“Hide-dash-hide”seems to be our rhythm these days! After our epic sail to Jervis Bay and a rest day while a weak southerly change passed, we did a dash to Moruya, 65 nautical miles further south when the northerly returned – only just for a day, mind you!
We had the most wonderful day sailing under Big Red in 15-20 knots NE, averaging 8 knots speed with a peak at 11.9. However what made the day special was not so much the speed, but the amount of wildlife we saw. It is a good day when you see dolphins. But when multiple large pods come and join us it is a very lucky day! At one stage we had over 20 dolphins at the bows. And further on, not far from the entrance of the Moruya River, it was a pod of mums and babies. It was just a delight to watch them weaving in between the hulls, racing ahead then jumping for joy.
We also saw lots of petrels and shearwaters, and our first albatross for the trip. That is when you know you are getting south!
We were not sure we would make the bar crossing at Moruya at low tide: such a narrow passage between the breakwater and the crashing waves on the sandbanks. However there was no swell, just chop, so even though it was the wrong time to cross, we did it anyway and made it all the way to the jetty at the little township. Going up river, the depth sounder alarm was going beserk, chiming at 1.5m but with our 80cm draft, we still had some margin!
True to form, we have done the dash and it is time to hide. We are at Moruya for a few days since, you guessed it, another mean southerly change has come in. 30 knot winds, best to ‘hole in’.
Here are a few images of our passage. As you can tell, we loved the dolphins!