The Final Leg

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Fri 13 May 2016 01:51
Noon Position: 19 17.5 S 177 21.8 E
Course: South West Speed: 6 knots
Wind: East Sou’ East F4: moderate breeze
Sea: slight Swell: South East 1.5 meter
Weather: partly cloudy, warm
Day’s run: 138

We are off to a good start for the final leg of this voyage back to Sydney.
As we head towards Sydney I notice that we are converging on our track from
when we passed this way back in 2011 as we were completing the final leg of
our world voyage. We are now only 80 nm north of our noon position for the
7th of June, 2011. We are a little ahead of ourselves for that passage and
it will be interesting to see how this passage pans out in comparison. Back
in 2011 we arrived in Coffs Harbour on the 26th of June, a passage time of
19 days from our current position. This time I am aiming directly for Sydney
so this adds about 150 miles to the passage and with Sydney being that much
further south than Coffs Harbour there is a greater chance that we will
encounter bad weather as we get closer to Sydney. If we make comparable
daily runs than I expect three weeks to be a conservative estimate of our
passage time. That would have us arriving in Port Jackson on about the 2nd
of June, though I am hoping to do better than this.

Now, as we contemplate this final passage, would be a good time to review
some of what we achieved, and some of the highlights and lowlights of the
voyage; but I will leave this for some future posts.

All is well.