Coffs Harbour

Posted 17 January 2012

I'm very happy now that I decided to do a over nigth passage from Tweed River to Coffs Harbor because the weather in the space of a day changed for the worst. It was a good trip with NEasterlys 10 to 15 knots and small seas, but very tiresome for me because I only could sleep 10 minutes at the time. The next day, January,15th was spend resting and on the following day, I wake up in 25 knots of wind from the SE, with a incoming swell of about a meter into the bay. I did not leave the boat in this conditions as it became a lee shore situation. I remained on anchor watch through the day and nigth, using a kichten clock to wake me up every 30 minutes.

It is very tempted to go to the marina which entrance is only 200 meters from my port bow, be comfortable and protected from the elements, with a short walking distance from city life, but instead I choose to remain at anchor for 2 reasons; the 1st is offcourse economics, as you cruising the money goes out and nothing comes in, the 2nd and most important to me to condition my body and mind to the reality off sea travel. In the ocean there are no pit stops and one has to be prepared to deal with the situation at hand.

I suffer from motion sickness even at anchor but that is no excuse to neglect the work that needs to be done to keep Vida Nova in good running order.

My coordinates are 30 18,288 S by 153 8,644 E, check out 'Our Current Position' on google earth.

Due South

Posted 11 January 2012

Shorncliffe is a beautiful seaside village at the mouth of Cabbage Tree creek just north of Brisbane. It his a well located marina, close by shops and trains and safe to leave the boat to go exploring.

The 1st time we met Steve was in Niue aboard Heat Wave and again in Musket Cove, Fiji with his partner Nicky. We sail together from Cabbage Tree to Tangalooma on Morton Island to spend Christmas and returned on 26 December. Nicky and Steve have done a great job and we had a great Aus/Nz Christmas aboard theirs Leopard 42 catamaran.

After Morgan left on the 28 December and Veronica on the 29 December, I went to Buderim, Sunshine Coast to celebrate the new coming year with them.

Other great friends we met in Musket Cove where Doug and Diane aboard Benneteau 47 Seafarer, we had such great time, partying, racing and meeting new friends that came to Doug's Birthday in Fiji. Once again I felt very comfortable leaving the boat and gone visit them in Figal Head, Goald Coast where I stayed for few days, done all medical tests with Diane, meeting their friends, walk and swim in the beach a short walk from home and off course the great meals they prepared.

I left Shorncliffe to Coochiemmudlo Island in the end of the Moreton Bay run, stayed overnight and left next morning to Southport in the Gold Coast.After a good night rest. I motor sailed to Tweeds Heads River were I am at anchor overlooking their home.

My position is Lat 28,12S by 153,33E.