12:20.83S 130:02.20E off the north coast of Australia, Saturday 11th October
Grapto is finally underway again after a very long stay in steamy Darwin. We
are now heading towards Bali with a possible stopover on the way at a speck
of land called Ashmore Reef.
My crew now is Leon from Canada, Eddie from Germany and Zack from Guernsey.
They are mere babies compared to the old farts I usually recruit. None
though are too clued up in the secret ways of this ocean cruising life but
Cap'n Martyn will have them whipped into shape before arrival.
One last panic on departure from Tipperary Waters was a complete failure of
the navigation instruments which was eventually tracked to a blown fuse in
the nether recesses of the course computer. It took a long time to find the
problem and we ended up having a night sharing a pier with some big smelly
fishing boats. Out on the water this morning the biting insects and the
humidity fell away behind us and I have say it felt good to be back at sea