|The trip started out as a pleasant sail. Later in the day it |
all began to change. And not for the good!
|We were in foulies before we knew it! John at the helm.|
|Working on deck was challenging.|
The weather has been quite irrational coming up from the Tasman Sea lately as it has brought high winds and very cold air with it. And it has been changing every few days. We actually departed a day earlier than originally projected so we could get the best of what was to be. Of course, the best laid plans changed with the wind.
|There was a fair amount of work to do on deck in the |
rough seas. The dinghy decided to hop onto the lifeline.
A huge storm developed to the east of us which is why our track suddenly went due west! The seas were high and uncomfortable most of the way. It was cold and rainy as well, so we were happy to have our cockpit enclosure in place. And of course, mal de mare got me and held me in its grip for four days! Needless to say, this was not a favorite passage for me!
|John was well prepared with his racing gear!|
In one 24 hour period, we sailed in the Coral Sea, the Tasman Sea and the Southern Pacific Ocean! John Walton from Grosse Pointe flew in to sail this leg with us. It was a good indoctrination to ocean passages for his first one! Actually, I think he enjoyed being in his foulies and out on deck challenging the elements!
|We tried to use the storm sail, but decided|
it wasn't very helpful so took it down.
|Our track recorded by the YB tracker on board.|
|Moving around was a challenge - especially trying to |
stand up from a sitting position. Gravity wasn't on my side!
|And working in the galley was a balancing act.|
|But you just have to stop and take in the beauty of nature|
all around you and forget the rough times!