LAT 45 24.5
LONG 050 45.0
ETA 1200H 28 OCT 11
WIND 217@20KTS, CLOUD 8/8 CUMULOSTRATUS 100M SEA STATE 5 SWELL 250@3M
Life on Goldcoast Australia is a little less extreme now the winds have abated and we are heading north. Whilst conditions
remain a chilly 7deg outside during the day and below 5 degrees at night, the wind has reduced and the ocean is no longer
boiling with white caps.
This morning we passed 34nm to the north of lde aux Cochons and later today we will pass to the north of Iles Crozet en
route to the southern tip of the scoring gate. This is the closest Goldcoast Australia will be to land for almost half a
month before we land in Geraldton.
Yesterday while I was up the mast checking the rigging and cutting down reminisce of our tragedy from the previous day I
took a few minutes to observe the fantastic beauty of the surrounding ocean. It is possibly one of the most amazing
feelings in the world perched above the Albatross and Petrel. Perched up a mast with the boiling white seas of the southern
ocean below I took in the amazing expanse of beauty that surrounds us for thousands of miles, in a land where in the past
only sealers and whalers dared to travel, now home to research stations and wildlife sanctuaries giving me some hope that
slowly the direction of the world is changing for the better as humans realise the need to learn from our environment rather
than destroy it.
All happy on Goldcoast Australia dispite the cold moral is high. Happy days! Can life get any better than this!BT