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!
We had not intended to move inside Lake Macquarie after our provisioning in Swansea, but the change of forecast meant we had time to kill before heading out again. Local catamaran sailors Phil and Deb Thompson came on board to pick our brains about Tasmania. It was nice meeting them; they have been following us…
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.
We are continuing our northern migration. After a 6 hour sail from Pearl Beach to Swansea on Friday, we had a big day on Saturday: not only did we spend the whole day in shorts and Tshirts, but for the first time ever, we made our own water!
May be we have got over the heebie-jeebies of rough seas and gear hassles. Touch wood! We left ill-fated Port hacking on Friday, having spent a full day attending to our rudder and the navigation lights, which had decided to stop working. Mr Fix It picked up a couple more stripes on his epaulettes after…