Exit Bass Strait
Noon Position: 39 01.2 S 143 04.1 E
Thankfully, we now have a little bit of wind, and thus far not too much. It was a frustrating afternoon and evening mostly drifting around off Cape Wickham, the northern most point of King Island. The decaying cold front left behind a broad weak trough with a very slack gradient, which is another way of saying that conditions were “light and baffling”, to use an _expression_ the first mate of an old square rigger would enter into his log. Eventually, at 0400 this morning, I woke up to a fresh breeze which also had us pointing back towards King Island. I tacked, trimmed sheets and returned to my bunk, thinking, “At last!” But … come 0700, we were drifting again. Oh bother!
Now, now, at last, (10.00), we have a steady breeze. I am pretty confident that this time it will be keeping us company for a couple of days, perhaps all the way to Adelaide. And a pod of dolphins, including a couple of juniors, came out to play around Sylph’s bow. A good sign I think.
All is well.