New South Wales has kindly decided to give me a farewell gift in the shape of two punchy thunderstorms (so far). Peaked at 48kts a record windspeed for Fathom. Could be a long night. Gold Coast tomorrow 🙂 🍺
Slowly slowly creeping up the New South Wales Coast. 3.5 knots of head current at times made for a slow passage from Camden Head. Now at Coff's Harbour waiting for some decent breeze before continuing on to Queensland and the Gold Coast. I've been enjoying the company of new cruising friends. Yesterday afternoon a walk up to the top of Muttonbird Island with Bob and Jacinta.
Steep hike to the summit of North Brother this afternoon was rewarded with a fantastic view of Fathom (2nd boat from right) swinging at anchor in the river off Laurelton. We are hiding from big swells and strong northerly winds at the moment. It might look calm but if you look closely there are breaking waves over the bar entrance at Camden Head. Hope to get moving again early next week.
I couldn't start heading north before sailing Fathom down to Sydney Harbour. Today will live long in my memory, drifting past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge. Also a reminder we have come a long way from home.
Nice to make the front cover of this year's Vancouver Yachts journal. Photo taken mid Atlantic when Fathom was overtaken by one of her big sisters, a Vancouver 34. An unlikely photo opportunity so far from dry land.
#TBT my first visit to New Zealand in December 2006 when I threw myself off the Nevis Bungy. 134m and 8.5 seconds free fall was quite a buzz. Wouldn't do it now though must be getting soft in my old age
I've been heading up the east coast of the South Island over the last few days and stopped off at Porpoise Bay in the Catlins. Unfortunately it was raining so here's a shot I took from the same spot 11 years ago.