22 October 2021 | 'S: 'E, Grand Chancellor Hotel, Brisbane
15 October 2021 | 27 26.662'S:153 06.434'E, River gate marina, Brisbane
12 October 2021 | 26 18.073'S:156 00.246'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
11 October 2021 | 25 41.635'S:158 24.609'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
10 October 2021 | 25 03.764'S:160 40.921'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
09 October 2021 | 24 16.537'S:163 21.449'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
08 October 2021 | 23 23.005'S:166 09.112'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
07 October 2021 | 22 12.270'S:168 20.490'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
06 October 2021 | 21 00.046'S:169 58.439'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
05 October 2021 | 19 49.684'S:171 35.302'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
04 October 2021 | 18 37.463'S:173 06.679'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
03 October 2021 | 18 11.767'S:175 05.347'E, At sea from Fiji to Brisbane
02 October 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Port Denarau marina , Fiji
18 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Port Denarau marina , Fiji
16 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Denarau, Fiji
15 September 2021 | 17 46.369'S:177 22.935'E, Denarau, Fiji
14 September 2021 | 17 44.915'S:177 22.373'E, Denarau, Fiji
13 September 2021 | 17 44.915'S:177 22.373'E, Quarantine anchorage, Denarau, Fiji
11 September 2021 | 17 14.384'S:178 18.007'E, At Sea to Fiji
10 September 2021 | 17 32.600'S:179 35.350'W, At Sea to Fiji

At sea to Colombia, day 3

25 February 2021 | 11 17.090'N:74 070'W, At Sea
23rd February

11 17.090 N
74 47.070 W

Weather; sunny, wind 15 - 20 ESE, waves 6 Feet


From midnight we continued with our watches, managing to get enough sleep between us to keep us on our toes. Thank goodness the moon was almost full, it makes the night time sailing so much better when you can see what's going on around you, even when its nothing! We managed to sail for most of the day which was a feat in its self as the wind was coming from almost directly behind us for the better part of the day with occasional swings slightly to port and almost as quickly changing to slightly starboard making it difficult to know which side to have the main sail out to. We did gybe a couple of times to see if it had any effect on our sailing ability but as soon as we did the gybe we could lay bets that the wind direction would change once again. At various points in time we put out the Genoa to see if it would help us move along a bit faster but it had no great effect as the swell was hitting us from the side and slowing down whatever progress we were making by rolling us horribly from side to side. There really was nothing we could do but keep going and hope that it would change when we altered our direction a little later in the trip. A couple of times we started the engine up and motor sailed as our speed dropped below the magic 6 knots that would see us arriving in 4 days but as soon as the wind increased again we turned the motor off - it is a fine balance of wind versus motor power at times! We were making good time despite the constant rolling, averaging 6.5 knots with the occasional high of 8 knots. A couple of ships passed within 2 miles of us, but nothing for us to worry about. We both saw a heap of flying fish today - just after we had commented about how little sea life we had been seeing to this point! Gerry even put out the fishing line, of course we caught nothing! We have the fishing down to a fine art but we really need to get the catching stuff worked out now! It's a good job that I had prepared a few meals before setting off as we could just pull one out of the freezer each night and Zap it in the microwave and have a hot dinner, with the amount of rolling we were doing this was down to Gerry to cook up as I get quite nauseous if I have to go below and do stuff when the boat is bouncing around, thank goodness he doesn't suffer from sea sickness at all. We watched the sunsetting as normal and I went below at 7pm to try to sleep as Gerry was taking the first 3 hour watch. I was down for less than an hour when he yelled for me to come up as he needed to go out on deck, the wind had swung around and we needed to put the main across to the other side. Luckily it was still fairly light even though the sun had set, after adjusting the running backstays - which we can do from the cockpit, he donned the harness and crawled out to the bow to change the preventer over, as he did this and the main sheet became slack my job was to winch the main sheet as hard and fast as possible to move the boom across to the other side without letting it crash across - easier said than done! Gerry then moved the preventer across to the new side (I can't recall which side as we did this several times today) and fastened it off. Everything was then tightened down, Gerry returned to the cockpit and suggested I go back to bed - not a chance that I was going to get back to sleep so I stayed up and sent him below for an early watch change. Nothing of any importance happened for the rest of the evening / night up until midnight except that we altered course slightly and the wind began to pick up. Gerry had said at the start of this trip that the latter part of the trip would be ugly as there was quite a wind change forecast - we were starting to see this change as we approached midnight but we had also had the bonus of the swell now coming from behind us rather than from our side which was pushing us along a lot quicker. With luck we will only have one more day before we reach our destination of Cartagena, in Colombia.
Vessel Name: Opal of Queensland
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52AC
Hailing Port: Bundaberg
Crew: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
About: Motley mostly, especially the cat
Opal of Queensland's Photos - Main
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plenty of broken bits and things to fix in Colombia
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Wind indicator replacement
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Created 24 November 2020
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leaving Port Louis marina, travelling to Spice Island Marine yard and hauling out to do the anti fouling
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Created 1 November 2019
The life and antics of Miss Priss aboard Opal
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Created 1 November 2019

Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg