Take It Easy is in the Great Sandy Straits! Mission accomplished: 900 nautical miles in two weeks, with a 5 day lay over in Mooloolaba for the rudder. This is AWESOME. Well done Wade, Mike and Merv…. OK and Bengie too! We are so proud of you guys!
It is now very hard for Chris, Véronique and Didier to concentrate. Work really gets in the way!
Véro and Didier leave France on Monday. They will reach Brisbane bright and early on Wednesday 15th July. I am catching a plane from Melbourne on Tuesday night and will pick them up with a hire car, then it’s direction Tin Can Bay. It is SO exciting!
Given that our sailors have arrived early, they will take the opportunity to have a wander around the Sandy Straits; a bit of fishing and playing tourists, and a well earned few days of relaxation.
The trip up from Mooloolaba was a day sail and they arrived at the Wide Bay Bar on Tuesday night. The conditions were calm enough to get through the notorious stretch safely and they anchored inside the Straits, pretty much in the same spot as Wade and I did in a hire yacht many years ago. No running aground this time, though!
They however had rudder trouble on the trip up. Oh no, I hear you say… Oh yes… It was turning well one way, but not the other. Wade dived this morning to investigate and found the new rudder was 20º degrees out. He drilled new holes in the rudder shaft to realign it. A sea test confirmed all is now as it should be. Phew! Nothing is ever straight forward on a boat.