It has been a wonderfully uneventful sail across the gulf, I can't believe the consistently strong winds out here, dropped a bit for a while yesterday to around 15 knots then picked up again. No drama's with Spirit, except she decided to go for a surf when I was trying to cook my microwave dinner, swearing at her didn't seem to help. Also the autohelm isn't working, went out on me when I was going through the reef so the windpilot has saved the day. The main wildlife out here seem to be sea snakes and flying fish. Yesterday when I had a wave dump on me in the cockpit (don't really mind that up here, it cools me down) I had a thought that I wouldn't want a sea snake coming in that way and just at that moment I saw a brilliantly yellow and black striped specimen slither past the hull. On the outside fortunately. Earlier on I saw a really fat one glide by.
My cabin has now turned into a sauna in the heat and moisture up here. It has rained every day while crossing the gulf, so inevitably water comes in as I go in and out of the cabin, and it all just steams up inside. I can't open the windows, because I won't be able to close them again so I am getting used to living in the equivalent of a sweatlodge. I cool off outside in the wind and rain.
I was buzzed by a customs plane the other day, scared the life out of me. Heard it coming before I saw it fly what seemed to be just above the mast. They then made contact on the radio "Spirit of Rockhampton. Spirit of Rockhampton" - set them straight on that one and then answered a million questions before they happily went on their way.
At this stage it looks like I may make Darwin on Monday or Tuesday next week, depending on the wind and also the tides to get me in there.