Today (4th Jan) we motor-sailed from Port Arthur to Kettering. There was enough wind to carry the mainsail all the way for some wind assistance, but not enough to sail without the motor.
I’ve never seen a sea monster, but each time we round Cape Raoul I can see a dragon, just waiting to snap its jaws. With a big swell I’m sure it would look like the dragon was snorting steam, but yesterday there was barely a splash on his nose. Just out of Port Arthur lies another dragon, but this one is much older and sleeps most of the time.
We had an uneventful crossing from Cape Raoul to Dennes Point and the opening of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. One flock of mutton birds; a sprinkling of rain; a pass and wave to a beautiful luxury yacht (major case of boat envy); a bit of sunshine and a lot of book reading.
We tied up at the Kettering Marina where we refilled the water tanks, plugged into power and had a nice long shower. The new facilities are lovely, the only issue being that tied to the outside wall we felt the slop – a sideways wobble all evening until the wind died down around midnight.