Good waves ;)
In the Bay
Finally arrived in Gnaraloo. Got our ass kicked on the way from Coral Bay, the wind deciding to swing south 3 hours before sunset and forcing us to get in the bay through the reef at night. Not a good experience. The next morning we dropped the dinghy in the water and went exploring to find a way through the reef to get close to the beach. Job finally done at lunch time,just in time for the Wahoo Sashimi :)
Hidding here for a few days, way too windy out there. Still a day of sailing to go to the next town, get some fuel, supplies and repair a few things, then back to the bay for a bit of windsurfing.
Redemption day for the ozzie team in the Fishing competition : While the french skipper struggled all day with sharks eating his fishes and even taking his favorite lure, our ozzie lad banged three fishes in a row, including a big wahoo (we hadn't caught one yet, delicious). The frog tried to bring back a shark onboard but the line broke as it was swimming a few feet from the boat :(
I know have to deal with a lot of bragging from the convict, he leads 4-3 and the day is not finished yet… An hour to go to Coral Bay, maybe i'll get lucky !
We've been having a little fishing contest onboard Kalakuta for the last few days. Oz versus France.
My first mate, Mr. Tristan, a real Ozzie fellow from Vico, has done a great job setting all the gear i've bought when we stopped in Broome. And like a real ozzie, he's been bragging about his fishing skills all along the cruise since our departure from Indo. (The other thing he's been loud about is his female crew recruiting skills, but sadly with the same results as fish catching…). So today, the make him a bit quieter, the french team got serious : after catching the first fish of the day, a small but nice tuna, the skipper finally hooked the Holy Grail of fishes on this side of Oz : the delicious, beautiful, elusive Mhi-Mahi !!! That puts the frog team in the lead, 3-1. And it also puts the Autralian crew in a really bad mood, since this is the fish he'd been wishing he's catch someday in his miserable short life :)
So all good here, we have sashimi, ceviche and grilled fish sorted out for the next few days. Good to be able to feed without having to go to a supermarket :) Tomorrow is rest day, the wind was blowing really strong in our nose all day and we finally reached Yardie's creek early in the afternoon, so we'll be staying here until the weather gets better.
regards to all from down under
Ben, captain of Kalakuta, master fisherman
22deg 22.045" S 113deg, 46.727 E
The West Coast
Escaped from Exmouth this Morning. Now Sailing south along the breathtaking Ningaloo Reef. More Whales, Turtles, Dolphins and a finally just before pulling into Tantabiddi, a massive Whale Shark swam under the boat… Sweet :)
21deg 54.576' S 113deg 58.250' E