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A few miles south of Coffs Harbour!  Late in March, 2005.

One thing I enjoy about sailing is the space you have away from the many aggravating, coarse, loud and obnoxious bastards you can come across whilst on land.  Well, one day, despite being 3 miles out to sea, I still managed to run across one.

I was sailing along nicely, enjoying a 15 knot offshore breeze, meaning smooth lake-like waters … chart plotter/auto pilot doing a wonderful job … when I spot three fishing boats, each about 5 metres in length, similar to a ski-boat,  about a mile ahead.  This was the perfect demonstration of why one must always be on the lookout whilst using auto control.  One of the boats proved to be exactly on the course I had plotted several hours earlier and if I hadn’t been on the lookout it is very possible Tsunami would have run clean over it. 

* Great photo Aye? *

Anyhow , about 400 metres from the boat, I changed course 20˚ and passed the fishermen with about 30 metres to spare, close enough to give  me the chance to ask how the fishing was going.  His only response was to call me a fucking arsehole and ask me why I couldn’t have come closer.  My simple answer was; “Mate, I could have come a LOT, LOT closer!”   The most disturbing part, apart from the language, was his action in making to pelt a large lead sinker at Tsunami … it would have got very nasty if he had!!



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