Land Ho!

After 12 days at sea, dry land at last.


As I hopped off Freespirit in Port Lincoln I almost fell over on the dock. This is a common thing for sailors who have been out to sea for a while and is known as ‘sea legs’. So it was on rubber legs that I took my first hot shower in 12 days at the local pool. Simple, glorious pleasures….but I digress…..

Awoke in the tidy marina of Pt Lincoln this morning and am so glad to back to a stable boat. It was a long trip, not by all standards but by the fact we encountered a wide variety of sea and wind conditions in our quest to find favorable winds to the South. A long way to the South actually…we reached our furtherest in this direction of 38 deg 48′ South on Jan 2nd 2013.

The gamble paid off though as we skirted the High Pressure generated Eastbound winds eventually and managed to curve slowly around to our destination …. all on Port tack (wind was always coming over the left side of the boat). Never got off this tack until we neared Pt Lincoln…. might be a record for distance without changing tack!

Over the next few days I’ll put the nose to the grindstone and tell the whole story in living colour. Took lots of photo’s with the iPhone and include some from Wendy, crew for this journey, and my friend in Albany John Kagi. He kindly took some departure shots as we sailed out of Princess Royal harbour, and from what I’ve seen so far they are stunning. Thanks mate.

A big hi to all and thank you for following my humble little blog.

Watch this space.



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7 Responses to Land Ho!

  1. Greg says:

    Well I wasn’t too sure when or if you had left as you never said but am delighted and relieved to hear from you again. Congratulations and Happy New Year!!!

    • freespirit52 says:

      We left on 29th December from Albany, had New Year at sea 626 km from land. Dry biscuits and white wine. Happy New Year to you and all the family.

  2. Kristy & Victor says:

    Pheww!! Glad to hear from you… Happy new year Captain!

  3. Grace Morris says:

    Hey Colin! What an adventurer you are. Right on. What is the next mission? I have a friend who is looking for company in Cambodia. 🙂

  4. Robert says:

    Good on you Col mate, glad you made it safe and sound, what am adventure!

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