Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Cruising season 2010 has begun!
After saying our farewells and see ya soons to the family we prepared the boat to leave the following day. Looking at the weather maps over and over again we see a window of opportunity to travel North via the reef! Tuesday morning has us setting sail for one more anchorage in Platypus Bay. This time only for a few hours as we plot our course for 1st stop Lady Musgrave Island/ Lagoon. We anchored up for a few hours while I prepared a meal for the evening sail, and Bruce plotted our course and rechecked the weather. Looks like we have the right conditions to go! We are not fond of night time sailing, but the only way for us to arrive at the reef and be able to see properly with the sun high enough to see the coral bommies after you enter the lagoon we needed to leave Fraser at 19:00 hours, which has us sailing 14 hours averaging our speed at 5 knots (nautical miles) an hour. Our timing was good, but the weather well it gave us a bit of a curve ball as it does! What was meant to be 10/15 knots turned into 20/25 knots with nearly 3 metre seas!