Dolphin Escorts

We set off at 6:30am, heading out the Tamar at the start of the flood to ensure a flat exit. Dolphins accompanied us out, which I believe to be auspicious. The westerly was just a little bit too much behind us and an engine or two were required to propel us at sufficient speed to get through Banks Strait with wind and tide together and in daylight. As the sun set, we rounded Cape Portland , with its 50 wind turbines. We managed to avoid Swan Island, Little Swan Island , Cygnet Island and Harry’s Rock. , not to mention the Cabbage Rocks near Eddystone Point. The westerly conveniently turned the corner too, and increased in strength. A reef in the main, before sunset, was a wise precaution and Jo cooked spaghetti bol to perfection. Even those suffering Mal de Mer had some lovely warm food as it was quite cold in the wind. The wind was not impressed with our reef and strengthened further to gust at 30 kts, slewing  the boat around and surfing us at 10 kts.  The prospect of putting the 2nd reef , requiring me to go forward on a bucking foredeck with a gap between clipping off and on, was terrifying. Looking at the observations ahead in Bicheno and Coles Bay, we noted the wind had died off altogether so it was a matter of weathering it. Eventually, it died off, the motor went on AGAIN, and the sun rose in a sky of red, we turned left an headed into Winglass Bay. Out came the dolphins to welcome us and escort us in. The sun glowed on the lichen covered rocks. The anchor went down. The movement stopped. Bliss

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