We are moored in Refuge Bay in Broken Bay north of Sydney. We had a fast, boisterous ride up from Batemans Bay. Zen Again covered the ~150nm passage in 24 hours. We logged 165nm and lifted our maximum speed record from 10.7 to 11.1 knots. The wind varied from 20 to 35 knots from the south. It rained on and off throughout the trip. We encountered quite a few ships, including one warship off Sydney.
We decided to stop at Broken Bay this morning when we realised we would arrive at Port Stephens after dark this evening. We don't want to enter Port Stephens in the dark because the entrance is quite narrow (and rocky). So we're now in a lovely quiet bay, surrounded by national park and a real waterfall! Very serene after the exciting sail.
The gas system installation was completed on Monday. We also collected our new liferaft, topped up the diesel tanks and stocked with perishable foods. The new stove and gas system works very well. Thanks to Danny at Coastal Gas Services. The new checkstays also had a good workout. Thanks to TonyS for those.
We plan to carry on up to Port Stephens tomorrow night, arriving on Friday morning.