Have made it to Adelaide. Has been very hard going so far but the weather does look as if summer might be here at last. There has been a High (the same one) in the Bight for several days now with SE winds for a change!!
Had a really unpleasant sail from Portland to Kangaroo Island. The wind was from the right quarter but very squally and we got caught out in the middle of a really black night with too much sail up. Ended up with a badly torn jib and a broken vang fitting. Now in Adelaide and repairs are well underway. Hope to leave here in a week or so and will spend some time in the Port Lincoln area – will then move up to Streaky Bay and wait for the right conditions to cross the Bight. Spent Christmas in Portland and enjoyed the company of Peter & Lorraine Colman (Mendana). Also another Fremantle boat Cartref (Doug & Mary). They should be in Tassie by now.