SMOKE ON THE WATER 🔥 Fire in the Sky 🔥 – Free Range Sailing Ep 122


– A bit of a feature of
Jarvis Bay at the moment has been washing ash
off the deck every day, which has been unfortunate. And changing, you know,
like around the place. Because at the moment we’ve
got these high pressure systems moving through really
quickly, so as they move, the winds have come from
a different direction. They interact with each
other so they’re putting up a lot of ridges up the coast and then the ridges collapse
really really quickly. So we’ve got wind coming
from all over the place. There is ash falling from the sky, eh? – So much smoke. – [Troy] It’s four o’clock
in the afternoon, huh? – Yeah, four o’clock. (suspenseful music) – [Troy] A bit of hive
of industry this morning. We have Pascale here, we’ll
go and see what she’s up to. A bit of sewing going on? – Yeah. (laughing) A bit of a rough old job. Just fixing up my wetsuit. – [Troy] How many times
has that been sewn up? – About three or four times now. It’s quite thin, so I
think what we’ll do is we’ll replace it quite soon so that I have a thicker
wetsuit for Tazzy. – [Troy] Yeah, it’s
still getting old stuff and keeping it going. – Yeah, so this was gifted
to me when we left Perth. My little brother wasn’t
using it anymore, so. It’s pretty kind of him, but yeah, it’s getting pretty old now. – Sort of cornerstone of free ranging. Is getting old stuff and
just keeping it running. (laughing) There we go, she’s busy patching
up the holes in her wetsuit and her sudden interest in that wetsuit is because we’re gonna go
on, have a bit of a swim along just out of the sanctuary
zone here in Jervis Bay. Jarvis Bay? Whatever you call it.
– Jarvis, yeah. – Go and have a look and the
water’s about 19 degrees. Now, for a lot of people around
the world, they’ll be like, “Oh, that’s totally balmy.”
(Pascale laughing) That’s not us, we just spent
two years in the tropics so before you write in
the comment section, “Oh, you, everybody in
freezing water somewhere else,” or whatever, we know. (laughing) Everything’s relative. So we’ll wait til Pascy
gets that patched up and then we’ll go and jump in. One of the scariest
moments in free diving. – (giggling) Getting the wetsuit on. (light music) (fishing reel whizzes) – You on?
– Yep. (squishes)
(Pascale gasps) (Troy laughing) – [Pascale] Whoa. (squishes)
(Pascale gasps) – [Troy] Ah, you fucker. – [Pascale] What a mess! (laughing) – [Troy] Oh, we didn’t bring a sponge. – [Pascale] Amateurs. – You didn’t bring the sponge. (laughing) – [Pascale] That was a bit of a fail. (laughing) – What do you reckon, there? What have we got? We’ve got. – I haven’t cleaned them all up yet. – I’ve got a few squiggly
bits so we got the last laugh. We did get covered in a bit of goop. (laughing) The net result is, what have
we got, we got a couple of fish and we got four squid, so– – Couple of fish? We got four fish. – Four fish, four squid.
– Yep. – Well, that’s enough. – Yeah, it’s plenty for
the next couple of days. – We got some strong
winds, so we sorta had to put a little food on board. And this as well, hanging
in the background. We’re curing, is it prosciutto? – Head Cheddar. – Head cheddar, I always
get them mistaken. So that’s it, free ranging
in Jervis Bay, Jarvis Bay. Listing to bird song and
getting a little bit of seafood. (waves crashing) (birds tweeting and chirping) Things have got a bit
of a crazy feel to it here at Jarvis Bay. The wind’s starting to
shift and the sky’s really sort of a browny gray. We’ve got a lot of fires inland in Northern New South Wales at the moment so leading up to
Christmas, it’s sort of a– Well it’s never a good scene at any time but you know, our thoughts are going out to the people out there at the moment that might be having fires
right on their doorstep. I hope they come through it okay. Pretty bad news. We don’t have to face
it too much on a yacht, but we can certainly
experience it here now. So we can just see the sun
poking through the clouds. It’s like 10:30 in the
morning, it should be really, really bright here at the moment. That’s how thick the air is with it. So here we can see that
light I was talking about. It’s kind of eerie. The fires are actually quite close. (ominous music) (dog barking) There’s ash falling from the sky, eh? (children playing in the distance) – No one’s on the beach anymore. – A lot of updraft, it’s a big fire. (child screaming playfully) – [Troy] Oh, bird-scare
doesn’t help anymore. Been a fair bit of bad luck
going around for Christmas. Not the best situation. (water lapping) – [Pascale] You think it’s a fish. (ominous music) Watch out, now. – What have we got, we got– – [Pascale] Two undersized snapper. – Two baby snapper and some sort of a Southern shovel nose sort of thing. Banjo shark. And then that eagle ray,
which is incredibly hard to let go of. I don’t think we’re gonna
catch the big one, doll. (light music) Well a bit of a feature of
Jarvis Bay at the moment has been washing ash
off the deck every day which has been unfortunate,
and changing, you know, like around the place,
because at the moment, we got these high pressure
systems moving through really quickly so as they move the winds have come from a different direction, they interact with each other,
so they’re putting a lot of ridges up the coast and
then the ridges collapse really, really quickly. So we’ve got wind coming
from all over the place. So at the moment we’re just going down into the South of the bay
’cause were sort of expecting it to remain southerly for all of tonight, much of tomorrow and then
we’re actually thinking that the day after we
might be able to make jump down to Eden about 140 miles. So, it’s just been super quick. Last Christmas, if you’ve
been with us a while, you might remember that I was
doing that pressure systems moving so incredibly slowly
that it would move out between Australia and New Zealand. They would stop there and
then they would just grind these hard southeastlies
up to our position. And then they would hold station
til the next one got there and then they would move on. This Christmas it’s entirely different. These high pressure systems
just whipping across the bottom of Australia
and just making them really, really variable. Everything’s just changing
really, really quickly and we’re sort of scooting
all over the place. Yeah, we’re talking to
people and they’re saying, “Oh, the weather’s not the
same as it has always been.” And I agree, it wasn’t the
same as it was last year. So we’ve had really changeable conditions and unfortunately for the
people down in this part of New South Wales, these
fires are just raging. The sky is just, it’s just incredible. The light that’s here is
sort of super, super eerie. Yeah, our heart really goes
out to everyone that’s sort of fighting for their
properties at the moment. (light music) – And just like that,
the wind shifted on us. It’s a strong southerly
blowing and it’s building but we’re pretty happy
because it’s gonna smooth out some of the swell that’s been coming in. – [Troy] What about, “Well done, Skipper”? – Well done, Skipper. (laughing) Skipper is checking out a mooring to see if there’s any mussels on there. (light music) Yeah, nope. No point in coming out here. – There we go, we’ve made
it back into shelter just– – [Pascale] (giggling) Shutting
the hatches when in here. – We’ve made it back into
shelter just, just ahead of the wind, and I mean
just ahead of the wind. And things are changing so quickly here. So it’s made our life a little difficult, but there might be a bit of
a silver lining to declare. Because the wind is reversing
so quickly and strongly, what we’re hoping is that the actual fires that are burning at the
moment actually get blown back into the area that’s already burned. That would be really great,
because if you just had consistent strong winds from
one direction, of course, the fires just build up
pace and they just roar. But if it can work out
because it doesn’t look like anyone’s getting any rain, but yeah, maybe if the wind can blow the fires back into burnt country,
that might be an upside. – We really sailed into it
’cause we’re on the edge of it. – [Troy] You can really see
the color difference now ’cause it’s really white inside the boat, but orange at the window. Pretty mad. (ominous music) This crazy light. – Apocalyptic. Uh oh. This is so weird. So much smoke. – [Troy] It’s four o’clock
in the afternoon, huh? – Yeah, four o’clock. This is darker than
when it’s really stormy. – [Troy] Is that thunder as well? – Yeah, sounds like thunder, hey? Maybe it’s smoke and a storm cloud. – [Troy] I think there is,
I think there’s a storm, like a small one, and
the smoke, it’s cray. So we just had some rain then. And all the rain drops are black. – [Pascale] This is just all ash rain. It’s really sad that it
didn’t rain properly. I’ve never seen black rain before. Is that a first for you? – Mm, not a happy one either.
– No. (ominous music)