Towards the sun

Michael Hughes and Ger White
Thu 14 Apr 2011 23:35
We're continuing our gradual cruise northwards, having decided in Coffs to continue up the Australian coast and forego the passage back out to New Cal and Vanuatu. A return to the Pacific islands would have been great--but the consequence would have been too little time to pause and "smell the roses" and a bit of a rush back to Oz and up the coast--instead we'll make our way slowly and have plenty of time in the Whitsundays, which we have not yet seen.
So on 9 April we left Coffs early in the morning, arriving in Southport (Gold Coast) the following day in the early afternoon. A pretty uneventful passage, though this time we did suffer the adverse current that generally flows at up to 2 knots down the NSW coast--this together with generally light winds meant a fair bit of engine work.
Southport Yacht Club was a nice marina to spend a few days. And lovely weather--good to be back in Queensland!
Then on the 13th we set off for Mooloolaba, leaving Southport mid-morning. And we had a lovely sail--winds quite light--around 10 knots-- calm seas and little swell-- glorious sunshine during the day and clear moonlit night overnight. We were in no hurry, and sailed almost all the way averaging 5 knots--no adverse current--and arriving Mooloolaba shortly after dawn--all tied up in the marina by 0730.
We'll probably spend a week here--Andrew & Emma are coming up for the weekend from Brisbane (only an hour away), and there's a nice beach 3 minutes walk away! And 10 minutes walk into town, which is quite buzzy in a holiday resort sort of way.
So all is well here.