Thursday 26 July 2012 ( star date ..... whatever for Trekies).
Captain Barry arose early to check engine oil and other boat systems and check on the weather and seas.
Buoyweather was predicting 1.4 m seas at 10 secs from the SE and winds 5 to 10 knots from the NE and later NW, and BOM was predicting 20 to 25 knt winds from the NW.
We were not sure whether we would travel to Cape Hawke Harbour and chance the shallow narrow channel or push on the Port Macquarie and decided to see how the seas were given the difference in wind predictions.
I suggested we try Forster ( after all we are doing this trip to see as much as we can and cross as many bars and enter as many ports as practically possible ), and Rear Admiral Julie said..... "MAKE IT SO".
We got under way at 8.30 am and arrived 4 hour 40 mins later at 1.10pm at Cape Hawke Harbour (Forster/Tuncurry).
We travelled about 50 NM averaged 10+ knts and used 365 L averaging about 73 L/H total.
|Broughton Island north of Port Stevens|
|coming around the point to Foster/Tuncury Bar|
We arrived at the entrance at high tide (1.5m ) and the entrance over the bar to Cape Hawke Harbour was fair, but narrow and we kept to the southern wall for the first part then crossed to the northern side 1/2 way through to take the norther channel and moored against 4 piles between the Wallis Lake fish co-op ( Tuncurry side of the river ) and the slipway. this was tricky as the river current was running at about 5 knts and there is a bridge ( 6 m height limit , and LAST WORD is 6.2) another 200m further on , so if you miss your berth or turn to anchor you need to watch the tide carry.
One can moor in the narrow fast flowing channel, but we decided to take the $25 per night pile mooring with access to land (but no power or water).