A nice south easterly carried Moonbow out the heads and then promptly died. I wondered whether it might be best to creep back into Sydney Harbour but it was too early in the mission to accept defeat. Pressing onto Port Stephens was just going to mean a lot of flopping around, so I altered course for Coaster's Retreat in Pittwater. A modest start of just 14 miles but a lovely cove nestled in the Kuringai Chase National Park. So appealing, that with little prospect of wind the following day, I stayed put pondering whether I should adopt the sail one day and rest the next philosophy.
|Wing & Wing for Breakfast|
The approach to Port Stephens is arguably the most spectacular of any port on the NSW coast. Even in the dark, light up by the full moon, the massive headlands and islands that surround the entrance are very impressive. A bit after 2200 I dropped the anchor in Shoal Bay, tuckered out, I packed up the sails, ate and was asleep in minutes.