Making a plan

Glenn at the nav stationNov 23, 2014

It’s 5:40 a.m. and I have been up reading and thinking since 4:30. Gradually a plan for leaving is starting to form. I think it will have to be early morning, probably get motoring out from Fremantle around 3:30 am on Sunday (Nov 30). It’s generally calm in the morning and the visibility will be good. I can cross the bay and get out through the reef, south of Rottnest Island before the wind and waves come up. I will have all day to work a safe distance offshore and hopefully pick up a breeze and start heading south. A big high will settle in and cross the Australian Bight towards the end of the week.


Australian Bight with 12 Apostles

I might have to work my way down to 40 South to pick up wind on the south side of it then work my way across and come back up to go through Bass Strait. Of course the best laid plans are just that …plans and no more. I am at the whim of the weather and will go with it as best I can.

I’ll go back down to the boat this morning to do more cleaning and organizing things. I want to get the modem up and running so I can email you from the boat. I got the main off and I am taking it in to have some minor repairs done.



  1. Looking forward to hearing about your ongoing journey Glenn!

  2. Michael King-Brown says

    Hi Glenn and Marylou, so fine to hear you are sailing again. The pic of you at the nav station brought back many memories of my brief time aboard WW2. We have 5 inches of wet snow here in the Okanagan, southern summer sounds a lot more fun! We both wish you well on your voyage, God Speed and we look forward to following your trip to NZ! Love, Michael

  3. Doug Turner says

    I thought you might be in the neighbourhood when I saw a “Wakefield Construction” truck outside of the Cadboro Bay Starbucks this morning – but here you are on the other side of the planet, about to depart for New Zealand?
    Congratulations on getting back on board and I look forward to following your blogs once again describing fair winds and a following sea.

  4. Glenn I’m happy to hear that you and West Wind II are reunited and preparing to head east. Wishing you a safe and enjoyable passage through Bass Strait and beyond. Warm wishes mate! PB

  5. Doug Steele says

    What a great surprise to receive your latest postings. It’s so great to see Glenn back in the boat. Happy sailing, and good luck!

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