Although from the right direction, the breeze has not been very strong along the Illawarra coast, so no record breaking speed over the two days it took us to get south of Sydney. Just a motor sail from Batemans Bay to Crookhaven Heads, where we stopped for the night, then a spinnaker sail to Port Hacking. At this time of year, the days are getting shorter. We only have 10 hours of daylight, so we are gone by dawn and anchored before 5.00pm.
The record breaking aspect of our passage was the number and variety of birds we saw: shearwaters, prions, petrels, and different albatrosses, including the stunning but endangered Indian Yellow-nosed. They are all amazing to watch, and challenging to identify, so this kept us amused, Wade with the binoculars in hand, and me with the camera. Degree of difficulty to photograph the birdies when the boat is rock and rolling: HIGH! With the rebound along the tall cliffs of Jervis Bay and the Illawarra coast, not to mention the chop from the southerly breeze against the East Coast current, this was not a smooth ride! Here is the pick of the photos:
Once again we have a few days’ pause while the northerlies are back. It is a bit stop and start, but at least it allows us to catch up with our friend Sue over the weekend. At this stage the forecast is such that we are staying at Jibbon Beach till Tuesday. We should then have a few days of strong South West to do big downwind jumps to Swansea on Wednesday, Port Stephens on Thursday and may be Port Macquarie on Friday. But as usual, forecasts do change, so our plans are as they say “written in sand at low tide”.