Yesterday we departed FSC at 1800 to sail direct to Bunbury. This was the start of a couple of weeks cruising in the Geographe Bay area. We sailed in loose company with Stingrey in an attempt to provide moral support during their first overnight passage.
The passage was 93nm on the log and 96nm over the ground. It took 21 hours so our average speed was 4.5 knots. Here are the usual graphics...
|Zen Again Track|
|Zen Again Speed|
Our AIS wasn't behaving itself as we approached Challenger Passage. In addition to not transmitting our position it wasn't providing other boat positions to our chartplotters, or even GPS data. As a result we thought Stingrey was close behind us in Challenger Passage but wasn't.
After reaching through the passage we set course SW, close-hauled into a lumpy sea and 15-20 knots of Southerly wind. It wasn't very pleasant but the boat handled it well. We tried to keep our speed down so Stingrey would close with us.
After several hours without the wind backing towards the SE we decided to tack and head ESE for a smoother ride and to stay reasonably close to Stingrey. After an hour of that (at about midnight) the wind finally backed around to the SE and we tacked to head south. That felt good!
|New Yankee headsail|
|A different view|
|The main isn't bad either|
During that time we were sailing in close company with Divided Sky. They kept us on our toes! We ended up with full main and headsail, and gave the new headsail a good workout. It is a very nice sail - both when fully unrolled and when partially furled.
|Divided Sky, Stingrey and Diomedia II (L-R) in Bunbury Harbour|
|Amadeus (foreground) left and other vessels|
On arrival we gave the stainless a fresh-water wash, had a beer and then crashed. Overall it was a great sail down. The first few hours were uncomfortable but the reach south erased that from our memories.
Well done to Stingrey for their first overnight passage!