We were enjoying breakfast this morning while the winds blew moderately from the north.  Suddenly the anchor alarm went off and we could see from the track on the chart plotter that we were indeed slowly moving southward.

We’ve set off on our trip to Victoria to visit family and friends! I’ll try to post every few days or whenever we get a reasonable phone signal.

We joined in on the Parade of Sail, along with hundreds of other boats, to welcome the tall ships and other wooden boats to Hobart for the Australian Wooden Boat festival. 

We had been planning a 2 week trip to Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour with our friend Lindsay, but an expired alternator meant a change in plans.  The weather in early January was too good to waste, so we decided that a jaunt closer to home would be enjoyable and more prudent with only a single small working alternator.

Christmas 2018

After one or two false starts we set off from Kettering on Saturday, the 22nd Dec.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed a gentle motor-sail across Storm Bay.

We’ve been following the GGR for over a year on their facebook page and website.  This solo round the world race aims to recreate the conditions of the original GGR in 1968.  There are only two “gates” in the race that the entrants have to sail through – one in the Canary Islands and one just south of Hobart.

Warning - this post is a long one! I decided to tell the whole story of our trip to Denmark in one post.

It was a long, but easy ride down from Jervis Bay to Bryan’s Corner on Frecyinet Peninsula.  Seventy-five hours of mostly motor-sailing, through easy seas with light or no winds. 

We’re on our way!  We left Newcastle at about 3pm on Wed., once the SE wind had eased, and motor-sailed through the night.

Just a short blog to say that Rusalka arrived in Newcastle at around 4 pm.  They made very good time yesterday and today with wind off the beam and a favourable current, reaching a maximum of 10.4kt over the ground!  More details tomorrow, but just a note to say all are well and enjoying a well earned whiskey.

Page 5 of 10


Go to top