Home at last

Yesterday’s headwinds increased spectacularly after sunset. By 9pm we were hove to under deep reefed main with 40-45 knots of westerly over the deck. Not too uncomfortable, but a big ask for our poor mainsail. The loom of Surfers Paradise gave the horizontal sheets of driven spray a ghostly backlight.

By dawn the breeze had eased. 10 miles southeast of Cape Moreton we got under way, accomnpanied by a breaching humpback whale. At Caloundra fairway buoy we notified the authorities of our dodgy engine issues and our need to anchor outside the Brisbane River for the night. Having lost the wind we motored very timidly down to anchorage at Mud Island. After clearing customs in Brisbane Tainui wandered through the Moreton Bay swatchways to Queensland’s dreadful Gotham City.

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We have arrived and, after 51 countries and 11 years, Tainui is home at last!

6 thoughts on “Home at last

  1. Adam Grin
    July 2, 2016 at 06:40

    Good job. Nice to know you arrived:)

    1. July 2, 2016 at 07:00

      Adam mate, good to hear from you. I trust Grin’s crew and the happy campers are well up there in Ontario. It’s quite odd to be back in Oz after all those years, I must say. When are you going back to Raiatea? And will your destination be NZ or here? Either way, I am sure we will catch up further down the line. Best wishes to Kim, Karl, Grandma and, of course, gorgeous Ellie.

      1. Adam
        July 10, 2016 at 21:55

        Planning on returning to Raietea in September, sailing to Fiji, NZ Nov.-Jan., then Sydney travelling up coast in May. See you then :)

        1. July 15, 2016 at 10:38

          Excellent new, mate. Look forward to seeing you then. Meantime, fair winds to all aboard.

  2. Anna
    July 1, 2016 at 08:29

    Yee Ha!!! Welcome Home John xo

    1. July 1, 2016 at 10:08

      Anna, just you stock up on the rum, mate. We need to get serious about our problem with abstemiousness and I will shortly be in touch.

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