Continuing North

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Fri 13 Sep 2013 06:32
1600 Position: 20 11.0 S 148 45.5 E
Course: North west Speed: 4.5 knots
Wind North nor’ east F3 light breeze
Sea: slight, Swell: negligible
Weather: sunny, warm
Day’s run: 21 Nm

Last night my plan was to remain in the Whitsundays for a couple of days to re-victual and to catch up on some online study, but this morning I found that the strong internet connection that I had last night had disappeared; presumably a maintenance issue with an antenna ashore. In any event, the anchorage I had settled on last night was not the greatest so we weighed at half past nine to continue in a general northerly direction in search of a signal. Good grief, I can barely believe I am writing this. It seems technology has its evil talons gripped firmly into my flesh. Oh woe is me! I have succumbed to the world of continuous instant connectedness. Where shall I find a cure for this dreaded disease? It seems a lot more sailing is in order.

As we sailed north we passed Airlie Beach and caught a signal for about half an hour. I was tempted to anchor for the night but the forecast is for northerlies, and the Airlie Beach anchorage is open to the north so I decided not to compromise sound seamanship just for a bit of connectivity. I will catch up with studies down the track a ways. We continue north to leave the Whitsundays to the tourists.

Now, I will just post this with the good old fashioned satellite phone.

All is well.