extent there is always the possibility that the ground tackle (anchor, etc.) will break. We dragged a couple of times in Pago Pago with 200 feet of chain and 150 feet of rode. Here I only have about 100 feet of chain out. But the water is only 10 – 20 feet deep depending on the tide. Well, we didn’t drag. Since we are in a river we are subject to the flow of the river in addition to the impact of the wind and tide. The current is from the west. The wind varies between the NE, E, and SE. This creates a constant wind against current impact of the waves in the river. They are, in a few words, short, steep, choppy, and ugly. When the wind is light the trip to the marina is unpleasant, When the wind is up the trip is very wet. Since there is no fetch the waves don’t get high, maybe a foot and one half at the