Well, these are very good sea boats. If my memory serves, its the fibreglass version of the Folkboat
, isnt it?
I think you will find they have cruised the east coast
for many years. We did a trip from sydney to lake Macquarrie as part of a yacht club cruise
in the late 1970s or 80s and there were a number of Contessas. None sank going up or back!
Its a short run of just 50 nms and theres a great opt out point of Pittwater at 30 nms. If the weather
turns to hell in a handbasket you just slip in behind Barranjoey and drop the pick off the beach. Or better still you can set it up as a weekend passage
and go to pittwater on Saturday and anchor
in the Basin, and get drunk and BBQ on the beach with everyone else. then continue the 20 miles to Sydney the next day.
between now and winter can be truly wonderful with those warm, light days continuing into May.
If you havent been out the Lake macquarrie channel before you can do that as a test run next weekend and just go out offshore
for a couple of hours and slip back in. I dont have current
information on that channel and if its silted - whats it called, the Overhang, or something? But your boat should be fine.
Just nose on out and look around and get the feel of your boat at sea.
Then the trip to Sydney will be fantastic.
They are good boats with a long history
sailing in a nice spot with predictable weather. Thats a great way to start doing passages