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 🙂


The long way

After several days of hiding from the wind and waves yesterday we decided that the wing had moderated enough to transit to Nanu inlet. We left in winds in the low 20 s and worked our way around the island. Waves were in the 4 foot range. We had set the third reef in the main and put out about 50% jib. This gave us the ability to point about 15 degrees higher. That would become important later as we had to tack our way around several reefs.Once we cleared the immediate reefs we aimed at Nanu. It was only about 23 nm and we were making 5.5 to 6.5 knots. Although uncomfortable from the 28 to 30 knot winds in the cockpit (since we were heading upwind the apparent wind was the true wind speed plus 80% of the boat speed) and the frequent boarding waves making us all wet the miles went quickly.From our sheeting angle it looked like we could sail direct. Except for the set from the waves. By the time we reached Nanu we were 4 nm off course. We had to tack to get back east. This put us back in

The lowers are on

The waves in the anchorage are averaging 18 to 24 inches on the beam. This means that Reboot is rocking about 20 degrees each side, or through a 40 degree arc. Nevertheless, we did get the new lowers installed. All of the creeking of the lines getting tight and slack have gone away. Fair winds and following seas 🙂

Via Inmarsat:

Another day. Wind has been about 20 kt all day so waves 8 – 10 ft. Lots of rolling. Just passed m/v Myna Voyager (like ships in the night ha ha) Shared a quick hi by vhf. Changed time zones to Alaska time. Another indicator of progress. 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