13 November 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
04 November 2018 | On Passage - The Coral Sea, 480 MTG, 650 miles logged
28 October 2018 | Honiara, Solomon Islands
21 October 2018 | Shortland Islands, Western Province, Solomon Islands
18 October 2018 | Bay of 1,000 Voices, Choiseul., Solomon Islands
18 October 2018 | Bay of 1,000 Voices, Choiseul., Solomon Islands
15 October 2018 | Bay of 1,000 Voices, Choiseul, Solomon Islands
14 October 2018 | Pelau, Ontong Java, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands
14 October 2018 | Luaniua, Ontong Java, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands
14 October 2018 | Ontong Java Atoll, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands
03 October 2018 | Choiseul, Solomon Islands
02 October 2018
02 October 2018
02 October 2018
27 September 2018
27 September 2018
27 September 2018
27 September 2018
24 September 2018
24 September 2018

The human brain is a funny thing

04 November 2018 | On Passage - The Coral Sea, 480 MTG, 650 miles logged
I once read a study about personal status in any given community - how much money one had was not particularly important. What WAS important was whether or not you had more money than those around you. Relativity, it would seem, is everything and includes one's perception of the wind. When it's blowing 20 knots, everything is hunky dory, brisk but good. It increases to 25 knots, you reef the sails some more and say OK that's enough wind. Then it get's to 30 and the party's over, things are getting serious. At 35 knots there is not much sail up and the sea is looking decidedly angry. The sea is starting to change colour and there's white water everywhere. Then it increases to 40 knots, the wind is howling and the sea is splashing around the boat and is starting to look like a washing machine, it's very, very noisy and you're wondering what on earth you are doing out here??? A nice warm bed in a quiet house somewhere is looking pretty damn appealing. Finally the gale passes and the wind speed drops back to 33 knots and you say to each other "gee, this is actually quite pleasant!".

We knew there was a band of stronger wind to the south west when we left so we limited our speed so as to just catch the top edge of it and, probably more luck than anything, that's how it panned out. The wind rose steadily and by day three it was gusting to 38 knots and over the next 24 hours dropped back to the low 20's. We are cool for the first time in almost 6 months (not really cool, but at least not sweating continuously). We're over halfway now with well under 500 miles to go. Monkey Fist is a sailing machine,she never ceases to impress us.

One of the annoying things about clearing back into Australia is timing your arrival so it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg to complete formalities. Australia is the DEAREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO CLEAR INTO and if you arrive on a weekend it's double. So besides trying to pick the right weather you need to also take into consideration not arriving out of hours. No wonder so many sailors go to New Zealand or bypass Australia altogether.

With a little luck we'll be in Brisbane Thursday sometime. Ciao!
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Vessel Name: Monkey Fist
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 43DS
Hailing Port: Darwin
Crew: Paul and Frances Tudor-Stack
About: After spending over 20 years in the NT Paul and Frances returned to the sea in 2008. Their first trip was into the Pacific via West Papua and over the top of PNG and then back to Australia where they sold their old traditional boat "Sea Spray" and bought "Monkey Fist"
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