02 October 2011 | Half Moon Bay Marina
Up and off at 7.30 am after bacon and eggs for Sunday breakfast. Out from the lagoon through the opening in the reef and into the deep Pacific. We will tack back through Trinity Opening towards Michaelmas Cay. Cancel that! The wind strengthened as forecast, then strengthened and then strengthened again – and we were outside the reef!!
One reef in the mainsail and two reefs in the headsail, but the knot in the reefing line let go and we had to take in the second reef line in the main as the sail bag broke loose from the boom allowing the reefed sail to belly out catching the wind and taking us leewards towards the reef. There was little we could do with 30 knots across the deck and mounting seas.
We all agreed to do the extra 20 miles into Half Moon Bay Marina at Yorkey’s Knob, as the conditions were too bad to consider an open anchorage in the reef. So much for the weather forecast of 15 knots. Luckily there were three catamaran berths available.