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August 3, 2006 08:38 PM

Down the East Coast of Australia

Looking up the MastSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - All sailors hate whales; they live in fear of them. Everywhere I sail I hear stories, some true but most exaggerated, of yachts crashing into; or worse, being attacked.

It seems that we weren't the only ones travelling South along the East coast of Australia. This time of year, humpback whales move in droves down the coast on their way to the great Southern Ocean where they spend their summers. In my experience, they swim rather lazily make very little progress if any at all. From what I can tell they mostly just hang out just below the surface waiting for wayward sailing yachts to crash into them.

The troubling bit is that I don't have any fear of them whatsoever despite just crossing the worlds biggest Ocean. I love 'em. Can't get enough actually. If there's a whale nearby my first instinct is to steer toward it for a better look. This apparently, is very unsailor-like of me.

In any case we've reached Sydney safely; just ahead of a whole lotta rain accompanied by gale force winds. I've been doing a lot of day-dreaming and am frantically scheming about what lies ahead for me. Of course, It'll have to top the sailing....

Stay tuned.