Things slowed up considerably for me yesterday, as you would have seen from the tracker. It doesn't mean however that the swells also settle down, they seem to be mountainous no matter what, influenced by the lows that move through further south. The flogging of the sails in the light winds with the movement of the boat is a real worry with the chafing of the ropes that goes with it. I've had to really keep an eye on the rig, particularly the boom and main sheets, have had to redo my makeshift boom brake a couple of times and then I noticed the main shackle the main sheet runs through had come undone! Had next to no sleep during the night as it kept on coming loose requiring me to go up on deck five times to sort it out. I've now cable tied it so it can't happen again and re-run the lines to keep the boom more secure, at one stage it was banging around so much I thought it could do some damage to the mast. Will have to get it seen to in Hobart. At this time I'm reminded of a saying of an old boss of mine, from my very first job years ago. He migrated to Australia after the war, and every day he used to say to me "what's the price of freedom Jamie?" and I knew to answer "eternal vigilance, boss, eternal vigilance". I've never forgotten it and in order to safely complete a voyage such as this, eternal vigilance is definately the way to go! If you don't pick up and fix the small things, they inevitably lead to bigger issues that can take you out. I am now approaching Tasmania and am expecting only light winds for the next couple of days. At this stage, I think I'll get to Hobart sometime on Sunday. Can't wait to see Jo and Bella, looks like they will beat me there after all. Damn these light winds.
A big hello to all the residents at Dalkeith hostel in Traralgon Victoria, I am very honoured to have become their pin-up boy, and glad they are enjoying following my adventure. I hope you all keeping Naomi on her toes!