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Wind from the north at last

Wind from the north at last

Around lunchtime we spied some whales inshore of us and for about 15 minutes they occasionally lept from the sea showing their white tummies as they landed on their black backs with a big splash. Dolphins joined us briefly for a time too, but they were gone as soon as they’d arrived, obviously having something more interesting to do than muck about with us. Read more…

Day 7 Vila to Sydney

Day 7 Vila to Sydney

At 6AM the decks were still dry. Cam got into his bunk after his night watch and with cool air flowing through the hatch above his bunk fell soundly asleep. As he slept the wind increased to about 20 knots and then up to 25 knots. No one on watch noticed the open hatch but and a sly wave did and jumped through the hatch and into bed with Cam. Certainly a refreshing way to wake up! Read more…

DAY 6

DAY 6

We will pass the half way point in another 11 NM then it’s only 702NM to Sydney. We have started an arrival time sweepstakes for North Head Sydney Harbour. The GPS, who doesn’t know about the predicted southerly wind says 8PM Thursday the 17th. (Go GPS!!!) Read more…

DAY 5

DAY 5

What a lovely day! Calm deep blue sea, a light south easterly breeze coming out of an almost cloudless sky, main and jib set and Perkins pushing too so Chimere is making almost 6 knots most of the time which is OK. The chart plotter says only 873NM to run to Sydney so by tomorrow evening we should be half way there. If these conditions persist we won’t want to stop!