Initially we had 10 knot WSW winds but these built to 25 gusting 30+ SSW winds by lunchtime. They remained 20 - 30 knots for the rest of the trip. We logged 165nm which is very close to the rhumb line distance we had planned. This time we kept the double-reefed main and No 3 jib working and had a much more comfortable ride than under jib alone.
The entrance into Coffs Harbour was exciting, with a solid 30 knot SSW breeze blowing. We came alongside the end of a jetty in the marina with the wind on the beam - glued it on quite well we thought. The fenders got a good workout.
|Coffs Harbour from top of Muttonbird Island|
After tidying up the boat we explored the marina and it immediate surroundings, then did our laundry for the first time since leaving Perth. In a few minutes we're going to a 'sundowner' aboard another boat which is also heading north.
|Sea View from east side of Muttonbird Island|
We expect to spend at least two nights here, possibly more. The weather forecast is for strong southerlies for the rest of the week, and the marina here costs only $35/night. Coffs Harbour is quite a scenic spot, so a few days here will be very pleasant.