Thanks guys,Yes Gordmay we did learn a lot from Melbourne to Sydney
.On the NSW south coast we caught the edge of a low that was supposed to stay further south.Had 40knots gusting to 50, at 2am travelling under motor
and it stopped with a later diagnosed fuel filter
problem.Went to put some headsail out and the furler
jammed in wrongly led haliyards ,with insufficient sail to make much headway.Cleaned up diesel
in the cabin
which later turned out to have leaked from a backup drum.Put out a Pan call to keep VMR informed.
Nothing like some sleep and the light of day to sort things out.We got reefed main up and could steer.I went forward & untangled the furler
and we had a good sail into Ulladulla where we arranged to get a tow into port from the local VMR.After cleaning
up we sorted most problems a mechanic
got the engine
going and later changed the filters.
It was nice to know the boat could handle the conditions and we know a lot more about emercency procedures.Very glad that none of us got injured as that would have been much more difficult.
Thanks for your interest Spokes