Sailing around the World, ( Presently at sea, on the east coast of Australia, )

THURSDAY    12 th AUGUST  2010
 
03,00hrs,
Distance travelled...............96 miles, 
Wind WSW......................  34  /  37  knots
Speed   ..............................8.5knots
Sea state ..........................Choppy / rough
 
Skipper went to do the blog and after a short while felt very off and had to go to the cockpit to recover,
05.00hrs  the views were just fantastic,,  it was still dark, but all the flashing bouy's, the light houses, The dark black sea with white horses
showing like strokes of white paint on a blackboard, the glow of the cities and towns on the horizon to the west behind the mountains
coupled with the billions of stars dancing in the sky, mixed with shooting stars was mind boggling,
Ohhhh,, it was sooooo beautifull , we just sat there looking at all this ,    stunned into silence................. It was like silent music.
 
12.45hrs
We have travelled 165 miles, the wind was very light at 13 knots, and we were goosewinging the boat.
It was a beautifull day,, a real pet day, not a cloud to be seen and the sea was as flat as a pancake.
however, Skipper kicked his camera ( blue Lumax ) by mistake over the side and to make matters worse, he dumped his polaroid glasses into the feckin sea as well....... bloody hell , how dumb can we get. ?
 
The scenery was beautifull,  All the mountains on Hinchinbrook Island were spectacular, and closer to cairns we passed franklin Island , followed by Fitzroy island, which had a major tourist resort built over the last few years and went belly up six months after opening,
 
Aileen did the dinner,  consisting of lamb chops , creamed spuds, etc,,  all very nice and we ate in the starlight restaurant.. yum yum,
 
The sunset was wonderfull, all that crimson red, ohhhhh so lovely and comforting, sign of good weather,
The wind died down completly, so we rolled up the headsail and motored.
A new moon, and again all those magic stars....
 
Night watches,,       21.00hrs  /  00.00hrs.............................Aileen
                               00.00hrs  /  03.00hrs............................Mary
                               03.00hrs  /  06.00hrs............................Niall
                               06.00hrs  /  09.00hrs ...........................Skipper
 
Thats all for today
 
 
Signed :-     Stephen Hyde   ( Skipper )