Port Stephens and AirBuddy trial

We sailed from The Pittwater up to Port Stephens on Friday. A great 12hr sail apart from the last couple of hours. The wind got up to 40+knots and the swell was starting to build. We were very happy to pick up a mooring in Shoal Bay for the night.

Yesterday was still pretty windy so we moved over to Salamander Bay at Soldiers Point. It got a bit rough!

Luckily it was way better over there and we got ashore for a walk and had drinks on some friends boat in the evening.

Tim invested in a new start up business a few years ago for a little portable compressor to dive with. While we were in Sydney we got an email telling us it was ready to be shipped. Thankfully they let us pick it up from their factory. This involved a ferry ride, bus rides and train and light rail trips for Tim and a mate. It involved a day shopping in the city for Liz and Mrs Mate! We did however vote early so it was a good day.

The AirBuddy got packed away but Tim decided to use it today to clean Freya’s bum.

We are anchored in Fame Cove tonight which is very much like Dark Hollow. Tim drank all the rum last night so tomorrow we will re-provision before heading north on Tuesday.

Happy Mothers Day from Freya xo

Jervis Bay to Port Hacking

A change in the weather forcast enabled us to leave Jervis Bay and head for Port Hacking. We once again motored through the night and arrived in the dark on a low tide.

Point Perpendicular is the north head of Jervis Bay and the sea was very rough until we cleared the area around it.

Freya’s B & G radar picked up some approaching storm fronts with uncanny accuracy so we experienced some quite severe rain and lightening while we were going through. Luckily they didn’t last long.

Arriving in Port Hacking we had decided to anchor in Gunnamatta Bay. The channel in was well marked but a little nerve wracking as parts of it were extremely close to shore. The captain joked later that day that we were so close that he could read the name of the maker of the navigational sign.

After getting a couple of hours 😴 we went ashore for breakfast at Cronulla.

Cronulla beach is where one of my favourite movies was filmed, Puberty Blues .

Today we are off to the RSL for lunch and to explore a little. We plan to attend tomorrow’s Anzac Day service and catch up with a friend from Marine Rescue.

Bermagui to Jervis Bay

We left Bermagui at 8am yesterday all excited for a great sail up to Jervis Bay. The light tail winds predicted turned into quite a strong breeze fair up our clacker! The waves were also building and turned into roughly 4 – 5 meters high. Freya surfed along averaging 6kn peaking at 9kn.

The autopilot decided to stop working about 6 hrs in. We went into Broulee Island to recommission it and have a quick lunch. 30 minutes saw us back out in the muck pushing on.

After a very nasty 15hrs of sailing and sloshing about we anchored in Darling Roads just inside Jervis Bay on the south side. We were hungry and tired so had a light dinner and hit the sack.

This morning we woke to see an absolutely gorgeous beach so it kind of made it worth it!

We will Easter here in JB and push on to Sydney sometime next week.

For now there are geocaches to find, swimming and exploring, and of course socializing with our sailing friends.

Happy Easter from Freya and crew xo

Beautiful Bermagui

We arrived in Bermagui NSW yesterday afternoon and will stay until at least Thursday.

We have been socializing with Hurtle Turtle, Stray Cats and Zofia last night and today. We met these boats in Hobart earlier this year so it’s good to catch up again.

This is Freya tied up to the fishermens wharf in Bermagui

The Bermagui marina.

We will post more photos when we have explored a bit more.

Anchor down after 52hrs.

Well after my (Liz) first Bass Straight crossing the anchor is down and the beer is out.

We are in East Boyd Cove at Eden NSW. The crossing was comfortable with light winds and not too much wave height. Unfortunately we ran the motor all the way! The new autopilot works a treat so we both managed to get plenty of rest.

1.Gabo Island lighthouse

2. Green Cape lighthouse

3. Boyds Tower which is an old whaling lookout at Red Point coming into Twofold Bay/ Eden

The NE Victorian coast, what we could see of it, was lovely sand dunes and beaches and part of a National Park so no houses or towns.

SE NSW also part of a National Park was much the same only with really pretty deep red cliffs.

Freya has charmed us once again with her comfort and seaworthiness.