2014 April – Cyclone? What cyclone?

Posted by on May 7, 2014

2014-04 - MONTHLY LOG STATISTICS

Total Days Sailed : 11
Total Sailing time : 27h21m (1641 minutes)
Travelled distance : 237.316 km (128.140 nm)
Average Speed : 8.67 km/h (4.68 knots)
Peak Speed : 16.40 km/h (8.86 knots) on 2014/04/27

Colleen returned to Melbourne to help deal with a death in her family for the greater part of the month, leaving David and Molly to fend for themselves. Cyclone Ita was probably the major point of interest, crossing the mainland as a category 5 (which is a BIGGIE!) before passing inland and shrinking to a category 1. It then passed directly over the top of XTsea as it hid in Abell Point Marina overnight. It would be rare for another cyclone to form this late in the year so we can now make plans to head north.

2014-04-02 - FROM Airlie Beach TO Black Island

Trip start* : 2014/04/02 07:50:07 (*2014-04-01T21:50:07Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/02 17:42:29
Travelling Time : 2h54m (174 minutes)
Trip Duration : 9h52m (592 minutes)
Start Point : 148.708084,-20.262689
End Point : 148.890045,-20.082500
Straight-line Distance : 27.606 km (14.906 nm)
Travelled distance : 30.614 km (16.530 nm)
Average Speed : 10.55 km/h (5.70 knots)
Peak Speed : 15.17 km/h (8.19 knots)


2014-04-03 - FROM Black Island TO Shoalhaven

Trip start* : 2014/04/03 08:50:00 (*2014-04-02T22:50:00Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/03 09:23:13
Trip Duration : 0h33m (33 minutes)
Start Point : 148.890075,-20.082189
End Point : 148.903213,-20.104389
Straight-line Distance : 2.824 km (1.524 nm)
Travelled distance : 3.553 km (1.918 nm)
Average Speed : 6.46 km/h (3.48 knots)
Peak Speed : 9.44 km/h (5.10 knots)


2014-04-05 - FROM Shoalhaven TO Airlie Beach

Trip start* : 2014/04/05 09:37:29 (*2014-04-04T23:37:29Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/05 13:30:00
Trip Duration : 3h52m (232 minutes)
Start Point : 148.903533,-20.105060
End Point : 148.706283,-20.262840
Straight-line Distance : 27.048 km (14.604 nm)
Travelled distance : 31.463 km (16.989 nm)
Average Speed : 8.13 km/h (4.39 knots)
Peak Speed : 14.23 km/h (7.68 knots)


We joined Adrian on Dreamcatcher for a jaunt out to Black Island. We applauded as he managed to pick up a mooring single-handed and then we all demolished our collective stocks of booze.

2014-04-06 - FROM Airlie Beach TO Airlie Beach

Trip start* : 2014/04/06 07:47:58 (*2014-04-05T21:47:58Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/06 08:20:00
Trip Duration : 0h32m (32 minutes)
Start Point : 148.705108,-20.265119
End Point : 148.704727,-20.263349
Straight-line Distance : 0.200 km (0.108 nm)
Travelled distance : 0.807 km (0.436 nm)
Average Speed : 1.51 km/h (0.81 knots)
Peak Speed : 7.00 km/h (3.78 knots)


2014-04-20 - FROM Airlie Beach TO Airlie Beach

Trip start* : 2014/04/20 17:35:25 (*2014-04-20T07:35:25Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/20 18:10:00
Trip Duration : 0h34m (34 minutes)
Start Point : 148.703826,-20.263090
End Point : 148.705017,-20.264080
Straight-line Distance : 0.165 km (0.089 nm)
Travelled distance : 1.941 km (1.048 nm)
Average Speed : 3.42 km/h (1.84 knots)
Peak Speed : 9.05 km/h (4.88 knots)


Had to give Jeff on Pay it Forward a bit of a tow as he had a drive plate fail on his engine.

2014-04-25 - FROM Airlie Beach TO Cid Harbour

Trip start* : 2014/04/25 11:00:00 (*2014-04-25T01:00:00Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/25 14:15:44
Trip Duration : 3h15m (195 minutes)
Start Point : 148.705123,-20.264020
End Point : 148.943923,-20.260250
Straight-line Distance : 24.913 km (13.452 nm)
Travelled distance : 28.116 km (15.181 nm)
Average Speed : 8.65 km/h (4.67 knots)
Peak Speed : 13.46 km/h (7.26 knots)


2014-04-26 - FROM Cid Harbour TO Shaw Island

Trip start* : 2014/04/26 06:26:30 (*2014-04-25T20:26:30Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/26 14:18:33
Travelling Time : 4h03m (243 minutes)
Trip Duration : 7h52m (472 minutes)
Start Point : 148.943542,-20.259859
End Point : 149.046203,-20.504310
Straight-line Distance : 29.212 km (15.773 nm)
Travelled distance : 36.692 km (19.812 nm)
Average Speed : 9.05 km/h (4.89 knots)
Peak Speed : 14.45 km/h (7.80 knots)


2014-04-27 - FROM Shaw Island TO Beach 23

Trip start* : 2014/04/27 10:11:56 (*2014-04-27T00:11:56Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/27 12:53:13
Trip Duration : 2h41m (161 minutes)
Start Point : 149.048034,-20.504489
End Point : 148.957611,-20.323629
Straight-line Distance : 22.208 km (11.991 nm)
Travelled distance : 26.027 km (14.053 nm)
Average Speed : 9.69 km/h (5.23 knots)
Peak Speed : 16.40 km/h (8.86 knots)


David joined Adrian and a few others on a trip to Shaw Island conducted by the Abell Point Yacht Club.

2014-04-28 - FROM Beach 23 to Whitehaven Beach VIA Hamilton Island

Trip start* : 2014/04/28 09:23:38 (*2014-04-27T23:23:38Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/28 13:20:00
Travelling Time : 2h54m (174 minutes)
Trip Duration : 3h56m (236 minutes)
Start Point : 148.957778,-20.323320
End Point : 149.050994,-20.291509
Straight-line Distance : 10.344 km (5.585 nm)
Travelled distance : 23.584 km (12.734 nm)
Average Speed : 8.13 km/h (4.39 knots)
Peak Speed : 16.00 km/h (8.64 knots)


2014-04-29 - FROM Hamilton Island TO Daydream Island

Trip start* : 2014/04/29 09:51:56 (*2014-04-28T23:51:56Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/29 16:50:35
Travelling Time : 4h28m (268 minutes)
Trip Duration : 6h58m (418 minutes)
Start Point : 149.050888,-20.291040
End Point : 148.812576,-20.251989
Straight-line Distance : 25.234 km (13.625 nm)
Travelled distance : 40.038 km (21.618 nm)
Average Speed : 8.96 km/h (4.84 knots)
Peak Speed : 15.27 km/h (8.24 knots)


2014-04-30 - FROM Daydream Island TO Cid Harbour

Trip start* : 2014/04/30 09:10:26 (*2014-04-29T23:10:26Z)
Trip end : 2014/04/30 12:00:00
Travelling Time : 1h35m (95 minutes)
Trip Duration : 2h49m (169 minutes)
Start Point : 148.812118,-20.251869
End Point : 148.945632,-20.255559
Straight-line Distance : 13.934 km (7.523 nm)
Travelled distance : 14.477 km (7.816 nm)
Average Speed : 9.14 km/h (4.93 knots)
Peak Speed : 11.22 km/h (6.05 knots)


The visit by Colleen’s mother June and sister Stacey in the week starting on the 28th expanded to have sister Jackie and niece and nephew George and Lizzy also tag along. Seven people and a dog on board would prove to be a bit squeezy, but thanks to XTsea’s drop-down table, we managed to find a comfortable bed for everyone.

With only four days to spend before everyone had to head back to Melbourne, our itinerary for the trip was a bit rushed. After loading everyone on board, we slipped away from Hamilton Island and headed towards Whitehaven Beach. A steady 20 knot wind just forward of the beam allowed us to power our way there quickly, but built a 1-2 metre swell which made the journey a trying one for those without their sea-legs.

Unfortunately, June copped a dose of sea-sickness on the run, and was under the weather for the rest of the trip. Stacey was not much better, recovering from a dose of the flue which saw her take up full-time residence in the aft starboard cabin to try to sleep it off. Jackie and the kids were fine thank goodness.

Spending a night at Whitehaven, the kids explored the beach, dug some holes, and enjoyed the squeaky sand. It was a bit gusty overnight, which only added to June’s discomfort. Next morning we sailed around to Tongue Bay to take the walk up to the lookout and then down to Hill Inlet. The weather looked threatening, so we decided to head off early to get to Daydream Island for the evening.

A brisk 25 knot wind made the trip across the passage a quick one, but halfway across the autopilot started turning itself on and off. (I discovered later that the Raymarine C80 chartplotter had developed some corrosion in the connector to the keyboard. Luckily I had a C90Widescreen plotter in the spares cupboard!) Turning off the C80 fixed the problem, but meant I had to rely on memory to navigate through Unsafe Passage and get to the public mooring at the top of Daydream.

Next morning I rang Daydream to book a mooring for the next night only to discover that they no longer offered that service! Damn! So it was back across the passage to anchor at Cid Harbour and make the 1km bushwalk between Sawmill and Dugong beaches. Colleen left a can of insect repellant behind, so motored back to pick it up, but could not figure out how to get the outboard back down and so paddled most of the way back. I swum across to see what the problem was and quickly had us back to the boat. A windless night saw us wake up to a millpond and head around to Hamilton Island.

We picked up a public mooring across from the Hamilton marina to wait the hour before we could grab our berth and hopefully see some activity at the airport for plane-mad George. We were soon tied up in Hamo, and headed off on the shuttle bus to see the island. A lunch of fish and chips on the lawn with the usual bevy of enthusiastic birdlife attending us capped off a good morning.

I rented a buggy and shuttled the group across to the swimming pool where we eventually managed to coax George and Lizzy in for a swim. Back to the boat to prepare for dinner, we walked up to the Marina Tavern Hotel and enjoyed a nice pub meal. Colleen and Jackie started to knock back the strong ones, and after seeing the kids to bed I buggied them around the island for a bit of late-night exploring. Another round of doubles to sign off the night.

Next morning we saw everybody off at the airport. Hope you had fun guys!

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