Departed Streaky Bay

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Sat 4 Mar 2023 02:15
Position: 32 41.6 S 134 07.3 E
Course: WNW Speed: 3.5 knots
Wind: SW, F2
Sea: slight Swell: negligible
Weather: sunny, mild
Day's run: 11 nm

We are at last under way again and continuing our return passage to Adelaide.
The day dawned calm and still and winds were forecast to be light for most of the day. There was no hurry to get going so, after a last jog along the beach and dip over the side, I got the dinghy inboard, weighed anchor and motored out of Port Blanche, Sylph gliding over the mirror smooth sea.
We motored until just after midday when sufficient breeze ruffled the surface to make it worth giving the sails a go. The wind is currently light from the SW, a head wind as we try to clear Cape Bauer, now 2-7 miles to the SSW. Shortly we will tack and start making ground in the right direction.
The forecast is for light NE'lies overnight, then backing around to the SW and freshening to fifteen to twenty knots by tomorrow afternoon. After we tack to the south, my plan is to work our way fifteen miles or so offshore so as to obtain a better angle to the fresh SW winds when they arrive, giving us more sea room and hopefully allowing Sylph to sail with the wind free on the starboard tack.
All is well.