No taking small steps just crossed the Australian Bight from Esperance Western Australia
to Coffin Bay South Australia
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If you like click on the above link and you will see part of our travels across the Bight.
Quick run down
Esperance to Coffin Bay 8 day 3 hrs West to East (7 days non stop)
Straight line plot GPS
= 662 Nm
Our track = 821 Nm distance travelled
Motoring = 20 hrs 5.5 Kts
Hove-to = 15 Hrs (2 Kt Drift)
Average yacht speed 5.8 Kts from Victory Habour W.A only stop on the way to Coffin Bay S.A
Max yacht Speed 8.5 Kts
speed 45 Kts (while hove-to)
All crew still a live Bonsi lossed some leaves Banjo dog and Rawnee cat yet to fall overboard
, Marc and Robyn crew still talking
We used a 3 hr watch system over night this ran 2000hrs to 10 - 1200hrs.
We sailed most of the time under a storm jib
and triple reefed main as wind
had an averge speed of 20-30Knts SE-S-SSW winds for a most of the trip.
Hove-to when the swell and sea where running 90 degrees to one and other very rough 5-6 metres+ combined, wind max speed of 45Knts occur then as well. We we under just a storm jib
and a bucket as a sea brake with 50 metres of rode
this reduce forward travel by 0.3-0.5 Kt. We have a para anchor
and dorgue but didnt think we need to set either
In all it was a good trip, no breakages, no major problem that could no be over come.