Gold Coast - Heading South Day 2 - 31 25.218S 153 10.928E
Mike and Liz Downing
Sun 25 Nov 2012 07:05
So with all this speed our noon to noon passage was one of our best ever at 187.4 sea miles, averaging just under 8kts. The winds are now down to 20-25kts and the seas have eased a bit. With just the two headsails up, the outer genoa being poled out to windward we're still making between 8 and 9kts. At these speeds, the miles just roll by and rather than getting in on Tuesday morning, it now seems possible that we may get there by early afternoon tomorrow (Monday). Our destination is Pittwater, just north of Sydney, but we had checked out a number of ports down the coast if the weather changed. These ports are not always easy to get into due to their bars that can be dangerous and which constantly change with the changing sands. However, the forecasts suggest another day of northerlies tomorrow (3 in a row - unheard of so far this season!) and if that happens we do stand a real chance of arriving tomorrow.
There's a lot of shipping down this coast and the AIS is regularly showing 7 or 8 big commercial ships - some going north and some south. There are no traffic lanes here, but the current is always a southerly current and it can be up to 4kts, so the ships going south follow it and the ships going north keep out of it and this creates shipping lanes. We're glad we both receive and transmit AIS - we can see them on it and hopefully they can see us!
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