Arrived Port Jackson

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Tue 26 Mar 2024 09:27

Position: 34 16.5 S 151 00.2 E
Moored Rushcutters Bay, Port Jackson
Wind: SE, F1 - gentle air
Sea: calm Swell: nil
Weather: sunny, mild
Day's Run (since noon 25-12-24): 62 nm

We managed to sail against the light headwinds for a further 12 or so miles (made good as opposed to the 25 miles sailed through the water) over five hours before the wind died and we had to resort to the BRM again. We tried sailing sporadically through the evening each time a hint of usable breeze appeared but, in the end, at 2300, we furled the jib and motored for a further three hours in calm wind and water, entering Sydney Heads at 0140 and picking up a public mooring in Quarantine Bay at 0212 this morning.

I slept in until a little after ten, then, after a quick dip and a late breakfast, slipped the mooring and sailed to Rushcutters Bay where we came alongside the RAN Sailing Associations pontoon at 1424. The first thing I did after paying a courtesy call on the office, was to unshackle my trusty dinghy from its lashings in the boatshed where it had been held captive for the past three months, and return it to the water to once more serve as my faithful aquatic steed. Then. without further ado, I started transferring some of the gear that had been stowed in the RANSA boatshed loft for the Sydney to Hobart back on board Sylph.

Certainly there is a lot of stuff in the loft and I will do my best to rationalise it all to ensure Sylph's waterline is not lowered more than necessary. Having said this, it is good to be returning Sylph to her more customary cruising mode.

All is well.