We are sitting in cyclone limbo, whilst being consumed and sucked dry by mozzies. The flies are sending me nuts. Mozzies are slow and I can flatten the little suckers in the blink of an eye, flies though, flies out smart me and whizz off leaving an echoing trail of laughter, teasing me. I am not stealthy enough to kill them, until one really barks up my tree and I get out the fly spray and soak the little vermon, whilst I laugh back at it ,like a wicked witch ! They get served.
Anyway back to the cyclone update: We have reached a level 2 marine alert, which basically states that we should lash the kids down and and destroy all flying pest with a mortien bug bomb. Then we should be “prudent” and prepare for a direct hit from a catagory 1 cyclone. Meanwhile this morning Catagory 3 cyclone Beany rages down below, being boat bound, has given her cabin fever and a huge case of “seek and destroy” mode. Her excitement has turned to boredom. If we can manage to handle her then I am sure we can conquer a catagory 1.
But in all seriousness, we have taken all precautions and maybe done a bit of over kill. We have not tied out before or hid up mangroves. In fact the only hiding we have ever done is from “those cruisers”, you know the ones who follow you around, but you just don’t seem to get on, but feel obliged to have them over for sundowners and every second that they sit on board you feel like tearing your hair out. Luckily we have only met one of those boats, but boy did we hide. So we have all the lines out we can manage, two anchors out, bow and stern, one of which is a 60pd monster, we have a huge pile of dishes to keep us occupied for the next 3 days and a massive pot of dhal to keep our bellies full and create plenty of wind inside !
We are feeling pretty happy with our preparation and we have also now been joined by 5 other boats. We are all tied up and lining the mangroves. For now the boat is happy, the crew will cheer up, when Beany pulls her form together 😉
This was us 4years ago, all grins after having succesfully sailed the queensland coast on our maiden voyage. A 7month trip, with Beany who was only 8months old when we left. 4 years, almost 11000 nautival miles and another child later, we find ourselves hiding in the mangroves 🙂