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

Finally we have wind

03 September 2021 | 17 54.373'S:164 33.510'W, At Sea to Fiji
3rd September

17 54.373 S

164 33.510 W

Weather; a bit cloudy, wind 5-20 knots, waves up to 4 metres

No sooner had I sent yesterday's update winging on its way to a satellite than the weather began to change, not a moment too soon either! As a side note here and for your amusement I need to tell you that we had decided to have a simple dinner of sausages, mash and baked beans ( I know, how childish!). Anyway when I went to get a can of baked beans out in preparation for the evening meal I was surprised to find that we had no cans of baked beans left and I had to make some of our own Ð something I do on a regular basis as they are so much tastier than the commercial sort. Anyway the whole point of telling you this is that I just wanted to let you know that we were getting so desperate for wind that we decided to make some of our own , yes I am joking Ð or am I?! We suddenly had wind, up to 12 knots ( before eating a single baked bean) and were able to finally turn the engine off, the blissful silence that ensued was just perfect. We weren't galloping along at much more than
5.5 knots but we really didn't care too much, it was a little faster than we had been doing under engine power and the wind was supposed to be on the increase over the next few hours anyway. Of course the arrival of the wind also coincided with a change of its direction, it was now coming at us more from the port side and was apparently going to continue from that way, it was time to swap the main across to the starboard side and move the spinnaker pole across to the port side so that we could still goose wing the sails if the wind remained behind us. Although we have done the change-over quite a few times it always gives rise to a niggly "discussion" and exchange of cross words as we never seem to get it exactly right on the first attempt. Having said that we did get it all sorted out and were soon running with the main sail out to starboard and the jib poled out to port, before the sun set and before we had dinner.

The sun set was again a non-event as the clouds were gathering along the horizon and blotted out all evidence of the sun long before it dipped below the horizon, the green flash just doesn't exist folks, we are on a pointless quest!

As we settled into our night routine of watches and sleep the wind gradually built and, correspondingly, so did the seas. We reached the dizzy speed of over 7 knots but it was getting lumpier as the swell was being whipped up and wasn't necessarily in time with the wind gusts. There was a whole lot of banging and crashing going on all night making sleep somewhat elusive and things that never normally move or shift around inside the boat suddenly took on a night time frenzy of momentum. We found ourselves playing hunt the onions which were rolling around the salon floor, replace the cushions which had toppled onto the floor and stop the glass bottles and saucepans from clanking for parts of our night.

Dawn broke and we were facing a very cloudy and overcast looking sky to begin with, the wind had sort of settled into a pattern of around 17 knots but the sea was somewhat confused and seemed to have two different lots of competing swell which when they hit together gave us wave heights of over 4 metres and rocked us viciously from side to side. For most of the day the wind has continued to blow at around 15 knots allowing us to sail along at around 6 knots. The sea has very slowly dropped off but is still producing 3 metre high waves, we even have white caps now! well we did ask for wind so the lesson has to be one of being aware of the consequences of what you ask for!

We haven't put the fishing rod out today as the thought of trying to reel in anything that takes the bait is too had to consider, so we have just spent the day enjoying the fact that we are sailing in peace and quiet, reading the same line over and over again in our books (well it's hard to keep them steady as the boat bounces around), picking up stuff that has tried to relocate itself and wedging it more firmly into its allocated spot and trying to catch up with a few hours of sleep. There is still nothing to be seen as far as the eye and radar can reach Ð it still blows me away to think that for a whole week now in every direction we have only come across one other boat, seen no dolphins, no whales blowing, very few flying fish ( not even one on the deck for patrol purposes), no suicide committing squid, hardly any phosphorescence at night and only a couple of squawky radio signals just off of the Cook Islands as we passed them by. Where is everybody?

According to the predict wind program we should have pretty much the same winds until late tonight when it begins to drop away again Ð the engine had better be ready as it will be back in action once again. We keep getting messages from our Tahiti neighbour who, despite being over 200 miles south of us, is experiencing much the same sort of weather conditions and having to deploy his engine just as often as we are to keep moving and not covering much more ground than we are in 24 hours.

So the good news is that we have managed to sail the entire 24 hours and have covered 150 NM, we need a few more days of similar wind but could use a little less of the wave action!
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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Wind indicator replacement
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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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The life and antics of Miss Priss aboard Opal
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Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg