We made it to Broken Bay! We had a 35nm sail from Jibbon Beach in gusty but not too scary tail wind and 3 to 4 meter swell – something we probably can do without in future! By early afternoon on Saturday we picked up our friend Sue at Patonga and promptly headed up the Cowan Creek into Refuge Bay for the night. Broken Bay gives access to four major waterways: North into Brisbane Water, South into Pittwater, and West into Cowan Creek and the Hawkesbury River. Whichever way you go, it is well protected, with lots of public moorings. In the off-season you can enjoy stunning bush settings in uncrowded anchorages where the only sounds you hear are the forest birds.
One of the pleasures of cruising is sharing time on board with our friends and other yachties. Sue has been on many of our adventures, notably to Lord Howe and to the Bass Strait Islands. Lindy and Phil, who keep their yacht Frangipani in Pittwater, and who we met a few years ago, came to raft up with us. So we celebrated being all together. It was a happy affair: any excuse to drink French Champagne and eat tasty treats was used that night. There was our arrival here, Chris’s belated 60th birthday, Lindy’s and our retirement, the fact it was sunny, not cold, and no big wave was in sight…And the next day over morning tea there was the meeting – well the Mexican stand off – of the bengal cats. Phil and Lindy have adopted a bengal kitten with the most amazing coat. Both cats look quite different: Bengie has a rufus coat with dark leopard spots, whereas Ella is silver with superb rosettes. Ella is learning to be a ship’s cat with all it entails: exploring nooks and crannies, keeping a watch on booms and biminis, doing deck patrols, assessing the possibility of jumping ship while rafted up, and snoozing in the sunshine. But the two cousins behaved like bengals do, they grawled and hissed and generally competed for the loudest miaows, both firmly held by their owner. All this was a fun start to our stay up this scenic part of the world. We will give you a tour in the next post. For now, here is a gallery showing you the trip up from Jibbon Beach to Broken Bay and our happy meet up.