We had two days of northerlies forecast, a rare opportunity on this cruise! So we put in a big effort and have just completed a 39 hour non-stop passage to get us south. We left Port Macquarie at 6.30am on Sunday morning and sailed till we reached Jervis Bay at 10.30pm on Monday night, 280 nautical miles (about 560kms) down the coast. We are just in time to hide from another day of southerlies.
We were lucky to have good conditions: 15 to 20 knots NE, not too much swell, brilliant sunshine during the two days, perfect for a long, fast sled ride under Big Red, the spinnaker. The nights were clear, lit up by the Milky Way and we swapped the spinnaker for the jib for ease of control during our two-hourly night watches. The only tension was the number of big ships along the way, offshore from Newcastle at night, then Sydney and Wollongong in day light. We’d rather have the ocean to ourselves!
With serious distance covered we are now back on track for a return home by the end of the month. We are chuffed to have managed this big hop, but we still find long passages are tedious and overnighters hard. This is turning out to be a ‘delivery’ trip rather than a cruise as our return to work deadline is approaching.
We will be in Jervis Bay for today; tomorrow we sail to Broulee Bay as the northerly returns for a day, then go and hide in the Moruya River from yet another strong bout of southerlies later in the week.
Here is a selection of photos from our passage.