Up a 6, filled the water tank and bottles, showered & packed up the boat ready for sailing. Didn’t get away until 7:45am but that was ok we only had around 50 to 60 nautical mile to go. (so we thought) We manoeuvred the boat out or its pen with ropes then proceeded forward out of there.
That was from Mooloolabah we worked out later. Over all we had about 90 mile to travel. We were scooting along quite quickly that by the time we got to Mooloolabah I was first to say let’s be adventurous and keep going – to be honest I was sick of being at sea and to think of going another day was just out of the question. The seas were really good and the swell was minimal compared to the other days of sailing. As the miles rolled by Trev worked out we would get to Inskip to cross the bar just on dark. I wish I could go in out of the sun like Gail does and read. But that would be the end of feeling well for me. I read at night when we have stopped. Just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars – great read but have your tissues handy.
Phil & I have a competition, seeing we are the helmsmen. He got the top speed today at 16.4 nautical miles per hour which is what I got the other day. I managed 16.8 crossing the Yamba bar but we kind of don’t count that one because we had a good wave help. While we have a daily comp there is the comp for the top speed over all. We averaged 10.2 nautical miles today. (beats travelling at 5) The sailing was really good. You would catch a swell and with that and the breeze you could fairly hoot along, then you fall off the back of the swell and slow down and then away you would go again. At one point I go Woo Hoo Phil – he was steering – and Trev goes “I don’t like woohoo” I must say it can get a little scary too.
Whales few and far between which is a good thing after the one the other day.
We came around Double Island Point with still 10 mile to go and decided that it looked flat enough and we could always come back to the Point if it was too rough. The sunset picture I took just as we got to where you turn and go into the entrance to the bar. Most times there are breakers that break on shallows but there was just one little section that had a little bit of water breaking. A lot of prayers were being said to get us over this bar without any problems and they were answered.
By the time we got past the breaking sections it was dark. We came around inskip point, passed all the anchored boats and with torch light and the iPad app. Navionics we were able to locate our anchorage and anchored for the night. Had lamb chops for dinner.
This will be home for the next week or so. This is where we start catching fish.
I'm having trouble rotating the pictures so just lean over neck stretches are good.