After leaving Newport yesterday at 1pm in the freezing cold and bleak rain, Evening Star had to turn around at Lake Macquarie at 9pm. Mark said they had only just put the sails up after motoring for 11 hours and he heard a familiar snap (same as when Ali hit the stay). This time the turn buckle (part of the brand new rigging) had pulled apart. Not good, but they managed to pull the sails down and headed back to the Club. I got the call from Mark last night and we were all so disappointed. All I could think about was all the frozen meat and my cooking that would go to waste and Ali thought he would have to go back to school !
This morning the boys had a look at the damage and realised it wasn't going to be as bad as they first thought. Phil Smidmore did some repairs, and I farwelled the boat just 24 hours after the last time she left. New parts are going to be sent from the States and will be sent to us in Qld.
|Lachlan, Ali and Jillian|
|Cold cold day for departure # 1|
|Mark - Take 2 !!!|