|Tied up in the Hastings River|
|Smoky Cape Light|
|Trial Bay gaol|
We watched and waited for weather and tide to cross the Port Macquarie bar and to be right along the coast to sail the 70nm to Coffs Harbour. We are learning it can be tricky on this coast as many places can only be exited/entered at certain times and in certain conditions. This often dictates when and how we sail in terms of weather and the time of day/night. Finally the conditions looked good on Wednesday and despite the forecast getting better later in the week we were keen to move. The tide was just right and allowed a dawn exit of the bar in moderate swell with an early evening arrival in Coffs on the cards. The trip up was good with some bursts of stronger winds in the constant showers that drifted in from the East all day. The sun is setting early now so by 5:30pm it was gone and we entered Coffs Harbour and the marina in the dark at about 6:30pm and picked our way in by finding the navigation lights amongst all the houses, cars etc in the background. It was sad to leave family behind in Port but we are also excited to be moving again.
|Leaving Port at first light on the high tide|
|Emma knitting as we motor sail through calm seas.|
|Smoky Cape light from the sea as we pass by|
|Rain squall approaches|