Airlie Beach is almost in sight as I round the top of Hayman Island. The last couple of days have provided me with extremes in terms of good and not so good sailing conditions. The night before last I had no sleep at all as I had to hand sail around a couple of Islands, dodging shipping as well, in light breezes with tidal currents. I must say at that stage morale was not particularly high - I was so close, yet with the wind dropping out on me and the currents going against me I felt I could have been days away. Fatigue certainly has a way of altering your mindset, however things picked up yesterday - I got into some good westerly winds that took me where I wanted to go, I managed to keep clear of the shipping lanes get some much needed rest. Then last night I still wasn't sure if I'd make Ailie today or tomorrow, but overnight I picked up speed again. Had a few hours of sleep and when I woke up and checked where I was I was astounded at the progress - felt as if I must have been picked up by aliens when asleep and deposited within easy reach of Airlie! Today is a beautiful day, beautiful sailing weather, am surrounded in Islands and blue blue water, fair breezes and one tack all the way in. Can't wait. Many thanks to Tania at the sailing club and the kind folk at the Marina for organising my berthing and support when I arrive. I look forward to meeting all of you.
One other event that didn't improve my mood yesterday was getting my hand stuck down the loo. What the?? I hear you ask... well what happened was when the boat was bobbing around a lot - my toilet in the bow is a bit like a bucking bronco - and in grabbing hold of a rope to steady myself on the way in the screw came loose and dropped into the bowl. Uh oh, didn't want that flushing into the emulsifier below so reached in to get it, boat moved suddently as it does and my hand got firmly wedged in there. Thoughts of being found in this way a few days later were not good, eventually managed to free myself but the screw did get into the emulsifier unfortunately. Good thing I'm almost in Port.