A travel blog detailing our sailing adventure and everything else in between.
Monday, May 24, 2010
At The Mercy of the Wind Gods
Our dreams of resting at a tranquil Tangalooma anchorage were dashed when we saw the weather predictions. As Rene's Dad so aptly put it, ' No rest when it's [the wind] west at Tangalooma wrecks'. So we left early this morning from the place famous for its "wild" dolphin resort and headed North out into the sea for the first time....
So today really pushed me. I have my doubts about whether this is the life for me. I've been assured that it gets easier... I really hope so! Don't worry though, I'm not about to give up!!
We spent the whole day sailing pretty much North. The waves were big (by my standards) and they pushed us about like we really were a little cork on the water. I was quite frightened and really struggled. Rene was amazing. He pretty much sailed us here to Mooloolaba - he got the self-steering working right before a small pod of dolphins came by to visit.
It's really calm here at Mooloolabar. Ren has already gone to bed (before 7pm!) he barely slept last night - kept getting up to prepare things for today. I'm hoping that we can rest here a few days before embarking upon the next leg which looks to be even scarier than what we encountered today!
'Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' Mark Twain
Anima (previously called Anhinga) is a 40 foot steel cruising yacht.
She is a Colin Childs design Kingfisher 40 cutter rig sailing ketch built in 1983 by Max & Gloria Boag in New Zealand.
She has had two prior owners (including the builders) and has circumnavigated the world. She weighs 16 tonnes and is in good condition for her age. The interior is decked out with polished Rimu and is very comfy. She is our much loved home.