June 28, 2009
Natalie and I got the boat tidy and organised for the trip down to Manly. everything stowed as it was forecast to be around 15+ knots.
We left the marina at 1130. Sails hoisted at 1200 and set a course ESE around the point then SE to a track across Brisbane port entrance, SW of Mud island and N of St Helena, then around the SE corner of Green island into Manly Boat harbour.
the trip started with a great WSW breeze 10-14Kn and we averaged 7-8Kn boat speed. After coming alomgside Mud island the breeze slowly eased to 6-8 kn and changed SWS. we had to go E off course a little to keep sailing a while off St Helena before we dropped sails and headed W to the Manly boat harbour leads.Important to follow these as the depth was only a little over 2m in places (Holdfast draws 1.8m) with the start of the leads having a narrow and shallow patch to go through.
1540 we docked in Manly marina having covered 22.3 Nm – moslty by sail for a change.