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    No way of getting out midnight tonight. Seas very rough, swells look 4m or more. Will reassess tomorrow and try for Apollo Bay or San Remo if possible.

    Last night winds to 55 knots at Prom. Darn near that in Refuge Cove in swirling gusts. Anchor twisted up in chain and weed and dragged at 04:30. Excitement I didn't need or want.

    Reassessed food. Seven days left to zero.

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    Rob thanks for PM. I happily eat drink everything served.

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    Yes , I thought it might have been a bit rough Bruce , early in the AM.
    Daylight would be much better.
    I think you should be securely moored somewhere for Tuesday on , it gets dirty again.
    If you get out tomorrow , contact CG if you can , and get their input.
    Do it by radio if you can , that alerts all of the other boats in the area.
    Leyla is looking forward to cooking for you again.
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    And we are ready for you if you arrive at San Remo. But Port Fairy or Portland would be good as it gets Cape Otway out of the road.

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    Bruce , have a read of this , if you can http://websites.sportstg.com/get_file.cgi?id=2681792 .
    Sunday should see plenty of radio operators on duty.
    Regards Rob J.

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    In regard to contact with CG , tell them what they need to know , and tell them that you can't hear or access the radio from the tiller when motoring.
    But that you will contact them late in the day , at whatever time they are happy with.
    I had a couple of blokes very ropeable on a delivery , when their engine conked out , and they were sailing against the prevailing winds.
    Someone in Melbourne wanted them to report in every hour , when they had one on the tiller , and the other trying to sleep.
    When they got to me , I just asked them to contact us if they needed to , and to contact at the end of the CG shift , and in the morning.
    It gave them a chance to get some sleep.
    So I'd just contact them when you need advise , and morning and night , so they are happy.
    Regards Rob J.

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    Good advice Rob.

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    Left Refuge 06:00 dead still. Motoring at 4.5 knots. Next turn point SE Point. Wind just starting to come up a little. Sea pretty flat.

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    Good to see your'e on your way Bruce.
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    You'll be glad to get out of there finally, paradise or not.

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    Should stay pretty light now until tomorrow lunchtime, maybe a briefish W blow later this afternoon. After lunch tomorrowt, it'll kick in quite hard - 20+ from N. It'll stay strong but swing to W about midnight Monday. On Tuesday morning it'll increase to 30+ by 10 am. Swell will begin to increase then too. At this stage - it'll change - you won't get another break til after next weekend. Good luck today - should be pleasant out there all day!

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    Certainly pleasant in my neck of the woods this morning.

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    Hope you have plenty of yak on hand there Jeff - I reckon he'll be wanting a bit by now!

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    Looking good Bruce !
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    Left Refuge 06:00 dead still. Motoring at 4.5 knots. Next turn point SE Point. Wind just starting to come up a little. Sea pretty flat.

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    Yay, sounds like a window for a bit of progress, followed by another week of Uke practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Hope you have plenty of yak on hand there Jeff - I reckon he'll be wanting a bit by now!

    Rick
    Depends on the weather, if he gets a breeze he may go straight through. But it's a long way, and bad weather off Cape Otway is never good.
    I guess I'll hear later in the day. As it happens we have a big lump of 'yak' in the fridge right now.

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    I'm glad you are away Bruce , should be good for a couple of days.
    Glad you are leaving the Gippsland flats , this is how CG launch their boats down there https://youtu.be/jxMpuiOIAl8 .
    Rick is right , it will change , the weather that is.
    I wouldn't be surprised if your "envelope" doesn't open up a bit more , but it will get very wet and windy around Cape Otway tuesday.
    Happy motoring.
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    It's rotten here at the moment. Very lumpy sea belting the boat and stopping her dead. Very slow going. That nice bit of northerly would be good but so far it has been WNW and angry sea since going round the Prom.

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    Wind at C Otway LH at 12 30 was N 9-15 . This should provide an improvement from the CL 3 step - 1 forward and 2 up and down
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    I've cleared the spare bed Bruce just in case. No lumps there.

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    I had a quick nap and woke to a bit of improvement.

    Oh, very interesting news. A previous owner of Arawana has found us! Best behaviour in case they lurk here. I've been cleaning up the side decks in case we get a VIP guest. I reckon I've got 60% plus of the paint removed.

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    I must also say that apart from that one discussion with VMR in NSW that VMR and CGV have been more than helpful. I had a quick call with them this morning and had no trouble getting them to understand the communications difficulties for a single handed transit like this. I must remember to write to them with our thanks when we get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    I must also say that apart from that one discussion with VMR in NSW that VMR and CGV have been more than helpful. I had a quick call with them this morning and had no trouble getting them to understand the communications difficulties for a single handed transit like this. I must remember to write to them with our thanks when we get home.

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    Yes , that is always very much appreciated Bruce , its a pretty thankless job otherwise.
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    A tiny bit of northerly sneaking into the wind. Jib is back up. Speed slightly up too.

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    You're not going to get much Bruce. The N that Neil is seeing doesn't look like it'll make it to your side of the bay. You should have light W until about midnight when it should swing to the N but stay fairly light. The forecast now has wind picking up from N briefly tomorrow morning, around 9am, then swinging W and easing until it picks up from NW around 3 pm. It should stay that way until it swings W early Tues then strengthens. Good to be tucked away before Tues am I think.

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    Nice to have you back online Bruce. We've had to make up all sorts of stuff the last several days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    I've cleared the spare bed Bruce just in case. No lumps there.
    Do you have an outdoor shower Jeff? You might want to hitch up the trailer too

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    Apollo Bay or bust. At 5 knots that would be around a day from Refuge. Not making 5 but should be tied up before Tuesday windy time.

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    I think Apollo Bay's a good move but I don't like the bust bit. Let's see how that looks - what's your estimated time from now to Apollo?

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    It's all N from late this afternoon through to tomorrow morning. This afternoon will probably be light W and when the wind picks up tomorrow morning it'll be N so, without knowing what you really have there etc., I guess I'd be heading towards the northern options as that gives you those options and a good position to run over to Apollo Bay from.

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    Sorry we won't see you Bruce, hope the winds are kind.

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    Weather chart's improving. 12 knot NW later tonight. Stronger winds tomorrow morning and afternoon have now been downgraded to about 15 NW.

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    Rick, what forecast site are you using ?
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    I use the BOM weather charts (Interactive Weather Maps). Surface winds, total wave height and pressure/rainfall. I also use Meteye to see if my guesstimates are sort of close to BOM's. The BOM's charts are the computer-generated models on which the BOM bases their area forecasts and Meteye, I think.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/char...t=Refresh+View

    The reason I pass these summaries on to Bruce is that he often has poor signal, so it's hard to see all the charts, and they're also hard to see properly on a phone screen or a tablet in the sun etc. But all the info that I use and summarise is available to anyone through the BOM site. As I've said many times, I think it's a really fantastic resource and, in my experience anyway, is the most reliable weather site.

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