The south westerly decided to roll in early last night and gave us another night of bobbing around and not much sleep. However, when we woke this morning with hardly a breeze I felt like I had slept like a log. So some where during the evening, the wind disappeared and I snored.
In a way it was good to have some sleep, but there was still meant to be wind this morning to get out us out to the reef. Instead the ocean had a bit of a south west wobble to it, but that’s about it. We had the motor on through the narrows and out past the islands hoping the breeze might kick in, but it just never happened. So except for the side wobble causing Nandji to rock abit, it was a long, uneventful, boring 25 nautical miles to where are now in Hook Reef. It was actually very relaxing and easy. A little to easy though. We want to sail!
Sailing keeps us on our toes and makes it all more exciting. I guess the idea of that something could go wrong at any second just makes life more interesting. The thoughts of; What if this happens, or how are we going to handle this, makes for a better learning curve and adventure then just turning on autopilot and reading a book. In saying that, we wouldn’t be out here if it was blowing 20 knots. Currently we are both extremely happy that ole mate Gary glass off spent the afternoon hanging with us and the sea remains calm whilst we are anchored in the middle of the ocean. Don’t think I am ready for a night on anchor, 45 nautical miles out to sea, with the winds blowing and a choppy sea bouncing us around. In fact, I am quite content at the moment with a clear glistening stary night, while I lay in bed that feels like a babys cot being gently rocked to sleep. Yep, quite content.
But there is always a however when your in the middle of the bloody ocean. It is predicted to be 15 knots south west tonight. But, I cant really see it happening. The major one is the fact that the tide is low and incoming. At high tide the reef is covered which leaves us exposed to the elements and full front of the ocean. But like I said, it is to calm to worry about a thing at the moment.
If this is anything that is in store for the next few days then we will be relishing something fierce. We had a quick dive this afternoon after setting anchor, but to no rewards. Plenty of fish, we just couldn’t shoot the pricks. Tomorrow will be a different story as we kind of have to get something to go with the rice and curry paste.
Anyways, we made it out the reef and are frothing to get exploring properly tomorrow.
Captain Yosh, out