Weather: showery and overcast, Wind 260 / 20 knots, Swell: 2.5 metres from the south, Temp: 13 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates,
After a restful night at anchor at the Hogan Island Group, the crew were woken by Sail Master Sandy at 0630 and mustered on deck for an early morning game of Knights, Mounts and Cavaliers to get the mind and body going. We then dined on another of Luke’s delicious breakfasts. Happy hour followed as the staffies prepared to weigh anchor. We departed the anchorage at 0930 and set the fore-and-aft sails as we steadied-up on a westerly course to pass south of Wilson’s Prom.
The day was spent beating to windward, initially against a 30 knot south westerly, with a 2.5 metre swell from the south. We tacked twice to negotiate the traffic separation scheme south of the Promontory and then the wind veered westerly, forcing us to tack twice more to ensure we cleared Cape Tribulation in transit to Port Phillip Bay. As these strong winds were not forecast we had to abandon a number of activities we had planned to ensure we achieved the necessary speed of advance.
We will continue our passage through the night and depending on the behaviour of the wind, which is forecast to under 15 knots by mid-morning tomorrow, we hope to anchor in Rye mid-afternoon tomorrow.