Sat 15 Dec 2012 03:43
Moored Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
Wind: West, F4 moderate breeze
Weather: overcast, mild
Day's Run: 98 Nm
As expected, the winds went light and fickle towards evening yesterday and left us once again drifting, rolling, and sails slatting. The calm didn't last long however, only about three hours. Clearly a low pressure system was moving through, the barometer had been falling all day, bottomed out at 1005 Hpa then, as the wind started to freshen from the south-west, it began to rise. The wind remained reasonably consistent such that we raised Cape Willoughby light about a half hour before midnight. Once into Backstairs Passage we had to come onto the wind and tighten up the sheets and it took us the rest of the night to make our the thirty odd miles to Kingscote.
At Kingscote I was expecting to be able to go alongside a pontoon, but, as we made the final approach, something did not look right. Though we had only been gone for six months, it was apparent that the pontoon I wished to go alongside was no longer there. Bother! Not to worry, I went to anchor instead. Since then, at the invitation of one of the locals, we have moved to mooring belonging to a cray boat. I am assured that the cray boat is out fishing and won't be back for a couple of days.
Now it is time for a leg stretch ashore.
All is well.