Bad News – Good News

Bad news: Long distance cruising is over for another year and it is hard to get back into land life! Good news: Our Cruise Journal is ready!  It is great to look back and relive some moments, and it is also nice to share it with those wanting to live the sailing life vicariously!

So what was it really like?

Now that we are back from our eight weeks at sea, covering an ambitious 1500 nautical miles from Yeppoon in North Queensland to Port Albert in Victoria, people have been asking us  “what was it like, really”? So here it is, warts and all.

Final Leg to Port Albert

After weathering bad weather for four days in the Gippsland Lakes, we finally got a short window to get out in the ocean for our final leg of our odyssey to Port Albert.  This is about a 70 nautical miles passage involving crossing the notorious Lakes Entrance bar, then crossing the even more dodgy Port Albert bar,…

Nearly home!

Full of hopes for a spinnaker run all the way, based on a solid forecast of NE winds, we left Bittangabee at dawn on Thursday. Shortly after Green Cape, Big Red was flying and we were going great guns, into Victoria, past Gabo Island, Mallacoota, and Little Rame Head. 

Tucked in at Bittangabee

There is something about Bittangabee that is really appealing: peaceful, 100% protection from any wind of any strength right up in the creek, nice walks.  Not many yachties come here.  They favour Eden, 9 miles north.  But if you like little nooks and have a shallow draft, this is a winner of an anchorage.

Moruya to Bittangabee – Getting Close!

The ‘normal’ weather pattern in summer along the NSW coast is typified by several days of NE ahead of a southerly change, when the wind gradually shifts to SE and back to NE as the high moves into the Tasman Sea.  However the weather does not always follow the rules.  And certainly this summer, it has…

When the northerlies blow, we go!

We had two days of northerlies forecast, a rare opportunity on this cruise!  So we put in a big effort and have just completed a 39 hour non-stop passage to get us south.  We left Port Macquarie at 6.30am on Sunday morning and sailed till we reached Jervis Bay at 10.30pm on Monday night, 280 nautical…