The South Westerlies have returned with a vengeance, which normally would mean it is time for another big downwind run. But they are particularly mean this time! We had Port Macquarie in our sights for the weekend, but it will take a bit longer!
We like orange on our sail trims and in the dawn skies, but not so much in the MetEye wind forecasts! And red is definitely not for us!
Tuesday before dawn and the arrival of the South West, we left Jibbon Beach, Port Hacking. We had a short sail up to Barrenjoey and Pittwater on a light NW and… we saw our first Humpback whales for the season. So exciting!
From Barrenjoey, it is just over 200 nautical miles to Port Macquarie. We planned to hug the coast where the wind is somewhat lighter. We thought we would make three overnight stops before getting to our destination: at Swansea, Port Stephens and Crowdy Head. However as you can see on the weather map, the orange and red bits are too close to shore to venture out there. So although the plan has not changed, the timing has!
We stayed put on Wednesday, and picked up a public mooring at Coasters’ Retreat. We enjoyed a great walk ashore in sunshine.
In fact it was so nice that we started wondering whether we should have sailed to Swansea. However when we got back to Take It Easy, the wind picked up and a mightly storm descended on us, complete with thunder, lightening, heavy rain and hail! Right, well we don’t need to sail in that!
On Thursday things did not improve and in fact it looks like we will not move until Sunday. It is too wild to venture out there, and the next legs will have to wait a while.
Although we can’t wait to get to Port Macquarie, where our friends Waz and Lisa are expecting us, we have got to get there safely. So may be next week!?