Hello beautiful people and welcome to the blog you all requested. Now you can live vicariously through this sailing adventure and stalk us not only on the find ship App (vjn3577 or Wanderlust V) but through occasional blog entries as well. For those of you who don’t know, the loose plan is to visit Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia with a return to Sydney in Dec 2017 so captain Andy can go back to work eventually, although plans can always change.
Andy has worked tirelessly to get the boat ready and I helped to the best of my ability. Last week was an absolute whirlwind with replacing the rigging, going for huge shopping trips for supplies and generally hustling to do all the essential things on the to do list. Finally, on Sunday night we dropped the mooring ball in Cammeray Marina and quickly left middle harbor through the last spit bridge opening at 930 pm. So quickly in fact I took a 3 minute shower then immediately sliced my foot on the oh so sterile shower door at cammeray marina. Andy thought I was dying because I was extremely dramatic about it, but don’t worry, I’m fine and my foot is also. Anyway, we are finally on our journey and as I am learning it is as much about the journey as the destination, maybe even more so. Currently, we are in Coffs Harbour in a very rolly anchorage in the ‘outer harbour’ as the real marina is still storm damaged from June 2016.
From Sydney up to Coffs we motored/motor sailed the entire way as the bureau of meteorology couldn’t have been more wrong on the weather and wind we were hoping for. The engine works great and we got into a rhythm of watching the horizon very easily. We were lucky to have glassy seas most of the way and even saw some playful dolphins along the way. I especially enjoyed the watches at night as I kicked back with a massive 500 ml coffee, blasted some music through the headphones and kept a quiet eye on the instruments, gauges and sails (when they were up).
The sunrises greeting us each morning and the waxing huge moon at night were especially beautiful and also seeing the phosphorescence (green glowing plankton) on the water when the clouds covered the moon .
I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait to continue our journey on the sea as the current conditions at anchor are very bumpy and we’re clearing out of customs tomorrow then onto lord howe at the first available weather window.
Stay tuned for the next update…
-Bre (& Andy)