FROM 1-31. Sooo close to Hobart

Dec 09, 2005 - 0636hrs UTC

 0636hrs 09 Dec 2005 UTC 43’59”S 138’32”E Ref 633

We’re on the way in. We have spoken to TasCoast radio on 4483 – still no Derek – and I think that we will pass SE Cape sometime early on Monday morning and the Iron Pot about 4 hours later. We have formally requested Customs clearance and advised them of the fact that we are very short of water and diesel and we have developed what we think is a a stern gland leak since running the engine in gear for the first time in a couple of months. Not a cause for concern – the pumps work fine, but we will require urgent slipping once we have cleared into Australia.

We have had our second last G&T – only one more left in the bottle. Timing just as bit out there but we will persevere and prevail. Like what you have to do when the Vogons read you poetry – thanks Paul – forgot about that! And, by a statistical fluke, I think I will be within 24 hours of my ETA.

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