Back to our beloved Prom

After spending a few days at the Flagstaff Jetty just inside the Gippsland Lakes and catching up with our friend Dickie, we headed off on Friday morning to Wilsons Promontory in very overcast conditions and threatening skies. We flew our spinnaker for about 8 hours until it got too rowdy in the afternoon and Big…

256 Mile Dash

It is funny how you worry about time running out, but a few days of solid sailing changes everything. We have made great progress on our southerly journey. We left Jibbon Beach last Friday and 5 days later crossed the Lakes Entrance bar – a 256 nautical mile dash!

Wild Weather

Although we left Broken Bay on Sunday to sail further south, we only managed 40 miles in strengthening conditions. It was a fairly rough passage to Jibbon Beach, Port Hacking, in short chop, rain showers and threatening skies.

More exploring up the Hawkesbury

Our last bushwalk from Coasters Retreat in Pittwater gave us a taste for more exploring up the Hawkesbury. We motored up to America Bay, from which we could set off on a walk. The Bay is peppered with club and private moorings, but when you are there mid week as we were, few yachts are around. The…

The delights of Kuringai Chase

Today we are showing you a different side of cruising: coming ashore at Coasters’ Retreat, for a bush walk in the Kuringai Chase National Park, with our friend Sue. This gave me the opportunity to test my Tamron 18-400 lens for macro photography. It has proved a great replacement to my old Tamron 18-270 which…

Sedate Lake Macquarie – or was it?

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…

Aerial Acrobatics

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.