We have a favourable north wind for the next 3 days, so tomorrow we will start our southerly journey. Hopefully, Brampton Island tomorrow evening.
It's noisy and busy with jetskis and power boats creating an uncomfortable chop. Maybe tomorrow we'll return to peaceful Nara.
We left South Percy before daybreak, intending to do a couple of overnighters to break the back of the passage to Cairns while the weather was still gentle.Well gentle it was, so we motorsailed most of the day until BANG at 16.00h ........the engine waterpump seized. We were at that stage about 24nm from MacKay, so we changed course, popped the genaker up as the wind was very gentle and from the stern. We ghosted along very slowly feeling very glum! To cut a long story short, it took us 10 hours to do the 24 miles, arriving outside the harbour at 2.00h powered by the dinghy lashed to the side of Sheer. Last night a ship had to take evasive action has we had no means of moving out of its path. This morning we were towed out of the path of a huge bulk carrier by the Pilot boat and later were towed into the Marina by Rescue 5. Our pump should be replaced on Friday (Thursday is a public holiday of course). Weather permitting we'll continue the journey on Saturday. Who said that cruising was fun?? It certainly isn't for sissies!
That said, conditions otherwise have been great '€“ calm seas, warm sunny days, lovely moonlit nights and a decent sized mahi mahi (one thing the Aussie Biosecurity won'€™t confiscate!) Timing for landfall in Bundaberg is now round about lunchtime tomorrow and we have only 159 miles to go. Eating well (calm seas means no mal de mer)......all the luxuries such as smoked salmon, French cheeses and smoked meats that we won'€™t be allowed to keep. All is very well on board!
At this stage we are still on track for a Wednesday morning arrival in Bundaberg. Have now done 293nm with 536nm to go.
regards, Rod & Mary
Wishing we had spent more time here, and less in Fiji!!
A big high below Fiji is causing brisk to strong SE winds, from which Saweni is protected. We have just received an email from other mates in Musket, saying the wind is howling! Guess the kite surfers there will be having a ball!
I supposed in the scheme of things, it beats the hell out of the other alternative! Thanks Dave and Patricia for your Radio and weather service, which we found pretty on the button! We will periodically update our whereabouts as we move through Fiji.We will continue to stay in touch as we move on to Vanuatu, New Cal, and Australia. regards, Rod & Mary
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