Hard day

Spent the morning working on boat projects.. Went in at noon to a terrible lunch. Spent the afternoon drinking Bintank – the Iocal beer. Scored a T-shirt for the cost of a case of beer. If I ever get back to the USA chances are I will have a unique piece of flair. Then scored a ball cap. Its good.Back on Reboot. Tide change so we are rolling. Or I am rolling from the beer. Not sure. Probably both.Fair winds and following seas 🙂

Plan B

This morning was the appointed day for the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia fleet to leave Debut for Banda Island. Even though we planned separately or in small groups there was clearly a consensus path. I was about the tenth boat in line. Obviously the local fishermen didn t get the memo. When the lead boats got to the pass in the reef they discovered that the entire pass was seeded with fishing nets. Not to mention the factory boat and net handling boats. They made an abrupt turn to go to the next opening. In the meantime Steve on Chandra decided to go in a different direction. This would normally be OK except that he had plotted the route that he and I were to take. Except he changed his mind. So I do a 180 and I am now 2 nm behind. Of course he finds a great pass and rabbits. I, on the other hand, come out just in time to be in front of almost all of the boats I was chasing in the first place. My bottom is dirty so I am about 0.1 knot slower. I persevere as everyone passes me.Fair winds

New Jib

It was quiet this morning and I had help so we got the new jib out of the bag and up on the forestay. It is an ocean jib so it was really stiff. Even though Neil Pryde has made earlier jibs there is always that moment when you wonder if it will fit. And yes it did. It looks very nice all furled up. Fair winds and following seas 🙂

The simplest things

It was unseasonably cold this morning in Sydney. I decided to fire up my cabin heater. I has to remove the sea cover for the first time in about 1 1/2 years. Yes. The wing nut spins. So does the screw. In 58 F temps and 20 knot winds I decided to take refugee in the cafe on shore. Tomorrow when it warms up I will attack the problem. Fair winds and following seas 🙂

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 🙂

Morning strobe lights

It is 5:45 AM. It has been a rough night. XO is meowing. The winds have been 25 knots gusting 30. Reboot has been dancing and rocking all night. The wind has been howling through the rigging. Fortunately the wind has been from the South so the fetch is short but there is still a 2 foot confused swell. My back is killing me. XO is swiping at me with claws out for attention. I HEAR VOICES! I go out to the cockpit. Right of the stern of Reboot I see strobe lights, 7 of them, in the water. I hear “one minute at level 3, then one at level 2, then one at level 4. (…) Yes, they are rowing. When I think back on the time I spent with John Callie in Brisbane I shiver. I knew these people were dedicated but wow! Fair winds and following seas 🙂

Wide Bay Bar

This morning Reboot joined the parade to cross Wide Bay Bar. I took advantage of local knowledge and followed Chandara out. It was quite an experience. First, we (about 6 boats) had to fight the current from the incoming tide to get out to the bar. I wondered why we did not wait. As I turned onto the charted course for the bar Reboot started experiencing 8 foot rollers. Wind against tide would have been devastating. The reason for leaving just before high tide also became clear. The depth was oscillating with the waves. At the bottom I was seeing 8 feet, well below the charted depth. But wait, there s more. In addition to the knives…. About half way out I looked to starboard and noticed 12 to 16 foot breaking waves. Wow. My surfing friends need to see this place. I have the sails up in very light air and am ghosting along. If the wind does not pick up as forecast I will have to shake out the reefs in the main. Fair winds and following seas 🙂