FROM 1-32. Made it-Sydney

Dec 11, 2005 – 2300hrs UTC

2300hrs 11 Dec 2005 UTC 43’36”S 146’00”E Ref 645

The old bus shelter corners like a brick. We are 10 miles west of Maatsuyker with 40 to go toSE Cape- directly upwind. We wont get there until at least 1900 local time and that’s if the wind stays the same and the forecast gale from the NE stays reasonably soft.

When we eventually put the Cape in the bag, we will go up the d’Entrecasteaux Channel betweenBrunyIslandand Tas – Malcolm is meeting us to escort us in and 40 knots outside Bruny inStormBaywill be a bit much for Wildfire. We expect to meet him up nearKetteringand we will then continue into the Derwent and actually close the loop a bit north of the Iron Pot. A bit of frantic re-guessing might be necessary out there in RANSA country – sorry.

Nik – tried your mobile – it told me to go away and try again later – satphone probably couldn’t reach it. No way we’ll be inHobarttoday – earliest possible if all goes well around 0400 tomoz local.

Just inadvertently spoken to Steve, then a sail change will now try to pull the mail in. I thinkwe have an antenna or tuner problem with the HF now that we can get feedback from real people. Will try to sort tomoz onHobart.

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