Finally here, departure day... we're off !

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May 11th 2013
Published: May 11th 2013
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Well it's finally here, our time to leave.

All last minute preparations finished, well most of them. Everything packed onto the boat, key returned to the marina office, water tanks filled. A miserable gloomy day with frequent showers but had lovely hour or two with friends who came to see us off, most of us huddled in the saloon. Then came 2:30, time for us to leave, fortunately coinciding with a break in the rain.

Set off with a target of only getting to Jacobs Well but we never even got that far.

Out of the Coomera river, we got the front sail up and sailed quite briskly with wind hitting 20 knots at times. At this time we realised that I got my tide information wrong and would be hitting the shallow part of stretch just at low tide. Not wanting to risk a grounding headed for Tipplers and anchored there. Thought we were too far into the channel so up anchored, dragging up from the depths a very muddy anchor chain. We then chose a new spot, let the anchor run out and splatter me in mud, to find we were just as much in the
A few drinks in the saloonA few drinks in the saloonA few drinks in the saloon

hiding from the rain
channel as before !

On the plus side we were now in view our wedding venue , the Island Hideaway, last chance to see it for a while.

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11th May 2013

Happy sailing
HI Luna, thanks for your hospitality and best wishes for great sailing to beautiful locations.We look forward to hearing of your progress. Kath

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