We left our marina berth, snuggled in between the high rise of the Gold Coast this morning and headed north.
Now I realise that we are heading the wrong way but it wasn't a mistake. We wanted to do a trip through the Broadwater and associated islands and inland waterways to Brisbane so that Jenni can attend a sea safety and survival course over the weekend. We will also be meeting Jamie here who is going to crew with us for a week or two at the end of next week.
We left the pen at 6 this morning with a brisk south easterly blowing and a rising tide which gave us an extra two knots or so all morning. We motored for about 4 hours through the wiggly channels and ran the genoa out and switched off the motor as we emerged into Morton Bay. We had another two hours of great sailing with the south easterly behind us surfing at 9 knots at times.
We are now in Manly harbour which is just south of Brisbane along with about 2000 other boats!
We gave our new motor cycle communication units a try on the way in and we both think they are just the biz. So wonderful to be able to have a quietly spoken conversation across the length of the boat in a 25 knot wind.
We had our lovely new Australian made anchor delivered and fitted and our Australian made fridge unit tweaked by the same man so that we might have a freezer and a fridge. We are waiting to see what happens as it runs over night.
It is still very windy and pouring with rain and cold. Albany weather.
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