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Stalling and Over again

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Saturday's front went through with only 35 knots of wind and without a hitch, but this low pressure system passing down south is making life pretty interesting right now. Make that very interesting and very, very annoying! 

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Knockdown, Huge Seas and a Buzz from Customs

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Despite the fact that today started with a knockdown, a wet bunk, a headache and some pretty huge seas, I've had a great day. I know the words knockdown and great don't belong in the same sentence, but right now I'm feeling better than I have all week. And I don't mean that I've been feeling lousy all week, I mean that right now I've got sore cheeks from smiling all afternoon.


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Good Sailing

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'm happy to report that yesterday we finally made some good progress (see Pic 2 below) and today's been a good days sailing too. It's amazing how much closer Sydney looks when we're moving. And wow, we're starting to get close too! 

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It Wasn't a Fly, it was a Moth!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Every now and again when I can't think of anything new to blog about, I always get told that it doesn't matter. I could write about a fly landing on Ella's Pink Lady and someone would find it interesting. 

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Slow Sailing, Stitching and Fog

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The weather's been much calmer again. Sometimes a little too calm, with the wind occasionally dropping right out. But the light conditions have been a good chance to get on top of all my latest jobs and have given my bruised and tender hands a bit of time to recover.  

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Headwinds and More Lightning

Thursday, April 15, 2010
The last few days have been a bit tough (yes that's an upgrade from the usual interesting!), with strong headwinds, messy seas, lots of lightning and a few high drama moments this morning.

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Lightning Storm

Monday, April 12, 2010

The flyover with Mum, Dad, Tom and Hannah on Saturday was a great welcome to Australian waters and a lot of fun. Even though all I could see was a small plane way overhead, it was still really cool. Mum reckons that Ella's Pink Lady and I looked really small between the swell, which seems strange to me because Ella's Pink Lady is my whole world at the moment! 

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Australian Waters and Squid Lunch

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Today started with a lovely sunrise as Ella's Pink Lady sailed over the green line on the chart and into Australian waters. Hot chocolate in hand (yes I managed to repair the kettle!), a light sprinkling of rain and with an albatross circling above, it was one of those really special moments. 

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Grey and Overcast but Smiling

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Some bad news today. Something that has been threatening to happen for quite some time has finally happened. The handle has fallen off my only kettle! But it won't be too long now till I'll be able to pop down to the shops for a new one. 

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A Few Ups and Downs

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Really sorry I've not updated you all in so long. It's been a bit of an interesting few days weather wise. Also a late happy Easter to everyone. It turns out that no one remembered to pack any Easter eggs for me but it wasn't the end of the world, because I've got more than enough chocolate and Mum challenged my brother Tom, sister Hannah and I to an egg decorating competition via emailed pictures. I'm not actually sure who the winner was  in the end, but it certainly wasn't me! 

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