Scare me like that again and I won't be responsible.....
18/02/2013, 38 45.43S 143 40.62E
Photo: Berthed in Apollo Bay
I received an email this morning at 7.15 that the guys were 57nm ESE of Apollo Bay and expected to be there in a few hours. All okay apparently except at about 11am or so I received a phone call from the Coast Guard asking if I had heard from them at all as they had not checked in at 9am as scheduled. WHAT THE...????
Soooooo I spent more than an hour trying to call, email, skype, call again over and over again.... aaaaaaaggggghhhhh!! I didn't know what to do as the phone kept going to voice-mail before it even rang and there were no email replies. Turns out that they weren't in radio range initially and then just forgot to sign in when they were. Boys are dumb!
Anyway, they're now all moored up at Apollo Bay where they can at least have a shower and a feed until some not-so-nice weather clears. At this time they'll be heading out again tomorrow morning.
So, as the title says, frighten me like that again and I won't be responsible for my actions. I'll do things to you in ways you never knew existed with possible falsetto consequences. :P
Heading to Appollo Bay
With a bit of a north-west change in the weather comes a slight change of plans, so the seafarers are heading in to Apollo Bay for a rest stop overnight. Hopefully there's showers and a nice place to eat for them. Then it's only about 400nm to the Black Pole! :D
Around the bend... literally!
17/02/2013, Heading into Bass Strait
Photo: Wilson's Promontory and lighthouse.
They're around the bend and a little barmy, but the guys are on their way home. They're in the Bass Strait and will be heading west towards Cape Otway with a good stiff breeze behind them and possibly a good stiff whiskey inside.
At this stage they may make a stop in Port Fairy for supplies because it seems that they may have either underestimated what they needed for the few full days at sea, or just really enjoyed the food and pigged out on it, because they're really running low. :P
As they cross the Strait, I may lose touch so I'll share more when I know more.
Coming around the bottom...
16/02/2013, 52nm NE of Wilson's Promontory
The boys will be coming around the little sticky-outy bit known as Wilson's Promontory at any time now and heading through Bass Straight on their way west to South Australia.
They've taken the reefs out of the main and are tootling along at about 6 knots in 14 knot winds, so pretty good really. There's high winds forecast but they'll be from the rear, so it'll be a lovely push in the butt for them. :)
15/02/2013, 17nm SSE of Eden
Today's update brought to you by Monty Python... ALBATROSS! Apparently they're all over the place at the moment (the albatross that is, not the guys). I can't wait to see them for myself (again, the albatross. The guys can wait until they've had a shower).
They've (the guys, not the albatross) made really good time and are now well south of Eden, past Cape Green lighthouse and rapidly on their way to making a run around the corner. Then it's a push west along the bottom of Victoria (I seriously have to stop seeing innuendo in everything I write... hehe).
Going great guns...
15/02/2013, 60nm NNE of Eden and going
Photo: hoisted antenna for WIFI
The second update for the day sees the guys cruising along really nicely. They're currently NNE of Eden and don't plan to stop overnight. Travelling at 6 knots in light wind is making it easy breezy for them and all aboard seem happy. They don't intend stopping and will still make Wilson's Promontory after turning the corner at Gabo island and heading west across the strait.
They even have great Internet access with the 3G antenna hoisted to the spreaders (ooooerrr!) using the flag halyard. That in turn is connected to Dave's dongle (mmppphhhhh!! dongle... hehe ) which is taped to the sissy bars (bahahahaaaaaa!!) at the foot of the mast so that all the guys are connected to WIFI.
Eat more beans!!
14/02/2013, East of Ulladulla
Photo: Dave's Valentine's message yesterday with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. Just had to share xx :D
On the first leg of the journey from Sydney, they ran out of puff around midnight so, instead of eating more beans and doing it naturally by pointing their posteriors to the sails, they started the engine and motored. A better idea perhaps.
As of 7.20 this morning the guys were 27nm East of Ulladulla and hoping to make Eden by tomorrow afternoon. If the weather stays good, they'll be trying non-stop for Wilson's Promontory.
A tip guys, make use of baked beans and curry. It'll save on diesel. :D
Leaving with good weather ahead.... yay!!!
Updates, updates... read all about it!!!!
Steve joined Dave and Bob in Pittwater and now the crew is back to 3. :) I look forward to shaking your hand Steve.
The guys are about to leave Pittwater after being forced inshore by the weather. Whilst there they found problems (of course... It's never easy is it?) with the engine, which is an old Westerbeke. It was (and still is at the moment) using litres and litres of oil and was also found to have a leaky exhaust that was sending fumes into the lazarette, which was then possibly going into the boat (yikes). Not a good thing. I had thought that the new carbon monoxide detector would have found the fumes, but unfortunately someone (who shall remain nameless eh Dave) forgot to put in the batteries, I can't blame him though. I think that was the least on his mind.
Anyway, the leak is now fixed after seeing several mechanics, one of whom seemed to see more problems than there actually was (money grubber methinks) and eventually got the hole welded. :) All good now, apart from the oil leak, which can wait to be investigated fully until they get home.
So, they're all showered and looking pretty, with freshly laundered clothes and the weather forecast for the next few days is just about perfect for a good run down the east coast with a lovely tailing wind. If they're lucky they may even make it around the bottom.
P.S. Happy Valentines Day Dave < 3
10/02/2013, Off Broken Bay
The weather was too much so they have decided to get to Broken Bay and moor until the weather has passed. Then they'll try and reach Sydney.
I'm not a happy camper at the moment because they've lost a sail overboard. The drifter was apparently tied to the bow but the weather chafed through the rope (line... whatever) and it fell into the ocean. By now it's at the bottom of the sea (he says). I'm NOT happy. Another few thousand to spend and we don't even have the boat here yet! :(
Blog post take two! The abridged version....
10/02/2013, Port Stephens to Sydney
Photo: Venture moored in Pt Stephens (Bob on the dock)
Okay, this is take two (and a much shorter version) of the post I just wrote because it didn't post or save ...hurumph!!
So, here we go...
1) The guys pulled in to Pt Stephens on 09/02/13 due to a strong wind warning.
2) Stace left them there and caught the bus back to Adelaide instead of catching the plane from Sydney as he really had to be home by Wednesday and his wife was missing him. :)
3) By this morning the wind warning had been cancelled so Dave and Bob left for Sydney. I didn't even have a chance to call them wusses for being scared of a little wind. :P
4) By the time they pull in to Sydney tomorrow morning they'll be knackered after another big overnighter with one less relief person.
5) In Sydney they'll pick up Steve.
And that's about it. More tomorrow hopefully. :)