Last night the winds refused to die down and the waves maintained their lumpiness so we eventually settled for another night at anchor. With Zeus raring to do at 5 am this morning we had another early start and headed south in gorgeous conditions. With the wind in our sails we skimmed along at a steady 5 kts and then the katabatic winds from Mt Bartle Frere fell away… Back to the motors and on we trundled with the wind stubbornly refusing to turn from a southerly.
The upside was lots of writing time. We also baked another loaf of bread, did some more washing and managed to make it to Stephen’s Island for dinner. The downside is we’re burning fuel at an alarming rate which means a pit stop somewhere further south to top up.
I’m typing this snug and dry in the steering pod as we head into our first night transit aboard Roo Bin Esque. It’s remarkably like night flying with dimmed instruments and a sense of cocooned isolation. Capt G will be on deck from 10.30 then it will be my turn again from 2 am to 4 am. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it all goes!
And meanwhile here are today’s special moments.