Friday, 22 July 2011

Bypassed Wessel Islands

We are still underway today after bypassing the Wessel Islands. It was blowing 30 knots from the south, and a very dark night when we sailed past Cape Wessel under storm jib and double-reefed main. It's a shame because we really enjoyed the islands last time, but we didn't fancy beating south to the anchorage after rounding the cape, nor entering the anchorage on such a dark & stormy night. I suspect there are no boats there due to the sustained poor weather in FNQ for the last few weeks.

Storm Jib and Double-Reefed Main
The previous night was a different matter altogether. A nice sailing breeze and clear skies. We practiced our star/constellation recognition until the moon came up at about 11pm. During yesterday the wind and seas gradually deteriorated.

Unsure exactly where we'll stop before Darwin, but probably around the Port Essington area. Or we may simply press on the Darwin. Today we have a nice 15-20 knot SE wind but it remains overcast.

Hope all's well where you are.

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