Long day, long night

Heading down the coast from Brisbane to Sydney got caught in a “strong wind warning” for about 24 hours. Fortunately I was traveling down wind but still uncomfortable. With only a slip of the jib I was surfing at 10 knots. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Brisbane River anchorage

Last night I exited the Brisbane River like a thief. I have enjoyed my time in Brisbane but the facilities leave a great deal to be desired. I anchored in the river between Mowbray Park and New Farm. The bottom is mud and the strong current reverses. This means the anchor resets four tines a day. And drags. I solved this problem by adding a stern anchor to keep from swinging out into the channel. That worked until both anchors started to drag. Last night at slack tide I had enough, hauled both anchors and departed.There are a lot of mooring balls (and boats) in the river but almost no guest balls. The mooring fields occupy the best anchorages. It is hard to find a spot as the few guest facilities are almost always full. Finding a place to land a dinghy is also difficult. The fields are not well marked. Traveling down the river at night I had to keep a very sharp lookout to prevent Reboot from hitting moored boats with dim anchor lights.Then of course there are the Citi-Cats. These fer
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Stillness

It is the middle of the night here on the Brisbane River and all is still. XO woke me. His water bowl was empty. The tide is turning and there is no wind. I am sitting in the cockpit. The interior is stifling. XO is standing guard to repel boarders. I will most likely doze until sunrise. A very quiet moment.Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Local knowledge – Australia Chartlets

My friend John @ Anglican Church Grammar School pointed me to these beautiful chartlets (free) for Queensland and New South Wales. The links are:http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/Boating-maps/Moreton-Bay-guideshttp://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/using-waterways/maps/boating-maps.htmlEnjoyFair winds and following seas 🙂
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