Our last trip plan got hijacked by a storm warning from the Bureau of Meteorology. It wasn’t looking pretty, so we have delayed our departure by a day and we’ll se off in the lee of the storm front.
The new plan looks like this:
Georgetown to Low Head, 5nm, 1hr, 1000 to 1100 on the 21st. W winds, 20 to 25kts. Likely to be raining.
Low Head to Cape Portland, 58nm, 12hrs, depart approx 2000 on Wednesday 21st against the tide to arrive at 1000 on Thursday 22nd. SW 15 to 20kts swinging W, 10 to 15kts, overnight. Likely to still be raining early in this leg, clearing later.
Cape Portland to Eddystone Pt., 30nm, 6hrs, 1000 till 1600 on the 22nd. NW winds, 10 to 15 kts. Must be through Banks Strait by 1700 on Thursday 22nd.
Eddystone Pt. to St Helens, 18nm, 2.5hrs, 1600 till 1830. WNW winds, 15 to 25kts.
St. Helens to Wineglass, 60nm, 12hrs, overnight from 1830 on the 22nd till 0630 on the 23rd. NW winds 10 to 20kts, swinging W and easing overnight.
Wineglass to Marion Narrows via Mercury Passage , 53nm, 10.5hrs, 0630 till 1700 on the 23rd. WSW winds, 15 to 20kts. Likely to get quite a bit of rain on this leg.
The other news is that we have kids being taken care of by some very kind friends. They are already down south.
We also expect to be joined at Low Head by our third crew member, Grum. That will ease the hardship of the journey considerably, allowing us to adopt a 3 hours on 6 hours off watch schedule for the duration.