There is nothing like spending time with good friends both on land and at sea. Here are a few snippets of our activities over the past few days and lots of photos, so make yourself a cuppa and read on.
Our friends Waz and Lisa live on a beautiful 20 acre property on the outskirts of Port Macquarie. We anchored in front of their place on the Hastings River on Sunday and spent three days with them. They have a few head of cattle and we were quite taken by a couple of little calves and a lovely wooly adult. They also have a wonderful garden.
When came time to leave, Waz could not resist coming sailing with us to Coffs Harbour and rearranged his schedule. Lisa had to work unfortunately! We thought we would have to motor on the first day, but we sailed most of the way to Trial Bay, enjoying gentle conditions. We saw lots of whales, fished and caught a bonito, which provided sashimi for dinner for all of us including the pussycat. Sunset was to die for.
The sail to Coffs Harbour the next day was terrific. Early morning start in mist, sails up straight away. And then the conditions picked up and it was ON: over 20 knot SW, choppy seas, everything flying inside the cabin, the boys had to double reef the main in a hurry, two whales were breaching next to us forcing us to alter our course, and a yellow fin tuna caught itself on the trawling line and had to be hauled on board. It all got a bit exciting! Then as quickly as the wind and sea picked up, things quietened down and we had to motor sail the last bit to Coffs.
Waz then had the big job of filleting the tuna on the sugar scoops. With so much fish, what better thing to do but to have a feast on Take It Easy. Lisa drove up from Port Macquarie, and we invited another set of friends who live near Coffs, Elgar and Claire, to join us for dinner. Waz was our hero, preparing the tuna for sashimi and making sushi rolls – a huge task! The six of us had a superb meal together, exchanged lively stories and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company – a fantastic way to end an excellent day.
We are in Coffs Harbour while the northerlies have returned. The water here is now 20.5 degrees – balmy! It is still chilly in the mornings and at night, but things are looking up!