We left Eden at 06.00 yesterday morning in perfect conditions – blue sky and calm sea, No wind, unfortunately, but the Bass Strait has a reputation for bad weather so we were happy to take a day's motoring at the start. at 20.00 last night the breeze filled in from the NE, we hoisted the Parasailor and had a brilliant 6 hour run into the night, with about a knot of tidal assistance. Things got pretty rolly at 02.00 this morning as the tide changed so we reverted to white sails and are currently going a bit too slowly for our liking; a strong westerly is forecast for tomorrow and we'd like to be under the lee of Tasmania (or better still anchored in Wineglass Bay) before it arrives.
We have 2 crew for the trip – Suzie (with whom we sailed on Kiapa from Fiki to NZ a couple of years ago) and her partner Roald who is a very keen Dutch yachtsman. Four aboard makes for very nice 2 hours on, 6 hours off night watches!