May 18, 2010
Bright and early on Sunday morning we said goodbye to Port Stephens. There were still remnants of the strong swell that had kept us there longer than planned but our departure was without excitement (thank goodness). We had a terrific start with up to two knots of current in our favour as we headed north 6nm offshore. However, later in the day this turned to two knots of current against us and it was disheartening seeing boat speed of 5-6 knots reducing to 3-4 knots over the ground. This meant we only arrived in Trail Bay early afternoon instead breakfast time. Exhausted from a trying night of squalls we promptly went to sleep.
Tuesday we went ashore to look over the historic jail. Built to house prisoners, it’s development was fraught with delays, and its main claim to fame now is that it housed German interns in the war. Not a bad place to be interned, with daily swims, fish to eat and a lovely view. Thereafter it was closed down and now is a lovely peaceful historic monument. Back on Rebel we upped anchor and set off on an overnight sail to Yamba with a forecast of 15-20 knots of wind.