Thursday - 17/10/2013
Friday - 18/10/2013.
Saturday - 19/10/2013
Sunday - 20/10/2013
Monday - 21/10/2013
Commence crossing the Great Australian Bight.
Tuesday - 22/10/2013
The following are notes I put on the iPad when I was on watch, hence the early and late being the different watches things that were going through my mind.
I now remember why it takes 3 days at sea to settle and get sleep on demand, one is so stuffed from lack of sleep by this time you would sleep through a cyclone.
The moon tonight has been cancelled triple amount of clouds and storm cells will take its place.
We are going well averaging over 7 knots per hour. We hope to beat the east winds on Friday, we may have them for the last 40 miles if we can keep up the good rate.
I usually like night sailing, but that is in warmer climates, note to self, next year stay in warmer climates. Thank you Robyn for making our nights warmer, come to think of it days also.
Just had a storm cell, reefed down, (thank God), and screaming along at 10 knots then storm cell goes and we drop to 5 knots.
I have had so many storm cells the last couple of days I think my boats a storm chaser.
I see the moon trying to force the clouds away hope it wins.
Wind just dropped from 28 knots to 13 knots, this is what happens when the storm cell leaves. Winds slowly picking up again.
Come on midnight, let me kick Nancy out of bed to take the watch and I can jump into the warm spot she left.
Gab is a different sea. (I have crossed the Great Australian Bight a few times on Naval ships and I have seen it at its worst but I have also seen it when it has been calm which I think is a rare sight.)
Night sailing through squalls. (Sailing through squalls at night can be nerving, in daylight you can see where they are in pitch black during the night you often don't know they are there until they hit)
Phantom lights thinking other ships and stars that play tricks on the eye.(On watch looking for any other shipping that may be in your way, sometimes you look so hard that you think there is a light on the horizon and it may be just a star or the fact that you have just looked at a light in the cockpit or a reflection of the navigation lights and that stays in the mind when you look out)
Fatigue due to lack of sleep on demand. (A lot people think that sailing is always a relaxing life and it can be if you sail with fine winds and day hop, but when you do long voyages it is quite taxing due the lack of sleep and concerns of what is happening to boat).
Things a skipper does and thinks that prevent sleep. (Concern for crew on watch in this case Nancy, the change in motion or noise of the boat will wake you up, such as the boat picks up or loses speed, sail movements and adjustments)
We have had an uncomfortable ride but have made good time, could have made better time but we cruise not race. (We try not to put too much strain on the equipment and increased speed is also more uncomfortable).
Weather reports that can misleading. (Weather reports on the HF radio and what you tend to get the standard forecast for any weather district does not always represent the area that you are in for the simple reason is a weather district is quite a large area so the weather report states the worst case scenario for that district to get a better picture you need to see a website and check the wind charts or down load Grib Files).
Weather from Glen via Anne. (We were fortunate during this trip as Glen would receive weather updates from his wife Anne in Tasmania via sat phone and then he would pass this on to us on our radio sched.) Thanks Anne and Glen.
Day 2 164NMS (In the second24 hours we completed 164 NMS, we have done better than that before but not in seas like this).
Thursday - 24/10/2013
I was right third night out, went off watch midnight and had my first couple of hours solid sleep.
Taking watch at 0400 hours I was welcomed by a light rain storm and have three others around me.
We are going well light conditions today well this morning anyway.
One more overnight sail to go we should be anchored outside of Port Lincoln tomorrow afternoon,
well let's hope so, if we do well in the next 24 hours we should anchor in Spalding Cove outside Port Lincoln late afternoon tomorrow.
We lost some of our plan through the night we are a little north of our rhumb line where we were aiming for a good few miles south for the tack north when east winds hit tomorrow. We did however get better than our 0600hr target by an extra 5 NMS.
Took the watch at 0400 hrs and things looked a little grim with hardly any wind but things have picked up.
Probably go into jet lag when we go into Port Lincoln, we have to change our clocks by 2 hrs 30 mins.
Poor bugger! I can still remember the bloke in Broome saying that to me when I told him we were sailing south and across the GAB. I have no regrets, but I think he was right.
Lets hope for a good day.
Little concerned could not raise Banyandah on HF radio schedule this morning, Glen had changed the morning schedule to 0700 hrs I wonder if he had forgotten and came on air at 0610 hrs, have to wait until 1810 hrs for next schedule.
Today's weather a little lighter, we are not going to cover the ground I had hoped for we will see what the afternoon brings may have to run two iron sails.
Well the winds dropped, two iron sails and two rags set.
Forecast not too bad E/SE 10-15 for tomorrow, let's hope for a little to the SE.
Just passed a mob of shearwater birds having a gathering on the water about 30 of them as I passed they took flight and then a couple of petrels joined in, I could watch them glide for hours. I've always been a bit of a bird watcher, but not always the feathered variety.
Some people would concerned about 3 to 5 metre swell, they don't bother me, it's the crappy wind waves they put with them that are annoying.
Wind had just changed and Nancy was trying to sought it out, in the dark no moon at the moment, well all sorted now. Having to motor sail with the wind coming round towards the east, the direction we wish to go.
Had radio schedule with Banyandah, this morning we had a mix up in the times, Glen had other radio stations on standby to relay in case he could not reach us. One thing when we organised the schedule was set times but they did get change a couple of times and that caused the confusion. One thing we did not do was set up a backup plan in case we did fail contact.
Stormy skies ahead as the moon was rising, there was enough space between horizon and cloud to see the large orange coloured moon come up and the incredible part was the waves from the 2.5 to 3 metre swell wash in front of the moon some completely hiding the moon some just half the moon.
We are a little off track making use of the wind, what little wind there is tonight.
When we get into the anchorage tomorrow afternoon, the first noise will be the anchor going down the second will be the fridge door closing after I grab a beer. We run a dry ship at sea and I reckon I we deserve a beer after crossing the GAB.
Friday - 25.10.13 morning. It's now 0430 hrs (WST), yes we have to put our clocks forward tonight to SA summertime.
We are 35 NMS away from our waypoint south of Williams Island which is south of Port Lincoln mainland, from there we head NE for 25NMS to the entrance of the Port. We will anchor in a bay for the night.
Little wind at the moment but have some waves and around 2 metre swell from the south.