Bateman’s Bay breezes


 A quick scan of the weather sites had us requesting a move deeper into the marina. By lunch time on Australia Day we were snugly tucked into the quietest corner of the marina in a space which, although it isnt really a pen provides two good poles, a couple of bollards and a floating pontoon to allow us to jump on and off Fling. It feels much more sheltered and we ready Fling for the expected strong winds.

Australia Day evening was spent onboard the beautiful square rigger ‘Argos’ owned by Sue and Peter Watt. Sue and Peter and their children are on a slow circumnavigation of Australia and are currently based in Batemans Bay for several months. They jumped into offshore sailing at the deep end, sailing Argos all the way across the Great Australian Bight on their first leg! Also onboard were a couple of their friends, weekend residents of the marina. It felt lovely to be welcomed into this small sailing community, especially after living amongst the commercial harbours of Woolongong and Ulladulla!

The Australia Day fireworks were abandoned by the presence of natures own fireworks and we all scattered to check the boats as the thunderstorm rolled through. Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald was beginning to make his way south towards us. At the very last minute he took a turn out to sea leaving us with only heavy rainfall and strong winds. A great relief! We thought for those in our sailing community further north and worried for those in the severely storm affected areas in Queensland and NSW. The weather gradually abated and we ventured out, enjoying several good walks and catch ups for coffee with the Argos crew and Neil and Deb,our cruising friends from last year. Neil and Deb have now sold Zolibato and are land based just down the coast from here. Fantastic to catch up again. Today we had a reunion lunch at a great seafood restaurant across the river. From here we were in prime position to watch the opening bridge lift up to let the afternoon ferry through.

During the week another couple of yachts have blown in. One in particular is a viking longboat, sailed all the way down from Russia. They, like most of the cruising fleet in the immediate area are headed for Hobart for the wooden boat festival. There’s a bit of a log jam of yachts in the ports at present as strong southerlies have replaced the tropical low weather! At Bermagui we hear of yachts rafted four deep so we will wait here some more until the weather gods smile again. That seems to have been the recurrent theme of this passage, short intervals of sailing followed by long intervals waiting for weather windows.

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