We had a delightful sail back to Lizard Island from Cairns. We had a brilliant moon during the night. Although the winds were light, it was pleasant and warm during our first night at sail in over two months. We were as slow as 3.5 knots at times, but I didn’t care. I was just glad to be sailing. The winds gradually increased from 5AM on, and we spent the afternoon gradually going up from 7 knots to over 8 until we arrived at Lizard just before sundown.
I was pleased that I had no problems with my eye physically. It didn’t get overwhelmed by its first full day of sunlight, or the extra strenuous behavior I conducted with the sailing. I only had one very frustrating time with my lack of one eye. At night when we were trying to raise the sail I had a hard time seeing whether the sail was between the jacklines. It was upsetting to me that this basic task was difficult now. But, this task will get easier as I learn to adjust.
We plan to just spend a day or so here, and then leave to continue towards Darwin. Hopefully we’ll get to Darwin in the next week to 10 days. A lot depends on the right weather to cross the Gulf of Carpenteria which is notorious for lousy passages with wrong weather.
In the meantime, it’s great to be sailing again and making forward progress!