Our journey around the south of OZ continues at slower rate than planned. The weather has not been kind with one cold front after another with hardly enough time in between to get anywhere! We were holed up in Eden for 2 weeks and another 10 days at Refuge Cove (Wilsons Promontory). We arrived at Apollo Bay (Cape Otway) during a gale and had a heart stopping time getting into the harbour – surf across the entrance and 35 Knts!! We are now at Portland and hope to leave in the morning to head up the SA coast to Kangaroo Island. Would like to be there for Christmas but not that confident as the forecasts are not that promising – may end up putting in somewhere.
Due to the adverse weather, there were only a few brave enough to attend the S&S34 Association twilight at RPYC on Thursday 8th December. The coldest start to a Perth summer on record brought the threat of showers. These eventuated just as the start gun was fired. And we had consistent rain for the first two legs of the race. Jane and I were privileged to be invited aboard Swagman and our hosts Bill and Andrew Walby did a great job sailing through the rain while we went below and stayed dry. We happily passed up the drinks. Just before rounding the windward mark (but not the one in the sailing instructions), the rain stopped, but so did the wind. Eventually everyone had to start the “Iron Mainsails” and head back to the club for the well earned BBQ.