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.
We have got a little further north since our last post: to Swansea on Monday and Port Stephens on Wednesday. We managed to avoid some of the rain, dodge the whales and did not see any containers. But we did see some nice waves and Take It Easy surfed a few!
Not only do we have to contend with gale force winds and huge swell for days on end, but now we also have to dodge 83 shipping containers drifting along the Central Coast of New South Wales.
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!
There is something about the waters around Port Stephens that is so appealing! We left Broughton earlier this week, headed for Swansea, at the head of Lake Macquarie. What a treat of aerial acrobatics by gannets and whales alike! So we could not resist showing you the delights of our passage.
Having been in harbours and rivers all along the coast of NSW, we were craving a bit of solitude and the sense of being away from it all. There are not that many places you can do this along this coast, but we had a goal in mind: to spend a few days around Broughton…
During weeks of freezing temperatures and demanding sailing weather, we felt that our life afloat was a series of battles with harsh conditions. Our first weeks on board were cold and uncomfortable, and the section from Bittaganbee to Broken Bay was particularly stressful. But springtime is here now, we have reached warmer climes and it…