Fri 14 Dec 2012 02:50
Course: North nor' west Speed: 5 knots
Wind: East nor' east F3 gentle breeze
Weather: overcast, passing showers
Day's Run: 142 Nm
Despite grey skies and leaden seas, morale is high on board Sylph as we continue to make good time towards Adelaide. The little wind filled in, veered round to the south-west, then, later, slowly backed round so that we were to spend most of the night running wing on wing before the south-easterly and now, this morning, I have dropped the pole and we are close reaching to a steady breeze out of the east. The swell has decreased a little, and has a little more south to it, which is good. That puts it pretty much astern of us and makes for minimal rolling.
We have made a very respectable 142 miles in the last 24 hours and are now getting close to our destination. Only 125 miles to go to Adelaide. It looks like we will have variable winds overnight, then, looking at the prognosis, the wind will probably kick back into the south-west ahead of another cold front, which should pass over us late tomorrow.
My current plan is to head for Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, a nice little village with some friendly people, and no berthing fees. It is 85 miles away, so, depending on how fickle the winds are tonight, we should be able to get there by tomorrow afternoon, hopefully before the front passes through. We will hole up there for a few days, perhaps do a spot of maintenance, and adjust our mindset in preparation for some more city living for a short while again.
All is well.