After the last anxious sail to Port Stephens, it was a relief to leave the ‘danger zone’ and relax our watch for containers and debris on the way up to Crowdy Head and Port Macquarie.
Apart from soggy nappies, clocks and polystyrene, we did not see anything else floating around, but what a mess to clean up! It seems the containers have sunk as apart from the two at Fingal Head that broke off on the day of the incident, no other have been spotted. But fishing boats dragging nets along the sea floor might catch more than they bargain for!
We had a good sail up to Crowdy Head. With the wind gradually shifting from NW to SW, we surprised ourselves and made the 65 miles run in daylight. Grey day, coolish, but flat seas. We saw beautiful Fairy Prions and a few whales too.
But our sail to Port Macquarie to meet up with our friends Waz and Lisa was even better: under 15 to 20kn SW, it was a great sled ride complete with rainbows. We covered the easy 30 miles in 4 hours.
Then straight up the Hastings River we went, and plonked ourselves right opposite our friends’ home. We are at Port Macquarie for a few days!