It's another beautiful sunny day in Coffs Harbour! We have been here just on a month now - an unscheduled, unexpected but quite glorious stop!

We arrived, limped in with a problem with the starter moor, expecting maybe to stop for a week or so to get it fixed before heading off to Iluka, our next planned stop. Ah the plans of sailors!

North and more North

What do you get when you take a sailing couple with their classic schooner, the ship’s cat, and a tag-along bird watcher out into the North Pacific Ocean to sail from San Francisco, CA to undefined “points North” in March?

Old engines

It is exactly one week now since we departed Crowdy Head and set off for Coffs Harbour. It has been a week like many others, peaceful and serene but punctuated by moments of such intense stress!

Crowdy Head

So it turns out that Crowdy Head has a great deal more going for it than we first appreciated as we sailed into the harbour last week.

We were at first a little surprised at its disrepair but very quickly we were reminded that places are what you make of them.

River and lake bar crossings

The Forster Bar



It’s really never dull when you live on board a yacht – there is always something happening, a new yacht arriving, someone to meet, a new port, places to see and explore, changing weather patterns. Something different pretty much every day. Some days though things spring up which you don’t expect or really want and there are things to adapt to, things to manage and always things to learn.


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