We have spent 10 days in Port Macquarie, some on a public mooring in front of town, but most of the time up the Hastings River anchored fore and aft in front of our friends Lisa and Waz’s house. Coming to Port Macquarie is like coming home: so welcoming.
With Lisa’s fiftieth birthday and the Australia Day celebrations, it was a party that lasted several days. We met her special friends and family, had fun, ate too much, probably drank more than we should have too! Between the swims on the edge of the river to cool down in the heat, a bit of water skiing and surfing for Wade, visitors on board to check out Anui, and lots of chatting with everybody, the time went by very pleasantly.
We also caught up with followers and yachties Meredith and Brian, a nice way to spend our last evening in Port Macquarie.
And now we are heading back to Queensland! We have a short window of southerlies then easterlies to push us along. At this time of year we get long bouts of northerlies interrupted by brief southerly changes, and we also have to fight the Eastern Seaboard Current when northward bound. Of course we want to sail rather than motor, so we must be prepared to take what we can, when we can!
We will assess where we stop on the way, however our first overnight stop is likely to be Coffs Harbour where our friends Elgar and Claire are waiting for us with a Moussaka and fresh produce to boost! Beyond that, Iluka might be where we spend the weekend, but we will see how the weather develops.
A few things are happening over the next two weeks which mean we can’t laze about too much: we need to pick up our new mainsail and get the dinghy covers installed at Gold Coast Sailmakers, then head to Brisbane since on 20 February I fly to France to visit my dad. As some of you may recall, Dad was diagnosed last year with pancreatic cancer and I want to spend some time with him while he is still relatively okay. This was the Christmas trip that was postponed because of riots in France, a threatening cyclone coming down the Queensland coast and us ending up with two catamarans to deal with following Anui’s purchase. I will be gone for three weeks. Wade will stay with the boat and our pussycat Bengie and he will plan our next big adventure to Lord Howe Island ready for when I get back.
We will post a couple of times before I disappear, so stay tuned!