Good wind was predicted ESE with 20 knots plus. After several hours we had to put in 2 reefs as the wind was gusting up to 25 knots regularly. Cool Change was travelling at about 7-8.5 knots in a very uncomfortable see. Short and high waves.
Gunther did some research and found his answer why the waves we encounter have been rather unpleasant. It appears as we left the wind was from ESE however the tidal change was on the rise hence coming towards us creating the sharp waves. One never stops learning. Gunther was in heaven though as we finally sailed without turning on the engine.
We anchored at Lindeman Island at boat point as it provides good shelter and holding. We will stay for several days as the wind continues to plough through the islands.
Yesterday I planned to go for a dip. All this despite everything in Australia wants to sting you, bite you and/or eat you, as our friend Otto from Austria would say, who we had the pleasure sailing these waters on his 62 foot Hallberg Rassy some years ago. We did purchase a stinger suite just to be safe.