Early 5am departure from Yamba for the 110 nm leg to the Gold Coast. Robbie cooked breakfast of stew and toast and we were clear of the bar by 6pm. At 11.30am we were abeam of Ballina and two hours later we passed Cape Byron, Australia’s most Easterly point.
We spent the afternoon watching the AFL grand final on Baly’s tiny television. As I have spent more time in Western Australia than any other state this year I was barracking for the Eagles but they were never in the contest as Hawthorn prevailed.
We anchored at Currigee on the inside of South Stradbroke Island after entering the Southport Seaway at 9pm. A 16 hour passage covering 110nm. We have beaten the weather window as the Northerlies that are forecast for the next four days won’t worry us within the Broadwater for the short run home tomorrow.