Sharing a few days of cruising with friends is always a buzz for us, especially when they haven’t experienced a lot of it, as was the case with Trevor. Seeing him wild-eyed and excited about the experience was good fun. It reminded us of our lucky we are to live our sailing dream.
We picked up our friend at Phillip Island and after a slow start towards Port Phillip Bay, we had a nice sail under Big O. Passing Cape Schanck was spectacular as was having a seal swimming alongside Take It Easy for a while, not just basking in the sunshine as they often do. They are so streamlined and fast!
Crossing the Rip was swift but calm, on a rising tide. We headed to Sorrento for the night, using one of the courtesy moorings there, although we regretted it when wind against tide kept us hitting the buoy during the night!
We left Sorrento at dawn the next day, headed for Sandringham Yacht Club and dolphins joined our bows, much to Trevor’s delight.
We had an appointment with our sailmaker to organise for a new set of sails and a few bits and pieces. Our mainsail, genoa and staysail are a bit ragged and starting to tear, so it is time to replace them. We were so lucky because it all fell into place: getting a berth at Sandy YC – the only catamaran berth they have was vacant while its owner was away, being able to see Frank Hammond at Horizons Sailmakers to get his advice on design and construction, having him confirm it will all be made while we are overseas! We won’t know ourselves with crispy new sails to go to Tasmania!
Our friends Greg and Ann who live nearby joined us for celebrations. It was great to catch up after us being away for 4 months! We are now floating around the bay for a week or so, which is quite novel for us. Bengie is enjoying the comfort of the conditions!
We will get to Docklands on 4th December, a week earlier than originally planned, having extended our stay there to give us time to catch up with friends, do some Christmas shopping and attend to our medical appointments.