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Old 14-04-2018, 01:22   #16
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Or, don't sail at night. There are plenty of places to anchor for the night, we always do the Sydney to Gold coast trip in day hops. The only bit that's a stretch is Yamba to the Gold coast, which is 100 miles, we allow 12 hours for that.
And, if you're traveling on a southerly, you can overnight in Byron Bay, and continue on in the morning. If the breeze stays strong, it will even be comfortable in a mono, however, it can get rolly. If it does, then it's an early departure, doing as the wx gods wish.....

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did you travel that close at night or day hops only ?
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You have plenty of good replies above - just to say that we sail up the east coast every year and the trick is to stay as close inshore as you feel safe with what Nav aids you have onboard. The racers say if you can't hear the surf you are too far out. Our first trip it took us over 24 hrs to motor sail around Cape Byron, our friends told us not to be mean and turn the engine on - we already had it on. I might add we now have a new bigger engine. The open roadsteads make good anchorages in the winter westerlies so you can break up the journey to anchor at night. Use the current models they provide an inkling of back eddies and the like.
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Or, don't sail at night. There are plenty of places to anchor for the night, we always do the Sydney to Gold coast trip in day hops. The only bit that's a stretch is Yamba to the Gold coast, which is 100 miles, we allow 12 hours for that.


Wow, 100 miles in 12hrs or less... I’d need 24...
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I’m at Port Macquarie now, going north in the morning. Hoping to get to Trial Bay, then Coffs the following day. Then Yamba, then Byron, then Tweeds... those are comfortable day hops with a 27ft waterline.

Coming up yesterday I did notice a pretty big hit once I round point tacking... lost about a knot. I’m usually a mile off, but will stay closer until free of the current.

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