Don’t get me wrong … blue water sailing is mostly enjoyable.
Now out of the storms and in the sou’east trades, Drumbeat skips along, eating up the sea miles.
We enter the shipping lanes between east coast Australia and east of New Guinea. A lot of ships traverse this bit of ocean. At one stage we have seven ships on our AIS screen. On sunset we pass the Chang Wah, 900 feet long. We’d been on collision course, until he turned to port and we did the same to our port.
You can see why they call it blue water when you check the escape hatch out in the hull below waterline … this really is a loo with a view!
Brian plots our course through the Reef to our new clearance port of Mackay.
We stream a couple of lures, but no success.