At last we are sailing in Australian waters
We are now 290 miles from
Mackay and there are mixed emotions on board Rumpelteazer. Having travelled over 9,500 miles in the
four months since we left
We have had beautiful sailing conditions during the last 24 hours – winds on the beam, blue seas, gentler waves and quite a bit of sun – and we are beginning to catch up on our sleep. We have made good progress – covering 179 miles in the past 24 hours, at an average speed of 6.8 knots. We expect to arrive in Mackay at around lunchtime, local time (GMT minus 11) on Monday 26th May, in less than two days time.
We are still eating like
kings, trying to work our way through our choicest provisions before we need to
hand them all over to the Australian authorities. We still had some
of the wholemeal flour brought out from the
Sadly the two enormous
avocados (with more than 15 inch girths) bought in the
With the calmer seas, Robert took the opportunity to fix the generator – with lots of help from Susie who crawled inside the generator housing to remove the back panel. They then had access to the adjustment arm on the alternator, which was seized up with the manufacturer’s original paint and locktite. Having at last freed it, Robert was able to remove the old fan belt and replace it with the new one. Satisfied smiles all round.
As we approach the
Our plan is to go through the Capricorn Channel tomorrow, Sunday, and then alter course for Mackay which will then be only 210 miles away to the north-west. G'day Australia!