Tasman Sea

Goodbye to the Tasman sea. Hello again Coral Sea. I was told that the trip to Sydney was pretty easy and the trip back not so much. Sage advice. I left Sydney with two crew. After several days of miserable conditions we decided to go into Scarborough to refuel. They decided to bail as one of them was seasick for the entire trip. I got fuel. The forecast was for strong Southerly winds. Rather than getting beaten up anchored off Scarborough I decided to continue North. Decent trip until I reached the top of Fisher Island. Made the turn and headed for Bundaberg. Which of course was directly upwind. I made it across Hervey Bay in 25 to 30 knot winds and 6 to 9 foot seas. I ended up about 20 nm north of the harbor entrance as that was the best course I could hold. I anchored overnight and rolled and pitched. In the morning the wind had not abated and the forecast was for at least 3 more days of strong southeastern winds. I gave up and decided to head down wind to Gladstone. This of course

Mon Repos

Visited the famous sea turtles nesting site yesterday. High tide and daylight so we didn t see any turnstiles except the one on the very nice interpretation center. I could not figure out why they needed an emergency assembly point. For visitors? The turtles? Fair winds and following seas 🙂

Sea Mounts 30 Oct 1927 UTC

The South Pacific is littered with islands. I mentioned Fiji as the “land of 1,000 hazards”. But in the middle of the ocean? About half way between New Caledonia and Australia there is a sea mount that actually sticks above the surface. By definition a guess it is an island but it is so small its more like a rock. It is cleverly positioned on the direct route between New Caledonia and Bundeburg, Australia. Figures.Fair winds and following seas 🙂

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After 3 weeks of seeing nothing but sea and sky (and rain) at 1201 utc last night we saw another ship. Despite many attempts to communicate via radio they refused to answer even as they cut 1 nm in front of oui bow. Bummer! 1998 nm to the Marquesas. It is just around the corner! OK. Twenty more days. Fair winds and following seas 🙂 Please note your reply is limited to 160 Latin characters or approximately 135 for non-Latin characters. Sent via Inmarsat. The mobile satellite company