Had to shelter from gale at Middle Island, about 80 nm from Esperance. Bight crossing was ok until the fourth day when the bad weather hit. Now heading for Duke of Orleans Bay for the night before tackling the last 40 miles to Esperance. Main casualty was the main - despite severe reefing a gust tore the whole clew off the sail. Every stitch ripped, dont know if it was old age or non uv thread. If you know of a good sail repairer in Esperance pls let us know ! Before the bad weather forced us into Middle Island, we'd actually only taken 4.5 days from Streaky Bay, which isnt too bad. Photos to follow soon.