After saying our goodbyes to friends with Fish and Chips and Fishermans Wharf we had a leisurely cruise down to Lakes Entrance. Farewell dinner with Annelise then early to bed ready for a daylight start.

 

Set the alarm for 4.am but we were both awake around 3.00am and dozed. Got the boat ready to depart as we waited for the 5.00am forecast to come in. Then we were off promptly running into the sand bank just past Flagstaff Jetty. No harm done but lost a bit of our new antifoul paint and my pride.

The bar crossing was smooth unlike last year and we enjoyed a lovely sail for the first 5 hours with the full moon setting behind us and a stunning sunrise in front of us. The wind slowly died and even the spinnaker wouldn't hold so we started a motor.

Point Hicks Light House looked lovely in the morning sun

 

We had a little more sailing inside the New Zealand Star Banks then it got a bit bumpy as darkness fell and approached Gabo Island. The night breeze was a NW and we pinched up to lay Green Cape with motor assist on. The night was balmy and warm and the near full moon made it very pleasant sailing.

We considered going into Bittangabee but that's a bit tricky in the dark so we kept going. After Green Cape we motored straight into the breeze for a couple of hours to get inshore out of the current which was 1-2 knots against us. Another beautiful day dawned and we were able to bear away and hug the coast to Bermagui.

Arrived 12.am 182Nm. Lunch then a run.

 

Steve on Serenity 2 a Beneteau 47 rafted up to us and we enjoyed a couple of drinks while Steve told us of his experiences sailing around from Perth.

Early dinner and crashed by 8.30pm.

 

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