well the good news is that while the low has now been officially declared Cyclone Hadi but is now staying out to sea and is expected to move away in a north East direction. Regardless we will keep an eye out just in case she decides to turn and come and visit anyway.
The experience has certainly taught us many valuable things and these are best tried under these types of real life experiences. I just hope we never have to put these into place again one day.
Your right in your comments regarding personnel safety
Jacko, a boat is only that, a boat which can be replaced. Family
friends and loved ones are far more important. There was great camaraderie among all the boaties with all looking out for each other.
There were a few very important things I learnt that would be relevant to most sailors. 1) Ensure that your spouse or other person on board does not drink what you do. My Jim Bean would have lasted a lot longer if my spouse did not drink it. 2) Always buy chips/potato crisps flavours that only you like. 3) Never never ever tell your spouse where your secret stash of goodies is. Its not nice sneaking out of bed
at 3am in the Monsignor with a chocolate craving only to find empty wrappers
We have both learnt patience and my reading has improved.
Thank you everyone for your concerns and input. It was greatly appreciated.
Greg and Sue