Friday, 26 June 2015

Geraldton Departure

Hi everyone,
We departed Geraldton marina at 0830 on Tuesday morning.  For most of the day we were doing about 6 knots in a very nice ENE breeze of 10-15 knots. Champagne sailing with a nice view of the coast.
Passing ships anchored north of Geraldton
We had a very pleasant time in Geraldton. We let two good blows come through before leaving today. One was from the north and the other from the south. Both packed winds gusting to 50 knots. While in Geraldton we caught up with friends, did a few boat jobs and added a little to the cruising kitty.

The main boat job was replacing the engine start battery. The old one was rated at 800CCA but when tested was delivering only 200! That's after 5 years including many days alongside a hot engine in windless SE Asia. The new one is a great improvement.

Heading north at noon!
We aim to reach Shark Bay tomorrow, hopefully going through South Passage (at Steep Point). We've already seen several groups of whales. Spotted a few cray pots north of Geraldton but they seem to be behind us now.

Trust all's well where you are!

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