After finally getting far enough north to escape the grip of the rain storms, I managed to get some good consistent winds from the south east, 20-25 knots, and cruised along on the same sail setting for at least twelve hours. Managed to hold speeds of six and a half to seven knots which helped to feed my appetite for speed and make up some distance from the previous days. I'm now heading down the Capricorn Channel toward Airlie - and have noticed that when I'm sailing through Marine Park waters I don't see the fishing trawlers, which makes sailing a little more relaxing for me. Have hardly seen any boating activity at all for the past day or two. I am starting to witness the effects of the tidal currents, as my wind dropped out to about seven knots today but my speed stayed up around five knots. I know that Spirit can't do five knots in just seven knots of wind, so I'm sure the tide was helping us along.
Other reportable events - well I nearly ripped off my big toe today, but I did manage to patch it up. I'm getting a bit of practise putting bandaids on my big toe out here, am getting quite good at it! Also I was visited by some sort of marine life today, didn't get outside to see what it was but sounded like a big fish hit the deck just above my bed, flopped around frantically then managed to flop itself back off the boat. When I went outside I saw it had left a mark and a fish scale on my windshield where it must have bounced. I'd loved to have seen what it was.
I also want to let people know that there is someone else out there currently circumnavigating Australia ( bit like sharks circling really). Ian Thompson from Airlie Beach, who took the time to contact me and help with contacts in Airlie for when I arrive. A really nice guy, attempting a speed record for circumnavigating Australia solo non-stop and unassisted. He is doing fantastic time, left Airlie about 20 days ago, and is currently trying to pop down around the corner of WA (the dreaded Cape Leeuwin), my home turf. You might like to check out his website - www.sosoceanracing.com