The Joy of Mooring Balls

One phenomenon that I did not anticipate in Australia (at least on the east coast) is very strong wind events. The wind will rise to 35 knots for a period of time and then drop back down. Since the wind events seem to correspond to dramatic wind direction shifts the anchor is very likely to drag for a bit before resetting. I had this problem in the Brisbane River. There it was caused not only by wind events but the daily reversals of the current. As a result Reboot “walked” slowly from the original point where I would drop. In Brisbane this was a real problem as Reboot “walked” slowly out into the river channel. When I arrived in Brisbane the normal wheel and wire steering was not working. I would wait until slack wind and tide to use the autopilot system to get anchored back out of the channel. I had to wait as the response of the autopilot was quite slow for close maneuvers. The delay in resetting did not endear me to the Citi-Cat captains. (The steering was repaired as noted in my
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//WL2K Another Day in Paradise

We are still sitting on mooring ball 44 at the Bitter End Yacht Club, Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda, BYI. Today it has been raining and squally so we have stayed on Reboot and vegetated. Tomorrow the forecast is more of the same but we should get some boat cleaning and minor projects done. Forrest has just made black bean and rice burritos so life is good. We are taking advantage of the good propagation to update the blog. Two big events today. A seaplane landed, taxied over to within 100 feet of us (to the seaplane dock,) discharged its passengers and took off again. And the biggest mega yacht so far has come into the sound and anchored out about 500 yards from us. It is very sleek with a very pronouned sharp bow. It looks like a designers rendering rather than something in real life. The weather forecast for tomorrow is more of the same. On Monday we intend to head down to the Willy-T for the night, then back to Nanny Cay to visit a machine shop, check out, and head for Sint Maarten. Fa
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