Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Goodbye Fremantle


Mhadei left Fremantle as planned on 01 Nov at 1030 local time on a nice sunny day after a sojourn of 05 weeks. The stay at Fremantle proved to be an excellent break for both the boat & the crew. However, it was time to move on before the land legs became too strong and the sea legs started fading from memory!

     We ran into head seas soon after rounding Rottnest Island North of Fremantle. It was almost a beat for the next two days in winds between 20 to 25 kts. The first night the Clew of the Genoa parted making the sail flog uncontrollably. By the time I could furl it the poor thing had shredded itself! The winds finally eased today and I managed to take down the torn sail and replace it with the spare one. Luckily we bought the sails from New Zealand and the repairs can be carried out at the loft it was made. Survived on some scrumptious Bologenese sauce so thoughtfully packed by Pip Sawyer till today's breakfast . I was supposed to have it with pasta but the boat was bouncing around so much it was much easier to have it with bread instead! Tasted as good!

     We seem to be sitting in a High pressure system since morning which means light and shifty winds. For once I am not complaining as otherwise it would not have been possible to change the sail. The weather forecast is predicting backing of the wind to Easterly and then NE direction which should start taking us towards New Zealand our next destination. 

10 comments:

Nandini said...

Great to hear from you again! Hope you noted the recipe for the sauce, we can have it once u are back

Rashmi said...

Enjoy you sailing to NZ, Take care. Ravi and Rashmi

js said...

Dear Dilip
Nice to see you active on the blogosphere once again. Have been waiting to read your experiences on leaving Freemantle. Wish you fair winds once again and look forward to receiving you on the other side of Tasman Sea. This time I will be arriving before you.. definitely! Cheers Jatinder

RP said...

Goo to hear back from you, Dada. I was just wondering when your next leg was supposed to begin. Hope you had some R & R in Fremantle.-Ritesh

cloudburst said...

hey donde bhai... happy sailing fair winds and all that... take care.... cheers
meetu

Sucheta Jadhav said...

hey dilip, good to see you back n bloggin. how was freemantle? fill us in on the 5 weeks of silence whiel you enjoy the fair winds

Commodore said...

Great going.Wish you fair winds
Cmde SK Mongia

pallavi said...

Finally the blogging has started .Many thanks to god!! . Enjoy your sailing to NZ

francis said...

Hi Dilip,

Nice to hear from you. My children Noel and Philo are very excited to read about your voyage. All the best.
Love and regards, Fr
ancis Porsingula

rahul said...

Dear Dilip
Hi , i am writing this from the meteorological department , New delhi . I would be providing you with the weather update to you . I hope the next leg from christchurch to port stanley would be smooth weatherwise .